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WindSync to perform at Musical Arts Series on Sept. 26

DURANT, Okla. –  WindSync, an award-winning Houston-based wind quintet, will perform as part of the Musical Arts Series on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University on Tuesday, September 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

Admission is free for all performances of the Musical Arts Series.

The WindSync performance is sponsored in part by Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Mid-America Arts Alliance, National Endowment for the Arts, and a gift presented by Mary Kathryn Hodge in loving memory of Dr. Lee Ball and in honor of his wife, Kate.  Dr. Lee H. Ball was an inspirational professor with profound knowledge in the English Department and touched the lives of many students during his 1959-1991 service to Southeastern. The WindSync performance is dedicated in his memory for his love of music, as he played Horn, and in honor of his inspiration, Kate.

WindSync will be offering a public masterclass for wind students from the Department of Music at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, September 25, in the Fine Arts Building and will present a program to students in arts programs in the Silo ISD district on Tuesday, September 26.

WindSync builds highly thematic programs that feature landmark quintets, new works by American composers, and premiere arrangements of standard repertoire with the goal of increasing accessibility and cultural significance of wind chamber music. WindSync is recognized for dramatic, fully memorized concert presentations that often feature collaborators from the worlds of music, dance, and multimedia.

Additionally, WindSync takes a special interest in reaching children, families, and underserved audiences. Part of the burgeoning creative placemaking movement, the ensemble has recently focused on activating public spaces via music in Houston and in Opelousas, LA. They have been featured in educational concerts presented by the Seattle Symphony, Midland Symphony, and Orli Shaham’s “Baby Got Bach,” and their concerts for young people reach more than 5,000 students per year.
For more information about this event and or the desire to become a sponsor of the Music Arts Series, contact Dr. Jeremy Blackwood, MAS Coordinator at 580-745-2096.

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.

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Southeastern Chorale sets dinner/auction for September 30

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Chorale, Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s premier choral ensemble, will host its annual dinner and silent auction on Saturday, September 30, on campus in the Hallie McKinney Ballroom.

Auction items include donated gift items from local businesses throughout the Texoma region, such as restaurant packages, personal services, hotel stays, artwork, and home décor items. The silent auction will begin on Friday, September 29 in the ballroom and culminate Saturday evening at the fundraiser dinner.  Patrons may leave bid sheets to continue bidding through Saturday.

The fundraising event, titled, “Pop Goes the World – the British Invasion,” will feature Southeastern Chorale members entertaining with the British popular music of the 1960s, 70s and early ‘80s.  The fundraiser will begin at 6:15 p.m. in the Hallie McKinney Ballroom with hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinner at 7 p.m.  A dessert auction, led by Dell McLain, will be held throughout the meal.

Tickets are $30 and currently being sold by Chorale members.  Limited seating is still available.  If you would like to purchase tickets, please call 580-745-2222.

Southeastern hosts high school counselors

breakfastDURANT, Okla. – High school counselors from throughout Oklahoma and north Texas were on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University Thursday morning to participate in an informational breakfast meeting. Southeastern faculty and staff members made presentations on admissions and recruitment, biological sciences, occupational safety & health, financial aid, scholarships, honors program, and the John Massey School of Business. In this photo, admission counselors/recruiters Sheridan Shewbirt and Sheridan Burns address the audience.

Southeastern offers assistance to storm victims

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University is closely monitoring the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey on south Texas and the surrounding communities.

The University has identified approximately 70 Southeastern students who have permanent addresses in the affected area and the bordering community.

In an effort to assist any Southeastern students/families, the University is taking the following steps:

  •   The Office of Academic Affairs will be communicating to students and faculty

as necessary regarding needs or concern Individuals or groups in need of support to assist with physical or emotional vulnerability. They may contact the Southeastern Counseling Center at 580-745-2988 or review our resource list by clicking here.  This page has a growing list of support numbers, talk/text/written resources, and opportunities to get involved.  Check back regularly for an update on what is available.

Southeastern will also be assisting in various relief efforts:

  •   The University will be working with student organizations to assist in these efforts. Opportunities for campus community members to give to the American Red Cross and the Salvation    Army will be available every day this week at the Glen D. Johnson Student Union from  11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Other opportunities to give will be announced throughout the week.
  •    Southeastern is partnering with the Texas Diaper Bank to provide diapers to deliver to the evacuee and shelter sites.  Diapers are not typically provided at these shelters and are in high demand.  Diapers will be collected in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. every day this week.
  •   Partnering with the Oklahoma Blood Institute, Southeastern is designating that all blood donations given on Wednesday, August 30, and Thursday, August 31, go to the relief efforts in south Texas.  Donation times are available from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union Loft.

Musical Arts Series begins September 14 with mezzo-soprano Catherine Martin

DURANT, Okla. – The Musical Arts Series on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University opens its 44th season with Catherine Martin, mezzo-soprano on Thursday, September 14, at 7:30 p.m.  in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

Admission is free for all performances of the Musical Arts Series. The 2017-2018 Musical Arts Series is sponsored in part by Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Red River Arts Council, Oklahoma Arts Council, Native American Institute, and National Endowment for the Arts.


Martin will perform Richard Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder, selections of Cabaret Songs by Benjamin Britten, and more.  In addition to Martin’s evening concert, she will offer a public masterclass with voice students from the Department of Music at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 13, in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

American mezzo-soprano Catherine Martin has been praised by The Washington Post for her “gorgeous, warm voice that you want to keep listening to,” and she continues to make an impact in repertoire ranging from Verdi and Wagner to Strauss and Bellini.

For more information about this event and or information about  becoming become a sponsor of the Music Arts Series, contact Dr. Jeremy Blackwood, MAS Coordinator, at 580-745-2096.

Teach Like A Rock Star

projectteachjpgDURANT, Okla. – Hal Bowman conducts the educational workshop, “Teach Like A Rock Star’’ Thursday at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Bowman has spent more than 20 years pursuing what drives student achievement and is the author of several books.  The workshop was sponsored by Southeastern’s Project Teach, which is a Student Support Services TRIO  program that is designed to enhance teacher preparation K-12. It is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

BrucePac donates refrigerated truck to University

Ice Truck DonationDURANT, Okla. – BrucePac of Durant recently donated a refrigerated truck to Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Showing their appreciation to Cliff Eddings (Inventory Control Manager) and Bob Delveaux (general manager) of Bruce Pac are Southeastern president Sean Burrage and vice president for university advancement Dr. Kyle Stafford.  Previously, BrucePac allowed the University to use the truck at various events throughout the year, such as homecoming and the Presidential Golf Classic.  Most recently, the truck has been utilized by the athletic department to store ice used for post-practice therapy on student athletes. In addition, to donating the truck, BrucePac added Southeastern’s university and athletic logos.

President Burrage addresses Faculty-Staff members

fstaffDURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University president Sean Burrage offers remarks Thursday morning at the Faculty-Staff general meeting. Burrage is beginning his fourth year as president of Southeastern. Fall classes begin at the University on Monday, August 21.

Faculty Symposium at Southeastern

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DURANT, Okla. – Dr. Tim Boatmun, Dean of Graduate School \ E-Programming & Academic Support, makes a presentation Wednesday morning at the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Faculty Symposium. Fall classes begin on Monday, August 21.