|DAR SPEAKER, NEW TRUSTEE LOVES, PROMOTES BACONE|
|Written by BACONIAN ONLINE REPORTS|
|Sunday, 21 October 2012|
For former English teacher Sharon Olive DeLoache, her recent appointment to the Bacone College Board of Trustees was a surprise.
“It was completely out of the blue,” said DeLoache, a member, and state speaker of the Daughters of the American Revolution. “I had no idea I’d been considered when [Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement] Melissa Foutch asked if I might be interested in a position. My husband [Dr. Dan Franklin DeLoache] was a university professor. He would have been so proud.”
“I had grants and help growing up,” she said. “We were all able to use our heritage. There’s so much that ties Natives to education, to give them the opportunity to take advantage of this beautiful campus, the people who work here, and all the changes and advancements, that means a lot to me.”
In particular, DeLoache focuses on Bacone Commons, which came to life beginning summer, 2011.
“I tell people, it’s fabulous. You have to come; it’s unbelievable,” she added. “It’s something from nothing. To take this vacant, echoing place and to repurpose it so perfectly, that’s just fabulous.”
“I start out with the beginnings as Indian University in Tahlequah, and I talk about the vision that Dr. [Alcon C.] Bacone had for reaching all the Civilized Tribes,” she said, “the school’s movement from Tahlequah to Muskogee, and how Bacone’s had this constant theme of rejuvenation, of building and rebuilding in pursuit of educating American Indians.”
“It shows people love this school and want to assist in its vision,” she added.
|Last Updated on Sunday, 21 October 2012|