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Education professor publishes monograph on “Social Media, Public Schools and the Law’’

SMcovershotDURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University professor Stewart Mayers’ monograph on “Social Media, Public Schools, and the Law’’ has been published by the Education Law Association (ELA). The monograph will soon be available at www.educationlaw.org

The monograph is a 76-page document that provides in-depth discussion about the variety of legal issues faced by public schools relevant to employee and student social media usuage.

“The focus (of the monograph) is to provide a summary of the current law as it applies to social media in schools,’’ Dr. Mayers said. “In addition, I hope to provide guidance to public schools as they attempt to write policy concerning student and employee usage of social media.’’

Mayers joined the Southeastern faculty in 2001. He earned his Ed.D. at the University at Georgia; his M.Ed. at Southeastern; and his B.A. at Baylor University. He is a professor in the Educational Instruction and Leadership Department.

ELA was founded in 1954 as the National Organization on Legal Problems in Education.  The membership of the organization is comprised of attorneys who practice school law, professors who teach public school law courses, and school administrators.  In addition, there are student members (in most cases, students working on doctorates in school law). One service of the organization is to provide publications that are used through the education law community: by attorneys, school administrators and as supplemental texts in school law courses.

To gain approval for publication, authors must submit a proposal to the publications committee (composed of members representing all three constituencies – lawyers, professors, administrators), which reviews the submission for relevance to current issues in Ed law.  If the topic is of sufficient interest to proceed, the committee requires submission of a sample chapter.

 

Southeastern professor to write monograph on social media and the law

Stewart MayersDURANT, Okla. – A Southeastern Oklahoma State University professor is currently writing a monograph for the Education Law Association (ELA) on the topic of “Social Media, Public Schools, and the Law.’’

Dr. Stewart Mayers, Professor of Education, said his monograph should be published sometime next year.

A monograph is a document that can range from 40 -150 pages and provides in-depth discussion about a specific area of the law.

“The focus (of the monograph) is to provide a summary of the current law as it applies to social media in schools,’’ Mayers said. “In addition, I hope to provide guidance to public schools as they attempt to write policy concerning student and employee usage of social media.’’

ELA was founded in 1954 as the National Organization on Legal Problems in Education.  The membership of the organization is comprised of attorneys who practice school law, professors who teach public school law courses, and school administrators.  In addition, there are student members (in most cases, students working on doctorates in school law). One service of the organization is to provide publications that are used through the education law community: by attorneys, school administrators and as supplemental texts in school law courses.

To gain approval for publication, authors must submit a proposal to the publications committee (composed of members representing all three constituencies – lawyers, professors, administrators) which will review the submission for relevance to current issues in Ed law.  If the topic is of sufficient interest to proceed, the committee requires submission of a sample chapter.

Mayers joined the Southeastern faculty in 2001. He earned his Ed.D. at the University at Georgia; his M.Ed. at Southeastern; and his B.A. at Baylor University.

Nashville music executive offers insight at Developing Artist Symposium

Cliff Williamson addresses the crowd at Thursday’s symposium at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Cliff Williamson addresses the crowd at Thursday’s symposium at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

DURANT, Okla. – As far as the music business goes, Cliff Williamson has been around the block a time or two. Throughout a 50-year career, he has worn many hats, including disc jockey, record producer, publisher, and executive. Today, he is Chief Operating Officer of Reba McEntire’s Starstruck Entertainment  and Reba’s Business, Inc., in Nashville, Tenn.

Williamson was on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University Thursday to speak to students at the Department of Music’s “Developing Artist Symposium.’’

“You have to have passion,’’ Williamson advised students interested in a career in music, “but you must also have diligence. Success is relative … you measure your success by how happy you are.’’

Williamson noted that his passion for music began in junior high school and high school in Georgia and Tennessee when he joined the marching band. His professional involvement in the music industry began in 1964 while he was in high school when he was employed as a disc jockey.

The record executive told the audience that there are three keys to success in the music business.

“One key is you’ve got to know who your audience is,’’ he said. “Taylor Swift and Reba McEntire (a Southeastern graduate) are great examples of artists who recognize this. Then you have to know what they (audience) want. Finally, you must have the talent to give it to them.’’

Williamson also touched on “style’’ that makes artists successful.

“If you go back to the early 1970s, Conway Twitty had a lot of style. Today, Reba has a tremendous amount of style, as do artists like Kenny Chesney and Jimmy Buffett, and many others.’’

During his hour-long presentation, Williamson mentioned a variety of other subjects, including the songwriting business, disco, vinyl records, the importance of social media in the record business, and some of the many other changes the industry has seen over the years.

But, according to Williamson: “A song is a song is a song, and a record is a record is a record – the same things that matter to making a hit record today are the same as they were, 20, even 50 years ago.’’

In addition to managing Reba, Starstruck also oversees the careers of such popular  artists as Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson.

Williamson has been associated with Starstruck for 20 years. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Texoma Health Foundation.

Also offering comments from Starstruck Thursday was Justin McIntosh, Creative Media & Marketing Director. He directed his remarks to marketing and creating a brand.

The two-day symposium, geared toward Southeastern students with an interest in the music business, marketing, performance, or songwriting, concluded Friday.

In addition to the lectures, roundtable discussions, singer-songwriting clinics, and musical performances were a part of the symposium.

Guest singer-songwriters  performing were country artist Amber Hayes (an Oklahoma native) from Nashville, and Austin Hartley-Leonard, based in Los Angeles.

This event was made possible through a grant from the Cultural and Scholastic Lectureship Committee, with additional funding from Choctaw Casino and Resort, Sports City Bar and Grill, and private donors.

Austin Hartley-Leonard performed Thursday night at Sports City.

Austin Hartley-Leonard performed Thursday night at Sports City.

Country artist Amber Hayes, an Oklahoma native, takes the stage at Sports City Thursday night.

Country artist Amber Hayes, an Oklahoma native, takes the stage at Sports City Thursday night.