Southeastern News

Three Southeastern graduates among “50 Women Making a Difference In Oklahoma’’

DURANT, Okla. – Three graduates of Southeastern Oklahoma State University are among the “50 Women Making A Difference In Oklahoma’’ as selected by The Journal Record.

The honorees from Southeastern are attorney Heather Burrage (’99), Burrage Law Firm, Durant; Michele Campbell (‘88,’90), Oklahoma Small Business Development Center, Durant; and Dr. Amanda Cobb-Greetham (’92), Coca Cola professor and director of the Native American Studies Program in the University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences.

Heather Burrage

Heather Burrage

Michele Campbell

Michele Campbell

Amanda Cobb-Greetham

Amanda Cobb-Greetham

 

 

 

 

 

The 50 honorees will be honored at the 2016 Journal Record Woman of the Year gala set for Nov. 2 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Judge Jane P. Wiseman will be the keynote speaker. Wiseman, who was the first woman to serve on both the trial and appellate divisions of the Oklahoma Court on the Judiciary, has served as a judge with the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals in Tulsa since 2005.

Also that evening, the “Woman of the Year’’ will be announced.

The 2016 event marks the 36th year for the Woman of the Yearprogram, designed to inspire confidence among women to go out and make their mark.

Southeastern promotes wellness through “Commit To Get Fit’’ challenge

Teaming up to participate in the Commit To Get Fit challenge are Southeastern staff members/students Rachel Toews,  Taylor Barrick , Stefan Kells, and Sara Alvarez.

Teaming up to participate in the Commit To Get Fit challenge are Southeastern staff members/students Rachel Toews, Taylor Barrick , Stefan Kells, and Sara Alvarez.

DURANT, Okla. Students, faculty and staff are taking a proactive approach to wellness  at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Collectively, since the implementation of a voluntary  “Commit to Get Fit’’ challenge  in 2015, 655 participants have lost more than 2,000 pounds.

The basic concept of “Commit to Get Fit’’ is for participants to exercise 30 minutes a day for five days a week, with a goal of walking 40,000 steps every week. Healthy eating habits are also encouraged.

The team competition includes incentives and prizes as motivation.

“The Commit to Get Fit challenge addresses several issues that I feel are important – promoting a healthy lifestyle for faculty, staff and students and encouraging teambuilding and leadership,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage, who is an active participant  in the program.  “We all have busy daily routines and I think it is important that we promote physical fitness on our campus. And this is a fun program in which everyone can participate and encourage one another.’’

The Commit to Get Fit Challenge was also designed to promote Healthy Campus2020 objectives for the Certified Healthy Oklahoma Program. Certified Healthy participants are recognized for promoting health and wellness where Oklahomans live, work and play. This program recently designated Southeastern at the excellent level as a campus.

The Certified Healthy Oklahoma Program began in 2003 as a collaborative initiative with four founding partners – the Oklahoma Turning Point Council, the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, the Oklahoma State Chamber and the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

Southeastern to celebrate Homecoming September 23-24

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate Homecoming 2016 on September 23-24.

Traditional activities include Whang Bang Golf Tournament at Chickasaw Pointe Golf Course on Friday, September 23.  Registration opens at 8 a.m. and a shotgun start is scheduled for 9 a.m.

The Distinguished Awards Banquet recognizing Distinguished Alumni, Former Faculty and the Heritage honoree is set for 5:30 p.m. Friday in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.

This year’s Distinguished Alumni are William Fahrendorf, Executive Vice President and Chief Administration Officer of Durant’s First United Bank; Lee Lipscomb, retired attorney, Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack; and Bill Groom, a TV and film designer.

This year’s Distinguished Former Faculty award honorees are Dr. Gordon Eggleton, Betty Wintle, and the late Dr. James Wintle.

The Heritage Award will be presented posthumously to Hall of Fame coach Bloomer Sullivan, with his son, Dr. Don Sullivan, accepting the honor.

On Saturday, September 24, the Homecoming Parade is scheduled for 10 a.m. in downtown Durant, and the Alumni Tailgate Party opens at 11 a.m. in Alumni Alley across from Paul Laird Field.

Southeastern’s Savage Storm will kick off at 2 p.m. against Southern Nazarene’s Crimson Storm in the big Homecoming football game.

For a complete schedule of events, visit alumni.SE.edu or contact the Alumni Office, 580-745-2875.

Southeastern’s Educational Opportunity Center grant renewed

DURANT, Okla. – The U.S. Department of Education recently announced that Southeastern Oklahoma StateUniversity has received a $500,720 (2016-17) grant to continue the Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) program.

Educational Opportunity Centers are one of eight grant programs collectively known as the Federal TRIO Programs. These programs identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. They assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, veterans, military-connected students, and individuals with disabilities to  progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs.

The Southeastern EOC serves 1,620 individuals annually.

