Southeastern News

“Parents, Families and Friends Day’’ set for Sept. 19

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate “Parents, Families and Friends Day’’ on Saturday, September 19.

The festivities will begin at 11 a.m. with Brunch in the Café. Visitors to the campus may accompany students to the special brunch at the Café in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union.

Tailgate Alley opens at noon across from Paul Laird Field.

“Parents, Families and Friends Day’’ registration starts at 2 p.m. under the tent at Tailgate Alley. Parents may pick up souvenir cups while supplies last, enjoy the pretzel bar and purchase discounted tickets to the football game.

“Arbuckle Express’’ will provide live music from the Tailgate Stage while groups snap family pictures at the True Blue photo booth and/or make signs for the family at the SE Sign Shop.

Judging of the True Blue BBQ will be held prior to 3 p.m. and complimentary samples will be available at the True Blue Central tent.

Savage Storm mascot Bolt will be available for family photos at 3 p.m. in the Parents Day tent.

Awarding of the True Blue BBQ Trophy is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

“Reckless Kelly’’ will  provide live music on the Tailgate Stage at 4 p.m.

Southeastern performances will begin at 5:30 and feature  the Sparks Dance Team, the Chorvettes Show Choir and the Southeastern marching band.

Coach Bo Atterberry’s Savage Storm squad will take on Oklahoma Baptist at 6 p.m. at Paul Laird Field.

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Southeastern celebrates “Parents, Family and Friends Day’’

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University celebrated “Parents, Family and Friends Day’’ Saturday with various activities leading up to the Savage Storm — Ouachita Baptist University football game at Paul Laird Field. Tailgate Alley was open across from Laird Field and served as the site for the day’s activities.

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Football, barbecue, and music draw crowd to Southeastern

DURANT, Okla. – A 19-yard field goal by Jake Walters as time expired Saturday night capped a great day of activities at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The kick gave Southeastern a 52-49 victory over Arkansas-Monticello at Paul Laird Field. It was first-year coach Bo Atterberry’s first win at Southeastern and marked the second week in a row that the outcome of a Savage Storm game came down to the final play. Last week, Southern Arkansas threw a last-second touchdown pass to edge Southeastern, 30-29. Also on the game day menu Saturday were barbecue and music as

the True Blue BBQ Cook-off and SE Tailgate Party were held across from Laird Field in Tailgate Alley. First place honors in the second-annual cook-off, sponsored by the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce, went to First Texoma National Bank.

Charlie Robison, with special guest the Chase Sanford Band, livened up the festivities with a free concert in Tailgate Alley in the afternoon.

Jake Walters kicked a 19-yard field as time ran out to provide the winning margin.

Jake Walters kicked a 19-yard field as time ran out to provide the winning margin.

Tailgate Alley was the scene for music, barbecue and fun prior to Saturday’s football game.

Tailgate Alley was the scene for music, barbecue and fun prior to Saturday’s football game.

Charlie Robison entertained the crowd Saturday afternoon.

Charlie Robison entertained the crowd Saturday afternoon.

New Savage Storm mascot to be revealed Sept. 5

DURANT, Okla. – Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 5, as that will be the day the new Savage Storm mascot will be revealed for the first time.

“We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to present a new Savage Storm mascot,’’ said Southeastern Oklahoma State University president Larry Minks. “Our mascot will become demonstrative of the pride, resilience and strength we believe personifies Southeastern.  People will have the opportunity to not only see the mascot at athletic events, but at many other events within the University community and the Durant area.’’

To celebrate, the University will hold a Savage Storm Rally on Sept. 5 at 12:30 p.m. in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union. Students, faculty, and staff will gather for this event, which will include the unveiling of the official university mascot imagery and logo, and a preview of the mascot as a life-size cutout, in addition to remarks by a number of individuals.

A community reveal event is planned for later that day at 5:30 p.m. at Tailgate Alley (across from Paul Laird Football Field). The Savage Storm will then kick off the football season at 6 p.m. against Southern Arkansas.

To further engage the campus and community, there will be a “Name Your Mascot” contest taking place from September 5 – September 21. Participants will have 10 days to submit a name they feel best represents Southeastern and its mascot followed by an on-line vote. Details on the contest will be announced on Sept. 5.

The winning name will be announced homecoming weekend (Oct. 4-5) with the new mascot leading the team on the field against Texas A&M-Commerce on Oct. 5.

Following is the complete schedule of events for September 5:

12:30 p.m. — Savage Storm Rally (Mascot Reveal) Glen D. Johnson Student Union

3 p.m. — Tailgate Alley opens (3rd & University)

4:30 p.m. – True Blue BBQ Cookoff (Tailgate Alley)

5:30 p.m. – Savage Storm Mascot Reveal (Tailgate Alley)

5:40 p.m. – The Walk (Paul Laird Field)

6 p.m. — Football vs. Southern Arkansas (Paul Laird Field)

Parents Day set for September 15

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate Parents, Friends and Family Day Saturday, September 15, when the Savage Storm football team hosts Southern Arkansas University.

Southeastern’s Office of Student Life is sponsoring the event from 3-6 p.m. at Tailgate Alley as fans get fired up for the first home football game of the season. Kickoff is 6 o’clock at Paul Laird Field.

Coach Ray Richards’ team scored early and late to defeat Texas A&M University-Commerce in the road opener on Sept. 1.

Students are encouraged to bring Parents, Friends and Family to the campus to celebrate the 2012 football home opener.

Students and families should sign up at Those signing up will receive a free meal, enjoy the game, live music and entertainment.

The Office of Student Life is sponsoring a photo booth for families to enjoy.