Alumni return to the classroom at Southeastern

Alumni return to the classroom at Southeastern

Press Release Date: 10-17-2011

Tanner Dupree from Washington Irving Elementary School in Durant speaks to a class during the Alumni in the Classroom event last week.

Tanner Dupree from Washington Irving Elementary School in Durant speaks to a class during the Alumni in the Classroom event last week.

DURANT, Okla. – The School of Education & Behavioral Sciences did its part in observing homecoming last week at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The school’s first-ever “Alumni In The Classroom” project featured former students returning to campus Monday and Tuesday to teach a variety of classes. The alumni also shared real-life career stories while interacting with students.

“This was an even bigger success than we had anticipated,” said Dean Will Mawer. “The quality of participating alumni was outstanding, and our students benefited greatly from the experience. The idea was well received by both alumni and students, and it was a great way to reach our goal of increased contact with alumni. We will definitely do this again next year.”

A total of 26 alumni and 24 faculty members participated in the event from the Department of Behavioral Sciences, Department of Educational Instruction and Leadership, and Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. In addition, administrators from Oklahoma and Texas joined in the event. Among the school districts participating were Durant, Calera, Colbert, Denison, Madill, and Rock Creek.

Southeastern graduate Areta Phillips participates in the Alumni in the Classroom event.

Southeastern graduate Areta Phillips participates in the Alumni in the Classroom event.

One of the teachers returning to the classroom was Areta Phillips, who obtained her bachelor’s degree from Southeastern and was a psychology major and active member of the Psi Chi chapter. She is retired now, but currently works as a volunteer at a hospice agency in Grayson County. Phillips is planning to apply for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s degree program at Southeastern.

“We want to thank the alumni for returning to Southeastern to connect with our students and to provide valuable information regarding their experiences in the field,” said Dr. Reba Criswell, Assistant Professor and School Counseling Program Coordinator, and chair of the event. “Students and faculty members commented on how enjoyable it was to have alumni back in the classroom.”

In appreciation, the alumni “teachers” received gift items from the Southeastern Alumni Association and the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences.