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Homecoming activities scheduled for Oct. 11-12-13

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate Homecoming 2018 on October 11-13.

The traditional Homecoming parade is set for Thursday October 11, at 6:30 p.m.  in downtown Durant.  That evening’s event will kick off the Homecoming festivities; following the parade there will be food trucks and a live band at Market Square presented by Durant Main Street for all Southeastern alumni and friends and the Durant community. This will be the second year in a row that Southeastern and Durant High School will hold a parade together.

Other traditional activities include the 32nd annual Whang Bang Alumni Golf Tournament on Friday, October 12, at Chickasaw Pointe.  Registration opens at 8 a.m. and a shotgun start is scheduled for 9 a.m.

The Distinguished Awards Banquet recognizing Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Former Faculty is set for 5:30 p.m. Friday in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.

This year’s Distinguished Alumni recipients are retired Col. Tray Ardese, Dr. Russell DeBose-Boyd, and Dr.  Barbara Rackley.

This year’s Distinguished Former Faculty award honorees are Dr. Kenneth Chinn, Dr. Jane Elder, and Dr. Ken Elder.

The Homecoming Bonfire is scheduled for Friday at 8:30 p.m. in the Amphitheater on campus.

On Saturday, October 13, the Alumni Tailgate Party opens at 11 a.m. in Tailgate Alley across from Paul Laird Field.

Live music will be provided by The Arbuckle Xpress Band (11:15 a.m.) and Ty England (noon-1:30 p.m.).

Also on Saturday at 11 a.m., a 30th anniversary reunion of the 1988 Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference championship football team will take place on the lawn of Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium.

Southeastern’s Savage Storm will kick off at 2 p.m. against Southern Arkansas University in the Homecoming football game at Paul Laird Field. During pre-game ceremonies on the field at 1:40 p.m., the Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Former Faculty Award recipients will be introduced.

For more information and a complete list of homecoming activities, visit

http://www.se.edu/alumni/schedule-of-events-2/.

Southeastern Homecoming to honor three Distinguished Alumni

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will honor three Distinguished Alumni during Homecoming activities on Oct. 11-12-13.

The Distinguished Awards Banquet recognizing Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Former Faculty recipients is set for 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.

This year’s Distinguished Alumni recipients are retired Marine Col. Tray Ardese, Dr. Russell DeBose-Boyd, and Dr.  Barbara Rackley.

In addition to the banquet, they will be honored on Saturday during pre-game (1:40 p.m.) ceremonies of the Southeastern-Southern Arkansas football game. at Paul Laird Field.

Tray Ardese

Tray Ardese

A native of Krebs, Oklahoma, Col. Tray Ardese participated in track and football at Southeastern, serving as a team captain and earning all-conference honors in football. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 1989. He later earned a master’s of strategic studies at the United States Army War College.

Among the individuals who influenced him at Southeastern were Dr. David Norris (history professor), Rade Radasinovich (geography professor), and Morris Sloan (football coach).

Ardese began a highly decorated military career in 1990 when he entered the Marine Corps.  During his time in the Corps, he was an FA-18D Weapons and Sensors Officer (WSO), a C-12 Pilot, a ground Forward Air Controller (FAC) and was a Battle Watch Captain in the U.S. Strategic Command as part of the U.S. nuclear forces.

During his years of flying he amassed more than 3,000 hours of flight time and 257 Combat missions in the air.   During his ground time, he completed three tours as a FAC and two combat deployments with Special Operations Forces (SOF), doing direct action missions as a forward air controller/fire support coordinator.             While on his first SOF deployment, he was wounded in an intense fire fight and received the Purple Heart.

During his military career, he served on missions in  Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.  His time in the military took him to more than 50 countries around the world.

In his final assignment prior to retirement, he commanded more than 3,000 people as CO of the Marine Air Group 41, the largest and most diverse group of its kind in the Corps.

He retired from military service in the fall of 2015.   Among his many military awards are the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Metal with “V” for Valor in Combat, Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Metal and Navy Commendation Metal with “V” for Valor in Combat.

