Eastern Oklahoma State College

Eastern’s annual Homecoming celebration set for Nov. 7-12

October 31, 2022

Eastern President Dr. Janet Wansick (right) and Executive Director of EOSC Foundation and Alumni Relations Teresa Brady display the proclamation signed by Wilburton Mayor Stephen Brinlee declaring Nov. 7-12 as Eastern Homecoming Week. They are joined by Eastern cheerleaders (l to r) Hanna Miller of Hartshorne, Rocky Hass of Hartshorne and Joanna Krupa of Wilburton.

Eastern Oklahoma State College will host a week full of activities and events for the college’s 85th annual Homecoming celebration Nov. 7-12 in Wilburton. The theme of this year’s event is “Back to the E.” In addition to the numerous student activities planned across campus, Eastern will proudly welcome alumni and community members to a variety of events.

The annual Community Chili Cook-Off will take place Monday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Tourtellotte Student Center Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public. Individuals, businesses and organizations are invited to enter their tastiest chili recipe. The competition will honor the best recipe in three categories, as well as a “Taster’s Choice” award voted on by those in attendance. Visit eosc.edu/homecoming for complete competition rules and to download an entry form. All entry forms are due by Nov. 4.

The Eastern Alumni Association will induct three deserving graduates into its Hall of Fame during a reception on Friday, Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. in the Tourtellotte Student Center. The 2022 inductees include Dr. Sidney Carter, Mr. Jim Fitch, and the late Senator Billy Mickle. Established in 1988, the Alumni Association Hall of Fame recognizes former students who have distinguished themselves in their profession and community. Tickets are $50 each and are available at eosc.edu/alumni.

The annual Mountaineer 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run will take place Saturday, Nov. 12 at 9 a.m. in downtown Wilburton. Registration is $40. All race proceeds benefit the Eastern Alumni Scholarship Fund. This year’s run is registered with the Choctaw Nation’s Promoting Active Communities Everywhere (PACE) program. Participants will meet at the intersection of Main St. and Central Ave. This location will serve as the start and finish point of the race. Medallions will be awarded to the top three finishers in multiple age categories and the first overall male and female participant will receive a plaque. Visit eosc.edu/homecoming for more details and to download a registration form.

Following the 5K, Eastern will host the Homecoming Parade in downtown Wil burton at 11 a.m. A new addition to this year’s parade will be the Kids Bike Parade. Children can decorate their bikes, trikes, power wheels, skateboards or rollerblades and ride in the parade. Cash prizes will be awarded to the “Most Creative” and “Mountaineer Spirit” bikes. At the conclusion of the Kids Bike Parade, free popsicles will be handed out at the E.E. Tourtellotte Student Center sponsored by Eastern president Dr. Janet Wansick.

The Mountaineer Tailgate will take place at Noon in front of the Tourtellotte Student Center. The community is invited to enjoy free hamburgers, hot dogs, tailgate-style games, inflatables and participate in a Cornhole Tournament.

Beginning at 2 p.m., the Lady Mountaineers will face-off against OnPoint Academy and the Mountaineers will take on Oklahoma Wesleyan University JV at 4 p.m. The Homecoming Coronation will take place between the games.

Visit eosc.edu/homecoming for entry forms and additional information concerning all of Eastern’s 2022 Homecoming festivities.