Southeastern to offer cohort study for Master in School Administration in January

DURANT, Okla. – Beginning in January 2012, Southeastern Oklahoma State University will start a cohort group for study toward a Master of Education in School Administration.

The cohort group will meet at Southeastern’s main campus in Durant.

The group will begin its course of study in January 2012, with completion set for May 2013.

One bonus of the program, according to Dr. John Love, is its quality at an affordable cost. This degree program received national recognition during last year’s National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) site visit.

Love, who is administrator of this program, is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Instruction and Leadership at Southeastern.

He said that the philosophy of this program is to offer a teacher-friendly approach to graduate study. Love noted that students would meet only on Wednesday evenings and take only one class at a time.

Like all of the professors who will be involved with teaching in the cohort, Love is an experienced teacher and school administrator. Over the past 20 years, he worked as a principal of award-winning schools in Tyler and Palestine, Texas.

“We are going to involve local, practicing administrators who lead exemplary programs to guide our cohort students in their graduate study,” Love said. “Additionally, the summer semester will have a “Lunch with the Practitioner” component so students will get to hear from and discuss topics and issues with many Texoma-area administrators.”

For more information or to enroll, contact Dr. John Love at jlove@se.edu, call 580-745-2226, or snail mail at Southeastern, PMB 4041, Durant, Oklahoma, 74701-0609.

Choctaw gift assists in improvements to Montgomery Auditorium

Southeastern president Larry Minks, left, accepts a gift from Chief Gregory Pyle of The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma as Southeastern vice president of business affairs Ross Walkup looks on.

DURANT, Okla. – The future looks bright for Montgomery Auditorium on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Thanks to a generous gift from the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and University funding, the facility will see $386,000 of improvements that will include the installation of new lighting and theatrical rigging systems.

The auditorium, located inside historic Morrison Hall, plays host to a number of events — both University and community-related. Over the years, the venue has hosted politicians, principals, and Pulitzer Prize winners, as well as grand choirs and Grammy winners. Its theatrical productions have included musicals from Oliver to Oklahoma, and playwrights from Dr. Seuss to William Shakespeare.

The auditorium was named for T.T. Montgomery, the 12th president of Southeastern, during a ceremony in June 1953.

The Choctaw Nation is contributing $257,000 toward the improvements, with the University funding the remainder.

“We are very appreciative of this gift from The Choctaw Nation”, said Southeastern president Larry Minks. “It is a gift not only to the University, but to the community as a whole. This area is very fortunate to have leaders such as Chief Pyle – leaders who never waver in making the commitment to give back to their communities. As a University, we have worked with the Nation on a number of what we call ‘win-win projects,’ and we look forward to continuing that partnership.”

“The auditorium’s major systems have, with so much use, become in need of replacement and repair,” said Dell McLain, Chair of the Department of Art, Communication and Theatre. “This enhancement project includes replacing the incandescent theatrical lighting system with a state-of-the-art, all-digital, Intelligent LED lighting system. Once fully operational, the system will be able to support multiple events with greater safety, at a fraction of the energy consumption, heat generation, and cost.”

Honor graduates recognized at Commencement

Rodney Bivens, the founder and executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, was the speaker at Southeastern’s commencement on Saturday. Bivens is a 1971 graduate of Southeastern.

DURANT, Okla. – Thirty-three students graduated with honors Saturday at Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Fall Commencement, held in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

The honor graduates are listed by permanent hometown (Oklahoma, unless otherwise noted):

Summer 2011

SUMMA CUM LAUDE: Brianna Christine Rustin, Durant.

MAGNA CUM LAUDE: Jozey Begley, Atoka; Lila Ann Pierce-Voss, Haworth; Kathy A. Randall, Colbert.

CUM LAUDE: John Roger Baker, Tishomingo; Ty Alan Labeth, Wilson; Matthew Christopher Malone, Pottsboro, Texas; Cody Wayne Tilley, Denison, Texas.

Fall 2011

SUMMA CUM LAUDE: Kyle G. Jolliff, Lone Grove; Irma Kyle, Denison, Texas; Renee Kuchasha Mayfield, Sulphur Springs, Texas; Christy Diann Parsons, Soper; Arthur A. Starrett, Midwest City; Timothy Paul Storey, Norman; Kristal Cherelle Wharry, Idabel.

MAGNA CUM LAUDE: Amanda Jean Jones, McAlester; Phillip James Leonard, Tishomingo; Jeremy T. Lyons, Pottsboro, Texas; Bonnie Mae Petersen, Marietta; Tiffany Dawn Pierce, Durant; Tonja D. Van Sickle, Dallas, Texas; Bryan Emory Woodard, Durant.