Col Ardese (ret.) now serves as director of government and international affairs for Magpul Industries Corp. and director of Magpoul Core.

Ardese is also a Christian evangelist, and volunteers his time with Honored American Veterans Afield and Outdoor Network International, organizations that work with wounded veterans and children.

Ardese and his wife Tammi have five children, including son Ethan, who is a junior at Southeastern.

 

Dr. Russell DeBose-Boyd

Dr. Russell DeBose-Boyd

Dr. Russell DeBose-Boyd currently serves as Professor of Molecular Genetics and the Beatrice and Miguel Elias Distinguished Chair in Biomedical Science at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

DeBose-Boyd was born in Ardmore, Oklahoma, and raised in the small rural southeastern Oklahoma community of Boswell, where he graduated from Boswell High School in 1989. Soon thereafter, he began undergraduate studies at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, where he participated in the Minority Biomedical Research Support program.

DeBose-Boyd obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with minors in Mathematics and Biology in 1993.  While at Southeastern, he cites chemistry professor Dr. John Wright as his major mentor, as he decided to pursue a career in biomedical research.

Among the other individuals he credits during his Southeastern years were chemistry professors Dr. Gordon Eggleton and Dr. Loide Wasmund, as well as senior students Dr. Tim Smith and Dr. Jimmy Ballard, who served as early role models in DeBose-Boyd’s career. In addition to his academic studies, DeBose-Boyd was involved with the Minority Biomedical Research support program and also enjoyed weightlifting and basketball in the Recreation Center.

Upon completion of undergraduate studies in 1993, DeBose-Boyd was accepted into the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. He successfully defended his Ph. D. thesis in 1998 under the tutelage of Dr. Richard D. Cummings (currently Professor of Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School).  DeBose-Boyd’s thesis work was recognized by the inaugural Fred and Marie Gray Research Achievement Award.

Immediately following completion of his Ph. D. studies, DeBose-Boyd relocated to Dallas, Texas,  and became a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research in the laboratory of 1985 Nobel Laureates Drs. Michael S. Brown and Joseph L. Goldstein in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center.   After completion of postdoctoral studies in 2001, DeBose-Boyd became an Instructor in the Department of Molecular Genetics at UT Southwestern and embarked upon an independent career in biomedical research. Two years later, he was promoted to Assistant Professor, and in 2007, earned the rank of Associate Professor with tenure. He achieved full Professor status in 2013, and was named the Beatrice and Miguel Elias Distinguished Scholar in Biomedical  Science in 2016.

DeBose-Boyd has received numerous awards and honors during his career, including being named a Distinguished  Young Scholar in Medical Research by the W.M. Keck Foundation on 2006, as well as selection as an Early Career Scientist by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in 2009.  In 2010, DeBose-Boyd received the John J. Abel Award, a prestigious honor from the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics named for the founder of the Department of Pharmacology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and several important scientific journals.

DeBose-Boyd and his wife Gwendolyn have two sons, Reginald and Ryan.

 

 

 

Rackley

Rackley

Dr. Barbara Rackley grew up in the small town of Kenefic, Oklahoma, and  her 47- year professional career in the areas of education and business development have led to many accomplishments. She cites her family as a source of motivation and instilling values and providing support.

After graduating from Bokchito High School in 1969, Rackley entered Southeastern State College.  She went on to Oklahoma State University to receive a bachelor’s degree in Vocational Home Economics. She returned to Southeastern to earn a master’s degree in Education with an emphasis on Home Economics in 1980. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Home Economics Education and Higher Education Administration from Oklahoma State University.

Since leaving Kenefic, Rackley has achieved success in four different careers: home economics teacher at Caddo High School (1973-1981); Southeastern Oklahoma State University Home Economics Department (1981-86, Associate Professor and Teacher Educator and Department Chair (1987-1994); Southeastern Career and Placement Services Director (1994-2001); and Rural Enterprises of Oklahoma, Inc. (REI), Women’s Business Center Program Manager (2001-2018).

