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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.

Commencement held at Southeastern

Among the dignitaries participating in Saturday’s Fall Commencement were Regent Jeffrey Dunn, chair of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents; speaker Alisa Dorman; Southeastern president Sean Burrage; and Chancellor Glen D. Johnson.

Among the dignitaries participating in Saturday’s Fall Commencement were Regent Jeffrey Dunn, chair of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents; speaker Alisa Dorman; Southeastern president Sean Burrage; and Chancellor Glen D. Johnson.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University held Fall Commencement exercises Saturday in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

Alisa (Frank) Dorman, Executive Director, Office of Literacy for the Colorado Department of Education, was the commencement speaker.  Dorman holds three degrees from Southeastern — a Master of Education in School Counseling (’95), a Master of Elementary Education in Reading (’95), and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (’90).

 

 

Bloomer Sullivan Arena was the site of Saturday’s Fall Commencement at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Bloomer Sullivan Arena was the site of Saturday’s Fall Commencement at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Two ceremonies were held with graduates representing 16 states and seven countries. Chancellor Glen D. Johnson offered welcoming remarks, as did Regent Jeffrey  Dunn, chair of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents.  Also congratulating the graduates was Kerrey Matlock, president of the Southeastern Alumni Association.

Honor graduates recognized at Commencement

DURANT, Okla. – Thirty-eight students graduated with honors December 14 at Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Fall Commencement, held in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

Guest speaker was Mr. Scott Crain, a local businessman and 1984 graduate of Southeastern.

The honor graduates are listed by permanent hometown (Oklahoma, unless otherwise noted):

Summer

Summa Cum Laude (with highest honors)

(Oklahoma unless otherwise noted)

Andrew Michael Abdinor, Klerksdorp, South Africa; Daniel Wade Stahlheber, Midwest City

Magna Cum Laude (with high honors)

Micah Lee Moore, Durant; Tyler Weston Slawson, Durant; Nickolas E. Wann, Poteau

Cum Laude (with honors)

Ashton Brooke Faries, Sherman, Texas; Christopher C. Jones, Kingwood, Texas; Katherine Leigh Littrell, Bells, Texas; Stephiane Stovall, Wichita Falls, Texas

Fall

Summa Cum Laude

(Oklahoma unless otherwise noted)

Charles A. Bull, Millsap, Texas; Joshua E. Dobbs, Newcastle; Diana Joyce Gillum, Sherman, Texas; Bridgett Renee Hertz-Olson, Broken Bow; Bree Anna Labeth, Wilson; Royce E. Martos Jr., Newalla; Vy Le Phuong Nguyen, Dalat, Vietnam; Kathryn Marie Robertson, Wapanucka

Magna Cum Laude

Ryan Joseph Dobbs, Sherman, Texas; Shelby Paige Fraser, Flower Mound, Texas; Kolton Garrett Hall, Bonham, Texas; Kaylee Michelle Johnson, Durant; James Russell Keeton, Ardmore; Kelsey Rae Lee, Davis; Allie McKinzie, Atoka; Shacole LeWanda Smith, Durant; Vickie Lynn Smith, Smithville

Cum Laude

Andrew Robert Cacho, Durant; Ross T. Davis, Denison, Texas; Misty D. Feller, Mustang; Tasha Flowers, Whitewright, Texas; Jordana Maria-Lynn Green, Denison, Texas; Zachary Ray Harmon, Caney; Christian Aaron Jeter, Durant; Nicole Dianne Murphy, Muldrow; Katherine Malia Rings, Whitewright, Texas; Donald Ticer Jr., Oklahoma City; Demetra Paige Wilkerson, Durant; Kasey Nicole Wilson, Hartshorne

Southeastern alumnus Scott Crain was the guest speaker at Commencement.

Southeastern alumnus Scott Crain was the guest speaker at Commencement.

Graduate Stephanie Gardner of Durant is congratulated by Southeastern president Larry Minks.

Graduate Stephanie Gardner of Durant is congratulated by Southeastern president Larry Minks.

A well-decorated cap is displayed at Commencement.

A well-decorated cap is displayed at Commencement.

 

 

 

 

Honor graduates recognized at Commencement

Dr. Cordell Adams (’82), left, was guest speaker at Commencement. In this photo, he is joined by Southeastern president Larry Minks.

DURANT, Okla. – Forty-two students graduated with honors Saturday at Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Fall Commencement, held in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

Guest speaker was Dr. Cordell Adams, a Dallas ophthalmologist and 1982 graduate of Southeastern.

The honor graduates are listed by permanent hometown (Oklahoma, unless otherwise noted):

Summer

Summa Cum Laude: Alexandria Cassell, Friendswood, Texas; Brooke C. Cooper,

Durant; Richard Clinton Gasway, Idabel.

 

 

Magna Cum Laude: Derek M. Coleman, Moore; Jennifer Fangying Tsai, McKinney, Texas.

Cum Laude: Amanda Marie Anderson, Achille; Kara Renee Broome, Atoka; Pricilla G. Harris, Valliant; Susanna Noel McDaniel, Tishomingo; Casey Leigh Updyke, Oklahoma City.

