Cardinal FG, Southeastern recognized by State Regents’ Partnership Program

Front row, left to right: Bethany Erickson, Coordinator of the Southeastern Center for Regional Economic Development; Kathy Hendrick, Director of the Southeastern Center for Regional Economic Development; Ron Erickson, Cardinal Glass FG; and Dr. Aaron Adair, Southeastern Oklahoma State University Assistant Dean of Distance and Adult Education and Assessment Management System Coordinator. Back row, left to right: Dr. Glen D. Johnson, Chancellor, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education; Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb; and the Honorable Dave Lopez, Secretary of Commerce and Tourism.

DURANT, Okla. – Twenty-six business and higher education partnerships throughout the state were recently recognized for their innovative collaborations that further the education of Oklahoma’s workforce.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s Economic Development Grant for the Partnership Recognition Program is designed to highlight successful partnerships between higher education institutions and businesses and to further cultivate the higher learning environment through State Regents’ Economic Development Grants.

Among the recognized partners were Cardinal FG (Cardinal Glass Industries) of Durant and Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Institutions involved in these partnerships provide $500 for tuition waivers to employees of the partnering businesses; internships for current students of the institutions to work at the partnering businesses; faculty externships with the partnering businesses; and/or enhancement of the partnerships with additional equipment, materials or supplies. The State Regents provide a $500 match to the waivers.

Cardinal has been a strong supporter of the “Real Life Math!” program, where local professionals participate in high school classrooms to help students answer the question, “When will I ever use this in the real world?”

According to Larry Peck, Cardinal human resource executive, this gives Cardinal an opportunity to showcase the company and illustrate the value of learning math, which is used every day in the real world.

Scholarships are also important to Cardinal. Colton’s (Sherrill) Run is an event that honors the son of a Southeastern graduate who died unexpectedly at a University sports camp. The majority of the proceeds benefit a Southeastern scholarship in Colton’s honor. The Miss Southeastern Pageant is another scholarship co-sponsored by Cardinal. The company was also a title sponsor for the first ice skating rink in Durant.

“The Durant community and the University are very fortunate to have partners such as Cardinal,” said Southeastern president Larry Minks. “This is a great example of a company that actively supports its community not only through its economic impact, but through volunteer efforts that enhance the quality of life. Cardinal is most-deserving of this state recognition.”

“When businesses partner with higher education, the regional and state economy wins,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “Oklahoma’s colleges and universities collaborate with businesses to provide customized education and training, and through these efforts, students receive hands-on, career-related experiences that better prepare them for today’s business world. As economic engines, higher education institutions serve as catalysts for generating ideas and business opportunities. Colleges and universities also support health and wellness initiatives through medical centers and recreational facilities that benefit not only the lives of their students but their surrounding communities.

Students attend American Chemical Society national meeting

Representing Southeastern at the ACS national meeting were Brian Ayres, Tyler Shannon, Chelsea Nwankwo, Amelia Showalter, Tristan Smith, and Roberto Aguilar.

DURANT, Okla. – Several representatives of Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Student Members Chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) attended the National ACS Spring 2012 meeting in San Diego, Calif.

The Southeastern delegation included Brian Ayres (Madill senior), chapter vice president for 2011-12; Amelia Showalter (Pottsboro, Texas, senior), newly-elected president for 2012-13; and members Roberto Aguilar (McKinney, Texas, senior); Chelsea Nwankwo (Leonard, Texas, senior); Tristan Smith (Atoka senior); and Tyler Shannon (Poteau freshman).

The students were accompanied by Chapter Mentor Dr. Nancy L. Paiva and Dr. Teresa Golden.

The event was attended by more than 16,000 chemistry professionals and students from across the country, making it one of the largest ACS meetings ever held.

The overall theme was “Chemistry of Life,” and featured lectures by Noble Prize winners and other famous scientists working in chemistry fields related to medicine, biofuels and biochemistry, as well as other diverse areas.

In addition to attending technical lectures, observing chemical demonstrations, speaking with graduate-school representatives, viewing chemistry-related exhibits from vendors and enjoying various social events, the group also attended certain events related to the Southeastern chapter.

The Southeastern students presented a “Successful Chapters” poster titled “Southeastern Oklahoma State University ACS Student Chapter: Chemistry from the Blue and Gold,” which described their activities during the past year.

At the awards ceremony, Southeastern received a plaque to commemorate the honorable-mention award for last year’s chapter activities.

Paiva said, “After attending this meeting, I think all of the Southeastern undergrads appreciate more what their ACS professional organization does for its members, as well as for advancing scientific breakthroughs which can lead to improved health and jobs.”

