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Two business professors receive ‘Outstanding Educator Awards’

DURANT, Okla. – Two professors in the John Massey School of Business at Southeastern Oklahoma State University were recognized with “Outstanding Educator’’ awards recently.

Dr. Kitty Campbell

Dr. Kitty Campbell

Dr. Kitty Campbell received the McGraw-Hill “Outstanding Educator” Award from the Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship at the 45th annual meeting of the Federation of Business Disciplines in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

At the same meeting, Dr. Lawrence Silver received the McGraw-Hill “Outstanding Educator” Award from the Southwest Case Research Association.

Campbell holds the title of Massey Professor and Chair of the Department of Management & Marketing at Southeastern. She has taught a wide range of courses in

Management, including Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship.

Campbell served two terms as President of the Association for Small Business & Entrepreneurship in 2005 and 2009 and was named a Fellow of the Association in 2010. In 2011, she was named “Professor of the Year” at Southeastern for outstanding teaching, service, and scholarship.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Texas A & M University, a Master of Administrative Studies from Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education from Texas A & M University-Commerce.


Dr. Lawrence Silver

Dr. Lawrence Silver

Silver is Professor of Marketing and is the John Massey Endowed Chair in Marketing at Southeastern.

He is a past President of the Southwest Case Research Association and co-author of two business textbooks. In 2012, Silver received the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs Teaching Excellence Award for the Southwestern Council (Region 6).

Silver earned his Bachelor of Arts from Tulane University, a Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Louisiana Tech, a Master of Business Administration from Louisiana Tech, and his Doctor of Business Administration from Louisiana Tech.

Southeastern closed March 19-23 for spring break

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will be closed March 19-23 for spring break.

Classes will resume and all offices will re-open on Monday, March 26.

BrucePac receives OSRHE Business Partnership Award

Attending the Partnership Excellence Award presentation were Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, Southeastern president Sean Burrage, BrucePac general manager Bob Delveaux, former Durant Industrial Authority executive director Tommy Kramer, Southeastern athletic director Keith Baxter, Southeastern director of university communications Alan Burton, Southeastern vice president for advancement Dr. Kyle Stafford, and Oklahoma Secretary of State, Education and Workforce Development Dave Lopez.

DURANT, Okla. –  Twenty-seven business and higher education partnerships throughout the state were recognized recently 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.

Locally, Southeastern Oklahoma State University and BrucePac were recognized with the partnership award.

“Our colleges and universities are working side by side with leaders in the private, public and nonprofit sectors,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “These collaborations between business and industry and our state system institutions ensure that we continue building the skilled workforce needed for Oklahoma to be globally competitive.”

BrucePac, a newcomer to Durant, has already made it a point to partner with Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s communication and athletic departments. BrucePac produces and supplies cooked meat products. It is headquartered in Woodburn, Ore., but has a production facility in Durant.

Although the company has been in Durant for only a couple of years, it has been very supportive of the community and the university. In 2017, BrucePac’s Durant location donated a refrigerated truck to Southeastern to use at various events throughout the year, such as homecoming and the Presidential Golf Classic. The vehicle was also used by the athletic department to store ice for post-practice therapy for student athletes. In addition to donating the truck, BrucePac has added the university and Southeastern athletics logos to the vehicle.

In addition,  BrucePac is working with the communications department at Southeastern to develop a student internship program that will assist with developing training videos for the company’s human resources department.

“BrucePac is a valued member of the Durant business community,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage. “Beyond that, the company gives a great deal back to the community by supporting numerous worthwhile projects, which ultimately results in a better quality of life for our citizens.’’

Three students represent Southeastern at Oklahoma Research Day

Ashlee Carr, center, Maddison Poteet and Ieysha Cheney discuss their research project with a faculty member from the University of Central Oklahoma.

DURANT, Okla. – Three communication students represented Southeastern Oklahoma State University at Oklahoma Research Day. The event was hosted by Northwestern Oklahoma State University and held at Central National Bank Center in Enid.

