Southeastern News

Retirement reception to honor Dr. Jerry Polson on Monday, Dec. 2

Jerry PolsonDURANT, Okla. – The community is invited to attend a reception Monday (Dec. 2) for Dr. Jerry Polson, who is retiring after 44 years of service at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The come-and-go reception will be from 2-4 p.m. Monday in the Visual & Performing Arts Center at Southeastern.

Currently Professor of Physics and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs – Outreach and Research/Dean of Graduate Studies, Polson will retire effective December 31, 2013.

He served as Chair of the Department of Chemistry, Computer and Physical Sciences for 20 years and also contributed to the University by his membership and involvement with the Curriculum Committee, NCA Steering Committee, Budget Committee, General Education Committee, Academic Council, Administrative Council, Distance Learning Council, as well as Chairman of the Faculty Senate and Faculty Athletics Representative.

He is also active in the community as a member of the Durant City Council.


Classes begin Jan. 11; two new master programs offered

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University is offering two new master degree programs as spring classes begin on Wednesday, Jan. 11.

The new programs are the Master of Arts in Teaching and the Master of Science in Sports Studies and Athletic Administration.

The Master of Arts in Teaching will consist of 32 total credit hours and will be offered both online and on-campus. It is designed to prepare candidates to become more effective teachers, both in Oklahoma and north Texas. The program will provide candidates with the knowledge and skills aligned with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

The Master of Science in Sports Studies requires 33 total credit hours. This degree program provides a strong foundation in research methodology, sports administration, management, and finances. Through quality instruction and educational experiences, graduates of this program will be able to move into positions in athletic administration, facilities management, sports event planning, and coaching.

“We believe both of these quality programs will provide excellent opportunities for area teachers and others who would like to enhance their teaching or administrative skills,” said Dr. Jerry Polson, assistant vice president for academic affairs and support and dean of the school of graduate and university studies.

Southeastern offers 51 degree and/or certificate programs, including 41 Baccalaureate Degrees and 10 Master Degrees.

For more information about these or other programs, contact the offices of graduate studies, at 580-745-2220.