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Southeastern hosts Texoma College Fair on Oct. 26

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host the Texoma College Fair on Thursday, October 26.

The event will be held from 8:30-11 a.m. in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

Southeastern interim director of admissions and recruitment Jeremy Rowland said this is a part of the Oklahoma College Day/Night Fairs held throughout the state.

High school seniors and juniors in the Texoma area are invited to attend and explore higher education opportunities with representatives from institutions from

Oklahoma and Texas, plus other states.

Area high schools from Bryan, Marshall, Coal, Johnston, Atoka and Choctaw counties in Oklahoma and Grayson and Fannin counties in Texas are invited to take advantage of this opportunity.

Approximately 700 students attended the 2016 event.

Some 30 universities are scheduled to have tables set up and some academic departments from Southeastern will provide information.

Spring Commencement held Saturday at Bloomer Sullivan Arena

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates a graduate Saturday at Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates a graduate Saturday at Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

DURANT, Okla. – Two commencement ceremonies were held Saturday at Bloomer Sullivan Arena on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Southeastern’s  graduating class this spring included students from 25 states and 13 countries. In addition, 53% of the graduates were first-generation college graduates.

Students were awarded degrees from the School of Arts and Sciences, John Massey School of Business, School of Education and Behavioral Sciences, and the School of Graduate Studies.

Marti Phillips of Durant, a Southeastern graduate, delivered the commencement address. Offering welcoming remarks were Southeastern president Sean Burrage, Chairman John Massey of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, and Regent Amy Ford from the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents. Alumni Association president Will Payne delivered the alumni charge.

Regent Amy Ford offered welcoming remarks on behalf of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents.

Regent Amy Ford offered welcoming remarks on behalf of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents

Marti Phillips was Saturday’s commencement speaker.

Marti Phillips was Saturday’s commencement speaker.

Southeastern hosts Texoma College Fair on Oct. 27

DURANT, Okla. – The Texoma Area-Wide CollegeFair is scheduled for Thursday, October 27, in the Bloomer Sullivan Arena on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

More than 30 high schools and 50 colleges/universities have been invited to participate in the event, which will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m. The annual fair offers the opportunity for students, parents, and counselors toreceive information from and network with college representatives from schools across Oklahoma, as well as surrounding states.

Students are encouraged to prepare for the fair by registering online at www.gotocollegefairs.com.

More information about the Texoma Area-Wide College Fair may be obtained  by calling the Southeastern Office of Admissions & Recruitment at 580-745-2060.

 

Heritage Award to be presented posthumously to Bloomer Sullivan

bloomer-sullivan-4x6DURANT, Okla. – The late Bloomer Sullivan – an icon in the history of Southeastern Oklahoma State University – will be honored as part of this year’s homecoming activities.

The Southeastern Alumni Association’s Distinguished Awards Banquet is scheduled for Friday, September 23, at 5:30 p.m. in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.  At that time, accepting the Heritage Award on behalf of his late father will be Dr. Don Sullivan.

A West Virginia native, Bloomer Sullivan was an outstanding athlete at Ardmore High School. He earned his undergraduate degree (Physical Education/history) at Southeastern in 1934, and his master’s in history at Oklahoma

State.

He served Southeastern from 1930-1967 in such capacities as Director of Athletics, chair and professor of the Department of Health and Physical Education, basketball coach, and baseball coach.  At various times, he also coached track, boxing, golf, and football.

From 1937-67, Sullivan was director of athletics and head basketball coach.

He was one of the nation’s outstanding college basketball coaches, winning 662 games and 13 conference championships. His teams participated in the NAIA national playoffs nine times, with three squads reaching the finals and another team finishing third.

Sullivan was selected NAIA Coach of the Year in 1957. He was named to the Helms Foundation (NAIA) Hall of Fame in 1959; was a charter member of the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1977; and was inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in 1993.

Among his many outstanding players were two-time Olympic basketball coach Warren Womble; a captain of the U.S. Olympic team, Jerry Shipp; and several All-America players, including Southeastern’s first three-time honoree, James Spivey.

Bloomer Sullivan passed away in 1981.

His legacy is honored on campus by the naming of Bloomer Sullivan Arena (2009) and Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium. The gym opened in 1957, and was named after Sullivan in 1975.

