McFadden Scholarship established at Southeastern

DURANT, Okla. – The Dr. Robert McFadden Scholarship has been established through the Southeastern Foundation to benefit students attending Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The scholarship was established in 2009 by an initial gift from the Waples Memorial United Methodist Church in Denison, Texas, in recognition of McFadden’s 20 years of continuous service as pianist/organist.

The scholarship was endowed by McFadden and a ceremony was held Friday in the Welcome Center on the Southeastern campus.

Recipients of the McFadden Scholarship will be full-time students in good standing at Southeastern. The award is established as an educational scholarship for students who have declared music performance majors, pianist preferred, as their major field of study.

Students must have a minimum 3.5 grade point average and be juniors or above who have been admitted to the Bachelor of Music program.

McFadden is a native of Kansas and earned his Bachelor of Music (Piano) at Wichita State University. He received his M.M. degree at the University of Michigan and completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at the University of Kansas.

He taught at Hesston College (Kansas) and South Carolina State University before joining the Southeastern faculty in 1984, where he teaches private piano, undergraduate music history, music literature and appreciation, and directed readings in music history. He also accompanies the Southeastern Chorale, Opera Theatre and vocal recitalists.

McFadden has received a number of Southeastern research grants to pursue the Suzuki method of piano study as it compares with traditional private teaching.

In 2000, he adjudicated at the Second Chinese Composers Competition in Hong Kong and has judged numerous other competitions.

His pre-college students have won several local and state competitions. He is active as a musician in Denison, at Waples Memorial United Methodist and the Christian Science churches.

He has held several offices in the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association, including a two-year term as state president in 2006-2007. In 2009, McFadden was chosen as a Foundation Fellow in the Music Teachers National Association (the eighth to be honored from Oklahoma).

The nomination was made because of the impact McFadden has made on the music profession through OMTA and MTNA membership and service, his exemplary career that has shaped and inspired others, and the high esteem that he is held in by his peers.

Dr. Jack Robinson Endowed Scholarship in Chemistry established at Southeastern

Gathering after Friday’s scholarship ceremony were Southeastern Executive Director of University Advancement Kyle Stafford, Justin Robinson, Jeffrey Kent Robinson, Southeastern Vice President for Student Affairs Sharon Robinson, and Southeastern President Larry Minks

DURANT, Okla. – The Dr. Jack L. Robinson Endowed Scholarship in Chemistry has been established through the Southeastern Foundation to benefit students attending Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The endowment ceremony was held Friday in the Bloomer Sullivan Arena Blue and Gold Suite on the Southeastern campus.

This is established as an educational scholarship for students who have declared chemistry as their major field of study in preparation for a graduate degree in chemistry or a professional degree in the health sciences.

Preference will be given to junior or senior students from southeastern Oklahoma who have a minimum 3.5 grade-point average.

Robinson graduated from Bokchito (Okla.) High School in 1958 and while he was growing up attended numerous cultural events at Southeastern.

He graduated from Southeastern in 1962 with a double major in mathematics and chemistry. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Oklahoma in 1966 and joined the faculty of Southeastern that same year as Assistant Professor of Chemistry.

During his 42-year career at Southeastern, Robinson served as Professor of Chemistry, Physical Sciences Department Chair, Director of Institutional Research and Planning, Director of Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) Program, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs and Graduate Dean, Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs and Special Assistant to the President.

He established and directed the Southeastern Honors Program, co-founded the benchmark freshman orientation program with Sharon Robinson, wrote numerous grants for research and equipment from the National Science Foundation, and was a driving force and major contributor to Southeastern’s Program Review and Assessment process, recognized by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education as a model for the state of Oklahoma.

He was named by the Board of Regents of the Regional University System of Oklahoma as Professor Emeritus of Chemistry in 2000, served as consultant evaluator for the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, now the Higher Learning Commission, and served on the Accreditation Review Council of the HLC. Robinson was one of the Distinguished Former Faculty honorees at Homecoming 2009.

In 2004, Robinson married Sharon Berish, Vice President for Student Affairs. His long involvement with Southeastern led to many family members attending and/or graduating from the University.

