Northwestern Homecoming button sales begin Tuesday

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Northwestern Homecoming button sales begin Tuesday

September 2, 2011

Sales for buttons designed for Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Homecoming 2011, “Northwestern: Branded for Life,” will go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 6, from 5 – 6:30 p.m., during a kickoff celebration on the square in downtown Alva. Food and drinks will be served as a way to jump start supporters’ Homecoming spirit. The public is invited to attend.

Northwestern fans on and off campus are encouraged to show their pride by purchasing a button as a way of supporting the annual event, this year scheduled for Sept. 29-Oct. 1.

Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president; Lance Harzman, Alva Chamber of Commerce president; and Mark Bagley, button sales chair, will welcome the crowd, followed by a performance from the Northwestern cheerleaders and band.

Again this year, some local merchants will be offering discounts to patrons who wear a Homecoming button into their businesses during the week of Homecoming. A list of discounts and participating merchants is available at

“Button purchasers receive benefits worth much more than the $10 price of each button,” Bagley said. “Many visitors come to the town and spend their tourism dollars at Alva businesses.”

The best way to support Homecoming is to purchase a button, the proceeds of which provide a financial foundation to ensure Homecoming remains a major event for the years to come.

The sale of buttons is the primary funding source for Homecoming and supporters are encouraged to buy buttons even though they will not be able to attend all the events.

“By purchasing a button one can show support for Northwestern, Alva businesses and Homecoming,” Bagley said. “Homecoming provides a great opportunity to spotlight Alva and Northwestern.”

A homecoming button sells for $10 and is a $26 value, providing admission to the Miss Cinderella Talent Show and the Miss Cinderella Pageant, each of which have a ticket price of $9, and the homecoming football game against Missouri University of Science and Technology, with a ticket price of $8.

Angelia Case, instructional media technician, designed the button.

“Now with the added bonus of receiving a discount at select local businesses, it really does increase the value of the button,” Bagley said.

In addition to Bagley, button salespersons include Bill Marshall, Todd Holder, Peggy O’Neil, Mandy Stephens, Margaret Barton, Gary Brown, Liz Smith, Johnny Jones, Marilyn Bouziden, Arlo Darr, Kelly Parker, Jerry and Aleta Kohlrus, Karen Koehn, Denise Reed, Monica Schmidt, Korina Dove at Cherokee, Sue Reed at Freedom, Kyler Baum at Fairview and Kim Blevins at Kiowa Consultants in Kiowa, Kan.

Selling buttons at their respective locations are Cathy Brown, Northwestern-Alva retention coordinator and campus button sales coordinator, (580) 327-8547; Dr. Wayne McMillan, Northwestern-Enid dean, (580) 213-3105; and Dr. Deena Fisher, Northwestern-Woodward dean, (580) 256-0049.

Anyone who wants to purchase buttons and is not contacted by one of the salespersons can buy them at the Alva Chamber of Commerce office, (580) 327-1647, or at the Northwestern Foundation office in the Student Center, (580) 327-8593. Buttons also will be available at Rialto, (580) 327-0535; Radio Shack, (580) 327-0409; and The Alva Vision Clinic, (580) 327-2393. Those interested also can contact any of the listed salespersons.