Southeastern News

Southeastern hosts 104th Curriculum Contest on March 30

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host the 104th Inter-High School Curriculum Meet on Thursday, March 30.

The day begins with an 8:30 a.m. sign-in for school sponsors on the second floor of the Glen D. Johnson Student Union.

Testing will cover such subjects as Science, Psychology, Computers, Music, Government & Politics, Mathematics, Finance and History.

 

Curriculum Contest director Dr. James Britton said, “This is a big event and an exciting time for the high school students. We’re expecting about 1,500 students from 70 schools and really looking forward to seeing so many visitors on our campus.”

Massey Lecture features retired business executive Frank Semple

Frank_M_SempleDURANT, Okla. – Retired business executive Frank M. Semple will be guest speaker at the 15th John Massey Family Lectureship, scheduled for April 4 at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The lecture is free and open to the public and will begin at 11 a.m. in the Hallie McKinney Ballroom on the Southeastern campus.

Semple is retired Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of
MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. He is a member of the boards of directors of Marathon Petroleum Corporation and MPLX GP LLC.

Semple joined MPLX in 2015, at the time of the MPLX and MarkWest combination and retired in 2016. He began with MarkWest in 2003 as president and chief executive officer and was elected chairman of the board in 2008. Prior to joining MarkWest, Semple completed a 22-year career with The Williams Companies and WilTel Communications.

He served as the chief operating officer of WilTel Communications, senior vice president/general manager of Williams Natural Gas Company, vice president, operations and engineering for Northwest Pipeline Company, and division manager for Williams Pipeline Company.

Prior to his time at The Williams Companies, Semple served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Gurnard (SSN662), a fast attack nuclear submarine.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the United States Naval Academy (appointed by Carl Albert) and completed the Program for ManagementDevelopment at Harvard Business School.

A native of Stillwater, Oklahoma, Semple and his parents (longtime veterinarian Dr. Bill Semple and wife Jane) moved to Durant when he was an infant. Semple was a standout athlete at Durant High School, participating in football, basketball, baseball, and tennis.

The 1970 DHS graduate was also a member of the National Honor Society and an Eagle Scout.  He has a brother, Billy, and three sisters, Jane Umsted, Susan Owens, and Sarah Brown.

Frank, a member of The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and his wife, Dr. Robin Semple, have two daughters, Erin and Katie.

The Lectureship was established in 1994 by a gift from the John Massey family and was matched by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Endowment Fund Program.

Previous speakers at the lecture include H.E. “Gene’’ Rainbolt, George Kaiser, Edward Keller, Ambassador James R. Jones, Rep. Tom Cole, Archie Dunham, Keith Bailey, Michael Cawley, Regent Joseph Cappy, Sen. Ted Fisher, J. Clifford Hudson, Mark Stansberry, Ed Martin, and Dr. Keith Ballard.

A tireless advocate for higher education, John Massey serves as Chairman of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. He is in his third nine-year term as a regent, a position appointed by the governor.

Massey is chairman of the board of First United Bank, headquartered in Durant, Oklahoma.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1960.

In 1984, Massey received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Southeastern; in 2005, the School of Business was renamed as the John Massey School of Business.

He received the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southeastern Alumni Association in 2015.

At his alma mater, Massey has established eight endowed chairs, four professorships, and four endowed scholarships.

Massey was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2004.  In 2009, he was inducted into the Oklahoma City Community College Hall of Fame, and he received the prestigious Leadership Oklahoma Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.

Massey was presented the Outstanding Alumni Award by Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity in 2001 and was also the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Durant Kiwanis Club in 2010.

Envoy, Southeastern receive partnership award from OSRHE

Attending the awards recognition Tuesday were, left to right, Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, Southeastern president Sean Burrage, Envoy Air lead pilot recruiter John Colquitt, Southeastern aviation alumni association president Chris Ferguson, Southeastern aviationsciences faculty member/chief flight instructor Kyle Thomas, Southeastern vice president for university advancement Dr. Kyle Stafford, and Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb.

