Southeastern News

Southeastern’s Taylor Gregory elected to OSRHE Student Advisory Board

Sharon Robinson, vice president for student affairs at Southeastern, accompanied Taylor Gregory to the installation ceremony for the Student Advisory Board.

Sharon Robinson, vice president for student affairs at Southeastern, accompanied Taylor Gregory to the installation ceremony for the Student Advisory Board.

DURANT, Okla. – Taylor Gregory, a junior communication and occupational safety & health major from Ardmore, has been elected to serve on the Student Advisory Board (SAB) of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

She also holds the office of vice president of the Student Government Association at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The Student Advisory Board communicates to the State Regents the views and interests of all Oklahoma college and university students on those issues that relate to the constitutional and statutory responsibilities of the State Regents.

In representing students, the SAB combines the opinions of students with research to develop the best proposals and recommendations for the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education.

Seven members are elected annually by delegates to the Oklahoma Student Government Association. All members serve one-year terms, May through April.

Oklahoma post office murals subject of professor’s research, presentation

Dr. Shannon McCraw lectures during the Spring Symposium.

Dr. Shannon McCraw lectures during the Spring Symposium.

DURANT, Okla. – Dr. Shannon McCraw, Professor of Art, Communication, and Theatre, was the guest speaker at Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Spring Symposium.

Dr. Lisa Coleman, Southeastern Honors Program Director, coordinated the symposium, and Sigma Tau Delta and Southeastern Honors Program hosted the event.

McCraw’s presentation, titled, “Cultivating Curiosity: Discovering Oklahoma’s Depression-Era Post Office Murals,” encouraged students to engage in primary research and look for opportunities to connect different areas of academic study. McCraw also discussed his research project on Oklahoma’s Depression-Era Post Office murals.

“This research project is a product of accident,” McCraw said, recalling a visit to the Coalgate Post Office. “I grew up in Marietta and the post

The post office mural in Marietta was painted by Solomon McCombs. (Used with the permission of the United States Postal Service®. All rights reserved.)

The post office mural in Marietta was painted by Solomon McCombs. (Used with the permission of the United States Postal Service®. All rights reserved.)

office has a mural painted by Solomon McCombs, and Coalgate’s mural was painted by Acee

Blue Eagle. I started with a basic set of questions. Are there more post office murals in Oklahoma, and, if so, why are these murals here?”

McCraw discovered there are 31 depression-era post office murals in Oklahoma, and more than 1,100 post office murals nationwide. The closest post office mural to Durant is located in Madill and features a prairie fire, settlers, and their horses and wagons.

The post office mural in Madill features a prairie fire, settlers and their horses and wagons.  (Used with the permission of the United States Postal Service®. All rights reserved.)

The post office mural in Madill features a prairie fire, settlers and their horses and wagons. (Used with the permission of the United States Postal Service®. All rights reserved.)

“It’s a beautiful, but frightening painting, ” McCraw said. “These paintings are more than just decoration. These images are statements about what people confronted in their pasts, and their drive to make a life for themselves in the future.”

Many murals in western Oklahoma depict cowboys on cattle drives and the opening of lands in Oklahoma territory prior to 1907. Other murals show wildlife. Six murals by five American Indian artists depict acts of tribal self-governance and lifeways.

Oklahoma’s post office murals were painted as part of the U.S. Treasury Section of Fine Arts, which was tasked with decorating federal buildings during the 1930s and 1940s. Most of Oklahoma’s 31 post office murals are in rural communities.

“Early in President Franklin Roosevelt’s first term, the Public Works Administration built post offices across the nation,” McCraw said. “These buildings, and other projects, created opportunities for employment. This was especially important to rural Oklahoma. The murals program provided a way to communicate directly to the people – the paintings reflected what was important to the local communities.”

Southeastern ranked seventh in the nation for affordability

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University was recently named the seventh most affordable small college in America.

The list of the “100 Most Affordable Small Colleges in America 2015” was published on the Best Value Schools website (www.bestvalueschools.com). The article ranks the top 100 four-year universities with 4,000 students or less on the basis of net price.

“One of our main selling points to prospective students and parents is affordability and quality,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage. “This ranking certainly reinforces that thought.’’

Southeastern offers 38 bachelor’s degree programs and 13 master’s programs, with traditional and online delivery available.  The University also offers programs at nine locations in Oklahoma and Texas.

Stout receives IT Service Award

Dr. Cynthia Rolfe, chair of the Council on Information Technology, presents the award to Mike Stout.

Dr. Cynthia Rolfe, chair of the Council on Information Technology, presents the award to Mike Stout.

DURANT, Okla. – Michael Stout, help desk director at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, was recently recognized for his commitment to civic engagement.

