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Honor graduates recognized at Spring Commencement

Southeastern president Larry Minks address the audience Saturday at Paul Laird Field.

Southeastern president Larry Minks address the audience Saturday at Paul Laird Field.

DURANT, Okla. – Thirty-three honor graduates were recognized during Spring Commencement exercises Saturday at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Dr. Larry Minks, president of Southeastern, delivered the commencement address at Paul Laird Field. Offering welcoming remarks were Regent John Massey of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and Regent Richard Ogden, chairman of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents.

Following are the honor graduates, listed by permanent hometown (Oklahoma, unless otherwise noted):

Summa Cum Laude

Hannah Nicole Baugh, Bonham, Texas; Ashley Elizabeth Caldwell, Lindsay; Preston Nathaniel Dye, Ada; George Allen Fritts, Mililani, Hawaii; Thomas Harlow Johnston, Sherman, Texas; Shaunda Renee Mitchell Usry, Durant; Lacey Jo Morgan, Antlers; Tracey Lynn Stephenson, Healdton.

Magna Cum Laude

President Minks and graduate Dylan Henson pose for a photo.

President Minks and graduate Dylan Henson pose for a photo.

Rebekah Ann Clowers, Idabel; Caspian Elizabeth Green, Yuma, Arizona; Sheridan Leigh Hill, Ardmore; Lesley Ann Huff, McAlester; Jeffrey Hunter, Thunder Bay, Ontario; Lyndsey Danielle Lamar-Owens, Mead; Tyler Dean Pyles, Denison, Texas; Jed Houston Sallee, Coalgate; Heidi Ann Shaw, Fort Towson.

Graduate Apryl Mock celebrates.

Graduate Apryl Mock celebrates.

Cum Laude

Pamela D. Barnett, Savanna; April Dawn Boatright, Antlers; Keylee McCall Clemmons, Roxton, Texas; Sarah Dudley Eastwood, Moyers; Haley Brooke Ellison, Broken Bow; Rachel Danielle Kallas,

Sherman, Texas; Erin Elizabeth McDaniel, Durant; Dana Elizabeth Meaders, Wilburton; Markie L. Meadows, Tushka; Cody F. Morris, Heavener; Allison J. Mounts, Kiefer; Mary Elizabeth Nelson, Antlers; Nicholas Levi Patterson, San Diego, California; Virginia Dawn Sealock, Rockwall, Texas; Aubrey Elizabeth Tarantine, Sherman, Texas; Roxie Wilson, Bells, Texas.

Regents to interview five candidates for Southeastern presidency

DURANT, Okla. – The Board of Regents of the Regional University System of Oklahoma has scheduled a meeting for May 15 to interview five candidates for the position of President of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

A 19-member search committee formed by the Board met on May 1 to review resumes and recommend individuals to be forwarded to the Regents for further consideration. On May 2, the Regents met to decide on which applicants to interview.

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.

Awards presented at Faculty-Staff Banquet

Southeastern president Larry Minks, second from left, received this framed gift Monday night. Making the presentation are Ross Walkup, Vice President for Business Affairs; Dr. Douglas McMillan, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Sharon Robinson, Vice President for Student Services; and Michele Campbell, Executive Assistant to the President.

Southeastern president Larry Minks, second from left, received this framed gift Monday night. Making the presentation are Ross Walkup, Vice President for Business Affairs; Dr. Douglas McMillan, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Sharon Robinson, Vice President for Student Services; and Michele Campbell, Executive Assistant to the President.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s annual Faculty-Staff Recognition Banquet was held Monday night in the Visual and Performing Arts Center on campus.

The event honored and recognized a number of faculty and staff members for outstanding contributions to the University. Also honored were retirees and employees for years of service.

Dr. Alistair Maeer was named Professor of the Year, and Dr. Mary Ann Craige was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award.

