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Fall commencement held at Southeastern

Commencement speaker Wren Baker congratulates a graduate.

Commencement speaker Wren Baker congratulates a graduate.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University held two Fall Commencement exercises Saturday at Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

Commencement speaker was Wren Baker, a 2001 graduate of Southeastern, who serves as Vice President and Director of Athletics at the University of North Texas in Denton.

Fifty-seven percent of the graduates are first-generation college graduates.  In addition, eight states and nine countries are represented by this class.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage offers congratulations to Taylor Gregory from Ardmore.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage offers congratulations to Taylor Gregory from Ardmore.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage, commencement speaker Wren Baker, and Oklahoma StateRegents Chair John Massey visit after the ceremony.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage, commencement speaker Wren Baker, and Oklahoma StateRegents Chair John Massey visit after the ceremony.

Murray State, Southeastern professors collaborate to teach English/history class

Dr. Rebecca Jacobs-Pollez, left, of Murray State College, and Dr. Meg Cotter-Lynch work together in the classroom.

Dr. Rebecca Jacobs-Pollez, left, of Murray State College, and Dr. Meg Cotter-Lynch work together in the classroom.

DURANT, Okla. – In March of this year, Murray State College and Southeastern Oklahoma State University announced they would share the services of Chief Financial Officer Dennis Westman.

This unique cost-saving collaboration allowed Southeastern to fill the duties of its Vice President for Business Affairs position, which had been vacant since last fall.  Westman, who had been a full-time Murray employee, now oversees business affairs at both institutions.

Now, on the academic side, the two schools are at it again.

“President (Joy) McDaniel (of Murray) and I agree that with the budget situation like it is in higher education right now, we have to think outside the box,’’ said Southeastern President Sean Burrage,  “not only in terms of economics, but in terms of what we can do to benefit our students. Murray is a tremendous partner to work with, and we look forward to additional collaborative efforts in the future.’’

Beneficiaries of the latest innovative collaboration are Southeastern honors students who take an upper-level transdisciplinary course comprised of World Literature in Translation/Cultural History of theWest in fall of their sophomore year.

The 3893 English course is taught by Dr. Meg Cotter-Lynch, Professor of English and Director of Southeastern’s Honors Program, while the 4973 history component, previously taught by Southeastern facultyuntil budget reductions intervened, is being taught by Dr. Rebecca Jacobs-Pollez, Assistant Professor of History at Murray State College.

“Murray State College and Southeastern Oklahoma State University have developed a partnership that benefits students on both campuses,” MSC President Joy McDaniel said.

“By joining together at the classroom level, we can directly assist students in a way that might not have been possible without the decision to use our resources in this particular way,” McDaniel said.

The courses meet independently on Mondays and Wednesdays, and then on Fridays, the two classes combine for a two-hour discussion on ways in which literature, history, religions, and philosophy interact to shape cultural ideas of individuals and how they interact with the community.

“I appreciate the opportunity to teach this class. The students are enthusiastic and fun, and I am also learning a great deal,which I can use at Murray and hopefully sometime again at Southeastern,” Jacobs-Pollez said.

The collaboration benefits students on many levels, according to Cotter-Lynch.  “As far as the course in general, it helps students see the connections between disciplines and also to understand the value of studying a problem through multiple disciplinary lenses, which is how the real world actually works,” she said. “We all need to understand the history and culture of places we are in to better understand how and why people believe and behave as they do; we need critical thinking and communication skills in order to interact with others.”

Cotter-Lynch added that the utilization of the two professors allows students to gain different perspectives on the same subject, while offering the expertise ofJacobs-Pollez in the field of Medieval History.

The two institutions plan on additional collaborative projects to combine faculty and administration for the benefit of students.

Dr.Lawrence Silver named President of the Southwest Case Research Association

Dr. Lawrence SilverDURANT, Okla. – Dr. Lawrence Silver of the John Massey School of Business at Southeastern Oklahoma State University was recently named president of the Southwest Case Research Association.

