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Southeastern celebrates Homecoming

October 28, 2019


DURANT, Okla. – Wet and chilly  weather conditions didn’t dampen the spirits as Southeastern Oklahoma State University welcomed alumni and friends back to campus for Homecoming Friday and Saturday.

Among the many events were the  Whang Bang alumni golf tournament at Chickasaw Pointe,  the Alumni Association banquet honoring the Distinguished Alumni and Former Faculty award recipients, pre-game tailgating, and football game against Henderson State.

Thursday night’s Homecoming Parade was cancelled due to heavy rain, while Friday night’s bonfire was moved to the Glen D. Johnson Student Union gym for a pep rally.

Saturday was a different story, as the clouds broke and the sun produced a beautiful fall afternoon as a large crowd enjoyed tailgating activities and the football game.

At halftime, students Sarah Winnett and Kevin Buckingham were named Homecoming Royalty. The Savage Storm came up on the short end of a 41-27 score against Henderson.

This year’s Alumni Association award recipients were as follows:

Distinguished Alumni

  • James Parrish, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Executive Director of Education/School Programs and Senior Director of the School of the Choctaw Language
  • Tuan That Ton, U.S. Army Senior Defense Official and Defense Attache’ to Vietnam
  • Rick Wells, Principal and Founder of Wells Hospitality Group, LLC, One Heart Ventures, LLC, and The Seed Project Foundation


  • J. Herbert Taylor (Posthumously), molecular biologist and geneticist


Distinguished Former Faculty

— Dr. Mary Ann Craige, music professor

— Vicki Hudson, health, physical education and recreation professor