Northwestern homecoming button sales begin Wednesday

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Northwestern homecoming button sales begin Wednesday

Dr. Janet Cunningham purchases first homecoming buttonDr. Janet Cunningham (right), president of Northwestern Oklahoma State University, purchases the first homecoming button from Rachel Stewart, Northwestern events coordinator, to kick off the annual button sales leading up to homecoming Oct. 24-26.  

Sales for buttons designed for Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Homecoming 2013, “Ranger Vacation: It’s a Family Tradition,” will go on sale Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 5 p.m., during a kickoff celebration at Holder Drug.

Button salespersons are invited to pick up their packets then to begin selling buttons.

Northwestern fans on and off campus are encouraged to show their pride by purchasing a button as a way of supporting the annual event set for Oct. 24-26.  The sale of buttons is the primary funding source for Homecoming, and supporters are encouraged to buy buttons even if they will not be able to attend all the events.

Making the button even more of a great deal, 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

“Supporting Homecoming is priceless,” said Karen Koehn, button sales chair.  “The buttons pay for every aspect of homecoming, everything from floats, to Miss Cinderella, to the banners that are strung across the streets at the downtown square.  We've been fortunate to keep the price of the button to $10, so everyone can afford one. The button alone saves an individual if attending Miss Cinderella or the football game.”     

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 years to come.         

A homecoming button sells for $10 and is a $38 value, providing admission to the Miss Cinderella Talent Show and the Miss Cinderella Pageant, each of which have a ticket price of $10, and tickets to the homecoming football game against Southeastern Oklahoma State University are $18.  

Angelia Case, academic projects assistant/media specialist, designed the button.

Koehn has 41 sales persons across Northwest Oklahoma and urges the community and all Rangers to buy a Homecoming button to show Ranger pride.

“Help us, Alva and Northwestern have one of the best Homecomings ever,” Koehn said.  “Ride, Rangers, Ride!”

Each building on the Alva campus will have a button sales representative. Contact Dr. Aaron Mason, associate professor of political science and co-chair of the homecoming committee, at (580) 327-8522 or to find out who is representing each building. Lori Coonrod, Enid student service coordinator, (580) 213-3147, will be the button sales representative for the Enid campus, while Kristen Mravinek, Woodward campus coordinator, may be contacted for buttons in Woodward at (580) 254-2503.

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 located at 502 Oklahoma Blvd., (580) 327-1647; the Northwestern Foundation office in the Student Center, (580) 327-8593; or the Northwestern business office in Herod Hall, (580) 327-8536.

Buttons also will be available at Rialto, (580) 327-0535; Sights and Sounds/Radio Shack, (580) 327-0409; Daisy Village, (580) 327-3467; Holder Drug, (580) 327-3332; and the Cherokee Strip Museum, (580) 327-2030.  Those interested also can contact any of the listed salespersons.