To conclude the program, Michele Campbell, Executive Assistant to the President, made a presentation to outgoing President Larry Minks. Campbell offered remarks highlighting the president’s service and accomplishments, and then he was presented with framed photographs of scenes from his five years as president.

Minks has announced that he is leaving the presidency effective July 1, but will remain at the University as President Emeritus and Distinguished University Professor of Leadership. He will also serve as the Director of the new Center for Transformational Leadership.

Recipients of the Faculty Senate Awards were, front row, left to right, Dr. Gleny Beach, Dr. Charla Hall, Deborah Combs, and Dr. Margaret Lynch. Back row, Southeastern president Larry Minks, Dr. Alistair Maeer, Dr. Shannon McCraw, Dr. Brett Elliott, George Jacox, Dr. Martin Bressler, and Faculty Senate chair Dr. Chris Moretti. Not pictured, Dr. Douglas Wood, Dr. Daniel Weigel, and Dr. Blythe Duell.

Recipients of the Faculty Senate Awards were, front row, left to right, Dr. Gleny Beach, Dr. Charla Hall, Deborah Combs, and Dr. Margaret Lynch. Back row, Southeastern president Larry Minks, Dr. Alistair Maeer, Dr. Shannon McCraw, Dr. Brett Elliott, George Jacox, Dr. Martin Bressler, and Faculty Senate chair Dr. Chris Moretti. Not pictured, Dr. Douglas Wood, Dr. Daniel Weigel, and Dr. Blythe Duell.

Following is the list of award winners:

Faculty Senate Awards

Professor of the Year: Dr. Alistair Maeer, Assistant Professor of History

Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Mary Ann Craige, Professor of Music

John Massey School of Business

Outstanding Service Award: George Jacox, Assistant Professor, Aviation Sciences Institute

Outstanding Teaching Award: Deborah Combs, Assistant Professor of Accounting and Finance

Outstanding Scholarship/Research Award: Dr. Martin Bressler, Professor of Marketing and Management

School of Arts and Sciences (Arts)

Outstanding Service Award: Dr. Margaret Cotter-Lynch, Associate Professor of English

Outstanding Teaching Award: Dr. Shannon McCraw, Associate Professor of Communication

Outstanding Scholarship/Research Award: Dr. Gleny Beach, Professor of Art

Dr. Mary Ann Craige received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Offering congratulations are Southeastern president Larry Minks and Faculty Senate chair Dr. Chris Moretti.

Dr. Mary Ann Craige received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Offering congratulations are Southeastern president Larry Minks and Faculty Senate chair Dr. Chris Moretti.

School of Arts and Sciences (Sciences)

Outstanding Service Award: Dr. Brett Elliott, Professor of Mathematics

Outstanding Teaching Award: Dr. Douglas Wood, Professor of Biological Sciences

Outstanding Scholarship/Research Award: Dr. Douglas Wood, Professor of Biological Sciences

School of Education and Behavioral Sciences

Outstanding Service Award: Dr. Charla Hall, Professor of Psychology

Outstanding Teaching Award: Dr. Blythe Duell, Associate Professor of Psychology

Outstanding Scholarship/Research Award: Dr. Daniel Weigel, Professor of Counseling

Staff Association Awards

Professional/Administration: Dan Hoke, Assistant Director of University Communications

Secretarial/Clerical: Elizabeth Brittingham, John Massey School of Business

Service/Technical: David Arnold, Physical Plant

Other Awards

Spirit of Southeastern: Dr. Larry Minks

Enrollment Management Partnership Award: Buddy Pierce, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Math Liaison, The Learning Center; Rebecca Doyal-Meyer, Instructor, English, Languages & Humanities and English Liaison, The Learning Center

Retirees

Cathy Conway, Director of Human Resources, 15 years of service

Dr. Jane Elder, Assistant Professor, Behavioral Sciences, 34 years

Dr. Nancy Hill, Assistant Professor, Educational Instruction & Leadership, 10 years

Jane McMillan, Director of Guidance & Counseling Center, 22 years

Dr. Virginia Parrish, Associate Professor, English, Humanities & Languages, 10 years

Dr. Jerry Polson, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean, School of Graduate & University Studies, 45 years

Claudette Williams, Financial Assistant, Aviation Sciences Institute, 14 years

Southeastern celebrates Founders’ Day

Durant mayor Jerry Tomlinson presents a proclamation to Southeastern president Larry Minks.

