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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).


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.

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

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


Gabrielle Ford

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.


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 or call 580-745-2088.

Southeastern closed on Friday, April 19


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


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.

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 or contact Dr. Randy Clark, speech and debate advisor at ext. 2556.

Pianist Diane Walsh to perform at Musical Arts Series April 9


Okla. –
Pianist Diane Walsh will present
a recital featuring English Suite No. 6 in d minor, BWV 811 by J.S. Bach and
compositions of Johannes Brahms, Douglas Lilburn, John Psathas, and William
Bolcom on Tuesday, April 9, on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State

The free concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts
Recital Hall.

        An esteemed artist of
distinction, the American pianist is regularly heard on disc and in recital,
chamber music and concerto performances throughout the world. In addition to
possessing a vast and varied repertoire, ranging from Bach to Bolcom, her
recent work on the theatre stage has brought wider recognition of her
superlative musical gifts.

She has been guest soloist with the American
Symphony Orchestra and the orchestras of Austin, Delaware, Indianapolis, San
Francisco, St. Louis and Syracuse, and toured with the Orpheus Chamber
Orchestra and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Abroad, she appeared with the radio
symphony orchestras of Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich and Stuttgart, as well as
orchestras in Brazil, The Netherlands, The Czech Republic and Russia.

Walsh is constantly in demand as a chamber musician, frequently performing at
the music festivals of Bard, Cape Cod, Chesapeake, Marlboro, Portland, Santa
Fe, Strings Music Festival and the International Musician’s Seminar in
Cornwall. Among her many honors and awards, Walsh includes the Concert Artists
Guild International Competition and the Young Concert Artists International

She was winner of top prizes in the Munich ARD and Salzburg
Mozart competitions, as well as Maryland’s William Kapell International
Competition and Italy’s Busoni International Competition. A prizewinner in the
Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, she also won that competition’s
chamber music award.

Walsh was associate professor at New York City’s Mannes
College of Music for 32 years and, in the Fall of 2015, served as Visiting
Artist at Colby College in Maine.

This recital is part of the 45th season of the
Musical Arts Series sponsored by the Ruth Steger Piano Institute and the Clark
& Wanda Bass Foundation Lectureship. For more information about Musical
Arts Series events, contact Dr. Jeremy Blackwood at

Curriculum Contest attracts more than 1,900 high school students to campus


Students gather in the lobby of the Glen D. Johnson Student Union during the curriculum contest.

Okla. –
Some 1,963 students from 64 schools throughout the region
participated in the 106th annual Oklahoma Inter-High School
Curriculum Meet Thursday at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The students
competed in academic contests in such areas as art, accounting, finance,
speech, journalism, English, mathematics, foreign languages, music, occupational
safety & health, psychology, history, and the sciences.

Students compete in the journalism contest Thursday morning.

faculty, staff and students volunteered their time to assist at the event. Dr.
James Britton is the meet director.

State Regents recognize Julian Construction, Southeastern with Business Partnership Award

 Tommy Julian accepts the Regents Business Partnership Award on March 12. Also shown are Oklahoma Small Business Development state director Michele Campbell, Southeastern president Sean Burrage, and Southeastern vice president for university advancement Dr. Kyle Stafford.


Okla. –
Twenty-seven business and higher education partnerships
throughout the state were recently recognized as innovative collaborations that
further the education of Oklahoma’s workforce.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher
Education’s Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award is designed to
highlight successful partnerships between higher education institutions and
businesses and to further cultivate the higher learning environment through State
Regents’ Economic Development Grants.

Receiving the award for its partnership with
Southeastern Oklahoma State University was Julian Construction of Broken Bow.
           “To solve the
workforce development challenges facing Oklahoma, our colleges and universities
continue to work collaboratively with leaders in the private, public and
nonprofit sectors,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “These partnerships
between business and industry and our state system institutions ensure that we
continue building the skilled workforce needed for Oklahoma to be globally
Julian Construction, owned and operated by Southeastern Oklahoma State
University alumnus Tommy Julian, has been a generous supporter of Southeastern
and its
for the past decade.

Formerly known as TJ Construction, the company is
located in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, and is deeply involved in
land development and
cabin construction
and rentals. Julian is an Oklahoma native who played baseball at Southeastern.

 He is active in civic affairs, serving on the
McCurtain County Tourism Board. Julian and his company have provided several
enrichment opportunities for Southeastern students and alumni. This includes,
but is not limited to, hosting a student retreat in Broken Bow and hosting
students, alumni and friends at various recreational and entertainment events
in the Oklahoma City area.

In addition, Julian Construction has lent its support to
both the Durant and McCurtain County campuses. Among the activities supported
are the Gold and Blue Scholarship Gala, the Presidential Golf Classic, the
McCurtain County Classic, Presidential Partners, donations to the baseball
field renovations and contributions to the football program.

Southeastern closed March 18-22 for spring break


DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State
University will be closed March 18-22 for spring break.

All classes will resume and offices will re-open
on Monday, March 25