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Three Southeastern students receive scholarships at Ardmore

DURANT, Okla. – Three Southeastern Oklahoma State University students at the Ardmore outreach site were among the recipients of scholarships awarded by the University Center of Southern Oklahoma. Left to right are Seneca May, a senior criminal justice major; Jerlyn McKay, a junior Elementary Education major; and Joshua Lucas, a senior accounting major.

DURANT, Okla. – Three Southeastern Oklahoma State University students at the Ardmore outreach site were among the recipients of scholarships awarded by the University Center of Southern Oklahoma. Left to right are Seneca May, a senior criminal justice major; Jerlyn McKay, a junior Elementary Education major; and Joshua Lucas, a senior accounting major.

Aletha Burrage Scholarship established at Southeastern

Aletha BurrageDURANT, Okla. – Family members and friends are honoring a lifetime of public school service with the establishment of the Aletha Burrage Scholarship at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Mrs. Burrage, the mother of Southeastern president Sean Burrage, served as a teacher and administrator for 38 years (Kingston, Newcastle, Antlers) before retiring in 2013. A product of Antlers Public Schools, Mrs. Burrage earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Southeastern, her master’s in school administration at Southeastern, and her master’s in special education at the University of Oklahoma..

Mrs. Burrage and her husband, Michael, also a Southeastern graduate, are the parents of two sons, Sean and David, and have four grandchildren.

Numerous other members of the Burrage family are also Southeastern graduates.

“Teaching was my passion,’’ Mrs. Burrage said. “My hope is that this scholarship will encourage students to continue to pursue a career in teaching.’’

Paris Junior College, Southeastern Oklahoma State University sign agreement to ease transition for transfer students

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PJC president Dr. Pam Anglin and Southeastern president Sean Burrage sign the agreement in Paris Tuesday afternoon.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Paris Junior College strengthened their relationship Tuesday with the signing of an agreement that will assist transfer students.

This 2+2 articulation agreement allows a seamless transition for students transferring from PJC into seven additional programs at Southeastern: Chemistry, Criminal Justice Major-Minor, Elementary Education, Hospitality Management, Recreation, Spanish, and Special Education.

Signing the agreement during a ceremony Tuesday were PJC president Dr. Pamela Anglin and Southeastern president Sean Burrage.

“Paris Junior College values our agreements with Southeastern and is proud to promote the transfer opportunity to our students,” said Dr. Anglin. “Today’s agreement provides additional articulated transfer opportunities for PJC students. It is good for our students and good for the region.”

“Paris Junior College and Southeastern Oklahoma State University are all about providing opportunities for students,’’ Burrage said.  “That is what this articulation agreement is all about. It provides the opportunity for more students to pursue their higher education goals. We are proud to be a part of that.’’

Southeastern has similar articulation agreements with 16 other junior/community colleges in Oklahoma and Texas.

With an enrollment of 4,000 students, Southeastern’s main campus is located in Durant, Oklahoma, with a branch campus in McCurtain County (Idabel, Oklahoma). Various programs are offered at seven other locations in Oklahoma and Texas.

The University, which offers 38 bachelor’s degree programs and 13 master’s degree programs, is nationally known for such fields of study as Aviation, Business, Elementary Education, and Occupational Safety & Health. For more information, visit www.SE.edu.

Paris Junior College serves over 5,000 students in northeast Texas in Lamar, Red River, Delta, Hunt and Hopkins counties and has provided quality education since 1924. PJC provides academic transfer and workforce training classes and programs. For more information, go to www.parisjc.edu.

Commencement held at Southeastern

Among the dignitaries participating in Saturday’s Fall Commencement were Regent Jeffrey Dunn, chair of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents; speaker Alisa Dorman; Southeastern president Sean Burrage; and Chancellor Glen D. Johnson.

Among the dignitaries participating in Saturday’s Fall Commencement were Regent Jeffrey Dunn, chair of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents; speaker Alisa Dorman; Southeastern president Sean Burrage; and Chancellor Glen D. Johnson.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University held Fall Commencement exercises Saturday in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

Alisa (Frank) Dorman, Executive Director, Office of Literacy for the Colorado Department of Education, was the commencement speaker.  Dorman holds three degrees from Southeastern — a Master of Education in School Counseling (’95), a Master of Elementary Education in Reading (’95), and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (’90).

