Southeastern celebrates Founders’ Day

Dr. Davis Norris

Dr. David Norris, standing, an historian and Professor Emeritus, offers remarks about the history of Southeastern during Tuesday’s Founders’ Day celebration at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Also on the program were, left to right, Durant mayor Jerry Tomlinson, Oklahoma Secretary of the Environment Gary Sherrer, Southeastern Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Douglas McMillan, and Southeastern Assistant Professor Vicki Hudson.

DURANT, Okla. – More than 100 people turned out in historic Montgomery Auditorium Tuesday afternoon as Southeastern Oklahoma State University and the community celebrated Founders’ Day.

Dr. Stacy Weger and the Southeastern Chorale opened and closed the event  with “Hymn To The Gold And Blue’’ and the “Alma Mater.’’ Dr. David Norris, Historian and Professor Emeritus, discussed the founding of Southeastern Normal School.

Dr. Douglas McMillan, Vice President for Academic Affairs, spoke to the vision and future of Southeastern, filling in for president Larry Minks, who was ill.

Durant mayor Jerry Tomlinson read a Proclamation from the City of Durant and spoke of partnership with Southeastern over the years.

Gary Sherrer, Secretary of Environment for the State of Oklahoma and nephew of Durant City Councilman and restaurant owner Leon Sherrer, recalled his days as a student at Southeastern before delivering a Commendation from the Governor’s Office.

Founders Day

Mr. Gary Sherrer, Secretary of the Environment, speaks during Tuesday’s event. He later presented a Commendation from the Governor.

Vicki Hudson, Chair and Assistant Professor of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, served as MC of the event.

The event then moved to the Glen D. Johnson Student Union Loft for the Peach Cook-Off contest. Judges were Kenneth Furtado, chef of Sodexo, Southeastern Homecoming Queen Amanda Scott and Leon Sherrer, Life Member of the Oklahoma Restaurant Association.

There were two categories to be judged: Pies and Jams/Jellies.

Billie Robinson’s Easy Skillet Peach Pie claimed the prize in category one. Kristie Luke’s Peaches and Cream Cobbler was second and Teresa Owens’ Quick & Dirty Peach Cobbler finished third.

Janet Scribner’s entry, Nana’s Peach Jelly, took the honors in category two.

Janna Cottingame’s Sissy’s Peach Jam came in second with Dr. Kitty Campbell’s Peach Honey finishing third.

Serving on the Founders’ Day committee were Dyanna Bowen, Cathy Conway, Ellen Hendrix, Scott Hensley, Vicki Hudson, Stephanie Makke, Charles Matthews, Ross Walkup, Susan Webb, Stacy Weger, and Sadie Woodruff.

Southeastern inducts 28 students into Alpha Chi

The Alpha Chi induction ceremony was held Sunday at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Oklahoma Theta chapter of Alpha Chi national honor society recently inducted 28 students into lifetime membership.

Dr. Brett Elliott, Professor of Mathematics, delivered the introduction. Participating in the 30th annual induction ceremony were chapter sponsors Elliott; Dr. Charla Hall, Professor of Psychology; Dr. Jennifer Hicks, Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences; Dr. L. David Norris, History Professor Emeritus; and Southeastern president Larry Minks, who delivered remarks.

Alpha Chi, a national college scholarship honor society, was founded in 1922 and has more than 400,000 members from more than 300 college and university chapters in 45 states and Puerto Rico. The society provides tens of thousands of dollars annually in scholarships and fellowships for members and alumni.

Members of Alpha Chi, identified and elected by the faculties of their schools as ranking in the top 10 percent of juniors and seniors, represent the best undergraduate scholarship in all academic fields at their institutions.

 

Twenty-eight juniors and seniors were inducted during the candlelighting ceremonies.

Twelve of the 28 inductees are from Durant: Kenza Abu-Arja, Tetchi Assamoi, Andrew Cacho, Ashley Caldwell, George Allen Fritts, David Johnson, Erin McDaniel, Vy Nguyen, Nicholas Patterson, Hem Sapkota, Nancy Walker and Demetra Wilkerson.

Also inducted were (Oklahoma unless otherwise noted) were Brooks Beall, Stillwater; Christopher Burns, McAlester; Rachel Callicoat, Atoka; Rebekah Clowers, Idabel; Sara Djenno, Dallas, Texas; James Alan Grimes, Duncan; Ronald Fuquay, Van Alstyne, Texas; Sheridan Hill, Ardmore; Bree Lambeth, Wilson; Brea McMillan, Dickson; Markie Meadows, Atoka; Lacey Morgan, Antlers; Helen Moore, Denison, Texas; Sarah Roberts, Lone Grove; Jeffery Stephens, Pottsboro, Texas; and Jonathan Yuan, McKinney, Texas.