Attending the awards recognition Tuesday were, left to right, Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, Southeastern president Sean Burrage, Envoy Air lead pilot recruiter John Colquitt, Southeastern aviation alumni association president Chris Ferguson, Southeastern aviationsciences faculty member/chief flight instructor Kyle Thomas, Southeastern vice president for university advancement Dr. Kyle Stafford, and Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb.

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

“Our colleges and universities partner with business and industry to link academic programs, including business, information technology, health care, aerospace, energy and bioscience, directly to employment needs in the state’s wealth-generating ecosystems,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “These partnerships create opportunities for students to expand their academic credentials with work experience, better preparing them for the workforce.”

Among the 28 partnerships recognized for 2017 were:

Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Envoy — The partnership between Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Envoy began in 2013 with the creation of the American Eagle Pipeline Program. This program prepares professional pilot students at Southeastern to enter American Eagle Airlines as first officers. Those selected for the program receive mentoring and, upon graduation, become Envoy employees. While employed, the graduates remain at Southeastern and work as full-time flight instructors until they accumulate the FAA-required 1,000 hours of flight time, and they then move on to the next class of Envoy first officers. The program benefits students by providing a clear career path after graduation, benefits Southeastern by providing a recruiting tool for prospective students, and provides a reliable source of well-trained professional pilots for Envoy. Furthermore, Envoy graduates receive a $10,000 scholarship incentive and a competitive compensation package. To date, 24 Southeastern students have participated in the program.

Southeastern chapter of AAUP to hold event

On Saturday, March 25th, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, the Southeastern Oklahoma State University chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) will be hosting a statewide event on our campus for the fourth consecutive year.  This event is open to all SE faculty, full and part-time.  Thanks to generous grants from the AAUP Assembly of State Conferences, and Southeastern Oklahoma State University, registration is free, and includes all sessions, continental breakfast, and lunch.  This AAUP event is an excellent opportunity for faculty camaraderie and professional development right here on our campus (in the Fine Arts Recital Hall) at a reasonable price (free!). Registration for the 25th is easy – just email AAUP Chapter President Carolyn Fridley and let her know you plan to attend.  The deadline for registration is Monday, March 13.

This year’s theme is: “The University:  Money, Power and the Common Good.” Guest speakers include Adam David Roth, Ph.D., of the Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island, and from Southern University-Shreveport, Louisiana, Sonya Hester, Joslin Pickens, and Harolyn Wilson (their article “Organizing Real Faculty Governance in Northern Louisiana” is in the current issue of Academe). We are fortunate to have speakers at our event who bring a wealth of experience in higher education.

The event also includes two panel discussions.  SE President Sean Burrage, Academic Council Chair Randy Prus, Faculty Senate Chair-elect Dan Althoff, and Carolyn Fridley will discuss and field questions on the event theme.  A second panel: “What Does the AAUP Do?” will include AAUP members Jesse Snowden, Meg Cotter-Lynch, Doug Wood, William Fridley, and the Oklahoma Conference AAUP President John Wood from the University of Central Oklahoma.

On Friday, March 24, from 2:00 to 4:00 in the Fine Arts Theatre there will be what promises to be a lively discussion featuring guest speakers Adam Roth and Sonya Hester, and SE Vice President for Academic Affairs Bryon Clark, Vice President for University Advancement Kyle Stafford, and Director for Safety and Compliance Mike Davis.  All SE faculty, students, and members of the community are welcome.  No registration is required.

Our chapter is very excited about this event and we believe that it will lead to meaningful conversations about how faculty and university communities can work together to advance the AAUP’s mission of “shared governance, promoting the economic security of those who teach and research in higher education, and ensuring higher education’s contribution to the common good.” We hope you will add your voice to the conversation.

Spring break scheduled for March 13-17

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will be closed March 13-17 for spring break.

All classes will resume and University offices re-open on Monday, March 20. (The library will be open on March 19 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.)

Three Southeastern students receive scholarships at Ardmore

DURANT, Okla. – Three Southeastern Oklahoma State University students at the Ardmore outreach site were among the recipients of scholarships awarded by the University Center of Southern Oklahoma. Left to right are Seneca May, a senior criminal justice major; Jerlyn McKay, a junior Elementary Education major; and Joshua Lucas, a senior accounting major.

