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Southeastern professor elected Secretary of AAUP

Fridley-W-2016DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University Professor of Education William Fridley was elected Secretary of the American Association of University Professors’ (AAUP) Assembly of State Conferences (ASC), the national umbrella organization for individual state AAUP conferences.

The election took place at the AAUP’s Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education, which was held June 15-19 in Washington, D.C.  Candidates for ASC office must secure nominations from AAUP members in at least three states.  Candidates give a four-minute speech, which is followed immediately by the vote.  At this year’s meeting, there were 45 voting delegates from 22 states.

The ASC provides training and helps to coordinate state activities in areas such as government relations, academic freedom and tenure, membership development, and communications. The ASC also supports the work of state conferences.

Fridley is a founding member of Southeastern’s AAUP chapter and serves as the chapter’s representative to the AAUP State Conference of Oklahoma.  He is also the webmaster of the chapter’s website.

The service with AAUP dovetails with Fridley’s work with the Faculty Senate on shared governance and academic policy.  In April, he was re-elected as Senate Archivist in the first campus-wide election for that position.  He serves on the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and chairs the Personnel Policies Committee.

Fridley earned a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University and began teaching at Southeastern in 1999.

Paris Junior College, Southeastern Oklahoma State University sign agreement to ease transition for transfer students


PJC president Dr. Pam Anglin and Southeastern president Sean Burrage sign the agreement in Paris Tuesday afternoon.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Paris Junior College strengthened their relationship Tuesday with the signing of an agreement that will assist transfer students.

This 2+2 articulation agreement allows a seamless transition for students transferring from PJC into seven additional programs at Southeastern: Chemistry, Criminal Justice Major-Minor, Elementary Education, Hospitality Management, Recreation, Spanish, and Special Education.

Signing the agreement during a ceremony Tuesday were PJC president Dr. Pamela Anglin and Southeastern president Sean Burrage.

“Paris Junior College values our agreements with Southeastern and is proud to promote the transfer opportunity to our students,” said Dr. Anglin. “Today’s agreement provides additional articulated transfer opportunities for PJC students. It is good for our students and good for the region.”

“Paris Junior College and Southeastern Oklahoma State University are all about providing opportunities for students,’’ Burrage said.  “That is what this articulation agreement is all about. It provides the opportunity for more students to pursue their higher education goals. We are proud to be a part of that.’’

Southeastern has similar articulation agreements with 16 other junior/community colleges in Oklahoma and Texas.

With an enrollment of 4,000 students, Southeastern’s main campus is located in Durant, Oklahoma, with a branch campus in McCurtain County (Idabel, Oklahoma). Various programs are offered at seven other locations in Oklahoma and Texas.

The University, which offers 38 bachelor’s degree programs and 13 master’s degree programs, is nationally known for such fields of study as Aviation, Business, Elementary Education, and Occupational Safety & Health. For more information, visit

Paris Junior College serves over 5,000 students in northeast Texas in Lamar, Red River, Delta, Hunt and Hopkins counties and has provided quality education since 1924. PJC provides academic transfer and workforce training classes and programs. For more information, go to

Book signing set for July 9 for “The Poignant Years: Times of Fun and Feeling’’

A book signing has been scheduled for 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, at the Barnes and Noble College Book Store (Southeastern Oklahoma State University) for Skip Robinson’s The Poignant Years: Times of Fun and Feeling.

            Robinson, former director of the Center for Rhetoric and Professional Development at Southeastern, delivers a masterful trip back in time to the days of World War II as seen through the eyes of a child now grown to adulthood.

Robinson’s book will take readers of a certain age back to barefoot summer days when small-town families across America had little and were more than willing toshare.

The author will be on hand to discuss his latest book and sign copies.

Southeastern graduate Jill Mayes recognized by Oklahoma Magazine

Jill Mayes

Jill Mayes

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University graduate Jill Mayes was recently honored by Oklahoma Magazine as amember of the 2016 40 Under 40 class.

Outstanding professionals in business, nonprofits and higher education from throughout the state were recognized by the publication.

Mayes is the Director of Research and Grants for INTEGRIS Health Institute for Advanced Therapeutics & Research in Oklahoma City. She is responsible for system oversight of clinical and device trials conducted at INTEGRIS Health, as well as grants and federal funding for research-related projects.

She earned a bachelor’s degree (double major: psychology and social gerontology) from Southeastern in 1998, and in 2000 earned a Masters of Education at East Central University.  Her hometown is Sulphur, Oklahoma.

