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High school students learn about medical careers at OSU mini-camp

Dr. Kayse Shrum from OSU addresses the students Tuesday morning.

Dr. Kayse Shrum from OSU addresses the students Tuesday morning.

DURANT, Okla. – More than 100 high school students attended the Oklahoma State University’s College of Medicine’s Operation Orange event Tuesday.

The mini medical camp, designed to inform students about educational opportunities and careers in the field of medicine, was hosted by Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Students from Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas attended the sessions in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union.

Students participated in a number of activities at the mini-camp.

Students participated in a number of activities at the mini-camp.

Participants were involved in hands-on demonstrations; met current Oklahoma State University medical students; studied human anatomy with a heart, lungs and brain; performed intubations by using a simulator; and learned more about career opportunities in the healthcare field.

2Offering remarks to the students were were OSU Center for Health Sciences CEO  Dr. Johnny Stephens; OSU Center for Health Sciences President Dr. Kayse Shrum; Chief Gary Batton of The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma; and Southeastern president Sean Burrage.

Speaker of the House Charles McCall congratulates Tri-County honorees

Area high school seniors, their families, and educators gathered Tuesday night at the Tri-County Honors Program, sponsored by First United Bank and Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Area high school seniors, their families, and educators gathered Tuesday night at the Tri-County Honors Program, sponsored by First United Bank and Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Speaker of the House Charles McCall offers inspiring words to the students, their families, and educators at Tuesday’s Tri-County Honors Program. Also on the program were Southeastern president Sean Burrage, left, and First United Bank CEO Greg Massey, right.

Speaker of the House Charles McCall offers inspiring words to the students, their families, and educators at Tuesday’s Tri-County Honors Program. Also on the program were Southeastern president Sean Burrage, left, and First United Bank CEO Greg Massey, right.

DURANT, Okla. – The Honorable Charles McCall, Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, was the keynote speaker Tuesday night at the Tri-County Honors Program.

First United Bank is Corporate sponsor and Southeastern Oklahoma State University is the Education sponsor for the annual event, which honors area high school students and is held in the Visual & Performing Arts Center.

 

 

Speaker McCall was elected to that position on January 3, 2017, and represents House District 22. He was first elected to the House in 2012, and has served as the chairman of the House Appropriations & Budget Subcommittee on Revenue and Taxation.

Prior to running for the House of Representatives, he served as Mayor of Atoka from 2005 to 2012.

 

The Speaker earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Oklahoma and completed the banking program at the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Colorado. He currently serves as the CEO and Board Chairman of AmeriState Bank in Atoka.

First United CEO Greg Massey presided over the event, with Southeastern president Sean Burrage offering welcoming remarks. Awards were presented by Speaker McCall, Massey, Burrage, the bank presidents, and Southeastern vice president for university advancement Dr. Kyle Stafford.

Eighty-six students from 17 area schools were represented at the 2017 Tri-County Honors Program.

The following students, listed by school, were honored for their scholastic and leadership skills:

Achille High School: Raychel Alexander, Sergio Vazquez, Ryan Hudgins, Zane Westbrook, McKayla Dunegan.

Bennington High School: Kindal Stricklen, Nicole McWilliams, Haily Tom, William Smith, Maria Martinez, Alyssa Mathews.

Boswell High School: D’yani Shores, Madealyn Morphis, Caleb Hitchcock, Virginia Beddo.

Caddo High School: Chaney Freese, Charlotte Brantley, Clayton Holbrook, Allison Adair.

Calera High School: Chase Hamilton, Cooper Hamilton, Caleb Judkins, Madison Partain,  Makayla Thomas, Haley Childers.

Colbert High School: Ronnie Rickman, Jared Tucker.