 

The graduates walk across the stage Saturday at Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

 

 

Fall

Summa Cum Laude: Riley Denae Brooks, Durant; Marshall Cody Brown, Kingston; W. Scott Fomin, Mustang; Hunter G. Hampton, Kingston; Paige Michelle Hedrick, Valliant; Stormie Leigh Milne, Oregon, Missouri; Michael P. O’Dea, Grapevine, Texas.

Magna Cum Laude: Sara Laure Be-Ndong Djenno, Dallas, Texas; Erin Michele Christensen-Lopez, Van Alstyne, Texas; Jessica Dawn Coonrod, Achille; Danielle Elizabeth Fogarty, Denison, Texas; Michael Lee Harold Jr., Gillham, Arkansas; Lindsey Renee’ Lacy, Tom Bean, Texas; Samantha Darlene Moore, Madill; Hem Raj Sapkota, Durant; Keith David Todd, Nashoba; Carrie D. Williamson, Durant.

 

Cum Laude: Tetchi Huguette Assamoi, Abidjan; Tracey Marie Aviles, Plainview, Texas; Steven Daniel Baker Jr., Kingston; John B. Bradfield III, Denison, Texas; Alisha Marie Cockrill, Antlers; June A. Dobbins, Bennington; Ashlee Michelle Hale, Denison, Texas; Secret Lang, Atoka; Lindsey J. Logan, Paden; Jessica Lynn Miller, Boswell; Ann Millington-Nutt, Tushka; Matthew Blake Polk, Ravenna, Texas; Kristi Rae Rothrock, Durant; Sara Elizabeth Schmidt, Sand Springs; Cheryl Rose Thompson, Leon.

Honor graduates recognized at Commencement

Honor graduates recognized at Commencement

Press Release Date: 12-12-2011

Rodney Bivens

Rodney Bivens, the founder and executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, was the speaker at Southeastern’s commencement on Saturday. Bivens is a 1971 graduate of Southeastern.

DURANT, Okla. – Thirty-three students graduated with honors Saturday at Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Fall Commencement, held in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

The honor graduates are listed by permanent hometown (Oklahoma, unless otherwise noted):

Summer 2011

SUMMA CUM LAUDE: Brianna Christine Rustin, Durant.

MAGNA CUM LAUDE: Jozey Begley, Atoka; Lila Ann Pierce-Voss, Haworth; Kathy A. Randall, Colbert.

CUM LAUDE: John Roger Baker, Tishomingo; Ty Alan Labeth, Wilson; Matthew Christopher Malone, Pottsboro, Texas; Cody Wayne Tilley, Denison, Texas.

Fall 2011

SUMMA CUM LAUDE: Kyle G. Jolliff, Lone Grove; Irma Kyle, Denison, Texas; Renee Kuchasha Mayfield, Sulphur Springs, Texas; Christy Diann Parsons, Soper; Arthur A. Starrett, Midwest City; Timothy Paul Storey, Norman; Kristal Cherelle Wharry, Idabel.

MAGNA CUM LAUDE: Amanda Jean Jones, McAlester; Phillip James Leonard, Tishomingo; Jeremy T. Lyons, Pottsboro, Texas; Bonnie Mae Petersen, Marietta; Tiffany Dawn Pierce, Durant; Tonja D. Van Sickle, Dallas, Texas; Bryan Emory Woodard, Durant.

CUM LAUDE: Bernard Lee Burris, Dover, Delaware; Johnna Ruth Dodson, Eagletown; Mark Wesley Greenway, Ardmore; Charli Haggard, Dickson; Leslie Jan Hobson, Broken Bow; Keri Elizabeth Zane Martindale, Smithville; Matthew Dean Morris, Caddo; Patricia L. Pace, Howe, Texas; Kelli Lynn Taylor, Durant; David Allen Tumbleson, Idabel; Kathleen Ethel Wilson, Bokchito.

Regional Food Bank founder-director to speak at Dec. 10 Commencement

Regional Food Bank founder-director to speak at Dec. 10 Commencement

Press Release Date: 11-16-2011

Rodney

DURANT, Okla. – Rodney Bivens, the founder and executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, will be the speaker at Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Fall Commencement.

Commencement is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m. in the Bloomer Sullivan Arena. Following commencement, a reception will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Visual & Performing Arts Center.

Bivens is a 1971 graduate of Southeastern, where he earned a degree in sociology, with a minor in accounting and business administration.

Under his direction, the Regional Food Bank has evolved into a highly respected model for food banks across the country, serving more than 825 elementary schools and charitable feeding programs throughout 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.

Bivens has served on the board of directors and on numerous advisory committees for Feeding America for more than 12 years. He also serves on the National Disaster Relief Task Force, where he has been called upon to respond to national disasters like Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Before founding the Food Bank in 1980, Bivens was Director of Hunger and Aging at Neighborhood Services Organization, and Director of Social Services at the Mary Mahoney Health Center.

He was awarded the prestigious John Van Hengel award in 2007 in recognition of his outstanding efforts in the fight against hunger. Most recently, the Oklahoma Center for Non-Profits recognized the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma as the Outstanding Non-Profit for the state.

In addition to his degree from Southeastern, Bivens holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Oklahoma.

He is a graduate of Class IV of Leadership Oklahoma City and a member of the Alumni Association, board member of the Homeless Alliance, member of the National Executive Director’s Forum, and member of the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce.