Durant Education and Service Sorority announces endowed scholarship

Among those attending Wednesday’s scholarship ceremony were, front row, left to right, were Jenny Sanchez, Cindy Soltis, Polly Wilson, Diana Dale, and Mary Frank. Back Row, Kyle Stafford, Sharon Robinson, Abby Rogers, Heather Burrage, Elizabeth Stidham, Alisa Dorman, Gayla Barreras, Deneice Ridlehuber, and Southeastern president Larry Minks.

DURANT, Okla. – The Durant Education and Service Sorority (DESS) Endowed Scholarship was commemorated Wednesday in a ceremony held at Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Welcome Center.

The DESS Endowed Scholarship was established through the Southeastern Foundation to benefit students attending Southeastern.

The DESS has its origins in Epsilon Sigma Alpha. In 1989, the members formed the Durant Education and Service Sorority for the purpose of benefitting our local community through education and community service.

In 1999, DESS members began contributing and earmarking funds to the Southeastern Foundation to establish an endowed scholarship. That goal has now been reached and members feel it will have a lasting impact for women seeking an education at Southeastern.

Funds to endow this scholarship have been made available through the generosity of this community. DESS’s main fundraiser each year is the Holiday Parade of Homes.

The scholarship will be awarded to women attending Southeastern and will be based on academic performance and need for financial assistance.

The DESS president is Shawn Shirey. The scholarship committee consists of Heather Burrage, Elizabeth Stidham and Abby Rogers. Past scholarship chair Mary Frank was instrumental in establishing and building this scholarship.

In addition to contributing scholarship funds, DESS annually supports funding for the Pregnancy Center, Crisis Control Center, Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival, Durant Public Schools, Families Feeding Families and various other local causes.

Former Southeastern student to sign books on June 13

DURANT, Okla. – Angie Green Bennett (’94) will be signing copies of her novel, “Narcissistic Praise-Junkies,” on Wednesday, June 13, at the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Bookstore. The store is located at 5th and University.

The event will begin at 1 p.m., according to bookstore manager Jackie Codner.

Bennett grew up in Lexington, Oklahoma, and is a Southeastern graduate. She has taught English and Special Education for 16 years.

Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s 15th annual Presidential Golf Classic

Vision Bank carded a 51 on a picture-perfect Friday at Chickasaw Pointe Golf Club to win Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s 15th annual Presidential Golf Classic. From left: Southeastern president Larry Minks, Jeff Monroe, Shaun Hughston, Brad Aycock, Stacy Ballew, Jeffery Hammock and Cameron Ballew. Vision Bank posted a 1-shot victory over Landmark Bank and Chris Sturch’s team. Landmark Bank took second place on a card playoff.

Moore receives POISE service award

Dan Moore receives his award from Tamya Stallings, president of the PUG board.

DURANT, Okla. – Dan Moore of Southeastern Oklahoma State University recently received the PUG (Poise Users’ Group) Service Award at the 2012 South Central POISE Users’ Group conference in Dallas, Texas.

The award is presented to individuals in recognition of their outstanding service to the POISE (People Oriented Information Systems for Education) Users’ community. Moore has served on the PUG Board of Directors for several years (two as president) and has contributed to the success of national POISE conferences.

Moore, Executive Director of Information Technology/Chief Information Officer, holds a bachelor’s degree computer science and an MBA from Southeastern. He is in his 15th year with the University.

“Serving the POISE community and being on the PUG Board of Directors has been a very rewarding experience,” Moore said.

Southeastern was also inducted as a new member of the “25-Year Jenzabar Academy.” Jenzabar (“The Best and the Brightest”) is the name of the parent company that owns the POISE software. Southeastern has been using the POISE base system for more than three decades for many functions, including student registration, financial aid, and payroll.

Moore will also be serving on the JAG (Jenzabar Advisory Group) this year. The JAG is a national advisory council comprised of Jenzabar users that works with Jenzabar to understand issues from the client perspective.

Southeastern invites community to campus open house, watermelon feast on June 14

Getting ready for the open house/watermelon feast are Southeastern Student Government Association president, Demetra Wilkerson, Chamber of Commerce executive director Janet Reed, Southeastern president Larry Minks, Durant mayor Jerry Tomlinson, and Durant city manager, James Dunegan

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Normal School first opened its doors for classes on June 14, 1909.

