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Southeastern celebrates spectacular Homecoming with spectacular football comeback

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates  Homecoming King Tristin Lackey and Queen Katie Webb.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates Homecoming King Tristin Lackey and Queen Katie Webb.

DURANT, Okla. – Austin Skinner’s 63-yard touchdown pass to Drake White provided a happy ending to a three-day homecoming celebration Saturday afternoon at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Skinner’s pass – with just 25 seconds remaining on the clock — lifted the undefeated Savage Storm to a come-from-behind 31-24 victory over Southwestern Oklahoma. Heading into the Oct. 14 game against Henderson State, the 6-0 Savage Storm are nationally ranked and in sole possession of first place in the Great American Conference.

During halftime festivities, Katie Webb of Melissa, Texas, was crowned

 

Homecoming Queen, and Tristin Lackey of Coleman, Oklahoma, was named Homecoming King. Nate Hodson from Durant earned the title of Big Man on Campus.

 

Thursday night’s parade downtown parade featured both Southeastern and Durant High School.

Thursday night’s parade downtown parade featured both Southeastern and Durant High School.

The fun-filled homecoming celebration was over three days (Oct. 5-7).

One notable change in the schedule this year was the traditional Saturday Homecoming parade was moved to Thursday night in downtown Durant.  Durant High School was also celebrating homecoming last week and the two schools collaborated on one big parade.

Traditional activities included the 31st annual Whang Bang Alumni Golf Tournament on Friday at Chickasaw Pointe.

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

This year’s Distinguished Alumni honorees were Joy Culbreath, Director of Education Special Projects for The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma; Charles McCall, Sr., owner of AmeriState Bank, an Oklahoma Banking corporation,

Senior receiver Codey McElroy and teammates celebrate a touchdown during Southeastern’s 31-24 victory.

Senior receiver Codey McElroy and teammates celebrate a touchdown during Southeastern’s 31-24 victory.

and the AtokaState Bancorporation; and Mark Hughes, civil war historian/author.

This year’s Distinguished Former Faculty award went to  Dr. Jerry Polson.

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

 

 

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates the honorees at Friday night’s Distinguished  Awards Banquet: Charles McCall, Dr. James O. Young, Joy Culbreath, Mark Hughes, and Dr. Jerry Polson.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates the honorees at Friday night’s Distinguished Awards Banquet: Charles McCall, Dr. James O. Young, Joy Culbreath, Mark Hughes, and Dr. Jerry Polson.

The alumni golf tournament was held Friday at scenic Chickasaw Pointe.

The alumni golf tournament was held Friday at scenic Chickasaw Pointe.

Southeastern to honor Dr. James O. Young family with Benefactor Award

YoungDURANT, 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 homecoming 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., owner of AmeriState Bank, an Oklahoma Banking corporation, and the AtokaState Bancorporation; 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 family. This award is presented to individuals, businesses or foundations that support the University through generous financial contributions.

Dr. Young has endowed three scholarships:

—   James O. Young Music Scholarship

—    Lucille Norman Koontz Endowed Scholarship in Vocal Performance

—   William O. Young Endowed Scholarship in Aviation

He has also contributed to the Ruth Cherokee Young Endowed Scholarship (Art), which was established by his father.

Young’s generosity garnered headlines around the state earlier this year when he gave $50,000 to help save the Oklahoma State Science Fair, which had been a victim of funding cuts.

Dr. Young, a retired dentist, is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cherokee Communications. He is a graduate of Southeastern (1967), earning a Bachelor of Science (Education), while majoring in Natural Science.  Young’s wife, Virginia (1966), is also a graduate of Southeastern, earning her degree in Elementary Education. Both are also Durant High graduates.

The Youngs have three children – daughters Amy Young and Jenny Sanchez and son Thomas.

Young’s parents, William and Ruth Young, founded Cherokee Telephone Company in 1959 and the family moved to Durant from Lone Grove. His father, Bill, graduated from the Southeastern aviation program, although his education was interrupted by World War II, where he served in the Navy.

Prior to pursuing a career in dentistry, Young  taught chemistry, physics and biology at Cleveland (Okla.) High School for one year.

Young earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Baylor University College of Dentistry in 1972 and set up practice in Ardmore. He retired in 1993.

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

For a complete schedule of events, visit  http://www.se.edu/alumni/homecoming-2017/schedule-of-events/

Southeastern Homecoming scheduled for Oct. 2-3

DURANT, Okla. – It has nothing to do with daylight saving time, but Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Homecoming 2015 should be marked on your calendar.

October 2-3, 2015, is the date for all Savage Storm fans and students past, present and future to come out personally and download a ton of fun stuff.

The 29th edition of the Whang Bang Golf Tournament will start the 2-day (and night) whirlwind.

All alums will have the opportunity to reconnect with former classmates and instructors at the various reunions of academic departments and student groups.

One of many highlights of Homecoming Weekend will be recognizing Distinguished Alumni. Throw in chowing down at the “Greatest Little Tailgate in the Great American Conference” and you have most of your bases covered.

Storm football will host Southwestern for the 2 p.m. Saturday Homecoming shootout.

Southeastern and Southwestern have been opponents through the Oklahoma Collegiate Conference, the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference, the Lone Star Conference and now the Great American Conference.

For details about Homecoming 2015 and to schedule your reunion, contact the Alumni Relations Office at 580-745-2875 or visit the alumni website – alumni.SE.edu.