Southeastern News

Southeastern Band Day features area high school students


DURANT, Okla. – The Spirit of Southeastern Marching Band held its annual Band Day during halftime of the Savage Storm-Ouachita Baptist football game on September 15. The performance included 350 students from Southeastern and the following high schools from Oklahoma and Texas: Antlers, Atoka, Bells, Bridgeport, Broken Bow, Clayton, Coalgate, Davis, Denison, Durant, Fox, Idabel, Kingston, Princeton, Quinlan, Sherman, S&S, Springer, Vian, and Whitewright.

Opera Southeastern to present Dido and Aeneas on Oct. 27, 29

DURANT, Okla. – Opera Southeastern, a part of the Department of Music at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, will present Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell on Friday, October 27 (7:30 p.m.) and Sunday, October 29 (3 p.m.). The performances will be in the New Theatre Building, which is  located adjacent to the Southeastern Baseball Field and Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

Dr. Jeremy Blackwood, Director of Opera Southeastern said, “Dido and Aeneas is based on the fourth book of Virgil’s Aeneid that unfolds the tale of the love and despair that Dido experiences through the journey of her love for Aeneas.  This, of course, means that there will be a very dramatic ending.  It’s opera!”

The role of Dido will be performed by Kristen Simpson, a junior from Guthrie, Oklahoma, and Aeneas,  by Carter Owen, a sophomore from Denton, Texas.  Other roles include Belinda, played by Grace Haynes, a senior from Lone Grove, Oklahoma; Allyson Thomas,  as the Attendant, from Durant; Courtney Mile, from Oklahoma City and Samantha Guerrer,  from Denton, Texas, as Witches; and Spirit played by Haley Moore, First Sailor by Iain Nix, and Sorceress, by D. Chance Eubanks from Cleburne, Texas.

Additional cast members include Jordon Palmer of Carrollton, Texas, Brandon Sears of Little Elm, Texas, and David Wright of Broken Bow, Oklahoma.

Dr. Kate Stubbs will serve as the Collaborative Pianist.

General Admission at the door is $7 (cash/check only). Student admission is free with student identification. For more information about this event and the Department of Music, call 580.745.2088.

Alpha Chi inducts 34 students at Southeastern

Thirty-four Southeastern Oklahoma State University students were recently inducted into Alpha Chi.

Thirty-four Southeastern Oklahoma State University students were recently inducted into Alpha Chi.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Oklahoma Theta chapter of Alpha Chi national honor society has inducted 34 students into lifetime membership.

An induction ceremony was held recently in the Fine Arts Recital Hall. Participating in the event were chapter sponsors Dr. Jennifer Hicks, Dr. Brett Elliott, Dr. Martin Bressler, Dr. Meg Cotter-Lynch Dr. L. David Norris (former sponsor), and McKenzi Boehme  (President Elect of Oklahoma Theta Chapter of AX).

           Southeastern president Sean Burrage delivered congratulatory remarks.

Alpha Chi, a national college scholarship honor society, was founded in 1922 and has more than 400,000 members from more than 300 college and university chapters in 45 states and Puerto Rico.

The society provides tens of thousands of dollars annually in scholarships and fellowships for members and alumni.

Members of Alpha Chi, identified and elected by the faculties of their schools as ranking in the top 10 percent of juniors and seniors, represent the best undergraduate scholarship in all academic fields at their institutions.

The inductees, from Oklahoma unless otherwise noted, are listed below:

Nicholas Gauthier, Durant; Jessica Daniel, Coleman; Sydney Spurlock, Antlers; Brittney Owens, Vernon, Texas; Delaney Archer, Bells, Texas; Pamela Chavez, Durant; Kristi Harjo, Hugo; Noah Patton, Calera; Payton Gentry, Antlers; Rachel Childers, Calera; Keith Sackett, Calera; April Clinton, Durant; Samantha Faudree, Coalgate; Mario Giamporcaro, St. Paul, Texas; Cheyenne Sisk, Bonham, Texas; Courtney Jackson, Ringling;  Jared Robinson, Cartwright; LaRonda Sogoba, Sherman, Texas; Rachel Grider, Durant; Kelsi Winchester, Marietta; Chelsey Peevyhouse, Atoka; and Shannon Wyrick, Sherman, Texas;

Also, Shawn Young, Caddo; Chastity Baken, Coleman; Bobby Long, Idabel; Kyle Buck, Broken Bow; Vivianne Wesley, Durant; Elizabeth Landers, Durant; Jenna Toland, Denison, Texas; Zachary Couch, Caddo; Keelan Gentis, Durant; Hayley Myers, Wilburton; Sarah Foreman, Ivanhoe, Texas; and Adele Lawrence, Broken Bow.

Alumni golf tournament set for September 23 at Chickasaw Pointe

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s 30th annual Whang Bang Golf Tournament is slated for Friday, September 23, at Chickasaw Pointe Golf Course.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Friday, September 23, at Chickasaw Pointe, followed by a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Registration fee is $100 per player and includes green fee, cart, Savage Storm Golf & More Package, two mulligans, entry into drawing for door prizes and a card game on course with the winner receiving a two-night stay at Choctaw Casino and Resort.

Retired golf coach Don Hudson will be the honorary starter. Hudson coached the mostsuccessful golf team in Southeastern history, guiding his golfers to the program’s first-ever trip to the NCAA National Championship Tournament.

As one of the highlights of Southeastern’s annual Homecoming celebration, the event brings many alumni back to campus. It also attracts teams from around the state and bordering states.

Former Southeastern baseball player Tommy Julian’s TJ Construction team of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, is already signed up to defend its title.

Also included: A goodie bag, T-shirt, breakfast and lunch, free beverages, hole-in-one chance for a car from Stuteville Chevrolet and contests for closest-to-the-pin and longest drive.

Prizes will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place teams.

Golfers may register online at