Southeastern News

Southeastern closed for Thanksgiving Nov. 26-27-28

DURANT, Okla. –- Southeastern Oklahoma State University will be closed Nov. 26-27-28 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Classes will resume and all offices will re-open on Monday, Dec. 1.

Music Dept. to present Faculty Recital on Nov. 23

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Department of Music will present a Faculty Showcase Recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, November 23, in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

The performance will include pieces by Rachmaninoff, Bassi, Tomasi, Brahms, Berlin, Larsen, Clark and others.

The faculty includes acclaimed performers with diverse backgrounds and experience, many of whom perform nationally and internationally, have won major competitions, and have recorded with noteworthy ensembles.

The recital will feature new faculty members Angela Favazza, piano; Jeremy Marks, trombone and euphonium; Joshua Nannestad, bass; and jazz pianist James Dering.

Joining the new faculty members will be pianist Ekaterina Chernaya-Oh; Carlos Feller, flute; Ben Shaffer, trumpet; Tristan Eggener, tuba; Brandon Stewart, horn; Elizabeth Knight, mezzo soprano; and Michael Scheuerman, clarinet.

The concert is free and open to the public. Please call the Southeastern Department of Music at 580-745-2222 for more information.

 

Former Cabinet member Gary Sherrer to address graduates at Dec. 13 Fall Commencement

Gary SherrerDURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Fall Commencement will be held Saturday, Dec. 13. One ceremony for all graduates will begin at 10 a.m. in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

Southeastern alumnus Gary Sherrer (’73), a former state representative and who served in cabinet positions under three governors, will be the commencement speaker.

Sherrer currently serves as assistant vice president for external relations in

Oklahoma State University’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. He also serves on the board of directors at Rural Enterprises of Oklahoma, Inc.

Sherrer is a co-founder of the First Trinity Financial, an Oklahoma company that has investors in all 77 counties in the state. First Trinity, which was started in 2004, has grown in assets to more than $200 million and now has branched out into 24 other states.

“It’s a real honor to have Gary Sherrer as our commencement speaker,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage. “He has dedicated much of his life to public service, and in the process, made Oklahoma a better place for all of us. We are also very proud of the fact that he is a Southeastern graduate.’’

Sherrer served as a State Representative from 1981-89, and then was named Oklahoma’s first Secretary of Agriculture by Gov. David Walters. He later served as Secretary of the Environment under Gov. Frank Keating from 1995-97, and Gov. Mary Fallin, 2011-13.

The Antlers High School graduate earned a bachelor’s degree in Education at Southeastern, with a major in speech and a minor in journalism. He is also a U.S. Army veteran and was a combat medic in Vietnam.

Chorale to present concert on Nov. 18

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Chorale will present, “Without Borders: A Concert,’’ on Tuesday, Nov. 18. The event will be held in the Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will focus on the works of composers who cross-cultural and language boundaries in giving voice to the human experience. The resulting works utilize a wide range of vocal techniques and writing styles, ranging from Renaissance music to jazz. Texts range from the works of William Shakespeare to Buddhist chant.   Of particular note is the work “Hymn” by native Oklahoman Toby Twining. The song — without words — incorporates throat singing and yodeling in the creation of a unique soundscape.

Twining, a noted composer residing in New York City, worked with the Chorale in the preparation of this work.

The concert is free and open to the public. Please call the Department of Music at 745-2222 for more information.

Open House held for Native American Collection & Commons at Southeastern

DURANT, Okla. – An open house for the new Native American Collection & Commons in the Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library was held Tuesday at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The Collection houses historical government documents, pre-statehood and early statehood maps, Indian Territory newspapers and much more. Display items are from The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and the Chickasaw Nation. Funding for the Commons and Collection was made possible by the Title III, NASNTI Connect2Complete grant and Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

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Alpha Chi inducts 79 members during ceremony

2014 Alpha Chi Group

The Alpha Chi induction ceremony was held Sunday at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

DURANT, Okla. – The Oklahoma Theta Chapter of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society held its 32nd annual Induction ceremony Sunday at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Seventy-nine juniors and seniors representing all academic disciplines were inducted into lifetime membership in candle-lighting ceremonies.  Thirty-four of these are 2013 inductees (last year’s ceremony was cancelled due to an ice storm) and forty-five are 2014 inductees.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage was the guest speaker at the event, held in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

Faculty sponsors are Dr. Brett Elliott, Dr. Alistair Maeer and Dr. Jennifer Hicks. Also on the program was professor emeritus Dr. David Norris, a former Alpha Chi sponsor.

