Southeastern News

Southeastern’s Demetra Wilkerson named Brad Henry Scholar

Demi WilkersonDURANT, Okla. — Demetra Wilkerson of Southeastern Oklahoma State University is one of 10 students from Oklahoma’s regional universities to be designated as a Brad Henry International Scholar for the 2013-14 academic year. These students will spend a semester participating in an international study abroad program at Swansea University in Wales.

The international study program, which was established by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education in June 2008, provides a $10,000 stipend for students to participate in a semester-long study abroad program affiliated with Swansea. Academic credit for these programs will be awarded by Oklahoma regional universities. Students are nominated for the program by their institutions.

Wilkerson is a senior majoring in English and communication

and plans to pursue a master’s in English. Wilkerson has served as

president of the Student Government Association and as a member of the Honors Program, Student Senate, Alpha Chi and Lambda Pi Eta. She also worked as the editor-in-chief of the honors publication. Wilkerson has been on the president’s and dean’s honor rolls and is a Nigh Leadership Academy Scholar.

“Demi has demonstrated her leadership abilities over the past year as SGA president,’’ said Southeastern president Larry Minks. “She is an excellent choice for the Brad Henry Scholar Award and will use this opportunity to further her educational pursuits.’’

“Serving as a Brad Henry International Scholar gives students the opportunity to gain new experiences and a practical understanding of today’s global economy,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “We congratulate each of these students for this honor and recognize the academic achievements and leadership skills that will make them outstanding representatives of our colleges and universities.”

Wilkerson, who is from Durant, is the fifth student from Southeastern to be named a Brad Henry Scholar.

SGA hosts Campus Beautification Forum

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Oklahoma State University Student Government Association (SGA) hosted SE Forecast  – A Forum on Campus Beautification, Tuesday night.   Demetra Wilkerson, SGA president, served as the forum moderator. Panelists included Dr. Larry Minks, Southeastern president; Scott Fairbairn, Southeastern’s landscape architect;  Janie Umsted, representative of the Alumni Association’s Beautification Committee;  Joseph Badan, Chair of the SGA Safety and Beautification Committee; Dr. Tim Patton, Faculty Chair of the University Sustainability Committee; and  Jason Hicks, Southeastern Staff Association president. The event was held in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

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SE Forecast on Campus Beautification scheduled for Feb. 26

DURANT, Okla. – The second annual SE Forecast: A Forum on Campus Beautification  will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, February 26, in the Fine Arts Recital Hall at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA), the event will focus on campus beautification with input from the Southeastern Alumni Board, SGA, all resident students, Campus Sustainability Committee, Faculty Senate Executive Committee, Southeastern Staff Association (SSA) members, and the Administrative Council.

The SE Forecast: A Forum on Campus Beautification is open to the public.

The planning council has selected the following individuals to serve as panelists at the Forum on Campus Beautification:

— Demetra Wilkerson, SGA president, will serve as the moderator

— Dr. Larry Minks, Southeastern president

—  Scott Fairbairn, Southeastern’s landscape architect

—  Janie Umsted, representative of the Alumni Association’s Beautification Committee

—  Joseph Badan, Chair of the SGA Safety and Beautification Committee

— Dr. Tim Patton, Faculty Chair of the University Sustainability Committee

—  Jason Hicks, SSA president

Fairbairn will have a power-point presentation of the work he has done and the future plans for continued campus improvement. These are targeted projects that have helped address specific needs with drainage, ADA accessibility, pedestrian flow and general access to buildings and spaces. This work has established a campus standard for stone, brick and other elements that will be used on other projects identified to fit this concept.