Southeastern News

Three Occupational Safety & Health students receive scholarships

DURANT, Okla. – Three students from Southeastern Oklahoma State University have received the Raymond L. Critchfield Scholarship – Evan Fincher, Sierra Downs, and Ryan Lester.

Fincher is a senior from Fort Smith, Arkansas; Downs is a senior from Durant; and Lester is a junior from Ringling.

The scholarships are presented annually by TEXO: The Construction Association,  to undergraduate students pursuing a degree in the field of Occupational Safety and Health or Industrial Hygiene.

Critchfield was a dedicated safety professional who impacted the construction industry through his passion and love of people, family and friends.

Dr. Chris Bradshaw, chair of the Occupational Safety & Health Department at Southeastern, presents the Critchfield Scholarship to Ryan Lester of Ringling.

Dr. Chris Bradshaw, chair of the Occupational Safety & Health Department at Southeastern, presents the Critchfield Scholarship to Ryan Lester of Ringling.

Dr. Chris Bradshaw, chair of the Occupational Safety & Health Department at Southeastern, presents the Critchfield Scholarship to Sierra Downs of Durant.

Dr. Chris Bradshaw, chair of the Occupational Safety & Health Department at Southeastern, presents the Critchfield Scholarship to Sierra Downs of Durant.

Dr. Chris Bradshaw, chair of the Occupational Safety & Health Department at Southeastern, presents the Critchfield Scholarship to Evan Fincher of Fort Smith.

Dr. Chris Bradshaw, chair of the Occupational Safety & Health Department at Southeastern, presents the Critchfield Scholarship to Evan Fincher of Fort Smith.

Traditional Candlelighting event set for Dec. 4 at Southeastern

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host a number of holiday events on Monday, December 4.

Santa Claus and entertainment will be featured from 6-6:30 p.m. on the Magnolia House front lawn. Highlights will include a performance by the Chorvettes Stageworks Company, an appearance by Santa, and the reading of the Christmas Story by Dell McLain.

The Christmas Tree lighting is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. on the front lawn of campus with the Southeastern Brass Ensemble performing.

The traditional Candlelighting ceremony is set for 7:30 p.m. in Montgomery Auditorium.

The Southeastern Symphonic Chorus, consisting of students, faculty, staff and members of the Durant community, anchors the concert. The Chorus will perform an advent cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach with text by Martin Luther.

Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (Come, O Savior of the Nations) features the chorus, chamber orchestra and baritone soloist Dr. Jeremy Blackwood, director of voice and opera at Southeastern.

The performers will also present Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria, featuring Dr. Jourdan Laine Howell, a new voice instructor at Southeastern, and music majors Grace Haynes, Haley Moore and Allyson Thomas as soloists. The guests for the chamber orchestra are supported by a grant from the Cultural and Scholastic Lectureship Fund.

Many traditional elements of the concert will continue: the lighting of candles by members of the Cardinal Key Honor Society, a prelude sung by the SHARE Children’s Chorus conducted by Dr. Jeri Walker,  and a Christmas carol singalong, giving the audience a chance to sing sacred and secular favorites with the chorus.

The Symphonic Chorus is a college/community partnership, providing a crucial aspect in the education of Southeastern music majors, a chance to participate in campus events for students of all majors, and a musical experience for members of the community.

The Chorus is conducted by Dr. Joshua Nannestad, Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education, and accompanied by Dr. Stephanie Emberley, instructor of piano.

Southeastern observes Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 22-23-24

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will be closed Nov. 22-23-24 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Classes will resume on Monday, Nov. 27.

Chorale to perform on Nov. 16

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Chorale, the premier choral ensemble at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, will be featured in concert on Thursday, Nov. 16, in the Recital Hall of the Fine Arts building.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Stacy Weger, will present Rising Tide:  Songs of Judgment and Hope.    The concert repertoire stems from reflections of Noah and the Flood with parallels drawn to the peril of climate change. This concert includes world music and features Randall Thompson’s Peaceable Kingdom and Ivor Davies’ Prayers from the Ark.

Graduate school shows impressive growth with new online programs in Business, Education

DURANT, Okla. – Earlier this fall, Southeastern Oklahoma State University reported an increase of  6% in enrollment over last fall.

Southeastern’s official fall 2017 enrollment is 3,956 students and

represents the largest overall enrollment at the University since 2012.  In addition, Southeastern experienced an increase of 3.2% in student credit hours this fall, a critical component in the state funding formula.

The enrollment increase included gains in a number of categories, including new freshmen, Bryan County freshmen, Texas freshmen, and transfer students.

But the most significant growth came in the graduate school with the recent introduction of online programs in business and education to complement popular degrees in such areas as aviation sciences, Native American Leadership, and occupational safety & health, to name just a few.

According to Dr. Tim Boatmun, Dean of the Graduate School/E-Programming and Academic Support, enrollment in the Graduate School is 64% higher than last fall, while the Master of Business Administration saw an increase of 134% (408 students this fall compared to 174 last fall).

The University has also revamped its Master of Education programs in Curriculum and Instruction, Special Education, School Counseling, and Educational Leadership  this fall. All programs are now 100% online.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage, who is in his fourth year at the University, said that online degree programs are greatly impacting colleges and universities across the nation, particularly at the graduate level.

