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Chief Justice Tom Colbert EOSC alumnus becomes Oklahoma Supreme Court’s first African American chief justice
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Welcome to the 2013 issue of In Review, your source for news, events and activities from Eastern Oklahoma State College. This issue’s cover features the newly appointed Chief Justice Tom Colbert. On page 12, read about how this alumnus helped create a significant moment in Oklahoma’s history.
A Lasting Legacy
The late Johnnie Wray left a legacy at Eastern. The recently renovated “Little Theatre” in Pratt Hall now bears her name.
Excellence in Education Professor Ruth Askew Brelsford is honored for teaching her students that they have a voice and the right to use it.
Theatre Takes Center Stage The recent growth of Eastern’s speech and drama program is bringing a diverse group of students, instructors and productions to the college.
This fall, students moved into new apartment-style housing, featuring private bedrooms and bathrooms for each resident.
4 Message from the President 5 Eastern at a Glance 6 News Briefs 10 Celebrating Our Home New and old traditions were honored during Eastern’s annual Homecoming celebration. 14 Diamonds Are Forever Eastern’s largest annual fundraising event resulted in $11,500 for student scholarships. 15 The Art of the Matter Alumna Anita Caldwell Jackson’s Native American artwork finds a home at Eastern. 17 A Man of Science, A Man for Students Professor Bill Albright says goodbye after 40 year of service to students. 20 Student Organizations Focus on Service EOSC students develop community service programs. 21 A Solid Foundation Alumna Evelyn Jo Whisenhunt-Guthery addresses the Class of 2013 during commencement. 22 Basketball Season Recaps 23 Baseball & Softball Season Recaps 24 EOSC Focuses on Scholarships EOSC presents nearly half a million in scholarships. 24 Honoring a Family’s Special Connection Families honor fathers with scholarships in their names. 25 EOSC Facility Improvements Private gifts support needed facility improvements. 26 Connections for a Lifetime Alumni Association recognizes lifetime members. 27 Making an Impact The EOSC Foundation recognizes scholarship donors.
Eastern Oklahoma State College has seen another year of great accomplishment. I continue to be amazed at the quality of students that attend our college especially, when I learn about the goals and aspirations they have set for themselves as they chart their course in life. In January, we completed the last of our $5.5 million capital improvement projects by dedicating the little theatre in Pratt Hall for Ms. Johnnie Wray. This 90 seat, state-of-the-art theatre was named for Ms. Wray who served as a speech and debate instructor at Eastern from 1959 to 1984. It was an honor to witness the swearing in of Eastern Alumni Hall of Fame member Tom Colbert as the first African-American chief justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court. This was an historic day for our state and was a direct reflection on the type of individual Justice Colbert has been to the judicial system in Oklahoma. We are extremely proud of his accomplishment as it is much deserved. Eastern was also honored by one of its faculty members this year. Ruth Askew-Brelsford was recognized by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence as the recipient of the Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in Teaching from a Regional University/Community College. Ms. Brelsford has served as a speech and drama instructor at Eastern for many years, as well as serving as sponsor for the Honors Program, where many great ideas have been developed and implemented at our institution. As I enter my seventh year as president of Eastern Oklahoma State College, I reflect on how much this college has progressed from my first day in this position. The academic division has made great strides in all areas to include enhancing our online services, developing a consistent process for student assessment, to increasing our graduation rates over the past four years. The area of business affairs continues to grow and develop internal processes and procedures to ensure we are taking care of all areas relating to institutional finances. The student affairs division continues to look at creative ways to entice students to attend Eastern in order for us to provide them with a quality education. And finally, the advisement and direction we are providing at McAlester, Antlers, and Idabel has grown stronger each year as we continue to see student growth at those sites. Without question, the total makeup of our faculty, staff and administration at Eastern is the best since I have had the honor of serving as president. We should all be very proud of this college as we begin our 105th year of service to southeastern Oklahoma. I invite you to come and visit our college and you to will see â€œThe Power of Eastern.â€?
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at a glance student-tofacutly ratio
average class size
full-time faculty & staff
classes taught by full-time faculty
70% current enrollment
67% female 33% male 33% minority
20,022 credit hours board of regents Loise Washington, Chair Teresa Jackson, Vice Chair Brian Lott, Secretary Monte McAlester Denton McNutt Burl Williams Carl Wooldridge The mission of Eastern Oklahoma State College is to generate student learning through its associate degrees and other academic programs
which effectively prepare graduates to complete baccalaureate degrees, obtain productive employment, and lead enriched lives of learning. It is simultaneously the mission of the College to engage in educational programming and related activities that promote regional economic and community development.
Eastern Oklahoma State College is recognized as an innovative leader in
providing high quality educational services, cultural programming and economic development partnerships.
news briefs the popular athlete established a fund and created the award in memory of their friend. Dr. Henry Migliore, Eastern alumnus and Stone’s former teammate, presented the awards.
Wansick Honored by McAlester Chamber Top in the Nation
The Eastern Soils Judging Team finished 2nd in the nation at the NACTA contest this spring. Pictured are (l to r) Dakota Hokit, Larriann Chambers, Coach Tansy Grimmett, Dakota Janes and Reilly Cloud.
Soils Team Finishes Second in National Competition Under the guidance of first-year coach and instructor Tansy Grimmett, Eastern’s Soils Team finished in second place at the NACTA (National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture) Judging Conference on April 5 at Texas Tech University. Team members also earned individual honors with Reilly Cloud of Swayer finishing as 3rd High Individual Overall; Dakota Janes of Colcord placing as 7th High Individual Overall; Dakota Hokit of Buffalo Valley scoring as 8th High Individual Overall; and Larriann Chambers of Tushka finishing as 13th High Individual Overall.
45th Annual Stone Awards
All of Eastern’s student athletes from basketball, baseball, softball and cheerleading were honored during the 45th annual Larry Stone Athletic Banquet on April 29. Two students
were also selected as recipients of the prestigious Larry Stone Award. Sophomore basketball players Rebecca Stewart of Houston, Tex. and Devante Calloway of Opelika, Ala. were selected for their overall contributions to the spirit of athletics and their demonstration of teamwork, citizenship, determination and unselfishness. The award is named after the late Larry Stone, of Jay, who played football and baseball at Eastern in the early 1960s. Marine Lt. Stone was killed in combat while on patrol in Vietnam. Friends of
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Rebecca Stewart and Devante Calloway.
