Regents form Southeastern Presidential Search Committee

DURANT, Okla. – The Board of Regents of the Regional University System of Oklahoma has formed a 19-member search committee as it seeks to fill the office of President at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Regent Richard C. Ogden, Chair of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents, said the committee is broad-based and includes Southeastern faculty, staff and a student, alumni, community members, and regents. He said the group will meet on May 1 to review resumes and recommend individuals to be forwarded to the Board of Regents for consideration. On May 2, the Regents will meet and decide on which applicants to interview; the Regents will begin the interview process on May 15.

The Board is seeking a replacement for Dr. Larry Minks, who announced on April 1 that he would be stepping down as President of Southeastern effective July 1, 2014.    Minks will remain at Southeastern as President Emeritus and Distinguished University Professor of Leadership. He has also been appointed to serve as the Director of the new Center for Transformational Leadership at Southeastern.

The members of the Southeastern Presidential Search committee are:

  • Regent Terry Matlock, Chairman
  • Regent Connie Reilly
  • Regent Susan Winchester
  • Regent Jeffrey T. Dunn
  • Bill Anoatubby, Governor of the Chickasaw Nation
  • Joseph Badan, Student Government Association President
  • Keith Baxter, Athletic Director
  • Dan Boren, Former U.S. Representative
  • Dr. Kitty Campbell, Chair, Department of Management and Marketing
  • Dr. Bryon Clark, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs – Student Learning and Accreditation, Interim Dean of the School of Graduate and University Studies
  • Joy Culbreath , Executive Director of Education for The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
  • Jim Dunegan, Durant City Manager
  • Dr. Wayne Jones, chair/professor, Occupational Safety and Health
  • Dr. Bruce King, Dean of McCurtain County Campus
  • Dr. Chris Moretti, Faculty Senate president
  • Dr. Jerry Polson, Former Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs – Outreach and Research/Dean of Graduate Studies
  • Dr. Henry Scott, Superintendent of Denison Schools
  • Dr. Lucretia Scoufos, Dean of Instruction
  • Kyle Stafford, Executive Director, University Advancement

BrainStorm continues at Southeastern

symDURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Symphonic Winds performed Tuesday night in Montgomery Auditorium as part of “BrainStorm’’ at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. “BrainStorm’’ offers everything from student art exhibits to various presentations, discussions, poster exhibitions and musical performances. All activities are free and open to the public.  Brainstorm continues through Saturday.

For a complete list of events, visit http://homepages.se.edu/brainstorm

Homecoming scheduled for October 24-25

DURANT, Okla. – All alumni and friends of Southeastern Oklahoma State University are invited to celebrate Homecoming on October 24-25, 2014.

That means the entire weekend, October 24-25, will be filled with activities for Southeastern alumni, students, faculty and fans.

The weekend will start off with the 28th-annual Whang Bang Golf Tournament. Alums will have the opportunity to reconnect with former classmates and professors at reunions of academic departments and student groups.

Also, Distinguished Alumni will be honored, tailgating in Alumni Alley will be going strong, and Southeastern royalty will be crowned at the football game.

The Savage Storm will battle Northwestern Saturday afternoon and it will be the first Homecoming as head football coach for former player Bo Atterberry.

For details about Homecoming 2014 and to schedule your reunion, contact the Alumni Relations Office at 580-745-2875 or visit the alumni website, alumni.SE.edu.

Mark your calendars now and save the date for Southeastern Homecoming 2014.

Jazz Fest set for April 26 at Sports City

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Jazz Band, under the direction of Dr. Tristan Eggener, will host an all-day jazz festival on Saturday, April 26, at Sports City Café in Durant.

The festival will  showcase the Southeastern  Jazz Band, high schools from all over the region, and legendary guest artist and clinician Tony Baker on trombone.  The festival mission is to provide an outstanding learning and performing opportunity to the students and musicians of Southeastern Oklahoma and Texas while presenting the community audience with the very highest quality of jazz performances.

High School bands begin playing at 12:30 p.m., and University and local bands will be featured from 4:30-7 p.m.

The festival, which is presented as a part of Brainstorm Research Week, will also feature a Southeastern alumni band and the University Jazz Ensembles.  The event is free and open to the public.

For more information please contact the Department of Music at 580-745-2240.

Southeastern Chorale concert set for April 24

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Chorale, Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s premier choral ensemble, will present Liebeslieder Walzer and Other Songs of Spring, on Thursday, April 24.

Dr. Stacy Weger is the Chorale director. The concert will be held in Fine Arts Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

The Liebeslieder Walzer by Johannes Brahms remains a favorite of the choral repertoire for choir and audience alike.   Written in 1869, it reflects not only the intimate chamber music style of the time, but also the intimacy accompanying love in all forms.  The extended work is a study of fully developed waltzes, in which the

influence of Franz Schubert and Johannes Strauss, the Waltz King, is evident.  The lyrics for the Liebeslieder come from Georg Friedrich Daumer‘s Polydora collection of folk songs and love poems.  The diversity of music within the extended work presents a varied and lively examination of flirtation, love, and longing.   Other pieces to be performed include part-songs by Josef Haydn and Felix Mendelssohn, as well as lyrical works by Renaissance and Contemporary composers.

The concert, which is presented as a part of Brainstorm Research Week, will also feature Brenna Dougherty and Kaela Ganz as student conductors.  Serving as accompanists for the Chorale will be Charlie Kim and Timothy Jenkins.

