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Southeastern student receives award for presentation at national STEM conference

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Adrian Saenz, left, of Oklahoma State, and Southeastern’s Matt Maxwell were the only two award recipients from Oklahoma.

DURANT, Okla. – Matt Maxwell of Southeastern Oklahoma State University received a Student Presentation Award at the 2015 SACNAS National Conference in Washington, D.C.

His presentation was titled, “Effect of Enzyme Loading on Extrusion and Alkali Extrusion Pretreated Sweet Sorghum Bagasse.’’

Maxwell is a biology/chemistry major from Durant. Dr. Tim Smith, Chair/Professor of Chemistry, Computer, & Physical Science, serves as his advisor. Maxwell also credited his Choctaw Success Coach at Southeastern — Wakaya Wells — and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma College Career & Retention Program for their assistance.

The SACNAS (SocietPreviewy for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science) conference was held Oct. 29-31. Some 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students made presentations. More than 3,400 students and science professionals gathered for three-days of cutting-edge science, mentoring, networking, and professional development. Undergraduate and graduate students from across the country presented research on topics ranging from biofuels and alternative energies to water management and breast cancer, while STEM professionals conducted panels on professional development, mentoring and leadership.

SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists — from college students to professionals — to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science.

Earlier this year, Maxwell’s presentation earned a third place award at the

Oklahoma-Louis StokesAlliance for Minority Participation (OK-LSAMP’s) 21st annual Research Symposium.

Maxwell’s research was conducted last summer during an internship that

focused on renewable energy in the form of biofuels. The internship was at

Oklahoma State University and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

He is an officer in the Southeastern Pre-Med Club and the Native American Student Association. He is also actively involved with the American Indian Science and Engineering Society Chapter and the American Chemical Society.

Maxwell was a recipient of the Top 10 Freshman Award at Southeastern earlier this semester.

Southeastern flightteam qualifies for national competition

The Southeastern flight team finished second at regional competition.

The Southeastern flight team finished second at regional competition.

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Oklahoma State University Flight Team recently competed at theRegion VI Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON), hosted by St. Louis University.  Southeastern finished in second place, earning the team an automatic bid to the National Intercollegiate Flying Association National Flight Competition in May 2016.

The Southeastern team placed first in ground events and third in flying events at the regionals. Serving as the group’s faculty advisor is Kyle Thomas, Assistant Professor and Chief Flight Instructor for the Southeastern Aviation Sciences Institute. Team members, with hometowns, are Ross Sandmann (Captain, McKinney, Texas); Luke Carson, Plano, Texas ; James Dorris, Spring, Texas; Nathan Price, Plano, Texas;  Austin Ashlock (Captain, Bonham, Texas);  Joshua Ashcraft, Pilot Point, Texas; Blake Crawford, Friendswood, Texas;  Mitchell Mills, Friendswood, Texas; Blake Scott, Ponca City, Oklahoma; Tyler Clemens (Captain, Van Alstyne, Texas);  Derek Bolin, Fort Smith, Arkansas; Dylan Dean, Bedford, Texas; Taylor Nelson, Owasso, Oklahoma; and Jacob Shiver, Neptune Beach, Florida.

In addition to Southeastern, Region VI consists of the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, Kansas State University in Salina, the University of Nebraska in Omaha, the University of Central Missouri, and St. Louis University.

The National Intercollegiate Flying Association was organized for the purposes of developing and advancing aviation education and to provide an arena for collegiate aviation competition.

The national competition will be held at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

Honor graduates recognized at Fall Commencement

Commencement speaker Gary Sherrer offers advice to the graduating class.

Commencement speaker Gary Sherrer offers advice to the graduating class.

DURANT, Okla. – Forty honor graduates were recognized Saturday during Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Fall Commencement at Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

Southeastern alumnus Gary Sherrer (’73), a former state representative who served in cabinet positions under three governors, was the commencement speaker. Sherrer currently serves as assistant vice president for external relations in

Oklahoma State University’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

Regent Susan Winchester (Chair) of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents offered welcoming remarks.

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

Summa Cum Laude (with highest honors)

Jessica Leann Anderson, Indianola; Elizabeth Morgan Blackburn, Ringling; Jeannette K. Brown, Urbana, Illinois; Brittni Fawn Echols, Durant; Matthew Kent Mobley, Chandler; Zachary Taylor Robinson, Cartwright; Dana Marie Schumacher, Era, Texas.

Magna Cum Laude (with high honors)

James Clifton Casteel II, Lone Grove; Philip Joel Franks, Durant; Jett Ellis Gardner, Antlers; Kristi Nicole Heath, Pottsboro, Texas; Alton Lee Jones, McAlester; Apryl Nicole Mock, Boswell; Jessica Elizabeth Neal, Ada; Crystal Cheyenne Nichols, Denison, Texas; Rebecca Dawn Rathfon, Sherman, Texas; Sarah Susanne Roberts, Lone Grove; Tim Rulla, Sherman, Texas; Jeffery Ryan Stephens, Pottsboro, Texas; Scott Ryan Sundstrom, Friendswood, Texas; Carey Denise Wade, Sherman, Texas.

Cum Laude (with honors)

President Sean Burrage congratulates a graduate

President Sean Burrage congratulates a graduate.

