Southeastern’s Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library receives grant to help preserve its historic collections

Southeastern’s Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library receives grant to help preserve its historic collections

DURANT, Okla. – The Oklahoma Department of Libraries, in partnership with the Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board, today announced that the Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library was awarded a “Threats to Your Collection” grant of $500 to digitize microfilm copies (1922-1997) of The Southeastern, SE’s campus newspaper.

The Southeastern Library serves the students, faculty and staff of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, but many other people in the area have ties to the institution as well, either as alumni or family and friends of students. With that in mind, that The Southeastern serves a valuable role in chronicling the life and times of the local community.

A “Threats to Your Collection” grant in 2010 allowed the Southeastern librarians to digitize and preserve their print newspapers. Digitization not only preserves the fragile newsprint but it makes searching for specific names, dates, or topics much easier.

This 2012 “Threats to Your Collection” grant will make it possible to digitize the remaining microfilm issues. Once digitized, the electronic version will be added to the library’s website for easy access from any Internet computer. All digitized issues of The Southeastern can be found on the SE library’s website at:

“In presenting this grant to Southeastern’ s Library, it is our intention to help further its commitment to providing the best possible care of the historic materials in its collections,” said Susan Feller, project director for the Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board and development officer for the Oklahoma Department of Libraries. “We hope that these grants will facilitate increased local support for the care of historic collections held by organizations such as the Henry G. Bennett Library.”

According to Feller, the “Threats to Your Collection” grant opportunity was an outcome of a statewide survey that assessed the condition of collections held by Oklahoma’s 800 museums and libraries. The study found that almost all organizations have lost historic materials through theft, environmental damage, and other causes. “It is our goal to stem the loss of Oklahoma’s heritage by providing funding for secure storage, environmental controls, archival storage supplies, fire detection, and other projects that address threats to collections,” Feller said.

Support for the grant program was provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the funding arm for the National Archives and Records Administration. Grants totaling $50,000 were awarded to 27 Oklahoma institutions.

For more information on the Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library’s Digitization project, contact Kathryn Plunkett, 580-745-2302, or

Brady Rudolf Memorial Scholarship established

Brady Rudolf is pictured with sons Nate, Braden, and Ty.

DURANT, Okla. – The Brady Joe Rudolf Memorial Scholarship has been established through the Southeastern Foundation to benefit students attending Southeastern Oklahoma State University. This scholarship will be given to students who have declared Aviation-Professional Pilot as their major field of study. Students must have graduated from an Oklahoma or Texas high school, with priority order being Durant, Bryan County, the state of Oklahoma, or the state of Texas.

Brady was born in Durant, graduated from Durant High School in 1989, and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Southeastern in 1993. He went on to graduate from the University of Oklahoma School of Pharmacy, and was employed as a pharmacist at the Veterans Hospital in Oklahoma City. While at Southeastern, his activities included Student Senate and Blue Key. He was also a charter member of Kappa Sigma fraternity.

Brady’s loving family includes wife, Jennifer, sons Braden, Ty and Nate, parents Nathalia and Doug Flowers, and the late Larry Rudolf; brother and sister-in-law Dustin and Tammy Rudolf and their children Brittany, Alec and Gavin; and in-laws Randy and Cindy Tadlock, and Bryan and Samantha Manning.

After serving 20 years in the Oklahoma Army National Guard, he was killed during his second deployment when his Chinook helicopter crashed in Iraq on September 18, 2008. A section of Highway 70 west of Durant has been dedicated in his honor.

At a young age Rudolf achieved success as a pharmacist and Chinook pilot, while continuing to be a great family man to his wife and three sons. He was goal-driven and continued to strive for success in every aspect of his life. His hard work and great example will, hopefully, inspire those who receive his scholarship.

The family created this scholarship to give back to the community and friends who showed their love and support during their tragic loss. Southeastern was chosen to host the scholarship because the family considers it their hometown university. Brady, his wife, parents and many other family members and friends are graduates of Southeastern.

Mrs. Rudolf said, “Our goal is to remember and honor Brady and to help students who share his love of aviation. The donations previously given in memory of Brady were very much appreciated and set aside by the family to help fund this scholarship.”

True Blue awareness launches with event on August 23

Members of the True Blue Committee gather with local leaders in anticipation of the kickoff event on Thursday, Aug. 23. Left to right, Jay Lindly, Dina Roman, Courtney McGill, Terri Rogers, Michele Campbell, Durant mayor Jerry Tomlinson, Southeastern president Larry Minks, Durant city manager James Dunegan, Durant Area Chamber of Commerce president Darrell Mendez, Durant Superintendent of Schools Jason Simeroth, Stephanie Davison, Durant Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Janet Reed, Durant Main Street program manager Beverly Hemphill, Mishael Metheny, and Sharon Robinson.

DURANT, Okla. – Civic pride has long been important to the fabric of the Durant community. Residents will now have the opportunity to demonstrate their pride symbolically by wearing royal blue shirts on Fridays and Saturdays as part of a new “True Blue” community spirit.

