Southeastern News

State Regents recognize Julian Construction, Southeastern with Business Partnership Award

 Tommy Julian accepts the Regents Business Partnership Award on March 12. Also shown are Oklahoma Small Business Development state director Michele Campbell, Southeastern president Sean Burrage, and Southeastern vice president for university advancement Dr. Kyle Stafford.


Okla. –
Twenty-seven business and higher education partnerships
throughout the state were recently recognized as innovative collaborations that
further the education of Oklahoma’s workforce.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher
Education’s Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award is designed to
highlight successful partnerships between higher education institutions and
businesses and to further cultivate the higher learning environment through State
Regents’ Economic Development Grants.

Receiving the award for its partnership with
Southeastern Oklahoma State University was Julian Construction of Broken Bow.
           “To solve the
workforce development challenges facing Oklahoma, our colleges and universities
continue to work collaboratively with leaders in the private, public and
nonprofit sectors,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “These partnerships
between business and industry and our state system institutions ensure that we
continue building the skilled workforce needed for Oklahoma to be globally
Julian Construction, owned and operated by Southeastern Oklahoma State
University alumnus Tommy Julian, has been a generous supporter of Southeastern
and its
for the past decade.

Formerly known as TJ Construction, the company is
located in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, and is deeply involved in
land development and
cabin construction
and rentals. Julian is an Oklahoma native who played baseball at Southeastern.

 He is active in civic affairs, serving on the
McCurtain County Tourism Board. Julian and his company have provided several
enrichment opportunities for Southeastern students and alumni. This includes,
but is not limited to, hosting a student retreat in Broken Bow and hosting
students, alumni and friends at various recreational and entertainment events
in the Oklahoma City area.

In addition, Julian Construction has lent its support to
both the Durant and McCurtain County campuses. Among the activities supported
are the Gold and Blue Scholarship Gala, the Presidential Golf Classic, the
McCurtain County Classic, Presidential Partners, donations to the baseball
field renovations and contributions to the football program.

Southeastern closed March 18-22 for spring break


DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State
University will be closed March 18-22 for spring break.

All classes will resume and offices will re-open
on Monday, March 25

Renowned educator Todd Whitaker to speak at Southeastern on April 12

DATE:  March 8, 2019


Todd Whitaker

DURANT, Okla. – Renowned educator Todd
Whitaker will be on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University April
12 to present two sessions to teachers, administrators and the general public.

Whitaker will be speaking in
conjunction with the Albert H. Brigance Endowed Lectureship and ProjectTeach
program in Montgomery Auditorium. In a 9 a.m. session, Whitaker will address
such areas as the first year in the classroom, classroom management from the
ground up, and what great teachers do differently.

In the 1 p.m. session, he
will discuss target leadership in education.

Both sessions are open to
the public and there is no admission charge.

Dr. Whitaker is professor of
educational leadership at the University of Missouri and professor emeritus at
Indiana State University.

He has written numerous
books and is known throughout the country for his for his outstanding

Southeastern-Grayson promote safety program at Texas Instruments event

Stefan Kells and Dr. Chris W. Bradshaw

 March 5, 2019


Okla. –
Stefan Kells, left, Southeastern
Coordinator of Academic Services at Grayson College, and Dr. Chris W. Bradshaw,
Chair of the Department of Occupational Safety and Health at Southeastern,
recently attended the Texas Instruments Safety and Health Fair in Sherman. 
The two-day event brought in multiple vendors to showcase safety and health in
the workplace. Southeastern utilized the event to highlight its safety program
and the educational opportunities available to students.  Southeastern
offers both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in occupational safety and health.
It also partners with Grayson College so that students can complete an
associate’s degree at Grayson and then seamlessly transfer to Southeastern for
a bachelor’s degree.   Some 80 individuals stopped by the booth to
learn more about careers in occupational safety and health.

