Dr. Steven Hales named director of new International Student Services office

Steven HalesDURANT, Okla. – Dr. Steven Hales has lived, studied and/or taught in six countries outside the United States.

Now he brings his extensive background in education to Southeastern Oklahoma State University as the director of the school’s new International Student Services office, which is part of the Enrollment Management division. Hales’ office is located in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union.

“The opportunity to start a program was very appealing to me,’’ said Hales, who served most recently as director of the English Language Center at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. “We will be working with international students in all phases – this includes recruiting, adjusting to campus, supporting them through their time here, and even post-graduate.’’

Hales says international students typically face several challenges when studying in the United States, including cultural and social differences, academic expectations, academic writing, and language.

But, according to Hales, the number one factor in retention of the students is friendship with American students.

“It’s really important to give these students a sense of connection to and ownership of Southeastern,’’ he said. “When the students, campus, and community all work together, everyone benefits. It’s a tremendous learning opportunity.’’

Hales, with input from campus, intends to develop a comprehensive international student retention plan. This will include on-and off-campus programming.

With regard to recruitment, Hales will begin his work by assessing Southeastern’s academic offerings and matching those with the interests and needs of international students. Currently, business, computer science and music are three areas of great interest for the students.

“I think Southeastern has a lot to offer international students,’’ Hales said. “It’s a institution that first and foremost supports its students. And being located in a small and safe community is very important to the students and their parents.’’

Hales holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies, Teacher Development and Comparative, International & Development Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Ontario. His master’s is in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the Monterey (Ca.) Institute of International Studies, and his bachelor’s is in Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University.

His other experience in International Education administration includes stints as Director of Studies for the English First China language center in Shanghai, and as International Programs Coordinator at Mississippi University for Women.

Hales also has extensive teaching experience at the university level, and he has resided in Spain, Brazil, South Korea, Japan, China, and Canada.

 

Southeastern celebrates “Destination Homecoming’’

DURANT, Okla. – Sunny, unseasonably warm weather greeted all who attended “Destination Homecoming’’ at Southeastern Oklahoma State University on Friday and Saturday.

At its Friday night awards banquet, held in the Visual & Performing Arts Center, the Southeastern Alumni Association formally honored 2014 Distinguished Alumni Dr. Jesse Arnold, Ms. Josephine Wildcat Bigler and Dr. David Whitlock, as well as Distinguished

Former Faculty Dr. Pat Dunham, Dr. Phil Dunham and Dr. Robert Oliver. Southeastern president Sean Burrage introduced the honorees.

Special guest was Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, the 16th president of Southeastern.

Following the banquet, a True Blue bonfire pep rally was held on campus.

Earlier in the day, Mike Metheny’s team captured first place honors in the 28th annual Whang Bang alumni golf tournament, played at Chickasaw Pointe. Team members included Metheny, Paul Postier, Norm Clayborn, Jack Park, and Casey Clayborn.

The traditional homecoming parade was held in downtown Durant on Saturday morning.

Later, at Paul Laird Field, the Southeastern Savage Storm routed Northwestern, 45-7.

Kailea Marshall of Howe, Texas, was crowned Homecoming Queen, while Ryan Blakemore of Healdton was crowned Homecoming King during halftime ceremonies.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage, far left, poses with the 2014 Distinguished Alumni and Former Faculty Award recipients. Left to right, are Dr. David Whitlock, Dr. Jesse Arnold, Josephine Wildcat Bigler, Dr. Robert Oliver, Dr. Pat Dunham, and Dr. Phil Dunham.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage, far left, poses with the 2014 Distinguished Alumni and Former Faculty Award recipients. Left to right, are Dr. David Whitlock, Dr. Jesse Arnold, Josephine Wildcat Bigler, Dr. Robert Oliver, Dr. Pat Dunham, and Dr. Phil Dunham.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates Homecoming Queen Kailea Marshall and King Ryan Blakemore during halftime festivities.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates Homecoming Queen Kailea Marshall and King Ryan Blakemore during halftime festivities.

The traditional Homecoming parade was held Saturday morning in downtown Durant.

The traditional Homecoming parade was held Saturday morning in downtown Durant.