After 29 years in academia, Rackley retired, and in December 2001, she established the first Rural Women’s Business Center for REI. During her tenure, the Center covered the entire state and served more than 30,000 women entrepreneurs and small business owners. Earlier this year, she retired from that position, in which she had oversight in providing business, financial and technical assistance for women entrepreneurs wanting to start a business or grow an existing business.

Rackley gives Dr. Kathleen Meadows, former Southeastern Dean of Education & Behavioral Sciences and home economics professor, credit for her influence and support.

She has received a number of awards during her career, including the Small Business Administration (SBA) Women in Business Champion (WBC) of the Year award in 2004.  The WBC was the recipient of the SBA Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award in 2011, 2012, and 2016.

Rackley was also elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of Women’s Business Centers.  She has been President of the Oklahoma Home Economics Association, Oklahoma Council of Home Economics Administrators, Durant Fortnightly Club, Durant B&PW, and held other local, state and national organization leadership positions.

She has advocated on numerous occasions for the REI Business Women’s Center, Women’s Business Centers nationwide, and women business owners with Congressional leaders and participated in a round table with President George W. Bush.

In addition, Rackley has been an advocate for Southeastern students by  participating in many activities, attending events and most recently serving on the John Massey School of Business Advisory Council.

For more information and a complete list of homecoming activities, visit

http://www.se.edu/alumni/schedule-of-events-2/.

 

Homecoming activities scheduled for Oct. 11-12-13

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate Homecoming 2018 on October 11-13.

The traditional Homecoming parade is set for Thursday October 11, at 6:30 p.m.  in downtown Durant.  That evening’s event will kick off the Homecoming festivities; following the parade there will be food trucks and a live band at Market Square presented by Durant Main Street for all Southeastern alumni and friends and the Durant community. This will be the second year in a row that Southeastern and Durant High School will hold a parade together.

Other traditional activities include the 32nd annual Whang Bang Alumni Golf Tournament on Friday, October 12, at Chickasaw Pointe.  Registration opens at 8 a.m. and a shotgun start is scheduled for 9 a.m.

The Distinguished Awards Banquet recognizing Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Former Faculty is set for 5:30 p.m. Friday in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.

This year’s Distinguished Alumni recipients are retired Marine Col. Tray Ardese, Dr. Russell DeBose-Boyd, and Dr.  Barbara Rackley.

This year’s Distinguished Former Faculty award honorees are Dr. Kenneth Chinn, Dr. Jane Elder, and Dr. Ken Elder.

On Saturday, October 13, the Alumni Tailgate Party opens at 11 a.m. in Tailgate Alley across from Paul Laird Field.

Also on Saturday at 11 a.m., a 30th anniversary reunion of the 1988 Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference championship football team will take place on the lawn of Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium.

Southeastern’s Savage Storm will kick off at 2 p.m. against Southern Arkansas University in the Homecoming football game at Paul Laird Field. During pre-game ceremonies on the field at 1:40 p.m., the Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Former Faculty Award recipients will be introduced.

 For more information and a complete list of homecoming activities, visit

http://www.se.edu/alumni/schedule-of-events-2/.

Southeastern to honor Dr. James O. Young family with Benefactor Award

YoungDURANT, Okla. –  Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate Homecoming 2017 on October 5-7.

One notable change in the schedule this year is the traditional Saturday Homecoming parade is being moved to Thursday night, October 5, at 6:30 in downtown Durant.  That evening’s event will kick off the Homecoming festivities; following the parade there will be food trucks and a live band at Market Square presented by Durant Main Street for all Southeastern alumni and friends and the Durant community.

Traditional homecoming activities include the 31st annual Whang Bang Golf Tournament on Friday, October 6, at Chickasaw Pointe.  Registration opens at 8 a.m. and a shotgun start is scheduled for 9 a.m.