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Dr. Janet Wansick, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Institutional Research, was honored by the McAlester Chamber of Commerce as the 2013 Business Woman of the Year. Wansick was named the dean of Eastern’s McAlester campus in June 2011. She is active in several community
Business Woman of the Year
Dr. Janet Wansick (center) is joined by Chamber members April Murray and David Keith.
organizations in McAlester, serving as a member of the McAlester Public School Board, past president for the MPOWER Economic Development Board and as a board member for the McAlester Chamber of Commerce. Wansick is also a member of Pride in McAlester, McAlester Main Street, Pittsburg County Crime Stoppers and Rotary International. She is also active at the state level serving on the Oklahoma State Regents’ Economic Development Committee. She is also a member of the 26th class of Leadership Oklahoma.
Home Again Last fall, Red Dirt singer Bo Phillips returned to his roots. A southeastern Oklahoma native, Phillips returned to his alma mater on Nov. 1 for a concert during Eastern’s 2012 Homecoming week. Phillips is a 1993 graduate of Buffalo Valley High School and he attended Eastern before finishing his degree at Oklahoma State University. The Bo Phllips Band’s hit single “Red Dirt Girl,” reached No. 1 on the Regional Texas Country/Red Dirt Radio music charts in August. The song is from his album “Fishin’ with Grandpa.”
Watch eosc.edu and your email for a launch announcement for the new Mountaineers Forever Alumni website.
Nigh inducted into OACC Hall of Fame Former Oklahoma Gov. George Nigh was inducted into the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges (OACC) Hall of Fame at their annual conference in October. “This award recognizes Gov. Nigh’s tireless commitment to improving higher education opportunities for all citizens in Oklahoma, regardless of their wealth, heritage or previous
Alumnus and Red Dirt singer Bo Phillips and his band perform a Homecoming concert.
New Alumni Website The EOSC Alumni Association will launch a new website this year to help you stay connected with alumni, students and the college. “Mountaineers Forever” will allow users to create an alumni profile, find friends and classmates, register for events and manage email communications from the college.
Hall of Fame
Alumnus Gov. George Nigh is inducted into OACC Hall of Fame by Dr. Stephen Smith.
He served eight years in the House of Representatives and 16 years as lieutenant governor. He was elected to his first term in the House in 1950 while a senior in college at East Central University in Ada. Nigh was inducted into the EOSC Alumni Hall of Fame in 1988. “Gov. Nigh is very respected and well beloved in Oklahoma,” said President Dr. Stephen Smith. “The Eastern community is very proud of his accomplishments, as well as his service and commitment to our state. Gov. Nigh recognizes the value of higher education and is a wonderful representative for the community college system.”
Write to Us academic experience,” said OACC Executive Director Gary Davidson. A McAlester native, Nigh graduated from Eastern in 1948. He is the only community college graduate to serve as governor of Oklahoma. Nigh was the first governor in Oklahoma history to be elected to more than one term, as well as the first gubernatorial candidate to carry all of the state’s 77 counties in the 1982 election.
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A Lasting Legacy Johnnie Wray left a legacy of confident public speakers and a popular children’s theatre program that continues decades after she began it. Her legacy was honored in January when the newly renovated “Little Theatre” in Pratt Hall was renamed the Johnnie Wray Theatre. Wray served as a speech and debate instructor at Eastern from 1959 to 1984. During that time, her students won numerous national debate championships and individual awards. The theatre that now bears her name recognizes Wray’s legacy and her efforts to inspire young students to pursue the arts. The theatre was originally opened in Pratt Hall in 1963. The renovations include new seating, stage lightening, sound and audiovisual systems, as well as updates to the lobby, band and choral rehearsal halls and practice studios. Students will use the theatre for music, theatre, recitals, lectures and more. Part of the renovations were funded through private contributions. About 90 people attended the Jan. 18 dedication ceremony which
began with a welcome from Eastern President Dr. Stephen Smith. “This recognition honors Mrs. Wray’s efforts to inspire young students to pursue the arts and her legacy of effective public speakers across the nation,” Smith said. “The renovated theatre will provide a new generation of students with an opportunity to study and Johnnie Wray express themselves through music, theatre, recitals and lectures in a contemporary facility.” Three of Wray’s former students, who are now teaching at Eastern, also spoke at the event. Dr. Billye Givens, dean of the Language, Humanities and Education division, Cheryl Wood
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Take the Stage
(left to right) Dr. Billye Givens, Lee Anne Schweitzer, Cheryl Woods Myers, Dr. Stephen Smith, Grady Wray and Loise Washington.
Myers, psychology, sociology and CDP instructor, and Lee Anne Schweitzer, English instructor, shared stories and memories of their former professor. “Johnnie made a memorable impression on everyone,” Givens said. “If she was a punctuation mark, Johnnie would have been an exclamation point. She was emphatic. She was dynamic. She was concerned about the whole student and the things that we learned.” Myers began her college career as work study student for Wray. “I always feel like she is with me when I speak to a group of people,” Myers said. “Johnnie was a unique combination of magnetic personality and natural educator. She worked as hard as any of her students whether she was in the classroom, building a stage set or preparing a team for a national debate; she gave it her all.” Grady Wray, Johnnie’s son, also attended the dedication and shared numerous memories of her life and her joy working with young students. Grady, who works in the Modern Languages, Literature, and Linguistics
Division at the University of Oklahoma, said he still uses many of the techniques he learned from his mother. “What was very important to her revolved around maintaining good communication... the most effective way to get the idea in your head into the head of someone else,” Grady said. “Sometimes she would come screaming down the aisles of Mitchell Auditorium saying, ‘No, no, no! Not like that, I said do it with passion.’ She would grab you and walk you through the correct staging.” Grady ended the speaking portion of the event by saying, “May the spirit of Johnnie Wray invade this theatre and may her uplifting presence always inspire those that pass through it to do their best.” To conclude the dedication ceremony, Eastern’s Theatre Department presented a scene from their fall production of “Almost, Maine.” Sophomore Rodney Morris of Forney, Texas and freshman José Rivera of Holdenville presented “They Fell” for the audience. EOSC Mass Communication freshman Jayson Knight contributed to this story.
Best Seats in the House Personalized seats in the Johnnie Wray Theatre are still available. For a tax-deductible gift of $300, patrons can personalize a seat with a brass nameplate featuring their name or that of a friend, loved one, company, or Eastern student or alumnus. To learn more, contact Eastern’s Office of Institutional Advancement at 918.465.1759.
Grady Wray, son of the late Johnnie Wray, stands outside the renovated theatre that was named in his mother’s honor with EOSC President Dr. Stephen Smith.
