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Speech and Debate students compete in OKC


 Representing Southeastern at the event at Oklahoma City University were, front row, left to right, Hannah Nunley, Hannah Barnett, Jordan Nelson, Haleigh Harper, and Emily Dahl. Back row, Avery Kahl, Jacob Morrison, Avery Roach, and Dr. Randy Clark.

Representing Southeastern at the event at Oklahoma City University were, front row, left to right, Hannah Nunley, Hannah Barnett, Jordan Nelson, Haleigh Harper, and Emily Dahl. Back row, Avery Kahl, Jacob Morrison, Avery Roach, and Dr. Randy Clark.

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Speech and Debate Association competed at the Christmas Classic Speech and Debate Tournament, November 30 — December 2, at Oklahoma City University.

The forensics tournament featured varsity National Parliamentary Debate, junior and varsity International Public Debate Association, and all 11 American Forensics Association National Individual Events.

Representing Southeastern were Jacob Morrison, junior political science major; Hannah Nunley, freshman political science major; Hannah Barnett, freshman communication major; Emily Dahl, freshman communication major; Haleigh Harper, freshman mathematics education major; Avery Kahl, freshman aviation major; and Austin Roach, freshman computer science major.

Other schools competing were Carl Albert State College, Kansas State University, Kansas Wesleyan University, Northeastern State University, Oklahoma City University, Oral Roberts University, Sterling College, Texas Christian University, Texas Southern University, Tulsa Community College, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Texas at Dallas, Wayland Baptist University, and West Texas A & M University.

Barnett, from Hugo, Oklahoma, reached the quarterfinals in Public Debate in her first tournament as a member of the team. She lost a split decision to the eventual tournament champion from Oral Roberts University.

Kahl, from Sherman, Texas, took first place in his second Impromptu round of the tournament, and narrowly missed the breakout rounds.

The Parli team of Kahl and Harper, from Durant, in their first tournament as part of Dr. Randy Clark’s Business and Professional Speaking Honors course, went one and four in their preliminary rounds.

“This is a remarkable accomplishment for this duo, especially since they were competing in the open division and neither of them have any formal debate experience, aside from the education and practice stemming from our class,” said Dr. Clark.

The team of Morrison, from Durant, and Nunley, from El Campo, Texas,  finished the preliminary rounds three and two and missed the quarterfinals based on speaker points. In two Parli tournaments this year, the team of Morrison and Nunley is eight and two in preliminary rounds.

SSDA’s next forensics tournament will be the Sweetheart Swing at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, February 8-10, 2019.

To learn more about Southeastern’s intercollegiate forensics program and SSDA’s tournament schedule, visit the Department of Art, Communication and Theatre website at or contact Speech and Debate Advisor Dr. Randy Clark at ext. 2556.

Dr. C. Henry Gold to be inducted into Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame

DURANT, Okla. – Dr. C. Henry Gold, whose professional career spanned almost 60 years, will be inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame this fall.

The formal induction ceremony and banquet will be held on Monday, October 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

The Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Oklahoma Higher Education Heritage Society.

Dr. Gold served Southeastern Oklahoma State University for 47 years, after beginning his career at Oklahoma City University in 1956.

“Being inducted into the Higher Education Hall of Fame is a great honor and I’m pleased that Southeastern will also receive some recognition,’’ Dr. Gold said.  “I served in higher education from age 23 to age 82 and I have no regrets. If I could have done more, I would have done more … I would like to see everyone have access (to higher education) and success (in life).’’

He earned all three of his academic degrees at the University of Oklahoma.

During his career, Dr. Gold held 16 positions, including professor, director of admissions, director of financial aid, registrar, and director of placement. He joined the  Southeastern faculty in 1967 and became director of  a program that was a forerunner to higher education centers and today’s University Center of Southern Oklahoma in Ardmore.  In 1973, he was named the first Dean of the School of Business and Industry.

Dr. Gold also later served as Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, and was instrumental in the eventual establishment of the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center.

His finalposition at Southeastern was as a development officer.

“This is a great honor for Dr. Gold and for Southeastern Oklahoma State University,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage. “When you look back at Dr. Gold’s career, it’s clear that he was on the cutting edge of innovation in higher education circles. His contributions have made a lasting impact at many levels in thestate of Oklahoma. Simply stated, Henry Gold is a great advocate for highereducation.’’

Dr. Gold is married to Jackye Gold, a retired Southeastern business instructor. They have a son, Brent, three daughters, Kimberly Pool, Laura Stephens, and Sheri Mauck, and six grandchildren.

The complete list of 2015 inductees is as follows:

Belinda P. Biscoe (Norman) – University of Oklahoma

David and Molly Shi Boren (Norman) – University of Oklahoma

Anthony Wayne Confer (Stillwater) – Oklahoma State University

Robert C. Dauffenbach (Norman) – University of Oklahoma

Henry Gold (Durant) – Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Lawrence K. (posthumous award) and Maggie Parks Hayes (Oklahoma City) – Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education/University of Oklahoma

Thomas McKeon (Tulsa) – Tulsa Community College

Roscoe Rouse Jr. (Stillwater) – Oklahoma State University (posthumous award)

Ingrid Shafer (Chickasha) – University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (posthumous award)

Alan R. Velie (Norman) – University of Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame was established in 1994 to recognize and honor individuals, living and deceased, for outstanding meritorious service to higher education in Oklahoma. This year represents the 22nd year to honor higher education educators and administrators as well as those who support higher education with distinguished contributions.

To be eligible for induction, an individual must have been employed by one or more institutions of public or private higher education in Oklahoma on a full-time basis for a minimum of 10 years. Individuals not so employed, but who have performed outstanding service to higher education in the state or organizations or institutions, are also eligible for consideration, such service to be above and beyond financial contributions.

Southeastern hosts Texoma Area College Fair on Oct. 24

DURANT, Okla. – High school seniors and juniors in the Texoma area are invited to attend the 2013 Texoma Area College Fair on Thursday, Oct. 24, at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

This event will offer a great opportunity for students to begin planning for  college and visit with more than 30 college and university representatives. Representatives will be in attendance from Oklahoma, Texas and other states to offer information and assist students in the college decision-making process.

The college fair will be from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Bloomer Sullivan Arena on the Southeastern campus.  The event is free and is open to students and parents.  Last year, more than 400 students attended the college fair to learn about opportunities in higher education.

“The Texoma Area College Fair is an excellent opportunity for our local high school students to begin looking at options for higher education,’’ said Liz McCraw, Dean of Enrollment Management at Southeastern. “With colleges and universities from the state and region represented, students may explore areas of study, campus life and costs with a representative from each school without having to travel great distances.’’

In addition to browsing the college and university booths, students will also have the opportunity to attend informative workshops, designed to make the college transition a little easier. These workshops will be beneficial to parents and counselors attending as well. These workshops include:

9 a.m. – What You Really Need to Do to Prepare for College

9:30 a.m. – Native American Benefits

10 a.m. – College Fit:  Finding the Right School for You

Colleges and Universities and other representatives confirmed to attend the fair include:

Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Austin College

Carl Albert State College

East Central University

Eastern Oklahoma State College

Northeastern State University

Oklahoma City University

Oklahoma State University

Texas A&M-Commerce

University of Arkansas

University of Central Oklahoma

University of North Texas

University of Oklahoma

For more information on the Texoma Area College Fair, please contact Southeastern’s Office of Admissions and Recruitment at (580) 745-2060.