Southeastern wide receiver Layton Dworaczyk (1) picks up good yardage in the Savage Storm’s 45-7 homecoming victory over Northwestern.

Southeastern wide receiver Layton Dworaczyk (1) picks up good yardage in the Savage Storm’s 45-7 homecoming victory over Northwestern.

Southeastern to offer unique master’s degree in Native American leadership

DURANT, Okla. – Beginning this January, Southeastern Oklahoma State University will offer a unique new master’s degree in Native American leadership.

The “Master of Science in Native American Leadership (MSNAL)’’ recently received final approval from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

The MSNAL, to be delivered online, is unique due to the fact that it offers a combination of Native American history and organizational leadership in one degree.

Co-directors of the project are Dr. Bryon Clark, associate vice president for academic affairs and graduate dean, and Chris Wesberry, director of the Native American Center for Student Success.

“Southeastern is recognized around the country as a leader in providing higher education opportunities and services to its Native American students,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage. “This innovative new master’s degree certainly enhances the programs we have in place at the University. We believe that the MSNAL will generate a great deal of interest to students.’’

Wesberry agreed, noting that several students inquired about the new program at the recent National Indian Education Association annual convention and trade show, to which Southeastern sent representatives.

“The MSNAL is a result of University faculty and staff working with tribal partners to develop a graduate degree that includes Native American topics and leadership concepts,’’ Wesberry said.  “Specifically combining the two areas into one degree was of utmost importance as we were developing the courses.  With this degree, students are able to take courses such as ‘Effective Communication Through Presentation,’ while also taking ‘Geography and Treaties.’  The combination of historical and culturally relevant courses with courses focused on leadership skills is very unique. ‘’

For more information about the new degree program, contact Chris Wesberry at 580-745-2376.

In addition to the MSNAL, the State Regents also approved a new option for Southeastern’s MBA program in Native American Leadership. Students can now take targeted courses from the MSNAL program as part of this new MBA option.

For more information, contact Dr. Lawrence Silver at 580-745-3190 or Robert Howard at 580-745-2042 in the John Massey School of Business.

According to “Diverse Issues In Higher Education,’’ Southeastern ranks sixth in the nation in producing Native American graduates (all disciplines combined) in the Baccalaureate degree category. This is the second year in a row that Southeastern has held this distinction.

Also in the Baccalaureate category and for the fourth consecutive year, Southeastern ranks first in the nation in producing Native American graduates in Engineering Technologies and Engineering — Related Fields (Occupational Safety & Health). The University also ranks number two nationally in graduates in Physical Sciences and Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs (Native American).

In the master’s degree rankings, Southeastern is number one for the fifth consecutive year in Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields (Occupational Safety & Health – Native American).

In addition, Southeastern recently received a $1.1 million (four-year) grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Indian Education. This Native American

Excellence In Education (NAEIE) Early Childhood Teacher Preparation Grant

will partner with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and the Chickasaw Nation. It will serve 12 Native American Education majors pursuing degrees in Early Childhood and/or Special Education.

 

Southeastern hosts Texoma College Fair

Southeastern Oklahoma State University recruiter Hope Zachary visits with a prospective student Thursday at the Texoma Area-Wide College Fair. Some 600 high school students attended the event, which was hosted by Southeastern and included representatives from colleges in Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas.

Southeastern Oklahoma State University recruiter Hope Zachary visits with a prospective student Thursday at the Texoma Area-Wide College Fair. Some 850 high school students attended the event, which was hosted by Southeastern and included representatives from colleges in Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas.

An estimated 600 area high school students attended Thursday’s  Texoma Area-Wide College Fair, hosted by Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

An estimated 850 area high school students attended Thursday’s Texoma Area-Wide College Fair, hosted by Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Southeastern ranks 6th nationally in producing Native American graduates

DURANT, Okla. – In what is becoming an annual tradition, Southeastern Oklahoma State University once again ranks among the nation’s leaders in producing Native American graduates.

According to “Diverse Issues In Higher Education,’’ Southeastern ranks sixth in the nation in producing Native American graduates (all disciplines combined) in the Baccalaureate degree category. This is the second year in a row that Southeastern has held this distinction.

