Southeastern News

Southeastern hosts Aviation Visitation Day

Southeastern president Sean Burrage welcomes students to campus Wednesday morning at Aviation Visitation Day.

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT,
Okla. –
A group of Choctaw students visited Southeastern Oklahoma State
University Wednesday as part of Aviation Visitation Day.

Southeastern
president Sean Burrage welcomed the group to campus, while Aviation Sciences
Institute (ASI) director Lloyd Sauls also offered remarks.

 The day’s activities included a tour of campus and the ASI, group sessions on financial aid and careers in aviation, as well as a flight simulator demonstration.

Students were able to experience the flight simulator during Wednesday’s Aviation
Visitation Day.

Federal grant, contributions from Choctaw Nation and Southeastern Foundation assist Southeastern police officers

Displaying the new vests are Southeastern police officers Arnold Bentley, Steven Dimas, and Tasha Yarbrough.

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT,
Okla. –
Southeastern Oklahoma State University police officers were
recent recipients of new bulletproof vests thanks to a Department of Justice
grant and contributions from the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and the
Southeastern Foundation.

The Office of Justice Programs’ Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant is a match grant that pays for 50 percent of the total cost. The remaining costs were paid for by a donation from the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and Southeastern Foundation funds designated to support the Southeastern Police Department.

“We appreciate the assistance of the Choctaw Nation and
Southeastern Foundation in providing this safety equipment for our officers,’’
said Southeastern Chief of Police Durward Cook. “It’s just another example of
how the Durant community is extremely supportive of law enforcement.’’

Recent Southeastern graduate receives Department of State scholarship to study in South Korea

Kameron Dunn

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT,
Okla. –
Kameron Dunn, a May 2019 graduate of Southeastern Oklahoma State
University, has been awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language
Scholarship to study Korean in Busan, South Korea, this summer.

A native of
Calera, Oklahoma, Dunn was an Honors Program
graduate at Southeastern, with a major in English and a minor in Spanish, and
received the Regional University Baccalaureate Scholarship.  Following his
summer in South Korea, he will be starting his Ph.D. in American Studies at the
University of Texas at Austin this fall.  

He eventually hopes to pursue a professorship in American
Studies.

Dunn, who graduated from Durant High School in 2013, said
he has never been out of the country and is excited about this unique
educational opportunity. He will spend two months in South Korea, rooming with
a Korean student in a university residence hall.

   The Critical Language Scholarship
Program (CLS) program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand the number
of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. CLS scholars
gain critical language and cultural skills that enable them to contribute to
U.S. economic competitiveness and national security.
              Dunn
is one of approximately 550 competitively selected American students at U.S.
colleges and universities who received a CLS award in 2019.

                 
CLS provides scholarships to U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to spend
eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages: Arabic,
Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian,
Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, or Urdu. The program includes
intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences
designed to promote rapid language gains. CLS scholars are expected to continue
their language study beyond the scholarship and apply their critical language
skills in their future careers.

           
“Critical” languages are those that are less commonly taught in U.S. schools,
but are essential for America’s engagement with the world. CLS plays an
important role in preparing U.S. students for the 21st century’s globalized
workforce, increasing American competitiveness, and contributing to national
security. CLS scholars serve as citizen ambassadors, representing American
values and the diversity of the United States, as well as building lasting
relationships with people in their host countries. 

Four-day summer work week begins June 3

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT,
Okla. –
As in previous years,
Southeastern Oklahoma State University will

operate
on a four-day work week this summer.

           
This summer, the four-day work week will begin on Monday, June 3, and end

on Friday, August 2.

           
During this time, the University will be open Monday-Thursday (8 a.m. to 5
p.m.) and closed on Fridays.

Southeastern closed on Memorial Day

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT,
Okla. –
Southeastern Oklahoma State University will be closed on Monday,
May 27, in observance of Memorial Day.

All offices will
re-open on Tuesday, May 28.

Dr. Teresa Golden named Associate VP for Assessment-Accreditation

Dr. Teresa Golden

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT,
Okla. –
Southeastern Oklahoma State University has announced the
appointment of Dr. Teresa Golden as Associate Vice President for Assessment and
Accreditation, effective June 1, 2019.

Golden has
served as a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Southeastern
since 2006, and more recently as chair of the department.

She holds a
Ph.D. and master’s degree from the University of Rochester, and her bachelor’s
from State University of New York at Albany.

 “We
believe Dr. Golden will be a valuable addition to the Office of Academic
Affairs and look forward to her contributions in this new role,’’ said Dr.
Bryon Clark, acting president at Southeastern.

