Southeastern News

Scholarship presentation

DURANT, Okla. – Bryan County Magnolia Garden Club members Cecille Kampplain, Dr. Connie Taylor, and Vangie Wingfield present the organization’s first scholarship to Alayna Holdsworth,  a senior biology major from Poteau, Oklahoma. Joining them for the presentation was Southeastern president Sean Burrage. The Bryan County Magnolia Garden Club will be selling plants at the upcoming Spring Fling Garden Show, April 7-8, at the Bryan County Fairgrounds.  Funds raisedwill help to fund future scholarships.

DURANT, Okla. – Bryan County Magnolia Garden Club members Cecille Kampplain, Dr. Connie Taylor, and Vangie Wingfield present the organization’s first scholarship to Alayna Holdsworth, a senior biology major from Poteau, Oklahoma. Joining them for the presentation was Southeastern president Sean Burrage. The Bryan County Magnolia Garden Club will be selling plants at the upcoming Spring Fling Garden Show, April 7-8, at the Bryan County Fairgrounds. Funds raisedwill help to fund future scholarships.

Family presents contribution to Brady Rudolf Memorial Scholarship

The Rudolf family recently presented a check for $14,500 to the Brady Joe Rudolf Memorial Scholarship Fund at Southeastern. Front row, left to right, Jennifer Rudolf, Nate Rudolf and Southeastern president Sean Burrage. Back, left to right, Nathalia Flowers, Ty Rudolf, Braden Rudolf, Dustin Rudolf and Clent Horner.

The Rudolf family recently presented a check for $14,500 to the Brady Joe Rudolf Memorial Scholarship Fund at Southeastern. Front row, left to right, Jennifer Rudolf, Nate Rudolf and Southeastern president Sean Burrage. Back, left to right, Nathalia Flowers, Ty Rudolf, Braden Rudolf, Dustin Rudolf and Clent Horner.

DURANT, Okla. – A contribution of  $14,500 was presented Monday to the Brady Joe Rudolf Memorial Scholarship, which was established through the Southeastern Foundation in 2009.

Brady Rudolf, a 1993 graduate of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, died in a helicopter crash during his second deployment to Iraq. The Durant High School graduate served as a pharmacist for the Veterans Administration before his military duty.

On Monday, Brady’s family presented the check to Southeastern president Sean Burrage. Attending the presentation were Brady’s widow, Jennifer; his mother Nathalia Flowers; his brother Dustin; his sons,  Nate, Ty, and  Braden; and family friend Clent Horner, who assists with the Brady Rudolf Memorial Golf Tournament.

The scholarship seeks to assist students in reaching their educational goals. Those wishing to contribute to the scholarship may send donations to the Southeastern Foundation at 425 W. University Boulevard.

The  fundraiser golf tournament is scheduled for Saturday, April 8, at Chickasaw Pointe Golf Course. For more information, go to www.bradyrudolf.com. Players and sponsors may register and pay through the website. Use the dropdown to select individual or team registration and pay by credit card.

Team registration is $240 and individual registration is $65. Sponsorship opportunities are available on the website.

Fall commencement held at Southeastern

Commencement speaker Wren Baker congratulates a graduate.

Commencement speaker Wren Baker congratulates a graduate.

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

Commencement speaker was Wren Baker, a 2001 graduate of Southeastern, who serves as Vice President and Director of Athletics at the University of North Texas in Denton.

Fifty-seven percent of the graduates are first-generation college graduates.  In addition, eight states and nine countries are represented by this class.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage offers congratulations to Taylor Gregory from Ardmore.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage offers congratulations to Taylor Gregory from Ardmore.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage, commencement speaker Wren Baker, and Oklahoma StateRegents Chair John Massey visit after the ceremony.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage, commencement speaker Wren Baker, and Oklahoma StateRegents Chair John Massey visit after the ceremony.

