Shawnee's Jim Stuart due Distinguished Alumni Award from UCO.

The University of Central Oklahoma Alumni Association will honor James T. “Jim” Stuart as a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award at the 2013 Alumni Recognition Ceremony, 11:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 1 in the Grand Ballrooms of the Nigh University Center.

Stuart is a law partner at Stuart, Clover, Duran, Thomas and Vorndran and serves as the 2013 president of the Oklahoma Bar Association, with 17,000 member lawyers statewide.

He also was elected the 2013 president of the Southern Conference of Bar Presidents, comprised of bar associations from 17 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Among his many local affiliations, Stuart is a trustee and fellow of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation, a trustee for the UCO Foundation, a Supreme Court justice of the Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Indians, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Paul Harris Fellow.

He is credited with helping start Leadership Oklahoma, eventually becoming a member of its Class IV. He also is a contributing member of the Shawnee News-Star Editorial Board.

Other Oklahomans being honored as Distinguished Alumni include: Ray Hardin, president of Edgewood Homes, Inc. in Midwest City; Glenn Lewis, mayor of Moore and owner of Lewis Jewelers in Moore; Dalen McVay, law partner with Ewbank, Hennigh and McVay, PLLC in Enid; and Allen Wright, vice president of Public and Government Affairs at Devon Energy.

A committee of UCO alumni board members selected the recipients based on peer recommendations and notable accomplishments in one of three categories: professional, community service and university service. The UCO Alumni Association has given the awards annually since the inception of the program in 1952.

"Homecoming is such a special time of celebration for our alumni and community,” said Brenda Knott, interim director of the UCO Alumni Association.

"This luncheon allows us to honor these outstanding alumni who have worked so hard to make a difference in the communities they serve.”

At the reception, the association also will honor the Dougherty family as the 2013 Central Family of the Year, accepted by Jo Ann Dougherty Compton and her husband Charles "Chuck" Compton. The award is given annually to a family who has a long line of members who have attended and/or graduated from UCO and continue to stay involved with the university.

The reception will include a formal awards presentation with video highlights of the honorees' lifetime accomplishments as well as an opportunity to reconnect with alumni.

Tickets are $20 a person and can be purchased by calling the UCO Alumni Association at 405-974-2421 or registering online at Deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, Oct. 11.

The UCO Alumni Association promotes the general welfare of UCO through its members, while also strengthening the relationship and communication among graduates, current students, faculty, staff and friends of the university.

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