Northern OKlahoma College Names 2022 Distinguished Alumni

Beverly Cantrell - December 15, 2021 11:13 am


Mr. Joe Kreger and Dr. Tara Vaughn have been chosen as the Northern Oklahoma College Distinguished Alumni for 2022.

The announcement was made by NOC Director of Alumni and Community Relations Kayla Wooderson.

Kreger, NOC Class of 1959, is a two-time Oklahoma State Poet Laureate and entrepreneur currently residing in Tonkawa while Vaughn, NOC Enid Class of 1989, is a Registered nurse and serves in the United States Army Reserve residing in Colorado.

The banquet is Saturday, March 26 at the Renfro Center on the NOC Tonkawa campus.

The award recognizes the achievements of former students whose personal lives, professional achievements and community service exemplify the objectives of the college.

A complete listing of Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Award recipients is located on the NOC website at

More information about the 2022 inductees along with event tickets will be available in February.

For more information, please contact the alumni relations office at [email protected] or 580.628.6473.

Northern Oklahoma College, the state’s first public community college, is a multi-campus, land-grant institution that provides high quality, accessible, and affordable educational opportunities and services which create life-changing experiences and develop students as effective learners and leaders within their communities in a connected, ever-changing world.

NOC, a public two-year community college, serves 4,200 students on the home campus in Tonkawa, branch in Enid, NOC/OSU Gateway Program in Stillwater, online, and the University Center in Ponca City.

In 2019, NOC celebrated the 20-year anniversary of the Enid campus and a 15-year partnership with OSU for the Gateway Program.

NOC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and offers associate degrees in three general areas: Arts, Science and Applied Science.  The associate degree fulfills lower-division course work which is applicable towards a bachelor’s degree.

Call (580) 628-6200 for more information about Northern Oklahoma College or visit


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