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Spring Commencement held Saturday at Bloomer Sullivan Arena

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates a graduate Saturday at Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates a graduate Saturday at Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

DURANT, Okla. – Two commencement ceremonies were held Saturday at Bloomer Sullivan Arena on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Southeastern’s  graduating class this spring included students from 25 states and 13 countries. In addition, 53% of the graduates were first-generation college graduates.

Students were awarded degrees from the School of Arts and Sciences, John Massey School of Business, School of Education and Behavioral Sciences, and the School of Graduate Studies.

Marti Phillips of Durant, a Southeastern graduate, delivered the commencement address. Offering welcoming remarks were Southeastern president Sean Burrage, Chairman John Massey of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, and Regent Amy Ford from the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents. Alumni Association president Will Payne delivered the alumni charge.

Regent Amy Ford offered welcoming remarks on behalf of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents.

Regent Amy Ford offered welcoming remarks on behalf of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents

Marti Phillips was Saturday’s commencement speaker.

Marti Phillips was Saturday’s commencement speaker.

Southeastern awards honorary degree to Mrs. Jacqueline McEntire

Mrs. Jacqueline McEntire, center, holds the honorary degree she received from Southeastern Thursday. Joining her are her children, Susie McEntire-Eaton, Alice Foran, Pake McEntire, and Reba McEntire.

Mrs. Jacqueline McEntire, center, holds the honorary degree she received from Southeastern Thursday. Joining her are her children, Susie McEntire-Eaton, Alice Foran, Pake McEntire, and Reba McEntire.

DURANT, Okla. – For more than 70 years, Mrs. Jacqueline Smith McEntire has been an advocate for education and community service.

That dedication and lifetime of achievement was formally recognized Thursday as Southeastern Oklahoma State University conferred an Honorary Bachelor Degree in Public Education and Community Service to Mrs. McEntire.

Numerous family members – including children Pake McEntire, Susie McEntire-Eaton, Reba McEntire, and Alice Foran – joined friends and University students and faculty in a special ceremony in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

Offering remarks on behalf of Higher Education at the event were Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, Oklahoma State Regents of Higher Education Chair John Massey, Regional University System of Oklahoma Regent Chair Lake Carpenter, and Southeastern president

Mrs. McEntire, who will celebrate her 90th birthday next month, also offered remarks.

Congratulating Mrs. Jacqueline McEntire on receiving her honorary degree from Southeastern are Regent John Massey, Chair of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education; Southeastern president Sean Burrage; Regent Lake Carpenter, Chair of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents; and Chancellor Glen D. Johnson.

Congratulating Mrs. Jacqueline McEntire on receiving her honorary degree from Southeastern are Regent John Massey, Chair of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education; Southeastern president Sean Burrage; Regent Lake Carpenter, Chair of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents; and Chancellor Glen D. Johnson.

Mrs. McEntire served five school districts in southeastern Oklahoma for almost  20 years as a teacher, secretary and librarian.  She graduated from high school at the age of 16 and  became a certified teacher through the Oklahoma State Department of Education at age 18.  Mrs. McEntire  began teaching grades 1-8 at Tipperary School in 1943 and later taught high school business for one year.

During this time, Mrs. McEntire spent many summers attending Southeastern State College, earning 95 credit hours towards her degree in education. However, the  pursuit of her degree was put on hold when she married Clark McEntire and they started a family.

“I would listen to Mama tell stories about catching the Greyhound from Limestone Gap to Durant to attend summer school at Southeastern and then teach students in the fall,’’ Susie McEntire-Eaton said. “That’s wanting to be a people changer.   I began searching for a way to honor her hard work and dedication to the field of education.  She’s a woman of many talents, gifts, strengths and endearing treasures.  And by treasures, I’m speaking purely in human terms.”

In 1962, Mrs. McEntire returned to public education  and served as librarian and secretary of Kiowa Schools until 1973 when her middle daughter, Reba, graduated from Kiowa High School and started college at Southeastern.  Two of Mrs. McEntire’s daughters earned degrees at Southeastern: Reba earned  a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education-Fine Arts  at Southeastern in 1976, and Alice earned a Bachelor’s in Education (Home Economics-Social Studies) in 1973.

In addition, Mrs. McEntire’s mother-in-law Alice Hayhurst and niece Rickie Thompson are graduates of Southeastern.

“It is an honor for Southeastern to be involved in recognizing Mrs. McEntire for her lifelong devotion to education,’’ President Burrage said. “It is especially appropriate when you remember that Southeastern was founded to educate  teachers and that legacy continues today. Throughout her life, Mrs. McEntire has emphasized the importance of education. She is a true inspiration for all of us at Southeastern.’’

