Southeastern News

Southeastern hosts 104th Curriculum Contest on March 30

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host the 104th Inter-High School Curriculum Meet on Thursday, March 30.

The day begins with an 8:30 a.m. sign-in for school sponsors on the second floor of the Glen D. Johnson Student Union.

Testing will cover such subjects as Science, Psychology, Computers, Music, Government & Politics, Mathematics, Finance and History.

 

Curriculum Contest director Dr. James Britton said, “This is a big event and an exciting time for the high school students. We’re expecting about 1,500 students from 70 schools and really looking forward to seeing so many visitors on our campus.”

Scholarship presentation

DURANT, Okla. – Bryan County Magnolia Garden Club members Cecille Kampplain, Dr. Connie Taylor, and Vangie Wingfield present the organization’s first scholarship to Alayna Holdsworth,  a senior biology major from Poteau, Oklahoma. Joining them for the presentation was Southeastern president Sean Burrage. The Bryan County Magnolia Garden Club will be selling plants at the upcoming Spring Fling Garden Show, April 7-8, at the Bryan County Fairgrounds.  Funds raisedwill help to fund future scholarships.

DURANT, Okla. – Bryan County Magnolia Garden Club members Cecille Kampplain, Dr. Connie Taylor, and Vangie Wingfield present the organization’s first scholarship to Alayna Holdsworth, a senior biology major from Poteau, Oklahoma. Joining them for the presentation was Southeastern president Sean Burrage. The Bryan County Magnolia Garden Club will be selling plants at the upcoming Spring Fling Garden Show, April 7-8, at the Bryan County Fairgrounds. Funds raisedwill help to fund future scholarships.

Aviation Visitation Day attracts prospective students to campus

DURANT, Okla. – Eighty high school students/parents attended Aviation Visitation Day Friday at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The Southeastern Aviation Sciences Institute (ASI) hosted the event, which included a campus tour andvisits to facilities and the regional airport. The students also participated in a flight simulator demonstration and learned more through a panel discussion of aviation careers and information provided by several regional airline representatives.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage welcomed the students and their parents to campus Friday morning.

ASI faculty and staff also visited with the students to provide additional information about the aviation program.

Students participate in flight simulation at Aviation Visitation Day.

Students participate in flight simulation at Aviation Visitation Day.

Pilot and Southeastern Aviation Alumni president Chris Ferguson visits with students and parents Friday morning at Aviation Visitation Day.

Pilot and Southeastern Aviation Alumni president Chris Ferguson visits with students and parents Friday morning at Aviation Visitation Day.

Gold & Blue Scholarship Gala scheduled for April 1

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Gold and Blue Scholarship and Auction Gala will be held April 1.

The Gala is scheduled for the Visual and Performing Arts Center and hosted by the Southeastern Alumni Association. It’s an evening of cocktails, live and silent auctions, hors d’ouvres and dancing.

The event is the primary fundraiser for student scholarships. Last year’s Gala drew a record-setting crowd of more than 200 guests and raised more than $82,000 to be awarded to Southeastern students.

Alumni Director Stephanie Davison said, “This is a major fundraiser for the association. Thanks to the guests and sponsors of the Gala, the Alumni Association can award scholarships, which is one of the reasons the association exists.

“We do our best to bring high quality, desirable items to the live and silent auctions and provide a full evening of entertainment, including food and dancing to live music by the Decades band.’’

Attire for the Gala can be anything from blue jeans to as dress-up as anybody desires.

Numerous businesses and Southeastern alumni support the Gold and Blue Gala each year by donating unique and valuable items for the auctions.

The Gala and silent auction will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the live auction beginning at 8 p.m.

Individual tickets for the Gala are $75 and table sponsorships (for eight) are available for $1,000. Tickets may be purchased at the Welcome Center or at  http://www.se.edu/alumni/gold-and-blue-gala/

 

 

 

 

Southeastern’s Speech and Debate team competes in OU event

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Speech and Debate Association’s impressive streak of speech/debate competitors reaching the finals came to an end recently at the University of Oklahoma’s Sweetheart Swing Speech and Debate Tournament in Norman.

The forensics tournament featured an open National Parliamentary Debate and InternationalPublic Debate Association tournament as well as two self-contained American Forensics Association National Individual Events tournament.

