Officials at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) announced Dan and Kathy Call as this year’s Outstanding Alumni recipients. Representing the College of Liberal Arts, the Calls will be honored during NEO’s homecoming festivities on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. This year’s homecoming theme is “NEO Superheroes in Disguise.”
Dan and Kathy met at NEO where they were both music majors, members of the concert choir and Meistersingers. They performed together in the campus musicals “Peter Pan,” “Hello, Dolly,” and “The Fantastics.” In addition, Kathy played bells in the band and was accompanist for many vocal students. Kathy graduated from NEO with an associate’s degree in 1971, while Dan attended one year. After marrying that same year, the couple transferred to the University of Tulsa (TU) and both received bachelor degrees. Upon graduating from TU, Dan became the Vocal Music Director at Tulsa Memorial High School and retired as Fine Arts Director in 2004. Active in the community, he has served as a fine arts consultant and recruiter for area school districts, a volunteer reader for elementary schools, and served on the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors.
Kathy spent 30 years as a music specialist in the Tulsa metro area, including the Jenks school system that is nationally known for its outstanding music program. She continues to teach music for TU’s gifted and talented program. In addition to her years of classroom experience, Kathy has held positions as organist and director of children’s ministries at Tulsa’s St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Today the couple is on staff at University United Methodist in Tulsa. Dan serves as Director of Music Ministries and Kathy serves as Associate Director.