Southeastern celebrates Founders’ Day

Durant mayor Jerry Tomlinson presents a proclamation to Southeastern president Larry Minks.

Durant mayor Jerry Tomlinson presents a proclamation to Southeastern president Larry Minks.

Dr. David Norris offers a perspective on the history of Southeastern.

Dr. David Norris offers a perspective on the history of Southeastern.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University celebrated Founders’ Day Thursday with a number of special activities on campus.

Founders’ Day is an annual event that highlights the foundation of Southeastern’s identity – historical, political, cultural and academic.

The Founders’ Day program began in historic Montgomery Auditorium with a performance of “The Hymn To The Gold And Blue’’ by the Southeastern Chorale.

Vicki Hudson, chair of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department, offered welcoming remarks.

Dr. David Norris, Distinguished Former Faculty and author of “A History of Southeastern Oklahoma State University Since 1909,” spoke on the founding of Southeastern Normal School.

Also offering comments was Southeastern president Larry Minks.

Durant mayor Jerry Tomlinson made remarks and then presented President Minks with a proclamation from the city of Durant.

The Chorale closed the program with the singing of the Alma Mater.

Since Southeastern opened in 1909 in a former peach orchard, the Peach Cook-Off has now become a favorite event of the Founders’ Day celebration.

Winners of the contest are as follows:

There were 18 entries in three categories for the Peach Cook-Off and all winners were from Durant.

Jams/Jellies: Janet Scribner took first place with Nana’s Peach Jelly; Theresa Maples was second with Nana’s Peach Jam; third place went to Janna Cottingame with Sissy’s Peach Jam.

Cooks’ Choice: First place went to Marjorie Robertson with her Peach Cake; Debbie Maness was second with Peach Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips; third place went to Teresa Owens with Peaches and Cream Braid.

Pies/Cakes: Susan Chalk finished first with Joyce’s Peach Cobbler; Heather Smiley was second with Mrs. Smiley’s Peach Cobbler; third place went to Dorothy Johnson with her Peach Cobbler Cake.