Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Awards & Recognition

Distinguished Alumni

Distinguished Alumni Award Criteria

The tradition of SWOSU’s Distinguished Alumni began in 1976 with Congressman Glen English and James Witherspoon and has been continued every year since. Our Distinguished Alumni Award is given to nominees who’ve achieved greatness in their disciplines, careers, and lives. Each recipient has exemplified what it means to be a graduate of Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Recipients are asked to give the convocation speech at SWOSU’s graduation ceremonies each year. Any SWOSU Alumni can be nominated using the Nomination Form provided below.

2013 Recipients

Brad Berrong of Weatherford and Dr. Dwayne Allen Schmidt of Oklahoma City are being inducted into Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame during 2013 graduation ceremonies on the Weatherford campus.

Berrong is a long-time independent insurance agent and Schmidt is a founding member of the Oklahoma Heart Hospital, Oklahoma Cardiovascular Associates and Oklahoma Foundation for Cardiovascular Research.

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*Nomination Form*


Athletic Hall of Fame

SWOSU has been very fortunate to have such talented student athletes and coaches. The Athletic Hall of Fame was introduced in 1963 to commemorate these fine individuals and their achievements.

2013 Recipients

  • Carlton Buchanan
  • Rachel Preble-Poole
  • Charles Teasley

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President's Award of Merit

Recipients of the President’s Award of Merit are recognized by SWOSU’s President for their achievements and contributions that make life better for those they serve. President John Hays introduced the award in 2004. This award is not necessarily given each year.

2013 Recipient

RecipientGrad YearCareer
Ray Dean Linder 1957 District Judge, Division I,
Fourth Judicial District of Oklahoma

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Bernhardt Academic Excellence Award

Bernhardt Academic Excellence Award Criteria and Nomination form

Dr. Bill and Theta Juan Bernhardt have established a fund that will make possible special recognition of faculty who have exhibited exceptional achievement in teaching, scholarship, and service. All full-time faculty, who have completed a minimum of one academic year at Southwestern, may be nominated. All nominations should be submitted to the Office of Institutional Advancement, Foundation and Alumni, Burton House 102.

Dr. Patsy Parker
Dr. Patsy Parker (second from left) won the Bernhardt Academic Excellence Award for 2014 at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford. The award for exceptional achievement in teaching, scholarship and service is made possible by Dr. William and Theta Juan Bernhardt (right of Parker) of Midwest City. Also pictured is SWOSU President Randy Beutler. Parker won a $5,000 cash award made possible by the Bernhardts.

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President's Service Award

The President’s Service Award is given to individuals who have gone above and beyond to serve and advance the SWOSU Alumni Association. The President of the Association chooses these stand-out individuals and recognizes them at Homecoming each year.

2013 Recipients

  • Judy Wilkes
  • Philip Busey, Jr.
  • Todd Boyd

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50 Year Medallions

Homecoming attendants celebrating 50 years removed from Southwestern each receive an anniversary medallion. These individuals are invited to the 50 year reunion and awards reception prior to the Homecoming Football game.

 Also given at Homecoming are the coveted “O” blankets for the alumni that has traveled the furthest, the eldest alumni, and the alumni present with the most children who’ve graduated from SWOSU.