Nothing brings out school spirit like Bedlam— any time the OSU Cowboys take on the Oklahoma Sooners. This year’s Bedlam football game is Saturday, Dec. 3, with kickoff at 11:30 a.m.
Okmulgee-area alumni from all Oklahoma State University campuses including OSU Institute of Technology are invited to a Bedlam watch party at Morty’s, 104 S. Morton Ave., in downtown Okmulgee.
The watch party is being organized by OSUIT Alumni Relations.
“We want to get an alumni chapter up and going in Okmulgee,” said Bruce Force, director of OSUIT alumni relations. “We’d like to see if we can identify some of the local alumni, even OSU Stillwater alumni, who aren’t affiliated with a chapter.”
There are a little more than 2,000 OSUIT alumni living in Okmulgee, Henryetta, Morris and Beggs, according to Force.
“We have a lot of local alumni and we want to invite them out, provide an opportunity to come out and support the Cowboys,” he said.
Those who watch the televised Bedlam game on FOX can also catch a commercial for OSUIT’s Orthotics & Prosthetics program.
One benefit of membership in the association is it provides opportunities for networking like watch parties. It also keeps alumni up-to-date on what’s going on at their alma mater and offers opportunities for alumni to give back in a variety of ways.
“A watch party is something we’ve been wanting to do and then hopefully grow and so some other events. Maybe networking events or caravans to Stillwater,” Force said.
The owners of Morty’s, one of Okmulgee’s downtown restaurants, were more than happy to host the Bedlam watch party.
“We can do some things on campus, but Morty’s has that sports bar theme. People may or may not feel comfortable coming on campus. And at Morty’s people can grab some food, have a soda or a beer,” he said.
And hopefully they become more regular occurrences.
“It’s a great way for people to get together to watch their OSU Cowboys compete against the Sooners without having to go to Norman,” he said.