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Tri-County event honors high school students; Teacher of the Year Jon Hazell offers encouragement

Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Jon Hazell of Durant makes a point during his remarks at Tuesday’s Tri-County Honors event. Also shown are Dr. Kyle Stafford, vice president of university advancement at Southeastern; Greg Massey, First United Bank CEO; and Southeastern president Sean Burrage.

Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Jon Hazell of Durant makes a point during his remarks at Tuesday’s Tri-County Honors event. Also shown are Dr. Kyle Stafford, vice president of university advancement at Southeastern; Greg Massey, First United Bank CEO; and Southeastern president Sean Burrage.

DURANT, Okla. – Durant High School’s Jon Hazell – the 2017 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year – was the keynote speaker Tuesday night at the Tri-County Honors Program.

First United Bank is Corporate sponsor and Southeastern Oklahoma State University is the Education sponsor for the annual event, which honors area high school students and is held in the Visual & Performing Arts Center.

A total of 79 students representing 15 schools were honored.

First United CEO Greg Massey presided over the event, with Southeastern

president Sean Burrage offering welcoming remarks. Awards were presented by Hazell, Massey, Burrage, the bank presidents, and Southeastern vice president for university advancement Dr. Kyle Stafford.

 

Following is the list of award recipients:

2018 Tri-County Honor Students

Achille High School

James Quarles, Tayler Wells, Austin Curry, Kirsten Smith

Bennington High School

Tucker McWilliams, Josephine Singleton, Brody Everett, Emily Stevens, Austin Malone, Madison Currie

Boswell High School

Erin Caldwell, Hannah Manous, Levi Russell, Harleigh Belvin

Caddo High School

Kacie Clower, Michael Usery, Kaden Dixon, Kristen Hobbs

Calera High School

Calee Boone, Hannah Carter, Tammy Vo, Masheli Bully

Colbert High School

Rylie Rickman, Jared Hartwright, Thrush Beazer, Katherine McGill

Durant High School

Jensen Simmons, Cassie Bisson, Shaya Claxton, Hanna Cook, Kendall Cordell, Alissa French, Arya Gautam, Haleigh Harper, Hannah Hime, Morgan Hudson, Kyle Hughes, Emily Langley, Hannah McDonald, Braeden McKee, Hannah Morrison, Cade Ogden, Connor Roberts, Taylor Russell, Tyler Smith, Emily Thompson, Tommy Tran

Fort Towson High School

Lynzee Smith, Hailey Ausmus, Nathaniel Clark, Hailey Cloud

Hugo High School

Cole Francis, Hannah Barnett, G’Quavious Lennox, Destiny Gaffney

Durant Kiamichi Technology Center

Jordan Buhler, Courtney Rogers

Kingston High School

Nicholas Mizell, Kaitlynn Hobbs

Madill High School

Costa Chambers, Alex Morales, Kylee Kuykendall, Devon Chapa, Lauren Tuck

Rock Creek High School

Maci Burns, Emily Hill, Bryanna Phillips, Mackenzie Powell, Karmen Salazar, Eleazar Rubio, Jacey Angello

Silo High School

Jessen Pratt, Connor Doyle, Makenzie Rogers, Trevor Dailey

Soper High School

Katelynn McGriff, Payton Amend, Caleb Grace, Kyndal Partin

Michele Campbell named OKSBDC state director

Michele Campbell

Michele Campbell

DURANT, Okla. – Michele Campbell has been named State Director for the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center (OKSBDC).  OKSBDC is a statewide network that provides confidential, high quality, no cost entrepreneurial and small business management advising in order to help Oklahoma start and grow businesses.

The host for the OKSBDC state network is located in Durant, Oklahoma, at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.  Southeastern has hosted the OKSBDC grant since 1984.  The OKSBDC partners with a variety of entities, including the Small Business Administration, higher education institutions, career technology centers, and economic development entities.

Campbell brings a wealth of experience to her new role as director, including a four-year stint as Assistant State Director for Communications, Research, and Organizational Development for the OKSBDC network. In this position, she was responsible for strategic partnerships with various entities across the State, advisory board and legislative liaison activities, marketing, branding, and media programs, and the organizational development activities for OKSBDC.