Rep. Billy speaks at Native American graduation/reception

Rep. Billy speaks at Native American graduation/reception

DURANT, Okla. – Former Oklahoma Representative Lisa Billy was the guest speaker at Wednesday’s Native American Graduation Ceremony and Reception at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Also offering remarks at the event were Native American Institute executive director Dr. Bruce King, left, and Southeastern president Sean Burrage. President Burrage presented her a flute on behalf of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Southeastern president, area public school superintendents share ideas

Southeastern president, area public school superintendents share ideas

DURANT, Okla. – As part of his Public Schools Outreach Initiative, Southeastern Oklahoma State University president Sean Burrage, left, has been meeting with area school superintendents throughout the year.  On Tuesday, Burrage hosted Jon Tuck of Madill, Kevin Duncan of Tishomingo, Ron Whipkey of Kingston, and Gerald Parks, of Calera. The meetings allow the educators to share ideas, while strengthening the relationship between common education and higher education.

Alpha Chi inducts 34 students at Southeastern

Thirty-four Southeastern Oklahoma State University students were recently inducted into Alpha Chi.

Thirty-four Southeastern Oklahoma State University students were recently inducted into Alpha Chi.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Oklahoma Theta chapter of Alpha Chi national honor society has inducted 34 students into lifetime membership.

An induction ceremony was held recently in the Fine Arts Recital Hall. Participating in the event were chapter sponsors Dr. Jennifer Hicks, Dr. Brett Elliott, Dr. Martin Bressler, Dr. Meg Cotter-Lynch Dr. L. David Norris (former sponsor), and McKenzi Boehme  (President Elect of Oklahoma Theta Chapter of AX).

           Southeastern president Sean Burrage delivered congratulatory remarks.

Alpha Chi, a national college scholarship honor society, was founded in 1922 and has more than 400,000 members from more than 300 college and university chapters in 45 states and Puerto Rico.

The society provides tens of thousands of dollars annually in scholarships and fellowships for members and alumni.

Members of Alpha Chi, identified and elected by the faculties of their schools as ranking in the top 10 percent of juniors and seniors, represent the best undergraduate scholarship in all academic fields at their institutions.

The inductees, from Oklahoma unless otherwise noted, are listed below:

Nicholas Gauthier, Durant; Jessica Daniel, Coleman; Sydney Spurlock, Antlers; Brittney Owens, Vernon, Texas; Delaney Archer, Bells, Texas; Pamela Chavez, Durant; Kristi Harjo, Hugo; Noah Patton, Calera; Payton Gentry, Antlers; Rachel Childers, Calera; Keith Sackett, Calera; April Clinton, Durant; Samantha Faudree, Coalgate; Mario Giamporcaro, St. Paul, Texas; Cheyenne Sisk, Bonham, Texas; Courtney Jackson, Ringling;  Jared Robinson, Cartwright; LaRonda Sogoba, Sherman, Texas; Rachel Grider, Durant; Kelsi Winchester, Marietta; Chelsey Peevyhouse, Atoka; and Shannon Wyrick, Sherman, Texas;

Also, Shawn Young, Caddo; Chastity Baken, Coleman; Bobby Long, Idabel; Kyle Buck, Broken Bow; Vivianne Wesley, Durant; Elizabeth Landers, Durant; Jenna Toland, Denison, Texas; Zachary Couch, Caddo; Keelan Gentis, Durant; Hayley Myers, Wilburton; Sarah Foreman, Ivanhoe, Texas; and Adele Lawrence, Broken Bow.

Aletha Burrage Scholarship established at Southeastern

Aletha BurrageDURANT, Okla. – Family members and friends are honoring a lifetime of public school service with the establishment of the Aletha Burrage Scholarship at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Mrs. Burrage, the mother of Southeastern president Sean Burrage, served as a teacher and administrator for 38 years (Kingston, Newcastle, Antlers) before retiring in 2013. A product of Antlers Public Schools, Mrs. Burrage earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Southeastern, her master’s in school administration at Southeastern, and her master’s in special education at the University of Oklahoma..

