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Frisson Ensemble to perform Nov. 7 in Musical Arts Series

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

The Frisson Ensemble will be in concert on Nov. 7.

The Frisson Ensemble will be in concert on Nov. 7.

DURANT, Okla. – The Frisson Ensemble from New York City will perform in concert on Wednesday, November 7, on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The concert, part of the Musical Arts Series, will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in the Halle McKinney Ballroom due to renovations in the Fine Arts Building. There is no admission fee.

The group features the best and brightest of classical music’s rising stars drawn from many of the nation’s major music schools, including Juilliard, Curtis, and Yale.

Frisson’s core instrumentation of nine musicians consists of violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and French horn. The ensemble showcases a myriad of rarely-performed masterworks and has rapidly become  one of the busiest classical music ensembles with dozens of performances for the 2018-19 season.

This concert is the second performance of the 45th season of the Musical Arts Series and is sponsored in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information about Musical Arts Series events, contact Dr. Jeremy Blackwood at jblackwood@se.edu or 580-745-2088.

Southeastern celebrates Homecoming in Wet ‘n Wild style

The cheerleaders and band were among the participants at Friday’s night’s True Blue Rally.

The cheerleaders and band were among the participants at Friday’s night’s True Blue Rally.

DURANT, Okla. – Although the official theme of Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s homecoming this year was “Out of This World,’’ a more appropriate description would be “Wet ‘n Wild.’’

Despite unseasonably heavy rains in the Durant area, the show went on, with a few minor modifications. And it all culminated in the Southeastern Savage Storm upsetting 15th ranked and previously undefeated Southern Arkansas 21-0 at Paul Laird Field.

The three-day celebration began Thursday, October 11, with the parade downtown (with Durant High School), featuring  bands and dry weather.

That was not the case Friday morning as a steady rain pelted the Chickasaw Pointe Golf Club at the Whang Bang Alumni Golf Tournament. Undaunted, 94 golfers braved the elements and the tourney was completed.

Friday night’s Distinguished Awards Banquet, held indoors in the Visual & Performing Arts Center (VPAC), drew an impressive crowd. This year’s Distinguished

Wide receiver Felton Hatcher leaps over a player during Saturday’s 21-0 victory over Southern Arkansas.

Wide receiver Felton Hatcher leaps over a player during Saturday’s 21-0 victory over Southern Arkansas.

Alumni recipients were retired Col. Tray Ardese, Dr. Russell DeBose-Boyd, and Dr.  Barbara Rackley, while the Distinguished Former Faculty award honorees were Dr. Ken Chinn, Dr. Jane Elder, and Dr. Ken Elder.

More rain Saturday morning moved tailgating activities and live music to the VPAC. In addition, a 30th anniversary reunion of Southeastern’s 1988 Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference championship football team was held in the lobby of Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium.

On Saturday afternoon, Southeastern took a 7-0 first quarter lead over the visiting Muleriders from Southern Arkansas and then tacked on two touchdowns in the final quarter for an impressive victory in Great American Conference play.

During halftime festivities, Jamie Jackman from Kingston and Nate Hodson of Durant were named Homecoming Queen and King, respectively.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage stands with Homecoming Queen and King Jamie Jackman and Nate Hodson.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage stands with Homecoming Queen and King Jamie Jackman and Nate Hodson.

President Sean Burrage, far right, congratulates this year’s Distinguished Alumni and Former Faculty Award recipients: Dr. Ken Chinn, Dr. Jane Elder, Dr. Ken Elder, Dr. Barbara Rackley, Dr. Russell DeBose-Boyd, and Col. Tray Ardese.

President Sean Burrage, far right, congratulates this year’s Distinguished Alumni and Former Faculty Award recipients: Dr. Ken Chinn, Dr. Jane Elder, Dr. Ken Elder, Dr. Barbara Rackley, Dr. Russell DeBose-Boyd, and Col. Tray Ardese.

It was a rainy Friday at Chickasaw Pointe Golf Club.

It was a rainy Friday at Chickasaw Pointe Golf Club.

 

 

 

Homecoming activities scheduled for Oct. 11-12-13

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate Homecoming 2018 on October 11-13.

The traditional Homecoming parade is set for Thursday October 11, at 6:30 p.m.  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. This will be the second year in a row that Southeastern and Durant High School will hold a parade together.

Other traditional activities include the 32nd annual Whang Bang Alumni Golf Tournament on Friday, October 12, 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 and Distinguished Former Faculty is set for 5:30 p.m. Friday in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.

This year’s Distinguished Alumni recipients are retired Col. Tray Ardese, Dr. Russell DeBose-Boyd, and Dr.  Barbara Rackley.

This year’s Distinguished Former Faculty award honorees are Dr. Kenneth Chinn, Dr. Jane Elder, and Dr. Ken Elder.

The Homecoming Bonfire is scheduled for Friday at 8:30 p.m. in the Amphitheater on campus.

On Saturday, October 13, the Alumni Tailgate Party opens at 11 a.m. in Tailgate Alley across from Paul Laird Field.