Celebrating Our Home Both new and old traditions were honored during Easternâ€™s annual Homecoming celebration in November. Hundreds of alumni and friends returned to Wilburton to celebrate a full week of activities including a Community Halloween Carnival, parade, outdoor picnic, Homecoming coronation and basketball games. For the first time, this yearâ€™s Homecoming activities included a bonfire and a concert by Red Dirt singer and alumnus Bo Phillips (see page 7). The college expanded the annual Hall of Fame banquet by renaming the event the Homecoming Awards Dinner and introducing three new awards to accompany the traditional Hall of Fame induction. Minnie Walker was presented the Distinguished Former Faculty award, which honors individuals who have demonstrated dedication and achievements in the teaching and mentoring of Eastern students. Walker taught business courses from 1956-1986.
The family of the late R. B. Mitchell received the Heritage Award, which recognizes individuals that had a profound impact on the history of Eastern. During his tenure, which began in 1911, Mitchell served as an engineering instructor, dean, vice president and interim president. The oldest building on campus, which was constructed in 1910, is named Mitchell Hall in his honor. Richard Henderson, a Hartshorne native and 2003 Eastern graduate, received the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. He has been a member of the Oklahoma State University Cowgirl basketball coaching staff for five years and helped the 2012 team reach their first-ever WNIT title. Stanely Funderburg was inducted as the 29th member of the EOSC Alumni Association Hall of Fame. Funderburg has been a successful teacher, coach and businessman, as well as a member of the State Governorâ€™s Office. He also served as a sergeant major and member of the 45th Division in Korea.
Homecoming Awards Honorees
L to R: Kaci Elich, great granddaughter of R.B. Mitchell; Richard Henderson, Sue Lynn Wimmer, granddaughter of R.B. Mitchell; Scott Mitchell, grandson of R.B. Mitchell; Minnie Walker; Gretchen Mitchell, wife of Scott Mitchell; Stanley Funderburg and President Dr. Stephen Smith.
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Homecoming Queen & King
Sophomores Kate Atchley of Brownwood, Tex. and Jake Wood of McAlester.
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EOSC Alumnus Tom Colbert is sworn in as chief justice by retired Oklahoma County District Judge Charles Owens.
A Moment in
Our History The year 2013 will etched in the pages of Oklahoma’s history as the year Tom Colbert was sworn in as the first ever African-American chief justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court. But Colbert, a 1970 Eastern graduate and Alumni Hall of Fame member, humbly believes he is the beneficiary of the sacrifices and determination of those that came before him. “I have been very fortunate and blessed to be a recipient of this great honor,” Colbert said. “So many people sacrificed their health, safety and even paid the ultimate price for me to be serving as chief justice. I am just a conduit of those great individuals and their struggle for equality and opportunities in our country.” During a recent interview, Colbert referred to the accomplishments of Ada Lois Sipuel-Fisher, the first African-American admitted to the University of Oklahoma’s law school; Amos T. Hall, one
of Oklahoma’s most significant civil rights lawyers; Inman Page, an influential Oklahoma educator and the first president of the institution now known as Langston University; and Thurgood Marshall, the U.S. Supreme Court’s first African-American justice. Those individuals, as well as his family, were in Colbert’s thoughts as he was sworn-in as chief justice during a Jan. 4 ceremony in the Oklahoma Capitol. Retired Oklahoma County District Judge Charles Owens, a history-maker in his own right, issued the oath to Colbert. Owens was the first African-American judge in Oklahoma when he was appointed in 1968. During the historic ceremony, Colbert told the overflow crowd of several hundred people that his grandfather and mother provided encouragement after a high school guidance counselor told him he wouldn’t make it to college.
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“That’s why we need role models. I was very blessed to have a mother and grandparents that even though you were discouraged they promoted and pushed and encouraged you to continue on, knowing that was the only way that you’re going to break the chains of poverty,” Colbert said. After graduating from Sapulpa High School, Colbert accomplished his first educational goal and began his collegiate career at Eastern, where he excelled in track and field. “I was very fortunate when I chose Eastern back in the late 60s. I chose Eastern because I wanted a school that would provide opportunities for education, personal development and athletic coaching that I felt were essential to my success, not only on the athletic field but also in life,” Colbert said. “The professors were instrumental in encouraging you academically and making sure you were getting the foundation you needed to go forward.
in our lives and to work hard in all our endeavors – on the field and off the field.” After earning his associate degree in 1970, Colbert went on earn a bachelor’s degree from Kentucky State University in 1973. While at Kentucky, Colbert excelled in track in the triple jump, long jump and high jump and was named an NCAA All-American. He later earned a master’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University in 1976 and a juris doctorate from the University of Oklahoma in 1982. He also served in the United States Army from 1973 to 1975. In 1982, Colbert became assistant dean of the Law School at Marquette University. He returned to Oklahoma and became an assistant district attorney in Oklahoma County until 1986 and then maintained a private law practice in Oklahoma City from 1986 until 2000. After a four-year term on the Oklahoma Civil Court of Appeals, he was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2004 by then Gov. Brad Henry, becoming the first African-American member on the high court.
“My time at Eastern prepared me for my career by giving me a solid educational foundation. The study habits and life lessons I received During the swearingat Eastern remained in ceremony, Colbert with me throughout my revealed that he matriculation at other Celebrating at the Swearing-In Ceremony considered resigning his schools, my time spent Eastern President Dr. Stephen Smith congratulates EOSC Alumnus Chief Justice Tom position twice – once to preparing to take the Colbert at the formal swearing-in ceremony at the State Capitol on Jan. 4. be considered for a federal bar exam, teaching my judgeship and another students how to succeed in life, as I prepared cases for trial, and to contemplate an offer in private practice. In both instances, his now as I prepare to rule on cases that have come before the Court,” family told him he owed it to those civil rights leaders he admires to he said. remain on the court with a goal of becoming chief justice. Colbert points to his former track and field coach, Glen Stone, as an influential role model during his years at Eastern. He said Stone stressed the importance of education, determination and discipline in all areas of life.
“Here I am on the doorstep of making it to the next level, and it would be very selfish for me to worry about my own opportunities when someone else may never get the opportunity to stand where I’m standing, being a minority,” Colbert said at the ceremony.
“He was a father figure away from home,” Colbert said. “He was able to instill in each one of the athletes he coached that your destiny is determined by you. He always advised us to keep Christ
Where he is standing, as chief justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court, is a proud moment for Eastern Oklahoma State College and an historical milestone for the state of Oklahoma.
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Sapphire Ball Honorees
Eastern President Dr. Stephen Smith (far left) gathers with honorees at the 2013 Sapphire Ball. Honorees include (from left to right) Dr. Billye Givens, President’s Excellence in Teaching Award; The Puterbaugh Foundation Trustees Lucy Smith, Cara Bland and Justice Steven Taylor, Community Spirit Award; Gaylon Brannon, J.C. Hunt Award; Linus Williams and Rhonda Fields, Distinguished Alumnus Awards.
