Southeastern News

Michele Campbell named to “50 Women Making A Difference’’ list in Oklahoma

A Healdton native, Campbell earned bachelor and master degrees at Southeastern and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is married to Brian Campbell and has three children — Cole, Jade and Shaya Claxton. She is the daughter of Obe and Winnie McKibban of Healdton.

A Healdton native, Campbell earned bachelor and master degrees at Southeastern and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is married to Brian Campbell and has three children — Cole, Jade and Shaya Claxton.
She is the daughter of Obe and Winnie McKibban of Healdton.

DURANT, Okla. –The Journal Record has named Michele Campbell of Southeastern Oklahoma State University as one of its “50 Women Making A Difference in Oklahoma.’’

Campbell serves as executive assistant to Southeastern president Larry Minks. Prior to her current role, Campbell served as Director of Continuing Education and served in various capacities in the TRIO program for 19 years. She was a TRIO program director for 10 of those years.

The 50 honorees will be honored at an awards gala and dinner on Oct. 3 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.  Also at that time, the “Woman of the Year’’ will be announced.


“Michele is very deserving of this recognition,’’ President Minks said. “It is a great honor not only for her but for the University as well. She is a great example of the quality of faculty, staff and students that we have representing Southeastern.’’

“There are so many amazing and accomplished women in Oklahoma and it is such an honor to provide them with the recognition they deserve,’’ said Mary Melon, president and publisher of The Journal Record.  “The Journal Record started the Woman of the Year program in 1981 to recognize what was then called a growing segment of the workforce. Today, women play such a critical role in leading businesses, organizations and communities and it is critically important to continue highlighting the difference they make and to build up future generations of leaders.’’

Campbell was recently elected by the Leadership Oklahoma (LOK) Board of Directors to its executive committee for the upcoming year. In that capacity, Campbell will serve as Chair of the Adult Program Committee. She is a graduate of LOK (Class XXIII) and is a class ambassador.  LOK is a statewide leadership development program designed to identify, educate, and challenge the leaders of the state.

In addition, Campbell has been named to the Board of Advocates for the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer City at the University of Oklahoma. As an advocate, her primary responsibilities are to provide outreach opportunities in the Durant community and access to the Cancer Center system for their family, friends or community members.

“I am very pleased to have been named to The Journal Record’s 50 Women Making a Difference in Oklahoma,’’ Campbell said. “I believe through education we can have significant impact on our students and ultimately all Oklahomans. I am privileged to have the opportunity to be a part of a team of people here at Southeastern that believe that as well and are truly making a difference.”

Southeastern business professor earns professional certifications

Dr. Martin Bressler

Dr. Martin Bressler

DURANT, Okla. — Dr. Martin Bressler, professor of marketing & management in the John Massey School of Business at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, was recently awarded two additional professional certifications.

The Certified International Project Manager (CIPM) certification is awarded to individuals upon completing graduate level programs and exams, along with extensive field experience in managing business projects. Bressler has managed numerous business projects, including several in Canada as well as in European countries.

The Master Management Consultant (MMC) certification is awarded upon completing the required graduate level programs and exams, in addition to extensive consulting experience. Bressler has served as a consultant to more than

100 small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies over the past  25 years. His management consulting experience includes volunteering with the U.S. Small Business Administration SCORE program and the small business development center.  Bressler also holds the Professional Certified Marketer (PCM) designation from the American Marketing Association.

He joined the faculty of the John Massey School of Business in 2010, and was a Fulbright Scholar to Germany, a Sam Walton Fellow, and served as a Resource Panel Expert in International Trade to the 1995 White House Conference on Small Business.

Southeastern hosts Chickasaw Leadership Academy

Amy Gantt, recruitment and retention coordinator for the Chickasaw Nation Education Services Department, offers instruction at a Chickasaw Language class. It was one of many events at the Chickasaw Summer Leadership Academy at Southeastern.

Amy Gantt, recruitment and retention coordinator for the Chickasaw Nation Education Services Department, offers instruction at a Chickasaw Language class. It was one of many events at the Chickasaw Summer Leadership Academy at Southeastern.

DURANT, Okla. — The Chickasaw Summer Leadership Academy was held on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University July 7-18.

The academy was sponsored by the Chickasaw Nation in coordination with the Native American Center for Student Success. Fourteen  Chickasaw students participated in the two-week event. The purpose of the academy was to provide a college-like experience to the students.

