Eastern’s annual Homecoming celebration set for Nov. 7-12
WILBURTON, OK (Nov. 1, 2016) – Eastern Oklahoma State College has planned a week of activities for alumni, students and the community during its annual Homecoming celebration in Wilburton. “Red, White & Mountaineer Blue” is the theme of this year’s event.
Wilburton Mayor Stephen Brinlee, an Eastern graduate, Eastern Alumni Association board member and former Outstanding Alumnus honoree, signed a proclamation declaring Nov. 7-12, 2016 as Eastern Homecoming Week.
“Eastern’s Homecoming Week is a special time of celebration and remembrance for the numerous people this institution has impacted over its 108-year history,” said Treva Kennedy, director of Institutional Advancement. “We have planned a variety of activities and opportunities for alumni to reconnect with their alma mater, and to meet the current students, faculty and staff who make this institution wonderful.”
Inspired by the success of last year’s event, the week will again kick off with a Community Chili Cook-Off on Monday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Goddard Building. The public is invited to taste the incredible selection of chili and cast a vote for the best. Taster bowls will be available for $5. Interested chili cooks can visit eosc.edu/homecoming to download an entry form to participate in the event.
The annual Homecoming Awards Dinner and Alumni Association Meeting will take place Friday, Nov. 11 in the E.E. Tourtellotte Student Center Ballroom. The event will honor three individuals and one organization that have made a lasting impression on Eastern or have personified its mission. Tickets are available through Friday, Nov. 4 at a cost of $30. To reserve a seat, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 918-465-1759.
Eastern Alumni Association will host its first-ever Mountaineer 5K on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 9 a.m. Pre-registration is available through Nov. 7 online at mountaineer5k.eventbrite.com. Pre-registration is $30 and on-site registration will be available from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. on the day of the race for $35. The registration fee includes a commemorative T-shirt for participants who pre-register. T-shirts will be available to on-site registrants on a first come, first served basis. The run will start and finish at the corner of Central Avenue and Ash Avenue near downtown Wilburton. Visit eosc.edu/homecoming to view the certified race course or to download a registration form. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Eastern Merit Scholarship fund.
Following the 5K, the Homecoming Parade is set to commence at 11 a.m. in downtown Wilburton. The parade will feature floats from Eastern’s student clubs and organizations, the Homecoming candidates and the 2016 Homecoming and Alumni Award recipients.
After the parade, the community is invited to the Mountaineer Tailgate, set to begin at noon in front of the Tourtellotte Student Center on Wilburton’s campus. Sliders with chips or shaker salads will be available at no cost. Additional concessions including Indian tacos, kettle corn, pork rinds, caramel apples, cotton candy and more, will be available for purchase. The event will also feature bounce houses, caricature drawings and other activities, as well as performances by Eastern’s student-led music group the Eastern Expressions. Some of the songs to be performed include Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man,” Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely,” John Mayer’s “Neon,” and Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon.”
Homecoming festivities will conclude Saturday afternoon in the C.C. Dunlap Fieldhouse with the women’s and men’s basketball games and the Homecoming coronation. Eastern’s Lady Mountaineers will face-off against Oklahoma Baptist University’s JV team at 2 p.m. and the Mountaineers will take on Ft. Scott Community College at 5 p.m. Coronation will take place between games at approximately 4 p.m.
Visit eosc.edu/homecoming for more information on Eastern’s 2016 Homecoming activities.
Wilburton Mayor and former Outstanding Alumnus honoree Stephen Brinlee (front left) signs a proclamation declaring Nov. 7-12, 2016 as Eastern Homecoming Week. He is joined by Eastern President Dr. Stephen E. Smith and cheerleaders (back l to r) Megan Rich of Haileyville, Tarius Dawson of Lockhart, Texas and Bailee Davis of Red Oak.