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Southeastern students participate in Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature activities

Jacob Morrison and Nynnett Gonzalez participated in the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature mock government program this year.

Jacob Morrison and Nynnett Gonzalez participated in the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature mock government program this year.

DURANT, Okla. – With a history spanning 50 years, the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature (OIL) is the longest-running mock government run by students in the nation. University students from across the state compete in a simulated legislative process.

Over the past few years, Southeastern Oklahoma State University has been building its OIL delegation, making big strides in the first 50th session of 2018. Connor Alford, political science instructor, has advised and coached Southeastern’s team.

Jacob Morrison, a sophomore from Durant, had four bills passed by the house and senate. All four of his bills were signed into law by the governor of the organization, thus becoming “law.”  This is the first time Southeastern has seen a bill pass both chambers and be codified into law.

Nynnett Gonzalez, a sophomore from Cartwright, was a member of several committees — including rules, appropriations, and judiciary — that determine the competition standards.

In addition, Gonzalez was elected Deputy President Pro Tempore of the Senate.

As Southeastern’s new chair, Morrison hopes to continue to grow the University’s delegation.

Southeastern excels in Oklahoma debate competition

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Speech and Debate Association’s Jacob Morrison took top honors in the Lincoln Douglas Debate Championship at the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Forensics Association State Tournament.

Morrison also helped the team claim the State Championship in the Debate Pentathlon.

A total of 60 competitors from Southeastern, Cameron University, East Central University, Carl Albert State College, Northeastern State University, Oklahoma City University, Tulsa Community College, University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Oklahoma, and West Texas A&M University participated in 11 Individual Preparation and Limited Preparation events and Parliamentary and Lincoln-Douglas Debate.

The National Parliamentary Debate Association sponsored debate rounds took place on February 23 and the National Forensic Association sponsored Lincoln-Douglas Debate and National Forensic Association sponsored National Individual Events tournament began the following day.

“The team has been working and preparing very hard to make an impressive showing at this season’s state tournament,’’ said Dr. Randy Clark, associate professor of communication studies and speech and debate advisor at Southeastern. “Although not all of our competitors placed, we are very happy for those who did. We’ll continue to keep working hard, preparing the Southeastern way so that every member of our team is vying for a finals’ top 3 finish.”

The Parli debate team of Morrison and Ian Snyder reached the semifinal round, losing to the eventual Parli champion team from the University of Oklahoma.

“I’m very proud of the team and their showing,’’ Clark said. “They gained a remarkable amount of experience this weekend and a tremendous amount of respect from other competitors and other coaches from the more established programs. The two of them definitely enjoyed the experience.”

SSDA’s final competitive tournament of the season will be the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament March 13-17 at Tennessee State University in Nashville.

To learn more about Southeastern’s intercollegiate forensics program and the SSDA tournament schedule, visit the Department of Art, Communication and Theatre website or contact Dr. Clark at or extension 2556.