Southeastern News

Record-setting receiver excels on-and-off the playing field

Kaymon Farmer speaks to a group of students during 8th Grade Career Discovery Day, held on the Southeastern campus in January.

Kaymon Farmer speaks to a group of students during 8th Grade Career Discovery Day, held on the Southeastern campus in January.

DURANT, Okla. – During his time at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Kaymon Farmer excelled both on and off the playing field.

On the field, the Savage Storm wide receiver set a Great American Conference (GAC) and school record for most career receptions with 236, completing his eligibility at the end of the 2016 season. He was also named to the GAC All-Conference team. In addition, the 5-5, 150-pound former walk-on also holds the Southeastern single-season reception record with 77 catches in 2013 (his freshman season).

After redshirting in 2012, Farmer played four seasons at Southeastern, the last three under head coach Bo Atterberry. In addition to his 236 receptions, Farmer scored 21 touchdowns during his Savage Storm career.

Off the field, the Pittsburg (Texas) High School graduate earned his bachelor’s degree in occupational safety & health in May 2016. More recently, he was one of 24 college football players in the nation (all levels) recognized at the Sugar Bowl for being selected to the 2016 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.

The Good Works Team honors college football players who dedicate their time to bettering the community and the lives of others.  Leadership, character, and academic standing are among the attributes considered for selection to the team.

Among the other honorees was Deshaun Watson, quarterback of the national champion Clemson Tigers.

Farmer is one of just three Oklahoma players selected for the recognition, with the others being Tulsa quarterback Dane Evans and Oklahoma Baptist University offensive lineman Zach Clark.

Mark Richt of the University of Miami was selected as honorary coach of the team, which was honored at anumber of events at the Sugar Bowl game in New Orleans.

Kaymon Farmer gains yardage following a reception.

Kaymon Farmer gains yardage following a reception.

In the local community, Farmer has been active in Imagine Durant, Families Feeding Families, Boys and Girls Club, church, and participated in a mission trip to Haiti.

At Pittsburg, located in east Texas, Farmer excelled in both basketball and football, where he played for coach Robert Manley, who played football at Southeastern in the early 1980s.

Pittsburg, a community of 4,500 residents, has produced two outstanding NFL receivers in Kendall Wright (currently with the Tennessee Titans) and Homer Jones (New York Giants receiver in the 1960s).  Jones, who still lives in Pittsburg, is also famous for introducing the “spike’’ as a touchdown celebration.

“Coach (Ray) Richards (former SE head coach) believed in me and gave me a tryout,’’ Farmer said.  “Sean Cooper (former SE running back and director of sports performance at his alma mater and who is also from Pittsburg) is my first cousin and he has always been like a big brother androle model to me. ‘’

Farmer noted that he will always have fond memories of Southeastern.

“This is a place for growth, a place to find yourself and be part of something bigger than yourself.  Coach Atterberry is the real deal; he sets high standards and holds players and coaches accountable. Great things are going to happen here with this football program.’’

“Kaymon is an exceptional kid,’’ Atterberry said. “I can’t think of anyone more deserving (of receiving recognition). He has worked around the clock, on and off the field, in the classroom and in the community.’’

And while Farmer certainly has dreams of playing at the next level, he also plans on being a success at any endeavor he chooses.

“I’m a self-motived guy – I want to be the best at whatever I do. That’s just my mindset.  Football doesn’t define me. If that (football career) doesn’t work out, I’ll be involved in the community working with kids and trying to make the world a better place.’’

Spring 2017 Commencement moved up to May 6

DURANT, Okla. – Mark your calendars now. Southeastern Oklahoma State University has announced that the spring semester will conclude a week earlier than previously announced.

Spring Commencement will now be on Saturday, May 6, instead of May 13; the final day of exams is now May 5 instead of May 12.

Aviation Visitation Day scheduled for February 24

DURANT, Okla. – High school students interested in pursuing a career in aviation are invited to attend Aviation Visitation Day on February 24 at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The event, hosted by the Southeastern Aviation Sciences Institute (ASI), will include a campus tour and visits to ASI facilities and the regional airport. Other activities include a flight simulator demonstration, panel discussion of aviation careers, and information provided by several regional airline representatives who will be in attendance.

Events will begin at 9:30 a.m. with registration in the Student Union. Lunch will be provided.

To register, go to  http://homepages.se.edu/aviation/register-here/

Southeastern students participate in MLK Day of Service community activities

A group of Southeastern volunteers works at St. Catherine’s Food Bank Monday as part of the Martin Luther King Day of Service.

A group of Southeastern volunteers works at St. Catherine’s Food Bank Monday as part of the Martin Luther King Day of Service.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday with 120 students, faculty and staff participating in various community service projects.

Classes were not in session Monday as students began their community service early in the morning.    Volunteers visited  Northwest Heights, Washington Irving and Robert E. Lee elementary schools in Durant, along with the Durant Boys and Girls Club, where they assisted with painting, re-tiling the ceiling, light moving and cleaning.

Southeastern also conducted a Peanut Butter Drive campus-wide to deliver to St. Catherine’s Food Bank. Volunteers from the University also helped with bagging groceries.

Southeastern students demonstrate theirpainting skills at the Durant Boys and Girl Club Monday.

Southeastern students demonstrate theirpainting skills at the Durant Boys and Girl Club Monday.

Southeastern involved in community projects on MLK Day

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 16. Classes will not be held, but the University will be open as students, faculty and staff participate in community service projects.

Southeastern faculty, staff and student volunteers will meet at 8:30 a.m. in the ballroom in Hallie McKinney Hall.

Volunteers will visit Northwest Heights, Washington Irving and Robert E. Lee elementary schools in Durant, along with the Durant Boys and Girls Club, where they will assist with painting, re-tiling the ceiling, light moving and cleaning.

