Southeastern News

Candlelighting, treelighting among holiday activities scheduled for December 5

DURANT, Okla. Southeastern Oklahoma State University will present the 95th annual Candlelighting ceremony on Monday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Montgomery Auditorium.

The event is free and open to the public.

The longest continuing tradition on campus, Candlelighting is a festive concert anchored by the Southeastern Symphonic Choir conducted by Dr. Joshua Nannestad. The choir will be joined by the SHARE Children’s Chorus, conducted by Dr. Jeri

Walker, collaborativepianist Dr. Kate Stubbs, organist Dr. Stewart Mayers, and a brass quartet.

Members of the Cardinal Key Honor Society will light the candles and the audience will have an opportunity to participate in singing carols.

This year’s program is built around a collection of English and American Christmas carols, as well as the Christmas Cantata by American composer Daniel Pinkham. The cantata is accompanied by brass quartet and organ, which is available  for the occasion thanks to a grant from the Southeastern Cultural and Scholastic Lectureship Committee.

Also that evening, the University will also offer Santa and Entertainment from 6-6:30 p.m. at the Magnolia House, featuring the Chorvettes Stageworks Company and Dell McLain’s reading of the Christmas Story. A tree-lighting ceremony will be held at 6:35 p.m. on the front lawn of campus with the Southeastern Brass Ensemble performing.

Alpha Chi inducts 34 students at Southeastern

Thirty-four Southeastern Oklahoma State University students were recently inducted into Alpha Chi.

Thirty-four Southeastern Oklahoma State University students were recently inducted into Alpha Chi.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Oklahoma Theta chapter of Alpha Chi national honor society has inducted 34 students into lifetime membership.

An induction ceremony was held recently in the Fine Arts Recital Hall. Participating in the event were chapter sponsors Dr. Jennifer Hicks, Dr. Brett Elliott, Dr. Martin Bressler, Dr. Meg Cotter-Lynch Dr. L. David Norris (former sponsor), and McKenzi Boehme  (President Elect of Oklahoma Theta Chapter of AX).

           Southeastern president Sean Burrage delivered congratulatory remarks.

Alpha Chi, a national college scholarship honor society, was founded in 1922 and has more than 400,000 members from more than 300 college and university chapters in 45 states and Puerto Rico.

The society provides tens of thousands of dollars annually in scholarships and fellowships for members and alumni.

Members of Alpha Chi, identified and elected by the faculties of their schools as ranking in the top 10 percent of juniors and seniors, represent the best undergraduate scholarship in all academic fields at their institutions.

The inductees, from Oklahoma unless otherwise noted, are listed below:

Nicholas Gauthier, Durant; Jessica Daniel, Coleman; Sydney Spurlock, Antlers; Brittney Owens, Vernon, Texas; Delaney Archer, Bells, Texas; Pamela Chavez, Durant; Kristi Harjo, Hugo; Noah Patton, Calera; Payton Gentry, Antlers; Rachel Childers, Calera; Keith Sackett, Calera; April Clinton, Durant; Samantha Faudree, Coalgate; Mario Giamporcaro, St. Paul, Texas; Cheyenne Sisk, Bonham, Texas; Courtney Jackson, Ringling;  Jared Robinson, Cartwright; LaRonda Sogoba, Sherman, Texas; Rachel Grider, Durant; Kelsi Winchester, Marietta; Chelsey Peevyhouse, Atoka; and Shannon Wyrick, Sherman, Texas;

Also, Shawn Young, Caddo; Chastity Baken, Coleman; Bobby Long, Idabel; Kyle Buck, Broken Bow; Vivianne Wesley, Durant; Elizabeth Landers, Durant; Jenna Toland, Denison, Texas; Zachary Couch, Caddo; Keelan Gentis, Durant; Hayley Myers, Wilburton; Sarah Foreman, Ivanhoe, Texas; and Adele Lawrence, Broken Bow.

Hazmat training held for graduate students at Southeastern

Hazmat training held for graduate students at SoutheasternDURANT, Okla. – Some two dozen Southeastern Oklahoma State University students in the Master of Science in Occupational Safety & Health program came to the Durant main campus last  weekend for their annual HAZMAT lab training.  Southeastern professors Dr. Chris Bradshaw and Dr. Hal Poovey led the students through various HAZMAT scenarios in preparation for the 40-Hour HAZWOPER certification.  The students were from throughout the United States.

UNT athletics director, Southeastern graduate Wren Baker to offer commencement remarks

wren-bakerDURANT, Okla. One of the brightest young athletics administrators in the country will address graduates as Southeastern Oklahoma State University holds Fall Commencement exercises on Saturday, December 10.

Wren Baker is 2001 graduate of Southeastern, and since July 29, 2016, has served as Vice President and Director of Athletics at the University of North Texas in Denton. His background also includes service at the University of Missouri, University of Memphis, Oklahoma State University, Rogers State University, and Valliant Public Schools. He has served in such capacities as athletics director, basketball coach, and school principal.

Two commencement ceremonies will be held in Bloomer Sullivan Arena as follows:

 

10 a.m.

School of Arts & Sciences

Master of Technology

Master of Science (Safety)

Master of Music Education

2 p.m.

School of Education & Behavioral Sciences

John Massey School of Business

Master of Business Administration

Master of Science (Aerospace Administration and Logistics)

Master of Arts (Clinical Mental Health Counseling)

Master of Education

Master of Arts (Teaching)

Master of Science (Sports Studies and Athletic Administration)

Master of Science (Native American Leadership)

“We couldn’t be happier than to have Wren return to campus as our commencement speaker,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage. “He has an outstanding reputation across the nation for his work in intercollegiate athletics administration. We look forward to hearing his story during commencement, a story that I think will be inspiring not only to our graduates, but to their families and  guests, as well as Southeastern faculty and staff.’’