Connor Judd and Jacob Morrison of Southeastern Oklahoma State University reached the quarterfinals in the open Parliamentary Debate competition. Judd and Morrison ran their combined season’s record to 24-5 in both novice and open Parli competition rounds.

SSDA will next compete at the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Forensics Association’s State Tournament in Oklahoma City in March.

To learn more about Southeastern’s intercollegiate forensics program and SSDA’s tournament schedule visit the Department of Art, Communication and Theatre website at http://homepages.se.edu/comm or contact Speech and Debate Advisor Dr. Randy Clark at ext. 2556.

Seay-Fietz Family Endowed Scholarship established

Attending the scholarship announcement were Frank Fietz, Donna Seay, Greg Seay, Mackenzie Brink, and Southeastern president Sean Burrage.

Attending the scholarship announcement were Frank Fietz, Donna Seay, Greg Seay, Mackenzie Brink, and Southeastern president Sean Burrage.

DURANT, Okla. – The Seay-Fietz Family Scholarship has been established as an endowed scholarship at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The scholarship was endowed with a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Greg Seay and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fietz.

The Seay-Fietz Family Scholarship is provided for graduates of Ryan High School in Jefferson County, Oklahoma. Both Mr. Seay and Mr. Fietz are Ryan graduates.

The first recipient of the Seay-Fietz Family Scholarship is Mackenzie Jordan Brink, a 2016 graduate of Ryan High School. She has declared a major in Occupational Safety and Health.

Greg and Donna Seay are long-time Durant residents. Greg is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and was a Big 8 champion high jumper. Donna received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin  and earned her master’s degree in Education from Southeastern.

She taught in the Durant school district for 22 years. The Seays own Medical Center Pharmacy and Advanced Care Medical Equipment in Durant and also haveseveral other business interests. The Seays have been strong supporters of Southeastern Oklahoma State University for many years.

Mr. Fietz was honored by Southeastern in 2015 as a  Distinguished Alumnus. He earned a degree in business from Southeastern in 1957. His very successful career was highlighted by his time as CEO of  the Bealls Department Stores division and as president of Christian International Business Network.

Mr. and Mrs. Fietz retired to Durant in 2005. Mrs. Fietz passed away in late 2016. Mr. Fietz remains a strong supporter of Southeastern as evidenced by this scholarship.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the Seay-Fietz Family Scholarship should contact Mark Webb, Director of Development, at 580-745-2361 or mwebb@se.edu.

Saturday busy day for high school/middle school students on Southeastern campus

As part of Honors Day competition, Southeastern faculty members visited with prospective students and their parents about various academic programs.

As part of Honors Day competition, Southeastern faculty members visited with prospective students and their parents about various academic programs.

DURANT, Okla. – Saturday was a busy day at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

An estimated 1,000-plus middle school and high school students from Oklahoma and north Texas were on the Southeastern campus for a variety of events.

More than 100 high school seniors participated in “Scholarship Competition Day’’ at the University. This is a process in which students seek admission and scholarships in the Honors Program or President’s Leadership Class at Southeastern. The studentsparticipate in interviews and attend informational sessions. Parents are also invited to attend the sessions and participate in campus tours.

Faculty members from Southeastern’s academic departments were also available to provide information about their programs.

Also on Saturday, Southeastern hosted the Oklahoma Science Olympiad

 

Invitational Tournament for the second consecutive year.

 

Some 350 middle and high school students from  public and private schools across Oklahoma and north Texas competed on 2-4 person teams in one or more of 46 events that included most areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Southeastern faculty and staff from the Department of Aviation Sciences, Biological Science, Chemistry, Computer and Physical Sciences volunteered to design events, write and grade exams and provide support to make this event happen.

In addition, 20 Southeastern student volunteers signed up to help with the competition.

Another 500-800 students competed in the District Vocal Solo Ensemble Festival hosted by Southeastern.

To cap the day off, the Southeastern Savage Storm baseball and basketball teams played home games Saturday afternoon.

More than 350 middle school and high school students from Oklahoma and Texas competed in the Science Olympiad.

More than 350 middle school and high school students from Oklahoma and Texas competed in the Science Olympiad.

Southeastern hosted the Oklahoma Science Olympiad Saturday, which featured 46 events.

Southeastern hosted the Oklahoma Science Olympiad Saturday, which featured 46 events.

Dr. Wayne Jones, chair of Occupational Safety and Health, provides information to a prospective student.