Stout received the Service Award from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Council on Information Technology. The Service Award is presented at the annual Oklahoma Higher Education Information Technology Summit and recognizes the efforts to promote civic engagement by Oklahoma’s higher education information technology professionals.

“Mike volunteers on a regular basis in the local community,’’ said Dan Moore, executive director of information technology at Southeastern. “He can regularly be found volunteering at the community based “Family’s Feeding Families” outreach center and also at his home church where he helps prepare meals on a regular basis.

“In addition, Mike volunteers with the local emergency management organization as a storm spotter and regularly attends advanced training to help support local emergency management efforts.  He is very deserving of this award.’’

Southeastern student claims first place in Norton Anthology contest

Dr. Lucretia Scoufos presents the Norton award to Joshua Mussett.

Dr. Lucretia Scoufos presents the Norton award to Joshua Mussett.

DURANT, Okla. – Recent Southeastern Oklahoma State University graduate Joshua Mussett has been named a winner in the 2015 Norton Anthology Student Recitation contest for his oral interpretation of “Beat! Beat! Drums!” (Walt Whitman). Mussert took first place in the Whitman Division poetry-reading category.

He is a graduate of Valliant (Oklahoma) High School and is from Idabel, Oklahoma. Mussett received his degree in Political Science from Southeastern on May 9.

He was a student of Skip Robinson, Director of Southeastern’s Center for Rhetoric and Professional Development.

“I feel greatly honored for the opportunity to represent Southeastern in such a large competition,” Mussett said. “Southeastern may be a small school, but we have incredibly gifted students in every area of study and I feel so grateful for all the support I have received from fellow students, professors, and especially director Robinson.

“Mr. Robinson and I spent many hours perfecting the poem and I am extremely happy with the result and all the praise that we have received.”

Robinson said, “Joshua Mussett is extremely talented and hard-working. He accepted the challenge of this competition, in addition to a demanding final semester’s work at Southeastern. This proves once again that our Southeastern students can compete successfully in any venue, even on the world-wide stage.”

Robinson also acknowledged the support and assistance provided by Dina Roman (filming) Dell McLain (revamped studio design) and Will Stacey (technical assistance).

Earlier this year, college and high school students worldwide were invited to submit an original video recitation of one of four selected works. Eligible submissions were judged by W.W. Norton in-house editors, who selected finalists for each of the works.

“In the past three years, Southeastern has had two first place winners and a second place winner in the Norton competition,’’ said Dr. Lucretia Scoufos, Executive Dean of Academic Affairs. “The common denominator, of course, is Mr. (Skip) Robinson, who performs magic with every student who studies under him.’’

In 2013, Southeastern’s Allen Fritts captured first place for his rendition of “Annabel Lee; last year, Sally Pickens was a runner-up in the competition.

Three sessions of Camp SE orientation scheduled

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University has announced the dates for Camp SE (orientation) and Camp SE Online.

The 2015 overnight Camp SE schedule: June 28-29, July 12-13 and July 26-27. All new students are required to attend an on-campus Camp SE or

Camp SE Online for non-traditional or transfer students.

The orientation tradition provides students the opportunity to meet other incoming students transitioning into the college environment.

Camp SE is priced at $85 per student and includes three meals in the University Café, snacks, one-night stay in Shearer Hall and Suites, a Camp SE T-shirt and other materials and supplies. Parents or family members may attend for $25 each. Parents will meet with campus administrators, faculty and Southeastern students.

Parents will enjoy breakfast and lunch in the University Café.

Camp SE Online costs $50 per student and will not start until after the first week of school. For more information, go to http://www.se.edu/campse.

Southeastern Homecoming scheduled for Oct. 2-3

DURANT, Okla. – It has nothing to do with daylight saving time, but Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Homecoming 2015 should be marked on your calendar.

October 2-3, 2015, is the date for all Savage Storm fans and students past, present and future to come out personally and download a ton of fun stuff.

The 29th edition of the Whang Bang Golf Tournament will start the 2-day (and night) whirlwind.

All alums will have the opportunity to reconnect with former classmates and instructors at the various reunions of academic departments and student groups.

One of many highlights of Homecoming Weekend will be recognizing Distinguished Alumni. Throw in chowing down at the “Greatest Little Tailgate in the Great American Conference” and you have most of your bases covered.

Storm football will host Southwestern for the 2 p.m. Saturday Homecoming shootout.

Southeastern and Southwestern have been opponents through the Oklahoma Collegiate Conference, the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference, the Lone Star Conference and now the Great American Conference.

For details about Homecoming 2015 and to schedule your reunion, contact the Alumni Relations Office at 580-745-2875 or visit the alumni website – alumni.SE.edu.

Two honors program students deliver presentations at Great Plains Conference

Sarrysa Eaves prepares for here presentation at the conference.

Sarrysa Eaves prepares for here presentation at the conference.

