Bull-Pup Camps Planned for Youngsters on SWOSU Homecoming Saturday


When alumni and friends come to Weatherford to Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s annual Homecoming activities on October 15, the younger visitors are going to enjoy a new program called “Bull-Pup Camp.”

Various departments on campus will be offering a variety of free programs for children ages  8-12 from 10 a.m. until 12 noon. Youngsters should meet at the SWOSU Clock Tower at 9:45 a.m. for registration and will chose to attend related activities in rodeo, baseball, softball, basketball, cheerleading, golf, engineering (robotics), art, music, science and parks/recreation.

Lynne Thurman, assistant to the president for institutional advancement at SWOSU, said parents should arrive back at 12 noon to pick up their “bull-pups” at the Clock Tower.

In the art group, Art Department Chair Cliff McMahon said the bull-pups will participate in a children’s workshop where they will use a number of different mediums to create pieces, including oil, water colors and clay.  

Parks and Recreation Department Chair Chad Kinder said students who select this group will engage in adventure activities that include initiative games, knot tying and team building exercises.

Brad Fitzgerald, instructor in the Engineering and Technology Department, said the kids in the engineering group will work in the robot room. They will drive robots with remote control around a set course.

SWOSU women’s basketball coach Kelsi Musick said the athletic group will consist of each team hosting a clinic based on their sport of participation.

The music department plans to take bull-pups into the music computer lab and run age appropriate music applications and possibly hold an African drumming clinic, according to Dr. James South, chair of the Department of Music.

The Women in Science group will be doing science projects, according to Dr. Lori Gwyn.

For more information, contact Thurman at 580.774.3028 or lynne.thurman@swosu.edu.