Education Forum includes discussion on technology, funding, accountability

Panelists were Murray State president Joy McDaniel, Denison Superintendent Henry Scott, Director of the Southeastern Center for Regional Economic Development Kathy Hendrick,  Durant Superintendent Jason Simeroth, and Southeastern president Larry Minks. At far right is moderator Aaron Adair.

Panelists were Murray State president Joy McDaniel, Denison Superintendent Henry Scott, Director of the Southeastern Center for Regional Economic Development Kathy Hendrick, Durant Superintendent Jason Simeroth, and Southeastern president Larry Minks. At far right is moderator Aaron Adair.

DURANT, Okla. – The increase of technology use and the decrease in funding were among a wide range of topics discussed Monday at SE Forecast: An Educational Forum. Sponsored by the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Student Government Association, the 90-minute event attracted a crowd of 60 students, faculty, and staff to the auditorium in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union.

Panelists were Southeastern president Larry Minks, Murray State College president Joy McDaniel, Durant Superintendent of Schools Jason Simeroth, Denison (Texas) Superintendent of Schools Henry Scott, and Director of the Southeastern Center for Regional Economic Development Kathy Hendrick.

Serving as moderator was Southeastern Assistant Dean of Distance and Adult Education and Assessment Management System Coordinator Aaron Adair. As far as national trends in education in the 1970s-90s, President Minks mentioned diminishing resources, accelerated technology, the challenges of access and diversity, and conflicting public expectations.

President McDaniel noted that the evolution of technology is the greatest trend she has observed during her career in education, citing the popularity of on-line courses and interactive TV.

Dr. Simeroth said the new Durant High School offers the “latest and greatest technology. It provides us with the opportunity to change the way we teach — to challenge our students to be problem-solvers.”

With 50 years of public school experience to his credit, Dr. Scott agreed that technology is a wonderful tool, but that “technology cannot replace a quality teacher.”

In her remarks, Hendrick emphasized the importance of business and industry and education continuing to communicate their needs to one another. That communication is key to sustaining a highly-trained workforce and healthy economic development future.

On the issue of decreased state funding, McDaniel said “we’ve changed from state-funded institutions to state-assisted institutions.”

Coupled with the decreased funding are increased accountability and expectations, the panelists agreed.

“We’ve gone way overboard on testing in Texas,” Scott said. He later stated that greater funding should be allocated to early childhood education so that students don’t fall behind in the early grades and become dropout risks later on.

Minks commented on such national and state initiatives as Compete to Complete and Complete College America as programs designed to increase the number of college graduates.

Bryan County Master Gardeners endow scholarship

Among those in attendance at Thursday’s scholarship ceremony were Southeastern president Larry Minks, Grady Hartman, Margaret Schiebe, Dr. Jeri Walker, Gaylia Green, Karen Hansard, Gingerlei Waddell, Jack Accountias, Bob Green, and Southeastern executive director of advancement Kyle Stafford.

DURANT, Okla. – The Bryan County Master Gardeners (BCMG) Endowed Scholarship has been established through the Southeastern Foundation to support students attending Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The group began awarding a scholarship annually in 2008 and endowed the scholarship during a ceremony Thursday in the Welcome Center on campus.

This is established as a tuition scholarship to be awarded to students from Bryan, Atoka, Marshall and Johnson counties with a major or minor in a biological science-related field that promotes conservation and the beatification of Bryan County.

The BCMG was established in 2002 through the Bryan County Extension Service and Oklahoma State University Consumer Horticulture Division. For an individual to become a Master Gardener, they must complete 80 hours of class work established through the OSU Extension Service. Each year, they must complete a minimum of 20 hours of continuing education and have a least 20 hours of community service hours to retain their Master Gardener certification.

The BCMG annual fundraiser is the sale of poinsettias during November and December of each year. The proceeds from the poinsettia sales benefit the various projects undertaken by the BCMG, which include the annual Spring Fling, serving the community with gardening expertise and public works activities, and in 2008, the establishment of a gift scholarship fund at the Southeastern Foundation.

Starting with the 2010 Spring Fling, BCMG members began selling bedding plants, shrubs, trees and vegetable plants, with the net proceeds designated for making the gift scholarship an endowed scholarship fund.

Presidential Golf Classic set for June 8

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University president Larry Minks greets Larry Dyson and Butch Arnett as they discuss upcoming plans for the Presidential Golf Classic. The event, which is the major fundraiser for the Southeastern Foundation, is scheduled for June 8 at Chickasaw Pointe. Larry Dyson Motors has captured the team championship for the past five years, and Arnett serves as Foundation president.

Student Government sponsoring SE Forecast: An Education Forum, on April 30

Student Government sponsoring SE Forecast: An Education Forum, on April 30

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Oklahoma State University Student Government Association is sponsoring SE Forecast: An Educational Forum, on Monday, April 30. The forum is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. in the auditorium (room 213) of the Glen D. Johnson Student Union.