“In today’s world of higher education, there is great demand for online learning opportunities,’’ he said. “The higher education model is changing, and our faculty members deserve a great deal of credit for adapting to this change. We expect this trend (in online delivery) to continue as we explore the possibility of offering additional academic programs online.’’

To that end, in January, 2018, the Master of Science in Sports Administration will begin being offered 100% online.

In addition to the convenience of online delivery, there is flexibility in scheduling as students have multiple start dates to enter the program throughout the year.  This is important to the large number of students who are balancing family and work responsibilities with classes.

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Southeastern student earns top speaker, Lincoln-Douglas honor at Sooner Showdown

DURANT, Okla. – Jacob Morrison of Southeastern Oklahoma State University was the top overall speaker and also took first place in the Lincoln-Douglas Debate at the Sooner Showdown Speech and Debate Tournament.

The event was held Nov. 3-5 at the University of Oklahoma.

Competing for the Southeastern Speech and Debate team (SSDA) were Jacob Gooch, a sophomore from Durant; Christopher Rhodes, junior from Sulphur Springs, Texas; and Morrison, sophomore from Durant.

Twenty-six schools and independents competed at the tournament: . Arkansas     State University, Arkansas Tech University, Butler Community College, California State University-Long Beach, Central Texas College, Drury State College, East Central University, Glendale Community College at Arizona, Houston Baptist University, Kansas Wesleyan University,  Northeastern State University, Oral Roberts University, Southern Methodist University, Sterling College, Texas Christian University, The University of Texas at Tyler, Tulsa Community College, University of Arkansas at Monticello, University of Central Arkansas, Valdosta State University, Wayland Baptist University, West Texas A&M University, and Whitworth University. Events ranged from International Public Debate Association, National Parliamentary Debate Association, and the National Forensic Association’s Lincoln-Douglas Debate to all 11 American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament.

SSDA next competes Friday through Sunday, December 1-3, at the Cameron Christmas Classic Tournament at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma.

For more information about SSDA activities or to learn more about becoming a member of the speech and debate team, contact advisor Dr. Randy Clark (580) 745-2556 or

SE Live open house scheduled for November 15

DURANT, Okla. Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host SE Live on Wednesday, November 15.

SE Live is an open house event on Southeastern’s Durant campus that is targeted toward high school juniors, seniors, and their parents. Students are requested to register by Nov. 13 at

Prospective Southeastern students will have the opportunity to tour the campus, experience University traditions, learn about academic majors, receive information on admissions, scholarships and financial aid, and meet faculty, staff and current students.

Registration will be from 8-9 a.m. in the auditorium of the Glen D. Johnson  Student Union, followed by the  opening session in Montgomery Auditorium at 9 a.m.

During this time, there will be performances by the True Blue Ambassadors, school mascot ‘Bolt,’ Southeastern band, cheerleaders and the Sparks dance team.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage will also offer remarks during the opening session. There will be a number of breakout sessions throughout the morning and  students can choose to attend those they prefer.

There will also be sessions for parents.

Lunch will be provided on the front lawn at noon, weather permitting. Inclement weather will move the lunch to the ballroom. Academic departments and student life organizations will be set up during this time so students may visit and learn what is offered in their major interests.

The event will conclude at 1 p.m., unless students would like to go on a campus tour or meet with other departments.

Interim director of admissions and recruitment Jeremy Rowland said, “This is a great opportunity for students to get an idea of what college life is all about and more specifically what Southeastern has to offer. I’ve heard many students say that their experience at SE Live was what confirmed their decision to attend Southeastern.

“We typically have more than 500 prospective students and well over 100 faculty, staff and Southeastern students volunteering to make the day a success.”

Native American Symposium scheduled for Nov. 3

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host the 12th Native American Symposium: Representations and Realities on Friday, November 3.

The Symposium will feature presentations and discussions on Native American literature, history, education, science, religion, art and film.

All events in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union are free and open to the public.

The Symposium begins at 9 a.m. Friday, November 3, with Native Politics and Native Veterans. It includes such offerings as Native Education and Native History.

Lunch in the loft is scheduled for noon with featured speaker Dr. Amanda Cobb-Greetham in the student union auditorium at 1 p.m. She is the director of the Native Nations Center at the University of Oklahoma and a graduate of Southeastern.

The event closes with the showing of Atanarjuat:  The Fast Runner, the first full-length film ever to be written, directed and acted entirely in the Inuit language.

For more information, contact Dr. Mark Spencer at 580-745-2921 or visit the website at

Southeastern closed Oct. 19-20 for Fall break

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will be closed Oct. 19-20 for Fall Break.

Classes will resume and office will re-open on Monday, Oct. 23.

Southeastern hosts Texoma College Fair on Oct. 26

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host the Texoma College Fair on Thursday, October 26.

The event will be held from 8:30-11 a.m. in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

Southeastern interim director of admissions and recruitment Jeremy Rowland said this is a part of the Oklahoma College Day/Night Fairs held throughout the state.

High school seniors and juniors in the Texoma area are invited to attend and explore higher education opportunities with representatives from institutions from

Oklahoma and Texas, plus other states.

Area high schools from Bryan, Marshall, Coal, Johnston, Atoka and Choctaw counties in Oklahoma and Grayson and Fannin counties in Texas are invited to take advantage of this opportunity.

Approximately 700 students attended the 2016 event.

Some 30 universities are scheduled to have tables set up and some academic departments from Southeastern will provide information.