Also in the Baccalaureate category and for the fourth consecutive year, Southeastern ranks first in the nation in producing Native American graduates in Engineering Technologies and Engineering — Related Fields (Occupational Safety & Health). The University also ranks number two nationally in graduates in Physical Sciences and Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs (Native American).

In the master’s degree rankings, Southeastern is number one for the fifth consecutive year in Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields (Occupational Safety & Health – Native American).

“These rankings reflect the innovative programs and services we have in place to support our students through our Native American Center for Student Success,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage. “We recently received a $1.1 million grant from the Department of Education to assist our Native American students as they pursue careers in teacher education. Our students also benefit greatly from the partnerships we have with The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and the Chickasaw Nation.’’

Each year, “Diverse Issues’’ publishes its top 100 rankings of minority graduates. The report is based on data from the U.S. Department of Education.

Following are Southeastern’s 2014 national rankings, by major, in the Top 100 Degree Producers list (Native American) unless otherwise noted:

Bachelor’s

1 – Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields (Occupational Safety & Health)

2 – Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

2 – Physical Sciences

3 – Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

3 – Education

4 – Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

4 – Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

5 – Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics

5 – Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services (Criminal Justice)

6 – All Disciplines combined

6 – English Language and Literature/Letters

6 – Psychology

8 – Accounting and Related Services

10 – Biological and Biomedical Sciences

10 – Business Management, Marketing, and related support services

11 – Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities (two or more races)

13 – Visual & Performing Arts

14 – Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related fields (Occupational Safety & Health – two or more races)

16 – Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related fields (Occupational Safety & Health) Total Minority

24 – Social Sciences

30 – Business Administration, Management and Operations

44 – Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies (two or more races)

Master’s

1 – Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields (Occupational Safety & Health)

4 – Psychology

16 – All Disciplines combined

17 – Education

20 – Business Administration, Management and Operations

28 – Business Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

39 – Engineeering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields (Occupational Safety & Health – total minority)

SE Live/Native American Visitation Day set for Nov. 12

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University has scheduled “SE Live Open House and Native American Visitation Day’’ for Wednesday, November 12, on the Durant campus.

High school seniors and juniors, along with their parents and families, are invited to experience life as a student at Southeastern during SE Live Open House. The event begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 3 p.m.

More than 250 students attended the event last fall.

Highlights include programs on Scholarships and Financial Aid, Southeastern Traditions, Residence Life, and Life as a Student Athlete. Campus tours will be offered

throughout the day.

Native American Visitation Day allows students the opportunity to learn about Native American benefits, attend a class on Native American studies, and play a traditional game of stickball.

In the afternoon, students will have the opportunity to visit Eaker Field, home of the award-winning Southeastern Aviation Program.

In addition, choir and band students will have a chance to rehearse with those programs and audition for music scholarships in the fall.

Entertainment throughout the day will be provided by performing groups from Southeastern, including the Sparks Dance Team, Cheer Squad, and the True Blue Ambassadors.

All students attending the event will receive an SE Sackpack and one free lunch ticket. Lunch is sponsored by Durant’s First United Bank.

To register, go online to www.SE.edu/SELive or contact the Admissions and Recruitment Office at 580-745-2060.

 

 

Native November offers variety of events

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate Native November with a variety of events beginning on the first day of the month and concluding on Nov. 19. The celebration is sponsored by Southeastern’s Native American Center for Student Success.

Following is the schedule of events:

2014 Native November Schedule

Saturday, November 1

Noon-5 p.m. – Choctaw College Connection Recruitment Event at Choctaw Nation Resort

Monday, November 3

3-5 p.m. – Native American Center Open House and Reception, Meet and Greet 2014-15 Miss Indian SOSU at Center for Student Success

Tuesday, November 4

2-4 p.m. – Open House Native American Commons Area Reception at Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library

Wednesday, November 5

1 p.m. – Native Symposium Insights with Mr. Richard Green, Chickasaw Historian and Author

Thursday, November 6

4 p.m. – Social Stickball on front lawn

Saturday, November 8

10:30 a.m. – Native American Scholars Recognition Brunch, Magnolia Room

Choctaw Youth Stickball at halftime of the Southeastern-Arkansas Tech football game

