Southeastern News

Pianist Diane Walsh to perform at Musical Arts Series April 9


Okla. –
Pianist Diane Walsh will present
a recital featuring English Suite No. 6 in d minor, BWV 811 by J.S. Bach and
compositions of Johannes Brahms, Douglas Lilburn, John Psathas, and William
Bolcom on Tuesday, April 9, on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State

The free concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts
Recital Hall.

        An esteemed artist of
distinction, the American pianist is regularly heard on disc and in recital,
chamber music and concerto performances throughout the world. In addition to
possessing a vast and varied repertoire, ranging from Bach to Bolcom, her
recent work on the theatre stage has brought wider recognition of her
superlative musical gifts.

She has been guest soloist with the American
Symphony Orchestra and the orchestras of Austin, Delaware, Indianapolis, San
Francisco, St. Louis and Syracuse, and toured with the Orpheus Chamber
Orchestra and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Abroad, she appeared with the radio
symphony orchestras of Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich and Stuttgart, as well as
orchestras in Brazil, The Netherlands, The Czech Republic and Russia.

Walsh is constantly in demand as a chamber musician, frequently performing at
the music festivals of Bard, Cape Cod, Chesapeake, Marlboro, Portland, Santa
Fe, Strings Music Festival and the International Musician’s Seminar in
Cornwall. Among her many honors and awards, Walsh includes the Concert Artists
Guild International Competition and the Young Concert Artists International

She was winner of top prizes in the Munich ARD and Salzburg
Mozart competitions, as well as Maryland’s William Kapell International
Competition and Italy’s Busoni International Competition. A prizewinner in the
Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, she also won that competition’s
chamber music award.

Walsh was associate professor at New York City’s Mannes
College of Music for 32 years and, in the Fall of 2015, served as Visiting
Artist at Colby College in Maine.

This recital is part 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

Curriculum Contest attracts more than 1,900 high school students to campus


Students gather in the lobby of the Glen D. Johnson Student Union during the curriculum contest.

Okla. –
Some 1,963 students from 64 schools throughout the region
participated in the 106th annual Oklahoma Inter-High School
Curriculum Meet Thursday at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The students
competed in academic contests in such areas as art, accounting, finance,
speech, journalism, English, mathematics, foreign languages, music, occupational
safety & health, psychology, history, and the sciences.

Students compete in the journalism contest Thursday morning.

faculty, staff and students volunteered their time to assist at the event. Dr.
James Britton is the meet director.

State Regents recognize Julian Construction, Southeastern with Business Partnership Award

 Tommy Julian accepts the Regents Business Partnership Award on March 12. Also shown are Oklahoma Small Business Development state director Michele Campbell, Southeastern president Sean Burrage, and Southeastern vice president for university advancement Dr. Kyle Stafford.


Okla. –
Twenty-seven business and higher education partnerships
throughout the state were recently recognized as innovative collaborations that
further the education of Oklahoma’s workforce.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher
Education’s Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award is designed to
highlight successful partnerships between higher education institutions and
businesses and to further cultivate the higher learning environment through State
Regents’ Economic Development Grants.

Receiving the award for its partnership with
Southeastern Oklahoma State University was Julian Construction of Broken Bow.
           “To solve the
workforce development challenges facing Oklahoma, our colleges and universities
continue to work collaboratively with leaders in the private, public and
nonprofit sectors,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “These partnerships
between business and industry and our state system institutions ensure that we
continue building the skilled workforce needed for Oklahoma to be globally
Julian Construction, owned and operated by Southeastern Oklahoma State
University alumnus Tommy Julian, has been a generous supporter of Southeastern
and its
for the past decade.

Formerly known as TJ Construction, the company is
located in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, and is deeply involved in
land development and
cabin construction
and rentals. Julian is an Oklahoma native who played baseball at Southeastern.

 He is active in civic affairs, serving on the
McCurtain County Tourism Board. Julian and his company have provided several
enrichment opportunities for Southeastern students and alumni. This includes,
but is not limited to, hosting a student retreat in Broken Bow and hosting
students, alumni and friends at various recreational and entertainment events
in the Oklahoma City area.

In addition, Julian Construction has lent its support to
both the Durant and McCurtain County campuses. Among the activities supported
are the Gold and Blue Scholarship Gala, the Presidential Golf Classic, the
McCurtain County Classic, Presidential Partners, donations to the baseball
field renovations and contributions to the football program.

Southeastern closed March 18-22 for spring break


DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State
University will be closed March 18-22 for spring break.

All classes will resume and offices will re-open
on Monday, March 25

Renowned educator Todd Whitaker to speak at Southeastern on April 12

DATE:  March 8, 2019


Todd Whitaker

DURANT, Okla. – Renowned educator Todd
Whitaker will be on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University April
12 to present two sessions to teachers, administrators and the general public.

Whitaker will be speaking in
conjunction with the Albert H. Brigance Endowed Lectureship and ProjectTeach
program in Montgomery Auditorium. In a 9 a.m. session, Whitaker will address
such areas as the first year in the classroom, classroom management from the
ground up, and what great teachers do differently.

In the 1 p.m. session, he
will discuss target leadership in education.

Both sessions are open to
the public and there is no admission charge.

