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Southeastern Staff Association presents annual awards

Jennifer Moore, far left, of the SSA and Dr. Bryon Clark, acting president of Southeastern, congratulate the SSA award recipients. From left, Alisha Ridenour, Penny Bridwell, Jannista Wood, and James Reed. Not pictured, Marti Phillips and Mike Davis.

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT,
Okla. –
The Southeastern Oklahoma State University Staff Association
(SSA) presented a number of awards during its annual luncheon Tuesday.

Southeastern
acting president Dr. Bryon Clark, SSA president Alisha Ridenour, and SSA
historian Jennifer Moore made the presentations at the conclusion of the event.

Special
recognition – the Heart of Southeastern Award – was presented to Penny
Bridwell, Office
Assistant, Student Health Services. This award is not presented annually, but
goes to an individual who has served the SSA and University in an exemplary
manner. Bridwell has been employed in various capacities at Southeastern for 20
years and also been active in the SSA. She has also played a key role in
establishing and maintaining the Southeastern Care Team.

The complete list of award recipients
follows:

Storm Rookie of the Year – Marti Phillips, Assistant
Vice President for Business Affairs

Outstanding Non-Exempt Employee – Jannista Wood,
Administrative Assistant to Vice President for Student Affairs

Outstanding Exempt Employee – Mike Davis, Director of the
Office of Compliance and Safety and Title IX coordinator

Service to Students – James Reed, Director of Student Conduct, Rights
& Responsibilities

Outstanding SSA Member – Alisha Ridenour, Assistant Director\Instructional
Designer CIDT

Heart of Southeastern – Penny Bridwell, Office
Assistant, Student Health Services

Southeastern closed on Friday, April 19

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State
University will be closed Friday, April 19.

Classes will resume and
offices will re-open on Monday, April 22.

Chief Batton to address spring graduates on May 11

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

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

Two ceremonies –
at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. – will be held in the Bloomer Sullivan Arena on Saturday,
May 11.

              
Chief Batton is the 47th Chief of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma,
the third largest Indian tribe in the United States with more than 200,000
citizens. After being sworn into the Office in 2014, Chief Batton set a clear
direction in his inaugural address indicating a specific vision for his
administration. He believes his main purpose is to create a better future for
the Choctaw people. He spends countless hours in the communities with the
tribal members he serves. He works to protect their culture, provide
opportunities for education, improved healthcare, employment, and ultimately,
do what is best for Choctaws.

Through diversification, the Nation now has more than 70
businesses in 13 different industries, including hospitality, entertainment,
agriculture, defense and more. Chief Batton has established a sound economic
base for the Choctaw Nation with annual revenue exceeding $1.5 billion.

Under Chief Batton’s direction, the Choctaw Nation opened a new
tribal headquarters and regional health clinic in Durant, a large expansion to
its health clinic in Poteau, three new wellness centers, three Chili’s
franchises, three Travel Plazas, an expansion to its resort in Durant,
community centers in McAlester and Talihina, three food distribution centers,
two Choctaw market and three independent living communities for Choctaw elders.

Chief Batton also created several new programs to assist tribal
members like the Next Step supplemental food program, Reintegration and Job for
the Day. The additional facilities and programs added more than 4,000 jobs to
southeastern Oklahoma during his first five years in office.

The growth continues with numerous projects in the planning and
construction phases. These include another country market, head starts,
independent elder housing and wellness centers just to name a few.

Chief Batton received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from
Southeastern in 2013.

 The schedule
for Saturday, May 11, will be two ceremonies in the Bloomer Sullivan Arena, is
as follows: 

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. 

School of Arts & Sciences

Master of Technology

Master of Music Education

Master of Science (Native American Leadership) 

John Massey School of Business

Master of Business Administration

Master of Science (Aerospace Administration and Logistics)

Master of Science (Safety)

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.      

