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BrucePac donates refrigerated truck to University

Ice Truck DonationDURANT, Okla. – BrucePac of Durant recently donated a refrigerated truck to Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Showing their appreciation to Cliff Eddings (Inventory Control Manager) and Bob Delveaux (general manager) of Bruce Pac are Southeastern president Sean Burrage and vice president for university advancement Dr. Kyle Stafford.  Previously, BrucePac allowed the University to use the truck at various events throughout the year, such as homecoming and the Presidential Golf Classic.  Most recently, the truck has been utilized by the athletic department to store ice used for post-practice therapy on student athletes. In addition, to donating the truck, BrucePac added Southeastern’s university and athletic logos.

Speaker of the House Charles McCall congratulates Tri-County honorees

Area high school seniors, their families, and educators gathered Tuesday night at the Tri-County Honors Program, sponsored by First United Bank and Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Area high school seniors, their families, and educators gathered Tuesday night at the Tri-County Honors Program, sponsored by First United Bank and Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Speaker of the House Charles McCall offers inspiring words to the students, their families, and educators at Tuesday’s Tri-County Honors Program. Also on the program were Southeastern president Sean Burrage, left, and First United Bank CEO Greg Massey, right.

Speaker of the House Charles McCall offers inspiring words to the students, their families, and educators at Tuesday’s Tri-County Honors Program. Also on the program were Southeastern president Sean Burrage, left, and First United Bank CEO Greg Massey, right.

DURANT, Okla. – The Honorable Charles McCall, Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, was the keynote speaker Tuesday night at the Tri-County Honors Program.

First United Bank is Corporate sponsor and Southeastern Oklahoma State University is the Education sponsor for the annual event, which honors area high school students and is held in the Visual & Performing Arts Center.



Speaker McCall was elected to that position on January 3, 2017, and represents House District 22. He was first elected to the House in 2012, and has served as the chairman of the House Appropriations & Budget Subcommittee on Revenue and Taxation.

Prior to running for the House of Representatives, he served as Mayor of Atoka from 2005 to 2012.


The Speaker earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Oklahoma and completed the banking program at the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Colorado. He currently serves as the CEO and Board Chairman of AmeriState Bank in Atoka.

First United CEO Greg Massey presided over the event, with Southeastern president Sean Burrage offering welcoming remarks. Awards were presented by Speaker McCall, Massey, Burrage, the bank presidents, and Southeastern vice president for university advancement Dr. Kyle Stafford.

Eighty-six students from 17 area schools were represented at the 2017 Tri-County Honors Program.

The following students, listed by school, were honored for their scholastic and leadership skills:

Achille High School: Raychel Alexander, Sergio Vazquez, Ryan Hudgins, Zane Westbrook, McKayla Dunegan.

Bennington High School: Kindal Stricklen, Nicole McWilliams, Haily Tom, William Smith, Maria Martinez, Alyssa Mathews.

Boswell High School: D’yani Shores, Madealyn Morphis, Caleb Hitchcock, Virginia Beddo.

Caddo High School: Chaney Freese, Charlotte Brantley, Clayton Holbrook, Allison Adair.

Calera High School: Chase Hamilton, Cooper Hamilton, Caleb Judkins, Madison Partain,  Makayla Thomas, Haley Childers.

Colbert High School: Ronnie Rickman, Jared Tucker.

Durant High School: Spencer Patton, Elena Mendoza, Micah Abrams, Matthew Anderson, Emari Benito, Rebekah Corson, Taylor Cox, Adyson Gabbart, Blake Harper, Makenna Jones, Maci McCoy, Chloe McKinney, Jonathan Metts, Brody Morgan, Morgan O’Hern, Alexis Prado, Jakob Smith, Nikki Smith, Rainbow Spindle, Kevin Tran, Jatelyn Wallace.

Fort Towson High School: Jacob Good, Veronica Chamberlain, Tristen Beard, Elizabeth Whitlow.

Hugo High School: Gary Newberry, Alexis Bills, Anthony Bennett, India Gage.