 

 

Southeastern recognizes honor graduates

Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb was the commencement speaker Saturday.

Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb was the commencement speaker Saturday.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University recognized 42 honor graduates Saturday during commencement exercises at Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

Two ceremonies were held, with Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb serving as commencement speaker. Also offering remarks were Southeastern president Sean Burrage, Regent Ann Holloway of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Regent Terry Matlock of the Regional University System of Oklahoma, and Kerrey Matlock and Heather Burrage from the Southeastern Alumni Association.

Following is the list of honor grads, listed by permanent hometown (Oklahoma, unless otherwise noted)

Cum Laude (with honors)

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates a graduate.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates a graduate.

Brianna Akins, Bokchito; Kaylie Dene Baxter, Durant; Railey Beth Burrage, Antlers; Weston Don DePriest, Rush Springs; Sarrysa Anne Eaves, Durant; Mandy Lynn Gorham, Wilburton; Geneva Hall, Sherman, Texas; Karlee Dalton Hall, Ravenna, Texas; Roni Lee Nichole Hamilton, Atoka; Jessica Micheal Hayes, Whitewright, Texas; Angela M. Heath, Ardmore; Robin S. Hevka, Dickson.

Also, Maverick Levi McClendon, Marietta; Lauren Miller McMurl, Broken Bow; LaiKen Noel McMurl, Broken Bow; Madison Paige Ogletree, Lone Grove; George Allen Pate, Fort Towson; Regina Jonell Phillips, Bokchito; Stephenie Carlene Shields, Garland, Texas; Ezra J. Tacosa, Denison, Texas; Tascee Wahoske, Wapanucka; Nathan D. Wright, Durant.

Magna Cum Laude (with high honors)

Cassaundra Nichole Braaten, Bullard, Texas; Birch F. Bryant, Hugo; Ashley Dawn Carranza, Springer; Jessica Graham, Sherman, Texas; Lisa Diane Hill, Denison, Texas; Hayden Trent Hokit, Stuart; Parker Tate Liddell, Thackerville; Christopher David Lovett, Moore; Amber Renee McLain, Ardmore; Timothy Allen Misner, Enid; Cullen Whisenhunt, Caddo; Jose Benito Bocanegra Yanez, Fletcher.

Summa Cum Laude (with highest honors)

Madison Barr, Owasso; Jessie Elizabeth Batson, Haworth; Cacy Allan Cribbs, Wapanucka; Michaela Miranda Metts, Durant; Wendy Michelle Miller, Sherman, Texas; Christian Tollett, Calvin; Josee Gail Vaughn, Broken Bow; Don Wayne Wheeler II, Cloudy.

Bloomer Sullivan Arena was packed Saturday during the two commencement ceremonies.

Bloomer Sullivan Arena was packed Saturday during the two commencement ceremonies.

The graduates were all smiles Saturday.

The graduates were all smiles Saturday.

Commencement held at Southeastern

Among the dignitaries participating in Saturday’s Fall Commencement were Regent Jeffrey Dunn, chair of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents; speaker Alisa Dorman; Southeastern president Sean Burrage; and Chancellor Glen D. Johnson.

Among the dignitaries participating in Saturday’s Fall Commencement were Regent Jeffrey Dunn, chair of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents; speaker Alisa Dorman; Southeastern president Sean Burrage; and Chancellor Glen D. Johnson.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University held Fall Commencement exercises Saturday in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

Alisa (Frank) Dorman, Executive Director, Office of Literacy for the Colorado Department of Education, was the commencement speaker.  Dorman holds three degrees from Southeastern — a Master of Education in School Counseling (’95), a Master of Elementary Education in Reading (’95), and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (’90).

 

 

Bloomer Sullivan Arena was the site of Saturday’s Fall Commencement at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Bloomer Sullivan Arena was the site of Saturday’s Fall Commencement at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Two ceremonies were held with graduates representing 16 states and seven countries. Chancellor Glen D. Johnson offered welcoming remarks, as did Regent Jeffrey  Dunn, chair of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents.  Also congratulating the graduates was Kerrey Matlock, president of the Southeastern Alumni Association.

Southeastern hosts Texoma College Fair

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University hosted the Texoma College Fair Thursday in Bloomer Sullivan Arena. Some 600 high school seniors and juniors from 20 area schools attended the event to learn more about opportunities in higher education. More than 30 college and university representatives participated.