The Distinguished Awards Banquet recognizing Distinguished Alumni, Former Faculty and the Benefactor honoree is set for 5:30 p.m. Friday in the Visual and Performing Arts Center. This year’s Distinguished Alumni honorees are Joy Culbreath, Director of Education Special Projects for The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma; Charles McCall, Sr., owner of AmeriState Bank, an Oklahoma Banking corporation, and the AtokaState Bancorporation; and Mark Hughes, civil war historian/author.

This year’s Distinguished Former Faculty award honoree is Dr. Jerry Polson.

The Benefactor Award will be presented to Dr. James O. Young and family. This award is presented to individuals, businesses or foundations that support the University through generous financial contributions.

Dr. Young has endowed three scholarships:

—   James O. Young Music Scholarship

—    Lucille Norman Koontz Endowed Scholarship in Vocal Performance

—   William O. Young Endowed Scholarship in Aviation

He has also contributed to the Ruth Cherokee Young Endowed Scholarship (Art), which was established by his father.

Young’s generosity garnered headlines around the state earlier this year when he gave $50,000 to help save the Oklahoma State Science Fair, which had been a victim of funding cuts.

Dr. Young, a retired dentist, is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cherokee Communications. He is a graduate of Southeastern (1967), earning a Bachelor of Science (Education), while majoring in Natural Science.  Young’s wife, Virginia (1966), is also a graduate of Southeastern, earning her degree in Elementary Education. Both are also Durant High graduates.

The Youngs have three children – daughters Amy Young and Jenny Sanchez and son Thomas.

Young’s parents, William and Ruth Young, founded Cherokee Telephone Company in 1959 and the family moved to Durant from Lone Grove. His father, Bill, graduated from the Southeastern aviation program, although his education was interrupted by World War II, where he served in the Navy.

Prior to pursuing a career in dentistry, Young  taught chemistry, physics and biology at Cleveland (Okla.) High School for one year.

Young earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Baylor University College of Dentistry in 1972 and set up practice in Ardmore. He retired in 1993.

Southeastern’s Savage Storm will kick off at 2 p.m. against Southwestern Oklahoma State University in the Homecoming football game.

For a complete schedule of events, visit  http://www.se.edu/alumni/homecoming-2017/schedule-of-events/

Joy Culbreath, Mark Hughes, and Charles McCall, Sr., named Distinguished Alumni for 2017

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will recognize three Distinguished Alumni in conjunction with the Homecoming 2017 celebration.

Events will be held October 5-6-7.

The Distinguished Awards Banquet is scheduled for Friday, October 6, at 5:30 p.m. in the Visual and Performing Arts Center. The banquet will recognize this

year’s recipients of the Distinguished Alumni, Distinguished Former Faculty and Benefactor awards.

This year’s recipients of the Distinguished Alumni award are Joy Culbreath, Mark Hughes, and Charles McCall, Sr.

Joy culbreath

Joy culbreath

Joy Culbreath is a name synonymous with education in the state of Oklahoma.

After 27 years working in TRIO programs and teaching in the Business Department, Culbreath retired from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Thus began her career with The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, which continues to this day, where she is Director of Education Special Projects. Culbreath  also serves as chairman of Jones Academy Foundation, which supports a legacy school founded by the Choctaw Nation in 1891.

Before taking on her current position, Culbreath retired as Executive Director of Education for the Nation.

In 1993, she started building an adult education program as the department’s only employee. Under her guidance, the Education Department blossomed, as she oversaw 14 programs, including TRIO, Early Childhood, Adult and Scholarship programs. Today, those programs provide funding to thousands of young Choctaws.

In 1997, Culbreath began building a language program from scratch. No teaching materials were available and coursework and reference materials had to be developed for classroom use. Today, Choctaw Language is state-certified and taught in public schools and college campuses for credit.

Culbreath has served on numerous committees and boards, including the Chahta Foundation, Jones Academy Foundation and the Alumni Board and John Massey Business Board at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

She received her Bachelor’s in Business Education and Elementary Education (1975) and Master’s degrees in Behavioral Studies (Certified Professional Counselor) and Administration (1977) from Southeastern.

