Southeastern News

Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb to address spring graduates on May 7

LtGov LambDURANT, Okla. – Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb will be the speaker at Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Spring Commencement, scheduled for Saturday, May 7, in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

“We are honored to have Lt. Gov. Lamb as our commencement speaker,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage. “His background in public service is impressive and we look forward to hearing his comments on such an important day in thelives of our students and their families. On a personal note, Lt. Gov. Lamb and I developed a strong friendship during our time in the Senate together, and I have the utmost respect for him.’’

Two commencement ceremonies will be held as follows:

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. 

  • School of Education & Behavioral Sciences
  • John Massey School of Business
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science (Aerospace Administration and Logistics)
  • Master of Arts (Clinical Mental Health Counseling)
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Arts (Teaching)
  • Master of Science (Sports Studies and Athletic Administration)
  • Master of Science (Native American Leadership)

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.     

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • Master of Technology
  • Master of Science (Safety)
  • Master of Music Education

Oklahomans  elected Todd Lamb as Lt. Governor on November 2, 2010, and he won re-election in 2014, winning all of the state’s 77 counties.

An Enid native, Lamb played football at Louisiana Tech University, then returned to Oklahoma to earn his bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University and his law degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law.

At the beginning of his career, Lamb worked for then-gubernatorial candidate Frank Keating and later served in the Keating administration until 1998, when he became a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service.

During his U.S. Secret Service tenure, Lamb investigated and made numerous arrests in the areas of counterfeiting, bank fraud, threats against the President, andidentity theft. His duties included domestic and international protection assignments during the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations.

In early 2001, he was appointed to the national Joint Terrorism Task Force andafter the terrorists’ attacks, he was assigned to portions of the 9-11 investigation.

In 2004, Lamb was elected to serve in the Oklahoma State Senate.  He was re-elected in 2008; in 2009, he  became the first Republican Majority Floor Leader in state history. Lamb has worked in the private sector as a landman in Oklahoma’s energy industry, and was General Counsel for an energy and wireless company in Edmond, Oklahoma.

To further demonstrate his leadership, Lamb was elected chairman of the National Lt. Governors Association and the Republican Lt. Governors Association. For five years, Lamb has been Vice Chair of the Aerospace States Association.

Southeastern Dept. of Music presents “Carmina Burana’’ on May 1

DURANT, Okla. –The large ensembles of the Southeastern Oklahoma State Music Department are collaborating for a spectacular end-of-the-year concert, Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana.’’

The concert is scheduled for May 1 at 2:30 p.m. in Montgomery Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. This concert is supported by a grant from the Scholastic and Cultural Lectureship Fee Committee.

This 20th-century masterpiece is familiar to many from commercial and movie soundtracks.  The music is sometimes epic, sometimes sweet, and always compelling. The text is a collection of medieval poems discovered in a German monastery; the anonymous monks who wrote the texts dealt with a wide range of topics, including fate, love, springtime, and even drinking.

The work features the Southeastern Symphonic Choir and Southeastern Symphonic Winds, as well as the Children’s Chorus of the Southeastern Hub for Arts Education (SHARE).

The three vocal soloists are Southeastern alumni: soprano Megan Crews ’07, tenor Darius Thomas ’15, and baritone Aaron Williams ’14. The Southeastern music students are joined by community members, Southeastern graduate students, and most of the music faculty.

The conductors are Dr. Erin Colleen Cooper, director of bands, and Dr. Joshua Hawkins Nannestad, assistant professor of choral music education.

Retirees honored at Faculty-Staff event

The retirees joined Southeastern president Sean Burrage for a pre-event photo.

The retirees joined Southeastern president Sean Burrage for a pre-event photo.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s annual Faculty-Staff Recognition event was held Monday afternoon in Montgomery Auditorium.

The event honors retirees and employees for years of service. Other awards are presented by the Faculty Senate and Staff Association.

