Southeastern News

Southeastern closed Oct. 19-20 for Fall break

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will be closed Oct. 19-20 for Fall Break.

Classes will resume and office will re-open on Monday, Oct. 23.

Biology Herbarium dedicated to former

Dr. Connie Taylor receives a plaque from Southeastern president Sean Burrage and Dr. Teresa Golden, chair of Biological Sciences.

Dr. Connie Taylor receives a plaque from Southeastern president Sean Burrage and Dr. Teresa Golden, chair of Biological Sciences.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University officially dedicated the Biology Herbarium to former biology professors Connie Taylor and the late John Taylor Thursday afternoon. During their combined 50-plus years of service to Southeastern students, the Taylors taught courses not only within, but also outside their areas of specialty.

Dr. John Taylor taught in the Biological Sciences department from 1961-1990

with a specialty in plant ecology. Dr. Connie Taylor, whose specialty was systematic botany, taught from 1970-1998. The Taylors were honored with the Distinguished Former Faculty Award by the University in 2005.

A major lasting contribution of the Taylors was to the herbarium at Southeastern, located in the Biology Building. A herbarium is a research collection of pressed, dried and labeled plant specimens arranged by a classification scheme. The Taylors collected about 100,000 plant specimens, many of which remain in the 15,000-specimen herbarium on the Durant campus. They traded many of their specimens with other herbaria, including the one at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.

The Taylors produced these specimens largely on their own time and at their own expense. They also obtained the herbarium cabinets at no expense to the school. To replace these cabinets at modern prices would exceed $107,000.

Offering remarks were biological sciences professor Dr. Stanley Rice, and Southeastern president Sean Burrage. Dr. Connie Taylor attended the official dedication ceremony, along with a number of friends, faculty and staff members.

Southeastern hosts Texoma College Fair on Oct. 26

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host the Texoma College Fair on Thursday, October 26.

The event will be held from 8:30-11 a.m. in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

Southeastern interim director of admissions and recruitment Jeremy Rowland said this is a part of the Oklahoma College Day/Night Fairs held throughout the state.

High school seniors and juniors in the Texoma area are invited to attend and explore higher education opportunities with representatives from institutions from

Oklahoma and Texas, plus other states.

Area high schools from Bryan, Marshall, Coal, Johnston, Atoka and Choctaw counties in Oklahoma and Grayson and Fannin counties in Texas are invited to take advantage of this opportunity.

Approximately 700 students attended the 2016 event.

Some 30 universities are scheduled to have tables set up and some academic departments from Southeastern will provide information.

Marti Phillips named Assistant VP for Business Affairs

Marti Phillips

Marti Phillips

DURANT, Okla. –  Marti Phillips of Durant has been named Assistant Vice President for Business Affairs at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

This position reports directly to Vice President for Business Affairs Dennis Westman.

In conjunction with Vice President Westman, Phillips will provide day-to-day executive direction, guidance, and policy information for process and business management operations. She will lead/supervise the Finance Office, Business Office, and Purchasing Office, and oversee external vendors and contracts.

Phillips has extensive experience in business and education. For the past 13 years, she was the Director of Knowledge Management & Collaboration for Andrews Kurth Kenyon, an international law firm based in Houston, Texas. She also has experience as a classroom teacher.

She holds two degrees from Southeastern: A master’s in Educational Administration and a bachelor’s in English.

Phillips previously served on the Southeastern Foundation Board.

Southeastern celebrates spectacular Homecoming with spectacular football comeback

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates  Homecoming King Tristin Lackey and Queen Katie Webb.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates Homecoming King Tristin Lackey and Queen Katie Webb.

DURANT, Okla. – Austin Skinner’s 63-yard touchdown pass to Drake White provided a happy ending to a three-day homecoming celebration Saturday afternoon at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Skinner’s pass – with just 25 seconds remaining on the clock — lifted the undefeated Savage Storm to a come-from-behind 31-24 victory over Southwestern Oklahoma. Heading into the Oct. 14 game against Henderson State, the 6-0 Savage Storm are nationally ranked and in sole possession of first place in the Great American Conference.

During halftime festivities, Katie Webb of Melissa, Texas, was crowned

 

Homecoming Queen, and Tristin Lackey of Coleman, Oklahoma, was named Homecoming King. Nate Hodson from Durant earned the title of Big Man on Campus.

 

Thursday night’s parade downtown parade featured both Southeastern and Durant High School.

Thursday night’s parade downtown parade featured both Southeastern and Durant High School.

The fun-filled homecoming celebration was over three days (Oct. 5-7).

One notable change in the schedule this year was the traditional Saturday Homecoming parade was moved to Thursday night in downtown Durant.  Durant High School was also celebrating homecoming last week and the two schools collaborated on one big parade.

