Psi Chi and Psych club members offered advantage in form of graduate program entrance counseling

by Lornna Bates

Managing editor

 

The Psychology and Counseling Graduate School Panel is offering student members of the Psi Chi and Psychology clubs an opportunity to attend a meeting to council students on their preparedness for graduate school.

The panel has assembled a mixture of past and current graduate students, as well as professors, to give the useful information and tips that will provide students with an upper hand when it is time to consider entrance into a graduate program.

The information will include what to expect from a graduate program, how and when to apply and other helpful tips and advice to gain a greater advantage when it is time to apply.

The meeting will be held Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 4-5:30 p.m. in The Glen D. Johnson Student Union, Room 213.

Student Psi Chi and Psychology club members are encouraged to attend.

Menu for free lunch at the Wesley Center

The Wesley Center provides a lunch at no cost to students on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The following is the menu for the upcoming Thursdays.

Sept. 15 – Enchilada casserole provided by St. John’s Episcopal

Sept. 22 – Cheesy chicken casserole and ceasar salad provided by Our Saviour Lutheran

Sept. 29 – Baked potatoes, salad and dessert provided by Madill UMC UMW

Oct. 6 – Chili provided by St. William Catholic Church Altar Guild

Native American Center for Student Success provides many opportunities and advantages

by Chrissy Dill

Staff writer

Southeastern’s Native American Center for Student Success provides Native American students with many opportunities that allow them to be productive and achieve their academic goals at the university.

“One of the most important aspects of our jobs in the NACSS is to be here for students if they need assistance or just need to see a friendly face,” said the center’s coordinator, Chris Wesberry, who has been a part of the center for six years.

The center’s biggest accomplishment recently, according to Wesberry, is the university ranking sixth in the nation in awarding undergraduate degrees to Native American graduates in all disciplines combined.

The main focus of the center is to provide helpful resources for Native American students, Wesberry added. According to Wesberry, there are currently 20 different tribes represented on campus, all of which are eligible to receive services from the NACSS, with SE having a 29 percent Native American student population.

An example of these services the NACSS offers students is scholarships, provided by the O.J. and Mary Christine Harvey Education Foundation and the Native American Excellence in Education (NAEIE) grant.

The O.J. Harvey scholarship provides its recipient $2,500 a semester. Currently a total of 11 SE students are holders of this academic award and three have recently graduated.

According to Wesberry, the O.J. Harvey scholarship has provided over $100,000 in scholarships to Native American students since 2007.

The NAEIE grant, funded by the Office of Indian Education, is awarded to Native American students whom are pursuing a degree in education. Currently the scholarship is providing for 12 students full tuitions.

According to Wesberry, in order to receive the NAEIE scholarship, the student must agree to work in a school with a significant Native American student population, which is the majority of school systems in Oklahoma.

“Being a part of this grant has allowed me to learn so much about Native American culture,” said NAEIE recipient Charlee Dill, who will graduate in May. “I feel so blessed to have been given the grant and the opportunities it has given me.”

“Providing services and resources to our Native American students is a blessing,” said Wesberry. “That’s what we like to do.”

Not only does the NACSS offer financial aid for its students, it also provides opportunities for students to learn more about their Native American heritage. This year the center was able to send seven students to the Choctaw Indian Fair in Philadelphia, where they participated in various cultural activities, according to Wesberry.

The center is also home to the Native American Student Association, which holds meetings Wednesdays at 5 p.m. in Room 323 of the Student Union. This student organization conducts various activities throughout the year, including aiding with organization of the upcoming Miss Indian SOSU Pageant in September, contributing a float in the SE Homecoming Parade each year and holding a powwow in the spring.

“The Native American Student Association is a pretty active group on campus,” said Wesberry.

As NACSS coordinator Wesberry’s responsibilities include academic advising, teaching an orientation course and the native education policy class, which is part of the native studies minor, and providing helpful resources for students throughout their time at SE. “Every day we have the opportunity to help a student in some way,” said Wesberry.

“I do academic advising for all incoming freshmen who are Native American,” said Wesberry. “I try to enroll as many as I can.”

Wesberry’s has been teaching an orientation course for incoming Native American freshman for several years, he said. This year he has a total of 33 students participating in the class. Students learn basic information usually included in an orientation class as well as gain knowledge of traditional Native American culture, said Wesberry.

The NACSS holds a graduation reception each May to honor Native American graduates, where students and their families are recognized and students receive a graduation stole displaying a diamond-pattern design. “We’re hoping this May for more students to wear them,” said Wesberry.