Robinson’s sons, Jeffrey Kent Robinson (Lt. Col. Ret.) and his wife Valerie from Norman (Okla.) were present for Friday’s scholarship ceremony, as well as Justin Robinson, Mead (Okla.). Sharon’s children, Gena Strasia, D.Ph., Amarillo (Texas) and George Berish, Manhattan (Kan.), were also in attendance. Two of Robinson’s grandchildren, Olivia and Luke Strasia, were also in town for the scholarship unveiling.

Sharon’s mother, Janet Thompkins, 89, was present, along with Sharon’s sister, Diane Kreger and her husband, Gary. Many Robinson family members, including Robinson’s brother, John Mike and wife Pat, and his sister, Suzanne Akins and husband Charles also attended.

Kathy Jo Robinson is a fourth-generation Robinson to attend Southeastern. Kathy Jo is the granddaughter of Robinson’s brother, Joe David and the late Kathy Robinson of Bokchito. Her parents are Stephanie and Rusty Daniel, both graduates of Southeastern. Kathy Jo is a member of the President’s Leadership Class and was recognized at the Freshman Success Reception for having a 3.25 or higher GPA after her first semester.

Southeastern named to President’s Community Service Honor Roll

DURANT, Okla. – The Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education today honored the nation’s leading colleges and universities, students, faculty members, and staff for their commitment to bettering their communities through community service and service learning.

Southeastern Oklahoma State University was selected to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its extensive involvement in community service.

During the 2010-2011 academic year, more than 760 individuals from Southeastern (students-faculty-staff) completed, collectively, approximately 30,000 hours of community service activity.

Dr. Bryon Clark, who in his role as assistant vice president for academic affairs and instruction tracks Southeastern’s civic engagement, points to another significant number – 28,495. That’s the estimated number of individuals who were served through the University’s involvement.

Southeastern president Larry Minks said such volunteerism is just one trait that makes the University unique.

“This is a significant honor and one that we are most proud to accept,” Minks said. “At Southeastern, we emphasize to our students the responsibility they have to be productive citizens. This includes being an active participant both on and off campus and contributing to the betterment of society. We are most fortunate to have a culture among our students, faculty and staff that fosters assistance to those in need. Our campus community understands that they can make a difference in the lives of others, and this is reflected by their willingness to volunteer their time and effort in meaningful ways.”

In the past, assistance has been provided by the Southeastern family in times of disaster – tornadoes, fires, etc., — but there are also ongoing efforts such as blood drives, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, volunteer income tax assistance program, theatrical workshops, tutoring, and Special Olympics, to name just a few.

Another well-known program that Southeastern has been involved with in Durant is Families Feeding Families (FFF).

“Through service, these institutions are creating the next generation of leaders by challenging students to tackle tough issues and create positive impacts in the community,” said Robert Velasco, Acting CEO of CNCS. “We applaud the Honor Roll schools, their faculty and students for their commitment to make service a priority in and out of the classroom. Together, service and learning increase civic engagement while fostering social innovation among students, empowering them to solve challenges within their communities.”

“Preparing students to participate in our democracy and providing them with opportunities to take on local and global issues in their course work are as central to the mission of education as boosting college completion and closing the achievement gap,” said Eduardo Ochoa, the U.S. Department of Education’s assistant secretary for postsecondary education. “The Honor Roll schools should be proud of their work to elevate the role of service-learning on their campuses. Galvanizing their students to become involved in projects that address pressing concerns and enrich their academic experience has a lasting impact – both in the communities in which they work and on their own sense of purpose as citizens of the world. I hope we’ll see more and more colleges and universities following their lead.”

The Corporation for National and Community Service, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 642 schools to the Honor Roll for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. Of that total, 513 were named to the Honor Roll, 110 received the recognition of Honor Roll with distinction, 14 were identified as finalists, and five received the Presidential Award.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a strong partner with the nation’s colleges and universities in supporting community service and service-learning. Last year, CNCS provided more than $200 million in support to institutions of higher education, including grants to operate service programs and the Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for college tuition and student loan repayment. CNCS is a catalyst for service-learning programs nationwide that connect community service with academic curricula. Through these programs, college students serve their communities while strengthening their academic and civic skills.

CNCS oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service.

Bagwell Scholarship created in McCurtain County

DURANT, Okla. – The Tom and Betty Bagwell Scholarship has been established through the Southeastern Foundation and the Eastern State College Foundation to benefit students attending Southeastern’s McCurtain County Campus.

