Southeastern News

Southeastern speech and debate students compete at state event

Hannah Nunley, Hannah Barnett, and Jacob Morrison represented Southeastern at the OIFA state tournament.

DURANT,
Okla. –
Southeastern Speech and Debate
Association’s Jacob Morrison and Hannah Nunley finished second in National
Parliamentary Debate at the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Forensics Association
(OIFA) State Tournament on February 23.

Freshman Hannah Barnett placed eighth overall in
Extemporaneous Speaking.

Forty competitors from Southeastern, East Central
University, Carl Albert State Community College, Northeastern State University,
Oklahoma City University, Tulsa Community College, Oral Roberts University and
the University of Oklahoma participated in 11 Individual Preparation and
Limited Preparation events and Parliamentary and Public Debate.

Dr. Randy Clark, associate professor of communication
studies and speech and debate advisor, said, “I’m very proud of the team and
their showing.  Our freshman gained a remarkable amount of experience this
weekend and a tremendous amount of respect from other competitors and other
coaches from the more established programs. ‘’

The Parli debate team of Morrison and Nunley reached the
semifinal round, losing to the eventual champion team from Oklahoma City
University.

Morrison finished third as the Top Speaker in Public Debate
and also took third in Extemporaneous Speaking. Nunley reached the quarterfinal
round in Public Debate and finished fifth in Extemporaneous Speaking

SSDA’s final competitive tournament of the season will be
the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament, March 20-24, at Hofstra
University in Hempstead, NY.

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

Capt. Lloyd Sauls named Director of Aviation Sciences Institute at Southeastern

Capt. Lloyd Sauls

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT,
Okla. –
The Aviation Sciences Institute at Southeastern Oklahoma State
University has a new director.

Capt. Lloyd
Sauls, who has 44 years of extensive aviation experience, was recently named to
the position. As director, he will oversee all aspects of the aviation program,
including academic programs and flight operations.

“The
Southeastern aviation program is one of the premier programs of its kind in the
nation,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage. “We are fortunate to have
someone with the experience and leadership skills of Capt. Sauls to guide our
program, which continues to grow.’’

Sauls holds
bachelor degrees in Behavioral Science and Basic Science from the United States
Air Force Academy. He spent 36 years (1980-2016) with Delta Airlines as an
international captain and served as chief pilot for the DFW base in the early
2000s.  For the past year, he served as a flight instructor for Southwest
Airlines.

Sauls is a
graduate of Durant High School.

Other experience
includes time as a pilot instructor at the United States Air Force and the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Southeastern’s
aviation program has earned a reputation for excellence, while attracting 
students from all across the nation.

Since the
program’s inception in 1966, Southeastern has placed professional pilots
throughout the world.

Degrees are
offered in aviation-professional pilot, aviation management, and a master’s in
aerospace administration and logistics.

Program
locations include Durant, Rose State College, and Tinker Air Force Base.

Super Saturday draws a crowd to campus

The Academic Fair allowed prospective students to visit with Southeastern faculty members.

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT, Okla. – An estimated 500 junior high and high
school students and parents attended “Super Saturday’’ activities at
Southeastern Oklahoma State University this weekend.

This year’s
activities included the Oklahoma Science
Olympiad, Vocal Music auditions, Theatre auditions, choral competition, Honors
scholarship competition, and President’s Leadership Class scholarship
competition.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage welcomed the students to campus Saturday.

“In terms of attendance, this is one of the biggest events
we have on campus all year,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage, who
spent the day welcoming groups and visiting one-on-one with students and
parents. “This is a great way for

us to
showcase what the University has to offer. And the event seems to grow and
expand every year.’’

Also, an Academic Department Fair was held in the Glen D.
Johnson Student Union. During this time, faculty members were available to
visit with prospective students.

The Oklahoma Science Olympiad featured a number of events.

In addition, the Southeastern Office of Admissions and
Recruitment offered campus tours for visitors.

Students from as far away as Virginia and Amarillo, Texas,
participated in the activities.

