Southeastern News

Poetry reading

Southeastern adjunct professor Ron Wallace held a poetry reading and book signing recently in the Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library. Wallace read from his latest book, ‘Renegade and Other Poems.”

Southeastern hosting technology conference for educators Aug. 4

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host the inaugural EdCampSE for Pre-K12 and beyond/higher education at the Durant campus on Friday, August 4, in the Russell Building. The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Russell 100.

Southeastern, in partnership with the Masonic Institute for Professional Development, will present EdCampSE to recognize and support area public teachers. This will be an opportunity for educators to network and learn best practices on how to incorporate technology into the classroom.

A pre-conference will be held on Thursday, August 3, in the Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library with special speaker Tim Tingle, an award-winning Choctaw author. He will lead interactive sessions on the art of culturally responsive storytelling and how to incorporate digital storytelling into the curriculum. This event begins at 8 a.m. with breakfast and sign-in followed by a lecture at 9 a.m.

On Friday, EdCampSE begins at 8 a.m. in the Russell Building (room 100 , followed by registration, breakfast, and networking at 9 a.m. Sessions will continue throughout the day in the Russell Building.

Educators can register at http://www.se.edu/dept/eil/edcampse/.

Southeastern’s Brandon Burnette publishes series of articles

Burnette-BrandonDURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Brandon Burnette has written a three-part series of articles titled, “Historic Indian Publications by the U.S. Federal Government.”  The American Library Association published these articles in the Government Documents Roundtable publication, “Documents to the People’’ (DTTP).

Burnette is the Government Documents/Reference Librarian at the Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library and an Associate Professor.

The first article is related to materials published by the Smithsonian Institution’s Bureau of American Ethnology.  It appeared in the Spring 2015 issue of DTTP.  Article number two, which was published in the Summer 2015 issue, is on the “Annual Reports of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs.’’  The final article contains census, law materials and other historic Indian publications and was published in the Fall 2015 issue of DTTP.

Most of the publications above are available in the Native American Collection on the first floor of the Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library.  They are also accessible on the Internet on the Native American Historical Resources webpage at                                                                          http://www.se.edu/library/government-information/native-american-historical-resources/.

All three articles will be available on the Native American Historical Resources webpage within six months.

Ron Wallace poetry reading scheduled for Tuesday

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will be the site of a poetry reading of Ron Wallace’s new book on Tuesday, March 10, at 6 p.m.

The new book is titled, “Of Hawks And Horses …  And a World in Between.”        

The event is scheduled for the Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library in the Native American Commons Area on the first floor. Book sales and signing will follow. Everyone is invited to attend, meet Wallace and talk poetry.

Open House held for Native American Collection & Commons at Southeastern

DURANT, Okla. – An open house for the new Native American Collection & Commons in the Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library was held Tuesday at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The Collection houses historical government documents, pre-statehood and early statehood maps, Indian Territory newspapers and much more. Display items are from The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and the Chickasaw Nation. Funding for the Commons and Collection was made possible by the Title III, NASNTI Connect2Complete grant and Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

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Native November offers variety of events

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate Native November with a variety of events beginning on the first day of the month and concluding on Nov. 19. The celebration is sponsored by Southeastern’s Native American Center for Student Success.

Following is the schedule of events:

2014 Native November Schedule

Saturday, November 1

Noon-5 p.m. – Choctaw College Connection Recruitment Event at Choctaw Nation Resort

Monday, November 3

3-5 p.m. – Native American Center Open House and Reception, Meet and Greet 2014-15 Miss Indian SOSU at Center for Student Success

Tuesday, November 4

2-4 p.m. – Open House Native American Commons Area Reception at Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library

Wednesday, November 5

1 p.m. – Native Symposium Insights with Mr. Richard Green, Chickasaw Historian and Author

Thursday, November 6

4 p.m. – Social Stickball on front lawn

Saturday, November 8

10:30 a.m. – Native American Scholars Recognition Brunch, Magnolia Room

Choctaw Youth Stickball at halftime of the Southeastern-Arkansas Tech football game

Tuesday, November 11

2 p.m. – Play produced by Kathleen Hardgrove, Glen D. Johnson Student Union, room 213

Wednesday, November 12

2 p.m. – Native American Student Visitation, Campus-Wide Social Stickball

Thursday, November 13

1:30 p.m. – Leave for Native American Center, Choctaw Language School Tour, Faculty and Staff Development, RSVP

Friday, November 14

2 p.m. – Chickasaw Culture and Storytelling, Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library, followed by Social Stickball on the front lawn

Tuesday, November 18

1 p.m, — Round Reed Basket Making, Magnolia Room

Wednesday, November 19

1 p.m. – Gourd Dance, Dr. Joe Bohanon

For more information, contact Chris Wesberry at 580-745-2376.

Southeastern celebrates Homecoming

Southeastern president Larry Minks congratulates Homecoming Queen and King Amanda Scott and Payton Werner.

DURANT, Okla. – “Faithful to the Gold and Blue” was the theme of Homecoming this year at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Three days (Sept. 27-28-29) of events were held as part of the celebration, including such traditional events as the Whang Bang Alumni Golf Tournament, the Distinguished Alumini Awards Banquet, Former Athletes’ Breakfast, and football game.

Honored as Distinguished Alumni this year were Captain Gail Gorski, (’74), Mr. Steve Robinson (’86), and Mr. Towana Spivey (’68).

Recognized with the Distinguished Former Faculty award were Dr. Walter Britt, Dr. Elbert Hill, and Dr. Pat Robbins. (’60).

