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Southeastern Homecoming to honor three Distinguished Alumni

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will honor three Distinguished Alumni during Homecoming activities on Oct. 11-12-13.

The Distinguished Awards Banquet recognizing Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Former Faculty recipients is set for 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.

This year’s Distinguished Alumni recipients are retired Marine Col. Tray Ardese, Dr. Russell DeBose-Boyd, and Dr.  Barbara Rackley.

In addition to the banquet, they will be honored on Saturday during pre-game (1:40 p.m.) ceremonies of the Southeastern-Southern Arkansas football game. at Paul Laird Field.

Tray Ardese

Tray Ardese

A native of Krebs, Oklahoma, Col. Tray Ardese participated in track and football at Southeastern, serving as a team captain and earning all-conference honors in football. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 1989. He later earned a master’s of strategic studies at the United States Army War College.

Among the individuals who influenced him at Southeastern were Dr. David Norris (history professor), Rade Radasinovich (geography professor), and Morris Sloan (football coach).

Ardese began a highly decorated military career in 1990 when he entered the Marine Corps.  During his time in the Corps, he was an FA-18D Weapons and Sensors Officer (WSO), a C-12 Pilot, a ground Forward Air Controller (FAC) and was a Battle Watch Captain in the U.S. Strategic Command as part of the U.S. nuclear forces.

During his years of flying he amassed more than 3,000 hours of flight time and 257 Combat missions in the air.   During his ground time, he completed three tours as a FAC and two combat deployments with Special Operations Forces (SOF), doing direct action missions as a forward air controller/fire support coordinator.             While on his first SOF deployment, he was wounded in an intense fire fight and received the Purple Heart.

During his military career, he served on missions in  Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.  His time in the military took him to more than 50 countries around the world.

In his final assignment prior to retirement, he commanded more than 3,000 people as CO of the Marine Air Group 41, the largest and most diverse group of its kind in the Corps.

He retired from military service in the fall of 2015.   Among his many military awards are the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Metal with “V” for Valor in Combat, Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Metal and Navy Commendation Metal with “V” for Valor in Combat.

Col Ardese (ret.) now serves as director of government and international affairs for Magpul Industries Corp. and director of Magpoul Core.

Ardese is also a Christian evangelist, and volunteers his time with Honored American Veterans Afield and Outdoor Network International, organizations that work with wounded veterans and children.

Ardese and his wife Tammi have five children, including son Ethan, who is a junior at Southeastern.

 

Dr. Russell DeBose-Boyd

Dr. Russell DeBose-Boyd

Dr. Russell DeBose-Boyd currently serves as Professor of Molecular Genetics and the Beatrice and Miguel Elias Distinguished Chair in Biomedical Science at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

DeBose-Boyd was born in Ardmore, Oklahoma, and raised in the small rural southeastern Oklahoma community of Boswell, where he graduated from Boswell High School in 1989. Soon thereafter, he began undergraduate studies at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, where he participated in the Minority Biomedical Research Support program.

DeBose-Boyd obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with minors in Mathematics and Biology in 1993.  While at Southeastern, he cites chemistry professor Dr. John Wright as his major mentor, as he decided to pursue a career in biomedical research.

Among the other individuals he credits during his Southeastern years were chemistry professors Dr. Gordon Eggleton and Dr. Loide Wasmund, as well as senior students Dr. Tim Smith and Dr. Jimmy Ballard, who served as early role models in DeBose-Boyd’s career. In addition to his academic studies, DeBose-Boyd was involved with the Minority Biomedical Research support program and also enjoyed weightlifting and basketball in the Recreation Center.

Upon completion of undergraduate studies in 1993, DeBose-Boyd was accepted into the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. He successfully defended his Ph. D. thesis in 1998 under the tutelage of Dr. Richard D. Cummings (currently Professor of Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School).  DeBose-Boyd’s thesis work was recognized by the inaugural Fred and Marie Gray Research Achievement Award.

Immediately following completion of his Ph. D. studies, DeBose-Boyd relocated to Dallas, Texas,  and became a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research in the laboratory of 1985 Nobel Laureates Drs. Michael S. Brown and Joseph L. Goldstein in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center.   After completion of postdoctoral studies in 2001, DeBose-Boyd became an Instructor in the Department of Molecular Genetics at UT Southwestern and embarked upon an independent career in biomedical research. Two years later, he was promoted to Assistant Professor, and in 2007, earned the rank of Associate Professor with tenure. He achieved full Professor status in 2013, and was named the Beatrice and Miguel Elias Distinguished Scholar in Biomedical  Science in 2016.