Tuesday, November 11

2 p.m. – Play produced by Kathleen Hardgrove, Glen D. Johnson Student Union, room 213

Wednesday, November 12

2 p.m. – Native American Student Visitation, Campus-Wide Social Stickball

Thursday, November 13

1:30 p.m. – Leave for Native American Center, Choctaw Language School Tour, Faculty and Staff Development, RSVP

Friday, November 14

2 p.m. – Chickasaw Culture and Storytelling, Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library, followed by Social Stickball on the front lawn

Tuesday, November 18

1 p.m, — Round Reed Basket Making, Magnolia Room

Wednesday, November 19

1 p.m. – Gourd Dance, Dr. Joe Bohanon

For more information, contact Chris Wesberry at 580-745-2376.

Southeastern to celebrate Homecoming Oct. 23-25

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate Homecoming 2014 on October 23-24-25.

This year’s theme is “Destination Homecoming” and the three-day event should have something for everyone, including current students, alumni and friends.

Honored as Distinguished Alumni will be Dr. Jesse Arnold, Ms. Josephine Wildcat Bigler and Dr. David Whitlock.

 

Recognized as Distinguished Former Faculty will be Dr. Pat Dunham, Dr. Phil

Dunham and Dr. Robert Oliver.

Along with banquets, pep rallies, campus tours, the Whang Bang golf tournament, tailgate alley and the Homecoming football game, numerous reunions are scheduled. For information on reunions, check http://alumni.SE.edu.

The following schedule includes some of the many events scheduled for Homecoming weekend:

Thursday, October 23

SE Night at the Museum, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Three Valley Museum, 401 W. Main Street.

Friday, October 24

28th-annual Whang Bang Golf Tournament, Chickasaw Pointe Golf Course. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and a shotgun start is set for 9 a.m. Participants may register online at http://alumni.SE.edu. The Whang Bang has started a highly popular tradition that has legends from Southeastern’s storied athletics history serving as honorary starters. This year’s honorary starter is SE Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Beard.

Distinguished Awards Banquet, 5:30 p.m., Visual and Performing Arts Center. This event features introduction of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Former Faculty.

True Blue Rally, 8 p.m., amphitheater.

Saturday, October 25

Coffee & Conversation with Southeastern Athletic Legends, 8 a.m. Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium. Former Southeastern athletes gather to reminisce. Hosted by Southeastern president Sean Burrage and Director of Athletics Keith Baxter.

Homecoming Parade, 10 a.m., downtown

Alumni Tailgate Party, Alumni Alley, 11 a.m., across from Paul Laird Field.

Southeastern Campus Tours, 11:30 a.m. Explore the campus during the one-hour tour. Student tours will include campus and residence halls, plus a lunch ticket. Special Alumni tours will also be held. Register online at http://www.SE.edu/future-students/visit. Tours leave from the entrance to Paul Laird Field.

Pre-Game Ceremony, 1:50 p.m., Paul Laird Field. Introduction of Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Former Faculty, past and present.

Kickoff: Southeastern vs. Northwestern, 2 p.m.

Discover Durant “A Market Fair,” Market Square, downtown, 6 p.m.

Southeastern hosts Texoma Area-Wide College Fair on Oct. 23

DURANT, Okla. — The Texoma Area-Wide College Fair is scheduled for Thursday, October 23, from 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m. in the Hallie McKinney Ballroom on the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Durant campus.

This event will offer a great opportunity for students to begin thinking about college and visit with more than 30 college and university representatives.            Representatives will be attending from Oklahoma, Texas and surrounding states to provide information and assist students in choosing the school that is right for them.

In addition to browsing the college and university booths, students will have the opportunity to attend informative workshops, designed to make the college transition easier. These workshops will be beneficial to parents and counselors attending as well. The workshops include:

– 9 a.m. – College Fit:  Finding the Right School for You

– 9:30 a.m. – What You Really Need to Do to Prepare for College

– 10 a.m. – Native American Benefits

For more information, contact Shelly D. Key at (580) 745-2061.

Southeastern closed Oct. 16-17 for Fall Break

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will be closed Oct. 16-17 for Fall Break. The University will re-open on Monday, Oct. 20.