Southeastern professor featured in Counseling Today publication

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Dr. Daniel J. Weigel was one of six members of the American Counseling Association recently interviewed in the “Counseling Today” publication.

This was the second interview this year for Weigel, Associate Professor of Counseling in the Department of Behavioral Sciences.

Weigel’s first interview with the publication was for his volunteer work in New York City for the 10-year anniversary of 9/11.

The most recent interview concerned the thought processes behind individual counselors’ decisions on whether to specialize or develop a more general practice.

“Counseling Today is a publication that reaches more than 50,000 counselors nationwide,” Weigel said. “I am glad to give a voice to the rural mental health counselor since most of our students in the Counseling Master’s degree program fit into this category.”

Weigel earned his bachelor and master’s degrees at the University of South Dakota and completed his doctorate at Idaho State University.

He joined the Southeastern faculty in 2002 as an Assistant Professor in Psychology and Counseling and was promoted to Associate Professor of Counseling in 2007.

Weigel has worked in rural areas and served a wide range of clients. As graduate student and counselor educator, he has researched the topic of general versus specialty counseling.

He encourages his students to experience a variety of settings, including a portion of their internships in a rural community mental health center and stresses the importance of recognizing his/her own personality styles.

Camp SE offered in July

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University is offering three overnight sessions of Camp SE, plus Camp SE Online.

All new students are required to attend one of the overnight Camp SE sessions or complete Camp SE Online.

Overnight camps are scheduled for (Sunday-Monday) July 1-2, July 15-16 and July 29-30. Overnight sessions cost $80 per student. The fee includes three meals in the University Café; snacks; one-night stay in Shearer Hall and Suites; on-campus ropes course experience, Camp SE T-shirt, and other materials and supplies.

The cost of Camp SE Online is $50.

Parents or other family members may attend Camp SE for $20 each. The fee includes continental breakfast and lunch, materials and supplies. Those under 18 may attend at no charge.

More information is available at or Facebook Southeastern Camp SE or in the Office of Student Life at 580-745-2947.

Camp SE is orientation for all new students. It is more than just an introduction to college; it’s a way to experience life as a Southeastern student.

Camp SE attendees are introduced to the many available resources. They will make connections with current and new students, meet professors and prepare themselves to start the fall semester.

Students will be groups and paired with Savage Storm Leaders (SSLs) who are trained to help each student with any questions throughout the school year.

Overnight Camp SE activities begin with registration at 12:30 p.m. in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union, followed by lunch, various breakout sessions, tours and introduction to Southeastern traditions.

The second day opens with breakfast at 8 a.m., followed by breakout sessions, meeting faculty, lunch, Information Technology discussion, and the closing session at 3:30 p.m.

The opening day offers free time for parents and family to rest and relax while students participate in fun team-building activities.

Parents and family will register at 9 a.m. on the second day, enjoy lunch in the University Café at noon, followed by campus tours, academic advising, plus information on financial aid and residence life.

University’s four-day workweek begins May 28

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 May 28 and continuing through July 27.

In addition, the University will be closed Monday, May 28, for Memorial Day.

This is the sixth 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.

For the past several years, summer school classes have met on a Monday-Thursday schedule, and that will be the case again this year.

The traditional five-day workweek will return on Monday, July 30.

Presidential Golf Classic scheduled for June 8 at Chickasaw Pointe

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s prestigious Presidential Golf Classic is scheduled for Friday, June 8, at beautiful Chickasaw Pointe Golf Club.

The 6-player scramble draws golfers from all across Oklahoma and neighboring states. This is the annual major fundraiser to support the Southeastern Foundation, Inc. and Southeastern.

The 15th annual Classic will feature an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start with registration and the practice range opening at 7:30.

A continental breakfast will be available at 8 a.m. and the awards ceremony will be held immediately following play.

The Classic can handle 144 players or 24 six-person teams. There are 18 teams registered with several teams ready to sign on the dotted line.

Golfers without a team are welcome to sign up and be assigned to a group.

Register online at or download and mail the registration form and payment to Presidential Golf Classic, Southeastern Foundation, 1405 N. 4th Avenue, PMB 4187, Durant, OK, 74701-0609.

Registration fee is $125 per golfer and includes a registration gift, greens fee, cart, food and drinks, breakfast, lunch and a catered dinner during the Awards Ceremony at approximately 2-3 p.m.

Larry Dyson Motors of Durant will award a GMC vehicle for the first hole-in-one. There are prizes for first-, second- and third-place teams and contests for Closest-to-the Pin and Longest Drive for both men and women.

The winning team members’ names will be added to the President’s Cup trophy.

Various sponsorship levels are available, call the Platinum level going for $3,500, including two teams of six players and Platinum amenities.

Sponsorships go from Platinum through Gold, Silver, Bronze, Team, Tournament and Hole sponsorships. For more information, call the Southeastern Welcome Center at 580-745-2288.

For all of the fun, food, fellowship and outstanding golf you can handle, register quickly for Southeastern’s 2012 Presidential Golf Classic.

Southeastern, Choctaws, team up for theatrical performance in Washington, D.C.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma have long been partners in innovative approaches to better living through education.

The partnership takes a new step next month when Southeastern and the Choctaw Nation will combine talents to present a play at the annual Choctaw Days event hosted by the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., on June 20-23.

The production, with a working title of “It Wasn’t Code to Us,” will be presented on-stage at the Smithsonian’s renowned Rasmuson Theatre. The Choctaw Code Talkers pioneered the use of a native language as a military code. Also, the play will offer glimpses into Choctaw life such as stickball, basket-making and other issues as it follows a young Choctaw woman who learns about her heritage from an elder of the tribe.

The performance will be in dual narrative, featuring the truest form of the Choctaw language, and will be presented in a new ambitious style known as “theatrical collage.” In this format, actors on the stage will be accompanied by soundtracks, videos ,and montages, and will be acting opposite filmed actors.

Directing the play is Kathleen Hardgrove , Assistant Professor of Theatre, who is completing her fifth year as a member of the Southeastern faculty.

She used her degree to work as teacher, costume designer, actor and director in places such as Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York. Her theatre work has led her to every state in the continental U.S.

Southeastern’s Dr. Randy Prus, Professor and Chair of the Department of English, Humanities and Languages, is writing the content of the play.

Prus said, “The performance deals with the Choctaw Code Talkers of World War I, but the emphasis is on the Choctaw language and culture. Twahna Kemp-Finley, a Choctaw student studying English at Southeastern with a Writing Emphasis major, is a tribal member, yet doesn’t speak Choctaw except for a few words. From discussions with Twahna and Chantelle Sandefer, another collaborator, we realized that Choctaw language speakers are primarily of an earlier generation.The intention of Southeastern’s Choctaw Nation Language Program is to pass the language and culture on to the following generations.”

Standefer works in Southeastern’s Native American Advisement Center on campus and has been studying Choctaw culture and history.

Standefer and Kemp-Finley are heavily involved in the collaboration.

Prus added, “We thought to create a figure of a younger girl investigating parts of Choctaw culture and history, leading up to the Code Talkers of World War I. Both Twahna and Chantelle are very bright and energetic young women and the play is in part a symbolic distillation of their activity.”

With Choctaw students making up 30 percent of Southeastern’s enrollment, the University is an ideal partner of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma in this venture. Hardgrove, her students and the Theatre at SE Department are excited at the prospect of performing in the prestigious Rasmuson Theatre.

The June performance will place both Southeastern and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma directly in the national spotlight.

Southeastern safety students earn scholarships

Southeastern safety students earn scholarships

DURANT, Okla. – Eleven students attending universities in the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Region III, which consists of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas, are recipients of ASSE Foundation 2012 scholarships.

Three of the 11 scholarship winners in the three-state area are attending Southeastern.

Awarded each year to provide assistance to students entering the growing international field of occupational safety and health, the scholarships are funded by the continuing support of corporations, ASSE Regions and Chapters, members and individuals.