An elegant evening of dinner and dancing resulted in $11,500 for student scholarships at Eastern’s fourth annual Sapphire Ball on March 2. The college also honored outstanding employees, alumni and community supporters at the event. “Diamonds Are Forever” was the theme for the event which included dinner, the awards presentation, entertainment by students and local community members, a silent and live auction, and dancing. The Sapphire Ball is Eastern’s largest annual scholarship fundraising event and this year’s event was the most successful yet with a capacity crowd of 200 guests. Proceeds from the event fund Eastern’s Sapphire Scholarship for deserving students. “We are grateful for the generous support of so many people, including Eastern alumni and employees, as well as local business and community members,” said Treva Kennedy, director of Institutional Advancement. “Thanks to their support of the
Sapphire Scholarship Fund, more deserving students will have the opportunity to attend Eastern and earn a degree.” Four individuals and one organization were honored by Eastern President Dr. Stephen Smith at the event. Smith said that each honoree has been instrumental to the success of the college. “The Sapphire Ball has become an extremely special event for Eastern,” Smith said. “This event allows us to honor some very special individuals that include our employees, community supporters, and alumni. We appreciate them all very much for how they support and represent our institution.” The Puterbaugh Foundation of McAlester received the President’s Community Spirit Award. The Foundation is a long-time supporter of student scholarships for Eastern’s nursing program. Created by McAlester Fuel Co. founder J.G. Puterbaugh (1876-1965), the Foundation supports a variety of social and education needs, youth projects, medical research, the arts and other worthwhile causes.
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Justice Steven Taylor, Cara Bland and Lucy Smith serve as trustees. Rhonda Fields of Sulphur (Class of 1978) was named a Distinguished Alumnus. Fields is considered a pioneer in women’s athletics in Oklahoma. A native of Panama, she played basketball at Eastern and Oklahoma State University. She was the first full-scholarship female athlete in OSU history thanks to the landmark Title IX legislation. She was also a successful educator and girls’ basketball coach in Stillwater and Jenks. Also named a Distinguished Alumnus was Linus Williams of Stigler (Class of 1962). Williams played both football and basketball at Eastern. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma and serving in the Air National Guard, Williams began a successful advertising career with Young and Rubican Advertising in New York. In 1980, he returned to his hometown of Stigler to take over the Stigler NewsSentinel from his parents upon their retirement. Dr. Billye Givens of Wilburton received the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Givens is a graduate of Eastern and has spent her entire professional career at the college. She began teaching physical education and English at Eastern in 1973 and now serves as the Dean of the Division of Language, Humanities and Education. Givens is active with the local Partners for Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), the First Presbyterian Church, the First Methodist Church and other organizations.
The Art of the Matter As award-winning artist and McAlester native Anita Caldwell Jackson walked through the halls of Eastern, she had a hard time believing what she was seeing. The alumna’s artwork was hanging throughout the first floor of the Library building on the campus she used to call home. “When I was going to school here at Eastern, I never would have dreamed my artwork would be displayed here,” Caldwell Jackson said. “I’m very proud of my time at Eastern, so this is a great honor for me.” Mike and Nancy McGowan, also of McAlester, are longtime fans of Caldwell Jackson’s art. For several years, Mike grew their collection of paintings and prints and displayed several pieces in The Bank N.A. of Oklahoma in McAlester where Mike served as chairman and CEO. Upon his retirement, the McGowans decided to donate 19 pieces from their collection to share the artwork with the community. “It’s wonderful to have a place where the art can be viewed and enjoyed. Anita is from this area and is a graduate of Eastern, so it’s a perfect fit,” Nancy McGowan said. Caldwell Jackson is a 1971 graduate of Eastern. She is known for her Native American art that features acrylics, pencil and mixed media using calico cloth and acrylic paint. She is a former art teacher and counselor at Kiowa Public Schools and is currently a featured artist at the SOFA Art Gallery in McAlester. Art On Display
Nancy McGowan (left), artist Anita Caldwell Jackson and Dr. Stephen Smith stand in front of the painting “Infant Milkyway.”
An Eastern employee for 34 years, Gaylon Brannon of Bug Tussel received the J.C. Hunt Award for staff excellence. Brannon manages the college’s meat processing and food safety lab. He has also served as an instructor during his time at Eastern and was voted the 2012 Teacher of the Year by students. Brannon is also a graduate of Eastern.
Excellence in Education At the heart of Ruth Askew Brelsford’s teaching is the belief that students have something to say and the right to say it. Throughout her 26-year career as an educator, she has helped countless students find their voice. This spring, she had the opportunity to share her voice. Brelsford, professor and department chair in speech and drama and Honors Program coordinator, was honored as one of five outstanding educators in Oklahoma’s public schools by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. She received the Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in Teaching at a Regional University/Community College at the foundation’s 27th annual Academic Awards Banquet on May 18 in Oklahoma City. Brelsford received a $5,000 cash prize and a glass “Roots and Wings” sculpture, designed by the late Oklahoma artist Ron Roberts.
Sharing Her Voice
Ruth Askew Brelsford accepts her Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in Teaching award. Below, she is surrounded by 1,000 paper cranes her Honors students created for a Japanese Relief project.
In addition to her time at Eastern, Brelsford has taught in middle school, high school and university settings, as well as in a college creative writing program for inmates at a local prison. In each case, her teaching challenges students not only to comprehend concepts, but also to analyze, evaluate and apply their knowledge to real-world problems. “My teaching techniques are based on listening to students and then introducing them to that really huge world out there, reminding them that they have every right to succeed in it – and can – but they have to think critically and communicate effectively,” said Brelsford. Brelsford also teaches an Honors Seminar each semester that challenges students not only
to read and write about great social and political issues, but also to take action in their community. Their projects have included launching a campuswide recycling program, making 1,000 paper cranes for a Japanese Relief project, raising $1,000 for tsunami relief, and developing a mentoring program to serve at-risk youth at Wilburton Middle School. Brelsford has also been an adviser to many international students, inviting them to her home for meals, taking them on outings to attend cultural events and involving them in community projects. Outside the classroom, Brelsford and her students have co-led voter registration drives, coordinated a Constitution Day forum and organized Veteran’s Day observances on campus. “Professor Brelsford instills an appreciation for education that reaches far beyond academia,” said student Colby Lloyd Carpenter. “She teaches her students the practical application of an educated mind. For that, I will always be grateful to her.”
“My teaching techniques are based on listening to students and then introducing them to that really huge world out there, reminding them that they have every right to succeed in it...”