 

 

Bloomer Sullivan Arena was the site of Saturday’s Fall Commencement at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Bloomer Sullivan Arena was the site of Saturday’s Fall Commencement at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Two ceremonies were held with graduates representing 16 states and seven countries. Chancellor Glen D. Johnson offered welcoming remarks, as did Regent Jeffrey  Dunn, chair of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents.  Also congratulating the graduates was Kerrey Matlock, president of the Southeastern Alumni Association.

Colorado Literacy Director, Southeastern graduate Alisa Dorman to address Fall graduates on Dec. 12

Alisa Dorman

Alisa Dorman

DURANT, Okla. – Alisa (Frank) Dorman, Executive Director, Office of Literacy for the Colorado Department of Education, will be the speaker at Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Fall Commencement.

Two ceremonies will be held on Saturday, Dec. 12, in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

 

 

The two ceremonies will be held as follows:

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

  • School of Education & Behavioral Sciences
  • John Massey School of Business
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science (Aerospace Administration and Logistics)
  • Master of Arts (Clinical Mental Health Counseling)
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Arts (Teaching)
  • Master of Science (Sports Studies and Athletic Administration)
  • Master of Science (Native American Leadership)

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

  • School of Arts & Sciences
  • Master of Technology
  • Master of Science (Safety)
  • Master of Music Education

Dorman holds three degrees from Southeastern — a Master of Education in School Counseling (’95), a Master of Elementary Education in Reading (’95), and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (’90). She is a graduate of Bokchito High School.

“We are delighted that Alisa is returning to Southeastern as our commencement speaker this fall,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage. “It’s very meaningful for our graduates to hear from someone who has been where they have been, so to speak. And for Alisa to be a product of Southeastern’s teacher education program makes it even more special.  I think we all look forward to hearing her success story and the role that the University may have played in her impressive career.’’

Upon graduation, Dorman  began her education career as an elementary teacher in Texas and later in Oklahoma.   In 1997, she  was named Teacher of the Year for Durant Public Schools and was later named runner-up in the State Teacher of the Year program.

She left the classroom to join the Oklahoma Department of Education in 1998 as an early childhood and family education specialist.  In 2002, Dorman  became Director and Team Lead for Reading First, a federal reading initiative.

Dorman  spent nine years at the Oklahoma Department of Education before moving into education research and development.

She joined  Oregon-based Dynamic Measurement Group (DMG), where she worked as the Liaison to Partners, as well as Director of Training Events and Institutes. While at DMG, Dorman  served as a member of the Executive Team, as well as the Research and Development Team.  She contributed to the development of multiple literacy assessment tools and professional development materials for educators.

In her current position, which she has held since September 2014, Dorman oversees the Office of Literacy at the Colorado Department of Education. Part of her duties include leading  the state’s early reading initiative, along with several special projects related to early learning.  She is a member of the Education Commissioner’s Cabinet and co-leads the implementation of the department’s strategic plan.

Dorman  has served on numerous boards and committees, including the Oklahoma Child Care Resource and Referral Association Board, the State Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Committee, the Durant Education Foundation, and the Boys and Girls Club of Durant. She is currently serving as a Commissioner on Governor John Hickenlooper’s SERVE Colorado Board, and on the Planning Committee for the Lieutenant Governor Joseph Garcia’s Literacy Week Tour.

Dorman resides in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, with her husband, Chris.  They have two children, Riley and Emma.

She is the daughter of John and Mary Frank of Durant.

Local optometrist offers tips to future teachers at Southeastern

Dr. Jason Rhynes makes a presentation to students at  Southeastern Wednesday.

Dr. Jason Rhynes makes a presentation to students at Southeastern Wednesday.

DURANT, Okla. – Research shows that 1 out of every 4 children has a vision problem that affects their ability to achieve.

This and other pertinent information was presented by a local optometrist to future educators Wednesday morning at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Dr. Jason Rhynes, a Durant native, discussed “Vision in the Classroom’’ during his engaging hour-long presentation, followed by questions-and-answers. His discussion touched on such topics as eye conditions and symptoms  that a teacher may observe in a child that may  be hindering learning and performance in the classroom.

