Southeastern News

Southeastern hosts Curriculum Contest

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host the annual Curriculum Contest Thursday (March 27) on the Durant campus.

One of the oldest events of its kind in the state, the first Curriculum Contest was held at Southeastern in 1910.

Contest director Dr. James Britton said, “The curriculum contest offers an opportunity for high school students in southeastern Oklahoma to demonstrate their proficiency in a broad range of subjects as they compete against their peers.       Thus far, we have more than 1,600 students from 68 schools who will participate in 41 contests.”

Students will also be offered entertainment, several lunch options, and the opportunity for advisement and enrollment if they wish.

“Southeastern is proud to be able to present this contest for high school students who wish to compete academically and we are grateful to the sponsors who make this possible,’’ Britton said.

The day’s activities will begin at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union.

Transfer Enrollment Day set for April 1

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s SE Live Transfer Enrollment Day is scheduled for Tuesday, April 1, on the Durant campus.

Prospective students transferring to Southeastern this fall should reserve their spot now for a “one-stop” admissions and enrollment day.

Students currently enrolled in a higher education program and those with an

Associate’s degree are invited to campus for the day of activities.

Prospective students, their parents and families, are invited to experience life at Southeastern during Transfer Enrollment Day.

Students will prepare for the fall semester with “on-the-spot” admissions, advising and enrollment sessions, campus tours and a free lunch. Students will have the opportunity to visit with staff members from the Office of Admissions and Recruitment, Financial Aid, and Student and Residence Life.

The Academic Department/Student Organization Fair is scheduled from 11:30-3 p.m. on the front lawn, weather permitting.

Those wanting to be admitted on April 1 should bring official transcripts for all high schools and all colleges attended, current semester class enrollment and the $20 application fee, $55 for international students.

Transfer Enrollment Day features a “Come and Go” format. Check-in will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the first floor of the Glen D. Johnson Student Union.

For more information or to reserve your spot at SE Live Transfer Enrollment Day, visit the Southeastern website, or call the Office of University Recruitment at 580-745-2060.

Department of Music hosts Developing Artist Symposium

DURANT, Okla. – The Department of Music will host the Developing Artist Symposium on March 27-28.  This event is geared toward all Southeastern students who may have interests in music business, marketing, performance, or songwriting.

Any student who wishes to be a part of the songwriter portion of the event should contact the music office at ext. 2222.  This event is not limited to music students.  All details and bios of guest artists can be found on the departmental website  Presenters include music business

executives  Cliff Williamson and Justin McIntosh from Starstruck Entertainment in

Nashville.  Performers include Austin Hartley-Leonard from Los Angeles and Amber Hayes from Nashville and Los Angeles.  This event is made possible through a grant from the Cultural and Scholastic Lectureship Committee, with additional funding from Choctaw Casino and Resort, Sports City Bar and Grill, and private donors.

Schedule and Topics:

Thursday, March 27:

8:45 a.m. – Welcome

9 a.m. – “What I Know Now” – Cliff Williamson – COO, Reba McEntire’s Starstruck Entertainment and Reba’s Business – Fine Arts Building (FAB) Recital Hall

10:30 a.m. – “Marketing Your Music and Creating Brand” – Justin McIntosh, Creative Media & Marketing Director for Starstruck Entertainment – FAB Recital Hall

Noon – Lunch

2 p.m.  – “Radio Relevancy – The Connection to Music Business” – Cliff Williamson – FAB Recital Hall

2 p.m. – “The Art of Networking” – Austin Hartley-Leonard, Amber Hayes, and Justin McIntosh – FAB 116

3:30 p.m. – Roundtable Discussion with All Presenters – FAB Recital Hall

6  p.m. – Dinner

8 p.m. – Performances of Guest Artists – Amber Hayes and Austin Hartley-Leonard Sports City Bar and Grill

Friday, March 28:

9 a.m. – Welcome

9:15 a.m. – “The Songwriting Process” – Austin Hartley Leonard – FAB 116

10:45 a.m. – “Connecting to Your Audience” – Amber Hayes – FAB 116

Noon – Lunch

1 p.m. – Singer/Songwriter clinic with students and guest artists – FAB Recital Hall

4 p.m. – Working with Musicians – Taking the music of selected students and setting it to complete instrumentation – FAB 116

8:30 p.m. – Student Performance – Glen D. Johnson Student Union

All events are open to all students, University faculty and staff, and community members.  Any student regardless of major may submit application to be included in the singer/songwriter clinic. There is no charge for participation or attendance.