Traditional activities included the 31st annual Whang Bang Alumni Golf Tournament on Friday at Chickasaw Pointe.

The Distinguished Awards Banquet recognizing Distinguished Alumni, Former Faculty and the Benefactor honoree was held Friday night in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.

This year’s Distinguished Alumni honorees were Joy Culbreath, Director of Education Special Projects for The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma; Charles McCall, Sr., owner of AmeriState Bank, an Oklahoma Banking corporation,

Senior receiver Codey McElroy and teammates celebrate a touchdown during Southeastern’s 31-24 victory.

Senior receiver Codey McElroy and teammates celebrate a touchdown during Southeastern’s 31-24 victory.

and the AtokaState Bancorporation; and Mark Hughes, civil war historian/author.

This year’s Distinguished Former Faculty award went to  Dr. Jerry Polson.

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

 

 

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates the honorees at Friday night’s Distinguished  Awards Banquet: Charles McCall, Dr. James O. Young, Joy Culbreath, Mark Hughes, and Dr. Jerry Polson.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates the honorees at Friday night’s Distinguished Awards Banquet: Charles McCall, Dr. James O. Young, Joy Culbreath, Mark Hughes, and Dr. Jerry Polson.

The alumni golf tournament was held Friday at scenic Chickasaw Pointe.

The alumni golf tournament was held Friday at scenic Chickasaw Pointe.

SE/North Texas Classical Festival set for Oct. 10

DURANT, Okla. – Fifty Southeastern vocalists are leading an intergenerational festival scheduled for Tuesday, on Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. in the Kidd-Key Auditorium, in Sherman, Texas (401 Elm Street).

Professors from the Southeastern Oklahoma State Music Department have developed  a daylong workshop and concert experience that will allow high school singers to work with collegiate and professional musicians in a classic work.  The SE / North Texas Classical Festival will culminate with a performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria. The concert is free and open to the public, and supported by a grant from the Oliver Dewey Mason Foundation of Grayson County.

 

Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education Joshua Nannestad is committed to putting historical or “classical” music in front of students, and equally passionate about showing secondary students that music can be a college major, a profession, or a lifelong avocation. As well as leading rehearsals of the Gloria with his Symphonic Chorus on the Durant campus, Dr. Nannestad has traveled to Denison, Pottsboro, and Prosper high schools in north Texas to assist with rehearsing those students.

The concert will feature a chorus of approximately 150 singers with a professional chamber orchestra. New Southeastern voice faculty Dr. Jourdan Laine Howell will serve as a soloist, along with music majors Grace Haynes and Allyson Thomas. The orchestra will include Instructor of Piano Dr. Stephanie Emberley and Adjunct instructor of Trumpet Dr. Matthew Anderson. Dr. Jeremy Blackwood, director of voice and opera, is also providing leadership to the event, and the First United Methodist Church of Sherman is hosting rehearsals.

Renowned pianist to perform Oct. 12 as part of Musical Arts

DURANT, Okla. –  Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Musical Arts Series will feature renowned pianist Solungga Liu on Thursday, October 12.

The Ruth Steger Piano Institute and the Clark & Wanda Bass Foundation Lectureship will present Liu in recital at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall. She will present a public master class in the Recital Hall at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 11.

Admission is free for all performances of the Musical Arts Series.

Liu will offer selections from the Three Tone Pictures, Fantasy Pieces, Roman Sketches, The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan by Charles Griffes, Ballad and Dreaming by Amy Beach, and Prelude, Choral, and Fugue by Cesar Frank.

She is an associate professor of piano at the College of Musical Arts, Bowling Green University. She maintains a vigorous schedule as guest artist, teacher and adjudicator at major international conservatories and competitions, including performances in the USA, Canada, Austria, Romania, Brazil, China, Taiwan, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Hong King.

Liu also performed a chamber concert with new music ensemble Open Gate at Carnegie Hall.

Within the United States, Liu has presented master classes and lectures at numerous venues, including the Eastman School of Music, the Providence Keyboard Festival, the Atlanta Music Festival, Virginia Tech University, and the University of Minnesota.

Author/Distinguished Alumnus Mark Hughes to sign copies of Civil War book on Oct. 6

Mark HughesDURANT, Okla. – Author Mark Hughes will be presenting Civil War Images and signing copies of his book, The New Civil War Handboo, at Southeastern Oklahoma State University on Friday, October 6,  at 2 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the Southeastern bookstore and the Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library and will be held on campus in the library.

That evening, Hughes will be honored as a Distinguished Alumnus by

Southeastern at its alumni homecoming awards  banquet.

