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Southeastern students participate in Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature activities

Jacob Morrison and Nynnett Gonzalez participated in the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature mock government program this year.

Jacob Morrison and Nynnett Gonzalez participated in the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature mock government program this year.

DURANT, Okla. – With a history spanning 50 years, the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature (OIL) is the longest-running mock government run by students in the nation. University students from across the state compete in a simulated legislative process.

Over the past few years, Southeastern Oklahoma State University has been building its OIL delegation, making big strides in the first 50th session of 2018. Connor Alford, political science instructor, has advised and coached Southeastern’s team.

Jacob Morrison, a sophomore from Durant, had four bills passed by the house and senate. All four of his bills were signed into law by the governor of the organization, thus becoming “law.”  This is the first time Southeastern has seen a bill pass both chambers and be codified into law.

Nynnett Gonzalez, a sophomore from Cartwright, was a member of several committees — including rules, appropriations, and judiciary — that determine the competition standards.

In addition, Gonzalez was elected Deputy President Pro Tempore of the Senate.

As Southeastern’s new chair, Morrison hopes to continue to grow the University’s delegation.

Southeastern journalism students earn top awards at Oklahoma Collegiate Media Association Conference

Representing Southeastern at the conference were Jerai Billy, a staff writer for The Southeastern; Kourtney Kaufman, managing editor of The Southeastern; and, Megan McFarland, news editor of The Southeastern. Also pictured is Dr. Joey Senat, Oklahoma State associate professor and OCMA coordinator.

Representing Southeastern at the conference were Jerai Billy, a staff writer for The Southeastern; Kourtney Kaufman, managing editor of The Southeastern; and, Megan McFarland, news editor of The Southeastern. Also pictured is Dr. Joey Senat, Oklahoma State associate professor and OCMA coordinator.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University journalism students recently attended the Oklahoma Collegiate Media Association conference and awards banquet in Stillwater, bringing home numerous awards in the Diamond Division. SE Student Media competes against other university publications and journalists across the state.

The Southeastern student newspaper won first place for Online Newspaper, which can be found at www.thesoutheastern.com.

The monthly printed edition of The Southeastern won first place for Front Page Design, second place for Overall Newspaper, and second place for Interior Page Design and Layout.

Individual students earning awards for The Southeastern at the state level were Kourtney Kaufman, who placed first and third, respectively, in Editorial Writing and honorable mention in Sports Photography, and Megan McFarland, who took first place in News Photography and Sports Photography and honorable mention for General News Writing.

In the spring of 2017, SE Student Media created the first magazine edition of The Holisso, a 76-page full color publication, which students write, photograph and design as a part of the curriculum. The Holisso won Overall Magazine General Excellence and was recognized as the top student produced magazine in OCMA.

The following students received awards for their contributions to The Holisso:

Chelsey Pilkilton, first place, Magazine Sports Photography; J.D. Anteau, first place, Magazine News Photography and second place, Magazine Feature Photography; Nicole Diseker, first place, Magazine Feature Photography; Brandon Green, first place, Magazine Sports Writing; Ivy Phelps, first place, Magazine General Newswriting and second place, Magazine News Photography; Haley Barnett, honorable mention, Magazine Feature Writing; and Kourtney Kaufman, honorable mention Magazine Feature Writing.

Student broadcasters earn honors at state conference

Southeastern  broadcasting students Kennedy Sawyers, Brandon Green, Jay King, Jesse Risner, Charles Jackson,  and Wyatt Hubbard are shown  with faculty member Dell McLain at the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters in Tulsa.

Southeastern broadcasting students Kennedy Sawyers, Brandon Green, Jay King, Jesse Risner, Charles Jackson, and Wyatt Hubbard are shown with faculty member Dell McLain at the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters in Tulsa.

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Oklahoma State University broadcasting team received a number of honors at the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters annual conference in Tulsa.

