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Southeastern Homecoming scheduled for Oct. 23-24-25

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate Homecoming 2014 on October 23-24-25.

This year’s theme is “Destination Homecoming” and the three-day event will offer something for everyone, including current students, alumni and friends.

Honored as 2014 Distinguished Alumni will be Dr. Jesse Arnold, Ms. Josephine Wildcat Bigler, and Dr. David Whitlock.

Recognized as 2014 Distinguished Former Faculty will be Dr. Pat Dunham, Dr. Phil Dunham, and Dr. Robert Oliver.

Along with banquets, pep rallies, parade, campus tours, the Whang Bang golf tournament, tailgate alley and the Homecoming football game, numerous reunions are scheduled. For information on reunions, check

The following schedule includes some of the many events scheduled for Homecoming:

Thursday, October 23

SE Night at the Museum, 5:30-7 p.m., Three Valley Museum, 401 W. Main Street. Enjoy an evening full of surprises as the Durant Historical Society hosts this popular event. Refreshments will be provided.

Friday, October 24

28th-annual Whang Bang Golf Tournament, Chickasaw Pointe Golf Course. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and a shotgun start is set for 9 a.m. Participants may register online at The Whang Bang has started a highly popular tradition that has legends from Southeastern’s storied athletics history serving as honorary starters.

Distinguished Awards Banquet, 5:30 p.m., Visual and Performing Arts Center. This event features introduction of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Former Faculty award recipients.

True Blue Rally, 8 p.m., amphitheater.

Saturday, October 25

Coffee and Conversation with Southeastern Athletic Legends, 8 a.m., Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium. Former Southeastern athletes gather to reminisce. Hosted by Southeastern president Sean Burrage and Director of Athletics Keith Baxter.

Homecoming Parade, 10 a.m., downtown Durant

Alumni Tailgate Party, Alumni Alley, 11 a.m., across from  Paul Laird Field.

Southeastern Campus Tours, 11:30 a.m. Explore the campus during the one-hour tour. It’s great for students and their families who are considering Southeastern. Student tours will include campus and residence halls, plus a lunch ticket. Special Alumni tours will also be held. Register online at http://www.SEedu/future-students/visit. Tours leave from the entrance to Paul Laird Field.

Southeastern Marching Band Enters, 1:45 p.m., Paul Laird Field.

Pre-Game Ceremony, 1:50 p.m., Paul Laird Field. Introduction of Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Former Faculty

Kickoff: Southeastern vs. Northwestern, 2 p.m.

Discover Durant “A Market Fair,” downtown Durant, 6 p.m. Alumni and friends of Southeastern are invited to enjoy an evening of food, live music, arts and crafts hosted by the Durant Young Professionals.

“America’s Educator’’ entertains audience

DURANT, Okla. – Ron Clark offers energetic comments Wednesday afternoon to a crowd of students and educators in the Bloomer Sullivan Arena at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Known as “America’s Educator,’’ Clark is a best-selling author and has been honored as Disney’s American Teacher of the Year. Southeastern invited public school educators from throughout the area to attend the event. Also in attendance were students and faculty members from Southeastern.


Southeastern closed on Labor Day

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will be closed on Monday, September 1, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

Classes will resume on Tuesday.

Community members invited to join Symphonic Choir; rehearsals begin Aug. 25

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Symphonic Choir will begin rehearsals on August 25in preparation for a performance of Handel’s Messiah.  Hosted by the Department of Music on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, this group offers community members, university students, faculty and staff, the opportunity to come together to sing major choral works.

This group is the featured performance group for the Candlelighting ceremony on campus, Southeastern’s oldest tradition.  This year the Southeastern Symphonic Choir rehearses on each Monday from 6-8 p.m.  This choir is open to all with an interest in choral singing.  With the full use of lighting, organ, and string orchestration, the concert should prove exciting to singers and audience alike.  Candlelighting is scheduled for December 8.    Singers are welcome to attend  rehearsals in Fine Arts Building 116, the Choral Rehearsal Hall.

For more information, call Dr. Joshua Nannestad, conductor, at 745-3410, or by email at

Freshman Convocation attracts large crowd

DURANT, Okla. – Freshman students, their parents, and faculty and staff members enjoy a cookout on the front lawn Saturday after attending Freshman Convocation at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. A number of speakers welcomed the new students to campus at the event, which was held in Montgomery Auditorium. Classes began Monday.