School of Education & Behavioral Sciences

Master of Arts (Clinical Mental Health Counseling)

Master of Early Intervention and Child Development

Master of Education

Master of Science (Sports Administration)

Southeastern to host Domestic Violence Awareness event

By Southeastern Student Media

Domestic violence awareness messages were painted on t-shirts during last year’s event. These shirts were displayed in the Student Union and increased awareness on campus .

Domestic violence awareness messages were painted on t-shirts during last year’s event. These shirts were displayed in the Student Union and increased awareness on campus .

Was it just a fight? Is it normal to be called names? Is it really a big deal if your partner calls you twenty times a day to ask where you are?

As part of October Domestic Violence Awareness month, Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host Love. Sex. Lies., an awareness event on Tuesday, September 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Student Union Atrium. The event will help students understand what healthy relationships should look like.

Students can paint awareness messages on t-shirts, enjoy live entertainment by U92 DJs and take relationship assessments to gauge their current relationships. Free Pizza will be provided by Gateway Mortgage Group.

The purpose of the event is to create awareness in order for students to be able to recognize what an unhealthy relationship looks like, compared to a healthy one. Trained advocates will be on hand to discuss warning signs and provide support and referrals for students.

According to the National Coalition of Domestic Violence, women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner. Southeastern takes these statistics seriously and wants to create a safe environment for students by openly discussing domestic violence and sexual assault on campus.

Students will also be encouraged to join Southeastern on October 1 for the Take Back the Night March to downtown Market Square for the annual Crisis Center Candlelight Vigil. The march begins at 5:15 p.m. at the entrance to Paul Laird Field. The vigil begins at 6 p.m.

Musical Arts Series begins September 14 with mezzo-soprano Catherine Martin

DURANT, Okla. – The Musical Arts Series on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University opens its 44th season with Catherine Martin, mezzo-soprano on Thursday, September 14, at 7:30 p.m.  in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

Admission is free for all performances of the Musical Arts Series. The 2017-2018 Musical Arts Series is sponsored in part by Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Red River Arts Council, Oklahoma Arts Council, Native American Institute, and National Endowment for the Arts.

 

Martin will perform Richard Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder, selections of Cabaret Songs by Benjamin Britten, and more.  In addition to Martin’s evening concert, she will offer a public masterclass with voice students from the Department of Music at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 13, in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

American mezzo-soprano Catherine Martin has been praised by The Washington Post for her “gorgeous, warm voice that you want to keep listening to,” and she continues to make an impact in repertoire ranging from Verdi and Wagner to Strauss and Bellini.

For more information about this event and or information about  becoming become a sponsor of the Music Arts Series, contact Dr. Jeremy Blackwood, MAS Coordinator, at 580-745-2096.

High school counselors learn more about Southeastern during visit

Southeastern president Sean Burrage welcomes high school counselors to campus Tuesday.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage welcomes high school counselors to campus Tuesday.

DURANT, Okla. – High school counselors from throughout southern Oklahoma and north Texas went back to school Tuesday morning in Durant.

The counselors attended a breakfast and information session hosted by the Office of Admissions and Recruitment at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The purpose of the event, attended by 34 educators, was to provide an overview of admission services and academic programs offered to prospective students by the University.

“We were very pleased with the interest and participation from the counselors today,’’ said Christy Rogers, director of admissions and recruitment. “While we are providing information, at the same time, the feedback we receive is very helpful in understanding what students want to know about college. We hope

to plan similar events throughout the year.’’

Southeastern representatives offered presentations on financial aid, the Honors Program, scholarships, and various academic programs, including occupational safety & health, business, and sciences.

Southeastern ranks seventh nationally in graduating Native American students

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University continues to rank among the nation’s leaders in producing Native American graduates.

According to the latest rankings by Diverse Issues In Higher Education, Southeastern is seventh in the nation for graduating Native American students (baccalaureate) in all disciplines combined.

The University is number one in the Occupational Safety & Health field, and  number two in three other areas – Chemistry; Health, Physical  Education,  and Recreation;  and Communication.