Durant Kiamichi Technology Center: Sergio Vazquez, Isabel Briceno, Nicolas Posekany, Charlie Gould, Joshua Gonzalez, Maria Martinez.

Hugo Kiamichi Technology Center: Summer Moffitt

Kingston High School: Clayton Dewayne Taylor, Grace Madelyn Werth.

Madill High School: Joseph Tuck, Will Shelby, Hayden Holder, Roxy Avilia.

Rock Creek High School: Kaycee Williams, Jesse Durham, Cole Eschete, Aubree Goodwin.

Silo High School: Peyton Cobb, Jake Hamilton, Crissy Odom, Braden Allen, Adyson Barber.

Soper High School: Madelynn Dancer, Alexa Pettyjohn, Cage Record, Kaylee Dennis.

Victory Life Academy: Larra Lankford, Tristan Perkins, Ben Grody, Tara Dollar.

Area high school students honored at Tri-County banquet

Former Southeastern All-America quarterback Drew Beard was the keynote speaker at the Tri-County event.

Former Southeastern All-America quarterback Drew Beard was the keynote speaker at the Tri-County event.

DURANT, Okla. – Some 90 students from 17 schools were honored Tuesday night at the Tri-County Honors Program, held in the Visual and Performing Arts Center at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

First United Bank serves as corporate sponsor of the annual event, while Southeastern is the education sponsor.

Tuesday’s keynote speaker was former Southeastern All-America quarterback Drew Beard, who is South Central area director of the Oklahoma Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Beard was inducted into the Southeastern Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.

Greg Massey, CEO of First United, served as emcee, with Southeastern president Sean Burrage offering welcoming remarks.

Awards were presented by Massey, Burrage, Beard, the First United Bank presidents, and Kyle Stafford, vice president of university advancement.

Following is the list of students honored, listed by school:

Achille High School

Kyle Dowd, DarianClark, Riggin Dellis, Anthony Shackleford, Kiersten Brown

Bennington High School

Mason Emert, Dillon Clark, Michael Rochelle, Taylor Dancer

Boswell High School

Jayce Massengale,McKenna Pierce, Jay Isaacs, Wyatt Sullivan, Camrie Rhone

Caddo High School

Hadley Clower, Rubi Gonzales, Patrick Joines, Jayci Braudrick

Calera High School

Madlynn Robinson,Bryce Thralls, Raylee Rogers, Hailey Bishop

Colbert High School

Joseph Schnitker,Logan Corbett, Rylee Mattingly, Haylie McGowan

Durant High School

Carley Schuessler, Logan Hibbs, Conner Austin, Alex Benito, Eli Breon, Reagan Brooks, Matthew Corley, Adam Davis, Lexi Diessner, Kelsey Glenn, Logan Hime, Nathan Hodson,Erika Hogue, Joshua Jackson, Jacob Lusk, Emily Marcum, Jacob Pardue, AlisonRoberts, Hannah Robinson, Hayley Sicking, Layton Tubbs, Addison Van Zandbergen, Sydney Youngblood

Fort Towson High School

Amy Burkhalter, Micaella Church, Lanie Hedrick, Beau Scaff

Hugo High School

Ronald Briggs, Breanna Carswell, Kaylee Clinton, Devin Holt, Haley White, Connor Wilson, Logan McGhee, Michal Ellis

Hugo Kiamichi Technology Center

Wendell “Colby” Watts, Richard Randell, Sheantuny Bray, Michell Adams

Durant Kiamichi Technology Center

Rubi Gonzales,  Hailey Bishop, Matthew Hernandez, Debra Jean Ann Graham

Kingston High School

Regan Stephenson,Alexis Spence

Madill High School

Austin  Williams, Dakota Looney, Raegin Eddings

Rock Creek High School

Josie Harbin, Macy Eiler, Damian Trahan, Jaclynn Carter

Silo High School

Meagan Renfro, Forrest Ludrick, Christian Giles, Skylar Logan

Soper High School

Taylor Holder, Lacee Allen, Jase Holder, Ferron Kelso

Victory Life Academy

Whittney Hall, Rylanne Martin, Dalton Farrell, Kerri Wallace

Christy Rogers named director of admissions and recruitment

Christy RogersDURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University has a new director of admissions and recruitment.

Christy Rogers, previously the assistant director of recruitment and admissions at Oklahoma City Community College, begins her new duties this week.

Rogers has 12 years of experience in higher education, having served as assistant director at OCCC since 2008. Prior to that, for two years, Rogers was an admissions advisor at the school.

She holds a master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from Oklahoma State University.

Rogers is a Lone Grove, Oklahoma, native, and a graduate of Lone Grove High School.

The admissions and recruitment office is under the supervision of the vice president for university advancement, Kyle Stafford.

Southeastern president sees bright future; Stafford named Vice President of University Advancement

DURANT, Okla. – After being on the job for just over a year now, Southeastern Oklahoma State University president Sean Burrage has had the opportunity to evaluate the overall operations of the school. And although he likes what he sees, he is realistic about the challenges facing higher education today.

“All of us (in higher education) are seeking ways to offset decreases in state funding, while maintaining quality and affordability,’’ Burrage said. “We’re looking to increase our private fundraising, enhance our grants and partnership efforts, and grow our enrollment. As for academics, we have to continue to be flexible and innovative by developing programs that meet the changing needs of our students and the job market.  For example, over the past year, we have added the Master of Science In Native American Leadership, which has 91 students currently enrolled.  And other successful new programs have been developed in recent years in Aviation Sciences, Occupational Safety & Health, Business and Education. ‘’

Burrage added that ultimately, the most rewarding part of his job is seeing students walk across the stage to formally receive their degrees.

“At our spring commencement this year, 41 percent of the graduates were first-generation college graduates (first in their family to earn a college degree).  I think that makes a powerful statement as to the impact Southeastern is having on lives, and I’m proud to be a small part of that.

“I am very excited about the future of this University,’’ Burrage continued.  “The potential for growth is unlimited. We’re in a people business, and Southeastern is very fortunate to have dedicated faculty and staff members who work hard every day to ensure our students have every opportunity to be successful. As we move forward, we are making a few organizational and personnel changes that I believe will serve to strengthen our overall performance.’’

Kyle Stafford

Kyle Stafford

Among the changes recently announced is the appointment of Kyle Stafford as Vice President of University Advancement.

Stafford’s responsibilities will include oversight of alumni relations, development, special events, marketing, career management, continuing education and admissions/recruitment.  He also serves as an ex-officio member of the Southeastern Foundation.

Stafford has 16 years of experience with the University, and began his higher education career in the office of admissions and recruitment. He later took the position of Dean of Enrollment Management; since 2008, he has served as Executive Director of University Advancement.

A lifelong Oklahoman, Stafford graduated from Madill High School and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Southeastern.  Stafford holds teaching certificates in math and physical education and is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in higher education leadership.

He was a member of the inaugural class of Leadership Durant and is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class XXIII.  He has completed the Summer Institute in Educational Fundraising at Dartmouth and the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard.

Stafford and his wife, Kim, a teacher at Westward Elementary School in Colbert, are the parents of two daughters. Their oldest daughter, Miranda, graduated from Southeastern in May, and Emma attends Colbert Junior High.

Alan Burton

Alan Burton

President Burrage also announced that Alan Burton will serve as Special Assistant to the President/Director of University Communications. In his expanded role, Burton will act as an advisor, while assisting the President in media relations, crisis communications, and in advancing University priorities.

He has 30 years of experience in communications/public relations in Texas and Oklahoma.

Burton joined Southeastern in 1999 as Assistant Director of Public Information and has served the past 12 years as Director of Public Information/University Communications. He is a member of the Communicators Council of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, and has completed extensive crisis communications training through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management.

From 1988-99, he was Public Information Officer/Community Relations Officer for the Sherman  (Texas) Independent School District. Burton is also a former Sherman Democrat sports editor.

His writing has earned awards from the Associated Press, the Texas School Public Relations Association, and the Oklahoma College Public Relations Association. Burton has authored five Texana-related books on such topics as sports, music and celebrities.

