Southeastern News

Southeastern hosting technology conference for educators Aug. 4

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host the inaugural EdCampSE for Pre-K12 and beyond/higher education at the Durant campus on Friday, August 4, in the Russell Building. The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Russell 100.

Southeastern, in partnership with the Masonic Institute for Professional Development, will present EdCampSE to recognize and support area public teachers. This will be an opportunity for educators to network and learn best practices on how to incorporate technology into the classroom.

A pre-conference will be held on Thursday, August 3, in the Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library with special speaker Tim Tingle, an award-winning Choctaw author. He will lead interactive sessions on the art of culturally responsive storytelling and how to incorporate digital storytelling into the curriculum. This event begins at 8 a.m. with breakfast and sign-in followed by a lecture at 9 a.m.

On Friday, EdCampSE begins at 8 a.m. in the Russell Building (room 100 , followed by registration, breakfast, and networking at 9 a.m. Sessions will continue throughout the day in the Russell Building.

Educators can register at

Southeastern to host program to remember OKC Murrah event

DURANT, Okla. – Terri Talley, a survivor of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, will offer remarks Wednesday, April 15, at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The 20th Anniversary Remembrance program is scheduled for 2 p.m. in the Russell Building (room 100).

Talley is a business development officer for Allegiance Credit Union (formerly Federal Employees Credit Union). She has worked in various departments throughout her career at Allegiance Credit Union, including the teller area, consumer loans, mortgages and marketing.

Talley will be joined by Lynne Porter, Education Coordinator at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. Porter develops resources that teach the importance of respect, resilience and responsibility using the lessons learned from April 19, 1995. The bombing claimed the lives of 168 people.

Just prior to the event, a reception will be held in the atrium of the Russell Building.

Southeastern and other Regional University System of Oklahoma (RUSO) institutions are participating in various activities of service, honor and kindness.


BrainStorm activities scheduled for April 13-25

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will present BrainStorm on April 13-25.

The event includes poster and lecture presentations.

Dr. Layne Heitz and Kathleen Hardgrove are serving as co-chairs for BrainStorm 2015.

Among the many presentations available to the public, Southeastern students and faculty, will be concerts by the Symphonic Winds and Concert Band (7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 14, Montgomery Auditorium); Southeastern Percussion Ensemble (7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 16, in the Fine Arts Recital Hall); University Singers concert (2:30 p.m., Sunday, April 19, in the Recital Hall); Chorale and Men’s Choir concert (7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 22, in the Recital Hall); and Jazz Fest (All day Saturday, April 25, at Sports City Café).

Other presentations include The Odd and Unusual from the History of Safety (3-4 p.m., Monday, April 13, Russell Building room 100); Native America: What Does it Mean to Live, Learn and Work Here? (9:30-11 a.m., Student Union 323 and 303); Presentation of the 24 Hour Play & Film Festival (7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 14, in the Playhouse); Mathematica – Applications for Real Life (3:30-4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 15, Russell 100); Take Five: The Movie Premier (full-length film, running time 1:40, Family rating R, Tuesday, April 22, in the Playhouse).

For the complete BrainStorm schedule, go to

Improvements scheduled for exterior of Russell Building

Construction is set to begin on Russell Plaza.

Construction is set to begin on Russell Plaza.

DURANT, Okla. – Physical Plant director Eddie Harbin and his crew are putting into action a plan for safety and appearance that will give the exterior of the Russell Building a new look at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

“We’re looking at new steps for the south entrance to the Russell Building, featuring handrails which will make it easier for visitors,’’ Harbin said. “Everything is being done with the safety of our students and visitors in mind. We will address seating areas, lighting and landscaping that will include irrigation. Our target date for completion is April.”

Work will begin this week.

The Russell Building, which houses the John Massey School of Business, is located on the northeast corner of the campus loop. When completed, the area will be known as the “Russell Plaza.’’

This work is a continuation of similar improvements completed on the north side of the Morrison Building and the pedestrian corridor between the Russell Building and Fine Arts Building.

Southeastern’s Grounds/Landscaping Department  will also soon be into spring planting.

In addition, the condition of sidewalks across campus is being addressed. Some sidewalks have been targeted for replacement and that work is scheduled to begin this summer, according to Harbin.

Precision Concrete Cutting of Oklahoma will be on campus during spring break (March 16-20) to repair sidewalks by using its patented technology that brings trip hazard sidewalks into ADA compliance.  The use of this technology will repair more than 500 locations across campus for 70-90% less than the cost of sidewalk replacement.

