POTEAU–Carl Albert State College unveiled the official CASC College Seal on Tuesday at the Costner-Balentine Student Center on the CASC Poteau campus.
Guests at the event included two staff members of the late U.S. Representative Carl Albert, Loise Washington and Sara Lane. Oklahoma State Senator Mark Allen also joined CASC regents, administrators, faculty, staff and CASC development foundation trustees at the event.
Other special guests included Poteau Mayor Jeff Shockley, Poteau Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karen Wages, former CASC President Garry M. Ivey and his wife Pam, and Betty Ford who serves as a Field Office Representative for U.S. Representative Markwayne Mullin.
CASC President Jay Falkner welcomed guests to the ceremony, and unveiled the new College Seal that honors Carl Albert as the namesake of the College.
“Stigler Printing’s president Linus Williams and art director Chase Huggins listened to us explain what we were looking for, and absolutely delivered on our request,” said Falkner. “The seal depicts a young Carl Albert as the central figure in the seal with Cavanal Hill in the background.
“Some institutions have a certain building or monument as their central theme, but for us – we have Carl Albert. We would not be the great college we are if not for Carl Albert.”
During the ceremony, Williams spoke about the designing of the new seal, and CASC Regent Chairman Lavon Williams took a moment to share his thoughts and appreciation of the College’s new seal and the honor of having the College named for Carl Albert.
Lane and Washington both spoke about Carl Albert and how proud they were to see all the College is doing to honor and remember him. During the ceremony, it was noted that Albert was passionate about the importance of education and about civil rights, and saw education as “the great equalizer.”
Both Lane and Washington spoke of the strengths of Carl Albert and said he was the most honorable man they had ever known. Lane and Washington also shared that Carl Albert would be well pleased with Carl Albert State College.
Falkner explained that CASC will use the new seal in a variety of ways as part of the College’s continued branding efforts. He also shared that prior to the unveiling ceremony, the former staff members of Carl Albert had the opportunity to tour CASC to see firsthand many of the ways Carl Albert is honored and highlighted across the Poteau campus.
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