Students attended two days of workshops, meetings, a career fair and vendor exhibits.

Charles Jackson, a senior from Fort Worth, took  2nd place awards in three categories: television entertainment, television public service announcement, and television promotional spot.

Brandon Green, a senior from McAlester, was awarded 1st place for best radio promotional spot.

Jesse Risner, a junior from Durant, was the recipient of the Mark Rawlings Scholarship.

“I am so pleased with the dedication and hard work of our broadcasters this year,” said Dell McLain, who serves as Southeastern Director of Broadcasting. “It was great to see them at the convention, meeting industry professionals, attending informative workshops and sharing their production work with the state.”

Dr. Wayne Jones named 2017- 2018 Safety Professional of the Year

DURANT, Okla. –  Dr. Wayne D. Jones of Southeastern Oklahoma State University received the 2017-2018 Safety Professional of the Year award from the Southwest Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers recently at their annual professional development conference. Jones, center, is a professor of occupational safety & health and is pictured with Southwest chapter vice president Scott DeBow and president Donnie Chambless. The Southwest chapter of the 38,000-member American Society of Safety Engineers represents north Texas, specifically the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

 

Gov. Anoatubby to speak at Native American graduation event on May 9

DURANT, Okla. – Governor Bill Anoatubby of the Chickasaw Nation will be the guest speaker at the Native American Graduation Ceremony & Reception at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 9, at 6 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall on the Southeastern campus. The Native American Institute is the sponsor of the event, which is open to the public.

Also scheduled to be on the program are Southeastern president Sean Burrage, Native American Institute director Lauren Rowland, and School of Choctaw Language instructor Chantelle Standefer.

Bill Anoatubby has served as Governor of the Chickasaw Nation since 1987 and has been active in tribal government since 1975. His previous positions include director of tribal health services, director of finance, special assistant to the governor, controller, and he was the tribe’s first lieutenant governor.

In his first term, Gov. Anoatubby established goals of economic development and self-sufficiency for the Chickasaw Nation and its people. Today, the Chickasaw Nation is well on its way to achieving those goals.

The Chickasaw Nation operates more than 100 diversified businesses and invests much of its revenue into funding more than 200 programs and services. These programs cover education, health care, youth, aging, housing and more, all of which directly benefit Chickasaw families, Oklahomans and their communities.

Under Gov. Anoatubby’s direction, the Chickasaw Nation places a strong emphasis on preserving and sharing its heritage, history, language and culture. This commitment can be seen in the various artistically and culturally-centered programs, language services, and the world-renowned Chickasaw Cultural Center.

Gov. Anoatubby has received dozens of awards, including being named a 2016 Creative Oklahoma Creativity Ambassador, he has been inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges Hall of Fame, as well as the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame. In addition, he has been named the minority advocate of the year from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Safety Engineers president addresses Southeastern students

DURANT, Okla. – Jim Smith, who serves as president of the American Society of Safety Engineers, addresses a crowd of 150 safety students Wednesday at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.  Smith is the director of risk control services for Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services.  He related his experiences in the safety field, along with observations on job opportunities for current and future graduates. There are currently more than 400 undergraduate and graduate majors in the Occupational Safety & Health program at Southeastern.

Tri-County event honors high school students; Teacher of the Year Jon Hazell offers encouragement

Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Jon Hazell of Durant makes a point during his remarks at Tuesday’s Tri-County Honors event. Also shown are Dr. Kyle Stafford, vice president of university advancement at Southeastern; Greg Massey, First United Bank CEO; and Southeastern president Sean Burrage.

Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Jon Hazell of Durant makes a point during his remarks at Tuesday’s Tri-County Honors event. Also shown are Dr. Kyle Stafford, vice president of university advancement at Southeastern; Greg Massey, First United Bank CEO; and Southeastern president Sean Burrage.

DURANT, Okla. – Durant High School’s Jon Hazell – the 2017 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year – was the keynote speaker Tuesday night at the Tri-County Honors Program.

