Southeastern Symphonic Winds Presents “Shortcut Home” Nov. 8

Southeastern Symphonic Winds Presents “Shortcut Home” Nov. 8

Press Release Date: 10-25-2011

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Symphonic Winds – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s premier instrumental ensemble – continues its 2011-2012 concert season with a program entitled “Shortcut Home: Travels Around the World” on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Southeastern Ballroom.

The program – which features music that highlights places and cultures from around the globe – includes Dana Wilson’s Shortcut Home, Samuel R. Hazo’s Sòlas Ané, Jan Van der Roost’s Suite Provençale, Michael Colgrass’ Bali, Percy Aldridge Grainger’s Colonial Song and Dan Welcher’s Zion. Joining the group for the performance will be a special guest conductor, Dr. Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, who is a native of Austria and teaches and conducts the top wind and percussion ensembles at Duke University.

“Dr. Mösenbichler-Bryant is a great friend and an outstanding faculty colleague at an outstanding university,”" said Southeastern Director of Bands Dr. Jacob Wallace. “She is a phenomenal conductor and brings passion and energy to the podium that our students and audience will really enjoy.”

Dr. Mösenbichler-Bryant will be conducting Van der Roost’s Suite Provençale.

In preparation for the ensemble’s Honor Band performance at the Oklahoma Music Educators Association Winter Conference in Tulsa, the group is performing a preview of one of their works for that concert.

“Dan Welcher’s Zion is a virtuosic tour-de-force. It’s the most difficult piece that I’ve ever asked the group to perform, and they’re doing an amazing job of putting it together. The piece itself is so tremendously exciting that we thought it would be great to perform it here on campus as well as up in Tulsa,” said Dr. Wallace.

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 of charge and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Department of Music at 580-745-2088 or Dr. Wallace at 580-745-2084.

For more information on the Texoma Area College Fair, please contact Southeastern’s Office of University Recruitment at (580) 745-2060.

Southeastern competes in Supercomputing Symposium

Southeastern competes in Supercomputing Symposium

Press Release Date: 10-25-2011

Dr Frinkle and Mike Morris

Henry Neeman, left, director of OSCER, presents a high performance computer to Dr. Karl Frinkle and Mike Morris.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University faculty members Mike Morris and Dr. Karl Frinkle, along with nine students, attended the “OU Supercomputing Symposium” at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

Frinkle, associate professor of mathematics, is working with Morris, assistant professor of Chemistry, Computer, and Physical Sciences, on a supercomputer project that will allow students to learn about the latest computer programming technology, which is parallel programming.

This was the 10th year for the event, which includes seminars and vendors relating to High Performance Computing.

Southeastern students attending the symposium were Computer Information Systems majors Alan Grimes, David Muniz, Kris Owen and Kyle Woolly, along with Computer Science majors Zach Cobb, Ben Fewell, Brent Gandy, Adam Grant and Zach Pauls.

The annual event is presented by the Oklahoma Supercomputing Center for Education and Research (OSCER).

Southeastern celebrates Homecoming

Southeastern president Larry Minks congratulates Homecoming Queen and King Amanda Scott and Payton Werner.

DURANT, Okla. – “Faithful to the Gold and Blue” was the theme of Homecoming this year at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Three days (Sept. 27-28-29) of events were held as part of the celebration, including such traditional events as the Whang Bang Alumni Golf Tournament, the Distinguished Alumini Awards Banquet, Former Athletes’ Breakfast, and football game.

Honored as Distinguished Alumni this year were Captain Gail Gorski, (’74), Mr. Steve Robinson (’86), and Mr. Towana Spivey (’68).

Recognized with the Distinguished Former Faculty award were Dr. Walter Britt, Dr. Elbert Hill, and Dr. Pat Robbins. (’60).

The Benefactor award was presented to the family of the late Albert H. Brigance (’55). In addition, the grand opening of the Albert H. Brigance Curriculum and Assessment Center was held on Thursday, September 27, in Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library.

The Heritage Award, which honors individuals who have impacted the history of Southeastern in some unique way, was presented to the family of the late Dr. Bernice Crockett (’34).

Amanda Scott, junior psychology major from Ardmore, and Payton Werner, sophomore social studies major from Broken Bow, were crowned Homecoming Queen and King.

On Friday, September 28, coach Mike Metheny’s team carded a 50 to claim the championship of the 26th-annual Whang Bang Alumni Golf Classic at Silverado Golf Course. Other members of the winning team were Rusty Zumwalt, Owasso; Jack Park, Norman; Casey Clayborn, McAlester; Paul Postier, Tulsa; and Norm Clayborn, Wilburton.

Two-piano recital set for Oct. 18 at Southeastern

Two-piano recital set for Oct. 18 at Southeastern

Press Release Date: 10-11-2011

Mary Ann Craige

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will present a Department of Music Faculty Recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

Zweiklavierabend, a two-piano recital, will feature Drs. Mary Ann Craige and Robert McFadden.