CUM LAUDE: Bernard Lee Burris, Dover, Delaware; Johnna Ruth Dodson, Eagletown; Mark Wesley Greenway, Ardmore; Charli Haggard, Dickson; Leslie Jan Hobson, Broken Bow; Keri Elizabeth Zane Martindale, Smithville; Matthew Dean Morris, Caddo; Patricia L. Pace, Howe, Texas; Kelli Lynn Taylor, Durant; David Allen Tumbleson, Idabel; Kathleen Ethel Wilson, Bokchito.

Honor graduates recognized at Commencement

Honor graduates recognized at Commencement

Press Release Date: 12-12-2011

Rodney Bivens

Rodney Bivens, the founder and executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, was the speaker at Southeastern’s commencement on Saturday. Bivens is a 1971 graduate of Southeastern.

DURANT, Okla. – Thirty-three students graduated with honors Saturday at Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Fall Commencement, held in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

The honor graduates are listed by permanent hometown (Oklahoma, unless otherwise noted):

Summer 2011

SUMMA CUM LAUDE: Brianna Christine Rustin, Durant.

MAGNA CUM LAUDE: Jozey Begley, Atoka; Lila Ann Pierce-Voss, Haworth; Kathy A. Randall, Colbert.

CUM LAUDE: John Roger Baker, Tishomingo; Ty Alan Labeth, Wilson; Matthew Christopher Malone, Pottsboro, Texas; Cody Wayne Tilley, Denison, Texas.

Fall 2011

SUMMA CUM LAUDE: Kyle G. Jolliff, Lone Grove; Irma Kyle, Denison, Texas; Renee Kuchasha Mayfield, Sulphur Springs, Texas; Christy Diann Parsons, Soper; Arthur A. Starrett, Midwest City; Timothy Paul Storey, Norman; Kristal Cherelle Wharry, Idabel.

MAGNA CUM LAUDE: Amanda Jean Jones, McAlester; Phillip James Leonard, Tishomingo; Jeremy T. Lyons, Pottsboro, Texas; Bonnie Mae Petersen, Marietta; Tiffany Dawn Pierce, Durant; Tonja D. Van Sickle, Dallas, Texas; Bryan Emory Woodard, Durant.

CUM LAUDE: Bernard Lee Burris, Dover, Delaware; Johnna Ruth Dodson, Eagletown; Mark Wesley Greenway, Ardmore; Charli Haggard, Dickson; Leslie Jan Hobson, Broken Bow; Keri Elizabeth Zane Martindale, Smithville; Matthew Dean Morris, Caddo; Patricia L. Pace, Howe, Texas; Kelli Lynn Taylor, Durant; David Allen Tumbleson, Idabel; Kathleen Ethel Wilson, Bokchito.

Holiday open house at Southeastern

Holiday open house at Southeastern

Press Release Date: 12-8-2011

Commissioner

DURANT, Okla. – Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak, center, visits with officials from Southeastern Oklahoma State University Monday night during a holiday open house at the Magnolia House. Doak, of Tulsa, was sworn in as the 12th Insurance Commissioner of Oklahoma on Jan. 10, 2011. Community members attended the open house as well, prior to the beginning of the University’s 90th annual Candlelighting event, held in Montgomery Auditorium.

Annual Fund campaign supports scholarships

DURANT, Okla. – The opportunity to make a difference in a student’s life is now available through the Annual Campaign for The Southeastern Foundation.

This fund-raising effort supports the General Scholarship Fund or the fund of the contributor’s choice. The scholarships are distributed to keep students in school.

Making a contribution is also a chance for individuals to say thank you to a special teacher, a particular academic school, or perhaps a certain group of students. The contributor directs their gift and tells the Foundation how to utilize those scholarship dollars.

Click to DONATE ONLINE https://se.site-ym.com/donations/donate.asp?id=3396 , or click to PRINT http://www.se.edu/foundation/annual-campaign/docs/Donation_Information_card.pdf a donation card you can mail in with your check.

The 2011-12 goal is to raise more than $50,000 for students.

For more information, call 580-745-2236.

Southeastern Professional Development group identifies issues, presents action plans

Dr. Judith Block McLaughlin emphasizes a point during a professional development session

DURANT, Okla. – Communication-connection, morale, marketing, identity, and campus beautification were among the many themes addressed as part of the ongoing Southeastern Oklahoma State University Professional Development Program. Also discussed were scenarios concerning an organizational restructuring at the University.

