Southeastern News

Three RUSO schools anticipate saving $2.7 million due to collaborative technology effort

DURANT, Okla. – Cost-savings, efficiencies, and improved services to students are just three reasons a trio of universities in the Regional University System of Oklahoma (RUSO) are collaborating on a new technology system.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and Southwestern Oklahoma State University have all signed contracts with Colleague by Ellucian for enterprise resource planning (ERP), student information systems (SIS), finance, human resources, and talent management solutions.

“By working in partnership instead of separately, our three institutions saved approximately $2.7 million on this project,” said Northwestern president Dr. Janet Cunningham. “Each institution sought to secure the best product possible and ensure the best use of state resources. Working together as members of RUSO proved to be a winning combination for both students and taxpayers.”

The estimated cost savings were provided by consultant Brown Hendrix and include the following: Consulting and Assistance, Initial Costs (License, maintenance, third party software), Ongoing Hardware Costs, and Ongoing Software Support and Maintenance.

“This is a new system for all three universities and representatives from each of the institutions are already meeting and working together on technical and other issues,” said SWOSU president Randy Beutler.  “In addition to help from Ellucian representatives, university officials can work together and consult with each other on questions or problems. It’s a win-win for all three institutions.”

When the new system is fully implemented, institutional data will be available in a single database and accessed through the Colleague ERP, giving faculty and administration the ability to make data-driven decisions and virtually eliminate tedious manual processes.

In addition to improved operation efficiencies, the new system will allow for the implementation of new technology, which will assist students during their journey from admissions to graduation.

“Collaboration and partnerships are critical as we address the numerous  challenges in higher education today,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage. “As a system (RUSO), we are fortunate to have leadership in place that understands that in the end, all of our students benefit from such cooperation. And the success of this partnership opens the door for other areas of collaboration in the future.’’

7th Annual Katy Morris Shakespeare Symposium scheduled for June 12

DURANT, Okla. – The 7th Annual Katy Morris Shakespeare Symposium is scheduled for June 12 on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Produced by the Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival and the Department of Art, Communication, and Theatre at Southeastern, the Symposium brings local and regional high school teachers together to focus on developing ways to make Shakespeare’s writings exciting and relevant to today’s high school students.



Kathleen Hardgrove, a Southeastern theatre professor, is directing the Symposium.

“We are bringing notable scholars and artists together to collaborate with local teachers, students, and community members to expand their knowledge of Shakespeare and to help bring his works to a new generation of learners,” she said.

To learn  more about the 7th Annual Katy Morris Shakespeare Symposium,  contact Hardgrove

Southeastern begins four-day summer work schedule on May 28

DURANT, Okla. –  Southeastern Oklahoma State University will begin implementation of its four-day summer work week on Monday, May 28. (The University will be closed on Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day).

University offices will be open Monday-Thursday and closed on Friday throughout the summer.

The regular five-day work week returns on Monday, July 30.

Dr. Wayne Jones named 2017- 2018 Safety Professional of the Year

DURANT, Okla. –  Dr. Wayne D. Jones of Southeastern Oklahoma State University received the 2017-2018 Safety Professional of the Year award from the Southwest Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers recently at their annual professional development conference. Jones, center, is a professor of occupational safety & health and is pictured with Southwest chapter vice president Scott DeBow and president Donnie Chambless. The Southwest chapter of the 38,000-member American Society of Safety Engineers represents north Texas, specifically the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.


Gov. Anoatubby to speak at Native American graduation event on May 9

DURANT, Okla. – Governor Bill Anoatubby of the Chickasaw Nation will be the guest speaker at the Native American Graduation Ceremony & Reception at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 9, at 6 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall on the Southeastern campus. The Native American Institute is the sponsor of the event, which is open to the public.

Also scheduled to be on the program are Southeastern president Sean Burrage, Native American Institute director Lauren Rowland, and School of Choctaw Language instructor Chantelle Standefer.

