Southeastern News

Alpha Chi inducts new members

The Alpha Chi inductees were recognized at a recent ceremony.

The Alpha Chi inductees were recognized at a recent ceremony.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Oklahoma Theta Chapter of the Alpha Chi national honor society has inducted 55 students into lifetime membership.

An induction ceremony was held recently in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

Alpha Chi was founded in 1922 and has more than 400,000 members from more than 300 college and university chapters in 45 states and Puerto Rico.

Members of Alpha Chi, identified and elected by the faculty of their schools as ranking in the top 10 percent of juniors and seniors, represent the best

undergraduate scholarship in all academic fields at their institutions.

Following are this year’s inductees, with permanent hometown (Oklahoma, unless otherwise noted):

Michael Baker (Sherman, Texas), Taylor Barrick (Duncan), Alissa Benson (Edmond), Rebecca Braden (Sherman, Texas), Nadiya Bradley (Kingston), Reid Buchanan (Silo), Stephanie Canaday (Denison, Texas), Dylan Candelora (Reno, Texas), Erika Costain (Fort Worth, Texas), Emilie Cox (Wister), Chance Curry (Ravenna, Texas), Cannon Davis (Moore), Kameron Dunn (Calera).

Elizabeth Fentem (Kingston), Gabrielle Ford (Durant), Alexis Gabbart (Caddo), Austin Gilliam (Greenville, Texas), Brooke Hockersmith (Overbrook), Paige Hutchings (Hendrix), Michael Kellner (Tishomingo), Jayson King (Aledo, Texas), Timothy Knight (Sherman, Texas) Philip Leake (Durant), Elijah Marshall (Durant), Maria Martinez (Venezuela), Brandon McNeely (Cleburne, Texas).

Courtney Miles (Oklahoma City), Jesse Palacios II (Wylie, Texas), Abby Percell (Bennington), Russell Pritchett (Denison, Texas), Kameron Raper (Hugo), Katheren Rawls (Tuskahoma), Alexandra Ray (Blanchard), Destiny Riddle (Muskogee), Alix Robinson (Piedmont), Allison Robinson (Durant), Alyssa Robinson (Durant), Riggin Rogers (Calera), Jacob Shiver (Neptune Beach, Florida), Stephen Shropshire (McAlester).

Stormie Siron (Atoka), Matthew Slaten (Calera), Macy Smith (Finley), Reid St.  John (Mesquite, Texas), James Sutton (Durant), Crystal Tate (Boswell), Meagan Tharpe (Durant), Russell Tolbert (Pottsboro, Texas), Bernie Underwood (Savanna), Jacqueline Washer (Durant), Katherine Webb (Denison, Texas), Payton Whitehead (Colbert), Cara Worsham (Healdton), Alexis Wright (Ardmore), Heather Wyrick (Atoka).

Poetry reading

Southeastern adjunct professor Ron Wallace held a poetry reading and book signing recently in the Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library. Wallace read from his latest book, ‘Renegade and Other Poems.”

Three Occupational Safety & Health students receive scholarships

DURANT, Okla. – Three students from Southeastern Oklahoma State University have received the Raymond L. Critchfield Scholarship – Evan Fincher, Sierra Downs, and Ryan Lester.

Fincher is a senior from Fort Smith, Arkansas; Downs is a senior from Durant; and Lester is a junior from Ringling.

The scholarships are presented annually by TEXO: The Construction Association,  to undergraduate students pursuing a degree in the field of Occupational Safety and Health or Industrial Hygiene.

Critchfield was a dedicated safety professional who impacted the construction industry through his passion and love of people, family and friends.

Dr. Chris Bradshaw, chair of the Occupational Safety & Health Department at Southeastern, presents the Critchfield Scholarship to Ryan Lester of Ringling.

Dr. Chris Bradshaw, chair of the Occupational Safety & Health Department at Southeastern, presents the Critchfield Scholarship to Ryan Lester of Ringling.

Dr. Chris Bradshaw, chair of the Occupational Safety & Health Department at Southeastern, presents the Critchfield Scholarship to Sierra Downs of Durant.

Dr. Chris Bradshaw, chair of the Occupational Safety & Health Department at Southeastern, presents the Critchfield Scholarship to Sierra Downs of Durant.

