Southeastern News

Dr. Teresa Golden named Associate VP for Assessment-Accreditation

Dr. Teresa Golden

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT,
Okla. –
Southeastern Oklahoma State University has announced the
appointment of Dr. Teresa Golden as Associate Vice President for Assessment and
Accreditation, effective June 1, 2019.

Golden has
served as a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Southeastern
since 2006, and more recently as chair of the department.

She holds a
Ph.D. and master’s degree from the University of Rochester, and her bachelor’s
from State University of New York at Albany.

 “We
believe Dr. Golden will be a valuable addition to the Office of Academic
Affairs and look forward to her contributions in this new role,’’ said Dr.
Bryon Clark, acting president at Southeastern.

Spring Commencement held at Southeastern

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

Bloomer Sullivan Arena was packed Saturday as Southeastern held Spring Commencement.
Bloomer Sullivan Arena was packed Saturday as Southeastern held Spring Commencement.

DURANT, Okla. – Chief Gary Batton of the
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma was the speaker at Southeastern Oklahoma State
University’s Spring Commencement.

Two ceremonies were held Saturday
in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

 The graduating class included students from 27
states and 14 countries; 57 percent were first-generation college graduates.

Chief Gary Batton of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma was the commencement speaker.
Chief Gary Batton of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma was the commencement speaker.

Chief
Batton is a 1989 graduate of Southeastern and received the Distinguished
Alumnus Award from the University in 2013.

Also attending the ceremony and offering welcoming remarks were Chancellor Glen D. Johnson of the Oklahoma State System for Higher Education and a former Southeastern president, and Regent Amy Anne Ford of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents.

Dr. Bryon Clark, acting president of Southeastern, offers congratulations to a graduate.
Dr. Bryon Clark, acting president of Southeastern, offers congratulations to a graduate.
Among the dignitaries participating in Saturday’s commencement were Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, Regent Amy Anne Ford, Chief Gary Batton, and acting president Dr. Bryon Clark.
Among the dignitaries participating in Saturday’s commencement were Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, Regent Amy Anne Ford, Chief Gary Batton, and acting president Dr. Bryon Clark.

Justin Wilson offers remarks at Native American graduation event

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Southeastern acting president Dr. Bryon Clark welcomes guests to the Native American Graduation event Wednesday.
Southeastern acting president Dr. Bryon Clark welcomes guests to the Native American Graduation event Wednesday.

DURANT,
Okla. –
Justin Wilson, director of investments at Choctaw Global, was the
keynote speaker at the Native American Graduation & Reception Wednesday.

Southeastern
Oklahoma State University Native American graduates and their families were
honored at the annual event, held in the Hallie McKinney Ballroom.

Also on the
program were Southeastern acting president Dr. Bryon Clark, Native American
Institute executive director Dr. Marlin Blankenship, Master of Science in
Native American Leadership coordinator Dr. Brad Ludrick, and Choctaw Nation of
Oklahoma School of Choctaw Language instructor Chantelle Standefer.

Wilson joined
Choctaw Global in 2017. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, Wright
City High School, and a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

OU assistant coach, Southeastern grad Brian Odom keynote speaker at Tri-County Honors

University of Oklahoma assistant football coach and Southeastern graduate Brian Odom was the speaker at the Tri-County event.

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT,
Okla. –
University of Oklahoma assistant football coach Brian Odom 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.

Odom was named inside linebackers coach by OU head coach Lincoln
Riley in January of this year. He is a 2004 graduate of Southeastern and a former Savage running
back.

An all-state high school player in his hometown of Ada, Odom was
named the Oklahoma High School Player of the Year in 1999 by The Tulsa World.
He attended OU for two years and was a redshirt on the Sooners’ 2000 national
championship team.

He later transferred to Southeastern, where he was a three-year
starter at tailback, earning first-team Lone Star All-Conference honors as a
senior.

Area high school students were recognized Tuesday night in the Visual & Performing Arts Center.

Odom spent the last two seasons at Missouri as the Tigers’ outside
linebackers coach, where his brother Barry is the head coach. 