Southeastern scholarship winners are:

– William Birdsong (Lane, Okla., senior) is the recipient of the $1,000 Southwest Chapter Roy Kinslow Scholarship.

– Brian Lauer (Aubrey, Texas) received the $2,000 Ann Music Streetman HSE Scholarship, sponsored by the Texas Safety Foundation. He is a May 2012 graduate of Southeastern.

– Ashley Madden (Wayne, Okla., senior) received the $1,000 Permian Basin Chapter Endowment.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, Illinois-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment.

This year, the ASSE Foundation awarded $155,000 toward 73 scholarships nationwide – 57 undergraduate and 16 at the graduate level.

Thirty-seven students graduate with honors at Southeastern

Commencement speaker Jerry Buchanan addresses the audience Saturday at Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

DURANT, Okla. – Thirty-seven students graduated with honors Saturday at Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Spring Commencement, held at Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

Below are the honor graduates, listed by permanent hometown:

Summa Cum Laude

  • Regina Bredenkamp, Durant, Okla.
  • Brandi Nicole Bunch, Durant, Okla.
  • Steven Chase Dennis, Madill, Okla.
  • Amy Joyce Gardner, Sherman, Texas
  • Heather Nicole Hartline, McKinney, Texas
  • Clay Lewis Julius, Del Rio, Texas
  • Kelan (Jasper) Osborn, Beaver, Okla.
  • Teressa Carol Snapp, Valliant, Okla.

Magna Cum Laude

  • Brian Ray Ayres, Madill, Okla.
  • Derek Lee Birdsong, Bokchito, Okla.
  • Angel Brooke Brooks, Bokchito, Okla.
  • Charlee Richele Dill, Durant, Okla.
  • Rebecca Lynn Little, Tuskahoma, Okla.
  • Steffany R. Lovenburg, Haileyville, Okla.
  • Michael Brandon Maxwell, Durant, Okla.
  • Dawn R. Percer, Boswell, Okla.
  • Paige Rhyan Percer, Boswell, Okla.
  • Delilah Annette Rodriguez, McAlester, Okla.

Cum Laude

  • Kimberly Anne Cassell, Sherman, Texas
  • Chelsea Cheek, Ardmore, Okla.
  • Kelly Marie Devitt, Tishomingo, Okla.
  • Chrissy Denise Dill, Bokchito, Okla.
  • Ryan Keith Emrick, Sherman, Texas
  • Kayla R. Harrell, Marietta, Okla.
  • Andria Brooke Hise, Durant, Okla.
  • Valerie Howard, Edmond, Okla.;
  • Travis B. Kincheloe, Georgetown, Texas
  • Cara Deann Lowder, Wilburton, Okla.
  • Ethan Andrew Murray, Mead, Okla.
  • Amanda Dean Oates, Sherman, Texas
  • Marvin Prasayasith, Fort Smith, Ark.
  • Kelsey Diane Reding, Aubrey, Texas
  • Debra Dawn Sims, Broken Bow, Okla.;
  • Courtney Tolar, Lone Grove, Okla.
  • Hanna G. Wall, Comanche, Okla.
  • Angela Webb Welborn, Durant, Okla.
  • Kathleen Ethel Wilson, Bokchito, Okla.

Native American graduation event held Wednesday

The Native American graduation and reception was held Wednesday afternoon at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University held its 6th annual Native American Graduation Ceremony and Reception Wednesday in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union.

Thirty-four Native American students, representing 10 tribes, were present, joining more than 80 guests, including family members, friends and tribal representatives. During the 2011-12 academic year, 256 Native American students graduated from Southeastern.

Guest speakers for the event were Southeastern president Larry Minks; Joy Culbreath, Executive Director for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma; and Lisa John, Administrator for the Division of Education for the Chickasaw Nation.

“We congratulate each of our Native American students,” said Chris Wesberry, director of Southeastern’s Native American Center for Student Success. “Because of their academic abilities and their desire to earn a college degree, they keep Southeastern in the national rankings of producing Native American graduates.We are proud of them for accomplishing their goals of being graduates and wish them the best.”