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A Man of Science, A Man for Students Nearly every day for four decades, Bill Albright asked his students a single question as they exited his classroom. Did you learn anything today? “If they said they didn’t, then I goofed up,” Albright said, laughing. Hundreds of students have certainly learned about biology and botany under the direction of Albright, who retired in May after 40 years of teaching at Eastern. He left a research position at the Kerr Foundation to pursue teaching in 1973 and never looked back. “I really enjoyed research, but I also wanted to explain and teach the processes to others. I love talking about science and then showing students how things work,” said Albright, who is also an EOSC graduate. Outside of the classroom, Albright helped create the state forestry contest for the state of Oklahoma and has assisted with the annual Eastern Oklahoma Regional Science
and Engineering Fair. Both of these events bring high school students from across the state to the Eastern campus. When asked what he’s most proud of during his teaching career, Albright said simply, “my students.” “I’m tremendously proud of my former students and what they’ve accomplished,” Albright said. “Whether they became a forestry technician or a doctor, it doesn’t matter what level it is, it’s just the fact that they’ve succeeded and were determined enough to go to college and finish their degree that makes me proud. I think that’s extremely important and I’ve always tried give them encouragement.”
a great honor to have studied under Mr. Albright and, more importantly, to continue to call him my friend 32 years later. We continue to keep in touch to this day,” Arnold said. “To myself and many others, Mr. Bill Albright really is Eastern Oklahoma State College. Thank you, Mr. Albright, for being a great friend, mentor, teacher and inspiration.” Yes, thank you, Professor.
Joe Arnold, a 1980 forestry technology graduate, recently commended his former professor in a letter to The Statesman. “It was, and continues to be,
Joining/Retiring Several new faces have joined Eastern’s faculty and staff this year, while others have retired from the ranks. Retirees for 2012-13
Full-time Faculty Hires for 2012-13
Bill Albright, Professor of Biology – 40 years Karen Clark, Registrar – 30 years Mary Ford, Professor of Music & Humanities/Accompanist
Marshall Carby, Instructor of Speech & Humanities Andrea Green, Instructor of Biology Tansy Grimmett, Instructor of Agronomy Dr. Brandon Henrix, Instructor of Music/Director of Ensembles Dr. Randall Maples, Instructor of Chemistry Christy Stanfield, Instructor of Nursing
Professional Staff Hires for 2012-13 Dr. Stephen Glazier, Vice President of Student Affairs Barney Howard, Farm Manager Melissa Juarez, GEAR UP Education Coordinator Kinya Meineke, Academic Advisor/Student Support Services Danel Walker, Graphic Designer
The EOSC Theatre production of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.”
Theatre Takes Center Stage In the past year, audiences have explored the mysteries of the human heart in a mythical town, witnessed the struggle for power in a jungle full of wild animals, and laughed at the exploits of Charlie Brown, Snoopy and their friends. The diverse theatre season was a remarkable success for Eastern’s speech and drama program and new instructors Sarah Klocke and Marshall Carby. Klocke and Carby arrived at Eastern in August 2012. Klocke is the theatre director and Carby is a technical director. Both teach speech and drama courses in the Language, Humanities and Education Division. While several students were active in Eastern’s theatre productions, there were no students currently pursuing an associate’s degree in speech and drama when Klocke and Carby arrived. However, by the end of their first year, everything changed.
more students wanting to be part of a successful theatre program,” Carby said. Klocke said while they continue to recruit locally, many of the new students are coming from outside of the Wilburton area. She and Carby regularly attend and recruit students at college fairs and theatre festivals in the region. They will have another opportunity to meet prospective students when they present a workshop this year at the Arkansas State Thespian Festival. During their first year, Klocke and Carby presented a fourshow season that kicked off with John Cariani’s “Almost, Maine” in September. The unique production was comprised of eight vignettes featuring four actors portraying eight different Children’s Theatre Workshop The cast of “The Jungle Book.”
“We’re expecting 20 to 25 speech and drama majors this fall,” Klocke said. “By next year we hope to grow the program to 40 majors, which is actually larger than many four-year institutions.” Although aggressive, Carby believes that goal is attainable. They’re planning to enter more Eastern students in theatre festivals to enhance their experience and compete for scholarships. “As long as we continue to have strong productions, our students will learn and grow and those positive experiences should result in
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characters. Set in the remote town of Almost, Maine, the characters found themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. The cast of four students included Bridget Blue of Wilburton, Jose Rivera of Holdenville, Hailie Dust of Stuart and Rodney Morris of Forney, Texas. Marshall Carby served as a co-director and lightening designer for the production. Representatives from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) attended a performance and a selected a scene to be presented at the KCACTF Region 6 festival (see sidebar). In November, Eastern’s long-running Children’s Theatre Workshop presented “The Jungle Book” by Vera Morris. The large cast included 13 children, 10 college students and one community member. There were two public performances and eight matinees for more than 3,000 area school children. The beloved characters of Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang came to life for the spring production of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” in April. The musical is based on the comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz with the book, music and lyrics by Clark M. Gesner. The iconic characters were portrayed by current Eastern theatre and music students and local high school seniors who will enter the theatre program in August. The cast included Eastern students Zach Olinger of Checotah as Charlie Brown; Rodney Morris of Forney, Tex. as Schroeder; and Sam Harley of Idabel as Linus. The cast also included Wilburton High School students Hannah Truitt as Lucy, Clay Humphreys as Snoopy, Victoria Juarez as the Little Redheaded Girl and Panola High School student Anna Goad as Sally. The season concluded in May with a Student Directing Showcase featuring student-directed, 10-minute plays in the newly renovated Johnnie Wray Theatre. The 2013-14 season promises to be just as entertaining. The season will begin in October with “Huck Finn,” based on Mark Twain’s classic and adapted for the stage by Greg Banks. In November, the speech and drama program will partner with Eastern’s horticulture program to use student-grown foilage in elaborate sets for the Henrik Ibsen period drama “Hedda Gabler.” Charles L. Mee’s “Big Love’ will hit the stage in March and the season will conclude with the comedy “Rumors” by Neil Simon. Visit www.eosc.edu/theatre for more information about these productions as they become available.
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Eastern Theatre performs at prestigious festival A scene from Eastern’s fall production of John Cariani’s “Almost, Maine” was selected to appear in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s Region 6 Festival on Feb. 27 at the historic Strand Theatre in Shreveport, La. Eastern students José Rivera of Holdenville (above left) and Rodney Morris of Forney, Texas presented the scene “They Fell.” “We are so pleased to have this honor given to our first work submitted to KCACTF,” said Sarah Klocke, theatre director and instructor. “This is the beginning of a bright future for the theatre program.” Rivera and Morris were also selected to participate in KCACTF’s Musical Theatre Initiative. The invitation-only program provides scholarship opportunities for students studying musical theatre. KCACTF is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities. Region 6 includes institutions from Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma. The KCACTF honors excellence of overall production and offers student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, criticism, directing, and design.