Southeastern also ranks in the top 10 nationally in a number of other disciplines, including Marketing, Liberal and Applied Studies, Accounting, Psychology, Education,  all business-related programs,  and Computer Science and Computer Information Systems.

On the graduate level, Southeastern is top-ranked in Occupational Safety & Health, second in Health, Physical Education,  & Recreation, and 20th in all disciplines combined.

Approximately 30% of Southeastern’s current enrollment is comprised of Native American students.

Listed below are Southeastern’s programs that correspond to the top 10 rankings on the latest Diverse Issues in Higher Education list:

Baccalaureate

1 – Occupational Safety & Health
2 — Chemistry
2 – Health & Physical Education, Recreation
2 — Communication
3 — Marketing
3 — Liberal and Applied Studies
4 — Accounting
4 — Psychology
4 — Education
9 – Business programs – Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, General Business
9 — Computer Science and Computer Information Systems

Graduate (Master’s)

1 – Occupational Safety & Health
2 – Sports Studies and Athletic Administration

 

Source: Diverse: Issues In Higher Education analysis of U.S. Department of Education reportssubmitted by institutions.

 

Murray State, Southeastern professors collaborate to teach English/history class

Dr. Rebecca Jacobs-Pollez, left, of Murray State College, and Dr. Meg Cotter-Lynch work together in the classroom.

Dr. Rebecca Jacobs-Pollez, left, of Murray State College, and Dr. Meg Cotter-Lynch work together in the classroom.

DURANT, Okla. – In March of this year, Murray State College and Southeastern Oklahoma State University announced they would share the services of Chief Financial Officer Dennis Westman.

This unique cost-saving collaboration allowed Southeastern to fill the duties of its Vice President for Business Affairs position, which had been vacant since last fall.  Westman, who had been a full-time Murray employee, now oversees business affairs at both institutions.

Now, on the academic side, the two schools are at it again.

“President (Joy) McDaniel (of Murray) and I agree that with the budget situation like it is in higher education right now, we have to think outside the box,’’ said Southeastern President Sean Burrage,  “not only in terms of economics, but in terms of what we can do to benefit our students. Murray is a tremendous partner to work with, and we look forward to additional collaborative efforts in the future.’’

Beneficiaries of the latest innovative collaboration are Southeastern honors students who take an upper-level transdisciplinary course comprised of World Literature in Translation/Cultural History of theWest in fall of their sophomore year.

The 3893 English course is taught by Dr. Meg Cotter-Lynch, Professor of English and Director of Southeastern’s Honors Program, while the 4973 history component, previously taught by Southeastern facultyuntil budget reductions intervened, is being taught by Dr. Rebecca Jacobs-Pollez, Assistant Professor of History at Murray State College.

“Murray State College and Southeastern Oklahoma State University have developed a partnership that benefits students on both campuses,” MSC President Joy McDaniel said.

“By joining together at the classroom level, we can directly assist students in a way that might not have been possible without the decision to use our resources in this particular way,” McDaniel said.

The courses meet independently on Mondays and Wednesdays, and then on Fridays, the two classes combine for a two-hour discussion on ways in which literature, history, religions, and philosophy interact to shape cultural ideas of individuals and how they interact with the community.

“I appreciate the opportunity to teach this class. The students are enthusiastic and fun, and I am also learning a great deal,which I can use at Murray and hopefully sometime again at Southeastern,” Jacobs-Pollez said.

The collaboration benefits students on many levels, according to Cotter-Lynch.  “As far as the course in general, it helps students see the connections between disciplines and also to understand the value of studying a problem through multiple disciplinary lenses, which is how the real world actually works,” she said. “We all need to understand the history and culture of places we are in to better understand how and why people believe and behave as they do; we need critical thinking and communication skills in order to interact with others.”

Cotter-Lynch added that the utilization of the two professors allows students to gain different perspectives on the same subject, while offering the expertise ofJacobs-Pollez in the field of Medieval History.

