Southeastern News

Texoma Health Foundation gifts assists ECU at Southeastern nursing program

Visiting at the gift presentation were, left to right, Dr. Carl Gilbert, East Central dean of the college of health and sciences; Leah Lyon, ECU director of sponsored programs and research; Dr. Carolyn Lewis, director of the school of nursing at ECU; Heather Burrage, a Texoma Health Foundation board member; Sean Burrage, Southeastern president; Dr. Bryon Clark, Southeastern vice president for academic affairs; and Dr. Kyle Stafford, Southeastern vice president for university advancement.

Visiting at the gift presentation were, left to right, Dr. Carl Gilbert, East Central dean of the college of health and sciences; Leah Lyon, ECU director of sponsored programs and research; Dr. Carolyn Lewis, director of the school of nursing at ECU; Heather Burrage, a Texoma Health Foundation board member; Sean Burrage, Southeastern president; Dr. Bryon Clark, Southeastern vice president for academic affairs; and Dr. Kyle Stafford, Southeastern vice president for university advancement.

DURANT, Okla. – The Texoma Health Foundation recently presented a gift of $35,000 to assist in the continued funding of the East Central University at Southeastern Oklahoma State University nursing program.
Southeastern, in partnership with East Central, offers a baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) on the Durant campus. This degree plays an important role in producing quality nurses in the region. In light of the recent decline in state appropriations, this gift from the Texoma Health Foundation will serve area communities by helping to maintain this vital program.

Southeastern graduate Jill Mayes recognized by Oklahoma Magazine

Jill Mayes

Jill Mayes

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University graduate Jill Mayes was recently honored by Oklahoma Magazine as amember of the 2016 40 Under 40 class.

Outstanding professionals in business, nonprofits and higher education from throughout the state were recognized by the publication.

Mayes is the Director of Research and Grants for INTEGRIS Health Institute for Advanced Therapeutics & Research in Oklahoma City. She is responsible for system oversight of clinical and device trials conducted at INTEGRIS Health, as well as grants and federal funding for research-related projects.

She earned a bachelor’s degree (double major: psychology and social gerontology) from Southeastern in 1998, and in 2000 earned a Masters of Education at East Central University.  Her hometown is Sulphur, Oklahoma.

The magazine recognized Mayes not only for her professional accomplishments, but her community and volunteer efforts as well.

“I love working in an environment where my focus is helping patients,” she told Oklahoma Magazine. “I have a passion for research, and I am grateful for the opportunity where my skills are supported by a wonderful organization that shares the same goals.”

Southeastern hosts Texoma Area College Fair on Oct. 24

DURANT, Okla. – High school seniors and juniors in the Texoma area are invited to attend the 2013 Texoma Area College Fair on Thursday, Oct. 24, at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

This event will offer a great opportunity for students to begin planning for  college and visit with more than 30 college and university representatives. Representatives will be in attendance from Oklahoma, Texas and other states to offer information and assist students in the college decision-making process.

The college fair will be from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Bloomer Sullivan Arena on the Southeastern campus.  The event is free and is open to students and parents.  Last year, more than 400 students attended the college fair to learn about opportunities in higher education.

“The Texoma Area College Fair is an excellent opportunity for our local high school students to begin looking at options for higher education,’’ said Liz McCraw, Dean of Enrollment Management at Southeastern. “With colleges and universities from the state and region represented, students may explore areas of study, campus life and costs with a representative from each school without having to travel great distances.’’

In addition to browsing the college and university booths, students will also have the opportunity to attend informative workshops, designed to make the college transition a little easier. These workshops will be beneficial to parents and counselors attending as well. These workshops include:

9 a.m. – What You Really Need to Do to Prepare for College

9:30 a.m. – Native American Benefits

10 a.m. – College Fit:  Finding the Right School for You

Colleges and Universities and other representatives confirmed to attend the fair include:

Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Austin College

Carl Albert State College

East Central University

Eastern Oklahoma State College

Northeastern State University

Oklahoma City University

Oklahoma State University

Texas A&M-Commerce

University of Arkansas

University of Central Oklahoma

University of North Texas

University of Oklahoma

For more information on the Texoma Area College Fair, please contact Southeastern’s Office of Admissions and Recruitment at (580) 745-2060.

