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Southeastern celebrates Carnival of Cultures

The Carnival of Cultures was held Tuesday at Southeastern.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Carnival of Cultures is a celebration of diversity and uniqueness of students from several countries.

The Carnival of Cultures has been a part of University programming in some form for the last 20 years. It is an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to enjoy the cultural richness of our University.

It is a program commemorating the heritage, traditions and food of Southeastern’s International Students.

This year’s Carnival, held Tuesday, featured 20 participants from the International Students Association (ISA). The event was hosted and implemented by these students. Eri Turek, a graduate student worker, coordinated the event in conjunction with ISA.

Turek, from Japan, is in her second year at Southeastern. She is pursuing her master’s degree in Community Counseling.

The cast of 20 international students celebrated the rich cultural history of their respective countries through song, dance and spoken word for a crowd of 120 people.

To view the international students’ video and anthem, go to

Opera Southeastern to present program on Dec. 2-3

Opera Southeastern to present program on Dec. 2-3

Press Release Date: 11-16-2011

DURANT, Okla. – Opera Southeastern, a part of the Department of Music at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, will present “Follow Your Heart: Works of Gian Carlo Menotti,” on Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3.

A double-bill of “The Telephone” and “Amahl and the Night Visitors” will be performed beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

“The Telephone” is a one-act comic opera outlining a day in the life of Lucy and Ben, who is enamored with Lucy. Ben visits Lucy before leaving on a trip. His main intention is to propose, but he is interrupted by the telephone.

Lucy is played by Kaela Ganz, and Duncan Kovash handles the role of Ben.

“Amahl and the Night Visitors” is a one-act opera telling the tale of a young, handicapped boy with an imagination that drives his mother crazy.

The family is facing the possibility of becoming beggars. Meanwhile, the young boy is surprised when three kings stop by his home on their journey to find “a Child.”

The cast for “Night Visitors’’ features Cheri Conway as the mother and Braden Raines, a fourth-grade student at Durant Intermediate School, as Amahl.

Other cast members are Clifford Cox as Kaspar, Aaron Williams as Melchior, Nicholas Vance as Balthazar, and Taylor Hunt as the Page.

The Shepherds Chorus participants are Marissa Musgrove, Brenna Dougherty, Kristen Morgan, Victoria Cook, Amanda Dann, D.J. Bailey, Hunter Sitz, Jed Hensley, and Kirk Prucha.

Opera Southeastern is under the direction of Jeremy Blackwood, Instructor of Voice. Dr. Robert McFadden will serve as the accompanist.

General admission tickets are $5. Students are admitted free with ID. For more information about this event, call 580-745-2088.

Southeastern to offer cohort study for Master in School Administration at Grayson County College

Southeastern to offer cohort study for Master in School Administration at Grayson County College

Press Release Date: 11-15-2011

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University recently announced the initiation of a cohort group for study toward a Master of Education in School Administration.

This cohort group will meet at Grayson County College in Denison, Texas, beginning in January 2012, with completion set for May 2013.

The program administrator, Dr. John Love, said he was very pleased that Southeastern is able to offer such a teacher-friendly approach to graduate study. Love indicated students would meet only on Wednesday and take only one class at a time. Love is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Instruction and Leadership at Southeastern.

“Streaming class study so the student can focus on only one class at a time and meeting face-to-face for discussion and activities creates an effective and popular format,& Love said.

Love said another bonus is that the quality program is being offered at an affordable cost. This degree program at Southeastern received national recognition during last year’s National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) site visit.

“Southeastern waives out-of-state tuition for Texas students the first year, and then throughout the remainder of the program if a certain GPA is maintained,” Love said. “Combined with the quality of our programs, we believe this to be an excellent bargain for our Texas students. Currently, some 35 to 40 percent of students in our educational programs are from Texas.”

Like all of the professors who will be involved with teaching in the cohort, Love is an experienced teacher and school administrator. Over the last 20 years, he worked as a principal of award-winning schools in Tyler and Palestine, Texas.

“We are going to involve local, practicing administrators who lead exemplary programs to guide our cohort students in their graduate study,” Love said. “Additionally, the summer semester will have a “Lunch with the Practitioner” component so students will get to hear from and discuss topics and issues with many Texoma-area administrators.”

For more information or to enroll, contact Dr. John Love at email, call 580-745-2226, or snail mail at Southeastern, PMB 4041, Durant, Oklahoma, 74701-0609.

Native American Symposium Speaker

Native American Symposium Speaker

Press Release Date: 11-7-2011


DURANT, Okla. – Distinguished educator and scholar Dr. Henrietta (Henri) Mann was the keynote speaker Friday at Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Native American Symposium and Film Festival. A leading advocate of tribal education, Mann is currently serving as founding president of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal College. The ninth annual symposium featured presentations on Native American literature, history, sociology, education, science, art, and film.