Southeastern, community celebrate birthday with open house

The crowd poses for the symbolic ribbon cutting at Thursday’s open house.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University celebrated its history Thursday with a community-wide open house that featured speakers, a ribbon-cutting, live music, campus tours, and cold watermelon.

An impressive crowd of civic leaders, community members, faculty, staff, and students gathered on the front lawn of Morrison Hall to take part in the festivities.

The watermelon was cold as the community celebrated open house at Southeastern.

Speakers on the program included Southeastern president Larry Minks, Student Government Association president Demetra Wilkerson, mayor Jerry Tomlinson, city manager James Dunegan, executive director of the chamber of commerce Janet Reed, chamber members of the month Vann Dixon, Tommy Kramer, and Cindy Kirkpatrick, and David Norris, professor emeritus of history.

“The University is indeed proud to be a part of this dynamic community, and we thank you for celebrating this historical day with us – as the first day of classes at Southeastern Normal School were held on June 14, 1909,” Minks told the audience.

A symbolic ribbon-cutting concluded the program, and music was provided by Logan Russell and Zach Ray.

Alpha Chi inducts new members

Alpha Chi inducts new members

Press Release Date: 11-15-2011

Dr. Daniel Weigel

The 2011 Alpha Chi induction class gathers for a group photo.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Oklahoma Theta chapter of Alpha Chi national honor society recently inducted 57 students into lifetime membership.

Dr. Brett Elliott, Professor of Mathematics, delivered the introduction. Participating in the 29th annual induction ceremony were chapter sponsors Elliott; Dr. Charla Hall, Professor and Chair of Behavioral Sciences; Dr. Jennifer Hicks, Professor of Behavioral Sciences; Dr. L. David Norris, History Professor Emeritus; Heather Hartline, President-elect of the Oklahoma Theta Chapter of Alpha Chi; and Southeastern president Larry Minks, who delivered remarks.

Alpha Chi, a national college scholarship honor society, was founded in 1922 and has more than 400,000 members from more than 300 college and university chapters in 45 states and Puerto Rico. The society provides tens of thousands of dollars annually in scholarships and fellowships for members and alumni.

Members of Alpha Chi, identified and elected by the faculties of their schools as ranking in the top 10 percent of juniors and seniors, represent the best undergraduate scholarship in all academic fields at their institutions.

Alpha Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), a group of 67 societies meeting rigorous standards regarding student membership and governance. Alpha Chi is distinctive in its commitment to involving undergraduate members in the full range of operations of the society. Involvement begins at the local chapter level, where students fill all offices, and continues to the regional and national levels, where students are elected to sit on governing boards. In addition, Alpha Chi is one of two major ACHS members based on the scholarly achievement of juniors and seniors from all fields, the other being Phi Kappa Phi.

Following are the Alphi Chi 2011 inductees listed by hometown:

Oklahoma

  • Alderson – Delilah Rodriguez
  • Ardmore – Chelsea Cheek,
  • Atoka – Valerie Howard, Secret Lang, Allie McKinzie
  • Blanchard – Chance Grider, Barry Watson
  • Boswell – Cassidy Percer, Melissa Rice
  • Broken Bow – DeAnna Caldwell
  • Caddo – Landon Johnson
  • Duncan – Kayli Dyer
  • Durant – Lornna Bates, Regina Bredenkamp, Lorraine DeSivo, Ashlee Hale, Lauren Hughes, Wesley Johnston, Jacob Leatherwood, Tiffany Martinez, Michael Maxwell, Tyler Slawson, Charles Smith, Angela Welborn, Carrie Williamson
  • Garvin – Cody Chapman
  • Hendrix – Emily Garrett
  • Idabel – Kimberly Taylor
  • Madill – Brian Ayers, Samantha Moore,
  • Marietta – Brent O’Dell
  • McAlester – Amanda Jones
  • Prague – Samantha Vrska
  • Sand Springs – Sara Schmidt
  • Tishomingo – Kelly Devitt
  • Valliant – Teressa Snapp
  • Wilburton – Jason Freeman

Texas

  • Allen – James Taylor
  • DeKalb – Nicholas LaToof
  • Denison – Paula Bryant, Danielle Fogarty, Meagan Sewell, Gwendolyn Simmons
  • Ector – Adam Grant, Matthew Polk
  • Friendswood – Alexandria Cassell
  • Grapevine – Michael O’Dea
  • Mesquite – Chikako Nishina-Martin
  • Pottsboro – Bryanna Bradshaw
  • Roxton – Keylee Clemmons
  • Sanger – Jessica Hesse
  • Sherman – Lindsey Lacy, Amanda Oates, Tonja Van Sickle
  • Tom Bean – Ryan Emrick
  • Whitewright – Marka Bodine

Missouri

  • Oregon – Stormie Milne