Southeastern president (and his dogs) featured in Chronicle of Higher Education

President Burrage walking his dogs on campus.

President Burrage walking his dogs on campus.

DURANT, Okla. – Thanks to a couple of dogs, Southeastern Oklahoma State University is on the national map, so to speak.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage – and his rescue dogs Daisy and Sweetpea – are featured in an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Four college presidents – Burrage and leaders from New York University, Moravian College (Bethlehem, Pa.), and Clarion University of Pennsylvania – are shown in photos with their respective dogs in sidebar stories written by Mary Bowerman. The photograph of Burrage walking his dogs was taken by Southeastern Assistant Director of University Communications Dan Hoke.

“Hey, Mr. President, the Dogs Are Out!’’ is the title of the sidebar about Burrage. It relates the story of the new Southeastern president preparing his speech for the Faculty-Staff meeting, only to be interrupted by a phone call informing him that his dogs were on the loose.

In the article, Burrage tells the writer that, “when I’m walking the dogs, students feel more comfortable coming up and talking. I want them to know I am someone they can approach and speak to about anything.”

The complete article may be viewed here

Honor graduates recognized at Fall Commencement

Commencement speaker Gary Sherrer offers advice to the graduating class.

Commencement speaker Gary Sherrer offers advice to the graduating class.

DURANT, Okla. – Forty honor graduates were recognized Saturday during Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Fall Commencement at Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

Southeastern alumnus Gary Sherrer (’73), a former state representative who served in cabinet positions under three governors, was the commencement speaker. Sherrer currently serves as assistant vice president for external relations in

Oklahoma State University’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

Regent Susan Winchester (Chair) of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents offered welcoming remarks.

Following are the honor graduates, listed by permanent hometown (Oklahoma, unless otherwise indicated):

Summa Cum Laude (with highest honors)

Jessica Leann Anderson, Indianola; Elizabeth Morgan Blackburn, Ringling; Jeannette K. Brown, Urbana, Illinois; Brittni Fawn Echols, Durant; Matthew Kent Mobley, Chandler; Zachary Taylor Robinson, Cartwright; Dana Marie Schumacher, Era, Texas.

Magna Cum Laude (with high honors)

James Clifton Casteel II, Lone Grove; Philip Joel Franks, Durant; Jett Ellis Gardner, Antlers; Kristi Nicole Heath, Pottsboro, Texas; Alton Lee Jones, McAlester; Apryl Nicole Mock, Boswell; Jessica Elizabeth Neal, Ada; Crystal Cheyenne Nichols, Denison, Texas; Rebecca Dawn Rathfon, Sherman, Texas; Sarah Susanne Roberts, Lone Grove; Tim Rulla, Sherman, Texas; Jeffery Ryan Stephens, Pottsboro, Texas; Scott Ryan Sundstrom, Friendswood, Texas; Carey Denise Wade, Sherman, Texas.

Cum Laude (with honors)

President Sean Burrage congratulates a graduate

President Sean Burrage congratulates a graduate.

Chance Walker Baker, Hugo; MD Nazrul Islam Bhuiyan, Oklahoma City; Damen Gregory Burris, Edmond; Kevin Camero Caras, Oklahoma City; Dustin W. Fleming,

Dumas, Texas; Jackie Vonn Gill, Ardmore; Jeremy Alan Gray, Tuttle; Melissa Marie Haworth-Cox, Pottsboro, Texas; Jordan Faith Hedrick, Cameron; Patricia Gayle Hill, Choctaw; Sarah Michelle Knight, Coalgate; Jacob Edward Luellen, Coalgate; Hope Renee McClendon-Willis, Marietta; Shayna Briane Milam, Comanche; Hilton Chance Phillips, Idabel; Anthony Blake Stanley, Moore; Kalleigh Carol Tilley, Durant; Robin Nicole Harris Tillman, Ardmore; Justin Mark Wallace, Durant.

Southeastern celebrates arrival of holiday season

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Oklahoma State University campus and community officially welcomed the arrival of the holiday season Monday with a tradition-filled evening of events.

The activities featured Santa and Entertainment, tree lighting and the Candlelighting and Concert.

Santa and Entertainment opened the festivities, with Dell McLain reading traditional stories on the front lawn of the Magnolia House.

Afterwards, the annual tree-lighting ceremony was held on the front lawn of campus.

In keeping with tradition, Southeastern held the 93rd annual Candlelighting and Concert in Montgomery Auditorium. This event was first held on Dec. 18, 1921.

This year’s concert featured the Southeastern Symphonic Choir performing Handel’s Messiah with orchestra, Dr. Joshua Nannestad, conductor.

The concert once again included the audience singing of traditional Christmas carols, focusing on the festive nature of the season.

The Southeastern Brass Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Ben Shaffer, joined join in for the traditional carol sing. Cardinal Key and Blue Key Honor Societies served as acolytes in the candlelighting portion of the evening.