The Benefactor award was presented to the family of the late Albert H. Brigance (’55). In addition, the grand opening of the Albert H. Brigance Curriculum and Assessment Center was held on Thursday, September 27, in Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library.

The Heritage Award, which honors individuals who have impacted the history of Southeastern in some unique way, was presented to the family of the late Dr. Bernice Crockett (’34).

Amanda Scott, junior psychology major from Ardmore, and Payton Werner, sophomore social studies major from Broken Bow, were crowned Homecoming Queen and King.

On Friday, September 28, coach Mike Metheny’s team carded a 50 to claim the championship of the 26th-annual Whang Bang Alumni Golf Classic at Silverado Golf Course. Other members of the winning team were Rusty Zumwalt, Owasso; Jack Park, Norman; Casey Clayborn, McAlester; Paul Postier, Tulsa; and Norm Clayborn, Wilburton.

Southeastern’s Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library receives grant to help preserve its historic collections

Southeastern’s Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library receives grant to help preserve its historic collections

DURANT, Okla. – The Oklahoma Department of Libraries, in partnership with the Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board, today announced that the Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library was awarded a “Threats to Your Collection” grant of $500 to digitize microfilm copies (1922-1997) of The Southeastern, SE’s campus newspaper.

The Southeastern Library serves the students, faculty and staff of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, but many other people in the area have ties to the institution as well, either as alumni or family and friends of students. With that in mind, that The Southeastern serves a valuable role in chronicling the life and times of the local community.

A “Threats to Your Collection” grant in 2010 allowed the Southeastern librarians to digitize and preserve their print newspapers. Digitization not only preserves the fragile newsprint but it makes searching for specific names, dates, or topics much easier.

This 2012 “Threats to Your Collection” grant will make it possible to digitize the remaining microfilm issues. Once digitized, the electronic version will be added to the library’s website for easy access from any Internet computer. All digitized issues of The Southeastern can be found on the SE library’s website at:http://homepages.se.edu/library/electronic-resources/the-southeastern/

“In presenting this grant to Southeastern’ s Library, it is our intention to help further its commitment to providing the best possible care of the historic materials in its collections,” said Susan Feller, project director for the Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board and development officer for the Oklahoma Department of Libraries. “We hope that these grants will facilitate increased local support for the care of historic collections held by organizations such as the Henry G. Bennett Library.”

According to Feller, the “Threats to Your Collection” grant opportunity was an outcome of a statewide survey that assessed the condition of collections held by Oklahoma’s 800 museums and libraries. The study found that almost all organizations have lost historic materials through theft, environmental damage, and other causes. “It is our goal to stem the loss of Oklahoma’s heritage by providing funding for secure storage, environmental controls, archival storage supplies, fire detection, and other projects that address threats to collections,” Feller said.

Support for the grant program was provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the funding arm for the National Archives and Records Administration. Grants totaling $50,000 were awarded to 27 Oklahoma institutions.

For more information on the Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library’s Digitization project, contact Kathryn Plunkett, 580-745-2302, or kplunkett@se.edu.

Southeastern celebrates Homecoming

Southeastern president Larry Minks congratulates Homecoming Queen and King Amanda Scott and Payton Werner.

DURANT, Okla. – “Faithful to the Gold and Blue” was the theme of Homecoming this year at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Three days (Sept. 27-28-29) of events were held as part of the celebration, including such traditional events as the Whang Bang Alumni Golf Tournament, the Distinguished Alumini Awards Banquet, Former Athletes’ Breakfast, and football game.

Honored as Distinguished Alumni this year were Captain Gail Gorski, (’74), Mr. Steve Robinson (’86), and Mr. Towana Spivey (’68).

Recognized with the Distinguished Former Faculty award were Dr. Walter Britt, Dr. Elbert Hill, and Dr. Pat Robbins. (’60).

The Benefactor award was presented to the family of the late Albert H. Brigance (’55). In addition, the grand opening of the Albert H. Brigance Curriculum and Assessment Center was held on Thursday, September 27, in Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library.

The Heritage Award, which honors individuals who have impacted the history of Southeastern in some unique way, was presented to the family of the late Dr. Bernice Crockett (’34).

Amanda Scott, junior psychology major from Ardmore, and Payton Werner, sophomore social studies major from Broken Bow, were crowned Homecoming Queen and King.

On Friday, September 28, coach Mike Metheny’s team carded a 50 to claim the championship of the 26th-annual Whang Bang Alumni Golf Classic at Silverado Golf Course. Other members of the winning team were Rusty Zumwalt, Owasso; Jack Park, Norman; Casey Clayborn, McAlester; Paul Postier, Tulsa; and Norm Clayborn, Wilburton.

Census workshop scheduled at Southeastern

Census workshop scheduled at Southeastern

Press Release Date: 10-18-2011

DURANT, Okla. – The Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library at Southeastern Oklahoma State University is hosting a U.S. Census workshop on Nov. 10 from 1-4 p.m.

Steve Beleu from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries in Oklahoma City is the presenter.

This workshop, to be held in the computer lab on floor 2A, will teach persons how to use the new American FactFinder search engine on the Census Bureau’s website to find Census data. The new FactFinder is completely different from the online tool that was utilized to find Census data in the past. Participants will also learn how to use the Census Bureau’s data every year. As time allows, other features of the Census Bureau’s website will discussed.

To register for the workshop, contact Brandon Burnette by email at bburnette@se.edu. If you do not work or go to school at Southeastern, you will need visitor hangtag. Make sure you have your mailing address within the email you send when you register for the workshop so that a visitor hangtag can be mailed to you.