USAO Fills Annual Homecoming With Fun Nov. 6-9
Preparations for this year’s Alumni Homecoming are underway at the University of Science and Arts. The 2008 reunion will celebrate the university’s centennial year with many special events and performances. The homecoming is scheduled Nov. 6-9.
Events for the weekend include an awards luncheon for new USAO Alumni Hall of Fame inductees, a centennial scrapbook project, a performance by the Lee Shaw Jazz Trio, dedication of the Stevens Alumni House and the presentation of scholarships.
The annual alumni reunion is open to all USAO alumni. Registrations are being accepted at the USAO Alumni Development office, (405) 574-1290. Registration packages begin at $40 per person with an all-inclusive package for $50 per person, which includes all meals. Additional information is available online at www.usao.edu/alumni.
“Participation from alumni from all the eras of the college – USAO, OCLA and OCW – is so important in making this year’s homecoming celebration a success. The Alumni Association’s Homecoming Committee and the Stevens Alumni House Committee are working very hard to ensure we have great events and fun fellowship during the weekend,” said Julie Bohannon, director of alumni development. Mignon Shaffer chairs the Homecoming Committee and the Stevens Alumni House Committee is chaired by Angie Burruss.
The weekend kicks off Thursday afternoon with the Centennial Scrapbook Project from 3-5 p.m. at Nash Library. “Bring your college photos. We will scan them for a centennial scrapbook for viewing in the university’s archive. You will receive a color copy of your page as a memento,” Bohannon said. The scrapbook project is also scheduled Nov. 7 and Nov. 8 from 10 a.m.-noon at Nash Library.
While in the library, participants can view the Great Oklahoma Women from OCW exhibit. The exhibit, made possible by a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council, captures the lives of highly successful women whose stories span 1917-58. Of the 10 women, four are living and remain internationally recognized leaders in their fields of medicine, art and music and librarianship.
Other events Friday morning and afternoon include the Class of ’58 Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. in the Best Western Atrium, Dutch-Treat Lunch at noon at Yesteryear’s 50s Diner and Academic Division Open Houses from 2-5 p.m. on the USAO campus.
The USAO Art Gallery will open on Friday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Art by Narciso Arguelles and Stuart Asprey will be featured.
The reunion goes into high gear Friday evening with the annual Green & Gold Scholarship Banquet at 6 p.m., followed by singing on the steps of Troutt Hall at 8:30 p.m.
Saturday’s events are launched at 9:30 a.m. with an open house and dedication ceremony of the Stevens Alumni House. Class photographs follow in the Student Center Ballroom at 11 a.m.
The annual Hall of Fame Luncheon begins at noon highlighting this year’s inductees -- U.S. Navy chaplain Bradford E. Ableson, computer pioneer Nan Nabors Reynolds and nationally recognized children’s authors Bill and Carol Wallace. The activities continue on Saturday with the President’s Reception at 5 p.m.
As a part of the Centennial Celebration, the Lee Shaw Jazz Trio is scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Chapel. Lee Shaw, a 1947 OCW music graduate, brings the university a special piano jazz performance as part of the university’s 100th celebration. The concert is free and the public is invited to attend.
The Homecoming weekend comes to a close as alumni join together Sunday at 9 a.m. to honor past friends and classmates during a memorial service in the USAO Alumni Chapel. Also scheduled is a Dove Memorial Release at 10 a.m.