Bill Anoatubby has served as Governor of the Chickasaw Nation since 1987 and has been active in tribal government since 1975. His previous positions include director of tribal health services, director of finance, special assistant to the governor, controller, and he was the tribe’s first lieutenant governor.

In his first term, Gov. Anoatubby established goals of economic development and self-sufficiency for the Chickasaw Nation and its people. Today, the Chickasaw Nation is well on its way to achieving those goals.

The Chickasaw Nation operates more than 100 diversified businesses and invests much of its revenue into funding more than 200 programs and services. These programs cover education, health care, youth, aging, housing and more, all of which directly benefit Chickasaw families, Oklahomans and their communities.

Under Gov. Anoatubby’s direction, the Chickasaw Nation places a strong emphasis on preserving and sharing its heritage, history, language and culture. This commitment can be seen in the various artistically and culturally-centered programs, language services, and the world-renowned Chickasaw Cultural Center.

Gov. Anoatubby has received dozens of awards, including being named a 2016 Creative Oklahoma Creativity Ambassador, he has been inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges Hall of Fame, as well as the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame. In addition, he has been named the minority advocate of the year from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Safety Engineers president addresses Southeastern students

DURANT, Okla. – Jim Smith, who serves as president of the American Society of Safety Engineers, addresses a crowd of 150 safety students Wednesday at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.  Smith is the director of risk control services for Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services.  He related his experiences in the safety field, along with observations on job opportunities for current and future graduates. There are currently more than 400 undergraduate and graduate majors in the Occupational Safety & Health program at Southeastern.

Southeastern to host president of American Society of Safety Engineers at campus speaking event

DURANT, Okla. – The Department of Occupational Safety & Health – which offers one of the most popular majors at Southeastern Oklahoma State University – is hosting a special speaker on campus.

Jim Smith, who serves as president of the American Society of Safety Engineers, will be speaking to safety students on “The Future of Safety.’’ The event is scheduled for Wednesday, April 25, at 2 p.m. in the Hallie McKinney Ballroom.

Smith is the director of risk control services for Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services. He is a professional member of Region IV and an ASSE member for 30 years.

“It’s a rare event when the ASSE national president chooses to visit any university program,’’ said Dr. Chris Bradshaw, chair of the Department of Occupational Safety & Health at Southeastern. “We are honored and excited that our students will be able to experience this opportunity to hear a national representative of the safety profession speak in person. Mr. Smith’s influence in setting the national safety agenda in Washington and his role as the safety director for the largest safety consulting company in the U.S. will surely offer an interesting perspective for our students on the future of safety.’’

Founded in 1911, the American Society of Safety Engineers is the world’s oldest professional safety society. ASSE promotes the expertise, leadership and commitment of its members, while providing them with professional development, advocacy and standards development. It also sets the occupational safety, health and environmental community’s standards for excellence and ethics.

ASSE is a global association of occupational safety professionals representing more than 36,000 members worldwide.

Southeastern has a very active ASSE student section, with 100  members.

There are currently more than 400 undergraduate and graduate majors in the Occupational Safety & Health program at Southeastern. The department offers face-to-face and online bachelor and online master’s programs.

The program is a Qualified Academic Program (QAP) and makes graduates eligible to apply for the Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) credential. Individuals with the GSP can then apply for the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) credential.

Grayson College president receives E.T. Dunlap Medal

DURANT, Okla. –  Grayson College president Jeremy McMillen, right, was the recipient of the E.T. Dunlap Medal Tuesday at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.  Presenting the award were Oklahoma chancellor Glen D. Johnson, left,  and Southeastern president Sean Burrage. The award is named for the late E.T. Dunlap, who served as Oklahoma chancellor from 1961-82  and is presented to a distinguished scholar or outstanding public official. As part of the ceremonies, Dr. McMillen presented the 11th E.T. Dunlap Lecture on Higher Education and Public Policy in the Hallie McKinney Ballroom.

Lesa Smaligo to address spring graduates on May 12

DURANT, Okla. – Lobbyist/consultant Lesa Smaligo will be the speaker at Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Spring Commencement on May 12.