A broad-based group of some 90 Southeastern administrators, faculty, staff, and students participated in three separate professional development sessions, held June 21, September 30, and November 10-12.

Assisting at some of the sessions were facilitators from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. That group included Dr. Joseph Zolner, Senior Director of Higher Education Programs; Dr. Judith Block McLaughlin, Senior Director of Higher Education Programs and Senior Lecturer on Education; and Dr. James Honan, Senior Lecturer on Education.

Participants were involved in both large and small group discussions. Each small group was charged with raising an issue or concern and then formulating an action plan to address that particular issue. The groups also offered input on changes to the organizational structure at the University.

“Over the last few years, Southeastern has made a significant institutional commitment to leadership development as a way to fuel its transformational change work,” Zolner said. “The recent three-day program was an important opportunity for the University to continue to develop a compelling future vision and enlist the support of multiple campus constituencies to pursue an exciting set of institutional goals and aspirations. In my view, Southeastern’s change process is off to a strong and promising start. Given the palpable energy and interest I experienced during my time on campus, I’m confident that great things await the university.”

“We believe it was a very beneficial process,” said Southeastern president Larry Minks. “Through this process, we have gained different perspectives and ideas on how we can all work together as we continue to move forward as a University. The real work is just beginning as we look at implementing some of the initiatives or action plans. We all know that higher education faces some unique challenges and this process is a strategic way to address both the present and the future.”

As the action plans are more fully completed, additional details and information will be provided. Funding for the Southeastern Professional Development Program was made possible by external donor sources.

Justin Ryan Pittman Scholarship established

Justin Ryan Pittman

DURANT, Okla. – The Justin Ryan Pittman Gift Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established Nov. 3 at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. His portrait will be placed in Southeastern’s Scholarship Gallery.

Pittman graduated from Pottsboro (Texas) High School and was a senior at Southeastern at the time of his death in an automobile accident on June, 13, 2009. He was posthumously awarded his Bachelor of Business Administration degree at the December 2009 commencement.

Pittman grew up in Pottsboro and attended Texas Tech University before transferring to Southeastern. He loved his family and friends and never met a stranger. He was always willing to help someone in need and always had a big smile on his face.

He loved hunting, fishing and hanging out with his many friends. His favorite place was the campsite at the Pittman farm.

The Justin Pittman Memorial Golf Tournament was organized in 2010 to raise funds for a memorial scholarship that was started at Southeastern Oklahoma State University to honor his legacy.

Scholarships will be given each spring to a junior or senior from Grayson County, preferably Pottsboro, majoring in Management or Marketing.

The Justin Ryan Pittman Gift Memorial Endowed Scholarship may also be awarded to high school seniors graduating from Pottsboro High School.

Academic achievement, extracurricular activities and financial need will be considered in the selection.

Students may apply for Southeastern scholarships online before March 1 at http://www.se.edu . Tax-deductible gifts to the Pittman Gift Scholarship may be made to the Southeastern Foundation by phoning 580-745-2442 or online at http://www.se.edu

Southeastern representatives attend Women In Higher Education Conference


DURANT, Okla. – Representatives from Southeastern Oklahoma State University participating in the Oklahoma Women in Higher Education (OKWHE) Conference held recently in Edmond at the University of Central Oklahoma were, left to right, Sharon Robinson, Vice President for Student Affairs and a member of the OKWHE Board of Directors; Michele Campbell, Executive Assistant to the President; Dr. Camille Phelps, Dean of Students; Dr. Claire Stubblefield, Special Assistant to the President, Director of Institutional Diversity, and Affirmative Action Officer; Kathleen Hardgrove, Assistant Professor in Art, Communication, and Theatre; and Dr. Lucretia Scoufos, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.

Southeastern celebrates Carnival of Cultures

The Carnival of Cultures was held Tuesday at Southeastern.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Carnival of Cultures is a celebration of diversity and uniqueness of students from several countries.

The Carnival of Cultures has been a part of University programming in some form for the last 20 years. It is an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to enjoy the cultural richness of our University.

It is a program commemorating the heritage, traditions and food of Southeastern’s International Students.

This year’s Carnival, held Tuesday, featured 20 participants from the International Students Association (ISA). The event was hosted and implemented by these students. Eri Turek, a graduate student worker, coordinated the event in conjunction with ISA.

Turek, from Japan, is in her second year at Southeastern. She is pursuing her master’s degree in Community Counseling.

The cast of 20 international students celebrated the rich cultural history of their respective countries through song, dance and spoken word for a crowd of 120 people.

To view the international students’ video and anthem, go to http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10150357665030286