Education professor publishes monograph on “Social Media, Public Schools and the Law’’

SMcovershotDURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University professor Stewart Mayers’ monograph on “Social Media, Public Schools, and the Law’’ has been published by the Education Law Association (ELA). The monograph will soon be available at

The monograph is a 76-page document that provides in-depth discussion about the variety of legal issues faced by public schools relevant to employee and student social media usuage.

“The focus (of the monograph) is to provide a summary of the current law as it applies to social media in schools,’’ Dr. Mayers said. “In addition, I hope to provide guidance to public schools as they attempt to write policy concerning student and employee usage of social media.’’

Mayers joined the Southeastern faculty in 2001. He earned his Ed.D. at the University at Georgia; his M.Ed. at Southeastern; and his B.A. at Baylor University. He is a professor in the Educational Instruction and Leadership Department.

ELA was founded in 1954 as the National Organization on Legal Problems in Education.  The membership of the organization is comprised of attorneys who practice school law, professors who teach public school law courses, and school administrators.  In addition, there are student members (in most cases, students working on doctorates in school law). One service of the organization is to provide publications that are used through the education law community: by attorneys, school administrators and as supplemental texts in school law courses.

To gain approval for publication, authors must submit a proposal to the publications committee (composed of members representing all three constituencies – lawyers, professors, administrators), which reviews the submission for relevance to current issues in Ed law.  If the topic is of sufficient interest to proceed, the committee requires submission of a sample chapter.


Southeastern student earns state recognition for poster entry

Matt Maxwell’s entry earned third place honors at the symposium.

Matt Maxwell’s entry earned third place honors at the symposium.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University sophomore Matt Maxwell’s poster presentation at the recent Oklahoma-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (OK-LSAMP’s) 21st annual Research Symposium earned a third place award.  The competition included students from all over the state, including the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and Tulsa University.

The title of Maxwell’s entry was Effect of Enzyme Loading on Extrusion & Alkali Extrusion Pretreated Sweep Sorghum Bagasse.

Maxwell’s research was conducted last summer during an internship that

focused on renewable energy in the form of biofuels. The internship was at

Oklahoma State University and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

He is a  biology/chemistry major from Durant and a  student of Dr. Brad Ludrick, Associate Professor of Biology, Science Education Advisor and OK-LSAMP Coordinator at Southeastern. Maxwell has also been selected to represent OK-LSAMP and Southeastern at the National Conference for Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science in Washington, D.C., in late October, with travel funded by NSF.

“Matt is a hard worker and an excellent student,’’ Ludrick said. “He is a great example of the high quality of students we have at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.”

Southeastern to host Oklahoma Ornithological Society meeting

DURANT, Okla. – This weekend, for only the second time in nearly 40 years, Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host the technical meeting of the Oklahoma Ornithological Society.

The 56th annual event will bring together professionals, amateurs, and students from high school through graduate school.  Seven Southeastern  undergraduate and graduate students will  be among the participants, with Dr. Douglas Wood, professor of biological sciences at Southeastern, serving as host.

The purpose of the meeting is to learn about Oklahoma birds and their conservation.  Southeastern last hosted this meeting in 1977, according to Dr. Wood.

The meeting begins this Friday (Oct. 9) at 5 p.m. in the Biological Sciences Building.

Included in the meeting will be oral and poster presentations of ornithological research in Oklahoma, as well as field trips to the Tishomingo and Hagerman National Wildlife Refuges.

The featured speaker for Saturday night’s banquet is Dr. Mike Husak of Cameron University, who will be discussing his research on the Oklahoma  state bird, the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. The banquet begins at 6:15 p.m. in Russell 300, with the speaker to follow in Russell 100. Anyone interested in attending the banquet may contact Dr. Wood at 580-745-2272.

On Friday night, Gene Young of Northern Oklahoma College will speak on the Endangered Species Act and the Lesser Prairie-Chicken. Also scheduled is a Silent Auction and other activities.

Southeastern Symphonic Choir to perform in OKC on Oct. 13

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Oklahoma State University Symphonic Choir will present a daylong musical event with high school and two-year college students in Oklahoma City on Oct. 13.

Supported by a grant from the Presidential Partners’ Student Recruitment Initiative by Faculty, this event will allow Southeastern students to rehearse side-by-side with students from Del City High School and Rose State College at Westminster Presbyterian Church (Oklahoma City).

The rehearsals and concert of Haydn’s  Kleine Orgelmesse, conducted by Southeastern choral professor Dr. Joshua Nannestad, will provide an educational experience for the younger students who may not often have an opportunity to perform classical repertoire with an orchestra. In addition, the students will get

first-hand experience of the type of rehearsal and performance opportunities that are available at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.


