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Tyler Fenwick named Savage Storm head football coach

By Southeastern Sports
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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

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

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 http://www.se.edu/events/aviation-visitation-day/

Registration continues as spring classes begin January 14

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT,
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 http://myfuture.se.edu

 Admission requirements are
available at  http://www.se.edu/future-students/admission-requirements/

Spring classes
begin on Monday, January 14.

Southeastern closed Dec. 24-Jan. 1 for holidays

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS
DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will be closed for the holidays December 24-Jan. 1.

Offices will re-open on Wednesday, January, 2.
The first day of spring classes is January 14.

Two Commencement ceremonies held Saturday at Southeastern

Bloomer Sullivan Arena was packed Saturday a two commencement ceremonies were held at Southeastern.

Bloomer Sullivan Arena was packed Saturday a two commencement ceremonies were held at Southeastern.

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University held two Fall Commencement ceremonies Saturday in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

Lobbyist/consultant Lesa Smaligo, a 1990 Southeastern graduate, was the commencement speaker.

The graduating class included students from 29 states and 12 countries. In addition, 51 percent of the students were first-generation college graduates.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage offered welcoming remarks, as did Regent Amy Anne Ford of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents.

Speaker Lesa Smaligo congratulates a graduate.
Speaker Lesa Smaligo congratulates a graduate.
Regent Amy Anne Ford and commencement speaker Lesa Smaligo visit with Southeastern president Sean Burrage.
Regent Amy Anne Ford and commencement speaker Lesa Smaligo visit with Southeastern president Sean Burrage.

Southeastern president to appear on Flashpoint TV show Sunday

Southeastern president Sean Burrage, seated at left, prepares to tape Flashpoint. Also seated are show moderator Kevin Ogle and Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb. Standing are KFOR general manager Wes Milbourn and Mike Turpen.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage, seated at left, prepares to tape Flashpoint. Also seated are show moderator Kevin Ogle and Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb. Standing are KFOR general manager Wes Milbourn and Mike Turpen.

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University president Sean Burrage will be the guest on KFOR-TV’s (Oklahoma City) Flashpoint show Sunday morning.

The half-hour political affairs talk show airs at 9:30 a.m. and is moderated by KFOR anchor Kevin Ogle. Also offering insights on Sunday’s show are Mike Turpen and Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb.

Speech and Debate students compete in OKC

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

 Representing Southeastern at the event at Oklahoma City University were, front row, left to right, Hannah Nunley, Hannah Barnett, Jordan Nelson, Haleigh Harper, and Emily Dahl. Back row, Avery Kahl, Jacob Morrison, Avery Roach, and Dr. Randy Clark.

Representing Southeastern at the event at Oklahoma City University were, front row, left to right, Hannah Nunley, Hannah Barnett, Jordan Nelson, Haleigh Harper, and Emily Dahl. Back row, Avery Kahl, Jacob Morrison, Avery Roach, and Dr. Randy Clark.

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Speech and Debate Association competed at the Christmas Classic Speech and Debate Tournament, November 30 — December 2, at Oklahoma City University.

The forensics tournament featured varsity National Parliamentary Debate, junior and varsity 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; Hannah Barnett, freshman communication major; Emily Dahl, freshman communication major; Haleigh Harper, freshman mathematics education major; Avery Kahl, freshman aviation major; and Austin Roach, freshman computer science major.

Other schools competing were Carl Albert State College, Kansas State University, Kansas Wesleyan University, Northeastern State University, Oklahoma City University, Oral Roberts University, Sterling College, Texas Christian University, Texas Southern University, Tulsa Community College, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Texas at Dallas, Wayland Baptist University, and West Texas A & M University.

Barnett, from Hugo, Oklahoma, reached the quarterfinals in Public Debate in her first tournament as a member of the team. She lost a split decision to the eventual tournament champion from Oral Roberts University.

Kahl, from Sherman, Texas, took first place in his second Impromptu round of the tournament, and narrowly missed the breakout rounds.

The Parli team of Kahl and Harper, from Durant, in their first tournament as part of Dr. Randy Clark’s Business and Professional Speaking Honors course, went one and four in their preliminary rounds.

“This is a remarkable accomplishment for this duo, especially since they were competing in the open division and neither of them have any formal debate experience, aside from the education and practice stemming from our class,” said Dr. Clark.

