Community members invited to join Symphonic Choir; rehearsals begin Aug. 25

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Symphonic Choir will begin rehearsals on August 25in preparation for a performance of Handel’s Messiah.  Hosted by the Department of Music on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, this group offers community members, university students, faculty and staff, the opportunity to come together to sing major choral works.

This group is the featured performance group for the Candlelighting ceremony on campus, Southeastern’s oldest tradition.  This year the Southeastern Symphonic Choir rehearses on each Monday from 6-8 p.m.  This choir is open to all with an interest in choral singing.  With the full use of lighting, organ, and string orchestration, the concert should prove exciting to singers and audience alike.  Candlelighting is scheduled for December 8.    Singers are welcome to attend  rehearsals in Fine Arts Building 116, the Choral Rehearsal Hall.

For more information, call Dr. Joshua Nannestad, conductor, at 745-3410, or by email at

Freshman Convocation attracts large crowd

DURANT, Okla. – Freshman students, their parents, and faculty and staff members enjoy a cookout on the front lawn Saturday after attending Freshman Convocation at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. A number of speakers welcomed the new students to campus at the event, which was held in Montgomery Auditorium. Classes began Monday.


Academic Affairs announces position, title changes at Southeastern

DURANT, Okla. – The Office of Academic Affairs has announced a number of
position/title changes at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. These changes

are as follows:

  • Dr. Bryon Clark, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Graduate Dean (increases the efficiency in management of accreditation assessment). Dr. Clark previously served as Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Interim Graduate Dean.
  • Dr. Lucretia Scoufos, Executive Dean for Academic Affairs (Title change to better communicate the functions of this position). Dr. Scoufos previously served as Dean of Instruction.
  • Dr. Robin Plumb, Associate Dean and Director of Educational Outreach (strengthens the distance education and educational outreach functions). Dr. Plumb oversees the management and delivery of courses and programs to the eight educational outreach sites. These sites include: direct oversight responsibility for McAlester, Ardmore, Grayson/Denison and Grayson/Van Alstyne. In addition, she coordinates the extension of the outreach model to the Oklahoma City campuses and the Idabel branch campus. Dr. Plumb previously served as Director of Academic Services for Southeastern at the University Center of Southern Oklahoma.
  • Jeni Maple, Coordinator of Academic Services, Ardmore outreach site — University Center of Southern Oklahoma (strengthens the educational outreach function at the Ardmore site due to the promotion of Dr. Plumb to Associate Dean and Director of Educational Outreach).
  • Kendra Gross, Coordinator of Academics, Admissions, Advisement, Financial Aid and Instructional Support, McCurtain County campus. She was previously Coordinator of Admissions, Financial Aid and Instructional Support at the McCurtain County campus.
  • Matthew Morris is the new Coordinator of Academic Services at Grayson College.
  • George Jacox and Dr. Stanley Alluisi will be absorbing the duties of Aviation Sciences Institute Director David Conway, who recently retired.

Preparations continue for fall semester

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University president Sean Burrage addresses the audience at Thursday’s Faculty-Staff General meeting, held in the Ballroom. Fall classes begin at the University on Monday.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University president Sean Burrage addresses the audience at Thursday’s Faculty-Staff General meeting, held in the Ballroom. Fall classes begin at the University on Monday.

Freshman Convocation set for Saturday; Fall classes begin Aug. 18

 Dr. Susan Morrison, left, addresses the audience Tuesday at the Faculty Symposium. Morrison, Dr. Vivian Guarnera, Dr. Thomas Harvey, and Dr. Jerry Stout offered a presentation on “Teacher Effectiveness.’’

Dr. Susan Morrison, left, addresses the audience Tuesday at the Faculty Symposium. Morrison, Dr. Vivian Guarnera, Dr. Thomas Harvey, and Dr. Jerry Stout offered a presentation on “Teacher Effectiveness.’’

DURANT, Okla. – The start of the fall semester is near at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Fall classes begin on Monday, Aug. 18.

Prior to that, Freshman Convocation will be held on Saturday, Aug. 16, at 4:30 p.m. in Montgomery Auditorium. At that time, new Southeastern president Sean Burrage

will address new students and their parents. A cookout will follow on the front lawn of campus.

Earlier this week, a two-day Faculty Symposium was held on campus. This professional development opportunity allowed faculty members to advance their knowledge and experience through the exchange of ideas and approaches to teaching, scholarship, and service.

On Monday of this week, orientation for new faculty members was held.

Department of Music receives re-accreditation

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University and the Department of Music have recently been re-accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).  Founded in 1924, NASM is the oldest arts accrediting agency in the United States.

Southeastern has held this accreditation since 1978, with the most recent cycle of re-accreditation completed in summer of 2014.  This places the university in accredited status until the 2023-2024 academic year.

The re-accreditation brings with it the renewed approval of the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree, the Bachelor of Music in Performance degree, and the Bachelor of Music Education degree.  The Music Education degree was given approval to implement a new guitar emphasis as a specified option.  Additionally, NASM is also in agreement with the planned new offering of the Master of Music Education degree currently being explored.

The institution and music unit received very favorable comments in the areas of curriculum innovation and development, quality of instruction, faculty/student interaction, administrative support for upgrading facilities and addressing faculty concerns, and community outreach.