Oklahoma Research Day was established in 1999 and is coordinated by Oklahoma’s Regional Universities to create opportunities for students and faculty across the state to share research ideas and findings.

Freshmen Ashlee Carr (Carter, Okla.) and Ieysha Cheney (Broken Bow), along with senior Maddison Poteet (Colbert) made presentations. All three Southeastern students are advertising and public relations majors.

The  students conducted a correlational study to determine whether teacher clarity and teacher enthusiasm are positively associated with students’ self-report of learning.

The research explored course evaluations from Fall 2015 in the Department of Art, Communication, and Theatre and included 573 respondents.

“We found a strong, positive relationship,’’ Cheney said of their study’s findings.

Added Poteet: “Teacher clarity and teacher enthusiasm are both communication phenomena, and our research replicates the findings of previous research on these variables and their relationship to self-reports of learning. While we looked at communication in the context of teaching, the procedures and statistical tests are the same for determining the influence of variables on awareness, attitudes, and behaviors in public relations research.”

“I never thought I would do original research and present it to other people my freshman year,” Carr said.  “This is really exciting.”

Dr. Shannon McCraw, Chair of the Department of Art, Communication, and Theatre is the students’ advisor.

Four School of Business Faculty receive McGraw-Hill Distinguished Research Award

DURANT, Okla. – Four faculty members in the John Massey School of Business at Southeastern Oklahoma State University — Dr. Robert Stevens, Dr. Lawrence Silver, Dr. Martin Bressler, and Dr. Courtney Kernek – were honored recently.

The professors received the McGraw-Hill Distinguished Research Award at the Federation of Business Disciplines 45th annual conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The award is sponsored each year by McGraw-Hill Higher Education. McGraw-Hill Education is an American learning science company educational publisher that provides customized educational content, software, and services for pre-K through postgraduate education. The company also provides reference and trade publications for the medical, business, and engineering professions.

The Federation of Business Disciplines serves as the parent organization to 10 academic organizations in various business disciplines, including the Association of Collegiate Marketing Educators, the American Accounting Association, the Association for Business Communication, the Association for Business Information Systems, the Decision Sciences Institute, the Southwest Academy of Management, the Southwest Case Research Association, the Southwestern Finance Association, the Southwestern Society of Economists and the Association for Small Business & Entrepreneurship.

The John Massey School of Business faculty members received the award from the Southwest Case Research Association for the outstanding teaching case.

Stevens is Professor of Management and the John Massey Endowed Chair in Business Administration, Silver is Professor of Marketing and the John Massey Endowed Chair in Marketing, Bressler is Professor of Marketing & Management and the John Massey Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship, and Kernek is Associate Professor of Marketing.

Dr. Courtney Kernek

Dr. Courtney Kernek

Dr. Lawrence Silver

Dr. Lawrence Silver

Dr. Martin Bressler

Dr. Martin Bressler

Dr. Robert Stevens

Dr. Robert Stevens

Southeastern PLC students visit Durant Intermediate School

DURANT, Okla. – The President’s Leadership Class and Student Affairs staff from Southeastern Oklahoma State University paid a visit to Durant Intermediate School Tuesday afternoon. Sixth-grade students at the school spent time setting goals and learning more about self-esteem. The day ended with a Bolt Dance Party.

Southeastern to serve as host site for free medical services on June 2-3

DURANT, Okla. – For the second time in three years, Southeastern Oklahoma State University will serve as a host site for free medical services in conjunction with Remote Area Medical Oklahoma (RAM).

Dates for the event are June 2-3 in both Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium and Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

RAM is a free healthcare weekend for those in need of care they cannot afford. It’s made possible by volunteer medical, dental and vision professionals, general volunteers and sponsors.

The clinic will treat as many patients as possible on a first-come, first-served basis according to the number of volunteers.

Patients may choose dental, vision, physician or women’s care. Dental service includes cleaning, filling and extraction. Vision patents will receive an exam and have a pair of glasses made on-site, if prescribed.

Root canals and dentures are not available because they are too time-consuming for this event.

A limited number of mammograms and pap tests will be offered. General physicians will be able to conduct physicals and a limited number of lab tests, if needed.