Prior to that appointment, she had served in various education roles at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, including counselor and later Director for 17 years in the U.S. Department of Education TRIO programs, Continuing Education Director for the University, and Assistant to President.

Campbell is a Leadership Oklahoma (LOK) graduate (Class XXIII) and lifetime LOK member.  Since graduation from the program, she has been very active with the LOK Board and held various committee appointments, including the Executive Board, Board of Directors, Recruitment, Regional Ambassadors, Class Ambassador, Nominating, Youth Chair-Elect, and Fall Forum.  She has chaired the Selection and the Program Committees as well.  She is also a regional co-chair for the Oklahoma Academy.

She has attended numerous programs and leadership academies, including four Harvard programs, crisis leadership trainings, the Balridge Examiner National Standards program, Edward Lowe Foundation Business Leaders’ Roundtable, economic development courses, and the Oklahoma Nature Conservancy’s Leadership Academy.

Campbell is a member of the Fortnightly Women’s Club of Durant, Chapter DJ of PEO, and First Baptist Church.

She is a licensed professional counselor and national board certified as a counselor as well.  Campbell is a graduate of Leadership Durant and the Educator’s Leadership Academy.  She has also coordinated several leadership programs both within the State and regionally during her time in TRIO.

Campbell has been nominated several times for the Journal Record’s Woman of the Year and has been recognized as one of 50 Oklahoma Women Making a Difference in 2013, 2016 and 2017.   She entered the Journal Record’s Circle of Excellence for Woman of the Year in 2017 as well.  In September, she received the Distinguished Leadership Award at Leadership Oklahoma’s 2017 All Class Reunion event at Shangri-La.

In June of 2017, she was selected by the Healdton Alumni Association for the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Campbell is a 1984 Healdton High School graduate and holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.  She has completed post-graduate work in higher education administration at the University of Oklahoma and is currently completing a Ph.D. in history from Swansea University in Wales on the topic of the Modern Business History of the Chickasaw Nation.  She has presented on her work both in the UK as well as within the State.

She is the mother of three children, including Cole, who will graduate from Oklahoma State University next month, and Jade and Shaya, who will both graduate from Durant High School in May.

 

 

Liz McCraw named Vice President for Student Affairs at Southeastern

Liz McCraw

Liz McCraw

DURANT, Okla. –Liz Cobb McCraw has been named Vice President for Student Affairs at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, effective February 1.

The appointment was approved at the Friday meeting of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents.

McCraw, an Ardmore native, has served in various roles in Student Life at the University for 26 years, the past two-and-a-half as Dean of Student Affairs. In addition, McCraw received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration and her Master’s in Administrative Studies from Southeastern.

“Liz McCraw’s commitment and dedication to the welfare of our students is unwavering,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage. “As in the past, she will continue to serve students, while overseeing such areas as residence life, student wellness, student activities, federal programs, and the President’s Leadership Class. She is also very active in the Durant community, which is an important component of the University’s outreach efforts.’’

McCraw is involved in several community organizations and initiatives, including the Durant Family Medicine Board of Directors, the Durant Main Street Board of Directors and the Planning Committee for Colton’s Main Street Run.  She is a member of the G.F.W.C Fortnightly Club of Durant and Chapter DJ of the P.E.O. Sisterhood.

Previously, McCraw served on the boards of the Oklahoma Shakespearan Festival, the Miss Southeastern Oklahoma Scholarship Pageant, and was a founding member of the Magnolia Festival of Durant.

McCraw is a graduate of Leadership Durant and the Educator’s Leadership Academy, as well as the Institute for Educational Management and the Institute of Management and Leadership in Education (Harvard Graduate School of Education.)

In 2017, she was named one of 50 Women Making a Difference in Oklahoma by The Journal Record.

She and her husband, Dr. Shannon K. McCraw, a Southeastern professor,  are the parents of a daughter, Catie, a student at Durant High School.

Fall graduating class includes 54% first-generation graduates

Fall Commencement was held Saturday in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

Fall Commencement was held Saturday in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Jon Hazell was the commencement speaker.

Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Jon Hazell was the commencement speaker.

DURANT, Okla. – More than half – 54% — of Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s fall graduating class are first-generation college graduates.

