Southeastern News

Texoma College Fair

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University hosted the Texoma Area College Fair Thursday in the Bloomer Sullivan Arena. High school juniors and seniors were able to learn more about their higher education opportunities by visiting with representatives from 30 colleges and universities. In this photo, Shelly Key, director of admissions and recruitment at Southeastern, provides information to students.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University hosted the Texoma Area College Fair Thursday in the Bloomer Sullivan Arena. High school juniors and seniors were able to learn more about their higher education opportunities by visiting with representatives from 30 colleges and universities. In this photo, Shelly Key, director of admissions and recruitment at Southeastern, provides information to students.

Native American Symposium to focus on preservation of history, culture

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host the 10th Native American Symposium on Nov. 14-15.  The theme of this year’s symposium is “Native Ground: Protecting and Preserving History, Culture, and Customs.’’

 

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Brad Lieb from the Chickasaw Nation’s Division of History and Culture. He also serves as president of the Mississippi Association of Professional Archaeologists.

The banquet is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the Ballroom on the Southeastern campus.

A number of interesting sessions will be held on art, film, history, politics, music, and recreation.  For a complete schedule of symposium events, go to homepages.se.edu/nas/

World champion cowboy Roy Cooper returns to Southeastern for clinic, ceremony

In pre-game ceremonies at the Southeastern-Southwestern football game at Paul Laird Field, Roy Cooper, far right, presented his 1975 championship saddle to University president Larry Minks, SE rodeo coach-equestrian center manager Christi Braudrick, and Cooper Ratliff.  Cooper is a sophomore at Southeastern and is the son of the late SE rodeo coach Betty Gayle Cooper-Ratliff and the nephew of Roy.

In pre-game ceremonies at the Southeastern-Southwestern football game at Paul Laird Field, Roy Cooper, far right, presented his 1975 championship saddle to University president Larry Minks, SE rodeo coach-equestrian center manager Christi Braudrick, and Cooper Ratliff. Cooper is a sophomore at Southeastern and is the son of the late SE rodeo coach Betty Gayle Cooper-Ratliff and the nephew of Roy.

DURANT, Okla. – Legendary cowboy Roy Cooper was back in Durant Thursday and Friday to host a breakaway and calf roping clinic at the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Equestrian Center.

On Friday night, in pre-game ceremonies at the Southeastern-Southwestern football game at Paul Laird Field, Cooper presented his 1975 championship saddle to University president Larry Minks and SE rodeo coach-equestrian center manager Christi Braudrick. At the same time, Cooper was also recognized for his achievements as a student at Southeastern, where he was a member of two national championship rodeo teams in the 1970s.

Cooper, who graduated from Southeastern in 1978, is a native of Monument, New Mexico. In 1976, he won the first of his eight world titles in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. In 1983, he won the Triple Crown by capturing three rodeo championships in a single season. He qualified for the National Finals Rodeo 32 times.

He burst onto the roping scene in 1976, earning PRCA Resistol Rookie of the Year honors. He would eventually go on to become the first cowboy to break the $2 million mark in career earnings.

Cooper was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1979, and is also a member of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.

In a 2011 interview with “The Oklahoman,’’ Cooper said he had fond memories of Southeastern and Durant.

“I loved it there,’’ he said. “My junior and senior years (at Southeastern) we were the world champions. The next two years they were world champions, too. It was unbelievable. Our team was the best ever in college rodeo.’’

“I am very excited to have Roy Cooper back at Southeastern Oklahoma State University,’’ Braudrick said. “He was a very instrumental figure at the inception of the Rodeo Program and paved the path for nine National Intercollegiate Championships Southeastern has been fortunate enough to win.  There is no other Professional Cowboy more recognized for his expertise and knowledge of calf roping.  It is an honor to welcome him back to where his career started. “

Five high schools compete in Red River Sing-Off; McKinney North earns Grand Champion Award

Southeastern president Larry Minks, right, presents the Grand Champion award to directors Steven Nelms and Rachel Gillispie of McKinney North High School.

Southeastern president Larry Minks, right, presents the Grand Champion award to directors Steven Nelms and Rachel Gillispie of McKinney North High School.

DURANT, Okla. – The 4th Annual Red River Sing-Off was held on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University Tuesday. Five high school choirs from Oklahoma and Texas faced off in a festival rating competition.

The choirs, all invited to participate based on a history of outstanding  performances at state and UIL events, impressed judges and audience members alike with commanding and beautiful  performances of  incredibly challenging choral literature.

