Southeastern News

Spring enrollment of 4,196 is highest since 1983

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT,
Okla. –
Once again, the enrollment news is good at Southeastern Oklahoma
State University.

           
Southeastern’s Spring 2019 enrollment is 4,196 students – an increase of 12.7
percent over last spring. It also marks the highest spring enrollment at the
University since 1983.

In addition, Student Credit Hour Production is up
6.8 percent over last spring.

Southeastern’s enrollment continues to trend
upward: last fall, enrollment increased 13.3 percent over Fall 2017.

“This growth can be attributed to a number of
factors, including the continuing popularity and expansion of our graduate
online offerings, which provide high quality accredited academic programs at an
affordable cost,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage.  “At the same
time, last fall’s incoming freshman class was the largest in five years at the
University, which obviously had a positive impact on the spring numbers.’’

Approximately 85 percent of Southeastern students receive
financial aid, and more than 50 percent annually are first-generation college
graduates.

With that in
mind and in an effort to hold costs down for students, Southeastern did not
increase tuition rates in 2018-19 — of the 25
public colleges and universities in Oklahoma, Southeastern was one of only six to hold the line on tuition.

The University submited its preliminary enrollment report
to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education on February 11.

Alumni Association sponsoring Daughters of Justice concert on March 30

The Daughters of Justice will perform at Southeastern on March 30.

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT,
Okla. –
Daughters of Justice – an Americana musical group with local ties
– will be performing in Durant on Saturday, March 30.

The event is
scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Visual & Performing Arts Center at Southeastern
Oklahoma State University. Tickets are $40 and all proceeds will benefit the
Southeastern Alumni Association Scholarship programs.

Sisters Jocelyn, Leah and Marna Taylor are the Daughters of
Justice and are based in Nashville. They were born in Texas, but grew up in
Oklahoma. Their parents, Judge Joe Taylor and Margaret Taylor, are both
proud alumni of Southeastern.

To purchase tickets, go to http://www.se.edu/alumni/

Super Saturday scheduled for February 23

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT,
Okla. –
“Super Saturday’’ – one of the biggest events of the year on
campus – will be held February 23 at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Last year, some
600 junior high and high school students and parents were in attendance.

This year’s
activities include the Oklahoma Science
Olympiad, Vocal Music auditions, Theatre auditions, Honors scholarship
competition, and President’s Leadership Class scholarship competition.

Also, an Academic Department Fair is scheduled for 11 a.m.
to 1 p.m. in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union. During this time, faculty
members will be available to visit with prospective students.

Activities will be held at various venues across campus.

In addition, the Southeastern Office of Admissions and
Recruitment will be on hand to offer campus tours for visitors.

That afternoon will also be a busy one for Southeastern
athletics on campus, and visitors are encouraged to attend the following games:

  • Baseball
    doubleheader against Southwestern Oklahoma, 1 p.m., The Ballpark in Durant
  • Women’s
    basketball vs. Arkansas-Monticello, 1 p.m., Bloomer Sullivan Arena
  • Men’s
    basketball vs. Arkansas-Monticello, 3 p.m., Bloomer Sullivan Arena

Southeastern to host Oklahoma Science Olympiad Invitational on February 23

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

The Science Olympiad will feature a number of events on February 23.

The Science Olympiad will feature a number of events on February 23.

DURANT, Okla. – More than 200 middle school and high school students from more than 20 public and private schools across the Oklahoma and Texas will compete in the Oklahoma Science Olympiad Invitational Tournament at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The event is part of Super Saturday activities at the University on February 23.

Other events that day include Vocal Music auditions, Theatre auditions, Honors scholarship competition, and President’s Leadership Class scholarship competition. An Academic Department Fair is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union. During this time, faculty members will be available to visit with prospective students.

The Olympiad tournament is being hosted by the Department of Chemistry, Computer, and Physic Sciences.  The students will compete  on 2-4 person teams in one or more of 46 events that include most areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

Oklahoma has been involved in Science Olympiad for 18 years.  This is Southeastern’s fourth year to host this Science Olympiad Invitation Tournament.           Science Olympiad competitions are similar to academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division (Division B is middle school; Division C is high school).

Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology.  By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved.  Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation.

Teamwork is a required skill in most scientific careers today, and the Science Olympiad encourages group learning by designing events that forge alliances.  In the Towers event, an engineering whiz and a kid from wood shop can become gold medalists. Similarly, a talented builder and a student with a good science vocabulary can excel in Write It Do It, one of Science Olympiad’s most popular events.

