Southeastern News

Orientation for new Southeastern students scheduled for June 6-7

Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s first-ever Big Blue Experience is scheduled for June 6-7.

The Big Blue Experience is a time for students to connect with people. This is an event that will be held off-campus at Crosspoint Camp in Kingston.

It’s not just a summer orientation camp. The Big Blue Experience is the beginning of a relationship between new students and Southeastern.

Instead of having several Camp SE Orientation camps throughout the summer as in previous years, the University will be doing one camp experience with some drop-in Camp SE orientations during move-in time, the week before classes start.

The drop-in Camp SE will allow for students to obtain their student ID, learn about Blackboard, etc.

Director of Student Activities Mitchell Emberson said, “While the Big Blue Experience is a great way for incoming students to learn about the history and traditions of Southeastern, connect with other students and learn about resources, our primary goal is that every camper leaves feeling they have been connected with a vital support system to help them succeed and meet their higher education goals.”

The Big Blue Experience camp fee is $150 and must be paid by May 28. For further information, call 580-745-2266 or visit http://www.se.edu/dept/student-life/bigblue/

Spring class includes 57 percent first-generation graduates

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

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

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University held Spring Commencement exercises Saturday in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage offered congratulatory remarks to the graduates, families and guests. Also in attendance was Regent John Massey, representing the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

The graduating class includes students from 16 states and 13 countries; 57 percent are first-generation college graduates, the first in their family to receive a college degree.

President Sean Burrage congratulates graduate Matt Maxwell, a chemistry major from Durant.

President Sean Burrage congratulates graduate Matt Maxwell, a chemistry major from Durant.

President Burrage poses for a photo with graduate Taylor Barrick, a psychology major from Duncan.

President Burrage poses for a photo with graduate Taylor Barrick, a psychology major from Duncan.

Gov. Anoatubby congratulates graduates at Native American ceremony

Governor Bill Anoatubby of The Chickasaw Nation congratulates students and their families Wednesday at the Native American Graduation Ceremony and Reception.

Governor Bill Anoatubby of The Chickasaw Nation congratulates students and their families Wednesday at the Native American Graduation Ceremony and Reception.

DURANT, Okla. – Governor Bill Anoatubby of The Chickasaw Nation offered inspiring remarks while congratulating graduates and their families Wednesday as guest speaker at the Native American Graduation Ceremony & Reception, an annual event held at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Also on the program were Southeastern president Sean Burrage, Native American Institute director Lauren Rowland, and School of Choctaw Language instructor Chantelle Standefer.

The Native American graduates (undergraduate and graduate) were honored and presented the traditional stole at the event, which was held in the

Fine Arts Recital Hall. A reception followed in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union.

Following are the graduates honored, listed by permanent hometown:

Bachelor’s Degrees

Oklahoma

Ada: Duty, Emily Grace; Walkup, Trenton Blake

The graduates gather for a group photo at Wednesday’s Native American Graduation and Reception.

The graduates gather for a group photo at Wednesday’s Native American Graduation and Reception.

Antlers: House, Harlan Dale; Spurlock, Sydney Morgan; Taylor, Lisa Ann

Ardmore: Gillespie, Amber Ray; Gravitt, Shelly Renea

Atoka: Johnston, Brianna Nicole; Klaver, Crystal A; Stiles, Brandon Wayne

Barnsdall: Rasberry, Kasidy Dawn

Battiest: Noah, Michael Damian

Bennington: Percell, Abby Danielle

Bixby: Sharp, Patrick Wayne

Blanco: Williams, Amanda Lynn

Bokchito: McCann, Amos Tanner

Boswell: Dill, Misty Dawn

Broken Bow: Batchelor, Cindy Rae; Harris, Steven Paul Gene; Martin, Jake Micheal; Virgin, Skylre Boni

Burneyville: Self, Ailey Brietta

Caddo: Ringle, Joshua Blake

Calera: Patton, Noah Joy; Rogers, Riggin Russell

Caney: Foskey, Amelia Jo

Cartwright: Robinson, Jared Heath

Colbert: Nuncio, Joshua Shane; Poteet, Maddison Jade; Whitehead, Payton Sawyer

Coleman: Daniel, Jessica Taylor

Crowder: Cook, Kaitlan Paige

Davis: Hudson, Michael Cort

Duncan: Barrick, Taylor Denise

Durant: Clayton, Jessica A; Dosh, Caitlin Reanne; Elliott, Isaac Parker; Green, Kaley Michel; Joines, Austin Roger; Maxwell, Matthew Blane; Peterson, Wade Haskell; Thomas, Paige Nikole; Wilcox, Brandon Ray