A total of 91 students representing 16 schools were honored at
Tuesday’s event.

First United CEO Greg Massey presided, with Southeastern acting
president Dr.  Bryon Clark offering welcoming remarks, and vice president
for university advancement Dr. Kyle Stafford assisting with introductions.

Following is the list of award recipients, listed by school:

Achille
High School

           
Jayme Todd, Jasey  Trude, Cy Burden, Shawn Hair, Sommer Rafer

Bennington
High School

           
Michael Dominquez, Baylee Miller, Devin Emert, Trent Haislip, Samantha Owens,
Malori Underwood

Boswell
High School

           
Taylor Grubbs, Jamie Manous, Emily Morphis, Reese Daily, Hayden Dill

Caddo
High School

           
Olivia Weaver, Zane Braudrick, Brittany Miller, Jaden Boyd, Jack Holbrook,
Allison Nickles

Calera
High School

           
Sydnee Brown, Addison Crowell, Chloe Hodge, Fisher Hutchins, Cooper McKinney,
Landon Robinson, Bailey Roland, Kendra St. Clair

Colbert
High School

Delanie
Cooper, Brady Rowland, Austin Tucker, Caitlyn Blackshear

Durant
High School

Landon
Tubbs, Catherine McCraw, Terah Abrams, Elijah Moore, Matthew Armstrong, Haley
Morgan, Blayne Barker, Lauren Murray, Abigail Boatmun, Callie Palmer, Christian
Browder, Jaci Phillips, Brenden Buntz, Chanler Podany, Sophia Corson, Kylee
Reed, Michael Dixon, Noah Sicking, Abbey Hunt, Ryleigh Jones

Fort
Towson High School

           
Maddison Campbell, John Gallagher, Tyler Beason, Morgan Keith

Hugo
High School

           
Jacee Miller, Tiffany Johnson, Andrew Caraway, Avery Lee

Kiamichi
Technology Center, Durant

           
Cooper McKinney, Harley Lunsford, Trent Remington, Layla Shull

Kingston
High School

           
Trey Keatts, Jacob Whipkey, Jazmine Branch, Matthew O’Steen

Madill
High School

Colt Crowson, Rio Bonham, Reagan Miller, Alyssa Maldonado

Rock
Creek High School

Karson Dry, Trenton Remington, Josh Winnett, Hannah Durham

Silo
High School

           
Hunter Savage, Justin Nichols, Danielle Harrison, Dylan Turner, Bailee Allen

Soper
High School

Lexy Young, Pepper Smith, Tanner Trent, Lexi Wallace

Victory
Life Academy

           
Kevin Smee, Jackie Genser, Samuel Welch,
Sidney Montgomery

Faculty Senate presents Recognition Awards for Excellence

Dr. Daniel Althoff, Chair of Faculty Senate, far left, and Acting President Dr. Bryon Clark, far right, congratulate Alisha Ridenour (Adjunct Professor of the Year), Dr. Jon Reid (Lifetime Achievement Award), and Dr. Tim Patton (Professor of the Year).

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT,
Okla. –
The Southeastern Oklahoma State
University Faculty Senate presented its Faculty Senate Recognition Awards for
Excellence Wednesday afternoon on  campus.

Among the honorees were Dr. Jon Reid, Lifetime Achievement
Award; Dr. Tim Patton, Professor of the Year; and Alisha Ridenour, Adjunct
Professor of the Year.

Reid, a professor of psychology and counseling, serves as
coordinator of the clinical mental health counseling program at Southeastern.
He joined the University faculty in 1993.

Patton is a professor of biological sciences and has been
associated with Southeastern since 1998.

Ridenour is assistant director/instructional designer for
CIDT and is an adjunct instructor in the John Massey School of Business.

The complete list of award recipients follows:

Acting President Dr. Bryon Clark, left, and Faculty Senate Chair Dr. Daniel Althoff, right, congratulate award recipients Dr. Rhonda Richards, Carolyn Fridley, Dr. Tim Patton, Dr. Stewart Mayers, Dr. Lucinda Parmer, Dr. Kay Daigle, Sandra Thomas, Dr. Joshua Nannestad, Dr. Tim Smith, Dr. Jon Reid, Dr. Jerry Stout, and Alisha Ridenour.

