Road kill leads to state-record parasites discovery

EOSC-Idabel Professor of Biology, Dr. Chris McAllister’s Introduction to Microbiology class recently studied ectoparasites (ticks, fleas, lice, flies, bugs) in laboratory. Dr. Mac said he was very fortunate to obtain a recently road-killed great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) found near the Idabel campus to bring back and salvage so students could examine the specimen for ectoparasites.

Dr. Mac said the specimen harbored several interesting chewing lice that were found to be new state records for Oklahoma. The professor has submitted a manuscript to the Proceedings of the Oklahoma Academy of Science on this finding as well as other parasites found in this owl, including coccidia, trematodes, and acanthocephalans, all new state records. According to Dr. Mac, students seemed to really enjoy examining real specimens and he said he feels this was a unique educational experience that students at other institutions may not get in similar college laboratories.

EOSC-Idabel microbiology students Krisha Peek (left), Teresa Davis (middle), and Breanna Hardeman (right) examining the great horned owl.

EOSC-Idabel microbiology students Krisha Peek (left), Teresa Davis (middle), and Breanna Hardeman (right) examining the great horned owl.

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Scholarship recipients recognized at SE-McCurtain County Advisory Council meeting

Southeastern president Sean Burrage and Southeastern McCurtain County Campus director Kendra Gross congratulate scholarship recipients, back row, Jasmine Thomas, Jeremie Jackman, Nicky Slabaugh, and Sarah Dinger, and front row, Kendra Cody, Brittan Raines, Skyler Virgin, Kayln Bacon, and Katy Furneaux.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage and Southeastern McCurtain County Campus director Kendra Gross congratulate scholarship recipients, back row, Jasmine Thomas, Jeremie Jackman, Nicky Slabaugh, and Sarah Dinger, and front row, Kendra Cody, Brittan Raines, Skyler Virgin, Kayln Bacon, and Katy Furneaux.

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT, Okla. – Scholarship recipients were recognized Tuesday afternoon at the October meeting of the McCurtain County Higher Education Board of Trustees Advisory Council. The council serves in an advisory role to the Southeastern Oklahoma State University McCurtain County Campus.

The scholarship recipients are as follows (totaling more than $8,500):

  • Jack and Linda Bell Scholarship — Katy Furneaux
  • Tom and Betty Bagwell Scholarship — Jeremie Jackman
  • SE Golf Classic Scholarship — Sarah Dinger, Brittan Raines, and Jasmine Thomas
  • SE McCurtain County Scholarship — Kendra Cody and Nicky Slabaugh
  • Weyerhaeuser, Seitz, Dansby Memorial Scholarship — Kayln Bacon
  • Dr. C. Henry and Jackye Gold Scholarship — Skyler Virgin

Southeastern president Sean Burrage and Vice President for Academic Affairs Bryon Clark also attended the meeting and offered reports to the group.

Kendra Gross serves as director of the Southeastern McCurtain County Campus.

Jimmy Tucker serves as chair of the nine-member Advisory Council.

The Council’s next meeting is scheduled for Nov. 28 at 4 p.m. in the E.T. Dunlap Building in Idabel.

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