DURANT, Okla. – More than 100 people turned out in historic Montgomery Auditorium Tuesday afternoon as Southeastern Oklahoma State University and the community celebrated Founders’ Day.
Dr. Stacy Weger and the Southeastern Chorale opened and closed the event with “Hymn To The Gold And Blue’’ and the “Alma Mater.’’ Dr. David Norris, Historian and Professor Emeritus, discussed the founding of Southeastern Normal School.
Dr. Douglas McMillan, Vice President for Academic Affairs, spoke to the vision and future of Southeastern, filling in for president Larry Minks, who was ill.
Durant mayor Jerry Tomlinson read a Proclamation from the City of Durant and spoke of partnership with Southeastern over the years.
Gary Sherrer, Secretary of Environment for the State of Oklahoma and nephew of Durant City Councilman and restaurant owner Leon Sherrer, recalled his days as a student at Southeastern before delivering a Commendation from the Governor’s Office.
Vicki Hudson, Chair and Assistant Professor of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, served as MC of the event.
The event then moved to the Glen D. Johnson Student Union Loft for the Peach Cook-Off contest. Judges were Kenneth Furtado, chef of Sodexo, Southeastern Homecoming Queen Amanda Scott and Leon Sherrer, Life Member of the Oklahoma Restaurant Association.
There were two categories to be judged: Pies and Jams/Jellies.
Billie Robinson’s Easy Skillet Peach Pie claimed the prize in category one. Kristie Luke’s Peaches and Cream Cobbler was second and Teresa Owens’ Quick & Dirty Peach Cobbler finished third.
Janet Scribner’s entry, Nana’s Peach Jelly, took the honors in category two.
Janna Cottingame’s Sissy’s Peach Jam came in second with Dr. Kitty Campbell’s Peach Honey finishing third.
Serving on the Founders’ Day committee were Dyanna Bowen, Cathy Conway, Ellen Hendrix, Scott Hensley, Vicki Hudson, Stephanie Makke, Charles Matthews, Ross Walkup, Susan Webb, Stacy Weger, and Sadie Woodruff.