Southeastern professor elected president of Social Science organization

Glenn MelanconDURANT, Okla. – Glenn Melancon, Professor of History and Chair of the Department of Social Sciences at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, has been elected to serve as president of the Southwestern Social Science Association (SSSA).

SSSA is the largest and oldest interdisciplinary social science organization in the United States.

Melancon, a long-time SSSA member and former vice president of the organization, has 20 years of experience in the field of social science and education.

“Our theme for this coming year is Social Sciences and Public Conversations,” Melancon said. “SSSA members have a wealth of scholarship on a broad range of public concerns. We hope to put that research to good use for our communities.”

Melancon’s presidency will last until spring of next year, when he will preside over the SSSA’s annual meeting. It will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, and is expected to draw social scientists from across the country to present and discuss their research.

The SSSA was founded in 1919 to promote, cultivate and correlate the various areas of the social sciences and their applications. The association serves as the umbrella organization for seven academic and professional affiliate associations in the fields of economics, history, international studies, political science, social work, sociology, and women’s and gender studies.

Melancon is a Professor of Modern European History.   He joined Southeastern in 1995 after earning a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. He is the author of Britain’s China Policy and the Opium Crisis: Balancing Drugs, Violence and National Honour,1833-1840 (2003).

Melancon is also involved in community work through scouting and with his church.

Southeastern Remembers

U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin and Southeastern president Sean Burrage stop to view the display Monday afternoon.

U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin and Southeastern president Sean Burrage stop to view the display Monday afternoon.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Student Government Association and the Savage Storm Leaders erected 168 white stakes with blue ribbons and the names of the individuals who lost their lives in the Murrah Federal Building bombing on April 19, 1995.

Southeastern joined the Oklahoma Standard initiative, which has been defined as a new level of caring, on the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing.

The display, set up on the front lawn of the campus, replicates the Field of Empty Chairs at the Oklahoma City National Memorial.

Congressman Mullin visits Southeastern

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DURANT, Okla. – U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin, right, was on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University Monday, visiting with president Sean Burrage, left, and students, faculty, and staff. The congressman toured the Native American Center for Student Success, attended a reception, and then participated in a question-and-answer session with President Burrage and the campus community.

Southeastern student reaches out to help others

By Tyler Roberts

TylerDURANT, Okla. –

(Editor’s Note: Tyler Roberts is a 20-year-old junior at Southeastern Oklahoma State University who is from Valliant, Oklahoma. He is majoring in Occupational Safety & Health, with a minor in Business Management)

I went on a wonderful adventure in early April, visiting a children’s hospital called Shriners down in Shreveport, Louisiana. Deciding to take the Easter holiday to the kids who were unable to enjoy the day like most children, I bought a bunny suit and scheduled a surprise visit for April 6.

The Easter visit was beyond a blessing. You do not realize how lucky you are until you see the less fortunate. When the kids saw me “hopping” to them their eyes lit up and they were smiling ear-to-ear. I had the opportunity to meet with 30 to 40 children that day and each one touched my heart.

Tommie Hazen, the Child Life Department Coordinator at the hospital, asked me if I was too hot in the suit. “No, I am not hot,’’ I replied, “but emotional.”

I did cry that day — not tears of sorrow, but tears of joy. The faces on those kids made my heart melt. I love kids and I especially enjoyed making their day. The ailments they had were upsetting, but to see that they almost jumped out of their chairs just to take a picture with me or to hug me made them forget where they were.

I was asked by several people, “Why would you go to Louisiana to see kids? Why not go somewhere closer?” I answered that with the simplest answer there is — “I would go across this world to make a kid smile.”

There is no destination for kindness. This was no stunt to earn popularity points or get publicity, but a simple, “Hey, it is time to give back. ‘’ And what better way to give back then to give children who cannot enjoy the holiday festivities like most the gift of smiles, gifts, time out of your day, and a few free hugs?

I want to make a difference in this world and I believe that you have to give more than what you receive in order to live a happy life. I challenge everyone who reads

Tyler Roberts visited with children during his recent visit to Louisiana.

Tyler Roberts visited with children during his recent visit to Louisiana.

this to perform an Act of Random Kindness. It does not have to be big — it is the little things that matter. There is no easy way to describe my visit in words. But it was beyond worth the five-hour drive.

I want to offer special thanks to Taylor Williams and Chandler Arterberry (also Southeastern students) for going with me on this trip and helping with the children. And another special thanks to everyone who made a donation (individuals and restaurants).

And by the way, I’m already planning another trip for the fall.

Southeastern choral groups in concert April 21

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Oklahoma State University Choral Ensembles will be featured in concert on Tuesday, April 21, in the Fine Arts Recital Hall. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature the Southeastern Vocal Consort and the Southeastern Men’s Glee, both conducted by Dr. Stacy Weger, Director of Choral Activities.

The Southeastern Consort will present J.S. Bach’s cantata “Gottes Zeit is die Allerbeste Zeit (BWV 106). This early cantata, written for a funeral service, reflects on the difference in Old Testament and New Testament views on death and the hereafter. Southeastern students will perform the solos and choral sections with accompaniment by a chamber instrumental group.

The Southeastern Men’s Glee will perform a wide range of repertoire ranging from traditional men’s chorus numbers to more substantial works. The centerpiece will be Johannes Brahms’ “Alto Rhapsody” (Op. 53), featuring Elizabeth Knight as soloist. Dr. Knight currently serves as instructor of voice at Southeastern. Written as a wedding gift for Robert and Clara’s Schumann’s daughter, the work fully and richly expresses the concept of unrequited love.