Student Organizations serve campus & community College is about more than classes, textbooks and exams. At Eastern, students have many opportunities to get involved in student organizations, serve the community and gain valuable leadership experience.
of Eastern’s student population. The PTK members were recognized at a Dec. 6 meeting of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
and younger for the campaign. The members collected, wrapped and delivered toy donations to help make the holidays joyous for the families.
PTK also organized their 8th annual
Eastern’s Honors Program is a scholarship program that emphasizes scholarship, leadership and community service through a variety of projects and events. The Honors Students organized and lead two well-attended events at Eastern this year. The Honors Program hosted a Veteran’s Day Observance event for the Wilburton community that featured patriotic music, a video presentation and special recognitions of active and retired military personnel in attendance. Four EOSC students who had previously served in the military were featured speakers at the event.
Members of the PTK Honor Society wrap gifts for their annual toy drive.
Eastern’s student clubs and organizations range in focus from academics to government and community service to the performing arts. There truly is something for everybody. Here is a look at two of the larger student organizations on campus and the activities they’ve been involved in during the past year.
Toys for Tots Christmas Campaign. With help from Eastern’s faculty, the group identified 16 student families that included 35 children ages 10
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Honors Student Reilly Cloud addresses the crowd on Veteran’s Day.
Membership in the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society is based on academic achievement and is granted by invitation only. In November, Eastern’s PTK members received first-place honors in Oklahoma Campus Compact’s statewide voter registration competition for registering an additional 8.1 percent
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The Honors Program also hosted their second Recycling Carnival and Earth Day Celebration in April. The community event featured interactive informational displays and games made from recyclable materials. Attendees could also purchase a hamburger, chips and cookies by donating one recyclable material.
A Solid Foundation Retired Boeing Company Engineer and Space Shuttle Mission Manager Evelyn Jo Whisenhunt-Guthery challenged the EOSC Class of 2013 to remember their roots and values during commencement remarks on May 10.
you choose to pursue, know yourself, remember where you came from and never compromise the values of your upbringing.” She also reminded graduates that the nation is facing many challenges in national security, the economy, healthcare, energy, food supply and other areas. “I am confident that you are up to the challenge. Remember, our families, our way of life and our country are all depending on you to do your best and do the right thing,” she concluded. Eastern’s 327 graduates included 168 students who earned an associate of art degree, 100 who earned an associate of science degree, 49 who earned an associate of applied science degree and 10 who earned one-year certificates of mastery.
“You may not yet realize what a great foundation, and indeed a gift, you all have received to have been raised and educated in southeast Oklahoma,” said Whisenhunt-Guthery, a 1972 Eastern graduate and 2010 EOSC Hall of Fame inductee. “No matter what
Whisenhunt-Guthery retired from The Boeing Company earlier this month after serving in a variety of roles. Most recently, she was in business acquisition for the International Space Station. She also served as an engineering multi-skill leader was assigned as a mission manager in the Space Exploration Division’s Space Shuttle Program. She is currently volunteering with the NASA Retirement Group.
Lady Mountaineers earn honors during rebuilding season The Lady Mountaineers made substantial progress during the 2012-13 season. After posting a 10-21 record last year, the Lady Mountaineers improved this season to claim 22 wins and seven losses. In her second year as head coach, Amber Taylor shared NJCAA Region II Coach of the Year honors with Scott Morris of Northern Oklahoma A&M College and Jay Niehues of Redlands Community College.
Back-to-Back Region Titles The Eastern Mountaineers and head coach Scott Edgar made their second consecutive trip to the NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas after claiming back-to-back Region II Championships. The Mountaineers played a fourgame stretch March 4-9 and defeated Connors State College 98-88 in the tournament finals to win their second straight Region II Tournament. The Mountaineers entered the NJCAA national tournament seeded No. 22 after posting a 1915 overall record. They faced the Salt Lake City Bruins, who were ranked No. 5 in the nation with a 28-4 record, in their first game. The Mountaineers fell short in the close game, ending their tournament run and the season with a 82-86 loss.
The Mountaineers earned several honors this year. Sophomore Rod Lewis was named the Region II Tournament’s Most Valuable Player and freshman Alfonzie Wilson was named to the AllTournament Team. Both players are from Memphis, Tenn. Ryan Devers from Tulsa was named to the 2012-13 All-Region II and All-Conference first teams. Also during the season, coach Edgar captured his 200th career win with a 86-78 victory over Redlands Community College on Feb. 18. A veteran coach, Edgar has coached at the collegiate level for 34 years. His teams have advanced to postseason play 17 times and he has recruited or coached 20 NBA players. Edgar will begin his fourth season as head men’s basketball coach at Eastern this fall. He is 71-32 during his time at Eastern.
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Sophomore Shola Adebayo from Oklahoma City was named to the All-Region II and All-Conference first teams. She was also named a third team All-American. Sophomores Rodneisha Milum from Houston, Texas and Taylor Jones from Austin, Texas and freshman Olivia Brown from Pearland, Texas all received All-Conference honorable mentions. Adebayo also received a special honor from the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn. Her jersey is included in the “Ring of Honor,” an exhibit of about 100 jerseys that represent the nation’s top high school and college basketball players from this past season. Adebayo made a huge impact on the program in her one year at Eastern. She set three school records with the most steals in a season (109), most assists in a season (145) and most free throws made in a season (148). She was the team leader in points (15.3), assists (4.9) and steals (3.6) per game. She finished the season ranked 14th nationally in steals. Adebayo also recorded 13 double-doubles this season and scored a career-high 37 points against a nationallyranked Collin County Community College team. All-American
Shola Adebayo earned several notable honors during her recordbreaking sophomore season.
