Southeastern News

Chickasaw Summer Camp includes examination of Kennedy assassination

Dr. Stewart Mayers discusses the various theories surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy.

Dr. Stewart Mayers discusses the various theories surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy.

DURANT, Okla. – Eighteen high school students participated in the Chickasaw Summer Leadership Academy, held June 10-16 at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The week’s activities included team building, academic sessions, cultural events, and a historical examination of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.   The study of the Kennedy assassination was presented by Southeastern professor Stewart Mayers, and was capped by a trip to the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas.

The residential academy is presented by the Native American Institute at Southeastern in conjunction with the Education Department at The Chickasaw Nation. The program is designed to provide Chickasaw high school students with real college experiences as they prepare for their academic futures.

Participants learned about the art of stickball making during the academy.

Participants learned about the art of stickball making during the academy.

OSU mini-camp provides information about medical careers to high school students

Operation Orange participants received hands-on experience Tuesday at Southeastern.

Operation Orange participants received hands-on experience Tuesday at Southeastern.

DURANT, Okla. – More than 100 high school students attended the Oklahoma State University’s Center for Health Sciences Operation Orange event Tuesday.

The mini medical camp, designed to inform students about educational opportunities and careers in the field of medicine, was hosted by Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The sessions were held in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union.

Participants were involved in hands-on demonstrations, met current Oklahoma State University medical students, and learned more about career opportunities in the healthcare field. Also involved were Southeastern faculty members and pre-med students.

Offering opening remarks to the students were Sean Burrage, Southeastern president; Todd Hallmark,  Executive Officer, Choctaw Nation Health Services Authority; Christopher Thurman,  Associate Dean for Clinical Education and Simulation Medicine, OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine; and Tanner Thompson, Special Projects Coordinator, Office for Outreach & University Engagement, OSU Center for Health Sciences.

Surgeon General, Health Secretary visit medical clinic at Southeastern

Southeastern president Sean Burrage visits with Surgeon General Adams and Assistant Secretary Giroir.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage visits with Surgeon General Adams and Assistant Secretary Giroir.

DURANT, Okla. – It’s not every day that a couple of high ranking officials from Washington drop by the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

But that was the case over the weekend as Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Brett Giroir and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams visited the Remote Area Medical  (RAM) clinic in the Bloomer Sullivan Gym and Arena. Free medical, dental and vision care was provided to 600 patients during the two-day event.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage welcomed the dignitaries to campus Sunday morning, who proceeded to tour the clinic and speak to all the workers and volunteers. Also on hand was RAM founder and president Stan Brock.

“Walking through here, you just can’t help but touch your heart, touch you very, very, deeply,” said Assistant Secretary Giroir told KTEN-TV. “What I see is a community, a non-profit organization, and the U.S. Public Health Service coming together to really care for people.”

“We go all over the country,” Surgeon General Adams told KXII-TV. “I’ve seen events like this in urban areas, but it’s tremendous to be able to have an event like this in a rural area.”

This is the second time in the last three years that Southeastern has hosted this event.

The free, two-day clinic served 600 patients from throughout the area.

The free, two-day clinic served 600 patients from throughout the area.

“Southeastern is proud to be a part of this program,’’ said President Burrage. “This is a great example of true community service in which a number of entities work together for the benefit of our citizens.’’

In addition to providing facilities for the clinic, Southeastern faculty, staff and students served as volunteers, as did numerous local citizens, businesses,  and organizations in the Durant area.

7th Annual Katy Morris Shakespeare Symposium scheduled for June 12

DURANT, Okla. – The 7th Annual Katy Morris Shakespeare Symposium is scheduled for June 12 on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Produced by the Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival and the Department of Art, Communication, and Theatre at Southeastern, the Symposium brings local and regional high school teachers together to focus on developing ways to make Shakespeare’s writings exciting and relevant to today’s high school students.

 

 

Kathleen Hardgrove, a Southeastern theatre professor, is directing the Symposium.

