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NOC names 2023 Distinguished Alumni

Dr. Jim Appleman, Jeff Medders and Willie Street have been chosen as the Northern Oklahoma College Distinguished Alumni for 2023.

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

Appleman, NOC Class of 1975, is the Co-Founder at Primmune Therapeutics and has published over 70 scientific articles.  He currently resides in San Diego, California.

Medders, NOC Class of 1983, is the owner of Geronimo Productions which produces more major cowboy events than any other including 10 days of the NFR in Las Vegas. He currently resides in Jenks, Oklahoma.

Street, NOC Class of 1982, is a Physician Assistant and Nursing Supervisor at Phillips 66 Health Services as well as a First Responder with the P66 Ponca City Refinery Emergency Response Team. He resides in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

The banquet is Saturday, April 1, 2023, at the Renfro Center with a Roustabouts Benefit Show following the banquet in the Kinzer Performing Arts 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 college.

A complete listing of Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Award recipients is located on the NOC website at  More information about the 2023 inductees along with event tickets will be available in February.

For more information, please contact the alumni relations office at 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 .