Live music will be provided by The Arbuckle Xpress Band (11:15 a.m.) and Ty England (noon-1:30 p.m.).

Also on Saturday at 11 a.m., a 30th anniversary reunion of the 1988 Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference championship football team will take place on the lawn of Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium.

Southeastern’s Savage Storm will kick off at 2 p.m. against Southern Arkansas University in the Homecoming football game at Paul Laird Field. During pre-game ceremonies on the field at 1:40 p.m., the Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Former Faculty Award recipients will be introduced.

For more information and a complete list of homecoming activities, visit

http://www.se.edu/alumni/schedule-of-events-2/.

Capt. Jody Hall receives Lawman of the Year award from Durant Kiwanis Club

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

Captain Jody Hall receives the Lawman of the Year award from Angela Pierce of the Durant Kiwanis Club.

Captain Jody Hall receives the Lawman of the Year award from Angela Pierce of the Durant Kiwanis Club.

DURANT, Okla. – Captain Jody Hall of the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Campus Police is the 2018 recipient of the “Lawman of the Year’’ award from the Durant Kiwanis Club.

The award was formally presented Thursday at the Kiwanis Club’s annual installation banquet.

Hall is a 19-year veteran of the Campus Police Department, having served in a number of capacities, including police officer, sergeant, lieutenant and interim chief. He was named to his current position of captain on January 1, 2017.

“I feel honored to receive this award in an area with so many great police officers,’’ Hall said. “Southeastern is like being part of a big family – it’s nice to have a job where you come to work every day and enjoy interacting with people. And by working here, I have friends all over the world – former students, faculty, and staff that I have met over the years.’’

Hall is an Atoka County native and graduate of Wapanucka High School. He is a graduate of the Oklahoma Criminal Investigation Academy, has advanced peace officer certification from the Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training, and is a trainer for The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE).

Hall has three children, and his hobbies include hunting, fishing, and working on the family farm.

Southeastern police chief Captain Durward Cook, a former recipient of the Kiwanis award, said Hall is most deserving of the recognition.

“Captain Hall is an integral part of our department,’’ Cook said. “He has been a pillar of stability that we all count on when in need. He genuinely cares about the safety and welfare of our students, faculty, and staff. I’m very happy that he has been selected for this award and thankful for the support of those who recognized his talent.’’

The award is a tradition that spans more than two decades in Bryan County and is intended to recognize an individual who has exemplified, in an exceptional way, service above and beyond the call of duty.

The honoree is selected after an extensive process, which includes letters of recommendation.

 

SE Live open house for prospective students set for Oct. 24

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT, Okla. – High school juniors, seniors, and their parents are invited to attend SE Live on Wednesday, October 24.

This “open house’’ will allow participants to meet faculty, staff and students, tour the campus, learn about scholarships and financial aid, and discover what Southeastern has to offer students.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., in the Student Union, followed by an opening session at 9 a.m., breakout sessions at 10 a.m., lunch at noon, and campus tours at 1 p.m.

You can register at https://www.se.edu/events/selive/

For more information, call 580-745-2060.

Davis to receive Golden Quill Award from Oklahoma Bar Association

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT, Okla. – Michael J. Davis, Director of Compliance and Safety at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, will receive the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Maurice Merrill Golden Quill Award, honoring the best written article published this year in the Oklahoma Bar Journal.

His article, titled, “A Primer on Disability Accommodation in Higher Education,” was published in August 2018 and selected by the Bar Journal’s Board of Editors for the prestigious award, which will be formally presented in November at a ceremony in Tulsa.

The Golden Quill Award is named in honor of Maurice Merrill — a professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law from 1936 to 1968 – and who was nationally distinguished for his work as a writer, scholar and teacher.

Davis has been an attorney since 2013 and serves as an adjunct instructor of Business Law in the Department of Management and Marketing in addition to his other professional duties at the University.

Saint Louis Brass to perform Oct. 7 at Musical Arts Series

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

The Saint Louis Brass will perform in Durant on Oct. 7 as part of the Musical Arts Series.

The Saint Louis Brass will perform in Durant on Oct. 7 as part of the Musical Arts Series.

DURANT, Okla. – For an evening of fun with brass, come see, hear, and enjoy the Saint Louis Brass as they open the 45th season for the Musical Arts Series at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Due to renovations in the Fine Arts Building, this concert will be held at First Christian Church, located at 301 North 3rd Avenue in Durant, on Sunday, October 7, at 7:30 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

Although the members of the Saint Louis Brass look formal when they perform, audiences are pleasantly surprised at the relaxed and informal atmosphere they create.  With extraordinary grace, the ensemble transforms the stuffiness associated with classical chamber music, combining professionalism and showmanship to produce a thoroughly enjoyable musical experience.

The Saint Louis Brass will perform a great variety of selections featuring music from their CD “Pops Music of the Americas” and from several other CDs. Especially for this tour, they will present movements from three of their many commissions over the years.

