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Eastern to honor graduates and former faculty at Homecoming Awards Dinner on Nov. 1

10/22/2013

WILBURTON, OK (Oct. 22, 2013) – Eastern Oklahoma State College will honor members of the EOSC family during a Homecoming Awards Dinner on Friday, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom in Wilburton.

Eastern will present the Distinguished Former Faculty Award, the Heritage Award and the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award at this year's event. Eastern will also induct the 30th member of the EOSC Alumni Hall of Fame. Tickets to the event are $35 each and can be purchased by calling 918-465-1759.

Bill Miller of Wilburton will receive the Distinguished Former Faculty award, an award that honors individuals who have demonstrated dedication and achievements in the teaching and mentoring of Eastern students. Miller taught drafting at Eastern from 1975-2000 and served as the chair of the Technical Division. Since his retirement, Miller has stayed active at Eastern and volunteers regularly within the athletic department. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Education, as well as a specialist in education degree from Pittsburg State University. Prior to teaching at Eastern, Miller taught in Old Dominion University’s School of Engineering for six years and served three years in the U.S. Army. He and his wife, Pat, are members of the Cherokee Nation and have been married 51 years. Their two children, son-in-law and oldest granddaughter have all attended Eastern.

This year’s Heritage Award will be given to the Forwoodson family of Wilburton. The award was created to recognize individuals that had a profound impact on the history of Eastern. The Forwoodson family has several generations of Eastern graduates and a long history of supporting the college. DeRoy Forwoodson was a student at Eastern from 1951 to 1953 before taking a break to serve in the U.S. Air Force. He returned to Eastern in 1957 to complete his required classes before transferring to Southwestern Oklahoma State University where he earned a pharmacy degree. His wife, Lou Wood Forwoodson, also attended classes at Eastern. They made their home in Wilburton in 1963 and owned Huskins Drug Store until his retirement in 1996. He also served on the EOSC Foundation Board of Directors and created an endowed scholarship for Eastern pre-pharmacy majors from Latimer County. All three of the Forwoodson children, Tim, Todd and Kim, graduated from Eastern, as did several of their grandchildren. In all, 12 members of the immediate Forwoodson family have attended or graduated from Eastern.

Bradley Boles, a 2004 Eastern graduate, will receive the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. Following his graduation from Marlow High School, Boles attended Eastern and was a member of the Mountaineer baseball team. In 2004, he was recognized as a NJCAA Academic All-American. He earned an associate degree in businesses administration and transferred to Dallas Baptist University where he received a bachelor’s of business administration in management and dual master’s of business administration degrees in management and finance. Boles returned home to Marlow to join the family business, Wilco Manufacturing, where he has guided the company as president since 2008. Under his leadership, the company has been ranked by Inc. Magazine as No. 11 in the Top 100 Oklahoma Companies and No. 30 in the Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Manufacturing Companies in the United States, making it the top ranking Oklahoma private manufacturing company in the list.

Dr. Delana Taylor McNac of Tulsa will be inducted as the 30th member of the EOSC Alumni Association Hall of Fame. A love for animals prompted McNac to attend Eastern from 1978-1980 as a pre-veterinarian major. Following graduation, she obtained her doctorate of veterinary medicine from the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1985. She practiced for several years before attending Virginia Tech where she completed a pathology residency and became a Board Certified Veterinary Pathologist. After performing surgical pathology for several years in Dallas, Tex., McNac earned a counseling degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and pursued a career as a hospice chaplain in Tulsa. In 2007 as director of spiritual care with Hospice of Green Country in Tulsa, McNac developed Pet Peace of Mind, a program designed to keep hospice patients with their pets. The program model was expanded nationally through Banfield Charitable Trust and McNac currently serves as the national program manager. Through her work, Pet Peace of Mind has been adopted by 72 program partners in 33 states.

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Forwoodson Photo: (back row, left to right) Jessica Newsom*, Tim Forwoodson*, Cord Forwoodson*, Luke Forwoodson*, Arthur Rodriguez, Todd Forwoodson*, Tiara Forwoodson, (middle row) Donna Forwoodson, Lou Forwoodson*, Alayna Rodriguez, DeRoy Forwoodson*, Kim Rodriguez*, Bella Rodriguez, Janice Forwoodson*, (front row) Barbara Forwoodson*, Miranda Forwoodson*, Kamryn Newsom, Ashton Forwoodson*, and Latessa Forwoodson. Those with an asterisk represent family members that attended Eastern.

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