Southeastern speech and debate students compete at state event

Hannah Nunley, Hannah Barnett, and Jacob Morrison represented Southeastern at the OIFA state tournament.

Okla. –
Southeastern Speech and Debate
Association’s Jacob Morrison and Hannah Nunley finished second in National
Parliamentary Debate at the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Forensics Association
(OIFA) State Tournament on February 23.

Freshman Hannah Barnett placed eighth overall in
Extemporaneous Speaking.

Forty competitors from Southeastern, East Central
University, Carl Albert State Community College, Northeastern State University,
Oklahoma City University, Tulsa Community College, Oral Roberts University and
the University of Oklahoma participated in 11 Individual Preparation and
Limited Preparation events and Parliamentary and Public Debate.

Dr. Randy Clark, associate professor of communication
studies and speech and debate advisor, said, “I’m very proud of the team and
their showing.  Our freshman gained a remarkable amount of experience this
weekend and a tremendous amount of respect from other competitors and other
coaches from the more established programs. ‘’

The Parli debate team of Morrison and Nunley reached the
semifinal round, losing to the eventual champion team from Oklahoma City

Morrison finished third as the Top Speaker in Public Debate
and also took third in Extemporaneous Speaking. Nunley reached the quarterfinal
round in Public Debate and finished fifth in Extemporaneous Speaking

SSDA’s final competitive tournament of the season will be
the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament, March 20-24, at Hofstra
University in Hempstead, NY.

To learn more about Southeastern’s intercollegiate
forensics program and the SSDA tournament schedule, visit the Department of
Art, Communication and Theatre website
or contact Dr. Clark at or extension 2556.

Capt. Lloyd Sauls named Director of Aviation Sciences Institute at Southeastern

Capt. Lloyd Sauls


Okla. –
The Aviation Sciences Institute at Southeastern Oklahoma State
University has a new director.

Capt. Lloyd
Sauls, who has 44 years of extensive aviation experience, was recently named to
the position. As director, he will oversee all aspects of the aviation program,
including academic programs and flight operations.

Southeastern aviation program is one of the premier programs of its kind in the
nation,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage. “We are fortunate to have
someone with the experience and leadership skills of Capt. Sauls to guide our
program, which continues to grow.’’

Sauls holds
bachelor degrees in Behavioral Science and Basic Science from the United States
Air Force Academy. He spent 36 years (1980-2016) with Delta Airlines as an
international captain and served as chief pilot for the DFW base in the early
2000s.  For the past year, he served as a flight instructor for Southwest

Sauls is a
graduate of Durant High School.

Other experience
includes time as a pilot instructor at the United States Air Force and the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

aviation program has earned a reputation for excellence, while attracting 
students from all across the nation.

Since the
program’s inception in 1966, Southeastern has placed professional pilots
throughout the world.

Degrees are
offered in aviation-professional pilot, aviation management, and a master’s in
aerospace administration and logistics.

locations include Durant, Rose State College, and Tinker Air Force Base.

Super Saturday draws a crowd to campus

The Academic Fair allowed prospective students to visit with Southeastern faculty members.


DURANT, Okla. – An estimated 500 junior high and high
school students and parents attended “Super Saturday’’ activities at
Southeastern Oklahoma State University this weekend.

This year’s
activities included the Oklahoma Science
Olympiad, Vocal Music auditions, Theatre auditions, choral competition, Honors
scholarship competition, and President’s Leadership Class scholarship

Southeastern president Sean Burrage welcomed the students to campus Saturday.

“In terms of attendance, this is one of the biggest events
we have on campus all year,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage, who
spent the day welcoming groups and visiting one-on-one with students and
parents. “This is a great way for

us to
showcase what the University has to offer. And the event seems to grow and
expand every year.’’

Also, an Academic Department Fair was held in the Glen D.
Johnson Student Union. During this time, faculty members were available to
visit with prospective students.

The Oklahoma Science Olympiad featured a number of events.

