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President’s statement on Tudor v. Southeastern Oklahoma State University and the Regional University System of Oklahoma

Re:  Tudor v. Southeastern Oklahoma State University and the Regional University System of Oklahoma

Earlier today, in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the plaintiff (Dr. Rachel Tudor).

Southeastern president Sean Burrage has released the following statement:

“Southeastern Oklahoma State University places great trust in the judicial system and respects the verdict rendered today by the jury.  It has been our position throughout this process that the legal system would handle this matter, while the University continues to focus its time and energy on educating students. All legal questions should be directed to the Oklahoma Office of the Attorney General.”

Southeastern graduate Jill Mayes recognized by Oklahoma Magazine

Jill Mayes

Jill Mayes

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University graduate Jill Mayes was recently honored by Oklahoma Magazine as amember of the 2016 40 Under 40 class.

Outstanding professionals in business, nonprofits and higher education from throughout the state were recognized by the publication.

Mayes is the Director of Research and Grants for INTEGRIS Health Institute for Advanced Therapeutics & Research in Oklahoma City. She is responsible for system oversight of clinical and device trials conducted at INTEGRIS Health, as well as grants and federal funding for research-related projects.

She earned a bachelor’s degree (double major: psychology and social gerontology) from Southeastern in 1998, and in 2000 earned a Masters of Education at East Central University.  Her hometown is Sulphur, Oklahoma.

The magazine recognized Mayes not only for her professional accomplishments, but her community and volunteer efforts as well.

“I love working in an environment where my focus is helping patients,” she told Oklahoma Magazine. “I have a passion for research, and I am grateful for the opportunity where my skills are supported by a wonderful organization that shares the same goals.”

Michael Burrage to be inducted into Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2016

Michael Burrage

Michael Burrage

DURANT, Okla. – Michael Burrage and six other prominent individuals will be inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2016. The 89th annual banquet and induction ceremony will be held November 17 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

Joining Burrage as inductees this year are Troy Aikman, Rita Bly Aragon, Dan Dillingham, Rebecca Dixon, Kelli O’Hara and Russell Westbrook.

Being inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame is the highest honor an Oklahoman can receive from the state. Since the Oklahoma Hall of Fame’s inception in 1927, 677 accomplished individuals have received this commendation.

Burrage, a Distinguished Alumnus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, is the father of Southeastern president Sean Burrage.

Michael Burrage, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, was born in Durant, Oklahoma.  He received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Southeastern in 1971, and earned a juris doctor degree with honors from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1974.

Burrage was in private practice in Antlers from 1974 to 1994. He was named Outstanding Young Lawyer in Oklahoma in 1977, and served as president of the Oklahoma Bar Association in 1990.

In 1994, President Bill Clinton nominated Burrage to be a United States District Judge and he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 8, 1994.  He served as a federal judge for all three of the U.S. District Courts in Oklahoma and was the first Native American Federal Judge.  He also sat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit by designation.

Burrage was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1993 and served as State Chairman in 2008 – 2009.

In 1996, he became the chief judge at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, where he served until 2001. He is now senior managing partner at Whitten Burrage law firm in Oklahoma City.

Burrage was inducted into the University of Oklahoma College of Law, Order of the Owl Hall of Fame on Oct. 30, 2013.

He is married to Aletha and has two sons, Sean and David.

Dr.Lawrence Silver named President of the Southwest Case Research Association

Dr. Lawrence SilverDURANT, Okla. – Dr. Lawrence Silver of the John Massey School of Business at Southeastern Oklahoma State University was recently named president of the Southwest Case Research Association.

The association’s 44th annual meeting was held in Oklahoma City.

Silver previously served as President-elect and Vice President of Program for the association.

Silver is currently the John Massey Endowed Chair and Professor of Marketing at Southeastern – he joined the University faculty in 2006.

His research interests include application of cognitive psychology and neuroscience to marketing, management, and entrepreneurship; application of Eastern philosophy/religion to marketing, management, and ethics; marketing for thewine and spirits industries; and, small/family business cases.