Baseball team looks to future Although the Eastern baseball team was unable to earn a fourth consecutive Region II Championship, the team finished a strong season with an overall record of 23-32. The Mountaineers began the 2013 season ranked No. 44 in the nation, according to the Perfect Game Pre-Season Poll. It was the sixth straight year the Mountaineers have appeared in a pre-season poll. However, the team faced a challenging schedule that included 31 games against teams that were also included in pre-season rankings. Seven members of the team were named to the NJCAA Region II All-Region team and three of those players also received Gold Glove honors. Freshmen Stijn Van der Meer from Rosmalen, Netherlands, Strike Out Sophomore Colin Hightower throws a pitch against Seminole State College. Daniel Salters from Eufaula and Kaleb Matthews from they were selected in the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft. Wellston earned first team All-Region honors. Second team Jonathan Gray of Chandler, who played one year at Eastern selections included sophomore Zair Koeiman from Willemstad, in 2011, was the third pick overall and went to the Colorado Curaco and freshman Seth Hix from Mannford. Earning Rockies. Dalton Viner of Choctaw finished his freshman season honorable mention honors were sophomores Chance Burcham at Eastern this year and entered the draft. He was selected by the from Broken Bow and Michael Freeman from Broken Arrow. Miami Marlins in the 31st round. Van der Meer, Koeiman and Hix also received Gold Glove awards With several returning sophomores and a strong recruiting class, for their outstanding defensive play at their respective positions. head coach Craig Price is looking forward to next season. Two former Mountaineers also made headlines this spring when
Freshman softball slugger takes title The Lady Mountaineers improved over last year and finished fourth in the conference with a 25-36 overall record this season. Head coach Andy Mace will begin his 48th year of coaching and his 15th season at the helm of the Lady Mountaineer softball team. It was a standout season for freshman slugger Ashley Jones of Midwest City who was selected to the All-Region II first Home Run
Freshman Ashley Jones set an Eastern oneseason home run record with 24 home runs.
team. She set an Eastern one-season home run record with 24 home runs, breaking assistant coach Kendra Whiteâ€™s and former player Sarah Hayslipâ€™s total of 18 on the year. She hit .361 for the season with 12 doubles, 72 RBIs and 149 total bases. Receiving second team All-Region II honors were sophomore Anna Jones from Sherman, Texas and freshman Shelby Blackwell of Claremore. Freshmen Daniela Castillo from Early, Texas and Katelyn White from Van Buren Arkansas received honorable mention All-Region II honors.
EOSC awards nearly half a million in scholarships last year More than 200 Eastern students benefited from scholarships totaling nearly half a million dollars for the 2012-2013 academic year. Eastern provided $307,258.05 in institutional scholarships and tuition waivers to 120 students. The EOSC Foundation presented $190,000 worth of scholarships to 106 students last year. Eastern alumni and supporters are key in helping the college maintain support for students. Endowments provide permanent funding for scholarships as the principal amount of the endowment always stays intact while all or part of the earnings are used for annual scholarships. As the principal increases, the earnings available for use each year also increase. Individuals, businesses and organizations can establish an endowment with a commitment of $15,000 or more. The endowment can be named by the donor to honor a loved one or organization. Funds can also be directed in specific ways, such as toward students studying a particular major.
Honoring a family’s special connection A chance encounter, a wedding and a shared love of Eastern have led to a $20,000 gift that will enable more students to attend college. When the family members of Charles A. Turney and Sharen Jester Turney gathered for their wedding, they weren’t aware of a shared tie to Eastern Oklahoma State College. It wasn’t until their mutual friend, EOSC alumnus Don Atkins, presented the couple’s fathers to each other as Eastern graduates that they realized the connection. Charles E. Turney is a 1952 Eastern graduate and the late Fred Holland Jester graduated from Eastern in 1951. Although the men attended Eastern at the same time for one year, they did not know each other and had not met until their son and daughter became a couple. To honor their fathers and their shared affection for Eastern, Charles, Sharen
Endowments can be created through an outright gift for the total amount or made in payments during a three-year period. Planned gift commitments can also be in the form of a will or estate provision. Gifts to the EOSC Foundation are tax deductible. To learn how you can help deserving students reach their educational goals, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 918.465.1759.
Holland Jester Scholarship. The Turney Scholarship is a $500 annual scholarship for Oklahoma students majoring in
Charles E. Turney and their son, Matthew, established two scholarships in their names - the Charles E. Turney Scholarship and the Fred
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Fred Holland Jester business with an accounting option. The Jester Scholarship is a $500 annual scholarship for Oklahoma students majoring in agriculture. During his time at Eastern, Turney majored in business and served as president of the Commercial Club, editor of the Mountaineer yearbook and made the Who’s Who list as the “Boy Most Likely to Succeed.” After leaving Eastern, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and later established a successful accounting firm in Duncan. Jester, an agriculture major, played second base for the baseball team and guard for the basketball team. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University and established a successful cattle ranch and livestock auctioneer business in the Tishomingo area.
Generous supporters help improve EOSC Facilities More than $436,000 in gifts from individuals and businesses have resulted in the completion of two projects at Eastern and will support plans for one additional new facility in the future.
donors who helped renovate the Mountaineer Baseball Field and install stadium lights this year. Eastern had been the only college in the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference without stadium lights. The new lights allow
year college national championships. The Glen Stone Athletic Training Center will be located within the C.C. Dunlap Field House and it will include stateof-the-art strength and conditioning
The gifts have helped the college move forward with renovations and improvements that directly support both academic and athletic programs. “These generous donors recognize the crucial role state-of-theart facilities play in building competitive programs and recruiting top students,” said Treva Kennedy, director of Institutional Advancement. “On behalf of the A Night at the Ballpark Coach Craig Price is joined by donors Buddy Sandefur, Wilburton Lions Club; Jim Pratt, BancFirst of McAlseter; entire Eastern community, I thank Jennifer Smith; Bill and Pat Miller; David Donoley, A-OK Railroad; Bill Price; Jason Green; and Dr. Stephen Smith. them for their steadfast support of our goal to provide a high-quality Eastern to schedule more games at night equipment with specific areas for cardio, educational experience for generations of so that student athletes can remain in free weight, machine weight and cheer/ Eastern students.” class during the day. dance training. Private gifts helped renovate the Johnnie Wray Theatre for the speech and drama program (see page 8 for more details). Eastern also hosted “A Night at the Ballpark” on April 20 to recognize
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Plans are now underway to name an athletic training center after former track and field coach Glen Stone. The celebrated coach spent 20 years at Eastern, winning an impressive 10 two-
Kennedy noted that as state funding continues to decline to Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities, Eastern must look to alumni, businesses and other supporters to help fund needed campus improvements which are essential to the future of the college. To learn how to make a gift in support of Eastern’s facility improvements, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 918.465.1759.
The planned athletic training facility named in honor of former track and field coach Glen Stone.