A concert is scheduled for that evening at 6 o’clock at the church, as the singers will be joined by a chamber orchestra, organist Dr. Vicki Schaeffer, and soprano soloist Megan Crews, a Southeastern graduate who now sings with the Dallas Opera, for a concert.


In addition to the mass choir performance, the concert will feature solo performances by the Southeastern Symphonic Choir , Joshua Nannestad, conductor, and the Oklahoma Choral Artists, Joshua Phelps and Cheryl Taylor, conductors.

The event is free and open to the public.

Southeastern Alumni Association presents awards

DURANT, Okla. – At its Distinguished Awards Banquet Friday night, the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Alumni Association recognized a number of individuals.  The annual Homecoming event was held in the Visual & Performing Arts Center on the Southeastern campus.

During Saturday’s pre-game football activities, the Alumni and Distinguished Former Faculty recipients were once again introduced.

State Regent John Massey, center, receives the first-ever Southeastern Oklahoma State University Alumni Association Lifetime Achievement Award from Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, left, and Southeastern president Sean Burrage. The award  was presented at the Association’s Distinguished Awards Banquet Friday night.

State Regent John Massey, center, receives the first-ever Southeastern Oklahoma State University Alumni Association Lifetime Achievement Award from Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, left, and Southeastern president Sean Burrage. The award
was presented at the Association’s Distinguished Awards Banquet Friday night.

Southeastern Oklahoma State University president Sean Burrage, far left, congratulates the honorees at the Southeastern Alumni Association’s Distinguished Awards Banquet. Left to right, Frank Fietz, Distinguished Alumni; Dr. Flavil George, Distinguished  Former Faculty; Sue Wilson Stafford, Distinguished Alumni; Alice Ann Baker Dailey, Heritage Award, on behalf of the Minnie Baker family; and Dr. George Collier, Distinguished Former Faculty.

Southeastern Oklahoma State University president Sean Burrage, far left, congratulates the honorees at the Southeastern Alumni Association’s Distinguished Awards Banquet. Left to right, Frank Fietz, Distinguished Alumni; Dr. Flavil George, Distinguished
Former Faculty; Sue Wilson Stafford, Distinguished Alumni; Alice Ann Baker Dailey, Heritage Award, on behalf of the Minnie Baker family; and Dr. George Collier, Distinguished Former Faculty.


Southeastern Alumni Association to present first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award to John Massey

John MasseyDURANT, Okla. – It’s only fitting that the Southeastern Alumni Association’s first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to John Massey.

This special recognition will take place on Friday, Oct. 2, at 5:30 p.m. in the Visual & Performing Arts Center at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Also to be honored at the Southeastern Homecoming Awards Banquet are Distinguished Alumni Frank Fietz and Sue Wilson Stafford; Distinguished Former Faculty Dr. George Collier and Dr. Flavil George; and the Heritage Award recipient, the late Minnie Baker.

“Regent Massey’s career in public service, business and higher education is unparalleled in the state of Oklahoma,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage.  “This is going to be a very special occasion as we gather to express our appreciation to an individual who has devoted his life to the betterment of all Oklahomans. No one has done more for Southeastern Oklahoma State University than John Massey. No one is more deserving of the Southeastern Alumni Association Lifetime Achievement Award than John Massey.’’

President Burrage and Chancellor Glen D. Johnson of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and a former Southeastern president, will be presenting the award.

Massey is chairman of the board of First United Bank and Trust, headquartered in Durant.  He serves as Vice Chairman of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, and  s in his third nine-year term as a regent, a position appointed by the governor.

“I congratulate State Regent John Massey on receiving the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award from Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Alumni Association,” said Chancellor Johnson. “Regent Massey’s professional experience, public service and knowledge of Oklahoma’s higher education system are invaluable to our board, as is his tireless advocacy on behalf of Oklahoma students. His commitment to student success and the advancement of higher education in our state make him particularly deserving of this special honor.”

Massey earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1960 and served as Student Body President at the University. He is the only student in the history of Southeastern to receive the Outstanding Student Award for three consecutive years.

Turning to public service, Massey was elected State Representative in 1960, serving two terms. In 1964, he was elected to the State Senate, where he also served two terms.

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

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

“I am so proud of this University that I can’t really put it into words,’’ Massey said.  “Southeastern has made such a difference in my life and in the lives of so many people over the years. To be honored in this way by the Alumni Association is very special to me. It means a great deal.’’

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.

He 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.

Tickets for the Distinguished Awards Banquet are $30 per person or $350 for a table sponsorship (8).


For more information, go to or call 580-745-2875.

