Southeastern News

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 Alumni Association presents awards

DURANT, Okla. – At its Distinguished Awards Banquet Friday night, the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Alumni Association recognized a number of individuals.  The annual Homecoming event was held in the Visual & Performing Arts Center on the Southeastern campus.

During Saturday’s pre-game football activities, the Alumni and Distinguished Former Faculty recipients were once again introduced.

State Regent John Massey, center, receives the first-ever Southeastern Oklahoma State University Alumni Association Lifetime Achievement Award from Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, left, and Southeastern president Sean Burrage. The award  was presented at the Association’s Distinguished Awards Banquet Friday night.

State Regent John Massey, center, receives the first-ever Southeastern Oklahoma State University Alumni Association Lifetime Achievement Award from Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, left, and Southeastern president Sean Burrage. The award
was presented at the Association’s Distinguished Awards Banquet Friday night.

Southeastern Oklahoma State University president Sean Burrage, far left, congratulates the honorees at the Southeastern Alumni Association’s Distinguished Awards Banquet. Left to right, Frank Fietz, Distinguished Alumni; Dr. Flavil George, Distinguished  Former Faculty; Sue Wilson Stafford, Distinguished Alumni; Alice Ann Baker Dailey, Heritage Award, on behalf of the Minnie Baker family; and Dr. George Collier, Distinguished Former Faculty.

Southeastern Oklahoma State University president Sean Burrage, far left, congratulates the honorees at the Southeastern Alumni Association’s Distinguished Awards Banquet. Left to right, Frank Fietz, Distinguished Alumni; Dr. Flavil George, Distinguished
Former Faculty; Sue Wilson Stafford, Distinguished Alumni; Alice Ann Baker Dailey, Heritage Award, on behalf of the Minnie Baker family; and Dr. George Collier, Distinguished Former Faculty.

 

Southeastern to celebrate Homecoming Oct. 23-25

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate Homecoming 2014 on October 23-24-25.

This year’s theme is “Destination Homecoming” and the three-day event should have something for everyone, including current students, alumni and friends.

Honored as Distinguished Alumni will be Dr. Jesse Arnold, Ms. Josephine Wildcat Bigler and Dr. David Whitlock.

 

Recognized as Distinguished Former Faculty will be Dr. Pat Dunham, Dr. Phil

Dunham and Dr. Robert Oliver.

Along with banquets, pep rallies, campus tours, the Whang Bang golf tournament, tailgate alley and the Homecoming football game, numerous reunions are scheduled. For information on reunions, check http://alumni.SE.edu.

The following schedule includes some of the many events scheduled for Homecoming weekend:

Thursday, October 23

SE Night at the Museum, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Three Valley Museum, 401 W. Main Street.

Friday, October 24

28th-annual Whang Bang Golf Tournament, Chickasaw Pointe Golf Course. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and a shotgun start is set for 9 a.m. Participants may register online at http://alumni.SE.edu. The Whang Bang has started a highly popular tradition that has legends from Southeastern’s storied athletics history serving as honorary starters. This year’s honorary starter is SE Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Beard.

Distinguished Awards Banquet, 5:30 p.m., Visual and Performing Arts Center. This event features introduction of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Former Faculty.

True Blue Rally, 8 p.m., amphitheater.

Saturday, October 25

Coffee & Conversation with Southeastern Athletic Legends, 8 a.m. Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium. Former Southeastern athletes gather to reminisce. Hosted by Southeastern president Sean Burrage and Director of Athletics Keith Baxter.

Homecoming Parade, 10 a.m., downtown

Alumni Tailgate Party, Alumni Alley, 11 a.m., across from Paul Laird Field.

Southeastern Campus Tours, 11:30 a.m. Explore the campus during the one-hour tour. Student tours will include campus and residence halls, plus a lunch ticket. Special Alumni tours will also be held. Register online at http://www.SE.edu/future-students/visit. Tours leave from the entrance to Paul Laird Field.

