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Homecoming features full schedule of activities

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate Homecoming 2016 on September 22-23-24.

Activities begin on Thursday, September 22, with Southeastern Night at the Museum featuring an alumni wine and cheese reception hosted by the board ofdirectors of the Three Valley Museum from 5-7 p.m.

Friday tees off with the 30th annual Whang Bang Alumni Golf Tournament at Chickasaw Pointe Golf Course. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and a shotgunstart is scheduled for 9 a.m.

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

This year’s Distinguished Alumni are 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 are Dr. Gordon Eggleton, Betty  Wintle, and the late Dr. James Wintle

The Heritage Award will be presented posthumously to Hall of Fame coach Bloomer Sullivan, with his son Don accepting the honor.

Saturday’s festivities will begin at 8 a.m. with Coffee & Conversation with Southeastern Athletic Legends, president Sean Burrage and athletics director Keith Baxter in Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium.

The Homecoming Parade is scheduled for 10 a.m. in downtown Durant, 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 Southern Nazarene’s Crimson Storm in the big Homecoming football game.

For a complete schedule of events, visit alumni.SE.edu or contact the Alumni Office at 580-745-2267.

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.

Southeastern to honor three Distinguished Alumni at Homecoming

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will honor three Distinguished Alumni during homecoming festivities on September 22-23-24.

This year’s honorees are William Fahrendorf, Bill Groom, and Lee Lipscomb. 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.

In addition, all of the current and former Distinguished Alumni will be introduced in pre-game ceremonies on Saturday, September 24, as Southeastern takes on Southern Nazarene in a 2 p.m. kickoff at Paul Laird Field.

“This year’s group of honorees is truly exceptional,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage.  “They have demonstrated a high standard of excellence in their chosen fields, while serving as great ambassadors for Southeastern for many, many years. Their success also serves as an inspiration for our current students and the dreams they have.’’

William Fahrendorf 4x6William Fahrendorf serves as Executive Vice President/Chief Administration Officer of First United Bank.  In this role, he oversees the planning and directing of the bank’s staff and service functions; develops and oversees staff and service policies, objectives and initiatives; and monitors operational performances.

Fahrendorf’s banking career began in 1971, over 45 years ago, with Durant Bank and Trust Company, a one-location operation with $23 million inassets.  First United is now a $3.2 billion financial institution serving 30-plus communities in Oklahoma and Texas.

While working at Durant Bank and Trust and carrying a full college course load, Fahrendorf also served his country as a Staff Sergeant and Drill Instructorwith the 95th Division of the United States Army Reserve.  He is a 1976 graduate of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Known for his quiet, low-key manner, Fahrendorf is also recognized for his local and state leadership in service to the governance of the Oklahoma Public Education System.  He wasappointed to the Durant School Board to serve the remainder of a term in 1989 and remained on the board until 2000.  He was also elected to the Oklahoma State School Board Association and served from 1994 until 2000.  In 1998, he served as the association’s President.

Along with his success in business and stewardship of Oklahoma’s public schools, Fahrendorf’s contributions to Southeastern Oklahoma State University are also significant.

He served on the Southeastern Foundation’s Board of Trustees from 1989 to 2010, and as chairman from 1997 until his retirement in 2010.  During his tenure, the assets of the Foundation more than quadrupled.

Fahrendorf, and his wife Pam, a retired Chair of Computer Science at SOSU, reside in Durant and have three daughters and four grandchildren. His family has established a fully-fundedendowed scholarship.

groom[3]Bill Groom has enjoyed a long career as a successful television and film designer.

Groom graduated from Southeastern in 1972 with a double major in art and theatre. He earned a Master’s in Fine Arts degree in Theater Design from Tulane University in 1974.

He was the recipient of a record four consecutive Emmys for his work on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.’’ Other recent TV credits include HBO’s “Vinyl,’’ and “When We Rise,” an ABC TV 7-part series about the history of the LGBTQ movement that will air next year.

Among Groom’s other credits is a 7-year stint as the art director of the popular TV comedy show, “Saturday Night Live’’ on NBC.

Since leaving SNL in 1984, he has worked on hundreds of TV shows and scores of movies,  including “Milk,” “Eat, Pray, Love,” “A League Of Their Own” and “Preacher’s Wife.”

Prior to his career in television and film design, Groom taught in the Theater Department of State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Groom, originally from California, Missouri,  is married to the Rev. Dr. Jane Ann Looney Groom, also a Southeastern graduate. Their two sons both work in the entertainment industry. Brooklyn, New York, and a tiny hamlet in the Catskills are home to the Grooms.

