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.

Musical Arts Series presents Rose Ensemble April 23

Rose Ensemble

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Musical Arts Series will present The Rose Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 23, in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

This will be the final performance of the season for the Musical Arts Series.

Founded in 1996 by Artistic Director Jordan Sramek, The Rose Ensemble revives the ancient with vocal music that stirs the emotions, challenges the mind and lifts the spirit.

The Saint Paul, Minn., group tours internationally with a repertoire spanning 1,000 years and 25 languages, including new research into Middle Eastern, European and American vocal traditions.

The Ensemble received the Chorus America Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence in 2005 and was the first-prize winner at the 2007 Tolosa International Choral Competition in Spain (part of the European Choral Grand Prix).

The Ensemble has released nine recordings.

“There will be a special reception and presentation honoring our sponsors and donors for this season at 7 p.m. in Fine Arts Room 116,” said Dr. Jeri Walker, Donna Massey Professor in Music Education.

“We will go from the reception to our final concert of the season. Please join us in thanking the Mid-America Arts Alliance, Southeastern, Oklahoma Arts Council, Red River Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Steger Piano Institute, Donna Massey Music Education Support Fund, Cherokee Telephone and local friends and donors.”

Student newspaper earns state awards

Seated, left to right, are Jerreck McWilliams, Steven Dixon, Kendra Germany, Lornna Bates and Sarah Tarver. Standing, left to right, are Allison Roberts, Laura Tomah, Tiffany Logue, David Reagan, Brittani Young, Nick Growall, Jeni Maple, Andreea Georgescu, Brandi Bunch and Chrissy Dill.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s student newspaper brought home 24 overall awards, including six first-place honors, from the Oklahoma Collegiate Media Association 2012 Competition at the OCMA annual conference. The event was held March 30 at Oklahoma State University.

The awards banquet was part of the conference, which included educational sessions with a number of excellent speakers. The keynote speaker was Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist William Snyder.

The Southeastern, under the direction of faculty advisor Jeni Maple, claimed first place in Front Page Design and Interior Page Design, and second place in Overall Newspaper.

Ten students earned a total of 21 individual honors, including four first-place awards.

The Southeastern competed against Bacone College, East Central, Northwestern, Oklahoma Baptist, Oklahoma Panhandle, Southern Nazarene, USAO ,and the University of Tulsa.

Maple said, “I am so proud of the student publications staff and the work they’ve done to earn these awards. They did well at this competition not only in terms of the number of awards won but also in that they performed well in so many categories.”

Managing editor Lornna Bates led the way with six individual awards. She took second place in General News Reporting, Editorial Writing and Column Writing; third for Reporting Portfolio; and honorable mention awards for Editorial Writing and Feature Writing.

Brandi Brunch, former managing editor and now contributing writer, won first place in Advertising Display, third in Reviews and Editorial Writing, and honorable mention in Column Writing.

Former yeardisc editor Alisha Loyd was first in Feature Photography, third for Photography Portfolio, and took an honorable mention in News Photography.

Samantha Perera, former news editor, earned second place awards in News Photography and Reporting Portfolio.

Staff writer Jerreck McWilliams took first place in Column Writing and Nick Growall, former staff writer, now a contributing writer, won the top spot in Reviews.

Staff writers Dani Norton (second place in Reviews), Chrissy Dill (third place in General News Reporting), and Kendra Germany (honorable mention in Reviews), plus advertising director Steven Dixon (honorable mention in Advertising Display), each collected individual honors.

University professor studies tree buds

Dr. Stanley Rice shows students and campus visitors how to identify trees.

DURANT, Okla. – Dr. Stanley Rice, Professor of Biological Sciences at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, has been studying tree buds since 2006. Every spring, he makes his rounds — about twice a week — to check on some 400 trees of 17 species, recording the date on which the buds first open. Rice has now completed his seventh year of data collection.

Scientists in many different areas of study are investigating global warming and its effects on the natural and human worlds. Rice is one of the scientists who study the effects of climate change on tree buds. Warmer winters and earlier springs usually cause tree buds to open sooner, but this is not always the case. The drought in summer 2011 damaged the buds of many trees and has caused them to delay their budburst times.

Rice is working with other scientists, including Dr. Richard Primack at Boston University and Dr. Mark Schwarz of the University of Wisconsin, to fit his data in with a worldwide data set, which includes trees in Wisconsin, Massachusetts, and several locations in Europe.

The study of seasonal events, everything from the opening of buds to the emergence of insects and the return of migratory birds, is called phenology. Scientists from around the world will meet in Madison, Wisconsin, this fall to share the results of their phenological research.

Rice’s data are also a record of tree mortality in south central Oklahoma. Each year about one percent of the trees in the sample die due to drought or disease.

The trees that Rice observes are mostly along the following local avenues/streets: Fourteenth, Roosevelt, Grand, Grant, Denison, Hill, Ninth, Tenth , on the Southeastern campus, and in Carl Albert Park.

Rice recently conducted a tree tour on the Southeastern campus in conjunction with his general botany laboratory. He showed students and visitors how to recognize characteristics that allow them to distinguish among common tree species. He also showed them how to use a key to identify trees.

Southeastern’s Kyle Thomas once again earns prestigious flight certification

Kyle Thomas joined the Southeastern faculty in 1996.

DURANT, Okla. – Kyle Thomas of Southeastern Oklahoma State University has been accredited as a Master Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) by Master Instructors LLC. This is the international accrediting authority for the Master Instructor designation as well as the FAA-approved “Master Instructor Program.”