 

Southeastern will also conduct a Peanut Butter Drive campus-wide to deliver to St. Catherine’s Food Bank. The group will also help with bagging groceries.

Peanut butter donations may be dropped off in Student Life, Student Health and Wellness, the atrium of the student union and in each residence hall. Each student volunteer is encouraged to bring a canned good or peanut butter product to the MLK Jr. Day of Service.

Lunch will be provided for all participants at 1:30 p.m. in the ballroom.

Southeastern hosts Career Discovery Day for eighth-graders

Southeastern graduate Sean Cooper addresses students at the closing session.

Southeastern graduate Sean Cooper addresses students at the closing session.

DURANT, Okla. – Some 550 eighth-graders from 11 area schools were on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University Thursday to participate in Career Discovery Day.

Participating schools were Durant, Achille, Bennington, Boswell, Colbert, Coleman, Caddo, Calera, Rock Creek, Silo, and  Victory Life Academy.

The students met with professionals in breakout sessions to learn more about career opportunities. Fields represented included legal, medical, education, vocational, media communications, the arts, science, and law enforcement.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage welcomed the students to campus with opening remarks in Montgomery  Auditorium.

Sean Cooper of C4 Sports Performance & Fitness was guest speaker for the closing session, and Jason Taylor of KLBC radio was emcee.

Sponsors of the event were First United Bank,Southeastern Oklahoma State University, The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Southern Workforce Board, KLBC, C4 Sports Performance & Fitness, Red River Ford + Lincoln, OG&E, First Texoma Bank, Durant Chamber of Commerce, and Landmark Bank.

Local attorney and Southeastern graduate Thomas  Marcum talks about careers in the legal profession.

Local attorney and Southeastern graduate Thomas Marcum talks about careers in the legal profession.

Airline pilot Chris Ferguson, a graduate of Southeastern, provides insight on aviation careers.

Airline pilot Chris Ferguson, a graduate of Southeastern, provides insight on aviation careers.

Spring semester begins Monday, January 9

DURANT, Okla. – Spring semester classes begin on Monday, January 9, at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. On the following Monday (January 16), classes will not be held due to Martin Luther King Day; however, the University will be open that day and students will be participating in community service projects.

Admissions-Recruitment Office moves to Welcome Center

DURANT, Okla. – The Office of Admissions and Recruitment has a new home on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University  – the Welcome Center.

The Admissions-Recruitment staff recently made the move from the first floor of the Administration Building  (A-101) to the Welcome Center, which is located at the southeast corner of 5th and University.

According to University officials, the new location will better serve visitors, prospective students and their families by offering improved parking and access to campus for tours and events.

The Office of Admissions and Recruitment serves as the central hub for admissions, campus tours, recruiting efforts, and international services. Prospective students are encouraged to come by the office if they have any questions regarding application for admission to the university, to turn in a transcript or ACT/ SAT scores, or to speak with an admission counselor.

 

An open house of the facility is being planned for early next year.

The Welcome Center also houses the offices of Special Events, Alumni Relations, Marketing and Development, which are now located in the west end of the building.

To contact the Office of Admissions and Recruitment, call 580-745-2060.

 

Southeastern closed December 23-January 2 for holidays

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will be closed December 23 through January 2 for the winter holidays. The University will re-open on Tuesday, January 3.

Spring classes will begin on January 9.

Southeastern Speech and Debate competes at Cameron

DURANT, Okla. The Southeastern Speech and Debate Association competed in the Cameron Christmas Classic  Dec.  2-4 at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma.

The forensics tournament featured novice and varsity divisions of National Parliamentary Debate, National Forensics Association-Lincoln/Douglas Debate, and all 11 American Forensics Association National Individual Events.

Representing Southeastern were Dylan Candelora, sophomore English major; Fisher Fulton, freshman accounting major; Charles Jackson, junior communication and theatre double major; Connor Judd, freshman business and communication double major; JacobMorrison, freshman political science major; and Ralontae Worley, junior communication major.

 

Some 20 colleges from five states competed in the event.

Judd and Morrison, both from Durant, placed first in the Novice Parliamentary Debate competition. According to the rules of Parliamentary debate established by the National Parliamentary Debate Association, Parliamentary debate is an extemporaneous, generally policy-oriented form of two-person debate that values audience adaptation. In each debate, a two-student team represents the government side (or the sideaffirming the resolution); a second two–student team represents the opposition side (or the side negating the resolution). Students are expected to present arguments supporting their side while refuting arguments of the other team.

Parliamentary debate was based loosely on the British model of parliament, but has evolved to a moreAmericanized hybrid of extemporaneous speaking and debate.  As a unique format of intercollegiate debate, Parliamentary debate privileges a breadth of knowledge about current events, domestic policy, and foreign affairs; embraces a range of argumentative forms, including both technical and more traditional styles of argument; and, rewards extemporaneous delivery, i.e., “thinking on your feet.”

Jackson, of Fort Worth, Texas,  reached the finals in the AFA-IE of Prose and Program Oral Interpretation (POI).  Jackson would bring home several trophies from the weekend, including a first place finish in Prose and a second place finish in POI. The duo of Judd and Worley (Cleveland, Ohio), took first place for their Duo Interpretation. Worley also brought home individual events finals finishes in POI.

SSDA’s next forensics tournament will be the Cowtown Swing at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, January 19-22, 2017.

To learn more about Southeastern’s intercollegiate forensics program and SSDA’s tournament schedule visit the Department of Art, Communication and Theatre website at http://homepages.se.edu/comm or contact Speech and Debate Advisor Dr. Randy Clark at ext. 580-745-2556.