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Southeastern recognizes outstanding faculty, staff and retirees at event

) Southeastern president Sean Burrage, far left, and Faculty Senate chair Dr.Steven Emge, far right, congratulate Dr. Randy Prus (Lifetime Achievement), Dr. Meg Cotter-Lynch (Professor of the Year), and Carolyn Fridley (Adjunct Professor of the Year) on their awards.

) Southeastern president Sean Burrage, far left, and Faculty Senate chair Dr.Steven Emge, far right, congratulate Dr. Randy Prus (Lifetime Achievement), Dr. Meg Cotter-Lynch (Professor of the Year), and Carolyn Fridley (Adjunct Professor of the Year) on their awards.

 Southeastern president Sean Burrage, far left, and Staff Association president Teena Harlin, far right, congratulate Roxanne Bell (Service/Technical), Johnna Towne (Secretarial/Clerical), and Kendra Gross (Administrative/Professional) on receiving their respective awards Monday.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage, far left, and Staff Association president Teena Harlin, far right, congratulate Roxanne Bell (Service/Technical), Johnna Towne (Secretarial/Clerical), and Kendra Gross (Administrative/Professional) on receiving their respective awards Monday.

 

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s annual Faculty and Staff Recognition Celebration was held Monday in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

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

Following is the list of retirees, with years of service:

Dr. Gleny Beach, professor /director of visual arts in art, communication &theatre, 23 years; Dr. Theresa Hrncir, professor of accounting & finance, 21 years; Dr. Margaret Avard, professor of chemistry, computer & physical sciences, 20 years; and Dr. Vivian Guarnera, associate professor/chair of Educational instruction & leadership, 20 years.

Also, Dr. Charles Marshall, associate professor of aviation sciences institute, 13 years; Linda McGehee, custodian, custodial services, 12 years; Dr. Reba Criswell, Associate Professor of Counseling/School Counseling Program Coordinator

Behavioral Sciences, 11 years; Dr. George Stevenson Smith, professor of accounting & finance, 11 years; Sandy Bumgarner, office assistant academic programs in art, communication & theatre, 9 years; and Dr. Robin Plumb, dean & director of Educational outreach, 7 years.

Following is the list of award recipients:

Faculty Senate awards

Faculty Senate Recognition Award for Excellence in Teaching

Arts & Sciences (A&S): Math, Sciences and Safety – Dr. Tim Smith

A&S: Arts and Letters – Ms. Riley Coker

Education & Behavioral Sciences  – Dr. Susan Morrison

John Massey School of Business –  Stephanie Metts

Faculty Senate Recognition Award for Outstanding Research and Scholarly Activity

A&S: Math,Science and Safety – Dr. Erica Corbett

A&S: Arts and Letters – Dr. Brooks Flippen

Education & Behavioral Sciences – Dr. Amy Madewell

John Massey School of Business – Dr. Ying Lin

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

A&S: Math,Sciences and Safety – Dr. Tim Smith

A&S: Arts and Letters – Dr. Jeremy Blackwood

Education & Behavioral Sciences – Dr. Amy Madewell

John Massey School of Business  – Dr. Kitty Campbell

Faculty Senate Recognition Award for Professor of the Year

Dr. Meg Cotter-Lynch –Professor of English, Director of Honors Program

Faculty Senate Recognition Award for Lifetime Achievement

Dr. Randy Prus, Professor of English, Chair of English, Humanities & Languages

Faculty Senate Recognition Award for Adjunct Professor of the Year

Ms. Carolyn Fridley

Faculty Senate Recognition Award for Librarian of the Year

Ms. Sandra Thomas

 

Staff  Association awards:

Administrative/Professional — Kendra Gross, director of McCurtain County campus

Secretarial/Clerical — Johnna Towne, office manager, Physical Plant

Service/Technical — Roxanne Bell, custodian

Southeastern announces administrative appointments

Southeastern announces administrative appointments

Press Release Date: 1-4-2011

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University president Larry Minks has announced three administrative/personnel appointments, to be effective immediately.

Dr. Jerry Polson will assume the role of Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Support and Dean of the School of Graduate and University Studies. He will oversee the University’s outreach programs as well as lead the graduate education program. His office is located on the third floor (307) of the Administration Building.

Polson, who joined the University in 1969, is a physics professor and was chair of the Department of Chemistry, Computer and Physical Sciences. He earned degrees at Auburn University (Ph.D.), Stephen F. Austin State University (M.S.), and East Texas State University, now Texas A&M-Commerce (B.S.)

Among his many awards and achievements, Polson was named Southeastern Teacher of the Year in 1972; was chairman of the first Faculty-Senate in the late 1980s and served in that capacity again in the 1990s; served as Director of Distance Education and Coordinator of the 2 + 2 program; and since 1996, has served as the Faculty Athletics representative.

Dr. Bryon Clark will serve as Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Instruction. Clark’s duties will involve maintaining oversight of the quality and integrity of academic programs. His office is on the third floor (305) of the Administration Building.

Clark joined the Southeastern faculty in 1990. A professor of biological sciences, Clark previously served as Dean of the School of Graduate and University Studies. He earned degrees at Kansas State University (Ph.D.), Western Illinois University (M.S.), and Central College-Iowa (B.A.).

Clark has received numerous awards and honors, including the Burlington Northern Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1993; the Southeastern Faculty Senate Recognition Award for Outstanding Research in 1995; and the Southeastern Faculty Senate Recognition Award for Meritorious Service to the University, Profession and Community in 1998.

Both of these positions will report to Dr. Doug McMillan, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs.

In addition, Tony Lehrling was recently selected as Director of Financial Aid. He had been serving as interim director since August 2010. Lehrling earned bachelor and master degrees at Southeastern, and has been employed at the University since 1999.

He previously served as academic coordinator for Upward Bound math-science in the TRIO program at Southeastern. In that capacity, Lehrling was active in the Oklahoma Division of Student Assistance, serving as state treasurer and public relations coordinator.