Southeastern News

Joy Culbreath, Mark Hughes, and Charles McCall, Sr., named Distinguished Alumni for 2017

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will recognize three Distinguished Alumni in conjunction with the Homecoming 2017 celebration.

Events will be held October 5-6-7.

The Distinguished Awards Banquet is scheduled for Friday, October 6, at 5:30 p.m. in the Visual and Performing Arts Center. The banquet will recognize this

year’s recipients of the Distinguished Alumni, Distinguished Former Faculty and Benefactor awards.

This year’s recipients of the Distinguished Alumni award are Joy Culbreath, Mark Hughes, and Charles McCall, Sr.

Joy culbreath

Joy culbreath

Joy Culbreath is a name synonymous with education in the state of Oklahoma.

After 27 years working in TRIO programs and teaching in the Business Department, Culbreath retired from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Thus began her career with The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, which continues to this day, where she is Director of Education Special Projects. Culbreath  also serves as chairman of Jones Academy Foundation, which supports a legacy school founded by the Choctaw Nation in 1891.

Before taking on her current position, Culbreath retired as Executive Director of Education for the Nation.

In 1993, she started building an adult education program as the department’s only employee. Under her guidance, the Education Department blossomed, as she oversaw 14 programs, including TRIO, Early Childhood, Adult and Scholarship programs. Today, those programs provide funding to thousands of young Choctaws.

In 1997, Culbreath began building a language program from scratch. No teaching materials were available and coursework and reference materials had to be developed for classroom use. Today, Choctaw Language is state-certified and taught in public schools and college campuses for credit.

Culbreath has served on numerous committees and boards, including the Chahta Foundation, Jones Academy Foundation and the Alumni Board and John Massey Business Board at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

She received her Bachelor’s in Business Education and Elementary Education (1975) and Master’s degrees in Behavioral Studies (Certified Professional Counselor) and Administration (1977) from Southeastern.

In 2002, Culbreath was recognized by the Oklahoma State Board of Regents as the first recipient of the “Champion for Student Success’’ award. In 2011, she was named to the prestigious Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame.

Culbreath’s three daughters, Stacy Shepherd, Paula Harp and Richelle Acker are also Southeastern graduates.

Shepherd earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees and is Executive Officer of Member Services at The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Harp also received her bachelor’s and master’s and is Senior Director-Education Department for the Choctaws. In addition, she is a Southeastern Alumni Association Board member. Acker completed her bachelor’s degree and is Associate Department Director of Admissions at Vanderbilt Law School.

Culbreath’s  most recent projects have involved publishing a manuscript by a local historian and a traditional Choctaw children’s book.    She currently serves on the board for the March of Dimes,  Kiamichi Technology Center, and Gov. Fallin’s Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness.

 

Mark Hughes -

Mark Hughes –

Mark Hughes is a retired college electronics instructor widely recognized as an authority on Civil War cemeteries.

He is the only author to publish books on both Union and Confederate cemeteries. His books include, “Bivouac of the Dead,” “The Unpublished Roll of Honor” and two volumes of “Confederate Cemeteries.”

Hughes’ latest book, “The New Civil War Handbook: Facts and Photos for Readers of All Ages,” has been called a long-overdue update of a classic. He also wrote the “Introduction” and “Place Index” to the Roll of Honor series. “Confederate Soldiers in the American Civil War: Facts and Photos for Readers of All Ages” will be published in the fall of 2017.

In addition, he has written articles on a variety of subjects for a number of magazines.

In 1985, Hughes earned his Bachelor of Science in Electronic Technology from Southeastern. He received a Master of Technology from Southeastern the following year. While in Durant, he was an engineer for the campus radio station and involved with the Baptist Student Union.

He has done graduate work in Industrial Education at Clemson University and graduate work in history at Southeastern.

Hughes was named Faculty Advisor of the Year – Society of Manufacturing Engineers at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1988 and nominated for Cleveland (North Carolina) Community College Excellence in Teaching Award five times.

In addition, Hughes taught at Orangeburg-Calhoun (South Carolina) Technical College, and Southeastern (adjunct in 1984-85).

Hughes, his wife Patty, and their daughter Anna Grace reside on the family farm in the Dixon Community near Kings Mountain, North Carolina.

Charles McCall,  Sr., is the owner of AmeriState Bank, an Oklahoma Banking corporation,  and the AtokaState Bancorporation.

 

After graduating from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1967,  he began his career in banking and recently celebrated his 50th year of service to the Bank.

 

Charles McCall-

Charles McCall-

McCall  served many years as the bank’s President, Chief Executive Officer, and Board Chairman.

He is past president of the Atoka Chamber of Commerce, Atoka Rotary Club and Atoka Lions Club. Active in civic affairs, he served 16 years on the Atoka City Council and was the first chairman of the Atoka City Industrial Development Authority.

McCall is a 1962 graduate of Atoka High School, where he was a three-sport athlete and delegate to Boys State.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Southeastern, and was a member of Lambda Psi Omega men’s fraternity. Following graduation, McCall served in the Oklahoma National Guard from 1967 to 1973.

He is currently active as a member of the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Alumni Board of Directors.

McCall and his late wife, Barbara Ann Clure, have two sons, Charles, Oklahoma Speaker of the House and CEO and Board Chairman of AmeriState Bank, and Clay McCall, AmeriState Bank president.