The team of Morrison, from Durant, and Nunley, from El Campo, Texas,  finished the preliminary rounds three and two and missed the quarterfinals based on speaker points. In two Parli tournaments this year, the team of Morrison and Nunley is eight and two in preliminary rounds.

SSDA’s next forensics tournament will be the Sweetheart Swing at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, February 8-10, 2019.

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.

Southeastern, community celebrate holiday season with events

Scenes from Candle Lighting Monday night in Montgomery Auditorium.

Scenes from Candle Lighting Monday night in Montgomery Auditorium.

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University and the community celebrated the holiday season Monday night with Tree Lighting on the front lawn of campus, followed by the 98th Candle Lighting ceremony in Montgomery Auditorium. Earlier in the day, an open house was held in the Magnolia House on campus. The last day of fall classes at the University is December 14, followed by Commencement on December 15.

 

Scenes from Candle Lighting Monday night in Montgomery Auditorium.

Scenes from Candle Lighting Monday night in Montgomery Auditorium.

Scenes from Candle Lighting Monday night in Montgomery Auditorium.

Scenes from Candle Lighting Monday night in Montgomery Auditorium.

Southeastern professor renews National Teacher Certification

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT, Okla. – Dr. Susan Morrison of Southeastern Oklahoma State University recently renewed her National Board Teacher Certification.

Morrison is a professor and coordinator of Elementary Education, and has been at the University since 2004. A former public school classroom teacher, she holds an Ed.D. from Texas A&M Commerce, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southeastern.

National Board Certification is a public assurance that teachers have met the profession’s highest standards for accomplished practice. It also signifies that teachers are up to date on the knowledge and best practice in their certificate area.

To renew the certification, educators must submit a profile of professional growth demonstrating how their practice continues to align with the core

 

propositions in their particular area. In addition, as part of the renewal process, Morrison did classroom teaching in Kim Stafford’s kindergarten class at Washington Irving Elementary School in Durant.

Morrison first earned the certification in 1999.

This is her 30th year in the classroom. Prior to joining the Southeastern faculty, Morrison taught in elementary schools in McKinney, Texas, and Durant, for 16 years.

“The title that gives me the greatest joy is that of ‘teacher,’ ‘’ she said. “National Board certification/renewal is, in my opinion, the best professional development opportunity in which a teacher can engage. Renewal helped me stay connected and current and gave me the opportunity to practice and apply the skills that I teach my university pre-service teachers to use.’’

 

The certification is through the National Board For Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

National Board Certification was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. It is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education.

More than 118,000 teachers across the United States have achieved Board certification.

Local educator-SE grad authors children’s book

Beth Bean reads to a class of students in Durant.

DURANT, Okla. – Two Southeastern Oklahoma State University graduates have teamed up to write and illustrate a children’s book.

The author is Beth Bean, a Broken Bow native who graduated from Southeastern in 2006 with an Elementary Education degree and later a master’s in Educational Administration. She has been in public education for 13 years, and currently serves as Director of Elementary Education for Durant Public Schools.

The illustrator — Jeremy Lytle of Atoka  – earned a biology degree at Southeastern in 2016.

Titled The Stinky Thinky Tale, the book follows the story of Petunia Skunk, who has a hopelessly out of control tail.  Through the help of Mrs. Whooo, her loveable, intelligent classroom teacher, Petunia Skunk learns about her brain and how she does possess the ability to take control of her tail.  The book is the first in the Brain Buddy Adventures series.

“Social/emotional learning is a huge buzzword right now in the child development field, but many educators and parents do not have resources to introduce best practices in the classroom or at home,’’ Bean said. “It is the goal of this series to help bridge the gap between academic research and real life application.’’

Bean hopes that through the magic of a book, children will internalize the social/emotional learning tenets of self-awareness and self-management and that the book will become a tool for teachers in the classroom and parents at home.

“It was really important in the design of the book to make the text and illustrations accessible and engaging to students and adults,’’ she said. “The book also offers, through its website —  www.brainbuddyadventures.com  — a free teaching guide to educators or parents to give ideas for extension activities after reading the book.’’

The Stinky Thinky Tale is available on Amazon in a paperback print edition.