The TRIO programs hosted at Southeastern are Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math/Science, Texoma Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search, Student Support Services, Educational Opportunity Centers, and Project: TEACH.  Combined, the TRIO programs at Southeastern serve 3,149 students annually, and have successfully met their mandatory objectives each year since the first program (Upward Bound) began in 1966.

Teriki Barnes serves as director of the Educational Opportunity Center at Southeastern.

In all, the Department of Education awarded $48 million in grants to 143

colleges and organizations in 42 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

The grants provide readily accessible college guidance to adults who may not otherwise quickly decipher the steps needed for college admissions and continued success through graduation.

EOC grants, five years in duration, assist adults in gaining the skills necessary for pursuing postsecondary credentials.

Participants are connected to tutors, mentors and counselors for guidance on admission, financial aid and postsecondary course selection. For those who may not have finished high school, help is offered on secondary school re-entry or high school equivalency exam programs – or other alternative education programs.

EOC projects also provide services to students traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education, including students with disabilities, limited English proficiency, and other disadvantaged groups, such as those who may be homeless, exiting foster care or otherwise disconnected.

Fall semester begins at Southeastern, freshman numbers up

Southeastern president Sean Burrage speaks at Freshman Convocation. 

Southeastern president Sean Burrage speaks at Freshman Convocation.

DURANT, Okla. – An overflow crowd gathered in Montgomery Auditorium Saturday afternoon as Southeastern Oklahoma State University held Freshman Convocation.

The event officially welcomes new freshmen and their parents to the Southeastern campus. This fall, first-time freshman enrollment at Southeastern is currently up approximately 10% over last fall.

University president Sean Burrage was among those offering remarks, with  Southeastern faculty, staff and students also attending the annual event.

Following the 30-minute program, a cookout was held on the front lawn of campus.

Earlier in the summer, new students attended Camp SE, an orientation program.

Fall classes began on Monday, with the Office of Student Life offering a Storm Week of campus activities for students.

Setting the stage at Southeastern

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DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University president Sean Burrage delivers remarks Thursday at the University’s annual Faculty-Staff General Meeting and Luncheon. Fall classes begin Monday, August 15.

Faculty Symposium concludes with safety training at Southeastern

pdDURANT, Okla. – Brandon Mitchell of the Durant Police Department conducts Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training Wednesday morning at Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Faculty Symposium. The two day symposium was held in the Fine Arts Recital Hall. Fall classes begin on Monday, Aug. 15.

Faculty Symposium in progress at Southeastern

Southeastern Oklahoma State University president Sean Burrage, center, offers welcoming remarks Tuesday at the Fall 2016 Faculty Symposium. Looking on atright is vice president for business affairs Dennis Westman.

Southeastern Oklahoma State University president Sean Burrage, center, offers welcoming remarks Tuesday at the Fall 2016 Faculty Symposium. Looking on atright is vice president for business affairs Dennis Westman.

DURANT, Okla. – Customer service, veterans, budgeting, and campus security are among the topics on the agenda at Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Fall 2016 Symposium.

Fall classes begin on Monday, Aug. 15, but faculty members are getting a head start with the symposium and other meetings this week.

“We’ve modified and in some cases, shortened the agenda for the symposium,’’ said Dr. Bryon Clark, vice president of academic affairs. “This is a great opportunity to bring all of our faculty together at the beginning of the academic year to provide information and discuss issues that are relevant to all of us.’’

The symposium began Tuesday afternoon in the Fine Arts Recital Hall and will continue Wednesday.

Keynote speaker Rhett Laubach offers insight on leadership, motivation, and inspiration at Tuesday’s Symposium.

Keynote speaker Rhett Laubach offers insight on leadership, motivation, and inspiration at Tuesday’s Symposium.

Among Tuesday’s highlights was a presentation by Rhett Laubach, a motivational speaker.

On Wednesday morning, Brandon Mitchell of the Durant Police Department is scheduled to conduct  Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training.

In addition, a number of faculty and staff members are making presentations.

AAUP Candidates’ Forum to be held at Southeastern

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Oklahoma State University Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is hosting a Candidates’ Forum on campus Thursday, September 8,, from 3-4 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

District 21 incumbent State Representative Dustin Roberts and challenger David Northcutt will discuss their candidacy and the issues facing the citizens of Bryan County and Oklahoma.

The forum is open to Southeastern’s faculty, staff and students and the  voters of Bryan County are especially welcome and invited to attend.

The AAUP is a 100-year-old non-partisan professional association of university faculty with chapters across the United States.

Fall classes begin August 15

DURANT, Okla. – Fall classes will begin on Monday, Aug. 15, at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Prior to that, a number of events are scheduled, including the Faculty Symposium,Aug. 9-10, in the Fine Arts Recital Hall; Faculty-Staff General meeting, Aug. 11, Ballroom; and Freshman Convocation, Aug. 13, Montgomery Auditorium.