Lipscomb-4x6Lee Lipscomb enjoyed a successful 42-year career with Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack in Los Angeles, a law firm he co-founded in 1974. He retired in 2014.

Lipscomb graduated from Durant High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Southeastern in 1961.

Four decades as a litigator in California found Lipscomb and his company in the thick of many interesting cases. In the early years, the firm primarily defended aviation insurance companies, but his ties to Lloyds of London Underwriters led to high profile cases involving entertainment law and motion picture litigation.

Lipscomb  handled the Lloyds’ claims of MGM arising from the death of actress Natalie Wood and was successful in forcing MGM to finish her last, nearly completed film, “Brainstorm.” He also worked on the case of Bette Davis, when the movie star walked off the set of her last film, “Wicked Stepmother.”

Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack is also well-known known as lead counsel in the Hinckley and Kettleman, California, water contamination cases against Pacific Gas & Electric Company.  This resulted in approximately $700 million recovered for 1,500 clients and is commonly referred to as the “Erin Brockovich” case.

During his summers in high school and college, Lipscomb  worked as a firefighter with the U.S Forest Service. This included a five-year stint as a parachute firefighter. He completed his military service with the U.S. Army Reserve in 1968.

After his firefighting career, Lipscomb obtained his Commercial, Multi-Engine instrument and instructor pilot ratings. He then started an independent aircraft insurance claims adjusting company and later incorporated Aero Loss Adjustors, Inc., which he operated for four years while attending the Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles.

Lipscomb enjoys retirement life with his family — wife Robin, two sons, a stepdaughter and two grandchildren. The Lipscombs currently reside in Jackson, Wyoming.

Two former faculty members to be recognized at Homecoming

DURANT, Okla. – Two individuals will be honored with the Distinguished Former Faculty Award during homecoming festivities Oct. 2-3 at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Dr. George Collier and Dr. Flavil George will be recognized at the Distinguished Awards Banquet on Friday, Oct. 2, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Visual and Performing Arts Center. They will also be recognized Saturday afternoon during pre-game ceremonies at the Southeastern-Southwestern football game.

George Collier 4x6Dr. George Collier joined the Southeastern faculty in 1972 and later served as Chair and Professor in the Department of Accounting-Economics-Finance in the School of Business. In 1994, he became professor emeritus and began serving as an adjunct professor.

Collier earned his bachelor of science in industrial management at Purdue University, and his master’s and Ph.D. in economics from Oklahoma State University. His tenure at Southeastern included service on numerous committees and special assignments, including institutional research and planning, University assessment, academic council, and strategic planning task force.

Collier received the Burlington Northern Award for Teaching Excellence in 1992.

Flavil George-1[1]Dr. Flavil H. George served as Associate Professor of Education at Southeastern from 1984-1995. He earned his doctorate and master’s degrees at North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas) and his bachelor’s at East Central.

Prior to joining the Southeastern faculty, George coached basketball at Grayson College and Cooke County Junior College. In 1976, he accepted the position of Dean of Students at Eastern Oklahoma State College. Two years later, he was named Vice President of Student Affairs there.

At Southeastern, George implemented a special computer lab designed for teacher education majors. And working with Dovie Walker, he developed and implemented an innovative mentoring program for student teachers.

For a complete schedule of homecoming events, go to alumni.SE.edu.

Southeastern to honor two Distinguished Alumni at Homecoming

DURANT, Okla. – Two graduates who have enjoyed successful careers in business and education will be honored as Distinguished Alumni during homecoming festivities at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Alumni and friends are invited to join in the celebration Oct. 2-3. This year’s homecoming theme is “Come One, Come All to Southeastern — The Greatest Place On Earth.’’

This year’s distinguished alumni – Frank T. Fietz and Sue Wilson Stafford – will be honored at the  Distinguished  Awards Banquet on Friday, Oct. 2, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Visual and Performing Arts Center. They will also be recognized Saturday during pre-game ceremonies at the Southeastern-Southwestern football game.

Frank Fietz-1 Frank T. Fietz (’57) earned his bachelor’s degree in business and went to work for the J.C. Penney Company as a management trainee. The Ryan, Oklahoma, native later became a division manager in Fort Worth, Texas. Fietz was recruited by Bealls Department Stores and joined that company in 1962. He worked his way up the ranks, and by 1987 was named Chief Operating Officer of Bealls Department Stores.