Eufaula: Paden, Nehemiah Forrest

Farris: Winters, Krista Ann

Fort Towson: Byrd, Caitlyn L; Mahaffey, Joshua Lynn

Fox: Eaves, Ethen James

Hartshorne: Baughman, Ramie KaraLynn; Pingleton, Dylan Vaughn

Hendrix: Stanglin, Madison Layne

Holdenville: Camp, Jesse Rudolph

Hugo: Bigfeather, Cindy Renee; Cooke, Spencer Dwayne; Finch, Ashlyn Brooke; Self, Peyton Nicole; Simpson, Sarah LeeAnn; Smith, Tiffany Kay; Wilson, Lindsey Michelle

Idabel: Cobb, Patrick Wade

Keota: Quirk, Mary Elizabeth

Kiowa: Wills, Jadyn Nikole

Konawa: Khoury, Danielle Arlene

Lone Grove: Kennedy, Amy Elizabeth

Madill: Hartsfield, Makaylah Jordan

McAlester: Kirkland, Christopher Dale

Milburn: Rodenbaugh, Elaine Ruth

Moore: Davis, Cannon Price

Ponca City: Scott, Blake Austin

Poteau: Shelton, Tatum Nicole

Quinton: Nix, Kristina K

Rattan: Baze, Mark Duncan; Clay, Cade Michael

Red Oak: Mabry, Jenna B

Sawyer: Finley, Collin Walker

Soper: McKee, Tanner David

Spiro: Lester, Crystal Lynn

Stigler: Goff, Brittany Dawn

Stroud: Barrett, Jacy Ann

Tahlequah: Asbill, Rodney Wayne

Tishomingo: Kellner, Michael Allen; Ladd, Crockett P; Snowden, Carrie D

Tulsa: Tims, Latoya Cecelia

Valliant: Leffel, Colton K; Reynolds, Shelby Lynn

Vinita: Williams, Emily Dawn

Wright City: Tidmore, John Paden

Florida

Melbourne:  Palmer, Tyler DeWayne

Missouri

Lone Jack:  Key, Jonathan David

Texas

Colleyville: Henderson, Shea Taylor

Crosby: Blackburn, Joshua Randall

Dallas: Jackson II, Bobby Ray

Denison: Anderson, Alysha Chantel; Black, Tara Lynn; Clark, Samantha Ray;  Reed, Zoe Nichole

McKinney: Teel, Jeffery Logan

Melissa: Webb, Katherine Grace

Paris: LeFlore, Ryan Michael

Pearland: Hickey, Suzanne Celise

Pittsburg: Smith, Tajawin JaCarrol

Rockwall: Apala, Darwin Gene

Savoy: Dunkle, Carly Dawn

Sherman: Arnold, Haleigh Lynne; Baker, Michael A; Thornhill, Alexis Kenna

Van Alstyne: Stevens, Kelsea Mckale

Graduate degrees

Oklahoma

Ada: Poulin, Nicole Jayne

Chelsea: Cagle, Kari Lynn

Durant: Counce, Robin Elizabeth; Narcomey, Nicole R; Sullivan, Elizabeth Anne

Madill: Arterberry, Chandler Baylee

McAlester: Karr, Casten Wayne

Oklahoma City: Dunn, Gary D

Ponca City: Hubbard, Deeyll T

Tahlequah: Shankle, Bradley Wayne

Vian: Murphy, Logan Pierce

Yukon: Moore, Maria R

Arkansas

West Memphis:  Jenkins, Chris Allen

Arizona

Flagstaff: Edd, Lisa A

California

Hesperia: Wallbaum, Mathew Allen

Palo Cedro: Fisher-Smith, Dawn Sheri

Texas

Kilgore: Payne, Dana Maree

Pilot Point: Evans, Haley Claire

Van Alstyne: Wiles, Tina M

Virginia

Roanoke: Hines – Fa’atau, Taylor B

 

Southeastern students participate in Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature activities

Jacob Morrison and Nynnett Gonzalez participated in the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature mock government program this year.

Jacob Morrison and Nynnett Gonzalez participated in the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature mock government program this year.

DURANT, Okla. – With a history spanning 50 years, the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature (OIL) is the longest-running mock government run by students in the nation. University students from across the state compete in a simulated legislative process.

Over the past few years, Southeastern Oklahoma State University has been building its OIL delegation, making big strides in the first 50th session of 2018. Connor Alford, political science instructor, has advised and coached Southeastern’s team.

Jacob Morrison, a sophomore from Durant, had four bills passed by the house and senate. All four of his bills were signed into law by the governor of the organization, thus becoming “law.”  This is the first time Southeastern has seen a bill pass both chambers and be codified into law.