DURANT, Okla. – Two members of the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Honors Program — Sarrysa Eaves and Hannah Jones — gave presentations at the recent Great Plains Honors Council (GPHC) conference.

The event was hosted by the University of Texas-Pan American and Dr. Lisa L. Coleman, Southeastern Honors Program Director, sponsored the trip. This conference is held annually and hosted by various member institutions in the great plains states, including Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

For her presentation, Eaves created a poster titled, “Structural Activity of AG311 and Its Efficacy on Resistant Lung Cancer Cells.” The poster content was based on research she performed during a summer internship at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2014.

Hannah Jones  was one of two Southeastern students making a presentation at the Great Plains Honors Council conference.

Hannah Jones was one of two Southeastern students making a presentation at the Great Plains Honors Council conference.

Eaves, who is from Durant, is a Chemistry/Biology double major interested in pursuing a career as a pharmacist or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.

Jones presented a paper titled, “The Sacrificial Lamb of Feminism: Hillary

Rodham Clinton’s Re-Creation of the Rhetoric of Women’s Rights.” Her paper was based on research she did for Coleman’s 2014 Advanced Composition class on Hillary Clinton’s remarks for the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing, China, on September 5, 1995.

Jones, who is from Idabel, is a double major in English and history, and interested in attending graduate school in Medieval Studies.

Southeastern recognizes Ardmore graduates

DURANT, Okla. – Nineteen graduates of Southeastern Oklahoma State University were honored at a reception hosted by the University Center of Southern Oklahoma May 7.

The event recognized students scheduled to graduate in the spring and summer semesters who have completed their degrees primarily at the Ardmore off-campus site at the UCSO.

The reception also included an awards ceremony honoring outstanding students in each program, as well as an overall award for the Ardmore site.

The overall Top Senior award was presented to Karen Vian of Ardmore, who was also recognized as the Top Senior in Computer Information Systems.

Karen Day of Lone Grove was named the Top Senior in Early Intervention and Child Development. Day will also be one of the first graduates of this program.

The Top Senior in Elementary Education was Sharon Orsack-Lang of Ardmore, and Micah Shelton of Ardmore was named the Top Senior in Liberal and Applied Studies.

Hannah Oswald of Thackerville and James Micah Noland of Sulphur shared the Top Senior in Occupational Safety and Health honor, and the Top Senior in Management award was presented to Christopher Dobbs of Ardmore and Lindell Greenwood of Lone Grove.

Other graduating seniors recognized at the reception were: Jackson Stanley, a computer information systems major from Ardmore; elementary education major Lori Ross of Ardmore; Brittany Rutledge, a general business major from Lone Grove; liberal and applied studies majors Christy Feuerborn of Ardmore and Jamie Page of Lawton; management majors Shelby England of Waurika and Allison Meredith of Lone Grove; and occupational safety and health majors Amanda Brooks of Wilson, Destry Rushing of Marietta, AshLeigh Gillham of Kingston and Syndelyn Lowry of Thackerville.

 

Native American graduation event held at Southeastern

Native  American graduates were honored at a ceremony recently.

Native American graduates were honored at a ceremony recently.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University hosted the 10th annual Native American Graduation recently in the Fine Arts Recital Hall. The 2014-2015 Southeastern graduating class consists of 227 Native American students from Choctaw, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Comanche, Citizen Band of the Potawatomie, Creek Nation, Kiowa, Osage, Ponca, Seminole, and Miami tribes.

Tribal representatives from the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, the Chickasaw Nation, along with University faculty and staff, were present for the event. Dr. Bryon Clark, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Graduate Dean, welcomed the guest speaker, James Parrish.

Parrish, Executive Director of Education for the Choctaw Nation and a graduate of Southeastern, reminded graduating students of their unique purpose with three important words — “you are special.” Parrish acknowledged the important role of the supporting staff from tribal programs and the Native American Center for Student Success at Southeastern for their assistance in helping the students achieve their academic goals.

Amy Gantt, Higher Education Program Manager for the Chickasaw Nation and graduate of Southeastern, presented graduation stoles to Chickasaw students who completed their degree program with a 3.5 or higher grade point average.

The Choctaw Nation Higher Education Program attended the ceremony and gifted Choctaw students with their own book of Choctaw Hymns. Debbie Vietta, Scholarship Officer with CNHEP, said “as part of the Choctaw Nation Higher Education Program, we were happy to support tribal members at the Native American Graduation Ceremony.”

The Native American Center for Student Success on campus at Southeastern supports students with scholarships, grants and tribal resources. The retention services contribute to Southeastern being ranked 6th nationally for graduating Native American students with bachelor degrees.

“The ceremony and reception is most important for the graduates to feel celebrated for their academic success, ” said Chris Wesberry, director of the Native American Center for Student Success. “We are proud of their accomplishments and enjoy recognizing each student’s achievement.”