Southeastern News

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.

Southeastern Chorale to perform in Ardmore, Idabel

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Chorale, the premier choral ensemble for Southeastern Oklahoma State University, will begin its annual Winter Tour with two concerts in early January.

The Chorale will present Hodie! – A Choral Concert, on Monday, Jan. 2, at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Ardmore. The concert begins at 6 p.m.

On the following evening, Jan. 3, the Chorale will perform at First United Methodist Church in Idabel at 6:30 p.m.

Both concerts are free and open to the public.

The concerts will focus on Christmas and Epiphany works emerging from Spanish, French and African American cultures. They are in preparation for the Southeastern Chorale performance to be presented Jan. 6 at the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans on the Feast of the Epiphany.

The resulting works utilize a wide range of vocal techniques and writing styles ranging from Renaissance festival music to African American spirituals.

This Winter Tour will also see the Chorale performing 11 other concerts in high schools and at Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana.