Eastern encourages alumni and community to “Rediscover Eastern” during annual Homecoming festivities


WILBURTON, OK (Oct. 23, 2014) – Eastern Oklahoma State College is encouraging alumni and the community to “Rediscover Eastern” during the college’s annual Homecoming celebration in November.

Wilburton Mayor Stephen Brinlee, an Eastern graduate and Eastern Alumni Association board member, signed a proclamation today declaring Nov. 3-8 as Eastern Homecoming Week.

Eastern will honor several members of the EOSC family during the annual Homecoming Awards Dinner on Friday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. This year’s honorees include Don McClain, Distinguished Former Faculty; Justin Few, Outstanding Young Alumnus; and Edward Stokes, EOSC Alumni Association Hall of Fame Inductee. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), which was started by former EOSC coach and athletic director Don McClanen, will be presented with the Heritage Award in honor of the organization's 60th Anniversary. Tickets are $35 each and can be purchased by calling 918-465-1759.

Following the dinner, there will be a Lady Mountaineer Alumni basketball game at 8:15 p.m. in the C.C. Dunlap Field House. All former members of the Lady Mountaineer basketball teams are invited to participate.

Saturday’s Homecoming activities will kick off with special breakfast gatherings at 8 a.m. for the Classes of 1959-1961 and 1971. The breakfasts will take place in the Student Center Ballroom and the cost is $7 per person.

The annual Hilltopper’s Breakfast for Eastern retirees will take place at 8:30 a.m. in the President’s Dining Room in the Student Center.

The morning events continue with a Mountaineer Coffee for alumni, parents and family at 10 a.m. at the Goldberg and Joseph Park in downtown Wilburton. Eastern President Dr. Stephen E. Smith will be at the event, giving participants the opportunity to “Meet the President.”

The community can enjoy the annual Homecoming Parade in downtown Wilburton at 11 a.m. The parade will include floats from Eastern’s student clubs and organizations, the Homecoming candidates, classic cars and more.

Following the parade, Eastern will host the Mountaineer Cookout at Noon in the amphitheater outside the Student Center. Alumni and community members can enjoy free hamburgers, chips and drinks.

Homecoming festivities will conclude with the first basketball games of the season and the Homecoming king and queen coronation. The Lady Mountaineers will take on MCC-Penn Valley College at 3 p.m. and the Mountaineers will follow at approximately 5:30 p.m. with a game against Central Baptist College.

Visit www.eosc.edu/homecoming for more information about Eastern’s 2014 Homecoming activities.

Wilburton Mayor and Eastern Alumni Association Board Member Stephen Brinlee (front left) signs a proclamation declaring Nov. 3-8 as Eastern Homecoming Week. He is joined by Eastern President Dr. Stephen E. Smith and cheerleaders (back l to r) Byjou Vaughn of Morris; Eastern Mascot Megan Menasco of Wilburton; and Shantel Brennan of Quinton.

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