Southeastern News

Whang Bang alumni golf tournament set for Oct. 4

DURANT, Okla. – One of the highlights of Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Homecoming is the Whang Bang Alumni Golf Tournament. The 27th-annual Whang Bang is scheduled to tee off at 9 a.m. Friday, October 4, at Silverado Golf Course. Registration opens at 8 a.m., one hour before the shotgun start.  The tournament is a 6-person scramble limited to the first 144 players to register.


Registration fee is $100 per player and includes green fee, cart, Savage Storm golf and more fun package, goodie bag, t-shirt, breakfast and lunch, free beverages and a chance for a new car courtesy of Stuteville Ford of Atoka.  The Savage Storm Golf & More Fun Package includes two mulligans (entered into a drawing for door prizes) and a card game on the course.

There are also prizes for Closest-to-the-Pin and Longest Drive for both men and women.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third-place finishes.

Golfers may register online at <> with an early registration deadline of September 25.  For more information, call (580) 745-2288.

Hole sponsorships are available at $50.

The Whang Bang kicks off Friday’s Homecoming activities and leads directly to the best tailgate celebration in the Great American Conference.

Joining the fun is simple.  Just show up on Saturday, Oct. 5, in Alumni Alley across from Paul Laird Field. Come early, grab a parking place, stake out a spot for your grill, lawn chairs, etc.  A picnic lunch will do in place of grilling or you can purchase food from the Sodexo food services trailer.

Follow the team into the stadium through “The Walk” and boost the Storm to victory against Texas A&M -Commerce. Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m. 

Three former faculty members to be honored at Homecoming

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will present the Distinguished Former Faculty Award to three individuals as part of the 2013 Homecoming celebration.

Dill    Dr. Jan Dill, Dr. Ken Washburn and Dr. John “Rick” Wright will be honored at the Awards Banquet on Friday, October 4, at 5:30 p.m. in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.
Dill (’83, ’87) retired from Southeastern in 2004 as Assistant Professor of Business Information Management.  She spent 19 of her 28 years at Southeastern as an instructor/assistant professor.
Dill earned her Ed.D. in Supervision, Curriculum and Instruction – Higher Education in 2003 from Texas A&M University-Commerce. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Southeastern.
From 1985-94, she served Southeastern as Instructor, Departments of Management and Marketing, Office Administration and Business Education. Dill was granted tenure in 2001 and was Assistant Professor, Department of Management and Marketing from 2001 to 2004. She received numerous teaching awards and served on several committees while at the University.


Washburn]Washburn began his 17-year tenure at Southeastern in the fall of 1978.  A native of North Carolina, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at New Mexico Highlands University and completed his doctorate at the University of Northern Colorado in 1971.
After a tour of duty with the United States Army that included an electronics program at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and service with a missile battalion in Germany, he spent 15 years at New Mexico Highlands.
His Southeastern career included stints as an Electronics Coordinator, Chair of the Electronics Department, and Chair of the Industrial Technology Department.  He retired in 1995 as Professor of Electronics.



WrightWright earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Arkansas State University and received his master’s degree in biochemistry and doctorate in inorganic and radiation chemistry at the University of Mississippi.
After a stint with the U.S. Air Force, Wright completed his doctorate. He then was employed as a research technician at Washington University in St. Louis.
Wright joined the Southeastern faculty in 1973 as assistant professor of chemistry.  He quickly secured research funding from the National Institutes of Health.  He, with colleagues, published numerous papers and articles describing their primary research conducted in the Southeastern laboratories.
He says “first of all, I wanted to be a good teacher.’’ But he was also active in the field of cancer treatment research during his career.

Wright co-authored three scientific research books.

Southeastern to celebrate Homecoming Oct. 3-4-5

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate Homecoming 2013 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 3-4-5.
This year’s theme is “Stormcoming” and the three-day event will offer something of interest for all current students, alumni, and friends.

Honored as Distinguished Alumni this year will be Dr. Jim Barnes, Assistant Chief of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Gary Batton, and Mr. Robert “Rob’’ Wells. Recipients of the Distinguished Former Faculty Award are Dr. Jan Dill, Dr. Ken Washburn, and Dr. John “Rick’’  Wright.
Along with banquets, pep rallies, campus tours, a golf tournament and the Homecoming football game, numerous reunions are scheduled. For information on reunions, check  or contact the Southeastern Alumni Relations Office at 580-745-2875.
The following schedule includes some of the many events in store for the Homecoming weekend:
Thursday, October 3
SE Night at the Museum, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Three Valley Museum, 401 W. Main Street. Enjoy an evening full of surprises as the Durant Historical Society hosts this popular event. The Southeastern Hub for Arts Resources in Education (SHARE) will showcase local artisans’ work. Proceeds from the art sale will benefit southeast Oklahoma schools in the areas of art, music and theatre. Refreshments will be provided.

Friday, October 4
        27th-Annual Whang Bang Golf Tournament, Silverado Golf Course. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and a shotgun start is set for 9 a.m. Participants may register online at The Whang Bang has started a highly popular tradition that has legends from Southeastern’s storied athletics history serving as honorary starters.
      Distinguished Awards Banquet, 5:30 p.m., Visual and Performing Arts Center. This event features introduction of the 2013 Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Former Faculty.
Houston Debate Reception, 8 p.m., Massey Building, 200 W. Main Street. A long-standing reception that allows debaters and communication majors past and present to honor a remarkable teacher and debate coach.
True Blue Rally, 8 p.m., Amphitheater
Saturday, October 5
        Coffee & Conversation with Savage Legends, 8 a.m., Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium. Former Southeastern athletes gather to reminisce. Hosted by Southeastern president Larry Minks and Director of Athletics Keith Baxter.

