By: Lorrie Ward | Category: Education | Issue: May 2013
Visitors gather around the OMA Killed in Action Memorial on the RSU campus.
“All Gave Some and Some Gave All.” This is the theme of the Oklahoma Military Academy Alumni Reunion on June 7-8 at Rogers State University, and the public is invited to participate in two of this year’s events: the Oklahoma Military Academy Reunion Golf Classic on June 7 and the OMA Reunion Opening Ceremonies on June 8.
The Reunion will kick off on Friday with the 2013 Oklahoma Military Academy Alumni Reunion Golf Classic at Claremore’s Heritage Hills Golf Course. The cost to participate is $60 per person, and unlimited mulligans are available for those who wish to purchase them. The OMA Alumni Association is also calling for Golf Hole Sponsors. Cost of sponsorship is $100 per hole, and sponsored holes will be marked with a sign displaying the sponsoring business’s or individual’s name, which will also be featured in the OMA Reunion Program. Interested parties may contact Dr. Danette Boyle, OMA Alumni Executive Director, at eat0@eau0eav0eaw0 or (918) 343-6888.
This year the OMA Alumni will honor all alumni who served in the military during the opening ceremonies on Saturday, June 8. This will be open to the public as well. The ceremony will start at 9:30 a.m. at the OMA Killed in Action Memorial, between Preparatory Hall and Meyer Hall on the RSU campus, with opening remarks by this year’s reunion adjutant, Ken Colley, OMA Alumni, Class of 1969. The Claremore High School Navy ROTC will raise the flag and patriotic music will be played to honor those who served in the U.S. military, commemorating the fact that “All Gave Some and Some Gave All” in a ceremony that never fails to inspire and touch the hearts of those who observe it.
Oklahoma Military Academy was the predecessor to Rogers State University and occupied its place on College Hill for over 52 years. Once known as “The West Point of the Southwest,” the Academy graduated both high school and junior college students, many of whom went on to have highly successful careers in the military, civic, and civilian realms. Over the past few years, there has been a highly concentrated effort to locate and connect with OMA alumni, and the results have been phenomenal. Many of these alumni have taken an active interest in the growth and prosperity of Rogers State University. Many have established scholarship endowments, and OMA alumni have offered strong financial support for the new RSU Student Dining Center, currently under construction on the west end of the Claremore campus.
OMA alumni come from all over the United States to attend the reunion, and Dr. Boyle has been privileged to watch this event grow every year. She describes the reunion as important in preserving the history of OMA, Rogers State University, Rogers County and the military. “Thanks to the efforts of alumni who are committed to finding former OMA cadets, we continue to hear from newly found OMA alumni each week in our office,” she says. “This year’s reunion promises to be more extraordinary than ever before.”
Be sure to visit the OMA Museum, open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Meyer Hall on the RSU campus, 1701 W. Will Rogers Blvd.