The recital is free and open to the public.

The program consists of Prelude and Gigue by D. Zipoli, Toccata in the Dorian Mode by J.S. Bach, Grand Duo, Op. 140 by Franz Schubert and Capriccio (d’apres le Bal Masque) by Francis Poulenc.

Craige has taught Applied and Class Piano at Southeastern since 1966. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of North Texas. She serves as coordinator of the Southeastern keyboard area, teaching private and class piano, as well as accompanying various ensembles. She is active as a collaborative pianist, lecturer and adjudicator. She has traveled and performed extensively in the United States, Europe and New Zealand.

Mary Ann Craige

McFadden received his Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance degree from the University of Kansas. He joined the Southeastern faculty in 1984. He has taught private piano, undergraduate music history, music literature and appreciation, and directed readings in music history. He accompanies the Southeastern Chorale, Opera Theatre and vocal recitalists. He has performed nationally and internationally and in 2000 adjudicated the Second Chinese Composers Competition in Hong King.

Southeastern receives $2 million federal grant to assist Native American students and programs

Southeastern receives $2 million federal grant to assist Native American students and programs

Press Release Date: 10-7-2011

Mr. Tim Boatmun

Tim Boatmun

Chris Wesberry

Chris Wesberry

DURANT, Okla. – Enhancing the academic success of Native American students is the goal of a nearly $2 million federal grant received by Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The five-year, $1,995,623 Title III grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. Chris Wesberry, Native American Center for Student Success coordinator, was principal investigator for the project, and Tim Boatmun, Associate Dean for Academic Services, was co-principal investigator. Also assisting in writing the proposal was Paul Buntz, grant coordinator-writer.

The “Connect2Complete (C2C) Project” will strive to bolster the retention rates and graduation rates of Native American students at Southeastern. Currently, approximately 29 percent of Southeastern’s enrollment is comprised of Native Americans.

Southeastern president Larry Minks acknowledged the support of members of the U.S. Congressional delegation from Oklahoma, including Rep. Dan Boren, Rep. Tom Cole, Sen. James Inhofe, and Sen. Tom Coburn.

“Our Congressional delegation is to be commended for its support of higher education,” Minks said. “This project will certainly complement the many existing programs we have in place through our Native American Center for Student Success. We are very proud of the history and heritage that the Native American students have played throughout the course of the University’s existence. I also want to recognize Chief Gregory Pyle of The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and Governor Bill Anoatubby of the Chickasaw Nation for their continued support of the University’s initiatives. For many years, they have partnered with Southeastern to ensure a better learning environment for all students.”

The C2C project will fund two new positions – retention specialists – with Wesberry serving as project director and Boatmun as co-director. In addition to strengthening the retention and graduation rates through additional admissions and advising services, the project includes such components as enhancing the Native American collection in the Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library, professional development, mentorships, and office renovations.

“Having a significant percentage of Native American students enrolled at Southeastern allowed us the opportunity to apply for this unique grant,” Wesberry said. “With Native American student services at the heart of our proposal, we developed the Connect2Complete project. We are proud to have been the recipient of a grant that will have such a positive impact on so many students.”

“I feel honored and humbled to be part of such a transformative project at our University,’’ Boatmun said. “This grant award reflects the tremendous commitment of Dr. Minks and our tribal partners to student success. Under Chris Wesberry’s leadership, Southeastern will have the preeminent Native American student services program in the country.”

The University’s efforts have not gone unnoticed nationally. In its 2011-2012 special college issue, “Winds of Change” magazine rated Southeastern second in the nation in two categories: “Top 5 Colleges for American Indians by percent of Bachelor’s degrees” (4-year weighted average of 23.9%), and “Top 5 Colleges for American Indians by percent of full-time undergraduates” (27.1%).

Earlier this year, Southeastern earned high marks from “Diverse Issues In Higher Education” magazine. Each year, the magazine publishes its top 100 rankings of minority graduates.

According to the latest rankings, Southeastern is sixth in the nation in awarding undergraduate degrees to Native American graduates in all disciplines combined. In addition, Southeastern is ranked 17th nationally in awarding master’s degrees in all disciplines.

In the undergraduate rankings, Southeastern was ranked in the top 10 in nine different majors; in the master’s category, Southeastern was ranked in the top 10 in two majors.

Southeastern held the top three rankings on the undergraduate list in Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related fields (Occupational Safety & Health), Education, and Psychology. In the master’s degrees rankings, Southeastern was ranked first in Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related fields (Occupational Safety & Health), and second in Engineering (Aerospace Administration & Logistics).

Regarding the C2C grant, the total cost of the program will be financed with Federal money. It will provide services to students and facility improvements over a five-year period. The funding for the initial year is $399,014.

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