First United Bank is Corporate sponsor and Southeastern Oklahoma State University is the Education sponsor for the annual event, which honors area high school students and is held in the Visual & Performing Arts Center.

A total of 79 students representing 15 schools were honored.

First United CEO Greg Massey presided over the event, with Southeastern

president Sean Burrage offering welcoming remarks. Awards were presented by Hazell, Massey, Burrage, the bank presidents, and Southeastern vice president for university advancement Dr. Kyle Stafford.

 

Following is the list of award recipients:

2018 Tri-County Honor Students

Achille High School

James Quarles, Tayler Wells, Austin Curry, Kirsten Smith

Bennington High School

Tucker McWilliams, Josephine Singleton, Brody Everett, Emily Stevens, Austin Malone, Madison Currie

Boswell High School

Erin Caldwell, Hannah Manous, Levi Russell, Harleigh Belvin

Caddo High School

Kacie Clower, Michael Usery, Kaden Dixon, Kristen Hobbs

Calera High School

Calee Boone, Hannah Carter, Tammy Vo, Masheli Bully

Colbert High School

Rylie Rickman, Jared Hartwright, Thrush Beazer, Katherine McGill

Durant High School

Jensen Simmons, Cassie Bisson, Shaya Claxton, Hanna Cook, Kendall Cordell, Alissa French, Arya Gautam, Haleigh Harper, Hannah Hime, Morgan Hudson, Kyle Hughes, Emily Langley, Hannah McDonald, Braeden McKee, Hannah Morrison, Cade Ogden, Connor Roberts, Taylor Russell, Tyler Smith, Emily Thompson, Tommy Tran

Fort Towson High School

Lynzee Smith, Hailey Ausmus, Nathaniel Clark, Hailey Cloud

Hugo High School

Cole Francis, Hannah Barnett, G’Quavious Lennox, Destiny Gaffney

Durant Kiamichi Technology Center

Jordan Buhler, Courtney Rogers

Kingston High School

Nicholas Mizell, Kaitlynn Hobbs

Madill High School

Costa Chambers, Alex Morales, Kylee Kuykendall, Devon Chapa, Lauren Tuck

Rock Creek High School

Maci Burns, Emily Hill, Bryanna Phillips, Mackenzie Powell, Karmen Salazar, Eleazar Rubio, Jacey Angello

Silo High School

Jessen Pratt, Connor Doyle, Makenzie Rogers, Trevor Dailey

Soper High School

Katelynn McGriff, Payton Amend, Caleb Grace, Kyndal Partin

Awards presented at Faculty-Staff recognition event

Kitty Campbell, Lifetime Achievement Award

Kitty Campbell, Lifetime Achievement Award

DURANT, Okla. – A number of awards and honors were presented Monday at Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Faculty and Staff Recognition Celebration.

Dr. Kitty Campbell of the John Massey School of Business received the Faculty Senate’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

The event was held in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

Following is the list of award recipients:

Faculty Senate Awards

Education and Behavioral Sciences

Teaching: Dr. Laura Atchley, Assistant Professor of Psychology-Coordinator of Early Intervention Child Development, University Center of Southern Oklahoma

Research: Dr. Stewart Mayers, Director of Teacher Education-Chair-Professor of Educational Instruction and Leadership

Service: Dr. Kay Daigle, Chair of Kinesiology- Associate Professor Kinesiology

John Massey School of Business

Among the award winners Monday were, front row, left to right, Rachel Toews, Jennifer Moore, Dr. Kay Daigle, Dr. Meg Cotter-Lynch, Dr. Teresa Golden, and Dr. Laura Atchley. Back row, president Sean Burrage, Dr. Doug Wood, Cherrie Wilmoth, Dr. Tim Boatmun, Dr. Stewart Mayers, Faculty Senate chair Dr. Daniel Althoff, Brandon Burnette, Kay Barber, Dr. Loide Wasmund, and Dr. Joshua Nannestad.

