Community invited to holiday activities on December 3

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University again invites the community to join in celebrating the holidays on Monday, December 3.

Three events will be highlighted by the annual Candlelighting ceremony at 7:30 p.m. in Montgomery Auditorium.

The community is also invited to an open house from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Magnolia House (former home of the president). Following that, from

5-6:40 p.m., Santa and entertainment will be provided. The annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony is then scheduled for 6:45 p.m. on the front lawn.

All events are free and the community is encouraged to attend.

University Candlelighting scheduled for Dec. 3

The traditional Candlelighting event will be held Dec. 3.

DURANT, Okla. – In keeping with tradition, Southeastern Oklahoma State University will mark the holiday season with the 91st  Annual Candlelighting and Concert, Monday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m.  The event will take place in historic Montgomery Auditorium on campus and is free and open to the public.

This year’s concert will feature the Southeastern Symphonic Choir and the Southeastern Chorale, Dr. Stacy Weger, conductor, presenting works from a wide repertoire of Christmas music. The centerpiece of the concert will be a performance of Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, long considered a Christmas standard.  Other works include Lux Aurumque by Eric Whitacre,  Summer In Winter by Arlen Clark, and a Christmas Spiritual Medley among others.  Elizabeth Knight will serve as soloist for this event.  Ekaterina Chernaya-Oh will serve as accompanist.

The concert will once again include the audience singing of traditional Christmas carols focusing on the festive nature of the season.  The Southeastern Brass Ensemble, directed by Ben Shaffer, will join in for the traditional carol sing.  Cardinal Key and Blue Key Honor Societies will once again serve as acolytes in the candle lighting portion of the evening.

The traditional Candlelighting event is designed to reflect the festive nature of the season and serves as a great way to start holiday celebrations.

For more information please contact the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Department of Music at 580-745-2088.  This event is made possible through a grant from the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Cultural and Scholastic Lectureship Fund.

University closed for Thanksgiving Nov. 21-23

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will be closed Nov. 21-23 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Normal operations will resume on Monday, Nov. 26.

Seven Southeastern music students selected to Oklahoma Honor Band

DURANT, Okla. – Seven of Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s instrumental music students have been selected for the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Honor Band.

The students were selected by means of a competitive statewide nomination process and were pitted against graduate and undergraduate students from all public and private universities and colleges in Oklahoma.

“It’s a fantastic honor to be selected to this group,” said Dr. Jacob Wallace, Southeastern’s Director of Bands. “These students represent the highest level of achievement for our instrumental music program. They will represent the University very well at the Honor Band.”

Representing Southeastern in the Honor Band are Cale Albritton, junior flutist and Music Education major; James Carter, freshman saxophonist, Music Performance major; Allen Clark, senior tubist, Music Education major; Patrick Cox, junior percussionist, Music Education major; Amber Kress, senior clarinetist, Music Performance major; Helen Moore, junior hornist, Music Education major; and Randall Self, senior trumpeter, Music Performance major.

These students will attend the Oklahoma Music Educators Association annual winter in-service conference in Tulsa in January 2013. They will spend two days rehearsing with clinician Dr. Sarah McKoin, who serves as Director of Bands at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

The Honor Band performance will be Thursday, January 17, 2013, at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Tulsa, with the time not yet determined.

For more information and time of the Honor Band’s performance, visit OMEA’s website at For information on Southeastern’s Honor Band students, contact Wallace at 580-745-2084 or

“Women in Academia: A Native Perspective’’ is topic of guest speaker

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University   will present Clara Sue Kidwell, Ph.D., at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, in a program titled,  “Women in Academia:  A Native Perspective.” The event will be held in Russell (Building) 300.

Dr. Kidwell is a renowned author of several books that deal with Native people, primarily the Choctaw. She has led numerous Native American Studies programs across the United States and is now located at Bacone College  where she is the Associate Dean of Program Development.

Her work focuses on Native history and religion and she has been called the “Mother of Native Studies.”

Of Choctaw and White Earth descent, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Letters and a master’s and Ph.D. in History of Science.

Her most notable books include “The Choctaws in Oklahoma,” “Choctaws and Missionaries in Mississippi, 1818-1918,” and “Native American Studies.”

The program is sponsored by Southeastern’s Dean of Students and Native Studies Program.

For more information, contact Deana Williams, Ph.D., Native American Program Coordinator at dmwilliams@SE. edu.

Southeastern representatives to attend Creativity Forum

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will have five faculty/staff members and 12 students attending the 3rd annual State of Creativity Forum in Oklahoma City’s Cox Convention Center on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

The Forum is part of the OSLEP (OK Scholar-Leadership Enrichment Program), an academic program of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education with Dr. Don Betz, president of the University of Central Oklahoma, serving as Coordinator.

Jamie Lynne Paris, a senior Recreation major from Durant, is the OSLEP Scholar who will attend both the Creativity Boot Camp and the Creative Oklahoma Annual Forum through OSLEP.

Southeastern’s Dr. Mark Spencer, Professor of English and Humanities, serves as campus coordinator for the program.

“The OSLEP program is a great opportunity for students to earn three hours of quick credit and engage with leading contemporary scholars in an exhilaratingly intensive setting,” Spencer said.

The Forum will feature keynote speakers and breakout sessions on Education, Commerce and Culture.

Southeastern will be represented by faculty/staff members Dr. Aaron Adair, Jane McMillan, Judy Hodges, Jason Hicks and Luke Willman.

Students attending are Twahna Kemp, Durant senior majoring in English with a Writing Emphasis; Leah Neumann, Stonewall freshman, Art Education; Sally Pickens, Durant senior, Music-Vocal; Jordan Hedrick, Bethany junior, Elementary Education; Tyler Slawson, McAlester senior, Communication-Organization and Strategic Communication; Shannon Hutcherson, Durant senior, Sociology; Mika Knight, Durant senior, English with a Writing Emphasis; David Reagan, Durant senior, Communication-Media Studies (Journalism); and LaKesha Bell, Sapulpa freshman, Graphic Design and Visual Media.

Students from Texas are Andi Gregory, Whitesboro junior, Biology; and Alex Fowzer, Paris senior, Communications-Media Studies (Broadcasting).

According to Betz, U.S. employers rate creativity/innovation among the top five skills needed in the workforce. The Oklahoma Creativity Forum provides students and faculty an opportunity to join the growing creativity and innovation movement driving our 21st century global economy.

Southeastern celebrating Native November

Students participate in stickball during SE Live/Native American Visitation Day Wednesday at Southeastern.

LaDonna Brown of the Chickasaw Nation presents information during a professional development program as part of Native November activities at Southeastern.










DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s is celebrating Native November with a variety of events throughout the month.

The celebration opened Nov. 1 with  a performance of  “To Us It Wasn’t Code,” in the Fine Arts Little Theater.

The play, a collaboration between Southeastern and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, debuted last summer at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian as part of Choctaw Days.

The production covers the history of the World War II Choctaw Code Talkers and the vital role they played in the war.

On Saturday, Nov. 3, recipients of Native American Scholarships (Harvey and Parsons Scholars) were recognized at the Southeastern-Harding football game.

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, the Professional Development: Chickasaw Department of Homeland Affairs presented a professional development program in Russell 300. The presentation included  an overview of Chickasaw history, in particular, some recent discoveries in the tribal Homelands of current-day Mississippi.  The Chickasaw Nation Department of Homeland Affairs is responsible for consulting with federal agencies when they take actions that might cause impacts to sacred sites and culturally significant historic sites in the homeland states of Oklahoma, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi under the National Historic Preservation Act and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

Native November activities continued on Wednesday, Nov. 7, with SE Live and Native American Student Visitation Day.

Other upcoming events include:

Nov. 17 – Chickasaw Cultural Center field trip to Sulphur (8:15 a.m.-3p.m.) Visit Traditional Village; see demonstration of the “Stomp Dance;” view 17-minute film “Behind the Scenes” on 40-foot by 60-foot screen; lunch at noon; Chikasha Poya Exhibit Hall tour; explore the CCC campus;  visit Honor Garden, Gallery and Gift Shop.

Nov. 26 – Mini-Choctaw Days on campus as Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma will present dancing, artists and other cultural demonstrations.


Native American scholars were introduced at Saturday’s Southeastern-Harding football game. Front Row: Brenner Billy, Evan Staples, Clay Moore, Leslie Wesberry, Allyssa Rhoades, and Michael Noah. Second Row: Southeastern president Larry Minks, Hailey Cusher, Kirsten Ashby, Dakota Palmer, Caley Wesberry, Dr. Lisa Coleman (director of the Honors program), Mary Burgess, Rebecca Gordon, Lyndi Standefer-Scarberry (Honors program assistant), Jaren Richards, Leigh Ward, Brian Campbell (Chief Strategy and Development Officer for the Chickasaw Nation) and Chris Wesberry (director of the of the Native American Center for Student Success). Back Row: Erin McDaniel (student and Native American Center for Student Success), Jennifer Kemp (Native American Center for Student Success), Kristopher Ward, Chantelle Standefer (Native American Center for Student Success), Taylor Reeves, Dakota Estrada and Phil Ford.

