Musical Arts Series to feature quartet on Oct. 13

Musical Arts Series to feature quartet on Oct. 13

Press Release Date: 10-6-2011

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Musical Arts Series will present Quarteto Vivace Brasil at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

Founded in 2008, Quarteto Vivace Brasil is one of the more exciting new groups on the Brazilian music scene. Four master players on two guitars, percussion and flute bring sizzling energy to Brazilian sambas and choros, Argentinian tangos, American ragtime and arrangements of favorite classics from Bach to Bizet’s Carmine to Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens.

The Musical Arts Series is produced with sponsorship from Southeastern, the Donna Massey Music Education Support Fund, Oklahoma Arts Council, Red River Arts Council, Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Steger Piano Institute, the Cherokee Telephone Company of Calera, Okla., and area individuals who generously provide funds for these events.

Dr. Tadeu Coelho, Brazilian-born artist/flutist, frequently appears as soloist, chamber musician and master clinician throughout the world. He is on the faculty of the University of North Carolina and has released his seventh CD, “Azules – Enchanting Music for the Soul for Flute and Harp” with Karen Thielen.

Edson Lopes teaches advanced classical guitar at the Tatui Conservatory and is conductor/arranger for the OCTOPUS Guitar Ensemble. He performs throughout Brazil in solo, chamber and concerto appearances.

Roberto Colchiesqui studied guitar at the Tatui Conservatory and has released two CDs. He appears in concerts and recitals in the South of Brazil, sponsored by the Music Initiatives of the Sao Paulo state government.

Rodrigo Marinonio studied classical percussion before entering Jazz and Popular music. He has appeared as a guest in several CDs with the Brazilian Wind Orchestra and in Japan. He serves as a professor of drum set at the Tatui Conservatory, playing with the Big Band Sam/Jazz and the instrumental group Cincado.

All Musical Arts Series performances are free of charge and the public is invited to attend. For further information, contact Dr. Jeri Walker at 580-745-2385 or

Southeastern Homecoming is Oct. 14-15

Southeastern Homecoming is Oct. 14-15

Press Release Date: 10-6-2011

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Homecoming 2011 is almost here (October 14-15), but you still have time to take part in the festivities.

There is still time to make plans for attendance as the football team meets Henderson State (Arkansas) University to climax the two-day festivities.

Southeastern athletics is competing this year in NCAA Division II’s newest entry, the Great American Conference. Henderson State was the preseason favorite to win the first championship.

The celebration will include something for everyone with early birds attending the Southeastern “Night at the Museum” beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Three Valley Museum, 401 West Main Street.

The event features the Southeastern experience from the 1930s and 1940s with video, photos and lots of conversation. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Other activities include:

Friday, October 14

Friday’s activities will tee off with the 25th annual Whang Bang Alumni Golf Tournament at Silverado Golf Course. Golfers or just fans will certainly want to be present to see and visit with honorary starters from Southeastern’s storied past, including Hall of Famers and others.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Silverado or golfers may enter online at A shotgun start is set for 9 a.m.

The Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Former Faculty Awards Banquet will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.

The Houston Debate Reception is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Massey Building at 200 West Main Street.

A Bonfire/Pep Rally will be held at 8:30 p.m. in the amphitheater.

Friday’s celebration will end with an Alumni Reunion at Sports City Café, 5607 S. Ninth Avenue, at 9 p.m.

Saturday, October 15

The Former Athletes’ Breakfast is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. in Bloomer Sullivan Arena. Athletes and coaches from the past meet with athletes and coaches from the present to enjoy good food and share stories of their experiences at Southeastern.

The Homecoming Parade begins in downtown Durant at 10 a.m.

Southeastern Campus Tours will be available for students and families who are considering choosing Southeastern. Tours are also available for alumni. The tours will leave at 11 a.m. from the entrance to Paul Laird Field.

The Alumni Tailgate Party begins at 11 a.m. in Tailgate Alley across from Paul Laird Field.