Spring break set for March 17-21

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will be closed for spring break March 17-21.

The University will re-open and classes will resume on Monday, March 24.

Southeastern’s degree in Early Intervention & Child Development receives award

Dr. Robin Plumb receives the award from Eric Cunningham of  Columbia College, Past Chair of the ACHE Great Plains Region.

Dr. Robin Plumb receives the award from Eric Cunningham of Columbia College, Past Chair of the ACHE Great Plains Region.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Bachelor of Science in Early Intervention and Child Development program has earned the Outstanding Credit Program award from the Association for Continuing Higher Education Great Plains Region.

The program, which began in the summer of 2013, is under the direction of Dr. Robin Plumb, Southeastern’s Director of Academic Services at the University Center of Southern Oklahoma.

“We are excited and thrilled to receive this prestigious award from the ACHE Great Plains Region.’’ Plumb said. “Our program began last summer and we will have our first graduate in December of this year.

“We feel like this degree provides an opportunity for more students to be able to finally complete their lifelong goal of a college degree while still working and caring for children.’’

This award is presented each year to a program that meets three major characteristics: Originality, Program Success and Adaptability.

In order to qualify in the Original category, the program must be judged original or innovative in at least two of six categories, including serving a new or unique audience, employing a new or unique delivery system, or original or innovative topics, content, or program design.

To qualify in the Program Success category, a program must meet its goals and objectives, receive positive responses from audiences as shown in evaluations, and meet budget requirements.

To qualify in the Adaptability category, a program should be able to serve as a model for other schools or be adaptable to other locations.

Southeastern’s Early Intervention and Child Development program meets all of the requirements and is becoming a popular choice for students who are seeking a baccalaureate degree while working full-time.

The program is offered completely online, except for two courses, which are offered during intersession.

Southeastern has completed an articulation agreement with Murray State College’s AA (Associate in Arts) and the AAS (Associate in Applied Science) in Child Development for a seamless transition for students.     The Scholars for Excellence in Child Care Scholarship program, from the Oklahoma DHS and the Oklahoma State Regents, has worked with Southeastern to provide scholarships for many students in this program.

Southeastern celebrates Founders’ Day

Durant mayor Jerry Tomlinson presents a proclamation to Southeastern president Larry Minks.

Durant mayor Jerry Tomlinson presents a proclamation to Southeastern president Larry Minks.

Dr. David Norris offers a perspective on the history of Southeastern.

Dr. David Norris offers a perspective on the history of Southeastern.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University celebrated Founders’ Day Thursday with a number of special activities on campus.

Founders’ Day is an annual event that highlights the foundation of Southeastern’s identity – historical, political, cultural and academic.

The Founders’ Day program began in historic Montgomery Auditorium with a performance of “The Hymn To The Gold And Blue’’ by the Southeastern Chorale.

Vicki Hudson, chair of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department, offered welcoming remarks.

Dr. David Norris, Distinguished Former Faculty and author of “A History of Southeastern Oklahoma State University Since 1909,” spoke on the founding of Southeastern Normal School.

Also offering comments was Southeastern president Larry Minks.

Durant mayor Jerry Tomlinson made remarks and then presented President Minks with a proclamation from the city of Durant.

The Chorale closed the program with the singing of the Alma Mater.

Since Southeastern opened in 1909 in a former peach orchard, the Peach Cook-Off has now become a favorite event of the Founders’ Day celebration.

Winners of the contest are as follows:

There were 18 entries in three categories for the Peach Cook-Off and all winners were from Durant.

Jams/Jellies: Janet Scribner took first place with Nana’s Peach Jelly; Theresa Maples was second with Nana’s Peach Jam; third place went to Janna Cottingame with Sissy’s Peach Jam.

Cooks’ Choice: First place went to Marjorie Robertson with her Peach Cake; Debbie Maness was second with Peach Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips; third place went to Teresa Owens with Peaches and Cream Braid.

Pies/Cakes: Susan Chalk finished first with Joyce’s Peach Cobbler; Heather Smiley was second with Mrs. Smiley’s Peach Cobbler; third place went to Dorothy Johnson with her Peach Cobbler Cake.

