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Winn, Shepard Named Recipients of 2015 Charno Award

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (April 21, 2015) – Aubrey Winn, a public relations major from Macon, and Tyler Shepard, an elementary education major from Sedalia, have been named the 2015 recipients of the University of Central Missouri’s prestigious Charno Award. The award is presented annually to the top male and female members of the senior class at UCM.

Charno 2015 recipients

Aubrey Winn, left, and Tyler Shepard, right, are congratulated by UCM President Chuck Ambrose after they were named the recipients of the 2015 Charno Award.

Winn, the daughter of Vince Winn, Macon, and Gaylynn Driver, St. Petersburg, Fla., is a graduate of Hickman High School, Columbia. During her career at UCM, she served as vice president of the United Student Housing Association, facilitator for the IMPACT freshman leadership retreat for three years, secretary of Rho Lambda honor society, and public relations chair of the Big Pink volleyball tournament committee. She also served as vice president of recruitment for the Panhellenic Council; Homecoming Service Day site leader; vice president of Greek life for R.Ed Lead Team, the Office of Alumni Relations student marketing team; and fundraising chair and president of the UCM chapter of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority.

In addition, Winn belongs to the Order of Omega honor society and has served the community with the Nehemiah Feeding Program. She has participated in many fraternal leadership conferences and institutes along the way and has worked both off and on campus throughout her collegiate career.

Shepard, the son of James and Kelly McFatrich of Sedalia and David Shepard of Farmington, is a graduate of Smith-Cotton High School in Sedalia. He has participated in the Mule Haul during fall semester move-in day and has served as an MLK Day of Service site leader. He has served as a fall semester Week of Welcome leader and freshman orientation leader, and also has served as a coordinator for the Homecoming Leadership Committee. In addition, he has been a member of the Spotlight, the UCM Student Activities programming group, since 2012, serving as Late Night coordinator and vice president of marketing.

While at UCM, Shepard participated in intramural sports, served as a youth leader for the Warrensburg First United Methodist Church MPACT Youth Group, and assisted with the elementary reading summer camp. He has been member of The Honors College at UCM for four years while working jobs on and off campus.

The Charno Award is named for George Charno, Sr., a Kansas City attorney who established the award in 1940 to recognize the outstanding male member of the graduating class. The companion award for the outstanding female class member was established in 1941.