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A Cowboy Dream

2016 OSU Alumni Association Homecoming

By Holly Bergbower
The 2016 Homecoming Royalty Court gather with Pistol Pete in front of the library fountain. Royalty included, from left, front, Julia Benbrook, Blake Bulard, Jaci Hodges, Elise Amundson and Jacquelyn Lane, and back, Dillon Johnson, Austin Johnson, Ridge Howell, Mason Strom, and Bray Haven. (PHOTO / PHIL SHOCKLEY)
James Breece, agribusiness junior in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, attempts to make the eight-second ride in the Thursday night performance of the 2016 Cowboy Stampede. (PHOTO / GARY LAWSON)

Challenge the imagination. Inspire the mind. Spark creativity. Those were three things the OSU Alumni Association wanted to accomplish with this year’s Homecoming theme ‘A Cowboy Dream.’ As you’ll see in the following pages, we feel we accomplished all three, and perhaps even more.

 

Cowboys returned for Homecoming in record numbers to reflect on the dreams of their past and celebrate new ones to come. The celebration was both bittersweet and inspiring as many attendees honored the events of 2015 and renewed their love for one of OSU’s greatest traditions.

 

Homecoming is truly a celebration of our entire Cowboy family – young and old. Alumni returned from as far away as New Zealand, and while there were many babies attending their first Homecoming, we also welcomed home 102-year-old William Nesbitt from the Class of 1937. This year marked the first time the Cowboy Stampede rodeo began our events, and the 103rd annual Harvest Carnival also did not disappoint.

 

On behalf of the OSU Alumni Association and our sponsor Phillips 66, we hope this year’s celebration has reinvigorated your Cowboy dream, and that the review on the following pages will be a reminder of the dreams we can accomplish together just by coming home.

 

 

 

2016 Homecoming Awards

 

Football Frenzy

 

Greek Life
Three-year-old Shawn Ferrell practices his roping technique at the Cowboy Stampede. (PHOTO / TODD JOHNSON)

1st – Kappa Kappa Gamma/Sigma Nu

2nd – Chi Omega/Alpha Gamma Rho

3rd – Pi Beta Phi/Phi Gamma Delta

Female MVP – Danielle Cushing

Male MVP – Zac Smith

 

Open Bracket

 

1st – The Independents

2nd – Omega Phi Alpha/Sigma Tau Gamma

3rd – Papa Jowe

Female MVP – Staci Gravette

Male MVP – Dayshon Matheson

 

Sign Competition

 
Student Organizations

 

1st - Swine Club

2nd - Theta Tau

3rd - Sigma Phi Lambda/Alpha Sigma Phi

Franklin Harms watches as a soda can flies in the air at the Zeta Tau Alpha/Sigma Chi Harvest Carnival game. (PHOTO / PHIL SHOCKLEY)

Phillips 66 Fan Favorite - CowboyThon

 

Residential Life

 

1st - Stout Hall

Phillips 66 Fan Favorite - Stout Hall

 

Greek Life

 

1st - Alpha Xi Delta/Phi Kappa Tau

2nd - Phi Mu/FarmHouse

3rd - Chi Omega/Alpha Gamma Rho

Phillips 66 Fan Favorite - Zeta Tau Alpha/Sigma Chi

 

Harvest Carnival

 
Student Organizations

 

1st - The Wildlife Society

2nd - Dairy Science Club

3rd - Horseman’s Association

Phillips 66 Fan Favorite - Her Campus Oklahoma State

 

Residential Life

 

1st - Bennett Hall

2nd - Drummond/Iba

3rd - Parker, Patchin/Jones, Wentz

Phillips 66 Fan Favorite - University Commons

 

Greek Life

 

1st - Chi Omega/Alpha Gamma Rho

2nd - Phi Mu/FarmHouse

3rd - Alpha Chi Omega/Lambda Chi Alpha

Phillips 66 Fan Favorite - Phi Mu/FarmHouse

 

Chili Cook-Off

 

Student Organizations
With the proximity to Halloween, this year's Harvest Carnival featured many visitors dressed as princesses, super heroes and, of course, Cowboys. (PHOTO / PHIL SHOCKLEY)

 

1st - African American Business Student Association

2nd - Collegiate 4-H

3rd - Block & Bridle

Phillips 66 Fan Favorite - Wildlife Society 

 

Residential Life

 

1st - Villages

2nd - Parker, Patchin/Jones, Wentz

3rd - Drummond/Iba

Phillips 66 Fan Favorite - Stout Hall

 

Orange Reflection

 

1st - Stout Hall

2nd - University Commons

3rd - Parker, Patchin/Jones, Wentz

Phillips 66 Fan Favorite - Stout Hall

 

House Decorations

 

Alumni Association Chairman’s Cup

 

Chi Omega/Alpha Gamma Rho

2nd - Kappa Alpha Theta/Sigma Alpha Epsilon

3rd - Delta Delta Delta/Pi Kappa Alpha

The Wildlife Society's Harvest Carnival booth took home first place in the student organization category. (PHOTO / PHIL SHOCKLEY)

4th - Phi Mu/FarmHouse

5th - Alpha Omicron Pi/Alpha Tau Omega

Phillips 66 Fan Favorite - Phi Mu/FarmHouse

 

Engineering Excellence Award

 

Chi Omega/Alpha Gamma Rho

 

Safety Award

 

Chi Omega/Alpha Gamma Rho

 

Sea of Orange Parade

 

Large Band Competition

 

1st - Noble High School

 

Small Band Competition

 

1st - Henryetta High School

2nd - Ringwood High School

Students from the African American Business Student Association serve up their award-winning recipe at the Chili Cook-Off. (PHOTO / PHIL SHOCKLEY)

3rd - Quapaw High School

 

Community Parade Entry

 

1st - Century 21 Global Realtors

2nd - Ringwood High School

3rd - Quapaw High School

 

Student Organizations

 

1st - Sigma Phi Lambda/Alpha Sigma Phi

2nd - Omega Phi Alpha/Sigma Tau Gamma

3rd - Dairy Science Club

 

Residential Life

 

1st - University Commons

2nd - Bennett Hall

3rd - Parker, Patchin/Jones, Wentz

Taylor Langdon, biochemistry and molecular biology sophomore in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, rounds a barrel for a second-place finish in the Friday night performance of the 2016 Cowboy Stampede. (PHOTO / GARY LAWSON)
Grand Marshal's Club

 

Sigma Phi Lambda/Alpha Sigma Phi

 

Homecoming King & Queen

 

Ridge Howell and Jacquelyn Lane

 

Sweepstakes

 

Student Organizations

 

1st - Dairy Science Club

2nd - Omega Phi Alpha/Sigma Tau Gamma

3rd - Sigma Phi Lambda/Alpha Sigma Phi

 

Residential Life

 

1st - Stout Hall

2nd - University Commons

3rd - Parker, Patchin/Jones, Wentz

 

Greek Life 

 

1st - Chi Omega/Alpha Gamma Rho

2nd - Kappa Kappa Gamma/Sigma Nu

3rd - Phi Mu/FarmHouse

 

Jerry Gill Spirit Awards

 

Gamma Phi Beta/Sigma Phi Epsilon

 

Most Spirited College

 

Honors College 

 

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More stories like this are available for members of the OSU Alumni Association. STATE magazine is a benefit of membership in the OSU Alumni Association. To join or update your membership go to orangeconnection.org/join or call 405-744-5368.

 

Published by STATE Magazine Editor Elizabeth Keys, Winter 2016, Volume 12, Number 2

elizabeth.keys@okstate.edu

 

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