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Southeastern recognizes outstanding faculty, staff and retirees at event

) Southeastern president Sean Burrage, far left, and Faculty Senate chair Dr.Steven Emge, far right, congratulate Dr. Randy Prus (Lifetime Achievement), Dr. Meg Cotter-Lynch (Professor of the Year), and Carolyn Fridley (Adjunct Professor of the Year) on their awards.

) Southeastern president Sean Burrage, far left, and Faculty Senate chair Dr.Steven Emge, far right, congratulate Dr. Randy Prus (Lifetime Achievement), Dr. Meg Cotter-Lynch (Professor of the Year), and Carolyn Fridley (Adjunct Professor of the Year) on their awards.

 Southeastern president Sean Burrage, far left, and Staff Association president Teena Harlin, far right, congratulate Roxanne Bell (Service/Technical), Johnna Towne (Secretarial/Clerical), and Kendra Gross (Administrative/Professional) on receiving their respective awards Monday.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage, far left, and Staff Association president Teena Harlin, far right, congratulate Roxanne Bell (Service/Technical), Johnna Towne (Secretarial/Clerical), and Kendra Gross (Administrative/Professional) on receiving their respective awards Monday.

 

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s annual Faculty and Staff Recognition Celebration was held Monday in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

The event honors retirees and employees for years of service. In addition, awards are presented by the Faculty Senate and Staff Association.

Following is the list of retirees, with years of service:

Dr. Gleny Beach, professor /director of visual arts in art, communication &theatre, 23 years; Dr. Theresa Hrncir, professor of accounting & finance, 21 years; Dr. Margaret Avard, professor of chemistry, computer & physical sciences, 20 years; and Dr. Vivian Guarnera, associate professor/chair of Educational instruction & leadership, 20 years.

Also, Dr. Charles Marshall, associate professor of aviation sciences institute, 13 years; Linda McGehee, custodian, custodial services, 12 years; Dr. Reba Criswell, Associate Professor of Counseling/School Counseling Program Coordinator

Behavioral Sciences, 11 years; Dr. George Stevenson Smith, professor of accounting & finance, 11 years; Sandy Bumgarner, office assistant academic programs in art, communication & theatre, 9 years; and Dr. Robin Plumb, dean & director of Educational outreach, 7 years.

Following is the list of award recipients:

Faculty Senate awards

Faculty Senate Recognition Award for Excellence in Teaching

Arts & Sciences (A&S): Math, Sciences and Safety – Dr. Tim Smith

A&S: Arts and Letters – Ms. Riley Coker

Education & Behavioral Sciences  – Dr. Susan Morrison

John Massey School of Business –  Stephanie Metts

Faculty Senate Recognition Award for Outstanding Research and Scholarly Activity

A&S: Math,Science and Safety – Dr. Erica Corbett

A&S: Arts and Letters – Dr. Brooks Flippen

Education & Behavioral Sciences – Dr. Amy Madewell

John Massey School of Business – Dr. Ying Lin

Faculty Senate Recognition Award for Meritorious Service to the University and/or Profession

A&S: Math,Sciences and Safety – Dr. Tim Smith

A&S: Arts and Letters – Dr. Jeremy Blackwood

Education & Behavioral Sciences – Dr. Amy Madewell

John Massey School of Business  – Dr. Kitty Campbell

Faculty Senate Recognition Award for Professor of the Year

Dr. Meg Cotter-Lynch –Professor of English, Director of Honors Program

Faculty Senate Recognition Award for Lifetime Achievement

Dr. Randy Prus, Professor of English, Chair of English, Humanities & Languages

Faculty Senate Recognition Award for Adjunct Professor of the Year

Ms. Carolyn Fridley

Faculty Senate Recognition Award for Librarian of the Year

Ms. Sandra Thomas

 

Staff  Association awards:

Administrative/Professional — Kendra Gross, director of McCurtain County campus

Secretarial/Clerical — Johnna Towne, office manager, Physical Plant

Service/Technical — Roxanne Bell, custodian

Aviation Career Day held on campus Friday

Students learn more about aviation careers during Friday’s event at Southeastern.

Students learn more about aviation careers during Friday’s event at Southeastern.

DURANT, Okla. – Aviation Career Day was held Friday afternoon on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Sponsored by the Southeastern Aviation Sciences Institute, some 45 SE students visited with representatives (many of them SE alumni) from 18 airlines/related businesses to learn more about career opportunities in the field.

Among others in attendance was Southeastern president Sean Burrage,  SE aviation alumni president Chris Ferguson, and SE aviation faculty members.

