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Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College will formally honor Peggy Rhine during the Outstanding Alumni Banquet on Saturday, Oct 21, at 11am in the Calcagno Family Ballroom.

Rhine grew up in Boatman, Oklahoma and graduated from Pryor High School in 1969. She attended NEO from 1969 to 1971. She was a Phi Theta Kappa and Business Club member, and she played intramural softball.

After graduating from NEO, Rhine was offered a scholarship to the University of Oklahoma, but she chose instead to settle down in Miami and marry Jim, with whom she shared a business communication class at the college. 

Rhine began working for NEO as the secretary for the Dean of Technology. Shortly after, her husband was accepted into the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy, and they moved first to Oklahoma City, then Pawhuska for two years before moving to Tulsa, and then back to Miami in 1979.

Rhine returned to NEO in 1981 as the secretary for the Dean of Academic Affairs. She was later promoted to Executive Assistant to the President, where she began her tenure. 

Rhine also established “Peggy’s Closet,” which began when she saw a need for coats on campus. Today, “Peggy’s Closet” serves as a place for students to get coats, jackets, hats, gloves, shoes or any other clothing item they may need. 

Rhine worked for NEO for 35 years and retired in January 2016.

Rhine and her husband have been married for 52 years and are heavily involved in church. They have three children and three grandchildren. One of her greatest achievements was “training” seven college presidents at NEO.

All alumni and friends of the college are invited to attend the banquet. Tickets are $25 and $15 (children 12 and under). Purchase tickets at the door or online. https://neo.edu/homecoming

NEO homecoming festivities will take place Oct 19 – 21.

For more information, please contact Interim Director of Alumni and Development Eric Iverson at eiverson@neo.edu.

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