Southeastern News

Southeastern Department of Music renews Summer Community Band

DURANT, Okla. — Southeastern Bands, with the support of the Department of Music at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, will reinstate a summertime favorite — the Summer Community Band. This group, which is open to Southeastern students, staff, faculty, and any Durant area community member, is a way for instrumental musicians of all abilities to have an opportunity to perform as part of a concert band.

The group will rehearse in evening hours, one night a week, from mid-May to mid-June, performing one concert at the conclusion of the rehearsal cycle. To join, potential members simply need to contact Dr. Jacob Wallace, Director of Bands at Southeastern. Members will be accepted on any standard woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments. For those without access to an instrument, equipment may be made available by Southeastern’s Department of Music.

Wallace can be contacted by email at or by phone at 580-745-2084. Potential members should provide their name, phone number, email address (if available), and the instrument they prefer to play in the group. If needed, potential members should also note the desire to borrow an instrument.

Southeastern students receive record number of scholarships from Safety Engineers group

DURANT, Okla. — The Department of Occupational Safety & Health at Southeastern Oklahoma State University has announced a record-setting year of student scholarships from the Foundation of the American Society of Safety Engineers.                The largest Occupational Safety organization in the world with more than 34,000 members, the ASSE Foundation awarded 103 scholarships and grants totaling $194,000, which included 84 scholarships to students representing 37 universities nationwide.

Department Chair Dr. Wayne Jones said, “This is the largest number of scholarships ever awarded at one time to Southeastern’s Occupational Safety Department from the Foundation. This announcement by the ASSE Foundation, combined with our other scholarships awarded this year, brings our total to more than 20 for 2012-2013.  Again, our best year ever.”

Southeastern’s 2013 recipients are:

Edwin P. Locke HSE Scholarship (sponsored by the Texas Safety Foundation)

William Mitchell, Denison, Texas ($2,000)

FabEnCo-LaCook Investment For Excellence in Occupational Safety & Health Scholarship

Walter Smith, McAlester, Oklahoma ($4,000)

ISN Networld Scholarship

Steven Wilson, Calera, Oklahoma ($1,000)

Permian Basin Chapter Endowment

Wesley Johnston, Durant, Oklahoma ($1,000)

Southwest Chapter Roy Kinslow Scholarship

Brenda Lawrence, Calera, Oklahoma ($1,000)

UPS Diversity Scholarship

Brant Plyler, Durant, Oklahoma ($5,250)

Student musicians to perform at SE Unplugged April 11

DURANT, Okla. — The Departments of Music and Art, Communication, and Theater will sponsor the first “SE Unplugged’’ on Thursday, April 11, from noon to 3 p.m., in front of the Glen D. Johnson Student Union.  This event will feature solo and duet acoustic music artists enrolled at Southeastern, performing music from several different genres, including country, folk, pop/rock, and rhythm & blues.

Performers are scheduled in 20-minute sets to run throughout the duration of the event. Everyone is welcome to stop by and listen, or tune-into SE’s U92 FM (91.9).

Third annual BrainStorm event scheduled for April 15-27

DURANT, Okla. – Lectures on such diverse subjects as science, literature, business, and history, along with musical, dance, theatrical performances – there’s something for everyone at the third annual BrainStorm.

The event at Southeastern Oklahoma State University will be held April 15-27. BrainStorm will be held at various venues on the Southeastern campus and all activities are free and open to the public.

Dr. Caryn Witten, Associate Professor in the Department of English, Humanities and Languages, is serving as chair for the 2013 event.

Witten said, “We have expanded BrainStorm to include the Education and Business departments. It will cover two weeks and involve the entire University community. BrainStorm is a showcase of all of the talents and research projects of the students and faculty of Southeastern. ‘’

Below is a sampling of the many highlights during the first week — for the complete schedule of events, go to

Monday, April 15

6:30-7:30 p.m.

Fine Arts Recital Hall

Performance:  “SE Composers Concert”

Megan M. Johnson, Jeremiah Light, Logan Russell, & Emalea Hudgens

Original works by these four accomplished composers will be featured in this world premier.


Tuesday, April 16

2:00-2:45 p.m.

Russell Building 100

Lecture:  “The Odd and Unusual from the History of Safety”

Drs. Richard Braley & Halet Poovey,Assistant Professors of Occupational Safety and Health

Like all fields of endeavor Safety has had its less successful, odd and outright wrong solutions to problems.  Two Southeastern professors of occupational safety & health will review some of these historical if not hysterical methods (including the gasp method for CPR).

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Russell Building 100

Lecture:  “Consecrated: The Making of the Film”

Tyler Slawson

Tyler Slawson is an award-winning Christian filmmaker.  This lecture will recount the making of his latest film as well as a presentation of the film.

6:00-9:00 p.m.

New Theatre Building (Playhouse Lobby)

Performance: “New Play Table Reading (Dramapalooza)”

Dell McLain, Professor of Theatre, and Theatre Students

Theater students will read a new play by a local playwright with discussion to follow.  The event will be audio recorded for use by the author in the development process.


Wednesday, April 17

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Russell Building 100

Performance:  “Native Storytelling Slam”

Dr. Deana Williams, Native American Cultures Class

The Native American Cultures class will provide a demonstration of Native Storytelling.  Participants do not have to know traditional stories.  However, they will share a personal story.  Students will have to think fast on their feet as they will not know what topic will be randomly drawn from a bowl.

3:00-3:40 p.m.

Russell Building 100

Lecture:  “Protecting Intellectual Property from Cyber-Espionage”

Dr. Martin Bressler, Associate Professor of Management and Marketing

Today, spies might not be going after your military secrets. Instead, corporate spies might be attempting to steal your most valuable corporate secrets, often in the form of intellectual property. Whether the espionage attack comes from a domestic or foreign source, the resulting impact can financially cripple a company.


Thursday, April 18

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Russell Building 100

Lecture:  “War and Peace in the Global Age”

William Barnes, Charlie DeWitt, David Fortune, & Jonathan Van Hicks

Often international relations appear chaotic and arbitrary to average Americans.  Using four basic Political Science theories, this panel will explore the sources of conflict and paths to peace in today’s world.

2:00-2:40 p.m.

Russell Building 100

Performance: “To Us, It Wasn’t Code”

Kathleen Hardgrove, Assistant Professor of Art, Communication, and Theatre


Friday, April 19

3:30-4:15 p.m.

Student Union 213

Lecture:  “Van Cliburn (1934-2013), International Legend”

Dr. Robert McFadden, Professor of Music

Van Cliburn, the American pianist whose first-place award at the 1958 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow made him an overnight sensation and propelled him to a phenomenally successful career, died recently at his home in Ft. Worth, Texas.


Saturday, April 20


Sports City Café

“All Day Jazz Fest”


Sunday, April 21

2:00 p.m.

Fine Arts Recital Hall


University Singers

Winners announced at Curriculum Contest

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University hosted the 100th-annual Curriculum Contest Thursday.

Exams covered numerous subjects, including mathematics, science, English, foreign languages, fine arts and computers. The winning schools, by division, are listed below:

The computer lab was the site of several contests Thursday.

The computer lab was the site of several contests Thursday.

Students participate in the art competition Thursday at the Curriculum Contest.

Students participate in the art competition Thursday at the Curriculum Contest.








Division 1

  1. Kiowa High School
  2. Smithville High School
  3. Coleman High School

Division 2

  1. Latta High School
  2. Calera High School
  3. Haworth High School

Division 3

  1. Plainview High School
  2. Dickson High School
  3. Lone Grove High School

Division 4

  1. Durant High School
  2. Broken Bow High School
  3. Ardmore High School

Musical Arts Series concludes with Moran Woodwind Quartet on April 2

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Musical Arts Series will present the Moran Woodwind Quintet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

This will be the final event of the 2012-13 season. It is free of charge and open to the public. The quintet will also perform that afternoon at a local school.

