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Gavin Sirmons Joins the Alumni Association

Apr 14, 2023 -- maegan.martin
Family Photo L-R: Heath Sirmons (Father), April Sirmons (Mother), Gavin Sirmons, Karyl Ann Gray (Great-Aunt), Maegan Scott (Cousin) and Bob Gray (Great-Uncle)
Family Photo L-R: Heath Sirmons (Father), April Sirmons (Mother), Gavin Sirmons, Karyl Ann Gray (Great-Aunt), Maegan Scott (Cousin) and Bob Gray (Great-Uncle)

Being a Lifetime Member of the Western Oklahoma State College Alumni Association has become a tradition for Gavin Sirmons’ family. Looking over the leaves on the Alumni Lifetime Member Trees, we joked that his family needs their own branch, as he is the third generation to attend Western.  His mother, father, sister, grandparents, great aunt and cousins are all alumni. It was his great-aunt who gifts her family with lifetime memberships upon graduation.

Gavin graduated in the spring of 2022 with a double major.  He is still taking courses with Western and plans to transfer his degrees in Animal Science and Range and Wildlife Management to Oklahoma State University where he will study wildlife ecology and management.  Gavin’s plans for the future are to be a Wildlife Biologist.

During his time on campus, Gavin was a member of the Western Shooting Team and an Agriculture Ambassador.  He said what he has enjoyed most about his time here was the chance to get to know everyone.  He appreciated all of the faculty and said that Dr. Hammack, from the Ag Department, was instrumental in his journey here.

When asked if he had any advice for those considering college, Gavin says, “Come to Western and get a jump start on your education.  It’s affordable, they have smaller class sizes and you can be on a first-name basis with everyone.”

The Class of 2023 will be graduating soon.  Why not give the gift that keeps giving back?  You can purchase a Lifetime Membership by contacting the Alumni Office at 580-477-7706 or visit wosc.edu/alumni. 

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