The association’s 44th annual meeting was held in Oklahoma City.

Silver previously served as President-elect and Vice President of Program for the association.

Silver is currently the John Massey Endowed Chair and Professor of Marketing at Southeastern – he joined the University faculty in 2006.

His research interests include application of cognitive psychology and neuroscience to marketing, management, and entrepreneurship; application of Eastern philosophy/religion to marketing, management, and ethics; marketing for thewine and spirits industries; and, small/family business cases.

Silver also volunteers with the business community by serving as a member of the Melissa (Texas) Economic Development Corporation (4A Board).

The Southwest Case Research Association is an academic organization of faculty members from throughout the southwest who teach accounting, finance, management, marketing, and other business specializations. The Southwest Case Research Association is affiliated with the North American Case Research Association.

The Southwest Case Research Association is also a member of the Federation of Business Disciplines and is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of new knowledge and the transmission of existing knowledge utilizing the case method. The case teaching approach is often considered an important technique for teaching business subjects and is modeled after the Harvard Business School.

Silver earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Sociology from Tulane University, a Master of Arts degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, a Master of Business Administration degree and his Doctor of Business Administration from Louisiana Tech University. In addition, Silver is a Chartered Life Underwriter and a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter.

 

Murray State, Southeastern to share business officer through unique collaboration

WestmanDURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University president Sean Burrage and Murray State College president Joy McDaniel today announced a collaborative agreement that will allow the institutions they lead to share the services of Murray State’s Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for Finance and Administration Dennis Westman.

The concept,developed by the two presidents in the spirit of cost-saving collaboration,allows Southeastern to fill the duties of its Vice President of Business Affairs position, which became vacant late last fall with the retirement of Ross Walkup.

Under the agreement, which takes effect March 1, Westman will remain an employee of Murray State, while also providing leadership and supervisory oversight for business affairs atSoutheastern.

“This agreement is an excellent example of campus presidents considering innovative solutions to meet operational needs in an exceptionally challenging budget environment,’’ said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “As a state system of higher education, we continue to work together at every level to maximize cost savings and provide the services required to help our students realize their educational aspirations.’’

“In the current climate, budgets and fiscal efficiency are paramount in the administrative decision-making process,’’ President McDaniel said. “As colleagues, President Burrage and I share a commitment to global solutions that are creative and mutually beneficial. This truly is collaboration at its best, and we hope to pave the way for similar agreements at other colleges and universities.’’

President Burrage agreed, saying, “we are very appreciative of the support and cooperation of President McDaniel in this venture. I really believe it will turn out to be a win-win situation for everyone involved.’’

Westman, who earned an Associates of AppliedScience in Business Management from Murray State, has been part of the administrative team there since 2011. His bachelor’s degree in management and his MBA were awarded by Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

“This is an exciting opportunity and I look forward to serving two of southeastern Oklahoma’s finest higher education institutions,” Westman said. “I have lived in Durant for many years and feel very comfortable joining President McDaniel and President Burrage in this role.’’

(cutline) Murray president Joy McDaniel, Dennis Westman, and Southeastern president Sean Burrage met recently to discuss the collaborative effort between the two schools.

Southeastern’s John Massey School of Business maintains prestigious AACSB Business Accreditation

DURANT, Okla. – The John Massey School of Business at Southeastern Oklahoma State University has maintained its business accreditation by AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. AACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by less than five percent of

the world’s business programs. Today, 716 business schools in 48 countries and territories maintain AACSB Accreditation.

The John Massey School of Business at Southeastern is the only AACSB- accredited business school in a public regional university in Oklahoma and one of only five institutions in the entire state to hold this distinction.

“The AACSB Accreditation is a symbol of quality and excellence,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage. “Beyond that, it speaks to the commitment of our faculty and staff in providing students with the access and tools they need to be successful in their careers. We also appreciate the vision and continued support of (Regent) John Massey to help make all of this possible.’’