The performance began with a short concert of Christmas music presented by the SHARE Children’s Chorus, directed by Dr. Jeri Walker.

Historic Montgomery Auditorium was the site of the 93rd-annual Candlelighting ceremony.

Historic Montgomery Auditorium was the site of the 93rd-annual Candlelighting ceremony.

Treelighting was held on the front lawn of the Southeastern campus.

Treelighting was held on the front lawn of the Southeastern campus.

The stage is set for music at the Candlelighting and Concert Monday night.

The stage is set for music at the Candlelighting and Concert Monday night.

Southeastern students attend science and engineering national meeting

Sarrysa Eaves presents her research poster.

Sarrysa Eaves presents her research poster.

DURANT, Okla. – Six undergraduate students represented Southeastern Oklahoma State University at the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) national meeting in Orlando, Florida, November 12-16.

The SE AISES chapter members attending were Sarrysa Eaves (chemistry/biology medical sciences major from Durant), Aleina Pate (chemistry major-minor from Fort Towson), James Sharp (chemistry major, Colbert), Preston Cosper (SE AISES chapter president, computer science major from Coalgate), Katy Gaskill (chemistry/biology medical sciences major from Mead), and Kayleb Koslowsky (chemistry/biology medical sciences major from Kingston).

The students were accompanied by Dr. Nancy Paiva, Southeastern AISES chapter faculty mentor, chemistry, computer & physical sciences department.

The first three students, Eaves, Pate and Sharp, presented research posters based on research conducted in Oklahoma during summer 2014. Eaves won fourth place in the undergraduate poster completion category, earning a certificate and $450.

All students accepted to present posters earned a free meeting registration. Most of the travel funds came from two grants awarded to Paiva and Southeastern from the National Science Foundation Oklahoma EPSCoR and NASA Oklahoma Space Grant, with additional funds from the Southeastern Student Government Association and two travel awards from the Choctaw Nation to Gaskill and Cosper.

All of the students attended the career fair, where approximately 200 federal and state agencies, companies and universities presented offers for scholarships, internships, degree programs and jobs.

They also met in a caucus with all of the other chapters from AISES Region 4 to discuss regional business, including the plans for the Spring regional meeting. Each student also selected resume preparation or career-building sessions of interest to them.

The meeting also blended in several cultural aspects, including presentations by tribal elders at the opening and closing ceremonies and a stomp dance led by a hosting Florida tribe.

The guest speaker at the closing banquet was Astronaut John Herrington, a registered Chickasaw from Oklahoma.

Students who did not attend the meeting may join AISES online at www.aises.org to view and apply for many of the opportunities advertised at the meeting.

Current Southeastern students interested in joining the local chapter are encouraged to contact Paiva, Cosper or Jennifer Kemp at the Southeastern Native American Center for Student Success.

Southeastern professor receives national award for outstanding case study

Dr. Stewart Mayers received the Paula Silver Award.

Dr. Stewart Mayers received the Paula Silver Award.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University education professor Stewart Mayers is the recipient of a prestigious award from the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA).

Dr. Mayers and Dr. Sally J. Zepeda (professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Georgia),  authors of Communication and Trust: Change at the onset of Appointment to the Superintendency, received the Paula Silver Award for outstanding case study.

 

The UCEA is a consortium of higher education institutions committed to advancing the preparation and practice of educational leaders for the benefit of schools and children.

The Paula Silver Case Award was instituted by UCEA in 1999 to memorialize the life and work of Paula Silver, a UCEA associate director and president-elect who made significant contributions to the program through excellence in scholarship, advocacy of women, and an inspired understanding of praxis. A sterling silver bowl is presented annually to the author(s) of the most outstanding case published during the last volume of the UCEA Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership.

The cases are used as teaching tools in master’s and doctoral level education administration classes in universities across the country.

Mayers joined the Southeastern faculty in 2001. He earned his Ed.D. at the University at Georgia, his M.Ed. at Southeastern, and his B.A. at Baylor University.

Candlelighting among many holiday events at Southeastern

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University is inviting the community to Celebrate the Holidays on Monday, December 8.

The evening will feature Santa and Entertainment, tree lighting and the ever-popular Candlelighting ceremony.

The events are free and open to the public.

Santa and Entertainment is scheduled for 6-7 p.m. with Dell McLain reading the Christmas Story and the Chorvettes Stageworks Company  singing carols on the front lawn of the Magnolia House.

The annual tree-lighting ceremony is set for 7:15 p.m.

Southeastern’s Brass Ensemble will perform on the front lawn of historic Morrison Hall before and during the tree lighting.

In keeping with tradition, Southeastern will mark the holiday season with the 93rd annual Candlelighting and Concert at 7:30 p.m. in Montgomery Auditorium.