Among the award winners Monday were, front row, left to right, Rachel Toews, Jennifer Moore, Dr. Kay Daigle, Dr. Meg Cotter-Lynch, Dr. Teresa Golden, and Dr. Laura Atchley. Back row, president Sean Burrage, Dr. Doug Wood, Cherrie Wilmoth, Dr. Tim Boatmun, Dr. Stewart Mayers, Faculty Senate chair Dr. Daniel Althoff, Brandon Burnette, Kay Barber, Dr. Loide Wasmund, and Dr. Joshua Nannestad.

Teaching: Dr. Kitty Campbell, Massey Professor-Chair of Management & Marketing-Interim Chair of Accounting & Finance/Professor

Research: Dr. Martin Bressler, Professor of Marketing & Management-John Massey Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship

Service: Dr. Kitty Campbell

Math and Science

Teaching: Dr. Loide Wasmund, Professor of Chemistry

Research: Dr. Doug Wood, Professor of Zoology

Service: Dr. Teresa Golden, Chair-Professor Biological Sciences

Arts

Teaching: Dr. Joshua Nannestad, Assistant Professor- Choral Music Education

Research: Dr. Tara Hembrough, Assistant Professor, English, Humanities, and Languages

Service: Dr. Meg Cotter-Lynch, Director of Honors Program -Professor English, Humanities & Languages

Librarian of the Year: Brandon Burnette, Government Documents Librarian

Adjunct Professor of the Year: Cherrie Wilmoth, Kinesiology

Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Kitty Campbell

Staff Association Awards

Storm Rookie of the YearKay Barber, coordinator, Career Management Center

Outstanding Non-Exempt EmployeeRachel Toews, Assistant Registrar

Outstanding Exempt Employee — Dr. Tim Boatmun, Dean of Graduate School/E-Programming & Academic Support

Service to StudentsKay Barber

Outstanding Southeastern Staff Association MemberJennifer Moore, Human Resources, Payroll/Office Specialist

The following retirees were recognized at the event:

Dr. William Carter, State Director, Oklahoma Small Business Development Center, 7 years of service

Susan Dodson, Director, Student Support Services/ Project TEACH, 16 years

Stella “Marge” Eakins, Office Assistant/Grant Programs, Student Support Services 20 years

Dr. Bruce King, Instructor/Director of Native American Academic Programs, Art, Communication & Theatre/Center for Student Success/Native American Institute. 20 years

Dr. Larry Prather, John Massey Endowed Chair/Professor of Finance, 11 years

Kay Lynn Roberts, Executive Director Business Services/Comptroller-Office of Finance, 29 years

Kris Simpson, Director, Talent Search 23 years

John Van Bebber, Assistant Professor, Aviation Sciences Institute, 10 years

Dr. Caryn Witten, Professor, English, Humanities and Languages 17 years

Dr. Chunmei Yoe, Professor, Social Sciences, 20 years

Michele Campbell named OKSBDC state director

Michele Campbell

Michele Campbell

DURANT, Okla. – Michele Campbell has been named State Director for the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center (OKSBDC).  OKSBDC is a statewide network that provides confidential, high quality, no cost entrepreneurial and small business management advising in order to help Oklahoma start and grow businesses.

The host for the OKSBDC state network is located in Durant, Oklahoma, at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.  Southeastern has hosted the OKSBDC grant since 1984.  The OKSBDC partners with a variety of entities, including the Small Business Administration, higher education institutions, career technology centers, and economic development entities.

Campbell brings a wealth of experience to her new role as director, including a four-year stint as Assistant State Director for Communications, Research, and Organizational Development for the OKSBDC network. In this position, she was responsible for strategic partnerships with various entities across the State, advisory board and legislative liaison activities, marketing, branding, and media programs, and the organizational development activities for OKSBDC.

