Southeastern News

Southeastern to serve as host site for free medical services on June 2-3

DURANT, Okla. – For the second time in three years, Southeastern Oklahoma State University will serve as a host site for free medical services in conjunction with Remote Area Medical Oklahoma (RAM).

Dates for the event are June 2-3 in both Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium and Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

RAM is a free healthcare weekend for those in need of care they cannot afford. It’s made possible by volunteer medical, dental and vision professionals, general volunteers and sponsors.

The clinic will treat as many patients as possible on a first-come, first-served basis according to the number of volunteers.

Patients may choose dental, vision, physician or women’s care. Dental service includes cleaning, filling and extraction. Vision patents will receive an exam and have a pair of glasses made on-site, if prescribed.

Root canals and dentures are not available because they are too time-consuming for this event.

A limited number of mammograms and pap tests will be offered. General physicians will be able to conduct physicals and a limited number of lab tests, if needed.

Patients will be seen regardless of income or immigration status. Patients will have the opportunity to be screened for Medicaid eligibility, which could help with future healthcare needs. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Registration will be in Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium on University and N. First Avenue.

Volunteers will begin providing care at 6 a.m. each day, but a patient number is required. Patient numbers will be available after 3 a.m. in front of Bloomer Sullivan Gym on the corner of University and N. 1st Avenue. After receiving a number, patients cannot leave the area without forfeiting their number.

Some snacks will be provided for diabetics and children, but patients should be prepared to wait several hours for care. Patients should bring a day’s worth of medications, snacks and baby supplies. Water and restrooms will be available.

Volunteers in all areas  are needed. For details and to sign-up online, go to

Gold & Blue Scholarship Gala set for February 13 at Southeastern

DURANT, Okla. – The Alumni Association of Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host the annual Gold and Blue Scholarship Gala and Auction on Saturday, February 13.

The Gala will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1614 N. First Avenue.

In the past 17 years of the Gold and Blue Gala, the Alumni Association Endowment Scholarship account has grown to more than $270,000, while providing  annual scholarship support to the University.

Last year’s event drew a record-setting crowd of 200 guests and raised more than $50,000 to be awarded to Southeastern students.

“This is a major fundraiser for the Association,’’ said director of alumni relations Stephanie Davison. “Thanks to the guests and sponsors of the Gala, the Southeastern Alumni Association awards scholarships, which is one of the reasons the Association exists. We do our best to bring high quality, desirable items to the live and silent auctions and provide a full evening of entertainment, including food and dancing to live music by The Decades. Every alumni and friend of Southeastern is invited to join in the fun.’’

Attire for the Gala can be anything from blue jeans to as dress-up as “anybody desires.”

Tickets are $75 per person for a complete evening of entertainment for a worthy cause. Tickets are available for purchase at the Southeastern Welcome Center. They may also be purchased online at http://alumni/

For further information, call 580-745-2288 or e-mail

The community of businesses and Southeastern alumni support the Gold and Blue Gala each year by donating unique and valuable items for the live and silent auctions. Live-auction items often include collectible art, one-of-a-kind custom fabricated items and exclusive experiences.

Examples of silent-auction items include weekend vacations, fun-day classes/experiences, local dining packages and special apparel.