The list of 33 retirees includes a 50-year employee in Dr. Mary Ann Craige, professor in the department of music and noted performer and teacher of piano.

The retirees have a combined total of 734 years of service to Southeastern and the community.

Also retiring are four members of the University’s executive team and a dean:      Sharon Robinson, vice president for student affairs, 30 years of service; Ross Walkup, vice president for business affairs, 28 years: Dr. Douglas McMillan, vice president for academic affairs, 26 years; Dr. Claire Stubblefield, special assistant to the president, director/office of equity, diversity and compliance, 23 years; and Dr. Lucretia Scoufos, executive dean, academic affairs, 14 years.

Vicki Hudson was the recipient of The Heart of Southeastern Award.

Vicki Hudson was the recipient of The Heart of Southeastern Award.

This year’s  “Heart of  Southeastern Award’’  was presented to Vicki Hudson, who is retiring after 46 years of service to the University. This award recognizes an individual who has gone above and beyond the expectations and requirements in their job at Southeastern.

         Following is the list of retirees, listed by years of service:

3 Years

Tammy Crow, instructor, behavioral sciences, McCurtain County campus

8 Years

Dr. Dennis Brewster, associate professor, behavioral sciences

9 Years

LeAnn Steadman, custodian

10 Years

Dr. Mary Ann Craige has served the University for 50 years.

Dr. Mary Ann Craige has served the University for 50 years.

Michael Arnold, general maintenance, physical plant

Rachel Seach, librarian, McCurtain County campus

12 Years

Deborah Harper, business services assistant, business office

14 Years

Dr. William Mawer, professor, behavorial sciences

Dr. Lucretia Scoufos, executive dean, academic affairs

15 Years

David Berghauser, motor pool assistant, campus police and safety

17 Years

Dr. Debra Haley, associate professor, management and marketing

Dr. Jeremy Blackwood was named Professor of the Year by the Faculty Senate.

Dr. Jeremy Blackwood was named Professor of the Year by the Faculty Senate.

18 Years

Dr. Paula Allen, professor, English, humanities and languages

Betty Clay, instructor, chemistry, computers and physical sciences

Paula Matthews, custodian team leader, custodial services

20 Years

Mike Morris, assistant professor, chemistry, computers and physical sciences

Dr. Richard Pearlstein, professor, social sciences

22 Years

Dr. Lisa Coleman, professor, director of honors program, English, humanities and languages

Kim McGehee, instructor, English, humanities and languages

Sharon Morrison, associate professor, director, library

Dr. Kelly D’Arcy received The Spirit of Southeastern Award and the Staff Association Administrative/Professional Award.

Dr. Kelly D’Arcy received The Spirit of Southeastern Award and the Staff Association Administrative/Professional Award.

23 Years

Dr. Claire Stubblefield, special assistant to the president, director/office of equity, diversity and compliance (AAO and Title IX coordinator)

25 Years

Dr. Toni Stiefer, professor, educational instruction and leadership

26 Years

Dr. Douglas McMillan, vice president for academic affairs

         27 Years

Dennis Miles, assistant professor, technical access and public services, library

28 Years

Kenneth (Dale) Vanderburg, locksmith/machinist/welder, physical plant

Ross Walkup, vice president, business affairs

29 Years

Tammy Willis, administrative assistant for intercollegiate athletics

30 Years

Sharon Robinson, vice president, student affairs

31 Years

Eddie Harbin, director, physical plant

Nevyle (Buddy) Pierce, assistant professor, mathematics

32 Years

Dr. James Britton, professor, chemistry, computers and physical sciences

40 Years

Carol Coats, director, business office

46 Years

Vicki Hudson, assistant professor, chair/department of health, physical education and recreation

50 Years

Dr. Mary Ann Craige, professor, department of music

Following is the list of award recipients:

Faculty Senate Awards

Excellence in Teaching

Arts, Dr. Alistair Maeer

Business, Dr. Kitty Campbell

Education & Behavioral Sciences, Dr. Blythe Duell

Sciences, Dr. Layne Heitz

Faculty Senate Recognition Award for Outstanding Research and Scholarly Activity

Arts, Dr. Randy Prus

Business, Dr. Martin Bressler

Education & Behavioral Sciences, Dr. Blythe Duell

Sciences, Dr. Karl Frinkle

Faculty Senate Recognition Award for Meritorious Service to the University and/or Profession

Arts, Dr. Riley Coker

Business, Dr. Martin Bressler

Education & Behavioral Sciences, Dr. William Fridley

Sciences, Dr. Christopher Moretti

Faculty Senate Recognition for Adjunct Professor of the Year,

Carolyn Fridley

Faculty Senate Recognition for Librarian of the Year,

Sharon Morrison

Faculty Senate Recognition for Professor of the Year,

Dr. Jeremy Blackwood

Staff Association Awards

Administrative/Professional, Dr. Kelly D’Arcy, director of residence life

Secretarial/Clerical, Sue Haywood, coordinator, special events

Service/Technical, Mark Pierce, physical plant

Spirit of Southeastern Award

Dr. Kelly D’Arcy

Southeastern’s MBA adds seven new online areas of emphasis

Offerings in Marketing, Finance, HR, Strategic Communications, Aerospace Logistics and Hospitality Marketing support working adults who want to advance their career

DURANT, Okla. – The John Massey School of Business at Southeastern Oklahoma State University has expanded its range of fully online Master of Business Administration (MBA) offerings with the addition of a general MBA as well as six new areas of emphasis.

In addition to the new online general MBA, the University now offers areas of emphasis in Marketing, Hospitality Marketing, Finance, Human Resources, Strategic Communications, and Aerospace Logistics. The new options join the university’s other online MBA areas of emphasis in Management, Entrepreneurship, Health Information Systems, Safety, and Native American Leadership.

“Managerial and professional occupations are key drivers for economic growth, and demand for MBAs in Oklahoma is at its highest level in the past decade,” said Southeastern president Sean Burrage. “Our online MBA, with its diverse areas of emphasis, is a response to this critical need, and it reflects our commitment to a high-quality and affordable education. For the first time, an MBA is truly accessible to many residents of this region and nationwide.”

Southeastern’s  broad portfolio of specialized offerings addresses the state’s growing need for business leaders with advanced education.

Almost 350,000 master-degreed professionals will be needed across Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas by 2020, according to research from the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Southeastern’s  MBA program is fully accredited by the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The program requires no GMAT for admission, no travel to campus, and can be completed in as little as 12 months. For more information or to apply, please visit http://online.se.edu/.

Southeastern  selected Academic Partnerships (AP), a leading global provider of online services for higher education, to support the launch and marketing of the online MBA programs.

Academic Partnerships is a leading online service provider for higher education globally. The company assists universities in converting their on-campus degree programs into an online format, recruits qualified students for those programs, and supports enrolled students through graduation.

Serving public and private not-for-profit universities in the United States and top international institutions, AP is guided by the principle that the opportunities presented through technology-aided learning make higher education more accessible and achievable. The company was founded by a social entrepreneur, Randy Best, who has spent nearly 20 years developing innovative learning solutions to improve education. For more information, please visit www.academicpartnerships.com.

Teriki Barnes installed as President-elect of state organization

Teriki BarnesDURANT, Okla. – Teriki Barnes, director of the Educational Opportunity Center at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, was installed as President-Elect of the Oklahoma Division of Student Assistance (ODSA) at its recent state conference in Midwest City.

Barnes will serve a three-year term on the ODSA board, and will also serve on the Southwest Association of Student Assistance Programs (SWASAP) regional board.

ODSA, established in 1971, is a service organization of TRIO professionals within Oklahoma, whose purpose is to foster the development, improvement, and extension of educational opportunities for TRIO-eligible persons.  There are currently 79 TRIO programs in Oklahoma, with seven of those programs hosted at Southeastern.

