Southeastern News

Southeastern Chorale to perform in Ardmore, Idabel

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Chorale, the premier choral ensemble for Southeastern Oklahoma State University, will begin its annual Winter Tour with two concerts in early January.

The Chorale will present Hodie! – A Choral Concert, on Monday, Jan. 2, at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Ardmore. The concert begins at 6 p.m.

On the following evening, Jan. 3, the Chorale will perform at First United Methodist Church in Idabel at 6:30 p.m.

Both concerts are free and open to the public.

The concerts will focus on Christmas and Epiphany works emerging from Spanish, French and African American cultures. They are in preparation for the Southeastern Chorale performance to be presented Jan. 6 at the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans on the Feast of the Epiphany.

The resulting works utilize a wide range of vocal techniques and writing styles ranging from Renaissance festival music to African American spirituals.

This Winter Tour will also see the Chorale performing 11 other concerts in high schools and at Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Black Student Association plans events for February

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern’s Black Student Association (BSA) will present a host of student-facilitated programs and events in celebration of “A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture,” the 2015 Black History theme.

The BSA will sponsor a program or event each Wednesday in February:

Wednesday, February 4, 7 p.m. —  There will be a showing of the acclaimed film, Lee Daniel’s The Butler, in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union, room 213. Directed and produced by Lee Daniels and written by Danny Strong, Lee Daniels’ The Butler was released in 2013.

The film is an American historical drama loosely based on the real life of Eugene Allan. It stars Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines, an African American who witnesses notable events of the 20th century during his 34-year tenure serving as a White House butler.

Refreshments will be provided and, following the film, a short group discussion will cover themes addressed in the film.

Wednesday, February 11, 7 p.m. – A Discussion Panel with faculty, student and community-member panelists will cover the topic of “What is Black History?” in Student Union, Room 213.

The discussion topic coincides with the national Black History Month theme, which has been provided by the organization, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History for the past 100 years.

For more information about the ASALH, visit the website at http://asalj100.org.

Wednesday, February 18, 7 p.m. – Everyone is invited to participate in “POETRY SLAM” in the Magnolia Eatery inside the Student Union. Faculty, staff and students will perform original or published works of poetry, slam poetry or spoken word poetry in  a cool, relaxed atmosphere.

Pre-sign-ups will be Monday and Tuesday, February 16-17 from noon until 2 p.m. in the Student Union next to the cafeteria.

Performers will also be able to sign-up on the day of the event from 30 minutes prior to start time. For more information or to sign-up, contact treasurer Raven Moore at rmoore99@student.se.edu.

Wednesday, February 25, 7 p.m. – The BSA invites everyone to join them for a Historical Storytelling and Period Reenactment of the people of Brooklyn (Lovejoy), Illinois – the oldest African American community in the United States – in Student Union, room 213.

Students and community members will tell stories and read eyewitness accounts of the residents of Lovejoy regarding their life and the hardships of sustaining a predominately African American community.

All events are free and open to all Southeastern faculty, staff and students, as well as members of the community.

For more information about this year’s programs or events or to learn more about the Southeastern Black Student Association, contact Social Chair Nayla Sloan at gsloan70@student.se.edu.