The Southeastern Marching Band will enter the football field at 1:45 p.m. and the pre-game ceremony will feature the introduction of Distinguished Alumni on the field at 1:50 p.m.

Southeastern’s Savage Storm will kick off the Homecoming 2011 football game against Henderson State’s Reddies at 2 p.m.

Reunions are scheduled throughout Friday and Saturday. Contact the Alumni Office at 580-745-2875 or go online to for more information.

Tickets for the various events may be purchased online at or in the Southeastern Welcome Center. Checks should be made payable to the Southeastern Foundation, Inc.

For a complete schedule of Homecoming activities, go to

Saxophonist to perform concert Oct. 5 at Southeastern

Saxophonist to perform concert Oct. 5 at Southeastern

Press Release Date: 9-15-2011

DURANT, Okla. – Dr. Lawrence Gwozdz, saxophonist, will appear in concert at Southeastern Oklahoma State University on October 6. The concert will take place in the Fine Arts Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. and there is no admission charge.

In addition, Gwozdz will lead a masterclass for Southeastern students on Wednesday, October 5, at 4 p.m., also in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

Gwozdz has achieved an international reputation for his success in revealing the qualities inherent in the classic saxophone as intended originally by its inventor, Adolphe Sax.

Gwozdz’s concerts have included major cities in Asia, Europe and North America.

His debut in New York’s Weill (Carnegie) Recital Hall was described in Musical America as an “extraordinary performance of contemporary music” with “the kind of timbre Adolphe Sax most likely had in mind … always with subtlety and taste” (The New York Concert Review). On television Gwozdz appeared with famed organist Diane Bish on “The Joy of Music”, and has performed concerti and recitals on radio for the Dame Myra Hess series (Public Radio International), Czech Radio-Prague, Croatian Radio, Minnesota Public Radio, and other networks.

Gwozdz is also known for his annotated translation of the German book, Das Saxophon by Jaap Kool (Egon Pub., Baldock, England). Various composers — Samuel Adler, Walter Hartley, Zdenek Lukas, Armand Russell, Robert Starer, Roger Vogel, John Worley, and others — have dedicated new works to him.

As Professor of Saxophone at the University of Southern Mississippi, he has established a studio that continues to receive worldwide attention. His student soloists, quartets, and the Sax-Chamber Orchestra have performed by invitation in major cities. Gwozdz has studied saxophone with Ronald Tyree, Robert Fought, Laurence Wyman, and the renowned artists Sigurd Rascher and Jean-Marie Londeix. His degrees include the DMA from the University of Iowa, the MM from the University of Nebraska, and the BME from Fredonia State University College of New York.

For more information about this concert, please contact the Department of Music at 745-2088.

Southeastern representatives attend Women In Higher Education Conference

Southeastern representatives attend Women In Higher Education Conference

Press Release Date: 11-29-2011

Higher Ed Women

DURANT, Okla. – Representatives from Southeastern Oklahoma State University participating in the Oklahoma Women in Higher Education (OKWHE) Conference held recently in Edmond at the University of Central Oklahoma were, left to right, Sharon Robinson, Vice President for Student Affairs and a member of the OKWHE Board of Directors; Michele Campbell, Executive Assistant to the President; Dr. Camille Phelps, Dean of Students; Dr. Claire Stubblefield, Special Assistant to the President, Director of Institutional Diversity, and Affirmative Action Officer; Kathleen Hardgrove, Assistant Professor in Art, Communication, and Theatre; and Dr. Lucretia Scoufos, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.

Southeastern invites community to attend informational program on substance abuse/addiction

Southeastern invites community to attend informational program on substance abuse/addiction

Press Release Date: 3-24-2011

DURANT, Okla. – “Substance Abuse and Addiction: Perception vs. Reality,” will be the topic of an upcoming presentation by Reggie Whitten, founder of the Fighting Addiction Through Education (FATE) program.

The event, which is free and open to the general public, is scheduled for Wednesday, April 6, at 7 p.m. in the Bloomer Sullivan Arena at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The University is sponsoring the program.

