ECU at Southeastern nursing program continues to grow

Left to right are students Lesley Wright, Jessica Hyatt (nursing instructor), Annette Hall, Cory Dodd, and Morgan White.

DURANT, Okla. – The ECU at Southeastern Department of Nursing in Durant continues to grow, expanding its acceptance number from 24 students to 32 students this spring.

According to program officials, the growth is due to the increasing demand for professional baccalaureate-prepared registered nurses in the region.

This is a cooperative program between East Central University (Ada) and Southeastern Oklahoma State University (Durant). The distance education site in Durant for the nursing program was developed and implemented on the Southeastern campus in 2000.

The program goals were to increase not only the number of baccalaureate-prepared registered nurses in the region, but also the number of American Indian baccalaureate-prepared registered nurses in the region. Both of these goals have been accomplished.

Persons interested in a career as a Registered Nurse are encouraged to contact the ECU at Southeastern Department of Nursing at 580-745-3180 for information and advising appointments.

SE Live Transfer Enrollment Day set for Oct. 16

DURANT, Okla. – SE Live Transfer Enrollment Day at Southeastern Oklahoma State University will be held Tuesday, October 16.

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

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.

Transfer Enrollment Day features a “Come and Go” format. Check-in will be from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Office of Admissions in the Southeastern Administration Building.

Prospective students may prepare for the spring semester with “on-the-spot” admissions, advising and enrollment sessions, campus tours and a free lunch. Students will have the opportunity to attend workshops on Student and Residence Life.

Students wishing to be admitted on Transfer Enrollment Day should bring official transcripts from all high schools and colleges attended, current semester class enrollment and the $20 application fee. Application fee for international students is $55.

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

Lambda Psi Omega Scholarship established

Gathering for Friday’s ceremony were front row, left to right, Jim Barber, Ted Falls, Barry LeBaron, and Richard Orr. Back row, Les Booker, Troy Scoggins, David Elliott, Charles McCall, Paul Booker, and John Davis. Not pictured: Donald Pate

DURANT, Okla. – The establishment of the Lambda Psi Omega Scholarship was made official with an endowment ceremony Friday in the Welcome Center at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

This is established as a tuition scholarship for junior or senior students who are active in the community and who have a minimum 3.0 grade-point average. It is to be awarded on the basis of merit, with special focus on individuals of high character who will positively represent the name of Lambda Psi Omega.

The fraternity was founded at Southeastern State College in January 1961. It has a proud heritage that is honored by all of its members. Men of vision laid the foundation, and the first meeting of Lambda Psi Omega was held in January 1961. A constitution was ratified, signed and submitted to the administration for approval on February 1. Lambda Psi Omega was officially recognized and welcomed by Southeastern president Dr. Allen E. Shearer on March 25, 1961.

The sponsors were Marvin Layman, Dr. Don Brown and Larry Hafner. They played significant roles in fraternity activities on and off campus. As members of the administration, they provided valuable guidance and support.

Pledge requirements were numerous, but three primary goals provided the common thread: Promote Cultural Development, the Best Social Activities on Campus, and Participation in Service to Others.

SE Live Transfer Enrollment Day scheduled for April 3

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s SE Live Transfer Enrollment Day will be held 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, on the Durant campus.

Students currently enrolled in a higher education program, students wanting to transfer to Southeastern, and those with an associate’s degree are invited for the day of activities.

Prospective students will prepare for the summer and fall semesters with admissions, advising and enrollment sessions, campus tours and a free lunch. Students will have priority enrollment to get the best choice of classes.

Recruitment Coordinator Elizabeth Stidham said, “Southeastern wants students transferring into our University to quickly feel part of the Southeastern community. Transfer Day is an opportunity to learn about Southeastern traditions and enjoy campus while gearing up for the summer and fall semesters.”

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

Students wanting to reserve a room in the residence halls should bring a completed Residence Hall contract, available at www. and a $100 room deposit.

For more information or to reserve your spot at Transfer Day, visit or call the Office of University Recruitment at 580-745-2060.

John Massey School of Business sets Career Day for March 14

DURANT, Okla. – The John Massey School of Business at Southeastern Oklahoma State University invites local employers to attend and participate in its annual Business Career Opportunity and Information Day, Wednesday, March 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the third floor auditorium of the Russell Building.

This event is designed to offer students an opportunity to learn about business career paths, internship opportunities, and professional employment upon graduation. In addition, employers will have the opportunity to interview prospective interns or professional employees.

