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Impressive crowd celebrates Homecoming at Southeastern

Southeastern president Sean Burrage, left, presents the Heritage Award to Dr. Don Sullivan, who accepted the award on behalf of his late father Coach Bloomer Sullivan and the family.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage, left, presents the Heritage Award to Dr. Don Sullivan, who accepted the award on behalf of his late father Coach Bloomer Sullivan and the family.

DURANT, Okla. – An impressive number of alumni and friends returned to campus over the weekend as Southeastern Oklahoma State University celebrated Homecoming 2016.

The Distinguished Awards Banquet recognizing Distinguished Alumni, Distinguished Former Faculty and the Heritage honoree was held Friday in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.

Honored this year as  Distinguished Alumni were William Fahrendorf, Executive Vice President and Chief Administration Officer of Durant’s First United Bank; Lee Lipscomb, retired attorney, Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack; and Bill Groom, TV and film designer.

This year’s Distinguished Former Faculty Award recipients were Dr. Gordon Eggleton, Betty  Wintle, and the late Dr. James Wintle

The Heritage Award was presented posthumously to Hall of Fame coach BloomerSullivan, with his son  Dr. Don Sulllivan accepting the honor.

Among the special guests attending Friday’s event were Chancellor and former Southeastern president Glen D. Johnson and his wife Melinda.

On Saturday morning, the traditional Homecoming Parade was held in downtownDurant, followed by the Alumni Tailgate Party across from Paul Laird Field.

Crowned Homecoming Queen and King at Saturday’s football game were Kayla Castagnetta, a senior  biology/psychology from Hartshorne, Oklahoma, and

Kirk Sanders, a senior occupational safety and health major from Telephone, Texas.

On the playing field, the Southeastern Savage Storm defeated Southern Nazarene45-14, to run their record to 3-1.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage, far right, joins the honorees Friday night at the Distinguished Awards Banquet. Left to right are William Fahrendorf, Dr. Gordon Eggleton, Betty Wintle, and Lee Lipscomb. Distinguished Alumni recipient Bill Groom could not attend the ceremony due to professional obligations.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage, far right, joins the honorees Friday night at the Distinguished Awards Banquet. Left to right are William Fahrendorf, Dr. Gordon Eggleton, Betty Wintle, and Lee Lipscomb. Distinguished Alumni recipient Bill Groom could not attend the ceremony due to professional obligations.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates Homecoming Queen and King Kayla Castagnetta and Kirk Sanders.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates Homecoming Queen and King Kayla Castagnetta and Kirk Sanders.

Three former faculty members to be honored at Homecoming

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will honor three individuals with the Distinguished Former Faculty Award during homecoming festivities on September 22-23-24.

This year’s honorees are Dr. Gordon Eggleton, Betty Wintle, and the late Dr. James Wintle. They will be recognized at the Southeastern Alumni Association’s Distinguished Awards Banquet on Friday, September 23, at 5:30 p.m. in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.

gordon-eggleton-4x6Dr. Gordon Eggleton joined the faculty of Southeastern State College in 1971 after receiving his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Iowa State University and his master’s in Science Education and Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Iowa.

A consummate educator, he spent 40 years sharing his knowledge and love of learning with students in the areas of General Chemistry, Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, Earth Science, Field Geology, Science for Elementary Teachers and Scientific Thought for Honors Students.

The chemistry professor served on numerous University committees during that time.  He was faculty sponsor of the Student Affiliate chapter of the American Chemical Society for 37 years and has been a member of that organization for 49 years; chaired the University Honors Committee six years; and was director of the Parsons Scholar program for six years.

He was also coordinator of the Southeastern Science/Math Resource Center and director of SCIMAST, a Consortium for Improvement of Math and Science Teaching.

Dr. Eggleton  positively touched the lives of numerous Oklahoma students as director of the High School Interscholastic Meet (also known as the Curriculum Contest) from 2001-2011.  He retired from Southeastern in 2011.

Dr. Eggleton and wife Kay celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year, along with their two children and four grandchildren.

Also being honored with the Distinguished  Former Faculty Award this year are Betty Wintle and her late husband, Dr. James Wintle.

betty-wintle-4x6Betty Wintle began  her Southeastern career in 1980 as a temporary part-time voice instructor.

She became a full-time instructor in 1986 and retired in 2010 as an Assistant Professor of Music.

Wintle received her Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees from Pittsburg (Kansas) State University. During her career, in addition to private lessons, she also taught Elementary Music Methods and Opera Theatre.

Wintle’s professional activities included participation in state and regional levels of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Through their hard work and talent, her students won one regional and 25 state awards.

She also served as vocal coach for the Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival musicals, was a member of an international panel of judges in Italy, the Red River Arts Council, and performed on the Wey Valley International Concert Series in Weymouth, England.

The Wintle family also includes a son and daughter.

james-wintle-4x6Dr. James R. Wintle was a well-known composer, stalwart advocate for the arts in Oklahoma, and Professor of Music at Southeastern.

His love of music and his immense talent as a pianist were recognized as he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in composition from the University of Kansas. He also earned  bachelor and master’s degrees from Pittsburg State.

During his  40-year (1971-2010) career at Southeastern, Dr. Wintle  saw his compositions performed on four continents and commissioned and performed by numerous major chamber ensembles. He received a number of grants and awards and his work was recognized by the state of Oklahoma with the Governor’s Arts Award for Community Service.

In 1973, Dr. Wintle established the Musical Arts Series that provided free public concerts by many of the world’s finest classical musicians. He was also the musical director of the Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival, served for many years on the Red River Arts Council, and was director of the Steger Piano Institute. In addition, he was a guest composer and adjudicator in many international events.

The James Wintle Music Scholarship was established at Southeastern in 2015.

Dr. Wintle passed away in 2013.

Dr. James Wintle Music Scholarship established at Southeastern

Gathering at the scholarship ceremony were Southeastern president Sean Burrage, Betty Wintle, Anne Wintle Ortega, and James E. Wintle.

Gathering at the scholarship ceremony were Southeastern president Sean Burrage, Betty Wintle, Anne Wintle Ortega, and James E. Wintle.

DURANT, Okla. – The establishment of the James R. Wintle Music Scholarship was made official Wednesday in an endowment ceremony at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The late Dr. Wintle served as professor of music at Southeastern from 1971-2010. In 1973, he created the Musical Arts Series at Southeastern.

Among those in attendance at the ceremony were Betty Wintle, daughter Anne Wintle Ortega, son James E. Wintle and a number of cousins, along with faculty, students, friends, Southeastern president Sean Burrage and executive director of university advancement Kyle Stafford.

Recipients of the scholarship must be full-time students of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, rising juniors or seniors who have declared music as

their major, and who have 3.5 or higher grade-point averages.

Recipients will be selected based upon their outstanding academic achievement in music academics and performance.

The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of merit with special focus on individuals of high character and outstanding achievement in music academics and performance who will positively represent the name of Dr. James R. Wintle.

Wintle was born in Pittsburg, Kansas, and graduated from Pittsburg High School and Pittsburg State University (bachelor). He earned his doctorate and master’s at the University of Kansas.

Widely known as a composer, his works have been commissioned by numerous acclaimed groups, including the American Brass Quintet and James Giles and the American Piano Quartet. His compositions have been performed both nationally and internationally and his work has been recognized by the State of Oklahoma with the Governor’s Arts Award in the area of Public Service.

Wintle was active as guest composer and adjudicator in many international events and his works have been performed on four continents.

His wife, Betty, was assistant professor of music at Southeastern from 1984-2010.