Community Diversity Forum re-scheduled for Sept. 29 at Southeastern

DURANT, Okla. – Durant-area residents are invited to attend and participate in an informative “Community Diversity Forum’’ on Tuesday, Sept. 29. The event was re-scheduled from Sept. 17 due to scheduling conflicts.

The forum, open to the public, will begin at 5:30 p.m. (5 p.m. registration) in room 300 of the Russell Building on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Parking will be available behind the building.

This community event is sponsored by Southeastern, the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce, the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center, Imagine Durant, and the Boys & Girls Club of Durant.

“This forum will offer an opportunity for all of us to learn and grow as citizens,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage, who will also serve as moderator for the event. “We are fortunate to have commitments from four distinguished individuals who will serve as panelists at the forum, leading into group discussions. We certainly invite all community members to join us and participate in what we envision will be the first of many such opportunities for constructive dialogue.’’

Scheduled panelists are Crystal Robinson, former Southeastern basketball star and currently the girls basketball coach at Atoka High School; Ralph Evans, Bailiff for the 401st District Court, Collin County (Texas); Emily Redman, District Attorney (Bryan, Atoka and Coal counties); and Chris Wesberry, executive director of the Native American Institute at Southeastern.

“Diversity is a subject that all communities need to discuss,’’ said Janet Reed, executive director of the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce. “As Durant, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and our surrounding area grow, we want to make sure we approach diversity within our community with knowledge.  We need to be aware of our changing culture and openly discuss solutions to any and all problems with a positive attitude. As guests from other countries and cultures come to our city to visit or make a permanent home, we need to openly discuss issues which they may face.”

Southeastern, Cameron to host Storm Speech and Debate Tournament

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Oklahoma State and Cameron University forensics programs and the Oklahoma Theta and Omicron chapters of Pi Kappa Delta will host the Storm Classic Swing Speech and Debate Tournament Oct. 23-25.

The event will be held on the Southeastern campus.

The Storm Classic Swing is a revival of Southeastern’s former national Savage Forensic Debate Tournament, which was held for 26 consecutive years (1929 to 1955),  and after a brief interruption, continued into the early 1990s. The Savage Forensic was the oldest and one of the biggest college debating tournaments in the entire nation. At its peak in 1963, the national debate tournament hosted more than 45 schools from Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Louisiana.

“We are very excited about hosting the Storm Classic Swing with Cameron,’’ said Dr. Randy Clark, assistant professor of communication and speech and debate team advisor. “We received a tremendous amount of positive feedback when the announcement first went out about the tournament.  Southeastern has a long and storied tradition in intercollegiate forensics and having the opportunity to reboot forensics competition on campus is important.  The competition will be fierce, but we want to compete against the best.’’

On Friday, October 23, Southeastern’s Storm Classic will sponsor a National Parliamentary Debate Association Tournament. On both Saturday and Sunday, October 24 and 25, theClassic Swing will sponsor a National Forensics Association, Lincoln-Douglass Debate Tournament running concurrently with an American Forensic Association-National Individual Events Tournament in the following speech categories: Informative, Persuasive, Impromptu, After-Dinner, and Extemporaneous Speaking; Communication Analysis; and Poetry, Drama, Dramatic Duo, Prose, and Program of Oral Interpretation.

The three-day speech and debate tournament will take place entirely in the Russell Building, home of The John Massey School of Business.

Scholarship recipient

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University professor Chris W. Bradshaw congratulates Jose Benito Bocanegra Yanez as a recipient of the Oklahoma Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association Undergraduate Scholarship. The scholarship, named the Jim Folsom Memorial Scholarship, is presented  annually to an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in the field of Occupational Safety and Health or Industrial Hygiene in Oklahoma. Dr. Bradshaw presented the $500 award to Yanez, a Southeastern student.


Southeastern hosts Texoma College Fair on Oct. 22

DURANT, Okla. – High school seniors and juniors in the area are invited to attend the 2015 Texoma Area College Fair on Thursday, Oct. 22, at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The annual event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Bloomer Sullivan Arena on Southeastern’s campus. The event is free and is open to students and parents. Last year, 400 students attended the college fair to learn about opportunities in higher education.

This event will offer a great opportunity for students to begin thinking about college and visit with more than 50 college and university representatives. Representatives will be coming from Oklahoma, Texas and other states to give information and help students choose the school that is right for them.

The Texoma Area College Fair is an excellent opportunity for local high school students to begin looking at options for higher education. With colleges and universities from the state and region represented, students may explore areas of study, campus life and costs with a representative from each school without having to travel great distances.

In addition to browsing the college and university booths, students will also have the opportunity to attend informative workshops, designed to make the college transition a little easier. These workshops will be beneficial to parents and counselors attending as well.

For more information on the Texoma Area College Fair, please contact the Office of Admissions and Recruitment at (580) 745-2060.