Southeastern News

Southeastern to celebrate Homecoming October 5-6-7

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate Homecoming 2017 on October 5-7.

One notable change in the schedule this year is the traditional Saturday Homecoming parade is being moved to Thursday night, October 5, at 6:30 in downtown Durant.  That evening’s event will kick off the Homecoming festivities; following the parade there will be food trucks and a live band at Market Square presented by Durant Main Street for all Southeastern alumni and friends and the Durant community.


Traditional activities include the 31st annual Whang Bang Golf Tournament on Friday, October 6, at Chickasaw Pointe.  Registration opens at 8 a.m. and a shotgun start is scheduled for 9 a.m.

The Distinguished Awards Banquet recognizing Distinguished Alumni, Former Faculty and the Benefactor honoree is set for 5:30 p.m. Friday in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.

This year’s Distinguished Alumni honorees are Joy Culbreath, Director of Education Special Projects for The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Charles McCall, Sr., Executive Vice President of AmeriState Bank in Atoka and President of Atoka State Bancorporation, Inc., and Mark Hughes, civil war historian/author.

This year’s Distinguished Former Faculty award honoree is Dr. Jerry Polson.

The Benefactor Award will be presented to Dr. James O. Young and the Young family.

        On Saturday, October 7, the traditional Coffee and Conversation with Southeastern Athletic legends is scheduled for 8 a.m. in the lobby of the Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium, and the Alumni Tailgate Party opens at 11 a.m. in Tailgate Alley across from Paul Laird Field.

Southeastern’s Savage Storm will kick off at 2 p.m. against Southwestern Oklahoma State University in the Homecoming football game.

True Blue awareness launches with event on August 23

Members of the True Blue Committee gather with local leaders in anticipation of the kickoff event on Thursday, Aug. 23. Left to right, Jay Lindly, Dina Roman, Courtney McGill, Terri Rogers, Michele Campbell, Durant mayor Jerry Tomlinson, Southeastern president Larry Minks, Durant city manager James Dunegan, Durant Area Chamber of Commerce president Darrell Mendez, Durant Superintendent of Schools Jason Simeroth, Stephanie Davison, Durant Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Janet Reed, Durant Main Street program manager Beverly Hemphill, Mishael Metheny, and Sharon Robinson.

DURANT, Okla. – Civic pride has long been important to the fabric of the Durant community. Residents will now have the opportunity to demonstrate their pride symbolically by wearing royal blue shirts on Fridays and Saturdays as part of a new “True Blue” community spirit.

True Blue symbolizes how the Durant community feels about its hometown. Being “True Blue” encourages our business people and the community in general to create a sea of blue on Fridays and Saturdays by wearing a royal blue shirt.

“True Blue” is a grass roots initiative created through the strong partnership in our community.

Plans are underway to kick off “True Blue” with a community event on Thursday, August 23, at 5 p.m. at Paul Laird Field. Everyone is encouraged to wear a royal blue shirt and gather around the entrance to watch the balloon launch and enjoy a free hot dog.

Following the “True Blue” kickoff, a Savage Storm football scrimmage is scheduled for 6 o’clock.

“We invite everyone to join us for an evening of fun as we celebrate our True Blue community spirit,” said Janet Reed, executive director of the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce. “Our strong partnerships believe this is a beginning of a new era of pride in Durant as we focus on the quality of life we enjoy here.”