Patients will be seen regardless of income or immigration status. Patients will have the opportunity to be screened for Medicaid eligibility, which could help with future healthcare needs. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Registration will be in Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium on University and N. First Avenue.

Volunteers will begin providing care at 6 a.m. each day, but a patient number is required. Patient numbers will be available after 3 a.m. in front of Bloomer Sullivan Gym on the corner of University and N. 1st Avenue. After receiving a number, patients cannot leave the area without forfeiting their number.

Some snacks will be provided for diabetics and children, but patients should be prepared to wait several hours for care. Patients should bring a day’s worth of medications, snacks and baby supplies. Water and restrooms will be available.

Volunteers in all areas  are needed. For details and to sign-up online, go to

Gold & Blue Gala set for March 10

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Gold and Blue Scholarship and Auction Gala will be held on Saturday, March 10.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Visual and Performing Arts Center and will be hosted by the Southeastern Alumni Association. It’s an evening of cocktails, live and silent auctions, hors d’oeuvres and dancing.

The Blue and Gold Gala is the primary fundraiser for student scholarships. Last year’s event drew a record crowd of more than 200 guests and raised more than $80,000.

Alumni Director Stephanie Davison said, “This is a key fundraiser for the association. Thanks to the guests and sponsors of the Gala, the Alumni Association makes a major contribution to the Southeastern scholarship fund.

“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 band.”

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

Numerous businesses and Southeastern alumni support the Gold and Blue Gala each year by donating unique and valuable items for the auctions.

The Gala and silent auction will begin at 6:30 with the live auction starting at 8 p.m.

Among the auction items for the 2018 Gala are a trip for two to New York City (June 1-3) that includes airfare, two-night stay at the Wyndham Midtown 45, and two tickets to see Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden on June 2; a trip for two to New Orleans (May 26-28) that includes airfare, three-night stay in one-bedroom suite at Avenue Plaza Resort and two tickets to the Bayou Country Superfest with George Strait, Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town and more in the Superdome.

Other items include a Garth Brooks guitar, autographed and personalized; series of art from Choctaw Artist Janie Umsted; private dinner for two with Texas Country singer Casey Donahew at the Fort Worth Stockyards; one-week condo stays in Orlando, Florida, and Palm Springs, California; and two tickets in a suite at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City to see the Fallout Boys on September 22.

Individual tickets are $75 and table sponsorships for eight are also available. Tickets and table sponsorships may be purchased online at or at the Welcome Center on campus.


Southeastern excels in Oklahoma debate competition

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Speech and Debate Association’s Jacob Morrison took top honors in the Lincoln Douglas Debate Championship at the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Forensics Association State Tournament.

Morrison also helped the team claim the State Championship in the Debate Pentathlon.

A total of 60 competitors from Southeastern, Cameron University, East Central University, Carl Albert State College, Northeastern State University, Oklahoma City University, Tulsa Community College, University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Oklahoma, and West Texas A&M University participated 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 February 23 and the National Forensic Association sponsored Lincoln-Douglas Debate and National Forensic Association sponsored National Individual Events tournament began the following day.

“The team has been working and preparing very hard to make an impressive showing at this season’s state tournament,’’ said Dr. Randy Clark, associate professor of communication studies and speech and debate advisor at Southeastern. “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 3 finish.”

The Parli debate team of Morrison and Ian Snyder reached the semifinal round, losing to the eventual Parli champion team from the University of Oklahoma.

“I’m very proud of the team and their showing,’’ Clark said. “They gained a remarkable amount of experience this weekend and a tremendous amount of respect from other competitors and other coaches from the more established programs. The two of them definitely enjoyed the experience.”

SSDA’s final competitive tournament of the season will be the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament March 13-17 at Tennessee State University in Nashville.

To learn more about Southeastern’s intercollegiate forensics program and the SSDA tournament schedule, visit the Department of Art, Communication and Theatre website or contact Dr. Clark at or extension 2556.


