Southeastern News

Southeastern to celebrate Homecoming September 23-24

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate Homecoming 2016 on September 23-24.

Traditional activities include Whang Bang Golf Tournament at Chickasaw Pointe Golf Course on Friday, September 23.  Registration opens at 8 a.m. and a shotgun start is scheduled for 9 a.m.

The Distinguished Awards Banquet recognizing Distinguished Alumni, Former Faculty and the Heritage honoree is set for 5:30 p.m. Friday in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.

This year’s Distinguished Alumni are William Fahrendorf, Executive Vice President and Chief Administration Officer of Durant’s First United Bank; Lee Lipscomb, retired attorney, Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack; and Bill Groom, a TV and film designer.

This year’s Distinguished Former Faculty award honorees are Dr. Gordon Eggleton, Betty Wintle, and the late Dr. James Wintle.

The Heritage Award will be presented posthumously to Hall of Fame coach Bloomer Sullivan, with his son, Dr. Don Sullivan, accepting the honor.

On Saturday, September 24, the Homecoming Parade is scheduled for 10 a.m. in downtown Durant, and the Alumni Tailgate Party opens at 11 a.m. in Alumni Alley across from Paul Laird Field.

Southeastern’s Savage Storm will kick off at 2 p.m. against Southern Nazarene’s Crimson Storm in the big Homecoming football game.

For a complete schedule of events, visit or contact the Alumni Office, 580-745-2875.

Gold & Blue Scholarship Gala set for February 13 at Southeastern

DURANT, Okla. – The Alumni Association of Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host the annual Gold and Blue Scholarship Gala and Auction on Saturday, February 13.

The Gala will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1614 N. First Avenue.

In the past 17 years of the Gold and Blue Gala, the Alumni Association Endowment Scholarship account has grown to more than $270,000, while providing  annual scholarship support to the University.

Last year’s event drew a record-setting crowd of 200 guests and raised more than $50,000 to be awarded to Southeastern students.

“This is a major fundraiser for the Association,’’ said director of alumni relations Stephanie Davison. “Thanks to the guests and sponsors of the Gala, the Southeastern Alumni Association awards scholarships, which is one of the reasons the Association exists. We do our best to bring high quality, desirable items to the live and silent auctions and provide a full evening of entertainment, including food and dancing to live music by The Decades. Every alumni and friend of Southeastern is invited to join in the fun.’’

Attire for the Gala can be anything from blue jeans to as dress-up as “anybody desires.”

Tickets are $75 per person for a complete evening of entertainment for a worthy cause. Tickets are available for purchase at the Southeastern Welcome Center. They may also be purchased online at http://alumni/

For further information, call 580-745-2288 or e-mail

The community of businesses and Southeastern alumni support the Gold and Blue Gala each year by donating unique and valuable items for the live and silent auctions. Live-auction items often include collectible art, one-of-a-kind custom fabricated items and exclusive experiences.

Examples of silent-auction items include weekend vacations, fun-day classes/experiences, local dining packages and special apparel.

Late artist Minnie M. Baker to be honored with Southeastern Heritage Award at Homecoming

Minnie BakerDURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will honor the late Minnie M. Baker with the Heritage Award during Homecoming festivities on Oct. 2.

The recognition will be a part of the Distinguished Awards Banquet on Friday, Oct. 2, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Visual and Performing Arts Center. Also honored will be Distinguished Alumni, Distinguished Former Faculty, and Regent John Massey (Lifetime Achievement Award).

The Heritage Award honors individuals who have impacted the history of Southeastern in some unique way.

Minnie M. Baker (’36) was a renowned artist and educator whose contributions to the state of Oklahoma and the field of American art are immeasurable. She taught for 31 years at Southeastern State College, where she was chair of the Art Department and Associate Professor Emeritus of Art.

Her work included portraits of Oklahoma governors, military generals and congressional representatives. Baker’s works are displayed in honored places throughout the United States. The Ardmore native received her bachelor’s degree fromSoutheastern and a master’s from Iowa State University.

Baker continued her graduate studies at the University of Oklahoma and also completed course work at prestigious art schools in Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, and Mexico.