“We are bringing notable scholars and artists together to collaborate with local teachers, students, and community members to expand their knowledge of Shakespeare and to help bring his works to a new generation of learners,” she said.

To learn  more about the 7th Annual Katy Morris Shakespeare Symposium,  contact Hardgrove khardgrove@se.edu.

Southeastern begins four-day summer work schedule on May 28

DURANT, Okla. –  Southeastern Oklahoma State University will begin implementation of its four-day summer work week on Monday, May 28. (The University will be closed on Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day).

University offices will be open Monday-Thursday and closed on Friday throughout the summer.

The regular five-day work week returns on Monday, July 30.

Southeastern AAUP Delegation Meets with ECU Faculty

Carolyn Fridley, Meg Cotter-Lynch, Dan Althoff, Katricia Pierson, Jennifer McMahon, Chris Moretti, William Fridley

Carolyn Fridley, Meg Cotter-Lynch, Dan Althoff, Katricia Pierson, Jennifer McMahon, Chris Moretti, William Fridley

The Southeastern Oklahoma State University (SOSU) chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) was invited to share their experiences, insights, and successes on shared governance with faculty at our sister institution East Central Oklahoma State University (ECU).

On May 11, a delegation from the SOSU AAUP chapter traveled to the ECU campus to conduct a workshop on shared governance, academic policy and faculty handbooks, and how to start an AAUP chapter.  Over twenty ECU faculty attended the two-hour workshop, and ECU president Katricia Pierson welcomed the SOSU delegation: Carolyn Fridley, Chris Moretti, Meg Cotter-Lynch, Dan Althoff, and William Fridley.

ECU’s invitation grew from the fifth AAUP statewide event hosted by the SOSU chapter, “Values and the University: Academic Freedom and Shared Governance,” on March 10, 2018.  ECU president Pierson and ECU English professor Jennifer McMahon were impressed with the event and the work of the AAUP chapter and began working on arranging a visit.

Following the workshop Dr. McMahon said that “we are excited to have new friends and colleagues engaged in the common endeavor of improving higher education,” and “I look forward to our ongoing communications.”

The SOSU chapter of the AAUP looks forward to continuing this new-found relationship with our colleagues at ECU and is committed to expanding this connection with other sister regional institutions.

Orientation for new Southeastern students scheduled for June 6-7

Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s first-ever Big Blue Experience is scheduled for June 6-7.

The Big Blue Experience is a time for students to connect with people. This is an event that will be held off-campus at Crosspoint Camp in Kingston.

It’s not just a summer orientation camp. The Big Blue Experience is the beginning of a relationship between new students and Southeastern.

Instead of having several Camp SE Orientation camps throughout the summer as in previous years, the University will be doing one camp experience with some drop-in Camp SE orientations during move-in time, the week before classes start.

The drop-in Camp SE will allow for students to obtain their student ID, learn about Blackboard, etc.

Director of Student Activities Mitchell Emberson said, “While the Big Blue Experience is a great way for incoming students to learn about the history and traditions of Southeastern, connect with other students and learn about resources, our primary goal is that every camper leaves feeling they have been connected with a vital support system to help them succeed and meet their higher education goals.”

The Big Blue Experience camp fee is $150 and must be paid by May 28. For further information, call 580-745-2266 or visit http://www.se.edu/dept/student-life/bigblue/

Spring class includes 57 percent first-generation graduates

 Bloomer Sullivan Arena was full Saturday as Southeastern held Spring Commencement.

Bloomer Sullivan Arena was full Saturday as Southeastern held Spring Commencement.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University held Spring Commencement exercises Saturday in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage offered congratulatory remarks to the graduates, families and guests. Also in attendance was Regent John Massey, representing the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

The graduating class includes students from 16 states and 13 countries; 57 percent are first-generation college graduates, the first in their family to receive a college degree.

President Sean Burrage congratulates graduate Matt Maxwell, a chemistry major from Durant.

President Sean Burrage congratulates graduate Matt Maxwell, a chemistry major from Durant.

