By Laura Hays
Goodwell, Okla. — This Saturday, Oct. 10, Oklahoma Panhandle State University celebrates its Centennial Homecoming with plans for several very special events as well as an opportunity to view and purchase Centennial memorabilia.
McKee Library will celebrate the preservation grant they received from the Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory at approximately 9:15 a.m. President Dave Bryant; Library Director Evlyn Schmidt; Bill Welge, Director of the Oklahoma Historical Society Archives Division; and special guest, Oklahoma State Regents of Higher Education Chancellor Dr. Glen Johnson will unveil the plaque recognizing the grant entitled “Threats to your Collection.” The $3,000 grant was awarded to the Library in May to facilitate increased local support for the care of its historic collections.
At the game, be sure to admire the Centennial throws for sale by the Centennial Committee. The heavy duty cotton blankets feature past and present OPSU buildings with the dates they were built. Also look for the OPSU Future Farmers of America group selling special Centennial Magazines. For only $1 each, the full-color, glossy, 16-page OPSU publication offers photographs spanning all 100 years of the University.
A list of the day’s events:
8:00 a.m. — Alumni Registration begins in the Student Union Ballroom
9:15 a.m. — Parade lineup
9:15 a.m. — Celebration in McKee Library for their “Threats to Your Collection” preservation grant from the Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board
10:00 a.m. — Volleyball vs. Dallas Baptist University, Oscar Williams Fieldhouse; Parade begins
11:00 a.m. — Centennial performances by Beer City Girls and Corazón de OPSU between Hefley and Hamilton Hall parking lots
11:00 a.m. — McKee Library Reunion and Open House
11:30 a.m. — Rededication of Hefley Hall
Following parade — FREE Alumni BBQ on the Plaza; McKee Library Open House and student staff and staff reunion
Noon — Cutting of Centennial Cake; The Aggie football team will warm up on Carl Wooten Field in throwback uniforms that include leather helmets to celebrate 90 years of OPSU football. At kick-off, the team will be in their regulation uniforms and helmets!
12:30 — Pregame Ceremonies at Carl Wooten Stadium – introduction of the former coaches and players
1:00 p.m. — Homecoming football game v. Southwestern College of Kansas at Carl Wooten Field; Coronation and introduction of the honored family during halftime.