“It takes a great deal of commitment and determination to earn and maintain AACSB Accreditation,” said Robert D. Reid, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “Business schools must not only meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty, and professional staff must make a commitment to ongoing continuous improvement to ensure that the institution will continue to deliver the highest quality of education to students.”

Executive Dean for Academic Affairs Lucretia C. Scoufos said maintaining the standards set forth by AACSB requires a team effort.

“In addition to the support of Regent Massey, we gratefully acknowledge the encouragement of President Burrage and Vice President (for Academic Affairs Doug) McMillan,’’ Scoufos said. “Most of all, we are proud of the faculty, staff and students of the John Massey School of Business, whose hard work and dedication to excellence are recognized in this achievement.”

 

Awards presented at Faculty-Staff Banquet

Southeastern president Larry Minks, second from left, received this framed gift Monday night. Making the presentation are Ross Walkup, Vice President for Business Affairs; Dr. Douglas McMillan, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Sharon Robinson, Vice President for Student Services; and Michele Campbell, Executive Assistant to the President.

Southeastern president Larry Minks, second from left, received this framed gift Monday night. Making the presentation are Ross Walkup, Vice President for Business Affairs; Dr. Douglas McMillan, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Sharon Robinson, Vice President for Student Services; and Michele Campbell, Executive Assistant to the President.

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.

Dr. Alistair Maeer was named Professor of the Year, and Dr. Mary Ann Craige was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award.

To conclude the program, Michele Campbell, Executive Assistant to the President, made a presentation to outgoing President Larry Minks. Campbell offered remarks highlighting the president’s service and accomplishments, and then he was presented with framed photographs of scenes from his five years as president.

Minks has announced that he is leaving the presidency effective July 1, but will remain at the University as President Emeritus and Distinguished University Professor of Leadership. He will also serve as the Director of the new Center for Transformational Leadership.

Recipients of the Faculty Senate Awards were, front row, left to right, Dr. Gleny Beach, Dr. Charla Hall, Deborah Combs, and Dr. Margaret Lynch. Back row, Southeastern president Larry Minks, Dr. Alistair Maeer, Dr. Shannon McCraw, Dr. Brett Elliott, George Jacox, Dr. Martin Bressler, and Faculty Senate chair Dr. Chris Moretti. Not pictured, Dr. Douglas Wood, Dr. Daniel Weigel, and Dr. Blythe Duell.

Recipients of the Faculty Senate Awards were, front row, left to right, Dr. Gleny Beach, Dr. Charla Hall, Deborah Combs, and Dr. Margaret Lynch. Back row, Southeastern president Larry Minks, Dr. Alistair Maeer, Dr. Shannon McCraw, Dr. Brett Elliott, George Jacox, Dr. Martin Bressler, and Faculty Senate chair Dr. Chris Moretti. Not pictured, Dr. Douglas Wood, Dr. Daniel Weigel, and Dr. Blythe Duell.

Following is the list of award winners:

Faculty Senate Awards

Professor of the Year: Dr. Alistair Maeer, Assistant Professor of History

Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Mary Ann Craige, Professor of Music

John Massey School of Business

Outstanding Service Award: George Jacox, Assistant Professor, Aviation Sciences Institute

Outstanding Teaching Award: Deborah Combs, Assistant Professor of Accounting and Finance

Outstanding Scholarship/Research Award: Dr. Martin Bressler, Professor of Marketing and Management

School of Arts and Sciences (Arts)

Outstanding Service Award: Dr. Margaret Cotter-Lynch, Associate Professor of English

Outstanding Teaching Award: Dr. Shannon McCraw, Associate Professor of Communication

Outstanding Scholarship/Research Award: Dr. Gleny Beach, Professor of Art

Dr. Mary Ann Craige received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Offering congratulations are Southeastern president Larry Minks and Faculty Senate chair Dr. Chris Moretti.

Dr. Mary Ann Craige received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Offering congratulations are Southeastern president Larry Minks and Faculty Senate chair Dr. Chris Moretti.

