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Business professor returns from organizational “boot camp’’

Robert StevensDURANT, Okla. — Dr. Robert Stevens, John Massey Endowed Chair in Business Administration at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, recently returned from a boot camp of sorts.

Stevens, who is serving as Vice President of Programs for the Southwest Case Research Association, attended a “boot camp” for new programs chairs of all the associations in the Federation of Business Disciplines (FBD) organization. The event, held in Dallas, was hosted by FBD Executive Director Michelle McEacharn, Associate Dean at the University of Louisiana Monroe,  and FBD Program Chair Marshall Horton, Professor of Business and Economics at Ouachita Baptist University.

The Southwest Case Research Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of new knowledge and the transmission of existing

knowledge utilizing the case method. The group’s annual conference, which will be held in Dallas next March, will feature presentations and discussions of cases in all areas of business and include some cases prepared by students.

The Association also sponsors the “Journal of Applied Case Research,’’ which publishes cases submitted in a blind review process. Dr. Stevens and Dr. Lawrence Silver, John Massey Endowed Chair in Marketing, presented a case entitled “Blue Water Striper Guide Service” about a Lake Texoma guide service. They are also are preparing another case,  along with Special Assistant to the Dean of Instruction, Stephanie Metts, on another local business, Tadpoles Marine.

Stevens is a past winner of the best case award presented annually for a conference case that is selected as the best case for that particular year.

Economic Summit features 13 speakers on wide variety of topics

) Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, former president of Southeastern, was Tuesday’s keynote speaker.

 Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, former president of Southeastern, was Tuesday’s keynote speaker.

DURANT, Okla. – Some 100 professionals from business, industry, economic development, and higher education converged Tuesday at Southeastern Oklahoma State for the E3 Summit. This economic development event was hosted by Southeastern as part of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Making Place Matter initiative.

A total of 13 individuals – including Chancellor Glen D. Johnson of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education and Oklahoma State Senator Josh Brecheen — presented comments on a wide variety of topics, divided into four categories: Collaborative Governance, Social Inclusion, Livable Community, and Innovative Economy.

Southeastern president Larry Minks offered welcoming remarks, and Kathy

Hendrick, director of the Center for Regional Competitiveness, was the event organizer.

In his keynote address, Chancellor Johnson, who served as president of Southeastern from 1997-2006, noted the strong degree of  linkage between economic development and higher education.

“The overwhelming majority of states that have a high percentage of their citizens with a college degree have a higher per capita income,’’ he stated in his presentation.

“If Oklahoma is going to remain economically competitive, we must have the best educated and productive workforce that we can assemble,’’ he said.

The chancellor noted that the state system has an “aggressive plan’’ in place to address the changes and challenges in the 21st century.  He cited the Complete College America program — a degree completion initiative that exceeded its first-year goal of a 12-year plan —  as one example.

“We know that in a global economy, over 90 percent of the fastest-growing jobs will require a college degree,’’ he said.

Johnson also pointed to the value of a college degree, citing statistics that demonstrate the lifetime earnings far exceed the holder of a high school diploma.  Also important, he said, is the fact that 89 percent of Oklahoma college graduates with bachelor degrees stay in the state and are employed after one year after graduation.

Finally, Johnson emphasized that studies/surveys by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Chamber Foundation, Fallin for, and the Battelle Study all gave high marks to higher education in the state.

Senator Josh Brecheen was among the speakers at the economic summit.

Senator Josh Brecheen was among the speakers at the economic summit.

Conducted for the State Chamber of Oklahoma by the research firm Battelle Technology Partnership Practice, the study states that public higher education “brings highly substantial benefits for Oklahoma.”

According to Battelle, Oklahoma’s higher education system generates economic returns that equal nearly five times the amount of funding it receives. Released earlier this year, the report says the state sees $4.72 in return for every dollar of state funding that public higher education receives.