Silver also volunteers with the business community by serving as a member of the Melissa (Texas) Economic Development Corporation (4A Board).

The Southwest Case Research Association is an academic organization of faculty members from throughout the southwest who teach accounting, finance, management, marketing, and other business specializations. The Southwest Case Research Association is affiliated with the North American Case Research Association.

The Southwest Case Research Association is also a member of the Federation of Business Disciplines and is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of new knowledge and the transmission of existing knowledge utilizing the case method. The case teaching approach is often considered an important technique for teaching business subjects and is modeled after the Harvard Business School.

Silver earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Sociology from Tulane University, a Master of Arts degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, a Master of Business Administration degree and his Doctor of Business Administration from Louisiana Tech University. In addition, Silver is a Chartered Life Underwriter and a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter.


Department of Music continues tradition of outreach and service

Dr. Jeremy Blackwood, a Southeastern music faculty member, works with a student in a master class at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas.

Dr. Jeremy Blackwood, a Southeastern music faculty member, works with a student in a master class at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas.

DURANT, Okla. – The Department of Music at Southeastern Oklahoma State University has long been committed to excellence in performance, but it is also dedicated to fulfilling a mission of service and outreach as an integral part of education.

During the current academic year, faculty within the Department of Music has worked and visited more than 50 schools, ranging from elementary schools to community colleges.  Most of these schools are located in the Texoma region, but the music faculty has ventured as far north as Edmond, Oklahoma,  and as far south as Waco, Texas.

Some professors have engaged in teaching master classes, private lessons, and clinics.  Others have taken Southeastern performance ensembles into schools as demonstration groups and for recruitment purposes.

The Department of Music, with the assistance of a Presidential Partners grant, presented a major work with orchestra combining Oklahoma City high schools with Southeastern performing ensembles for a unique outreach opportunity.  The result of these efforts is that thousands of students within Oklahoma and Texas have come into contact with Southeastern in a positive manner in which their education and performance gifts are reinforced and encouraged.

In addition, nearly 3,000 students come to campus each year for events sponsored by the Department of Music.  These events include District Honor Bands and Choirs, music contest events, master classes, clinics, and instrument specific outreach days.

As a result, the Department of Music has seen its largest number of students auditioning yet to be a part of the program at Southeastern.  All students participating within the music program have scholarship opportunities available to them, regardless of their major area of study.

For more information about scholarship opportunities, or to schedule work with a faculty member within the department, please call the Department of Music at 580-745-2088.

A Survivor’s story

talleyjpgDURANT, Okla. – Terri Talley, a survivor of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, shares her story at a 20th Anniversary Remembrance program Wednesday at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. A standing room-only crowd was captivated by Talley’s personal story of the events. Also participating in the program was Lynne Porter, Education Coordinator at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.

Southeastern Learning Center assists OKC teachers with test prep


Tamara Buck, far right, assists teachers with test prep in Oklahoma City.

DURANT, Okla. – Traditionally, The Learning Center at Southeastern Oklahoma State University has focused on improving and enhancing the learning skills of college freshmen in English, reading, and mathematics through remedial courses. The Center is also involved in assessment-placement and training students for certification tests as they enter the Teacher Education program.

However, the role of The Learning Center continues to evolve and expand as four staff members recently traveled to Oklahoma City to help train more then 40

teachers who are involved in alternative certification in the Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS). Specifically, they assisted the teachers in preparing for the Oklahoma General Education Test.

“I’m proud of the fact that something that started out at the University has expanded to the point that now we can take it outside the University and help teachers,’’ Learning Center coordinator Betty Castle said of the training.

“As a former reading coach at a school site, I know the importance of having a regular classroom teacher throughout the academic school year,’’ said OKCPS curriculum coordinator Jessika Hill. “I noticed there is a need to support and prepare emergency certified teachers in our District and with the partnership of Southeastern Oklahoma State University we are being proactive. The training in December was very effective in helping our teachers, and we hope to reach out to more perspective candidates and we look forward to scheduling additional training with the University.”