Those experiences included living in Shearer Hall, attending classes, eating meals in the university cafeteria, and completing various assignments and tasks.  Additionally, the students participated in cultural and recreational activities.

A highlight for the students was learning how to make traditional style woven baskets and learning the history of stickball with some hands-on experiences.        Each student attending the academy was presented an iPad to assist them with note taking, web surfing, and photography of events.

“This was a truly remarkable academy for the students,’’ said Chris Wesberry, director of the Native American Center for Student Success  at Southeastern. “Not only did they get the college experience at Southeastern, but they also participated in cultural activities and went to some fun places and met some special people.  State Representative Lisa Johnson-Billy and Speaker of the House T.W. Shannon met with the group during an outing at the Chickasaw Nation in Ada.”

Dr. Robin Plumb named to national board for Continuing Education

Robin Plumb

Robin Plumb

DURANT, Okla. — Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Dr. Robin Plumb has been nationally recognized with her election to the Board of Directors of the Association for Continuing Higher Education.

Plumb is one of three new members of the board of directors, joining Paula Hogard of Penn State and Terry Ratcliff of Whitworth (Spokane, Washington) University.
           She is in her third year as Director of Academic Services for Southeastern at the University Center of Southern Oklahoma (formerly the Ardmore Higher Education Center).

Southeastern’s primary representative at the University Center for Southern Oklahoma, Plumb is responsible for the day-to-day operations, coordinating academic programming, and teaching courses as needed. She also serves as faculty advisor for Professional Education students, as well as advising and assisting students in other academic disciplines.
She also advises students regarding financial aid and scholarship opportunities available through the University.
From 2010-2012, Plumb was an assistant professor of Educational Instruction and Leadership and coordinator of field experiences at Southeastern. Prior to that, she was director of academic programs for the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

Southeastern Alumni Association plans event in Ardmore on July 11

DURANT, OK – The Alumni Association of Southeastern Oklahoma State University invites everyone who graduated or attended Southeastern to meet on Thursday, July 11, to reconnect with your alma mater.  This alumni roadshow will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the showroom of Toyota of Ardmore, 402 Holiday Drive, in Ardmore.

Attendees are requested to RSVP to Stephanie Davison at or online in the Calendar at

Southeastern president Larry Minks will be in attendance to visit with alumni and friends.  In addition, there will be a special musical performance by Lesley Dvorak, an actor in the upcoming Ardmore Little Theatre production of “Les Miserables.’’        This production is under the direction of Southeastern graduate Dell McLain (’88), Director of Theatre at Southeastern.

The Southeastern Alumni Association is a world-wide association of graduates and friends who want to find and keep in touch with old friends and make new contacts and associates.

Presidential Golf Classic results

DURANT, Okla. – Roma Italian Restaurant carded a hot 50 to win Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s 16th-annual Presidential Golf Classic on a warm June 14 at Chickasaw Pointe Golf Club. Attorney-at-Law Brett Morton’s team finished second, with Salita’s Mexican Restaurant taking third place. Morton’s team also shot a 50 and Salita’s scored 51. The results were determined by a card playoff. Longest Drive went to Pam Young and Justin Brown. Kelsey Hanebaum and Mac Hamilton won  Closest to the Hole honors. Southeastern president Larry Minks presented the award to the first-place team. Pictured from left: Dr. Minks, Tony Liridon, Brad Aycock,  Boston Brittain, Jordan Sullivan, Josh Hobbs, and Stewart Murray.2013 PGC Winners

Camp SE dates scheduled in June, July for new students

DURANT, Okla. — Southeastern Oklahoma State University has scheduled Camp SE for June 23-24, July 21-22 and July 28-29 on campus.
Camp SE Online will not start until after the first week of school.
Camp SE ($80 per student) or Camp SE Online ($50 per student) are required for all new students attending Southeastern.
The camp is an overnight experience involving students and parents, offering an introduction to campus life and the many resources available to Southeastern students. Information will be available on campus traditions, history and involvement opportunities. Activities include a night in Shearer Hall and Suites and meals in the University café.
For information on Camp SE and to enroll, please visit www.

AED donation

Sherrill Donation

DURANT, Okla. – Trace and Dena Sherrill, center, of Durant, present an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) to Southeastern Oklahoma State University president Larry Minks. Also pictured at far left is Brandi Burkhalter, Southeastern aquatics coordinator. The gift is in memory of the Sherrills’ son Colton, who passed away in  2008 at the age of 10.

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.