Whitten, an Oklahoma City attorney, will share the story of his late son’s addiction and the impact on his family.

FATE is an Oklahoma non-profit organization with a mission to educate the public on substance abuse and addiction issues in Oklahoma and to motivate individuals and groups to work to significantly reduce the incidence of substance abuse in the state. A special focus of FATE is preventing substance abuse among young people.

According to the organization’s website, FATE was created to honor the memory of Reggie’s son Brandon, an “All-American” kid and football player who became addicted to prescription drugs and alcohol. When Brandon died at age 25 in a motorcycle accident caused by substance abuse, Whitten was devastated.

“I was a walking dead man,” Reggie Whitten said. “I was just trying to find a reason to live.” Giving back to the community and trying to make a difference in the lives of others became his passion.

Central to the mission of FATE is reducing drug and alcohol abuse among young people like Brandon who often consider themselves “bullet proof” and don’t believe they can ever become an addict.

“I think the worst problem this country has is drug and alcohol addiction,” Whitten said. “If we had an act of terrorism that killed as many people, we would be quick to launch a war against our enemy. When we formed FATE, we asked ourselves ‘How can we prevent drug and alcohol abuse?’”

Whitten travels around the state on behalf of FATE speaking to groups about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse – telling and re-telling the story of his son’s too-short life and untimely death. “I intend to devote the rest of my life to helping end substance abuse and addiction,” he said. & I want to motivate and inspire other people to do something. I hope those who see what we’re doing will catch the vision and the passion. Not everyone can make a huge impact, but everyone can be a role model and encourage others to get help.”

For more information about FATE, visit

Weyerhaeuser gift assists learning center at McCurtain campus

Weyerhaeuser gift assists learning center at McCurtain campus

Press Release Date: 11-1-2011


DURANT, Okla. – Thanks to a generous grant from the “Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund,” the dream of a campus learning center will soon become a reality at the McCurtain County campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Presenting a check for $9,149 is Keith O’Rear, second from right, unit manager of Weyerhaeuser, Idabel Saw Mill. Accepting the gift are Bruce King, dean of the McCurtain County campus, Southeastern president Larry Minks, and Southeastern executive director of university advancement Kyle Stafford. The grant will equip the new learning center.

University Singers set concert for Nov. 15

University Singers set concert for Nov. 15

Press Release Date: 10-31-2011

DURANT, Okla. – The University Singers of Southeastern Oklahoma State University will present a Fall Concert on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall. This concert is free and open to the public.

Jeremy Blackwood, Director of University Singers, said: “Our programming for this concert will feature a mix of sacred and secular repertoire. Since this is an ensemble that is made up of both music majors and non-music majors, I try to include varying styles of music.”

Repertoire includes Come, Come Ye Sons of Art by Henri Purcell, So ben mi ch’a bon tempo by Orazio Vecchi, O God of Love, O King of Peace by Dale Grotenhuis, selections from the Brahms Liebeslieder Walzer and more.

Students performing include Kevin Anastasio, Lone Grove, OK; Brittney Bailey, McAlester, OK; Jordan Brown, Valley View, TX; Madelyn Buck, Kingston, OK; Jessica Carey, Marietta, OK; Jessica Carlon, Lexington, OK; Victoria Cook, Durant, OK; Trevor Foster, McAlester, OK; Micah Glass, Bonham, TX; Aaron Gordon, Cedar Hill, TX; Sierra Haney, Durant, OK; Melissa Haworth-Cox, Pottsboro, TX; Jed Hensley, Denison, TX; Alaina Highfill, Durant, OK; Domanick Hubbard, Gainesville, TX; Keiunta Jones, Paris, TX; Jeremiah Light, Lone Grove, OK; Kerrie Lowry, Durant, OK; Kristen Morgan, Mead, OK; Brandon Offield, Ardmore, OK; Jason Oss, Mead, OK; Slader Pair, Durant, OK; Jennifer Roberts, Antlers, OK; Mindamora Rocha, Gainesville, TX; and Kristal Wharry, Idabel, OK.