President Burrage, Chief Batton, John Carey named to Higher Education Task Force

President Burrage

Sean Burrage

DURANT, Okla. – Durant will be well represented on the Task Force on the Future of Higher Education that was recently formed by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE).

The 68-member task force, which was established at the State Regents’ March meeting, will conduct a systematic review of higher education in Oklahoma; examine existing initiatives and best practices; and report findings and recommendations on strategies that best support improving quality, access, affordability, and efficiency.

John Carey

John Carey

Representing the Durant area on the Task Force are Southeastern Oklahoma State University president Sean 
Burrage, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Chief Gary Batton, and former State Rep. John Carey. OSRHE chairman John Massey of Durant is an ex-officio member.

John Massey

John Massey

“I am honored to serve on this task force with Chief Batton, Rep. Carey and Regent Massey,’’ Burrage said. “I can’t think of three individuals who are more dedicated to serving Oklahomans as we all work together to face the challenges in higher education.’’

The Task Force includes regents, college and university presidents, citizens, and governmental designees.

ChiefBatton

Gary Batton

“Given the ongoing financial pressures on the state coupled with the imperative to raise attainment and graduation rates, the task force will examine ways to improve performance and optimize resources,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “The central mission of the task force is to clearly position Oklahoma public higher education to meet the future challenges of maintaining accessibility and affordability without compromising quality. As such, the task force will focus on modernization, efficiencies and innovation. I appreciate the willingness of these individuals to dedicate their time, knowledge, and expertise to serve as task force members.”

Mike Davis completes fellowship with Council on Student Affairs Leadership Academy

Mike DavisDURANT, Okla. – Mike Davis, Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Director of Compliance & Safety, has recently completed a year-long fellowship with the Oklahoma Board of Regents Council on Student Affairs (COSA) Leadership Academy.

The COSA Leadership Academy is designed to facilitate professional growth and enrichment for student affairs specialists at Oklahoma’s colleges and universities.  As a COSA Leadership Academy Fellow, Davis participated in a series of issue-oriented forums led by experienced Higher Education professionals from across the state on topics such as accreditation, legal issues, enrollment management, and diversity.

The Fellowship is exclusive to professionals who have been nominated by the senior student affairs officer of their home institution.

Sharon Robinson, retired Southeastern Vice President for Student Affairs,  nominated Davis last spring.

Davis, who began his career with Southeastern in the Student Affairs division in 2010, has previously been a Hall Director in the Department of Housing and Residence Life. He has also served as Coordinator of Disability Services.

Davis holds a Law Degree from the University of Oklahoma. He earned his undergraduate degree from Southeastern.

Southeastern closed on Friday, April 14

DURANT, Okla. – Friday, April 14, is an observed holiday at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Classes will resume and all offices will re-open on Monday, April 17.

Southeastern Chorale in concert April 20

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Chorale, the premier choral ensemble for Southeastern Oklahoma State University, will be featured in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20, in the Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Building.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Under the direction of Dr. Stacy Weger, the Chorale will present Imagined Corners – a Choral Journey,  featuring music representative of the four cardinal points of the globe.

This concert of secular music will range from English to Chinese folk songs and also includes Native American music and Japanese vocal jazz.

The resulting works utilize a wide range of vocal techniques and writing styles ranging from spoken chorus to contemporary choral music.

Jesseca Shipman, junior music education major from Kiowa, will serve as student conductor for this event.

Phyllis Jones Rustin Endowed Scholarship established

Phyllis Jones Rustin and Southeastern president SeanBurrage announced the establishment of the scholarship recently.

Phyllis Jones Rustin and Southeastern president SeanBurrage announced the establishment of the scholarship recently.

DURANT, Okla. – The Phyllis Jones Rustin Endowed Scholarship has been established through the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Foundation.

The scholarship is available to benefit deserving students seeking a degree in English at Southeastern. Preference will be given to students majoring in English Education.

Rustin earned a bachelor of arts in Speech Communication with minors in English and Education from Southern Nazarene/Southeastern in 1974. She received hermaster’s degree in Guidance and Counseling from Southeastern in 1986.

Her professional experience includes 23 years as a classroom teacher at Durant High School, 1989-2012; also,Antlers Junior High School, 1975-76; Hugo Junior High School, 1976-77; and Indian Tutor for Hugo Public Schools, 1977-80.

Rustin has taught English II Pre-Advanced Placement, English I, English I Honors and English I Pre-AP, journalism and creative writing, Speech I, andlanguage arts for seventh and eighth grades.

For the last two summers, she has taught English workshops for Southeastern’s Upward Bound program.

