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Retirees honored at Faculty-Staff event

The retirees joined Southeastern president Sean Burrage for a pre-event photo.

The retirees joined Southeastern president Sean Burrage for a pre-event photo.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s annual Faculty-Staff Recognition event was held Monday afternoon in Montgomery Auditorium.

The event honors retirees and employees for years of service. Other awards are presented by the Faculty Senate and Staff Association.

The list of 33 retirees includes a 50-year employee in Dr. Mary Ann Craige, professor in the department of music and noted performer and teacher of piano.

The retirees have a combined total of 734 years of service to Southeastern and the community.

Also retiring are four members of the University’s executive team and a dean:      Sharon Robinson, vice president for student affairs, 30 years of service; Ross Walkup, vice president for business affairs, 28 years: Dr. Douglas McMillan, vice president for academic affairs, 26 years; Dr. Claire Stubblefield, special assistant to the president, director/office of equity, diversity and compliance, 23 years; and Dr. Lucretia Scoufos, executive dean, academic affairs, 14 years.

Vicki Hudson was the recipient of The Heart of Southeastern Award.

Vicki Hudson was the recipient of The Heart of Southeastern Award.

This year’s  “Heart of  Southeastern Award’’  was presented to Vicki Hudson, who is retiring after 46 years of service to the University. This award recognizes an individual who has gone above and beyond the expectations and requirements in their job at Southeastern.

         Following is the list of retirees, listed by years of service:

3 Years

Tammy Crow, instructor, behavioral sciences, McCurtain County campus

8 Years

Dr. Dennis Brewster, associate professor, behavioral sciences

9 Years

LeAnn Steadman, custodian

10 Years

Dr. Mary Ann Craige has served the University for 50 years.

Dr. Mary Ann Craige has served the University for 50 years.

Michael Arnold, general maintenance, physical plant

Rachel Seach, librarian, McCurtain County campus

12 Years

Deborah Harper, business services assistant, business office

14 Years

Dr. William Mawer, professor, behavorial sciences

Dr. Lucretia Scoufos, executive dean, academic affairs

15 Years

David Berghauser, motor pool assistant, campus police and safety

17 Years

Dr. Debra Haley, associate professor, management and marketing

Dr. Jeremy Blackwood was named Professor of the Year by the Faculty Senate.

Dr. Jeremy Blackwood was named Professor of the Year by the Faculty Senate.

18 Years

Dr. Paula Allen, professor, English, humanities and languages

Betty Clay, instructor, chemistry, computers and physical sciences

Paula Matthews, custodian team leader, custodial services

20 Years

Mike Morris, assistant professor, chemistry, computers and physical sciences

Dr. Richard Pearlstein, professor, social sciences

22 Years

Dr. Lisa Coleman, professor, director of honors program, English, humanities and languages

Kim McGehee, instructor, English, humanities and languages

Sharon Morrison, associate professor, director, library

Dr. Kelly D’Arcy received The Spirit of Southeastern Award and the Staff Association Administrative/Professional Award.

Dr. Kelly D’Arcy received The Spirit of Southeastern Award and the Staff Association Administrative/Professional Award.

23 Years

Dr. Claire Stubblefield, special assistant to the president, director/office of equity, diversity and compliance (AAO and Title IX coordinator)

25 Years

Dr. Toni Stiefer, professor, educational instruction and leadership

26 Years

Dr. Douglas McMillan, vice president for academic affairs

         27 Years

Dennis Miles, assistant professor, technical access and public services, library

28 Years

Kenneth (Dale) Vanderburg, locksmith/machinist/welder, physical plant

Ross Walkup, vice president, business affairs

29 Years

Tammy Willis, administrative assistant for intercollegiate athletics

30 Years

Sharon Robinson, vice president, student affairs

31 Years

Eddie Harbin, director, physical plant

Nevyle (Buddy) Pierce, assistant professor, mathematics

32 Years

Dr. James Britton, professor, chemistry, computers and physical sciences

40 Years

Carol Coats, director, business office

46 Years

Vicki Hudson, assistant professor, chair/department of health, physical education and recreation

