Southeastern News

University closed Nov. 19-23 for Thanksgiving

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will be closed the week of Nov. 19-23 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

All classes will resume and offices will re-open on Monday, Nov. 26.

Southeastern hosting STEM Visitation Day on Dec. 1 for high school students

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT, Okla. – High school students interested in pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are invited to attend a STEM Visitation Day at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

This free event is scheduled for Saturday, December 1, on Southeastern’s Durant campus. Parents are also invited to attend.

Below is the day’s schedule of activities, to be held in the General Classroom Building:

  • 8 a.m. Registration and Scavenger Hunt
  • 9 a.m.     Welcome
  • 9:30-11:30 a.m.     Breakout Sessions (Student’s Choice)
    • Computer Science and Computer Information Systems
    • Chemistry
    • Field Biology – Fisheries & Wildlife, Botany, Zoology
    • Mathematics
    • Pre-Professional – Medical Sciences, Pre-Engineering, NursingAdmissions, Financial Aid/Scholarships, Residence Life, Student Life
  • 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.     Free Pizza!
    • (Southeastern  professors and students will enjoy small group discussions during lunch)
  • 12:30-2 p.m.     Campus Tour, ending in the student’s favorite department with professors

To register, go to http://www.se.edu/future-students/visit/

 

Chorale concert scheduled for Nov. 15

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Chorale, in photo above, the premier choral ensemble for Southeastern Oklahoma State University, will be featured in concert on Thursday, November 15, at the First Christian Church in Durant (301 North Third Avenue). The Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Stacy Weger, will present Wonder – A Child’s Joy.    The concert stems from a yearning to return to the discovery and simplicity of childhood. This concert repertoire includes texts of nursery rhymes, lullabies, nonsense songs, as well as poets’ reflections of youth.  The Chorale will be assisted by collaborative pianist Kate Stubbs. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

University updates fire safety systems in residence halls

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT, Okla. – Fire alarm systems are currently being updated in three residence halls (Chickasaw Hall, Choctaw Hall, and Shearer Hall) at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The new fire alarm systems will provide added fire detection sensitivity, while also reducing false alarms caused by environmental factors such as humidity and dust. Additionally, the systems include a versatile voice audio system that allows a command station to target building announcements to specific parts of the building, and a fault reduction redundancy that preserves the fire alarm system’s circuitry in the event of power surges, lightning strikes, and other scenarios.

Southeastern Speech & Debate advances to semifinals in Fort Worth

Representing Southeastern at the tournament were Emily Wheeler, Reagan Benson, Jacob Morrison, Hannah Nunley, Jillian Parsons, and MacKenzie Trammell.

Representing Southeastern at the tournament were Emily Wheeler, Reagan Benson, Jacob Morrison, Hannah Nunley, Jillian Parsons, and MacKenzie Trammell.

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Oklahoma State University Speech and Debate Association reached the semifinals in Parliamentary Debate at Texas Christian University’s Cowtown Classic Swing Speech and Debate Tournament, October 26-28 in Fort Worth.

The forensics tournament featured varsity National Parliamentary Debate, International Public Debate Association, and all 11 American Forensics Association National Individual Events.

Representing Southeastern were Jacob Morrison, junior political science major; Hannah Nunley, freshman political science major; MacKenzie Trammell, freshman chemistry major; Reagan Benson, freshman aviation major; Jillian Parson, freshman aviation major; and Emily Wheeler, freshman chemistry major.

Seventeen colleges and universities competed.

Morrison, from Durant, and Nunley,  from El Campo, Texas,  reached the semifinals in the Parliamentary Debate competition. The team of Morrison and Nunley amassed a 5-0 record through the preliminary rounds, earning them a third seed in the semifinals. However, the duo would lose in a split decision to the eventual tournament champions from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Morrison also competed in both Extemporaneous Speaking and Impromptu Speaking, earning a respectable fifth place finish in Extemporaneous Speaking. Nunley, who also competed in Extemporaneous and Impromptu Speaking, finished the competition with a well-earned eighth place finish in Extemp.

Benson, from Paris, Texas, and who was competing in her first forensics competition as a member of Dr. Randy Clark’s Business and Professional Speaking class, finished the tournament ranked 21st out of 49 competitors in Extemporaneous Speaking.

