Outstanding Southeastern Student Profiles

Kourtney Cunningham

Kourtney Cunningham is a journalism major at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She is from Rio Ranch, New Mexico, and a V. Sue Cleveland High School graduate.

Her decision to attend Southeastern was rooted in the accessibility she received from the faculty and staff during the admissions process. She felt as if she had to bend over backward to get the admissions staff at larger institutions to even talk to her about scholarship opportunities.  Cunningham was elated at the difference in that experience and the personal attention she received at Southeastern.

“My mom spoke directly with the head of the admissions and recruitment office, and they worked with me to get the best possible scholarship package and degree programming for me,” Cunningham said.  “I have been continually impressed with the culture of caring faculty and staff here at Southeastern.”

Cunningham chose to major in journalism because of her interest in media and how companies communicate messages to their audiences. She is particularly interested in the impact that news has on the public’s view of current events.  She notes that news carries a lot of weight; it informs us on what to think about, who to listen to and what opinions are out there. Additionally, she loves to write, so journalism was a great choice.

“I knew I made the right choice after spending a year as a contributing writer on the staff for Student Publications,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun and I look forward to continue my writing throughout my education.”

A President’s Leadership Class graduate and a True Blue Ambassador, Cunningham is extremely involved on campus. She is now the managing editor of Student Publications.  She is involved in the production of SE’s new magazine called the Holliso, and in producing news content for Southeastern faculty, staff and students on thesoutheastern.com.

Everything produced by student publications is student written, edited and designed. She is responsible for managing the student staff, several contributing writers and graphic design interns. She works closely with her faculty advisor, to make sure everything runs smoothly and they are producing quality work.

She is also involved with the Baptist Collegiate Ministry, a place where she has grown in community with other Christians on campus.  She leads a Bible study, and serves as a leader for the BCM Women’s Ministry. She credits her motivation to succeed to her faith, and doing everything to the best of her ability in order to glorify God with her life.

After graduating from SE, she is hoping to pursue a career in higher education. She would like to work in university marketing and recruitment at a small university like SE. Eventually, she wants to obtain her masters and doctorate in communication and teach at the collegiate level.  Cunningham credits the many opportunities she has been afforded, simply because SE is a smaller campus.

“These are priceless opportunities to network in the SE community and gain real world experience in my field,” she said.  “This community has equipped me with the skills I need to succeed in my career and in my life.”