Southeastern celebrates Founders’ Day

Durant mayor Jerry Tomlinson presents a proclamation to Southeastern president Larry Minks.

Durant mayor Jerry Tomlinson presents a proclamation to Southeastern president Larry Minks.

Dr. David Norris offers a perspective on the history of Southeastern.

Dr. David Norris offers a perspective on the history of Southeastern.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University celebrated Founders’ Day Thursday with a number of special activities on campus.

Founders’ Day is an annual event that highlights the foundation of Southeastern’s identity – historical, political, cultural and academic.

The Founders’ Day program began in historic Montgomery Auditorium with a performance of “The Hymn To The Gold And Blue’’ by the Southeastern Chorale.

Vicki Hudson, chair of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department, offered welcoming remarks.

Dr. David Norris, Distinguished Former Faculty and author of “A History of Southeastern Oklahoma State University Since 1909,” spoke on the founding of Southeastern Normal School.

Also offering comments was Southeastern president Larry Minks.

Durant mayor Jerry Tomlinson made remarks and then presented President Minks with a proclamation from the city of Durant.

The Chorale closed the program with the singing of the Alma Mater.

Since Southeastern opened in 1909 in a former peach orchard, the Peach Cook-Off has now become a favorite event of the Founders’ Day celebration.

Winners of the contest are as follows:

There were 18 entries in three categories for the Peach Cook-Off and all winners were from Durant.

Jams/Jellies: Janet Scribner took first place with Nana’s Peach Jelly; Theresa Maples was second with Nana’s Peach Jam; third place went to Janna Cottingame with Sissy’s Peach Jam.

Cooks’ Choice: First place went to Marjorie Robertson with her Peach Cake; Debbie Maness was second with Peach Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips; third place went to Teresa Owens with Peaches and Cream Braid.

Pies/Cakes: Susan Chalk finished first with Joyce’s Peach Cobbler; Heather Smiley was second with Mrs. Smiley’s Peach Cobbler; third place went to Dorothy Johnson with her Peach Cobbler Cake.

Founders’ Day activities scheduled for March 6

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate Founders’ Day on Thursday, March 6.

Founders’ Day is an annual event that highlights the foundation of Southeastern’s identity – historical, political, cultural and academic.

The Founders’ Day program will begin at 3 p.m. in Montgomery Auditorium with a performance by the Southeastern Chorale.

Vicki Hudson, chair of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department, will offer the welcome.

Dr. David Norris, Distinguished Former Faculty and author of “A History of Southeastern Oklahoma State University Since 1909” will speak on the history of the University.

President Larry Minks will address the Vision and Future of Southeastern to conclude the program.

Since Southeastern opened in 1909 in a former peach orchard, the Peach Cook-Off has now become a favorite event of the celebration.

Peach Cook-Off entries (the food) are due in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union loft at 11 a.m. with judging to be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Refrigerated items are not permitted. The Cook-Off is open to the general public, as well as faculty, staff, and students of Southeastern.

There are three main categories: Pies/Cobblers, Jams/Jellies, and Cooks’ Choice, which may include salsa, cakes, pasties, etc. Peaches must be the main ingredient in each entry.

Entry forms may be printed at www.se.edu/conted or picked up at the Office of Continuing Education in the Welcome Center. Entries must be submitted to Career Management/Office of Continuing Education located in the Welcome Center no later than noon on March 4.

Peach Cook-Off results will be announced during the program. Everyone is invited to sample the cook-off entries in the Student Union Loft immediately following the program.

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 to celebrate Founders’ Day on March 5

DURANT, Okla. – On March 5, 1909, the Oklahoma Senate passed a bill establishing a normal school in Durant.

On March 5, 2013, (next Tuesday), that normal school – now known as Southeastern Oklahoma State University — and the community will observe this historic date with a Founders’ Day celebration.

The festivities will begin at 3 p.m. in Southeastern’s historic Montgomery Auditorium, located in Morrison Hall.  The program will include historian and Southeastern professor emeritus Dr. David Norris, who will share a brief history of the events surrounding the founding of the institution. Southeastern president Larry Minks will offer comments on the vision and future of the University, and the Southeastern Chorale will perform at the event.  In addition, a commendation will be presented from the Office of the Governor.  Vicki Hudson, Assistant Professor/Chair of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, will serve as MC.

As part of the celebration and in a salute to the building of Southeastern on grounds where peach trees once grew, a peach cooking contest will be held. Following the formal program, the festivities will move to the loft of the Glen D. Johnson Student Union where contest entries will be judged in two categories: peach pies/cobblers and peach jams/jellies. The contest is open to the public and a prize will be presented to the winner in each category. Entry forms are available at the Southeastern Welcome Center; Email entry forms may be obtained by contacting Stephanie Makke at smakke@se.edu. Entry forms must be submitted to the Career Management Office of Continuing Education in the Welcome Center by noon on March 4.  Entries must be delivered to the Student Union Loft by 1:30 p.m. on the day of the event.

For more information on Founders’ Day, call Scott Hensley at 580-745-3198 or Cathy Conway at 580-745-2162.