Other speakers at E3 included Donnalla Miller, business owner; Bob Rhoden, Workforce Solutions Texoma; Kathy Hendrick; Kerry Manning, Southern Workforce Board;  Kenny Simpson, Rural Enterprises of Oklahoma; John Redman, USDA; Bill Carter, Oklahoma Small Business Development Center; Susan Stockton, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma; Brad Underwood, Texoma Area Paratransit System; Tony Kaai, Denison Development Alliance; and Brian Aspell, manufacturing executive.

Alumni book signing set for June 12

DURANT, Okla. —  A book signing for “Going Home Early,” written by Annette Watson (’87, ’98), will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, in the Southeastern Barnes & Noble book store, 1335 N. 5th Avenue
Watson grew up in Caney and spent 15 years as a social worker for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services in the Child Protection Division. She is currently employed as a Licensed Professional Counselor.
She and husband Ronnie raised four children, Kayla and Matt by birth, James and Charisma by adoption.
Kayla, 21 years old in 2004, was on her way back to Southwestern Oklahoma State University where she played basketball when she was killed in an automobile accident.
Annette’s words reveal the experience of Kayla’s life and legacy of faith as well as how God’s grace helped their family survive the unimaginable pain of having a child “go home early”.
Copies of the book will be available at the SE Barnes & Noble starting June 12.

Dr. Blythe Duell named one of Top 20 Women Professors in Oklahoma

Blythe DuellDURANT, Okla. – Dr. Blythe Duell of Southeastern Oklahoma State University has been named one of the Top 20 Women Professors in Oklahoma.  The goal of the top professors list is to highlight post-secondary educators who have been awarded recently for excellence in the classroom, on campus, and/or in the community.

Duell is an assistant professor of psychology. She joined the Southeastern faculty in 2008, and was the recipient of the University’s Faculty Senate Professor of the Year award in 2012. She grew up in Laramie, Wyoming, and received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Wyoming. Duell earned  her Master’s and Ph.D. in Experimental Social Psychology from Washington State University.

She teaches courses in statistics, research methods, social psychology, and psychology of gender. Duell enjoys music, reading, and spending time with her husband and 7-month-old daughter.

“I am incredibly honored and humbled to have been selected for this award,’’ Duell said. “I can’t tell you how much I enjoy teaching and engaging young people in discussions about psychology. I am profoundly lucky to make a living doing something that doesn’t even feel like “work” most days.”

“Dr. Duell is very deserving of this recognition,’’ said Southeastern president Larry Minks. “During her time at Southeastern, she has certainly distinguished herself in teaching, scholarship, and service.  She serves as a great example of the

quality faculty that we have on campus.’’

Also honored in the Top 20  by Online Schools Oklahoma was Dr. Jeretta Horn Nord, professor of management science and information systems at Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business, and Dr. Amanda Minks, Reach for Excellence Assistant Professor in the University of Oklahoma Honors College.

Nord is a graduate of Southeastern who was honored with the University’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008, and is the author-founder of the “A Cup of Cappuccino for the Entrepreneur’s Spirit” book series. The third volume, “Women Entrepreneurs’ Edition,’’ was named among the Best of 2010 Small Business Books by 2008.
Minks is the daughter of President Minks and Joan. She teaches with the Departments of Anthropology, Native American Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Musicology. Her honors courses focus on music, language, and cultural politics in the Americas.

Summer Community Band to perform on June 1

DURANT, Okla. – The Summer Community Band will perform a concert of audience favorites on Saturday, June 1 at 7 p.m. on the front lawn of Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The ensemble, which consists of amateur and professional musicians from throughout the region, has been a longtime favorite of the area and was reinstated this summer after several years on hiatus.

“The audience will get to hear many classic styles for this type of group,” said the conductor, Southeastern’s Director of Bands, Dr. Jacob Wallace. “There will be plenty of marches, patriotic songs, and arrangements of familiar classical music and Broadway showtunes. It will be an enjoyable evening for all.”


The performance is free and open to the public. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be held in Montgomery Auditorium. For accessibility issues, or for questions related to the concert, please contact the Department of Music at (580) 745-2088.

