Internationally-renowned pianist Rosario Andino to perform Sept. 30 at Southeastern

rosarioDURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Oklahoma State University Music Department is among a select group of regional presenters to receive a Mid-America Arts Alliance Regional Touring Artist Grant. This award will support the upcoming performance of world-renowned Cuban pianist Rosario Andino at the Southeastern Fine Arts Recital Hall on Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m.

Andino will also be presenting a master class open to the public that same Tuesday at 2 p.m., also in the Recital Hall.

There is no admission charge for either event.

Andino was born in Santa Clara, Cuba, where she began her musical studies at age four. She graduated with highest honors from the Fischermann Conservatory in Havana and later — after having received a full scholarship there — from the Chatham Square Music School in New York City. She is an alumna – summa cum laude – of the St. George’s School (Havana) and of Hunter College (New York City).

She is a pianist in the grand manner who carries on the tradition of Anton and Nicholas Rubinstein, Emil Sauer, Ferruccio Busoni, Ignace Friedman, Leopold Godowsky and Alexander Michailowsky (all of whom taught her distinguished teachers, Vera Maurina Press and Jascha Fischerman).

Funding for Southeastern’s Arts Alliance grant is drawn from generous underwriting by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ruth Steger Foundation, and foundations, corporations, and individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

For further event information, contact the Southeastern Music Department at (580) 745-2088 or visit

For more information about Mid-America Arts Alliance, visit them online at


Social Sciences presents scholarships at Southeastern


Seated, left to right: Jesse Lemons, Luke Hayes, Charles Trey MacAllister, Brianna Teel, Maddison Williams, Ronald McIninch, and Chance Wimberley. Standing, left to right, are faculty members Patrick Schoettmer, Chunmei Yoe, Corie Delashaw, Brooks Flippen, Alistair Maeer, and Glenn Melancon. (Not pictured, Austin Hall and Mohammad Akbar

DURANT, Okla. – The Department of Social Sciences at Southeastern Oklahoma State University recently announced the awarding of nine scholarships.

Following is the list of the scholarships, recipients, and their hometowns:

Dr. James C. Milligan Scholarship – Charles MacAllister, Durant; Dr. Edward L. Byrd – Brianna Teel, Durant; Dr. Louis and Bernice Johnson – Maddison Williams, Calera; James D. Morrison – Jesse Lemons, Atoka; Priscilla W. Utterback – Ronald McIninch, Durant.

Also, Glen D. Johnson Sr. and Imogene S. Johnson – Chance Wimberley, Colbert; Judge John Allen Phillips II – Austin Hall, Cartwright; Dr. Allen E. and Mildred Shearer — Luke Hayes, Broken Arrow; Umez Outstanding Student in Social Sciences — Mohammad Akbar, Sherman, Texas.

Parents, Family and Friends Day set for Sept. 27

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University has scheduled Parents, Family and Friends Day for Saturday, September 27.

Coach Bo Atterberry’s Savage Storm football team will host Ouachita Baptist University at 6 p.m. at Paul Laird Field. Other activities to be held in Tailgate Alley (across from Laird Field) include tailgating and a photo booth.

You may register online at

Southeastern debuts new TV commercial on CBS Sports Network telecast

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Oklahoma State University-Henderson State football game was nationally televised Thursday night on the CBS Sports Network.

More than 200 students, faculty, staff, and alumni from Southeastern made the trip to Arkadelphia, Arkansas. The Savage Storm battled the 7th-ranked Reddies head-to-head for three quarters before eventually falling, 60-17. Southeastern trailed by just eight points (25-17) early in the third quarter before Henderson went on a 35-0 scoring run to close out the contest.

Sideline TV reporter Rashan Ali interviewed Southeastern president Sean Burrage during a break in the action in the second quarter of play.

In addition, the telecast featured the debut of the University’s new “Seize Your Opportunity’’ TV commercial promoting Southeastern. In addition to students, faculty, staff, and President Burrage, the 30-second spot features a very special guest appearance by 1976 Southeastern graduate Reba McEntire. (To view the commercial, go to or and click on the appropriate banner at the top of the page).

Filmed on the Durant campus, the commercial will be utilized extensively over the next several months.

The spot was produced by Pollaro Media.