In 2002, Culbreath was recognized by the Oklahoma State Board of Regents as the first recipient of the “Champion for Student Success’’ award. In 2011, she was named to the prestigious Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame.

Culbreath’s three daughters, Stacy Shepherd, Paula Harp and Richelle Acker are also Southeastern graduates.

Shepherd earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees and is Executive Officer of Member Services at The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Harp also received her bachelor’s and master’s and is Senior Director-Education Department for the Choctaws. In addition, she is a Southeastern Alumni Association Board member. Acker completed her bachelor’s degree and is Associate Department Director of Admissions at Vanderbilt Law School.

Culbreath’s  most recent projects have involved publishing a manuscript by a local historian and a traditional Choctaw children’s book.    She currently serves on the board for the March of Dimes,  Kiamichi Technology Center, and Gov. Fallin’s Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness.

 

Mark Hughes -

Mark Hughes –

Mark Hughes is a retired college electronics instructor widely recognized as an authority on Civil War cemeteries.

He is the only author to publish books on both Union and Confederate cemeteries. His books include, “Bivouac of the Dead,” “The Unpublished Roll of Honor” and two volumes of “Confederate Cemeteries.”

Hughes’ latest book, “The New Civil War Handbook: Facts and Photos for Readers of All Ages,” has been called a long-overdue update of a classic. He also wrote the “Introduction” and “Place Index” to the Roll of Honor series. “Confederate Soldiers in the American Civil War: Facts and Photos for Readers of All Ages” will be published in the fall of 2017.

In addition, he has written articles on a variety of subjects for a number of magazines.

In 1985, Hughes earned his Bachelor of Science in Electronic Technology from Southeastern. He received a Master of Technology from Southeastern the following year. While in Durant, he was an engineer for the campus radio station and involved with the Baptist Student Union.

He has done graduate work in Industrial Education at Clemson University and graduate work in history at Southeastern.

Hughes was named Faculty Advisor of the Year – Society of Manufacturing Engineers at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1988 and nominated for Cleveland (North Carolina) Community College Excellence in Teaching Award five times.

In addition, Hughes taught at Orangeburg-Calhoun (South Carolina) Technical College, and Southeastern (adjunct in 1984-85).

Hughes, his wife Patty, and their daughter Anna Grace reside on the family farm in the Dixon Community near Kings Mountain, North Carolina.

Charles McCall,  Sr., is the owner of AmeriState Bank, an Oklahoma Banking corporation,  and the AtokaState Bancorporation.

 

After graduating from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1967,  he began his career in banking and recently celebrated his 50th year of service to the Bank.

 

Charles McCall-

Charles McCall-

McCall  served many years as the bank’s President, Chief Executive Officer, and Board Chairman.

He is past president of the Atoka Chamber of Commerce, Atoka Rotary Club and Atoka Lions Club. Active in civic affairs, he served 16 years on the Atoka City Council and was the first chairman of the Atoka City Industrial Development Authority.

McCall is a 1962 graduate of Atoka High School, where he was a three-sport athlete and delegate to Boys State.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Southeastern, and was a member of Lambda Psi Omega men’s fraternity. Following graduation, McCall served in the Oklahoma National Guard from 1967 to 1973.

He is currently active as a member of the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Alumni Board of Directors.

McCall and his late wife, Barbara Ann Clure, have two sons, Charles, Oklahoma Speaker of the House and CEO and Board Chairman of AmeriState Bank, and Clay McCall, AmeriState Bank president.

His hobbies include flying, antique cars and watching his six grandsons participate in school activities.

For a complete schedule of homecoming events, visit  http://www.se.edu/alumni/homecoming-2017/schedule-of-events/

Southeastern to celebrate Homecoming October 5-6-7

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate Homecoming 2017 on October 5-7.

One notable change in the schedule this year is the traditional Saturday Homecoming parade is being moved to Thursday night, October 5, at 6:30 in downtown Durant.  That evening’s event will kick off the Homecoming festivities; following the parade there will be food trucks and a live band at Market Square presented by Durant Main Street for all Southeastern alumni and friends and the Durant community.