Dr. Wayne Jones, chair of Occupational Safety and Health, provides information to a prospective student.

“Children of the Civil Rights’’ documentary aired in Student Union

JuliaClifford, director of the documentary, sets the stage for the showing of the film.

JuliaClifford, director of the documentary, sets the stage for the showing of the film.

Special guests Joyce Henderson, Bill Clifford and Joyce Jackson participate in a discussion following the film’s showing.

Special guests Joyce Henderson, Bill Clifford and Joyce Jackson participate in a discussion following the film’s showing.

DURANT, Okla. – More than 100 students, faculty and staff  from Southeastern Oklahoma State University attended a special screening of  “Children of the Civil Rights,’’ a documentary based on the Oklahoma City restaurant sit-ins in 1958-64.  The film was shown Thursday in the Glen D.  Johnson  Student Union.

Also in attendance were the film’s director – Julia Clifford, a Southeastern graduate (’92) and Ardmore native – along with three individuals who were involved in the sit-ins, Joyce Jackson, Joyce Henderson and Bill Clifford, the director’s father.

 

Following the 60-minute film, a question-and-answer session was held.

Promotional materials state the following about the documentary:

“For six years, a group of kids went into restaurants and asked for service. It never got violent; it never really made national news; but together, they turned around every restaurant except onebefore the 1964 Civil Rights Act.’’

This event was sponsored by the Southeastern Student Support Services and the Office for Student Life.

Twenty-one schools scheduled to participate in Science Olympiadhosted by Southeastern

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host the Oklahoma Science Olympiad Invitational Tournament Saturday, February 18.

More than 200 middle and high school students from 21 public and private schools across Oklahoma and north Texas will compete in 2-4 person teams in one or more of 46 events that include most areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Oklahoma has been involved in Science Olympiad for 16 years. The competition is similar to academic track meets, consisting of 23 team events in each division. Middle school is Division B and high school is Division C.

A portion of the events is rotated each year to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation.

Southeastern  faculty and staff from the Department of Aviation Sciences, Biological Science, Chemistry, Computer and Physical Sciences have volunteered to design events, write and grade exams and provide support to make this competition happen. In addition, more than 20 Southeastern student volunteers are signed up to help with the competition.

Local teachers and administrators interested in learning about the Science Olympiad are encouraged to visit and watch the competition. For more information about the Science Olympiad event, contact Dr. Tim Smith at tsmith@se.edu.

 

Family presents contribution to Brady Rudolf Memorial Scholarship

The Rudolf family recently presented a check for $14,500 to the Brady Joe Rudolf Memorial Scholarship Fund at Southeastern. Front row, left to right, Jennifer Rudolf, Nate Rudolf and Southeastern president Sean Burrage. Back, left to right, Nathalia Flowers, Ty Rudolf, Braden Rudolf, Dustin Rudolf and Clent Horner.

The Rudolf family recently presented a check for $14,500 to the Brady Joe Rudolf Memorial Scholarship Fund at Southeastern. Front row, left to right, Jennifer Rudolf, Nate Rudolf and Southeastern president Sean Burrage. Back, left to right, Nathalia Flowers, Ty Rudolf, Braden Rudolf, Dustin Rudolf and Clent Horner.

DURANT, Okla. – A contribution of  $14,500 was presented Monday to the Brady Joe Rudolf Memorial Scholarship, which was established through the Southeastern Foundation in 2009.

Brady Rudolf, a 1993 graduate of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, died in a helicopter crash during his second deployment to Iraq. The Durant High School graduate served as a pharmacist for the Veterans Administration before his military duty.

On Monday, Brady’s family presented the check to Southeastern president Sean Burrage. Attending the presentation were Brady’s widow, Jennifer; his mother Nathalia Flowers; his brother Dustin; his sons,  Nate, Ty, and  Braden; and family friend Clent Horner, who assists with the Brady Rudolf Memorial Golf Tournament.

The scholarship seeks to assist students in reaching their educational goals. Those wishing to contribute to the scholarship may send donations to the Southeastern Foundation at 425 W. University Boulevard.

The  fundraiser golf tournament is scheduled for Saturday, April 8, at Chickasaw Pointe Golf Course. For more information, go to www.bradyrudolf.com. Players and sponsors may register and pay through the website. Use the dropdown to select individual or team registration and pay by credit card.

Team registration is $240 and individual registration is $65. Sponsorship opportunities are available on the website.