Nynnett Gonzalez, a sophomore from Cartwright, was a member of several committees — including rules, appropriations, and judiciary — that determine the competition standards.

In addition, Gonzalez was elected Deputy President Pro Tempore of the Senate.

As Southeastern’s new chair, Morrison hopes to continue to grow the University’s delegation.

Southeastern journalism students earn top awards at Oklahoma Collegiate Media Association Conference

Representing Southeastern at the conference were Jerai Billy, a staff writer for The Southeastern; Kourtney Kaufman, managing editor of The Southeastern; and, Megan McFarland, news editor of The Southeastern. Also pictured is Dr. Joey Senat, Oklahoma State associate professor and OCMA coordinator.

Representing Southeastern at the conference were Jerai Billy, a staff writer for The Southeastern; Kourtney Kaufman, managing editor of The Southeastern; and, Megan McFarland, news editor of The Southeastern. Also pictured is Dr. Joey Senat, Oklahoma State associate professor and OCMA coordinator.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University journalism students recently attended the Oklahoma Collegiate Media Association conference and awards banquet in Stillwater, bringing home numerous awards in the Diamond Division. SE Student Media competes against other university publications and journalists across the state.

The Southeastern student newspaper won first place for Online Newspaper, which can be found at www.thesoutheastern.com.

The monthly printed edition of The Southeastern won first place for Front Page Design, second place for Overall Newspaper, and second place for Interior Page Design and Layout.

Individual students earning awards for The Southeastern at the state level were Kourtney Kaufman, who placed first and third, respectively, in Editorial Writing and honorable mention in Sports Photography, and Megan McFarland, who took first place in News Photography and Sports Photography and honorable mention for General News Writing.

In the spring of 2017, SE Student Media created the first magazine edition of The Holisso, a 76-page full color publication, which students write, photograph and design as a part of the curriculum. The Holisso won Overall Magazine General Excellence and was recognized as the top student produced magazine in OCMA.

The following students received awards for their contributions to The Holisso:

Chelsey Pilkilton, first place, Magazine Sports Photography; J.D. Anteau, first place, Magazine News Photography and second place, Magazine Feature Photography; Nicole Diseker, first place, Magazine Feature Photography; Brandon Green, first place, Magazine Sports Writing; Ivy Phelps, first place, Magazine General Newswriting and second place, Magazine News Photography; Haley Barnett, honorable mention, Magazine Feature Writing; and Kourtney Kaufman, honorable mention Magazine Feature Writing.

Student broadcasters earn honors at state conference

Southeastern  broadcasting students Kennedy Sawyers, Brandon Green, Jay King, Jesse Risner, Charles Jackson,  and Wyatt Hubbard are shown  with faculty member Dell McLain at the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters in Tulsa.

Southeastern broadcasting students Kennedy Sawyers, Brandon Green, Jay King, Jesse Risner, Charles Jackson, and Wyatt Hubbard are shown with faculty member Dell McLain at the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters in Tulsa.

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Oklahoma State University broadcasting team received a number of honors at the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters annual conference in Tulsa.

Students attended two days of workshops, meetings, a career fair and vendor exhibits.

Charles Jackson, a senior from Fort Worth, took  2nd place awards in three categories: television entertainment, television public service announcement, and television promotional spot.

Brandon Green, a senior from McAlester, was awarded 1st place for best radio promotional spot.

Jesse Risner, a junior from Durant, was the recipient of the Mark Rawlings Scholarship.

“I am so pleased with the dedication and hard work of our broadcasters this year,” said Dell McLain, who serves as Southeastern Director of Broadcasting. “It was great to see them at the convention, meeting industry professionals, attending informative workshops and sharing their production work with the state.”

Dr. Wayne Jones named 2017- 2018 Safety Professional of the Year

DURANT, Okla. –  Dr. Wayne D. Jones of Southeastern Oklahoma State University received the 2017-2018 Safety Professional of the Year award from the Southwest Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers recently at their annual professional development conference. Jones, center, is a professor of occupational safety & health and is pictured with Southwest chapter vice president Scott DeBow and president Donnie Chambless. The Southwest chapter of the 38,000-member American Society of Safety Engineers represents north Texas, specifically the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

 

Gov. Anoatubby to speak at Native American graduation event on May 9

DURANT, Okla. – Governor Bill Anoatubby of the Chickasaw Nation will be the guest speaker at the Native American Graduation Ceremony & Reception at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 9, at 6 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall on the Southeastern campus. The Native American Institute is the sponsor of the event, which is open to the public.

Also scheduled to be on the program are Southeastern president Sean Burrage, Native American Institute director Lauren Rowland, and School of Choctaw Language instructor Chantelle Standefer.

