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Southeastern to honor Dr. Jerry Polson with Distinguished Former Faculty Award at homecoming

Jerry PolsonDURANT, Okla. – During a 45-year career as a faculty member, Dr. Jerry Polson wore many hats at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Polson, who retired in December 2013, will be honored with the Distinguished Former Faculty Award during Southeastern’s homecoming festivities on Friday, Oct. 6. The Alumni Association’s awards banquet will be held that evening at 5:30 in the Visual & Performing Arts Center.

Polson joined the Southeastern faculty in 1969, and over the years, served in such capacities as Professor of Physics, Chair of the Department of Chemistry, Computer and Physical Sciences, and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of the School of Graduate & University Studies.

He also contributed to the University by his membership and involvement with the Curriculum Committee, NCA Steering Committee, Budget Committee, General Education Committee, Academic Council, Administrative Council, Distance Learning Council, as well as Chairman of the Faculty Senate and Faculty Athletics Representative.

He was also active in the community as a member of the Durant City Council.

Polson earned his Ph.D at Auburn University, his master’s at Stephen F. Austin State University, and his bachelor’s at East Texas State University (now Texas A&M-Commerce).

A native of Sulphur Springs, Texas, Polson and his wife Judy have two sons, Jonathan and Benjamin, both Southeastern graduates. Judy briefly served as an adjunct professor in the English department at Southeastern.

With deep ties to the University, Jerry and Judy established  the Polson Family Scholarship through the Southeastern Foundation in 2016 in honor of their sons.

For a complete schedule of homecoming events, visit  http://www.se.edu/alumni/homecoming-2017/schedule-of-events/

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.

Presidential Golf Classic scheduled for June 10 at Chickasaw Pointe

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s annual Presidential Golf Classic is scheduled for Friday, June 10, at Chickasaw Pointe Golf Club on Lake Texoma.

The Presidential Golf Classic is an annual fundraising event to support the Southeastern Foundation and the University.

Entry fee is $150 per player and includes a registration gift, greens fee, cart, food and drinks.

Golfers may enter as a team or individually. Prizes will be awarded to first-, second-and third-place teams. Winning team names will be 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 a continental breakfast at 8 a.m. and the shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. A post-tournament buffet will be served at approximately 2-3 p.m.

Golfers may obtain registration information online at www.SE.edu/foundation/PGC. Registration forms and payment may be mailed to Presidential Golf Classic, Southeastern Foundation, 1405 N. 4th Avenue, PMB 4187, Durant, Okla., 74701-0609.

Several levels of sponsorship are available, from $100 to $3,500 for a Platinum sponsorship, which includes two teams of six players and Platinum amenities.

Gold sponsorship ($2,500), Silver ($2,000) and Bronze ($1,500) include one team of six players and accompanying amenities.

Team sponsorship ($1,000) includes one team of six players. Tournament sponsor ($500) includes one regular registration. The Hole sponsorship ($100) includes signage at a hole.

To discuss sponsorship opportunities, contact Mark Webb at 580-745-2361 or visit mwebb@se.edu.

Wesley Smithart Scholarship established at Southeastern

Wesley Smithart

Wesley Smithart

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University has announced the establishment of the Wesley Smithart Scholarship through the Southeastern Foundation.

The purpose of the scholarship is to honor the late Mr. Smithart by assisting deserving students who are seeking a degree at Southeastern. Recipients must be Oklahoma residents graduating from a high school in Bryan or Atoka counties.

Smithart spent 32 years teaching, coaching, serving as a high school administrator, and with the State Department of Education as auditor and Regional Accreditation Officer.

He was an All-State basketball player at Tushka (Oklahoma) High School, and he led the Tigers to a state championship in 1948. He was recruited by Hall of Fame coach Bloomer Sullivan to play basketball at Southeastern.

After a tour of duty in Korea with the U.S. Army’s 45th Division, Smithart returned to coach basketball at Atoka High School for 12 years. He guided six of his teams to the state tournament.

He started a 50-year officiating career in 1949, which was really a 51-year career since the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association started keeping records after Smithart’s first year of officiating.