Following is a list of the inductees and their hometowns:

2013

Joseph Badan                                       Durant, OK

Hannah Baugh                                    Bonham, TX

April Boatright                                   Antlers, OK

Tucker Brown                                     Norman, OK

Charles Bull                                          McAlester, OK

Jessica Carey                                        Marietta, OK

Patricia Caveny                                  Durant, OK

Kathy Jo Daniel                                   Coleman, OK

Laura Davenport                               Durant, OK

Brett Doyle                                           Caddo, OK

Desirae Drummond                         Lone Grove, OK

Jett Gardner                                          Antlers, OK

Jordan Hedrick                                   Bethany, OK

Lesley Huff                                            McAlester, OK

Kayleb Koslowsky                            Kingston, OK

Kelsey Lee                                             Davis, OK

Holly Martin                                         Coleman, OK

Taylor Matlock                                   Garvin, OK

Levi McCullough                                Idabel, OK

Dana Meaders                                     Calera, OK

Christie Miller                                     Stringtown, OK

Mary Nelson                                         Durant, OK

Crystal Nichols                                   Achille, OK

Alyssa Pingleton                                Atoka, OK

Rojina Ranjit                                        Oklahoma City, OK

Taylor Reeves                                     Durant, OK

Virginia Sealock                                 Rockwall, TX

Shacole Smith                                     Durant, OK

Erika Snead                                          Broken Bow, OK

Tracey Stephenson                           Denison, TX

Aubrey Tarantine                              Sherman, TX

Josee Vaughn                                       Broken Bow, OK

Kalleigh Tilley                                     Durant, OK

Jeffrey Washington                           Bonham, TX

 

2014

Jessica Baker                                               Van Alstyne, TX

Jessie Batson                                               Durant, OK

Samantha Briskey                                    Moore, OK

Anita Brown                                                Sherman, TX

Birch Bryant                                                Hugo, OK

Barbara Bullard                                         Krebs, OK

Kevin Caras                                                  Oklahoma City, OK

Meagan Carter                                            Hugo, OK

Sarrysa Eaves                                                            Mead, OK

Sandra Franco                                            Broken Bow, OK

Railey Gardner                                           Antlers, OK

Brooke Glory                                               Ardmore, OK

Rebecca Gordon                                        Ada, OK

Jeremy Gray                                                 Tuttle, OK

Karlee Hall                                                    Ravenna, TX

Melissa Haworth-Cox                             Denison, TX

Kristi Heath                                                 Pottsboro, TX

Sarah Hodson                                                            Durant, OK

Dakota Marcy                                                            Durant, OK

Hope McClendon                                       Marietta, OK

Maverick McClendon                                             Marietta, OK

Amber McLain                                            Ardmore, OK

Laiken McMurl                                           Broken Bow, OK

Lauren McMurl                                           Broken Bow, OK

Julia Mills                                                      Eufala, OK

Matthew Mobley                                       Oklahoma City, OK

Rebecca Rathfon                                       Sherman, TX

Tyler Rector                                                 Atoka, OK

Thelma Scribner                                        Kingston, OK

Vonna Shults                                               Durant, OK

Jessica Simmons                                       Shawnee, OK

Ryan Summit                                              Durant, OK

Madison Thames                                      Mount Vernon, Texas

Amanda Thompson                                 Durant, OK

Jasmine Vasquez                                       Tishomingo, OK

Cecelia Vaughn                                           Carrollton, TX

Karen Vian                                                   Ardmore, OK

Carey Wade                                                  Telephone, TX

Tascee Wahoske                                       Milburn, OK

Sarah White                                                 Kingston, OK

Emily Williams                                           Ben Wheeler, TX

Chance Wimberley                                   Colbert, OK

Lesha Woods                                              Antlers, OK

Nathan Wright                                           Durant, OK

Kelcey Yanez                                               Wilson, OK

Top 10 Freshman Award presented

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Office of Freshman Programs hosted the Top Ten Freshman Awards ceremony Wednesday in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union.

The outstanding freshmen were selected by a committee consisting of representatives from faculty, student government and University administration.

The group has a collective 3.73 grade-point average and is involved in numerous activities that benefit the entire campus.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage offered congratulatory remarks to the group during the ceremony.

The honorees include:

         Jessica Baker, business management major, Van Alstyne, Texas. She is a member of the volleyball team and a leader in Southeastern’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

April Clinton, Music Education, Durant. She is a member of the Spirit of Southeastern Marching Band and Southeastern Symphonic Winds.

Mitchell Emberson, occupational safety and health, Taft, California. As a 2013 member of the President’s Leadership 
Class, he assisted with tailgating activities, homecoming events and also volunteered with Families Feeding Families.