Spring Commencement held at Southeastern

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

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

DURANT, Okla. – Chief Gary Batton of the
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma was the speaker at Southeastern Oklahoma State
University’s Spring Commencement.

Two ceremonies were held Saturday
in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

 The graduating class included students from 27
states and 14 countries; 57 percent were first-generation college graduates.

Chief Gary Batton of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma was the commencement speaker.
Chief Gary Batton of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma was the commencement speaker.

Chief
Batton is a 1989 graduate of Southeastern and received the Distinguished
Alumnus Award from the University in 2013.

Also attending the ceremony and offering welcoming remarks were Chancellor Glen D. Johnson of the Oklahoma State System for Higher Education and a former Southeastern president, and Regent Amy Anne Ford of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents.

Dr. Bryon Clark, acting president of Southeastern, offers congratulations to a graduate.
Dr. Bryon Clark, acting president of Southeastern, offers congratulations to a graduate.
Among the dignitaries participating in Saturday’s commencement were Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, Regent Amy Anne Ford, Chief Gary Batton, and acting president Dr. Bryon Clark.
Among the dignitaries participating in Saturday’s commencement were Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, Regent Amy Anne Ford, Chief Gary Batton, and acting president Dr. Bryon Clark.

Justin Wilson offers remarks at Native American graduation event

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

Southeastern acting president Dr. Bryon Clark welcomes guests to the Native American Graduation event Wednesday.
Southeastern acting president Dr. Bryon Clark welcomes guests to the Native American Graduation event Wednesday.

DURANT,
Okla. –
Justin Wilson, director of investments at Choctaw Global, was the
keynote speaker at the Native American Graduation & Reception Wednesday.

Southeastern
Oklahoma State University Native American graduates and their families were
honored at the annual event, held in the Hallie McKinney Ballroom.

Also on the
program were Southeastern acting president Dr. Bryon Clark, Native American
Institute executive director Dr. Marlin Blankenship, Master of Science in
Native American Leadership coordinator Dr. Brad Ludrick, and Choctaw Nation of
Oklahoma School of Choctaw Language instructor Chantelle Standefer.

Wilson joined
Choctaw Global in 2017. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, Wright
City High School, and a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

JOHN MASSEY NAMED STATE REGENT EMERITUS

State Regent John Massey

From the Oklahoma State Regents
for Higher Education

State Regent John Massey was recognized as a
state regent emeritus during the April 24 meeting of the Oklahoma State Regents
for Higher Education. 

Massey will complete his third nine-year term on the board in May, making him
the first consecutive three-term State Regent in Oklahoma history, with 27
years of service.

“Regent Massey is known for his tireless dedication to student success and
community engagement,” said State Regents’ chair Jay Helm. “His contributions
have advanced the work of the State Regents and our colleges and universities
at every level. We congratulate and sincerely thank him for his many years of
exceptional service to Oklahoma public higher education.” 

Appointed as an Oklahoma State Regent by Gov. David Walters in May 1992 to
serve a nine-year term, he was reappointed by Gov. Frank Keating for a second
nine-year term in May 2001. In May 2010, he was reappointed by Gov. Brad
Henry for a third nine-year term.

“When Regent Massey speaks to students, business leaders and state policy
leaders, he always stresses the importance of higher education. He has been a
champion for the GEAR UP program, the Oklahoma’s Promise scholarship and degree
completion initiatives throughout his service as a state regent,” said
Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “His commitment to quality and access in higher
education has made him an invaluable member of the State Regents for nearly
three decades. He will be deeply missed.” 

Massey is chairman of the board of First United Bank and Trust, headquartered
in Durant. He is also chairman of Durant Enterprises Inc., and serves on
the board of directors of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.

Massey earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State
University, where he served as student body president. He is the only student
in the history of Southeastern to receive the Outstanding Student Award for
three consecutive years. In 1984, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award
from the university.  

Massey was elected State Representative in 1960 while a senior in college and
served two terms. In 1964, he was elected to the State Senate, where he
also served two terms.  

He served in the U.S. Army from 1954-57 and was a member of the National Guard
from 1953-54 and 1957-61. During his service, he was nominated by his fellow
soldiers at Fort Carson, Colorado Springs, Colo. and Camp Walters, Mineral
Wells, Texas with the distinction of Soldier of the Year.

