Eastern’s annual Homecoming celebration set for Nov. 5-10


Wilburton Mayor Stephen Brinlee (front right) signs a proclamation declaring Nov. 5-10 as Eastern Homecoming Week. He is joined by Eastern president Dr. Stephen E. Smith and cheerleaders (l to r) Raygan Stanford of Wilburton and Lainey Jestis of Bokchito.
WILBURTON, OK (Oct. 30, 2018) – Eastern Oklahoma State College has scheduled its annual Homecoming celebration for Nov. 5-10 in Wilburton. The theme of this year’s event is “Unleash the Mountaineer in Me” and is meant to inspire participants to show their school spirit and exemplify what being a Mountaineer truly means. In addition to the numerous student events planned across campus that week, Eastern will proudly welcome alumni and community members to a variety of events.

Wilburton Mayor Stephen Brinlee signed a proclamation declaring Nov. 5 through Nov. 10 as Eastern Homecoming Week. Brinlee is also a 2005 Eastern graduate, Eastern Alumni Association board member and former Outstanding Young Alumnus honoree.

The annual Community Chili Cook-Off will take place Friday, Nov. 9 in the Goddard Building. The general public and Mountaineer community are invited for the sampling, and individuals, businesses and organizations are invited to enter their tastiest chili recipe. The competition will honor the best recipe in three categories, as well as a “Taster’s Choice” award voted on by those in attendance. Visit eosc.edu/homecoming for complete competition rules and to download an entry form. Nov. 5 is the deadline for entries.

The annual Mountaineer 5K will take place Saturday, Nov. 10 at 8:00 a.m. in downtown Wilburton. As pre-registration has closed, late and on-site registration costs $35 with T-shirts available on a first come, first served basis. All race proceeds will benefit the Eastern Alumni Scholarship Fund. This year’s run is registered with the Choctaw Nation’s Promoting Active Communities Everywhere (PACE) program. Participants will meet at the intersection of Main St. and Central Ave. This location will serve as the start and finish point of the race. Medallions will be awarded to the top three finishers in multiple age categories and the first overall male and female participant will receive a plaque. Visit eosc.edu/homecoming for more details and to download a registration form.

Following the 5K, the Homecoming Parade will begin at 11 a.m. also in downtown Wilburton. The parade will feature floats from Eastern’s student clubs and organizations, Mountaineer athletic teams and the 2018 Homecoming Court.

After the parade, Eastern will host the Mountaineer Tailgate at noon in the amphitheater located behind the Tourtellotte Student Center. The community is invited to enjoy free hamburgers, performances by the Eastern Expressions, tailgate-style games and a Mountaineer Yearbook browse.

The week’s festivities will culminate that afternoon in the C.C. Dunlap Fieldhouse with the women’s and men’s basketball games and Homecoming coronation. The Lady Mountaineers will face-off against Oklahoma Wesleyan University at 2 p.m. and the Mountaineers will take on Central Baptist College at 5 p.m. Coronation will take place between the games at approximately 4 p.m.

Visit eosc.edu/homecoming for entry forms and additional information concerning all of Eastern’s 2018 Homecoming festivities.

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