Southeastern News

Kandace Cook named Southeastern alumni coordinator

Kandace Cook

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT,
Okla. –
Kandace Cook was recently named
alumni coordinator at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

She holds two degrees from Southeastern, including a Master
of Education. Her husband Ryan is also a Southeastern graduate.

Cook previously worked in the Office of Admissions and
Recruitment, before leaving to become a classroom teacher.

As alumni coordinator, she
will develop and implement strategies to increase alumni engagement. This
includes developing and executing a communication plan with all alumni using various
media.

In her new role, Cook will be
working closely with Mark Webb, Director of Alumni and Development.

“Kandace has amazing
organizational skills and a great affinity for her alma mater,’’ Webb said.
“She is all about Southeastern, and I know that she will be a major contributor
in advancing Alumni Relations.’’

Mark Webb

Webb joined Southeastern in 2015 as Director of University
Development; earlier this year, the alumni relations duties were added to his
position.  

Southeastern hosts Aviation Visitation Day

Southeastern president Sean Burrage welcomes students to campus Wednesday morning at Aviation Visitation Day.

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT,
Okla. –
A group of Choctaw students visited Southeastern Oklahoma State
University Wednesday as part of Aviation Visitation Day.

Southeastern
president Sean Burrage welcomed the group to campus, while Aviation Sciences
Institute (ASI) director Lloyd Sauls also offered remarks.

 The day’s activities included a tour of campus and the ASI, group sessions on financial aid and careers in aviation, as well as a flight simulator demonstration.

Students were able to experience the flight simulator during Wednesday’s Aviation
Visitation Day.

Federal grant, contributions from Choctaw Nation and Southeastern Foundation assist Southeastern police officers

Displaying the new vests are Southeastern police officers Arnold Bentley, Steven Dimas, and Tasha Yarbrough.

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT,
Okla. –
Southeastern Oklahoma State University police officers were
recent recipients of new bulletproof vests thanks to a Department of Justice
grant and contributions from the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and the
Southeastern Foundation.

The Office of Justice Programs’ Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant is a match grant that pays for 50 percent of the total cost. The remaining costs were paid for by a donation from the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and Southeastern Foundation funds designated to support the Southeastern Police Department.

“We appreciate the assistance of the Choctaw Nation and
Southeastern Foundation in providing this safety equipment for our officers,’’
said Southeastern Chief of Police Durward Cook. “It’s just another example of
how the Durant community is extremely supportive of law enforcement.’’

Recent Southeastern graduate receives Department of State scholarship to study in South Korea

Kameron Dunn

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT,
Okla. –
Kameron Dunn, a May 2019 graduate of Southeastern Oklahoma State
University, has been awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language
Scholarship to study Korean in Busan, South Korea, this summer.

A native of
Calera, Oklahoma, Dunn was an Honors Program
graduate at Southeastern, with a major in English and a minor in Spanish, and
received the Regional University Baccalaureate Scholarship.  Following his
summer in South Korea, he will be starting his Ph.D. in American Studies at the
University of Texas at Austin this fall.  

He eventually hopes to pursue a professorship in American
Studies.

Dunn, who graduated from Durant High School in 2013, said
he has never been out of the country and is excited about this unique
educational opportunity. He will spend two months in South Korea, rooming with
a Korean student in a university residence hall.

   The Critical Language Scholarship
Program (CLS) program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand the number
of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. CLS scholars
gain critical language and cultural skills that enable them to contribute to
U.S. economic competitiveness and national security.
              Dunn
is one of approximately 550 competitively selected American students at U.S.
colleges and universities who received a CLS award in 2019.

                 
CLS provides scholarships to U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to spend
eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages: Arabic,
Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian,
Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, or Urdu. The program includes
intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences
designed to promote rapid language gains. CLS scholars are expected to continue
their language study beyond the scholarship and apply their critical language
skills in their future careers.

           
“Critical” languages are those that are less commonly taught in U.S. schools,
but are essential for America’s engagement with the world. CLS plays an
important role in preparing U.S. students for the 21st century’s globalized
workforce, increasing American competitiveness, and contributing to national
security. CLS scholars serve as citizen ambassadors, representing American
values and the diversity of the United States, as well as building lasting
relationships with people in their host countries. 

Four-day summer work week begins June 3

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT,
Okla. –
As in previous years,
Southeastern Oklahoma State University will

operate
on a four-day work week this summer.

           
This summer, the four-day work week will begin on Monday, June 3, and end

on Friday, August 2.

           
During this time, the University will be open Monday-Thursday (8 a.m. to 5
p.m.) and closed on Fridays.