The graduates, families, friends, and University faculty/staff celebrated the accomplishments Saturday at Fall Commencement. Two ceremonies were held in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Jon Hazell was the keynote speaker. Hazell has taught Anatomy & Physiology, Biology, and Environmental Science at Durant High School for 34 years and holds two degrees from Southeastern.

President Sean Burrage congratulates a graduate.

President Sean Burrage congratulates a graduate.

Offering welcoming remarks were Southeastern president Sean Burrage and Regent Connie Reilly of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents.

Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Jon Hazell named speaker for Fall Commencement

DURANT, Okla. – It’s only fitting that a renowned educator would be the commencement speaker at Southeastern Oklahoma State University – a school with a proud tradition of educating teachers.

That will be the case this fall as Jon Hazell, a science teacher at Durant High School and Oklahoma’s 2017 Teacher of the Year, will be the commencement speaker at Southeastern on Saturday, December 16.

Two commencement ceremonies will be held in Bloomer Sullivan Arena, beginning at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The schedule for Commencement ceremonies is as follows:

 

10 a.m.

School of Arts & Sciences

Master of Technology

Master of Music Education

Master of Science (Native American Leadership)

2 p.m.

School of Education & Behavioral Sciences

John Massey School of Business

Master of Business Administration

Master of Science (Aerospace Administration and Logistics)

Master of Arts (Clinical Mental Health Counseling)

Master of Education

Master of Arts (Teaching)

Master of Science (Safety)

Master of Science (Sports Studies and Athletic Administration)

Hazell has taught Anatomy & Physiology, Biology, and Environmental Science at Durant High School for 34 years. His wife, Jeanie, has taught 2nd grade in Durant for 32 years.

They have done missionary work with churches and schools in various parts of Africa and Mexico, and Jon serves on the Treasure of Life Board, an organization dedicated to promoting social justice in Ghana; is a founding board member of J 127 ministries, an organization dedicated to helping children who have aged out of Foster Care in obtaining housing and furthering their education; and serves on the board of Families Feeding Families, a local food kitchen that serves food daily to those unable to provide adequate food for their families.

Hazell has also been active in jail and prison ministry for 20 years. He serves on the Bio-med educational advisory board for the Kiamichi Technology Center, and he is the Student Council Advisor and the FCA huddle leader for Durant High School.

He is also the pastor of the Community Christian Church in Durant.

During his teaching career, Hazell has received several awards and honors:  During the past year, he was awarded the Professional Oklahoma Educators award as the outstanding high school teacher in Oklahoma; he was presented the Diamond Book Award by the Teachers Appreciation Foundation for 2017;  he was recently presented the Award for Teaching Excellence by the OEA; and he was named the 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year for the State of Oklahoma.

Hazell holds bachelor (‘82) and master’s (’88) degrees from Southeastern.

He  said he was inspired to teach by his father, Dr. Don Hazell, who taught biological sciences at Southeastern Oklahoma State University for 32 years.
“I grew up with constant reminders and affirmation of the respect afforded to the teaching profession. That created a spark in me,” he said. “It showed the influence a teacher could have not only on students, but also on all the people those students influenced.”

Hazell assumed his full-time Teacher of the Year duties on July 1, 2017, which includes speaking engagements and serving as Oklahoma’s teacher ambassador, encouraging others to enter or remain in the profession.

Southeastern celebrates spectacular Homecoming with spectacular football comeback

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates  Homecoming King Tristin Lackey and Queen Katie Webb.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates Homecoming King Tristin Lackey and Queen Katie Webb.

DURANT, Okla. – Austin Skinner’s 63-yard touchdown pass to Drake White provided a happy ending to a three-day homecoming celebration Saturday afternoon at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Skinner’s pass – with just 25 seconds remaining on the clock — lifted the undefeated Savage Storm to a come-from-behind 31-24 victory over Southwestern Oklahoma. Heading into the Oct. 14 game against Henderson State, the 6-0 Savage Storm are nationally ranked and in sole possession of first place in the Great American Conference.

During halftime festivities, Katie Webb of Melissa, Texas, was crowned

 

Homecoming Queen, and Tristin Lackey of Coleman, Oklahoma, was named Homecoming King. Nate Hodson from Durant earned the title of Big Man on Campus.