John Massey School of Business to host Oklahoma Accountancy Board meeting

DURANT, Okla. – The Oklahoma Accountancy Board will hold a public meeting on Sept. 19 in the John Massey School of Business at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The meeting is open to the public and will begin at 9 a.m. in room 100 of the Russell Building.

The Board is composed of five Certified Public Accountants and one public

accountant who are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. The Board is responsible for setting guidelines, publishing rules, and governing practices of professional accountants.

Board meetings include case presentations on regulatory compliance presented to the board members and hearings on open cases.


EOC hosting financial aid workshop April 14

DURANT, Okla. – The Educational Opportunity Center at Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host a free financial aid workshop for new, transfer, or returning students who have set out a semester.

The workshop is scheduled for Monday, April 14, at 5:30 p.m., in the Russell Building (room 115) on the Southeastern campus.

To complete financial aid applications for the upcoming Fall 2014 semester, please bring a copy of 2013 income verification (i.e. 2013 taxes, W2’s, Social Security benefits statement, child support documentation, etc.).

For more information, call 580-745-2879 or 580-745-2268.

Native November events include Native American Symposium on Nov. 14-15

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University is planning a number of special activities and events to celebrate “Native November.’’

Among the many highlights is the 10th Native American Symposium on Nov. 14-15.  The theme of this year’s symposium is “Native Ground: Protecting and Preserving History, Culture, and Customs.’’

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Brad Lieb from the Chickasaw Nation’s Division of History and Culture. He also serves as president of the Mississippi Association of Professional Archaeologists.

The banquet is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the Ballroom on the Southeastern campus.

A number of interesting sessions will be held on art, film, history, politics, music, and recreation.  For a complete schedule of symposium events, go to

Other Native November events, sponsored by the Native American Center for Student Success, include:

  • Nov. 5: Native American Center for Student Success Open House Reception, 3-5 p.m.
  • Nov. 6: SE Live and Native American Visitation Day
  • Nov. 7: The Chickasaw Nation’s Cultural Renaissance and the Development of Family Ways of Thinking, Russell  Building 300, 2 p.m.
  • Nov. 9: Chickasaw Cultural Center Field Trip, Sulphur, Oklahoma
  • Nov. 12: Social Dancing and Stickball, Front Lawn, 3-5 p.m.
  • Nov. 19: Round Reed Basket Making, Magnolia Room, 2-4 p.m.
  • Nov. 21: Native Student Debate and Traditional Storytelling, Russell Building 300, 3-5 p.m.

Second week of BrainStorm activities set at Southeastern

DURANT, Okla. – Week two of Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s “BrainStorm’’ will begin Monday, April 22, and continue through the end of the week.

The third annual event includes lectures on such diverse subjects as science, literature, business, and history, along with musical, dance, theatrical performances. BrainStorm began last Monday – activities are held at various venues across the campus and are free and open to the public.

Below is a sampling of the many highlights during the second week — for the complete schedule of events, go to

Monday, April 22

4:00-4:45 p.m.

Russell Building 100

Lecture:  “My Tolerance Isn’t a Weakness”

Vincent DePaul Ngako

This presentation deals with the very controversial topic of tolerance. In today’s society, it seems as if tolerance has become a way used by some individuals to thrust their beliefs upon others. This topic will illustrate that tolerance doesn’t mean acceptance, but treating others with civility and respect while holding on to one’s personal beliefs.

7:30-8:30 p.m.

New Theatre Building

Performance:  “The Time is Out of Joint”

Dell McLain, Professor of Theater and Theater Students

Theatre at Southeastern’s award-winning 50-minute version of Shakespeare’s classic

Wednesday, April 24

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Russell Building 100

Lecture:  “Understanding and Engaging the Res Publica:  Teaching Students to Appreciate Political Participation”

Dr. Shannon McCraw, Associate Professor of Communication, and Dr. Glenn Melancon, Professor of History

Community participation is essential for a healthy democracy.  Often cynicism and mistrust discourage civic engagement. This panel will explore the historical and contemporary basis for encouraging average Americans to participate in creating public policy.

Thursday, April 25

6:00-7:00 p.m.

New Theatre Building/ Playhouse Theater

Lecture:  “Hurricane Katrina:  What Happened?”

Dr. Jesse O. Snowden, Professor Emeritus of Physical Sciences

On the morning of August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck southeast Louisiana and triggered what would be one of the worst disasters ever to befall an American city. Water rushed into New Orleans and flooded 80 percent of the city, killing more than a thousand   people, and causing the greatest property damage of any natural disaster in U.S. history. We will examine the causes of the disaster, with an emphasis on geology and engineering, and discuss the remedial actions being taken to prevent a future outcome of this type.