Two ceremonies (10 a.m. and 2 p.m.) will be held in the Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

Smaligo is a Southeastern graduate, receiving her bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1990. She was active on campus as  a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority and the Southeastern Business Club. Following graduation, she worked in High School and College Relations at Southeastern as a recruiter and scholarship coordinator, served as assistant coach of the Southeastern cheerleaders, and was assistant director of the Miss Southeastern Scholarship pageant.

She is currently a member of the Southeastern Alumni Association board of directors.

After working in the private sector for two years, Smaligo served as Executive Assistant to the President of the University Center at Tulsa and worked for the next five years helping the Center become a full branch campus of Oklahoma State University.

In 2000, Smaligo took a position as Legislative and Fiscal Analyst for the State Regents for Higher Education.  During her tenure there, Smaligo was involved in the drafting and passage of the Tuition Deregulation bill, the Endowed Chairs bill and the OU/OSU Optional Retirement bill.

Switching to a contract lobbyist role on behalf of multiple clients in 2004, she successfully lobbied for the passage of HB 2660 – the Tobacco Tax bill.  In addition to contract lobbying, Smaligo also spent three years serving as Executive Director for CARE – Coalition of Advocates for Responsible Eldercare, Inc., a not-for-profit organization which is committed to excellence in long term healthcare.  In that role, she successfully lobbied for an additional $20.4 million in funding for nursing homes across the state.

In the summer of 2006, she founded The Smaligo Group, an Oklahoma based LLC specializing in lobbying and consulting.  She successfully signed Cisco Systems, a Fortune 500 company, as well as several other clients.

In 2007, Smaligo was appointed by Governor Brad Henry to serve on the Oklahoma Campus Life and Safety and Security (CLASS) Task Force representing the independent and private colleges in the State of Oklahoma.

During the 2012 legislative session, she successfully lobbied for the passage of the Uniform Equipment Dealers bill, which has now become the model legislation for many other states.

She and her husband, former State Representative and current Tulsa County Commissioner John Smaligo, reside in Tulsa. Their daughter is a student at Auburn University.

Smaligo has been involved in the community through Youth Services of Tulsa, Tulsa Ballet, American Heart Association Heart Ball Executive Committee, Tulsa Opera Ball Committee. She also serves on the Tulsa Zoo Presidents Advisory Committee, Emergency Infant Services Spectrum Society and the Green Leaf Gala committee. She was selected to serve as a member of Governor-Elect Mary Fallin’s Tulsa Inaugural Ball Steering Committee in 2010.

The schedule for Saturday, May 12, will be two ceremonies in the Bloomer Sullivan Arena, as follows:

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.      School of Arts & Sciences

Master of Technology

Master of Music Education

Master of Science (Native American Leadership)

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.          School of Education & Behavioral Sciences

John Massey School of Business

Master of Business Administration

Master of Science (Aerospace Administration and Logistics)

Master of Science (Safety)

Master of Arts (Clinical Mental Health Counseling)

Master of Early Intervention and Child Development

Master of Education

Master of Science (Sports Studies and Athletic Administration)

Additional information for students who plan to participate in the Commencement Ceremony is available at

The Faure’ Quartet to perform April 17

DURANT, Okla. – The Faure’ Quartet will be featured in Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Musical Arts Series at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

The performance is sponsored in part by Southeastern Oklahoma State University and the Red River Arts Council with support from the Oklahoma Arts Council.

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

The international group will perform “Water of Lethe” by Toshio Hosokawa, Piano Quartet, Op. 47 by Robert Schumann and Gabriel Faure’s Piano Quartet No. 2, Op. 45 in G minor.

The expectations regarding the diversity of repertoire have changed, which creates room for ensembles like the Faure’ Quartet, which has established itself as one of the world’s leading piano quartets within just a few years. Dirk Mommertz (piano), Erika Geldsetzer (violin), Sascha Frombling (viola) and Konstantin Heidrich (cello) discover new sound fields in chamber music and perform compositions outside the mainstream repertoire.