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The 2017-18 academic year at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) marks its 99th anniversary. To honor the milestone, NEO will host the ninth annual Founders’ Day Celebration in the Health Science Building parking lot by breaking ground on the new NEO Soccer Facility. This year, potential for severe weather has split the celebration into two days, with NEO hosting the Mabon Award Ceremony at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 6, 2018, in Commons Hall Auditorium, and the groundbreaking is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 27. “NEO’s annual Founders’ Day event has developed into a day to celebrate our rich history and reward our current students, faculty, and staff for their commitment to excellence. I encourage the community to join us as we celebrate 99 years of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College,” said Dr. Jeff Hale, NEO president.

The NEO Soccer Facility will be constructed on the north end of the parking lot for the Health Science Building. As part of the construction of the new housing facility in 2016-17, the outdated buildings housing the NEO Soccer dressing rooms were demolished. The new facility will provide modern dressing facilities for athletes, along with direct access to their practice field. The Mabon Award Ceremony honors Representative James Mabon’s leadership in establishing the Miami School of Mines. To recognize his contribution to the college, the NEO Development Foundation awards up to $2,000 for a student or employee submitted campus improvement project. In years past, winning projects have updated lounge areas, provided new equipment, and improved commons areas with art installations. In addition to the Mabon Award Presentation, April 6th’s ceremony will feature Sloane Arana’s presentation of “99 Years in the Making,” a look at NEO over the past century. Mayor Rudy Schultz will also present the 2018 National Championship Wrestling Team with a proclamation from the City of Miami. For more information about the Founders’ Day Celebration, please contact Jordan Adams at Jordan.m.adams@neo.edu or 918-540-6211.

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