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Massey Lecture features retired business executive Frank Semple

Frank_M_SempleDURANT, Okla. – Retired business executive Frank M. Semple will be guest speaker at the 15th John Massey Family Lectureship, scheduled for April 4 at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The lecture is free and open to the public and will begin at 11 a.m. in the Hallie McKinney Ballroom on the Southeastern campus.

Semple is retired Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of
MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. He is a member of the boards of directors of Marathon Petroleum Corporation and MPLX GP LLC.

Semple joined MPLX in 2015, at the time of the MPLX and MarkWest combination and retired in 2016. He began with MarkWest in 2003 as president and chief executive officer and was elected chairman of the board in 2008. Prior to joining MarkWest, Semple completed a 22-year career with The Williams Companies and WilTel Communications.

He served as the chief operating officer of WilTel Communications, senior vice president/general manager of Williams Natural Gas Company, vice president, operations and engineering for Northwest Pipeline Company, and division manager for Williams Pipeline Company.

Prior to his time at The Williams Companies, Semple served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Gurnard (SSN662), a fast attack nuclear submarine.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the United States Naval Academy (appointed by Carl Albert) and completed the Program for ManagementDevelopment at Harvard Business School.

A native of Stillwater, Oklahoma, Semple and his parents (longtime veterinarian Dr. Bill Semple and wife Jane) moved to Durant when he was an infant. Semple was a standout athlete at Durant High School, participating in football, basketball, baseball, and tennis.

The 1970 DHS graduate was also a member of the National Honor Society and an Eagle Scout.  He has a brother, Billy, and three sisters, Jane Umsted, Susan Owens, and Sarah Brown.

Frank, a member of The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and his wife, Dr. Robin Semple, have two daughters, Erin and Katie.

The Lectureship was established in 1994 by a gift from the John Massey family and was matched by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Endowment Fund Program.

Previous speakers at the lecture include H.E. “Gene’’ Rainbolt, George Kaiser, Edward Keller, Ambassador James R. Jones, Rep. Tom Cole, Archie Dunham, Keith Bailey, Michael Cawley, Regent Joseph Cappy, Sen. Ted Fisher, J. Clifford Hudson, Mark Stansberry, Ed Martin, and Dr. Keith Ballard.

A tireless advocate for higher education, John Massey serves as Chairman of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. He is in his third nine-year term as a regent, a position appointed by the governor.

Massey is chairman of the board of First United Bank, headquartered in Durant, Oklahoma.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1960.

In 1984, Massey received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Southeastern; in 2005, the School of Business was renamed as the John Massey School of Business.

He received the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southeastern Alumni Association in 2015.

At his alma mater, Massey has established eight endowed chairs, four professorships, and four endowed scholarships.

Massey was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2004.  In 2009, he was inducted into the Oklahoma City Community College Hall of Fame, and he received the prestigious Leadership Oklahoma Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.

Massey was presented the Outstanding Alumni Award by Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity in 2001 and was also the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Durant Kiwanis Club in 2010.

Southeastern awards honorary degree to Mrs. Jacqueline McEntire

Mrs. Jacqueline McEntire, center, holds the honorary degree she received from Southeastern Thursday. Joining her are her children, Susie McEntire-Eaton, Alice Foran, Pake McEntire, and Reba McEntire.

Mrs. Jacqueline McEntire, center, holds the honorary degree she received from Southeastern Thursday. Joining her are her children, Susie McEntire-Eaton, Alice Foran, Pake McEntire, and Reba McEntire.

DURANT, Okla. – For more than 70 years, Mrs. Jacqueline Smith McEntire has been an advocate for education and community service.

That dedication and lifetime of achievement was formally recognized Thursday as Southeastern Oklahoma State University conferred an Honorary Bachelor Degree in Public Education and Community Service to Mrs. McEntire.

Numerous family members – including children Pake McEntire, Susie McEntire-Eaton, Reba McEntire, and Alice Foran – joined friends and University students and faculty in a special ceremony in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

Offering remarks on behalf of Higher Education at the event were Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, Oklahoma State Regents of Higher Education Chair John Massey, Regional University System of Oklahoma Regent Chair Lake Carpenter, and Southeastern president

Mrs. McEntire, who will celebrate her 90th birthday next month, also offered remarks.

Congratulating Mrs. Jacqueline McEntire on receiving her honorary degree from Southeastern are Regent John Massey, Chair of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education; Southeastern president Sean Burrage; Regent Lake Carpenter, Chair of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents; and Chancellor Glen D. Johnson.

Congratulating Mrs. Jacqueline McEntire on receiving her honorary degree from Southeastern are Regent John Massey, Chair of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education; Southeastern president Sean Burrage; Regent Lake Carpenter, Chair of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents; and Chancellor Glen D. Johnson.