DeBose-Boyd has received numerous awards and honors during his career, including being named a Distinguished  Young Scholar in Medical Research by the W.M. Keck Foundation on 2006, as well as selection as an Early Career Scientist by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in 2009.  In 2010, DeBose-Boyd received the John J. Abel Award, a prestigious honor from the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics named for the founder of the Department of Pharmacology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and several important scientific journals.

DeBose-Boyd and his wife Gwendolyn have two sons, Reginald and Ryan.

 

 

 

Rackley

Rackley

Dr. Barbara Rackley grew up in the small town of Kenefic, Oklahoma, and  her 47- year professional career in the areas of education and business development have led to many accomplishments. She cites her family as a source of motivation and instilling values and providing support.

After graduating from Bokchito High School in 1969, Rackley entered Southeastern State College.  She went on to Oklahoma State University to receive a bachelor’s degree in Vocational Home Economics. She returned to Southeastern to earn a master’s degree in Education with an emphasis on Home Economics in 1980. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Home Economics Education and Higher Education Administration from Oklahoma State University.

Since leaving Kenefic, Rackley has achieved success in four different careers: home economics teacher at Caddo High School (1973-1981); Southeastern Oklahoma State University Home Economics Department (1981-86, Associate Professor and Teacher Educator and Department Chair (1987-1994); Southeastern Career and Placement Services Director (1994-2001); and Rural Enterprises of Oklahoma, Inc. (REI), Women’s Business Center Program Manager (2001-2018).

After 29 years in academia, Rackley retired, and in December 2001, she established the first Rural Women’s Business Center for REI. During her tenure, the Center covered the entire state and served more than 30,000 women entrepreneurs and small business owners. Earlier this year, she retired from that position, in which she had oversight in providing business, financial and technical assistance for women entrepreneurs wanting to start a business or grow an existing business.

Rackley gives Dr. Kathleen Meadows, former Southeastern Dean of Education & Behavioral Sciences and home economics professor, credit for her influence and support.

She has received a number of awards during her career, including the Small Business Administration (SBA) Women in Business Champion (WBC) of the Year award in 2004.  The WBC was the recipient of the SBA Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award in 2011, 2012, and 2016.

Rackley was also elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of Women’s Business Centers.  She has been President of the Oklahoma Home Economics Association, Oklahoma Council of Home Economics Administrators, Durant Fortnightly Club, Durant B&PW, and held other local, state and national organization leadership positions.

She has advocated on numerous occasions for the REI Business Women’s Center, Women’s Business Centers nationwide, and women business owners with Congressional leaders and participated in a round table with President George W. Bush.

In addition, Rackley has been an advocate for Southeastern students by  participating in many activities, attending events and most recently serving on the John Massey School of Business Advisory Council.

For more information and a complete list of homecoming activities, visit

http://www.se.edu/alumni/schedule-of-events-2/.

 

Southeastern Homecoming scheduled for Oct. 2-3

DURANT, Okla. – Alumni and friends are invited to join in the celebration of Homecoming at Southeastern Oklahoma State University on Oct. 2-3. This year’s theme is “Come One, Come All to Southeastern — The Greatest Place On Earth.’’

Among the traditional events are the Whang Bang alumni golf tournament at Chickasaw Pointe Golf Club; the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Awards Banquet; Homecoming Parade; Alumni reunions and tailgate parties; and football game between Southeastern and Southwestern.

The 29th annual Whang Bang will be held on Friday, Oct. 2, with registration at 8 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

The Distinguished Awards Banquet is also on Friday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Visual and Performing Arts Center. This year’s honorees include: Distinguished Alumni – Frank T. Fietz, Sue Wilson Stafford; Distinguished Former Faculty — Dr. George Collier, Dr. Flavil George; Heritage Award — Minnie Baker (posthumously); and Lifetime Achievement Award – John Massey.

OnSaturday, the Homecoming Parade is set for 10 a.m. on Main Street in downtown Durant; the alumni tailgate party starts at 11 a.m. in Alumni Alley, across from Paul Laird Field; the pre-game ceremony recognizing the Distinguished Alumni and Former Faculty is at 1:50 p.m; and kickoff for the SE-SW game is 2 p.m.Following the game, a victory party will be held in Alumni Alley.

For a complete schedule of events, go to alumni.SE.edu.

Southeastern Homecoming scheduled for Oct. 2-3

DURANT, Okla. – It has nothing to do with daylight saving time, but Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Homecoming 2015 should be marked on your calendar.