Durant mayor Jerry Tomlinson presents a proclamation to Southeastern president Larry Minks.

Dr. David Norris offers a perspective on the history of Southeastern.

Dr. David Norris offers a perspective on the history of Southeastern.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University celebrated Founders’ Day Thursday with a number of special activities on campus.

Founders’ Day is an annual event that highlights the foundation of Southeastern’s identity – historical, political, cultural and academic.

The Founders’ Day program began in historic Montgomery Auditorium with a performance of “The Hymn To The Gold And Blue’’ by the Southeastern Chorale.

Vicki Hudson, chair of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department, offered welcoming remarks.

Dr. David Norris, Distinguished Former Faculty and author of “A History of Southeastern Oklahoma State University Since 1909,” spoke on the founding of Southeastern Normal School.

Also offering comments was Southeastern president Larry Minks.

Durant mayor Jerry Tomlinson made remarks and then presented President Minks with a proclamation from the city of Durant.

The Chorale closed the program with the singing of the Alma Mater.

Since Southeastern opened in 1909 in a former peach orchard, the Peach Cook-Off has now become a favorite event of the Founders’ Day celebration.

Winners of the contest are as follows:

There were 18 entries in three categories for the Peach Cook-Off and all winners were from Durant.

Jams/Jellies: Janet Scribner took first place with Nana’s Peach Jelly; Theresa Maples was second with Nana’s Peach Jam; third place went to Janna Cottingame with Sissy’s Peach Jam.

Cooks’ Choice: First place went to Marjorie Robertson with her Peach Cake; Debbie Maness was second with Peach Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips; third place went to Teresa Owens with Peaches and Cream Braid.

Pies/Cakes: Susan Chalk finished first with Joyce’s Peach Cobbler; Heather Smiley was second with Mrs. Smiley’s Peach Cobbler; third place went to Dorothy Johnson with her Peach Cobbler Cake.

Southeastern honors Top 10 Freshmen

Gathering after the awards ceremony were, front row left to right, Madison Elliott, Madison Barr, Kelcey Yanez, Sarah Hodson, and Taylor Scalf. Back row, Southeastern president  Larry Minks, Sarrysa Eaves, Morgan Hartwell, Maddison Williams, Aaron McAdams, and Southeastern Associate Dean for Academic Services Tim Boatmun.  Not pictured, Michael Noah.

Gathering after the awards ceremony were, front row left to right, Madison Elliott, Madison Barr, Kelcey Yanez, Sarah Hodson, and Taylor Scalf. Back row, Southeastern president Larry Minks, Sarrysa Eaves, Morgan Hartwell, Maddison Williams, Aaron McAdams, and Southeastern Associate Dean for Academic Services Tim Boatmun. Not pictured, Michael Noah.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Office of Freshman Programs hosted the Top 10 Freshman Awards Ceremony Friday in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union.

The honorees were selected by a committee of representatives from faculty, student government and University administration. The honorees have a collective grade-point average of 3.8 and are involved in numerous activities and leadership roles across campus.

The goal of the Top 10 Freshman Award is to recognize, celebrate and nurture the success of first-year students.

The 2012-13 Top 10 Freshman honorees are listed below by hometown (Oklahoma unless otherwise noted) and field of study:

Madison Barr, Owasso, English Education; Sarrysa Eaves, Durant, Chemistry/Biology; Madison Elliott, Durant, Psychology; Morgan Hartwell, Bonham, Texas, Aviation-Professional Pilot; Sarah Hodson, Durant, Elementary Education; Aaron McAdams, Boswell, Mathematics; Michael Noah, Battiest, Communication; Taylor Scalf, Marlow, Early Childhood Education; Maddison Williams, Calera, Political Science/Sociology; and Kelcey Yanez, Wilson, Medical Sciences.

