Southeastern News

Regents form Southeastern Presidential Search Committee

DURANT, Okla. – The Board of Regents of the Regional University System of Oklahoma has formed a 19-member search committee as it seeks to fill the office of President at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Regent Richard C. Ogden, Chair of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents, said the committee is broad-based and includes Southeastern faculty, staff and a student, alumni, community members, and regents. He said the group will meet on May 1 to review resumes and recommend individuals to be forwarded to the Board of Regents for consideration. On May 2, the Regents will meet and decide on which applicants to interview; the Regents will begin the interview process on May 15.

The Board is seeking a replacement for Dr. Larry Minks, who announced on April 1 that he would be stepping down as President of Southeastern effective July 1, 2014.    Minks will remain at Southeastern as President Emeritus and Distinguished University Professor of Leadership. He has also been appointed to serve as the Director of the new Center for Transformational Leadership at Southeastern.

The members of the Southeastern Presidential Search committee are:

  • Regent Terry Matlock, Chairman
  • Regent Connie Reilly
  • Regent Susan Winchester
  • Regent Jeffrey T. Dunn
  • Bill Anoatubby, Governor of the Chickasaw Nation
  • Joseph Badan, Student Government Association President
  • Keith Baxter, Athletic Director
  • Dan Boren, Former U.S. Representative
  • Dr. Kitty Campbell, Chair, Department of Management and Marketing
  • Dr. Bryon Clark, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs – Student Learning and Accreditation, Interim Dean of the School of Graduate and University Studies
  • Joy Culbreath , Executive Director of Education for The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
  • Jim Dunegan, Durant City Manager
  • Dr. Wayne Jones, chair/professor, Occupational Safety and Health
  • Dr. Bruce King, Dean of McCurtain County Campus
  • Dr. Chris Moretti, Faculty Senate president
  • Dr. Jerry Polson, Former Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs – Outreach and Research/Dean of Graduate Studies
  • Dr. Henry Scott, Superintendent of Denison Schools
  • Dr. Lucretia Scoufos, Dean of Instruction
  • Kyle Stafford, Executive Director, University Advancement

Trending? Workplace reversal – Parents working for their children

DURANT, Okla. – As a small business owner, would you want your mom to work for you?

That’s one topic explored in a study conducted recently by three professors at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Their findings  (“The reverse family business: an emerging trend in entrepreneurship?’’)  have been accepted for publication  in The Academy Entrepreneurship Journal.

Under the traditional family business model, children often work for their parents.  But, according to research, this may be changing today, as more parents are being hired by their children, who also happen to be small business owners.

There are several contributing factors, according to Dr. Martin Bressler, professor of marketing and management in the John Massey School of Business. Bressler, along with Dr. Kitty Campbell, Massey Professor and Chair of the Department of Management & Marketing (John Massey School of Business), and Dr. Brett Elliott, professor of mathematics, published the paper.

As part of their study, the professors developed a questionnaire that was distributed via email to small (less than 500 employees) business owners across the United States. This included such industries and enterprises as construction, energy, farm/ranch, manufacturing, retail, and service. Of the 828 respondents, 113 (13.9%) reported one or both parents working in their business.

The survey results indicated several reasons why parents are working for children, including: parent business expertise/financial backing; parent relationship with customers/suppliers;  parents wanting to maintain a role in the company; and additional income for parent.

The results also indicated that it was more common for fathers to work for their children than mothers. With that being said, the survey showed that nearly as many small business owners reported both parents working in their business.

Another area explored by the questionnaire regarded the impact of work and family relationships. Small business owners were asked whether they believed their parent working in the business resulted in a closer relationship. Half (50.3%) of the respondents indicated there was no impact on the relationship; 32% said that their relationship with their parents became closer; and 17.6% found that their relationship became more difficult.

“The reverse family business has benefits for both the child and the parent,’’ Campbell said. “The payoff for the child is having a trusted employee.  And it can give a retired parent a new sense of purpose as well as more income.’’

Even though research is limited on this subject, the results could be significant, according to Bressler.

“The relationship baby-boomer parents have with their kids today is much stronger than the relationship they had with their parents while they were growing up,’’ Bressler said. “This seems to help fuel this trend (parents working for children) and I think it will continue to grow. At this point in time, I would guess it is probably more common in rural areas than in urban areas. ‘’

The survey was distributed to five regions of the United States: Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, and West.

Statistically, the survey results revealed that the northeast region of the country is most likely to have one or more parents working for a child, while the Midwest is the least likely.

And if, in fact, it is a growing trend, the benefits could, indeed, be very positive.

“It could actually improve the success rate for start-up businesses,’’ Bressler said. “This, in turn, would help employment and the overall economy.’’

John Massey School of Business presents awards, scholarships

DURANT, Okla. — Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s John Massey School of Business held its annual Honors and Awards Banquet April 26.

Southeastern president Larry Minks offered opening remarks and Dean of Instruction Lucretia Scoufos served as Master of Ceremonies for the event.

Twenty-two outstanding students were inducted into the Southeastern chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.

Dr. C.W. VonBergen, president of the Southeastern chapter, was assisted in the induction ceremony by fellow professors Dr. Martin Bressler, Dr. Lawrence Silver and Dr. Robert Stevens.

The 2013 inductees into the Honor Society are Kara Berst of Ada; Lesley Boyd, Tulsa;  Ross Davis, Denison, Texas; Ryan Fondren, Sherman, Texas; Brentain Goodwin, Madill; Dillon Hindman, Antlers; Jeff Hunter, Thunder Bay, Canada; Mason Laidley, Ardmore; Kelsey Lee, Davis.

Also, Katherine Littrell, Bells, Texas; Erin McDaniel, Durant; Dana Meaders, Wilburton; Amanda Mericle, Ada; Vy Nguyen, Vietnam; Halley Palmer,  Greenville, Texas; Virginia Sealock, Rockwall, Texas; Keeley Underwood, Wetumka; Earlene Walker, Durant;  and April Warren, Broken Bow.

Dean Scoufous was inducted as an honorary member.

Numerous scholarships and awards were also earned by students in the Massey School of Business.

Dr. Stevenson Smith, Chair of the Accounting & Finance Department, made the following presentations:

Brian Campbell Family Scholarship – Tracey Stephenson, Healdton

Dr. C. Henry and Mrs. Jackye Gold Scholarshop – Brandy Wells, Idabel

Fremont Hamilton Scholarship – Weisiting Huang, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China

John E. and Cleta Sharp Ortloff Scholarship – Ross Davis, Denison, Texas

Kevin and Patty Howard Scholarship – Greg Johnson, Lone Grove,  and Valerie Bean, Ardmore

Linnie Ruth Hall Scholarship – Virginia Sealock, Rockwall, Texas

Mick Thompson Scholarship – Sidni Rains, Mead

Vy Nguyen was a recipient of the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants Scholarship and  also named Outstanding Accounting Senior. Offering congratulations are, left, Southeastern president Larry Minks, and Regent John Massey.

Vy Nguyen was a recipient of the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants Scholarship and also named Outstanding Accounting Senior. Offering congratulations are, left, Southeastern president Larry Minks, and Regent John Massey.

Regents Scholarships – Sidni Rains,  Mead; Andrew Bishop, Durant; Dana Meaders,Wilburton;  Nancy Earlene Walker, Durant; Micah Slaten, Calera; Raylee Mitchell, Bokchito;  April Zimmerman, Harrah

Robert Scivally Accounting Scholarship – Weisiting Huang, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China

Ron Jenkins Scholarship and Rose Carter Scholarship – Tracey Stephenson, Healdton

Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants Scholarship – Vy Nguyen, Vietnam; James Thomas, Bastrop, Texas

Outstanding Accounting Senior – Vy Nguyen, Vietnam

Outstanding Finance Senior—Gwendolyn Simmons, Denison, Texas

Dr. Kitty Campbell, Chair of the Marketing and Management Department, presented the following awards:

Amanda Whorton Scholarship – Joshua Ringle, Caddo; Shiela Weber, Clute, Texas; Johnny Steward, Haltom City ,Texas; Shacole Smith, Caney; Stephen Knight, Okmulgee

H.C. Rustin Concrete Scholarship and John E. and Cleta Sharp Ortloff Scholarship – Sarah Roberts, Lone Grove

Leonard A. Campbell Memorial Scholarship – Travis Timmons, Tucson, Arizona

Linnie Ruth Hall Scholarship and the Sullivan Family Scholarship – Jeffrey Hunter, Thunder Bay, Canada

Regents Scholarships – Kendra Favre, Ardmore; April Warren, Broken Bow;  Lin Greenwood, Lone Grove; Marinda McElroy, Ringling; Dianna Gage, Idabelc

Sonic Scholarships – Bethany Hodges, Wilson; Archana Shrestha, Nepal

Outstanding General Business Senior – Leslie Wesberry, Madill

Outstanding Management Senior – Luka Radulovic, Serbia

Outstanding Marketing Senior – Chris Roussell, Edgard, Louisiana

Dr. Lawrence Silver, Director of the Master’s In Business Administration Program, presented the following awards:

Don Sands Scholarship and the Thomas and Joanne Todd Scholarship – Ngone Lo, Gabon

Sonic Scholarship – Vincent Ngako, Gabon

Outstanding MBA Student – Kara Berst, Ada

Mr. Robert Howard, MBA Program Coordinator, recognized Charles Pease, Vy Nguyen, Shacole Smith, Ross Davis, Libby Higgenbotham and Gwendolyn Simmons for service on the Student Advisory Council.

Regent John Massey, Chairman of the Board of First United Bank and Southeastern Distinguished Alumnus, closed the evening by summarizing his vision for the Massey School of Business.

Four department chairs named at Southeastern

DURANT, Okla. – Four faculty members have recently been named department chairs at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The group includes Dr. Kitty Campbell, Department of Management & Marketing in the John Massey School of Business; Dr. Vivian Guarnera, Department of Educational Instruction & Leadership, School of Education & Behavioral  Sciences; Dr. G. Stevenson Smith, Department of Accounting and Finance, John Massey School of Business; and Dr. Chunmei Yoe, interim chair in the Department of Social Sciences, School  of Arts & Sciences.

“The role of the department chair is vital to the educational enterprise, “ said Dr. Douglas McMillan, vice president for academic affairs. “I have the utmost confidence in each of the new chairs and look forward to working with them. ‘’

Scheduling, curriculum review, program review, budget management, and advocacy for their department are among the duties of the chairs.

Kitty Campbell Campbell joined the Southeastern faculty in 1997. She earned her doctorate at Texas A&M – Commerce and her bachelor’s  and master’s degrees at Texas A&M  (College Station) and Southeastern.

Vivian Guanera Guarnera received her doctorate and master’s degrees at the University of Florida and her bachelor’s at Oklahoma State. She also has been a faculty member since 1997.

Smith-2 Smith, a member of the Southeastern faculty since 2006, earned his doctorate at the University of Arkansas. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Ball State University and Michigan State University.

Chunmei Yoe Yoe earned her doctorate and master’s at Duke University and her bachelor’s at the Beijing Foreign Language Institute.  She joined the Southeastern faculty in 1997.