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State Regents recognize Julian Construction, Southeastern with Business Partnership Award

 Tommy Julian accepts the Regents Business Partnership Award on March 12. Also shown are Oklahoma Small Business Development state director Michele Campbell, Southeastern president Sean Burrage, and Southeastern vice president for university advancement Dr. Kyle Stafford.

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT,
Okla. –
Twenty-seven business and higher education partnerships
throughout the state were recently recognized as innovative collaborations that
further the education of Oklahoma’s workforce.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher
Education’s Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award is designed to
highlight successful partnerships between higher education institutions and
businesses and to further cultivate the higher learning environment through State
Regents’ Economic Development Grants.

Receiving the award for its partnership with
Southeastern Oklahoma State University was Julian Construction of Broken Bow.
   
           “To solve the
workforce development challenges facing Oklahoma, our colleges and universities
continue to work collaboratively with leaders in the private, public and
nonprofit sectors,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “These partnerships
between business and industry and our state system institutions ensure that we
continue building the skilled workforce needed for Oklahoma to be globally
competitive.” 
               
Julian Construction, owned and operated by Southeastern Oklahoma State
University alumnus Tommy Julian, has been a generous supporter of Southeastern
and its
students
for the past decade.

Formerly known as TJ Construction, the company is
located in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, and is deeply involved in
land development and
cabin construction
and rentals. Julian is an Oklahoma native who played baseball at Southeastern.

 He is active in civic affairs, serving on the
McCurtain County Tourism Board. Julian and his company have provided several
enrichment opportunities for Southeastern students and alumni. This includes,
but is not limited to, hosting a student retreat in Broken Bow and hosting
students, alumni and friends at various recreational and entertainment events
in the Oklahoma City area.

In addition, Julian Construction has lent its support to
both the Durant and McCurtain County campuses. Among the activities supported
are the Gold and Blue Scholarship Gala, the Presidential Golf Classic, the
McCurtain County Classic, Presidential Partners, donations to the baseball
field renovations and contributions to the football program.

Higher Education Chancellor presents Legislative Agenda

Chancellor Glen D. Johnson addresses the crowd during Tuesday’s meeting in Krebs.

DURANT — With fall enrollment at Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities remaining at record levels for the fifth consecutive semester, Oklahoma higher education Chancellor Glen D. Johnson presented the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s FY 2013 legislative agenda to an audience of lawmakers, community leaders, and educators Tuesday at Pete’s Place Restaurant in Krebs.

Southeastern Oklahoma State University president Larry Minks served as host for the Southeastern Regional Higher Education Legislative Briefing and Luncheon. Other schools participating were Carl Albert State College, Connors State College, East Central University, Eastern Oklahoma State College, Murray State College, and Seminole State College.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education voted recently to request a 3.7 percent appropriation increase for FY13.

“Oklahoma’s system of higher education continues to cut costs and tighten its belt while enrollment is at record levels and the number of college degrees earned increases each year,” said Chancellor Johnson. “There is no better investment for our state than higher education. After three years of budget cuts, we continue to provide a top-quality educational product to our students at a very affordable cost as we produce an educated workforce to meet the demands of our global marketplace.”

A total $347.3 million of actual and projected cost savings has been identified from 2009-13. These savings come from several areas, including energy conservation and conversion, changes and elimination of positions, and reductions in supplies. Savings in technology costs amount to $40 million annually.

To continue providing an affordable, high-quality education for Oklahomans, the state’s public higher education institutions are requesting $27.8 million in operating funds to address ongoing obligations, such as increases in health insurance premiums and retirement costs. Library expenses, instructional materials, information technology replacements and scholarships are also expected to increase.

Increased financial aid funding will also be a priority for the State Regents in the upcoming legislative session in order to reduce the financial barriers that prevent students from attending college. The State Regents seek to increase funding by $1.6 million for the concurrent enrollment program, which allows high school juniors and seniors to take credit-earning college courses.

The State Regents will seek $98,729 for the Office of Accountability. The office administers two state programs: the Oklahoma Educational Indicators Program and the Oklahoma School Performance Review Program.

The State Regents will also propose a series of bond issues over the next five years to eliminate the $271 million backlog in the Endowed Chairs Program. Since inception of the program in 1988, the state has matched 772 total accounts at 21 institutions.

The total appropriation request for FY13 is $980 million, a $34.7 million increase.