Pre-Game Ceremony, 1:50 p.m., Paul Laird Field. Introduction of Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Former Faculty, past and present.

Kickoff: Southeastern vs. Northwestern, 2 p.m.

Discover Durant “A Market Fair,” Market Square, downtown, 6 p.m.

Distinguished Former Faculty to be honored at Homecoming

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Alumni Association will honor three individuals with the Distinguished Former Faculty award during Homecoming 2012.

An awards banquet will formally honor Dr. Walter Britt, Dr. Elbert Hill and Dr. Pat Robbins (’60) at 5:30 p.m. Friday, September 28, in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.

Dr. Walter Britt

Britt joined the faculty at Southeastern in 1976 as Assistant Professor of Music. He retired as Professor/Chair of the Music Department after a career that spanned 25 years.

His initial duties at Southeastern included conducting the University Chorale and the Chorvettes, teaching vocal education methods, conducting, and applied voice lessons.

He also conducted the Chamber Singers and taught courses in the sacred music program. He initiated the Choral Union program, which included singers from the community for summer concerts and larger choral works when the choir joined local church choirs and, on occasion, the choirs at Austin College.

Britt participated in a cultural exchange program with China where he worked with choirs in Nanning and Guangzhou.

An active member of MENC, ACDA and OMEA, he also served as Southeastern representative for OCDA for several years, during which time he wrote columns for state publication.

He was a charter member and served as secretary/treasurer of the Oklahoma Association of Music Schools and as president of the Oklahoma Coalition of Music Education. He served as judge for vocal music contests throughout Oklahoma and adjoining states.

Britt was granted tenure in 1985, served as chair of the Department of Music at Southeastern for 13 years, and was instrumental in gaining accreditation of the department by the National Association of Schools of Music.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and began his teaching career at Pierce Junior High in Tampa, Florida. He returned to FSU on a federal fellowship to pursue a master’s degree in music education, which he completed in 1968.

Britt was on the FSU faculty from 1969 until joining the University of Texas in 1973 for a three-year residency. He received his D.M.A. in Choral Literature and Conducting, directed the Texas Troubadours, and assisted with the Choral Union.

He earned his doctorate from the University of Texas in 1977.

Britt and wife Pat (’83) reside in Durant. They have three children and five grandchildren.

Dr. Elbert Hill

Hill became a member of the Southeastern faculty as an Instructor of English in 1966. After almost 40 years of service, he retired as a Professor of English in 2006.

Hill was granted tenure at Southeastern in 1976 and was a specialist in children’s and young adult literature until his retirement.

He is the author of numerous papers about literature for children and adolescents and about Native American literature.

In the summer of 1983, he attended the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Institute, Children’s Literature at the University of Connecticut and in 1987 the NEH, Great Traditions in American Indian Thought at the University of California in Berkeley.

He served on numerous Southeastern committees, including Library, Curriculum, Graduate Faculty Colloquium, Faculty Senate and Native American Symposium Planning.

Hill chaired the Library and Graduate Faculty Colloquium committees and was coordinator of the state-wide Oklahoma Scholar-Leadership Enrichment Program from 1976 until his retirement.

He held professional memberships in the National Council of Teachers of English, the College English Association and the South Central College English Association, for which he served as president one year, and as Chair of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Section (1982) and the Children’s Literature Section (1987).

Hill initiated and taught courses in Existential Philosophy, Ethics, Native American Literature, Advanced Children’s Literature and three Southern Women (literature).

He was a contributing writer for several publications, including “Children’s Novels and the Movies” and has also been a guest lecturer at Texas Woman’s University in Denton.

Hill earned his bachelor’s degree from Carson-Newman (Tenn.) and his master’s degree from Memphis State University in 1966.

He was on leave from Southeastern in 1969-72 to continue his studies at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

He was awarded his Ph.D. in English (Folklore, Children’s Literature) from the University of Nebraska in 1973.

