Southeastern News

Bound for nationals

softballDURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Savage Storm gather in front of their bus early Tuesday morning as they prepare to leave for Salem, Virginia, to compete in the NCAA Division II national softball championship tournament. Hundreds of well-wishers met at the Southeastern softball complex to offer support to coach Ron Faubion and the team. Southeastern faces Dixie State in first round action on Thursday.

Four-day work week begins June 2

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 work week beginning Monday, June 2, and continuing through Friday, July 25.

In addition, the University will be closed May 26 in observance of Memorial Day.

This is the eighth 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 except for those which are required for 24/7 operations.

Durant Masonic Lodge awards scholarships

DURANT, Okla. – The Durant Masonic Lodge recently presented $500 scholarships to four occupational safety & health students at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Left to right are, Dr. Wayne Jones, Chair of Occupational Safety & Health, Cheyenne Urban, Chelsea Connel, Matt Wisdom, Eddie Cervantes, and Wayne Levins, representing the Durant Masonic Lodge.  The scholarships were awarded based partially on an essay each of the students wrote as well as their connections to Freemasonry.

Masonic Scholarship

Honor graduates recognized at Spring Commencement

Southeastern president Larry Minks address the audience Saturday at Paul Laird Field.

Southeastern president Larry Minks address the audience Saturday at Paul Laird Field.

DURANT, Okla. – Thirty-three honor graduates were recognized during Spring Commencement exercises Saturday at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Dr. Larry Minks, president of Southeastern, delivered the commencement address at Paul Laird Field. Offering welcoming remarks were Regent John Massey of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and Regent Richard Ogden, chairman of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents.

Following are the honor graduates, listed by permanent hometown (Oklahoma, unless otherwise noted):

Summa Cum Laude

Hannah Nicole Baugh, Bonham, Texas; Ashley Elizabeth Caldwell, Lindsay; Preston Nathaniel Dye, Ada; George Allen Fritts, Mililani, Hawaii; Thomas Harlow Johnston, Sherman, Texas; Shaunda Renee Mitchell Usry, Durant; Lacey Jo Morgan, Antlers; Tracey Lynn Stephenson, Healdton.

Magna Cum Laude

President Minks and graduate Dylan Henson pose for a photo.

President Minks and graduate Dylan Henson pose for a photo.

Rebekah Ann Clowers, Idabel; Caspian Elizabeth Green, Yuma, Arizona; Sheridan Leigh Hill, Ardmore; Lesley Ann Huff, McAlester; Jeffrey Hunter, Thunder Bay, Ontario; Lyndsey Danielle Lamar-Owens, Mead; Tyler Dean Pyles, Denison, Texas; Jed Houston Sallee, Coalgate; Heidi Ann Shaw, Fort Towson.

Graduate Apryl Mock celebrates.

Graduate Apryl Mock celebrates.

Cum Laude

Pamela D. Barnett, Savanna; April Dawn Boatright, Antlers; Keylee McCall Clemmons, Roxton, Texas; Sarah Dudley Eastwood, Moyers; Haley Brooke Ellison, Broken Bow; Rachel Danielle Kallas,

Sherman, Texas; Erin Elizabeth McDaniel, Durant; Dana Elizabeth Meaders, Wilburton; Markie L. Meadows, Tushka; Cody F. Morris, Heavener; Allison J. Mounts, Kiefer; Mary Elizabeth Nelson, Antlers; Nicholas Levi Patterson, San Diego, California; Virginia Dawn Sealock, Rockwall, Texas; Aubrey Elizabeth Tarantine, Sherman, Texas; Roxie Wilson, Bells, Texas.

Sen. Inhofe tours Southeastern Aviation Sciences Institute

Inhofe-4DURANT, Okla. – U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, left, was in Durant Friday morning touring the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Aviation Sciences Institute. Dr. David Conway, Director of Aviation Sciences, answers a question as assistant professor Kyle Thomas looks on. Inhofe was scheduled to visit several locations in Oklahoma throughout the day.

Regents to interview five candidates for Southeastern presidency

DURANT, Okla. – The Board of Regents of the Regional University System of Oklahoma has scheduled a meeting for May 15 to interview five candidates for the position of President of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

A 19-member search committee formed by the Board met on May 1 to review resumes and recommend individuals to be forwarded to the Regents for further consideration. On May 2, the Regents met to decide on which applicants to interview.

The Board is seeking a replacement for Dr. Larry Minks, who announced on April 1 that he would be stepping down as President of Southeastern effective July 1,

2014.    Minks will remain at Southeastern as President Emeritus and Distinguished University Professor of Leadership. He has also been appointed to serve as the Director of the new Center for Transformational Leadership at Southeastern.

Southeastern CFI renews Master Accreditation

Kyle ThomasDURANT, Okla. – Kyle Thomas, a 5-time Master Flight Instructor and a SAFE (Society of Aviation and Flight Educators) member, has renewed his Master CFI (Certified Flight Instructor) accreditation.

Thomas is the Chief Flight Instructor and an assistant professor with Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Aviation Sciences Institute. He joined the Southeastern faculty in 1996.

He is also an advisor to the local Women in Aviation chapter and coach for the University’s NIFA (National Intercollegiate Flying Association) flight team. Inaddition, he serves as a FAASTeam (Federal Aviation Administration Safety Team) representative in the FAA’s (Federal Aviation Administration) Oklahoma City area.

Thomas first earned this national professional designation in 2006 and has held it continuously since then. He is one of only 25 worldwide to earn the credential five times.

Master Instructors LLC announced the significant accomplishment. Master Instructors LLC is the international accrediting authority for the Master Instructor designation, as well as the FAA-approved “Master Instructor Program.”

Of approximately 98,000 CFIs in the United States, fewer than 800 have achieved Master CFI status. The last 10 National Flight Instructors of the Year or National FAASteam Representatives of the Year were Master CFIs.

Thomas is one of only 12 Oklahoma aviation educators to have earned the prestigious “Master” title.

Former FAA administrator Marion Blakey said, “The Master Instructor accreditation singles out the best that the right seat has to offer.”

Candidates for the “Master” title must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to excellence, professional growth, and service to the aviation community, and must pass a rigorous evaluation by a peer Board of Review. The designation must be renewed biennially and significantly surpasses the FAA requirements for renewal of the candidates’ flight instructor certificate.

Lt. Gov. Lamb guest speaker at Tri-County event

Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb offers remarks to the crowd Tuesday night.

Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb offers remarks to the crowd Tuesday night.

DURANT, Okla. – The Tri-County Honors Program, co-sponsored by First United Bank and Southeastern Oklahoma State University, was held Tuesday in the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the Durant campus.

The event opened with a reception, followed by the honors award ceremony.

Lt. Governor Todd Lamb was the guest speaker.

Greg Massey, Chief Executive Officer of First United Bank, and Southeastern Vice President for Academic Affairs Douglas McMillan offered remarks.

Dean of Enrollment Management Liz McCraw introduced school administrators, who then introduced the honorees from their respective schools.

Assisting in the awards presentation were First United Bank Presidents and Officers Bert Davison, Durant (President); Kathy Fuller, Hugo (Assistant Vice President); Debby Boyd, Calera (Vice President); Chris Earthman, Colbert (President); Rick Lane, Madill (President); and Justin Behrens, Bokchito (Vice President).

Following is a list of students honored by school:

This group of students from Durant High School was honored at the Tri-County event.

This group of students from Durant High School was honored at the Tri-County event.

Achille – Madison Stanglin, Paige Hutchings, Makala Womack, Tyler Gibby.

Bennington – Crystal Tate, Erica Noland.

Boswell – Tanner Manous, Brittany Wells, Tracy Lee Brown, Brenna Poe.

Caddo – Virgle Mincher, Shelby Dellinger, Aaron Purkins, Tobi Miller.

Calera – Rachel Childers, Connor Hamilton, Riggin Rogers.

Colbert – Payton Whitehead, Maddison Poteet, Ethan Williams, Samantha Richardson.

Durant  — Sierra Downs, Will Engle, Brittany Farmer, Gabrielle Ford, Emily Franzeo, Kristen Gooch, Kaley Green, Elissa Hamil, Matthew Harris, Darren Jernigan, Rheagan Jones, Gabriel Louis, Caroline Loyd, Sydni McKaughan, Shalleigh Powell, Zachary Taylor, Brittany Trent, Katlyn Wigington, Jared Woods, Landry Wright.

Fort Towson – Alyssa Chandler, Charles Tillman, William Sossamon, Tiara Good.

Hugo – Kelli Stacy, Victoria Wyatt, Colton Coffey, Amaney Jackson, Michaela Ellis.

Hugo Kiamichi Technology Center – Shannon Bivins, Dimehlia Adamson, Macy Maxwell.

Durant Kiamichi Technology Center – Brett Massey, Jonathan Harper, Matthew Scott, Katelynn Todd.

Kingston – Dalton Williams, Benjamin Whipkey.

Madill – Megan Mockerman, Joshua NeeSmith, Marshall Scott, Brenna Green.

Rock Creek – Brittany Anderson, Dakota Holloway, Trevor Iams, Krislan Winnett.

Silo – Jordan Carter, Baylee Rogers, Kayti Townsend, Casey Love, Hannah Bourne, Ashlee Impson, Leonard Sandler, Katlyn Halley.

Soper – Paige Grammar, Chance Scott, Eduardo Rubio, Samantha Wolfenbarger.

Victory Life Academy – Amber Bruce, Kevin Covington, Seth Bennett, Marella Smith.

President’s Leadership Class at Southeastern

2014 PLC GradsDURANT, Okla. – These are the 2013 President’s Leadership Class students celebrating the completion of their 1st year in the program at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Front Row: Kneeling – Bryan Gibson, Colton Russell, John Mason. First Row: Standing: Southeastern President Larry Minks, Baliegh Hudman, Levi Holliday, Dustin Sampson, LaRanda Johnson, Kayla Wilhite, Sieera Janway, Morgan Robberson, Dean of Enrollment Management Liz McCraw. Second Row: Caroline Joines, Alex Ray, Madelyn Schneider, Mitchell Emberson, Dalton Julian, Cody Longwell, Preston Barkley.Not Pictured:  Sara Huffman, Kayla Wilhite.

Southeastern student recognized for Newman award by OSRHE

ScalfDURANT, Okla. – The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education recently recognized the recipients of the 2014-15 Newman Civic Fellows by Campus Compact. Taylor Scalf of Southeastern Oklahoma State University is one of just 15 Oklahoma students to be so honored. A sophomore from Marlow, Oklahoma, Scalf was congratulated by Chancellor Glen D. Johnson and State Regent John Massey. The honorees from Oklahoma are part of a group of 197 students from 36 states in the program, and were nominated by their college or university president as inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.