For more information please contact the Department of Music at 580-745-2088.

Southeastern student places third in Research Day competition

Kent Davidson of Grant, shown with Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, was selected to represent Southeastern Oklahoma State University at Research Day held recently at the State Capitol. Twenty-five undergraduate students representing 19 Oklahoma colleges and universities presented competitive research posters to the State Legislature and the public during the annual event sponsored by Oklahoma EPSCoR, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the National Science Foundation. The event is designed to raise awareness of the outstanding research taking place in Oklahoma’s colleges and universities. Davidson won third place in the regional university and community college category for his cancer cell metabolism research.

Kent Davidson of Grant, shown with Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, was selected to represent Southeastern Oklahoma State University at Research Day held recently at the State Capitol. Twenty-five undergraduate students representing 19 Oklahoma colleges and universities presented competitive research posters to the State Legislature and the public during the annual event sponsored by Oklahoma EPSCoR, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the National Science Foundation. The event is designed to raise awareness of the outstanding research taking place in Oklahoma’s colleges and universities. Davidson won third place in the regional university and community college category for his cancer cell metabolism research.

DURANT, Okla. – Twenty-five undergraduate student researchers from 19 Oklahoma colleges and universities gathered at the State Capitol recently for the 19th annual Research Day at the Capitol.

Representing Southeastern Oklahoma State University was Kent Davidson from Grant, Oklahoma.  He earned third place honors in the Regional University & Community College Category for Posters.  His topic was Cancer Cell Metabolism.

Student participants were selected by their institutions to present scientific research posters during the prestigious event, which is designed to showcase the outstanding research being conducted on Oklahoma college campuses and to make legislators and the public aware of how the research can positively impact our state.

Students’ posters were competitively judged by an independent panel that selected the top seven research presentations in three categories—overall winner, regional universities and research-intensive institutions.  The students received awards at the conclusion of the event, during an award ceremony hosted by Glen D. Johnson, chancellor of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education.

Dr. Nancy Paiva, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Southeastern, served as Davidson’s advisor for the event.

Research Day at the Capitol is sponsored by the Oklahoma Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the National Science Foundation.

BrainStorm at Southeastern

Film-1DURANT, Okla. – Nick Growall addresses the audience Monday night at a Film Production Premiere at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The event was part of the University’s “BrainStorm,’’ which continues through April 25. “BrainStorm’’ offers everything from student art exhibits to various presentations, discussions, poster exhibitions and musical performances. Topics  include science, literature, business, and history, among others. All activities are free and open to the public. For a complete list of events, visit http://homepages.se.edu/brainstorm

Musical Arts Series presents “Fifth House Ensemble’’ on April 25

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Musical Arts Series will present the Fifth House Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

The Fifth House Ensemble will be the final event in the 40th year of the Musical Arts Series. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Fifth House Ensemble combines flute, cello and piano. The Chicago-based ensemble is a versatile and dynamic group praised by the New York Times for its “conviction, authority, and finesse.”

Having pioneered the art of narrative chamber music with its signature series, Black Violet, The Weaver’s Tale, and In Transit, the group’s innovative performances engage audiences through their connective programing and unexpected performance venues.

The program is entitled “Exotic Americas and Beyond” and opens with a trio full of light and bubbly melodies that set the stage for the music to follow.

Each player has a feature work that shares both instrument and personality with the audience.

The program builds to George Crumb’s Voice of the Whale (Vox Balaenae), a semi-staged work where masked performers explore the sounds of their instruments in unexpected ways.

Crumb’s iconic work was the first piece these instrumentalists performed together, years before the forming of Fifth House, and it remains one of the most popular performance pieces.

The Fifth House Ensemble will also present two workshops for all interested artists. “Curriculum Integration on the Assembly Stage” is scheduled for 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 24, in Fine Arts 116. The discussion will include concert design tips, tricks and ideas for the entire process.

“Arts Start-Up” will be presented from 10-11:30 a.m. Friday, April 25, in Fine Arts 116. The topics will include finding your artistic voice, ways to create business and funding structures, networking and marketing.

As a part of this two-day residency, Southeastern students will be coached by Fifth House musicians and perform one of Fifth House’s signature in-school concerts, entitled “Music Can Tell a Story” at Durant Intermediate School. The performance is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. Friday, April 25.

The workshops are also open to the public free of charge.

The Musical Arts Series programs are made possible by generous donations from state and local arts funds, businesses and individuals. For information on becoming a supporter, contact Dr. Tristan Eggener at teggener@SE.edu or 580-745-2240.

Southeastern closed on Friday, April 18

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will be closed on Friday, April 18, for the Good Friday holiday.

Classes will resume and offices will re-open on Monday, April 21.

Spring Commencement scheduled for Saturday, May 10

DURANT, Okla. – Spring Commencement will be held at Southeastern Oklahoma State University on Saturday, May 10.

One ceremony for all schools will begin at 10 a.m. at Paul Laird Field.

Dr. Larry Minks, president of Southeastern, will deliver the commencement address.

In the event of bad weather, two ceremonies will be held in Bloomer Sullivan Arena as follows:

10 a.m.

School of Arts and Sciences

Master of Technology

Master of Science (Safety)

2 p.m.

School of Education & Behavioral Sciences

John Massey School of Business

Master of Arts (Clinical Mental Health Counseling)

Master of Education

Master of Arts (Teaching)

Master of Science (Sports Studies and Athletic Administration)

Master of Business Administration

Master of Science (Aerospace)