 

A Survivor’s story

talleyjpgDURANT, Okla. – Terri Talley, a survivor of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, shares her story at a 20th Anniversary Remembrance program Wednesday at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. A standing room-only crowd was captivated by Talley’s personal story of the events. Also participating in the program was Lynne Porter, Education Coordinator at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.

Dr. James Wintle Music Scholarship established at Southeastern

Gathering at the scholarship ceremony were Southeastern president Sean Burrage, Betty Wintle, Anne Wintle Ortega, and James E. Wintle.

Gathering at the scholarship ceremony were Southeastern president Sean Burrage, Betty Wintle, Anne Wintle Ortega, and James E. Wintle.

DURANT, Okla. – The establishment of the James R. Wintle Music Scholarship was made official Wednesday in an endowment ceremony at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The late Dr. Wintle served as professor of music at Southeastern from 1971-2010. In 1973, he created the Musical Arts Series at Southeastern.

Among those in attendance at the ceremony were Betty Wintle, daughter Anne Wintle Ortega, son James E. Wintle and a number of cousins, along with faculty, students, friends, Southeastern president Sean Burrage and executive director of university advancement Kyle Stafford.

Recipients of the scholarship must be full-time students of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, rising juniors or seniors who have declared music as

their major, and who have 3.5 or higher grade-point averages.

Recipients will be selected based upon their outstanding academic achievement in music academics and performance.

The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of merit with special focus on individuals of high character and outstanding achievement in music academics and performance who will positively represent the name of Dr. James R. Wintle.

Wintle was born in Pittsburg, Kansas, and graduated from Pittsburg High School and Pittsburg State University (bachelor). He earned his doctorate and master’s at the University of Kansas.

Widely known as a composer, his works have been commissioned by numerous acclaimed groups, including the American Brass Quintet and James Giles and the American Piano Quartet. His compositions have been performed both nationally and internationally and his work has been recognized by the State of Oklahoma with the Governor’s Arts Award in the area of Public Service.

Wintle was active as guest composer and adjudicator in many international events and his works have been performed on four continents.

His wife, Betty, was assistant professor of music at Southeastern from 1984-2010.

Tulsa Public Schools superintendent offers insight at Massey Lecture

Dr. Keith Ballard offers remarks at Tuesday’s Massey Lectureship.

Dr. Keith Ballard offers remarks at Tuesday’s Massey Lectureship.

DURANT, Okla. – Communications, relationships, and effective teachers were among the important themes voiced Tuesday by Tulsa Public Schools superintendent Keith Ballard as the guest speaker at the 14th Massey Family Lectureship.

The lecture was held in Montgomery Auditorium on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Some 400 students, faculty, public school superintendents and community members attended the hour-long session, which ended with questions-and-answers from the audience.

Dr. Ballard leads the largest school district in Oklahoma with 41,000 students and 7,000 employees, including 3,000 teachers. Focusing on college preparedness, he is committed to cultivating teacher talent in a performance-based culture and providing quality learning experiences for every student, every day, without exception.

“Communications and relationships have been critical during my journey in Tulsa,’’ Ballard said. “But we must be focused on having an effective teacher in every classroom and a great leader in every (school) building. That’s most important.’’

Ballard joined Tulsa Public Schools as superintendent in 2008. The district serves an urban population with a diverse population of students providing a choice of magnet, community, charter and neighborhood schools including a high school that partners with Tulsa Community College providing college-level courses.

During his tenure, Ballard worked to pass the largest bond in the history of the state, totaling $354 million. He led the way for the district to work with the Gates Foundation on teacher and leader effectiveness, one of only 10 school districts selected in the country.

He will retire from his position in Tulsa this summer.

The lectureship was established in 1994 by a gift from the John Massey family, which was matched by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Endowment Fund Program. Previous speakers at the Massey Lecture include H.E. “Gene” Rainbolt, George Kaiser, Edward Keller, Ambassador James R. Jones, Dr. Tom Cole, Archie Dunham, Keith Bailey, Michael Cawley, Joseph Cappy, Sen. Ted Fisher, J. Clifford Hudson, Mark Stansberry and Ed Martin.

Two Southeastern students receive scholarships from Safety Engineers

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DURANT, Okla. – The Fort Worth professional chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers has awarded $500 scholarships to two Southeastern Oklahoma State University occupational safety & health (OSH) students.  Conner Hall Koepp of Norman, Oklahoma, was awarded the Fort Worth Chapter scholarship, and James Matthew Wisdom of Durant was awarded the James “Skipper” Kendrick scholarship.  Both safety students are seniors in the department.  Pictured with the students is Dr. Wayne D. Jones, Southeastern OSH department chair.

Southeastern choral groups to perform on April 27

DURANT, Okla. – Two choral ensembles from Southeastern Oklahoma State University will present a program of music on Monday, April 27,, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be held at First Baptist Church, 124 West Evergreen in Durant.

Dr. Joshua Nannestad of the Southeastern Department of Music will conduct, with Dr. Mary Ann Craige on piano and organ and special guest Sonja Westberg on harp.

The Symphonic Chorus is a college-community ensemble that features the vocal music students of Southeastern as well as alumni, staff, and members of the greater Durant community. This large chorus will present the beloved Requiem of Gabriel Faure.

The Southeastern Women’s Chorus is a group of 20 student musicians who will open the concert with a diverse collection of works for treble voices. The concert will feature three songs by Sergei Rachmaninoff, sung in Russian.

Guest harpist Westberg will join the group for selections from Britten’s Ceremony of Carols and Holst’s Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda. The Women’s Chorus will conclude with a short set of folk songs from North America.

The program is free and open to the public.