Southeastern News

Native American Symposium scheduled for Nov. 3

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host the 12th Native American Symposium: Representations and Realities on Friday, November 3.

The Symposium will feature presentations and discussions on Native American literature, history, education, science, religion, art and film.

All events in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union are free and open to the public.

The Symposium begins at 9 a.m. Friday, November 3, with Native Politics and Native Veterans. It includes such offerings as Native Education and Native History.

Lunch in the loft is scheduled for noon with featured speaker Dr. Amanda Cobb-Greetham in the student union auditorium at 1 p.m. She is the director of the Native Nations Center at the University of Oklahoma and a graduate of Southeastern.

The event closes with the showing of Atanarjuat:  The Fast Runner, the first full-length film ever to be written, directed and acted entirely in the Inuit language.

For more information, contact Dr. Mark Spencer at 580-745-2921 or visit the website at

Southeastern representatives to attend Creativity Forum

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will have five faculty/staff members and 12 students attending the 3rd annual State of Creativity Forum in Oklahoma City’s Cox Convention Center on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

The Forum is part of the OSLEP (OK Scholar-Leadership Enrichment Program), an academic program of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education with Dr. Don Betz, president of the University of Central Oklahoma, serving as Coordinator.

Jamie Lynne Paris, a senior Recreation major from Durant, is the OSLEP Scholar who will attend both the Creativity Boot Camp and the Creative Oklahoma Annual Forum through OSLEP.

Southeastern’s Dr. Mark Spencer, Professor of English and Humanities, serves as campus coordinator for the program.

“The OSLEP program is a great opportunity for students to earn three hours of quick credit and engage with leading contemporary scholars in an exhilaratingly intensive setting,” Spencer said.

The Forum will feature keynote speakers and breakout sessions on Education, Commerce and Culture.

Southeastern will be represented by faculty/staff members Dr. Aaron Adair, Jane McMillan, Judy Hodges, Jason Hicks and Luke Willman.

Students attending are Twahna Kemp, Durant senior majoring in English with a Writing Emphasis; Leah Neumann, Stonewall freshman, Art Education; Sally Pickens, Durant senior, Music-Vocal; Jordan Hedrick, Bethany junior, Elementary Education; Tyler Slawson, McAlester senior, Communication-Organization and Strategic Communication; Shannon Hutcherson, Durant senior, Sociology; Mika Knight, Durant senior, English with a Writing Emphasis; David Reagan, Durant senior, Communication-Media Studies (Journalism); and LaKesha Bell, Sapulpa freshman, Graphic Design and Visual Media.

Students from Texas are Andi Gregory, Whitesboro junior, Biology; and Alex Fowzer, Paris senior, Communications-Media Studies (Broadcasting).

According to Betz, U.S. employers rate creativity/innovation among the top five skills needed in the workforce. The Oklahoma Creativity Forum provides students and faculty an opportunity to join the growing creativity and innovation movement driving our 21st century global economy.