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Southeastern inducts 28 students into Alpha Chi

The Alpha Chi induction ceremony was held Sunday at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Oklahoma Theta chapter of Alpha Chi national honor society recently inducted 28 students into lifetime membership.

Dr. Brett Elliott, Professor of Mathematics, delivered the introduction. Participating in the 30th annual induction ceremony were chapter sponsors Elliott; Dr. Charla Hall, Professor of Psychology; Dr. Jennifer Hicks, Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences; Dr. L. David Norris, History Professor Emeritus; and Southeastern president Larry Minks, who delivered 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.

 

Twenty-eight juniors and seniors were inducted during the candlelighting ceremonies.

Twelve of the 28 inductees are from Durant: Kenza Abu-Arja, Tetchi Assamoi, Andrew Cacho, Ashley Caldwell, George Allen Fritts, David Johnson, Erin McDaniel, Vy Nguyen, Nicholas Patterson, Hem Sapkota, Nancy Walker and Demetra Wilkerson.

Also inducted were (Oklahoma unless otherwise noted) were Brooks Beall, Stillwater; Christopher Burns, McAlester; Rachel Callicoat, Atoka; Rebekah Clowers, Idabel; Sara Djenno, Dallas, Texas; James Alan Grimes, Duncan; Ronald Fuquay, Van Alstyne, Texas; Sheridan Hill, Ardmore; Bree Lambeth, Wilson; Brea McMillan, Dickson; Markie Meadows, Atoka; Lacey Morgan, Antlers; Helen Moore, Denison, Texas; Sarah Roberts, Lone Grove; Jeffery Stephens, Pottsboro, Texas; and Jonathan Yuan, McKinney, Texas.

Southeastern Faculty-Staff honored at awards banquet

Southeastern president Larry Minks and Dr. Diane Dixon, second from right, congratulate Professor of the Year Dr. Blythe Duell and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Vicki Hudson.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s annual Faculty-Staff Recognition Banquet was held Monday night in the Visual and Performing Arts Center on campus.

The event honored and recognized a number of faculty and staff members for outstanding contributions to the University. Also honored were retirees and employees for years of service.

The Faculty Senate presented its Professor of the Year Award to Dr. Blythe Duell, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and Lifetime Achievement Award to Vicki Hudson, Chair, Assistant Professor of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation.

Joining Southeastern president Larry Minks on the program as presenters were Vicki Hudson, Fred Hallman, Dr. Ernest Sturch, Liz McCraw, Dr. Diane Dixon, and Michael Stout.

Following is the list of the award winners:

Faculty Senate Awards

Professor of the Year: Dr. Blythe Duell, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Lifetime Achievement Award: Vicki Hudson, Chair, Assistant Professor of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

John Massey School of Business

Outstanding Service Award: Dr. Martin Bressler, Associate Professor of Management & Marketing

Outstanding Teaching Award: Robert Howard, Instructor of Management & Marketing

Outstanding Scholarship/Research Award: Dr. Debra Haley, Associate Professor of Marketing & Management

School of Arts and Sciences (Arts)

Outstanding Service Award: Dr. Brooks Flippen, Professor of History

Outstanding Teaching Award: Dr. Alistair Maeer, Assistant Professor of History

Outstanding Scholarship/Research Award: Dr. Robert McFadden, Professor of Music

School of Arts and Science (Science)

Outstanding Service Award: Dr. Christopher Moretti, Professor of Mathematics

Outstanding Teaching Award: Dr. Christopher Moretti, Professor of Mathematics

Outstanding Scholarship/Research Award: Dr. Nancy Paiva, Associate Professor of Chemistry

School of Education and Behavioral Sciences

Outstanding Service Award: Dr. Charla Hall, Professor of Psychology

Outstanding Teaching Award: Dr. Kimberly Donovan, Associate Professor of Counseling

Outstanding Scholarship/Research Award: Dr. Stewart Mayers, Associate Professor of Education

Staff Association Awards

Professional/Administration: Carol Coats, Office Manager, Business Affairs, Purchasing Agent