In 2013, the Minnie Baker Art Show was held in the Centre Gallery at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Baker passed away in 1983. Her niece, Alice Ann Baker Dailey, will accept the award.

For a complete schedule of homecoming events, go to

Southeastern’s Presidential Golf Classic set for June 12 at Chickasaw Pointe

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Presidential Golf Classic is scheduled for Friday, June 12, at Chickasaw Pointe Golf Club.

This is an annual fundraising event to support the Southeastern Foundation and the University.

Entry fee is $150 per player and includes a registration gift, chances for hole-in-one prizes, greens fee, cart, food and drinks. A continental breakfast will be available at 8 a.m. and the post-tournament buffet will be served at approximately 2-3 p.m.

Golfers may register as a team or individually.

Prizes will be awarded to first-, second-and third-place teams. Winning team names will added to the President’s Cup trophy.

There will be contests for Closest-to-the-Pin and Longest Drive.

Registration and the practice range will be open at 7:30 a.m., with breakfast at 8 a.m. and the shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.

The awards ceremony is set for 2 p.m.

Golfers may register online at Registration forms and payment may be mailed to Presidential Golf Classic, Southeastern Foundation, 1405 N. 4th Avenue, PMB 4187, Durant, Okla., 74701-0169.

For more information, visit the website, phone 580-745-2288 or e-mail

Several levels of sponsorship are available from $100 to $3,500.

To discuss sponsorship opportunities, contact Kyle Stafford at 580-745-3079 or e-mail


Southeastern’s Gold and Blue event scheduled for Feb. 21


DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Gold and Blue Scholarship Gala and Auction will be held Saturday, February 21.

The event is sponsored by the Southeastern Alumni Association and will be held in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.  Start time is 6:30 p.m. and all auction proceeds will benefit student scholarships.

Last year’s Gala raised $20,000 to enable the Alumni Association to grant scholarships for Fall 2014.

“The donated auction items for 2015 are exceptional,” said Mary Frank, chair of the Gala Committee, “and if you enjoy dancing, food, fun and friends, then this is your evening.’’

Tickets are priced at $75 per person for a full evening of live and silent auctions, dinner and dancing. Live music will be provided by the Guymon & McCann Band.

Cocktail attire optional is the dress of the evening .

“Everyone is invited to come out for an evening that will feature lots of fun and also raise money for student scholarships to Southeastern,” said Kerrey Matlock, president of the Southeastern Alumni Association.

To purchase tickets, go online at or visit the Welcome Center on the southeast corner of N. 5th Avenue and University Blvd. in Durant. For additional information, call 580-745-2288.


SE Live/Native American Visitation Day set for Feb. 4

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University has scheduled the SE Live Open House and Native American Visitation Day for Wednesday, February 4, on the Durant campus.

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

More than 250 students attended the event this past fall.

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

Native American Visitation Day allows students the opportunity to learn about Native American benefits, attend a class on Native American studies, and play a traditional game of stickball.

In the afternoon, students will have the opportunity to visit Eaker Field, home of the nationally-recognized Southeastern Aviation Program.

Choir and band students will have a chance to rehearse with those programs and audition for music scholarships in the fall.

Entertainment throughout the day will be provided by performing groups from Southeastern, including the Sparks Dance Team, Cheer Squad, and the True Blue Ambassadors.

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

To register, go online to or contact the Admissions and Recruitment Office at 580-745-2060.

World champion cowboy Roy Cooper returns to Southeastern for clinic, ceremony

In pre-game ceremonies at the Southeastern-Southwestern football game at Paul Laird Field, Roy Cooper, far right, presented his 1975 championship saddle to University president Larry Minks, SE rodeo coach-equestrian center manager Christi Braudrick, and Cooper Ratliff.  Cooper is a sophomore at Southeastern and is the son of the late SE rodeo coach Betty Gayle Cooper-Ratliff and the nephew of Roy.

In pre-game ceremonies at the Southeastern-Southwestern football game at Paul Laird Field, Roy Cooper, far right, presented his 1975 championship saddle to University president Larry Minks, SE rodeo coach-equestrian center manager Christi Braudrick, and Cooper Ratliff. Cooper is a sophomore at Southeastern and is the son of the late SE rodeo coach Betty Gayle Cooper-Ratliff and the nephew of Roy.