Mrs. Burrage and her husband, Michael, also a Southeastern graduate, are the parents of two sons, Sean and David, and have four grandchildren.

Numerous other members of the Burrage family are also Southeastern graduates.

“Teaching was my passion,’’ Mrs. Burrage said. “My hope is that this scholarship will encourage students to continue to pursue a career in teaching.’’

More than 500 students attend SE Live open house

Cheerleaders and band members welcome high school students to SE Live Wednesday morning.

Cheerleaders and band members welcome high school students to SE Live Wednesday morning.

DURANT, Okla. Some 532 high school juniors and seniors were on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University Wednesday for SE Live and Native American Visitation Day. Also in attendance were parents and counselors.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage welcomed the group to the University during the opening session in Montgomery Auditorium.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage addresses the crowd at SE Live.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage addresses the crowd at SE Live.

The event provided students the opportunity to visit with Southeastern faculty and staff about specific majors, programs, admissions, scholarships and more. Students also explored campus and residence life and interacted with current Southeastern students.

Lunch was served on the front lawn of campus.

SE Live was sponsored by the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.

Southeastern faculty and staff distribute information to prospective students on the front lawn of campus.

Southeastern faculty and staff distribute information to prospective students on the front lawn of campus.

Top 10 Freshman Award presented

Gathering after Friday’s awards ceremony were, front row, left to right, Joseph Hammer, Elijah Marshall, Courtney Miles, Cara Worsham, and Dylan Candelora. Back row, left to right, Southeastern president Sean Burrage, Luke Carson, Destiny Riddle, Reid St. John, Katherine Webb, Director of the Academic Advising and Outreach Center Clifford Cox, and Student Government Association president Taylor Gregory .Not pictured, Kourtney Cunningham.

Gathering after Friday’s awards ceremony were, front row, left to right, Joseph Hammer, Elijah Marshall, Courtney Miles, Cara Worsham, and Dylan Candelora. Back row, left to right, Southeastern president Sean Burrage, Luke Carson, Destiny Riddle, Reid St. John, Katherine Webb, Director of the Academic Advising and Outreach Center Clifford Cox, and Student Government Association president Taylor Gregory .Not pictured, Kourtney Cunningham.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University recognized the Top 10 Freshmen Friday afternoon in a ceremony in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union.

The students were selected by a committee consisting of representatives from faculty, student government, and university administration.  The honorees collectively have a 3.89 grade point average and are involved in numerous campus activities.

The event is sponsored by the Office of Freshman Programs.

 

The following students were honored:

  • Dylan Candelora, English major, Paris, Texas
  • Luke Carson, Aviation-Professional Pilot, Plano, Texas
  • Kourtney Cunningham, Communication, Noble, Oklahoma
  • Joseph Hammer, Aviation-Professional Pilot, Garland, Texas
  • Elijah Marshall, Fisheries and Wildlife, Denver, Colorado
  • Courtney Miles, Music Education, Oklahoma City
  • Destiny Riddle, Psychology, Muskogee, Oklahoma
  • Reid St. John, Art Education, Mesquite, Texas
  • Katherine Webb, Business Administration, Denison, Texas
  • Cara Worsham, Biology, Healdton, Oklahoma

Congressman Mullin serves as guest lecturer in political science class

DURANT, Okla. – U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin, center, addresses students in a political science class (Campaigns  & Elections) Thursday at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The 4000-level course, which meets every Thursday, is taught by Southeastern president Sean Burrage, left, and instructor Conner Alford, right. Rep. Mullin made brief comments and then took questions from the students. Throughout the fall semester, President Burrage has invited a number of elected officials and other dignitaries to present guest lectures.

DURANT, Okla. – U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin, center, addresses students in a political science class (Campaigns & Elections) Thursday at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The 4000-level course, which meets every Thursday, is taught by Southeastern president Sean Burrage, left, and instructor Conner Alford, right. Rep. Mullin made brief comments and then took questions from the students. Throughout the fall semester, President Burrage has invited a number of elected officials and other dignitaries to present guest lectures.