An endowment ceremony was held Wednesday on the McCurtain County Campus. Southeastern president Larry Minks, Eastern president Steve Smith, Betty Bagwell and trustees of the Bagwell scholarship trust fund were among those in attendance.

Carlos Daniel Thomas “Tom” Bagwell passed away May 31, 2011, at the age of 92.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on October 10, 1939, and spent the majority of his career in various naval hospitals at home and abroad. His last assignment was with the Naval Hospital in St. Albans, New York, as Chief Warrant Officer. He retired on December 3, 1963.

The long-time Idabel civic leader spent time on his 1,477-acre Bear Hollow Farms in Pineville, Missouri, working with cattle and timber. He returned to the medical field as supervisor for Brown and Root Construction. In 1970, he was transferred to the Weyerhaeuser Company in Valliant, Oklahoma.

He served on various boards of directors in Idabel and eastern Oklahoma, and was charter president of the McCurtain County Historical Society from 1972-73. He also served 10 years as director of the Oklahoma Heritage Association in Oklahoma City.

After retirement from Weyerhaeuser in 1979, he was actively involved in the Idabel Rotary Club, serving as District Governor (1988-89), the Masons and the American Legion.

Tom and wife Betty have sponsored the Tom and Betty Bagwell Scholarship Fund for more than 10 years for McCurtain County seniors to study at Southeastern’s McCurtain County campus for six credit hours.

Tom was a member of the First Baptist Church of Idabel and wrote the first church history book in 1976, detailing the first 75 years of the church.

Library hosts census workshop on April 3

DURANT, Okla. – The Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library at Southeastern Oklahoma State University will be the site of a U.S. Census workshop from 1:30-4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3.

Steve Beleu of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries in Oklahoma City will be the presenter.

The workshop, held in the computer lab on floor 2A, will offer instruction on using the “American FactFinder” search engine on the Census Bureau’s website.

The new “FactFinder” is completely different from the online tools used previously.

Participants will also learn how to use the Census Bureau’s new “American Community Survey,” which gives every city, town and county new Census data every year.

As time allows, other features of the Bureau’s website will be discussed.

To register for the workshop, contact Brandon Burnette at or 580-745-2795. Those not attending Southeastern or working at the University will need a visitor hang-tag. Include your mailing address if using e-mail so the hang-tag may be mailed to you.

99th-annual Curriculum Contest scheduled for March 29

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host the 99th-annual Curriculum Contest on Thursday, March 29.

Dr. James Britton, Professor in the Chemistry, Computer and Physical Sciences Department, is in his second year as coordinator of the curriculum contest.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for our area high schools and for Southeastern,” Britton said. “It’s a chance for the students to compete and be introduced to Southeastern at the same time.”

“The contest will be all computerized this year. We’ve been working on this project for almost a year now. It should be easier for everybody involved.”

The curriculum contest will feature approximately 2,500 students from 70 area high schools participating in 40 contests with trophies and medals awarded to winning schools and students.

Exams will cover numerous subjects, including mathematics, science, English, foreign language and computers.

Along with the academic competition, there will be lots of fun activities and seniors will have the opportunity to enroll while on campus.

Faculty member contributes to School Law publication

Dr. Stewart Mayers

DURANT, Okla. – Dr. Stewart Mayers, a faculty member at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, is now a member of the writing staff for the “School Law Reporter” (SLR), the flagship publication of the Education Law Association.

SLR is published each month and is distributed nationwide to school administrators (both PK-12 and higher ed), professors of school law, and attorneys. The publication is a digest of summaries of all recent court decisions from the federal court system as well as the 50 state court systems.

Mayers, an associate professor in the Department of Educational Instruction and Leadership, is currently writing on cases from a variety of federal courts.

SLR represents the work of many of the top education law scholars across the country.

Mayers joined the Southeastern faculty in 2001. He earned his Ed.D. at the University of Georgia.

Gwendolyn Minks Scholarship established through Southeastern Foundation

Representing the Minks family at Friday’s ceremony were Southeastern president Larry Minks, his wife Joan, and his sisters, Margaret Mizushima and Nancy Coleman.

Representing the Minks family at Friday’s ceremony were Southeastern president Larry Minks, his wife Joan, and his sisters, Margaret Mizushima and Nancy Coleman.

