Northwestern Homecoming 2013 theme centers on family, community

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Northwestern Homecoming 2013 theme centers on family, community

“Ranger Vacation: It’s A Family Tradition” is the theme for the 2013 Northwestern Oklahoma State University Homecoming celebration set for Oct. 24-26 in Alva.

“The theme centers on family and community, conveying the idea that Northwestern is calling back all alumni and interested persons to Alva to renew their ties to the university,” said Dr. Aaron Mason, who chairs the Alva/Northwestern Homecoming Committee along with Dr. Eric Schmaltz.

Student and community groups are encouraged to create floats that incorporate this theme for the Homecoming parade that will take place on Saturday, Oct. 26, starting at 10 a.m. on the downtown square. Student groups and offices also are encouraged to create spirit sheet signs depicting the theme, as well as decorate their office spaces, doors and windows.

To follow with the family tradition theme, co-parade marshals have been named – Dr. Brock Schnebel and his mother-in-law, Thamazin Harrison.

Schnebel, a renowned orthopedic surgeon, earned his undergraduate degree at Northwestern in 1977, and later earned his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. In addition, he has completed a number of distinguished fellowship training programs in such diverse places as San Antonio, Texas, Los Angeles, Calif.,, Basel, Switzerland, and Vienna and Graz, Austria. He also served as the U.S. Olympic Team Physician in the 2000 Sydney Games. Schnebel’s wife Kelli also is a 1977 Northwestern graduate.

Harrison is the wife of the late Richard (Dick) Harrison of Alva. She and Dick have been longtime supporters of Northwestern. Among their many notable efforts in this regard, the Harrisons were instrumental in 2008 in supplementing a Northwestern scholarship that Schnebel and his wife Kelli had helped establish, becoming the Dick and Thamazin Harrison Scholarship through the Northwestern Foundation.

Also, for many years Thamazin has devoted herself not only to Northwestern, but to the Alva community. In 1972, the Harrisons became charter members of the Act I Theater, and Thamazin continues to provide the community with opportunities to enjoy the arts. Other community involvement includes the Order of the Rainbow for Girls, a Masonic youth organization, which they actively have assisted since the 1960s. Dick was a Rainbow Dad since 1966, and Thamazin has been a Rainbow Mom since 1970. Together, they embody Northwestern’s family tradition.

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