USAO Fills Annual Homecoming With Fun Nov. 2-4
CHICKASHA – Preparations for this year’s Alumni Homecoming are underway at the University of Science and Arts. Coordinators say that the annual festivities, scheduled Nov. 2-4, are filled with fun events and activities for the anticipated 300 guests from across the nation.
“We’re pulling out all the stops for USAO’s 2007 Alumni Homecoming,” said Julie Bohannon, director of alumni development. “From art and drama to sports and the annual scholarship and awards banquets, this year’s attendants are in for a fun and exciting weekend.”
Events for the weekend include an awards luncheon for new USAO Alumni Hall of Fame inductees, a Drover king and queen coronation, a basketball game, an art exhibit and a staged readers theatre production of “Steel Magnolias.”
The annual alumni reunion is open to all USAO alumni, with special recognition given to alumni who graduated in years ending in 7.
Registrations still are being accepted at the USAO Alumni Development office, (405) 574-1290. Registration packages begin at $30 per person with an all-inclusive package for $50 per person, which includes all meals.
Additional information is available online at www.usao.edu/alumni under Events & Photos > Homecoming.
The weekend kicks off Friday with the annual Green & Gold Scholarship Banquet at 6 p.m., followed by singing on the steps of Troutt Hall at 8:30 p.m.
Saturday’s events are launched at 10 a.m. with a memorial white dove release honoring the Class of 1957 at the Greek Theatre. A groundbreaking ceremony begins at 10:30 at the Stevens Alumni House, followed by class photographs in the Student Center Ballroom.
The annual awards luncheon begins at noon highlighting this year’s USAO Hall of Fame inductees, World War II pilot Paula Loop and music educator Mary Scrogin Wade. Young Alumni Award winners Paul Mays, metro artist, and language arts innovator Amy Brooks Ingram also will receive recognition during the banquet.
Paulette Pogue, president of the USAO Alumni Association, said she hopes local alumnae will participate in the university’s traditional homecoming event.
“I encourage our alumni to attend Homecoming because they are a part of the college and need to support the students and the future of USAO,” she said.
Additional events for Saturday afternoon include a special preview of the Seven-State Art Biennial Exhibition in the USAO Art Gallery. Several USAO alumni’s artwork is included in the multi-state juried art show.
Special guest speaker Linda Eisenmann is scheduled to speak at 3 p.m. in the Nash Library as part of the Jayne Nash Montgomery Library Series. Eisenmann is the author of “Higher Education for Women in Postwar America 1945-1965.”
Beginning at 6 p.m., the men’s basketball team takes on Langston University in the USAO Fieldhouse. USAO’s Drover homecoming king and queen will be named during a special presentation at halftime.
The evening concludes with a special one-night performance of “Steel Magnolias,” presented in readers’ theatre format. The cast includes USAO faculty, staff and alumni, three of whom participated in a similar production of the play 11 years ago. Admission is free but donations will be taken with proceeds benefiting a drama scholarship. The event is sponsored by the USAO drama department and the USAO Alumni Association.
The Homecoming weekend comes to a close as alumni join together Sunday at 9 a.m. to honor past friends and classmates during a memorial service in the USAO Alumni Chapel.