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Education professor publishes monograph on “Social Media, Public Schools and the Law’’

SMcovershotDURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University professor Stewart Mayers’ monograph on “Social Media, Public Schools, and the Law’’ has been published by the Education Law Association (ELA). The monograph will soon be available at

The monograph is a 76-page document that provides in-depth discussion about the variety of legal issues faced by public schools relevant to employee and student social media usuage.

“The focus (of the monograph) is to provide a summary of the current law as it applies to social media in schools,’’ Dr. Mayers said. “In addition, I hope to provide guidance to public schools as they attempt to write policy concerning student and employee usage of social media.’’

Mayers joined the Southeastern faculty in 2001. He earned his Ed.D. at the University at Georgia; his M.Ed. at Southeastern; and his B.A. at Baylor University. He is a professor in the Educational Instruction and Leadership Department.

ELA was founded in 1954 as the National Organization on Legal Problems in Education.  The membership of the organization is comprised of attorneys who practice school law, professors who teach public school law courses, and school administrators.  In addition, there are student members (in most cases, students working on doctorates in school law). One service of the organization is to provide publications that are used through the education law community: by attorneys, school administrators and as supplemental texts in school law courses.

To gain approval for publication, authors must submit a proposal to the publications committee (composed of members representing all three constituencies – lawyers, professors, administrators), which reviews the submission for relevance to current issues in Ed law.  If the topic is of sufficient interest to proceed, the committee requires submission of a sample chapter.


Southeastern professor receives national award for outstanding case study

Dr. Stewart Mayers received the Paula Silver Award.

Dr. Stewart Mayers received the Paula Silver Award.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University education professor Stewart Mayers is the recipient of a prestigious award from the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA).

Dr. Mayers and Dr. Sally J. Zepeda (professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Georgia),  authors of Communication and Trust: Change at the onset of Appointment to the Superintendency, received the Paula Silver Award for outstanding case study.


The UCEA is a consortium of higher education institutions committed to advancing the preparation and practice of educational leaders for the benefit of schools and children.

The Paula Silver Case Award was instituted by UCEA in 1999 to memorialize the life and work of Paula Silver, a UCEA associate director and president-elect who made significant contributions to the program through excellence in scholarship, advocacy of women, and an inspired understanding of praxis. A sterling silver bowl is presented annually to the author(s) of the most outstanding case published during the last volume of the UCEA Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership.

The cases are used as teaching tools in master’s and doctoral level education administration classes in universities across the country.

Mayers joined the Southeastern faculty in 2001. He earned his Ed.D. at the University at Georgia, his M.Ed. at Southeastern, and his B.A. at Baylor University.

James Young Music Scholarship established

The James O. Young Music Scholarship was commemorated Thursday with an endowment ceremony at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Young is a 1967 graduate of Southeastern, where he was a member of the band. From left: Southeastern president Larry Minks, James Young, Zhakery Bradford, and Kyle Stafford, Executive Director of University Advancement. Bradford is a 2011 graduate of Durant High School and a freshman member of the Southeastern band. He is the first recipient of the James O. Young Music Scholarship.

DURANT, Okla. – The James O. Young Music Scholarship has been established through the Southeastern Foundation to benefit students attending Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The endowment ceremony was held Thursday in the Welcome Center on the Southeastern campus.

This is established as an educational scholarship for students participating in Southeastern bands and specifically playing the euphonium. Students must have a minimum 2.5 grade-point average to qualify for the scholarship.

James Oliver Young is a Durant High School graduate who earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Southeastern in 1967 and his Doctor of Dental surgery degree from Baylor University in 1972.

His inspiration for endowing this scholarship is the gift of music he discovered while playing in the bands at Durant High and Southeastern. It has given him joy throughout his life and he wishes to share that joy with others.

Young married Virginia Koontz on May 27, 1967, and .they have three children, Amy, Jenny, and Thomas.

He established a private dental practice in Ardmore after graduation from Baylor and continued it until 1993, when he joined the Cherokee Telephone Company headquartered in Calera, Oklahoma.

Young was ordained a Deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma in 2001 and was assigned to St. Philip’s Parish in Ardmore, where he established the Ardmore Soup Kitchen and entered the teaching and preaching rotation at St. Philip’s Church.