Southeastern News

Chickasaw Summer Camp includes examination of Kennedy assassination

Dr. Stewart Mayers discusses the various theories surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy.

Dr. Stewart Mayers discusses the various theories surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy.

DURANT, Okla. – Eighteen high school students participated in the Chickasaw Summer Leadership Academy, held June 10-16 at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The week’s activities included team building, academic sessions, cultural events, and a historical examination of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.   The study of the Kennedy assassination was presented by Southeastern professor Stewart Mayers, and was capped by a trip to the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas.

The residential academy is presented by the Native American Institute at Southeastern in conjunction with the Education Department at The Chickasaw Nation. The program is designed to provide Chickasaw high school students with real college experiences as they prepare for their academic futures.

Participants learned about the art of stickball making during the academy.

Participants learned about the art of stickball making during the academy.

Southeastern among 43 Teacher Education Programs recognized for National Excellence

DURANT, Okla. – Since its founding in 1909, Southeastern Oklahoma State University has been known as a “teachers college.’’

While the University has obviously expanded since that time, public school teachers and administrators throughout the country proudly hold degrees from Southeastern.

The quality of the Teacher Education Program was validated recently when

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) announced that Southeastern Oklahoma State University was one of 43 providers from 22 states and the District of Columbia to receive accreditation for their educator preparation programs.

The fall 2017 review by the CAEP Accreditation Council increased to 101 the total number of providers approved under the CAEP teacher preparation standards — rigorous, nationally recognized standards that were developed to ensure excellence in educator preparation programs.

“These institutions meet high standards so that their students receive an education that prepares them to succeed in a diverse range of classrooms after they graduate,” said CAEP President Dr. Christopher A. Koch. “Seeking CAEP Accreditation is a significant commitment on the part of an educator preparation provider.”

CAEP is the sole nationally recognized accrediting body for educator preparation. Accreditation is a nongovernmental activity based on peer review that serves the dual functions of assuring quality and promoting improvement.

CAEP was created by the consolidation of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. It is a unified accreditation system intent on raising the performance of all institutions focused on educator preparation. Currently, more than 800 educator preparation providers participate in the CAEP Accreditation system, including many previously accredited through former standards.

According to Dr. Stewart Mayers, director of teacher education at Southeastern, the accreditation process began three years ago with the University’s collection of data and analysis. Utilizing that information, faculty members produced a thorough written report on all facets of the teacher education program. A national site team visited the campus last April, with the two-day visit including comprehensive interviews with faculty, staff, students, and others.

All those efforts resulted in the teacher education program at Southeastern receiving accreditation and high praise from the CAEP.

“I think a number of factors make our program unique at Southeastern,’’ Mayers said. “First of all, our institution’s history of preparing teachers for more than 100 years is a big plus. We are also very fortunate to have quality faculty members who excel in scholarship and research, but are also very accessible to students. We take a great deal of pride in that (accessibility), and think it is very important to the success of our students.’’

Mayers noted that the teaching faculty includes professors who are nationally recognized former public school teachers/former public school superintendents.

The Department of Educational Instruction & Leadership offers both undergraduate and graduate programming that prepares students to enter the teaching field/enhance their skills through continued professional development

The addition of completely on-line programs is another plus, attracting students to the program from around the country and also internationally.

For more information, visit www.se.edu/dept/eil/

or https://online.se.edu/programs/

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.