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January 28, 2013

OMA Alumni Schedule Jan. 31 Reception in Claremore

The Oklahoma Military Academy Alumni Association has scheduled a Jan. 31 reception in Claremore for area alumni.

The reception will allow OMA alumni to informally gather, as well as hear plans about the upcoming OMA Reunion this summer. The reception is scheduled for 4:30-6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31, at the OMA Museum in Meyer Hall on the Claremore campus. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided courtesy of the OMA Alumni Association.

The event is free to OMA Alumni, who may bring a guest. RSVP to dboyle@rsu.edu or 918-343-6888 or 918-343-6889.

From 1919 to 1971, the OMA provided a secondary school and college education to more than 10,000 students. The OMA has an extensive register of graduates who became great leaders, both in military and civilian life. More than 2,500 OMA graduates served in the Armed Forces of the United States during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. More than 100 graduates gave their lives in service to their country. OMA quickly gained recognition as one of the top military schools in the U.S., and was often referred to as the "West Point of the Southwest."

In 1971, in response to the growing educational needs of a rapidly developing economy in the Claremore area, the Oklahoma Legislature replaced the Oklahoma Military Academy with Claremore Junior College, which later was renamed Rogers State College. The two-year college was renamed Rogers State University in 1998 and received accreditation as a four-year university in 2000.

The OMA reunion is scheduled for June 7-8 in Claremore. This year's reunion will honor all alumni who served their country in times of war and peace.

For more information, call 918-343-6889.