Excellence
in Teaching:

Carolyn Fridley (Arts &
Sciences  – Arts and Letters)

Dr. Tim Smith (A&S Sciences
and Math)

Dr. Kay Daigle (Education &
Behavioral Sciences EBS)

Dr. Rhonda Richards (John Massey
School of Business JMSB)

Meritorious Service:

Carolyn Fridley (A&S – Arts
and Letters)

Sandra Thomas (A&S —
  Science and Math)

Dr. Jerry Stout (EBS)

Dr. Courtney Kernek (JMSB)

Outstanding Research and
Scholarship:

Dr. Joshua Nannestad (A&S –
Arts and Letters)

Dr. Nancy Paiva (A&S – Science
and Math)

Dr. Stewart Mayers (EBS)

Dr. Lucinda Parmer (JMSB)

Adjunct Professor of the Year:

Alisha Ridenour

Professor of the Year:

Dr. Tim Patton

Lifetime Achievement Award:

Dr. Jon Reid

Gabrielle Ford represents Southeastern at Research Day

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

Gabrielle Ford

DURANT,
Okla. –
Gabrielle P. Ford of Durant was selected to represent Southeastern Oklahoma
State University at Research Day held recently at the State Capitol. Twenty-two
undergraduate students representing 16 Oklahoma colleges and universities
presented competitive scientific research posters to the State Legislature and
the public during this annual event sponsored by Oklahoma NSF EPSCoR, the
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the National Science
Foundation. The event is designed to raise awareness of the outstanding
research that is taking place at Oklahoma’s colleges and universities. Ford’s
research focused on pathogen regulation, with a
long-term goal of improving cure rates of infectious diseases, and was carried
out under Drs. D. Dyer and L. Jackson, Department of Microbiolgy and
Immunology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma
City, during a summer internship sponsored by the NIH Oklahoma INBRE
program.  Ford is graduating from Southeastern in May with a double-major
in Chemistry and Biological Sciences, and will start her Pharmacy Doctorate
training at the University of Oklahoma-Health Sciences Center in August.

Musical Arts Series to feature Minneapolis Guitar Quartet April 23

The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet will perform at Southeastern on April 23.
The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet will perform at Southeastern on April 23.

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT,
Okla. –
The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet
and the Southeastern Chorale will conclude the 45th season of the
Musical Arts Series at Southeastern Oklahoma State University on Tuesday, April
23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall on the campus of Southeastern.

From J.S. Bach to Piazzolla to Prince, the Minneapolis
Guitar Quartet’s (MGQ) inventive and eclectic programs are enlivened by a
bravado and synchronicity that have been honed through decades of classical
training and concert experience. The foursome — Joseph Hagedorn, Maja
Radovanlija, Ben Kunkel and Wade Oden — builds an uncommon rapport with its
audiences through its engaging stage presence and distinctive humor.

MGQ’s diverse and innovative collaborations include
programs for guitar quartet with choir featuring the recently commissioned work
Music of Love and the Stars by notable choral composer Jeffrey Van in addition
to arrangements of well-known works by Gabriel Fauré.  They will perform
this repertoire with the Southeastern Chorale, the premier touring choral
ensemble for Southeastern Oklahoma State University.  The Chorale, under
the direction of Dr. Stacy Weger, has a history of regional, national, and
international performance.  They will be joined in concert by Aprill
Raines and Alicia Wallace.

This concert is free and open to the public and is made possible
by generous support in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council and Musical Arts
Series patrons.  The Oklahoma Arts Council is the official state agency
for the support and development of the arts. The agency’s mission is to lead in
the advancement of Oklahoma’s thriving arts industry. The Oklahoma Arts Council
provides more than 400 grants to nearly 225 organizations in communities
statewide each year, organizes professional development opportunities for the
state’s arts and cultural industry, and manages works of art in the Oklahoma
Public Art Collection and the public spaces of the state Capitol.

For more information about Musical Arts Series events, contact Dr.
Jeremy Blackwood at jblackwood@se.edu or call 580-745-2088.