Southeastern to honor three Distinguished Alumni

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will honor three Distinguished Alumni during Homecoming activities Oct. 24-25.

The Distinguished Awards Banquet will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24, in the Visual & Performing Arts Center.

This year’s honorees are Dr. Jesse Arnold, Josephine Wildcat Bigler, and Dr. David Whitlock.

Jesse ArnoldDr. Jesse Arnold (‘60) is a Professor Emeritus at Virginia Tech University. He served as department head for the Department of Statistics at Virginia Tech from

1973-1982, with his career spanning 34 years at the university.

The Wichita Falls, Texas, native earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics at Southeastern. He earned his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in mathematical statistics from Florida State University.

Arnold is an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute and a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA). He is Past President of the International Biometric Society, Eastern North American Region, and Past Chair of the ASA Section on Statistical Education.

Arnold has published numerous technical papers in leading statistical journals and directed the research of 14 Ph.D. students at Virginia Tech. He is co-author of a widely used statistics textbook for engineers and computer scientists. In 1984, the Department of Statistics established the annually-awarded Jesse C. Arnold Graduate Student Teaching Award.

BiglerJosephine Wildcat Bigler (’45) is a full blood Euchee Indian, enrolled with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, and the first in her family to earn a college degree. She may be the first Euchee woman to earn a four-year degree.

Born near Sapulpa, Oklahoma, Bigler taught elementary school in Sapulpa and special education in Wisconsin.

Bigler  served as a Special Education teacher when it was a relatively new field. A Euchee linguist and true expert on the language, she and three other elders are co-writing the first Dictionary of Euchee.

Euchee is a language isolate with no other language in the world similar or related.

Her ability to recall older forms no longer actively used, plus explaining how women’s speech varies from men’s speech, makes her extremely vital in the effort to save the language.

Bigler was elected Chairwoman of the Milwaukee Indian Health Board and served as a representative to the Milwaukee Southeastern Malpractice Compensation Committee.

In addition to earning her education degree at Southeastern, she received special education training at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh.

WhitlockMug_Sept10[1]Dr. David Whitlock (’84, ’85) has served as Oklahoma Baptist University’s 15th president since 2008.

The Purcell, Oklahoma, native earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s in business administration at Southeastern. He earned his Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Oklahoma in 1995.

Whitlock began his professional career at Southeastern, where he taught for 14 years. He joined the Southeastern faculty in 1985 as an instructor of business, was promoted to assistant professor in 1991 and associate professor in 1996. While at Southeastern, he directed the university’s Small Business Institute from 1990-97, working with small business development in the Durant area.

He was named chair of the University’s business information management program in 1995, and served in that role until moving to Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri.

AT SBU, Whitlock served in various capacities, including associate provost, dean of the college of business and computer science, as a professor of business, dean of SBU’s adult and off-campus programs, and assistant to the president.

In addition to his academic work, Whitlock has served in a bi-vocational role as co-pastor of Wellspring Baptist Fellowship in Bolivar. He previously served as bi-vocational pastor of Silo Baptist Church and Hendrix Baptist Church. He was licensed to preach by the First Baptist Church of Durant in 1993.


Football, barbecue, and music draw crowd to Southeastern

DURANT, Okla. – A 19-yard field goal by Jake Walters as time expired Saturday night capped a great day of activities at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The kick gave Southeastern a 52-49 victory over Arkansas-Monticello at Paul Laird Field. It was first-year coach Bo Atterberry’s first win at Southeastern and marked the second week in a row that the outcome of a Savage Storm game came down to the final play. Last week, Southern Arkansas threw a last-second touchdown pass to edge Southeastern, 30-29. Also on the game day menu Saturday were barbecue and music as

the True Blue BBQ Cook-off and SE Tailgate Party were held across from Laird Field in Tailgate Alley. First place honors in the second-annual cook-off, sponsored by the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce, went to First Texoma National Bank.

Charlie Robison, with special guest the Chase Sanford Band, livened up the festivities with a free concert in Tailgate Alley in the afternoon.

Jake Walters kicked a 19-yard field as time ran out to provide the winning margin.

Jake Walters kicked a 19-yard field as time ran out to provide the winning margin.

Tailgate Alley was the scene for music, barbecue and fun prior to Saturday’s football game.

Tailgate Alley was the scene for music, barbecue and fun prior to Saturday’s football game.