President Burrage poses for a photo with graduate Taylor Barrick, a psychology major from Duncan.

President Burrage poses for a photo with graduate Taylor Barrick, a psychology major from Duncan.

Gov. Anoatubby congratulates graduates at Native American ceremony

Governor Bill Anoatubby of The Chickasaw Nation congratulates students and their families Wednesday at the Native American Graduation Ceremony and Reception.

Governor Bill Anoatubby of The Chickasaw Nation congratulates students and their families Wednesday at the Native American Graduation Ceremony and Reception.

DURANT, Okla. – Governor Bill Anoatubby of The Chickasaw Nation offered inspiring remarks while congratulating graduates and their families Wednesday as guest speaker at the Native American Graduation Ceremony & Reception, an annual event held at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Also on the program were Southeastern president Sean Burrage, Native American Institute director Lauren Rowland, and School of Choctaw Language instructor Chantelle Standefer.

The Native American graduates (undergraduate and graduate) were honored and presented the traditional stole at the event, which was held in the

Fine Arts Recital Hall. A reception followed in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union.

Following are the graduates honored, listed by permanent hometown:

Bachelor’s Degrees

Oklahoma

Ada: Duty, Emily Grace; Walkup, Trenton Blake

The graduates gather for a group photo at Wednesday’s Native American Graduation and Reception.

The graduates gather for a group photo at Wednesday’s Native American Graduation and Reception.

Antlers: House, Harlan Dale; Spurlock, Sydney Morgan; Taylor, Lisa Ann

Ardmore: Gillespie, Amber Ray; Gravitt, Shelly Renea

Atoka: Johnston, Brianna Nicole; Klaver, Crystal A; Stiles, Brandon Wayne

Barnsdall: Rasberry, Kasidy Dawn

Battiest: Noah, Michael Damian

Bennington: Percell, Abby Danielle

Bixby: Sharp, Patrick Wayne

Blanco: Williams, Amanda Lynn

Bokchito: McCann, Amos Tanner

Boswell: Dill, Misty Dawn

Broken Bow: Batchelor, Cindy Rae; Harris, Steven Paul Gene; Martin, Jake Micheal; Virgin, Skylre Boni

Burneyville: Self, Ailey Brietta

Caddo: Ringle, Joshua Blake

Calera: Patton, Noah Joy; Rogers, Riggin Russell

Caney: Foskey, Amelia Jo

Cartwright: Robinson, Jared Heath

Colbert: Nuncio, Joshua Shane; Poteet, Maddison Jade; Whitehead, Payton Sawyer

Coleman: Daniel, Jessica Taylor

Crowder: Cook, Kaitlan Paige

Davis: Hudson, Michael Cort

Duncan: Barrick, Taylor Denise

Durant: Clayton, Jessica A; Dosh, Caitlin Reanne; Elliott, Isaac Parker; Green, Kaley Michel; Joines, Austin Roger; Maxwell, Matthew Blane; Peterson, Wade Haskell; Thomas, Paige Nikole; Wilcox, Brandon Ray

Eufaula: Paden, Nehemiah Forrest

Farris: Winters, Krista Ann

Fort Towson: Byrd, Caitlyn L; Mahaffey, Joshua Lynn

Fox: Eaves, Ethen James

Hartshorne: Baughman, Ramie KaraLynn; Pingleton, Dylan Vaughn

Hendrix: Stanglin, Madison Layne

Holdenville: Camp, Jesse Rudolph

Hugo: Bigfeather, Cindy Renee; Cooke, Spencer Dwayne; Finch, Ashlyn Brooke; Self, Peyton Nicole; Simpson, Sarah LeeAnn; Smith, Tiffany Kay; Wilson, Lindsey Michelle