For more information about the Department of Music go to:

Welcome Week 2014

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host the 2014 Welcome Week with six days of activities scheduled to greet students.

Michelle Hornbeak, Interim Student Activities Coordinator, said: “I am always excited about Welcome Week. When I was a freshman I remember making new friends, discovering new things about the campus and the cool giveaways.

“This year I have been able to plan and promote the events and I am looking forward to seeing students attend each one.”

Fall classes begin on Monday, Aug. 18.

2014 Welcome Week Schedule

Saturday, August 16

  • 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Residence Hall check-in, Glen D. Johnson Student Union (SU)
  • 4:30 p.m. – Freshman Convocation, Montgomery Auditorium
  • 5:00 p.m. – Convocation Cook-Out, front lawn
  • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Residence Hall check-in, continued

Sunday, August 17

  • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Residence Hall Orientation, SU Gym
  • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Sundaes on Sunday, SU (sponsored by RHA)

Monday, August 18

  • 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – We’ve Got answers, under the clock tower
  • 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 – Free Massages in the SU Atrium
  • 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – The Chill Zone, SU Rustin Plaza (Sponsored by the Cheer Squad)

Tuesday, August 19

  • 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – We’ve Got Answers, under the clock tower
  • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Block Party, 4th & University (in front of Shearer Hall)
Bring Student ID!

Wednesday, August 20

  • 5:00 p.m. – Campus Praise & Meal, SU loft
  • 7:30 p.m. – Hypnotist: Jeff Michaels, Fine Arts Theater

Thursday, August 21

  • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – “A Taste of Durant” Merchant/Organization Fair, SU loft
  • 6 p.m. – Savage Storm football scrimmage, Paul Laird Field

Southeastern’s accreditation status continued by Higher Learning Commission

DURANT, Okla. – The start of fall classes may still be several days away (Aug. 18), but the academic year is already off to a great start at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The University recently received official notification from the Institutional Actions Council of the Higher Learning Commission – A Commission of the North Central Association – that Southeastern’s accredited status has been continued with the next Reaffirmation of Accreditation in 2023-24.

“This continued accreditation reflects the dedication and commitment of the Southeastern faculty, staff, and administration,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage. “I appreciate all of the effort that went into this process over the past three years.’’

In its final team report, the HLC determined the following:

  • Southeastern Oklahoma State University has met all criteria and core components
  • No follow-up action (focus visits, monitoring or progress reports) is necessary

Regional accreditation validates the quality of an institution as a whole and evaluates multiple aspects of an institution ranging from its academic offerings, planning, governance, administration, mission, finances, and resources.

The HLC is a regional accreditation agency that accredits more than 1,000-degree granting institutions of higher education that are based in the 19-state region of the United States. Institutions that the Commission accredits are evaluated against the Commission’s criteria for accreditation, a set of standards that institutions must meet to receive and maintain accredited status.  The Commission’s criteria for accreditation reflect a set of guiding values.

A six-member HLC evaluation team was on the Southeastern campus February 24-26, 2014, for a comprehensive visit for continued accreditation. Prior to that, Southeastern submitted a self-study report to the team for review. The report may be accessed by the public at

For more information about the Higher Learning Commission, visit

Choctaw U. Symposium held on campus

Chief BattonDURANT, Okla. – Chief Gary Batton of The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma addresses the audience Thursday morning at the Choctaw University Leadership Symposium. The Choctaw Nation and Southeastern Oklahoma State University have a partnership with a goal of achieving college credit for the Leadership Series of Choctaw U.  Courses included in this agreement include Leading Generational Diversity, Transformational Leadership, Managing People, Effective Coaching and Mentoring, Change Management, and Succession Planning. The opening general session was held in Montgomery Auditorium on the Southeastern campus.

Southeastern professor Jon Reid spends summer teaching in Hong Kong and China

Dr. Jon Reid poses with teaching assistants Yang Yuming "Reon" and Siyu.

Dr. Jon Reid poses with teaching assistants Yang Yuming “Reon” and Siyu.

DURANT, Okla. – College professors spend their summers in a variety of ways. Some may teach. Others may do research. And some may travel.

For Dr. Jon Reid, it was all of the above and more as the Southeastern Oklahoma State University psychology and counseling professor spent time in Hong Kong, mainland China, and Taiwan.

In Hong Kong, Reid participated in several workshops during and following the International Conference on Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society.

He also presented and taught on three college campuses, including the Guangdong University of Petrochemical Technology, Wuyi University, and National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Sciences.

A highlight of the trip was his participation in the Death Café, the first event of its kind in Hong Kong. Reid appeared in conversation with participants in a news video aired on Hong Kong television. The Death Café  event provides a forum for people to talk about death, which is a taboo subject in China.

“This trip has been a great professional growth experience for me,” Reid said. “I’ve been able to attend a professional conference, make presentations to several professional audiences, gather research data, and increase my knowledge of Chinese culture and of Chinese people. The students I taught in Conversational English were eager to improve their English-language speaking ability and eager to learn about American culture. I very much appreciate the support of my department chair Dr. Ed Mauzey and Dean (of Instruction) Lucretia Scoufos in allowing me a flexible teaching schedule this summer.”

Reid is past president of the Association for Death Education and Counseling and a fellow in Thanatology (the study of death).

He joined the Southeastern faculty in 1993.