McKinney (Texas) North High School won the Grand Champion award as the choir with the highest point total for the event.  The trophy was presented to directors Steven Nelms and Rachel Gillispie by Southeastern president Larry Minks and Southeastern director of choral activities Dr. Stacy Weger.

“This event showcases the best of the best in high school choral music in this region,’’ Weger said. “The performances by these choirs are examples of what fine teaching is taking place in the classroom, and highlights the talented young people who choose to make music an integral part of their lives.  For these directors to have prepared their students at this high level this early in the school year was astounding.  I believe people in their communities should make it a priority to hear and support these fine music organizations.  They represented their hometowns and states well.”

Joshua Habermann (Santa Fe Desert Chorale/Dallas Symphony Chorus), David Childs (Composer/Vox Humana), and Charles Chapman (Professor Emeritus Southwestern Oklahoma State University/Oklahoma ACDA) served as adjudicators and clinicians for this event.

As part of the awards ceremony, the Southeastern Chorale performed and  each participating choir was presented with trophies along with their festival rating.            Participating schools included Durant High School, under the direction of Deborah Clements, Excellent Rating; Cleburne (Texas)  High School, under the direction of B. Weslee Vance, and Pottsboro (Texas) High School under the direction of Leslie Lemaster, Good ratings; and McKinney (Texas) North High School, under the direction of Steven Nelms and Rachel Gillispie, and Denton (Texas) John H. Guyer High School, under the direction of Stephen Evans and Jeremy Bowen, Superior Ratings.

Southeastern hosts Texoma Area College Fair on Oct. 24

DURANT, Okla. – High school seniors and juniors in the Texoma area are invited to attend the 2013 Texoma Area College Fair on Thursday, Oct. 24, at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

This event will offer a great opportunity for students to begin planning for  college and visit with more than 30 college and university representatives. Representatives will be in attendance from Oklahoma, Texas and other states to offer information and assist students in the college decision-making process.

The college fair will be from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Bloomer Sullivan Arena on the Southeastern campus.  The event is free and is open to students and parents.  Last year, more than 400 students attended the college fair to learn about opportunities in higher education.

“The Texoma Area College Fair is an excellent opportunity for our local high school students to begin looking at options for higher education,’’ said Liz McCraw, Dean of Enrollment Management at Southeastern. “With colleges and universities from the state and region represented, students may explore areas of study, campus life and costs with a representative from each school without having to travel great distances.’’

In addition to browsing the college and university booths, students will also have the opportunity to attend informative workshops, designed to make the college transition a little easier. These workshops will be beneficial to parents and counselors attending as well. These workshops include:

9 a.m. – What You Really Need to Do to Prepare for College

9:30 a.m. – Native American Benefits

10 a.m. – College Fit:  Finding the Right School for You

Colleges and Universities and other representatives confirmed to attend the fair include:

Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Austin College

Carl Albert State College

East Central University

Eastern Oklahoma State College

Northeastern State University

Oklahoma City University

Oklahoma State University

Texas A&M-Commerce

University of Arkansas

University of Central Oklahoma

University of North Texas

University of Oklahoma

For more information on the Texoma Area College Fair, please contact Southeastern’s Office of Admissions and Recruitment at (580) 745-2060.

Dr. Edwin C. Boynton Endowed Scholarship established

Among those in attendance at the scholarship ceremony were Southeastern president Larry Minks, John Boynton, Paul Boynton, Betty Boynton, Beth Rambo, State Regent John Massey, and Chancellor Glen D. Johnson.

Among those in attendance at the scholarship ceremony were Southeastern president Larry Minks, John Boynton, Paul Boynton, Betty Boynton, Beth Rambo, State Regent John Massey, and Chancellor Glen D. Johnson.

DURANT, Okla. – Dr. Edwin C. Boynton devoted his life to education, family, and community.

His legacy will carry on with the establishment of the Edwin C. Boynton Endowed Scholarship at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

A ceremony to announce the $100,000 endowed scholarship was held Oct. 5 in the Magnolia Room on the Southeastern campus. Speakers at the event included

the late educator’s son, Paul Boynton, Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, State Regent John Massey, Southeastern president Larry Minks, and Southeastern executive director for advancement Kyle Stafford.

A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Dr. Boynton earned his doctorate at the University of Texas after obtaining his bachelor’s and master’s at Stephen F. Austin University and Louisiana State University.

He and his wife Betty moved to Durant in 1959, where he served as a professor and later director of the graduate program until retirement in 1994.

He was also very active in the community with such organizations as the Lions Club and the First Presbyterian Church. Dr. Boynton served on the board of directors of the Oklahoma Heritage Association for 15 years.

Joining Betty at the scholarship ceremony were son Paul, daughter Beth Rambo, and grandson John Boynton.

Dr. Boynton had a great impact on many students and one of his former students has endowed this scholarship in honor of him.

Renowned Durant musician returns home with American Brass Quintet on Oct. 24

DURANT, Okla. – Durant native David Wakefield again returns to his hometown on Thursday, October 24, with the world-renowned American Brass Quintet (ABQ) for a performance at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in the Fine Arts Recital Hall. The Musical Arts Series performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free.

Recently named the 2013 recipient of Chamber Music America’s highest honor, the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award for significant and lasting contributions to the field, the American Brass Quintet is internationally recognized as one of the premier chamber music ensembles and an icon in the brass world.

Hornist David Wakefield joined the Quintet in 1976, making him second in longevity among current members. The ABQ’s 52- year history includes performances world-wide and a discography of more than 55 recordings. In addition to its international touring, the ABQ is Ensemble-in-Residence of The Juilliard School in New York City and the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado.

This month’s performance in Durant will mark the quintet’s fourth appearance in Wakefield’s hometown where his mother Betty Wakefield and sister Ann Roesler still reside.

“We seem to make it back to Durant about every 10 or so years,” Wakefield said, recalling performances in 1978, 1991 and 2001.

Wakefield joined the ABQ while still a doctoral student at The Juilliard School. In addition to performances with the quintet, his career has taken him far and wide, performing with the New York Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, and the Metropolitan Opera to name but a few. He currently serves on the faculties of The Juilliard School (where for a time he served as Associate Dean), Aspen Music School, and the Hartt School of Music.

David is not the only Wakefield from Durant with a major career in music. His brother William “Bill” Wakefield is Director of Bands at the University of Oklahoma where he is Irene and Julian J. Rothbaum Presidential Professor of Excellence in the Arts and he is the past president of the College Band Directors National Association.

Asked what seminal forces in Durant launched both him and his brother on such major career trajectories, he cited multiple influences.

“Our piano teacher, Mrs. Everett, and growing up in the excellent band programs at the high school where director Don Owens was so influential as an artistic force as well as one who helped us to strive for the best we could possibly be.  My mother and father’s strong sense of music and the arts were very influential.  I also studied horn with Paul Mansur who was head of the music department at SOSU during my high school years.  Finally, Cecil Isaac conducted the Sherman Symphony.  I got to play with the orchestra there with my teacher Paul Mansur.”

Wakefield also noted that “the heartland states have produced many amazing talents in the music field” such as Oklahoma’s Jeff Fair, principal horn of the Seattle Symphony, and Kansas’ trumpeters James Stubbs and the late Mel Broiles, both formerly of the Metropolitan Opera.

“I think the heartland produces these amazing talents because the work ethic is built into the values of this part of the country.”

Asked about the current ABQ tour Wakefield said, “it’s a good three weeks starting at Lincoln Center in New York, then on to Montgomery, Alabama, three days in San Antonio, two days in Edinburg, Texas, then Durant, followed by three days in University Park and Altoona, Pennsylvania, two days in Laramie, Wyoming and a stop in Boulder, Colorado. ‘’

The American Brass Quintet performance at Southeastern will include early music from the 16th Century, an audience favorite by Brazilian composer Osvaldo Lacerda, and a musical depiction by American composer David Sampson of summers spent on Chesapeake Bay with his father.

Wakefield noted that  “it’s a wonderful program to bring to Durant as it has a little something for everyone. I look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones on this visit.”

Southeastern closed Oct. 17-18 for Fall Break

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will be closed Oct. 17-18 for Fall Break.

Classes will resume and all offices will re-open on Monday, Oct. 21.

SE CARES assists students in achieving goals, receives funding support from AT&T

Gathering for a check presentation were Southeastern Associate Dean for  Academic Services Tim Boatmun, Southeastern president Larry Minks, AT&T Area Manager of External Affairs Jason Winborn, and Southeastern Executive Director for University Advancement Kyle Stafford.

Gathering for a check presentation were Southeastern Associate Dean for Academic Services Tim Boatmun, Southeastern president Larry Minks, AT&T Area Manager of External Affairs Jason Winborn, and Southeastern Executive Director for University Advancement Kyle Stafford.

DURANT, Okla. – College students may face numerous obstacles when working toward their goals.  Academic preparedness and financial hardship are two such challenges.