 

Traditional activities include the 31st annual Whang Bang Golf Tournament on Friday, October 6, at Chickasaw Pointe.  Registration opens at 8 a.m. and a shotgun start is scheduled for 9 a.m.

The Distinguished Awards Banquet recognizing Distinguished Alumni, Former Faculty and the Benefactor honoree is set for 5:30 p.m. Friday in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.

This year’s Distinguished Alumni honorees are Joy Culbreath, Director of Education Special Projects for The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Charles McCall, Sr., Executive Vice President of AmeriState Bank in Atoka and President of Atoka State Bancorporation, Inc., and Mark Hughes, civil war historian/author.

This year’s Distinguished Former Faculty award honoree is Dr. Jerry Polson.

The Benefactor Award will be presented to Dr. James O. Young and the Young family.

        On Saturday, October 7, the traditional Coffee and Conversation with Southeastern Athletic legends is scheduled for 8 a.m. in the lobby of the Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium, and the Alumni Tailgate Party opens at 11 a.m. in Tailgate Alley across from Paul Laird Field.

Southeastern’s Savage Storm will kick off at 2 p.m. against Southwestern Oklahoma State University in the Homecoming football game.

Impressive crowd celebrates Homecoming at Southeastern

Southeastern president Sean Burrage, left, presents the Heritage Award to Dr. Don Sullivan, who accepted the award on behalf of his late father Coach Bloomer Sullivan and the family.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage, left, presents the Heritage Award to Dr. Don Sullivan, who accepted the award on behalf of his late father Coach Bloomer Sullivan and the family.

DURANT, Okla. – An impressive number of alumni and friends returned to campus over the weekend as Southeastern Oklahoma State University celebrated Homecoming 2016.

The Distinguished Awards Banquet recognizing Distinguished Alumni, Distinguished Former Faculty and the Heritage honoree was held Friday in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.

Honored this year as  Distinguished Alumni were William Fahrendorf, Executive Vice President and Chief Administration Officer of Durant’s First United Bank; Lee Lipscomb, retired attorney, Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack; and Bill Groom, TV and film designer.

This year’s Distinguished Former Faculty Award recipients were Dr. Gordon Eggleton, Betty  Wintle, and the late Dr. James Wintle

The Heritage Award was presented posthumously to Hall of Fame coach BloomerSullivan, with his son  Dr. Don Sulllivan accepting the honor.

Among the special guests attending Friday’s event were Chancellor and former Southeastern president Glen D. Johnson and his wife Melinda.

On Saturday morning, the traditional Homecoming Parade was held in downtownDurant, followed by the Alumni Tailgate Party across from Paul Laird Field.

Crowned Homecoming Queen and King at Saturday’s football game were Kayla Castagnetta, a senior  biology/psychology from Hartshorne, Oklahoma, and

Kirk Sanders, a senior occupational safety and health major from Telephone, Texas.

On the playing field, the Southeastern Savage Storm defeated Southern Nazarene45-14, to run their record to 3-1.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage, far right, joins the honorees Friday night at the Distinguished Awards Banquet. Left to right are William Fahrendorf, Dr. Gordon Eggleton, Betty Wintle, and Lee Lipscomb. Distinguished Alumni recipient Bill Groom could not attend the ceremony due to professional obligations.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage, far right, joins the honorees Friday night at the Distinguished Awards Banquet. Left to right are William Fahrendorf, Dr. Gordon Eggleton, Betty Wintle, and Lee Lipscomb. Distinguished Alumni recipient Bill Groom could not attend the ceremony due to professional obligations.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates Homecoming Queen and King Kayla Castagnetta and Kirk Sanders.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates Homecoming Queen and King Kayla Castagnetta and Kirk Sanders.

Homecoming features full schedule of activities

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate Homecoming 2016 on September 22-23-24.

Activities begin on Thursday, September 22, with Southeastern Night at the Museum featuring an alumni wine and cheese reception hosted by the board ofdirectors of the Three Valley Museum from 5-7 p.m.