Southeastern Oklahoma State University and the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce will celebrate that original opening day with a Campus Open House on the front lawn of the University at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 14.

There will be a commemorative ribbon cutting on the front steps of Morrison Hall, and campus tours will be provided by the True Blue Ambassadors student group.

“This is a very special day and we are looking forward to commemorating it with the community,” said Southeastern president Larry Minks. “We’ve had a great partnership through the years with the chamber and the community and the best is yet to come.”

“It’s truly an honor and privilege to have a strong partnership with such a valuable asset to our community as Southeastern Oklahoma State University,” said Janet Reed, Executive Director of the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce. “We’d love to have everyone come out and join us for the celebration.”

Everyone is invited to join the festivities and enjoy a favorite summer treat of watermelon.

Southeastern professor receives Teaching Excellence Award from business accreditation council

Dr. Lawrence S. Silver

DURANT — The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) proudly announces that Dr. Lawrence S. Silver of Southeastern Oklahoma State University has received the 2012 ACBSP Teaching Excellence Award for the Southwestern Council (Region 6).

The ACBSP recognizes individuals each year who exemplify teaching excellence in the classroom. The University of Indianapolis – Athens Campus is the financial sponsor for the 2012 award.

Silver, associate professor of management and marketing, will be honored, along with other regional recipients, at the 2012 ACBSP Annual Conference, June 15-18 in Baltimore, Maryland. He will receive a medallion and a $100 check.

Two International Teaching Excellence Award recipients will be announced at a special Salute to Regions luncheon, one from a baccalaureate/graduate degree-granting institution and one from an associate degree-granting institution. As a regional recipient, Silver is now a candidate for the international award.

“I am honored to receive this award and I am proud to represent the truly outstanding faculty of the John Massey School of Business,” Silver said.

“Dr. Silver is very deserving of this recognition,” said Southeastern president Larry Minks. “His ability to relate to students is a real asset and enhances the learning process in the classroom. The quality teaching of such faculty members as Dr. Silver plays a big role in the recruiting and retention of students (to Southeastern).”

Silver, who joined the John Massey School of Business faculty at Southeastern in 2006, earned his bachelor’s degree at Tulane University and his graduate degrees at Louisiana Tech University.

The Associate Degree Commission of ACBSP established the International Teaching Excellence Award in 1995 to recognize outstanding classroom teachers. In 2002, the Baccalaureate Degree Commission created a similar award to recognize excellence in teaching at the baccalaureate degree level. ACBSP is the only specialized accrediting body for business schools that presents an award recognizing excellence in teaching, open to application by the entire membership.

“It is more important than ever for business programs to produce graduates who are ready to enter the global marketplace,” said Douglas Viehland, ACBSP executive director. “ACBSP has a mission to develop, promote and recognize best practices that contribute to continuous improvement of business education. Recognition of teaching excellence is one way we achieve this goal,” he stated.

ACBSP currently has more than 1,051 member campuses in 50 countries and 10 regions.

Southeastern professor featured in Counseling Today publication

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Dr. Daniel J. Weigel was one of six members of the American Counseling Association recently interviewed in the “Counseling Today” publication.

This was the second interview this year for Weigel, Associate Professor of Counseling in the Department of Behavioral Sciences.

Weigel’s first interview with the publication was for his volunteer work in New York City for the 10-year anniversary of 9/11.

The most recent interview concerned the thought processes behind individual counselors’ decisions on whether to specialize or develop a more general practice.

“Counseling Today is a publication that reaches more than 50,000 counselors nationwide,” Weigel said. “I am glad to give a voice to the rural mental health counselor since most of our students in the Counseling Master’s degree program fit into this category.”

Weigel earned his bachelor and master’s degrees at the University of South Dakota and completed his doctorate at Idaho State University.

He joined the Southeastern faculty in 2002 as an Assistant Professor in Psychology and Counseling and was promoted to Associate Professor of Counseling in 2007.

Weigel has worked in rural areas and served a wide range of clients. As graduate student and counselor educator, he has researched the topic of general versus specialty counseling.