True Blue symbolizes how the Durant community feels about its hometown. Being “True Blue” encourages our business people and the community in general to create a sea of blue on Fridays and Saturdays by wearing a royal blue shirt.

“True Blue” is a grass roots initiative created through the strong partnership in our community.

Plans are underway to kick off “True Blue” with a community event on Thursday, August 23, at 5 p.m. at Paul Laird Field. Everyone is encouraged to wear a royal blue shirt and gather around the entrance to watch the balloon launch and enjoy a free hot dog.

Following the “True Blue” kickoff, a Savage Storm football scrimmage is scheduled for 6 o’clock.

“We invite everyone to join us for an evening of fun as we celebrate our True Blue community spirit,” said Janet Reed, executive director of the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce. “Our strong partnerships believe this is a beginning of a new era of pride in Durant as we focus on the quality of life we enjoy here.”

Back to School

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University president Larry Minks offers remarks Thursday at the annual Faculty-Staff general meeting in Montgomery Auditorium. Fall classes begin Monday, Aug. 20 at the University.

New counseling honor society approved at Southeastern

DURANT, Okla. – The Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) Master’s Degree program at Southeastern Oklahoma State University has been granted formal approval to charter a local chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, the Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International.

The Southeastern chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, Sigma Epsilon, has recently been notified of ratification.

Chi Sigma Iota is an international honor society dedicated to promoting excellence in the profession of counseling. Chi Sigma Iota has 276 chapters worldwide, having inducted more than 82,000 members since its formation in 1985.

The Sigma Epsilon chapter of Chi Sigma Iota at Southeastern is currently in the process of inviting members to join this new chapter to hold initial elections. Membership is predicated on several factors, including a strict grade-point average cutoff and a faculty nomination.

The faculty nomination is based upon individual students’ promise for a capacity to represent the best about professional counseling, including appropriate professional behavior, ethical judgment, emotional maturity and attitudes conducive to advocating for wellness and human dignity for all.

Dr. Daniel Weigel, faculty advisor for the Southeastern chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, said, “It is indeed a testament to the quality of the CMHC Master’s Degree Program and to Southeastern Oklahoma State University to form a local chapter of this esteemed international honor society. We continue to make great strides forward in helping students and the general public through our cutting-edge Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s Degree Program.”

One of Southeastern’s major initiatives is to promote student enrichment experiences. In addition to Chi Sigma Iota, more than 50 other student organizations are active on campus. These organizations provide students with opportunities to engage in numerous academic and social activities that will enhance their educational experience and promote a greater sense of community.

Students interested in pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling are encouraged to visit the program web site at

Homecoming activities scheduled for September 27-29

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate Homecoming 2012 with activities on September 27-29.

This year’s theme is “Faithful to the Gold and Blue” and the celebration, which begins Thursday, September 27, is intended to offer something for all current students and alumni.

The list of activities is as follows:

Thursday, September 27

  • Reception/Grand Opening of the Albert H. Brigance Center for Curriculum and Assessment 2-4 p.m. Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library
  • Southeastern’s “Night at the Museum” 5:30-7:30 p.m. Three Valley Museum 401 W. Main Street Everyone is invited for hors d’oeuvres, music and good company, surrounded by Southeastern and Durant memories. The Texoma Arts Council will present special exhibits and artists will be available to discuss their work.
  • Street Dance on the Loop 9 p.m.-Midnight

Friday, September 28

  • Whang Bang Alumni Golf Tournament – 8 a.m. Silverado Golf Course The 26th-annual Whang Bang Alumni Golf Tournament is scheduled for Silverado Golf Course. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and a shotgun start is set for 9 a.m. The Whang Bang has started a new, highly popular tradition that has legends from Southeastern’s storied athletics history serving as honorary starters. This year’s legends will be 1964 Olympic Basketball Gold Medalist Jerry Shipp and retired basketball coach Wayne Cobb, one of the finest Oklahoma has ever produced.
  • Distinguished Awards Banquet – 5:30 p.m. Visual and Performing Arts Center The banquet features introduction of the 2012 Distinguished Alumni, Distinguished Former Faculty, Heritage and Benefactor award recipients.
  • Houston Debate Reception – 8 p.m. Massey Building 200 W. Main Street Join your fellow Southeastern debaters. Contact Dr. Lacinda Brese at 580-745-2556 or
  • True Blue Rally – 8 p.m. Amphitheater