50 Years

Dr. Mary Ann Craige, professor, department of music

Following is the list of award recipients:

Faculty Senate Awards

Excellence in Teaching

Arts, Dr. Alistair Maeer

Business, Dr. Kitty Campbell

Education & Behavioral Sciences, Dr. Blythe Duell

Sciences, Dr. Layne Heitz

Faculty Senate Recognition Award for Outstanding Research and Scholarly Activity

Arts, Dr. Randy Prus

Business, Dr. Martin Bressler

Education & Behavioral Sciences, Dr. Blythe Duell

Sciences, Dr. Karl Frinkle

Faculty Senate Recognition Award for Meritorious Service to the University and/or Profession

Arts, Dr. Riley Coker

Business, Dr. Martin Bressler

Education & Behavioral Sciences, Dr. William Fridley

Sciences, Dr. Christopher Moretti

Faculty Senate Recognition for Adjunct Professor of the Year,

Carolyn Fridley

Faculty Senate Recognition for Librarian of the Year,

Sharon Morrison

Faculty Senate Recognition for Professor of the Year,

Dr. Jeremy Blackwood

Staff Association Awards

Administrative/Professional, Dr. Kelly D’Arcy, director of residence life

Secretarial/Clerical, Sue Haywood, coordinator, special events

Service/Technical, Mark Pierce, physical plant

Spirit of Southeastern Award

Dr. Kelly D’Arcy

Spring Commencement scheduled for Saturday, May 10

DURANT, Okla. – Spring Commencement will be held at Southeastern Oklahoma State University on Saturday, May 10.

One ceremony for all schools will begin at 10 a.m. at Paul Laird Field.

Dr. Larry Minks, president of Southeastern, will deliver the commencement address.

In the event of bad weather, two ceremonies will be held in Bloomer Sullivan Arena as follows:

10 a.m.

School of Arts and Sciences

Master of Technology

Master of Science (Safety)

2 p.m.

School of Education & Behavioral Sciences

John Massey School of Business

Master of Arts (Clinical Mental Health Counseling)

Master of Education

Master of Arts (Teaching)

Master of Science (Sports Studies and Athletic Administration)

Master of Business Administration

Master of Science (Aerospace)

Scott Crain to address graduates Dec. 14 at Commencement

DURANT, Okla. – Local businessman and alumnus J. Scott Crain will be the speaker at Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Fall Commencement.

Commencement will be held on Saturday, December 14, in Bloomer Sullivan Arena. Two ceremonies will be held as follows:

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

School of Arts & Sciences

John Massey School of Business

Master of Technology

Master of Science (Occupational Safety & Health)

Master of Business Administration

Master of Science (Aerospace Administration and Logistics)

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

School of Education & Behavioral Sciences

Master of Arts (Clinical Mental Health Counseling)

Master of Education

Master of Arts (Teaching)

Master of Science (Sports Studies and Athletic Administration)

Scottpic[1]Scott Crain is a 1984 graduate of Southeastern, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. He is currently owner-operator of Texoma Manufacturing, LLC, and started his first manufacturing company (now Waste Quip) 25 years ago in Durant.

Crain has twice been a finalist for the Oklahoma Investment Forum’s Grace & Franklin Bernsen Oklahoma Venture of the Year Award, and has also been nominated for the SBA small business of the year.

A graduate of Durant High School, he is active in the community, having served as a founding member of the Durant Sports Association, which raised funds for the Durant Sports Complex. He was also a member of the Durant Community Facilities Authority, which oversaw the construction of the complex as well as the improvements at Paul Laird Football Field.

An ordained minister, Crain is a charter member and elder at Fusion Bible Church in Durant.

Crain and his wife Carol are the parents of Drew (a Southeastern graduate) and Chase. His father, Jim Crain, also graduated from Southeastern.