Southeastern News

Aviation Career Day held on campus Friday

Students learn more about aviation careers during Friday’s event at Southeastern.

Students learn more about aviation careers during Friday’s event at Southeastern.

DURANT, Okla. – Aviation Career Day was held Friday afternoon on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Sponsored by the Southeastern Aviation Sciences Institute, some 45 SE students visited with representatives (many of them SE alumni) from 18 airlines/related businesses to learn more about career opportunities in the field.

Among others in attendance was Southeastern president Sean Burrage,  SE aviation alumni president Chris Ferguson, and SE aviation faculty members.

Mike Davis completes fellowship with Council on Student Affairs Leadership Academy

Mike DavisDURANT, Okla. – Mike Davis, Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Director of Compliance & Safety, has recently completed a year-long fellowship with the Oklahoma Board of Regents Council on Student Affairs (COSA) Leadership Academy.

The COSA Leadership Academy is designed to facilitate professional growth and enrichment for student affairs specialists at Oklahoma’s colleges and universities.  As a COSA Leadership Academy Fellow, Davis participated in a series of issue-oriented forums led by experienced Higher Education professionals from across the state on topics such as accreditation, legal issues, enrollment management, and diversity.

The Fellowship is exclusive to professionals who have been nominated by the senior student affairs officer of their home institution.

Sharon Robinson, retired Southeastern Vice President for Student Affairs,  nominated Davis last spring.

Davis, who began his career with Southeastern in the Student Affairs division in 2010, has previously been a Hall Director in the Department of Housing and Residence Life. He has also served as Coordinator of Disability Services.

Davis holds a Law Degree from the University of Oklahoma. He earned his undergraduate degree from Southeastern.

Southeastern closed on Friday, April 14

DURANT, Okla. – Friday, April 14, is an observed holiday at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Classes will resume and all offices will re-open on Monday, April 17.

Southeastern Chorale in concert April 20

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Chorale, the premier choral ensemble for Southeastern Oklahoma State University, will be featured in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20, in the Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Building.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Under the direction of Dr. Stacy Weger, the Chorale will present Imagined Corners – a Choral Journey,  featuring music representative of the four cardinal points of the globe.

This concert of secular music will range from English to Chinese folk songs and also includes Native American music and Japanese vocal jazz.

The resulting works utilize a wide range of vocal techniques and writing styles ranging from spoken chorus to contemporary choral music.

Jesseca Shipman, junior music education major from Kiowa, will serve as student conductor for this event.

Southeastern Symphonic Chorus presents concert April 10

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Oklahoma State University Symphonic Chorus will present “Heroes of the Old Testament” on Monday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Durant (5400 Main Street).

The concert is free and open to the public.

A varied program of choral works will dramatize the stories of Elijah, Miriam, David, and Ezekiel. Theprincipal portion will be two extended scenes from Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah, one of the most famous oratorios in western music.

Dr. Jeremy Blackwood, Southeastern’s Director of Voice and Opera, will sing the role of theconfrontational prophet.  Another large undertaking will be Miriam’s Song of Triumph by Franz Schubert; this lesser-known short cantata concerns theparting of the Red Sea and features Southeastern voice professor Nereida Garcia as Miriam.

The Symphonic Chorus features college students as well as community members. Dr. Joshua Nannestad will conduct, and Dr. Kate Stubbs will play piano.

Southeastern hosts 104th Curriculum Contest on March 30

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host the 104th Inter-High School Curriculum Meet on Thursday, March 30.

The day begins with an 8:30 a.m. sign-in for school sponsors on the second floor of the Glen D. Johnson Student Union.

Testing will cover such subjects as Science, Psychology, Computers, Music, Government & Politics, Mathematics, Finance and History.


Curriculum Contest director Dr. James Britton said, “This is a big event and an exciting time for the high school students. We’re expecting about 1,500 students from 70 schools and really looking forward to seeing so many visitors on our campus.”

Spring break scheduled for March 13-17

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will be closed March 13-17 for spring break.

All classes will resume and University offices re-open on Monday, March 20. (The library will be open on March 19 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.)

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.

Gold & Blue Scholarship Gala scheduled for April 1

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Gold and Blue Scholarship and Auction Gala will be held April 1.

The Gala is scheduled for the Visual and Performing Arts Center and hosted by the Southeastern Alumni Association. It’s an evening of cocktails, live and silent auctions, hors d’ouvres and dancing.

The event is the primary fundraiser for student scholarships. Last year’s Gala drew a record-setting crowd of more than 200 guests and raised more than $82,000 to be awarded to Southeastern students.

Alumni Director Stephanie Davison said, “This is a major fundraiser for the association. Thanks to the guests and sponsors of the Gala, the Alumni Association can award scholarships, which is one of the reasons the association exists.

“We do our best to bring high quality, desirable items to the live and silent auctions and provide a full evening of entertainment, including food and dancing to live music by the Decades band.’’

Attire for the Gala can be anything from blue jeans to as dress-up as anybody desires.

Numerous businesses and Southeastern alumni support the Gold and Blue Gala each year by donating unique and valuable items for the auctions.

The Gala and silent auction will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the live auction beginning at 8 p.m.

Individual tickets for the Gala are $75 and table sponsorships (for eight) are available for $1,000. Tickets may be purchased at the Welcome Center or at





Southeastern’s Speech and Debate team competes in OU event

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Speech and Debate Association’s impressive streak of speech/debate competitors reaching the finals came to an end recently at the University of Oklahoma’s Sweetheart Swing Speech and Debate Tournament in Norman.

The forensics tournament featured an open National Parliamentary Debate and InternationalPublic Debate Association tournament as well as two self-contained American Forensics Association National Individual Events tournament.

Connor Judd and Jacob Morrison of Southeastern Oklahoma State University reached the quarterfinals in the open Parliamentary Debate competition. Judd and Morrison ran their combined season’s record to 24-5 in both novice and open Parli competition rounds.

SSDA will next compete at the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Forensics Association’s State Tournament in Oklahoma City in March.

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. 2556.