Outstanding Southeastern Student Profiles

Charles Jackson

When talking to Charles Eugene Jackson Jr., you become immediately engaged. With a combination of determination and strong work ethic, his successes thus far are no surprise.  Jackson is a junior at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. A Saginaw (TX) High School graduate, his theatre career began as a high school freshman playing the role of Old King Cole.

A double major, Jackson studies Theatre with an emphasis on Acting/Directing and Communications with an emphasis on Broadcasting.  Dr. Randy Clark, the current Southeastern Speech and Debate coach, recruited Jackson to Southeastern after seeing him compete at a speech tournament. Jackson wanted to be a part of the foundation of Southeastern’s newly revamped Speech and Debate program. The director of Southeastern Theatre, Dell McLain, also played a large role in Jackson coming to Southeastern, taking interest in Jackson’s love for the stage.

After graduating, Jackson is considering film or graduate school. He is already building his production company, Poetic Thespian Productions, and hopes to make a name for himself in the entertainment industry.  Along with his production company, Jackson is using his talents for writing and directing plays, in and out of school.

“I recently wrote a play about homelessness dedicated to my sister who was homeless this last summer,” he said, “The show was called Destitute and all of the proceeds from the show went to the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition.”

Known for his dependability, Jackson is highly involved on campus. He is in theatre and speech and debate, and works for the Office of Student Life, as well as the Southeastern radio station.  He qualified for the most prestigious national tournament possible in speech and debate in 2015. He qualified in three events (dramatic interpretation, dramatic duo interpretation, and prose) and competed at the University of Florida. Along with his teammate Ralontae Worley, they were the first Southeastern students to qualify for the tournament in more than a decade.

When asked about one of his favorite memories, Jackson recalls a moment from last summer when he put on his first show. He wrote, directed, produced, and acted in the show, and was overwhelmed when many of the Southeastern faculty members drove to Fort Worth, TX, to see it.

“I love the way the professors interact with the students here,” he said, “I honestly feel like they not only love their jobs, but they care about the students. We aren’t just numbers on a form to them.”

With a heart for community and the needy, Jackson has big dreams for himself.

“I refuse to settle for mediocrity,” Jackson said, “I want to make a change in the world and be a part of making a difference.”