Most of the competing schools will come from within Oklahoma.  However, this year’s event will include teams from Colleyville, Texas, and Amarillo, Texas.

Team registration remains open until February 20.

Faculty and staff from the Department of Biological Science and Department of Chemistry, Computer, and Physical Sciences have volunteered to design events, write and grade exams, and provide the support to make this event happen.  In addition, Southeastern student volunteers are signed up to help with the competitions.

Local school teachers and administrators interested in learning about the Science Olympiad are encouraged to visit and watch the competitions.  The goal is to promote enthusiasm towards science so that more students consider STEMs careers.

For more information about the Science Olympiad event, contact Dr. Tim Smith at tsmith@se.edu.

Southeastern accounting students to assist elderly in preparing taxes

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT, Okla. –  The accounting department at Southeastern Oklahoma State University is working with the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) sponsored by AARP Tax-Aide program in Durant to assist in tax preparation.

Three full-time student interns and accounting professor Dr. Rhonda Richards will be assisting citizens at the Donald W. Reynolds Library in Durant (1515 W. Main)  Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 5 through April 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Free tax assistance is provided to low-to moderate-income taxpayers who are 50 years of age and older – some exceptions may apply.

Aviation Sciences Institute hosts open house for prospective students

Airline pilot Chris Ferguson of the Southeastern Aviation Alumni Association address the audience at Aviation Visitation Day.
Airline pilot Chris Ferguson of the Southeastern Aviation Alumni Association address the audience at Aviation Visitation Day.

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University hosted an Aviation
Open House for high school juniors and seniors on campus Friday.

           
Activities included campus tours, a tour of the Aviation Sciences Institute,
breakout sessions (Flight Simulator, Careers in Aviation, Admissions,
Scholarships and Financial Aid), and career information presentations.

A total of 79 students attended Friday’s event.

Dr. Kyle Stafford, vice president of advancement, welcomes students and parents to Friday’s event.
Dr. Kyle Stafford, vice president of advancement, welcomes students and parents to Friday’s event.

Southeastern students participate in MLK Day of Service

Southeastern students spent part of their Monday completing service projects in the community in conjunction with MLK Day.

Southeastern students spent part of their Monday completing service projects in the community in conjunction with MLK Day.

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT, Okla. – Classes were not held Monday at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Instead, students participated in a number of activities

Southeastern students spent part of their Monday completing service projects in the community in conjunction with MLK Day.

Southeastern students spent part of their Monday completing service projects in the community in conjunction with MLK Day.

Pianist Catalin Dima to perform at Musical Arts concert on February 6

Catalin Dima

Catalin Dima

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT, Okla. – Pianist Catalin Dima will present a recital of the 24 Preludes of Frederic Chopin and Maurice Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit on Wednesday, February 6, on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Hallie McKinney Ballroom due to renovations in the Fine Arts Building.

There is no admission for the concert.

Dima, a newly appointed Southeastern faculty member, is a prize-winner in many national and international competitions, and has performed numerous solo recitals and concerts in the United States, Romania, France, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Malawi. Among most recent concerts, Dima has performed at the Cosmos Club in D.C. as a guest artist invited by the Embassy of Romania and at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

He also played six concerts with violinist Alexandru Malaimare in which  they promoted Romanian music in Virginia, Illinois, and Indiana. Dima and Malaimare will perform a recital on the Southeastern campus in Spring 2019.

This concert is the first piano performance of the 45th season of the Musical Arts Series sponsored by the Ruth Steger Piano Institute and the Clark & Wanda Bass Foundation Lectureship. For more information about Musical Arts Series events, contact Dr. Jeremy Blackwood at jblackwood@se.edu or 580.745.2088.

Dr. Brad Ludrick named coordinator of Master in Native American Leadership program

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT, Okla. – Dr.  Brad Ludrick has been named professor/coordinator of the Master of Science in Native American Leadership (MSNAL) program at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

He joined the Southeastern faculty in 1997, most recently serving as professor of biological sciences and program coordinator for the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (STEM).

In his new duties, Ludrick will be responsible for teaching graduate courses, recruiting and advising students into the MSNAL program, and assessment.

Ludrick holds a doctorate from Texas A&M-Commerce and master and bachelor degrees from Southeastern.

A member of The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Ludrick is a 1989 graduate of Durant High School.