Chance Walker Baker, Hugo; MD Nazrul Islam Bhuiyan, Oklahoma City; Damen Gregory Burris, Edmond; Kevin Camero Caras, Oklahoma City; Dustin W. Fleming,

Dumas, Texas; Jackie Vonn Gill, Ardmore; Jeremy Alan Gray, Tuttle; Melissa Marie Haworth-Cox, Pottsboro, Texas; Jordan Faith Hedrick, Cameron; Patricia Gayle Hill, Choctaw; Sarah Michelle Knight, Coalgate; Jacob Edward Luellen, Coalgate; Hope Renee McClendon-Willis, Marietta; Shayna Briane Milam, Comanche; Hilton Chance Phillips, Idabel; Anthony Blake Stanley, Moore; Kalleigh Carol Tilley, Durant; Robin Nicole Harris Tillman, Ardmore; Justin Mark Wallace, Durant.

Marketing professor wins best paper award from journal

Dr. Debra Haley received the award from the Marketing Education Review Journal.

DURANT, Okla. – Dr. Debra Haley of Southeastern Oklahoma State University and co-author Dr. Dennis Clayson of the University of Northern Iowa were recently presented the Best Paper Award for 2011 from the “Marketing Education Review Journal.”

“Are Students Telling Us The Truth? A Critical Look at the Student Evaluation of Teaching” is the title of the award-winning paper.

Haley, associate professor of marketing, has served on the Southeastern faculty since 1998. During that time, she has provided guidance and direction to more than 40 student marketing projects benefiting the communities of Durant, McAlester, Idabel, Ardmore (Oklahoma), and the Sherman/Denison (Texas) area. She is a past president of the Marketing Educators’ Association.

Author of numerous conference papers and peer-reviewed journals. Haley has been published in the Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management, Journal of Marketing Education, Marketing Education Review, Journal for the Advancement of Marketing Education and Advances in Financial Education.

Haley received her Ph.D. at Oklahoma State University, her master’s at Emporia State University, and bachelor’s at Kansas Newman College.

Two former faculty members to be honored at Homecoming

Two former faculty members to be honored at Homecoming

Press Release Date: 9-22-2011

Dr. Don Ferguson

Dr. Dr Don Collier

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will honor two individuals with the Distinguished Former Faculty award during Homecoming festivities on Oct. 14.

An awards banquet will formally honor Dr. Don Collier and Dr. Don Ferguson in the Visual and Performing Arts Center at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14.

Collier received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Southeastern in 1954 and joined the faculty as assistant professor of chemistry in 1958.

He retired in 1987 as a Professor of Chemistry and was named Professor Emeritus by the Board of Regents of Oklahoma Colleges. He served Southeastern in an adjunct capacity until May 1990.

He became a member of the Teacher Education Committee and was approved for tenure in 1970. He was promoted to associate professor in 1971 and in 1974 acted as director of the Indian Science Program for High School Students. He was named a full professor in 1978, and served as in instructor for Upward Bound in 1981.

Collier was actively involved in the development of curricula and pre-professional studies. He taught courses in general chemistry, organic chemistry, theoretical inorganic chemistry and general physical science.

Retired Southeastern professor Arnold Walker was a colleague of Collier.

“He was a great professional role model and example for both his peers and his students,” Walker said. “This is the kind of person we need to have in our profession.”

Collier was a member of numerous organizations, served as a pre-professional (medical and dental) and science counselor, and received the Outstanding Educator of America Award in 1975.

He earned his master’s degree at Oklahoma State University and received his Ed.D. from North Texas State University.

Don Ferguson joined Southeastern’s Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) in 1967.

He retired as a professor in 2002 and continued to serve in the department until 2006. He still serves the University as a clock operator in football and scorekeeper for men’s basketball.

Ferguson taught the department’s science-based courses and was highly regarded as an outstanding educator. He was a leader in his department and in 2002 was named Professor Emeritus by the Board of Regents of Oklahoma Colleges. He was granted tenure in 1970 and promoted to the rank of professor in 1980.

He was actively involved with planning and hosting the Special Olympics Games held on the Southeastern campus. During the opening ceremony of the Area 10 Special Olympics in 1990, he was presented the “Award of Appreciation” in recognition of more than 10 years of volunteer work with the organization.

Ferguson officiated high school football games for 12 years, and many times, both opposing coaches were former students.

Ferguson always sought to further the academic success and professional growth of HPER students through membership and participation in professional organizations, namely the Oklahoma Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

HPER chair and long-time colleague Vicki Hudson said, “Dr. Ferguson was an exceptional teacher who challenged our students and served as an excellent role model for personal fitness.”

Ferguson is an avid golfer and plays throughout the area. He earned his bachelor, master’s and Ed.D. degrees from Oklahoma State University.

Dr. Tim Smith named department chair

Dr. Tim Smith named department chair

Press Release Date: 3-10-2011

Dr. Tim Smith

DURANT, Okla. – Dr. (Joel) Tim Smith was recently appointed to the position of department chair of Chemistry, Computer & Physical Sciences at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Smith joined Southeastern in 1995 as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. In addition to teaching responsibilities, Smith has served in several capacities, including the director of the NIH Minority Biological Research Support program at Southeastern and as the campus representative for the Oklahoma IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence.

He currently holds the rank of Professor of Chemistry and is an Engles Endowed Chair of Biomedical Sciences.

Smith received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Southeastern in 1990 and his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Oklahoma State University in 1994.

He returned to Southeastern after a stint with Monsanto Corporate Research in St. Louis.

Smith has developed a substantial research program in the area of bio-analytical chemistry that has involved more than 50 undergraduate students and has obtained in excess of a million dollars in funding in external grants. He has also authored or co-authored 30 research articles in peer-review publications and co-authored two book chapters.

“Dr. Smith is an excellent teacher who is very student-oriented,” said Southeastern president Larry Minks. “He has been very active in grant writing and also very involved in the community. We believe that he is an excellent choice for this position and look forward to his many contributions in this new role.”

He succeeds Dr. Jerry Polson as chair. Polson has assumed the role of Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Support and Dean of the School of Graduate and University Studies.