 

Thursday night’s parade downtown parade featured both Southeastern and Durant High School.

Thursday night’s parade downtown parade featured both Southeastern and Durant High School.

The fun-filled homecoming celebration was over three days (Oct. 5-7).

One notable change in the schedule this year was the traditional Saturday Homecoming parade was moved to Thursday night in downtown Durant.  Durant High School was also celebrating homecoming last week and the two schools collaborated on one big parade.

Traditional activities included the 31st annual Whang Bang Alumni Golf Tournament on Friday at Chickasaw Pointe.

The Distinguished Awards Banquet recognizing Distinguished Alumni, Former Faculty and the Benefactor honoree was held Friday night in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.

This year’s Distinguished Alumni honorees were Joy Culbreath, Director of Education Special Projects for The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma; Charles McCall, Sr., owner of AmeriState Bank, an Oklahoma Banking corporation,

Senior receiver Codey McElroy and teammates celebrate a touchdown during Southeastern’s 31-24 victory.

Senior receiver Codey McElroy and teammates celebrate a touchdown during Southeastern’s 31-24 victory.

and the AtokaState Bancorporation; and Mark Hughes, civil war historian/author.

This year’s Distinguished Former Faculty award went to  Dr. Jerry Polson.

The Benefactor Award was presented to Dr. James O. Young and the Young family.

 

 

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates the honorees at Friday night’s Distinguished  Awards Banquet: Charles McCall, Dr. James O. Young, Joy Culbreath, Mark Hughes, and Dr. Jerry Polson.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates the honorees at Friday night’s Distinguished Awards Banquet: Charles McCall, Dr. James O. Young, Joy Culbreath, Mark Hughes, and Dr. Jerry Polson.

The alumni golf tournament was held Friday at scenic Chickasaw Pointe.

The alumni golf tournament was held Friday at scenic Chickasaw Pointe.

Bryan County Teachers on campus

Southeastern Oklahoma State University president Sean Burrage welcomes local educators to campus Friday morning at the Bryan County Teachers meeting in Montgomery Auditorium. Also welcoming the group was Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Jon Hazell of Durant High School, a Southeastern graduate.

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Phyllis Jones Rustin Endowed Scholarship established

Phyllis Jones Rustin and Southeastern president SeanBurrage announced the establishment of the scholarship recently.

Phyllis Jones Rustin and Southeastern president SeanBurrage announced the establishment of the scholarship recently.

DURANT, Okla. – The Phyllis Jones Rustin Endowed Scholarship has been established through the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Foundation.

The scholarship is available to benefit deserving students seeking a degree in English at Southeastern. Preference will be given to students majoring in English Education.

Rustin earned a bachelor of arts in Speech Communication with minors in English and Education from Southern Nazarene/Southeastern in 1974. She received hermaster’s degree in Guidance and Counseling from Southeastern in 1986.

Her professional experience includes 23 years as a classroom teacher at Durant High School, 1989-2012; also,Antlers Junior High School, 1975-76; Hugo Junior High School, 1976-77; and Indian Tutor for Hugo Public Schools, 1977-80.

Rustin has taught English II Pre-Advanced Placement, English I, English I Honors and English I Pre-AP, journalism and creative writing, Speech I, andlanguage arts for seventh and eighth grades.

For the last two summers, she has taught English workshops for Southeastern’s Upward Bound program.

Rustin has earned awards for writing and poetry, attended and presented various workshops, and has been involved with numerous educational organizations.

“This University means so much to our family and to our community,” she said. “The drama, music and art departments are bright lights in Durant and in southeastern Oklahoma.”

Retired business executive Frank Semple offers remarks at Massey Lectureship

Frank Semple makes a point during his lecture Tuesday morning.

Frank Semple makes a point during his lecture Tuesday morning.

DURANT, Okla. – Retired business executive Frank Semple returned to his roots Tuesday as the speaker at the 15th John Massey Family Lectureship, held at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Semple is retired Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of
MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. He is a member of the boards of directors of Marathon Petroleum Corporation and MPLX GP LLC.