Friday tees off with the 30th annual Whang Bang Alumni Golf Tournament at Chickasaw Pointe Golf Course. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and a shotgunstart is scheduled for 9 a.m.

The Distinguished Awards Banquet recognizing Distinguished Alumni, Distinguished Former Faculty and the Heritage honoree is set for 5:30 p.m. Friday in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.

This year’s Distinguished Alumni are William Fahrendorf, Executive Vice President and Chief Administration Officer of Durant’s First United Bank; Lee Lipscomb, retired attorney, Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack; and Bill Groom, TV and film designer.

This year’s Distinguished Former Faculty are Dr. Gordon Eggleton, Betty  Wintle, and the late Dr. James Wintle

The Heritage Award will be presented posthumously to Hall of Fame coach Bloomer Sullivan, with his son Don accepting the honor.

Saturday’s festivities will begin at 8 a.m. with Coffee & Conversation with Southeastern Athletic Legends, president Sean Burrage and athletics director Keith Baxter in Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium.

The Homecoming Parade is scheduled for 10 a.m. in downtown Durant, and the Alumni Tailgate Party opens at 11 a.m. in Tailgate Alley across from Paul Laird Field.

Southeastern’s Savage Storm will kick off at 2 p.m. against Southern Nazarene’s Crimson Storm in the big Homecoming football game.

For a complete schedule of events, visit alumni.SE.edu or contact the Alumni Office at 580-745-2267.

Southeastern to honor three Distinguished Alumni at Homecoming

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will honor three Distinguished Alumni during homecoming festivities on September 22-23-24.

This year’s honorees are William Fahrendorf, Bill Groom, and Lee Lipscomb. They will be recognized at the Southeastern Alumni Association’s Distinguished Awards Banquet on Friday, September 23, at 5:30 p.m. in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.

In addition, all of the current and former Distinguished Alumni will be introduced in pre-game ceremonies on Saturday, September 24, as Southeastern takes on Southern Nazarene in a 2 p.m. kickoff at Paul Laird Field.

“This year’s group of honorees is truly exceptional,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage.  “They have demonstrated a high standard of excellence in their chosen fields, while serving as great ambassadors for Southeastern for many, many years. Their success also serves as an inspiration for our current students and the dreams they have.’’

William Fahrendorf 4x6William Fahrendorf serves as Executive Vice President/Chief Administration Officer of First United Bank.  In this role, he oversees the planning and directing of the bank’s staff and service functions; develops and oversees staff and service policies, objectives and initiatives; and monitors operational performances.

Fahrendorf’s banking career began in 1971, over 45 years ago, with Durant Bank and Trust Company, a one-location operation with $23 million inassets.  First United is now a $3.2 billion financial institution serving 30-plus communities in Oklahoma and Texas.

While working at Durant Bank and Trust and carrying a full college course load, Fahrendorf also served his country as a Staff Sergeant and Drill Instructorwith the 95th Division of the United States Army Reserve.  He is a 1976 graduate of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Known for his quiet, low-key manner, Fahrendorf is also recognized for his local and state leadership in service to the governance of the Oklahoma Public Education System.  He wasappointed to the Durant School Board to serve the remainder of a term in 1989 and remained on the board until 2000.  He was also elected to the Oklahoma State School Board Association and served from 1994 until 2000.  In 1998, he served as the association’s President.

Along with his success in business and stewardship of Oklahoma’s public schools, Fahrendorf’s contributions to Southeastern Oklahoma State University are also significant.

He served on the Southeastern Foundation’s Board of Trustees from 1989 to 2010, and as chairman from 1997 until his retirement in 2010.  During his tenure, the assets of the Foundation more than quadrupled.

Fahrendorf, and his wife Pam, a retired Chair of Computer Science at SOSU, reside in Durant and have three daughters and four grandchildren. His family has established a fully-fundedendowed scholarship.

groom[3]Bill Groom has enjoyed a long career as a successful television and film designer.

Groom graduated from Southeastern in 1972 with a double major in art and theatre. He earned a Master’s in Fine Arts degree in Theater Design from Tulane University in 1974.

