Southeastern News

Gold & Blue Scholarship Gala set for February 13 at Southeastern

DURANT, Okla. – The Alumni Association of Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host the annual Gold and Blue Scholarship Gala and Auction on Saturday, February 13.

The Gala will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1614 N. First Avenue.

In the past 17 years of the Gold and Blue Gala, the Alumni Association Endowment Scholarship account has grown to more than $270,000, while providing  annual scholarship support to the University.

Last year’s event drew a record-setting crowd of 200 guests and raised more than $50,000 to be awarded to Southeastern students.

“This is a major fundraiser for the Association,’’ said director of alumni relations Stephanie Davison. “Thanks to the guests and sponsors of the Gala, the Southeastern Alumni Association awards scholarships, which is one of the reasons the Association exists. We do our best to bring high quality, desirable items to the live and silent auctions and provide a full evening of entertainment, including food and dancing to live music by The Decades. Every alumni and friend of Southeastern is invited to join in the fun.’’

Attire for the Gala can be anything from blue jeans to as dress-up as “anybody desires.”

Tickets are $75 per person for a complete evening of entertainment for a worthy cause. Tickets are available for purchase at the Southeastern Welcome Center. They may also be purchased online at http://alumni/

For further information, call 580-745-2288 or e-mail

The community of businesses and Southeastern alumni support the Gold and Blue Gala each year by donating unique and valuable items for the live and silent auctions. Live-auction items often include collectible art, one-of-a-kind custom fabricated items and exclusive experiences.

Examples of silent-auction items include weekend vacations, fun-day classes/experiences, local dining packages and special apparel.

Southeastern Alumni Roadshow travels to McCurtain County May 16

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s 2013 McCurtain County Roadshow is coming to the Idabel Country Club on Thursday, May 16.

All Southeastern alumni are encouraged to attend the event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Approximately 1,900 residents of McCurtain County are Southeastern alumni.

Following the Thursday “Gathering of Graduates,” golfers will tee off Friday at the Idabel Country Club for the 4th-annual Southeastern Golf Classic.

The fun of the McCurtain County Roadshow is when Southeastern graduates and those who attended the University reconnect with each other, pick up new information and have lots of fun.

“The Southeastern Alumni in McCurtain County are an important part of Southeastern’s heritage,” said Stephanie Davison, Director of Alumni Relations. “It is interesting to find out how they have taken their Southeastern education and built their lives around that start. And, of course, they are really fun to be with.”

All Southeastern alumni in McCurtain County are invited to participate in the 2013 Roadshow to enjoy an evening of fun and tall tales while reconnecting with fellow Southeastern alumni.

RSVP before May 14 by calling 580-745-2267 or register online through the Events link at

True Blue awareness launches with event on August 23

Members of the True Blue Committee gather with local leaders in anticipation of the kickoff event on Thursday, Aug. 23. Left to right, Jay Lindly, Dina Roman, Courtney McGill, Terri Rogers, Michele Campbell, Durant mayor Jerry Tomlinson, Southeastern president Larry Minks, Durant city manager James Dunegan, Durant Area Chamber of Commerce president Darrell Mendez, Durant Superintendent of Schools Jason Simeroth, Stephanie Davison, Durant Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Janet Reed, Durant Main Street program manager Beverly Hemphill, Mishael Metheny, and Sharon Robinson.

DURANT, Okla. – Civic pride has long been important to the fabric of the Durant community. Residents will now have the opportunity to demonstrate their pride symbolically by wearing royal blue shirts on Fridays and Saturdays as part of a new “True Blue” community spirit.

True Blue symbolizes how the Durant community feels about its hometown. Being “True Blue” encourages our business people and the community in general to create a sea of blue on Fridays and Saturdays by wearing a royal blue shirt.

“True Blue” is a grass roots initiative created through the strong partnership in our community.

Plans are underway to kick off “True Blue” with a community event on Thursday, August 23, at 5 p.m. at Paul Laird Field. Everyone is encouraged to wear a royal blue shirt and gather around the entrance to watch the balloon launch and enjoy a free hot dog.

Following the “True Blue” kickoff, a Savage Storm football scrimmage is scheduled for 6 o’clock.

“We invite everyone to join us for an evening of fun as we celebrate our True Blue community spirit,” said Janet Reed, executive director of the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce. “Our strong partnerships believe this is a beginning of a new era of pride in Durant as we focus on the quality of life we enjoy here.”