Eastern Oklahoma State College

Sapphire Ball 

Eastern’s 2022 Sapphire Ball is set for Saturday, April 9, 2022 in the E.E. Tourtellotte Student Center Ballroom in Wilburton. A reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. 

Eastern established the Sapphire Ball in 2010 to raise funds for student scholarships, as well as honor the college’s alumni, faculty, staff and community supporters. The Sapphire Ball is an elegant, black-tie event, featuring delicious food and fun entertainment, as well as online and live auctions.

The 2022 Sapphire Ball honorees include:

  • Distinguished Alumnus: Mrs. Betty Wharton, Nurse and Director of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Healthy Aging Program (Class of 1973)

  • Distinguished Alumnus: Mr. Marvin Faulkenberry, Retired Educator and Coach (Class of 1980)

  • President's Community Spirit Award: Health & Wellness Center, community health center providing comprehensive primary and preventative medical, dental, behavioral health, substance abuse, pharmacy, and optometry services

  • President’s Excellence in Teaching Award: Mrs. Kellye Semeski, Professor of Computer Information Systems and Instructional Designer

  • J.C. Hunt Award for Staff Excellence: Ms. Mimi Kelley, Director of Financial Aid

Read the March 1 news release to learn more about this year's honorees.

Ticket Information

​Tickets are $60 each and may be purchased online. Tickets typically sell out quickly, so RSVP early to ensure your event reservation. If you have any questions, please contact Trish McBeath at 918-465-1804.

Sponsorship Opportunities

An event sponsorship is an opportunity for you, your company or organization to show your commitment to the students of southeast Oklahoma. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Sapphire Ball directly support students through Eastern’s Sapphire Scholarship Fund. There are several sponsorship level opportunities available and we welcome the opportunity to visit with you about how you can make an investment in Eastern students. A portion of your sponsorship is tax deductible to the extent allowed by the Internal Revenue Service. Thank you in advance for your support.

Nominate an Eastern Alumnus

Nominate a deserving alumnus with the online Distinguished Alumnus Award Nomination form.

Past Sapphire Ball Honorees

Distinguished Alumnus Award

Stephenie Ingram, 2021
Kerri Jones, 2021
David Perryman, 2019
Brooklin Matthews Green, 2019
Major General James Chambers, 2018
Gary Reasnor, 2018
Shelley Free, 2017
Bobby Mouser, 2017
Gary Wansick, 2016
Teresa Jackson, 2016
Dr. Bill Brewer, 2015
Dr. Marsha Gore, 2015
Anita Caldwell Jackson, 2014
John Redman, 2014
Rhonda Fields, 2013
Linus Williams, 2013
Dr. Daniel Boatright, 2012
Anita Risner, 2012
David Donoley, 2011
Senator Richard Lerblance, 2011
Ben Curtis, 2010
Dan Denny, 2010

President’s Community Spirit Award

Sam Wampler's Freedom Ford, 2021
The Community State Bank, 2019
McAlester Regional Health Center, 2018
AT&T Oklahoma, 2017
Texas Instruments, Inc., 2016
Arkansas-Oklahoma Railroad (A-OK Railroad), 2015
BP America Production Company, 2014
The Puterbaugh Foundation, 2013
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, 2012
Representative R.C. Pruett, 2012
Bill Price, 2011
Jason Green, 2011
Joe Coy, 2010

President’s Excellence in Teaching Award

Heather Spiegel, 2021
Dr. Patricia Bolin Ratliff, 2019
Brenda Bohanon Strange, 2018
Cheryl Wood-Myers, 2017
Gina Bullock, 2016
Marilynn Duncan, 2015
Margaret Sorrell, 2014
Dr. Billye K. Givens, 2013
Eddie Woods, 2012
Ruth Brelsford, 2011
Leland Walker, 2010

J.C . Hunt Award

Marci O'Donley, 2021
George Larson, 2019
Lea Anne Dickson, 2018
Rhonda Price Quinn, 2017
Julie Lawrence, 2016
Karen Darby, 2015
Trish McBeath, 2014
Gaylon Brannon, 2013
Anne Brooks, 2012
Keith Lewis, 2011
Helen Scott, 2010

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