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USAO alumni to meet for Homecoming Nov. 7-9


USAO Alumna enjoy a moment singing during the 2013 Homecoming Celebration. Alumni from across the United States will join together Nov. 7-9 for the annual Alumni Homecoming at the University of Science and Arts. Registrations are being accepted at the USAO Alumni Development Office, (405) 574-1290, or online at usao.edu/alumni.

USAO alumni to meet for Homecoming Nov. 7-9

 

Alums from across the nation will meet for the 2014 Alumni Homecoming Nov. 7-9. The reunion is filled with special events for alumni of the Oklahoma College for Women, Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts and USAO.

Events for the weekend include an awards luncheon for the new USAO Alumni Hall of Fame inductees and the Young Alumni Award winners; an alumni/student concert; a memorial service; class photographs; supper with the students and many more activities.

The annual alumni reunion is open to all USAO/OCLA/OCW alumni. Registrations are being accepted at the USAO Alumni Development Office, (405) 574-1290. An all-inclusive registration package is available for $65 per person if registration is completed before Oct. 25 ($75 after Oct. 25), which includes all meals. Registration and additional information is available online at /alumni.

“This is a weekend for all alumni to come back to campus to not only see classmates and friends, but to meet new people and current students,” said Eric Feuerborn, director of alumni development at USAO. “Whatever your age, whenever you graduated, this reunion is for you, and I encourage you to attend even if your classmates may not be attending.”

The weekend’s festivities kick off Friday evening with a Scholarship Reception at 5 p.m. before the annual Green & Gold Scholarship Dinner at 6 p.m.

The dinner will be followed by the traditional singing on the steps of Troutt Hall at 8:30 p.m.

Saturday’s events are launched at 10 a.m. with a coffee gathering. The annual Hall of Fame Luncheon begins at noon highlighting this year’s inductees – Dr. Ric Baser, Dr. Dorothy “Dot” Marotte and Robert Heidlage Jr. The luncheon also will honor Young Alumni Award winners Dr. Angus Lamar and Jessica Hatlestad Mollica.

In the afternoon, alumni have a list of activities from which they can choose.

A special concert is scheduled for 4 p.m. in the Alumni Chapel with both alums and current students performing.

Alumni expected to perform include Matthew Dean, a 2013 graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in music; DeeDee (Beard) McCormick, who graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in drama (now theatre arts) in 2007; Scott Pitts, a 2010 graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in music; and Angela Stewart, a 1996 graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in music education.

Several current USAO students are slated also to perform including Matthew Pitts, a senior music major from Comanche; Lindsay Robbins, a senior music major from Moore; and the USAO Chamber Choir.

Faculty and administrators contributing to the show include Dr. Dan Hanson, professor of music; Dr. Jan Hanson, professor of music; Dr. Dex Marble, vice president of academic affairs; Kate Sekula, special adjunct instructor of music; and Dr. Stephen Weber, professor of music and chair of the arts and humanities division.

Alumni can enjoy dinner in the cafeteria with the current student body beginning at 5:15 p.m. After dinner, alumni are invited to enjoy the USAO Theatre Arts Department’s production of Bedroom Farce.

“We are still adding events, so check the information on our website for a complete, up to date schedule,” Feuerborn said.

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 and dove release at the USAO Alumni Chapel.

While at Homecoming, alumni can participate in a silent auction to raise funds for Alumni Association Scholarships. “Alumni and friends don’t have to attend Homecoming to be a part of the auction. Many of the items are online and people can bid on the items they would like to purchase,” Feuerborn said.

The online silent auction is at /alumni/auction.

For more information about Alumni Homecoming or the online auction, call the Alumni Development Office at 405-574-1290.