Drs. Mary Ann Craige and Robert McFadden, Professors of Piano at Southeastern, will serve as accompanists for this concert.

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

Southeastern adds 12 new True Blue Ambassadors

Southeastern adds 12 new True Blue Ambassadors

Press Release Date: 5-13-2011

New True Blue Ambassadors

The True Blue Ambassadors represent Southeastern Oklahoma State University by conducting campus tours and greeting visitors to the school.

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Oklahoma State University True Blue Ambassador program added 12 new members this spring. The new ambassadors joined the current ambassadors to help represent Southeastern to prospective students, alumni, and guests who visit campus.

Southeastern’s Office of University Recruitment and the University’s Presidential Partners sponsor the True Blue program in order to maximize recruitment efforts and to offer students a chance to develop their leadership ability. University Recruitment originated the program nearly two years ago.

“Our ambassadors are the best at telling the Southeastern story,” said Elizabeth Stidham, recruitment coordinator. “We’ve had a lot of success attracting students to our university because we let our ambassadors share their Southeastern experiences with prospective students.”

The 12 new members were nominated by faculty and staff members and went through an application/interview process to be selected.

The new True Blue Ambassadors, their hometowns and fields of study are as follows:

  • Alex Fowzer, Paris, Texas – Broadcasting
  • Ashley Clark, Whitesboro, Texas – Elementary Education
  • Caden Martin, Aztec, New Mexico – Political Science
  • Kathryn Robertson, Wapanuka, Okla. – Sociology
  • Kasidy Kinkade, Bonham, Texas — Biology
  • Kellie Robertson, Poteau, Okla. – Health & Physical Education & Recreation
  • Kyle McKeever, Valliant, Okla. – Aviation, Professional Pilot
  • Landon Johnson, Caddo, Okla. – Business & Occupational Safety
  • Matt Jones, Elk City, Okla. – Advertising & Public Relations
  • Ricky Righteous, Dallas, Texas – Aviation, Professional Pilot
  • Sabrina Stewart, Era, Texas – Elementary Education
  • Taylor Donaldson, Idabel, Oklahoma – Theatre Management & Promotions

The current True Blue Ambassadors are:

  • Ashleigh Langford, Durant, Oklahoma – Elementary Education
  • Chikako Nishina-Martin, Mesquite, Texas – Chemistry, Pre-Pharmacy
  • Hunter Sitz, Celina, Texas – Music Education
  • Lindsey Ludwick, Ft. Worth, Texas – Chemistry, Pre-Optometry
  • Matthew Morris, Caddo, Okla. – Elementary Education
  • Patrick Nelson, Ft. Worth, Texas – Sociology
  • Tiffany Martinez, Bogota, Columbia – Communication
  • Zac Morgan, Prague, Okla. – Aviation, Professional Pilot

This group of ambassadors is diverse in campus involvement as well as majors and hometowns. There are nine students from Texas, nine from Oklahoma, one from New Mexico, and another from Columbia.

“It’s great to have such a diverse group of students to help represent Southeastern,” Stidham said. “The fact that we have an equal dispersion of Oklahoma and Texas ambassadors really speaks about the demographics at the University.”

“It’s great to be a part of the True Blue program. I feel like I’ll really be able to contribute to SE Recruitment,” said Ashley Clark, a new ambassador from Whitesboro, Texas.

The ambassadors are required to know important Southeastern information, historical facts about the university, and be able to answer any questions a prospective student might have while leading a campus tour.

“Campus tours are a deciding factor for many students and I enjoy getting to reassure them that Southeastern is the right place to be,” said Zachary Morgan, a returning ambassador from Prague, Okla.

In addition to leading campus tours, the ambassadors assist at University Recruitment’s biggest event each semester, SE Live Open House, where some 200 prospective students visit campus to get a feel for what life at Southeastern is really like.

They also represent the Southeastern student body at alumni events such as the Gold & Blue Gala and help Southeastern president Larry Minks welcome guests when they visit campus.

