Northwestern 2013 Homecoming was an all-around success

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Northwestern 2013 Homecoming was an all-around success

Parde MarshalsCo-marshals, Thamazin Harrison and Brock Schnabel lead the way during Northwestern’s homecoming, this past Saturday.

Floats were built, the bands were ready, and Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s football team brought the Rangers a win!

This past weekend several gathered around the downtown square for the annual homecoming parade on Saturday, then headed to Ranger Field to watch the Ranger football team win 25-21 against Southeastern Oklahoma State University, all to celebrate Northwestern’s homecoming.

The theme was Ranger Vacation: It’s a Family Tradition, and tradition is exactly what homecoming is to Northwestern. People came from all over to be in Alva for this event.

Northwestern had several different activities from pep rallies and reunions to the annual homecoming parade and football game, as well as the traditional crowning of the homecoming king and queen, and to listen to the alumni and Ranger bands, and to cheer with current and alumni cheerleaders.

The parade was led by Thamazin Harrison and her son-in-law, Brock Schnebel.  Harrison has many ties to the university.  Her daughter, Kelli, and husband Brock, are both alumni of Northwestern.

“Kelli and Brock were both raised in Alva and went to Northwestern, and couldn’t have received a better education,” Harrison said. Harrison and her late husband, Dick, with the help of their family, set up a scholarship fund at Northwestern in 2008.

"One of our greatest joys is providing scholarships for kids,” Harrison said. 

After the parade the winners of the floats and bands were announced. 

 Agglie Club FloatThe Aggie Club float riding in Northwestern’s homecoming parade, later to be announced winner of the President’s Award.

First place for on-campus floats was the Aggie Club; second place was the College Bible Chair; and third place was the Delta Zeta sorority. In the off campus/non-profit organizations category, first place went to Boy Scout Troop 392; second place was Students Working against Tobacco (SWAT); and third place was Northwest Technology Center.  In the off-campus/for profit organizations category, first place was Alva State Bank; second place was Beadles Rest Home; and third place was BancCentral. The Spirit Award went to the College Bible Chair and the President’s Award went to the Aggie Club.

The winning bands were announced by class. The Junior High Class A first place winner was Pioneer-Pleasant Vale Junior High School band.  In High School Class AA, first place was the Pioneer-Pleasant Vale High School band with second place going to the Ringwood High School band. In High School Class AAA, first place went to the Hennessey High School Band and second place to the Alva High School Band. Kismet-Southwestern Heights band from Kismet, Kan., was acknowledged with a participation award.

Various on-campus decorating contests also took place for homecoming.

On the Northwestern-Alva campus, the homecoming door decoration contest winner was the office of the school deans in the Fine Arts Building. The Window/Display winner was the J.W. Martin Library. On the Enid campus, the Window/display winner was the Enid Campus Library, and the winners of the door decoration contest were Student Oklahoma Education Association (SOEA), first; and Enid Business/Registration Office, second.

Winners in the spirit sheet contest included the NWOSU Art Society, first; Math Club, second; and Castle Players, third.

The winner of the dorm decoration contest was South Hall.

"Homecoming at Northwestern represents an opportunity each year for alumni to renew ties with each other and with an institution that has helped shape their lives and futures,” said Dr. Eric Schmatlz, homecoming chairman and associate professor of history. “This event also offers both alumni and current students the chance to come together and build stronger bridges between Northwestern's past, present and future."

Keep watching for an announcement on the date for Homecoming 2014, as well as for when a contest opens in the spring to enter ideas for the homecoming theme and parade marshal. Until then, a website for people to use to enter has been established at The homecoming committee will consider all entries and make an announcement of the new theme and parade marshal during the spring semester.