The Business Careers Opportunity and Information Day is important to students because many may be unsure or unaware of career opportunities in their particular field. Students welcome the chance to meet business professionals and get advice and information on career options. Sharing the knowledge and experience business professionals and owners have can enlighten students about the opportunities or possibilities a degree in management, marketing, finance, accounting or general business could open. For employers, the Massey School of Business can help you fill professional company positions with student interns or permanent professional employees.

The auditorium will be available on March 14 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. to allow business representatives time prior to the start of the event at 9:30 a.m. to arrange displays and any other information. Refreshments will be served beginning at 8:30 a.m. and a light lunch will be provided shortly after the information fair closes.

The Massey School of Business welcomes local employers and non-profit organizations to attend. Local employers can confirm attending the event and reserve a display table by contacting Ms. Debbie Brewster at, or 580-745-2328.

Southeastern’s Skip Robinson publishes textbook

Skip Robinson

DURANT, Okla. – “Proper Form, Pure & Simple” is the title of a new textbook by Horace ‘Skip’ Robinson, Director of Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Center for Rhetoric and Professional Development.

This is a guide for English grammar that reads as easily as a story. It’s a fresh, simple approach to the basic fundamentals of proper English form, designed to communicate in understandable terms with the learner who is unsure of his/her language skills.

“Proper Form, Pure & Simple” uses a one-step-at-a-time formula that begins at the beginning and does not assume the reader has a given amount of skill in using proper form. This small primer has the power to pump confidence into the reader.

Students and/or on-the-job professionals will enjoy an elevated performance level in language skills, no longer having to dread speaking or writing because of the fear of making grammatical errors.

Robinson is a graduate of Durant High School, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and the University of Oklahoma.

He taught Latin and speech at Sherman (Texas) High School and spent some time in the business world before a four-year stint in Southeastern’s John Massey School of Business, followed by seven years in the English Department.

“My dream for this handbook,” Robinson said, “is that it will help thousands of bright individuals who, for one valid reason or another, got a slow start in the use of proper form.”

Robinson is the published author of the novel “Bloomfield,” an account of life in the wheat fields during his college days.

“Proper Form, Pure & Simple” ($15) is available at the campus bookstore on the corner of N. 5th Avenue and University Boulevard. It can also be purchased online at

Southeastern Symphonic Winds presents “quotations” on March 8

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Symphonic Winds – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s premier instrumental ensemble – continues its 2011-2012 concert season with its fourth program, entitled “quotations” on Thursday, March 8 in Montgomery Auditorium. Start time for the event is 7:30 p.m.

The program features musical works that contain references to other music from a variety of sources, both classical and popular.

“Each piece on this concert has at least some small piece of someone else’s composition, in a sort of tribute,” said Southeastern’s Director of Bands, Dr. Jacob Wallace. “Many composers are influenced strongly by music that they grew up with, or fell in love with while studying to develop their own voice. I think in many cases this is their way of thanking those who have had an impact upon them.”

The performance will feature Southeastern’s adjunct instructor of clarinet, Dr. Rachel Yoder, in a performance of Scott McAllister’s “Black Dog.” This is a piece that is based on the Led Zeppelin song of the same name, but instead of electric guitars, the composer uses a clarinet and a host of unorthodox techniques.

The ensemble will also memorialize the legendary band composer and conductor Francis McBeth – who passed away earlier this year at age 78 – with a performance of his elegiac “Kaddish.’’

Other works on the program include Timothy Mahr’s “Fantasia in G”, based on Beethoven’s setting of “Ode to Joy,” Kathryn Salfelder’s “Cathedrals,” which uses antiphonal brass choirs in tribute to the works of Giovanni Gabrieli, and William Schuman’s epic, “New England Triptych, “which arranges the choral anthems and hymns of the Revolutionary War-era American composer William Billings.

“Fantasia in G” will be conducted by Dr. Colin McKenzie, Associate Director of Bands at Georgia Southern University.

“Dr. McKenzie is an outstanding conductor, musician, and friend,” said Wallace. “He’s a delight to work with. He has an exuberant charisma and draws inspiring efforts out of his students. We are fortunate to have him here on campus.”

The Southeastern Symphonic Winds is a performing ensemble consisting of Southeastern students and is open to qualified students in all disciplines pending competitive audition. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Department of Music at 580-745-2088, or Wallace at 580-745-2084.