He encourages his students to experience a variety of settings, including a portion of their internships in a rural community mental health center and stresses the importance of recognizing his/her own personality styles.

Camp SE offered in July

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University is offering three overnight sessions of Camp SE, plus Camp SE Online.

All new students are required to attend one of the overnight Camp SE sessions or complete Camp SE Online.

Overnight camps are scheduled for (Sunday-Monday) July 1-2, July 15-16 and July 29-30. Overnight sessions cost $80 per student. The fee includes three meals in the University Café; snacks; one-night stay in Shearer Hall and Suites; on-campus ropes course experience, Camp SE T-shirt, and other materials and supplies.

The cost of Camp SE Online is $50.

Parents or other family members may attend Camp SE for $20 each. The fee includes continental breakfast and lunch, materials and supplies. Those under 18 may attend at no charge.

More information is available at http://www.SE.edu/campse or Facebook Southeastern Camp SE or in the Office of Student Life at 580-745-2947.

Camp SE is orientation for all new students. It is more than just an introduction to college; it’s a way to experience life as a Southeastern student.

Camp SE attendees are introduced to the many available resources. They will make connections with current and new students, meet professors and prepare themselves to start the fall semester.

Students will be groups and paired with Savage Storm Leaders (SSLs) who are trained to help each student with any questions throughout the school year.

Overnight Camp SE activities begin with registration at 12:30 p.m. in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union, followed by lunch, various breakout sessions, tours and introduction to Southeastern traditions.

The second day opens with breakfast at 8 a.m., followed by breakout sessions, meeting faculty, lunch, Information Technology discussion, and the closing session at 3:30 p.m.

The opening day offers free time for parents and family to rest and relax while students participate in fun team-building activities.

Parents and family will register at 9 a.m. on the second day, enjoy lunch in the University Café at noon, followed by campus tours, academic advising, plus information on financial aid and residence life.

University’s four-day workweek begins May 28

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University is once again looking to reduce energy costs in the summer months by implementing a 10-hour, four-day workweek beginning May 28 and continuing through July 27.

In addition, the University will be closed Monday, May 28, for Memorial Day.

This is the sixth consecutive year that the University has implemented this schedule.

Under the summer schedule, University employees will continue to work 40 hours a week (Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Public office hours will remain from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday-Thursday. University offices will be closed on Fridays.

For the past several years, summer school classes have met on a Monday-Thursday schedule, and that will be the case again this year.

The traditional five-day workweek will return on Monday, July 30.

Presidential Golf Classic scheduled for June 8 at Chickasaw Pointe

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s prestigious Presidential Golf Classic is scheduled for Friday, June 8, at beautiful Chickasaw Pointe Golf Club.

The 6-player scramble draws golfers from all across Oklahoma and neighboring states. This is the annual major fundraiser to support the Southeastern Foundation, Inc. and Southeastern.

The 15th annual Classic will feature an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start with registration and the practice range opening at 7:30.

A continental breakfast will be available at 8 a.m. and the awards ceremony will be held immediately following play.

The Classic can handle 144 players or 24 six-person teams. There are 18 teams registered with several teams ready to sign on the dotted line.

Golfers without a team are welcome to sign up and be assigned to a group.

Register online at http://www.SE.edu/foundation/pgc or download and mail the registration form and payment to Presidential Golf Classic, Southeastern Foundation, 1405 N. 4th Avenue, PMB 4187, Durant, OK, 74701-0609.

Registration fee is $125 per golfer and includes a registration gift, greens fee, cart, food and drinks, breakfast, lunch and a catered dinner during the Awards Ceremony at approximately 2-3 p.m.

Larry Dyson Motors of Durant will award a GMC vehicle for the first hole-in-one. There are prizes for first-, second- and third-place teams and contests for Closest-to-the Pin and Longest Drive for both men and women.

The winning team members’ names will be added to the President’s Cup trophy.

Various sponsorship levels are available, call the Platinum level going for $3,500, including two teams of six players and Platinum amenities.

Sponsorships go from Platinum through Gold, Silver, Bronze, Team, Tournament and Hole sponsorships. For more information, call the Southeastern Welcome Center at 580-745-2288.

For all of the fun, food, fellowship and outstanding golf you can handle, register quickly for Southeastern’s 2012 Presidential Golf Classic.