Southeastern Staff Association presents annual awards

Jennifer Moore, far left, of the SSA and Dr. Bryon Clark, acting president of Southeastern, congratulate the SSA award recipients. From left, Alisha Ridenour, Penny Bridwell, Jannista Wood, and James Reed. Not pictured, Marti Phillips and Mike Davis.

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT,
Okla. –
The Southeastern Oklahoma State University Staff Association
(SSA) presented a number of awards during its annual luncheon Tuesday.

Southeastern
acting president Dr. Bryon Clark, SSA president Alisha Ridenour, and SSA
historian Jennifer Moore made the presentations at the conclusion of the event.

Special
recognition – the Heart of Southeastern Award – was presented to Penny
Bridwell, Office
Assistant, Student Health Services. This award is not presented annually, but
goes to an individual who has served the SSA and University in an exemplary
manner. Bridwell has been employed in various capacities at Southeastern for 20
years and also been active in the SSA. She has also played a key role in
establishing and maintaining the Southeastern Care Team.

The complete list of award recipients
follows:

Storm Rookie of the Year – Marti Phillips, Assistant
Vice President for Business Affairs

Outstanding Non-Exempt Employee – Jannista Wood,
Administrative Assistant to Vice President for Student Affairs

Outstanding Exempt Employee – Mike Davis, Director of the
Office of Compliance and Safety and Title IX coordinator

Service to Students – James Reed, Director of Student Conduct, Rights
& Responsibilities

Outstanding SSA Member – Alisha Ridenour, Assistant Director\Instructional
Designer CIDT

Heart of Southeastern – Penny Bridwell, Office
Assistant, Student Health Services

Southeastern closed on Memorial Day

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT,
Okla. –
Southeastern Oklahoma State University will be closed on Monday,
May 27, in observance of Memorial Day.

All offices will
re-open on Tuesday, May 28.

Dr. Teresa Golden named Associate VP for Assessment-Accreditation

Dr. Teresa Golden

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT,
Okla. –
Southeastern Oklahoma State University has announced the
appointment of Dr. Teresa Golden as Associate Vice President for Assessment and
Accreditation, effective June 1, 2019.

Golden has
served as a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Southeastern
since 2006, and more recently as chair of the department.

She holds a
Ph.D. and master’s degree from the University of Rochester, and her bachelor’s
from State University of New York at Albany.

 “We
believe Dr. Golden will be a valuable addition to the Office of Academic
Affairs and look forward to her contributions in this new role,’’ said Dr.
Bryon Clark, acting president at Southeastern.

Spring Commencement held at Southeastern

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

Bloomer Sullivan Arena was packed Saturday as Southeastern held Spring Commencement.
Bloomer Sullivan Arena was packed Saturday as Southeastern held Spring Commencement.

DURANT, Okla. – Chief Gary Batton of the
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma was the speaker at Southeastern Oklahoma State
University’s Spring Commencement.

Two ceremonies were held Saturday
in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

 The graduating class included students from 27
states and 14 countries; 57 percent were first-generation college graduates.

Chief Gary Batton of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma was the commencement speaker.
Chief Gary Batton of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma was the commencement speaker.

Chief
Batton is a 1989 graduate of Southeastern and received the Distinguished
Alumnus Award from the University in 2013.

Also attending the ceremony and offering welcoming remarks were Chancellor Glen D. Johnson of the Oklahoma State System for Higher Education and a former Southeastern president, and Regent Amy Anne Ford of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents.

Dr. Bryon Clark, acting president of Southeastern, offers congratulations to a graduate.
Dr. Bryon Clark, acting president of Southeastern, offers congratulations to a graduate.
Among the dignitaries participating in Saturday’s commencement were Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, Regent Amy Anne Ford, Chief Gary Batton, and acting president Dr. Bryon Clark.
Among the dignitaries participating in Saturday’s commencement were Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, Regent Amy Anne Ford, Chief Gary Batton, and acting president Dr. Bryon Clark.

Justin Wilson offers remarks at Native American graduation event

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

Southeastern acting president Dr. Bryon Clark welcomes guests to the Native American Graduation event Wednesday.
Southeastern acting president Dr. Bryon Clark welcomes guests to the Native American Graduation event Wednesday.

DURANT,
Okla. –
Justin Wilson, director of investments at Choctaw Global, was the
keynote speaker at the Native American Graduation & Reception Wednesday.

Southeastern
Oklahoma State University Native American graduates and their families were
honored at the annual event, held in the Hallie McKinney Ballroom.

Also on the
program were Southeastern acting president Dr. Bryon Clark, Native American
Institute executive director Dr. Marlin Blankenship, Master of Science in
Native American Leadership coordinator Dr. Brad Ludrick, and Choctaw Nation of
Oklahoma School of Choctaw Language instructor Chantelle Standefer.

Wilson joined
Choctaw Global in 2017. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, Wright
City High School, and a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.