October 2-3, 2015, is the date for all Savage Storm fans and students past, present and future to come out personally and download a ton of fun stuff.

The 29th edition of the Whang Bang Golf Tournament will start the 2-day (and night) whirlwind.

All alums will have the opportunity to reconnect with former classmates and instructors at the various reunions of academic departments and student groups.

One of many highlights of Homecoming Weekend will be recognizing Distinguished Alumni. Throw in chowing down at the “Greatest Little Tailgate in the Great American Conference” and you have most of your bases covered.

Storm football will host Southwestern for the 2 p.m. Saturday Homecoming shootout.

Southeastern and Southwestern have been opponents through the Oklahoma Collegiate Conference, the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference, the Lone Star Conference and now the Great American Conference.

For details about Homecoming 2015 and to schedule your reunion, contact the Alumni Relations Office at 580-745-2875 or visit the alumni website – alumni.SE.edu.

Southeastern Homecoming scheduled for Oct. 23-24-25

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate Homecoming 2014 on October 23-24-25.

This year’s theme is “Destination Homecoming” and the three-day event will offer something for everyone, including current students, alumni and friends.

Honored as 2014 Distinguished Alumni will be Dr. Jesse Arnold, Ms. Josephine Wildcat Bigler, and Dr. David Whitlock.

Recognized as 2014 Distinguished Former Faculty will be Dr. Pat Dunham, Dr. Phil Dunham, and Dr. Robert Oliver.

Along with banquets, pep rallies, parade, campus tours, the Whang Bang golf tournament, tailgate alley and the Homecoming football game, numerous reunions are scheduled. For information on reunions, check http://alumni.SE.edu.

The following schedule includes some of the many events scheduled for Homecoming:

Thursday, October 23

SE Night at the Museum, 5:30-7 p.m., Three Valley Museum, 401 W. Main Street. Enjoy an evening full of surprises as the Durant Historical Society hosts this popular event. Refreshments will be provided.

Friday, October 24

28th-annual Whang Bang Golf Tournament, Chickasaw Pointe Golf Course. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and a shotgun start is set for 9 a.m. Participants may register online at http://alumni.SE.edu. 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 2014 Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Former Faculty award recipients.

True Blue Rally, 8 p.m., amphitheater.

Saturday, October 25

Coffee and Conversation with Southeastern Athletic Legends, 8 a.m., Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium. Former Southeastern athletes gather to reminisce. Hosted by Southeastern president Sean Burrage 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 http://www.SEedu/future-students/visit. Tours leave from the entrance to Paul Laird Field.

Southeastern Marching Band Enters, 1:45 p.m., Paul Laird Field.

Pre-Game Ceremony, 1:50 p.m., Paul Laird Field. Introduction of Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Former Faculty

Kickoff: Southeastern vs. Northwestern, 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.

Homecoming scheduled for October 24-25

DURANT, Okla. – All alumni and friends of Southeastern Oklahoma State University are invited to celebrate Homecoming on October 24-25, 2014.

That means the entire weekend, October 24-25, will be filled with activities for Southeastern alumni, students, faculty and fans.

The weekend will start off with the 28th-annual Whang Bang Golf Tournament. Alums will have the opportunity to reconnect with former classmates and professors at reunions of academic departments and student groups.

Also, Distinguished Alumni will be honored, tailgating in Alumni Alley will be going strong, and Southeastern royalty will be crowned at the football game.

The Savage Storm will battle Northwestern Saturday afternoon and it will be the first Homecoming as head football coach for former player Bo Atterberry.

For details about Homecoming 2014 and to schedule your reunion, contact the Alumni Relations Office at 580-745-2875 or visit the alumni website, alumni.SE.edu.

Mark your calendars now and save the date for Southeastern Homecoming 2014.

Southeastern Homecoming is Oct. 14-15

Southeastern Homecoming is Oct. 14-15

Press Release Date: 10-6-2011

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Homecoming 2011 is almost here (October 14-15), but you still have time to take part in the festivities.

There is still time to make plans for attendance as the football team meets Henderson State (Arkansas) University to climax the two-day festivities.

Southeastern athletics is competing this year in NCAA Division II’s newest entry, the Great American Conference. Henderson State was the preseason favorite to win the first championship.

The celebration will include something for everyone with early birds attending the Southeastern “Night at the Museum” beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Three Valley Museum, 401 West Main Street.