Making the trip to OKC in December were Castle, Tamara Buck (math administrative assistant), Liz Watkins (reading coordinator/English administrative assistant), and Maverick McClendon (math student worker). Other Learning staff members are Buddy Pierce (math liaison) and Rebecca Doyle-Meyer (English liaison) and Lisa Hamill (office assistant).

Southeastern student participates in Research Day at the Capitol

Rep. Charles McCall, left, and Sen. Josh Breechen, right, congratulate Abe Blackburn at Research Day at the Capitol.

Rep. Charles McCall, left, and Sen. Josh Breechen, right, congratulate Abe Blackburn at Research Day at the Capitol.

DURANT, Okla. — Abe Blackburn of Wapanucka represented Southeastern Oklahoma State University at Research Day at the Capitol 2013 in Oklahoma City.

This is an annual event that has one research-active student selected to represent Southeastern and to discuss his research to members of the Oklahoma legislature.

Blackburn received a certificate of commendation from both houses, signed by Senator Josh Brecheen and Representative Charles McCall.

Blackburn explained his project, titled “Duckweed: A Versatile Renewable Resource,” and also commented on the data he generated on its growth rate and energy content.

He noted that the data suggests it could be a good biomass source to add to the state’s effort to produce liquid biofuels and he also reviewed information from other sources that suggest it could also be useful as a livestock feed and to clean up polluted water.

Dr. Nancy Paiva, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Southeastern, served as Blackburn’s research mentor for the project and visit to the Capitol.

Dr. David Conway elected chair of Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission

Dr. David Conway was recently elected chairman of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission.

DURANT, Okla. – Dr. David Conway of Durant was recently elected chairman of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission, succeeding Tulsa’s Rick Armstrong whose chairmanship ended June 30.

Conway, director of the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Aviation Sciences Institute, will lead the seven-member board that is responsible for encouraging, fostering and assisting in the development of aviation in Oklahoma. This includes the preservation and improvement of the Oklahoma Airport System and promotion of the state’s top employer — the aerospace industry.

“It’s a privilege and an honor for me to serve as the Aeronautics Commission’s next chairman. The success of our state’s aviation and aerospace industry is critical to our state’s economic future. I am looking forward to working with my fellow board members to expand and strengthen this vital industry in our state,” Conway said.

Conway previously served as chair of the Southeastern Aerospace Department and has been a member of the faculty since 1998. In 2003, he received the University’s Faculty Senate Award for Excellence in Service.

An avid pilot who holds commercial, instrument, CFI and multi-engine ratings, Conway retired as a command pilot from the United States Air Force, where he served as an instructor pilot and evaluator pilot in the Cessna T-37 and Boeing KC-135. He is also one of a handful of flight-rated aerospace physiologists.

Conway earned his Bachelor of Science at Texas A&M – Commerce, Master of Science at the University of Southern California, and Doctorate of Education from Oklahoma State University, and has completed coursework in human factors and physiology at specialized schools across the country, including OSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.

He has had numerous articles published in various journals and magazines focusing on human factors in aviation. In addition, Conway recently completed three programs at Harvard University: The Art of Discussion Leadership, Management & Leadership in Education, and Crisis Leadership, as well as a fellowship in Higher Education Management at Vanderbilt University. He is currently attending Harvard’s Institute for Educational Management.

Other newly elected officers are Joe Harris of Blackwell, vice chairman, and Dave Amis III of Oklahoma City, secretary. Besides Armstrong, the other members of the Commission include Michael Ray of Guymon; Tom Stephenson of Oklahoma City; and Wes Stucky of Ardmore.

Oklahoma’s aviation and aerospace industry is one of the state’s largest employers, resulting in approximately 144,000 jobs statewide. The industry yields an annual industrial output of $12.5 billion and generates an annual payroll of $5 billion. One in 11 Oklahomans derive their income from the aviation and aerospace industry with an average salary of nearly $55,000 compared to about $30,000 for the average Oklahoman.