In addition, the Southeastern Office of Admissions and
Recruitment offered campus tours for visitors.

Students from as far away as Virginia and Amarillo, Texas,
participated in the activities.

Southeastern accounting students assisting elderly in preparing taxes


Okla. –
 Students in the accounting
department at Southeastern Oklahoma State University are working with the Tax
Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) sponsored by AARP Tax-Aide program in
Durant to assist in tax preparation. Three full-time student interns and
accounting professor Dr. Rhonda Richards, pictured here with Caleb Lankford, a
senior accounting major from Gunter, Texas,  are assisting citizens at the
Donald W. Reynolds Library in Durant (1515 W. Main)  on Tuesdays and
Thursdays, through April 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Free tax assistance is provided to low-to
moderate-income taxpayers who are 50 years of age and older – some exceptions
may apply.


On Saturday, March 2 from 9:00 to 5:00, the Southeastern Oklahoma State University chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) will be hosting its sixth consecutive AAUP Event on our campus. This year’s theme is ORGANIZE!

The event is open to all SE faculty (full and part-time), and to all AAUP members. There is no registration fee! To register, simply email SE AAUP chapter president Carolyn Fridley (, Registration Flier) by February 24.

The event will be an excellent opportunity for professional development, for communing with colleagues, and to participate in discussions about issues facing higher education and the professoriate.

This year’s event includes:

* Keynote speaker: Risa Lieberwitz, J.D., Professor of Law at Cornell University, and AAUP General Counsel. Keynote address: “Organizing for Our Rights—With or Without the Law.”

* Guest speaker: Julie Schmid, Ph.D., AAUP (National) Executive Director, presenting “Red for Ed: Lessons from the Teachers’ Movement.”

* An interview with Jesse Snowden, Ph.D., and Wayne Lanter, Ph.D., sharing their AAUP organizing experiences in the 1960s and 70s. Dr. Snowden (VPAA Emeritus, SE) first joined the AAUP in 1963. Dr. Lanter (English Professor Emeritus, Southwest Illinois College) recounted his work with organizing faculty in the book Defending the Citadel (2012).

* Friday, March 1, from 3:00 to 5:00 in Russell 100, a panel discussion featuring our keynote and guest speakers, and Southeastern President Sean Burrage. Everyone is invited! Reception will follow at the Durant Hampton Inn.

Thanks to funding from SE professional development grants and a grant from the AAUP’s Assembly of State Conferences, we are able to offer this top-notch event at no charge to you!

SE AAUP Chapter website:

Risa Lieberwitz

Risa Lieberwitz

Julie Schmid

Julie Schmid

Wayne Lanter

Wayne Lanter

Jesse Snowden

Jesse Snowden

Spring enrollment of 4,196 is highest since 1983


Okla. –
Once again, the enrollment news is good at Southeastern Oklahoma
State University.

Southeastern’s Spring 2019 enrollment is 4,196 students – an increase of 12.7
percent over last spring. It also marks the highest spring enrollment at the
University since 1983.

In addition, Student Credit Hour Production is up
6.8 percent over last spring.

Southeastern’s enrollment continues to trend
upward: last fall, enrollment increased 13.3 percent over Fall 2017.

“This growth can be attributed to a number of
factors, including the continuing popularity and expansion of our graduate
online offerings, which provide high quality accredited academic programs at an
affordable cost,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage.  “At the same
time, last fall’s incoming freshman class was the largest in five years at the
University, which obviously had a positive impact on the spring numbers.’’

Approximately 85 percent of Southeastern students receive
financial aid, and more than 50 percent annually are first-generation college

With that in
mind and in an effort to hold costs down for students, Southeastern did not
increase tuition rates in 2018-19 — of the 25
public colleges and universities in Oklahoma, Southeastern was one of only six to hold the line on tuition.

The University submited its preliminary enrollment report
to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education on February 11.