Southeastern News

Southeastern Chorale to perform in Ardmore, Idabel

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Chorale, the premier choral ensemble for Southeastern Oklahoma State University, will begin its annual Winter Tour with two concerts in early January.

The Chorale will present Hodie! – A Choral Concert, on Monday, Jan. 2, at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Ardmore. The concert begins at 6 p.m.

On the following evening, Jan. 3, the Chorale will perform at First United Methodist Church in Idabel at 6:30 p.m.

Both concerts are free and open to the public.

The concerts will focus on Christmas and Epiphany works emerging from Spanish, French and African American cultures. They are in preparation for the Southeastern Chorale performance to be presented Jan. 6 at the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans on the Feast of the Epiphany.

The resulting works utilize a wide range of vocal techniques and writing styles ranging from Renaissance festival music to African American spirituals.

This Winter Tour will also see the Chorale performing 11 other concerts in high schools and at Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Southeastern Chorale concert scheduled for Nov. 17

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Chorale will present Hodie! – A Choral Concert on Thursday, Nov. 17.  The event will be held in the Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The concert will focus on Christmas and Epiphany works emerging from Spanish, French and African-American cultures.This concert is in preparation for the Southeastern Chorale performance to be given at the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans on the Feast of the Epiphany.

The resulting works utilize a wide range of vocal techniques and writing styles ranging from Renaissance festival music to African-American spirituals.

Dr. Martin Bressler receives Distinguished Research Award

Dr. Martin BresslerDURANT, Okla. – Dr. Martin Bressler of Southeastern Oklahoma State University  recently received the Distinguished Research Award from the Academy of Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues for an article he co-authored titled, New Global Cyber-Crimes Call for High-Tech Cyber-Cops.

Bressler serves as John Massey Chair in Entrepreneurship in the John Massey School of Business.

He received the award at the Allied Academies International Conference in New Orleans. Bressler co-authored the article with Dr. Linda Bressler and Dr. Richard McMahon of the University of Houston. This is the fourth article Bressler has authored on cybercrime and the impact of crime on business.

According to their research, more than thirteen million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2015, totaling $18 billion; it is estimated that identity theft fraud exceeded $200 billion globally. Bressler and his colleagues identified and described a wide range of computer crimes, including identity theft, intellectual property theft, illegal online sales, sextortion, sabotage, and computer intrusion.

Cyber-attacks may come from across the country or across the globe, but today cyber-attacks may start locally with card skimmers stealing customer data or drones outside office buildings. Currently, one of the biggest threats is Ransomware, which allows the cyber-criminal to steal files which they then hold for ransom payment. Ransomware has been used recently to steal files from hospitals across the country. Ransom payments are usually made through a third-party such as Bitcoin.

The authors suggest a number of counter-measures, including firewalls, virus-protection software and encrypting files that can be deployed to defend against cyber-attacks but a strong defense requires effort and commitment. Effort is required to keep up with the latest technology and develop strategies to protect your information while commitment involves devoting resources (both finances and personnel) to defend against cybercrimes. Failing to commit to a strong defense against cyber-attacks could cost you more money, possibly millions of dollars, and maybe even result in the complete loss of your business.

BrainStorm on Hurricane Katrina

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DURANT, Okla. — Dr. Jesse Snowden, former interim president of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, presented a lecture Thursday on “Hurricane Katrina: What Happened?’’ as part of the University’s two-week BrainStorm program. Snowden’s power point presentation included a historical perspective of New Orleans, as well as an examination of the causes of the disaster, with an emphasis on geology and engineering. Snowden, who resided in New Orleans for 21 years while teaching at the University of New Orleans, also discussed the remedial actions being implemented to prevent a future outcome of this type, in which more than 1,000 people died in 2005. Snowden is an adjunct professor at Southeastern, teaching World & Regional Geography.

Southeastern student group earns “Green Chemistry Award’’

James Sharp and Cord Carter display the Southeastern banner at the ACS meeting in New Orleans.

James Sharp and Cord Carter display the Southeastern banner at the ACS meeting in New Orleans.

DURANT, Okla. — Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s American Chemical Society student members chapter received its first-ever “Green Chemistry Chapter Recognition Award” at the national ACS meeting in New Orleans.

James Sharp, 2013-14 president from Colbert, and Cord Carter, 2013-14 vice-president from Haworth, accepted the awards.

The “Green Chemistry” award was an acknowledgement that the chapter participated in at least three new activities last year which promoted the adoption of environmentally friendly chemistry practices, such as using fewer toxic solvents or avoiding wasting chemicals whenever possible.

The Southeastern chapter received two award plaques, one for Green Chemistry activities, and one for an Honorable Mention award for many other service and educational activities of the previous year.

Sharp and Cord also displayed a ACS Successful Student Chapter poster put together for the event.

Both students were able to learn more about what the society stands for, about career and training opportunities for undergraduates, and future events the Southeastern chapter might choose to attend.

Southeastern business professor receives Distinguished Research Award

Bressler 2012DURANT, Okla. – Dr. Martin Bressler, Associate Professor of Management in the John Massey School of Business at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, was  recently honored with the Distinguished Research Award. This award was presented by the Academy of Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues at the Allied Academies International Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Bressler’s paper, titled “Protecting your company’s intellectual property assets from cyber-espionage,” focuses on ways to protect and detect theft of company intellectual property assets. The Southeastern professor is the author of more than 50 conference papers and more than 20 articles in academic journals and business publications.

In 1995, Bressler served as a Resource Panel Expert to the White House Conference on Small Business. He is also a Fulbright Scholar and Sam Walton Fellow.

Bressler joined the Southeastern faculty in 2010.

Fernando Braxton Music Scholarship endowed at Southeastern

A scholarship has been endowed in memory of musician Fernando Braxton.

DURANT, Okla. – The Fernando Braxton Music Scholarship has been endowed through the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Foundation to benefit students attending Southeastern.

The scholarship was established by friends and family of “Nando,” a full-time musician who lived in New Orleans.

After graduating from Denison (Texas) High School, he attended Grayson College before continuing his study in the Department of Music at Southeastern in

the late 1990s.

Many of Braxton’s friends and fellow musicians staged benefit concerts to establish and endow the scholarship.

The scholarship is established for students who have declared music education or music performance as their major field of study.

Students must be juniors or seniors and have a minimum 2.75 grade-point average to qualify.

The scholarship is to be awarded on the basis of merit with special focus on individuals of high character who will positively represent the name of Fernando Braxton.

Southeastern’s School of Arts and Sciences Scholarship Committee shall determine the recipient according to donor-approved guidelines.