Dr. Cotter-Lynch recipient of prestigious Oklahoma Foundation Medal for Excellence

Margaret Lynch

Dr. Margaret Cotter-Lynch

DURANT, Okla. – The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence has announced the winners of its 2018 Oklahoma Medal for Excellence awards honoring five outstanding educators in Oklahoma’s public schools.

Among the recipients is Dr. Margaret Cotter-Lynch, English professor and director of the honors program at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She is being recognized in the community college/regional university teaching category.

The awards will be presented at the foundation’s 32nd annual Academic Awards Banquet on May 19 at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in Norman.

The honor includes a monetary award of $5,000 and glass “Roots and Wings” sculpture designed by the late Oklahoma artist Ron Roberts and produced by Tim Brown of Edmond.

Medals are awarded annually to five outstanding Oklahoma teachers, one each at the elementary, secondary, community college/regional university and research university levels. In addition, the foundation presents a Medal for Excellence to an exceptional administrator from the elementary or secondary level.
“We know that education is the best investment Oklahoma can make in its future,” said David L. Boren, founder and chairman of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, a non-profit organization that recognizes and encourages academic excellence in the state’s public schools. “By honoring these exceptional educators, we are sending a message that we deeply value excellence in public schools and the professionals who have given so much of themselves to enrich the lives of our children.”

Cotter-Lynch joined the Southeastern faculty in 2005. She holds her Ph.D. and master’s from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor’s from Brown University.

“Dr. Cotter-Lynch is certainly deserving of this recognition,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage. “Her dedication and enthusiasm in serving her students is admirable and she is truly making a difference in their lives as they work to achieve their educational goals.’’

The following information on Cotter-Lynch is included in the announcement of her selection by the OFE:

She is a scholar on literary theory, Medieval Latin grammar and early Christian theology, but at Southeastern she is best known as an encouraging mentor who helps students discover and pursue their potential.

“My best friend coined the term ‘parentessor’ to describe what I do for a living: half parent, half professor,” said Cotter-Lynch, who serves as an adviser to more than 100 English and Honors students. Many of her students come from rural communities and are first-generation college students. “For me, teaching is not confined to the classroom, nor is it about merely conveying subject-area content. It is about contributing to students’ growth and success as humans.”

Being a good human requires participation in community, she says. To that end, she has helped design a new Honors curriculum that focuses on trans-disciplinary learning and community engagement.

“This is a fancy way of saying that a student’s entire educational experience should coalesce around the goal of making them a contributing member of a strong and functioning community,” she said. The curriculum also focuses applying what a student learns in one course to other classes and to the outside world. Cotter-Lynch co-teaches a trans-disciplinary English and history course to help students learn to view content from another disciplinary perspective and consider how it applies to their own lives.

“Margaret’s warm personality and inclusive pedagogy make class compelling,” says former student Hannah Jones, who credits Cotter-Lynch with helping her secure a scholarship to pursue a Ph.D. in history in New York. “In her upper level courses, we spent most of the time engaging in circular group discussion, extrapolating on ideas found in texts we read for the week and debating different perspectives.”

Faculty Senate Chair F. Daniel Althoff said Cotter-Lynch’s courses are widely praised by her students and that her recent appointment as Honors Program director has reinvigorated the program, with enrollment skyrocketing. She was selected by students and faculty in 2015 and 2017 as Southeastern’s Professor of the Year.

Dewey Briscoe, a non-traditional student, said he is the first in his family to receive a college degree, thanks to Dr. Cotter-Lynch. “No matter how many times I wanted to throw in the towel, she would never let me. She knew what I was capable of and continued to challenge me and hold me to those standards.”


The complete list of 2018 Medal for Excellence winners: 

Brandi Caldwell, Lakeview Elementary School, Norman (elementary level)

Janet Johnson, Clyde Boyd Middle School, Sand Springs (secondary)

Ronia Davison, principal, Sadler Arts Academy, Muskogee (elementary/secondary administration)

Dr. Margaret Cotter-Lynch, professor of English and Honors Program Director, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant (regional university or community college)

Dr. Tyler Ley, professor of civil engineering, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater (research university)