Mrs. McEntire served five school districts in southeastern Oklahoma for almost  20 years as a teacher, secretary and librarian.  She graduated from high school at the age of 16 and  became a certified teacher through the Oklahoma State Department of Education at age 18.  Mrs. McEntire  began teaching grades 1-8 at Tipperary School in 1943 and later taught high school business for one year.

During this time, Mrs. McEntire spent many summers attending Southeastern State College, earning 95 credit hours towards her degree in education. However, the  pursuit of her degree was put on hold when she married Clark McEntire and they started a family.

“I would listen to Mama tell stories about catching the Greyhound from Limestone Gap to Durant to attend summer school at Southeastern and then teach students in the fall,’’ Susie McEntire-Eaton said. “That’s wanting to be a people changer.   I began searching for a way to honor her hard work and dedication to the field of education.  She’s a woman of many talents, gifts, strengths and endearing treasures.  And by treasures, I’m speaking purely in human terms.”

In 1962, Mrs. McEntire returned to public education  and served as librarian and secretary of Kiowa Schools until 1973 when her middle daughter, Reba, graduated from Kiowa High School and started college at Southeastern.  Two of Mrs. McEntire’s daughters earned degrees at Southeastern: Reba earned  a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education-Fine Arts  at Southeastern in 1976, and Alice earned a Bachelor’s in Education (Home Economics-Social Studies) in 1973.

In addition, Mrs. McEntire’s mother-in-law Alice Hayhurst and niece Rickie Thompson are graduates of Southeastern.

“It is an honor for Southeastern to be involved in recognizing Mrs. McEntire for her lifelong devotion to education,’’ President Burrage said. “It is especially appropriate when you remember that Southeastern was founded to educate  teachers and that legacy continues today. Throughout her life, Mrs. McEntire has emphasized the importance of education. She is a true inspiration for all of us at Southeastern.’’

Southeastern Alumni Association to present first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award to John Massey

John MasseyDURANT, Okla. – It’s only fitting that the Southeastern Alumni Association’s first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to John Massey.

This special recognition will take place on Friday, Oct. 2, at 5:30 p.m. in the Visual & Performing Arts Center at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Also to be honored at the Southeastern Homecoming Awards Banquet are Distinguished Alumni Frank Fietz and Sue Wilson Stafford; Distinguished Former Faculty Dr. George Collier and Dr. Flavil George; and the Heritage Award recipient, the late Minnie Baker.

“Regent Massey’s career in public service, business and higher education is unparalleled in the state of Oklahoma,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage.  “This is going to be a very special occasion as we gather to express our appreciation to an individual who has devoted his life to the betterment of all Oklahomans. No one has done more for Southeastern Oklahoma State University than John Massey. No one is more deserving of the Southeastern Alumni Association Lifetime Achievement Award than John Massey.’’

President Burrage and Chancellor Glen D. Johnson of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and a former Southeastern president, will be presenting the award.

Massey is chairman of the board of First United Bank and Trust, headquartered in Durant.  He serves as Vice Chairman of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, and  s in his third nine-year term as a regent, a position appointed by the governor.

“I congratulate State Regent John Massey on receiving the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award from Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Alumni Association,” said Chancellor Johnson. “Regent Massey’s professional experience, public service and knowledge of Oklahoma’s higher education system are invaluable to our board, as is his tireless advocacy on behalf of Oklahoma students. His commitment to student success and the advancement of higher education in our state make him particularly deserving of this special honor.”

Massey earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1960 and served as Student Body President at the University. He is the only student in the history of Southeastern to receive the Outstanding Student Award for three consecutive years.

Turning to public service, Massey was elected State Representative in 1960, serving two terms. In 1964, he was elected to the State Senate, where he also served two terms.

In 1984, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Southeastern; in 2005, the School of Business was renamed the John Massey School of Business.

At his alma mater, Massey has established nine endowed chairs and four professorships.

“I am so proud of this University that I can’t really put it into words,’’ Massey said.  “Southeastern has made such a difference in my life and in the lives of so many people over the years. To be honored in this way by the Alumni Association is very special to me. It means a great deal.’’

Massey was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2004.  In 2009, he was inducted into the Oklahoma City Community College Hall of Fame, and he received the prestigious Leadership Oklahoma Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.

He was presented  the Outstanding Alumni Award by Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity in 2001 and was also the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Durant Kiwanis Club in 2010.

Tickets for the Distinguished Awards Banquet are $30 per person or $350 for a table sponsorship (8).

 

For more information, go to alumni.SE.edu or call 580-745-2875.

Massey Family Lectureship to feature Tulsa Schools superintendent

Dr. Keith Ballard

Dr. Keith Ballard

DURANT, Okla. – Tulsa Public Schools superintendent Keith Ballard will be guest speaker at the 14th John Massey Family Lectureship, scheduled for April 14 at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The lecture – free and open to the public – will begin at 11 a.m. in Montgomery Auditorium on the Southeastern campus. This year’s lecture is designed to focus on the impact of education and business as they relate to each other. The lectureship will also be video streamed live on the University website – www.SE.edu.

