Southeastern’s Gold and Blue event scheduled for Feb. 21

by UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Gold and Blue Scholarship Gala and Auction will be held Saturday, February 21.

The event is sponsored by the Southeastern Alumni Association and will be held in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.  Start time is 6:30 p.m. and all auction proceeds will benefit student scholarships.

Last year’s Gala raised $20,000 to enable the Alumni Association to grant scholarships for Fall 2014.

“The donated auction items for 2015 are exceptional,” said Mary Frank, chair of the Gala Committee, “and if you enjoy dancing, food, fun and friends, then this is your evening.’’

Tickets are priced at $75 per person for a full evening of live and silent auctions, dinner and dancing. Live music will be provided by the Guymon & McCann Band.

Cocktail attire optional is the dress of the evening .

“Everyone is invited to come out for an evening that will feature lots of fun and also raise money for student scholarships to Southeastern,” said Kerrey Matlock, president of the Southeastern Alumni Association.

To purchase tickets, go online at alumni.SE.edu or visit the Welcome Center on the southeast corner of N. 5th Avenue and University Blvd. in Durant. For additional information, call 580-745-2288.

 

SE Live/Native American Visitation Day set for Feb. 4

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University has scheduled the SE Live Open House and Native American Visitation Day for Wednesday, February 4, on the Durant campus.

High school seniors and juniors, along with their parents and families, are invited to experience life as a student at Southeastern during SE Live Open House.

More than 250 students attended the event this past fall.

Highlights include programs on Scholarships and Financial Aid, Southeastern Traditions, Residence Life, and Life as a Student Athlete. Campus tours will also be offered throughout the day.

Native American Visitation Day allows students the opportunity to learn about Native American benefits, attend a class on Native American studies, and play a traditional game of stickball.

In the afternoon, students will have the opportunity to visit Eaker Field, home of the nationally-recognized Southeastern Aviation Program.

Choir and band students will have a chance to rehearse with those programs and audition for music scholarships in the fall.

Entertainment throughout the day will be provided by performing groups from Southeastern, including the Sparks Dance Team, Cheer Squad, and the True Blue Ambassadors.

All students attending the event will receive an SE Sackpack and one free lunch ticket. Lunch is sponsored by Durant’s First United Bank.

To register, go online to www.SE.edu/SELive or contact the Admissions and Recruitment Office at 580-745-2060.

MLK Day of Service involves 100 Southeastern students

DURANT, Okla. – Some 100 students took part in community service activities Monday as Southeastern Oklahoma State University celebrated the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

University students gathered in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union in the morning and then performed volunteer work at St. Catherine’s Food Bank, Oak Ridge Manor Nursing Home, and the Durant Restore and Preserve Association.

The annual day of service was under the direction of Michelle Hornbeak, student activities coordinator. In keeping with tradition, classes were not held, but University offices were open.

Clearing brush around a fence was one of many tasks Southeastern students undertook during the MLK Day of Service.

Clearing brush around a fence was one of many tasks Southeastern students undertook during the MLK Day of Service.

Southeastern students provided assistance at a local food bank Monday  in conjunction with Martin Luther King Day of Service activities.

Southeastern students provided assistance at a local food bank Monday in conjunction with Martin Luther King Day of Service activities.

Southeastern’s John Massey School of Business maintains prestigious AACSB Business Accreditation

DURANT, Okla. – The John Massey School of Business at Southeastern Oklahoma State University has maintained its business accreditation by AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. AACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by less than five percent of

the world’s business programs. Today, 716 business schools in 48 countries and territories maintain AACSB Accreditation.

The John Massey School of Business at Southeastern is the only AACSB- accredited business school in a public regional university in Oklahoma and one of only five institutions in the entire state to hold this distinction.

“The AACSB Accreditation is a symbol of quality and excellence,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage. “Beyond that, it speaks to the commitment of our faculty and staff in providing students with the access and tools they need to be successful in their careers. We also appreciate the vision and continued support of (Regent) John Massey to help make all of this possible.’’

“It takes a great deal of commitment and determination to earn and maintain AACSB Accreditation,” said Robert D. Reid, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “Business schools must not only meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty, and professional staff must make a commitment to ongoing continuous improvement to ensure that the institution will continue to deliver the highest quality of education to students.”

Executive Dean for Academic Affairs Lucretia C. Scoufos said maintaining the standards set forth by AACSB requires a team effort.

“In addition to the support of Regent Massey, we gratefully acknowledge the encouragement of President Burrage and Vice President (for Academic Affairs Doug) McMillan,’’ Scoufos said. “Most of all, we are proud of the faculty, staff and students of the John Massey School of Business, whose hard work and dedication to excellence are recognized in this achievement.”

 

Southeastern’s online MBA program recognized among “best’’ by U.S. News & World Report rankings

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s online MBA in the John Massey School of Business is ranked among the top programs in the nation, according to “U.S. News & World Report.’’

In the category of “Best Online MBA Programs,’’ Southeastern is in a tie for 103rd. Only 195 schools from across the nation were ranked in the “best’’ category.

The best online master’s degree programs in business administration are

based on five general categories: Student engagement, Admissions selectivity, Peer reputation, Faculty credentials and training, and Student services and technology.

The rankings evaluate schools based solely on data related to their distance education MBA programs.

“This (ranking) certainly helps put us on the radar nationally,’’ said Dr. Lawrence Silver, MBA program director and John Massey Endowed Chair and Professor of Marketing. “Convenience, quality, and affordability are three of the components that set our program apart from others.’’

According to geteducated.com, Southeastern offers the second most affordable AACSB online MBA program in the nation. As for quality, the John Massey School of Business is accredited by AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The John Massey School of Business is the only AACSB- accredited business school in a public regional university in Oklahoma and one of only five institutions in the entire state to hold this distinction.