World champion cowboy Roy Cooper returns to Southeastern for clinic, ceremony

In pre-game ceremonies at the Southeastern-Southwestern football game at Paul Laird Field, Roy Cooper, far right, presented his 1975 championship saddle to University president Larry Minks, SE rodeo coach-equestrian center manager Christi Braudrick, and Cooper Ratliff.  Cooper is a sophomore at Southeastern and is the son of the late SE rodeo coach Betty Gayle Cooper-Ratliff and the nephew of Roy.

In pre-game ceremonies at the Southeastern-Southwestern football game at Paul Laird Field, Roy Cooper, far right, presented his 1975 championship saddle to University president Larry Minks, SE rodeo coach-equestrian center manager Christi Braudrick, and Cooper Ratliff. Cooper is a sophomore at Southeastern and is the son of the late SE rodeo coach Betty Gayle Cooper-Ratliff and the nephew of Roy.

DURANT, Okla. – Legendary cowboy Roy Cooper was back in Durant Thursday and Friday to host a breakaway and calf roping clinic at the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Equestrian Center.

On Friday night, in pre-game ceremonies at the Southeastern-Southwestern football game at Paul Laird Field, Cooper presented his 1975 championship saddle to University president Larry Minks and SE rodeo coach-equestrian center manager Christi Braudrick. At the same time, Cooper was also recognized for his achievements as a student at Southeastern, where he was a member of two national championship rodeo teams in the 1970s.

Cooper, who graduated from Southeastern in 1978, is a native of Monument, New Mexico. In 1976, he won the first of his eight world titles in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. In 1983, he won the Triple Crown by capturing three rodeo championships in a single season. He qualified for the National Finals Rodeo 32 times.

He burst onto the roping scene in 1976, earning PRCA Resistol Rookie of the Year honors. He would eventually go on to become the first cowboy to break the $2 million mark in career earnings.

Cooper was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1979, and is also a member of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.

In a 2011 interview with “The Oklahoman,’’ Cooper said he had fond memories of Southeastern and Durant.

“I loved it there,’’ he said. “My junior and senior years (at Southeastern) we were the world champions. The next two years they were world champions, too. It was unbelievable. Our team was the best ever in college rodeo.’’

“I am very excited to have Roy Cooper back at Southeastern Oklahoma State University,’’ Braudrick said. “He was a very instrumental figure at the inception of the Rodeo Program and paved the path for nine National Intercollegiate Championships Southeastern has been fortunate enough to win.  There is no other Professional Cowboy more recognized for his expertise and knowledge of calf roping.  It is an honor to welcome him back to where his career started. “

Five high schools compete in Red River Sing-Off; McKinney North earns Grand Champion Award

Southeastern president Larry Minks, right, presents the Grand Champion award to directors Steven Nelms and Rachel Gillispie of McKinney North High School.

Southeastern president Larry Minks, right, presents the Grand Champion award to directors Steven Nelms and Rachel Gillispie of McKinney North High School.

DURANT, Okla. – The 4th Annual Red River Sing-Off was held on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University Tuesday. Five high school choirs from Oklahoma and Texas faced off in a festival rating competition.

The choirs, all invited to participate based on a history of outstanding  performances at state and UIL events, impressed judges and audience members alike with commanding and beautiful  performances of  incredibly challenging choral literature.

McKinney (Texas) North High School won the Grand Champion award as the choir with the highest point total for the event.  The trophy was presented to directors Steven Nelms and Rachel Gillispie by Southeastern president Larry Minks and Southeastern director of choral activities Dr. Stacy Weger.