Dr. Ballard leads the largest school district in Oklahoma with 41,000 students and 7,000 employees. Focusing on college preparedness, he is committed to cultivating teacher talent in a performance-based culture and providing quality learning experiences for every student, every day, without exception.

Ballard joined Tulsa Public Schools as superintendent in 2008. The district serves an urban population with a diverse population of students providing a choice of magnet, community, charter and neighborhood schools including a high school that partners with Tulsa Community College providing college-level courses.

During his tenure, Ballard worked to pass the largest bond in the history of the state, totaling $354 million. He led the way for the district to work with the Gates Foundation on teacher and leader effectiveness, one of only 10 school districts selected in the country. And he continues to successfully manage Project Schoolhouse, an ongoing efficiency program which addresses changing student populations and school building utilization.

His honors include the 2012 University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Excellence in Education Leadership Award, 2012 State Superintendent of the Year, 2012 Tulsa People Tulsan of the Year, 2012 Vision in Education Leadership Award from the Tulsa Community College Foundation, Top 100 Administrators in North America, the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Outstanding Alumni Award, the Don Newby/Ben Hill award from the Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry for Compassion and Concern for all Human Beings, and is a member of the Oklahoma Educators Hall of Fame.

The lectureship was established in 1994 by a gift from the John Massey family, which was matched by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Endowment Fund Program. Previous speakers at the Massey Lecture include H.E. “Gene” Rainbolt, George Kaiser, Edward Keller, Ambassador James R. Jones, Dr. Tom Cole, Archie Dunham, Keith Bailey, Michael Cawley, Joseph Cappy, Sen. Ted Fisher, J. Clifford Hudson, Mark Stansberry, and Ed Martin.

John Massey is chairman of the board of First United Bank and Trust, headquartered in Durant, Oklahoma.

A tireless advocate for higher education, Massey serves as Vice Chairman of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. He is in his third nine-year term as a regent, a position appointed by the governor.

Massey earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1960.

In 1984, Massey received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Southeastern; in 2005, the School of Business was renamed as the John Massey School of Business.

At his alma mater, Massey has established nine endowed chairs and four professorships.

Southeastern to offer unique master’s degree in Native American leadership

DURANT, Okla. – Beginning this January, Southeastern Oklahoma State University will offer a unique new master’s degree in Native American leadership.

The “Master of Science in Native American Leadership (MSNAL)’’ recently received final approval from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

The MSNAL, to be delivered online, is unique due to the fact that it offers a combination of Native American history and organizational leadership in one degree.

Co-directors of the project are Dr. Bryon Clark, associate vice president for academic affairs and graduate dean, and Chris Wesberry, director of the Native American Center for Student Success.

“Southeastern is recognized around the country as a leader in providing higher education opportunities and services to its Native American students,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage. “This innovative new master’s degree certainly enhances the programs we have in place at the University. We believe that the MSNAL will generate a great deal of interest to students.’’

Wesberry agreed, noting that several students inquired about the new program at the recent National Indian Education Association annual convention and trade show, to which Southeastern sent representatives.

“The MSNAL is a result of University faculty and staff working with tribal partners to develop a graduate degree that includes Native American topics and leadership concepts,’’ Wesberry said.  “Specifically combining the two areas into one degree was of utmost importance as we were developing the courses.  With this degree, students are able to take courses such as ‘Effective Communication Through Presentation,’ while also taking ‘Geography and Treaties.’  The combination of historical and culturally relevant courses with courses focused on leadership skills is very unique. ‘’

For more information about the new degree program, contact Chris Wesberry at 580-745-2376.

In addition to the MSNAL, the State Regents also approved a new option for Southeastern’s MBA program in Native American Leadership. Students can now take targeted courses from the MSNAL program as part of this new MBA option.

For more information, contact Dr. Lawrence Silver at 580-745-3190 or Robert Howard at 580-745-2042 in the John Massey School of Business.

According to “Diverse Issues In Higher Education,’’ Southeastern ranks sixth in the nation in producing Native American graduates (all disciplines combined) in the Baccalaureate degree category. This is the second year in a row that Southeastern has held this distinction.

Also in the Baccalaureate category and for the fourth consecutive year, Southeastern ranks first in the nation in producing Native American graduates in Engineering Technologies and Engineering — Related Fields (Occupational Safety & Health). The University also ranks number two nationally in graduates in Physical Sciences and Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs (Native American).

In the master’s degree rankings, Southeastern is number one for the fifth consecutive year in Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields (Occupational Safety & Health – Native American).