Oklahoma is also one of seven centers in the world for the modification, maintenance, repair and overhaul of aircraft, boasting the world’s largest military aircraft repair facility, Tinker Air Force Base, and the world’s largest commercial aircraft repair facility, the American Airlines Engineering Maintenance and Engineering Center in Tulsa. In addition, Oklahoma has 111 publicly owned airports, placing it 10th nationally for the number of public airports per capita. A total of 43 of those airports are jet capable, meaning their runways are at least 5,000 feet long, the minimum distance needed by most jet aircraft to safely land or take off. Approximately 93 percent of the state’s population lives within 25 miles of an airport with a jet-capable runway.

First United, Southeastern honor area high school students

Guest speaker Vincent Orza addresses the audience as Greg Massey and Dr. Larry Minks look on.

DURANT, Okla. – The Tri-County Honors Program, co-sponsored by First United Bank and Southeastern Oklahoma State University, was held Thursday in the Visual and Performing Arts Center on campus.

The event opened with a reception, followed by the honors award ceremony.

Guest speaker was Dr. Vincent Orza, President/CEO of KSBI-TV in Oklahoma City.

Greg Massey, Chief Executive Officer of he First United Bank and Trust Company, and Southeastern president Larry Minks offered welcoming remarks.

Liz McCraw, Dean of Enrollment Management, introduced school administrators who then introduced the honorees from their respective schools.

First United Community Bank Presidents attended to congratulate the students. Debby Boyd, manager of the Bokchito banking center, also represented Daryl Mulkey of Calera. Others in attendance were Jimmy Fernandez, Colbert; Scott Stidham, Durant; John Worthy, Hugo; and Rick Lane, Madill.

Following is the list of students honored by school:

Achille – Randi Kirkpatrick, Hanna McMurtrey, Talacia Reynolds, Dakota Stanglin.

Bennington – Maryssa Mays, Elijah Moss, Kenneth Olive.

Boswell – Tori Blankenship, Tanner Gibson, Aaron McAdams, Seth Moore, Kendra Rice.

Caddo – Kolby Johnson, Ty Miller, Cullen Whisenhunt.

Calera – Kylie Brewer, Zackry Childers, Monica Curtman, Madison Holder, Tashona Robinson.

Colbert – Mekenzie Carter, Alexis Olguin, Diamond Turner, Emily Winnett.

Durant – Kaylie Baxter, Taylor Crawford, Austin Davis, Sarrysa Eaves, Jase Hammock, Sarah Hodson, Katelynn Humphries, Kanda Jackson, Patti Krausert, Hunter Lindley, Dakota Marcy, Michaela Metts, Johnathan Moreno, Morgan Podany, Taylor Richards, Taryn Ritter, Danielle Sicking, Mikayla Taylor, Keaton Webb, Katie Whitley, Cordell Zalenski.

Fort Towson – Darianne Crane, Jena Rae Kellum, Corey Martin, Clint Testerman.

Hugo – Lauren Methvin, Levi Methvin, Donyale Shanklin, Lane Wren.

Kiamichi Techonolgy Center – Katrina Carl, Liz Jernigan, Eric Schmidt.

Kingston – Kaitlin McCorstin, Jernye Werth.

Madill – Miranda Bray, Mason Callison, Cole Castleberry, Allison Cooper, Makayla Durrall, Taylor Edmonds, Austin Hawkins, Eli Holliday, Jennifer Kerr, Levi Shelby, Jordyn Vargas.

Rock Creek – Brooke Coker, Kylie Harbin, Tracey Hickman.

Silo – Carrie Dykstra, Jackie McMichael, Amanda Price, Devin Renfro, Taylor Roy, Sierra Waitman, Torrie Wright.

Soper – Meagan Raye Burnes, Landry Douglass Clark, Tanner Dwayne Lester, Jessica Judlynn Savage.

Victory Life Academy – Meagan Crawford, Jacob Dupree, Zach Everett, Amanda Thompson.