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Southeastern hosts Texoma College Fair on Oct. 22

DURANT, Okla. – High school seniors and juniors in the area are invited to attend the 2015 Texoma Area College Fair on Thursday, Oct. 22, at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The annual event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Bloomer Sullivan Arena on Southeastern’s campus. The event is free and is open to students and parents. Last year, 400 students attended the college fair to learn about opportunities in higher education.

This event will offer a great opportunity for students to begin thinking about college and visit with more than 50 college and university representatives. Representatives will be coming from Oklahoma, Texas and other states to give information and help students choose the school that is right for them.

The Texoma Area College Fair is an excellent opportunity for local high school students to begin looking at options for higher education. With colleges and universities from the state and region represented, students may explore areas of study, campus life and costs with a representative from each school without having to travel great distances.

In addition to browsing the college and university booths, students will also have the opportunity to attend informative workshops, designed to make the college transition a little easier. These workshops will be beneficial to parents and counselors attending as well.

For more information on the Texoma Area College Fair, please contact the Office of Admissions and Recruitment at (580) 745-2060.

 

Honor graduates recognized at Fall Commencement

Commencement speaker Gary Sherrer offers advice to the graduating class.

Commencement speaker Gary Sherrer offers advice to the graduating class.

DURANT, Okla. – Forty honor graduates were recognized Saturday during Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Fall Commencement at Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

Southeastern alumnus Gary Sherrer (’73), a former state representative who served in cabinet positions under three governors, was the commencement speaker. Sherrer currently serves as assistant vice president for external relations in

Oklahoma State University’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

Regent Susan Winchester (Chair) of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents offered welcoming remarks.

Following are the honor graduates, listed by permanent hometown (Oklahoma, unless otherwise indicated):

Summa Cum Laude (with highest honors)

Jessica Leann Anderson, Indianola; Elizabeth Morgan Blackburn, Ringling; Jeannette K. Brown, Urbana, Illinois; Brittni Fawn Echols, Durant; Matthew Kent Mobley, Chandler; Zachary Taylor Robinson, Cartwright; Dana Marie Schumacher, Era, Texas.

Magna Cum Laude (with high honors)

James Clifton Casteel II, Lone Grove; Philip Joel Franks, Durant; Jett Ellis Gardner, Antlers; Kristi Nicole Heath, Pottsboro, Texas; Alton Lee Jones, McAlester; Apryl Nicole Mock, Boswell; Jessica Elizabeth Neal, Ada; Crystal Cheyenne Nichols, Denison, Texas; Rebecca Dawn Rathfon, Sherman, Texas; Sarah Susanne Roberts, Lone Grove; Tim Rulla, Sherman, Texas; Jeffery Ryan Stephens, Pottsboro, Texas; Scott Ryan Sundstrom, Friendswood, Texas; Carey Denise Wade, Sherman, Texas.

Cum Laude (with honors)

President Sean Burrage congratulates a graduate

President Sean Burrage congratulates a graduate.

Chance Walker Baker, Hugo; MD Nazrul Islam Bhuiyan, Oklahoma City; Damen Gregory Burris, Edmond; Kevin Camero Caras, Oklahoma City; Dustin W. Fleming,

Dumas, Texas; Jackie Vonn Gill, Ardmore; Jeremy Alan Gray, Tuttle; Melissa Marie Haworth-Cox, Pottsboro, Texas; Jordan Faith Hedrick, Cameron; Patricia Gayle Hill, Choctaw; Sarah Michelle Knight, Coalgate; Jacob Edward Luellen, Coalgate; Hope Renee McClendon-Willis, Marietta; Shayna Briane Milam, Comanche; Hilton Chance Phillips, Idabel; Anthony Blake Stanley, Moore; Kalleigh Carol Tilley, Durant; Robin Nicole Harris Tillman, Ardmore; Justin Mark Wallace, Durant.

“America’s Educator’’ entertains audience

DURANT, Okla. – Ron Clark offers energetic comments Wednesday afternoon to a crowd of students and educators in the Bloomer Sullivan Arena at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Known as “America’s Educator,’’ Clark is a best-selling author and has been honored as Disney’s American Teacher of the Year. Southeastern invited public school educators from throughout the area to attend the event. Also in attendance were students and faculty members from Southeastern.

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