John and Patricia Cobb Leadership Scholarship established

The John G. Cobb and Patricia J. Cobb Leadership Scholarship was commemorated Thursday with an endowment ceremony at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Front row from left: Southeastern president Larry Minks, Joan Minks, Dr. Amanda Cobb-Greetham, Patricia Cobb, and granddaughter Catie McCraw. Back row from left: John Cobb, Stephen Greetham, Liz McCraw, Dr. Shannon McCraw, and Kyle Stafford, Executive Director of University Advancement.

DURANT, Okla. – The John G. Cobb and Patricia J. Cobb Leadership Scholarship has been established through the Southeastern Foundation to benefit students attending Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The endowment ceremony was held Thursday in the Welcome Center at the University. The Cobb family has chosen to honor Mr. and Mrs. Cobb with the endowment of a leadership scholarship to recognize campus leaders for their commitment to the University in and out of the classroom.

The first in his family to attend college, John Cobb graduated from Southeastern in 1954 with a degree in Business Education and English. He earned his master’s in Education in 1956. He also attended the National Defense Education Act (NDEA) English Institute at Southeastern. Cobb received his Administrative Certificate from the University of Oklahoma.

At Southeastern, Cobb was a campus leader in Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity, president of Pi Omega Pi Business Education Fraternity, and a member of Kappa Delti Pi Education Honor Society. He served as a teacher and elementary principal and retired from Ardmore City Schools after 40 years.

Today, Cobb works with Adult Career Development at the Southern Oklahoma Technology Center. He served two tours in the U.S. Army and is proud to be an active citizen of the Chickasaw Nation.

Patricia Cobb received her bachelor’s degree in English from the Oklahoma College for Women and her master’s in Education from the University of Oklahoma. She also attended the NDEA English Institute at Southeastern.

She taught language arts in elementary through high school and developed and taught the first Elementary Gifted and Talented program for Ardmore schools. She retired after 30 years in Ardmore schools.

Mr. and Mrs. Cobb have continued to be active with Southeastern over the past 25 years, attending many campus events. John Cobb is a lifetime member of the Southeastern Alumni Association.

Daughters Liz Cobb McCraw (1986, 1989) and Dr. Amanda Cobb-Greetham (1992) graduated from Southeastern, as did son-in-law Dr. Shannon McCraw (1993). Liz is the Dean of Enrollment Management and served as Dean of Students.

Shannon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art, Communication and Theatre at Southeastern. Dr. Cobb-Greetham is Administrator of History and Culture for the Chickasaw Nation and oversees the Chickasaw Cultural Center. Her husband, Stephen Greetham, is chief Legal Counsel for the Chickasaw Nation.

The Cobbs have one grandchild, Catie McCraw, daughter of Dean Liz and Dr. Shannon McCraw.

James Young Music Scholarship established

The James O. Young Music Scholarship was commemorated Thursday with an endowment ceremony at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Young is a 1967 graduate of Southeastern, where he was a member of the band. From left: Southeastern president Larry Minks, James Young, Zhakery Bradford, and Kyle Stafford, Executive Director of University Advancement. Bradford is a 2011 graduate of Durant High School and a freshman member of the Southeastern band. He is the first recipient of the James O. Young Music Scholarship.

DURANT, Okla. – The James O. Young Music Scholarship has been established through the Southeastern Foundation to benefit students attending Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The endowment ceremony was held Thursday in the Welcome Center on the Southeastern campus.

This is established as an educational scholarship for students participating in Southeastern bands and specifically playing the euphonium. Students must have a minimum 2.5 grade-point average to qualify for the scholarship.

James Oliver Young is a Durant High School graduate who earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Southeastern in 1967 and his Doctor of Dental surgery degree from Baylor University in 1972.

His inspiration for endowing this scholarship is the gift of music he discovered while playing in the bands at Durant High and Southeastern. It has given him joy throughout his life and he wishes to share that joy with others.

Young married Virginia Koontz on May 27, 1967, and .they have three children, Amy, Jenny, and Thomas.

He established a private dental practice in Ardmore after graduation from Baylor and continued it until 1993, when he joined the Cherokee Telephone Company headquartered in Calera, Oklahoma.

Young was ordained a Deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma in 2001 and was assigned to St. Philip’s Parish in Ardmore, where he established the Ardmore Soup Kitchen and entered the teaching and preaching rotation at St. Philip’s Church.