Academic Affairs announces position, title changes at Southeastern

DURANT, Okla. – The Office of Academic Affairs has announced a number of
position/title changes at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. These changes

are as follows:

  • Dr. Bryon Clark, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Graduate Dean (increases the efficiency in management of accreditation assessment). Dr. Clark previously served as Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Interim Graduate Dean.
  • Dr. Lucretia Scoufos, Executive Dean for Academic Affairs (Title change to better communicate the functions of this position). Dr. Scoufos previously served as Dean of Instruction.
  • Dr. Robin Plumb, Associate Dean and Director of Educational Outreach (strengthens the distance education and educational outreach functions). Dr. Plumb oversees the management and delivery of courses and programs to the eight educational outreach sites. These sites include: direct oversight responsibility for McAlester, Ardmore, Grayson/Denison and Grayson/Van Alstyne. In addition, she coordinates the extension of the outreach model to the Oklahoma City campuses and the Idabel branch campus. Dr. Plumb previously served as Director of Academic Services for Southeastern at the University Center of Southern Oklahoma.
  • Jeni Maple, Coordinator of Academic Services, Ardmore outreach site — University Center of Southern Oklahoma (strengthens the educational outreach function at the Ardmore site due to the promotion of Dr. Plumb to Associate Dean and Director of Educational Outreach).
  • Kendra Gross, Coordinator of Academics, Admissions, Advisement, Financial Aid and Instructional Support, McCurtain County campus. She was previously Coordinator of Admissions, Financial Aid and Instructional Support at the McCurtain County campus.
  • Matthew Morris is the new Coordinator of Academic Services at Grayson College.
  • George Jacox and Dr. Stanley Alluisi will be absorbing the duties of Aviation Sciences Institute Director David Conway, who recently retired.

Preparations continue for fall semester

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University president Sean Burrage addresses the audience at Thursday’s Faculty-Staff General meeting, held in the Ballroom. Fall classes begin at the University on Monday.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University president Sean Burrage addresses the audience at Thursday’s Faculty-Staff General meeting, held in the Ballroom. Fall classes begin at the University on Monday.

Freshman Convocation set for Saturday; Fall classes begin Aug. 18

 Dr. Susan Morrison, left, addresses the audience Tuesday at the Faculty Symposium. Morrison, Dr. Vivian Guarnera, Dr. Thomas Harvey, and Dr. Jerry Stout offered a presentation on “Teacher Effectiveness.’’

Dr. Susan Morrison, left, addresses the audience Tuesday at the Faculty Symposium. Morrison, Dr. Vivian Guarnera, Dr. Thomas Harvey, and Dr. Jerry Stout offered a presentation on “Teacher Effectiveness.’’

DURANT, Okla. – The start of the fall semester is near at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Fall classes begin on Monday, Aug. 18.

Prior to that, Freshman Convocation will be held on Saturday, Aug. 16, at 4:30 p.m. in Montgomery Auditorium. At that time, new Southeastern president Sean Burrage

will address new students and their parents. A cookout will follow on the front lawn of campus.

Earlier this week, a two-day Faculty Symposium was held on campus. This professional development opportunity allowed faculty members to advance their knowledge and experience through the exchange of ideas and approaches to teaching, scholarship, and service.

On Monday of this week, orientation for new faculty members was held.

Department of Music receives re-accreditation

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University and the Department of Music have recently been re-accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).  Founded in 1924, NASM is the oldest arts accrediting agency in the United States.

Southeastern has held this accreditation since 1978, with the most recent cycle of re-accreditation completed in summer of 2014.  This places the university in accredited status until the 2023-2024 academic year.

The re-accreditation brings with it the renewed approval of the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree, the Bachelor of Music in Performance degree, and the Bachelor of Music Education degree.  The Music Education degree was given approval to implement a new guitar emphasis as a specified option.  Additionally, NASM is also in agreement with the planned new offering of the Master of Music Education degree currently being explored.

The institution and music unit received very favorable comments in the areas of curriculum innovation and development, quality of instruction, faculty/student interaction, administrative support for upgrading facilities and addressing faculty concerns, and community outreach.

For more information about the Department of Music go to:

Welcome Week 2014

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host the 2014 Welcome Week with six days of activities scheduled to greet students.

Michelle Hornbeak, Interim Student Activities Coordinator, said: “I am always excited about Welcome Week. When I was a freshman I remember making new friends, discovering new things about the campus and the cool giveaways.

“This year I have been able to plan and promote the events and I am looking forward to seeing students attend each one.”

Fall classes begin on Monday, Aug. 18.

2014 Welcome Week Schedule

Saturday, August 16

  • 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Residence Hall check-in, Glen D. Johnson Student Union (SU)
  • 4:30 p.m. – Freshman Convocation, Montgomery Auditorium
  • 5:00 p.m. – Convocation Cook-Out, front lawn
  • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Residence Hall check-in, continued

Sunday, August 17

  • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Residence Hall Orientation, SU Gym
  • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Sundaes on Sunday, SU (sponsored by RHA)

Monday, August 18

  • 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – We’ve Got answers, under the clock tower
  • 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 – Free Massages in the SU Atrium
  • 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – The Chill Zone, SU Rustin Plaza (Sponsored by the Cheer Squad)

Tuesday, August 19

  • 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – We’ve Got Answers, under the clock tower
  • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Block Party, 4th & University (in front of Shearer Hall)
Bring Student ID!

Wednesday, August 20

  • 5:00 p.m. – Campus Praise & Meal, SU loft
  • 7:30 p.m. – Hypnotist: Jeff Michaels, Fine Arts Theater

Thursday, August 21

  • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – “A Taste of Durant” Merchant/Organization Fair, SU loft
  • 6 p.m. – Savage Storm football scrimmage, Paul Laird Field