In this capacity, he oversaw 160 stores in Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Alabama, along with buying offices in Dallas and a distribution center in Jacksonville, Texas. After facilitating the sale of the company to Specialty Retail Incorporated (SRI) and Bain Capital of Boston in 1988, he became CEO of the Bealls division of SRI. Fietz retired after 27 years with Bealls (now known as Stage) in 1989.

Following retirement, he served as president of “Christian International Business Network,’’ a part of Christian International Ministries.

Fietz and his wife Gay, moved back to Durant in 2005, to be closer to family.

Sue Wilson Stafford-1Sue Wilson Stafford (’68) of Madill began her teaching career in Duncan, Oklahoma. Forty-seven years later, she is still teaching – in Frisco, Texas, one of the fastest growing communities in the nation. After teaching 10 years in Duncan, where she was honored as the “Outstanding Young Educator’’ by the Duncan Chamber of Commerce, Stafford and her family re-located to Frisco.

After teaching middle school English and reading, she became the Frisco ISD migrant coordinator and teacher in 1983. The Frisco ISD has established the Sue Wilson Stafford Educational Scholarship in her name. In 2008, the Sue Wilson Stafford Middle School was built and named in her honor.

She has received numerous honors and awards during her career as an educator, and teaches today middle school social studies and English at the Frisco ISD Student Opportunity Center. Stafford also teaches English as a Second Language and GED preparatory to adult students in evening classes.

For a complete schedule of homecoming events, go to alumni.SE.edu.

Top 10 Freshman Award presented

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Office of Freshman Programs hosted the Top Ten Freshman Awards ceremony Wednesday in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union.

The outstanding freshmen were selected by a committee consisting of representatives from faculty, student government and University administration.

The group has a collective 3.73 grade-point average and is involved in numerous activities that benefit the entire campus.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage offered congratulatory remarks to the group during the ceremony.

The honorees include:

         Jessica Baker, business management major, Van Alstyne, Texas. She is a member of the volleyball team and a leader in Southeastern’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

April Clinton, Music Education, Durant. She is a member of the Spirit of Southeastern Marching Band and Southeastern Symphonic Winds.

Mitchell Emberson, occupational safety and health, Taft, California. As a 2013 member of the President’s Leadership 
Class, he assisted with tailgating activities, homecoming events and also volunteered with Families Feeding Families.

Chance Eubanks, music-vocal performance, Cleburne, Texas. He is the bass section leader in the Southeastern Chorale, member of the CAT 5 vocal jazz ensemble and symphonic choir.

         Sierra Janway, psychology, Heavener. As a member of the President’s Leadership Class, she was able to complete 50 hours of community service and volunteer for numerous activities on campus.

Bobby Long, fisheries and wildlife, Langley. He is a member of the Honors Program and served as a group leader for prospective Honors Program students.  His writings were selected for publication in the Honors Essay Compilation.

Shayla McDonnell, communication, Duncan. A member of the President’s Leadership Class, she was selected by her peers to serve as president of Southeastern’s International Association of Business Communicators.

Adeline Patterson, English/history, Durant. She was a member of the Honors Advisory Council and a team member on both the Honors Advisory Council’s Homecoming sweeps team, and Honors Day.

         Alexandra Ray, Elementary Education, Blanchard. Through the President’s Leadership Class, she worked with the Boys and Girls Clubs, Midnight Madness, Parents’ Day and assisted with SE Live.

Kayla Stiltner, biology, Hartshorne. While a member of the cheer squad, she participated in the Homecoming week sweepstakes and pep rallies, volunteered at a Southeastern golf tournament and promoted Southeastern by visiting local elementary schools and participating in the Veterans’ Day Parade.

Participating in Wednesday’s ceremony were, front row, left to right, Kayla Stiltner, Adeline Patterson, April Clinton, Sierra Janway, Shayla McDonnell, and Chance Eubanks. Back row, Southeastern president Sean Burrage, vice president for academic affairs Doug McMillan, Student Government Association president Ben Wright, Bobby Long, Jessica Baker, Mitchell Emberson, Alexandra Ray, and associate dean of academic services Tim Boatmun.

Participating in Wednesday’s ceremony were, front row, left to right, Kayla Stiltner, Adeline Patterson, April Clinton, Sierra Janway, Shayla McDonnell, and Chance Eubanks. Back row, Southeastern president Sean Burrage, vice president for academic affairs Doug McMillan, Student Government Association president Ben Wright, Bobby Long, Jessica Baker, Mitchell Emberson, Alexandra Ray, and associate dean of academic services Tim Boatmun.