Higher Education Day

DURANT, Okla. – State Rep. Dustin Roberts of District 21 visits with student leaders from Southeastern Oklahoma State University Tuesday at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City. Students, administrators, faculty, and staff members from universities across the state attended Higher Education Day at the Capitol, urging support from their elected officials.

Musical Arts Series presents Texas Boys Choir in concert

DURANT, Okla. – The highly acclaimed Texas Boys Choir will appear in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in Durant’s First Baptist Church sanctuary as part of Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Musical Arts Series.

Artistic director Bryan Priddy will direct the 52-voice choir through a full and varied concert. Highlights include Bach’s motet Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, movements from Ramirez’s Argentinean Folk Mass Mass Misa Criolla, and two settings of John McCrae’s World War I poem In Flanders Fields.

On the lighter side, the evening will include world, folk and popular music traditions including a Texas-style Old West Medley, complete with Stetson hats; Star Wars, a parody using famous themes from Jurassic Park, Superman, E.T. and other John Williams movie scores, plus the fully choreographed a cappella version of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.

The Texas Boys Choir was founded in 1946 to provide any boy, regardless of socio-economic or ethnic background, a structured environment for the development of a world-class performing choir. The Choir has performed for Popes, Presidents of the United States and for Kings and Heads of State.

The group has made multiple appearances on national television and radio broadcasts, won numerous awards, including two Grammys, and produced more than 40 professional recordings with Columbia, Decca and other independent labels.

The Musical Arts Series is appreciative of the helpfulness and generosity of the First Baptist Church choir and director Ken Bartholomew for hosting the day’s events, which include a workshop from 3:30-4:30 p.m., where the director of the Texas Boys Choir will discuss the boys’ singing voices and rehearsal strategies for children’s choirs.

There is no admission charge and the concert is open to the public. The Musical Arts Series gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors: Southeastern, the National Endowment for the Arts, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Oklahoma Arts Council, the Red River Arts Council, the Donna Massey Music Education Support Fund, Cherokee Telephone, and other individual donors and supporters.

The Red River Arts Council appreciates the First United Bank and acknowledges its generous support as a major sponsor.

McCurtain County campus plans College Day Open House, alumni event and Hamlet

The McCurtain County campus (MCC) of Southeastern Oklahoma State University is planning a number of upcoming special events.

On Thursday, March 1, MCC is hosting College Day and Open House. Information about degrees, admission, and financial aid will be provided to anyone interested in learning more about the campus. The event will begin at 10 a.m. in the auditorium of the E.T. Dunlap Building. For more information, call 580-286-9431, ext. 5206.

All Southeastern alumni are invited to attend a gathering on Tuesday, March 6. This event begins at 5:30 p.m. in the main lobby of the E.T. Dunlap Building. This come-and-go gathering will then be followed by a performance of “The Time Is Out of Joint: A Study of Hamlet,” presented by the Southeastern Department of Arts, Communication and Theatre. The performance begins at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Dunlap Building. To reserve a free ticket, call 580-376-5216 or email

Theatre at Southeastern presents “The Time is Out of Joint: A Study of Hamlet” -– a touring adaptation of the classic Shakespearean tragedy by the late director of theatre Molly Risso, with a 2009 edit by Chair of Art, Communication, and Theatre Dell McLain.

This 50-minute production provides all the pageantry, drama, and action of the original but in an abbreviated format. Six highly talented actors play multiple parts as they navigate the classic text and plot of the original. The character of Hamlet himself is divided among three actors who, respectively, play his Intellect, Heart, and Passion. The production was developed to be presented at high schools, but has also been featured at conferences, theatre festivals, and even had a 2009 performance in New York City.

Last semester, “The Time is Out of Joint” toured at Grayson County College in Denison, Texas, the Claremore Performing Arts Center in Claremore, Oklahoma, and Eureka Springs High School in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

The cast includes Dell McLain as Claudius, Assistant Professor of Theatre Riley Coker as Gertrude, sophomore Dustin Curry as Hamlet’s Intellect, junior Rebecca Sparks as Hamlet’s Heart, senior Boomer Lowrie as Hamlet’s Passion, and senior Aaron Rains as Horatio/Polonius. Senior Elena Lewis is the female understudy.

The McCurtain County campus (MCC) is located at 2805 NE Lincoln Road in Idabel.