Massey is active in several civic and professional organizations and has served
on the State Ethics Commission, the Oklahoma Historical Society Board, the
board of the Bank of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Securities Commission. He was
awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Durant Kiwanis Club and, in 2001,
the Outstanding Alumni Award by Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity. He was inducted
into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall
of Fame in 2004. In 2009, Massey was inducted into the Oklahoma City Community
College Hall of Fame and received the prestigious Leadership Oklahoma Lifetime Achievement
Award in February 2010. He and his wife, Donna, live in Durant.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education is a nine-member constitutional
board that coordinates all 25 public higher education institutions in Oklahoma.
The board prescribes academic standards of higher education, determines
functions and courses of study at state colleges and universities, grants
degrees, makes budget requests to the Legislature, allocates funding for each
college and university, recommends proposed fees within limits set by the
Legislature, and manages numerous scholarships and special programs. State
regents are appointed by the governor for nine-year terms.

OU assistant coach, Southeastern grad Brian Odom keynote speaker at Tri-County Honors

University of Oklahoma assistant football coach and Southeastern graduate Brian Odom was the speaker at the Tri-County event.

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT,
Okla. –
University of Oklahoma assistant football coach Brian Odom was
the keynote speaker Tuesday night at the Tri-County Honors Program.

First United Bank is corporate sponsor and Southeastern Oklahoma
State University is the Education sponsor for the annual event, which honors
area high school students and is held in the Visual & Performing Arts
Center.

Odom was named inside linebackers coach by OU head coach Lincoln
Riley in January of this year. He is a 2004 graduate of Southeastern and a former Savage running
back.

An all-state high school player in his hometown of Ada, Odom was
named the Oklahoma High School Player of the Year in 1999 by The Tulsa World.
He attended OU for two years and was a redshirt on the Sooners’ 2000 national
championship team.

He later transferred to Southeastern, where he was a three-year
starter at tailback, earning first-team Lone Star All-Conference honors as a
senior.

Area high school students were recognized Tuesday night in the Visual & Performing Arts Center.

Odom spent the last two seasons at Missouri as the Tigers’ outside
linebackers coach, where his brother Barry is the head coach. 

A total of 91 students representing 16 schools were honored at
Tuesday’s event.

First United CEO Greg Massey presided, with Southeastern acting
president Dr.  Bryon Clark offering welcoming remarks, and vice president
for university advancement Dr. Kyle Stafford assisting with introductions.

Following is the list of award recipients, listed by school:

Achille
High School

           
Jayme Todd, Jasey  Trude, Cy Burden, Shawn Hair, Sommer Rafer

Bennington
High School

           
Michael Dominquez, Baylee Miller, Devin Emert, Trent Haislip, Samantha Owens,
Malori Underwood

Boswell
High School

           
Taylor Grubbs, Jamie Manous, Emily Morphis, Reese Daily, Hayden Dill

Caddo
High School

           
Olivia Weaver, Zane Braudrick, Brittany Miller, Jaden Boyd, Jack Holbrook,
Allison Nickles

Calera
High School

           
Sydnee Brown, Addison Crowell, Chloe Hodge, Fisher Hutchins, Cooper McKinney,
Landon Robinson, Bailey Roland, Kendra St. Clair

Colbert
High School

Delanie
Cooper, Brady Rowland, Austin Tucker, Caitlyn Blackshear

Durant
High School

Landon
Tubbs, Catherine McCraw, Terah Abrams, Elijah Moore, Matthew Armstrong, Haley
Morgan, Blayne Barker, Lauren Murray, Abigail Boatmun, Callie Palmer, Christian
Browder, Jaci Phillips, Brenden Buntz, Chanler Podany, Sophia Corson, Kylee
Reed, Michael Dixon, Noah Sicking, Abbey Hunt, Ryleigh Jones

Fort
Towson High School

           
Maddison Campbell, John Gallagher, Tyler Beason, Morgan Keith

Hugo
High School

           
Jacee Miller, Tiffany Johnson, Andrew Caraway, Avery Lee

Kiamichi
Technology Center, Durant

           
Cooper McKinney, Harley Lunsford, Trent Remington, Layla Shull

Kingston
High School

           
Trey Keatts, Jacob Whipkey, Jazmine Branch, Matthew O’Steen

Madill
High School

Colt Crowson, Rio Bonham, Reagan Miller, Alyssa Maldonado

Rock
Creek High School

Karson Dry, Trenton Remington, Josh Winnett, Hannah Durham

Silo
High School

           
Hunter Savage, Justin Nichols, Danielle Harrison, Dylan Turner, Bailee Allen

Soper
High School

Lexy Young, Pepper Smith, Tanner Trent, Lexi Wallace

Victory
Life Academy

           
Kevin Smee, Jackie Genser, Samuel Welch,
Sidney Montgomery