He officiated 12 state basketball tournaments and 34 football playoff games. In the first game of his final year of officiating at Achille (Oklahoma) High School, Achille principal Rip Tidwell presented a plaque from the Bryan County Coaches Association in appreciation of his many years on the court.

Smithart was inducted into the Bryan County Athletics Hall of  Fame and the Oklahoma Officials Association Hall of  Fame.  In 1993, he was presented an achievement award by the National Federation of Interscholastic Officials Association in St. Louis.

After retirement from everything except officiating, he agreed to coach Southeastern’s softball team for a year. During the program’s second year of existence, he guided Southeastern to within one win of the national championship tournament.

Smithart was born on December 7, 1929 and passed away on December 5, 2014. His wife, Marcia, has established the scholarship in his memory.

Donations may be made to the Southeastern Foundation, c/o Wesley Smithart Scholarship, 1405 N. 4th Avenue, PMB 4187, Durant, Oklahoma, 74701-0609.  For more information, contact Mark Webb at 580-745-2361.

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 www.SE.edu/foundation/PGC. 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 SoutheasternFoundation@SE.edu.

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 kstafford@SE.edu.

 

Presidential Golf Classic set for June 14 at Chickasaw Pointe

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s 16th-annual Presidential Golf Classic will tee off at 8:30 a.m. Friday, June 14, at Chickasaw Pointe Golf Club.

Some 140 golfers from around Oklahoma and surrounding states will enjoy a day of golf on a beautiful, well-maintained course overlooking Lake Texoma.

Many golfers are multi-year players who enjoy good times, good food, good competition and good fellowship and keep this event on their calendars.

The six-person scramble starts with registration at 7:30 a.m. when the practice range opens. A continental breakfast will available at 8 a.m. and a shotgun start will get the action under way at 8:30 a.m.

The tournament fee is $125 per player and includes a registration gift, chances for hole-in-one prizes, green fees, cart, food and drinks.

There is also breakfast, lunch served on the course and the post-tournament meal immediately following the golf at approximately 2 p.m.  The meal will feature the awards ceremony and conclude the festivities.

Prizes will be awarded to 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-place teams, and names of the winning team’s members will be added to the President’s Cup trophy.

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

The Presidential Golf Classic is an annual fundraising effort to support the Southeastern Foundation and Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

“We rely heavily on our corporate sponsors to make this event a reality and a success,” said Kyle Stafford, Executive Director of University Advancement.

There are several levels of sponsorship available. For more information, contact Stafford at 580-745-3079 or kstafford@SE.edu.

Golfers may enter as a team or as individuals who will be assigned to a team. The entry form and payment may be mailed to Presidential Golf Classic, Southeastern Foundation, 1405 N. 4th Avenue, PMB 4187, Durant, Oklahoma, 74701-0609.

Golfers may register online at www.SE.edu/foundation/pgc.

Presidential Golf Classic scheduled for June 8 at Chickasaw Pointe

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s prestigious Presidential Golf Classic is scheduled for Friday, June 8, at beautiful Chickasaw Pointe Golf Club.

The 6-player scramble draws golfers from all across Oklahoma and neighboring states. This is the annual major fundraiser to support the Southeastern Foundation, Inc. and Southeastern.

The 15th annual Classic will feature an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start with registration and the practice range opening at 7:30.

A continental breakfast will be available at 8 a.m. and the awards ceremony will be held immediately following play.

The Classic can handle 144 players or 24 six-person teams. There are 18 teams registered with several teams ready to sign on the dotted line.

Golfers without a team are welcome to sign up and be assigned to a group.

Register online at http://www.SE.edu/foundation/pgc or download and mail the registration form and payment to Presidential Golf Classic, Southeastern Foundation, 1405 N. 4th Avenue, PMB 4187, Durant, OK, 74701-0609.

Registration fee is $125 per golfer and includes a registration gift, greens fee, cart, food and drinks, breakfast, lunch and a catered dinner during the Awards Ceremony at approximately 2-3 p.m.

Larry Dyson Motors of Durant will award a GMC vehicle for the first hole-in-one. There are prizes for first-, second- and third-place teams and contests for Closest-to-the Pin and Longest Drive for both men and women.

The winning team members’ names will be added to the President’s Cup trophy.

