Southeastern News

Spring enrollment of 4,196 is highest since 1983

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT,
Okla. –
Once again, the enrollment news is good at Southeastern Oklahoma
State University.

           
Southeastern’s Spring 2019 enrollment is 4,196 students – an increase of 12.7
percent over last spring. It also marks the highest spring enrollment at the
University since 1983.

In addition, Student Credit Hour Production is up
6.8 percent over last spring.

Southeastern’s enrollment continues to trend
upward: last fall, enrollment increased 13.3 percent over Fall 2017.

“This growth can be attributed to a number of
factors, including the continuing popularity and expansion of our graduate
online offerings, which provide high quality accredited academic programs at an
affordable cost,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage.  “At the same
time, last fall’s incoming freshman class was the largest in five years at the
University, which obviously had a positive impact on the spring numbers.’’

Approximately 85 percent of Southeastern students receive
financial aid, and more than 50 percent annually are first-generation college
graduates.

With that in
mind and in an effort to hold costs down for students, Southeastern did not
increase tuition rates in 2018-19 — of the 25
public colleges and universities in Oklahoma, Southeastern was one of only six to hold the line on tuition.

The University submited its preliminary enrollment report
to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education on February 11.

Super Saturday scheduled for February 23

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT,
Okla. –
“Super Saturday’’ – one of the biggest events of the year on
campus – will be held February 23 at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Last year, some
600 junior high and high school students and parents were in attendance.

This year’s
activities include the Oklahoma Science
Olympiad, Vocal Music auditions, Theatre auditions, Honors scholarship
competition, and President’s Leadership Class scholarship competition.

Also, an Academic Department Fair is scheduled for 11 a.m.
to 1 p.m. in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union. During this time, faculty
members will be available to visit with prospective students.

Activities will be held at various venues across campus.

In addition, the Southeastern Office of Admissions and
Recruitment will be on hand to offer campus tours for visitors.

That afternoon will also be a busy one for Southeastern
athletics on campus, and visitors are encouraged to attend the following games:

  • Baseball
    doubleheader against Southwestern Oklahoma, 1 p.m., The Ballpark in Durant
  • Women’s
    basketball vs. Arkansas-Monticello, 1 p.m., Bloomer Sullivan Arena
  • Men’s
    basketball vs. Arkansas-Monticello, 3 p.m., Bloomer Sullivan Arena

Southeastern to host Oklahoma Science Olympiad Invitational on February 23

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

The Science Olympiad will feature a number of events on February 23.

The Science Olympiad will feature a number of events on February 23.

DURANT, Okla. – More than 200 middle school and high school students from more than 20 public and private schools across the Oklahoma and Texas will compete in the Oklahoma Science Olympiad Invitational Tournament at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The event is part of Super Saturday activities at the University on February 23.

Other events that day include Vocal Music auditions, Theatre auditions, Honors scholarship competition, and President’s Leadership Class scholarship competition. An Academic Department Fair is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union. During this time, faculty members will be available to visit with prospective students.

The Olympiad tournament is being hosted by the Department of Chemistry, Computer, and Physic Sciences.  The students will compete  on 2-4 person teams in one or more of 46 events that include most areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

Oklahoma has been involved in Science Olympiad for 18 years.  This is Southeastern’s fourth year to host this Science Olympiad Invitation Tournament.           Science Olympiad competitions are similar to academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division (Division B is middle school; Division C is high school).

Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology.  By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved.  Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation.

Teamwork is a required skill in most scientific careers today, and the Science Olympiad encourages group learning by designing events that forge alliances.  In the Towers event, an engineering whiz and a kid from wood shop can become gold medalists. Similarly, a talented builder and a student with a good science vocabulary can excel in Write It Do It, one of Science Olympiad’s most popular events.

Most of the competing schools will come from within Oklahoma.  However, this year’s event will include teams from Colleyville, Texas, and Amarillo, Texas.

Team registration remains open until February 20.

Faculty and staff from the Department of Biological Science and Department of Chemistry, Computer, and Physical Sciences have volunteered to design events, write and grade exams, and provide the support to make this event happen.  In addition, Southeastern student volunteers are signed up to help with the competitions.

Local school teachers and administrators interested in learning about the Science Olympiad are encouraged to visit and watch the competitions.  The goal is to promote enthusiasm towards science so that more students consider STEMs careers.