SE Live, Native American Visitation Day is Wednesday

SE Live, Native American Visitation Day is Wednesday

Press Release Date: 11-7-2011

DURANT, Okla. – High school juniors and seniors, and their parents and families, are invited to attend two exciting events at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Native American Visitation Day and SE Live Open House will both be hosted on Wednesday, Nov. 9 on the Durant campus.

Native American Visitation Day allows students the opportunity to learn about Native American benefits, attend a class on Native American studies, and play a traditional game of stickball.

SE Live Open House is a great opportunity for high school students to experience what life is like as a Southeastern student. Students will attend workshops on scholarships and financial aid, and Southeastern Traditions and a College Success class. Campus tours will also be available in the afternoon.

Other highlights of the day will include entertainment by several of Southeastern’s performing groups including “The Spirit of Southeastern” Marching Band and the Sparks Dance Team. The choir and band will also hold early auditions for scholarships.

All students attending will receive an SE Sackpack and one free lunch ticket. Lunch is sponsored by First United Bank.

SE Live is an annual event on campus. Last year more than 500 students attended.

To view an event schedule, get directions and register, go online to or contact the Office of University Recruitment at 580-745-2060.

Southeastern student chapter wins national honorable mention

Southeastern student chapter wins national honorable mention

Press Release Date: 10-28-2011

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter has been selected to receive an Honorable Mention Award at the 243rd ACS National Meeting March 25, 2012, in San Diego, Calif.

The student members and Dr. Nancy Paiva, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biotechnology and faculty advisor of Southeastern’s ACS chapter, will be recognized for activities conducted during the 2010-11 academic year.

Southeastern’s student chapter was one of 107 to receive this award from more than 330 reports submitted nationally.

Paiva said, “As our reviewers commented, last year the chapter accomplished a lot, especially considering the small size of the Southeastern group compared to much larger schools.

“This year, the chapter is also striving to initiate more community outreach activities with science students in rural schools.”

Southeastern’s student chapter will be listed among the winners in the “Chemical and Engineering News” professional publication and in the November/December issue of “inChemistry” student magazine.

Southeastern celebrates Native November

Southeastern celebrates Native November

Press Release Date: 10-26-2011

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate Native November with events scheduled from Nov. 1 through Nov. 28.

Native November opens with guest speakers on Nov. 1 and includes a wide variety of events. This includes recognition of Native American Scholars and the first recipients of the Southeastern Choctaw Language and Culture minor at the final football game of the season on Nov. 5 when Southeastern will host Ouachita Baptist University.

Three guest speakers will highlight the opening day (Nov. 1) of the celebration.

Jim Parrish, Director of the School of Choctaw Language, historian Richard Adams, and singer Roger Scott will be the featured speakers.

Parrish will discuss the importance of the Choctaw Language Program, how the Program works with Southeastern to provide the courses needed, and why the Choctaw Nation needs Language Instructors.

Parrish earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Southeastern and completed the Superintendent of Schools program in 1998. He retired in 2009 after 34 years of teaching and coaching in public schools, with the last 15 years in administration.

Parrish was named Director of the Choctaw Language Program in December 2009.

Adams, a historian for the Nation, will share information about the Choctaw tribe and events that have been significant to the tribe. He is a full-blood Choctaw and has been an employee of the tribe for the last 12 years.

Adams joined the U.S. Air Force in 1964 and retired in 1987. He performed Baptist Mission and Ministry work for 10 years and served on the Board of Directors of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma from 1991-95.

He began teaching the Choctaw Language in October 1997 as a volunteer in Poteau, Oklahoma, and was certified by the tribe to teach the language in July 1998. He began his employment with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma in 1999.

Scott will sing traditional Choctaw songs in the Choctaw language and explain the significance of these songs as they relate to the Choctaw people.

Singing ties the language and history together and is a very vital part of the culture of the Choctaw people.

Native American Student Visitation Day is scheduled for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9. A welcome session will be followed by discussions on tribal aid, group activities and Native American orientation and services.

Other events include roundtable discussions of history and culture, Native movies hosted by Southeastern students, , stickball, Native storytelling, traditional dress fashion show, Choctaw social dancing, a tour of the Chickasaw Cultural Center, and an opportunity to meet Miss Indian Southeastern.

For more information on Native November and a complete listing of events, call 580-745-2376 or 745-2812 or visit

Chris Wesberry serves as Coordinator of the Native American Center for Student Success. Chantelle Standefer is the NAEIE Academic Advisor, Blaine Parnell is the Choctaw Peer Advisor, and Amy Gantt is the Chickasaw Retention Coordinator.