Hill and wife Marion, also a retired educator and now a mystery writer, live in Durant.

Dr. Pat Robbins

Robbins joined the Southeastern faculty in 1976 as a Program Developer in the Department of Grants and Contracts.

She graduated from Clayton, Oklahoma, High School and entered Southeastern in the summer of 1953. She also married Gene Robbins (’54) in 1953 when they were students at Southeastern.

She was named Instructor of Business Education and Secretarial Administration in 1977 and earned her doctorate in 1978 from North Texas State (now the University of North Texas) in Denton. She became an associate professor in 1981, was named professor and granted tenure in 1985.

Robbins was promoted to Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies, Professor/Chair of the Business Education Department in 1986. One year later, she served as professor in the departments of Business Administration and Business Education.

In 1988, she became professor/chair of the Department of Business Education, a position she held until her retirement as Professor Emeritus in 1990.

She helped in the formation of the Southwest Administrative Services Association and held several offices, including president. As a program participant, she presented the results of research and was responsible for program development for the annual meeting. She served as president of Delta Kappa Gamma and the Southeastern Alumni Association.

Robbins was recognized by Governor George Nigh’s Committee on the Status of Women. She was active in the Oklahoma and National Business Education Associations. Other professional affiliations were Delta Mu Delta, Pi Omega Pi and Delta Pi Epsilon.

Pat received a master’s degree in Business Administration in 1966 from East Texas State (now Texas A&M-Commerce) and earned a master’s in guidance and counseling there in 1993.

She has also taught in the Business Administration Departments of Murray State College, Kansas State University, Louisiana State University and the University of North Texas.

After retirement from Southeastern, she agreed to help a friend by working one year with at-risk students in the Garland, Texas, school district.

That one-year commitment turned into a 15-year career, after which she retired from Texas and went to work with the Durant Public School system to implement a district-wide character-education development program and a lifeskills curriculum to provide students with the skills to avoid substance abuse.

Her third retirement worked – for now – and she spends time with her husband and family. She and Gene will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on July 2, 2013.

They have two daughters, two grandsons, and two great-grandchildren.

Distinguished Alumni, Former Faculty to be honored at Homecoming September 28-29

Distinguished Alumni, Former Faculty to be honored at Homecoming September 28-29

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will honor the 2012 Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Former Faculty, along with presenting the Benefactor and Heritage Awards, during Homecoming on September 28-29.

The Distinguished Alumni are Captain Gail Gorski (’74), Mr. Stephen Robinson (’86), and Mr. Towana Spivey (’68).

Distinguished Former Faculty award recipients are Dr. Walter Britt, Dr. Elbert Hill, and Dr. Pat Robbins (’60).

The Benefactor Award will be presented posthumously to Mr. Albert H. Brigance (’55) and the Heritage Award will be presented posthumously to Dr. Bernice Crockett (’34).

The 2012 honorees will be recognized at a dinner scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Friday, September 28, in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.

“Faithful to the Gold and Blue” is the theme of this year’s festivities.

For more information, visit alumni.SE.edu or call 580-745-2875.

Southeastern announces honorees for Homecoming 2011

Southeastern announces honorees for Homecoming 2011

Press Release Date: 08-19-2011

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will honor the 2011 Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Former Faculty, along with presenting the Benefactor and Heritage Awards, during Homecoming, October 14-15.

This year’s Distinguished Alumni are Mr. Greg Armstrong (’80), former State Representative John Carey (’92), and Major General James E. Chambers (’75).

Distinguished Former Faculty recipients are Dr. Don Collier and Dr. Don Ferguson.

The Benefactor Award for 2011 will be presented to the O.J. and Mary Christine Harvey Educational Foundation, and the Heritage Award will go posthumously to Kate Galt Zaneis, the ninth president of Southeastern (1935-37).

Honorees will be recognized at a dinner scheduled for Oct. 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.