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Eastern’s annual Homecoming Awards Dinner set for Nov. 7

10/9/2014

WILBURTON, OK (Oct. 9, 2014) – Eastern Oklahoma State College will honor several graduates, former faculty and the contributions of a national organization during the annual Homecoming Awards Dinner on Friday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.

The awards include the Distinguished Former Faculty Award, Heritage Award and the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. Eastern will also induct the 31st member of the EOSC Alumni Hall of Fame. Tickets are $35 for the event and can be purchased by calling 918-465-1759.

Don McClain of Wilburton will receive the Distinguished Former Faculty Award, which honors individuals who have provided excellent mentorship and teaching to Eastern students. McClain taught a wide array of subject matters during his 23 years at Eastern including welding, auto mechanics, math, history and government. Prior to teaching at Eastern, McClain was a grade school and middle school teacher in the area for 19 years.

The Heritage Award will be presented to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in honor of the organization’s 60-year anniversary. The Heritage Award recognizes those who have made deep and lasting impacts on Eastern’s history. In 1954 while serving as the head basketball coach and athletic director for Eastern, Don McClanen began promoting the idea of bringing Christian morals and ethics into the society of sports. From his efforts and those around him who believed in his idea, the FCA is now a nationwide organization that employs more than 800 people and involves more than two million athletes around the world each year.

Justin Few of McAlester will receive the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. A 2000 Eastern graduate, Few owns his own energy consulting firm and photography business. He is also president of Pride in McAlester, a non-profit organization dedicated to beautifying and enhancing the McAlester community. Few is an active volunteer, helping build community gardens and dog parks, leading restoration projects and facilitating the establishment of the McAlester Recycling Center. In 2014, he was featured in Oklahoma Magazine’s “40 under 40 Young Professionals.”  

Edward Stokes of Houston, Tex. will be inducted as the 31st member of the EOSC Hall of Fame. Stokes is a marine project manager at ConocoPhillips, Inc. where he has worked since 1976.  A 1972 Eastern graduate, Stokes is a co-inventor for two patents in the oil and gas industry. He also currently serves as board chairman for the Offshore Technology Conference and has authored or co-authored 15 technical papers and presented in six countries. In addition to his educational and professional achievements, Stokes is an active volunteer for the Special Olympics, Junior Achievement and the Keep 5 Alive community service program in Houston.

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