Southeastern adds two degree programs at Grayson College

Grayson president Jeremy McMillen and Southeastern president Sean Burrage sign the agreement Monday.

Grayson president Jeremy McMillen and Southeastern president Sean Burrage sign the agreement Monday.

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern-Grayson connection continues to expand.

On Monday, Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Grayson College made it official when the presidents of the partnering schools signed an articulation agreement for two new bachelor degree programs to be offered online – Hospitality Management, and Early Intervention and Child Development.

“We truly value the partnership between Grayson and Southeastern and hope it continues to expand,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage. “We want to continue to work with Grayson to ensure that we are meeting the needs of students through our programming and services. President (Jeremy) McMillen has been very supportive and we are very excited about the potential for growth in the region.’’

Added President McMillen: “Grayson College is very pleased to expand our partnership with Southeastern. The addition of these two programs into our transfer agreements will be of benefit to our students and the communities we serve. Southeastern and Grayson have a long history of partnering for student success.  In fact, Southeastern is the University that our students choose most often when moving on to obtain their bachelor’s degree.”

This 2+2 articulation agreement allows a seamless transition for students transferring from Grayson into these two programs at Southeastern.

This collaborative partnership between Grayson and Southeastern received final approval in 2005 from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Grayson College Board of Trustees, the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents, and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

Since then, the Southeastern at Grayson program has offered face-to-face classes at the Denison campus in Elementary Education, School Administration (graduate) , and, later, for the Bachelor of Science in Liberal and Applied Studies. In these programs, a student can earn a Southeastern degree while taking all classes at the GC campus in Denison or online. Typically, these programs are offered in evening classes (after 4 p.m.)

Southeastern is now also offering courses in its popular Occupational Safety & Health program at the GC South Campus in Van Alstyne.

For more information about the Southeastern at Grayson program, contact Matt Morris, SE Coordinator of Academic Services at Grayson, at 903-463.8701 or visit http://www.se.edu/grayson/

Alumni Gold & Blue event raises record amount for scholarships

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Alumni Gold and Blue Scholarship Gala and Auction was held on February 21 in the Visual & Performing Arts Center.

The event was a tremendous success, with an attendance of 200 and more than $50,000 raised. These record-setting proceeds will be utilized for student scholarships to be awarded by the Southeastern Alumni Association.

“I am proud to report that Southeastern’s Alumni Association will be able to award the largest number of scholarships on record,’’ said Alumni Association president Kerrey Matlock. “Our alumni and friends pulled out all the stops at the Gold and Blue Gala this year.’’

At this year’s event, three former scholarship recipients expressed their gratitude to the Association for encouraging and supporting them during their University career: Rachel Toews (SE ’12),  Bree Labeth (SE ’13), and  Andrea Rogers Mersiovsky (’00).

In the 16-year history of the Gold and Blue Gala, the Southeastern Alumni Association Endowment Scholarship account has grown to exceed $250,000 and provides annual scholarship support to the University.

The business community and Southeastern alumni support the Gold and Blue each year by donating unique and valuable items to the live and silent auctions.  Live auction items often include collectible art and one-of-a-kind custom fabricated items. Examples of silent auction items include weekend vacations, fun-day classes/experiences, local dining packages, and special apparel.

“The generosity of all who were a part of making the event successful is very appreciated,’’ said Gala committee chair Mary Frank. “Our committee thanks you for partnering with us in this great effort.’’

Rustin Concrete, Southeastern recognized with Higher Education Partnership award

DURANT, Okla. – Twenty-seven business and higher education partnerships throughout the state were recently recognized as innovative collaborations that further the education of Oklahoma’s workforce.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award is designed to highlight successful partnerships between higher education institutions and businesses and to further cultivate the higher learning environment through State Regents’ Economic Development Grants.

Among those recognized were Southeastern Oklahoma State University and

Rustin Concrete.

“Oklahoma’s colleges and universities drive economic advancement, collaborating with business and industry partners to link academic programs directly to employment needs in high-demand areas,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “Through these partnerships, students engage in hands-on career-related experiences and are better prepared for the workforce.”

Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Rustin Concrete
– Rustin Concrete and the Rustin family are behind the scenes ensuring success at Southeastern by contributing to student scholarships, athletics, building campaigns and other campus improvements. Rustin Concrete’s human resources manager, Joan Chadwick, has been an advocate for the manufacturing and transportation, distribution, and logistics cluster meetings, and provides necessary real-world information for workforce and economic development initiatives. The Rustin family believes in education and has been a longtime contributor to the Southeastern Foundation, with endowments in each of their parent’s names. Their level of support for Southeastern and providing funding to numerous community organizations will continue to strengthen the region to ensure that Durant and southeastern Oklahoma will be a better place to live and work.

At the awards ceremony were, left to right, Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, Director of the Center for Regional Competitiveness Kathy Hendrick, Bart Rustin, Oklahoma Small Business Development Center director Bill Carter, and Chancellor Glen D. Johnson.

At the awards ceremony were, left to right, Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, Director of the Center for Regional Competitiveness Kathy Hendrick, Bart Rustin, Oklahoma Small Business Development Center director Bill Carter, and Chancellor Glen D. Johnson.

Spring Break set for March 16-20

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will be closed March 16-20 for Spring Break.

All classes will resume on Monday, March 23.

Ron Wallace poetry reading scheduled for Tuesday

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will be the site of a poetry reading of Ron Wallace’s new book on Tuesday, March 10, at 6 p.m.

The new book is titled, “Of Hawks And Horses …  And a World in Between.”        

The event is scheduled for the Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library in the Native American Commons Area on the first floor. Book sales and signing will follow. Everyone is invited to attend, meet Wallace and talk poetry.

