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Science graduates accepted into numerous graduate programs

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University is continuing its proud tradition of preparing students for successful careers.  In this case, 13 recent graduates from the Chemistry, Computer, and Physical Sciences and Biological Sciences departments have been accepted into graduate school, medical school and other professional programs this fall.

“These graduates are just a wonderful group of people,’’ said Dr. Tim Smith, Chair of Chemistry, Computer and Physical Sciences. “They worked very hard to succeed and we are proud of them.’’

 

 

The list of graduates includes:

Casey Love (Silo) – Oklahoma State University – College of Osteopathic Medicine

Garrett Spradley (Stigler), Class of 2017- Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine

William Palmer (Broken Bow) – Oklahoma State University – College of Osteopathic Medicine

Ludmila Zelenková Chandler (Boswell), Class of 2017 – Quinnipiac University, Connecticut, Frank Netter MD School of Medicine

Elizabeth Landers (Hugo) – Oklahoma State University – College of Osteopathic Medicine

Katy Gaskill (Durant) – Oklahoma State University – College of Osteopathic Medicine

Kayla (Smith) Spradley (McAlester), Class of 2017 – Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Sarrysa (Eaves) Queen (Durant), Class of 2016 – Pharmacy at University of Georgia, Athens

Patton Whitehead (Colbert) – Biochemistry/Molecular Biology graduate program, University of North Texas

Matthew Maxwell (Durant) – Cancer Biology graduate program, University of California – San Diego

Amy Kennedy (Lone Grove) – Experimental and Molecular Medicine graduate program, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Rachel (Shores) Thompson (Wilson), Class of 2016 – Oklahoma College of Optometry, Northeastern State University

Cassaundra Bratten (Bullard, TX), Class of 2016 – Physician Assistant program at the University of Colorado

Twenty-one schools scheduled to participate in Science Olympiadhosted by Southeastern

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host the Oklahoma Science Olympiad Invitational Tournament Saturday, February 18.

More than 200 middle and high school students from 21 public and private schools across Oklahoma and north Texas will compete in 2-4 person teams in one or more of 46 events that include most areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Oklahoma has been involved in Science Olympiad for 16 years. The competition is similar to academic track meets, consisting of 23 team events in each division. Middle school is Division B and high school is Division C.

A portion of the events is rotated each year to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation.

Southeastern  faculty and staff from the Department of Aviation Sciences, Biological Science, Chemistry, Computer and Physical Sciences have volunteered to design events, write and grade exams and provide support to make this competition happen. In addition, more than 20 Southeastern student volunteers are signed up to help with the competition.

Local teachers and administrators interested in learning about the Science Olympiad are encouraged to visit and watch the competition. For more information about the Science Olympiad event, contact Dr. Tim Smith at tsmith@se.edu.

 

Southeastern ranks 6th nationally in producing Native American graduates

DURANT, Okla. – In what is becoming an annual tradition, Southeastern Oklahoma State University once again ranks among the nation’s leaders in producing Native American graduates.

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).

“These rankings reflect the innovative programs and services we have in place to support our students through our Native American Center for Student Success,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage. “We recently received a $1.1 million grant from the Department of Education to assist our Native American students as they pursue careers in teacher education. Our students also benefit greatly from the partnerships we have with The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and the Chickasaw Nation.’’

Each year, “Diverse Issues’’ publishes its top 100 rankings of minority graduates. The report is based on data from the U.S. Department of Education.