A native of Valliant, Oklahoma, the 37-year-old Baker earned his bachelor’s degree (Education) at Southeastern, and also holds a master’s degree (Education leadership) from Oklahoma State University.

He was influential in the turnaround and development of athletics programs at Memphis and Missouri before coming to Denton. Baker was hired as the Deputy Director of Athletics at Missouri in 2015 after serving in a similar role at Memphis from 2013-15.

At Oklahoma State, Baker was operations assistant for the Cowboys’ men’s basketball program under legendary coach Eddie Sutton.

After graduating from college, he became principal and athletic director for Valliant Public Schools and, at age 26, was the youngest principal in Oklahoma. 

      Baker was the first athletic director at Rogers State (2006-11) in Claremore, Okla., where he was also the first men’s basketball coach in school history. His team went 20-11 in its first season, after which Baker relinquished his coaching duties to concentrate on his administrative duties.

From 2011-13, he was athletic director at Northwest Missouri State.

Baker and his wife Heather have two daughters, Addisyn and Reagan.

Southeastern closed Nov. 23-24-25 for Thanksgiving

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will be closed November 23-24-25 in observance of Thanksgiving. Normal business at the University will resume on Monday, November 28.

Southeastern named to Victory Media’s 2017 Military Friendly® Schools List

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University announced today that it has earned the 2017 Military Friendly® School designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM, and Military Spouse.

First published in 2009, Military Friendly® Schools is a comprehensive, resource for veterans today. Each year, the list of Military Friendly® Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university, or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey.

More than 1,600 schools participated in the 2017 survey; 1,160 were awarded with the designation. Ratings methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community.

Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer) and Loan Default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

Aletha Burrage Scholarship established at Southeastern

Aletha BurrageDURANT, Okla. – Family members and friends are honoring a lifetime of public school service with the establishment of the Aletha Burrage Scholarship at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Mrs. Burrage, the mother of Southeastern president Sean Burrage, served as a teacher and administrator for 38 years (Kingston, Newcastle, Antlers) before retiring in 2013. A product of Antlers Public Schools, Mrs. Burrage earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Southeastern, her master’s in school administration at Southeastern, and her master’s in special education at the University of Oklahoma..

Mrs. Burrage and her husband, Michael, also a Southeastern graduate, are the parents of two sons, Sean and David, and have four grandchildren.

Numerous other members of the Burrage family are also Southeastern graduates.

“Teaching was my passion,’’ Mrs. Burrage said. “My hope is that this scholarship will encourage students to continue to pursue a career in teaching.’’

Southeastern Chorale concert scheduled for Nov. 17

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Chorale will present Hodie! – A Choral Concert on Thursday, Nov. 17.  The event will be held in the Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The concert will focus on Christmas and Epiphany works emerging from Spanish, French and African-American cultures.This concert is in preparation for the Southeastern Chorale performance to be given at the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans on the Feast of the Epiphany.

The resulting works utilize a wide range of vocal techniques and writing styles ranging from Renaissance festival music to African-American spirituals.

Southeastern safety students win awards

DURANT, Okla. – Nine Southeastern Oklahoma State University Occupational Safety students recently attended the annual TEXO Construction Safety Professionals Conference at the Grapevine, Texas, Convention Center. Two of the students were presented awards -- Ethan Fenley received a $2,000 academic scholarship from the organization, while Drake Haggard was also honored. The students attended seminars on working with millennial employees, fall protection, legal requirements, and insurance and risk management.  Attending the conference were, left to right, Ethan Fenley, Price Davis, Blake Wisdom, Heath Carr, Drake Haggard, Even Fincher, Jesse Camp, Keelan Gentis, and Brandon Mills. Dr. Wayne Jones is chair of the Occupational Safety & Health Department.

DURANT, Okla. – Nine Southeastern Oklahoma State University Occupational Safety students recently attended the annual TEXO Construction Safety Professionals Conference at the Grapevine, Texas, Convention Center. Two of the students were presented awards — Ethan Fenley received a $2,000 academic scholarship from the organization, while Drake Haggard was also honored. The students attended seminars on working with millennial employees, fall protection, legal requirements, and insurance and risk management. Attending the conference were, left to right, Ethan Fenley, Price Davis, Blake Wisdom, Heath Carr, Drake Haggard, Even Fincher, Jesse Camp, Keelan Gentis, and Brandon Mills. Dr. Wayne Jones is chair of the Occupational Safety & Health Department.

More than 500 students attend SE Live open house

Cheerleaders and band members welcome high school students to SE Live Wednesday morning.

Cheerleaders and band members welcome high school students to SE Live Wednesday morning.

DURANT, Okla. Some 532 high school juniors and seniors were on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University Wednesday for SE Live and Native American Visitation Day. Also in attendance were parents and counselors.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage welcomed the group to the University during the opening session in Montgomery Auditorium.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage addresses the crowd at SE Live.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage addresses the crowd at SE Live.

The event provided students the opportunity to visit with Southeastern faculty and staff about specific majors, programs, admissions, scholarships and more. Students also explored campus and residence life and interacted with current Southeastern students.

Lunch was served on the front lawn of campus.

SE Live was sponsored by the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.

Southeastern faculty and staff distribute information to prospective students on the front lawn of campus.

Southeastern faculty and staff distribute information to prospective students on the front lawn of campus.