Southeastern News

Southeastern professor Jon Reid spends summer teaching in Hong Kong and China

Dr. Jon Reid poses with teaching assistants Yang Yuming "Reon" and Siyu.

Dr. Jon Reid poses with teaching assistants Yang Yuming “Reon” and Siyu.

DURANT, Okla. – College professors spend their summers in a variety of ways. Some may teach. Others may do research. And some may travel.

For Dr. Jon Reid, it was all of the above and more as the Southeastern Oklahoma State University psychology and counseling professor spent time in Hong Kong, mainland China, and Taiwan.

In Hong Kong, Reid participated in several workshops during and following the International Conference on Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society.

He also presented and taught on three college campuses, including the Guangdong University of Petrochemical Technology, Wuyi University, and National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Sciences.

A highlight of the trip was his participation in the Death Café, the first event of its kind in Hong Kong. Reid appeared in conversation with participants in a news video aired on Hong Kong television. The Death Café  event provides a forum for people to talk about death, which is a taboo subject in China.

“This trip has been a great professional growth experience for me,” Reid said. “I’ve been able to attend a professional conference, make presentations to several professional audiences, gather research data, and increase my knowledge of Chinese culture and of Chinese people. The students I taught in Conversational English were eager to improve their English-language speaking ability and eager to learn about American culture. I very much appreciate the support of my department chair Dr. Ed Mauzey and Dean (of Instruction) Lucretia Scoufos in allowing me a flexible teaching schedule this summer.”

Reid is past president of the Association for Death Education and Counseling and a fellow in Thanatology (the study of death).

He joined the Southeastern faculty in 1993.

Camp SE orientation

DURANT, Okla. – Michelle Hornbeak, interim student activities coordinator at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, offers instructions to new students Monday as part of the Camp SE orientation. Two sessions of Camp SE have been completed this summer, with one session remaining on July 27-28. Fall classes begin Aug. 18.

Camp SE-2

New students pose for a group photo Monday at Camp SE.

New students pose for a group photo Monday at Camp SE.

Fall classes begin Aug. 18

DURANT, Okla. – Fall classes will begin on Aug. 18 at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Prior to that, two sessions of Camp SE orientation for new students  are scheduled (July 20-21 and July 27-28).

Freshman Convocation will be held on Saturday, Aug. 16, at 4:30 p.m. in Montgomery Auditorium. A cookout will follow on the front lawn of campus.

Community reception welcomes President Burrage

Southeastern president Sean Burrage addresses the crowd Monday night.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage addresses the crowd Monday night.

DURANT, Okla. – An overflow crowd officially welcomed new Southeastern Oklahoma State University president Sean Burrage to Durant Monday night with a reception at the Choctaw Event Center.

“My family and I were overwhelmed at the turnout tonight,” Burrage said after the event. “It’s really heartwarming to see the community support Southeastern in this way. We are very excited about having the opportunity to work with people who are genuinely interested in the welfare of their University.”

Among those in attendance were numerous elected officials, higher education regents and presidents, business leaders, and university and community representatives.

Greg Massey of First United Bank served as emcee, while offering remarks were State Regent John Massey, Chief Gary Batton of The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and Gov. Bill Anoatubby of the Chickasaw Nation. Choctaw Assistant Chief Jack Austin, Jr., offered the invocation.

Burrage, who  began his duties as the 20th president of Southeastern on July 1, spoke briefly, introducing family members and noting that he appreciated the opportunity to serve the University.

Hosting the reception were the Massey family, The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and the Chickasaw Nation.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage, center, is shown with, left to right, former Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Chief Gregory Pyle, Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby, Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton, and Choctaw Nation Assistant Chief Jack Austin, Jr.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage, center, is shown with, left to right, former Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Chief Gregory Pyle, Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby, Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton, and Choctaw Nation Assistant Chief Jack Austin, Jr. (photos courtesy of Zach Maxwell/Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma)


Southeastern’s Dell McLain to lead workshop on “YouTube and the Artist’’

Dell McLain works with students Aly Dale and Tina Firquain.

Dell McLain works with students Aly Dale and Tina Firquain.

DURANT, Okla. – Dell McLain, chair of Art, Communication and Theatre at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, will be leading a workshop July 26 at the STAGE organization of Dallas.

The workshop, offered to professionals in the theatre and film community, will be about online video (“YouTube and the Artist.)”

S.T.A.G.E. (Society for Theatrical Artists’ Guidance and Enhancement) promotes the theatrical, broadcast, and film industries, serving as an information clearinghouse, and providing training and education in many facets of the entertainment industry in the North Central Texas Region.

“YouTube, online video, and social media can be powerful tools for the performing and visual artist,” McLain said. “But folks can be intimidated by the technology.”

McLain has asked Southeastern staff Nick Growall and Terran Sherwood and students Tanner Risner, Collin Mills and Dustin Curry to assist him deliver what he hopes will be, “an informative and practical workshop to help the artists ‘broadcast’ themselves.” The Southeastern group will help attendees set up a channel; manage accompanying social media sites; shoot and edit their first video; and share information on low cost and free additional software.

McLain began a major multi-year research project in online video in the spring of 2013. Since then, he has participated in national conferences in Florida and Los Angeles; launched an independent multi-channel video network; created an online video production space on the Southeastern campus; started integrating online video into public and arts events on campus; and begun working with programs, faculty and student organizations on how online video can be a useful tool in communicating with targeted constituencies or stakeholders.

According to McLain, statistics show the trend of viewer consumption of YouTube increasing heavily. One hundred hours of video is uploaded to YouTube every minute with more than one billion unique users visiting the site each month. According to Nielsen, YouTube reaches more U.S. adults as regular viewers than any cable company and it is the second most used search engine behind Google on the Internet.

“I find it difficult to use the term ‘new media’ now when sitting beside us at our latest conference are representatives from NBC, Dreamworks Productions, The Disney Corporation, Time Warner, and Hurst Publications.” McLain said. “Old media giants will have invested over a billion dollars in online video by the end of 2014.”

McLain joined the Southeastern faculty in 1998 as Director of Theatre and has served as Chair of Art, Communication and Theatre since 2009. He’s been awarded the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts National Fellowship, the Oklahoma Award for Excellence in Innovative Teaching, and Young Teacher of the Year from the Oklahoma Speech, Theatre and Communication Association.

Southeastern professor to write monograph on social media and the law

Stewart MayersDURANT, Okla. – A Southeastern Oklahoma State University professor is currently writing a monograph for the Education Law Association (ELA) on the topic of “Social Media, Public Schools, and the Law.’’

Dr. Stewart Mayers, Professor of Education, said his monograph should be published sometime next year.

A monograph is a document that can range from 40 -150 pages and provides in-depth discussion about a specific area of the law.

“The focus (of the monograph) is to provide a summary of the current law as it applies to social media in schools,’’ Mayers said. “In addition, I hope to provide guidance to public schools as they attempt to write policy concerning student and employee usage of social media.’’

ELA was founded in 1954 as the National Organization on Legal Problems in Education.  The membership of the organization is comprised of attorneys who practice school law, professors who teach public school law courses, and school administrators.  In addition, there are student members (in most cases, students working on doctorates in school law). One service of the organization is to provide publications that are used through the education law community: by attorneys, school administrators and as supplemental texts in school law courses.

To gain approval for publication, authors must submit a proposal to the publications committee (composed of members representing all three constituencies – lawyers, professors, administrators) which will review the submission for relevance to current issues in Ed law.  If the topic is of sufficient interest to proceed, the committee requires submission of a sample chapter.

Mayers joined the Southeastern faculty in 2001. He earned his Ed.D. at the University at Georgia; his M.Ed. at Southeastern; and his B.A. at Baylor University.

Southeastern well represented at Safety Engineers Conference

DURANT, Okla. –Southeastern Oklahoma State University was well represented at the 102nd annual Professional Development Conference of the American Society of Safety Engineers in Orlando, Florida.

More than 50 Southeastern Occupational Safety alumni joined 4,000-plus occupational safety professionals for the event.

Southeastern’s Occupational Safety program is highly respected and many employers seek its graduates.

Dr. Wayne Jones, Professor/Department Chair/Graduate Coordinator, said, “This was one of the best professional development conferences in several years and Southeastern was really well represented. The students and alumni were treated to several dinners from companies who have hired from Southeastern or who currently act as suppliers to the companies who employ our graduates.’’

Next year’s conference will be held in Dallas, Texas.

Safety Photo

Among the many Southeastern Occupational Safety alumni attending the 102nd annual Professional Development Conference of the American Society of Safety Engineers in Orlando, Florida, and their employers were (from left) Brandon Neill, Liquid Environmental Solutions; Zack Foster, Google; Craig Simmons, EXXONMobil; Kane Lovelace, OldCastle BuildingEnvelope; Jamey Farmer, Brentagg; and Billy Stowe, Martin Operating Partnership. Dr. Wayne Jones is also shown with the group.

Southeastern to host Economic Summit on June 17

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host the third annual E3 Summit on June 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event will be held on campus in the SE Ballroom (Hallie McKinney Building).

The purpose of this economic development program is to Engage our Publics, Envision the Future, and Empower the Region. The focus will be on Global and Regional Transportation, Trade, and Workforce Development for the 21st Century.

Keynote luncheon speaker will be David Dean, CEO, Dean International of Dallas, who is a Public Policy, Transportation and Panama Canal strategist. He is also a former Texas secretary of state.

Other speakers on the agenda include Daryl Pinto, Oklahoma Department of Commerce: Donnalla Miller, My Own HR Coach; Kerry Manning, Southern Workforce Board; Chanel Turner, Fossil, Inc.; Sara Jane Smallwood, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma; John Redman, USDA; Tim Welch, TEX-21 and city councilman, North Richland Hills (Texas); Jerry Tomlinson, Durant mayor; and Cary Wacker, Sherman (Texas) mayor.

Among those expected to attend are community advocates, economic development and workforce representatives, regional educators, and business leaders. The summit is presented as part of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Making Place Matter Initiative.

Registration fee is $25 ($30 at the door).

For more information, contact Kathy Hendrick, director of the Southeastern Center for Regional Competitiveness at 580-745-2046.

Dates scheduled for Camp SE orientation

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University has scheduled three sessions of Camp SE for the summer of 2014.

Students, parents and families may choose July 6-7, July 20-21 or July 27-28 for the overnight Camp SE experience.

Camp SE Online is available for non-traditional students and transfers.

Both overnight and Online camps are intended to offer orientation for new students. The overnight camps provide the opportunity for students to meet other new students who are transitioning into the college environment.

All new students are required to attend either Camp SE or Camp SE Online.

New students will gain an understanding of the University and its requirements. Participation in orientation is a pivotal step in connecting students with the campus community and the opportunity for academic success.

Goals of the camps include:

— Meeting and knowing the names of at least five new people

— Setting realistic expectations for academic achievements

— Identifying at least five student services and resources and how to access them

— Learning about Southeastern traditions and how to become a part of those traditions

— Experiencing life as a college student

New students will have an overnight stay in Shearer Hall & Suites; will be paired with a Super Savage Leader (SSL) and a small team of other new students; and will participate in interactive, challenging, and fun team-building activities.

Also, they will be introduced to issues often faced by new students and resources available on campus; learn about Southeastern’s specific traditions, history and involvement opportunities; and meet a faculty member and learn about academic expectations.

Students will top it all off with meals, a T-shirt and lots of fun.

Parents and families will enjoy a casual conversational environment to learn about the University’s expectations of their students; meet with campus administrators, faculty, friends and Southeastern students; have time to visit campus offices to help prepare their students for classes to begin; and enjoy continental breakfast and lunch in the University Café.

For camp schedules and more information, please visit the website at

Summer Community Band to perform May 31

DURANT, Okla. – The Summer Community Band will perform a concert of audience favorites on Saturday, May 31 at 6 p.m. on the front lawn of Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The ensemble, which consists of amateur and professional musicians from throughout the region, is an annual summer tradition.

“The audience will get to hear many classic styles for this type of group,” said the conductor of the group, Southeastern’s Director of Bands, Dr. Jacob Wallace. “There will be plenty of marches, patriotic songs, and arrangements of familiar classical music and movie soundtracks. It will be an enjoyable evening for all.”       Joining the group as featured guest soloist is Southeastern’s instructor of trombone, Dr. Bruce Faske.

The performance is free and open to the public. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be held in Montgomery Auditorium. For accessibility issues, or for questions related to the concert, please contact the Department of Music at (580) 745-2088.