Prior to that appointment, she had served in various education roles at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, including counselor and later Director for 17 years in the U.S. Department of Education TRIO programs, Continuing Education Director for the University, and Assistant to President.

Campbell is a Leadership Oklahoma (LOK) graduate (Class XXIII) and lifetime LOK member.  Since graduation from the program, she has been very active with the LOK Board and held various committee appointments, including the Executive Board, Board of Directors, Recruitment, Regional Ambassadors, Class Ambassador, Nominating, Youth Chair-Elect, and Fall Forum.  She has chaired the Selection and the Program Committees as well.  She is also a regional co-chair for the Oklahoma Academy.

She has attended numerous programs and leadership academies, including four Harvard programs, crisis leadership trainings, the Balridge Examiner National Standards program, Edward Lowe Foundation Business Leaders’ Roundtable, economic development courses, and the Oklahoma Nature Conservancy’s Leadership Academy.

Campbell is a member of the Fortnightly Women’s Club of Durant, Chapter DJ of PEO, and First Baptist Church.

She is a licensed professional counselor and national board certified as a counselor as well.  Campbell is a graduate of Leadership Durant and the Educator’s Leadership Academy.  She has also coordinated several leadership programs both within the State and regionally during her time in TRIO.

Campbell has been nominated several times for the Journal Record’s Woman of the Year and has been recognized as one of 50 Oklahoma Women Making a Difference in 2013, 2016 and 2017.   She entered the Journal Record’s Circle of Excellence for Woman of the Year in 2017 as well.  In September, she received the Distinguished Leadership Award at Leadership Oklahoma’s 2017 All Class Reunion event at Shangri-La.

In June of 2017, she was selected by the Healdton Alumni Association for the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Campbell is a 1984 Healdton High School graduate and holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.  She has completed post-graduate work in higher education administration at the University of Oklahoma and is currently completing a Ph.D. in history from Swansea University in Wales on the topic of the Modern Business History of the Chickasaw Nation.  She has presented on her work both in the UK as well as within the State.

She is the mother of three children, including Cole, who will graduate from Oklahoma State University next month, and Jade and Shaya, who will both graduate from Durant High School in May.

 

 

Southeastern history professor authors new book on former Speaker Jim Wright

Dr. J. Brooks Flippen

Dr. J. Brooks Flippen

DURANT, Okla. – In the past, professor-author J. Brooks Flippen has tackled such subjects as Richard Nixon and the environment and Jimmy Carter and the Religious Right.

His latest foray into politic writing (“Speaker Jim Wright: Power, Scandal, and the Birth of Modern Politics’’) delves into the life and times of the late congressman from Fort Worth, Texas, who served as U.S. Speaker of the House in the late 1980s.

Flippen, who is a professor of history at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, is also a Fulbright Scholar who is currently fulfilling those duties teaching at South China Normal University in Guangzhou.

Published in April by the University of Texas Press, “Speaker Jim Wright’’ (552 pages, $35) offers a chronology of Wright’s life, directly addressing his days as a child of the Great Depression, a decorated World War II airman, and rise to political power, which culminated with his election as Speaker in 1986 and crash landed with his resignation amid an ethics controversy in 1989.

Wright retired to his hometown of Fort Worth, where he died in 2015 at age 92.

In conjunction with the release of the book, Flippen recently wrote a column on Wright  for The Washington Post —  “One man’s downfall explains the mess in Congress today – The politics that toppled Jim Wright has only gotten worse, grinding Congress to a halt.’’

Flippen specializes in modern American political/environmental history and is the author of three other books: “Conservative Conservationist: Russell E. Train and the Emergence of American Environmentalism,” “Nixon and the Environment,” and “Jimmy Carter, the Politics of Family and the Rise of the Religious Right.’’

He joined the Southeastern faculty in 1995 and holds degrees from Washington and Lee University, the University of Richmond, and the University of Maryland.