Randy Talley Rising Star Award

Nominations open.

The Randy Talley Rising Star Award recognizes rising communications, marketing and public relations professionals working at Oklahoma higher education institutions. The award is named in honor of Randy Talley, who served as a role model for numerous students and developing professionals during his tenure as Director of Media and Community Relations for the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and his more than 20 years as a member of the Board of Directors of OCPRA.

Professionals selected for the Randy Talley Rising Star Award have demonstrated creativity, innovation, advocacy, expertise and integrity in their field of work reflective of those modeled by the award’s namesake. Emphasis in selecting an individual for the Rising Star distinction is placed on accomplishments within the past year.

The Randy Talley Rising Star Award will be presented each year at the OCPRA/Communicators Council Fall Workshop and Luncheon.

Eligibility Requirements

  • A nominee must be employed by an institution that is either a member of OCPRA or participates in the OSRHE Communicators Council.
  • A nominee must have been at their current college/current position for a minimum of one year and not more than three years.
  • A previous recipient of the Randy Talley Rising Star Award may not be nominated again for the award.
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Randy Talley receives the Natalea Watkins Communicator of the Year Award in 2006 for service and leadership that sets a high standard for others.

Randy Talley receives the Natalea Watkins Communicator of the Year Award in 2006 for service and leadership that sets a high standard for others.

Katie Dewey, Center for Academic Success & Advising, one of two recipients of the Randy Talley Rising Star Award, receives the award by Randy Talley at the Fall Workshop.

Katie Dewey, Center for Academic Success & Advising, one of two recipients of the Randy Talley Rising Star Award, receives the award by Randy Talley at the Fall Workshop.

OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett (left) handing Ryan Jensen the Randy Talley Rising Star Award during a special reception at OSU-Tulsa.

OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett (left) handing Ryan Jensen the Randy Talley Rising Star Award during a special reception at OSU-Tulsa.