Friday, April 26

2:00-3:00 p.m.

Student Union 213

Lecture:  “Woolf and Feminist Theory:  Woolf’s Feminism Comes in Waves”

Dr. Lisa Coleman, Professor of English

This exploration of the writing of Virginia Woolf, within the context of Dr. Coleman’s  course on Literary Theory and Criticism, will support the claim that Woolf’s feminism is a function of both her (trans)historical context and her textual tactics which have enabled her writing to continue to contribute to the cause of feminism long after her historical life was over.

Third annual BrainStorm event scheduled for April 15-27

DURANT, Okla. – Lectures on such diverse subjects as science, literature, business, and history, along with musical, dance, theatrical performances – there’s something for everyone at the third annual BrainStorm.

The event at Southeastern Oklahoma State University will be held April 15-27. BrainStorm will be held at various venues on the Southeastern campus and all activities are free and open to the public.

Dr. Caryn Witten, Associate Professor in the Department of English, Humanities and Languages, is serving as chair for the 2013 event.

Witten said, “We have expanded BrainStorm to include the Education and Business departments. It will cover two weeks and involve the entire University community. BrainStorm is a showcase of all of the talents and research projects of the students and faculty of Southeastern. ‘’

Below is a sampling of the many highlights during the first week — for the complete schedule of events, go to

Monday, April 15

6:30-7:30 p.m.

Fine Arts Recital Hall

Performance:  “SE Composers Concert”

Megan M. Johnson, Jeremiah Light, Logan Russell, & Emalea Hudgens

Original works by these four accomplished composers will be featured in this world premier.


Tuesday, April 16

2:00-2:45 p.m.

Russell Building 100

Lecture:  “The Odd and Unusual from the History of Safety”

Drs. Richard Braley & Halet Poovey,Assistant Professors of Occupational Safety and Health

Like all fields of endeavor Safety has had its less successful, odd and outright wrong solutions to problems.  Two Southeastern professors of occupational safety & health will review some of these historical if not hysterical methods (including the gasp method for CPR).

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Russell Building 100

Lecture:  “Consecrated: The Making of the Film”

Tyler Slawson

Tyler Slawson is an award-winning Christian filmmaker.  This lecture will recount the making of his latest film as well as a presentation of the film.

6:00-9:00 p.m.

New Theatre Building (Playhouse Lobby)

Performance: “New Play Table Reading (Dramapalooza)”

Dell McLain, Professor of Theatre, and Theatre Students

Theater students will read a new play by a local playwright with discussion to follow.  The event will be audio recorded for use by the author in the development process.


Wednesday, April 17

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Russell Building 100

Performance:  “Native Storytelling Slam”

Dr. Deana Williams, Native American Cultures Class

The Native American Cultures class will provide a demonstration of Native Storytelling.  Participants do not have to know traditional stories.  However, they will share a personal story.  Students will have to think fast on their feet as they will not know what topic will be randomly drawn from a bowl.

3:00-3:40 p.m.

Russell Building 100

Lecture:  “Protecting Intellectual Property from Cyber-Espionage”

Dr. Martin Bressler, Associate Professor of Management and Marketing

Today, spies might not be going after your military secrets. Instead, corporate spies might be attempting to steal your most valuable corporate secrets, often in the form of intellectual property. Whether the espionage attack comes from a domestic or foreign source, the resulting impact can financially cripple a company.


Thursday, April 18

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Russell Building 100

Lecture:  “War and Peace in the Global Age”

William Barnes, Charlie DeWitt, David Fortune, & Jonathan Van Hicks

Often international relations appear chaotic and arbitrary to average Americans.  Using four basic Political Science theories, this panel will explore the sources of conflict and paths to peace in today’s world.

2:00-2:40 p.m.

Russell Building 100

Performance: “To Us, It Wasn’t Code”

Kathleen Hardgrove, Assistant Professor of Art, Communication, and Theatre


Friday, April 19

3:30-4:15 p.m.

Student Union 213

Lecture:  “Van Cliburn (1934-2013), International Legend”

Dr. Robert McFadden, Professor of Music

Van Cliburn, the American pianist whose first-place award at the 1958 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow made him an overnight sensation and propelled him to a phenomenally successful career, died recently at his home in Ft. Worth, Texas.


Saturday, April 20


Sports City Café

“All Day Jazz Fest”


Sunday, April 21

2:00 p.m.

Fine Arts Recital Hall


University Singers

Teacher preparation forum scheduled for Nov. 15

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will conduct the yearly public forum regarding its teacher preparation program from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, on the Southeastern campus in room 315 of the Russell 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.