Alumnus Mark Sisco returning to give fall commencement address

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Alumnus Mark Sisco returning to give fall commencement address

November 29, 2011

Mark SiscoMark Sisco, Alva native and 1985 and 1995 graduate of Northwestern Oklahoma State University, will step onto campus to deliver the commencement address on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 4:30 p.m. in Percefull Fieldhouse.

Sisco graduated from Northwestern with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and a Master of Science degree in education. Upon graduation he also received his commission as a 2nd Lt. in the Oklahoma Army National Guard from the Northwestern Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC).

After graduation, he continued to serve in the Oklahoma Army National Guard while he pursued his goal of being a math teacher and football coach. He taught math and coached football for six and a half years at Kremlin-Hillsdale and Okeene High Schools and at Clearwater High School in Kansas. In fact, his 1987 Kremlin-Hillsdale team won the Oklahoma Class C State Championship.

Sisco left teaching in 1991 to become a full-time active duty member of the Oklahoma Army National Guard. He was assigned to various duty locations within Oklahoma including Enid, Chandler and eventually went on to teach Army ROTC at Oklahoma State University. He also completed numerous assignments at Fort Sill and at the Army National Guard Readiness Center in Arlington, Va.

In 2008 he was deployed to support Operation Iraqi Freedom. His last assignment prior to retirement was as the Deputy Assistant Commandant of the U.S. Army Field Artillery School at Fort Sill.

His military awards include the Army Staff Identification Badge, the Legion of Merit, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and numerous Meritorious Achievement, Army Commendation and Army Achievement medals.

Sisco retired from the U.S. Army in September of 2010 after 29 years of service in the Army National Guard and the US Army.

He and his wife of 29 years, Karla, also a 1985 Northwestern graduate, reside in Stillwater. They have three children Cole, Casady and Caleb.

He currently works as a contractor with Communications Technology teaching Army ROTC at Oklahoma State and Oral Roberts universities.