This year’s concert will feature the Southeastern Symphonic Choir performing Handel’s Messiah with orchestra, Dr. Joshua Nannestad, conductor.

Messiah is among the most performed and celebrated pieces from the vast repertoire of Christmas music. The music for this season is noteworthy for its florid and descriptive content and has become a staple of Christmas celebrations worldwide.

Other works will include Alfred Burt Carols and additional seasonal pieces.

The concert will once again include the audience singing of traditional Christmas carols focusing on the festive nature of the season.

The Southeastern Brass Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Ben Shaffer, will join in for the traditional carol sing. Cardinal Key and Blue Key Honor Societies will again serve as acolytes in the candle lighting portion of the evening.

The performance will again begin with a short concert of Christmas music presented by the SHARE Children’s Chorus, directed by Dr. Jeri Walker.

The traditional Candlelighting event is designed to reflect the festive nature of the season and serves as a great way to start holiday celebrations.

The University invites the community to share the music of the season.

For more information, contact the Southeastern Department of Music at 580-745-2088. This event is made possible through a grant from the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Cultural and Scholastic Lectureship Fund.

Speech and debate students compete in Tulsa event

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Speech and Debate Association competed in the Tulsa Community College-Northeast’s

fourth annual Green Country Swing, Nov. 14-16.

         Ally Shafer, freshman business/communication major from Madill, finished sixth, the highest individual placement in the team’s first three tournaments.

The forensics tournament featured novice, varsity and professional divisions of International Public Debate Association-style debate, National Forensics Association-Lincoln/Douglas Debate, and all 11 American Forensics Association (AFA) Individual Events (IE).

Southeastern’s team was made up of Shafer, Anthony Hill, junior political science major from Caddo, and Gwendolyn Harper, junior psychology major from Paris, Texas.

Southeastern’s team matched wits with 135 competitors representing 19 schools from six midwestern and southwestern states.

Assistant professor of communication/speech and debate team advisor Dr. Randy Clark said, “The third tournament of the forensics season yielded a breakthrough of sorts for us. The team has been preparing well and working hard. We expected one or two students to break through to the finals and it finally happened.”

Shafer reached the finals in the AFA-IE of Informative Speaking and took sixth place in the Saturday half of the swing. According to AFA rules, informative is an original memorized speech written to inform the audience on a general topic of interest and/or usefulness. The maximum length of the speech is 10 minutes.

Clark said, “Shafer’s hard work and dedication to improving the overall quality of her speech and her non-verbals during her delivery is really beginning to pay off. Breaking through to the finals will now become a common occurrence for Ally. Now the challenge is to consistently place in the top three of each tournament.”

Southeastern’s next forensics tournament will be the Cameron Christmas Classic at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, December 5-7.

To learn more about Southeastern’s intercollegiate forensics program and tournament schedule, contact Clark at 580-745-2556 or go to http://homepages.se/comm.

Southeastern science students receive honorable mention award

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s student chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) has earned an Honorable Mention award for its activities conducted during the 2013-14 academic year.

More than 400 chapter activity reports were submitted and The Society Committee on Education presented 44 outstanding, 85 commendable and 151 honorable mention awards.

Lists of award-winning chapters will be published in Chemical & Engineering News and in the November/December issue of inChemistry, the student member magazine.

Award-winning chapters will also be honored at the ACS National Meeting in Denver, Colorado, on Sunday, March 22, 2015.

Associate Professor Nancy Paiva, faculty advisor of the Southeastern chapter, received special commendation in the award letter from Tom Barton, president of the American Chemical Society.

The letter said that few faculty members are willing to make the great commitment of time and energy that a successful chapter requires. It noted  Paiva’s efforts as representing the best in undergraduate science education and mentoring around the country.

Southeastern closed for Thanksgiving Nov. 26-27-28

DURANT, Okla. –- Southeastern Oklahoma State University will be closed Nov. 26-27-28 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Classes will resume and all offices will re-open on Monday, Dec. 1.

Music Dept. to present Faculty Recital on Nov. 23

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Department of Music will present a Faculty Showcase Recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, November 23, in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

The performance will include pieces by Rachmaninoff, Bassi, Tomasi, Brahms, Berlin, Larsen, Clark and others.

The faculty includes acclaimed performers with diverse backgrounds and experience, many of whom perform nationally and internationally, have won major competitions, and have recorded with noteworthy ensembles.

The recital will feature new faculty members Angela Favazza, piano; Jeremy Marks, trombone and euphonium; Joshua Nannestad, bass; and jazz pianist James Dering.

Joining the new faculty members will be pianist Ekaterina Chernaya-Oh; Carlos Feller, flute; Ben Shaffer, trumpet; Tristan Eggener, tuba; Brandon Stewart, horn; Elizabeth Knight, mezzo soprano; and Michael Scheuerman, clarinet.

The concert is free and open to the public. Please call the Southeastern Department of Music at 580-745-2222 for more information.