The magazine recognized Mayes not only for her professional accomplishments, but her community and volunteer efforts as well.

“I love working in an environment where my focus is helping patients,” she told Oklahoma Magazine. “I have a passion for research, and I am grateful for the opportunity where my skills are supported by a wonderful organization that shares the same goals.”

Southeastern begins four-day work week May 30

DURANT, Okla. – As has been the case in recent years, Southeastern Oklahoma State University will be on a four-day work week during the summer, beginning Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day holiday), and concluding on Friday, July 29.

Offices will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Offices will be closed on Friday.

All full-time staff members are required to work 40 hours per week or use the necessary amount of leave to meet the 40-hour per week requirement.

Dr. Martin Bressler receives Distinguished Research Award

Dr. Martin BresslerDURANT, Okla. – Dr. Martin Bressler of Southeastern Oklahoma State University  recently received the Distinguished Research Award from the Academy of Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues for an article he co-authored titled, New Global Cyber-Crimes Call for High-Tech Cyber-Cops.

Bressler serves as John Massey Chair in Entrepreneurship in the John Massey School of Business.

He received the award at the Allied Academies International Conference in New Orleans. Bressler co-authored the article with Dr. Linda Bressler and Dr. Richard McMahon of the University of Houston. This is the fourth article Bressler has authored on cybercrime and the impact of crime on business.

According to their research, more than thirteen million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2015, totaling $18 billion; it is estimated that identity theft fraud exceeded $200 billion globally. Bressler and his colleagues identified and described a wide range of computer crimes, including identity theft, intellectual property theft, illegal online sales, sextortion, sabotage, and computer intrusion.

Cyber-attacks may come from across the country or across the globe, but today cyber-attacks may start locally with card skimmers stealing customer data or drones outside office buildings. Currently, one of the biggest threats is Ransomware, which allows the cyber-criminal to steal files which they then hold for ransom payment. Ransomware has been used recently to steal files from hospitals across the country. Ransom payments are usually made through a third-party such as Bitcoin.

The authors suggest a number of counter-measures, including firewalls, virus-protection software and encrypting files that can be deployed to defend against cyber-attacks but a strong defense requires effort and commitment. Effort is required to keep up with the latest technology and develop strategies to protect your information while commitment involves devoting resources (both finances and personnel) to defend against cybercrimes. Failing to commit to a strong defense against cyber-attacks could cost you more money, possibly millions of dollars, and maybe even result in the complete loss of your business.

Michael Burrage to be inducted into Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2016

Michael Burrage

Michael Burrage

DURANT, Okla. – Michael Burrage and six other prominent individuals will be inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2016. The 89th annual banquet and induction ceremony will be held November 17 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

Joining Burrage as inductees this year are Troy Aikman, Rita Bly Aragon, Dan Dillingham, Rebecca Dixon, Kelli O’Hara and Russell Westbrook.

Being inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame is the highest honor an Oklahoman can receive from the state. Since the Oklahoma Hall of Fame’s inception in 1927, 677 accomplished individuals have received this commendation.

Burrage, a Distinguished Alumnus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, is the father of Southeastern president Sean Burrage.

Michael Burrage, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, was born in Durant, Oklahoma.  He received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Southeastern in 1971, and earned a juris doctor degree with honors from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1974.

Burrage was in private practice in Antlers from 1974 to 1994. He was named Outstanding Young Lawyer in Oklahoma in 1977, and served as president of the Oklahoma Bar Association in 1990.

In 1994, President Bill Clinton nominated Burrage to be a United States District Judge and he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 8, 1994.  He served as a federal judge for all three of the U.S. District Courts in Oklahoma and was the first Native American Federal Judge.  He also sat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit by designation.

Burrage was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1993 and served as State Chairman in 2008 – 2009.

In 1996, he became the chief judge at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, where he served until 2001. He is now senior managing partner at Whitten Burrage law firm in Oklahoma City.

Burrage was inducted into the University of Oklahoma College of Law, Order of the Owl Hall of Fame on Oct. 30, 2013.

He is married to Aletha and has two sons, Sean and David.

Presidential Golf Classic scheduled for June 10 at Chickasaw Pointe

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s annual Presidential Golf Classic is scheduled for Friday, June 10, at Chickasaw Pointe Golf Club on Lake Texoma.

The Presidential Golf Classic is an annual fundraising event to support the Southeastern Foundation and the University.