A native of Stillwater, Oklahoma, Semple and his parents (longtime veterinarian Dr. Bill Semple and wife Jane) moved to Durant when he was an infant. Semple was a standout student and athlete at Durant High School, participating in football, basketball, baseball, andtennis.

The 1970 DHS graduate was also a member of the National Honor Society and an Eagle Scout.

He was appointed to the United States Naval Academy by Speaker of the House Carl Albert, following in the military footsteps of his father, who was a decorated pilot. Frank’s older brother, Billy, was also accepted into the Academy.

Semple earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Naval Academy, and completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School.

Speaking to an audience of 300 students, faculty, staff and community members, Semple fondly recalled his days of growing up in Durant and the positive influence it had on his life.

“My father had a profoundimpact on me,’’ Semple said. “He was my role model growing up.  And as far back as junior high, I knew I wanted go into a military academy.’’

Semple went on to provide an overview of his business career, and then took a number of questions from the audience.

Attending the lecture were several members of the Semple family, including Frank’s wife, Dr. Robin Semple, and two sisters, Janie Umsted and Susan Owens, along with friends from the Durant community.

The Lectureship was established in 1994 by a gift from the John Massey family and matched by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Endowment Fund Program.

Massey Lecture features retired business executive Frank Semple

Frank_M_SempleDURANT, Okla. – Retired business executive Frank M. Semple will be guest speaker at the 15th John Massey Family Lectureship, scheduled for April 4 at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The lecture is free and open to the public and will begin at 11 a.m. in the Hallie McKinney Ballroom on the Southeastern campus.

Semple is retired Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of
MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. He is a member of the boards of directors of Marathon Petroleum Corporation and MPLX GP LLC.

Semple joined MPLX in 2015, at the time of the MPLX and MarkWest combination and retired in 2016. He began with MarkWest in 2003 as president and chief executive officer and was elected chairman of the board in 2008. Prior to joining MarkWest, Semple completed a 22-year career with The Williams Companies and WilTel Communications.

He served as the chief operating officer of WilTel Communications, senior vice president/general manager of Williams Natural Gas Company, vice president, operations and engineering for Northwest Pipeline Company, and division manager for Williams Pipeline Company.

Prior to his time at The Williams Companies, Semple served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Gurnard (SSN662), a fast attack nuclear submarine.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the United States Naval Academy (appointed by Carl Albert) and completed the Program for ManagementDevelopment at Harvard Business School.

A native of Stillwater, Oklahoma, Semple and his parents (longtime veterinarian Dr. Bill Semple and wife Jane) moved to Durant when he was an infant. Semple was a standout athlete at Durant High School, participating in football, basketball, baseball, and tennis.

The 1970 DHS graduate was also a member of the National Honor Society and an Eagle Scout.  He has a brother, Billy, and three sisters, Jane Umsted, Susan Owens, and Sarah Brown.

Frank, a member of The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and his wife, Dr. Robin Semple, have two daughters, Erin and Katie.

The Lectureship was established in 1994 by a gift from the John Massey family and was matched by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Endowment Fund Program.

Previous speakers at the lecture include H.E. “Gene’’ Rainbolt, George Kaiser, Edward Keller, Ambassador James R. Jones, Rep. Tom Cole, Archie Dunham, Keith Bailey, Michael Cawley, Regent Joseph Cappy, Sen. Ted Fisher, J. Clifford Hudson, Mark Stansberry, Ed Martin, and Dr. Keith Ballard.

A tireless advocate for higher education, John Massey serves as Chairman of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. He is in his third nine-year term as a regent, a position appointed by the governor.

Massey is chairman of the board of First United Bank, headquartered in Durant, Oklahoma.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1960.

In 1984, Massey received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Southeastern; in 2005, the School of Business was renamed as the John Massey School of Business.

He received the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southeastern Alumni Association in 2015.

At his alma mater, Massey has established eight endowed chairs, four professorships, and four endowed scholarships.

Massey was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2004.  In 2009, he was inducted into the Oklahoma City Community College Hall of Fame, and he received the prestigious Leadership Oklahoma Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.

Massey was presented the Outstanding Alumni Award by Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity in 2001 and was also the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Durant Kiwanis Club in 2010.