Southeastern News

Fall Break at Southeastern set for October 20-21

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will be closed October 20-21 for Fall Break.

However, the Southeastern Savage Storm football team will be at home Saturday, October 22, to face Arkansas Tech. Kickoff is 2 p.m. at Paul Laird Field.

Classes will resume and offices will re-open at the University on Monday, October 24.

Southeastern closed Oct. 15-16 for Fall Break

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will be closed Oct. 15-16 for Fall Break. Classes will resume and offices will be open on Monday, Oct. 19.

The Southeastern Savage Storm football team will be home on Saturday, Oct. 17 for a 2 p.m. kickoff against Harding University at Paul Laird Field.

“Parents, Families and Friends Day’’ set for Sept. 19

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate “Parents, Families and Friends Day’’ on Saturday, September 19.

The festivities will begin at 11 a.m. with Brunch in the Café. Visitors to the campus may accompany students to the special brunch at the Café in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union.

Tailgate Alley opens at noon across from Paul Laird Field.

“Parents, Families and Friends Day’’ registration starts at 2 p.m. under the tent at Tailgate Alley. Parents may pick up souvenir cups while supplies last, enjoy the pretzel bar and purchase discounted tickets to the football game.

“Arbuckle Express’’ will provide live music from the Tailgate Stage while groups snap family pictures at the True Blue photo booth and/or make signs for the family at the SE Sign Shop.

Judging of the True Blue BBQ will be held prior to 3 p.m. and complimentary samples will be available at the True Blue Central tent.

Savage Storm mascot Bolt will be available for family photos at 3 p.m. in the Parents Day tent.

Awarding of the True Blue BBQ Trophy is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

“Reckless Kelly’’ will  provide live music on the Tailgate Stage at 4 p.m.

Southeastern performances will begin at 5:30 and feature  the Sparks Dance Team, the Chorvettes Show Choir and the Southeastern marching band.

Coach Bo Atterberry’s Savage Storm squad will take on Oklahoma Baptist at 6 p.m. at Paul Laird Field.

For more information, visit http://www.se.edu/dept/student-life/parents-family-and-friends-day/

 

Southeastern to celebrate Homecoming Oct. 23-25

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate Homecoming 2014 on October 23-24-25.

This year’s theme is “Destination Homecoming” and the three-day event should have something for everyone, including current students, alumni and friends.

Honored as Distinguished Alumni will be Dr. Jesse Arnold, Ms. Josephine Wildcat Bigler and Dr. David Whitlock.

 

Recognized as Distinguished Former Faculty will be Dr. Pat Dunham, Dr. Phil

Dunham and Dr. Robert Oliver.

Along with banquets, pep rallies, campus tours, the Whang Bang golf tournament, tailgate alley and the Homecoming football game, numerous reunions are scheduled. For information on reunions, check http://alumni.SE.edu.

The following schedule includes some of the many events scheduled for Homecoming weekend:

Thursday, October 23

SE Night at the Museum, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Three Valley Museum, 401 W. Main Street.

Friday, October 24

28th-annual Whang Bang Golf Tournament, Chickasaw Pointe Golf Course. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and a shotgun start is set for 9 a.m. Participants may register online at http://alumni.SE.edu. The Whang Bang has started a highly popular tradition that has legends from Southeastern’s storied athletics history serving as honorary starters. This year’s honorary starter is SE Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Beard.

Distinguished Awards Banquet, 5:30 p.m., Visual and Performing Arts Center. This event features introduction of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Former Faculty.

True Blue Rally, 8 p.m., amphitheater.

Saturday, October 25

Coffee & Conversation with Southeastern Athletic Legends, 8 a.m. Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium. Former Southeastern athletes gather to reminisce. Hosted by Southeastern president Sean Burrage and Director of Athletics Keith Baxter.

Homecoming Parade, 10 a.m., downtown

Alumni Tailgate Party, Alumni Alley, 11 a.m., across from Paul Laird Field.