Panelists will include Southeastern president Larry Minks, Murray State College president Joy McDaniel, Durant Superintendent of Schools Jason Simeroth, Denison (Texas) Superintendent of Schools Henry Scott, and Director of the Southeastern Center for Regional Economic Development Kathy Hendrick.

Serving as moderator will be Southeastern Assistant Dean of Distance and Adult Education and Assessment Management System Coordinator Aaron Adair. Among the discussion topics will be trends in education, opportunities for partnerships between common education and higher education, and the future of education. The public is invited to attend. For those unable to attend, the event will be streamed lived on the University website – www.SE.edu.

Colton Sherrill Memorial Scholarship endowed at Southeastern

Colton Sherrill

DURANT, Okla. – The Colton Trace Sherrill Memorial Scholarship has been endowed through the Southeastern Foundation to benefit students attending Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Colton’s parents, Trace and Dena Sherrill, said the endowed scholarship is to honor Colton and keep his memory alive for years to come while helping area students to further their education.

Colton passed away June 11, 2008, of congenital heart disease only a few days short of his 11th birthday while participating in a Southeastern basketball camp. He was an avid sports enthusiast and especially enjoyed basketball and soccer.

This is established as a tuition scholarship to be awarded to a graduate of a Bryan County high school. Preference will be given to a student who shows academic potential, leadership qualities and has a demonstrated financial need. Preference will also be given to students who have participated or are participating in band/music or athletics.

His memory is also honored through the dedication of Colton’s (Soccer) Field at the Durant Multi-Sports Complex. A ceremony was held and a monument unveiled on September 27, 2008.

Colton’s parents have given scholarships to area students over the last three years from memorial donations. People continue to contribute through donations and their support of Colton’s Main Street Run. The popular Main Street Run was started to raise money for the purchase of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), training for school personnel in the use of AEDs and CPR, and to raise money for the Durant Main Street Program, for which Colton was a volunteer.

Colton’s father, a Special District Judge, is a 1989 graduate of Southeastern. The Sherrills selected the Southeastern Foundation to administer the scholarship because the University is a vital part of the community.

“This is a community where helping and supporting one another is important and we feel Southeastern is best suited to accomplish the purpose of this scholarship,” Dena said. “We want to help provide greater opportunity for higher education for students from Bryan County schools who have demonstrated financial need and have demonstrated leadership through their activities and academics.”

Southeastern Faculty-Staff honored at awards banquet

Southeastern president Larry Minks and Dr. Diane Dixon, second from right, congratulate Professor of the Year Dr. Blythe Duell and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Vicki Hudson.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s annual Faculty-Staff Recognition Banquet was held Monday night in the Visual and Performing Arts Center on campus.

The event honored and recognized a number of faculty and staff members for outstanding contributions to the University. Also honored were retirees and employees for years of service.

The Faculty Senate presented its Professor of the Year Award to Dr. Blythe Duell, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and Lifetime Achievement Award to Vicki Hudson, Chair, Assistant Professor of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation.

Joining Southeastern president Larry Minks on the program as presenters were Vicki Hudson, Fred Hallman, Dr. Ernest Sturch, Liz McCraw, Dr. Diane Dixon, and Michael Stout.

Following is the list of the award winners:

Faculty Senate Awards

Professor of the Year: Dr. Blythe Duell, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Lifetime Achievement Award: Vicki Hudson, Chair, Assistant Professor of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

John Massey School of Business

Outstanding Service Award: Dr. Martin Bressler, Associate Professor of Management & Marketing

Outstanding Teaching Award: Robert Howard, Instructor of Management & Marketing

Outstanding Scholarship/Research Award: Dr. Debra Haley, Associate Professor of Marketing & Management

School of Arts and Sciences (Arts)

Outstanding Service Award: Dr. Brooks Flippen, Professor of History

Outstanding Teaching Award: Dr. Alistair Maeer, Assistant Professor of History

Outstanding Scholarship/Research Award: Dr. Robert McFadden, Professor of Music

School of Arts and Science (Science)

Outstanding Service Award: Dr. Christopher Moretti, Professor of Mathematics

Outstanding Teaching Award: Dr. Christopher Moretti, Professor of Mathematics

Outstanding Scholarship/Research Award: Dr. Nancy Paiva, Associate Professor of Chemistry

School of Education and Behavioral Sciences

Outstanding Service Award: Dr. Charla Hall, Professor of Psychology

Outstanding Teaching Award: Dr. Kimberly Donovan, Associate Professor of Counseling

Outstanding Scholarship/Research Award: Dr. Stewart Mayers, Associate Professor of Education