Thomas first earned this national professional accreditation in 2006, has held it continuously since that time, and is one of only 46 worldwide to earn the credential four times.

Thomas serves as Chief Flight Instructor and Assistant Professor at Southeastern’s Aviation Sciences Institute. He also is a coach for the University’s flight team.

To help put Thomas’ achievements in proper perspective, there are approximately 96,000 CFIs in the United States. Fewer than 700 of them have achieved that distinction thus far. The last 17 national Flight Instructors of the Year were Masters, while Thomas is one of only nine Oklahoma aviation educators who has earned this prestigious “Master” title.

In the words of former FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, “The Master Instructor accreditation singles out the best that the right seat has to offer.”

The Master Instructor designation is a national accreditation recognized by the FAA. Candidates 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 process parallels the continuing education regimen used by other professionals to enhance their knowledge base while increasing their professionalism.

Designees are recognized as outstanding aviation educators for not only their excellence in teaching, but for their engagement in the continuous process of learning — both their own, and their students’. The designation must be renewed biennially and significantly surpasses the FAA requirements for renewal of the candidate’s flight instructor certificate.

Thomas earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Southeastern, and joined the faculty in 1996. He and his wife, Traci, who also earned two degrees at Southeastern, are the parents of two daughters, Allyson, 15, and Chloe, 8.

Southeastern students, faculty sponsor attend Alpha Chi convention

Attending the Alpha Chi convention from Southeastern were Dr. Brett Elliott, Ashlee Hale, Bryanna Bradshaw, and Cody Chapman.

DURANT, Okla. – Three Southeastern students and one faculty sponsor represented the Oklahoma Theta chapter at the super-regional convention of Alpha Chi, the national college honor society, March 22-24 in Baltimore, Maryland.

One of the students, Ashlee Hale, a psychology major from Denison, Texas, presented a paper at the convention titled, “Attention Deficit / Hyperactive Disorder in Adults.”

Also attending were Bryanna Bradshaw, a criminal justice major from Pottsboro, Texas, who served as the chapter’s voting student delegate to the convention; Cody Chapman, a psychology major from Garvin, Oklahoma; and Dr. Brett Elliott, the chapter’s voting faculty delegate.

The convention, attended by 404 delegates representing 84 chapters, featured scholarly, creative, and artistic presentations by more than 200 students and a national literacy service project of providing books to a local elementary school. Alpha Chi has some 300 chapters in 45 states and the District of Columbia. Members are in the top 10 percent of juniors, seniors, and graduate students in all academic fields.

Chorale concert set for April 17

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Stacy Weger, will appear in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

The concert, titled “The Road Home,” will feature music from the American church experience. This music will range from Sacred Harp and Southern Harmony tunes to gospel and spirituals.

Many familiar tunes such as “Amazing Grace” and “Precious Lord, Take My Hand,” will be presented.

The Chorale is exploring this distinctly American music in preparation for its inaugural tour to Europe later this year.

Admission is free and the concert is open to the public. For more information, please contact the Department of Music at 580-745-2088.

Arts & Sciences to present BrainStorm research week in April

DURANT, Okla. – The School of Arts and Sciences at Southeastern Oklahoma State University is pleased to announce the second annual BrainStorm research week.

This event, which will begin on Monday, April 16, and conclude on Saturday, April 21, is designed to highlight outstanding achievement in student and faculty research throughout the School of Arts and Sciences.

As part of the week-long event, the School of Arts and Sciences will offer a myriad of presentations, ranging from performances of Theatre at Southeastern and the Department of Music to special lectures and research poster presentations. Special guest artists in residence during portions of the week include internationally-renowned choral conductor Craig Hella Johnson and prolific, award-winning composers Carter Pann and Joel Puckett.

Opportunities to become involved with BrainStorm are available to all students and faculty of the School of Arts and Sciences at Southeastern, and all events as part of the week are free and open to the public.

For more information about BrainStorm, including how to apply for presentations and information about scheduling, please contact Dr. Jeri Walker, Donna Massey Professor in Music Education, at (580) 745-2385.

Arts & Sciences presents BrainStorm Research Week April 16-21

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s School of Arts and Sciences will present the second-annual “BrainStorm Research Week’’ Monday-Saturday, April 16-21.

The event is designed to highlight outstanding achievement in student and faculty research throughout the School of Arts and Sciences.

Numerous sessions, ranging from performances of Theatre at Southeastern and the Department of Music, to special lectures and research poster presentations, will be offered throughout he week.

Special guest artists in residence during portions of the week include internationally-renowned choral conductor Craig Hella Johnson and prolific, award-winning composers Carter Pann and Joel Puckett.

One of the week’s highlights will be Friday’s 11 a.m. “2012 National Elections – Roundtable’’ discussion, led by Dr. Alistair Maeer, professor Bruce Johnson, Dr. Richard Pearlstein and Dr. Shannon McCraw. This event will be in the auditorium (room 213) of the Glen D. Johnson Student Union.

“BrainStorm” will feature 17 lecture presenters and 57 poster presenters. Subjects will include free speech, designing a Homeland Security curriculum in American higher education, hazardous material training, photojournalism, graphic design, news media contributions to political attitudes, theatre, communication, problem solving with creative thinking, occupational safety and health, small businesses, and faith in film.

For a complete listing of times, dates and locations, please go to