Secretarial/Clerical: DeAnn Prince, Acquisitions Specialist and Library Assistant, Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library

Service/Technical: Dave Cooper, Custodial Services, Physical Plant Other Awards

Spirit of Southeastern – Dr. Cathy Lightsey, Assistant Professor of Educational Instruction & Leadership

Enrollment Management Partnership Award – Dr. Teresa Golden, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Retirees

Dr. Cathy Lightsey, Assistant Professor of Educational Instruction & Leadership, McCurtain County Campus, 3 years of service

Joni Ainette, Secretary I, Educational Instruction & Leadership, 7 years of service

Dr. Jane Licata, Department Chair of Marketing/Management/General Business/Professor/ John Massey Endowed Chair of Marketing, 10 years of service

Dr. Jane Hicks, Professor of Management & Marketing, 12 years of service

Dr. Gerrie Johnson, Associate Professor/Chair, Educational Instruction & Leadership, 15 years of service

Dick Hackett, Instructor in Social Sciences, 17 years of service

Dr. Muhammad Betz, Professor of Educational Instruction & Leadership, 20 years of service

Brent Gold, Supervisor Custodial Services, 31 years of service

Jon Clouse, Director/Chief, Campus Police and Public Safety, 24 years of service

Southeastern gives back through community service

Representatives from Southeastern assist with the Families Feeding Families program in Durant.

DURANT, Okla. – Giving back to the community is a phrase that is used frequently in this day and age. Southeastern Oklahoma State University has been a proud member of the Durant community for more than 100 years, and the University understands the importance of community involvement.

In his role as assistant vice president for academic affairs and instruction, Dr. Bryon Clark, tracks Southeastern’s civic engagement efforts, and in doing so, has collected some impressive numbers.

According to Clark, during the 2010-2011 academic year, more than 760 individuals from Southeastern (students-faculty-staff) completed, collectively, approximately 30,000 hours of community service activity.

And while those may be impressive numbers, Clark points to another figure – 28,495 – the estimated number of individuals who were served through the University’s involvement – as the most important statistic of all.

Southeastern president Larry Minks is well aware of these volunteer efforts, and has witnessed many of the efforts first-hand.

“We emphasize to our students the responsibility they have to be productive citizens,” Minks said. “This includes being an active participant both on and off campus and contributing to the betterment of society. At Southeastern, we are fortunate to have a culture among our students, faculty and staff that fosters assistance to those in need. Our campus community understands that they can make a difference in the lives of others, and this is reflected by their willingness to volunteer their time and effort in meaningful ways.”

In the past, assistance has been provided by the Southeastern family in times of disaster – tornadoes, fires, etc., — but there are also ongoing efforts such as blood drives, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, volunteer income tax assistance program, theatrical workshops, tutoring, and Special Olympics, to name just a few.

Another well-known program that Southeastern has been involved with in Durant is “Families Feeding Families (FFF).”

This program was founded in 2003 by Tish Burkhalter, her husband Brian and their children, with the support of the community.

FFF is a working kitchen providing daily hot meals at no cost to those in need.

Tish, a Durant High School and Southeastern graduate (’10), took over FFF after her husband became ill in 2009 and became director in 2010. She was recognized for her efforts with the 2009 Frank Newman Leadership Award, which honors outstanding civic leadership.

“This is a way of life for our family,” she said. “We believe in serving in every aspect of our lives. We believe in the importance of providing and assisting as the need arises.

“Southeastern has become an active participant with the Families Feeding Families community kitchen program,” Burkhalter said. “Various groups, classes, University students and faculty have integrated Families Feeding Families and the Hope Chest community closet volunteer opportunities into individual class schedules.

“The University is active not only in physical volunteering, but also in opportunities regarding various donation needs such as food and clothing.”

Families Feeding Families acts as a clearinghouse through which the food industry and community may donate food and other goods. FFF strives to provide nourishment for the physical hunger people experience, as well as the emotional and spiritual hungers so many people experience on a regular basis.