Southeastern Campus Tours, 11:30 a.m. Explore the campus during the one-hour tour. Student tours will include campus and residence halls, plus a lunch ticket. Special Alumni tours will also be held. Register online at http://www.SE.edu/future-students/visit. Tours leave from the entrance to Paul Laird Field.

Pre-Game Ceremony, 1:50 p.m., Paul Laird Field. Introduction of Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Former Faculty, past and present.

Kickoff: Southeastern vs. Northwestern, 2 p.m.

Discover Durant “A Market Fair,” Market Square, downtown, 6 p.m.

Southeastern celebrates “Parents, Family and Friends Day’’

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University celebrated “Parents, Family and Friends Day’’ Saturday with various activities leading up to the Savage Storm — Ouachita Baptist University football game at Paul Laird Field. Tailgate Alley was open across from Laird Field and served as the site for the day’s activities.

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BBQ, Charlie Robison concert highlight game day events on Sept. 13

DURANT, Okla. – Barbecue and music are on the game day menu Saturday, Sept. 13, as Southeastern Oklahoma State University opens its home football season.

Arkansas-Monticello will visit Paul Laird Field that evening for a 6 o’clock kickoff.

Prior to that, the True Blue BBQ Cook-off and SE Tailgate Party will be held. Charlie Robison, with special guest the Chase Sanford Band, will liven up the festivities with a free concert in Tailgate Alley (University Blvd. and 2nd Street across from Paul Laird Field). The Sanford Band will take the stage at 2 p.m. followed by

Robison at 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, the second-annual True Blue BBQ Cook-Off, sponsored by the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce, will be in full swing from noon to 3:30 p.m. at Tailgate Alley.

Southeastern Homecoming scheduled for Oct. 23-24-25

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate Homecoming 2014 on October 23-24-25.

This year’s theme is “Destination Homecoming” and the three-day event will offer something for everyone, including current students, alumni and friends.

Honored as 2014 Distinguished Alumni will be Dr. Jesse Arnold, Ms. Josephine Wildcat Bigler, and Dr. David Whitlock.

Recognized as 2014 Distinguished Former Faculty will be Dr. Pat Dunham, Dr. Phil Dunham, and Dr. Robert Oliver.

Along with banquets, pep rallies, parade, campus tours, the Whang Bang golf tournament, tailgate alley and the Homecoming football game, numerous reunions are scheduled. For information on reunions, check http://alumni.SE.edu.

The following schedule includes some of the many events scheduled for Homecoming:

Thursday, October 23

SE Night at the Museum, 5:30-7 p.m., Three Valley Museum, 401 W. Main Street. Enjoy an evening full of surprises as the Durant Historical Society hosts this popular event. Refreshments will be provided.

Friday, October 24

28th-annual Whang Bang Golf Tournament, Chickasaw Pointe Golf Course. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and a shotgun start is set for 9 a.m. Participants may register online at http://alumni.SE.edu. The Whang Bang has started a highly popular tradition that has legends from Southeastern’s storied athletics history serving as honorary starters.

Distinguished Awards Banquet, 5:30 p.m., Visual and Performing Arts Center. This event features introduction of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Former Faculty award recipients.

True Blue Rally, 8 p.m., amphitheater.

Saturday, October 25

Coffee and Conversation with Southeastern Athletic Legends, 8 a.m., Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium. Former Southeastern athletes gather to reminisce. Hosted by Southeastern president Sean Burrage and Director of Athletics Keith Baxter.

Homecoming Parade, 10 a.m., downtown Durant

Alumni Tailgate Party, Alumni Alley, 11 a.m., across from  Paul Laird Field.

Southeastern Campus Tours, 11:30 a.m. Explore the campus during the one-hour tour. It’s great for students and their families who are considering Southeastern. Student tours will include campus and residence halls, plus a lunch ticket. Special Alumni tours will also be held. Register online at http://www.SEedu/future-students/visit. Tours leave from the entrance to Paul Laird Field.

Southeastern Marching Band Enters, 1:45 p.m., Paul Laird Field.

Pre-Game Ceremony, 1:50 p.m., Paul Laird Field. Introduction of Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Former Faculty

Kickoff: Southeastern vs. Northwestern, 2 p.m.