“In many instances, a person’s first impression of Southeastern is formed from meeting the ambassadors,” Minks said. “And this group plays a vital role in the recruiting process.”

For more information about the True Blue Ambassador program, please visit or contact the Office of University Recruitment at (580) 745-2060 or

High school students honored at Tri-County Honors event

High school students honored at Tri-County Honors event

Press Release Date: 5-4-2011

Greg Massey

Keynote speaker Reggie Whitten offers remarks to the honorees at the Tri-County Honors event as Greg Massey of First United and Southeastern president Larry Minks look on.

DURANT, Okla. – The Tri-County Honors Program, co-sponsored by First United Bank and Southeastern Oklahoma State University, was held Tuesday night in the Visual & Performing Arts Center on campus.

Oklahoma City attorney and FATE (Fighting Addiction through Education) co-founder Reggie Whitten was the keynote speaker.

A reception opened the evening and was followed by the honors award ceremony.

Greg Massey, Chief Executive Officer of the First United Bank and Trust Company, and Southeastern president Larry Minks offered welcoming remarks at the event.

Liz McCraw, Dean of Enrollment Management, introduced school administrators who then introduced the honorees from their respective schools.

First United Community Bank Presidents Chris Moore, Bokchito; Daryl Mulkey, Calera; Scott Stidham, Durant; John Worthy, Hugo; and Rick Lane, Madill, were also on hand to congratulate the students.

Following is the list of students honored by school:

  • Achille – Amie Liu, Chelsea McMurtrey, Hunter Redden, Raychel Turner.
  • Benningon – Jaelin Barfield, Morgan Graves, Nathan Jackson, Ben Singleton.
  • Boswell – Kaitlyn Crawford, Montana Dill, Trey Phillips, Josie Redwine.
  • Caddo – MaRisa Baker, Evan Stephens, Trey Tucker, Nathan Wright.
  • Calera – Jonathan Butler, Cody Collett, Madalyn Shires, Micah Slaten, Jamie Walston.
  • Colbert – Emily Ford, Cassi Mattingly, Miranda Reid, James Sharp, Zachary Stanglin, Casey Winnett.
  • Durant – Khristen Anderson, Lyndi Barrett, Cody Bebout, Trey Bowman, Dalton Carr, Nathan Crawford, Laura Ashlyn Davenport, Victoria Engle, Cecily George, Taylor Gilmore, Amanda Gomes, Paighten Harkins, Jacob Holland, Kaley Hughes, Hilary Lee, Miranda Lorance, Nicole Owens, Nikesh Patel, Sabre Peterson, Ashley Richey, Gillett Thomas.
  • Fort Towson — Reilly Cloud, Christopher Collins, Drake King.
  • Hugo – Kimberleigh Allen, Micah Green, Preston Wells.
  • Kiamichi Technology Center – Garrett French, Kalyn Hobbs, Mariah Madewell, Mara Onstott.
  • Kingston – Torie Hampton, Ashley Mangum.
  • Madill – Kaycee Beard, Cole Benson, Spencer Bond, Bailey Buck, Chelsea Connel, Jorge Fuentes, Jordan Hendricks, Koltan Jones, Audrey Price, Cale Williams.
  • Rock Creek – Savanah Edwards-Toma, Rae Anne Klement, Bradley Robinson.
  • Silo — Joseph Badan, Shawn Hendricks, Jennifer Roebuck, B.W. Savage, Jared Sterling.
  • Soper – Tori Maxwell, Mia McKee, Colton Scott.
  • Victory Life Academy – Brett Doyle, Taylor Reeves, Emily Robinson, Camron Roesler.

Holiday Tree lighting at Southeastern

Holiday Tree lighting at Southeastern

Press Release Date: 12-2-2011

Dr. Daniel Weigel

DURANT, Okla. – A holiday ceremony to officially light the tree was held Thursday night on the front lawn of Southeastern Oklahoma State University. An impressive crowd of faculty, staff, family, and community members enjoyed the festivities on a beautiful fall evening..