Eastern to celebrate “Mountaineers Forever” during annual Homecoming Week festivities


Wilburton Mayor and Eastern Alumni Association President Stephen Brinlee (front left) signs a proclamation declaring Oct. 28 through Nov. 2 as Eastern Homecoming Week. He is joined by Eastern President Dr. Stephen E. Smith and cheerleaders (back l to r) Courtney Cohen of Hartshorne; Eastern Mascot Rebekah McIntosh of Kellyville; and Hailey Luker of McAlester.
WILBURTON, OK (Oct. 21, 2013) – Eastern Oklahoma State College will celebrate “Mountaineers Forever” during the college’s annual Homecoming week celebration with a variety of activities for alumni, students, their families and the community.

Wilburton Mayor Stephen Brinlee, an Eastern graduate and president of the Eastern Alumni Association, signed a proclamation today declaring Oct. 28 through Nov. 2 as Eastern Homecoming Week.

“Homecoming is a time to reminiscence with classmates and friends, recognize the successes of our alumni and celebrate the college’s 105-year history,” said Treva Kennedy, director of Institutional Advancement. “This year’s Homecoming is filled with excellent opportunities to reconnect with your alma mater and learn about the exciting things happening at Eastern.”

The public Homecoming activities begin Tuesday, Oct. 29 with the “I Bleed Blue” Blood Drive from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. The Oklahoma Blood Institute will provide free health screenings and a special edition “I Bleed Blue” t-shirt for every donor.

Eastern’s annual Halloween Community Carnival is set for Thursday, Oct. 31from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Families can enjoy an evening of Halloween festivities including games, prizes, food, candy and Trunk-or-Treat. Children are encouraged to wear their costumes and enter the Boo Parade costume contest. Registration for the Boo Parade begins at 5 p.m. and the contest begins at 5:30 p.m.

Alumni can reconnect with old friends and make new ones during an Alumni Happy Hour scheduled for Friday, Nov. 1 at 4:30 p.m. on the first floor of the Student Center.

Eastern will honor several members of the EOSC family during the Homecoming Awards Dinner on Friday, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. This year’s honorees include Bill Miller, Distinguished Former Faculty; The Forwoodson Family, Heritage Award; Brad Boles, Outstanding Young Alumnus; and Dr. Delana Taylor McNac, EOSC Alumni Association Hall of Fame Inductee. Tickets are $35 each and can be purchased by calling 918-465-1759.

Saturday’s Homecoming activities will kick off with a Mountaineer Coffee for Alumni, parents and family at 10 a.m. at Talbot’s Flower Shop in downtown Wilburton. Eastern President Dr. Stephen E. Smith will be at the event, giving participants the opportunity to “Meet the President.”

Show your Mountaineer spirit at the annual Homecoming Parade in downtown Wilburton on Saturday, Nov. 2 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, drinks and lawn games. There will also be a special 40-year reunion for the Nursing Department beginning at Noon in the Student Center Ballroom.

Homecoming festivities will conclude with the first basketball games of the season against East Texas Flight. The Lady Mountaineers will begin at 3 p.m. and the Mountaineers will follow at approximately 5:30 p.m. The Homecoming king and queen will be crowned between the games.

Visit www.eosc.edu/homecoming for more information about Eastern’s 2013 Homecoming activities.

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