Southeastern News

Candlelighting, treelighting among holiday activities scheduled for December 5

DURANT, Okla. Southeastern Oklahoma State University will present the 95th annual Candlelighting ceremony on Monday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Montgomery Auditorium.

The event is free and open to the public.

The longest continuing tradition on campus, Candlelighting is a festive concert anchored by the Southeastern Symphonic Choir conducted by Dr. Joshua Nannestad. The choir will be joined by the SHARE Children’s Chorus, conducted by Dr. Jeri

Walker, collaborativepianist Dr. Kate Stubbs, organist Dr. Stewart Mayers, and a brass quartet.

Members of the Cardinal Key Honor Society will light the candles and the audience will have an opportunity to participate in singing carols.

This year’s program is built around a collection of English and American Christmas carols, as well as the Christmas Cantata by American composer Daniel Pinkham. The cantata is accompanied by brass quartet and organ, which is available  for the occasion thanks to a grant from the Southeastern Cultural and Scholastic Lectureship Committee.

Also that evening, the University will also offer Santa and Entertainment from 6-6:30 p.m. at the Magnolia House, featuring the Chorvettes Stageworks Company and Dell McLain’s reading of the Christmas Story. A tree-lighting ceremony will be held at 6:35 p.m. on the front lawn of campus with the Southeastern Brass Ensemble performing.

Education professor publishes monograph on “Social Media, Public Schools and the Law’’

SMcovershotDURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University professor Stewart Mayers’ monograph on “Social Media, Public Schools, and the Law’’ has been published by the Education Law Association (ELA). The monograph will soon be available at www.educationlaw.org

The monograph is a 76-page document that provides in-depth discussion about the variety of legal issues faced by public schools relevant to employee and student social media usuage.

“The focus (of the monograph) is to provide a summary of the current law as it applies to social media in schools,’’ Dr. Mayers said. “In addition, I hope to provide guidance to public schools as they attempt to write policy concerning student and employee usage of social media.’’

Mayers joined the Southeastern faculty in 2001. He earned his Ed.D. at the University at Georgia; his M.Ed. at Southeastern; and his B.A. at Baylor University. He is a professor in the Educational Instruction and Leadership Department.

ELA was founded in 1954 as the National Organization on Legal Problems in Education.  The membership of the organization is comprised of attorneys who practice school law, professors who teach public school law courses, and school administrators.  In addition, there are student members (in most cases, students working on doctorates in school law). One service of the organization is to provide publications that are used through the education law community: by attorneys, school administrators and as supplemental texts in school law courses.

To gain approval for publication, authors must submit a proposal to the publications committee (composed of members representing all three constituencies – lawyers, professors, administrators), which reviews the submission for relevance to current issues in Ed law.  If the topic is of sufficient interest to proceed, the committee requires submission of a sample chapter.

 

Southeastern professor receives national award for outstanding case study

Dr. Stewart Mayers received the Paula Silver Award.

Dr. Stewart Mayers received the Paula Silver Award.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University education professor Stewart Mayers is the recipient of a prestigious award from the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA).

Dr. Mayers and Dr. Sally J. Zepeda (professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Georgia),  authors of Communication and Trust: Change at the onset of Appointment to the Superintendency, received the Paula Silver Award for outstanding case study.

 

The UCEA is a consortium of higher education institutions committed to advancing the preparation and practice of educational leaders for the benefit of schools and children.

The Paula Silver Case Award was instituted by UCEA in 1999 to memorialize the life and work of Paula Silver, a UCEA associate director and president-elect who made significant contributions to the program through excellence in scholarship, advocacy of women, and an inspired understanding of praxis. A sterling silver bowl is presented annually to the author(s) of the most outstanding case published during the last volume of the UCEA Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership.

The cases are used as teaching tools in master’s and doctoral level education administration classes in universities across the country.

Mayers joined the Southeastern faculty in 2001. He earned his Ed.D. at the University at Georgia, his M.Ed. at Southeastern, and his B.A. at Baylor University.

Southeastern professor to write monograph on social media and the law

Stewart MayersDURANT, Okla. – A Southeastern Oklahoma State University professor is currently writing a monograph for the Education Law Association (ELA) on the topic of “Social Media, Public Schools, and the Law.’’

Dr. Stewart Mayers, Professor of Education, said his monograph should be published sometime next year.

A monograph is a document that can range from 40 -150 pages and provides in-depth discussion about a specific area of the law.

“The focus (of the monograph) is to provide a summary of the current law as it applies to social media in schools,’’ Mayers said. “In addition, I hope to provide guidance to public schools as they attempt to write policy concerning student and employee usage of social media.’’

ELA was founded in 1954 as the National Organization on Legal Problems in Education.  The membership of the organization is comprised of attorneys who practice school law, professors who teach public school law courses, and school administrators.  In addition, there are student members (in most cases, students working on doctorates in school law). One service of the organization is to provide publications that are used through the education law community: by attorneys, school administrators and as supplemental texts in school law courses.