Chance Eubanks, music-vocal performance, Cleburne, Texas. He is the bass section leader in the Southeastern Chorale, member of the CAT 5 vocal jazz ensemble and symphonic choir.

         Sierra Janway, psychology, Heavener. As a member of the President’s Leadership Class, she was able to complete 50 hours of community service and volunteer for numerous activities on campus.

Bobby Long, fisheries and wildlife, Langley. He is a member of the Honors Program and served as a group leader for prospective Honors Program students.  His writings were selected for publication in the Honors Essay Compilation.

Shayla McDonnell, communication, Duncan. A member of the President’s Leadership Class, she was selected by her peers to serve as president of Southeastern’s International Association of Business Communicators.

Adeline Patterson, English/history, Durant. She was a member of the Honors Advisory Council and a team member on both the Honors Advisory Council’s Homecoming sweeps team, and Honors Day.

         Alexandra Ray, Elementary Education, Blanchard. Through the President’s Leadership Class, she worked with the Boys and Girls Clubs, Midnight Madness, Parents’ Day and assisted with SE Live.

Kayla Stiltner, biology, Hartshorne. While a member of the cheer squad, she participated in the Homecoming week sweepstakes and pep rallies, volunteered at a Southeastern golf tournament and promoted Southeastern by visiting local elementary schools and participating in the Veterans’ Day Parade.

Participating in Wednesday’s ceremony were, front row, left to right, Kayla Stiltner, Adeline Patterson, April Clinton, Sierra Janway, Shayla McDonnell, and Chance Eubanks. Back row, Southeastern president Sean Burrage, vice president for academic affairs Doug McMillan, Student Government Association president Ben Wright, Bobby Long, Jessica Baker, Mitchell Emberson, Alexandra Ray, and associate dean of academic services Tim Boatmun.

Participating in Wednesday’s ceremony were, front row, left to right, Kayla Stiltner, Adeline Patterson, April Clinton, Sierra Janway, Shayla McDonnell, and Chance Eubanks. Back row, Southeastern president Sean Burrage, vice president for academic affairs Doug McMillan, Student Government Association president Ben Wright, Bobby Long, Jessica Baker, Mitchell Emberson, Alexandra Ray, and associate dean of academic services Tim Boatmun.

Dr. Steven Hales named director of new International Student Services office

Steven HalesDURANT, Okla. – Dr. Steven Hales has lived, studied and/or taught in six countries outside the United States.

Now he brings his extensive background in education to Southeastern Oklahoma State University as the director of the school’s new International Student Services office, which is part of the Enrollment Management division. Hales’ office is located in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union.

“The opportunity to start a program was very appealing to me,’’ said Hales, who served most recently as director of the English Language Center at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. “We will be working with international students in all phases – this includes recruiting, adjusting to campus, supporting them through their time here, and even post-graduate.’’

Hales says international students typically face several challenges when studying in the United States, including cultural and social differences, academic expectations, academic writing, and language.

But, according to Hales, the number one factor in retention of the students is friendship with American students.

“It’s really important to give these students a sense of connection to and ownership of Southeastern,’’ he said. “When the students, campus, and community all work together, everyone benefits. It’s a tremendous learning opportunity.’’

Hales, with input from campus, intends to develop a comprehensive international student retention plan. This will include on-and off-campus programming.

With regard to recruitment, Hales will begin his work by assessing Southeastern’s academic offerings and matching those with the interests and needs of international students. Currently, business, computer science and music are three areas of great interest for the students.

“I think Southeastern has a lot to offer international students,’’ Hales said. “It’s a institution that first and foremost supports its students. And being located in a small and safe community is very important to the students and their parents.’’

Hales holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies, Teacher Development and Comparative, International & Development Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Ontario. His master’s is in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the Monterey (Ca.) Institute of International Studies, and his bachelor’s is in Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University.

His other experience in International Education administration includes stints as Director of Studies for the English First China language center in Shanghai, and as International Programs Coordinator at Mississippi University for Women.

Hales also has extensive teaching experience at the university level, and he has resided in Spain, Brazil, South Korea, Japan, China, and Canada.

 

Southeastern celebrates “Destination Homecoming’’

DURANT, Okla. – Sunny, unseasonably warm weather greeted all who attended “Destination Homecoming’’ at Southeastern Oklahoma State University on Friday and Saturday.

At its Friday night awards banquet, held in the Visual & Performing Arts Center, the Southeastern Alumni Association formally honored 2014 Distinguished Alumni Dr. Jesse Arnold, Ms. Josephine Wildcat Bigler and Dr. David Whitlock, as well as Distinguished

Former Faculty Dr. Pat Dunham, Dr. Phil Dunham and Dr. Robert Oliver. Southeastern president Sean Burrage introduced the honorees.