The Musical Arts Series is sponsored by Southeastern, the Red River Arts Council, Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Donna Massey

Music Education Fund, Cherokee Telephone, and local donors and supporters.
The Moran Quintet is one of the most active and visible groups in the Midwest. It is the resident faculty woodwind quintet of the University of Nebraska School of Music in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts.

Formed in 1986 and named for the late John Moran, former Director of the School of Music, the quintet has toured extensively and performed at conventions of the College Music Society, the International Double Reed Society and the International Horn Society.

The quintet’s repertoire includes all musical styles and periods.

Southeastern’s Bridgette Hamill honored as Newman Civic Fellow

Bridgette HamillDURANT, Okla. – Bridgette Hamill of Southeastern Oklahoma State University has been named as a recipient of the 2013 Newman Civic Fellows award by Campus Compact.

The award recognizes inspirational college student leaders who have worked to find solutions for challenges facing their communities. The students are nominated by their college and university presidents.

Hamill is a graduate student completing a Master of Science in Sport Studies and Athletic Administration at Southeastern.  In addition, she works fulltime as administrative associate to the vice president for academic affairs.

“Bridgette is very deserving of this award,’’ said Southeastern president Larry Minks. “She sets a high standard as a student, in her work, and as a community volunteer.  And she is a wonderful representative of the University who truly makes a difference by example.’’

Hamill earned bachelor degrees in office systems management  (’96) and criminal justice (’01) at Southeastern. The Durant native, who is married to Lee Hamill, is also very active in the community.

She has been involved with Families Feeding Families,  the Tushka Tornado Disaster Relief, Students in Service Program,  Relay for Life,  Special Olympics, and
coordinates  the annual Academic Affairs Christmas Drive that supports an organization within the community.
Newman Civic Fellow awards are made in memory of Dr. Frank Newman, a founder of Campus Compact, who dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform.  At the core of Newman’s leadership was a belief in the power of individuals to make a difference and in the power of connection with others. Frank Newman had a tremendous impact on American education and its role in the development of citizens who want to make a difference

Hamill is one of 181 students from 36 states to receive the Newman recognition in 2013.

Southeastern business professor receives Distinguished Research Award

Bressler 2012DURANT, Okla. – Dr. Martin Bressler, Associate Professor of Management in the John Massey School of Business at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, was  recently honored with the Distinguished Research Award. This award was presented by the Academy of Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues at the Allied Academies International Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Bressler’s paper, titled “Protecting your company’s intellectual property assets from cyber-espionage,” focuses on ways to protect and detect theft of company intellectual property assets. The Southeastern professor is the author of more than 50 conference papers and more than 20 articles in academic journals and business publications.

In 1995, Bressler served as a Resource Panel Expert to the White House Conference on Small Business. He is also a Fulbright Scholar and Sam Walton Fellow.

Bressler joined the Southeastern faculty in 2010.

University closed on Friday, March 29

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will be closed Friday, March 29. All classes will resume and offices will re-open on Monday, April 1.

Southeastern to host centennial edition of “Curriculum Contest’’ March 28

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host the centennial edition of the Oklahoma Inter-High School Curriculum Meet on Thursday, March 28.

Dr. James Britton, Professor in the Chemistry, Computer and Physical Sciences Department, will serve as coordinator of the event.

The contest will involve 2,000-plus students from area high schools. They will participate in 42 contests with trophies and medals awarded to winning schools and individuals.

Exams will cover numerous subjects, including art, accounting, speech, journalism, literature, drama, modern languages, mathematics, science, English, social science, music, and computers. Along with the academic competition, there will be many other activities and seniors will have an opportunity to enroll while on campus.

The first Inter-High School Curriculum Meet, then known as the Southeastern High School Track Meet, was held May 7, 1910. By the spring of 1913, the event had expanded and the name was changed to “The Southeastern Oklahoma Inter-High School Track and Field Meet – Piano, Declamation and Oratorical Contest.’’

Britton said, “We expect another good turnout from the area high schools. The contest begins at 9:30 a.m. and should be competed by 12:30 p.m. This is a tremendous opportunity for the students to compete and be introduced to Southeastern at the same time.’’