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The friends you made at Eastern are connections that will last a lifetime. Keep your connection to EOSC strong by becoming a lifetime member of the Alumni Association. Benefits include a subscription to the Statesman newspaper, access to Eastern’s library services and admission to home sporting events. You’ll also be kept up-to-date on news, events and activities happening at Eastern. An annual membership is $25 and a lifetime membership is $200. Join today by calling 918-465-1759. Eastern would like to recognize the following people who show their Mountaineer pride and support EOSC through a lifetime membership. Don Adkins Billy Albright Wayne Allen Virgina Allen Del Allen Joseph Arnold Frank Back Jo Ann Back Dr. J.N. Baker Nick Barone Ed Beltram Deanna Bickel Joyce Bills Dr. Daniel Boatright Harold Bogard Greg Bourne James Bowen Fern Allen Bowling Ken Brasfield Dr. William Brewer Harriet Brewer William Carlton Raymond Campbell Allen Caraway William Carlton James Bradley Carpenter Bentley Carpenter Ralph Carpenter Stanley Carpenter Jay Casey Michael Cathey Ann Choate Norm Clayborn Ann Cocke Lance Cogburn
Beth Conway Gene Cooper Robert Cox Ben Curtis Jesse Darden Charles Davidson Gary Davis Bruce Degidts Dan Denny Charles Dodson Richard Dunaway Jonette Dunlap Ricky Eakle John Edmunds Robert Enis LaDonna Enis Kenneth Farley Guy Folger Jerry Fowler Charles Funderburg Stanley Funderburg Janis Franklin Adams Herbert Ganner Bill Garner Joyce Gideon Larry Godfrey Marie Gold Marsha B. Gore Don Hamm Crystal Hanks Charles Hardt David Hardt Donald Harkey John Hendrix Ray Henson JC Hester
Don Hewett AnnaVee Hill Brian Hill Bill Hill Meleesia Hill Avant Christopher Hoag Bob Holley James Howell Joe Johnson Kerri Jones Treva Kennedy Charles Kile Mark Klimkowski Ila Curtis Knabe Steve Lalli Kay Langham Robert Legg James Lester Juanita Lewark Scott Logan John Malone Dr. Elmer Mangrum Margaret Hulsey Marr Alice Martin-Eakle Rosalinda McClary H.W. McKinney Billy Mickle Dr. Henry Migliore Michael Miller Cheryl Miller-Shelby Bill Milligan James Mills Otho Minter Tammy Monroe Dr. Charles Montgomery Charlotte Moody
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Scholarship gifts have the ability to forever impact a student’s life. Our generous alumni, donors and community supporters are making a commitment to the future students of Eastern. To learn how you can pledge your support, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 918-465-1873 or 918-465-1761. Albert Shelton Memorial Scholarship Alecca Garofoli Scholarship Bill H. and Anna Vee Hill Scholarship Bill Lambert Scholarship Bob Williams Scholarship BP America Scholarship Carl Ryan Scholarship Charles C. Collins Scholarship (Red Oak Alumni Association) Charles W. Davidson Scholarship Charles E. Turney Scholarship Cheri Potter Memorial Endowment Clara Gaustad Scholarship Clark and Wanda Bass Scholarship Claud C. and Floy May Dunlap Scholarship Claude Corvin Annual Scholarship Clayton High School Scholarship Dallas Herzer Scholarship David Joe Thomas Memorial Scholarship Deno and Gwen Maggi Scholarship Deroy and Lou Forwoodson Scholarship Dolly Hughes Harrison Scholarship Donald A. Parham Scholarship Don and Dot Adkins Scholarship Don C. Phelps Scholarship Don McClanen/FCA Scholarship Dr. Del and Ramona Allen Endowment Dr. E. T. Dunlap Scholarship Dr. Henry Migliore Dr. James M. and Nancy Miller Scholarship Dr. Lloyd E. Church Foundation Scholarship Dr. William W. And Harriet A. Brewer Scholarship Ed E. Enis Scholarship Edgar and Jessie Wood Endowment E.O. Rowland Scholarship EOSC Foundation Scholarship Evelyn Whisenhunt-Guthery Endowment Exxon Company Scholarship F. Holland Jester Scholarship
Faculty Choice Scholarship Farrell-Cooper Mining Scholarship Frank and Grace Marie Cirar, Jr. Scholarship Frankie Rezabek Endowment Franklin Electric Corporation Scholarship Fred and Florence Stovall Scholarship Gene Stipe Scholarship George Nigh Endowment George Tolbert Scholarship Guy Gardner Scholarship Helen Albright Scholarship Holly Walker Scholarship Howard Yourman Scholarship IC Gunning Scholarship Jack Gladden Memorial Endowed Scholarship James, Sarah and Scott Salmon Scholarship Jess and June Bailey Scholarship Jim D. Sullivan Endowment Dr. J.N. and Helen Baker Scholarship Joe and Brenda Coy Scholarship John Alan Ward Scholar Athlete Scholarship Johnnie Wray Scholarship Karolyn and John Hendrix Scholarship Kensel and Dortha Lee Tucker Scholarship Kerr Foundation Scholarship Kiamichi Electric Coop, Inc. Scholarship K. Lance and Jane Woodliff Endowment Larry and Ann Owens Endowment Less and Agnes Mitchell/Exxon Mobil Endowment Mark Winters Scholarship Award Martha Grantham Leadership Scholarship Mary Beth Guard Scholarship Award Mary Lea Gillespie Scholarship McAlester Chamber Of Commerce Scholarship Meat Technology Scholarship
Mildred Enis Scholarship N. Louise Southard Endowment OK Independent Meatpackers Scholarship Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship Pam Shoemake Memorial Scholarship Patricia Thomas Endowment Pete Prichard Endowment Public Service Company of Oklahoma Scholarship Puterbaugh Foundation Nursing Scholarship Puterbaugh Foundation Pittsburg County Scholarship Ramon Jackson Memorial Scholarship Ray Fuertsch Scholarship Richard C. and Barbara Hartigan Scholarship Robert L. Borden Scholarship Roger and Bettye Sinner Scholarship Ross and Margaret Harlan Scholarship Sapphire Scholarship Seldon Taylor Scholarship Senator Billy Mickle Endowment Southwestern Bell Telephone Company Scholarship Dr. Stephen and Jennifer Smith Endowment Scholarship Thomas L. Crawford, R.N. Memorial Scholarship Tri-County Administrator’s Association Scholarship Troy and Erma Conley Vastar Resources, Inc. Scholarship Wanda Bohanon Scholarship W.E. “Bill” Allford Scholarship Weyerhaeuser Corporation Scholarship WH and Joan Sutton Endowment Wilbur and LaVerne Smith Endowment Wilburton State Bank Endowment Williams E. “Bill” White Scholarship William J. West Endowment Willie Hogan Endowment
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Mountaineer pride is more than school spirit. It extends well beyond the campus and the classroom. Eastern graduates have confidence and a high quality degree to prepare them for a successful career. The Power of Mountaineer Pride. The Power of Eastern.