“The team fared very well for our first tournament away from home,’’ Clark said. “It’s what I’ve come to expect from Morrison, but Nunley was also exceptional in her first tournament. She has a bright future. I’m especially proud of the competitors from the B&P Honors course who have been working very hard all semester in an effort to prepare themselves for the grind of a tournament weekend. It is remarkable and a testament to the talented students of Southeastern how Reagan — who has no experience — performed at the tournament.’’

SSDA’s next forensics tournament will be the Christmas Classic at Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City, November 30-December 2.

To learn more about Southeastern’s intercollegiate forensics program and SSDA’s tournament schedule, visit the Department of Art, Communication and Theatre website at http://homepages.se.edu/comm or contact Speech and Debate Advisor Dr. Randy Clark at ext. 2556.

Top 10 Freshmen recognized at Southeastern

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

The Top 10 Freshmen are, front row, left to right, Rylee Dunlap, Ieysha Cheney, KateLeigh AlycAnn Wright, Bailey Elizabeth Sykora, and Ashlee Carr. Back row, Southeastern president Sean Burrage, Dillan Browne, Morgan Blake, Spencer Cole Patton, Rachel Storey, Elexis Watson, and Dr. Marlin Blankenship, director of the academic advising and outreach center.

The Top 10 Freshmen are, front row, left to right, Rylee Dunlap, Ieysha Cheney, KateLeigh AlycAnn Wright, Bailey Elizabeth Sykora, and Ashlee Carr. Back row, Southeastern president Sean Burrage, Dillan Browne, Morgan Blake, Spencer Cole Patton, Rachel Storey, Elexis Watson, and Dr. Marlin Blankenship, director of the academic advising and outreach center.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University recognized the 2017-18 Top Ten Freshmen during a ceremony Friday in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union Auditorium.

The honorees were recognized for academic achievement and campus/community involvement.

The 2017-18 Top 10 Freshmen are:

  • Morgan Blake, double major in Biology and Fisheries and Wildlife, from Smithville, Oklahoma
  • Dillan  Browne, Finance, Wilburton
  • Ashlee Carr, Advertising and Public Relations, Carter
  • Ieysha Cheney, Communications and Public Relations, Broken Bow
  • Rylee Dunlap, double major in Psychology and Biology, Atoka
  • Spencer Cole Patton, Advertising and Public Relations, Durant
  • Rachel Storey, Fisheries and Wildlife, Brunswick, Georgia
  • Bailey Elizabeth Sykora, Nursing, Marietta
  • Elexis Watson, Biology, Muskogee
  • KateLeigh AlycAnn Wright, double major in English and Strategic Communications, Haworth

Occupational Safety & Health hosts Career Fair

The Occupational Safety & Health Department recently hosted a career fair.

The Occupational Safety & Health Department recently hosted a career fair.

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT, Okla. – The Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) at Southeastern Oklahoma State University recently hosted its annual semester Career Fair. Eight companies participated in an effort to scout out potential interns and new hires.

Those in attendance included Texas Instruments, Brandt Construction, Cadence McShane, Dal-Tile, Granite Construction, Hensel Phelps Construction,  McCarthy Construction, and Northstar Builders Group.

This departmental career fair was implemented two semesters ago in response to the high demand by companies for OSH students to fill positions and

internships. Other companies that have recently been on campus doing informational sessions and interviews include Amazon and Barnard Construction.

SE Live attracts more than 400 high school students to campus

SE Live participants received an energetic welcome to campus Wednesday in Montgomery Auditorium.

SE Live participants received an energetic welcome to campus Wednesday in Montgomery Auditorium.

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT, Okla. – More than 400 high school juniors, seniors, and their parents were on campus Wednesday for SE Live. This “open house’’ allowed participants to meet faculty, staff and students, learn about specific academic programs, tour the campus, learn about scholarships and financial aid, and discover what Southeastern has to offer students.

 

 

Southeastern president Sean Burrage welcomes visitors to campus at SE Live.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage welcomes visitors to campus at SE Live.

The True Blue Ambassadors student organization at Southeastern makes a presentation Wednesday at SE Live.

The True Blue Ambassadors student organization at Southeastern makes a presentation Wednesday at SE Live.

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.