Durant High School: Spencer Patton, Elena Mendoza, Micah Abrams, Matthew Anderson, Emari Benito, Rebekah Corson, Taylor Cox, Adyson Gabbart, Blake Harper, Makenna Jones, Maci McCoy, Chloe McKinney, Jonathan Metts, Brody Morgan, Morgan O’Hern, Alexis Prado, Jakob Smith, Nikki Smith, Rainbow Spindle, Kevin Tran, Jatelyn Wallace.

Fort Towson High School: Jacob Good, Veronica Chamberlain, Tristen Beard, Elizabeth Whitlow.

Hugo High School: Gary Newberry, Alexis Bills, Anthony Bennett, India Gage.

Durant Kiamichi Technology Center: Sergio Vazquez, Isabel Briceno, Nicolas Posekany, Charlie Gould, Joshua Gonzalez, Maria Martinez.

Hugo Kiamichi Technology Center: Summer Moffitt

Kingston High School: Clayton Dewayne Taylor, Grace Madelyn Werth.

Madill High School: Joseph Tuck, Will Shelby, Hayden Holder, Roxy Avilia.

Rock Creek High School: Kaycee Williams, Jesse Durham, Cole Eschete, Aubree Goodwin.

Silo High School: Peyton Cobb, Jake Hamilton, Crissy Odom, Braden Allen, Adyson Barber.

Soper High School: Madelynn Dancer, Alexa Pettyjohn, Cage Record, Kaylee Dennis.

Victory Life Academy: Larra Lankford, Tristan Perkins, Ben Grody, Tara Dollar.

Aviation Career Day held on campus Friday

Students learn more about aviation careers during Friday’s event at Southeastern.

Students learn more about aviation careers during Friday’s event at Southeastern.

DURANT, Okla. – Aviation Career Day was held Friday afternoon on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Sponsored by the Southeastern Aviation Sciences Institute, some 45 SE students visited with representatives (many of them SE alumni) from 18 airlines/related businesses to learn more about career opportunities in the field.

Among others in attendance was Southeastern president Sean Burrage,  SE aviation alumni president Chris Ferguson, and SE aviation faculty members.

Marti Phillips to address graduates at Southeastern commencement on May 6

Marti Phillips

Marti Phillips

DURANT, Okla. – Marti Phillips of Durant will be the guest speaker at Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s spring commencement, scheduled for May 6. Two commencement ceremonies (10 a.m. and 2 p.m.) will be held in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

Phillips is the Director of Knowledge Management & Collaboration for Andrews Kurth Kenyon, an international law firm based in Houston, Texas.  For nearly 13 years at  Andrews Kurth Kenyon, she has collaborated with attorneys and attorney support teams to raise awareness of the firm’s information technology capabilities in order to promote a culture of knowledge-sharing and communication.  Phillips is a certified Project Manager Professional and not only oversees and monitors projects, but also identifies users’ needs and translates them for the IT department.

A native of Mannford, Oklahoma, she holds two degrees from Southeastern: a master’s in Educational Administration and a bachelor’s in English. Phillips previously taught school in Thackerville, Oklahoma, and Allen, Oklahoma, Public Schools.

Phillips is active in the local community and currently serves on the Southeastern Foundation Board.

She and her husband, Greg (State Farm Insurance agent), reside in Durant with their son Mason, a freshman atDurant High School.

“Marti gives a great dealback to the University through her service on the Foundation Board,’’ Southeastern president Sean Burrage said. “And her remarks at spring commencement will certainly inspire our graduates as they begin their professional careers.  Marti is another great example of a Southeastern graduate who has used her education to build a successful career in her chosen field.’’

The two commencement ceremonies will be held as follows:

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

School of Education & Behavioral Sciences

Master of Arts(Clinical Mental Health Counseling)

Master of Education

Master of Arts(Teaching)

Master of Science (Sports Studies and Athletic Administration)

Master of Science (Native American Leadership)

 

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

School of Arts & Sciences

John Massey School of Business

Master of Technology

Master of Science (Safety)

Master of Music Education

Master of Business Administration

Master of Science (Aerospace Administration and Logistics)

 

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.