The Sport Management and Recreation Management degree programs along with the Student Society for Sport and Recreation Management at Bacone College provide the college community, the Muskogee-Tulsa area, and the sport and recreation industries two (2) symposia during the academic year 2014-2015.
January 29, 2015 Bacone College hosted what may be the first officials’ symposium of its kind in Oklahoma. 2015 Symposium for Officiating in Sport: ‘The State of Sports Officiating and Careers in Sports Officiating” featured sport officials from Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas in the areas of college basketball, college baseball, college football sport officiating and the NF’L Officials Development program. This one-day event was open to the public with a special invitation to Oklahoma sports officials of all stripes.
The keynote speaker was Bob Homolka, Salina, KS who was a two-time College World Series umpire in Omaha, NE. Mr. Homolka was inducted into the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2012 and awaiting induction into the Kansas Official’s Hall of Fame March 2015. Mr. Eddie Jackson, Associate Director for Compliance at Rose State College, Claremore, OK spoke of his NCAA basketball officiating career which led him to become the current assignor of college basketball officials for several NCAA Division I and II conferences in Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and Arkansas. Mr. Doug McClure, current baseball umpires for several NCAA Division II and NAIA conferences in Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas, and Texas demonstrated the use of “Go-Pro” camera technology in umpire training. Two former NCAA college football referees Dave Malone and Chris Snead who began their careers in
the Texas Tech intramural sports program under the direction of Dr. Winters gave their real-life accounts as they rose through the ranks. Mr. Malone worked 14 years in college football and appeared in
13 bowl games. Mr. Snead rose to become a SEC official and was recently named to the NFL Officials Development Program which will lead to working in the National Football League.
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The Sport and Recreation Management academic programs hosted its first Symposium for Women In Sports on April 16, 2015 at the Bacone Commons. Its theme “A Different Voice” highlighted the role of women in sport and the
struggle and rise of women as leaders and professionals in the sports industries. Dr. Susan Willis and Ms. Rozalyn Luster-washington and those in attendance were welcomed to campus by Bacone’s only Naismith Hall of Famer, Mrs. Glenda McClain. Ms. Luster-washington shared her struggles at Langston University to start it’s
School of Physical Therapy that led to her as Chair of Langston’s Health, Physical Education and Recreation degree programs and finally as Oklahoma’s only African-American women athletic director to lead a collegiate program with football.
Dr. Willis shared her rise to lead one of Oklahoma’s fast-growing sport management academic programs. Dr. Willis served as professor and Chair of Kinesiology and men’s & women’s cross country coach for 14 years. Dr. Willis’ sport management graduates are professionals in area professional sports teams and many other marketing, sales, and executive positions in the region.
At the conclusion of the 2015, the Bacone College sport and recreation academic programs, the event’s hosts, proclaimed that all future symposia for women in sport to be the Glenda McClain Symposium for
Women in Sport. This would forever hold in high regard the contributions that Glenda McClain as an instructor for health and physical education at Bacone and her years as a member of the “All-American Redheads”, a traveling women’s basketball team that barnstormed across the United States and Canada which led to the team’s induction to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in the Class of 2012.