Southeastern News

Black History Month activities scheduled

DURANT, Okla. –Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Black Student Association (BSA) will present several student-facilitated programs and events in celebration of “Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories,” the 2016 Black History Month theme.

Color the Runway Fashion Show is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, February 11, in the Hallie McKinney Ballroom. The show will transport audience fashionistas from the present day back through time to the 1970s, showcasing all of the clothing and hairstyles from thoseillustrious decades.

The BSA will host a Discussion Panel at 6 p.m. Monday, February 22, in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union, room 213. Dr. Randy Clark, assistant professor of communication, and speech and debate advisor, will moderate. Panelists will include members of the Southeastern African American Alumni Association.

The discussion topic coincides with the national Black History Month theme, which has been provided by the organization, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History for the past 100 years.

For more information about the ASALH, visit the website at http://asalj100.0rg.

The Black is Brilliant Ball in the Southeastern Visual and Performing Arts Center is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, February 25. Dress is formal.

Tickets will be on sale from noon until 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 16, in thestudent union lobby. Those wishing to attend may also contact BSA treasurerCharles Jackson at for moreinformation and/or to purchase tickets.

The final event will be the Blackout, All Lives Matter Vigil at 9:15 p.m. Monday, February 29, in the Southeastern amphitheater.

Students and community members will hear from inspirational speakers and sing uplifting songs aimed at demonstrating the unity of Southeastern’s myriad of cultural influences.

All events are open to all Southeastern faculty, staff and students, as well as members of the community.

For more information about this year’s programs or events or to learn more about the Southeastern Black Student Association, contact president Raven Moore at

Dr. Bruce King named interim executive director of Native American Institute

Bruce King-1DURANT, Okla. – Effective March 1, 2016, Dr. Bruce King will serve as interim executive director of the Native American Institute at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.  This will be in addition to his current duties as dean of Southeastern’s McCurtain County campus.

Chris Wesberry, who was named executive director of the Native American Institutelast summer, recently accepted a position with the Chickasaw Nation.

Wesberry joined Southeastern in 2005 and was instrumental in the development and success of the Native American Leadership degree and other innovative programs.


King joined Southeastern in 1998 and has been the McCurtain dean since 2011. Prior to this appointment, he served as associate dean, academic coordinator, andadvisor.

He earned two degrees from East Central University (B.A. in English and M.Ed. in secondary education). King  completed his doctorate at Texas A&M University-Commerce (Ed.D.) in supervision, curriculum and instruction in higher education.

He also attended the University of Oklahoma for post-graduate studies in Native Studies, literacy and rhetoric.

His areas of interest include school leadership, student retention issues, and teacher education training, especially in minority teacher recruitment.

King is a member of The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and also teaches in the Native American Leadership master’s degree program at Southeastern.

Southeastern to host regional Science Olympiad for middle and highschool students on Feb. 6

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Oklahoma State University Department of Chemistry, Computer and Physical Sciences will host the regional Oklahoma Science Olympiad competition on Saturday, Feb. 6.

More than 170 middle and high school students from 15 school districts across the state are scheduled to participate.  The students will compete on 2-3 person teams in one or more of 23 events that include most areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).  In addition, more than 30 volunteers will coordinate the various events.

The events will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 3 p.m., with an awards ceremony scheduled for 4:15 pm in the Student Union Gym. Most of the competition will held in the Science Building, General Classroom Building, and Student Union Gym on campus.

“We look forward to hosting this competition,’’ said Dr. Tim Smith, Chair of Chemistry, Computer & Physical Science and Professor of Chemistry at Southeastern.  “It allows us to promote STEM, and at the same time, provides an opportunity for future college students to visit the Southeastern campus. Many of our faculty and staff are also volunteering their time to offer assistance.’’

Oklahoma has been involved in Science Olympiad for 15 years.  Science Olympiad competitions are similar to academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division (Division B is middle school; Division C is high school).

Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology.  By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved.  Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation.

Teamwork is a required skill in most scientific careers today, and Science Olympiad encourages group learning by designing events that forge alliances.  In Elevated Bridge, an engineering whiz and a kid from wood shop can become gold medalists. Similarly, a talented builder and a studentwith a good science vocabulary can excel in Write It Do It, one of Science Olympiad’s most popular events.

Schools from Bethany, Broken Arrow, Norman, Oklahoma City, Jenks, Piedmont, Tishomingo, Warr Acres, and The Colony (Texas) are among the entries.

The King’s Singers to perform February 14 as part of Musical Arts Series

The King’s Singers will be in concert February 14 in Durant.

The King’s Singers will be in concert February 14 in Durant.

DURANT, Okla. — Southeastern Oklahoma State University and the Musical Arts Series will present a Valentines Day Concert featuring The King’s Singers on February 14 at 8 p.m. in Montgomery Auditorium.  Acclaimed for their life-affirming virtuosity and irresistible charm, The King’s Singers are in global demand.  Their work – synonymous with the best in vocal ensemble performance – appeals to a vast international audience.

The concert is free and open to the public, and has been made possible from generous grants and donations from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Oklahoma Arts Council, Landmark Bank, and MAS supporters.

For reservations, please call the SE music office at 580-745-2088.

Montgomery Auditorium is located in Morrison Hall on the campus of Southeastern. If you have questions or need accommodations, please contact the SE Music department at (580) 745-2088 or Tristan Eggener at

Southeastern Symphonic Choir seeks additional participants

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Oklahoma State University Symphonic Choir is looking for additional singers in all sections. The large ensemble includes college students, faculty and staff, and members of the greater Durant community.

