Southeastern News

BrucePac donates refrigerated truck to University

Ice Truck DonationDURANT, Okla. – BrucePac of Durant recently donated a refrigerated truck to Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Showing their appreciation to Cliff Eddings (Inventory Control Manager) and Bob Delveaux (general manager) of Bruce Pac are Southeastern president Sean Burrage and vice president for university advancement Dr. Kyle Stafford.  Previously, BrucePac allowed the University to use the truck at various events throughout the year, such as homecoming and the Presidential Golf Classic.  Most recently, the truck has been utilized by the athletic department to store ice used for post-practice therapy on student athletes. In addition, to donating the truck, BrucePac added Southeastern’s university and athletic logos.

President Burrage addresses Faculty-Staff members

fstaffDURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University president Sean Burrage offers remarks Thursday morning at the Faculty-Staff general meeting. Burrage is beginning his fourth year as president of Southeastern. Fall classes begin at the University on Monday, August 21.

Faculty Symposium at Southeastern

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DURANT, Okla. – Dr. Tim Boatmun, Dean of Graduate School \ E-Programming & Academic Support, makes a presentation Wednesday morning at the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Faculty Symposium. Fall classes begin on Monday, August 21.

Choctaw author Tim Tingle offers presentation at Technology Camp

tingleDURANT, Okla. – Tim Tingle, an award-winning Choctaw author, emphasizes a point Friday at the inaugural EdCampSE hosted by Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The event provided an opportunity for educators (Pre-K-12 and beyond) to network and learn best practices on how to incorporate technology into the classroom. Southeastern, in partnership with the Masonic Institute for Professional Development, was able to offer the camp at no charge to participants.

Southeastern to celebrate Homecoming October 5-6-7

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate Homecoming 2017 on October 5-7.

One notable change in the schedule this year is the traditional Saturday Homecoming parade is being moved to Thursday night, October 5, at 6:30 in downtown Durant.  That evening’s event will kick off the Homecoming festivities; following the parade there will be food trucks and a live band at Market Square presented by Durant Main Street for all Southeastern alumni and friends and the Durant community.


Traditional activities include the 31st annual Whang Bang Golf Tournament on Friday, October 6, at Chickasaw Pointe.  Registration opens at 8 a.m. and a shotgun start is scheduled for 9 a.m.

The Distinguished Awards Banquet recognizing Distinguished Alumni, Former Faculty and the Benefactor honoree is set for 5:30 p.m. Friday in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.

This year’s Distinguished Alumni honorees are Joy Culbreath, Director of Education Special Projects for The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Charles McCall, Sr., Executive Vice President of AmeriState Bank in Atoka and President of Atoka State Bancorporation, Inc., and Mark Hughes, civil war historian/author.

This year’s Distinguished Former Faculty award honoree is Dr. Jerry Polson.

The Benefactor Award will be presented to Dr. James O. Young and the Young family.

        On Saturday, October 7, the traditional Coffee and Conversation with Southeastern Athletic legends is scheduled for 8 a.m. in the lobby of the Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium, and the Alumni Tailgate Party opens at 11 a.m. in Tailgate Alley across from Paul Laird Field.

Southeastern’s Savage Storm will kick off at 2 p.m. against Southwestern Oklahoma State University in the Homecoming football game.

Fall classes begin August 21

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will begin fall classes on Monday, Aug. 21.

Prior to that, a Faculty Symposium will be held August 16-17, and Freshman Convocation is scheduled for August 19.

Hal Bowman to present “Teach Like A Rock Star’’ workshop on Aug. 24

_halbowman (3)DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Project Teach will sponsor an educational workshop, “Teach Like A Rock Star,” on Thursday, August 24 in the Magnolia Ballroom.

The workshop will be held in the Magnolia Ballroom from 12:30-3 p.m. and there is no admission charge. The public is invited to attend, but there is limited seating.

Hal Bowman, author of “A Grade Above,” “A Step Ahead,” and “Teach Like A Rock Star,” will conduct the workshop, which will be highly informative for education majors.

Bowman has spent more than 20 years pursuing what drives student achievement. The workshop reflects the profound educational and personal impact teachers have on students’ lives. It is research-based, results-driven and offers powerful tools, strategies, resources and an extraordinary learning environment.

           Project Teach is a Student Support Services TRIO  program that is designed to enhance teacher preparation k-12. It is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Southeastern hosting technology conference for educators Aug. 4

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host the inaugural EdCampSE for Pre-K12 and beyond/higher education at the Durant campus on Friday, August 4, in the Russell Building. The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Russell 100.

Southeastern, in partnership with the Masonic Institute for Professional Development, will present EdCampSE to recognize and support area public teachers. This will be an opportunity for educators to network and learn best practices on how to incorporate technology into the classroom.

A pre-conference will be held on Thursday, August 3, in the Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library with special speaker Tim Tingle, an award-winning Choctaw author. He will lead interactive sessions on the art of culturally responsive storytelling and how to incorporate digital storytelling into the curriculum. This event begins at 8 a.m. with breakfast and sign-in followed by a lecture at 9 a.m.

On Friday, EdCampSE begins at 8 a.m. in the Russell Building (room 100 , followed by registration, breakfast, and networking at 9 a.m. Sessions will continue throughout the day in the Russell Building.

Educators can register at

Southeastern receives NSF grant to enhance High Performance Computing

DURANT, Okla. –  Southeastern Oklahoma State University, in collaboration with Northeastern, Rogers State, and Southwestern, will receive a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Southeastern will receive approximately $60,000 as its portion of the

$333,000 grant, which will provide a separate network for high speed connections to research computers across Oklahoma and be of great benefit to Southeastern faculty and students’ research using advanced computing systems.

High performance computing (HPC) was first introduced to the campus by former faculty member Mike Morris in the mid-2000s. Over the next five years, Southeastern’s HPC capabilities evolved, with resulting endeavors leading to many presentations, both internationally and by students.
This year, Southeastern mathematics professor Dr. Karl Frinkle has been awarded an Organized Research Grant and a Presidential Partner’s Grant to upgrade the power of the current HPC cluster. Southeastern’s HPC center is made possible by the collaboration of numerous departments and individuals on campus and is truly a university-wide effort that provides students hands-on opportunities with cutting edge research technology.

Frinkle also noted that members of the community have donated computer equipment to assist in the effort.

Southeastern to host ECU veterans academic boot camp Aug. 7-10

DURANT, Okla. – The East Central University Veterans Upward Bound Academic Boot Camp will be held at Southeastern Oklahoma State University on Monday-Thursday, August 7-10.

The program is designed for veterans who are currently attending or planning to attend Southeastern.

To register, veterans should contact Angel Bartholow at East Central (580-559-5807) or Teriki Barnes at Southeastern (580-745-2268).

The collaborative venture between East Central’s and Southeastern’s TRIO programs will meet from 8:30 a.m.-noon in room 100 of the Russell Building.

All services are free of charge and instruction will be provided by Southeastern’s Learning Center.

The Boot Camp will include instruction on college preparation, math, reading & writing, financial literacy & budgeting, financial aid/GI Bill and tips for navigating college.

For information on the Boot Camp agenda, visit