Southeastern accounting students assisting elderly in preparing taxes

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT,
Okla. –
 Students in the accounting
department at Southeastern Oklahoma State University are working with the Tax
Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) sponsored by AARP Tax-Aide program in
Durant to assist in tax preparation. Three full-time student interns and
accounting professor Dr. Rhonda Richards, pictured here with Caleb Lankford, a
senior accounting major from Gunter, Texas,  are assisting citizens at the
Donald W. Reynolds Library in Durant (1515 W. Main)  on Tuesdays and
Thursdays, through April 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Free tax assistance is provided to low-to
moderate-income taxpayers who are 50 years of age and older – some exceptions
may apply.

AAUP

On Saturday, March 2 from 9:00 to 5:00, the Southeastern Oklahoma State University chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) will be hosting its sixth consecutive AAUP Event on our campus. This year’s theme is ORGANIZE!

The event is open to all SE faculty (full and part-time), and to all AAUP members. There is no registration fee! To register, simply email SE AAUP chapter president Carolyn Fridley (cfridley@se.edu, Registration Flier) by February 24.

The event will be an excellent opportunity for professional development, for communing with colleagues, and to participate in discussions about issues facing higher education and the professoriate.

This year’s event includes:

* Keynote speaker: Risa Lieberwitz, J.D., Professor of Law at Cornell University, and AAUP General Counsel. Keynote address: “Organizing for Our Rights—With or Without the Law.”

* Guest speaker: Julie Schmid, Ph.D., AAUP (National) Executive Director, presenting “Red for Ed: Lessons from the Teachers’ Movement.”

* An interview with Jesse Snowden, Ph.D., and Wayne Lanter, Ph.D., sharing their AAUP organizing experiences in the 1960s and 70s. Dr. Snowden (VPAA Emeritus, SE) first joined the AAUP in 1963. Dr. Lanter (English Professor Emeritus, Southwest Illinois College) recounted his work with organizing faculty in the book Defending the Citadel (2012).

* Friday, March 1, from 3:00 to 5:00 in Russell 100, a panel discussion featuring our keynote and guest speakers, and Southeastern President Sean Burrage. Everyone is invited! Reception will follow at the Durant Hampton Inn.

Thanks to funding from SE professional development grants and a grant from the AAUP’s Assembly of State Conferences, we are able to offer this top-notch event at no charge to you!

SE AAUP Chapter website: www.aaupsechapter.com

Risa Lieberwitz

Risa Lieberwitz

Julie Schmid

Julie Schmid

Wayne Lanter

Wayne Lanter

Jesse Snowden

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Spring enrollment of 4,196 is highest since 1983

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT,
Okla. –
Once again, the enrollment news is good at Southeastern Oklahoma
State University.

           
Southeastern’s Spring 2019 enrollment is 4,196 students – an increase of 12.7
percent over last spring. It also marks the highest spring enrollment at the
University since 1983.

In addition, Student Credit Hour Production is up
6.8 percent over last spring.

Southeastern’s enrollment continues to trend
upward: last fall, enrollment increased 13.3 percent over Fall 2017.

“This growth can be attributed to a number of
factors, including the continuing popularity and expansion of our graduate
online offerings, which provide high quality accredited academic programs at an
affordable cost,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage.  “At the same
time, last fall’s incoming freshman class was the largest in five years at the
University, which obviously had a positive impact on the spring numbers.’’

Approximately 85 percent of Southeastern students receive
financial aid, and more than 50 percent annually are first-generation college
graduates.

With that in
mind and in an effort to hold costs down for students, Southeastern did not
increase tuition rates in 2018-19 — of the 25
public colleges and universities in Oklahoma, Southeastern was one of only six to hold the line on tuition.

The University submited its preliminary enrollment report
to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education on February 11.

Alumni Association sponsoring Daughters of Justice concert on March 30

The Daughters of Justice will perform at Southeastern on March 30.

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT,
Okla. –
Daughters of Justice – an Americana musical group with local ties
– will be performing in Durant on Saturday, March 30.

The event is
scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Visual & Performing Arts Center at Southeastern
Oklahoma State University. Tickets are $40 and all proceeds will benefit the
Southeastern Alumni Association Scholarship programs.