Gov. Fallin Appoints Amy Ford to the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents

9-15-16-amy-ford_OKLAHOMA CITY – In a news release today, Governor Mary Fallin announced the appointment of Amy Anne Ford of Durant to serve as a member of the board of regents for the Regional University System of Oklahoma (RUSO).

She succeeds Terry Matlock, who resigned. Ford will serve the remainder of Matlock’s term, which expires in June 2018. She can begin serving immediately. Her appointment still must be confirmed by the Senate when it convenes next session.

Ford, a business developer and consultant, previously served on the Oklahoma State Board of Education and the Oklahoma State Board of Career and Technology. She also served as chairman of the Oklahoma Standards Setting Steering Committee.

“Amy Ford has shown a keen interest in education in our state and has served our state well during her tenure on the state Board of Education,” said Fallin. “She is an accomplished businesswoman who is aware of what students need to be successful during and after college. I look forward to working with her to increase educational attainment and improve our workforce in Oklahoma.”

Ford will fill the Position 7 seat on the RUSO board of regents. It covers Atoka, Bryan, Carter, Choctaw, Latimer, LeFlore, Love, Marshall, McCurtain, Pittsburg, and Pushmataha counties.

She is a partner in RedAnt, LLC, which provides comprehensive business development, management, messaging and strategic public relations consulting services. Ford previously owned NEON, Inc., an emergency physician-staffing company, which employed more than 100 physicians in Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas. She and her husband also own and operate a cow-calf operation in Bryan County.

“Living in Durant, I’ve seen first-hand the valuable impact of our regional universities, often providing the only opportunity for some who otherwise would not be able to pursue a higher education,” said Ford. “Many of these students are the first in their family to attend college. I sincerely appreciate Governor Fallin asking me to serve on this board and I look forward to continuing my service to the state.”

“Amy Ford is a strong advocate for education in Oklahoma and will be a valuable addition to the RUSO board,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage. “We look forward to working with her and the contributions she will share with the RUSO system.’’

Ford is deeply involved in community and civic activities as well as philanthropic endeavors focused on economic development, education and sustainable water policy. She has been a strong water policy advocate in Oklahoma for more than a decade. In 2012, she was appointed to serve on the Oklahoma Public/Private Water Task Force, which was formed to facilitate meaningful dialogue about Oklahoma’s water management policies and challenges.

She also serves on the boards of directors for the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Foundation, The Oklahoma Academy for State Goals and the Citizens for the Protection of the Arbuckle Simpson Aquifer, as well as serving on the board of advisers for Leadership Oklahoma.

She and her husband, Dr. Jim Ford, have a daughter, Erin, a physician’s assistant who lives in Oklahoma City with her husband, Tyson.

About the Regional University System of Oklahoma

The Regional University System of Oklahoma (RUSO) is Oklahoma’s largest four-year university system, which is made up of six universities containing more than 3,000 faculty and staff members and over 50,000 students.

The mission of the board is to provide higher education programs and service to eligible students in the university service areas and generally to ensure educational opportunities in the preparation of students to succeed in a global society.

The Board of Regents of Oklahoma Colleges was created on July 6, 1948 to govern the six regional universities. The board consists of nine members, eight appointed by the governor with approval of the Senate for nine-year staggered terms. The ninth member is the elected state superintendent of public instruction.

Southeastern recognizes honor graduates

Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb was the commencement speaker Saturday.

Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb was the commencement speaker Saturday.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University recognized 42 honor graduates Saturday during commencement exercises at Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

Two ceremonies were held, with Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb serving as commencement speaker. Also offering remarks were Southeastern president Sean Burrage, Regent Ann Holloway of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Regent Terry Matlock of the Regional University System of Oklahoma, and Kerrey Matlock and Heather Burrage from the Southeastern Alumni Association.

Following is the list of honor grads, listed by permanent hometown (Oklahoma, unless otherwise noted)

Cum Laude (with honors)

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates a graduate.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates a graduate.

Brianna Akins, Bokchito; Kaylie Dene Baxter, Durant; Railey Beth Burrage, Antlers; Weston Don DePriest, Rush Springs; Sarrysa Anne Eaves, Durant; Mandy Lynn Gorham, Wilburton; Geneva Hall, Sherman, Texas; Karlee Dalton Hall, Ravenna, Texas; Roni Lee Nichole Hamilton, Atoka; Jessica Micheal Hayes, Whitewright, Texas; Angela M. Heath, Ardmore; Robin S. Hevka, Dickson.