Along with a high percentage of Native American students enrolled (30 percent), Southeastern offers a minor in Choctaw Language, a minor in Native American Studies, a Chickasaw Language and Culture course, and a Native American Student Association.

Wesberry ‘s staff members include Chantelle Standefer, Jennifer Kemp, Hannah Blackwell, Blaine Powell, and Amy Gantt, You can contact them at 580-745-2376, 580-745-2812 or

Scholarships presented to aviation students

Southeastern president Larry Minks and Aviation Sciences Institute Director David Conway congratulate Zachary Morgan on receiving the Outstanding Senior Professional Pilot Award.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Aviation Alumni Reunion and Awards Night featured fun, food, fellowship and scholarships.

Sixteen students were awarded 19 scholarships to highlight the evening. The event was held April 14.

In addition, Zachary Morgan received the Outstanding Senior Professional Pilot Award.

Five scholarships were presented from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Southeastern’s Aviation Sciences Institute Faculty and Staff awarded three and the Eden-Campbell Scholarship was given to two students.

Following is the list of scholarship recipients:

  • Charles Patrick Sims Scholarship – Nathan Alcontara
  • Don Carpenter Scholarship — Michael O’Dea
  • Russell H. “Rusty” Allen Scholarship – Jordan Powell
  • Pearson/Rankin/Seigle/Matthew Scholarship – Alec Maloy
  • Jake Marcum Scholarship – Joseph LaGrone
  • Dr. Gene Hetsel Scholarship – Aaron Jones
  • Eden-Campbell Scholarship– Michael O’Dea, Joseph La Grone
  • George Clark Sr. Scholarship – Kyle McKeever
  • Lt. Hugh Hall Scholarship – Austin Stallard
  • Southeastern Aviation Alumni Association Scholarship – Robert Jacobs
  • Aviation Sciences Institute Faculty and Staff Scholarship — –Dylan Henson, Robert Jacobs, Paul Cabelus
  • OSRHE Scholarship – Elizabeth Cummins, Sir Lynn, Stormy Winters, Dakota Covington, Charles Russell

Sheltered Work group, Southeastern marketing class benefit from partnership

Students in Dr. Debra Haley’s make presentations as part of their assistance to Sheltered Work Opportunities.

DURANT, Okla. – C.J. Washington, Executive Director of Sheltered Work Opportunities (SWO), was invited to observe the completed student powerpoint presentations in Dr. Debra Haley’s promotional strategies class at Southeastern Oklahoma State University recently and found the results to be “amazing.”

“Our goal,” Washington said, “is to increase public awareness and develop a good marketing plan to develop relationships and partnerships in the community.”

Washington is new to her position at SWO and is nearing her one-year anniversary.

“I quickly realized I didn’t know enough about this,” Washington said. “Southeastern has experts in this field. I sent an e-mail to the John Massey School of Business and Dr. Haley was ready to go. Things just progressed from that point.”

Haley said, “We have four teams working on a promotional strategies project for Sheltered Work Opportunities of Bryan County. This is a win-win situation for everybody. Our students get hands-on experience and Sheltered Work Opportunities gets a helping hand for its program.

“But mostly, our students gain by building a sense of competence, confidence and in giving back to the community. This enriches our students as well as the organization they are helping.”

Washington said, “I’m truly grateful for this partnership with Southeastern. It’s exciting to bring ideas to young, energetic, brilliant minds. A non-profit organization doesn’t have a lot of opportunities to plug into this area.

“With Dr. Haley’s expertise, I feel I’m getting a million dollars’ worth of information and help. I think we can grow out of this start, involve Southeastern’s Art Department, maybe develop a new logo or even a new name that would give us more visibility.”

Haley, Associate Professor of Marketing and Management at Southeastern’s John Massey School of Business, is in her 14th year with the University.

Haley and co-author Dr. Dennis Clayson of the University of Northern Iowa, were recently presented the Best Paper Award for 2011 from the Marketing Education Review journal. The award-winning paper was titled Are Students Telling Us The Truth? A Critical Look at the Student Evaluation of Teaching.”