Sisters Jocelyn, Leah and Marna Taylor are the Daughters of
Justice and are based in Nashville. They were born in Texas, but grew up in
Oklahoma. Their parents, Judge Joe Taylor and Margaret Taylor, are both
proud alumni of Southeastern.

To purchase tickets, go to http://www.se.edu/alumni/

Super Saturday scheduled for February 23

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT,
Okla. –
“Super Saturday’’ – one of the biggest events of the year on
campus – will be held February 23 at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Last year, some
600 junior high and high school students and parents were in attendance.

This year’s
activities include the Oklahoma Science
Olympiad, Vocal Music auditions, Theatre auditions, Honors scholarship
competition, and President’s Leadership Class scholarship competition.

Also, an Academic Department Fair is scheduled for 11 a.m.
to 1 p.m. in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union. During this time, faculty
members will be available to visit with prospective students.

Activities will be held at various venues across campus.

In addition, the Southeastern Office of Admissions and
Recruitment will be on hand to offer campus tours for visitors.

That afternoon will also be a busy one for Southeastern
athletics on campus, and visitors are encouraged to attend the following games:

  • Baseball
    doubleheader against Southwestern Oklahoma, 1 p.m., The Ballpark in Durant
  • Women’s
    basketball vs. Arkansas-Monticello, 1 p.m., Bloomer Sullivan Arena
  • Men’s
    basketball vs. Arkansas-Monticello, 3 p.m., Bloomer Sullivan Arena

Southeastern to host Oklahoma Science Olympiad Invitational on February 23

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

The Science Olympiad will feature a number of events on February 23.

The Science Olympiad will feature a number of events on February 23.

DURANT, Okla. – More than 200 middle school and high school students from more than 20 public and private schools across the Oklahoma and Texas will compete in the Oklahoma Science Olympiad Invitational Tournament at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The event is part of Super Saturday activities at the University on February 23.

Other events that day include Vocal Music auditions, Theatre auditions, Honors scholarship competition, and President’s Leadership Class scholarship competition. An Academic Department Fair is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union. During this time, faculty members will be available to visit with prospective students.

The Olympiad tournament is being hosted by the Department of Chemistry, Computer, and Physic Sciences.  The students will compete  on 2-4 person teams in one or more of 46 events that include most areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

Oklahoma has been involved in Science Olympiad for 18 years.  This is Southeastern’s fourth year to host this Science Olympiad Invitation Tournament.           Science Olympiad competitions are similar to academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division (Division B is middle school; Division C is high school).

Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology.  By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved.  Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation.

Teamwork is a required skill in most scientific careers today, and the Science Olympiad encourages group learning by designing events that forge alliances.  In the Towers event, an engineering whiz and a kid from wood shop can become gold medalists. Similarly, a talented builder and a student with a good science vocabulary can excel in Write It Do It, one of Science Olympiad’s most popular events.

Most of the competing schools will come from within Oklahoma.  However, this year’s event will include teams from Colleyville, Texas, and Amarillo, Texas.

Team registration remains open until February 20.

Faculty and staff from the Department of Biological Science and Department of Chemistry, Computer, and Physical Sciences have volunteered to design events, write and grade exams, and provide the support to make this event happen.  In addition, Southeastern student volunteers are signed up to help with the competitions.

Local school teachers and administrators interested in learning about the Science Olympiad are encouraged to visit and watch the competitions.  The goal is to promote enthusiasm towards science so that more students consider STEMs careers.

For more information about the Science Olympiad event, contact Dr. Tim Smith at tsmith@se.edu.

Southeastern accounting students to assist elderly in preparing taxes

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT, Okla. –  The accounting department at Southeastern Oklahoma State University is working with the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) sponsored by AARP Tax-Aide program in Durant to assist in tax preparation.

Three full-time student interns and accounting professor Dr. Rhonda Richards will be assisting citizens at the Donald W. Reynolds Library in Durant (1515 W. Main)  Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 5 through April 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Free tax assistance is provided to low-to moderate-income taxpayers who are 50 years of age and older – some exceptions may apply.