Also, Maverick Levi McClendon, Marietta; Lauren Miller McMurl, Broken Bow; LaiKen Noel McMurl, Broken Bow; Madison Paige Ogletree, Lone Grove; George Allen Pate, Fort Towson; Regina Jonell Phillips, Bokchito; Stephenie Carlene Shields, Garland, Texas; Ezra J. Tacosa, Denison, Texas; Tascee Wahoske, Wapanucka; Nathan D. Wright, Durant.

Magna Cum Laude (with high honors)

Cassaundra Nichole Braaten, Bullard, Texas; Birch F. Bryant, Hugo; Ashley Dawn Carranza, Springer; Jessica Graham, Sherman, Texas; Lisa Diane Hill, Denison, Texas; Hayden Trent Hokit, Stuart; Parker Tate Liddell, Thackerville; Christopher David Lovett, Moore; Amber Renee McLain, Ardmore; Timothy Allen Misner, Enid; Cullen Whisenhunt, Caddo; Jose Benito Bocanegra Yanez, Fletcher.

Summa Cum Laude (with highest honors)

Madison Barr, Owasso; Jessie Elizabeth Batson, Haworth; Cacy Allan Cribbs, Wapanucka; Michaela Miranda Metts, Durant; Wendy Michelle Miller, Sherman, Texas; Christian Tollett, Calvin; Josee Gail Vaughn, Broken Bow; Don Wayne Wheeler II, Cloudy.

Bloomer Sullivan Arena was packed Saturday during the two commencement ceremonies.

Bloomer Sullivan Arena was packed Saturday during the two commencement ceremonies.

The graduates were all smiles Saturday.

The graduates were all smiles Saturday.

Commencement held at Southeastern

Among the dignitaries participating in Saturday’s Fall Commencement were Regent Jeffrey Dunn, chair of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents; speaker Alisa Dorman; Southeastern president Sean Burrage; and Chancellor Glen D. Johnson.

Among the dignitaries participating in Saturday’s Fall Commencement were Regent Jeffrey Dunn, chair of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents; speaker Alisa Dorman; Southeastern president Sean Burrage; and Chancellor Glen D. Johnson.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University held Fall Commencement exercises Saturday in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

Alisa (Frank) Dorman, Executive Director, Office of Literacy for the Colorado Department of Education, was the commencement speaker.  Dorman holds three degrees from Southeastern — a Master of Education in School Counseling (’95), a Master of Elementary Education in Reading (’95), and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (’90).

 

 

Bloomer Sullivan Arena was the site of Saturday’s Fall Commencement at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Bloomer Sullivan Arena was the site of Saturday’s Fall Commencement at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Two ceremonies were held with graduates representing 16 states and seven countries. Chancellor Glen D. Johnson offered welcoming remarks, as did Regent Jeffrey  Dunn, chair of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents.  Also congratulating the graduates was Kerrey Matlock, president of the Southeastern Alumni Association.

Honor graduates recognized at Southeastern Commencement

District Attorney  Emily Redman of Durant was the commencement speaker.

District Attorney Emily Redman of Durant was the commencement speaker.

DURANT, Okla. – Thirty-nine honor graduates were recognized Saturday at Bloomer Sullivan Arena during Spring Commencement at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Two ceremonies were held, with District Attorney Emily Redman, a Southeastern graduate, serving as commencement speaker. Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, a former president of Southeastern, offered welcoming remarks from the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education. Regent Terry Matlock welcomed the audience of behalf of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents.

The honor graduates are listed below by permanent hometown (Oklahoma, unless otherwise noted):

 Summa Cum Laude

Dylan S. Brady, Shawnee; Kayle Earl Bryant, Antlers; Christopher Lloyd Burns, McAlester; Sandra Lizeth Franco, Broken Bow; Taylor Joe Matlock, Garvin; Taylor Duane Reeves, Durant; Amanda JoAnna Thompson, Ardmore; Jasmine Lynn Vasquez, Tishomingo.

 Magna Cum Laude

Chancellor Glen D. Johnson offered welcoming remarks to the graduates and guests.

Chancellor Glen D. Johnson offered welcoming remarks to the graduates and guests.

Samantha L. Briskey, Moore; Anita Michelle Brown, Sherman, Texas; Cody Aaron Collett, Durant; Stephen Patrick Cox, Collinsville, Texas; Greg James Johnson, Milo; Holly Renee Martin, Clovis, New Mexico; Ashley Marie Miller, Sherman, Texas; Jenneffer Marella Parker, McAlester; Cecilia Marie Vaughn, Carrollton, Texas; Karen Vian-Rawson, Ardmore; Sarah Marie White, Kingston.


