Two University of Central Arkansas graduates will be presented with the Alumni Association’s service award during a homecoming ceremony at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Conway Country Club.
The selected duo to be honored are Susan Hoggard, a 1967 graduate, and Greg Hunt, a 2003 graduate, whose award will be presented posthumously.
The award, according to a UCA news release, is presented to “an individual or couple who, through their deeds or actions, reflect and recognize the importance of the UCA Alumni Association and demonstrate extraordinary commitment, dedication, service and loyalty to the alumni association.”
Jesse Thill, executive director of alumni relations, said this is the first year they have had multiple recipients.
“The UCA Alumni Association Board of Directors review the nominations submitted and vote on the recipient[s],” he said. “Susan and Greg have both served on the board for years and have volunteered on numerous committees and at alumni events.”
Thill said the board was unanimous in their support for both Hunt and Hoggard.
Hunt, he said, was a charter member of the black alumni chapter.
The news release stated that Hunt also served a member of the UCA Diversity Advisory Committee and was a board member of the association.
“Greg would have been ecstatic to have learned about his selection for this award,” Marilyn Hunt, Greg’s sister, said in the release. “UCA always held a special place in his heart, and knowing that the alumni association thought enough of his service for this recognition is truly an honor. We know he is smiling down from heaven with a spirit of gratefulness for this special recognition.”
Currently, Hoggard sits on the association’s board of directors, a life member and has also served on several other alumni committees.
She is a member of the purple circle since its establishment and has also served on its board of directors and has not missed a home football game in 55 years, the release reads.
“Whether you are able to give of your time, service or monetary support, it is important that the past and present of UCA remain connected,” Hoggard said. “I take pride in serving as an example to other alumni, so they can see the importance of being a part of the alumni association. I love UCA, and I hope that my bear spirit is contagious.”
Since 2007 when the association was started, 11 alumni have been honored with the award and, each year, members are asked to submit nominations for the award.
“We’re excited to honor both of them at our homecoming party on Nov. 2,” Thill said. “Each past recipient will be in attendance as well. We’ll recognize the entire group during the event. It’ll be a special night.”