Southeastern celebrates Founders’ Day

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University celebrated Founders’ Day Friday afternoon with a special program in historic Montgomery Auditorium. Dr. David Norris, professor emeritus and historian, was among the speakers, while Durant mayor Jerry Tomlinson presented a proclamation to Southeastern president Sean Burrage.

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In addition, a Peach cook-off was held with the results as follows:

Cook’s Choice

1st Place: Diane Dean, Peach Salsa

2nd Place: Anita Airrington, Peach Upside Down Cake

3rd Place: Brooke Glory, Perfectly Peachy Coffee Cake

 

Jams/Jellies

1st Place: Dorothy Owens, “Summer in a Jar” Peach Butter

2nd Place: Darla Ellett, Meme’s Peach Butter

 

Pies/Cobblers

1st Place: Darla Ellett, Settler Peach Pie

2nd Place: Aunt Bea’s Peach Pie

3rd Place: Kristie Luke, Blue & Gold Peach Pie

Southeastern to celebrate Founders’ Day on March 6

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate its rich and storied history with a Founders’ Day event on Friday, March 6.

The program, starting at 3 p.m., will feature speakers in Montgomery Auditorium and the presentation of the winners of the peach cook-off.

Scheduled to offer remarks are Durant mayor Jerry Tomlinson, historian and professor emeritus Dr. David Norris, and Southeastern president Sean Burrage. Opening the program with welcoming remarks will be Vicki Hudson.

Following the program, attendees may sample the peach entries in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union Loft. Musical entertainment will also be provided.

Speech and Debate group competes at state event in OKC

Back row, left to right, are Dayton Thibodeaux, Jacobi Crowley, and Jonathan Lucas; Front row, Gwendolyn Harper, Anthony Hill, Ally Shafer.

Back row, left to right, are Dayton Thibodeaux, Jacobi Crowley, and Jonathan Lucas; Front row, Gwendolyn Harper, Anthony Hill, Ally Shafer.

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Oklahoma State University Speech and Debate Association (SSDA) stormed into Oklahoma City for the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Forensics Association (OIFA) State Tournament on Feb. 20-21.

Competitors Jacobi Crowley, senior, Gwendolyn Harper, senior, Anthony Hill, junior, Dayton Thibodeaux, sophomore, Jonathan Lucas, freshman, and Ally Shafer, freshman, matched oratory skills with the best and most talented speech and debaters from

the state of Oklahoma in the individual events of Impromptu Speaking, Duo Interpretation, Poetry, Duo Interpretation, Informative Speaking, Persuasive Speaking, and Parliamentary Debate.

Communication majors Thibodeaux and Shafer placed sixth and fourth, respectively, in Poetry and Informative Speaking. In addition, Thibodeaux and sociology major Harper took third place in Duo Interpretation. This was Shafer’s second finals placement of the season. Thibodeaux was competing in his first tournament since joining the team this semester.

Cameron University, East Central University, Kansas City (Kansas) Community College, Northeastern State University, Oklahoma City University, Texas Tech, Tulsa Community College, University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Oklahoma, and West Texas A&M University were among the 60 competitors in 11 Individual Preparation and Limited Preparation events and Parliamentary and Lincoln-Douglas Debate.

The National Parliamentary Debate Association sponsored-debate rounds took place on Feb. 20 and the American Forensic Association sponsored Lincoln-Douglas Debate and National Forensic Association sponsored National Individual Events tournament began Feb. 21. All event winners, along with individual speaker awards, top competitors in the state of Oklahoma and the overall sweepstakes winner were announced on Saturday evening during the tournament awards ceremony.

Dr. Randy Clark, assistant professor of communication studies and speech and debate advisor, said, “The team has been working and preparing very hard to make an impressive showing at this season’s state tournament. Although not all of our competitors placed, we are very happy for those who did. We’ll continue to keep working hard, preparing the Southeastern way so that every member of our team is vying for a finals top three finish.”

The Parli debate team of Crowley and Lucas ranked 19th and 20th of the 30 debate competitors, and although Crowley and Lucas did not reach the quarterfinals, Clark was nonetheless proud of what the team was able to accomplish.

“I’m very proud of the team and their showing, ‘’ he said. “They gained a remarkable amount of experience this weekend and a tremendous amount of respect from other competitors and other coaches.’’

SSDA’s final competitive tournament of the season will be March 13-15 at the JV and Novice Nationals Debate Tournament at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Grad student receives national scholarship

Rachel CallicoatDURANT, Okla. – Rachel Callicoat, a Southeastern Oklahoma State University graduate student, was recently awarded a $5,000 national scholarship by the National Board for Certified Counselors Foundation (NBCCF).

Callicoat is a student in the CACREP-accredited Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master of Arts program and a Southeastern graduate.
Each year, the NBCCF awards five scholarships to students currently living in a rural area who commit to providing mental health services in a rural community for at least two years after graduation.

Only students enrolled in a CACREP-accredited counseling master’s program are eligible to apply for the NBCCF scholarships. Callicoat is the first recipient from Southeastern and the first NBCCF rural scholarship recipient in the state of Oklahoma.

Southeastern hosts RUSO board meeting

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University president Sean Burrage, standing, makes a presentation Friday morning at the Regional University System of Oklahoma (RUSO) Board of Regents meeting.  The February board meeting was held on the campus of Southeastern in the Hallie McKinney Ballroom. The nine-member RUSO board governs six regional universities in Oklahoma.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University president Sean Burrage, standing, makes a presentation Friday morning at the Regional University System of Oklahoma (RUSO) Board of Regents meeting. The February board meeting was held on the campus of Southeastern in the Hallie McKinney Ballroom. The nine-member RUSO board governs six regional universities in Oklahoma.