Charlie Robison entertained the crowd Saturday afternoon.

Charlie Robison entertained the crowd Saturday afternoon.

Southeastern plans activities for Constitution Day

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University has scheduled a number activities in conjunction with Constitution Day on Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Constitution Day is held to celebrate one of our country’s greatest gifts to its people – the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Take some time to engage in one or more of the following activities:

– Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library Tours, including a Constitution display, an informative video loop, and a walk-through of the government documents section. Tours will be held all day, so inquire at the front desk for starting times.

Voter registration for Oklahoma will be held in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union atrium from 11 a.m. to noon.

Join Dr. Chunmei Yoe’s class in the student union auditorium, room 213, for Constitutional Jeopardy at noon.

Receive a free Pocket Constitution and earn Spot Points.

Southeastern is also sponsoring a fun constitution law-based video game at

Southeastern’s Transfer Enrollment Day scheduled for Oct. 14

DURANT, Okla. – Prospective students transferring to Southeastern this spring should reserve their spot now for a “one-stop” admissions and enrollment day.

“SE Live Transfer Enrollment Day’’ is set for Tuesday, Oct. 14. Students currently enrolled in a higher education program and those with an associate’s degree are invited to the Durant campus for the day of activities.

Prospective Southeastern students will prepare for the spring semester with “on-the-spot” admissions, advising and enrollment sessions, and campus tours, with a free lunch provided. Students will have the opportunity to visit with staff members from the Office of Admissions and Recruitment, Financial Aid, and Residence Life.

Prospective transfer students wanting to be admitted on Oct. 14 should bring official transcripts from all high schools and all colleges attended, current semester class enrollment, and the $20 application fee ($55 for international students).

Transfer Enrollment Day features a “Come and Go” format. Check-in will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Office of Admissions and Recruitment, located on the first floor of the Administration Building on the Durant campus.

For more information and to reserve your spot at SE Live Transfer Enrollment Day, visit the SE website, or call the Office of University Recruitment at (580) 745-2060.

Katelynn Humphries crowned Miss Indian SOSU

Katelynn Humphries was crowned Miss Indian SOSU 2014-15.

Katelynn Humphries was crowned Miss Indian SOSU 2014-15.

DURANT, Okla. – Katelynn Humphries has been crowned Miss Indian SOSU 2014-15 by the Native American Student Association. The pageant was held Aug. 27 in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Humphries is a junior Elementary Education major at Southeastern and her hometown is Durant. She is also a tribal member of the Chickasaw Nation. Humphries is the daughter of Stacie and Chris Avant and Kevin and Michelle Humphries, and the granddaughter of Ruby Humphries and Sid and Lynda Tolbert.

“I am blessed to be given the opportunity to represent SOSU and her Native American culture,’’ Humphries said.

The Miss Indian SOSU pageant featured four contestants this year: Autumn Celestine, Nakoma Hazlett, Vanessa Jefferson, and Humphries. Contestants were asked to perform a talent as part of the selection process. Celestine and Jefferson chose to sing Choctaw hymns, while Hazlett and Humphries chose storytelling.

Native American Student Association officers Savannah Burwell and Dakota Estrada were the designated hosts for the event. This year’s judges were Liz McCraw, Chantelle Standefer, and Twahna Hamill. Each judge scored the contestants in five categories. One portion of the pageant is questions and answers, with contestants given an opportunity to share their knowledge of the Native American culture.

Humphries attended the Choctaw Labor Day Festival as royalty and will also be at the Chickasaw’s Annual Meeting and Festival.

CBS Sports Network to telecast Southeastern-Henderson football game on Thursday, Sept. 18

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Savage Storm-Henderson State football game will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network on Thursday, Sept. 18. Kickoff is 7 p.m. in Arkadelphia, Ark.

The telecast will be available on CBS Sports Network as follows: DIRECTV, Channel 221; Dish Network, 158; AT&T U-verse, 643; and Cox Communications, 249.

Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s new television commercial will also make its debut Thursday night during the telecast. The 30-second spot, filmed on the Durant campus, features University president Sean Burrage, students, faculty, and staff, and alumni.

“Seize Your Opportunity’’ is the theme of the commercial, which will be utilized extensively over the next several months.

The spot was produced by Pollaro Media.