Southeastern News

Spring 2017 Commencement moved up to May 6

DURANT, Okla. – Mark your calendars now. Southeastern Oklahoma State University has announced that the spring semester will conclude a week earlier than previously announced.

Spring Commencement will now be on Saturday, May 6, instead of May 13; the final day of exams is now May 5 instead of May 12.

Aviation Visitation Day scheduled for February 24

DURANT, Okla. – High school students interested in pursuing a career in aviation are invited to attend Aviation Visitation Day on February 24 at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The event, hosted by the Southeastern Aviation Sciences Institute (ASI), will include a campus tour and visits to ASI facilities and the regional airport. Other activities include a flight simulator demonstration, panel discussion of aviation careers, and information provided by several regional airline representatives who will be in attendance.

Events will begin at 9:30 a.m. with registration in the Student Union. Lunch will be provided.

To register, go to

Southeastern involved in community projects on MLK Day

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 16. Classes will not be held, but the University will be open as students, faculty and staff participate in community service projects.

Southeastern faculty, staff and student volunteers will meet at 8:30 a.m. in the ballroom in Hallie McKinney Hall.

Volunteers will visit Northwest Heights, Washington Irving and Robert E. Lee elementary schools in Durant, along with the Durant Boys and Girls Club, where they will assist with painting, re-tiling the ceiling, light moving and cleaning.


Southeastern will also conduct a Peanut Butter Drive campus-wide to deliver to St. Catherine’s Food Bank. The group will also help with bagging groceries.

Peanut butter donations may be dropped off in Student Life, Student Health and Wellness, the atrium of the student union and in each residence hall. Each student volunteer is encouraged to bring a canned good or peanut butter product to the MLK Jr. Day of Service.

Lunch will be provided for all participants at 1:30 p.m. in the ballroom.

Spring semester begins Monday, January 9

DURANT, Okla. – Spring semester classes begin on Monday, January 9, at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. On the following Monday (January 16), classes will not be held due to Martin Luther King Day; however, the University will be open that day and students will be participating in community service projects.

Admissions-Recruitment Office moves to Welcome Center

DURANT, Okla. – The Office of Admissions and Recruitment has a new home on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University  – the Welcome Center.

The Admissions-Recruitment staff recently made the move from the first floor of the Administration Building  (A-101) to the Welcome Center, which is located at the southeast corner of 5th and University.

According to University officials, the new location will better serve visitors, prospective students and their families by offering improved parking and access to campus for tours and events.

The Office of Admissions and Recruitment serves as the central hub for admissions, campus tours, recruiting efforts, and international services. Prospective students are encouraged to come by the office if they have any questions regarding application for admission to the university, to turn in a transcript or ACT/ SAT scores, or to speak with an admission counselor.


An open house of the facility is being planned for early next year.

The Welcome Center also houses the offices of Special Events, Alumni Relations, Marketing and Development, which are now located in the west end of the building.

To contact the Office of Admissions and Recruitment, call 580-745-2060.


Southeastern closed December 23-January 2 for holidays

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will be closed December 23 through January 2 for the winter holidays. The University will re-open on Tuesday, January 3.

Spring classes will begin on January 9.

Southeastern Speech and Debate competes at Cameron

DURANT, Okla. The Southeastern Speech and Debate Association competed in the Cameron Christmas Classic  Dec.  2-4 at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma.

The forensics tournament featured novice and varsity divisions of National Parliamentary Debate, National Forensics Association-Lincoln/Douglas Debate, and all 11 American Forensics Association National Individual Events.

Representing Southeastern were Dylan Candelora, sophomore English major; Fisher Fulton, freshman accounting major; Charles Jackson, junior communication and theatre double major; Connor Judd, freshman business and communication double major; JacobMorrison, freshman political science major; and Ralontae Worley, junior communication major.


Some 20 colleges from five states competed in the event.

Judd and Morrison, both from Durant, placed first in the Novice Parliamentary Debate competition. According to the rules of Parliamentary debate established by the National Parliamentary Debate Association, Parliamentary debate is an extemporaneous, generally policy-oriented form of two-person debate that values audience adaptation. In each debate, a two-student team represents the government side (or the sideaffirming the resolution); a second two–student team represents the opposition side (or the side negating the resolution). Students are expected to present arguments supporting their side while refuting arguments of the other team.

Parliamentary debate was based loosely on the British model of parliament, but has evolved to a moreAmericanized hybrid of extemporaneous speaking and debate.  As a unique format of intercollegiate debate, Parliamentary debate privileges a breadth of knowledge about current events, domestic policy, and foreign affairs; embraces a range of argumentative forms, including both technical and more traditional styles of argument; and, rewards extemporaneous delivery, i.e., “thinking on your feet.”

Jackson, of Fort Worth, Texas,  reached the finals in the AFA-IE of Prose and Program Oral Interpretation (POI).  Jackson would bring home several trophies from the weekend, including a first place finish in Prose and a second place finish in POI. The duo of Judd and Worley (Cleveland, Ohio), took first place for their Duo Interpretation. Worley also brought home individual events finals finishes in POI.

SSDA’s next forensics tournament will be the Cowtown Swing at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, January 19-22, 2017.

To learn more about Southeastern’s intercollegiate forensics program and SSDA’s tournament schedule visit the Department of Art, Communication and Theatre website at or contact Speech and Debate Advisor Dr. Randy Clark at ext. 580-745-2556.

Southeastern Chorale to perform in Ardmore, Idabel

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Chorale, the premier choral ensemble for Southeastern Oklahoma State University, will begin its annual Winter Tour with two concerts in early January.

The Chorale will present Hodie! – A Choral Concert, on Monday, Jan. 2, at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Ardmore. The concert begins at 6 p.m.

On the following evening, Jan. 3, the Chorale will perform at First United Methodist Church in Idabel at 6:30 p.m.

Both concerts are free and open to the public.

The concerts will focus on Christmas and Epiphany works emerging from Spanish, French and African American cultures. They are in preparation for the Southeastern Chorale performance to be presented Jan. 6 at the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans on the Feast of the Epiphany.

The resulting works utilize a wide range of vocal techniques and writing styles ranging from Renaissance festival music to African American spirituals.

This Winter Tour will also see the Chorale performing 11 other concerts in high schools and at Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Southeastern professor to present program at Johnston County Library

Glenn MelanconDURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University professor Glenn Melancon will serve as scholar for the final “Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma” series at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 6, at the Johnston County Library in Tishomingo.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr wll be discussed at themeeting, which is free and open to the public. The New York Times bestseller features a blind French girl and German boy whose paths cross in occupied France as both try to survive World War II.

Dr. Melancon earned his Ph.D. in European History from Louisiana State University. He is the author of Britain’s China Policy and the Opium Crisis: Balancing Drugs, Violence and National Honour, 1833-1840.

The Johnston County Library is a branch of the Southern Oklahoma Library System (SOLS), formerly known as the Chickasaw Regional (Public) Library System.

For more information, call the Johnston County Library at 580-371-3006 or visit at 116 W. Main in Tishomingo.

Southeastern president, area public school superintendents share ideas

Southeastern president, area public school superintendents share ideas

DURANT, Okla. – As part of his Public Schools Outreach Initiative, Southeastern Oklahoma State University president Sean Burrage, left, has been meeting with area school superintendents throughout the year.  On Tuesday, Burrage hosted Jon Tuck of Madill, Kevin Duncan of Tishomingo, Ron Whipkey of Kingston, and Gerald Parks, of Calera. The meetings allow the educators to share ideas, while strengthening the relationship between common education and higher education.