Dr. Bruce King named Dean of Southeastern-McCurtain County branch campus

Dr. Bruce King named Dean of Southeastern-McCurtain County branch campus

Press Release Date: 6-1-2011

Dr. Bruce King

DURANT, Okla. — Dr. Bruce King has been named Dean of the Southeastern Oklahoma State University-McCurtain County Campus.

King joined Southeastern in 1998 as an academic advisor and coordinator at the E.T. Dunlap Higher Education Center (now the McCurtain County branch campus).

Since 2005, he has assisted Dr. Douglas McMillan, Southeastern Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, with the management of the McCurtain County Campus as the transition was made from a higher education center to a branch campus.

He has served as Associate Dean at the branch campus since 2009.

“The McCurtain County branch campus continues to expand and we will be diligent in looking at adding programs in the future,” said Southeastern president Larry Minks. “Our goal is to continue to meet the needs of the students and the community in McCurtain County. The appointment of Dr. King is another step as the branch campus evolves. He has both the background and experience to lead the branch campus.”

King earned his Bachelor of Arts in English Education and his Master of Education in secondary Education at East Central University, and completed his requirements for a doctorate from Texas A&M University-Commerce in Higher Education, Curriculum and Instruction. He has also done post-graduate work at the University of Oklahoma.

King also has experience in the public schools, having taught English and Psychology at Broken Bow High School from 1991-98.

Dr. William Carter named OSBDC state director

Dr. William Carter named OSBDC state director

Press Release Date: 1-12-2011

DURANT, Okla. – Dr. William D. Carter is certainly no stranger to success in the field of small business development.

His background and experience made him the perfect choice for the position of State Director of the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center (OSBDC). Carter will assume his new duties in February.

He will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the OSBDC Network, which includes college and university-based small business centers in Oklahoma. Southeastern Oklahoma State University houses the state office for the OSBDC program.

Carter has more than 25 years of experience as a director/deputy director in small business administration and as an entrepreneur and small business owner.

He served as State Director of the Oregon (4 1/2 years) and Hawaii (2 ½ years) Small Business Development Centers. In both positions, Carter grew funding, was successful in maintaining matching funding via the state legislatures during years of state budgetary challenges, and found additional funding sources from new federal, state regional, and local partners.

Most recently, Carter served as Deputy District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Earlier in his career, Carter enjoyed success as an entrepreneur and small business owner. Northwest Computer Learning Centers, Inc., was founded in 1981 by Carter in Salem, Oregon. The company provides training and organizational development in information technology. He sold the business in 2000.

Carter holds a Ph.D. from Oregon State University in Training and Organizational Development. He is also a U.S. Army veteran.

Administrative control and support services for the OSBDC Network is provided through the State Office at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant.

OSBDC network offices are located at East Central University, Ada; Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow, Muskogee, and satellite office in Tulsa; Northwestern University, Alva, Enid, and satellite office in Ponca City; Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant; Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford and satellite office in Lawton; University of Central Oklahoma, office in Oklahoma City; Langston University, office in Oklahoma City; and Rose State College, Midwest City.

Since 1984, the OSBDC has grown to become the state’s most comprehensive business assistance network and has helped more 150,000 Oklahomans realize their dream. By combining state, federal, and university support, the OSBDC has significantly impacted Oklahoma’s economy through business start-ups, expansions, and sustainability.

Oklahoma’s new and established businesses are the foundation of Oklahoma’s economy. It is the mission of the OSBDC to ensure that all Oklahomans have access to professional and confidential business counseling, educational workshops, and continuing support throughout their business ventures.

Dr. Grady Pennington was state director of OSBDC for 21 years until his retirement in 2010. Linda Gray has served as interim director since April 2010.