“This event showcases the best of the best in high school choral music in this region,’’ Weger said. “The performances by these choirs are examples of what fine teaching is taking place in the classroom, and highlights the talented young people who choose to make music an integral part of their lives.  For these directors to have prepared their students at this high level this early in the school year was astounding.  I believe people in their communities should make it a priority to hear and support these fine music organizations.  They represented their hometowns and states well.”

Joshua Habermann (Santa Fe Desert Chorale/Dallas Symphony Chorus), David Childs (Composer/Vox Humana), and Charles Chapman (Professor Emeritus Southwestern Oklahoma State University/Oklahoma ACDA) served as adjudicators and clinicians for this event.

As part of the awards ceremony, the Southeastern Chorale performed and  each participating choir was presented with trophies along with their festival rating.            Participating schools included Durant High School, under the direction of Deborah Clements, Excellent Rating; Cleburne (Texas)  High School, under the direction of B. Weslee Vance, and Pottsboro (Texas) High School under the direction of Leslie Lemaster, Good ratings; and McKinney (Texas) North High School, under the direction of Steven Nelms and Rachel Gillispie, and Denton (Texas) John H. Guyer High School, under the direction of Stephen Evans and Jeremy Bowen, Superior Ratings.

Dr. Edwin C. Boynton Endowed Scholarship established

Among those in attendance at the scholarship ceremony were Southeastern president Larry Minks, John Boynton, Paul Boynton, Betty Boynton, Beth Rambo, State Regent John Massey, and Chancellor Glen D. Johnson.

Among those in attendance at the scholarship ceremony were Southeastern president Larry Minks, John Boynton, Paul Boynton, Betty Boynton, Beth Rambo, State Regent John Massey, and Chancellor Glen D. Johnson.

DURANT, Okla. – Dr. Edwin C. Boynton devoted his life to education, family, and community.

His legacy will carry on with the establishment of the Edwin C. Boynton Endowed Scholarship at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

A ceremony to announce the $100,000 endowed scholarship was held Oct. 5 in the Magnolia Room on the Southeastern campus. Speakers at the event included

the late educator’s son, Paul Boynton, Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, State Regent John Massey, Southeastern president Larry Minks, and Southeastern executive director for advancement Kyle Stafford.

A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Dr. Boynton earned his doctorate at the University of Texas after obtaining his bachelor’s and master’s at Stephen F. Austin University and Louisiana State University.

He and his wife Betty moved to Durant in 1959, where he served as a professor and later director of the graduate program until retirement in 1994.

He was also very active in the community with such organizations as the Lions Club and the First Presbyterian Church. Dr. Boynton served on the board of directors of the Oklahoma Heritage Association for 15 years.

Joining Betty at the scholarship ceremony were son Paul, daughter Beth Rambo, and grandson John Boynton.

Dr. Boynton had a great impact on many students and one of his former students has endowed this scholarship in honor of him.

SE CARES assists students in achieving goals, receives funding support from AT&T

Gathering for a check presentation were Southeastern Associate Dean for  Academic Services Tim Boatmun, Southeastern president Larry Minks, AT&T Area Manager of External Affairs Jason Winborn, and Southeastern Executive Director for University Advancement Kyle Stafford.

Gathering for a check presentation were Southeastern Associate Dean for Academic Services Tim Boatmun, Southeastern president Larry Minks, AT&T Area Manager of External Affairs Jason Winborn, and Southeastern Executive Director for University Advancement Kyle Stafford.

DURANT, Okla. – College students may face numerous obstacles when working toward their goals.  Academic preparedness and financial hardship are two such challenges.

But thanks to the SE CARES  (Curricular Alternatives to Remedial Education Subjects) program, these issues are being addressed at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

 

 

SE CARES has three components that have been identified as best practices for college remediation. These include accelerated experiences, provided through summer workshops for new students; embedded remediation provided by incorporating remediation into gatekeeper credit-earning courses; and tutors to work with students through remediation.