Homecoming 2013 a huge success at Southeastern

Southeastern president Larry Minks congratulates the 2013 recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award – Rob Wells, Dr. Jim Barnes, and Assistant Choctaw Chief Gary Batton.

Southeastern president Larry Minks congratulates the 2013 recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award – Rob Wells, Dr. Jim Barnes, and Assistant Choctaw Chief Gary Batton.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University enjoyed a grand Homecoming 2013 celebration on October 3-4-5.

Recipients of the Distinguished Former Faculty Award for 2013 were Dr. Jan Dill, Dr. Ken Washburn, and Dr. Rick Wright. Joining them is Southeastern president Larry Minks.

Recipients of the Distinguished Former Faculty Award for 2013 were Dr. Jan Dill, Dr. Ken Washburn, and Dr. Rick Wright. Joining them is Southeastern president Larry Minks.

This year’s activities were built around the theme of “Stormcoming.”

Honored as Distinguished Alumni were Dr. Jim Barnes, Assistant Chief of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Gary Batton, and Mr. Robert “Rob’’ Wells. Recipients of the Distinguished Former Faculty Award were Dr. Jan Dill, Dr. Ken Washburn, and Dr. John “Rick’’  Wright.

 

All of these individuals were honored at the Distinguished Awards Banquet, held on Friday, Oct. 4, in the Visual & Performing Arts Center.

Other activities on Friday included the 27th annual Whang Bang Golf Tournament and a True Blue Rally at the Amphitheater. At the rally-bonfire, Southeastern’s new Savage Storm mascot – “Bolt’’ – was introduced in costume for the first time.

“Bolt’’ was introduced as the new Savage Storm mascot during Homecoming festivities.

“Bolt’’ was introduced as the new Savage Storm mascot during Homecoming festivities.

The Homecoming Parade was held in downtown Durant on a cool Saturday morning.

The Homecoming Parade was held in downtown Durant on a cool Saturday morning.

Cool fall weather greeted everyone on Saturday morning  for the annual Homecoming parade held in downtown Durant.

Saturday afternoon at Paul Laird Field, the Southeastern Savage Storm hosted the Texas A&M-Commerce Lions. After a lengthy weather (lightning) delay, the visiting Lions emerged with a 31-29 victory.

At halftime, Sheridan Hill and Domanick Hubbard were crowned Homecoming Queen and King.

Whang Bang alumni golf tournament set for Oct. 4

DURANT, Okla. – One of the highlights of Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Homecoming is the Whang Bang Alumni Golf Tournament. The 27th-annual Whang Bang is scheduled to tee off at 9 a.m. Friday, October 4, at Silverado Golf Course. Registration opens at 8 a.m., one hour before the shotgun start.  The tournament is a 6-person scramble limited to the first 144 players to register.

 

Registration fee is $100 per player and includes green fee, cart, Savage Storm golf and more fun package, goodie bag, t-shirt, breakfast and lunch, free beverages and a chance for a new car courtesy of Stuteville Ford of Atoka.  The Savage Storm Golf & More Fun Package includes two mulligans (entered into a drawing for door prizes) and a card game on the course.

There are also prizes for Closest-to-the-Pin and Longest Drive for both men and women.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third-place finishes.

Golfers may register online at alumni.SE.edu <http://alumni.SE.edu> with an early registration deadline of September 25.  For more information, call (580) 745-2288.

Hole sponsorships are available at $50.

The Whang Bang kicks off Friday’s Homecoming activities and leads directly to the best tailgate celebration in the Great American Conference.

Joining the fun is simple.  Just show up on Saturday, Oct. 5, in Alumni Alley across from Paul Laird Field. Come early, grab a parking place, stake out a spot for your grill, lawn chairs, etc.  A picnic lunch will do in place of grilling or you can purchase food from the Sodexo food services trailer.

Follow the team into the stadium through “The Walk” and boost the Storm to victory against Texas A&M -Commerce. Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m. 



Three former faculty members to be honored at Homecoming

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will present the Distinguished Former Faculty Award to three individuals as part of the 2013 Homecoming celebration.

Dill    Dr. Jan Dill, Dr. Ken Washburn and Dr. John “Rick” Wright will be honored at the Awards Banquet on Friday, October 4, at 5:30 p.m. in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.
Dill (’83, ’87) retired from Southeastern in 2004 as Assistant Professor of Business Information Management.  She spent 19 of her 28 years at Southeastern as an instructor/assistant professor.
Dill earned her Ed.D. in Supervision, Curriculum and Instruction – Higher Education in 2003 from Texas A&M University-Commerce. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Southeastern.
From 1985-94, she served Southeastern as Instructor, Departments of Management and Marketing, Office Administration and Business Education. Dill was granted tenure in 2001 and was Assistant Professor, Department of Management and Marketing from 2001 to 2004. She received numerous teaching awards and served on several committees while at the University.