The event features the Southeastern experience from the 1930s and 1940s with video, photos and lots of conversation. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Other activities include:

Friday, October 14

Friday’s activities will tee off with the 25th annual Whang Bang Alumni Golf Tournament at Silverado Golf Course. Golfers or just fans will certainly want to be present to see and visit with honorary starters from Southeastern’s storied past, including Hall of Famers and others.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Silverado or golfers may enter online at alumni.SE.edu. A shotgun start is set for 9 a.m.

The Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Former Faculty Awards Banquet will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.

The Houston Debate Reception is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Massey Building at 200 West Main Street.

A Bonfire/Pep Rally will be held at 8:30 p.m. in the amphitheater.

Friday’s celebration will end with an Alumni Reunion at Sports City Café, 5607 S. Ninth Avenue, at 9 p.m.

Saturday, October 15

The Former Athletes’ Breakfast is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. in Bloomer Sullivan Arena. Athletes and coaches from the past meet with athletes and coaches from the present to enjoy good food and share stories of their experiences at Southeastern.

The Homecoming Parade begins in downtown Durant at 10 a.m.

Southeastern Campus Tours will be available for students and families who are considering choosing Southeastern. Tours are also available for alumni. The tours will leave at 11 a.m. from the entrance to Paul Laird Field.

The Alumni Tailgate Party begins at 11 a.m. in Tailgate Alley across from Paul Laird Field.

The Southeastern Marching Band will enter the football field at 1:45 p.m. and the pre-game ceremony will feature the introduction of Distinguished Alumni on the field at 1:50 p.m.

Southeastern’s Savage Storm will kick off the Homecoming 2011 football game against Henderson State’s Reddies at 2 p.m.

Reunions are scheduled throughout Friday and Saturday. Contact the Alumni Office at 580-745-2875 or go online to alumni.SE.edu for more information.

Tickets for the various events may be purchased online at alumni.SE.edu or in the Southeastern Welcome Center. Checks should be made payable to the Southeastern Foundation, Inc.

For a complete schedule of Homecoming activities, go to homepages.se.edu/events/

Southeastern Homecoming activities set for Oct. 14-15

Southeastern Homecoming activities set for Oct. 14-15

Press Release Date: 09-07-2011

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Homecoming 2011 is scheduled for October 14-15.

The celebration will include something for everyone with early birds attending the Southeastern “Night at the Museum” beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Three Valley Museum, 401 West Main Street.

The event features the Southeastern experience from the 1930s and 1940s with video, photos and lots of conversation. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Friday, October 14

  • Friday’s activities will tee off with the 25th annual Whang Bang Alumni Golf Tournament at Silverado Golf Course. Golfers or just fans will certainly want to be present to see and visit with honorary starters from Southeastern’s storied past, including Hall of Famers and others.
  • Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Silverado or golfers may enter online at alumni.SE.edu. A shotgun start is set for 9 a.m.
  • The Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Former Faculty Awards Banquet will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.
  • The Houston Debate Reception is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Massey Building at 200 West Main Street.
  • A Bonfire/Pep Rally will be held at 8:30 p.m. in the amphitheater.
  • Friday’s celebration will end with an Alumni Reunion at Sports City Café, 5607 S. Ninth Avenue, at 9 p.m.

Saturday, October 15

  • The Former Athletes’ Breakfast is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. in Bloomer Sullivan Arena. Athletes and coaches from the past meet with athletes and coaches from the present to enjoy good food and share stories of their experiences at Southeastern.
  • The Homecoming Parade begins in downtown Durant at 10 a.m.
  • Southeastern Campus Tours will be available or students and families who are considering choosing Southeastern. Tours are also available for alumni. The tours will leave at 11 a.m. from the entrance to Paul Laird Field.
  • The Alumni Tailgate Party begins at 11 a.m. in Tailgate Alley across from Paul Laird Field.
  • The Southeastern Marching Band will enter the football field at 1:45 p.m. and the pre-game ceremony will feature the introduction of Distinguished Alumni on the field at 1:50 p.m.
  • Southeastern’s Savage Storm will kick off the Homecoming 2011 football game against Henderson State’s Reddies at 2 p.m.
  • Reunions are scheduled throughout Friday and Saturday. Contact the Alumni Office at 580-745-2875 or go online to alumni.SE.edu for more information.
  • Tickets for the various events may be purchased online at alumni.SE.edu or in the welcome Center. Checks should be made payable to the Southeastern Foundation, Inc.
  • Forr a complete schedule of Homecoming activities, go to alumni.SE.edu.