The FFF kitchen is located in the former George Washington Elementary School, 314 East Main Street in Durant. It is open for dinner between 4:30-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The menu includes a main course with a vegetable or two, bread and desserts or cookies and drinks each evening.

Southeastern’s Dr. Charla Hall, professor of psychology, is also very involved in the Families Feeding Families program.

“I take a group from Southeastern to serve and clean up at Families Feeding Families on the second Tuesday of every month,” Hall said. “I have been doing this for about three years. Groups vary from month to month, and have included academic departments, student organizations, the President’s office, and some of my classes.

“Many times it is a mixture of staff, faculty, students, alumni and family members. This is my favorite because people with different connections to the University have an opportunity to work with one another while making a difference in our larger community.”

Other programs include Food 4 Kids supplemental food program; Back 2 School Backpack program; and the Gideon’s Gift Christmas Adoption program.

Alpha Chi inducts new members

Alpha Chi inducts new members

Press Release Date: 11-15-2011

Dr. Daniel Weigel

The 2011 Alpha Chi induction class gathers for a group photo.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Oklahoma Theta chapter of Alpha Chi national honor society recently inducted 57 students into lifetime membership.

Dr. Brett Elliott, Professor of Mathematics, delivered the introduction. Participating in the 29th annual induction ceremony were chapter sponsors Elliott; Dr. Charla Hall, Professor and Chair of Behavioral Sciences; Dr. Jennifer Hicks, Professor of Behavioral Sciences; Dr. L. David Norris, History Professor Emeritus; Heather Hartline, President-elect of the Oklahoma Theta Chapter of Alpha Chi; and Southeastern president Larry Minks, who delivered 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.

Alpha Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), a group of 67 societies meeting rigorous standards regarding student membership and governance. Alpha Chi is distinctive in its commitment to involving undergraduate members in the full range of operations of the society. Involvement begins at the local chapter level, where students fill all offices, and continues to the regional and national levels, where students are elected to sit on governing boards. In addition, Alpha Chi is one of two major ACHS members based on the scholarly achievement of juniors and seniors from all fields, the other being Phi Kappa Phi.

Following are the Alphi Chi 2011 inductees listed by hometown:

Oklahoma

  • Alderson – Delilah Rodriguez
  • Ardmore – Chelsea Cheek,
  • Atoka – Valerie Howard, Secret Lang, Allie McKinzie
  • Blanchard – Chance Grider, Barry Watson
  • Boswell – Cassidy Percer, Melissa Rice
  • Broken Bow – DeAnna Caldwell
  • Caddo – Landon Johnson
  • Duncan – Kayli Dyer
  • Durant – Lornna Bates, Regina Bredenkamp, Lorraine DeSivo, Ashlee Hale, Lauren Hughes, Wesley Johnston, Jacob Leatherwood, Tiffany Martinez, Michael Maxwell, Tyler Slawson, Charles Smith, Angela Welborn, Carrie Williamson
  • Garvin – Cody Chapman
  • Hendrix – Emily Garrett
  • Idabel – Kimberly Taylor
  • Madill – Brian Ayers, Samantha Moore,
  • Marietta – Brent O’Dell
  • McAlester – Amanda Jones
  • Prague – Samantha Vrska
  • Sand Springs – Sara Schmidt
  • Tishomingo – Kelly Devitt
  • Valliant – Teressa Snapp
  • Wilburton – Jason Freeman

Texas

  • Allen – James Taylor
  • DeKalb – Nicholas LaToof
  • Denison – Paula Bryant, Danielle Fogarty, Meagan Sewell, Gwendolyn Simmons
  • Ector – Adam Grant, Matthew Polk
  • Friendswood – Alexandria Cassell
  • Grapevine – Michael O’Dea
  • Mesquite – Chikako Nishina-Martin
  • Pottsboro – Bryanna Bradshaw
  • Roxton – Keylee Clemmons
  • Sanger – Jessica Hesse
  • Sherman – Lindsey Lacy, Amanda Oates, Tonja Van Sickle
  • Tom Bean – Ryan Emrick
  • Whitewright – Marka Bodine

Missouri

  • Oregon – Stormie Milne