Dr. Whitaker is professor of
educational leadership at the University of Missouri and professor emeritus at
Indiana State University.

He has written numerous
books and is known throughout the country for his for his outstanding

Southeastern-Grayson promote safety program at Texas Instruments event

Stefan Kells and Dr. Chris W. Bradshaw

 March 5, 2019


Okla. –
Stefan Kells, left, Southeastern
Coordinator of Academic Services at Grayson College, and Dr. Chris W. Bradshaw,
Chair of the Department of Occupational Safety and Health at Southeastern,
recently attended the Texas Instruments Safety and Health Fair in Sherman. 
The two-day event brought in multiple vendors to showcase safety and health in
the workplace. Southeastern utilized the event to highlight its safety program
and the educational opportunities available to students.  Southeastern
offers both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in occupational safety and health.
It also partners with Grayson College so that students can complete an
associate’s degree at Grayson and then seamlessly transfer to Southeastern for
a bachelor’s degree.   Some 80 individuals stopped by the booth to
learn more about careers in occupational safety and health.

Southeastern speech and debate students compete at state event

Hannah Nunley, Hannah Barnett, and Jacob Morrison represented Southeastern at the OIFA state tournament.

Okla. –
Southeastern Speech and Debate
Association’s Jacob Morrison and Hannah Nunley finished second in National
Parliamentary Debate at the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Forensics Association
(OIFA) State Tournament on February 23.

Freshman Hannah Barnett placed eighth overall in
Extemporaneous Speaking.

Forty competitors from Southeastern, East Central
University, Carl Albert State Community College, Northeastern State University,
Oklahoma City University, Tulsa Community College, Oral Roberts University and
the University of Oklahoma participated in 11 Individual Preparation and
Limited Preparation events and Parliamentary and Public Debate.

Dr. Randy Clark, associate professor of communication
studies and speech and debate advisor, said, “I’m very proud of the team and
their showing.  Our freshman gained a remarkable amount of experience this
weekend and a tremendous amount of respect from other competitors and other
coaches from the more established programs. ‘’

The Parli debate team of Morrison and Nunley reached the
semifinal round, losing to the eventual champion team from Oklahoma City

Morrison finished third as the Top Speaker in Public Debate
and also took third in Extemporaneous Speaking. Nunley reached the quarterfinal
round in Public Debate and finished fifth in Extemporaneous Speaking

SSDA’s final competitive tournament of the season will be
the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament, March 20-24, at Hofstra
University in Hempstead, NY.

To learn more about Southeastern’s intercollegiate
forensics program and the SSDA tournament schedule, visit the Department of
Art, Communication and Theatre website
or contact Dr. Clark at or extension 2556.

Capt. Lloyd Sauls named Director of Aviation Sciences Institute at Southeastern

Capt. Lloyd Sauls


Okla. –
The Aviation Sciences Institute at Southeastern Oklahoma State
University has a new director.

Capt. Lloyd
Sauls, who has 44 years of extensive aviation experience, was recently named to
the position. As director, he will oversee all aspects of the aviation program,
including academic programs and flight operations.

Southeastern aviation program is one of the premier programs of its kind in the
nation,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage. “We are fortunate to have
someone with the experience and leadership skills of Capt. Sauls to guide our
program, which continues to grow.’’

Sauls holds
bachelor degrees in Behavioral Science and Basic Science from the United States
Air Force Academy. He spent 36 years (1980-2016) with Delta Airlines as an
international captain and served as chief pilot for the DFW base in the early
2000s.  For the past year, he served as a flight instructor for Southwest

Sauls is a
graduate of Durant High School.

Other experience
includes time as a pilot instructor at the United States Air Force and the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

aviation program has earned a reputation for excellence, while attracting 
students from all across the nation.

Since the
program’s inception in 1966, Southeastern has placed professional pilots
throughout the world.

Degrees are
offered in aviation-professional pilot, aviation management, and a master’s in
aerospace administration and logistics.

locations include Durant, Rose State College, and Tinker Air Force Base.

Super Saturday draws a crowd to campus

The Academic Fair allowed prospective students to visit with Southeastern faculty members.


DURANT, Okla. – An estimated 500 junior high and high
school students and parents attended “Super Saturday’’ activities at
Southeastern Oklahoma State University this weekend.

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

Southeastern president Sean Burrage welcomed the students to campus Saturday.

“In terms of attendance, this is one of the biggest events
we have on campus all year,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage, who
spent the day welcoming groups and visiting one-on-one with students and
parents. “This is a great way for

us to
showcase what the University has to offer. And the event seems to grow and
expand every year.’’

Also, an Academic Department Fair was held in the Glen D.
Johnson Student Union. During this time, faculty members were available to
visit with prospective students.

The Oklahoma Science Olympiad featured a number of events.

In addition, the Southeastern Office of Admissions and
Recruitment offered campus tours for visitors.

Students from as far away as Virginia and Amarillo, Texas,
participated in the activities.

Southeastern accounting students assisting elderly in preparing taxes


Okla. –
 Students in the accounting
department at Southeastern Oklahoma State University are 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, pictured here with Caleb Lankford, a
senior accounting major from Gunter, Texas,  are assisting citizens at the
Donald W. Reynolds Library in Durant (1515 W. Main)  on Tuesdays and
Thursdays, 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.