To gain approval for publication, authors must submit a proposal to the publications committee (composed of members representing all three constituencies – lawyers, professors, administrators) which will review the submission for relevance to current issues in Ed law.  If the topic is of sufficient interest to proceed, the committee requires submission of a sample chapter.

Mayers joined the Southeastern faculty in 2001. He earned his Ed.D. at the University at Georgia; his M.Ed. at Southeastern; and his B.A. at Baylor University.

Southeastern Faculty-Staff honored at awards banquet

Southeastern president Larry Minks and Dr. Diane Dixon, second from right, congratulate Professor of the Year Dr. Blythe Duell and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Vicki Hudson.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s annual Faculty-Staff Recognition Banquet was held Monday night in the Visual and Performing Arts Center on campus.

The event honored and recognized a number of faculty and staff members for outstanding contributions to the University. Also honored were retirees and employees for years of service.

The Faculty Senate presented its Professor of the Year Award to Dr. Blythe Duell, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and Lifetime Achievement Award to Vicki Hudson, Chair, Assistant Professor of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation.

Joining Southeastern president Larry Minks on the program as presenters were Vicki Hudson, Fred Hallman, Dr. Ernest Sturch, Liz McCraw, Dr. Diane Dixon, and Michael Stout.

Following is the list of the award winners:

Faculty Senate Awards

Professor of the Year: Dr. Blythe Duell, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Lifetime Achievement Award: Vicki Hudson, Chair, Assistant Professor of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

John Massey School of Business

Outstanding Service Award: Dr. Martin Bressler, Associate Professor of Management & Marketing

Outstanding Teaching Award: Robert Howard, Instructor of Management & Marketing

Outstanding Scholarship/Research Award: Dr. Debra Haley, Associate Professor of Marketing & Management

School of Arts and Sciences (Arts)

Outstanding Service Award: Dr. Brooks Flippen, Professor of History

Outstanding Teaching Award: Dr. Alistair Maeer, Assistant Professor of History

Outstanding Scholarship/Research Award: Dr. Robert McFadden, Professor of Music

School of Arts and Science (Science)

Outstanding Service Award: Dr. Christopher Moretti, Professor of Mathematics

Outstanding Teaching Award: Dr. Christopher Moretti, Professor of Mathematics

Outstanding Scholarship/Research Award: Dr. Nancy Paiva, Associate Professor of Chemistry

School of Education and Behavioral Sciences

Outstanding Service Award: Dr. Charla Hall, Professor of Psychology

Outstanding Teaching Award: Dr. Kimberly Donovan, Associate Professor of Counseling

Outstanding Scholarship/Research Award: Dr. Stewart Mayers, Associate Professor of Education

Staff Association Awards

Professional/Administration: Carol Coats, Office Manager, Business Affairs, Purchasing Agent

Secretarial/Clerical: DeAnn Prince, Acquisitions Specialist and Library Assistant, Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library

Service/Technical: Dave Cooper, Custodial Services, Physical Plant Other Awards

Spirit of Southeastern – Dr. Cathy Lightsey, Assistant Professor of Educational Instruction & Leadership

Enrollment Management Partnership Award – Dr. Teresa Golden, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Retirees

Dr. Cathy Lightsey, Assistant Professor of Educational Instruction & Leadership, McCurtain County Campus, 3 years of service

Joni Ainette, Secretary I, Educational Instruction & Leadership, 7 years of service

Dr. Jane Licata, Department Chair of Marketing/Management/General Business/Professor/ John Massey Endowed Chair of Marketing, 10 years of service

Dr. Jane Hicks, Professor of Management & Marketing, 12 years of service

Dr. Gerrie Johnson, Associate Professor/Chair, Educational Instruction & Leadership, 15 years of service

Dick Hackett, Instructor in Social Sciences, 17 years of service

Dr. Muhammad Betz, Professor of Educational Instruction & Leadership, 20 years of service

Brent Gold, Supervisor Custodial Services, 31 years of service

Jon Clouse, Director/Chief, Campus Police and Public Safety, 24 years of service

Faculty member contributes to School Law publication

Dr. Stewart Mayers

DURANT, Okla. – Dr. Stewart Mayers, a faculty member at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, is now a member of the writing staff for the “School Law Reporter” (SLR), the flagship publication of the Education Law Association.

SLR is published each month and is distributed nationwide to school administrators (both PK-12 and higher ed), professors of school law, and attorneys. The publication is a digest of summaries of all recent court decisions from the federal court system as well as the 50 state court systems.

Mayers, an associate professor in the Department of Educational Instruction and Leadership, is currently writing on cases from a variety of federal courts.

SLR represents the work of many of the top education law scholars across the country.

Mayers joined the Southeastern faculty in 2001. He earned his Ed.D. at the University of Georgia.