Idabel: Cobb, Patrick Wade

Keota: Quirk, Mary Elizabeth

Kiowa: Wills, Jadyn Nikole

Konawa: Khoury, Danielle Arlene

Lone Grove: Kennedy, Amy Elizabeth

Madill: Hartsfield, Makaylah Jordan

McAlester: Kirkland, Christopher Dale

Milburn: Rodenbaugh, Elaine Ruth

Moore: Davis, Cannon Price

Ponca City: Scott, Blake Austin

Poteau: Shelton, Tatum Nicole

Quinton: Nix, Kristina K

Rattan: Baze, Mark Duncan; Clay, Cade Michael

Red Oak: Mabry, Jenna B

Sawyer: Finley, Collin Walker

Soper: McKee, Tanner David

Spiro: Lester, Crystal Lynn

Stigler: Goff, Brittany Dawn

Stroud: Barrett, Jacy Ann

Tahlequah: Asbill, Rodney Wayne

Tishomingo: Kellner, Michael Allen; Ladd, Crockett P; Snowden, Carrie D

Tulsa: Tims, Latoya Cecelia

Valliant: Leffel, Colton K; Reynolds, Shelby Lynn

Vinita: Williams, Emily Dawn

Wright City: Tidmore, John Paden

Florida

Melbourne:  Palmer, Tyler DeWayne

Missouri

Lone Jack:  Key, Jonathan David

Texas

Colleyville: Henderson, Shea Taylor

Crosby: Blackburn, Joshua Randall

Dallas: Jackson II, Bobby Ray

Denison: Anderson, Alysha Chantel; Black, Tara Lynn; Clark, Samantha Ray;  Reed, Zoe Nichole

McKinney: Teel, Jeffery Logan

Melissa: Webb, Katherine Grace

Paris: LeFlore, Ryan Michael

Pearland: Hickey, Suzanne Celise

Pittsburg: Smith, Tajawin JaCarrol

Rockwall: Apala, Darwin Gene

Savoy: Dunkle, Carly Dawn

Sherman: Arnold, Haleigh Lynne; Baker, Michael A; Thornhill, Alexis Kenna

Van Alstyne: Stevens, Kelsea Mckale

Graduate degrees

Oklahoma

Ada: Poulin, Nicole Jayne

Chelsea: Cagle, Kari Lynn

Durant: Counce, Robin Elizabeth; Narcomey, Nicole R; Sullivan, Elizabeth Anne

Madill: Arterberry, Chandler Baylee

McAlester: Karr, Casten Wayne

Oklahoma City: Dunn, Gary D

Ponca City: Hubbard, Deeyll T

Tahlequah: Shankle, Bradley Wayne

Vian: Murphy, Logan Pierce

Yukon: Moore, Maria R

Arkansas

West Memphis:  Jenkins, Chris Allen

Arizona

Flagstaff: Edd, Lisa A

California

Hesperia: Wallbaum, Mathew Allen

Palo Cedro: Fisher-Smith, Dawn Sheri

Texas

Kilgore: Payne, Dana Maree

Pilot Point: Evans, Haley Claire

Van Alstyne: Wiles, Tina M

Virginia

Roanoke: Hines – Fa’atau, Taylor B

 

Southeastern students participate in Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature activities

Jacob Morrison and Nynnett Gonzalez participated in the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature mock government program this year.

Jacob Morrison and Nynnett Gonzalez participated in the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature mock government program this year.

DURANT, Okla. – With a history spanning 50 years, the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature (OIL) is the longest-running mock government run by students in the nation. University students from across the state compete in a simulated legislative process.

Over the past few years, Southeastern Oklahoma State University has been building its OIL delegation, making big strides in the first 50th session of 2018. Connor Alford, political science instructor, has advised and coached Southeastern’s team.

Jacob Morrison, a sophomore from Durant, had four bills passed by the house and senate. All four of his bills were signed into law by the governor of the organization, thus becoming “law.”  This is the first time Southeastern has seen a bill pass both chambers and be codified into law.

Nynnett Gonzalez, a sophomore from Cartwright, was a member of several committees — including rules, appropriations, and judiciary — that determine the competition standards.

In addition, Gonzalez was elected Deputy President Pro Tempore of the Senate.

As Southeastern’s new chair, Morrison hopes to continue to grow the University’s delegation.