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SWOSU Hosts Summer Picnic & Activities for Alumni and Friends

Arden Dorney, Jack Bonny and former SWOSU President John HaysSWOSU benefactor Arden Dorney visits with 2018 SWOSU Distinguished Alumnus Jack Bonny and former SWOSU President Dr. John Hays during a personal tour of Dorney’s private automobile collection.

Southwestern Oklahoma State University recently hosted its annual summer picnic on the lawn of the historic Burton House on the Weatherford campus.

Over 115 guests enjoyed fried chicken, brisket sliders, watermelon and other delicious treats furnished by SWOSU Auxiliary Services.

Prior to the picnic, many guests were treated to a tour of the private automobile collection belonging to longtime SWOSU benefactors Arden & Georganna Dorney of Weatherford.

Following the picnic, guests enjoyed the 29th annual Heartland Cruise Car Show and then gathered at the Lobby Lounge Bar for a reception.

“SWOSU is a stronger institution of higher learning because of our generous, involved community of alumni, emeriti and friends,” said SWOSU President Dr. Randy L. Beutler. “We’re delighted to partner with the SWOSU Alumni Association to host events like our annual summer picnic for SWOSU supporters to gather and fellowship, and we are very grateful to the Dorney family for generously granting our alumni, emeriti and friends a rare and exciting visit to their personal car collection.”

The day’s activities were sponsored by the SWOSU Alumni Association, a subsidiary of the SWOSU Foundation, Inc. The association is a dynamic group of volunteers from all walks of life who are passionate about giving back to SWOSU. The association offers members a varietyof benefits as well as event and volunteer opportunities. For more information, contact SWOSU’s Office of Institutional Advancement at 580-774-3267 or visit