Southeastern’s Dr. Jon Reid named president of professional organization

Jon ReidDURANT, Okla. — Attendees of the 35th Annual Conference of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) recently celebrated the inauguration of Jon K. Reid as president of the organization’s board of directors.

ADEC is a multidisciplinary, international, professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence and recognizing diversity in death education, care of the dying, grief counseling and research in thanatology (the scientific study of death). Its membership includes a wide array of mental and medical health personnel, educators, clergy, funeral directors and volunteers in the field of dying, death and bereavement.

Dr. Reid is a Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, where he previously served as Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and founded the annual Behavioral Sciences Scholarship Workshop. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor (Texas), a National Certified Counselor (NBCC), and a Fellow in Thanatology (ADEC).

Reid earned his Ph.D. at Texas Woman’s University, his master’s at Southwestern Baptist theological Seminary, and his bachelor’s at Midwestern State University.

He has been a member of the Southeastern faculty since 1993.

“ADEC has been my professional home for almost 20 years, providing opportunities for networking, continuing education and professional growth,’’ Reid said. “I am honored to serve in a leadership role for ADEC to help perpetuate the organization for future professionals in the field.”

Prior to his installation as President of the ADEC Board of Directors, Reid served in several ADEC capacities, including  1st  Vice President, 2nd Vice President, annual conference co-chair (2009), as well as on several ADEC committees and task forces. He has been an active member of ADEC for 19 years.

Southeastern hosts Economic Summit on June 4 with Chancellor Johnson as keynote speaker

DURANT, Okla. – The E3 Summit is back for a second year – bigger and better than ever. This economic development event is hosted by Southeastern Oklahoma State University as part of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Making Place Matter initiative.

This year’s summit is scheduled for Tuesday, June 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in room 103 of the General Classroom Building at Southeastern. The theme of the day will be E3 – Engage Our Publics. Envision the Future. Empower the Region.

Chancellor Glen D. Johnson of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education will serve as the luncheon keynote speaker.  Among other speakers on the agenda is Oklahoma State Senator Josh Brecheen.


Presenters will discuss such regional issues as Ecosystems and Workforce

Development, Choctaw U, Branding Lake Texoma, and A Manufacturer’s  Viewpoint. Business, community, and education leaders from throughout Oklahoma and Texas are expected to be in attendance.

Registration fee for the event is $25. For more information, contact Kathy Hendrick, director of the Center for Regional Competitiveness, at 580-745-2046.

Following is the day’s agenda:

8-8:30 a.m.
Registration – Southeastern Oklahoma State University
General Classroom Building 103

8:30-8:40 a.m.
Dr. Larry Minks, President
Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Collaborative Governance

Community and Economic Development, Workforce Enhancement, Business Retention and Expansion

8:40-9:40 a.m.
Ecosystems – Emerging Occupations
Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Kathy Hendrick, Director, Center for Regional Competitiveness

Oklahoma Workforce System Certification
Trucking Company
Donnalla Miller, Owner

Regional Targeted Industries and Workforce Needs
Southern Workforce Board – Kerry Manning, SWB Director
Workforce Solutions Texoma – Bob Rhoden, Business Services Manager

Social Inclusion

Education, Civic Involvement, Career Technology, Rural Environments, Demographic Issues

9:40-10:25 a.m.
What can you do for me?
Rural Enterprises of Oklahoma, Inc. – Kerry Simpson, Executive Vice President
Small Business Development Center – Bill Carter, State Director
USDA Rural Development – John Redman, Rural Development Specialist

10:25-10:55 a.m.
Choctaw U
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Jack Hedrick, Director and Tana Sanders, Director
Susan Stockton, Human Resources Director

Livable Community

Public/Private Partnerships, Regional Collaborations, Refine Boundaries
and Regional Alliances, Strengthen Native American Tribal Relationships,
Tapping Governmental (local, state, national) Resources

10:55-11:15 a.m.
How Public Transportation is Improving This Region
Texoma Area Paratransit System – Brad Underwood, Director

11:15 – 11:45 a.m.
Developing, Building, and Branding Lake Texoma
Denison Development Alliance – Tony Kaai, President
Oklahoma State Senate – Josh Brecheen, Senator

Innovative Economy

Quality of Life Matters, Community Revitalization, Accessible Transportation,
Business Friendly Environment for Small Businesses, Entrepreneurs and Industry, Cultural and Tourism Opportunities, Planning and Zoning

11:45 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

Perspective from a Manufacturer’s Eyes
Champion Cooler – Brian Aspell, Manager

12:20-12:30 p.m.
Lunch Buffet

12:30 p.m.

Luncheon Keynote

Introduction – Regent John Massey, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

Chancellor Glen D. Johnson
Oklahoma State System of Higher Education

1:45 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Dr. Larry Minks, President
Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Alumni event held in McCurtain County

Alumni director Stephanie Davison offers information at the McCurtain County event.

Alumni director Stephanie Davison offers information at the McCurtain County event.

DURANT, Okla. — The Office of Alumni Relations hosted a party for all Southeastern Oklahoma State University alumni residing in the southeastern region of Oklahoma on May 16 at the Idabel Country Club.
Guests included Regent Terry Matlock, chair of the Board of Regents of the Regional University System of Oklahoma, Alumni Association president-elect Kerrey Matlock, and alumni board member Mary Kathryn Hodge.
Director of Alumni Relations Stephanie Davison welcomed the alumni and encouraged them to participate in Southeastern’s Homecoming celebration this fall, and to get in touch with their academic major departments.
“Everyone on the Durant campus of Southeastern is excited when Homecoming rolls around,” Davison said. “Our alumni are our greatest asset and we want to celebrate every one of them. Many of our academic programs are also holding reunions of their respective graduates and all alumni should contact their major programs to be included in their plans.”
Davison also reminded alumni to stay in touch through the Alumni website and Facebook.

TAPS, Southeastern recognized with OSRHE Partnership Award

Attending the awards ceremony were, left to right, Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, Kathy Hendrick, director of the Southeastern Center for Regional Competitiveness, TAPS CEO Brad Underwood, Dr. Aaron Adair, Southeastern Assistant Dean of Distance and Adult Education, and Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb.

Attending the awards ceremony were, left to right, Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, Kathy Hendrick, director of the Southeastern Center for Regional Competitiveness, TAPS CEO Brad Underwood, Dr. Aaron Adair, Southeastern Assistant Dean of Distance and Adult Education, and Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb.

DURANT, Okla. – Twenty-seven business and higher education partnerships throughout the state were recently recognized for innovative collaborations that strengthen Oklahoma’s economic development efforts and workforce.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s Economic Development Grant for the Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award is designed to highlight successful partnerships between higher education institutions and businesses and to further cultivate the higher learning environment through State Regents’ Economic Development Grants.

Among the honorees were Southeastern Oklahoma State University and TAPS Public Transit, who have partnered to provide transportation for students and business commuters from Texas to Oklahoma.

“These successful partnerships link real-world business experiences to the higher education process,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “One of the key benefits from these partnerships is the results-driving solutions generated to resolve business problems.”

The Southeastern and TAPS two-state shuttle project began in Fall 2012. Through a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation, TAPS provides public transportation for students to the Southeastern campus in Durant and for employees to such Durant businesses as Alorica, Choctaw Casino, and Delaware North. The future goal for this service is to grow its ridership as it continues to connect Oklahoma and Texas while creating a positive economic impact on the region, its employers, and future Southeastern graduates.

Institutions involved in these partnerships provide $500 for tuition waivers to employees of the partnering businesses; internships for current students of the institutions to work at the partnering businesses; faculty externships with the partnering businesses; and/or enhancement of the partnerships with additional equipment, materials or supplies. The State Regents provide a $500 match to the tuition waivers.

Four-day workweek begins June 3

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 workweek beginning Monday, June 3, and continuing through Friday, July 26.

In addition, the University will be closed Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day.

This is the seventh 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.