Staff Association Awards

Professional/Administration: Carol Coats, Office Manager, Business Affairs, Purchasing Agent

Secretarial/Clerical: DeAnn Prince, Acquisitions Specialist and Library Assistant, Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library

Service/Technical: Dave Cooper, Custodial Services, Physical Plant Other Awards

Spirit of Southeastern – Dr. Cathy Lightsey, Assistant Professor of Educational Instruction & Leadership

Enrollment Management Partnership Award – Dr. Teresa Golden, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Retirees

Dr. Cathy Lightsey, Assistant Professor of Educational Instruction & Leadership, McCurtain County Campus, 3 years of service

Joni Ainette, Secretary I, Educational Instruction & Leadership, 7 years of service

Dr. Jane Licata, Department Chair of Marketing/Management/General Business/Professor/ John Massey Endowed Chair of Marketing, 10 years of service

Dr. Jane Hicks, Professor of Management & Marketing, 12 years of service

Dr. Gerrie Johnson, Associate Professor/Chair, Educational Instruction & Leadership, 15 years of service

Dick Hackett, Instructor in Social Sciences, 17 years of service

Dr. Muhammad Betz, Professor of Educational Instruction & Leadership, 20 years of service

Brent Gold, Supervisor Custodial Services, 31 years of service

Jon Clouse, Director/Chief, Campus Police and Public Safety, 24 years of service

Several events highlight “Brainstorm Research Week”

Internationally-renowned choral conductor Craig Hella Johnson works with Southeastern Chorale members.

DURANT, Okla. – The 2nd annual “BrainStorm Research Week” highlighted outstanding achievement in student and faculty research throughout Southeastern’s School of Arts and Sciences.

The event was held April 16-21 on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University and featured oral presentations, lectures, workshops, competitions in rhetorical, musical and visual arts, original monologue, public forums, demonstrations across the disciplines, musical performances, theatre, and an exhibit of 45 posters. Excluding the poster authors, the other 38 events represented the work of nearly 150 faculty and students.

Among the guest artists were musical composers/conductors Craig Hella Johnson, Carter Penn, and Joel Puckett.

Dr. Jeri Walker, Donna Massey Professor in Music Education, said, “I am so impressed with the scholarship and the diversity of subject areas that BrainStorm has brought out in our faculty and students. The presentations have been insightful, interesting and educational. The entire week was an incredible opportunity to observe quality research and presentations.”

Southeastern professors Dr. Richard Pearlstein, Bruce Johnson, and Dr. Shannon McCraw participate in a roundtable discussion on the 2012 National Elections Wednesday afternoon.

The Symphonic Winds goes through a rehearsal session.

Awards ceremony recognizes students in John Massey School of Business

Southeastern president Larry Minks presents the Outstanding Finance Student Award to Kelly Devitt.

Southeastern president Larry Minks presents the Outstanding Marketing Student Award to Zachary Downing.

Southeastern president Larry Minks presents the Outstanding Management Student Award to Ethan Murray.

Southeastern president Larry Minks presents the Outstanding Accounting Student Award to Kelsey Reding.

DURANT, Okla. – Outstanding students and scholarship recipients were recognized recently at the John Massey School of Business Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society Induction Ceremony and Honors and Awards Banquet.

Outstanding awards were presented to the following Southeastern Oklahoma State University students:

Finance, Kelly Devitt, senior, Tishomingo, Oklahoma

Accounting, Kelsey Reding, senior, Aubrey, Texas

Master of Business Administration, Yazan Moh’d Sa’adeh Saleh, Amman, Jordan

Marketing, Zachary Downing, senior, Yuma, Arizona

Management, Ethan Murray, senior, Mead, Oklahoma

General Business, Kimberly Cassell, senior, Sherman, Texas

In addition, Dr. Jane Licata, John Massey Endowed Chair in Marketing, was named Professor Emeritus. She recently retired after 10 years at the University.

Dr. Martin Bressler served as the program’s Master of Ceremonies. Offering remarks were Southeastern president Larry Minks, Dean of Instruction Lucretia Scoufos, and State Regent John Massey (closing remarks).

Also at the event, the following students were inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society:

Graduate Students: Stephanie Gardner, Yazan (Moh’d Såadeh) Mustafa Saleh

Undergraduate Students: Tracey Aviles, Brooke Cooper, Kelly Devitt, Zachary Downing, Landon Johnson, Ethan Murray, Matthew Polk, Kelsey Reding, Christopher Roussell, Meagan Sewell, Gwendolyn Simmons, Shacole Smith, Julie Smith, and Cara Workman Louder

Faculty advisors are Dr. Kitty Campbell and Dr. C. W. Von Bergen.