 

Washburn]Washburn began his 17-year tenure at Southeastern in the fall of 1978.  A native of North Carolina, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at New Mexico Highlands University and completed his doctorate at the University of Northern Colorado in 1971.
After a tour of duty with the United States Army that included an electronics program at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and service with a missile battalion in Germany, he spent 15 years at New Mexico Highlands.
His Southeastern career included stints as an Electronics Coordinator, Chair of the Electronics Department, and Chair of the Industrial Technology Department.  He retired in 1995 as Professor of Electronics.

 

 

 
WrightWright earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Arkansas State University and received his master’s degree in biochemistry and doctorate in inorganic and radiation chemistry at the University of Mississippi.
After a stint with the U.S. Air Force, Wright completed his doctorate. He then was employed as a research technician at Washington University in St. Louis.
Wright joined the Southeastern faculty in 1973 as assistant professor of chemistry.  He quickly secured research funding from the National Institutes of Health.  He, with colleagues, published numerous papers and articles describing their primary research conducted in the Southeastern laboratories.
He says “first of all, I wanted to be a good teacher.’’ But he was also active in the field of cancer treatment research during his career.

Wright co-authored three scientific research books.

Southeastern to celebrate Homecoming Oct. 3-4-5

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate Homecoming 2013 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 3-4-5.
This year’s theme is “Stormcoming” and the three-day event will offer something of interest for all current students, alumni, and friends.

Honored as Distinguished Alumni this year will be Dr. Jim Barnes, Assistant Chief of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Gary Batton, and Mr. Robert “Rob’’ Wells. Recipients of the Distinguished Former Faculty Award are Dr. Jan Dill, Dr. Ken Washburn, and Dr. John “Rick’’  Wright.
Along with banquets, pep rallies, campus tours, a golf tournament and the Homecoming football game, numerous reunions are scheduled. For information on reunions, check alumni.SE.edu  or contact the Southeastern Alumni Relations Office at 580-745-2875.
The following schedule includes some of the many events in store for the Homecoming weekend:
Thursday, October 3
SE Night at the Museum, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Three Valley Museum, 401 W. Main Street. Enjoy an evening full of surprises as the Durant Historical Society hosts this popular event. The Southeastern Hub for Arts Resources in Education (SHARE) will showcase local artisans’ work. Proceeds from the art sale will benefit southeast Oklahoma schools in the areas of art, music and theatre. Refreshments will be provided.

Friday, October 4
        27th-Annual Whang Bang Golf Tournament, Silverado Golf Course. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and a shotgun start is set for 9 a.m. Participants may register online at alumni.SE.edu. The Whang Bang has started a highly popular tradition that has legends from Southeastern’s storied athletics history serving as honorary starters.
      Distinguished Awards Banquet, 5:30 p.m., Visual and Performing Arts Center. This event features introduction of the 2013 Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Former Faculty.
Houston Debate Reception, 8 p.m., Massey Building, 200 W. Main Street. A long-standing reception that allows debaters and communication majors past and present to honor a remarkable teacher and debate coach.
True Blue Rally, 8 p.m., Amphitheater
Saturday, October 5
        Coffee & Conversation with Savage Legends, 8 a.m., Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium. Former Southeastern athletes gather to reminisce. Hosted by Southeastern president Larry Minks and Director of Athletics Keith Baxter.

       Homecoming Parade, 10 a.m., downtown Durant.
        Alumni Tailgate Party, Alumni Alley, 11 a.m. Across from Paul Laird Field.
        Southeastern Campus Tours, 11:30 a.m. Explore the campus during the one-hour tour. It’s great for students and their families who are considering Southeastern. Student tours will include campus and residence halls, plus a lunch ticket. Special Alumni tours will also be held. Register online at www.se.edu/future-students/visit  . Tours leave from the entrance to Paul Laird Field.
          Pre-Game Ceremony, 1:50 p.m., Paul Laird Field. Introduction of Distinguished Alumni, past and present.
        Kickoff: Southeastern vs. Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2 p.m.
Discover Durant “A Market Fair,” downtown Durant, 6 p.m. Alumni and friends of Southeastern are invited to enjoy an evening of food, live music, arts and crafts hosted by the Durant Young Professionals.