The students participating in the summer accelerated programs do not pay extra for remediation and can take credit-earning courses in the fall, as opposed to having to pay full tuition and fees for these remedial courses.  This allows the students to progress academically at the same rate as non-remediation students, and saves the student the extra expense of remediation. The embedded programs are also provided at no additional cost to the student.
“The students who have participated in SE CARES have excelled and the program has exceeded all of our expectations,’’ said Associate Dean for Academic Services Tim Boatmun.

For the summer and fall 2012 cohort, a total of 38 students participated in SE CARES.

According to the most recent data, the SE CARES students outperformed their expected retention rate by 14.8 percentage points and had a higher grade point average than their peers.

And as a result of a $10,000 grant from AT&T, Southeastern is in a position to double the size of the cohort at no cost to the University.

“We’re proud to partner with Southeastern Oklahoma State University in this investment in our future,’’ said Jason Winborn, Area Manager of External Affairs for AT&T Oklahoma.  “This investment in college readiness fuels and widens the talent pipeline for our business as well as every other business in our state and the nation.’’

“We are very pleased with the results of SE CARES and believe that it will be of  great benefit in the future,’’ said Southeastern president Larry Minks. “We are also very grateful to AT&T for their support which will allow us to expand the program.’’

According to Boatmun, the success of the program is a direct result of the leadership and support of President Minks and Vice President for Student Affairs Sharon Robinson.  He also pointed to the dedicated efforts of Betty Castle and the Learning Center staff, including Rebecca Doyal (English) and Buddy Pierce (mathematics).

SE CARES, which began as a pilot program in Fall 2011, also complements the Complete College America initiative that is being implemented in 33 states across the nation. It also addresses the transform remediation component in Southeastern’s Institutional Degree Completion and Academic Plan, which is submitted to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

Homecoming 2013 a huge success at Southeastern

Southeastern president Larry Minks congratulates the 2013 recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award – Rob Wells, Dr. Jim Barnes, and Assistant Choctaw Chief Gary Batton.

Southeastern president Larry Minks congratulates the 2013 recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award – Rob Wells, Dr. Jim Barnes, and Assistant Choctaw Chief Gary Batton.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University enjoyed a grand Homecoming 2013 celebration on October 3-4-5.

Recipients of the Distinguished Former Faculty Award for 2013 were Dr. Jan Dill, Dr. Ken Washburn, and Dr. Rick Wright. Joining them is Southeastern president Larry Minks.

Recipients of the Distinguished Former Faculty Award for 2013 were Dr. Jan Dill, Dr. Ken Washburn, and Dr. Rick Wright. Joining them is Southeastern president Larry Minks.

This year’s activities were built around the theme of “Stormcoming.”

Honored as Distinguished Alumni were 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 were Dr. Jan Dill, Dr. Ken Washburn, and Dr. John “Rick’’  Wright.

 

All of these individuals were honored at the Distinguished Awards Banquet, held on Friday, Oct. 4, in the Visual & Performing Arts Center.

Other activities on Friday included the 27th annual Whang Bang Golf Tournament and a True Blue Rally at the Amphitheater. At the rally-bonfire, Southeastern’s new Savage Storm mascot – “Bolt’’ – was introduced in costume for the first time.

“Bolt’’ was introduced as the new Savage Storm mascot during Homecoming festivities.

“Bolt’’ was introduced as the new Savage Storm mascot during Homecoming festivities.

The Homecoming Parade was held in downtown Durant on a cool Saturday morning.

The Homecoming Parade was held in downtown Durant on a cool Saturday morning.

Cool fall weather greeted everyone on Saturday morning  for the annual Homecoming parade held in downtown Durant.

Saturday afternoon at Paul Laird Field, the Southeastern Savage Storm hosted the Texas A&M-Commerce Lions. After a lengthy weather (lightning) delay, the visiting Lions emerged with a 31-29 victory.

At halftime, Sheridan Hill and Domanick Hubbard were crowned Homecoming Queen and King.