Southeastern senior places second in Norton Anthology competition

Sally Pickens placed second in the Norton competition.

Sally Pickens placed second in the Norton competition.

DURANT, Okla. –  Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Sally Pickens finished second in the 2014 Norton Anthology oral interpretation competition.

Pickens is a senior from Durant and a member of Skip Robinson’s unique Center for Rhetoric and Professional Development. She is majoring in music and English.

College and high school students worldwide were invited to submit an original anthologies for almost a hundred years, offered four categories.

Pickens said, “I would like to thank all the people who have encouraged me in this endeavor, especially the professors at Southeastern. Although some of my votes came from around the world, the majority of them came from the campus community and the community of Durant, Oklahoma.

“It was a privilege to represent my university and my community in this world-wide competition.”

Pickens selected Sonnett 43 (“How Do I Love Thee?”) in the Elizabeth Barrett Browning Division.

The contest is open to a world-wide popular vote with the Norton editors determining the winner.

To finish second in international competition means the Norton editors and voters from around the world were highly impressed. Just being a finalist is quite an honor.

Pickens was assisted in her recitation by Southeastern student Tucker Brown.

Robinson said, “The fact that Sally was the second-place winner against international competition speaks to the talent and dedication of our students at Southeastern. She accepted the challenge to work on this project outside of her classroom schedule and represented our entire faculty and staff beautifully.

“The hundreds of votes by the Southeastern family verified our pride in her unique accomplishment.”

The contest received entries from such locations as Grayson College (Denison, Texas) to Northwestern University (Chicago), St. Stephens (North Carolina), Bradley University (Illinois), University of Regina (Regina, Saskatchewan), to the University of  Alaska (Anchorage).

Trending? Workplace reversal – Parents working for their children

DURANT, Okla. – As a small business owner, would you want your mom to work for you?

That’s one topic explored in a study conducted recently by three professors at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Their findings  (“The reverse family business: an emerging trend in entrepreneurship?’’)  have been accepted for publication  in The Academy Entrepreneurship Journal.

Under the traditional family business model, children often work for their parents.  But, according to research, this may be changing today, as more parents are being hired by their children, who also happen to be small business owners.

There are several contributing factors, according to Dr. Martin Bressler, professor of marketing and management in the John Massey School of Business. Bressler, along with Dr. Kitty Campbell, Massey Professor and Chair of the Department of Management & Marketing (John Massey School of Business), and Dr. Brett Elliott, professor of mathematics, published the paper.

As part of their study, the professors developed a questionnaire that was distributed via email to small (less than 500 employees) business owners across the United States. This included such industries and enterprises as construction, energy, farm/ranch, manufacturing, retail, and service. Of the 828 respondents, 113 (13.9%) reported one or both parents working in their business.

The survey results indicated several reasons why parents are working for children, including: parent business expertise/financial backing; parent relationship with customers/suppliers;  parents wanting to maintain a role in the company; and additional income for parent.

The results also indicated that it was more common for fathers to work for their children than mothers. With that being said, the survey showed that nearly as many small business owners reported both parents working in their business.

Another area explored by the questionnaire regarded the impact of work and family relationships. Small business owners were asked whether they believed their parent working in the business resulted in a closer relationship. Half (50.3%) of the respondents indicated there was no impact on the relationship; 32% said that their relationship with their parents became closer; and 17.6% found that their relationship became more difficult.

“The reverse family business has benefits for both the child and the parent,’’ Campbell said. “The payoff for the child is having a trusted employee.  And it can give a retired parent a new sense of purpose as well as more income.’’

Even though research is limited on this subject, the results could be significant, according to Bressler.

“The relationship baby-boomer parents have with their kids today is much stronger than the relationship they had with their parents while they were growing up,’’ Bressler said. “This seems to help fuel this trend (parents working for children) and I think it will continue to grow. At this point in time, I would guess it is probably more common in rural areas than in urban areas. ‘’

The survey was distributed to five regions of the United States: Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, and West.

Statistically, the survey results revealed that the northeast region of the country is most likely to have one or more parents working for a child, while the Midwest is the least likely.

And if, in fact, it is a growing trend, the benefits could, indeed, be very positive.

“It could actually improve the success rate for start-up businesses,’’ Bressler said. “This, in turn, would help employment and the overall economy.’’