TRIO programs are administered through federal grants to provide outreach and supportive services for underrepresented students from middle school to post-baccalaureate.

Low-income individuals, first-generation college students, veterans and military-connected students, and persons with disabilities are provided financial aid application assistance, academic counseling, college admissions assistance, career exploration, tutoring, and financial literacy counseling through these programs.

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.

Other Southeastern  TRIO personnel who have served as ODSA board members include Tomyra Britt, Brina Ford, Deborah Godwin, Susy Haworth and Kris Simpson.

 

Polson Family Scholarship established at Southeastern

Jerry and Judy Polson have established a scholarship in honor of their two sons, both Southeastern graduates.

Jerry and Judy Polson have established a scholarship in honor of their two sons, both Southeastern graduates.

DURANT, Okla. – The Polson Family Scholarship has been established through the Southeastern Foundation to benefit students attending Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The scholarship is intended to provide financial assistance to student-athletes and is given in honor of the two sons of retired Southeastern educators Dr. Jerry Polson and Judy Polson.  Both sons – Jonathan and Benjamin – were Parsons Scholars.

Jonathan, an English Education major, was an All-America football player and graduated from Southeastern in 1994.

Benjamin, a Science Education major, was recruited by a number of  universities, including several Ivy League schools, but elected to forgo college athletics. He graduated from Southeastern in 1998.

Jerry and Judy Polson came to Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1969.

Jerry was professor of physics and held numerous other positions at the University, including department chair, assistant vice president of academic affairs, dean of the graduate school and faculty athletics representative. He retired two years ago.

Judy was an adjunct professor in the English Department until they started their family. She has also been very active in numerous organizations, such as Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames, United Daughters of the Confederacy, and Families Feeding Families.

Both have also been active in their church.

The Polson Family Scholarship is available to football players who are also English Education majors; any student-athlete who is a Science Education major; or any student who is a Science major.

In the event of multiple applicants, the choice will be based on GPA and/or need.

Jazz Fest scheduled for this Saturday

DURANT, Okla. – The 2016 Southeastern Oklahoma State University Jazz Fest will be held from 12-7 p.m.  this Saturday (April 23) at Sports City Café.

The event has grown in popularity over its 15 years of existence and this year will feature guest artist jazz bassist Steve Rigazzi.

There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.

Along with the Southeastern jazz band, the event will feature performers from Oklahoma and Texas in 30-minute segments beginning at noon.

Following is the complete schedule:

  • 12:30-1:00 Bells – Jesse Speer
  • 1:00-1:30  Atoka – Sam Karafotis / James Carter
  • 1:30-2:00 – SOSU saxophone Quartet – Todd G., James Carter
  • 2:00 – 2:30 Sherman – Flint Weed
  • 2:30 – 3: 00 Durant II – Derek Fleeman
  • 3:00 – 3:30 McAlester High – Mark Price
  • 3:30 – 4:00 Denison – Bob Archer
  • 4:00 -4:30 Durant I – Chris Gregg
  • 4:30 – 5:00  Alumni Group – Jesse Speer
  • 5:15 – 5:45 SOSU – Tristan Eggener
  • 6:00 -7:00  Musical Arts Series guest artist bassist Steve Rigazzi  with Bells, Texas.

 

Presidential Partners honored at banquet

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates student scholarship recipients Aaron Dugger, April Clinton, and Kristi Harjo.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates student scholarship recipients Aaron Dugger, April Clinton, and Kristi Harjo.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University held the annual Presidential Partners Dinner in the Visual and Performing Arts Center on April 9.

Established in 2001 by then-president Glen D. Johnson, the Presidential Partners support special projects at Southeastern, as well as student scholarships and faculty and staff needs.