School of Arts and Sciences (Sciences)

Outstanding Service Award: Dr. Brett Elliott, Professor of Mathematics

Outstanding Teaching Award: Dr. Douglas Wood, Professor of Biological Sciences

Outstanding Scholarship/Research Award: Dr. Douglas Wood, Professor of Biological Sciences

School of Education and Behavioral Sciences

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

Outstanding Teaching Award: Dr. Blythe Duell, Associate Professor of Psychology

Outstanding Scholarship/Research Award: Dr. Daniel Weigel, Professor of Counseling

Staff Association Awards

Professional/Administration: Dan Hoke, Assistant Director of University Communications

Secretarial/Clerical: Elizabeth Brittingham, John Massey School of Business

Service/Technical: David Arnold, Physical Plant

Other Awards

Spirit of Southeastern: Dr. Larry Minks

Enrollment Management Partnership Award: Buddy Pierce, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Math Liaison, The Learning Center; Rebecca Doyal-Meyer, Instructor, English, Languages & Humanities and English Liaison, The Learning Center

Retirees

Cathy Conway, Director of Human Resources, 15 years of service

Dr. Jane Elder, Assistant Professor, Behavioral Sciences, 34 years

Dr. Nancy Hill, Assistant Professor, Educational Instruction & Leadership, 10 years

Jane McMillan, Director of Guidance & Counseling Center, 22 years

Dr. Virginia Parrish, Associate Professor, English, Humanities & Languages, 10 years

Dr. Jerry Polson, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean, School of Graduate & University Studies, 45 years

Claudette Williams, Financial Assistant, Aviation Sciences Institute, 14 years

SE CARES assists students in achieving goals, receives funding support from AT&T

Gathering for a check presentation were Southeastern Associate Dean for  Academic Services Tim Boatmun, Southeastern president Larry Minks, AT&T Area Manager of External Affairs Jason Winborn, and Southeastern Executive Director for University Advancement Kyle Stafford.

Gathering for a check presentation were Southeastern Associate Dean for Academic Services Tim Boatmun, Southeastern president Larry Minks, AT&T Area Manager of External Affairs Jason Winborn, and Southeastern Executive Director for University Advancement Kyle Stafford.

DURANT, Okla. – College students may face numerous obstacles when working toward their goals.  Academic preparedness and financial hardship are two such challenges.

But thanks to the SE CARES  (Curricular Alternatives to Remedial Education Subjects) program, these issues are being addressed at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

 

 

SE CARES has three components that have been identified as best practices for college remediation. These include accelerated experiences, provided through summer workshops for new students; embedded remediation provided by incorporating remediation into gatekeeper credit-earning courses; and tutors to work with students through remediation.

The students participating in the summer accelerated programs do not pay extra for remediation and can take credit-earning courses in the fall, as opposed to having to pay full tuition and fees for these remedial courses.  This allows the students to progress academically at the same rate as non-remediation students, and saves the student the extra expense of remediation. The embedded programs are also provided at no additional cost to the student.
“The students who have participated in SE CARES have excelled and the program has exceeded all of our expectations,’’ said Associate Dean for Academic Services Tim Boatmun.

For the summer and fall 2012 cohort, a total of 38 students participated in SE CARES.

According to the most recent data, the SE CARES students outperformed their expected retention rate by 14.8 percentage points and had a higher grade point average than their peers.

And as a result of a $10,000 grant from AT&T, Southeastern is in a position to double the size of the cohort at no cost to the University.

“We’re proud to partner with Southeastern Oklahoma State University in this investment in our future,’’ said Jason Winborn, Area Manager of External Affairs for AT&T Oklahoma.  “This investment in college readiness fuels and widens the talent pipeline for our business as well as every other business in our state and the nation.’’

“We are very pleased with the results of SE CARES and believe that it will be of  great benefit in the future,’’ said Southeastern president Larry Minks. “We are also very grateful to AT&T for their support which will allow us to expand the program.’’

