May 27, 2009
Oklahoma Military Academy Alumni Association to Hold Reunion June 5-6
More than 250 alumni of the Oklahoma Military Academy – the predecessor institution of Rogers State University – will gather for their annual reunion June 5-6 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. All events will be on the RSU campus.
More than 10,000 men and women attended 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 3,800 students on campuses in Claremore, Bartlesville and Pryor.
"We are honored to have these distinguished alumni and their families return to celebrate the shared institutional history of Rogers State University and the Oklahoma Military Academy during the institution's Centennial Year," said RSU President Dr. Larry Rice.
The prestigious 145th U.S. Army Band will perform at this year's OMA reunion. Performances will be held at the cadet memorial service and alumni awards ceremony.
The adjutant for this year's reunion is Tom Anderson of Olympia, Wash., an OMA graduate of 1955. 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.
Friday, June 5
The reunion will kick off with the 18-hole OMA Alumni Golf Classic at 9 a.m. Friday, June 5, at Heritage Hills Golf Course in Claremore. Tee times begin at 9 a.m. A Ladies Luncheon will be held at the Pink House at 11 a.m. Pool and ping-pong tournaments, held in the Centennial Center, are new afternoon activities.
On Friday evening, an opening reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Centennial Center Ballroom..
Saturday, June 6
Events scheduled for the morning of Saturday, June 6, include a meeting of the OMA Alumni Association Board of Directors at 7:30 in the OMA Museum in Meyer Hall; 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 Ceremony at 10:15 a.m. in Will Rogers Auditorium; and the annual alumni luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in the Ballroom of the Centennial Center.
Immediately following lunch, a special dedication ceremony will be held for the new OMA Student Lounge also located in the Centennial Center. Ten alumni will be recognized for their part in making the Lounge a reality.
On Saturday afternoon, an ice cream social will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the OMA Museum will be 2 p.m. in the Centennial Center.
The reunion will culminate with a Saturday evening dinner and dance for OMA alumni and their families at 6 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Centennial Center on the RSU campus.
OMA alumni can register for the reunion at the golf tournament, at the opening reception on Friday evening, or at the OMA Museum on Saturday morning.
For cost, registration, or lodging information, call Stephany Foutch, RSU alumni director, at (918) 343-7803, or visit www.rsu.edu.