This semester, the group is excited to present Carmina Burana by Carl Orff. This scenic cantata from the 20th century featurestexts from the Middle Ages and music that is alternately energetic, sweet, percussive, lyrical, and always engaging. Much of the music is quite familiar from recent commercials and movie soundtracks. A May 1 performance will include the Southeastern Symphonic Winds (Dr. Erin Cooper, conductor) and the SHAREChildren’s Choir (Dr. Jeri Walker, conductor).

The Symphonic Choir rehearses on Monday nights at 6 p.m. in the Fine Arts building on theSoutheastern campus. Because Southeastern’s music majors anchor the ensemble, there are strong leaders in every section for volunteers to follow. New singers will get a score, a guide to pronunciation, and links to online resources that will allow anyone to practice at home.

Please contact Dr. Josh Nannestad at for more information.

SE Live and Native American Visitation Day scheduled for February 3

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host SE Live Open House and Native American Visitation Day on Wednesday, February 3.

Future students, their parents and families are invited to come out and experience life at Southeastern.

Students should register for SE Live online at


Walk-ins will be accepted during registration from 8-9 a.m. in the Glen D.

Johnson Student Union.


Students and parents will be able to explore the campus and residence life,experience Southeastern traditions and attend a Southeastern class.

They will also interact with Southeastern students, visit with admissions and financial aid representatives and academic department advisors.

SE Live includes one free lunch ticket for students, and all students attending will receive a Southeastern sackpack.

Christy Rogers named director of admissions and recruitment

Christy RogersDURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University has a new director of admissions and recruitment.

Christy Rogers, previously the assistant director of recruitment and admissions at Oklahoma City Community College, begins her new duties this week.

Rogers has 12 years of experience in higher education, having served as assistant director at OCCC since 2008. Prior to that, for two years, Rogers was an admissions advisor at the school.

She holds a master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from Oklahoma State University.

Rogers is a Lone Grove, Oklahoma, native, and a graduate of Lone Grove High School.

The admissions and recruitment office is under the supervision of the vice president for university advancement, Kyle Stafford.

Gold & Blue Scholarship Gala set for February 13 at Southeastern

DURANT, Okla. – The Alumni Association of Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host the annual Gold and Blue Scholarship Gala and Auction on Saturday, February 13.

The Gala will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1614 N. First Avenue.

In the past 17 years of the Gold and Blue Gala, the Alumni Association Endowment Scholarship account has grown to more than $270,000, while providing  annual scholarship support to the University.

Last year’s event drew a record-setting crowd of 200 guests and raised more than $50,000 to be awarded to Southeastern students.

“This is a major fundraiser for the Association,’’ said director of alumni relations Stephanie Davison. “Thanks to the guests and sponsors of the Gala, the Southeastern Alumni Association awards scholarships, which is one of the reasons the Association exists. We do our best to bring high quality, desirable items to the live and silent auctions and provide a full evening of entertainment, including food and dancing to live music by The Decades. Every alumni and friend of Southeastern is invited to join in the fun.’’

Attire for the Gala can be anything from blue jeans to as dress-up as “anybody desires.”

Tickets are $75 per person for a complete evening of entertainment for a worthy cause. Tickets are available for purchase at the Southeastern Welcome Center. They may also be purchased online at http://alumni/

For further information, call 580-745-2288 or e-mail

The community of businesses and Southeastern alumni support the Gold and Blue Gala each year by donating unique and valuable items for the live and silent auctions. Live-auction items often include collectible art, one-of-a-kind custom fabricated items and exclusive experiences.

Examples of silent-auction items include weekend vacations, fun-day classes/experiences, local dining packages and special apparel.

Southeastern participates in MLK Day of Service activities

Southeastern students volunteered their services at various locations Monday as part of the MLK Day of Service.

Southeastern students volunteered their services at various locations Monday as part of the MLK Day of Service.

DURANT, Okla. – Students, faculty and staff from Southeastern Oklahoma State University participated in the Martin Luther King Day of Service on Monday.

Classes were not held, but campus volunteers visited local elementary schools and community agencies to offer assistance. Michelle Hornbeak, student activities coordinator for the Office of Student Life, planned the day’s activities.

A total of 152 representatives from Southeastern were involved in the annual project.


Southeastern adopts new Institutional Logo


DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University president Sean Burrage announced this week that the University has adopted a new institutional logo to bolster the vision of moving the university forward and strengthening the university brand.

The new logo will not replace the readily recognizable SE oval logo, but will be an addition to the Southeastern logo and trademark portfolio. The SE oval logo will continue to represent the Southeastern athletics program, while the new institutional logo will represent the university in a more formal academic capacity.

The new logo was designed to reflect historical aspects of Southeastern, while integrating the excellence of its academic offerings and exceptional faculty. Several designs created by Jack Ousey, Associate Professor for Arts, Communication and Theater, were considered by focus groups comprised of students, faculty/staff and alumni. Academic Partnerships, a higher education marketing firm, used the input andsuggestions from the focus groups to create the final logo design at no cost.

The roofed columns in the design represent the institution of higher education upheld by the pillars of knowledge. The rising sun graphic element represents Southeastern’s historical designation as “The School of the Rising Sun,” an institutional motto that grew out of a 1923 university fight song.

The addition of an institutional logo comes at a good time for the University. Southeastern has entered into an agreement with Academic Partnerships (AP) to market the online master of business administration (MBA) program throughout Oklahoma and in neighboring states. AP brings a wealth of digital, online and traditional marketing expertise to Southeastern, having successfully marketed academic programs for more than 50 universities in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas.

“The exposure Southeastern will receive through this partnership will strengthen our brand and attract students to Southeastern and all our academic offerings,” Burrage said. “ I’m excited about the potential growth these enhancements will bring to Southeastern.”