DURANT, Okla. – Three Southeastern Oklahoma State University students at the Ardmore outreach site were among the recipients of scholarships awarded by the University Center of Southern Oklahoma. Left to right are Seneca May, a senior criminal justice major; Jerlyn McKay, a junior Elementary Education major; and Joshua Lucas, a senior accounting major.

Scholarship presentation

DURANT, Okla. – Bryan County Magnolia Garden Club members Cecille Kampplain, Dr. Connie Taylor, and Vangie Wingfield present the organization’s first scholarship to Alayna Holdsworth,  a senior biology major from Poteau, Oklahoma. Joining them for the presentation was Southeastern president Sean Burrage. The Bryan County Magnolia Garden Club will be selling plants at the upcoming Spring Fling Garden Show, April 7-8, at the Bryan County Fairgrounds.  Funds raisedwill help to fund future scholarships.

DURANT, Okla. – Bryan County Magnolia Garden Club members Cecille Kampplain, Dr. Connie Taylor, and Vangie Wingfield present the organization’s first scholarship to Alayna Holdsworth, a senior biology major from Poteau, Oklahoma. Joining them for the presentation was Southeastern president Sean Burrage. The Bryan County Magnolia Garden Club will be selling plants at the upcoming Spring Fling Garden Show, April 7-8, at the Bryan County Fairgrounds. Funds raisedwill help to fund future scholarships.

Aviation Visitation Day attracts prospective students to campus

DURANT, Okla. – Eighty high school students/parents attended Aviation Visitation Day Friday at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The Southeastern Aviation Sciences Institute (ASI) hosted the event, which included a campus tour andvisits to facilities and the regional airport. The students also participated in a flight simulator demonstration and learned more through a panel discussion of aviation careers and information provided by several regional airline representatives.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage welcomed the students and their parents to campus Friday morning.

ASI faculty and staff also visited with the students to provide additional information about the aviation program.

Students participate in flight simulation at Aviation Visitation Day.

Students participate in flight simulation at Aviation Visitation Day.

Pilot and Southeastern Aviation Alumni president Chris Ferguson visits with students and parents Friday morning at Aviation Visitation Day.

Pilot and Southeastern Aviation Alumni president Chris Ferguson visits with students and parents Friday morning at Aviation Visitation Day.

Gold & Blue Scholarship Gala scheduled for April 1

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Gold and Blue Scholarship and Auction Gala will be held April 1.

The Gala is scheduled for the Visual and Performing Arts Center and hosted by the Southeastern Alumni Association. It’s an evening of cocktails, live and silent auctions, hors d’ouvres and dancing.

The event is the primary fundraiser for student scholarships. Last year’s Gala drew a record-setting crowd of more than 200 guests and raised more than $82,000 to be awarded to Southeastern students.

Alumni Director Stephanie Davison said, “This is a major fundraiser for the association. Thanks to the guests and sponsors of the Gala, the Alumni Association can award 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 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 p.m. with the live auction beginning at 8 p.m.

Individual tickets for the Gala are $75 and table sponsorships (for eight) are available for $1,000. Tickets may be purchased at the Welcome Center or at  http://www.se.edu/alumni/gold-and-blue-gala/

 

 

 

 

Southeastern’s Speech and Debate team competes in OU event

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Speech and Debate Association’s impressive streak of speech/debate competitors reaching the finals came to an end recently at the University of Oklahoma’s Sweetheart Swing Speech and Debate Tournament in Norman.

The forensics tournament featured an open National Parliamentary Debate and InternationalPublic Debate Association tournament as well as two self-contained American Forensics Association National Individual Events tournament.

Connor Judd and Jacob Morrison of Southeastern Oklahoma State University reached the quarterfinals in the open Parliamentary Debate competition. Judd and Morrison ran their combined season’s record to 24-5 in both novice and open Parli competition rounds.

SSDA will next compete at the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Forensics Association’s State Tournament in Oklahoma City in March.

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. 2556.