The two institutions plan on additional collaborative projects to combine faculty and administration for the benefit of students.

Impressive crowd celebrates Homecoming at Southeastern

Southeastern president Sean Burrage, left, presents the Heritage Award to Dr. Don Sullivan, who accepted the award on behalf of his late father Coach Bloomer Sullivan and the family.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage, left, presents the Heritage Award to Dr. Don Sullivan, who accepted the award on behalf of his late father Coach Bloomer Sullivan and the family.

DURANT, Okla. – An impressive number of alumni and friends returned to campus over the weekend as Southeastern Oklahoma State University celebrated Homecoming 2016.

The Distinguished Awards Banquet recognizing Distinguished Alumni, Distinguished Former Faculty and the Heritage honoree was held Friday in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.

Honored this year as  Distinguished Alumni were William Fahrendorf, Executive Vice President and Chief Administration Officer of Durant’s First United Bank; Lee Lipscomb, retired attorney, Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack; and Bill Groom, TV and film designer.

This year’s Distinguished Former Faculty Award recipients were Dr. Gordon Eggleton, Betty  Wintle, and the late Dr. James Wintle

The Heritage Award was presented posthumously to Hall of Fame coach BloomerSullivan, with his son  Dr. Don Sulllivan accepting the honor.

Among the special guests attending Friday’s event were Chancellor and former Southeastern president Glen D. Johnson and his wife Melinda.

On Saturday morning, the traditional Homecoming Parade was held in downtownDurant, followed by the Alumni Tailgate Party across from Paul Laird Field.

Crowned Homecoming Queen and King at Saturday’s football game were Kayla Castagnetta, a senior  biology/psychology from Hartshorne, Oklahoma, and

Kirk Sanders, a senior occupational safety and health major from Telephone, Texas.

On the playing field, the Southeastern Savage Storm defeated Southern Nazarene45-14, to run their record to 3-1.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage, far right, joins the honorees Friday night at the Distinguished Awards Banquet. Left to right are William Fahrendorf, Dr. Gordon Eggleton, Betty Wintle, and Lee Lipscomb. Distinguished Alumni recipient Bill Groom could not attend the ceremony due to professional obligations.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage, far right, joins the honorees Friday night at the Distinguished Awards Banquet. Left to right are William Fahrendorf, Dr. Gordon Eggleton, Betty Wintle, and Lee Lipscomb. Distinguished Alumni recipient Bill Groom could not attend the ceremony due to professional obligations.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates Homecoming Queen and King Kayla Castagnetta and Kirk Sanders.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates Homecoming Queen and King Kayla Castagnetta and Kirk Sanders.

Three Southeastern graduates among “50 Women Making a Difference In Oklahoma’’

DURANT, Okla. – Three graduates of Southeastern Oklahoma State University are among the “50 Women Making A Difference In Oklahoma’’ as selected by The Journal Record.

The honorees from Southeastern are attorney Heather Burrage (’99), Burrage Law Firm, Durant; Michele Campbell (‘88,’90), Oklahoma Small Business Development Center, Durant; and Dr. Amanda Cobb-Greetham (’92), Coca Cola professor and director of the Native American Studies Program in the University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences.

Heather Burrage

Heather Burrage

Michele Campbell

Michele Campbell

Amanda Cobb-Greetham

Amanda Cobb-Greetham

 

 

 

 

 

The 50 honorees will be honored at the 2016 Journal Record Woman of the Year gala set for Nov. 2 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Judge Jane P. Wiseman will be the keynote speaker. Wiseman, who was the first woman to serve on both the trial and appellate divisions of the Oklahoma Court on the Judiciary, has served as a judge with the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals in Tulsa since 2005.

Also that evening, the “Woman of the Year’’ will be announced.

The 2016 event marks the 36th year for the Woman of the Yearprogram, designed to inspire confidence among women to go out and make their mark.