Following are Southeastern’s 2014 national rankings, by major, in the Top 100 Degree Producers list (Native American) unless otherwise noted:

Bachelor’s

1 – Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields (Occupational Safety & Health)

2 – Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

2 – Physical Sciences

3 – Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

3 – Education

4 – Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

4 – Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

5 – Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics

5 – Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services (Criminal Justice)

6 – All Disciplines combined

6 – English Language and Literature/Letters

6 – Psychology

8 – Accounting and Related Services

10 – Biological and Biomedical Sciences

10 – Business Management, Marketing, and related support services

11 – Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities (two or more races)

13 – Visual & Performing Arts

14 – Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related fields (Occupational Safety & Health – two or more races)

16 – Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related fields (Occupational Safety & Health) Total Minority

24 – Social Sciences

30 – Business Administration, Management and Operations

44 – Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies (two or more races)

Master’s

1 – Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields (Occupational Safety & Health)

4 – Psychology

16 – All Disciplines combined

17 – Education

20 – Business Administration, Management and Operations

28 – Business Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

39 – Engineeering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields (Occupational Safety & Health – total minority)

Southeastern competes in Supercomputing Symposium

Southeastern competes in Supercomputing Symposium

Press Release Date: 10-25-2011

Dr Frinkle and Mike Morris

Henry Neeman, left, director of OSCER, presents a high performance computer to Dr. Karl Frinkle and Mike Morris.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University faculty members Mike Morris and Dr. Karl Frinkle, along with nine students, attended the “OU Supercomputing Symposium” at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

Frinkle, associate professor of mathematics, is working with Morris, assistant professor of Chemistry, Computer, and Physical Sciences, on a supercomputer project that will allow students to learn about the latest computer programming technology, which is parallel programming.

This was the 10th year for the event, which includes seminars and vendors relating to High Performance Computing.

Southeastern students attending the symposium were Computer Information Systems majors Alan Grimes, David Muniz, Kris Owen and Kyle Woolly, along with Computer Science majors Zach Cobb, Ben Fewell, Brent Gandy, Adam Grant and Zach Pauls.

The annual event is presented by the Oklahoma Supercomputing Center for Education and Research (OSCER).

Southeastern announces administrative appointments

Southeastern announces administrative appointments

Press Release Date: 1-4-2011

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University president Larry Minks has announced three administrative/personnel appointments, to be effective immediately.

Dr. Jerry Polson will assume the role of Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Support and Dean of the School of Graduate and University Studies. He will oversee the University’s outreach programs as well as lead the graduate education program. His office is located on the third floor (307) of the Administration Building.

Polson, who joined the University in 1969, is a physics professor and was chair of the Department of Chemistry, Computer and Physical Sciences. He earned degrees at Auburn University (Ph.D.), Stephen F. Austin State University (M.S.), and East Texas State University, now Texas A&M-Commerce (B.S.)

Among his many awards and achievements, Polson was named Southeastern Teacher of the Year in 1972; was chairman of the first Faculty-Senate in the late 1980s and served in that capacity again in the 1990s; served as Director of Distance Education and Coordinator of the 2 + 2 program; and since 1996, has served as the Faculty Athletics representative.

Dr. Bryon Clark will serve as Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Instruction. Clark’s duties will involve maintaining oversight of the quality and integrity of academic programs. His office is on the third floor (305) of the Administration Building.

Clark joined the Southeastern faculty in 1990. A professor of biological sciences, Clark previously served as Dean of the School of Graduate and University Studies. He earned degrees at Kansas State University (Ph.D.), Western Illinois University (M.S.), and Central College-Iowa (B.A.).

Clark has received numerous awards and honors, including the Burlington Northern Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1993; the Southeastern Faculty Senate Recognition Award for Outstanding Research in 1995; and the Southeastern Faculty Senate Recognition Award for Meritorious Service to the University, Profession and Community in 1998.

Both of these positions will report to Dr. Doug McMillan, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs.

In addition, Tony Lehrling was recently selected as Director of Financial Aid. He had been serving as interim director since August 2010. Lehrling earned bachelor and master degrees at Southeastern, and has been employed at the University since 1999.

He previously served as academic coordinator for Upward Bound math-science in the TRIO program at Southeastern. In that capacity, Lehrling was active in the Oklahoma Division of Student Assistance, serving as state treasurer and public relations coordinator.