Rustin has earned awards for writing and poetry, attended and presented various workshops, and has been involved with numerous educational organizations.

“This University means so much to our family and to our community,” she said. “The drama, music and art departments are bright lights in Durant and in southeastern Oklahoma.”

Southeastern Symphonic Chorus presents concert April 10

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Oklahoma State University Symphonic Chorus will present “Heroes of the Old Testament” on Monday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Durant (5400 Main Street).

The concert is free and open to the public.

A varied program of choral works will dramatize the stories of Elijah, Miriam, David, and Ezekiel. Theprincipal portion will be two extended scenes from Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah, one of the most famous oratorios in western music.

Dr. Jeremy Blackwood, Southeastern’s Director of Voice and Opera, will sing the role of theconfrontational prophet.  Another large undertaking will be Miriam’s Song of Triumph by Franz Schubert; this lesser-known short cantata concerns theparting of the Red Sea and features Southeastern voice professor Nereida Garcia as Miriam.

The Symphonic Chorus features college students as well as community members. Dr. Joshua Nannestad will conduct, and Dr. Kate Stubbs will play piano.

Retired business executive Frank Semple offers remarks at Massey Lectureship

Frank Semple makes a point during his lecture Tuesday morning.

Frank Semple makes a point during his lecture Tuesday morning.

DURANT, Okla. – Retired business executive Frank Semple returned to his roots Tuesday as the speaker at the 15th John Massey Family Lectureship, held at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Semple is retired Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of
MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. He is a member of the boards of directors of Marathon Petroleum Corporation and MPLX GP LLC.

A native of Stillwater, Oklahoma, Semple and his parents (longtime veterinarian Dr. Bill Semple and wife Jane) moved to Durant when he was an infant. Semple was a standout student and athlete at Durant High School, participating in football, basketball, baseball, andtennis.

The 1970 DHS graduate was also a member of the National Honor Society and an Eagle Scout.

He was appointed to the United States Naval Academy by Speaker of the House Carl Albert, following in the military footsteps of his father, who was a decorated pilot. Frank’s older brother, Billy, was also accepted into the Academy.

Semple earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Naval Academy, and completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School.

Speaking to an audience of 300 students, faculty, staff and community members, Semple fondly recalled his days of growing up in Durant and the positive influence it had on his life.

“My father had a profoundimpact on me,’’ Semple said. “He was my role model growing up.  And as far back as junior high, I knew I wanted go into a military academy.’’

Semple went on to provide an overview of his business career, and then took a number of questions from the audience.

Attending the lecture were several members of the Semple family, including Frank’s wife, Dr. Robin Semple, and two sisters, Janie Umsted and Susan Owens, along with friends from the Durant community.

The Lectureship was established in 1994 by a gift from the John Massey family and matched by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Endowment Fund Program.

Marti Phillips to address graduates at Southeastern commencement on May 6

Marti Phillips

Marti Phillips

DURANT, Okla. – Marti Phillips of Durant will be the guest speaker at Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s spring commencement, scheduled for May 6. Two commencement ceremonies (10 a.m. and 2 p.m.) will be held in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

Phillips is the Director of Knowledge Management & Collaboration for Andrews Kurth Kenyon, an international law firm based in Houston, Texas.  For nearly 13 years at  Andrews Kurth Kenyon, she has collaborated with attorneys and attorney support teams to raise awareness of the firm’s information technology capabilities in order to promote a culture of knowledge-sharing and communication.  Phillips is a certified Project Manager Professional and not only oversees and monitors projects, but also identifies users’ needs and translates them for the IT department.

A native of Mannford, Oklahoma, she holds two degrees from Southeastern: a master’s in Educational Administration and a bachelor’s in English. Phillips previously taught school in Thackerville, Oklahoma, and Allen, Oklahoma, Public Schools.

Phillips is active in the local community and currently serves on the Southeastern Foundation Board.

She and her husband, Greg (State Farm Insurance agent), reside in Durant with their son Mason, a freshman atDurant High School.

“Marti gives a great dealback to the University through her service on the Foundation Board,’’ Southeastern president Sean Burrage said. “And her remarks at spring commencement will certainly inspire our graduates as they begin their professional careers.  Marti is another great example of a Southeastern graduate who has used her education to build a successful career in her chosen field.’’

The two commencement ceremonies will be held as follows:

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

School of Education & Behavioral Sciences

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)

 

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

School of Arts & Sciences

John Massey School of Business

Master of Technology

Master of Science (Safety)

Master of Music Education

Master of Business Administration

Master of Science (Aerospace Administration and Logistics)