Saturday, September 29

  • Former Athletes’ Breakfast – 8:30 a.m. Bloomer Sullivan Arena Athletes and coaches from the past, athletes and coaches of the present, excellent food and time for stories and photos.
  • Homecoming Parade – 10 a.m. Main Street, Downtown Durant
  • Alumni Tailgate Party – 11 a.m. Alumni Alley Across from Paul Laird Field Come out, cook out, shout out, meet the football team on the “Walk to the Stadium.”
  • Southeastern Campus Tours – 11:30 a.m. Leave from entrance to Paul Laird Field Explore the Southeastern campus during this 1-hour guided tour. Great for students and families considering Southeastern. Includes tours of the campus, residence halls and a lunch ticket. Special alumni tours will also be offered.
  • Pre-Game Ceremony – 1:50 p.m. Paul Laird Field Introduction of Distinguished Alumni
  • Kickoff – 2 p.m. Savage Storm vs. Ouachita Baptist
  • Alumni Party – 8 p.m. Center Stage Choctaw Casino & Resort 4216 Highway 69/75 South

For more information, visit or call 580-745-2875

Southeastern faculty participate in two-day Symposium

Presenting a session on collegiality Wednesday were Southeastern professors James Knapp, Blythe Duell, and George Jacox.

DURANT, Okla. – Students will be starting fall classes Monday, August 20, at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, but their professors have a head start.

On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, the first Southeastern Faculty Symposium was held on campus in the Fine Arts Recital Hall. The two-day event allowed faculty members to exchange ideas as they prepare for another semester.

Among the presentations offered by Southeastern faculty were “Writing Across the Curriculum,” “Speaking Across the Curriculum,” “Academic Advisement,” “Service Learning,” “Collegiality,” “Syllabi Construction,”? “Imaging for Success,” and “Mentoring.”

Distinguished Alumni, Former Faculty to be honored at Homecoming September 28-29

Distinguished Alumni, Former Faculty to be honored at Homecoming September 28-29

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will honor the 2012 Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Former Faculty, along with presenting the Benefactor and Heritage Awards, during Homecoming on September 28-29.

The Distinguished Alumni are Captain Gail Gorski (’74), Mr. Stephen Robinson (’86), and Mr. Towana Spivey (’68).

Distinguished Former Faculty award recipients are Dr. Walter Britt, Dr. Elbert Hill, and Dr. Pat Robbins (’60).

The Benefactor Award will be presented posthumously to Mr. Albert H. Brigance (’55) and the Heritage Award will be presented posthumously to Dr. Bernice Crockett (’34).

The 2012 honorees will be recognized at a dinner scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Friday, September 28, in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.

“Faithful to the Gold and Blue” is the theme of this year’s festivities.

For more information, visit or call 580-745-2875.

Construction/renovation projects on-going

Construction crews have been busy around the Southeastern campus this summer.

DURANT, Okla. – As the beginning of the fall semester approaches on August 20, a number of construction/renovation projects are under way at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Soon to be completed in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union are a racquetball court and student lounge on the first floor, and the Health and Counseling Center on the second floor.

In addition, changes are being made in the old student union, which housed the old campus bookstore, old Savage grill, Magnolia Room, and Ballroom. The old campus bookstore will become the Native American Center for Student Success and Academic Advising and Outreach Center, with completion date targeted for September 30, 2012. The old Savage grill will become the new Magnolia Room, the current Magnolia Room will become the Learning Center, and the Ballroom will be updated with IT equipment and two partitions. These projects should be completed by December 31, 2012.

Other projects under way are addressing landscaping, drainage and ADA issues on the campus loop, Fourth Street-Paul Laird Field, and Fine Arts-Russell Building corridor.

No open parking will be permitted on the loop, with all spaces being designated for ADA and visitors.

Fall classes begin August 20; Welcome Week activities scheduled

DURANT, Okla. — Southeastern Oklahoma State University will begin fall classes on Monday, August 20.

In anticipation of that, Freshman Convocation is scheduled for Saturday, August 18, at 4:30 p.m. in Montgomery Auditorium. In addition, a full slate of Welcome Week activities are scheduled for students:

2012 Welcome Week Schedule

Saturday, August 18

  • Noon-4 p.m. – Residence Hall check-in, Glen D. Johnson Student Union (SU)
  • 4:30 pm. – Freshman Convocation, Montgomery Auditorium
  • 5:15 p.m. – Convocation Cook-Out, front lawn
  • 6-9 p.m. – Free massages, SU (sponsored by Residence Hall Association)
  • 7-9 p.m. – Residence Hall check-in, continued

Sunday, August 19

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

Monday, August 20

  • 7 a.m.-Noon – We’ve Got answers, under the clock tower
  • 9-10 p.m. – The Chill Zone, SU Rustin Plaza (Sponsored by the Cheer Squad)

Tuesday, August 21

  • 7 a.m.-Noon – We’ve Got Answers, under the clock tower
  • 7-10 p.m. – Block Party, 4th & University (in front of Shearer Hall)

Wednesday, August 22

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

Thursday, August 23

  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m. – “A Taste of Durant” Merchant/Organization Fair, SU loft
  • 5 p.m. – True Blue Spirit Ribbon Cutting with the Chamber of Commerce, Paul Laird Field
  • 6 p.m. – Savage Storm football scrimmage, Paul Laird Field