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Southeastern hosts Career Discovery Day for eighth-graders

Southeastern graduate Sean Cooper addresses students at the closing session.

Southeastern graduate Sean Cooper addresses students at the closing session.

DURANT, Okla. – Some 550 eighth-graders from 11 area schools were on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University Thursday to participate in Career Discovery Day.

Participating schools were Durant, Achille, Bennington, Boswell, Colbert, Coleman, Caddo, Calera, Rock Creek, Silo, and  Victory Life Academy.

The students met with professionals in breakout sessions to learn more about career opportunities. Fields represented included legal, medical, education, vocational, media communications, the arts, science, and law enforcement.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage welcomed the students to campus with opening remarks in Montgomery  Auditorium.

Sean Cooper of C4 Sports Performance & Fitness was guest speaker for the closing session, and Jason Taylor of KLBC radio was emcee.

Sponsors of the event were First United Bank,Southeastern Oklahoma State University, The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Southern Workforce Board, KLBC, C4 Sports Performance & Fitness, Red River Ford + Lincoln, OG&E, First Texoma Bank, Durant Chamber of Commerce, and Landmark Bank.

Local attorney and Southeastern graduate Thomas  Marcum talks about careers in the legal profession.

Local attorney and Southeastern graduate Thomas Marcum talks about careers in the legal profession.

Airline pilot Chris Ferguson, a graduate of Southeastern, provides insight on aviation careers.

Airline pilot Chris Ferguson, a graduate of Southeastern, provides insight on aviation careers.

Southeastern celebrates 50 years of Aviation Excellence

An aviation career seminar was held on campus Friday afternoon.

An aviation career seminar was held on campus Friday afternoon.

DURANT, Okla. – More than 350 alumni and friends descended upon Durant over the weekend to celebrate 50 Years of Aviation Excellence at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The event was capped Saturday night with a special banquet featuring keynote speaker Col. Jim Hanny, Southeastern’s first aviation graduate.  Also offering remarks were Chancellor Glen D. Johnson and Southeastern president Sean Burrage.

Keynote speaker Col. Jim Hanny, Southeastern’s first aviation graduate, addresses the crowd.

Keynote speaker Col. Jim Hanny, Southeastern’s first aviation graduate, addresses the crowd.

On Friday, an Aviation Career Seminar was held in the Magnolia Room on campus. Representatives from several major airlines attended.

Saturday was a day filled with family activities, with tours of campus and an open house at the Southeastern Aviation Sciences Institute.

The Southeastern Aviation Sciences program has expanded since its inception in 1966, with courses now delivered in Durant, at Tinker Air Force Base and Rose State College in Midwest City, and at Oklahoma City Community College. It offers undergraduate degree programs with the Professional Pilot Option and the Aviation Management Option. In addition, a master’s program in Aerospace Administration and Logistics is offered.

Gathering after the event were Southeastern Aviation Alumni Association president Chris Ferguson, Southeastern president Sean Burrage, Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, State Regent John Massey, and Col. Jim Hanny.

Gathering after the event were Southeastern Aviation Alumni Association president Chris Ferguson, Southeastern president Sean Burrage, Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, State Regent John Massey, and Col. Jim Hanny.