In addition, Southeastern recently received a $1.1 million (four-year) grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Indian Education. This Native American

Excellence In Education (NAEIE) Early Childhood Teacher Preparation Grant

will partner with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and the Chickasaw Nation. It will serve 12 Native American Education majors pursuing degrees in Early Childhood and/or Special Education.

 

Honor graduates recognized at Spring Commencement

Southeastern president Larry Minks address the audience Saturday at Paul Laird Field.

Southeastern president Larry Minks address the audience Saturday at Paul Laird Field.

DURANT, Okla. – Thirty-three honor graduates were recognized during Spring Commencement exercises Saturday at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Dr. Larry Minks, president of Southeastern, delivered the commencement address at Paul Laird Field. Offering welcoming remarks were Regent John Massey of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and Regent Richard Ogden, chairman of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents.

Following are the honor graduates, listed by permanent hometown (Oklahoma, unless otherwise noted):

Summa Cum Laude

Hannah Nicole Baugh, Bonham, Texas; Ashley Elizabeth Caldwell, Lindsay; Preston Nathaniel Dye, Ada; George Allen Fritts, Mililani, Hawaii; Thomas Harlow Johnston, Sherman, Texas; Shaunda Renee Mitchell Usry, Durant; Lacey Jo Morgan, Antlers; Tracey Lynn Stephenson, Healdton.

Magna Cum Laude

President Minks and graduate Dylan Henson pose for a photo.

President Minks and graduate Dylan Henson pose for a photo.

Rebekah Ann Clowers, Idabel; Caspian Elizabeth Green, Yuma, Arizona; Sheridan Leigh Hill, Ardmore; Lesley Ann Huff, McAlester; Jeffrey Hunter, Thunder Bay, Ontario; Lyndsey Danielle Lamar-Owens, Mead; Tyler Dean Pyles, Denison, Texas; Jed Houston Sallee, Coalgate; Heidi Ann Shaw, Fort Towson.

Graduate Apryl Mock celebrates.

Graduate Apryl Mock celebrates.

Cum Laude

Pamela D. Barnett, Savanna; April Dawn Boatright, Antlers; Keylee McCall Clemmons, Roxton, Texas; Sarah Dudley Eastwood, Moyers; Haley Brooke Ellison, Broken Bow; Rachel Danielle Kallas,

Sherman, Texas; Erin Elizabeth McDaniel, Durant; Dana Elizabeth Meaders, Wilburton; Markie L. Meadows, Tushka; Cody F. Morris, Heavener; Allison J. Mounts, Kiefer; Mary Elizabeth Nelson, Antlers; Nicholas Levi Patterson, San Diego, California; Virginia Dawn Sealock, Rockwall, Texas; Aubrey Elizabeth Tarantine, Sherman, Texas; Roxie Wilson, Bells, Texas.

Southeastern student places third in Research Day competition

Kent Davidson of Grant, shown with Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, was selected to represent Southeastern Oklahoma State University at Research Day held recently at the State Capitol. Twenty-five undergraduate students representing 19 Oklahoma colleges and universities presented competitive research posters to the State Legislature and the public during the annual event sponsored by Oklahoma EPSCoR, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the National Science Foundation. The event is designed to raise awareness of the outstanding research taking place in Oklahoma’s colleges and universities. Davidson won third place in the regional university and community college category for his cancer cell metabolism research.

Kent Davidson of Grant, shown with Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, was selected to represent Southeastern Oklahoma State University at Research Day held recently at the State Capitol. Twenty-five undergraduate students representing 19 Oklahoma colleges and universities presented competitive research posters to the State Legislature and the public during the annual event sponsored by Oklahoma EPSCoR, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the National Science Foundation. The event is designed to raise awareness of the outstanding research taking place in Oklahoma’s colleges and universities. Davidson won third place in the regional university and community college category for his cancer cell metabolism research.

DURANT, Okla. – Twenty-five undergraduate student researchers from 19 Oklahoma colleges and universities gathered at the State Capitol recently for the 19th annual Research Day at the Capitol.

Representing Southeastern Oklahoma State University was Kent Davidson from Grant, Oklahoma.  He earned third place honors in the Regional University & Community College Category for Posters.  His topic was Cancer Cell Metabolism.

Student participants were selected by their institutions to present scientific research posters during the prestigious event, which is designed to showcase the outstanding research being conducted on Oklahoma college campuses and to make legislators and the public aware of how the research can positively impact our state.

Students’ posters were competitively judged by an independent panel that selected the top seven research presentations in three categories—overall winner, regional universities and research-intensive institutions.  The students received awards at the conclusion of the event, during an award ceremony hosted by Glen D. Johnson, chancellor of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education.

Dr. Nancy Paiva, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Southeastern, served as Davidson’s advisor for the event.

Research Day at the Capitol is sponsored by the Oklahoma Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the National Science Foundation.