The New Civil War Handbook offers a complete and up-to-date guide for American Civil War enthusiasts of all ages. Hughes uses clear and concise writing, broken down into short, easy to understand chapters, complete with tables, charts, and nearly 150 photographs to trace the history of the war from the beginning of the conflict through the final surrender.

Coverage includes the opening of war, battles and campaigns, the common soldier, technology, weapons, women, African American and Native American participation, hospitals, prisons, the naval war, artillery, and much more. In addition to these important areas, Hughes includes dozens of quotations, battle losses, strengths, a breakdown of troops furnished by state, engagements by state and territory, major causes of death, a complete glossary, and an extensive list of Civil War sites around the country, including contact and website information. Hughes completes his work with a helpful chapter detailing the Civil War on the Internet, including some of the most comprehensive and popular blog and web sites.

Southeastern to honor Dr. James O. Young family with Benefactor Award

YoungDURANT, 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 homecoming 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., owner of AmeriState Bank, an Oklahoma Banking corporation, and the AtokaState Bancorporation; 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 family. This award is presented to individuals, businesses or foundations that support the University through generous financial contributions.

Dr. Young has endowed three scholarships:

—   James O. Young Music Scholarship

—    Lucille Norman Koontz Endowed Scholarship in Vocal Performance

—   William O. Young Endowed Scholarship in Aviation

He has also contributed to the Ruth Cherokee Young Endowed Scholarship (Art), which was established by his father.

Young’s generosity garnered headlines around the state earlier this year when he gave $50,000 to help save the Oklahoma State Science Fair, which had been a victim of funding cuts.

Dr. Young, a retired dentist, is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cherokee Communications. He is a graduate of Southeastern (1967), earning a Bachelor of Science (Education), while majoring in Natural Science.  Young’s wife, Virginia (1966), is also a graduate of Southeastern, earning her degree in Elementary Education. Both are also Durant High graduates.

The Youngs have three children – daughters Amy Young and Jenny Sanchez and son Thomas.

Young’s parents, William and Ruth Young, founded Cherokee Telephone Company in 1959 and the family moved to Durant from Lone Grove. His father, Bill, graduated from the Southeastern aviation program, although his education was interrupted by World War II, where he served in the Navy.

Prior to pursuing a career in dentistry, Young  taught chemistry, physics and biology at Cleveland (Okla.) High School for one year.

Young earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Baylor University College of Dentistry in 1972 and set up practice in Ardmore. He retired in 1993.

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

For a complete schedule of events, visit  http://www.se.edu/alumni/homecoming-2017/schedule-of-events/

Southeastern, Cameron hosting speech and debate tournament

DURANT, Okla. – The forensics programs of Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Cameron University and the Oklahoma Theta and Omicron chapters of Pi Kappa Delta will host the Storm Classic Swing Speech and Debate Tournament Friday through Sunday, September 29-October 1, on Southeastern’s Durant campus.

The Storm Classic Swing is a reiteration of Southeastern’s former national Savage Forensic Debate Tournament, which was held consecutively for 26 years from 1929 to 1955. After a brief interruption, the Savage Forensic continued into the early 1990s.

The Savage Forensic was the oldest and one of the most well-attended college debating tournaments in the entire nation. At its height in 1963, the national debate tournament hosted more than 45 schools from Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri and Louisiana.

Associate professor Dr. Randy Clark serves as the tournament director. He is also advisor to Southeastern’s Speech and Debate Association and is seeking volunteers to assist in hosting the event.

Clark said, “Every speech and debate tournament solicits their home campus for judges. It is a great way for students from other schools to meet faculty and staff of the hosting institution and in turn for faculty and staff to see our own students in academic competition with students from other colleges and universities.”

On Friday, the Storm Classic will sponsor a National Parliamentary Debate tournament. Saturday and Sunday will feature National Forensics Association-Lincoln-Douglas debate tournament running concurrently with an American Forensics Association, National Individual Events tournament in the following speech categories:

Informative, Persuasive, Impromptu, After-Dinner and Extemporaneous Speaking; Communication Analysis; and Poetry, Drama, Dramatic Duo, Prose and Program of Oral Interpretation.

The Storm Classic will be held in the Russell Building, home of the John Massey School of Business. Faculty and staff interested in assisting with the event or just wanting to observe Southeastern students in action are asked to contact Clark at 580-745-2556 or frclark@se.edu.

Clark said individuals may commit to judging for the duration of the tournament or just one day or combination of days. Judges may volunteer their services or receive a small stipend based on whether the event judged is a debate or individual event.

“You don’t need to have had any previous experience in judging speech or debate,” Clark said. “We are able to provide all interested faculty and staff with little or no speech and debate judging experience with a training DVD that will, in about an hour and a half, deliver the proper mechanics of judging individual speech and debate events. The DVD will detail what experienced judges do and how they critique individual and debate performances.”