May 12, 2005

Oklahoma Military Academy Alumni to Hold Reunion June 3-4

More than 250 alumni of the Oklahoma Military Academy the predecessor institution of Rogers State University will gather for their annual reunion June 3-4 on the RSU campus in Claremore.

The OMA Alumni Association will host the annual weekend of events for alumni and their families, who live across Oklahoma and the nation.  

More than 10,000 men graduated from the OMA junior college and high school from 1919 to 1971, when the academy became Claremore Junior College. Today, the institution has evolved into RSU, a major regional university serving more than 3,700 students on campuses in Claremore, Bartlesville and Pryor.

The adjutant for this year's reunion will be Ted Wright, who graduated from OMA in 1952 and received a degree from RSU in 1998. The role of the adjutant, which is a military term for a staff officer who assists a commanding officer with administrative affairs, is to serve as master of the various ceremonies at the reunion.

Wright currently is a consultant in the pipe industry and is the president and executive director of the National Association of Pipe Fabricators. He was named an OMA Distinguished Alumnus in 1995 and was inducted into the OMA Hall of Fame in 2003. He currently serves on the RSU Foundation Board of Directors, having previously served four terms as chairman. He was instrumental in establishing the OMA Fifties Alumni Scholarship Endowment to benefit RSU students, and he and his wife have established two endowments of their own.

The reunion will kick off with the OMA Alumni Golf Classic on Friday, June 3, at Heritage Hills Golf Course in Claremore. Tee times begin at 9 a.m. During the golf tournament, a ladies luncheon will be held at noon on the veranda of Post Hall. On Friday evening, an opening reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Will Rogers Memorial, located across from the RSU campus.

Events scheduled for the morning of Saturday, June 4, include the morning formation and cadet memorial service at 9:30 a.m. at the flagpole in front of Preparatory Hall; the OMA Hall of Fame and Distinguished Alumni Induction Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. at Will Rogers Auditorium; and the annual alumni luncheon at 11:45 a.m. at Post Hall. Alumni also will visit the Oklahoma Air and Space Museum in Tulsa.

The reunion will culminate with a Saturday evening dinner and dance for OMA alumni and their families at 6 p.m. at Post Hall.

For cost, registration, or lodging information, call the RSU alumni office at (918) 343-7773.