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Envoy, Southeastern receive partnership award from OSRHE

Attending the awards recognition Tuesday were, left to right, Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, Southeastern president Sean Burrage, Envoy Air lead pilot recruiter John Colquitt, Southeastern aviation alumni association president Chris Ferguson, Southeastern aviationsciences faculty member/chief flight instructor Kyle Thomas, Southeastern vice president for university advancement Dr. Kyle Stafford, and Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb.

Attending the awards recognition Tuesday were, left to right, Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, Southeastern president Sean Burrage, Envoy Air lead pilot recruiter John Colquitt, Southeastern aviation alumni association president Chris Ferguson, Southeastern aviationsciences faculty member/chief flight instructor Kyle Thomas, Southeastern vice president for university advancement Dr. Kyle Stafford, and Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb.

DURANT, Okla. – Twenty-eight business and higher education partnerships throughout the state were recognized Tuesday as innovative collaborations that further the education of Oklahoma’s workforce.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award is designed to highlight successful partnerships between higher education institutions and businesses and to further cultivate the higher learning environment through State Regents’ Economic Development Grants.

“Our colleges and universities partner with business and industry to link academic programs, including business, information technology, health care, aerospace, energy and bioscience, directly to employment needs in the state’s wealth-generating ecosystems,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “These partnerships create opportunities for students to expand their academic credentials with work experience, better preparing them for the workforce.”

Among the 28 partnerships recognized for 2017 were:

Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Envoy — The partnership between Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Envoy began in 2013 with the creation of the American Eagle Pipeline Program. This program prepares professional pilot students at Southeastern to enter American Eagle Airlines as first officers. Those selected for the program receive mentoring and, upon graduation, become Envoy employees. While employed, the graduates remain at Southeastern and work as full-time flight instructors until they accumulate the FAA-required 1,000 hours of flight time, and they then move on to the next class of Envoy first officers. The program benefits students by providing a clear career path after graduation, benefits Southeastern by providing a recruiting tool for prospective students, and provides a reliable source of well-trained professional pilots for Envoy. Furthermore, Envoy graduates receive a $10,000 scholarship incentive and a competitive compensation package. To date, 24 Southeastern students have participated in the program.

Southeastern student recognized for Newman award by OSRHE

ScalfDURANT, Okla. – The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education recently recognized the recipients of the 2014-15 Newman Civic Fellows by Campus Compact. Taylor Scalf of Southeastern Oklahoma State University is one of just 15 Oklahoma students to be so honored. A sophomore from Marlow, Oklahoma, Scalf was congratulated by Chancellor Glen D. Johnson and State Regent John Massey. The honorees from Oklahoma are part of a group of 197 students from 36 states in the program, and were nominated by their college or university president as inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.

Southeastern hosts kickoff event for Oklahoma Community Anchor Network

Chancellor Glen D. Johnson speaks to the crowd at Tuesday’s OCAN event.

Chancellor Glen D. Johnson speaks to the crowd at Tuesday’s OCAN event.

DURANT, Okla. — Southeastern Oklahoma State University hosted a kickoff event for the Oklahoma Community Anchor Network (OCAN) Tuesday in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union.

Guest speakers included Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, Rep. Dustin Roberts, Southeastern Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Douglas McMillan, East Central University president John Hargrave, State of Oklahoma Chief Information Officer for Education Matt Singleton, Oklahoma Department of Transportation  Director of Capital Programs Tim Gatz, and OneNet executive director Von Royal.

OCAN is a partnership among the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE), the Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

At Tuesday’s event, officials announced the completion of the Network.

Funded by a $74 million grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration under the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, OCAN is designed to deliver high-speed broadband services to rural and underserved Oklahoma. OCAN’s expanded broadband network encompasses 1,005 miles, reaching 35 Oklahoma counties. The network connects 33 community anchor institutions, including state colleges, universities, hospitals and local libraries, to the state’s existing networks.

Communities will access OCAN’s expanded network through OneNet, a division of OSRHE and Oklahoma’s only statewide Internet service provider. Educational institutions, health care providers, public services and nonprofits will have the opportunity to connect to the network through OneNet. In addition, local telecommunications providers can partner with OCAN to extend services to the private sector. Through these public-private partnerships, OCAN will provide opportunities for small businesses and spur economic growth in Oklahoma’s rural communities.

“In today’s knowledge-based society, our students, from kindergarten through higher education, need access to technology that supports and enables their learning,” said Chancellor Johnson. “OCAN offers that access, bringing Oklahoma’s rural schools, colleges and universities the technology they need to stay competitive in today’s economy.”

Southeastern Oklahoma State University and the Department of Public Safety’s highway patrol troop headquarters in Durant both serve as community anchor institutions. At the university, the high-speed connection will create new opportunities for students.

“OCAN offers our students a competitive advantage when it comes to accessing online resources and distance education,” said Southeastern president Larry Minks.  “It is another great example of how collaboration benefits our students and community partners.”

Several state agencies operate technology networks throughout Oklahoma, including each of the project partners and the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. OCAN bridges these disparate providers to form an aligned network reaching remote areas of the state not served by current networks.

OCAN’s high-speed broadband options will not only bring technology opportunities to rural Oklahoma, but also will create new levels of efficiencies for state and local government agencies and other community services.

“The Department of Transportation is not only a necessary partner in the routing and construction of this new network, but many of our remote facilities and operations enjoy enhanced Internet access and network connectivity,” said ODOT’s Director of Capitol Programs Tim Gatz. “Now that it’s operational, OCAN will have an important role in helping us take full advantage of the benefits and efficiencies offered by advancements in transportation business, asset management, communications and traffic operations technologies and software.”