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Southeastern Honors students make presentation at national conference

DURANT, Okla. – Three Honors Program students and their sponsor from Southeastern Oklahoma State University made a presentation last month at the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) conference in Chicago.

Participating were Rachel Childers, Jake Martin, and Samantha Faudree, along with Honors Program Director Lisa Coleman. Childers is a sophomore history major from Calera; Martin is also a sophomore history major from Broken Bow; and Faudee is a sophomore general business major from Coalgate.

More than 2,000 people from all over the world attended the NCHC. The theme of the conference. “Make no little plans,” comes from a longer quote from the words of Chicago architect, Daniel Burnham (1846-1912), part of which states:

“Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency.”

In keeping with the conference theme, the title of the Southeastern’s group’s presentation was “’No Little Plans’: Making Diversity a Local and Global Happening in Native America.” It was one of three panels presented at the NCHC Diversity Forum.

The presentation arose out of two courses in the newly revised Honors Curriculum: Honors Orientation and Native America:What Does It Mean to Live, Learn, and Work Here? Each of these courses follows Place as Text and City as Text TM experiential methodologies that send students and professors alike out to map, observe, listen, and then reflect on what they have learned.

Key elements of this new curriculum are designed to apprise students of the long history and current circumstances of local Native American cultures as well as give students the tools to range out into the community to conduct primary research into local knowledge for an intellectual and hands-on grasp of how a space becomes a place. Global cultural context is supplied by the text Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers, by Kwame Anthony Appiah.

The papers presented by the students and their professor will be presented again this coming spring 2016 at BrainStorm on the Southeastern campus.

Their papers will also be published as part of a chapter titled “Occupying Native America” in the NCHC monograph, Occupy Honors Education, forthcoming in 2016. Dr. Coleman and two NCHC colleagues, Dr. Alan Oda of Azuza Pacific University in Los Angeles, California, and Dr. Jonathan Kotinek of Texas A &M University, are co-editing this volume.


Dr. Lisa Coleman Named Fellow of the National Collegiate Honors Council

Dr. Lisa Coleman

DURANT, Okla. – Dr. Lisa Coleman of Southeastern Oklahoma State University has been named a 2012 Fellow of the National Collegiate Honors Council and will be recognized at the NCHC Conference in Boston this fall.

Coleman, professor of English and director of Southeastern’s Honors Program, was elected by a secret ballot of NCHC board members after she was nominated by her peers. The honor is a commendation for her years of service and dedication to NCHC and honors education.

She joined Southeastern’s Department of English, Humanities and Languages in 1994 and started teaching Honors Composition I and II in 1995. Coleman was named Honors Coordinator in 1998 and became involved in the regional honors meetings of the Great Plains Honors Council.

She was promoted to director of the Honors Program in 2000.

During that time, Coleman and several of her students have participated actively in regional and national honors conferences. She has served on several committees that support NCHC, including the Publications Board since 1999 and the Committee on Diversity Issues since 2000.

Coleman has also served as chair or co-chair of the Diversity Issues Committee since 2004. She has also served on four national conference planning committees and is an active member of the Editorial Board of the honors journal, HIP (Honors in Practice).

Coleman was elected to the NCHC Board of Directors by national ballot of NCHC members in 2011. She originated the Diversity Forum at the national conference in Philadelphia in 2006. The forum has since become a fixture of the conference, addressing many timely diversity issues.

In 2010, Coleman and Diversity Committee co-chair Jon Kotinek, associate director of honors at Texas A&M University, published their co-edited monograph, Setting the Table for Diversity, a collection of articles on diversity issues in honors education.

The NCHC Honors Council is the professional association of undergraduate Honors Programs. The council was formed in 1966 to provide a strong national voice for excellence in higher education.

The NCHC is unusual among professional organizations in higher education due to the inclusion of undergraduate students on its conference programs and as elected members of the governing board.