But thanks to the SE CARES  (Curricular Alternatives to Remedial Education Subjects) program, these issues are being addressed at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

 

 

SE CARES has three components that have been identified as best practices for college remediation. These include accelerated experiences, provided through summer workshops for new students; embedded remediation provided by incorporating remediation into gatekeeper credit-earning courses; and tutors to work with students through remediation.

The students participating in the summer accelerated programs do not pay extra for remediation and can take credit-earning courses in the fall, as opposed to having to pay full tuition and fees for these remedial courses.  This allows the students to progress academically at the same rate as non-remediation students, and saves the student the extra expense of remediation. The embedded programs are also provided at no additional cost to the student.
“The students who have participated in SE CARES have excelled and the program has exceeded all of our expectations,’’ said Associate Dean for Academic Services Tim Boatmun.

For the summer and fall 2012 cohort, a total of 38 students participated in SE CARES.

According to the most recent data, the SE CARES students outperformed their expected retention rate by 14.8 percentage points and had a higher grade point average than their peers.

And as a result of a $10,000 grant from AT&T, Southeastern is in a position to double the size of the cohort at no cost to the University.

“We’re proud to partner with Southeastern Oklahoma State University in this investment in our future,’’ said Jason Winborn, Area Manager of External Affairs for AT&T Oklahoma.  “This investment in college readiness fuels and widens the talent pipeline for our business as well as every other business in our state and the nation.’’

“We are very pleased with the results of SE CARES and believe that it will be of  great benefit in the future,’’ said Southeastern president Larry Minks. “We are also very grateful to AT&T for their support which will allow us to expand the program.’’

According to Boatmun, the success of the program is a direct result of the leadership and support of President Minks and Vice President for Student Affairs Sharon Robinson.  He also pointed to the dedicated efforts of Betty Castle and the Learning Center staff, including Rebecca Doyal (English) and Buddy Pierce (mathematics).

SE CARES, which began as a pilot program in Fall 2011, also complements the Complete College America initiative that is being implemented in 33 states across the nation. It also addresses the transform remediation component in Southeastern’s Institutional Degree Completion and Academic Plan, which is submitted to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

Texoma Broadcasting provides tower for campus radio station

Texoma Broadcasting co-owner Allen Wheeler and Southeastern president Larry Minks stand in front of the new tower.

Texoma Broadcasting co-owner Allen Wheeler and Southeastern president Larry Minks stand in front of the new tower.

DURANT, Okla. – Thanks to Texoma Broadcasting, Inc., the Southeastern Oklahoma State University student radio station (KSSU) has a new site to transmit its signal.

KSSU began broadcasting from Texoma Broadcasting’s new tower, located on 49th Street in Durant, on September 10. The two parties signed a 99-year lease with Southeastern paying $1 annually.

“We truly appreciate the generosity and support of Allen Wheeler, Todd Tidwell, and Gerald Tidwell  at Texoma Broadcasting,’’ said Southeastern president Larry Minks. “They have made a sizable investment that should provide a long-term solution to our transmission needs.’’

Previously, the KSSU signal was transmitted from a Durant tower owned by NextMedia, which was located 3 miles east of Durant. Following damage to that tower, KSSU transmitted its signal from a temporary site on campus atop the Choctaw Tower. This was in operation from February 2012 until the new Texoma tower was made available this September.

Texoma Broadcasting contributed $83,000 on this project to relocate the antenna. In addition, the company funded all engineering and installation expenses, including the purchase of a new directional antenna and all other necessary equipment and material.

Texoma Broadcasting Inc. was founded in 1999 and began operating KLBC through the partnership of Allen Wheeler, Todd Tidwell and Gerald Tidwell.

Wheeler is co-owner of Texoma Broadcasting, Inc., and is a Southeastern graduate.

“We are proud of our relationship with Southeastern that dates back to when KSEO first went on the air in 1947,’’ he said. “ The University played an important role in my success and I’m happy to be in the position to be able to give back to my alma mater.  The location of the KSSU antenna on our new broadcast tower allows the campus radio station to reach more people and expand the influence of our great university, while at the same time, solidifies Texoma Broadcasting’s relationship with Southeastern for many more years to come.’’

Texoma Broadcasting will be activating a new 25,000 watt radio station, KBBC 99.7, in early November, with  a strong signal in Bryan, Atoka, Johnston and Marshall counties as well as north Texas.

Also under the Texoma Broadcasting umbrella are longtime stations KLBC FM and KSEO AM.