State Treasurer visits Southeastern class

Oklahoma State Treasurer Ken Miller took time out of his schedule Wednesday afternoon to visit a class at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Treasurer Miller discussed his job and experiences with students in Dr. Chunmei Yoe’s United States Federal Government class. After his remarks, students enjoyed a question-and-answer session with the guest speaker.

Southeastern Symphonic Winds presents “Songs Without Words” on Nov. 19

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Symphonic Winds – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s premier instrumental ensemble – presents the second concert of its 2012-2013 concert season with a program entitled “Songs Without Words” on Monday, November 19 in historic Montgomery Auditorium.

The performance begins at 8 p.m. and there is no charge. The public is invited to attend.

“All of the pieces on this program tie into a vocal tradition,” said Southeastern director of bands, Dr. Jacob Wallace. “Some of the works are arrangements of choral works, while others take familiar (or sometimes unfamiliar) songs and incorporate them into a larger work. The title ‘Songs Without Words’ was a common title for Romantic period pieces that had song-like qualities but wasn’t based on any original vocal songs; the opening work on the program – Dan Welcher’s “Songs Without Words ‘’ – is a modern reflection of that style.”

The program will feature two additional artists: Southeastern’s own Dr. Ben Shaffer will be a featured flugelhorn and trumpet soloist on Richard Peaslee’s “Nightsongs’’ John Zastoupil, associate director of bands at the University of Texas-Arlington, will be a guest conductor on the band arrangement of Eric Whitacre’s choral work “Sleep. “

“Dr. Shaffer has been an outstanding teacher of trumpet for us here at Southeastern in the year and a half he’s been here. It will be great for our community to have the opportunity to see not only the product of his teaching efforts, but also his outstanding performing ability,” said Wallace. “Professor Zastoupil brings an outstanding record, having worked with bands at Baylor University, the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Northwestern University, and now the University of Texas-Arlington. He’s an outstanding conductor and musician, and our students are fortunate to have the opportunity to perform under his direction.”

Other works on the program include a new transcription of Norwegian-American composer Ola Gjeilo’s “The Spheres,’’ Percy Aldridge Grainger’s lively “The Gum-Suckers March, ‘’ and Alfred Reed’s epic band classic, “Russian Christmas Music.’’

The Southeastern Symphonic Winds is a performing ensemble consisting of Southeastern students and is open to qualified students in all disciplines pending competitive audition. more information, please contact the Department of Music at 580-745-2088 or Dr. Wallace at 580-745-2084.

Musical Arts series features two upcoming events

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Musical Arts Series will present the Zodiac Trio on Tuesday, Nov. 13, and Hugues Leclere on Thursday, Nov. 15.

Both events begin at 7:30 p.m. and will conclude the 2012 portion of the Musical Arts Series, which will resume in early February of 2013.

All concerts are free and the community is invited.

Season sponsors include Southeastern, Cherokee Telephone Company, Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Red River Arts Council, Donna Massey Fund for Music Education, and private donors.

The Zodiac Trio of clarinet, violin and piano was formed at the Manhattan School of Music and has performed in leading venues including the Festival Radio France Montpelier, Lincoln Center in New York City, the Four Season Performing Arts Center in Toronto, Izumi Hall in Japan and the Oriental Performing Arts Center in Shanghai.

The group’s performances have been broadcast by national and international radio and television stations.

The Zodiac Trio prides itself on being a strong advocate of outreach work and education, helping raise tomorrow’s classical music audience as well as presenting master classes and guidance to future performances at conservatories and universities.

Hugues Leclere graduated from the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris with high honors in piano, music theory and chamber music.

A noted concert piano soloist, he performs more than 50 concerts a season in France, the United States, Japan, China and Europe.

He has been invited to perform by many major orchestras around the world.

Known as an outstanding interpreter of Debussy, Ravel and their contemporaries, he is also a master of the German repertoire of Beethoven and Brahms and the Austrian repertoire of Mozart and Haydn.

As an active participant in contemporary artistic life, Leclere works with many composers, contributing to commissions for new works.

In addition to his career as a concert artist, he teaches at the Conservatoire Superieur de Paris, Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Lyon and is the Artistic Director of the international festival Nancyphonies.