Special guest was Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, the 16th president of Southeastern.

Following the banquet, a True Blue bonfire pep rally was held on campus.

Earlier in the day, Mike Metheny’s team captured first place honors in the 28th annual Whang Bang alumni golf tournament, played at Chickasaw Pointe. Team members included Metheny, Paul Postier, Norm Clayborn, Jack Park, and Casey Clayborn.

The traditional homecoming parade was held in downtown Durant on Saturday morning.

Later, at Paul Laird Field, the Southeastern Savage Storm routed Northwestern, 45-7.

Kailea Marshall of Howe, Texas, was crowned Homecoming Queen, while Ryan Blakemore of Healdton was crowned Homecoming King during halftime ceremonies.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage, far left, poses with the 2014 Distinguished Alumni and Former Faculty Award recipients. Left to right, are Dr. David Whitlock, Dr. Jesse Arnold, Josephine Wildcat Bigler, Dr. Robert Oliver, Dr. Pat Dunham, and Dr. Phil Dunham.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage, far left, poses with the 2014 Distinguished Alumni and Former Faculty Award recipients. Left to right, are Dr. David Whitlock, Dr. Jesse Arnold, Josephine Wildcat Bigler, Dr. Robert Oliver, Dr. Pat Dunham, and Dr. Phil Dunham.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates Homecoming Queen Kailea Marshall and King Ryan Blakemore during halftime festivities.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates Homecoming Queen Kailea Marshall and King Ryan Blakemore during halftime festivities.

The traditional Homecoming parade was held Saturday morning in downtown Durant.

The traditional Homecoming parade was held Saturday morning in downtown Durant.

Southeastern wide receiver Layton Dworaczyk (1) picks up good yardage in the Savage Storm’s 45-7 homecoming victory over Northwestern.

Southeastern wide receiver Layton Dworaczyk (1) picks up good yardage in the Savage Storm’s 45-7 homecoming victory over Northwestern.

Southeastern to offer unique master’s degree in Native American leadership

DURANT, Okla. – Beginning this January, Southeastern Oklahoma State University will offer a unique new master’s degree in Native American leadership.

The “Master of Science in Native American Leadership (MSNAL)’’ recently received final approval from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

The MSNAL, to be delivered online, is unique due to the fact that it offers a combination of Native American history and organizational leadership in one degree.

Co-directors of the project are Dr. Bryon Clark, associate vice president for academic affairs and graduate dean, and Chris Wesberry, director of the Native American Center for Student Success.

“Southeastern is recognized around the country as a leader in providing higher education opportunities and services to its Native American students,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage. “This innovative new master’s degree certainly enhances the programs we have in place at the University. We believe that the MSNAL will generate a great deal of interest to students.’’

Wesberry agreed, noting that several students inquired about the new program at the recent National Indian Education Association annual convention and trade show, to which Southeastern sent representatives.

“The MSNAL is a result of University faculty and staff working with tribal partners to develop a graduate degree that includes Native American topics and leadership concepts,’’ Wesberry said.  “Specifically combining the two areas into one degree was of utmost importance as we were developing the courses.  With this degree, students are able to take courses such as ‘Effective Communication Through Presentation,’ while also taking ‘Geography and Treaties.’  The combination of historical and culturally relevant courses with courses focused on leadership skills is very unique. ‘’

For more information about the new degree program, contact Chris Wesberry at 580-745-2376.

In addition to the MSNAL, the State Regents also approved a new option for Southeastern’s MBA program in Native American Leadership. Students can now take targeted courses from the MSNAL program as part of this new MBA option.

For more information, contact Dr. Lawrence Silver at 580-745-3190 or Robert Howard at 580-745-2042 in the John Massey School of Business.

According to “Diverse Issues In Higher Education,’’ Southeastern ranks sixth in the nation in producing Native American graduates (all disciplines combined) in the Baccalaureate degree category. This is the second year in a row that Southeastern has held this distinction.

Also in the Baccalaureate category and for the fourth consecutive year, Southeastern ranks first in the nation in producing Native American graduates in Engineering Technologies and Engineering — Related Fields (Occupational Safety & Health). The University also ranks number two nationally in graduates in Physical Sciences and Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs (Native American).

In the master’s degree rankings, Southeastern is number one for the fifth consecutive year in Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields (Occupational Safety & Health – Native American).

In addition, Southeastern recently received a $1.1 million (four-year) grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Indian Education. This Native American

Excellence In Education (NAEIE) Early Childhood Teacher Preparation Grant

will partner with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and the Chickasaw Nation. It will serve 12 Native American Education majors pursuing degrees in Early Childhood and/or Special Education.