A Sherman native, he is a graduate of Grayson College and Texas Tech University.

He and his wife, Michelle, a counselor at Sherman High School, are the parents of a daughter, Katelin, who is a graduate student at Sam Houston State University.

Liz McCraw

Liz McCraw

Also serving in a new role as Dean of Student Life is Liz Cobb McCraw.  Her specific duties include coordinating Title IV compliance and the President’s Leadership Class. Also under her oversight are Financial Aid, Registrar, International Student Services, Housing and Residence Life, Student Activities and Cheerleaders-Mascot.

A 25-year employee of the University, McCraw previously served as Dean of Students and Dean of Enrollment Management. In those roles, she developed, coordinated and administered programs of comprehensive student services, including Student Life, Residence Life, Admissions and Recruitment, Financial Aid, Academic Advising and Outreach Center, the Native American Center for Student Success, Student Conduct, Freshman Program, Registrar, Veteran’s Services and the International Student Services Office.

She has also been the primary advisor for the President’s Leadership Class.

In addition, McCraw contributed to the design and planning of the Glen D. Johnson Student Union and Shearer Hall and Suites.

She has participated in the Institute for Educational Management and Institution for Management and Leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is a graduate of the Educator’s Leadership Academy for Administrators.

Originally from Ardmore, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Southeastern.

McCraw and her husband, Dr. Shannon McCraw, a Communication professor at Southeastern, have a daughter, Catie, a freshman at Durant High School.

Weyerhaeuser gift assists learning center at McCurtain campus

Weyerhaeuser gift assists learning center at McCurtain campus

Press Release Date: 11-1-2011


DURANT, Okla. – Thanks to a generous grant from the “Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund,” the dream of a campus learning center will soon become a reality at the McCurtain County campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Presenting a check for $9,149 is Keith O’Rear, second from right, unit manager of Weyerhaeuser, Idabel Saw Mill. Accepting the gift are Bruce King, dean of the McCurtain County campus, Southeastern president Larry Minks, and Southeastern executive director of university advancement Kyle Stafford. The grant will equip the new learning center.

Southeastern Presidential Golf Classic set for June 10 at Chickasaw Pointe

Southeastern Presidential Golf Classic set for June 10 at Chickasaw Pointe

Press Release Date: 5-19-2011

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s 2011 Presidential Golf Classic is only three weeks away.

The event is held at gorgeous Chickasaw Pointe Golf Club on Lake Texoma and is the major fundraiser for the Southeastern Foundation.

The 14th annual Presidential Golf Classic is scheduled for Friday, June 10, and registration is limited to the first 26 six-player teams or 156 players. Those without a team may sign up individually and be placed on a team.

The Presidential Classic is among the more prestigious golf tournaments in the state and annually attracts participants from across Oklahoma and neighboring states.

It’s a fun day with great golf for a great cause. Proceeds support the Southeastern Foundation and student scholarships.

There are seven levels of sponsorship. The top level is Platinum Sponsorship ($3,500) that includes two teams of six players and Platinum amenities.

Other levels are Gold ($2,500), Silver ($2,000), Bronze ($1,500), Team ($1,000), Tournament ($500), and Hole Sponsor ($100).

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Kyle Stafford at 580-745-3079.

Registration fee is $125 per player and includes registration gift, greens fee, cart, food and drinks. Golfers also have chances for hole-in-one prizes, Closest–to-the-Pin and Longest Drive contests for both men and women.

Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. Friday, June 10, and the practice range will be available at that time.

A continental breakfast starts at 8 a.m. and the Classic begins at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start.

A catered dinner will be served during the Awards Ceremony at approximately 2-3 p.m.

The Classic is already receiving entries and golfers should register as soon as possible to avoid missing out on the fun.

To register online or for more information, visit, call 580-745-2288 or e-mail

Entries and payment may be mailed to Presidential Golf Classic, Southeastern Foundation, 1405 N. Fourth Avenue, PMB 4187, Durant, OK, 74701-0609.