Entry fee is $150 per player and includes a registration gift, greens fee, cart, food and drinks.

Golfers may enter as a team or individually. Prizes will be awarded to first-, second-and third-place teams. Winning team names will be added to the President’s Cup trophy.

There will be contests for Closest-to-the-Pin and Longest Drive.

Registration and the practice range will be open at 7:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast at 8 a.m. and the shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. A post-tournament buffet will be served at approximately 2-3 p.m.

Golfers may obtain registration information online at Registration forms and payment may be mailed to Presidential Golf Classic, Southeastern Foundation, 1405 N. 4th Avenue, PMB 4187, Durant, Okla., 74701-0609.

Several levels of sponsorship are available, from $100 to $3,500 for a Platinum sponsorship, which includes two teams of six players and Platinum amenities.

Gold sponsorship ($2,500), Silver ($2,000) and Bronze ($1,500) include one team of six players and accompanying amenities.

Team sponsorship ($1,000) includes one team of six players. Tournament sponsor ($500) includes one regular registration. The Hole sponsorship ($100) includes signage at a hole.

To discuss sponsorship opportunities, contact Mark Webb at 580-745-2361 or visit

Remote area medical clinic serves 780 people

Dental exams were among the services provided Saturday and Sunday.

Dental exams were among the services provided Saturday and Sunday.

DURANT, Okla. – Some 780 people registered to receive dental cleanings, dental fillings, dental extractions, eye exams, eyeglass prescriptions, eyeglass production, women’s health exams and medical exams last weekend at a free medical clinic held at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The initiative was part of the Remote Area Medical® (RAM) Oklahoma program, in conjunction with the Rural Health Network (RHN) of Oklahoma. The two organizations have a common goal of increasing access to quality health care for underserved Oklahomans.

Stacie Pace, RHN’s executive director, worked collaboratively with the RAM organization to being the clinic to this area.

Two facilities – the University’s Bloomer Sullivan Arena and Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium — were utilized for the medical clinic on Saturday and Sunday.. A number of the volunteers were also provided lodging in Shearer Residence Hall.

Joining the out-of-town volunteers were Southeastern students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

“This was a first-class operation that Southeastern was proud to be involved with,’’ said University president Sean Burrage.  “It’s incredible to see the dedication of the volunteers who come from across the country to make this happen.  We are already talking about having a similar event here in a couple of years.’’

RAM director Ron Brewer and Southeastern president Sean Burrage visit at the event.

RAM director Ron Brewer and Southeastern president Sean Burrage visit at the event.

Remote Area Medical® (RAM) to Hold Free Medical Clinic at Southeastern Oklahoma State University May 14-15, 2016

DURANT, Okla. – More than 1,000 people are expected to receive dental cleanings, dental fillings, dental extractions, eye exams, eyeglass prescriptions, eyeglass production, women’s health exams and medical exams. All services are delivered on a first-come, first-served basis. The clinic will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, and from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 15 at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Entry numbers will be distributed at 3 a.m., three hours before the clinic begins. Patients can begin lining up for entry numbers at midnight, although many patients will form a line before midnight to ensure they receive a number.

The initiative is a part of the Remote Area Medical® (RAM) Oklahoma program, in conjunction with the Rural Health Network (RHN) of Oklahoma. The two organizations have a common goal of increasing access to quality health care for many underserved Oklahomans. Stacie Pace, RHN’s executive director worked collaboratively with the RAM organization to bring this program back to Oklahoma with help from local providers.

Two facilities – the University’s Bloomer Sullivan Arena and Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium located on 1st Avenue – will serve as sites for the medical clinic. In 2014, a similar clinic was held in Oklahoma City that provided services to 1,000 individuals.

Medical professionalsvolunteers, public donors, partners, and sponsors are combining forces for the Durant clinic. All providers are certified medical professionals, including, but not limited to, dentists, dental hygienists, optometrists, opticians, nurse practitioners, physicians and physician assistants. Medical professionals are encouraged to join the event at or sign up at the volunteer entrance door before 6 a.m. on May 14-15.

RAM, founded in 1985 by British cowboy Stan Brock, RAM initially served third world countries. By 1995, RAM held 60 percent of its operations in the United States. Today, 90 percent of RAM’s operations are held in the U.S.

RHN was established in 2008 with help from a grant written by Little Dixie Community Action Agency, headquartered in Hugo, Oklahoma.

For more information, call 405-259-4824 or visit