“Our target for the online MBA is working professionals,’’ Silver said. “The convenience that the online delivery offers and the potential of career advancement are just two reasons that the program is so appealing. Anyone who is starting a business or wanting to advance into senior leadership in an organization will really benefit from the MBA. The degree is also a great asset for those individuals with aspirations of advancing in their military careers.’’

Management, Native American Leadership, Healthcare Information Systems, Safety, and Entrepreneurship are the areas of concentration that are offered.

The online MBA program at Southeastern has “ballooned’’ over the past two years, and at the same time, the quality of students has risen, according to Silver.

For more information about the online MBA at Southeastern, contact Robert Howard, MBA program coordinator, at 580-745-2042.

Southeastern to host MLK Day of Service on Jan. 19

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host the Martin Luther King Day of Service on Monday, January 19.

Participants will meet at 9 a.m. in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union auditorium for a welcome and overview of the day.

Classes will not be held on this day of service, but University offices will be open.

Activities this year will include working with the Durant Restore and Preserve Association, which provides assistance to homeowners within the city limits who need help with exterior home repairs, yard maintenance and debris clearing. The group is slated for at least three projects.

The Southeastern students will also visit a nursing home, St. Catherine’s Food Bank and Families Feeding Families.

Lunch will be provided at noon in the student union loft with participants reflecting on the day’s activities from 1-2 p.m.

Michelle D. Hornbeak is the Student Activities Coordinator in the Office of Student Life. She is expecting at least 60 students to be a part of the team.

Hornbeak said, “I have participated in MLK Day of Service for four years. It is a great opportunity for students, faculty and staff to connect with the community. I am excited about the new projects and I hope the students are, too.

“My hope is that this isn’t just a one-time thing … or that it just takes place on MLK Day, but more often.’’

For more information, contact Hornbeak at dhornbeak@se.edu or call 580-745-3197.

Southeastern Learning Center assists OKC teachers with test prep

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Tamara Buck, far right, assists teachers with test prep in Oklahoma City.

DURANT, Okla. – Traditionally, The Learning Center at Southeastern Oklahoma State University has focused on improving and enhancing the learning skills of college freshmen in English, reading, and mathematics through remedial courses. The Center is also involved in assessment-placement and training students for certification tests as they enter the Teacher Education program.

However, the role of The Learning Center continues to evolve and expand as four staff members recently traveled to Oklahoma City to help train more then 40

teachers who are involved in alternative certification in the Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS). Specifically, they assisted the teachers in preparing for the Oklahoma General Education Test.

“I’m proud of the fact that something that started out at the University has expanded to the point that now we can take it outside the University and help teachers,’’ Learning Center coordinator Betty Castle said of the training.

“As a former reading coach at a school site, I know the importance of having a regular classroom teacher throughout the academic school year,’’ said OKCPS curriculum coordinator Jessika Hill. “I noticed there is a need to support and prepare emergency certified teachers in our District and with the partnership of Southeastern Oklahoma State University we are being proactive. The training in December was very effective in helping our teachers, and we hope to reach out to more perspective candidates and we look forward to scheduling additional training with the University.”

Making the trip to OKC in December were Castle, Tamara Buck (math administrative assistant), Liz Watkins (reading coordinator/English administrative assistant), and Maverick McClendon (math student worker). Other Learning staff members are Buddy Pierce (math liaison) and Rebecca Doyle-Meyer (English liaison) and Lisa Hamill (office assistant).

Area eighth graders attend Career Discovery Day at Southeastern

Bryan County District Attorney Emily Redman was a community participant in Career Discovery Day. Jay Cuesta provides information to students interested in health care careers  Thursday.

Bryan County District Attorney Emily Redman was a community participant in Career Discovery Day.

DURANT, Okla. –  “It Starts Now’’ was  the theme for Career Discovery Day Thursday at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

More than 600 eighth grade students from throughout southeastern Oklahoma attended the event, which was designed to provide information about higher education and career opportunities.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage welcomed the students to campus at a genral session to open the day.

During breakout sessions, students heard from community professionals in such fields as Engineering, Manufacturing, Education, Business, Law Enforcement, Medical, Legal, Media and Communications, Arts, and Military.

The event was sponsored by Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Center for Regional Competitiveness, and the Southern Workforce Board.

Jay Cuesta provides information to students interested in health care careers Thursday

Jay Cuesta provides information to students interested in health care careers Thursday

Southeastern student named Brad Henry Scholar, will attend Swansea University in Wales

Emalea HudgensDURANT, Okla. – Emalea Hudgens, a junior at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, has been named a Brad Henry International Scholar and will attend Swansea University (Wales) in the spring of 2015.

Hudgens, who is from Jay, Oklahoma, has a double major in psychology and music. She is a member of the Cherokee Nation and a Harvey Scholar recipient.

She is a Savage Storm Leader and was selected to be in the President’s Leadership Class for 2012-13. Hudgens is also a member of the Southeastern Chorale, Sparks Dance Team and Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority.

“I am very blessed and excited to get this opportunity to study abroad and become immersed in a different culture,’’ Hudgens said. “It has been a life-long dream of mine to travel the world and I cannot wait to share the stories and experiences with family and friends.”

The Brad Henry International Scholar Program was established by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education in 2008 and provides for students to participate in a semester-long study-abroad program affiliated with Swansea. Academic credit for these programs is awarded by Oklahoma regional universities.

Southeastern closed Dec. 24-Jan. 4 for the holidays

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will be closed Dec. 24-Jan. 4 for the holidays.

The campus will re-open on Monday, Jan. 5.

Spring semester classes begin at the University on Jan. 12.