“Many times, a (young) child may not be able to see up close, but doesn’t realize anything is wrong,’’ Rhynes said.  “The educator’s role is to recognize (potential problems) and refer (to appropriate person).’’

He added that it is recommended that a child have a professional eye examination at age 3.

His power-point program was well received by students in Dr. Susan Morrison’s “Teaching Reading in the Elementary School II’’ class.

“Partnering with community professionals strengthens the Elementary Education program at Southeastern,’’ Dr. Morrison said. “Since 2004, Dr. Rhynes has educated pre-service teachers about vision in the classroom — an important, but often ignored, aspect of the reading process. I believe this is an important first step in helping elementary students with vision-related issues that impact reading proficiency and learning in general.’’

Southeastern offers new online degree program in Early Intervention and Child Development

DURANT, Okla. – In an effort to meet the needs of students and the job market, Southeastern Oklahoma State University is now offering a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Intervention and Child Development.  With the exception of a couple of courses, the degree, based in Ardmore, is offered online.

This degree program provides individuals who are interested in or currently working with young children the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in the field related directly to their work.  It will also aid graduates with employment opportunities in areas such as Head Start, the Department of Human Services, and other agencies.

The new degree program will also address a critical need for earlier intervention for children with special needs. The program is designed for individuals not interested in teaching.

Among the courses in the degree are psychology, Elementary Education, Health, Physical Education and Recreation, and ethics.

Some 15 students are currently enrolled in the program, and the potential for growth is strong, according to Dr. Robin Plumb, Southeastern’s director of academic services at the University Center of Southern Oklahoma in Ardmore.

“The value and quality of childcare will be greatly increased by those who
earn this degree, ” Plumb said.

Formal approval of the new degree program was granted in June by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

For more information, contact Plumb at 580-220-2877.

Project TEACH enjoys success at Southeastern

Project TEACH enjoys success at Southeastern

Press Release Date: 8-17-2011

Dr. Rozanna May offers information during a recent Project TEACH open house.

Dr. Rozanna May offers information during a recent Project TEACH open house.

DURANT, Okla. – Although it has been in operation for less than a year, Project TEACH is already demonstrating success at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Project TEACH (Training Educators to Accept the Challenge) is a Student Support Services program and a cooperative project between Student Affairs and the Education Instruction and Leadership Department. It is specifically designed to enhance Teacher Preparation for K-12 education majors. This new and innovative program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, is one of 81 Project TEACH programs in the nation, seven of those being in higher education, and the only one of its kind in Oklahoma.

The mission of this program is to increase the retention and graduation rate of participants. Services include counseling, study sessions, academic monitoring, tutoring, workshops, hands-on technology training, field experiences, and many other activities.

To date, participants have experienced 100 percent passing rates on certification tests and in most instances surpassed the state’s average test score. Of the 140 students in the program, more than half are Elementary Education majors. In addition, more than 90 percent of the original program participants have either graduated or already pre-enrolled this fall, which is a high retention and persistence rate.

As a result of this program, 96 percent of the participants are in good academic standing.

New this year is a state-of-the-art “virtual classroom,” which will be utilized for training and workshops to provide the “cutting edge” technology in the teaching profession.

The Project TEACH staff, consisting of Dr. Rozanna May, director, Cathryn Harmon, coordinator, and Leslie Collins, administrative assistant, has a combined 60 years of teaching experience in Oklahoma and Texas. Staff offices are located on the third floor of the Glen D. Johnson Student Union.

For more information about the program, call 580-745-3304.

Judith McGue Sherrer Scholarship established at Southeastern

Judith McGue Sherrer Scholarship established at Southeastern

Picture of Judith McGue Sherrer

Press Release Date: 9-16-2011

DURANT, Okla. – The Judith McGue Sherrer Memorial Endowed Scholarship has been established in the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Foundation.

The scholarship is to be awarded to Southeastern students who are graduates of Atoka (Oklahoma) High School and who have declared Education as their major field of study.

The scholarship was established in memory of Judith McGue Sherrer, who passed away April 11, 2011.

A graduate of Atoka High School, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education at Southeastern in 1978. After completing her Master of Education degree at the University of Central Oklahoma in 1997, she taught in elementary schools throughout her career.

From 1978 to 1987, she taught at Nashoba, from 1988 to 1997 at Jones, and from 1997 to 2003 at Ketchum Elementary.