For more information about the Science Olympiad event, contact Dr. Tim Smith at tsmith@se.edu.

Southeastern accounting students to assist elderly in preparing taxes

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT, Okla. –  The accounting department at Southeastern Oklahoma State University is working with the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) sponsored by AARP Tax-Aide program in Durant to assist in tax preparation.

Three full-time student interns and accounting professor Dr. Rhonda Richards will be assisting citizens at the Donald W. Reynolds Library in Durant (1515 W. Main)  Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 5 through April 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Free tax assistance is provided to low-to moderate-income taxpayers who are 50 years of age and older – some exceptions may apply.

Aviation Sciences Institute hosts open house for prospective students

Airline pilot Chris Ferguson of the Southeastern Aviation Alumni Association address the audience at Aviation Visitation Day.
Airline pilot Chris Ferguson of the Southeastern Aviation Alumni Association address the audience at Aviation Visitation Day.

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University hosted an Aviation
Open House for high school juniors and seniors on campus Friday.

           
Activities included campus tours, a tour of the Aviation Sciences Institute,
breakout sessions (Flight Simulator, Careers in Aviation, Admissions,
Scholarships and Financial Aid), and career information presentations.

A total of 79 students attended Friday’s event.

Dr. Kyle Stafford, vice president of advancement, welcomes students and parents to Friday’s event.
Dr. Kyle Stafford, vice president of advancement, welcomes students and parents to Friday’s event.

Southeastern students participate in MLK Day of Service

Southeastern students spent part of their Monday completing service projects in the community in conjunction with MLK Day.

Southeastern students spent part of their Monday completing service projects in the community in conjunction with MLK Day.

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT, Okla. – Classes were not held Monday at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Instead, students participated in a number of activities

Southeastern students spent part of their Monday completing service projects in the community in conjunction with MLK Day.

Southeastern students spent part of their Monday completing service projects in the community in conjunction with MLK Day.

Aviation open house for prospective students scheduled for January 25

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host an
Aviation Open House from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, January 25.

Aviation Visitation Day is designed for high
school junior and seniors interested in aviation.

           
Registration will be at 9:30 a.m. in the Student Union, with the opening
session scheduled for 10 a.m.

           
Campus tours are slated for 10:30 and lunch will be served at 11:30.

           
Visitors will depart for the airport at 12:30 p.m., and a tour of ASI
facilities is scheduled for 1 p.m. Breakout sessions (Flight Simulator, Careers
in Aviation and Financial Aid) will be held from 1:35-2:35.

           
The closing session begins at 2:35, with career information tables available at
3 p.m.

           
Students are urged to register now to take advantage of the opportunity to meet
Southeastern faculty and staff; learn about careers in aviation; experience
Southeastern traditions; and receive information or admissions, scholarships
and financial aid.

           
Students may register at http://www.se.edu/events/aviation-visitation-day/

Registration continues as spring classes begin January 14

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT,
Okla. –
Registration is still open for students interested in attending
Southeastern Oklahoma State University this spring.

            For registration information, contact the office of admissions and
recruitment at 580.745.2060 or visit http://myfuture.se.edu

 Admission requirements are
available at  http://www.se.edu/future-students/admission-requirements/

Spring classes
begin on Monday, January 14.

Southeastern closed Dec. 24-Jan. 1 for holidays

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS
DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will be closed for the holidays December 24-Jan. 1.

Offices will re-open on Wednesday, January, 2.
The first day of spring classes is January 14.

Southeastern president to appear on Flashpoint TV show Sunday

Southeastern president Sean Burrage, seated at left, prepares to tape Flashpoint. Also seated are show moderator Kevin Ogle and Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb. Standing are KFOR general manager Wes Milbourn and Mike Turpen.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage, seated at left, prepares to tape Flashpoint. Also seated are show moderator Kevin Ogle and Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb. Standing are KFOR general manager Wes Milbourn and Mike Turpen.

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University president Sean Burrage will be the guest on KFOR-TV’s (Oklahoma City) Flashpoint show Sunday morning.

The half-hour political affairs talk show airs at 9:30 a.m. and is moderated by KFOR anchor Kevin Ogle. Also offering insights on Sunday’s show are Mike Turpen and Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb.