By Randy Bruce
October 8, 2013
DURANT – Southeastern Oklahoma State University enjoyed a grand Homecoming 2013 celebration on October 3-4-5.
This year’s activities were built around the theme of “Stormcoming.”
Honored as Distinguished Alumni were Dr. Jim Barnes, Assistant Chief of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Gary Batton, and Mr. Robert “Rob’’ Wells. Recipients of the Distinguished Former Faculty Award were Dr. Jan Dill, Dr. Ken Washburn, and Dr. John “Rick’’ Wright.
All of these individuals were honored at the Distinguished Awards Banquet, held on Friday, Oct. 4, in the Visual & Performing Arts Center.
Other activities on Friday included the 27th annual Whang Bang Golf Tournament and a True Blue Rally at the Amphitheater. At the rally-bonfire, Southeastern’s new Savage Storm mascot – “Bolt’’ – was introduced in costume for the first time.
Cool fall weather greeted everyone on Saturday morning for the annual Homecoming parade held in downtown Durant.
Saturday afternoon at Paul Laird Field, the Southeastern Savage Storm hosted the Texas A&M-Commerce Lions. After a lengthy weather (lightning) delay, the visiting Lions emerged with a 31-29 victory.
At halftime, Sheridan Hill and Domanick Hubbard were crowned Homecoming Queen and King.
Southeastern president Larry Minks congratulates the 2013 recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award – Rob Wells, Dr. Jim Barnes, and Assistant Choctaw Chief Gary Batton.
Recipients of the Distinguished Former Faculty Award for 2013 were Dr. Jan Dill, Dr. Ken Washburn, and Dr. Rick Wright. Joining them is Southeastern president Larry Minks.
The Homecoming Parade was held in downtown Durant on a cool Saturday morning.
“Bolt’’ was introduced as the new Savage Storm mascot during Homecoming festivities.