Southeastern hosts 2nd annual Invitational Band Clinic on March 1

DURANT, Okla. – The Department of Music at Southeastern Oklahoma State University is pleased to present the second annual Southeastern Invitational Band Clinic on Saturday, March 1. The events will be held on the Southeastern campus.

This initiative invites select exemplary band programs from schools throughout the region to participate in a day of workshops and rehearsals with

Southeastern faculty and internationally renowned guest artists.

The clinic concludes on Saturday night with a Finale Concert featuring the invited ensembles and The Southeastern Symphonic Winds, the premier instrumental concert ensemble of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The featured guest artist for this year’s clinic is Dr. Sarah McKoin, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Texas Tech University. In her capacity at Texas Tech, McKoin oversees all aspects of a band program of more than  600 students in ensembles that include the Sudler Trophy-winning Goin’ Band From Raiderland, various athletic pep bands, and four concert ensembles. She also serves as music director of the acclaimed Texas Tech Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

“Dr. McKoin is one of the most sought-after conductors and music educators in the country today,” said Southeastern’s Director of Bands, Dr. Jacob Wallace. “She has outstanding musicianship, and a tremendous background of pedagogy and ensemble direction. We are very  fortunate to have her on campus — in part due to the generosity of Southeastern’s Cultural and Scholastic Lectureship Fund. I am tremendously excited for our students to have the opportunity to work with such a phenomenal artist and teacher.”

This year’s clinic features the Denison High School Symphonic Band, under the direction of Paul Onspaugh. This ensemble has a long tradition of excellence in performance throughout the year and represents some of the finest musicianship in the Texoma Region. The Denison Symphonic Band will spend two hours in a clinic with McKoin, working on music for its upcoming concerts, beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. This clinic, presented in Montgomery Auditorium, is open to the public and there is no cost for admission.

The finale concert, which begins at 6 p.m.  in Montgomery Auditorium, will feature the Denison High School Symphonic Band as well as The Southeastern Symphonic Winds. McKoin will be featured as a guest conductor with The Southeastern Symphonic Winds on John Mackey’s Sheltering Sky and Gustav Holst’s First Suite for Military Band in E-flat. The concert will also feature Southeastern’s instructor of clarinet — Dr. Michael Scheuerman — as the clarinet soloist on Leonard Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue and Riffs. Also featured in the concert will be William Pitts’ Conniption, John Philip Sousa’s The Liberty Bell March and Ron Nelson’s Sonoran Desert Holiday.

All of the events in association with the Southeastern Invitational Band Clinic are free and open to the public. The primary location for the workshops and concerts is Montgomery Auditorium.

This event is made possible in part with funding from Southeastern’s Cultural and Scholastic Lectureship Fund.

For more information concerning this event, please contact Dr. Jacob Wallace at (580) 745-2084 or For accommodations due to a disability, please contact the Department of Music at (580) 745-2088.


Founders’ Day activities scheduled for March 6

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate Founders’ Day on Thursday, March 6.

Founders’ Day is an annual event that highlights the foundation of Southeastern’s identity – historical, political, cultural and academic.

The Founders’ Day program will begin at 3 p.m. in Montgomery Auditorium with a performance by the Southeastern Chorale.

Vicki Hudson, chair of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department, will offer the welcome.

Dr. David Norris, Distinguished Former Faculty and author of “A History of Southeastern Oklahoma State University Since 1909” will speak on the history of the University.

President Larry Minks will address the Vision and Future of Southeastern to conclude the program.

Since Southeastern opened in 1909 in a former peach orchard, the Peach Cook-Off has now become a favorite event of the celebration.

Peach Cook-Off entries (the food) are due in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union loft at 11 a.m. with judging to be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Refrigerated items are not permitted. The Cook-Off is open to the general public, as well as faculty, staff, and students of Southeastern.

There are three main categories: Pies/Cobblers, Jams/Jellies, and Cooks’ Choice, which may include salsa, cakes, pasties, etc. Peaches must be the main ingredient in each entry.

Entry forms may be printed at or picked up at the Office of Continuing Education in the Welcome Center. Entries must be submitted to Career Management/Office of Continuing Education located in the Welcome Center no later than noon on March 4.

Peach Cook-Off results will be announced during the program. Everyone is invited to sample the cook-off entries in the Student Union Loft immediately following the program.