Also new for this tour is Anthony Plog’s “Animal Ditties” with music behind the clever Ogden Nash poems.   On the lighter side is a new jazz medley – “Tribute to Pops”: hits of Louis Armstrong, plus everybody’s favorite “St Louis Blues.” New to the Quintet is the hard driving tango,  “Libertango” by the noted Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla.

Since 1964, the Saint Louis Brass has been performing throughout the country and continues to thrive as a top-notch ensemble. Members of the group include trumpet players Allan Dean, from Yale University and Miki Sasak,i from New York City;  Victoria Knudtson, who  just recently graduated from Indiana University; Melvyn Jernigan, formerly with the Saint Louis Symphony, who plays trombone; and the tubist is Indiana University’s Daniel Perantoni.

Science graduates accepted into numerous graduate programs

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University is continuing its proud tradition of preparing students for successful careers.  In this case, 13 recent graduates from the Chemistry, Computer, and Physical Sciences and Biological Sciences departments have been accepted into graduate school, medical school and other professional programs this fall.

“These graduates are just a wonderful group of people,’’ said Dr. Tim Smith, Chair of Chemistry, Computer and Physical Sciences. “They worked very hard to succeed and we are proud of them.’’

 

 

The list of graduates includes:

Casey Love (Silo) – Oklahoma State University – College of Osteopathic Medicine

Garrett Spradley (Stigler), Class of 2017- Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine

William Palmer (Broken Bow) – Oklahoma State University – College of Osteopathic Medicine

Ludmila Zelenková Chandler (Boswell), Class of 2017 – Quinnipiac University, Connecticut, Frank Netter MD School of Medicine

Elizabeth Landers (Hugo) – Oklahoma State University – College of Osteopathic Medicine

Katy Gaskill (Durant) – Oklahoma State University – College of Osteopathic Medicine

Kayla (Smith) Spradley (McAlester), Class of 2017 – Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Sarrysa (Eaves) Queen (Durant), Class of 2016 – Pharmacy at University of Georgia, Athens

Patton Whitehead (Colbert) – Biochemistry/Molecular Biology graduate program, University of North Texas

Matthew Maxwell (Durant) – Cancer Biology graduate program, University of California – San Diego

Amy Kennedy (Lone Grove) – Experimental and Molecular Medicine graduate program, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Rachel (Shores) Thompson (Wilson), Class of 2016 – Oklahoma College of Optometry, Northeastern State University

Cassaundra Bratten (Bullard, TX), Class of 2016 – Physician Assistant program at the University of Colorado

Southeastern to host Domestic Violence Awareness event

By Southeastern Student Media

Domestic violence awareness messages were painted on t-shirts during last year’s event. These shirts were displayed in the Student Union and increased awareness on campus .

Domestic violence awareness messages were painted on t-shirts during last year’s event. These shirts were displayed in the Student Union and increased awareness on campus .

Was it just a fight? Is it normal to be called names? Is it really a big deal if your partner calls you twenty times a day to ask where you are?

As part of October Domestic Violence Awareness month, Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host Love. Sex. Lies., an awareness event on Tuesday, September 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Student Union Atrium. The event will help students understand what healthy relationships should look like.

Students can paint awareness messages on t-shirts, enjoy live entertainment by U92 DJs and take relationship assessments to gauge their current relationships. Free Pizza will be provided by Gateway Mortgage Group.

The purpose of the event is to create awareness in order for students to be able to recognize what an unhealthy relationship looks like, compared to a healthy one. Trained advocates will be on hand to discuss warning signs and provide support and referrals for students.

According to the National Coalition of Domestic Violence, women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner. Southeastern takes these statistics seriously and wants to create a safe environment for students by openly discussing domestic violence and sexual assault on campus.

Students will also be encouraged to join Southeastern on October 1 for the Take Back the Night March to downtown Market Square for the annual Crisis Center Candlelight Vigil. The march begins at 5:15 p.m. at the entrance to Paul Laird Field. The vigil begins at 6 p.m.

Women’s Entrepreneur Seminar scheduled for Oct. 17

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will be the site of a Women’s Entrepreneur Seminar on Oct. 17.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Hallie McKinney Ballroom. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the seminar will be from 10 a.m. to noon.

Participants will be provided with a brief look at current opportunities in markets and industries as it relates to women in business from successful women entrepreneurs.

Panelists from the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center, REI Women’s Business Center, and the Small Business Administration will provide insight and answer questions.

Topics to be addressed include regulatory issues and changing laws, financing and funding, managing risk, social media marketing tips, cash flow and expense management, public relations, goal-setting, growth and planning for the future.

An awards presentation honoring successful women entrepreneurs will follow the sessions – award nominations are currently being accepted online.

Seminar sponsors are the Southeastern John Massey School of Business, the Don. W. Sands Lectureship in Business Administration, and the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center.

The seminar is being held in conjunction with Women Entrepreneurship Week (Oct. 13-20). Southeastern is one of 125 colleges and universities worldwide holding seminars and conferences during the week.

To register for the seminar, visit http://www.se.edu/dept/bus/women-in-entrepreneurship-registration/

For more information, call Stacy Estep at 580-745-2979.