Southeastern closed on Friday, April 19

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State
University will be closed Friday, April 19.

Classes will resume and
offices will re-open on Monday, April 22.

Chief Batton to address spring graduates on May 11

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT,
Okla. –
Chief Gary Batton of The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma will be the
speaker at Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Spring Commencement.

Two ceremonies –
at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. – will be held in the Bloomer Sullivan Arena on Saturday,
May 11.

              
Chief Batton is the 47th Chief of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma,
the third largest Indian tribe in the United States with more than 200,000
citizens. After being sworn into the Office in 2014, Chief Batton set a clear
direction in his inaugural address indicating a specific vision for his
administration. He believes his main purpose is to create a better future for
the Choctaw people. He spends countless hours in the communities with the
tribal members he serves. He works to protect their culture, provide
opportunities for education, improved healthcare, employment, and ultimately,
do what is best for Choctaws.

Through diversification, the Nation now has more than 70
businesses in 13 different industries, including hospitality, entertainment,
agriculture, defense and more. Chief Batton has established a sound economic
base for the Choctaw Nation with annual revenue exceeding $1.5 billion.

Under Chief Batton’s direction, the Choctaw Nation opened a new
tribal headquarters and regional health clinic in Durant, a large expansion to
its health clinic in Poteau, three new wellness centers, three Chili’s
franchises, three Travel Plazas, an expansion to its resort in Durant,
community centers in McAlester and Talihina, three food distribution centers,
two Choctaw market and three independent living communities for Choctaw elders.

Chief Batton also created several new programs to assist tribal
members like the Next Step supplemental food program, Reintegration and Job for
the Day. The additional facilities and programs added more than 4,000 jobs to
southeastern Oklahoma during his first five years in office.

The growth continues with numerous projects in the planning and
construction phases. These include another country market, head starts,
independent elder housing and wellness centers just to name a few.

Chief Batton received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from
Southeastern in 2013.

 The schedule
for Saturday, May 11, will be two ceremonies in the Bloomer Sullivan Arena, is
as follows: 

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. 

School of Arts & Sciences

Master of Technology

Master of Music Education

Master of Science (Native American Leadership) 

John Massey School of Business

Master of Business Administration

Master of Science (Aerospace Administration and Logistics)

Master of Science (Safety)

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.      

School of Education & Behavioral Sciences

Master of Arts (Clinical Mental Health Counseling)

Master of Early Intervention and Child Development

Master of Education

Master of Science (Sports Administration)

Southeastern speech and debate group competes in Pi Kappa Delta event

Representing Southeastern at the competition were Jacob Morrison, Hannah Nunley, and Hannah Barnett.

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS
DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Speech and Debate Association (SSDA) competed at Pi Kappa Delta’s 51st Biennial Convention and Tournament, March 20-24 on the campus of Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

Pi Kappa Delta is a national forensics honorary that is dedicated to promoting excellence in speech and debate. Each year, the organization hosts a comprehensive national tournament that is among the largest tournaments in the country. This year, 77 schools representing 28 states with a total of 1,584 entries and 410 judges took part in the event.

From Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Jacob Morrison, senior political science major from Durant, Hannah Nunley, freshman political science major from El Campo, Texas, and Hannah Barnett, freshman communication major from Hugo, competed in Parliamentary Debate, IPDA, Interviewing, and the individual events of Impromptu Speaking and Extemporaneous Speaking.

The debate team of Morrison and Nunley reached the quarterfinal round in Parliamentary Debate. There were 40 teams in the tournament field and the SE team reached the final eight. During preliminary rounds, the team amassed a record of 4 and 1. Morrison and Nunley also took home individual speaker point awards as well. Morrison also received an Excellent Award for Impromptu Speaking.

Both Morrison and Nunley are Tom A. Houston Scholarship recipients.
To learn more about Southeastern’s intercollegiate forensics program and SSDA’s tournament schedule, visit the Department of Art, Communication and Theatre website at http://homepages.se.edu/comm or contact Dr. Randy Clark, speech and debate advisor at ext. 2556.