Southeastern competes in Supercomputing Symposium

Southeastern competes in Supercomputing Symposium

Press Release Date: 10-25-2011

Dr Frinkle and Mike Morris

Henry Neeman, left, director of OSCER, presents a high performance computer to Dr. Karl Frinkle and Mike Morris.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University faculty members Mike Morris and Dr. Karl Frinkle, along with nine students, attended the “OU Supercomputing Symposium” at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

Frinkle, associate professor of mathematics, is working with Morris, assistant professor of Chemistry, Computer, and Physical Sciences, on a supercomputer project that will allow students to learn about the latest computer programming technology, which is parallel programming.

This was the 10th year for the event, which includes seminars and vendors relating to High Performance Computing.

Southeastern students attending the symposium were Computer Information Systems majors Alan Grimes, David Muniz, Kris Owen and Kyle Woolly, along with Computer Science majors Zach Cobb, Ben Fewell, Brent Gandy, Adam Grant and Zach Pauls.

The annual event is presented by the Oklahoma Supercomputing Center for Education and Research (OSCER).

Southeastern Symphonic Winds Presents “Shortcut Home” Nov. 8

Southeastern Symphonic Winds Presents “Shortcut Home” Nov. 8

Press Release Date: 10-25-2011

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Symphonic Winds – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s premier instrumental ensemble – continues its 2011-2012 concert season with a program entitled “Shortcut Home: Travels Around the World” on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Southeastern Ballroom.

The program – which features music that highlights places and cultures from around the globe – includes Dana Wilson’s Shortcut Home, Samuel R. Hazo’s Sòlas Ané, Jan Van der Roost’s Suite Provençale, Michael Colgrass’ Bali, Percy Aldridge Grainger’s Colonial Song and Dan Welcher’s Zion. Joining the group for the performance will be a special guest conductor, Dr. Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, who is a native of Austria and teaches and conducts the top wind and percussion ensembles at Duke University.

“Dr. Mösenbichler-Bryant is a great friend and an outstanding faculty colleague at an outstanding university,”” said Southeastern Director of Bands Dr. Jacob Wallace. “She is a phenomenal conductor and brings passion and energy to the podium that our students and audience will really enjoy.”

Dr. Mösenbichler-Bryant will be conducting Van der Roost’s Suite Provençale.

In preparation for the ensemble’s Honor Band performance at the Oklahoma Music Educators Association Winter Conference in Tulsa, the group is performing a preview of one of their works for that concert.

“Dan Welcher’s Zion is a virtuosic tour-de-force. It’s the most difficult piece that I’ve ever asked the group to perform, and they’re doing an amazing job of putting it together. The piece itself is so tremendously exciting that we thought it would be great to perform it here on campus as well as up in Tulsa,” said Dr. Wallace.

The Southeastern Symphonic Winds is a performing ensemble consisting of Southeastern students and is open to qualified students in all disciplines pending competitive audition. Admission is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Department of Music at 580-745-2088 or Dr. Wallace at 580-745-2084.

For more information on the Texoma Area College Fair, please contact Southeastern’s Office of University Recruitment at (580) 745-2060.

Southeastern celebrates Homecoming

Southeastern president Larry Minks congratulates Homecoming Queen and King Amanda Scott and Payton Werner.

DURANT, Okla. – “Faithful to the Gold and Blue” was the theme of Homecoming this year at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Three days (Sept. 27-28-29) of events were held as part of the celebration, including such traditional events as the Whang Bang Alumni Golf Tournament, the Distinguished Alumini Awards Banquet, Former Athletes’ Breakfast, and football game.

Honored as Distinguished Alumni this year were Captain Gail Gorski, (’74), Mr. Steve Robinson (’86), and Mr. Towana Spivey (’68).

Recognized with the Distinguished Former Faculty award were Dr. Walter Britt, Dr. Elbert Hill, and Dr. Pat Robbins. (’60).

The Benefactor award was presented to the family of the late Albert H. Brigance (’55). In addition, the grand opening of the Albert H. Brigance Curriculum and Assessment Center was held on Thursday, September 27, in Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library.

The Heritage Award, which honors individuals who have impacted the history of Southeastern in some unique way, was presented to the family of the late Dr. Bernice Crockett (’34).

Amanda Scott, junior psychology major from Ardmore, and Payton Werner, sophomore social studies major from Broken Bow, were crowned Homecoming Queen and King.

On Friday, September 28, coach Mike Metheny’s team carded a 50 to claim the championship of the 26th-annual Whang Bang Alumni Golf Classic at Silverado Golf Course. Other members of the winning team were Rusty Zumwalt, Owasso; Jack Park, Norman; Casey Clayborn, McAlester; Paul Postier, Tulsa; and Norm Clayborn, Wilburton.