His hobbies include flying, antique cars and watching his six grandsons participate in school activities.

For a complete schedule of homecoming events, visit  http://www.se.edu/alumni/homecoming-2017/schedule-of-events/

Teriki Barnes installed as President-elect of state organization

Teriki BarnesDURANT, Okla. – Teriki Barnes, director of the Educational Opportunity Center at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, was installed as President-Elect of the Oklahoma Division of Student Assistance (ODSA) at its recent state conference in Midwest City.

Barnes will serve a three-year term on the ODSA board, and will also serve on the Southwest Association of Student Assistance Programs (SWASAP) regional board.

ODSA, established in 1971, is a service organization of TRIO professionals within Oklahoma, whose purpose is to foster the development, improvement, and extension of educational opportunities for TRIO-eligible persons.  There are currently 79 TRIO programs in Oklahoma, with seven of those programs hosted at Southeastern.

TRIO programs are administered through federal grants to provide outreach and supportive services for underrepresented students from middle school to post-baccalaureate.

Low-income individuals, first-generation college students, veterans and military-connected students, and persons with disabilities are provided financial aid application assistance, academic counseling, college admissions assistance, career exploration, tutoring, and financial literacy counseling through these programs.

The TRIO programs hosted at Southeastern are Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math/Science, Texoma Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search, Student Support Services, Educational Opportunity Centers, and Project: TEACH.  Combined, the TRIO programs at Southeastern serve 3,149 students annually, and have successfully met their mandatory objectives each year since the first program (Upward Bound) began in 1966.

Other Southeastern  TRIO personnel who have served as ODSA board members include Tomyra Britt, Brina Ford, Deborah Godwin, Susy Haworth and Kris Simpson.

 

Michele Campbell named to “50 Women Making A Difference’’ list in Oklahoma

A Healdton native, Campbell earned bachelor and master degrees at Southeastern and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is married to Brian Campbell and has three children — Cole, Jade and Shaya Claxton. She is the daughter of Obe and Winnie McKibban of Healdton.

A Healdton native, Campbell earned bachelor and master degrees at Southeastern and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is married to Brian Campbell and has three children — Cole, Jade and Shaya Claxton.
She is the daughter of Obe and Winnie McKibban of Healdton.

DURANT, Okla. –The Journal Record has named Michele Campbell of Southeastern Oklahoma State University as one of its “50 Women Making A Difference in Oklahoma.’’

Campbell serves as executive assistant to Southeastern president Larry Minks. Prior to her current role, Campbell served as Director of Continuing Education and served in various capacities in the TRIO program for 19 years. She was a TRIO program director for 10 of those years.

The 50 honorees will be honored at an awards gala and dinner on Oct. 3 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.  Also at that time, the “Woman of the Year’’ will be announced.

 

“Michele is very deserving of this recognition,’’ President Minks said. “It is a great honor not only for her but for the University as well. She is a great example of the quality of faculty, staff and students that we have representing Southeastern.’’

“There are so many amazing and accomplished women in Oklahoma and it is such an honor to provide them with the recognition they deserve,’’ said Mary Melon, president and publisher of The Journal Record.  “The Journal Record started the Woman of the Year program in 1981 to recognize what was then called a growing segment of the workforce. Today, women play such a critical role in leading businesses, organizations and communities and it is critically important to continue highlighting the difference they make and to build up future generations of leaders.’’

Campbell was recently elected by the Leadership Oklahoma (LOK) Board of Directors to its executive committee for the upcoming year. In that capacity, Campbell will serve as Chair of the Adult Program Committee. She is a graduate of LOK (Class XXIII) and is a class ambassador.  LOK is a statewide leadership development program designed to identify, educate, and challenge the leaders of the state.

In addition, Campbell has been named to the Board of Advocates for the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer City at the University of Oklahoma. As an advocate, her primary responsibilities are to provide outreach opportunities in the Durant community and access to the Cancer Center system for their family, friends or community members.

“I am very pleased to have been named to The Journal Record’s 50 Women Making a Difference in Oklahoma,’’ Campbell said. “I believe through education we can have significant impact on our students and ultimately all Oklahomans. I am privileged to have the opportunity to be a part of a team of people here at Southeastern that believe that as well and are truly making a difference.”

Michele Campbell named to Leadership Oklahoma Advisory Board


DURANT, Okla. – Michele Campbell of Durant has been named to the advisory board of Leadership Oklahoma (LOK).

Campbell, who serves as executive assistant to President Larry Minks at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, is in her 23rd year at the school. Prior to her current role, Campbell served as Director of Continuing Education and served in various capacities in the TRIO program for 19 years. She was a TRIO program director for 10 of those years.

Leadership Oklahoma is entering its 26th year as a statewide leadership development program designed to identify, educate, and challenge the leaders of the state. This program has had a positive impact on the entire state with the number of program graduates at approximately 1,300.

Campbell is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma (Class XXIII) and is a class ambassador. She has been a member of the LOK program committee for two years, and was involved with the Durant committee that hosted the Tribal Government and water topics meetings last fall.

A Healdton native, Campbell earned bachelor and master degrees at Southeastern and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is married to Brian Campbell and has three children — Cole, Jade and Shaya Claxton.