Dr. Chris Bradshaw, chair of the Occupational Safety & Health Department at Southeastern, presents the Critchfield Scholarship to Evan Fincher of Fort Smith.

Dr. Chris Bradshaw, chair of the Occupational Safety & Health Department at Southeastern, presents the Critchfield Scholarship to Evan Fincher of Fort Smith.

President’s statement on Tudor v. Southeastern Oklahoma State University and the Regional University System of Oklahoma

Re:  Tudor v. Southeastern Oklahoma State University and the Regional University System of Oklahoma

Earlier today, in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the plaintiff (Dr. Rachel Tudor).

Southeastern president Sean Burrage has released the following statement:

“Southeastern Oklahoma State University places great trust in the judicial system and respects the verdict rendered today by the jury.  It has been our position throughout this process that the legal system would handle this matter, while the University continues to focus its time and energy on educating students. All legal questions should be directed to the Oklahoma Office of the Attorney General.”

Traditional Candlelighting event set for Dec. 4 at Southeastern

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host a number of holiday events on Monday, December 4.

Santa Claus and entertainment will be featured from 6-6:30 p.m. on the Magnolia House front lawn. Highlights will include a performance by the Chorvettes Stageworks Company, an appearance by Santa, and the reading of the Christmas Story by Dell McLain.

The Christmas Tree lighting is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. on the front lawn of campus with the Southeastern Brass Ensemble performing.

The traditional Candlelighting ceremony is set for 7:30 p.m. in Montgomery Auditorium.

The Southeastern Symphonic Chorus, consisting of students, faculty, staff and members of the Durant community, anchors the concert. The Chorus will perform an advent cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach with text by Martin Luther.

Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (Come, O Savior of the Nations) features the chorus, chamber orchestra and baritone soloist Dr. Jeremy Blackwood, director of voice and opera at Southeastern.

The performers will also present Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria, featuring Dr. Jourdan Laine Howell, a new voice instructor at Southeastern, and music majors Grace Haynes, Haley Moore and Allyson Thomas as soloists. The guests for the chamber orchestra are supported by a grant from the Cultural and Scholastic Lectureship Fund.

Many traditional elements of the concert will continue: the lighting of candles by members of the Cardinal Key Honor Society, a prelude sung by the SHARE Children’s Chorus conducted by Dr. Jeri Walker,  and a Christmas carol singalong, giving the audience a chance to sing sacred and secular favorites with the chorus.

The Symphonic Chorus is a college/community partnership, providing a crucial aspect in the education of Southeastern music majors, a chance to participate in campus events for students of all majors, and a musical experience for members of the community.

The Chorus is conducted by Dr. Joshua Nannestad, Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education, and accompanied by Dr. Stephanie Emberley, instructor of piano.

Southeastern observes Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 22-23-24

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will be closed Nov. 22-23-24 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Classes will resume on Monday, Nov. 27.

Southeastern recognizes Top 10 Freshmen

Gathering at the Top 10 Freshman event Thursday were, back row, left to right, Dr. Tim Boatmun, Luana Antuono (SGA president), Nate Hodson, Tyler Shade, Symphoni Shomo, Sarah Winnett, Brooklyn Daniel, and president Sean Burrage. Front row, Olivia Voss, Brianna Pierce, Shalee Buzan, Blakelyn Daniel, and Katelynn Hester.

Gathering at the Top 10 Freshman event Thursday were, back row, left to right, Dr. Tim Boatmun, Luana Antuono (SGA president), Nate Hodson, Tyler Shade, Symphoni Shomo, Sarah Winnett, Brooklyn Daniel, and president Sean Burrage. Front row, Olivia Voss, Brianna Pierce, Shalee Buzan, Blakelyn Daniel, and Katelynn Hester.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University recognized the 2016-17 Top Ten Freshmen during a ceremony Thursday in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union Auditorium.

The honorees were selected by a committee consisting of representatives from faculty, student government and University administration. The Top 10 Freshmen have a collective 3.84 grade-point average and are involved in numerous campus and community activities.