There are currently 98 partners. Among the projects funded during the pastyear were student scholarships, faculty and staff professional development and travel, recruiting initiatives and a program to allow students the opportunity to study abroad.

A dinner is held annually to honor the Presidential Partners and scholarship recipients.

Scholarships for 2016-17 were awarded to April Clinton, Aaron Dugger and Kristi Harjo.

Clinton is a senior instrumental music major from Durant. She serves as drum major for the Spirit of Southeastern marching band and is principal flute and piccolo for the Southeastern Symphonic Winds.

Dugger is a senior health and physical education major from Savoy, Texas. He is a student assistant with the Savage Storm football team, where he serves asassistant linebackers coach and also assistant strength and conditioning coach.

Harjo is a senior accounting major from Antlers. She was a 2016 inductee into the Beta Gamma Sigma National Business Honor Society, participated in the Brainstorm research poster exhibition and plans to join the Accounting Clubthis fall.

All three scholarship recipients spoke at the dinner to express their appreciation.

Presidential Partners donate at least $1,000 annually to the program.

For information on becoming a Presidential Partner, contact Mark Webb, director of development, at 580-745-2361.

Kyle Thomas again named Master Certified Flight Instructor

Kyle Thomas is one of only 14 Oklahoma aviation educators to hold the Master CFI title.

Kyle Thomas is one of only 14 Oklahoma aviation educators to hold the Master CFI title.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University aviation professor and chief flight instructor Kyle Thomas is one of only 14 Oklahoma aviation educators to earn a prestigious accreditation.

His recent accreditation as a Master CFI (certified flight instructor) was renewed by Master Instructors LLC, the international accrediting authority for the Master Instructor designation as well as the FFA-approved “Master Instructor Continuing Education Program.”

Thomas first earned this national professional accreditation in 2006, has held it continuously since then, and is one of only 31 individuals worldwide to earn the credential six times.

To put his achievements into perspective, there are approximately 101,000 CFIs in the United States. Fewer than 800 aviation educators worldwide have received one or more of the Master accreditations thus far.

Thomas  also serves as advisor to the local Women in Aviation chapter and is a coach for the University’s flight team.

Former FAA administrator Marion Blakey said, “The Master Instructor accreditation singles out the best that the right seat has to offer.”

Southeastern celebrates 50 years of Aviation Excellence

An aviation career seminar was held on campus Friday afternoon.

An aviation career seminar was held on campus Friday afternoon.

DURANT, Okla. – More than 350 alumni and friends descended upon Durant over the weekend to celebrate 50 Years of Aviation Excellence at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The event was capped Saturday night with a special banquet featuring keynote speaker Col. Jim Hanny, Southeastern’s first aviation graduate.  Also offering remarks were Chancellor Glen D. Johnson and Southeastern president Sean Burrage.

Keynote speaker Col. Jim Hanny, Southeastern’s first aviation graduate, addresses the crowd.

Keynote speaker Col. Jim Hanny, Southeastern’s first aviation graduate, addresses the crowd.

On Friday, an Aviation Career Seminar was held in the Magnolia Room on campus. Representatives from several major airlines attended.

Saturday was a day filled with family activities, with tours of campus and an open house at the Southeastern Aviation Sciences Institute.

The Southeastern Aviation Sciences program has expanded since its inception in 1966, with courses now delivered in Durant, at Tinker Air Force Base and Rose State College in Midwest City, and at Oklahoma City Community College. It offers undergraduate degree programs with the Professional Pilot Option and the Aviation Management Option. In addition, a master’s program in Aerospace Administration and Logistics is offered.

Gathering after the event were Southeastern Aviation Alumni Association president Chris Ferguson, Southeastern president Sean Burrage, Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, State Regent John Massey, and Col. Jim Hanny.

Gathering after the event were Southeastern Aviation Alumni Association president Chris Ferguson, Southeastern president Sean Burrage, Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, State Regent John Massey, and Col. Jim Hanny.