Various sponsorship levels are available, call the Platinum level going for $3,500, including two teams of six players and Platinum amenities.

Sponsorships go from Platinum through Gold, Silver, Bronze, Team, Tournament and Hole sponsorships. For more information, call the Southeastern Welcome Center at 580-745-2288.

For all of the fun, food, fellowship and outstanding golf you can handle, register quickly for Southeastern’s 2012 Presidential Golf Classic.

Bryan County Master Gardeners endow scholarship

Among those in attendance at Thursday’s scholarship ceremony were Southeastern president Larry Minks, Grady Hartman, Margaret Schiebe, Dr. Jeri Walker, Gaylia Green, Karen Hansard, Gingerlei Waddell, Jack Accountias, Bob Green, and Southeastern executive director of advancement Kyle Stafford.

DURANT, Okla. – The Bryan County Master Gardeners (BCMG) Endowed Scholarship has been established through the Southeastern Foundation to support students attending Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The group began awarding a scholarship annually in 2008 and endowed the scholarship during a ceremony Thursday in the Welcome Center on campus.

This is established as a tuition scholarship to be awarded to students from Bryan, Atoka, Marshall and Johnson counties with a major or minor in a biological science-related field that promotes conservation and the beatification of Bryan County.

The BCMG was established in 2002 through the Bryan County Extension Service and Oklahoma State University Consumer Horticulture Division. For an individual to become a Master Gardener, they must complete 80 hours of class work established through the OSU Extension Service. Each year, they must complete a minimum of 20 hours of continuing education and have a least 20 hours of community service hours to retain their Master Gardener certification.

The BCMG annual fundraiser is the sale of poinsettias during November and December of each year. The proceeds from the poinsettia sales benefit the various projects undertaken by the BCMG, which include the annual Spring Fling, serving the community with gardening expertise and public works activities, and in 2008, the establishment of a gift scholarship fund at the Southeastern Foundation.

Starting with the 2010 Spring Fling, BCMG members began selling bedding plants, shrubs, trees and vegetable plants, with the net proceeds designated for making the gift scholarship an endowed scholarship fund.

Colton Sherrill Memorial Scholarship endowed at Southeastern

Colton Sherrill

DURANT, Okla. – The Colton Trace Sherrill Memorial Scholarship has been endowed through the Southeastern Foundation to benefit students attending Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Colton’s parents, Trace and Dena Sherrill, said the endowed scholarship is to honor Colton and keep his memory alive for years to come while helping area students to further their education.

Colton passed away June 11, 2008, of congenital heart disease only a few days short of his 11th birthday while participating in a Southeastern basketball camp. He was an avid sports enthusiast and especially enjoyed basketball and soccer.

This is established as a tuition scholarship to be awarded to a graduate of a Bryan County high school. Preference will be given to a student who shows academic potential, leadership qualities and has a demonstrated financial need. Preference will also be given to students who have participated or are participating in band/music or athletics.

His memory is also honored through the dedication of Colton’s (Soccer) Field at the Durant Multi-Sports Complex. A ceremony was held and a monument unveiled on September 27, 2008.

Colton’s parents have given scholarships to area students over the last three years from memorial donations. People continue to contribute through donations and their support of Colton’s Main Street Run. The popular Main Street Run was started to raise money for the purchase of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), training for school personnel in the use of AEDs and CPR, and to raise money for the Durant Main Street Program, for which Colton was a volunteer.

Colton’s father, a Special District Judge, is a 1989 graduate of Southeastern. The Sherrills selected the Southeastern Foundation to administer the scholarship because the University is a vital part of the community.

“This is a community where helping and supporting one another is important and we feel Southeastern is best suited to accomplish the purpose of this scholarship,” Dena said. “We want to help provide greater opportunity for higher education for students from Bryan County schools who have demonstrated financial need and have demonstrated leadership through their activities and academics.”

Gwendolyn Minks Scholarship established through Southeastern Foundation

Representing the Minks family at Friday’s ceremony were Southeastern president Larry Minks, his wife Joan, and his sisters, Margaret Mizushima and Nancy Coleman.

Representing the Minks family at Friday’s ceremony were Southeastern president Larry Minks, his wife Joan, and his sisters, Margaret Mizushima and Nancy Coleman.