The 2016-17 Top 10 Freshmen are:

Shalee Buzan, communication major from Idabel; twins Blakelyn Daniel, biology/chemistry, and Brooklyn Daniel, graphic design, Atoka; Katelynn Hester, history with social studies certification, Broken Bow; Nate Hodson, finance, Durant;

Brianna Pierce, biology, Kingston; Tyler Shade, communication, Durant; Symphoni Shomo, psychology, Tahlequah; Olivia Voss, English Education, Idabel; and Sarah Winnett, Elementary Education, Colbert.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulated each recipient.

Chorale to perform on Nov. 16

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Chorale, the premier choral ensemble at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, will be featured in concert on Thursday, Nov. 16, in the Recital Hall of the Fine Arts building.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Stacy Weger, will present Rising Tide:  Songs of Judgment and Hope.    The concert repertoire stems from reflections of Noah and the Flood with parallels drawn to the peril of climate change. This concert includes world music and features Randall Thompson’s Peaceable Kingdom and Ivor Davies’ Prayers from the Ark.

Graduate school shows impressive growth with new online programs in Business, Education

DURANT, Okla. – Earlier this fall, Southeastern Oklahoma State University reported an increase of  6% in enrollment over last fall.

Southeastern’s official fall 2017 enrollment is 3,956 students and

represents the largest overall enrollment at the University since 2012.  In addition, Southeastern experienced an increase of 3.2% in student credit hours this fall, a critical component in the state funding formula.

The enrollment increase included gains in a number of categories, including new freshmen, Bryan County freshmen, Texas freshmen, and transfer students.

But the most significant growth came in the graduate school with the recent introduction of online programs in business and education to complement popular degrees in such areas as aviation sciences, Native American Leadership, and occupational safety & health, to name just a few.

According to Dr. Tim Boatmun, Dean of the Graduate School/E-Programming and Academic Support, enrollment in the Graduate School is 64% higher than last fall, while the Master of Business Administration saw an increase of 134% (408 students this fall compared to 174 last fall).

The University has also revamped its Master of Education programs in Curriculum and Instruction, Special Education, School Counseling, and Educational Leadership  this fall. All programs are now 100% online.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage, who is in his fourth year at the University, said that online degree programs are greatly impacting colleges and universities across the nation, particularly at the graduate level.

“In today’s world of higher education, there is great demand for online learning opportunities,’’ he said. “The higher education model is changing, and our faculty members deserve a great deal of credit for adapting to this change. We expect this trend (in online delivery) to continue as we explore the possibility of offering additional academic programs online.’’

To that end, in January, 2018, the Master of Science in Sports Administration will begin being offered 100% online.

In addition to the convenience of online delivery, there is flexibility in scheduling as students have multiple start dates to enter the program throughout the year.  This is important to the large number of students who are balancing family and work responsibilities with classes.

For more information visit www.se.edu/dept/gus  or  www.online.se.edu.

Southeastern student earns top speaker, Lincoln-Douglas honor at Sooner Showdown

DURANT, Okla. – Jacob Morrison of Southeastern Oklahoma State University was the top overall speaker and also took first place in the Lincoln-Douglas Debate at the Sooner Showdown Speech and Debate Tournament.

The event was held Nov. 3-5 at the University of Oklahoma.

Competing for the Southeastern Speech and Debate team (SSDA) were Jacob Gooch, a sophomore from Durant; Christopher Rhodes, junior from Sulphur Springs, Texas; and Morrison, sophomore from Durant.

Twenty-six schools and independents competed at the tournament: . Arkansas     State University, Arkansas Tech University, Butler Community College, California State University-Long Beach, Central Texas College, Drury State College, East Central University, Glendale Community College at Arizona, Houston Baptist University, Kansas Wesleyan University,  Northeastern State University, Oral Roberts University, Southern Methodist University, Sterling College, Texas Christian University, The University of Texas at Tyler, Tulsa Community College, University of Arkansas at Monticello, University of Central Arkansas, Valdosta State University, Wayland Baptist University, West Texas A&M University, and Whitworth University. Events ranged from International Public Debate Association, National Parliamentary Debate Association, and the National Forensic Association’s Lincoln-Douglas Debate to all 11 American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament.

SSDA next competes Friday through Sunday, December 1-3, at the Cameron Christmas Classic Tournament at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma.

For more information about SSDA activities or to learn more about becoming a member of the speech and debate team, contact advisor Dr. Randy Clark (580) 745-2556 or frclark@se.edu.