According to Boatmun, the success of the program is a direct result of the leadership and support of President Minks and Vice President for Student Affairs Sharon Robinson.  He also pointed to the dedicated efforts of Betty Castle and the Learning Center staff, including Rebecca Doyal (English) and Buddy Pierce (mathematics).

SE CARES, which began as a pilot program in Fall 2011, also complements the Complete College America initiative that is being implemented in 33 states across the nation. It also addresses the transform remediation component in Southeastern’s Institutional Degree Completion and Academic Plan, which is submitted to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

Southeastern awarded 2014 Military Friendly Schools ® Designation for second consecutive year

DURANT, Okla. — Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Southeastern Oklahoma State University to the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list for the second consecutive year.

The 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“Southeastern is proud to be recognized as a military-friendly campus for the second year in a row,’’ said Southeastern president Larry Minks. “The University provides assistance to veterans and their dependents in a variety of areas, including applying for admission and financial aid and understanding their VA education benefits. Additional resources available include career counseling and tutoring. In essence, we make every effort to assist our veterans as they work to reach their goals in higher education.’’

“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows Southeastern’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran.   “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”

The 1,868 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.  These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.

Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools ® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. The survey results that comprise the 2014 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media.

Each year, schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country.

Business professor returns from organizational “boot camp’’

Robert StevensDURANT, Okla. — Dr. Robert Stevens, John Massey Endowed Chair in Business Administration at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, recently returned from a boot camp of sorts.

Stevens, who is serving as Vice President of Programs for the Southwest Case Research Association, attended a “boot camp” for new programs chairs of all the associations in the Federation of Business Disciplines (FBD) organization. The event, held in Dallas, was hosted by FBD Executive Director Michelle McEacharn, Associate Dean at the University of Louisiana Monroe,  and FBD Program Chair Marshall Horton, Professor of Business and Economics at Ouachita Baptist University.

The Southwest Case Research Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of new knowledge and the transmission of existing

knowledge utilizing the case method. The group’s annual conference, which will be held in Dallas next March, will feature presentations and discussions of cases in all areas of business and include some cases prepared by students.

The Association also sponsors the “Journal of Applied Case Research,’’ which publishes cases submitted in a blind review process. Dr. Stevens and Dr. Lawrence Silver, John Massey Endowed Chair in Marketing, presented a case entitled “Blue Water Striper Guide Service” about a Lake Texoma guide service. They are also are preparing another case,  along with Special Assistant to the Dean of Instruction, Stephanie Metts, on another local business, Tadpoles Marine.

Stevens is a past winner of the best case award presented annually for a conference case that is selected as the best case for that particular year.

Southeastern’s Dr. Jon Reid named president of professional organization

Jon ReidDURANT, Okla. — Attendees of the 35th Annual Conference of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) recently celebrated the inauguration of Jon K. Reid as president of the organization’s board of directors.

ADEC is a multidisciplinary, international, professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence and recognizing diversity in death education, care of the dying, grief counseling and research in thanatology (the scientific study of death). Its membership includes a wide array of mental and medical health personnel, educators, clergy, funeral directors and volunteers in the field of dying, death and bereavement.

Dr. Reid is a Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, where he previously served as Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and founded the annual Behavioral Sciences Scholarship Workshop. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor (Texas), a National Certified Counselor (NBCC), and a Fellow in Thanatology (ADEC).

Reid earned his Ph.D. at Texas Woman’s University, his master’s at Southwestern Baptist theological Seminary, and his bachelor’s at Midwestern State University.

He has been a member of the Southeastern faculty since 1993.

“ADEC has been my professional home for almost 20 years, providing opportunities for networking, continuing education and professional growth,’’ Reid said. “I am honored to serve in a leadership role for ADEC to help perpetuate the organization for future professionals in the field.”

Prior to his installation as President of the ADEC Board of Directors, Reid served in several ADEC capacities, including  1st  Vice President, 2nd Vice President, annual conference co-chair (2009), as well as on several ADEC committees and task forces. He has been an active member of ADEC for 19 years.