DURANT, Okla. – Legendary cowboy Roy Cooper was back in Durant Thursday and Friday to host a breakaway and calf roping clinic at the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Equestrian Center.

On Friday night, in pre-game ceremonies at the Southeastern-Southwestern football game at Paul Laird Field, Cooper presented his 1975 championship saddle to University president Larry Minks and SE rodeo coach-equestrian center manager Christi Braudrick. At the same time, Cooper was also recognized for his achievements as a student at Southeastern, where he was a member of two national championship rodeo teams in the 1970s.

Cooper, who graduated from Southeastern in 1978, is a native of Monument, New Mexico. In 1976, he won the first of his eight world titles in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. In 1983, he won the Triple Crown by capturing three rodeo championships in a single season. He qualified for the National Finals Rodeo 32 times.

He burst onto the roping scene in 1976, earning PRCA Resistol Rookie of the Year honors. He would eventually go on to become the first cowboy to break the $2 million mark in career earnings.

Cooper was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1979, and is also a member of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.

In a 2011 interview with “The Oklahoman,’’ Cooper said he had fond memories of Southeastern and Durant.

“I loved it there,’’ he said. “My junior and senior years (at Southeastern) we were the world champions. The next two years they were world champions, too. It was unbelievable. Our team was the best ever in college rodeo.’’

“I am very excited to have Roy Cooper back at Southeastern Oklahoma State University,’’ Braudrick said. “He was a very instrumental figure at the inception of the Rodeo Program and paved the path for nine National Intercollegiate Championships Southeastern has been fortunate enough to win.  There is no other Professional Cowboy more recognized for his expertise and knowledge of calf roping.  It is an honor to welcome him back to where his career started. “

Whang Bang alumni golf tournament set for Oct. 4

DURANT, Okla. – One of the highlights of Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Homecoming is the Whang Bang Alumni Golf Tournament. The 27th-annual Whang Bang is scheduled to tee off at 9 a.m. Friday, October 4, at Silverado Golf Course. Registration opens at 8 a.m., one hour before the shotgun start.  The tournament is a 6-person scramble limited to the first 144 players to register.


Registration fee is $100 per player and includes green fee, cart, Savage Storm golf and more fun package, goodie bag, t-shirt, breakfast and lunch, free beverages and a chance for a new car courtesy of Stuteville Ford of Atoka.  The Savage Storm Golf & More Fun Package includes two mulligans (entered into a drawing for door prizes) and a card game on the course.

There are also prizes for Closest-to-the-Pin and Longest Drive for both men and women.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third-place finishes.

Golfers may register online at <> with an early registration deadline of September 25.  For more information, call (580) 745-2288.

Hole sponsorships are available at $50.

The Whang Bang kicks off Friday’s Homecoming activities and leads directly to the best tailgate celebration in the Great American Conference.

Joining the fun is simple.  Just show up on Saturday, Oct. 5, in Alumni Alley across from Paul Laird Field. Come early, grab a parking place, stake out a spot for your grill, lawn chairs, etc.  A picnic lunch will do in place of grilling or you can purchase food from the Sodexo food services trailer.

Follow the team into the stadium through “The Walk” and boost the Storm to victory against Texas A&M -Commerce. Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m. 

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  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 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  . 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.

Southeastern Alumni Association plans event in Ardmore on July 11

DURANT, OK – The Alumni Association of Southeastern Oklahoma State University invites everyone who graduated or attended Southeastern to meet on Thursday, July 11, to reconnect with your alma mater.  This alumni roadshow will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the showroom of Toyota of Ardmore, 402 Holiday Drive, in Ardmore.

Attendees are requested to RSVP to Stephanie Davison at or online in the Calendar at

Southeastern president Larry Minks will be in attendance to visit with alumni and friends.  In addition, there will be a special musical performance by Lesley Dvorak, an actor in the upcoming Ardmore Little Theatre production of “Les Miserables.’’        This production is under the direction of Southeastern graduate Dell McLain (’88), Director of Theatre at Southeastern.

The Southeastern Alumni Association is a world-wide association of graduates and friends who want to find and keep in touch with old friends and make new contacts and associates.