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Southeastern recognizes outstanding faculty, staff and retirees at event

) Southeastern president Sean Burrage, far left, and Faculty Senate chair Dr.Steven Emge, far right, congratulate Dr. Randy Prus (Lifetime Achievement), Dr. Meg Cotter-Lynch (Professor of the Year), and Carolyn Fridley (Adjunct Professor of the Year) on their awards.

) Southeastern president Sean Burrage, far left, and Faculty Senate chair Dr.Steven Emge, far right, congratulate Dr. Randy Prus (Lifetime Achievement), Dr. Meg Cotter-Lynch (Professor of the Year), and Carolyn Fridley (Adjunct Professor of the Year) on their awards.

 Southeastern president Sean Burrage, far left, and Staff Association president Teena Harlin, far right, congratulate Roxanne Bell (Service/Technical), Johnna Towne (Secretarial/Clerical), and Kendra Gross (Administrative/Professional) on receiving their respective awards Monday.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage, far left, and Staff Association president Teena Harlin, far right, congratulate Roxanne Bell (Service/Technical), Johnna Towne (Secretarial/Clerical), and Kendra Gross (Administrative/Professional) on receiving their respective awards Monday.

 

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s annual Faculty and Staff Recognition Celebration was held Monday in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

The event honors retirees and employees for years of service. In addition, awards are presented by the Faculty Senate and Staff Association.

Following is the list of retirees, with years of service:

Dr. Gleny Beach, professor /director of visual arts in art, communication &theatre, 23 years; Dr. Theresa Hrncir, professor of accounting & finance, 21 years; Dr. Margaret Avard, professor of chemistry, computer & physical sciences, 20 years; and Dr. Vivian Guarnera, associate professor/chair of Educational instruction & leadership, 20 years.

Also, Dr. Charles Marshall, associate professor of aviation sciences institute, 13 years; Linda McGehee, custodian, custodial services, 12 years; Dr. Reba Criswell, Associate Professor of Counseling/School Counseling Program Coordinator

Behavioral Sciences, 11 years; Dr. George Stevenson Smith, professor of accounting & finance, 11 years; Sandy Bumgarner, office assistant academic programs in art, communication & theatre, 9 years; and Dr. Robin Plumb, dean & director of Educational outreach, 7 years.

Following is the list of award recipients:

Faculty Senate awards

Faculty Senate Recognition Award for Excellence in Teaching

Arts & Sciences (A&S): Math, Sciences and Safety – Dr. Tim Smith

A&S: Arts and Letters – Ms. Riley Coker

Education & Behavioral Sciences  – Dr. Susan Morrison

John Massey School of Business –  Stephanie Metts

Faculty Senate Recognition Award for Outstanding Research and Scholarly Activity

A&S: Math,Science and Safety – Dr. Erica Corbett

A&S: Arts and Letters – Dr. Brooks Flippen

Education & Behavioral Sciences – Dr. Amy Madewell

John Massey School of Business – Dr. Ying Lin

Faculty Senate Recognition Award for Meritorious Service to the University and/or Profession

A&S: Math,Sciences and Safety – Dr. Tim Smith

A&S: Arts and Letters – Dr. Jeremy Blackwood

Education & Behavioral Sciences – Dr. Amy Madewell

John Massey School of Business  – Dr. Kitty Campbell

Faculty Senate Recognition Award for Professor of the Year

Dr. Meg Cotter-Lynch –Professor of English, Director of Honors Program

Faculty Senate Recognition Award for Lifetime Achievement

Dr. Randy Prus, Professor of English, Chair of English, Humanities & Languages

Faculty Senate Recognition Award for Adjunct Professor of the Year

Ms. Carolyn Fridley

Faculty Senate Recognition Award for Librarian of the Year

Ms. Sandra Thomas

 

Staff  Association awards:

Administrative/Professional — Kendra Gross, director of McCurtain County campus

Secretarial/Clerical — Johnna Towne, office manager, Physical Plant

Service/Technical — Roxanne Bell, custodian

Twenty-one schools scheduled to participate in Science Olympiadhosted by Southeastern

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host the Oklahoma Science Olympiad Invitational Tournament Saturday, February 18.

More than 200 middle and high school students from 21 public and private schools across Oklahoma and north Texas will compete in 2-4 person teams in one or more of 46 events that include most areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Oklahoma has been involved in Science Olympiad for 16 years. The competition is similar to academic track meets, consisting of 23 team events in each division. Middle school is Division B and high school is Division C.

A portion of the events is rotated each year to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation.

Southeastern  faculty and staff from the Department of Aviation Sciences, Biological Science, Chemistry, Computer and Physical Sciences have volunteered to design events, write and grade exams and provide support to make this competition happen. In addition, more than 20 Southeastern student volunteers are signed up to help with the competition.

Local teachers and administrators interested in learning about the Science Olympiad are encouraged to visit and watch the competition. For more information about the Science Olympiad event, contact Dr. Tim Smith at tsmith@se.edu.

 

Dr. Tim Smith named department chair

Dr. Tim Smith named department chair

Press Release Date: 3-10-2011

Dr. Tim Smith

DURANT, Okla. – Dr. (Joel) Tim Smith was recently appointed to the position of department chair of Chemistry, Computer & Physical Sciences at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Smith joined Southeastern in 1995 as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. In addition to teaching responsibilities, Smith has served in several capacities, including the director of the NIH Minority Biological Research Support program at Southeastern and as the campus representative for the Oklahoma IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence.

He currently holds the rank of Professor of Chemistry and is an Engles Endowed Chair of Biomedical Sciences.

Smith received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Southeastern in 1990 and his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Oklahoma State University in 1994.

He returned to Southeastern after a stint with Monsanto Corporate Research in St. Louis.

Smith has developed a substantial research program in the area of bio-analytical chemistry that has involved more than 50 undergraduate students and has obtained in excess of a million dollars in funding in external grants. He has also authored or co-authored 30 research articles in peer-review publications and co-authored two book chapters.

“Dr. Smith is an excellent teacher who is very student-oriented,” said Southeastern president Larry Minks. “He has been very active in grant writing and also very involved in the community. We believe that he is an excellent choice for this position and look forward to his many contributions in this new role.”

He succeeds Dr. Jerry Polson as chair. Polson has assumed the role of Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Support and Dean of the School of Graduate and University Studies.