Discover Durant “A Market Fair,” downtown Durant, 6 p.m. Alumni and friends of Southeastern are invited to enjoy an evening of food, live music, arts and crafts hosted by the Durant Young Professionals.

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.

Spring Commencement scheduled for Saturday, May 10

DURANT, Okla. – Spring Commencement will be held at Southeastern Oklahoma State University on Saturday, May 10.

One ceremony for all schools will begin at 10 a.m. at Paul Laird Field.

Dr. Larry Minks, president of Southeastern, will deliver the commencement address.

In the event of bad weather, two ceremonies will be held in Bloomer Sullivan Arena as follows:

10 a.m.

School of Arts and Sciences

Master of Technology

Master of Science (Safety)

2 p.m.

School of Education & Behavioral Sciences

John Massey School of Business

Master of Arts (Clinical Mental Health Counseling)

Master of Education

Master of Arts (Teaching)

Master of Science (Sports Studies and Athletic Administration)

Master of Business Administration

Master of Science (Aerospace)

Southeastern to celebrate Homecoming Oct. 3-4-5

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate Homecoming 2013 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 3-4-5.
This year’s theme is “Stormcoming” and the three-day event will offer something of interest for all current students, alumni, and friends.

Honored as Distinguished Alumni this year will be Dr. Jim Barnes, Assistant Chief of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Gary Batton, and Mr. Robert “Rob’’ Wells. Recipients of the Distinguished Former Faculty Award are Dr. Jan Dill, Dr. Ken Washburn, and Dr. John “Rick’’  Wright.
Along with banquets, pep rallies, campus tours, a golf tournament and the Homecoming football game, numerous reunions are scheduled. For information on reunions, check alumni.SE.edu  or contact the Southeastern Alumni Relations Office at 580-745-2875.
The following schedule includes some of the many events in store for the Homecoming weekend:
Thursday, October 3
SE Night at the Museum, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Three Valley Museum, 401 W. Main Street. Enjoy an evening full of surprises as the Durant Historical Society hosts this popular event. The Southeastern Hub for Arts Resources in Education (SHARE) will showcase local artisans’ work. Proceeds from the art sale will benefit southeast Oklahoma schools in the areas of art, music and theatre. Refreshments will be provided.

Friday, October 4
        27th-Annual Whang Bang Golf Tournament, Silverado Golf Course. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and a shotgun start is set for 9 a.m. Participants may register online at alumni.SE.edu. The Whang Bang has started a highly popular tradition that has legends from Southeastern’s storied athletics history serving as honorary starters.
      Distinguished Awards Banquet, 5:30 p.m., Visual and Performing Arts Center. This event features introduction of the 2013 Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Former Faculty.
Houston Debate Reception, 8 p.m., Massey Building, 200 W. Main Street. A long-standing reception that allows debaters and communication majors past and present to honor a remarkable teacher and debate coach.
True Blue Rally, 8 p.m., Amphitheater
Saturday, October 5
        Coffee & Conversation with Savage Legends, 8 a.m., Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium. Former Southeastern athletes gather to reminisce. Hosted by Southeastern president Larry Minks and Director of Athletics Keith Baxter.

       Homecoming Parade, 10 a.m., downtown Durant.
        Alumni Tailgate Party, Alumni Alley, 11 a.m. Across from Paul Laird Field.
        Southeastern Campus Tours, 11:30 a.m. Explore the campus during the one-hour tour. It’s great for students and their families who are considering Southeastern. Student tours will include campus and residence halls, plus a lunch ticket. Special Alumni tours will also be held. Register online at www.se.edu/future-students/visit  . Tours leave from the entrance to Paul Laird Field.
          Pre-Game Ceremony, 1:50 p.m., Paul Laird Field. Introduction of Distinguished Alumni, past and present.
        Kickoff: Southeastern vs. Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2 p.m.
Discover Durant “A Market Fair,” downtown Durant, 6 p.m. Alumni and friends of Southeastern are invited to enjoy an evening of food, live music, arts and crafts hosted by the Durant Young Professionals.