SE Live/Native American Visitation Day set for Nov. 12

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University has scheduled “SE Live Open House and Native American Visitation Day’’ for Wednesday, November 12, on the Durant campus.

High school seniors and juniors, along with their parents and families, are invited to experience life as a student at Southeastern during SE Live Open House. The event begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 3 p.m.

More than 250 students attended the event last fall.

Highlights include programs on Scholarships and Financial Aid, Southeastern Traditions, Residence Life, and Life as a Student Athlete. Campus tours will be offered

throughout the day.

Native American Visitation Day allows students the opportunity to learn about Native American benefits, attend a class on Native American studies, and play a traditional game of stickball.

In the afternoon, students will have the opportunity to visit Eaker Field, home of the award-winning Southeastern Aviation Program.

In addition, choir and band students will have a chance to rehearse with those programs and audition for music scholarships in the fall.

Entertainment throughout the day will be provided by performing groups from Southeastern, including the Sparks Dance Team, Cheer Squad, and the True Blue Ambassadors.

All students attending the event will receive an SE Sackpack and one free lunch ticket. Lunch is sponsored by Durant’s First United Bank.

To register, go online to or contact the Admissions and Recruitment Office at 580-745-2060.



New True Blue Ambassadors named

The True Blue Ambassadors assist at a variety of University functions throughout the academic year.

DURANT, Okla. – Eleven outstanding Southeastern Oklahoma State University students have been chosen for the fifth class of True Blue Ambassadors.

These student leaders will represent Southeastern at high school recruitment events, provide campus tours to prospective students, and assist with Alumni Association events.

The Ambassadors will also work with Southeastern president Larry Minks to host special guests.

Three states are represented by the new True Blue Ambassadors, with four students from Oklahoma, six from Texas, and one from Arkansas.

New Oklahoma Ambassadors are Brittney Bailey, Crowder, Biology/Chemistry major; Chelsea Connel, Madill, Biology; Danielle Julian, Valliant, Psychology; and Leslie Wesberry Jr., Tishomingo, Business.

Texas Ambassadors are Whitney Bowen, Rowlett, Psychology; Kevin Holzbog, Denison, Occupational Safety and Health; Kyle Ludwick, Fort Worth, Political Science; Kailea Marshall, Howe, Occupational Safety and Health; Helen Moore, Denison, Music Education; and Darrin Wade, Houston, Technical Theatre.

Dylan Henson, Aviation-Professional Pilot major, is from Siloam Springs, Ark.

The 2012-13 True Blue Ambassadors were nominated by Southeastern faculty and staff members and participated in an application and interview process. All Ambassadors volunteer their time to serve the University. Southeastern’s Presidential Partners is providing funding for training and awards.

The new True Blue Ambassadors will join 15 returning Ambassadors.

For more information on the program, contact the Office of University Recruitment at 580-745-2060 or visit

Southeastern adds 12 new True Blue Ambassadors

Southeastern adds 12 new True Blue Ambassadors

Press Release Date: 5-13-2011

New True Blue Ambassadors

The True Blue Ambassadors represent Southeastern Oklahoma State University by conducting campus tours and greeting visitors to the school.

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Oklahoma State University True Blue Ambassador program added 12 new members this spring. The new ambassadors joined the current ambassadors to help represent Southeastern to prospective students, alumni, and guests who visit campus.

Southeastern’s Office of University Recruitment and the University’s Presidential Partners sponsor the True Blue program in order to maximize recruitment efforts and to offer students a chance to develop their leadership ability. University Recruitment originated the program nearly two years ago.

“Our ambassadors are the best at telling the Southeastern story,” said Elizabeth Stidham, recruitment coordinator. “We’ve had a lot of success attracting students to our university because we let our ambassadors share their Southeastern experiences with prospective students.”

The 12 new members were nominated by faculty and staff members and went through an application/interview process to be selected.

The new True Blue Ambassadors, their hometowns and fields of study are as follows:

  • Alex Fowzer, Paris, Texas – Broadcasting
  • Ashley Clark, Whitesboro, Texas – Elementary Education
  • Caden Martin, Aztec, New Mexico – Political Science
  • Kathryn Robertson, Wapanuka, Okla. – Sociology
  • Kasidy Kinkade, Bonham, Texas — Biology
  • Kellie Robertson, Poteau, Okla. – Health & Physical Education & Recreation
  • Kyle McKeever, Valliant, Okla. – Aviation, Professional Pilot
  • Landon Johnson, Caddo, Okla. – Business & Occupational Safety
  • Matt Jones, Elk City, Okla. – Advertising & Public Relations
  • Ricky Righteous, Dallas, Texas – Aviation, Professional Pilot
  • Sabrina Stewart, Era, Texas – Elementary Education
  • Taylor Donaldson, Idabel, Oklahoma – Theatre Management & Promotions

The current True Blue Ambassadors are:

  • Ashleigh Langford, Durant, Oklahoma – Elementary Education
  • Chikako Nishina-Martin, Mesquite, Texas – Chemistry, Pre-Pharmacy
  • Hunter Sitz, Celina, Texas – Music Education
  • Lindsey Ludwick, Ft. Worth, Texas – Chemistry, Pre-Optometry
  • Matthew Morris, Caddo, Okla. – Elementary Education
  • Patrick Nelson, Ft. Worth, Texas – Sociology
  • Tiffany Martinez, Bogota, Columbia – Communication
  • Zac Morgan, Prague, Okla. – Aviation, Professional Pilot

This group of ambassadors is diverse in campus involvement as well as majors and hometowns. There are nine students from Texas, nine from Oklahoma, one from New Mexico, and another from Columbia.

“It’s great to have such a diverse group of students to help represent Southeastern,” Stidham said. “The fact that we have an equal dispersion of Oklahoma and Texas ambassadors really speaks about the demographics at the University.”

“It’s great to be a part of the True Blue program. I feel like I’ll really be able to contribute to SE Recruitment,” said Ashley Clark, a new ambassador from Whitesboro, Texas.

The ambassadors are required to know important Southeastern information, historical facts about the university, and be able to answer any questions a prospective student might have while leading a campus tour.

“Campus tours are a deciding factor for many students and I enjoy getting to reassure them that Southeastern is the right place to be,” said Zachary Morgan, a returning ambassador from Prague, Okla.

In addition to leading campus tours, the ambassadors assist at University Recruitment’s biggest event each semester, SE Live Open House, where some 200 prospective students visit campus to get a feel for what life at Southeastern is really like.

They also represent the Southeastern student body at alumni events such as the Gold & Blue Gala and help Southeastern president Larry Minks welcome guests when they visit campus.

“In many instances, a person’s first impression of Southeastern is formed from meeting the ambassadors,” Minks said. “And this group plays a vital role in the recruiting process.”

For more information about the True Blue Ambassador program, please visit or contact the Office of University Recruitment at (580) 745-2060 or