Eastern’s annual Homecoming celebration set for Nov. 9-14
WILBURTON, OK (Oct. 27, 2015) – Eastern Oklahoma State College has planned a week of activities for alumni, students and the community during its annual Homecoming celebration in Wilburton. The theme of this year’s event is “A Snapshot in Time.”
Wilburton Mayor Stephen Brinlee, an Eastern graduate and Eastern Alumni Association board member, signed a proclamation declaring Nov. 9 through Nov. 14 as Eastern Homecoming Week.
“Homecoming Week is a special time to celebrate this wonderful college that has been home to thousands of alumni, students, faculty and staff for 107 years,” said Treva Kennedy, director of Institutional Advancement. “We are thrilled to plan a variety of activities and opportunities to reconnect with your alma mater, as well as honor individuals that have made a lasting impact on the success of Eastern.”
Homecoming activities will begin Monday, Nov. 9 with a Community Chili Cook-Off at 6:30 p.m. in the Goddard Building. The event is open to the public. Taster bowls will be available for $3. Cook-Off participants can visit eosc.edu/homecoming to download an entry form.
Eastern will honor several members of the EOSC family during the annual Homecoming Awards Dinner on Friday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. This year’s honorees include Byron Bohanon of Tuskahoma, Distinguished Former Faculty; the late E.T. Dunlap, Heritage Award; Stephen Brinlee of Wilburton, Outstanding Young Alumnus; and Bill White of Edmond, EOSC Alumni Association Hall of Fame Inductee. Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased by calling 918-465-1759.
Saturday’s Homecoming activities will kick off with the Hilltopper's Breakfast for Eastern retirees at 8:30 a.m. in the President’s Dining Room in the Student Center.
The Homecoming Parade will begin at 11 a.m. in downtown Wilburton. The parade will include floats from Eastern’s student clubs and organizations, the Homecoming candidates, the Wilburton High School marching band, 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, roasted pig and drinks. Eastern President Dr. Stephen E. Smith will host a “Dessert with the President” at 1 p.m. in the President’s Dining Room in the Student Center.
Homecoming festivities will conclude Saturday afternoon with women’s and men’s basketball games and the Homecoming coronation. The Lady Mountaineers will take on St. Gregory’s University at 2:30 p.m., while the Mountaineers take on Fort Scott Community College at 5 p.m. The Homecoming king and queen will be crowned between the games.
Visit www.eosc.edu/homecoming for more information about Eastern’s 2015 Homecoming activities.
Wilburton Mayor and Outstanding Young Alumnus honoree Stephen Brinlee (front left) signs a proclamation declaring Nov. 9-14 as Eastern Homecoming Week. He is joined by Eastern President Dr. Stephen E. Smith and cheerleaders (back l to r) Byjou Vaughn of Morris; Shaquielle Carter of Gans; Eastern Mascot Shadoe Harshaw of Quinton; and Shantel Brennan of Quinton.