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Southeastern celebrates Homecoming in Wet ‘n Wild style

The cheerleaders and band were among the participants at Friday’s night’s True Blue Rally.

The cheerleaders and band were among the participants at Friday’s night’s True Blue Rally.

DURANT, Okla. – Although the official theme of Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s homecoming this year was “Out of This World,’’ a more appropriate description would be “Wet ‘n Wild.’’

Despite unseasonably heavy rains in the Durant area, the show went on, with a few minor modifications. And it all culminated in the Southeastern Savage Storm upsetting 15th ranked and previously undefeated Southern Arkansas 21-0 at Paul Laird Field.

The three-day celebration began Thursday, October 11, with the parade downtown (with Durant High School), featuring  bands and dry weather.

That was not the case Friday morning as a steady rain pelted the Chickasaw Pointe Golf Club at the Whang Bang Alumni Golf Tournament. Undaunted, 94 golfers braved the elements and the tourney was completed.

Friday night’s Distinguished Awards Banquet, held indoors in the Visual & Performing Arts Center (VPAC), drew an impressive crowd. This year’s Distinguished

Wide receiver Felton Hatcher leaps over a player during Saturday’s 21-0 victory over Southern Arkansas.

Wide receiver Felton Hatcher leaps over a player during Saturday’s 21-0 victory over Southern Arkansas.

Alumni recipients were retired Col. Tray Ardese, Dr. Russell DeBose-Boyd, and Dr.  Barbara Rackley, while the Distinguished Former Faculty award honorees were Dr. Ken Chinn, Dr. Jane Elder, and Dr. Ken Elder.

More rain Saturday morning moved tailgating activities and live music to the VPAC. In addition, a 30th anniversary reunion of Southeastern’s 1988 Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference championship football team was held in the lobby of Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium.

On Saturday afternoon, Southeastern took a 7-0 first quarter lead over the visiting Muleriders from Southern Arkansas and then tacked on two touchdowns in the final quarter for an impressive victory in Great American Conference play.

During halftime festivities, Jamie Jackman from Kingston and Nate Hodson of Durant were named Homecoming Queen and King, respectively.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage stands with Homecoming Queen and King Jamie Jackman and Nate Hodson.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage stands with Homecoming Queen and King Jamie Jackman and Nate Hodson.

President Sean Burrage, far right, congratulates this year’s Distinguished Alumni and Former Faculty Award recipients: Dr. Ken Chinn, Dr. Jane Elder, Dr. Ken Elder, Dr. Barbara Rackley, Dr. Russell DeBose-Boyd, and Col. Tray Ardese.

President Sean Burrage, far right, congratulates this year’s Distinguished Alumni and Former Faculty Award recipients: Dr. Ken Chinn, Dr. Jane Elder, Dr. Ken Elder, Dr. Barbara Rackley, Dr. Russell DeBose-Boyd, and Col. Tray Ardese.

It was a rainy Friday at Chickasaw Pointe Golf Club.

It was a rainy Friday at Chickasaw Pointe Golf Club.

 

 

 

Saturday busy day for high school/middle school students on Southeastern campus

As part of Honors Day competition, Southeastern faculty members visited with prospective students and their parents about various academic programs.

As part of Honors Day competition, Southeastern faculty members visited with prospective students and their parents about various academic programs.

DURANT, Okla. – Saturday was a busy day at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

An estimated 1,000-plus middle school and high school students from Oklahoma and north Texas were on the Southeastern campus for a variety of events.

More than 100 high school seniors participated in “Scholarship Competition Day’’ at the University. This is a process in which students seek admission and scholarships in the Honors Program or President’s Leadership Class at Southeastern. The studentsparticipate in interviews and attend informational sessions. Parents are also invited to attend the sessions and participate in campus tours.

Faculty members from Southeastern’s academic departments were also available to provide information about their programs.

Also on Saturday, Southeastern hosted the Oklahoma Science Olympiad

 

Invitational Tournament for the second consecutive year.

 

Some 350 middle and high school students from  public and private schools across Oklahoma and north Texas competed on 2-4 person teams in one or more of 46 events that included most areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Southeastern faculty and staff from the Department of Aviation Sciences, Biological Science, Chemistry, Computer and Physical Sciences volunteered to design events, write and grade exams and provide support to make this event happen.

In addition, 20 Southeastern student volunteers signed up to help with the competition.

Another 500-800 students competed in the District Vocal Solo Ensemble Festival hosted by Southeastern.

To cap the day off, the Southeastern Savage Storm baseball and basketball teams played home games Saturday afternoon.

More than 350 middle school and high school students from Oklahoma and Texas competed in the Science Olympiad.

More than 350 middle school and high school students from Oklahoma and Texas competed in the Science Olympiad.

Southeastern hosted the Oklahoma Science Olympiad Saturday, which featured 46 events.

Southeastern hosted the Oklahoma Science Olympiad Saturday, which featured 46 events.

Dr. Wayne Jones, chair of Occupational Safety and Health, provides information to a prospective student.

Dr. Wayne Jones, chair of Occupational Safety and Health, provides information to a prospective student.

Fall Break at Southeastern set for October 20-21

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will be closed October 20-21 for Fall Break.

However, the Southeastern Savage Storm football team will be at home Saturday, October 22, to face Arkansas Tech. Kickoff is 2 p.m. at Paul Laird Field.

Classes will resume and offices will re-open at the University on Monday, October 24.