He was the recipient of a record four consecutive Emmys for his work on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.’’ Other recent TV credits include HBO’s “Vinyl,’’ and “When We Rise,” an ABC TV 7-part series about the history of the LGBTQ movement that will air next year.

Among Groom’s other credits is a 7-year stint as the art director of the popular TV comedy show, “Saturday Night Live’’ on NBC.

Since leaving SNL in 1984, he has worked on hundreds of TV shows and scores of movies,  including “Milk,” “Eat, Pray, Love,” “A League Of Their Own” and “Preacher’s Wife.”

Prior to his career in television and film design, Groom taught in the Theater Department of State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Groom, originally from California, Missouri,  is married to the Rev. Dr. Jane Ann Looney Groom, also a Southeastern graduate. Their two sons both work in the entertainment industry. Brooklyn, New York, and a tiny hamlet in the Catskills are home to the Grooms.

Lipscomb-4x6Lee Lipscomb enjoyed a successful 42-year career with Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack in Los Angeles, a law firm he co-founded in 1974. He retired in 2014.

Lipscomb graduated from Durant High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Southeastern in 1961.

Four decades as a litigator in California found Lipscomb and his company in the thick of many interesting cases. In the early years, the firm primarily defended aviation insurance companies, but his ties to Lloyds of London Underwriters led to high profile cases involving entertainment law and motion picture litigation.

Lipscomb  handled the Lloyds’ claims of MGM arising from the death of actress Natalie Wood and was successful in forcing MGM to finish her last, nearly completed film, “Brainstorm.” He also worked on the case of Bette Davis, when the movie star walked off the set of her last film, “Wicked Stepmother.”

Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack is also well-known known as lead counsel in the Hinckley and Kettleman, California, water contamination cases against Pacific Gas & Electric Company.  This resulted in approximately $700 million recovered for 1,500 clients and is commonly referred to as the “Erin Brockovich” case.

During his summers in high school and college, Lipscomb  worked as a firefighter with the U.S Forest Service. This included a five-year stint as a parachute firefighter. He completed his military service with the U.S. Army Reserve in 1968.

After his firefighting career, Lipscomb obtained his Commercial, Multi-Engine instrument and instructor pilot ratings. He then started an independent aircraft insurance claims adjusting company and later incorporated Aero Loss Adjustors, Inc., which he operated for four years while attending the Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles.

Lipscomb enjoys retirement life with his family — wife Robin, two sons, a stepdaughter and two grandchildren. The Lipscombs currently reside in Jackson, Wyoming.

Southeastern to celebrate Homecoming September 23-24

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate Homecoming 2016 on September 23-24.

Traditional activities include Whang Bang Golf Tournament at Chickasaw Pointe Golf Course on Friday, September 23.  Registration opens at 8 a.m. and a shotgun start is scheduled for 9 a.m.

The Distinguished Awards Banquet recognizing Distinguished Alumni, Former Faculty and the Heritage honoree is set for 5:30 p.m. Friday in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.

This year’s Distinguished Alumni are William Fahrendorf, Executive Vice President and Chief Administration Officer of Durant’s First United Bank; Lee Lipscomb, retired attorney, Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack; and Bill Groom, a TV and film designer.

This year’s Distinguished Former Faculty award honorees are Dr. Gordon Eggleton, Betty Wintle, and the late Dr. James Wintle.

The Heritage Award will be presented posthumously to Hall of Fame coach Bloomer Sullivan, with his son, Dr. Don Sullivan, accepting the honor.

On Saturday, September 24, the Homecoming Parade is scheduled for 10 a.m. in downtown Durant, and the Alumni Tailgate Party opens at 11 a.m. in Alumni Alley across from Paul Laird Field.

Southeastern’s Savage Storm will kick off at 2 p.m. against Southern Nazarene’s Crimson Storm in the big Homecoming football game.

For a complete schedule of events, visit alumni.SE.edu or contact the Alumni Office, 580-745-2875.