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Southeastern students participate in MLK Day of Service

Southeastern students spent part of their Monday completing service projects in the community in conjunction with MLK Day.

Southeastern students spent part of their Monday completing service projects in the community in conjunction with MLK Day.


DURANT, Okla. – Classes were not held Monday at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Instead, students participated in a number of activities

Southeastern students spent part of their Monday completing service projects in the community in conjunction with MLK Day.

Southeastern students spent part of their Monday completing service projects in the community in conjunction with MLK Day.

Pianist Catalin Dima to perform at Musical Arts concert on February 6

Catalin Dima

Catalin Dima


DURANT, Okla. – Pianist Catalin Dima will present a recital of the 24 Preludes of Frederic Chopin and Maurice Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit on Wednesday, February 6, on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Hallie McKinney Ballroom due to renovations in the Fine Arts Building.

There is no admission for the concert.

Dima, a newly appointed Southeastern faculty member, is a prize-winner in many national and international competitions, and has performed numerous solo recitals and concerts in the United States, Romania, France, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Malawi. Among most recent concerts, Dima has performed at the Cosmos Club in D.C. as a guest artist invited by the Embassy of Romania and at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

He also played six concerts with violinist Alexandru Malaimare in which  they promoted Romanian music in Virginia, Illinois, and Indiana. Dima and Malaimare will perform a recital on the Southeastern campus in Spring 2019.

This concert is the first piano performance of the 45th season of the Musical Arts Series sponsored by the Ruth Steger Piano Institute and the Clark & Wanda Bass Foundation Lectureship. For more information about Musical Arts Series events, contact Dr. Jeremy Blackwood at or 580.745.2088.

Dr. Brad Ludrick named coordinator of Master in Native American Leadership program


DURANT, Okla. – Dr.  Brad Ludrick has been named professor/coordinator of the Master of Science in Native American Leadership (MSNAL) program at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

He joined the Southeastern faculty in 1997, most recently serving as professor of biological sciences and program coordinator for the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (STEM).

In his new duties, Ludrick will be responsible for teaching graduate courses, recruiting and advising students into the MSNAL program, and assessment.

Ludrick holds a doctorate from Texas A&M-Commerce and master and bachelor degrees from Southeastern.

A member of The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Ludrick is a 1989 graduate of Durant High School.

He served in the U.S. Military (Army Reserve) from 1989 to 2003, and separated as a Captain.

Tyler Fenwick named Savage Storm head football coach

By Southeastern Sports

DURANT, Okla. –
Southeastern Director of Athletics Keith Baxter has announced the hiring of
Tyler Fenwick as Southeastern football’s 20th head coach in its more than 100-year history.
Fenwick comes to Southeastern after a six-year stint at Missouri S&T where
he posted a 37-29 record overall, including his most recent outing at 10-2 in
2018 which included winning Great Lakes Valley Conference Coach of the Year honors
as well as being named the Don Hansen Super Region 3 Coach of the Year.
A meet-and-greet for fans and the media has been scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on
Monday, Jan. 14 in the Blue and Gold Suite inside Bloomer Sullivan Arena
“I am extremely excited for this opportunity,” said Fenwick, “To
lead the Savage Storm Football program and help continue to move this program
over the top.”
“We are excited about Coach Fenwick and his family joining Southeastern
and becoming the leader of our football program,” said Baxter. “This
was an extensive search with a very strong applicant pool, we feel Tyler models
the qualities we were looking for in a new coach; a commitment to Athletics and
Academic excellence, good recruiter and a proven winner with post season experience
top the list. We are looking forward to his arrival to campus and working with
our student-athletes.”
In 2018 his Miner squad put together a 10-2 season which ended on a six-game
winning streak, including a 51-16 victory over Minnesota State-Moorhead in the
Mineral Water Bowl.
He departs the Miner program third in career victories after seeing his program
tie or break 26 individual or team records over six seasons.
Fenwick’s players are no stranger to honors as well, with 79 earning All-GLVC recognition,
including 31 first team selections.
Six of them would go on to earn All-American honors across the various
organizations, while in the classroom his student-athletes have added six
CoSIDA Academic All-America awards over the same span.
A native of the offensive side of the ball, Fenwick’s team’s over the past two
seasons have averaged 35.6 ppg, with the point per game average increasing over
each of the first five seasons, while the defense was solid, allowing 20.5 ppg
in 2018 and just 23.1 ppg over the last season seasons combined. The Miners
were ranked 33rd nationally in scoring offense and scoring defense in 2018.
Prior to taking over the program at Missouri S&T, Fenwick served as the
offensive coordinator at Missouri Western State University for six season from
2007 through 2012.
While at MWSU, he was part of a program that played in the post-season in each
of the six seasons that he was on the staff, including an appearance in the
NCAA Division II quarterfinals in 2012.
During the six years Fenwick spent as offensive coordinator at Missouri
Western, the Griffons averaged 432.8 points per season and 35.1 points per
game.  As a team, the Griffons went 53-18 and played in the NCAA Division
II playoffs three times as well as making three bowl appearances.
Fenwick spent the 2006 season as the offensive coordinator at Minnesota
State-Moorhead where he guided an offensive unit that improved its yardage
totals by 65 percent from the previous year, as the Dragons won four of their
last five games to finish with a 6-5 record.
Prior to that, he spent five years on the staff at Occidental College in
California – the last four as offensive coordinator.
At Occidental, he was the wide receivers coach during the 2001 season as the
Tigers went 8-1 and won the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic
Conference championship, then moved into the offensive coordinator role the
following season.  Over the four years guiding the offense, Occidental had
a 33-9 record, won two SCIAC titles and made two appearances in the NCAA
Division III playoffs, winning twice in the 2004 tournament.  During those
five years, he coached four all-conference quarterbacks and twice had the
conference’s “Offensive Player of the Year”.
He began his coaching career at the high school level at Birmingham High School
in Lake Balboa, Calif., as the program’s offensive coordinator, helping guide
the team to a conference championship and playoff appearance as it finished
with a 10-2 record.
Fenwick is originally from Los Angeles, Calif., and graduated from Chaminade
College Preparatory High School.  He attended Los Angeles Valley College
and the University of New Mexico, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in
university studies in 1999. A two-year letterman for the Lobos as a wide
receiver, he caught 14 passes during the two years in which he played at UNM.
Fenwick and his wife, Angela, have three children, daughter Kylie and sons
Kayden and Kiptyn.  His father, Jim, was a highly successful coach at the
collegiate and high school levels in California.

Aviation open house for prospective students scheduled for January 25


DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host an
Aviation Open House from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, January 25.

Aviation Visitation Day is designed for high
school junior and seniors interested in aviation.

Registration will be at 9:30 a.m. in the Student Union, with the opening
session scheduled for 10 a.m.

Campus tours are slated for 10:30 and lunch will be served at 11:30.

Visitors will depart for the airport at 12:30 p.m., and a tour of ASI
facilities is scheduled for 1 p.m. Breakout sessions (Flight Simulator, Careers
in Aviation and Financial Aid) will be held from 1:35-2:35.

The closing session begins at 2:35, with career information tables available at
3 p.m.

Students are urged to register now to take advantage of the opportunity to meet
Southeastern faculty and staff; learn about careers in aviation; experience
Southeastern traditions; and receive information or admissions, scholarships
and financial aid.

Students may register at

Registration continues as spring classes begin January 14


Okla. –
Registration is still open for students interested in attending
Southeastern Oklahoma State University this spring.

            For registration information, contact the office of admissions and
recruitment at 580.745.2060 or visit

 Admission requirements are
available at

Spring classes
begin on Monday, January 14.