Southeastern News

Envoy, Southeastern receive partnership award from OSRHE

Attending the awards recognition Tuesday were, left to right, Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, Southeastern president Sean Burrage, Envoy Air lead pilot recruiter John Colquitt, Southeastern aviation alumni association president Chris Ferguson, Southeastern aviationsciences faculty member/chief flight instructor Kyle Thomas, Southeastern vice president for university advancement Dr. Kyle Stafford, and Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb.

Attending the awards recognition Tuesday were, left to right, Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, Southeastern president Sean Burrage, Envoy Air lead pilot recruiter John Colquitt, Southeastern aviation alumni association president Chris Ferguson, Southeastern aviationsciences faculty member/chief flight instructor Kyle Thomas, Southeastern vice president for university advancement Dr. Kyle Stafford, and Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb.

DURANT, Okla. – Twenty-eight business and higher education partnerships throughout the state were recognized Tuesday as innovative collaborations that further the education of Oklahoma’s workforce.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award is designed to highlight successful partnerships between higher education institutions and businesses and to further cultivate the higher learning environment through State Regents’ Economic Development Grants.

“Our colleges and universities partner with business and industry to link academic programs, including business, information technology, health care, aerospace, energy and bioscience, directly to employment needs in the state’s wealth-generating ecosystems,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “These partnerships create opportunities for students to expand their academic credentials with work experience, better preparing them for the workforce.”

Among the 28 partnerships recognized for 2017 were:

Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Envoy — The partnership between Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Envoy began in 2013 with the creation of the American Eagle Pipeline Program. This program prepares professional pilot students at Southeastern to enter American Eagle Airlines as first officers. Those selected for the program receive mentoring and, upon graduation, become Envoy employees. While employed, the graduates remain at Southeastern and work as full-time flight instructors until they accumulate the FAA-required 1,000 hours of flight time, and they then move on to the next class of Envoy first officers. The program benefits students by providing a clear career path after graduation, benefits Southeastern by providing a recruiting tool for prospective students, and provides a reliable source of well-trained professional pilots for Envoy. Furthermore, Envoy graduates receive a $10,000 scholarship incentive and a competitive compensation package. To date, 24 Southeastern students have participated in the program.

Aviation Visitation Day attracts prospective students to campus

DURANT, Okla. – Eighty high school students/parents attended Aviation Visitation Day Friday at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The Southeastern Aviation Sciences Institute (ASI) hosted the event, which included a campus tour andvisits to facilities and the regional airport. The students also participated in a flight simulator demonstration and learned more through a panel discussion of aviation careers and information provided by several regional airline representatives.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage welcomed the students and their parents to campus Friday morning.

ASI faculty and staff also visited with the students to provide additional information about the aviation program.

Students participate in flight simulation at Aviation Visitation Day.

Students participate in flight simulation at Aviation Visitation Day.

Pilot and Southeastern Aviation Alumni president Chris Ferguson visits with students and parents Friday morning at Aviation Visitation Day.

Pilot and Southeastern Aviation Alumni president Chris Ferguson visits with students and parents Friday morning at Aviation Visitation Day.

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.