He served in the U.S. Military (Army Reserve) from 1989 to 2003, and separated as a Captain.

Tyler Fenwick named Savage Storm head football coach

By Southeastern Sports
Information

DURANT, Okla. –
Southeastern Director of Athletics Keith Baxter has announced the hiring of
Tyler Fenwick as Southeastern football’s 20th head coach in its more than 100-year history.
 
Fenwick comes to Southeastern after a six-year stint at Missouri S&T where
he posted a 37-29 record overall, including his most recent outing at 10-2 in
2018 which included winning Great Lakes Valley Conference Coach of the Year honors
as well as being named the Don Hansen Super Region 3 Coach of the Year.
 
A meet-and-greet for fans and the media has been scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on
Monday, Jan. 14 in the Blue and Gold Suite inside Bloomer Sullivan Arena
 
“I am extremely excited for this opportunity,” said Fenwick, “To
lead the Savage Storm Football program and help continue to move this program
over the top.”
 
“We are excited about Coach Fenwick and his family joining Southeastern
and becoming the leader of our football program,” said Baxter. “This
was an extensive search with a very strong applicant pool, we feel Tyler models
the qualities we were looking for in a new coach; a commitment to Athletics and
Academic excellence, good recruiter and a proven winner with post season experience
top the list. We are looking forward to his arrival to campus and working with
our student-athletes.”
 
In 2018 his Miner squad put together a 10-2 season which ended on a six-game
winning streak, including a 51-16 victory over Minnesota State-Moorhead in the
Mineral Water Bowl.
 
He departs the Miner program third in career victories after seeing his program
tie or break 26 individual or team records over six seasons.
 
Fenwick’s players are no stranger to honors as well, with 79 earning All-GLVC recognition,
including 31 first team selections.
 
Six of them would go on to earn All-American honors across the various
organizations, while in the classroom his student-athletes have added six
CoSIDA Academic All-America awards over the same span.
 
A native of the offensive side of the ball, Fenwick’s team’s over the past two
seasons have averaged 35.6 ppg, with the point per game average increasing over
each of the first five seasons, while the defense was solid, allowing 20.5 ppg
in 2018 and just 23.1 ppg over the last season seasons combined. The Miners
were ranked 33rd nationally in scoring offense and scoring defense in 2018.
 
Prior to taking over the program at Missouri S&T, Fenwick served as the
offensive coordinator at Missouri Western State University for six season from
2007 through 2012.
 
While at MWSU, he was part of a program that played in the post-season in each
of the six seasons that he was on the staff, including an appearance in the
NCAA Division II quarterfinals in 2012.
 
During the six years Fenwick spent as offensive coordinator at Missouri
Western, the Griffons averaged 432.8 points per season and 35.1 points per
game.  As a team, the Griffons went 53-18 and played in the NCAA Division
II playoffs three times as well as making three bowl appearances.
 
Fenwick spent the 2006 season as the offensive coordinator at Minnesota
State-Moorhead where he guided an offensive unit that improved its yardage
totals by 65 percent from the previous year, as the Dragons won four of their
last five games to finish with a 6-5 record.
 
Prior to that, he spent five years on the staff at Occidental College in
California – the last four as offensive coordinator.
 
At Occidental, he was the wide receivers coach during the 2001 season as the
Tigers went 8-1 and won the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic
Conference championship, then moved into the offensive coordinator role the
following season.  Over the four years guiding the offense, Occidental had
a 33-9 record, won two SCIAC titles and made two appearances in the NCAA
Division III playoffs, winning twice in the 2004 tournament.  During those
five years, he coached four all-conference quarterbacks and twice had the
conference’s “Offensive Player of the Year”.
 
He began his coaching career at the high school level at Birmingham High School
in Lake Balboa, Calif., as the program’s offensive coordinator, helping guide
the team to a conference championship and playoff appearance as it finished
with a 10-2 record.
 
Fenwick is originally from Los Angeles, Calif., and graduated from Chaminade
College Preparatory High School.  He attended Los Angeles Valley College
and the University of New Mexico, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in
university studies in 1999. A two-year letterman for the Lobos as a wide
receiver, he caught 14 passes during the two years in which he played at UNM.
 
Fenwick and his wife, Angela, have three children, daughter Kylie and sons
Kayden and Kiptyn.  His father, Jim, was a highly successful coach at the
collegiate and high school levels in California.