       Homecoming Parade, 10 a.m., downtown Durant.
        Alumni Tailgate Party, Alumni Alley, 11 a.m. Across from Paul Laird Field.
        Southeastern Campus Tours, 11:30 a.m. Explore the campus during the one-hour tour. It’s great for students and their families who are considering Southeastern. Student tours will include campus and residence halls, plus a lunch ticket. Special Alumni tours will also be held. Register online at  . Tours leave from the entrance to Paul Laird Field.
          Pre-Game Ceremony, 1:50 p.m., Paul Laird Field. Introduction of Distinguished Alumni, past and present.
        Kickoff: Southeastern vs. Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2 p.m.
Discover Durant “A Market Fair,” downtown Durant, 6 p.m. Alumni and friends of Southeastern are invited to enjoy an evening of food, live music, arts and crafts hosted by the Durant Young Professionals.

Classes begin August 19

DURANT, Okla. – Fall classes at Southeastern Oklahoma State University will begin on Monday, August 19.

Prior to that, on Saturday, August 17, Southeastern president Larry Minks will welcome students and their parents at Freshman Convocation. That event will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Montgomery  Auditorium (Morrison Hall).

Other key dates this fall include Parents, Family, and Friends Day on September 21, and Homecoming, October 4-5.

Alumni event held in McCurtain County

Alumni director Stephanie Davison offers information at the McCurtain County event.

Alumni director Stephanie Davison offers information at the McCurtain County event.

DURANT, Okla. — The Office of Alumni Relations hosted a party for all Southeastern Oklahoma State University alumni residing in the southeastern region of Oklahoma on May 16 at the Idabel Country Club.
Guests included Regent Terry Matlock, chair of the Board of Regents of the Regional University System of Oklahoma, Alumni Association president-elect Kerrey Matlock, and alumni board member Mary Kathryn Hodge.
Director of Alumni Relations Stephanie Davison welcomed the alumni and encouraged them to participate in Southeastern’s Homecoming celebration this fall, and to get in touch with their academic major departments.
“Everyone on the Durant campus of Southeastern is excited when Homecoming rolls around,” Davison said. “Our alumni are our greatest asset and we want to celebrate every one of them. Many of our academic programs are also holding reunions of their respective graduates and all alumni should contact their major programs to be included in their plans.”
Davison also reminded alumni to stay in touch through the Alumni website and Facebook.

Southeastern Homecoming is Oct. 14-15

Southeastern Homecoming is Oct. 14-15

Press Release Date: 10-6-2011

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Homecoming 2011 is almost here (October 14-15), but you still have time to take part in the festivities.

There is still time to make plans for attendance as the football team meets Henderson State (Arkansas) University to climax the two-day festivities.

Southeastern athletics is competing this year in NCAA Division II’s newest entry, the Great American Conference. Henderson State was the preseason favorite to win the first championship.

The celebration will include something for everyone with early birds attending the Southeastern “Night at the Museum” beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Three Valley Museum, 401 West Main Street.

The event features the Southeastern experience from the 1930s and 1940s with video, photos and lots of conversation. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Other activities include:

Friday, October 14

Friday’s activities will tee off with the 25th annual Whang Bang Alumni Golf Tournament at Silverado Golf Course. Golfers or just fans will certainly want to be present to see and visit with honorary starters from Southeastern’s storied past, including Hall of Famers and others.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Silverado or golfers may enter online at A shotgun start is set for 9 a.m.

The Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Former Faculty Awards Banquet will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.

The Houston Debate Reception is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Massey Building at 200 West Main Street.

A Bonfire/Pep Rally will be held at 8:30 p.m. in the amphitheater.

Friday’s celebration will end with an Alumni Reunion at Sports City Café, 5607 S. Ninth Avenue, at 9 p.m.

Saturday, October 15

The Former Athletes’ Breakfast is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. in Bloomer Sullivan Arena. Athletes and coaches from the past meet with athletes and coaches from the present to enjoy good food and share stories of their experiences at Southeastern.

The Homecoming Parade begins in downtown Durant at 10 a.m.

Southeastern Campus Tours will be available for students and families who are considering choosing Southeastern. Tours are also available for alumni. The tours will leave at 11 a.m. from the entrance to Paul Laird Field.

The Alumni Tailgate Party begins at 11 a.m. in Tailgate Alley across from Paul Laird Field.

The Southeastern Marching Band will enter the football field at 1:45 p.m. and the pre-game ceremony will feature the introduction of Distinguished Alumni on the field at 1:50 p.m.

Southeastern’s Savage Storm will kick off the Homecoming 2011 football game against Henderson State’s Reddies at 2 p.m.

Reunions are scheduled throughout Friday and Saturday. Contact the Alumni Office at 580-745-2875 or go online to for more information.

Tickets for the various events may be purchased online at or in the Southeastern Welcome Center. Checks should be made payable to the Southeastern Foundation, Inc.

For a complete schedule of Homecoming activities, go to