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Justin Ryan Pittman Scholarship established

Justin Ryan Pittman Scholarship established

Press Release Date: 11-30-2011

Dr. Daniel Weigel

DURANT, Okla. – The Justin Ryan Pittman Gift Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established Nov. 3 at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. His portrait will be placed in Southeastern’s Scholarship Gallery.

Pittman graduated from Pottsboro (Texas) High School and was a senior at Southeastern at the time of his death in an automobile accident on June, 13, 2009. He was posthumously awarded his Bachelor of Business Administration degree at the December 2009 commencement.

Pittman grew up in Pottsboro and attended Texas Tech University before transferring to Southeastern. He loved his family and friends and never met a stranger. He was always willing to help someone in need and always had a big smile on his face.

He loved hunting, fishing and hanging out with his many friends. His favorite place was the campsite at the Pittman farm.

The Justin Pittman Memorial Golf Tournament was organized in 2010 to raise funds for a memorial scholarship that was started at Southeastern Oklahoma State University to honor his legacy.

Scholarships will be given each spring to a junior or senior from Grayson County, preferably Pottsboro, majoring in Management or Marketing.

The Justin Ryan Pittman Gift Memorial Endowed Scholarship may also be awarded to high school seniors graduating from Pottsboro High School.

Academic achievement, extracurricular activities and financial need will be considered in the selection.

Students may apply for Southeastern scholarships online before March 1 at http://www.se.edu . Tax-deductible gifts to the Pittman Gift Scholarship may be made to the Southeastern Foundation by phoning 580-745-2442 or online at http://www.se.edu

Library hosts workshop on video editing

Library hosts workshop on video editing

Press Release Date: 7-6-2011

Presenters at Tuesday’s workshop, were, standing, left to right, Emily Brown, Sarah Clark, and Clair Powers.

Presenters at Tuesday’s workshop, were, standing, left to right, Emily Brown, Sarah Clark, and Clair Powers.

DURANT, Okla. – Community of Oklahoma Instruction Librarians (COIL) on WHEELS representatives rolled into Durant Wednesday for an all-day workshop on creating and editing videos, using Jing, Camtasia, or Captivate.

The workshop was held in the Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The workshop is part of the COIL on Wheels program. With 15 participants, the computer classroom in the library was bustling with activity. COIL Chair Emily Brown said, “this is a record for a COIL on Wheels workshop.” Participants included Southeastern faculty, librarians, personnel from Student Life, Violence Prevention, and IT departments, as well as, The Ardmore Higher Learning Center, and The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation.

Presenters were Emily Z. Brown, Reference & Instructional Services Librarian at the University of Central Oklahoma and the 2011 Community of Oklahoma Instruction Librarians (COIL) Chair; Sarah Clark, the Access Services and Distance Learning Librarian at Rogers State University and Immediate Past Chair of COIL; and Clair Powers, Instruction and Electronic Services Librarian at Phillips Theological Seminary and OK-ACRL Board Member.

COIL on Wheels is part of COIL, Community of Oklahoma Instruction Librarians, and is a chapter of The Oklahoma-ACRL, Inc., which is one of the 42 chapters of the Association of College and Research Libraries http://www.ala.org/acrl

The next big COIL event is the UnCoiled Workshop at Roger’s State in Claremore on July 22. This year’s theme is Get Schooled: Back to Basics Library Instruction.http://grou.ps/uncoiled2011/home

Percussion Ensemble to present Fall Concert on Nov. 17

Percussion Ensemble to present Fall Concert on Nov. 17

Press Release Date: 11-1-2011

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Oklahoma State University Percussion Ensemble will present an evening of unique percussion music on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m., under the direction of Dr. Marc M. White. The event will be held in the Southeastern Fine Arts Recital Hall.

“The Southeastern Percussion Ensemble has experienced considerable recognition over the past several years, performing at university, community, and regional/state events to standing-room-only audiences,” White said.

The group has performed and been a featured ensemble for the past 14 years at the Oklahoma Percussive Arts Society state conventions.

“One of the unique qualities of the ensemble is the wide variety of literature that we perform,” White said. “This includes literature from the standard repertoire written specifically for percussion as well as arrangements of pieces ranging from Classical literature to contemporary popular tunes and novelty pieces.”

The group utilizes all the standard drums, keyboard percussion, and auxiliary percussion as well as electronic percussion, bass guitar, keyboard synthesizers, drum set, and “found percussion.” In addition to traditional percussion music, the Southeastern Percussion Ensemble performs music from other world cultures and musical genres, incorporating indigenous instruments and performance practices as part of each concert.

The concert is free and open to the public.

SE Live draws impressive crowd

SE Live draws impressive crowd

Press Release Date: 3-9-2011

SE Live

DURANT, Okla. – High school juniors and seniors interested in learning more about attending Southeastern Oklahoma State University participated in the SE Live Open House Wednesday. Some of the highlights of the day included programs on Scholarships & Financial Aid, Southeastern Traditions, Residence Life, and Life as a Student-Athlete. Campus tours were also offered.

SE Live rescheduled for March 9

SE Live rescheduled for March 9

Press Release Date: 2-17-2011

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University is pleased to announce that SE Live Open House has officially been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 9, on the Southeastern campus in Durant.

“We were extremely disappointed to have to postpone SE Live twice due to the winter weather storms and we are very excited to have the event rescheduled,” said Elizabeth Stidham, Recruitment Coordinator.

High school seniors and juniors, plus their parents and families, are invited to experience life as a student at Southeastern Oklahoma State University during SE Live Open House.

Some of the highlights of the day include programs on Scholarships & Financial Aid, Southeastern Traditions, Residence Life, and Life as a Student-Athlete. Campus tours will be offered throughout the day.

In the afternoon, students will have an opportunity to visit Eaker Field, home of the Southeastern Aviation Program. Choir and Band students will get the chance to rehearse with those programs and audition for Fall music scholarships.

Several Southeastern performing groups, including the Sparks Dance Team, will provide entertainment throughout the day.

All students attending will receive an SE Sackpack and one free lunch ticket. Lunch is sponsored by First United Bank.

Students who have already registered for SE Live do not need to re-register, but do need to RSVP by contacting the Office of University Recruitment. Juniors and seniors not previously registered who are interested in attending still have the opportunity to register. To view an event schedule, get directions and register, go online to www.SE.edu/SELive or contact the Office of University Recruitment at 580-745-2060 or by email at recruitment@se.edu.

SE Live re-scheduled for Wednesday, February 9

SE Live re-scheduled for Wednesday, February 9

Press Release Date: 1-31-2011

DURANT, Okla. – Due to the threat of severe winter weather in the area this week, SE Live, originally scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 2, has been moved to Wednesday, Feb. 9.

High school seniors and juniors, plus their parents, are invited to experience life as a student at Southeastern Oklahoma Sate University during SE Live Open House.

Registration and check-in is from 8-9 a.m. in the lobby of Morrison Hall. A Welcome Session is set for 9-9:50 a.m. in Montgomery Auditorium inside Morrison Hall.

Student rotations of various activities are slated from 10-10:50 a.m. and 11-11:50 a.m. with a Parent Workshop in the auditorium.

Lunch on the Lawn and the Academic Department and Student Life Fair are scheduled from noon until 1 p.m. in front of Morrison Hall.

An Information Fair will be held in the old student union ballroom from noon to 12:50 p.m. The Fair will feature display tables with information from various departments and organizations.

The third student rotation will be from 1-1:50 p.m. and SE Live will adjourn at 2 p.m.

Some highlights of the day include programs on Scholarships and Financial Aid, Southeastern Traditions, Residence Life and Life as a Student Athlete. Campus tours will be offered throughout the day.

In the afternoon, students will have an opportunity to visit Eaker Field, home of the highly acclaimed Southeastern Aviation Program. Choir and Band students will get the chance to rehearse with those programs and audition for Fall music scholarships. Optional sessions will also be held for Admission and FAFSA application help. For FAFSA application, participants must bring student’s and parents’ 2010 income tax returns to complete the process.

Several SE performing groups, including the Sparks Dance Team and many others, will provide entertainment throughout the day.

Attending students will receive a SE Sackpack and one free lunch ticket. Lunch is sponsored by the First United Bank.

SE Live is an annual event on campus. More than 500 students attended last year.

To view an event schedule, get directions and register, go online to www.SE.edu/SELive or contact the Office of University Recruitment at 580-745-2060.

Southeastern summer hours begin May 31 and continue through July 29

Southeastern summer hours begin May 31 and continue through July 29

Press Release Date: 5-23-2011

DURANT, Okla. – Once again, Southeastern Oklahoma State University is looking to reduce energy costs in the summer months by implementing a 10-hour, 4-day work-week, beginning May 31 and continuing through July 29.

This is the fifth consecutive year that the University has implemented this schedule.

Under the summer schedule, University employees will continue to work 40 hours a week (Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Public office hours will remain from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday-Thursday. University offices will be closed on Fridays.

For the past several years, summer school classes have met on a Monday-Thursday schedule, and that will be the case again this year. The traditional 5-day workweek will return on Monday, Aug. 1.

Southeastern Teacher Preparation Forum set for Dec. 1

Southeastern Teacher Preparation Forum set for Dec. 1

Press Release Date: 11-7-2011

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will conduct the yearly public forum regarding its teacher preparation program from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 1, on the Southeastern campus in room 319 of the Science Building.

The forum is an opportunity for teachers, administrators, parents, future teachers, and business and community leaders to discuss and ask questions about the teacher preparation program.

University offers 9/11 tribute

University offers 9/11 tribute

Press Release Date: 9-9-2011

Dr. Daniel Weigel

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University professor Dr. Daniel Weigel makes remarks Friday as the University honored the victims and survivors of 9/11. The tribute included a banner, a wall listing of the victims’ names, various video tributes, and special performances by the Southeastern Department of Music. Among those in attendance were members of the Durant Fire Department. The event, sponsored by the Southeastern Graduate counseling students and Student Government Association, was held in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union.

Southeastern invites community to attend informational program on substance abuse/addiction

Southeastern invites community to attend informational program on substance abuse/addiction

Press Release Date: 3-24-2011

DURANT, Okla. – “Substance Abuse and Addiction: Perception vs. Reality,” will be the topic of an upcoming presentation by Reggie Whitten, founder of the Fighting Addiction Through Education (FATE) program.

The event, which is free and open to the general public, is scheduled for Wednesday, April 6, at 7 p.m. in the Bloomer Sullivan Arena at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The University is sponsoring the program.

Whitten, an Oklahoma City attorney, will share the story of his late son’s addiction and the impact on his family.

FATE is an Oklahoma non-profit organization with a mission to educate the public on substance abuse and addiction issues in Oklahoma and to motivate individuals and groups to work to significantly reduce the incidence of substance abuse in the state. A special focus of FATE is preventing substance abuse among young people.

According to the organization’s website, FATE was created to honor the memory of Reggie’s son Brandon, an “All-American” kid and football player who became addicted to prescription drugs and alcohol. When Brandon died at age 25 in a motorcycle accident caused by substance abuse, Whitten was devastated.

“I was a walking dead man,” Reggie Whitten said. “I was just trying to find a reason to live.” Giving back to the community and trying to make a difference in the lives of others became his passion.

Central to the mission of FATE is reducing drug and alcohol abuse among young people like Brandon who often consider themselves “bullet proof” and don’t believe they can ever become an addict.

“I think the worst problem this country has is drug and alcohol addiction,” Whitten said. “If we had an act of terrorism that killed as many people, we would be quick to launch a war against our enemy. When we formed FATE, we asked ourselves ‘How can we prevent drug and alcohol abuse?’”

Whitten travels around the state on behalf of FATE speaking to groups about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse – telling and re-telling the story of his son’s too-short life and untimely death. “I intend to devote the rest of my life to helping end substance abuse and addiction,” he said. & I want to motivate and inspire other people to do something. I hope those who see what we’re doing will catch the vision and the passion. Not everyone can make a huge impact, but everyone can be a role model and encourage others to get help.”

For more information about FATE, visit www.changeyourfate.org