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.

Three local individuals named ‘difference-makers’ by Journal Record

DURANT, Okla. – Three individuals with local ties are among the “50 Women Making A Difference in Oklahoma’’ as selected by The Journal Record.

Liz McCraw

Liz McCraw

Making the list are Liz Cobb McCraw, Dean of Student Affairs at Southeastern Oklahoma State University; Amy Ford, businesswoman and regent with the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents; and Michele Campbell, with the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center.

The 50 honorees will be honored at the 2017 Journal Record Woman of the Year gala on Oct. 26 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The Woman of the Year will be announced during the evening program. Olympic gold medalist, author and health and fitness advocate Shannon Miller will be the keynote speaker.

McCraw, who holds two degrees from Southeastern, has served the University for 26 years, the past two as Dean of Student Affairs. In this role, she oversees residence life, student wellness, student activities, federal programs, and the President’s Leadership Class.

Prior to that, the Ardmore native served as Dean of Students and Dean of Enrollment Management. She is also very active in the Durant community, volunteering her time on a number of projects.

Amy Ford

Amy Ford

Ford is a partner in RedAnt, LLC, which provides comprehensive business development, management, messaging and strategic public relations consulting strategies.

In 2012, she was appointed to serve on the Oklahoma Public/Private Water Task Force. Ford also serves on the boards of directors for the The Oklahoma Academy for State Goals and the Citizens for the Protection of the Arbuckle Simpson Aquifer, as well as serving on the board of advisers for Leadership Oklahoma.

She previously served on the Oklahoma State Board of Education, the Oklahoma State Board of Career and Technology, the Oklahoma Standards Setting Steering Committee (chair), and the Southeastern Foundation Board of Directors.

Michele Campbell

Michele Campbell

Campbell, also a Southeastern graduate, is Assistant State Director for Communication, Research & Organizational Development at the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center. She is an at-large member (Youth chair-elect) of the Leadership Oklahoma board of directors executive committee.

She previously held various positions at Southeastern in the Office of the President, Continuing Education, and the TRiO program. Campbell is a native of Healdton, Oklahoma.

The 2017 event marks the 37th year for the Woman of the Year program, which spotlights female business and community leaders. Six women will be named to this year’s Circle of Excellence – an honor reserved for those being selected for the third time. They include Teri Aulph, Michelle Briggs, Michele Campbell, Teresa M. Moisant, Judy Hamilton Morse and Lisa Synar.

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.