Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Oklahoma City Univ. Meinders School of Business Honors Students, Business Leaders

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Oklahoma City Univ. Meinders School of Business Honors Students, Business Leaders

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Without scholarship money, Travis Shinn would probably be somewhere else.

But through scholarships provided by Oklahoma City University and from private donors, Shinn and scores of other students have, and continue to attain their education at the university's Meinders School of Business.

Once each year the Meinders School honors its outstanding students and those in the business community who not only help students learn more about business but also help students pay the bills for a college education.

Five business leaders who have contributed their time, money, and efforts to the community, OCU, and its students, were inducted into the Oklahoma Commerce and Industry Hall of Honor this month.

Garland Cupp, Everett Dobson, Ba Luong, Roger Simons and Ann Felton were honored for their business achievements and for giving back to the community. Ray Ackerman, who was already in the Hall of Honor, was also recognized with this year's group.

This was the 22nd year for the event.

Vince Orza, dean of the Meinders School, said until three years ago only one person was inducted into the Hall of Honor each year.

"I thought this was a great idea that was underutilized," he said. "I began to expand the number of people we would induct."

Honorees are nominated by their peers and members of the community and selected for inclusion by Orza and university President Tom J. McDaniel, who are both past honorees.

The plaques of the honorees on display at the school represent a who's who of business and civic leaders in Oklahoma.

But Orza said the program is as much about the school's students as it is the honorees.

The Hall of Honor was created to fund scholarships and to bring business leaders to the school to tell the stories of their successes and failures.

"We want people with some great business success that we'd like our students to look at and see as a role model," Orza said.

One of this year's inductees, Luong, is vice president of Cao Nguyen Inc. He and his family own the 50,000-square-foot Super Cao Nguyen specialty grocery store at 2668 N. Military Ave.

Luong came to the United States with his family at the age of 3 from Vietnam. The family arrived in Washington, D. …

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