 

Cum Laude

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates Darrian Williams, a graduate from Sand Springs, Oklahoma.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates Darrian Williams, a graduate from Sand Springs, Oklahoma.

Marliss Marie Allen, Fort Scott, Kansas; Joseph Patrick Badan, Mead; Bethany DeShane Bruno-Wines, Hugo; Larry Leon Burns Jr., Madill; Raquel Nacole Garner, Denison, Texas; Amanda Sue Henley, Eufaula;

Kristie Shiann Johnson, McAlester; Jesse Levi Lemons, Atoka; Jesse Lawrence Muniz, Sherman, Texas;

Sharon Kay Orsack-Lang, Ardmore; Alyssa Denym Pingleton, Tushka; Travis C. Ridinger, Midwest City; Micah Earl Slaten, Calera; Erika Ann Snead, Broken Bow; Jackson Spencer Stanley, Ardmore; Madison Paige Thames, Denton, Texas; Kyle Washington, Bonham, Texas; Emily Nicole Williams, Texarkana, Texas; Trista Lea Winnett, Bokchito; Matthew Wisdom, Vinita.

Southeastern hosts RUSO board meeting

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University president Sean Burrage, standing, makes a presentation Friday morning at the Regional University System of Oklahoma (RUSO) Board of Regents meeting.  The February board meeting was held on the campus of Southeastern in the Hallie McKinney Ballroom. The nine-member RUSO board governs six regional universities in Oklahoma.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University president Sean Burrage, standing, makes a presentation Friday morning at the Regional University System of Oklahoma (RUSO) Board of Regents meeting. The February board meeting was held on the campus of Southeastern in the Hallie McKinney Ballroom. The nine-member RUSO board governs six regional universities in Oklahoma.

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.

Regents to interview five candidates for Southeastern presidency

DURANT, Okla. – The Board of Regents of the Regional University System of Oklahoma has scheduled a meeting for May 15 to interview five candidates for the position of President of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

A 19-member search committee formed by the Board met on May 1 to review resumes and recommend individuals to be forwarded to the Regents for further consideration. On May 2, the Regents met to decide on which applicants to interview.

The Board is seeking a replacement for Dr. Larry Minks, who announced on April 1 that he would be stepping down as President of Southeastern effective July 1,

2014.    Minks will remain at Southeastern as President Emeritus and Distinguished University Professor of Leadership. He has also been appointed to serve as the Director of the new Center for Transformational Leadership at Southeastern.

Regents form Southeastern Presidential Search Committee

DURANT, Okla. – The Board of Regents of the Regional University System of Oklahoma has formed a 19-member search committee as it seeks to fill the office of President at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Regent Richard C. Ogden, Chair of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents, said the committee is broad-based and includes Southeastern faculty, staff and a student, alumni, community members, and regents. He said the group will meet on May 1 to review resumes and recommend individuals to be forwarded to the Board of Regents for consideration. On May 2, the Regents will meet and decide on which applicants to interview; the Regents will begin the interview process on May 15.

The Board is seeking a replacement for Dr. Larry Minks, who announced on April 1 that he would be stepping down as President of Southeastern effective July 1, 2014.    Minks will remain at Southeastern as President Emeritus and Distinguished University Professor of Leadership. He has also been appointed to serve as the Director of the new Center for Transformational Leadership at Southeastern.

The members of the Southeastern Presidential Search committee are:

  • Regent Terry Matlock, Chairman
  • Regent Connie Reilly
  • Regent Susan Winchester
  • Regent Jeffrey T. Dunn
  • Bill Anoatubby, Governor of the Chickasaw Nation
  • Joseph Badan, Student Government Association President
  • Keith Baxter, Athletic Director
  • Dan Boren, Former U.S. Representative
  • Dr. Kitty Campbell, Chair, Department of Management and Marketing
  • Dr. Bryon Clark, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs – Student Learning and Accreditation, Interim Dean of the School of Graduate and University Studies
  • Joy Culbreath , Executive Director of Education for The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
  • Jim Dunegan, Durant City Manager
  • Dr. Wayne Jones, chair/professor, Occupational Safety and Health
  • Dr. Bruce King, Dean of McCurtain County Campus
  • Dr. Chris Moretti, Faculty Senate president
  • Dr. Jerry Polson, Former Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs – Outreach and Research/Dean of Graduate Studies
  • Dr. Henry Scott, Superintendent of Denison Schools
  • Dr. Lucretia Scoufos, Dean of Instruction
  • Kyle Stafford, Executive Director, University Advancement