Bill Anoatubby has served as Governor of the Chickasaw Nation since 1987 and has been active in tribal government since 1975. His previous positions include director of tribal health services, director of finance, special assistant to the governor, controller, and he was the tribe’s first lieutenant governor.

In his first term, Gov. Anoatubby established goals of economic development and self-sufficiency for the Chickasaw Nation and its people. Today, the Chickasaw Nation is well on its way to achieving those goals.

The Chickasaw Nation operates more than 100 diversified businesses and invests much of its revenue into funding more than 200 programs and services. These programs cover education, health care, youth, aging, housing and more, all of which directly benefit Chickasaw families, Oklahomans and their communities.

Under Gov. Anoatubby’s direction, the Chickasaw Nation places a strong emphasis on preserving and sharing its heritage, history, language and culture. This commitment can be seen in the various artistically and culturally-centered programs, language services, and the world-renowned Chickasaw Cultural Center.

Gov. Anoatubby has received dozens of awards, including being named a 2016 Creative Oklahoma Creativity Ambassador, he has been inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges Hall of Fame, as well as the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame. In addition, he has been named the minority advocate of the year from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Safety Engineers president addresses Southeastern students

DURANT, Okla. – Jim Smith, who serves as president of the American Society of Safety Engineers, addresses a crowd of 150 safety students Wednesday at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.  Smith is the director of risk control services for Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services.  He related his experiences in the safety field, along with observations on job opportunities for current and future graduates. There are currently more than 400 undergraduate and graduate majors in the Occupational Safety & Health program at Southeastern.

Tri-County event honors high school students; Teacher of the Year Jon Hazell offers encouragement

Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Jon Hazell of Durant makes a point during his remarks at Tuesday’s Tri-County Honors event. Also shown are Dr. Kyle Stafford, vice president of university advancement at Southeastern; Greg Massey, First United Bank CEO; and Southeastern president Sean Burrage.

Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Jon Hazell of Durant makes a point during his remarks at Tuesday’s Tri-County Honors event. Also shown are Dr. Kyle Stafford, vice president of university advancement at Southeastern; Greg Massey, First United Bank CEO; and Southeastern president Sean Burrage.

DURANT, Okla. – Durant High School’s Jon Hazell – the 2017 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year – 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.

A total of 79 students representing 15 schools were honored.

First United CEO Greg Massey presided over the event, with Southeastern

president Sean Burrage offering welcoming remarks. Awards were presented by Hazell, Massey, Burrage, the bank presidents, and Southeastern vice president for university advancement Dr. Kyle Stafford.

 

Following is the list of award recipients:

2018 Tri-County Honor Students

Achille High School

James Quarles, Tayler Wells, Austin Curry, Kirsten Smith

Bennington High School

Tucker McWilliams, Josephine Singleton, Brody Everett, Emily Stevens, Austin Malone, Madison Currie

Boswell High School

Erin Caldwell, Hannah Manous, Levi Russell, Harleigh Belvin

Caddo High School

Kacie Clower, Michael Usery, Kaden Dixon, Kristen Hobbs

Calera High School

Calee Boone, Hannah Carter, Tammy Vo, Masheli Bully

Colbert High School

Rylie Rickman, Jared Hartwright, Thrush Beazer, Katherine McGill

Durant High School

Jensen Simmons, Cassie Bisson, Shaya Claxton, Hanna Cook, Kendall Cordell, Alissa French, Arya Gautam, Haleigh Harper, Hannah Hime, Morgan Hudson, Kyle Hughes, Emily Langley, Hannah McDonald, Braeden McKee, Hannah Morrison, Cade Ogden, Connor Roberts, Taylor Russell, Tyler Smith, Emily Thompson, Tommy Tran

Fort Towson High School

Lynzee Smith, Hailey Ausmus, Nathaniel Clark, Hailey Cloud

Hugo High School

Cole Francis, Hannah Barnett, G’Quavious Lennox, Destiny Gaffney

Durant Kiamichi Technology Center

Jordan Buhler, Courtney Rogers

Kingston High School

Nicholas Mizell, Kaitlynn Hobbs

Madill High School

Costa Chambers, Alex Morales, Kylee Kuykendall, Devon Chapa, Lauren Tuck

Rock Creek High School

Maci Burns, Emily Hill, Bryanna Phillips, Mackenzie Powell, Karmen Salazar, Eleazar Rubio, Jacey Angello

Silo High School

Jessen Pratt, Connor Doyle, Makenzie Rogers, Trevor Dailey

Soper High School

Katelynn McGriff, Payton Amend, Caleb Grace, Kyndal Partin