November is dubbed “Native November” by SE and is filled with many events aimed towards Native American students, such as various guest speaker presentations, a native scholars recognition, native movies, a native storytelling competition and a traditional dress fashion show.

The center organizes the Native American Student Visitation Day each year, offering tribal resources, university services, lunch, stickball demonstrations and campus tours for high school students and recruitment purposes. This year the event will be combined with SE Live, held on Nov. 9.

If you or someone you know may be interested in attending Native American Student Visitation Day, please RSVP to Wesberry by Oct. 28. “We invite all high schools from the Choctaw Nation and southern schools in the Chickasaw Nation,” Wesberry stated.

The ninth Native American Symposium and Film Festival will be held Nov. 2-4, and the center invites papers, presentations, creative projects and films on all aspects of Native American life and studies from students.

The NACSS houses several employees, including Wesberry, a peer advisor representing the Choctaw Nation, a Chickasaw Retention coordinator and a student worker.

Flower fountain

by Jerreck McWilliams

Staff writer

After years of living in a state of disrepair as SOSU’s most prominent eyesore, the fountain on the front lawn of Morrison has finally been given a makeover thanks to the efforts of the Alumni Foundation, the Physical Plant, numerous volunteers, and Janie Umsted: the Director for the Centre Art Gallery.

Umsted, who coordinated the restoration project, has always considered the area around the fountain to have excellent potential to become a beautiful place.

“It made me very sad every time I looked at it. The way it was reminded me of an old deserted empty swimming pool that had been forgotten. It had been like that for over 16 years and it was depressing to me to imagine what visitors might think,” says Umsted.

Indeed, many students and faculty expressed dissatisfaction over the state of the fountain and campus beautification in general.  Over the last few years, students have written articles focused on campus beauty for the school newspaper and volunteered their time and ideas to make Southeastern more aesthetically pleasing.

“The SGA was with us from the beginning and they are very supportive always,” says Umsted.

They are, however, by no means the only driving force in beautification projects such as this:

“Really, it was Dr. Minks that took a serious interest in giving the fountain a better look.  The Alumni Association formed a Beautification committee about six years ago and the subject of the fountain came up time and time again.  I know that the SGA has wanted to do something for several years as has the Staff Association. Many members of the faculty have voiced concerns and ideas over the years. A little over a year ago, we began putting some ideas down on paper.”

Among the developments to emerge from the Beautification committee were projects such as the VPAC’s ‘facelift’ and the adoption of 10 flowerbeds around campus which have been re-landscaped.

The fountain itself, which underwent remodeling from the end of July to August, was given a $2000 budget.

“We had a deadline of August the first and we made it. This project was an example of what a few interested people with a relatively small budget can do to improve the appearance of our campus in a short time. I love it when a plan comes together.”

 

SE front lawn has been renovated to include flower beds where once stood the dry, abandoned water fountain.

 

Staff photo by Lornna Bates

Slawson interns in DC

by Tyler Slawson

Contributing writer

 Tyler Slawson

When I first accepted my internship this summer in Washington DC, I was given several options of places to stay. After much deliberation, I decided to stay in one of the residence halls at The George Washington University. I didn’t expect much different than what I actually saw when I arrived on campus on May 29. What I saw was an urban campus, with most departments made out of townhouses and residence halls made out of former hotels and apartment buildings. In other words, this campus was far different than the campus I call my own.

When I met other interns on the Hill, on campus, or on the Metro, the most common question was “Where do you go to school?” I was always proud to announce that I attend Southeastern Oklahoma State University, even when these other interns boasted of attending larger, more distinguished universities. At this point in the conversation, I usually knew about their university but they knew nothing of mine. This made me think in depth about Southeastern and its place in the world. What things could I say to these people to describe to them who we are?

I would always bring up Reba McEntire, who is no longer known only to country music aficionados but to music fans around the world. I would bring up Billie Letts, a former English professor, whose best-seller, Where the Heart Is, became an Oprah Book Club Pick and a film starring Natalie Portman. I would often bring up that Southeastern was the first university to create an aviation department. I would mention that our business school was one of the four best in the state, based on its accreditation. Another alumnus, Joe Chow, invented Sesame Chicken. Though we have many more, these were the people and programs which I felt inclined to mention. This is what describes my school.

One day while I was working in my office, I was listening to the Casey Anthony trial on the television atop the filing cabinet next to my desk. They were interviewing an expert of some sort. They asked her what education she had. She replied “I graduated from The George Washington University in Washington DC…” GWU indeed has a legacy. Their campus newspaper held a front page photo of this year’s famous commencement speaker: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Their graduation was held on the National Mall. A member of Congress teaches a class on their campus. Even though these accolades made it tempting not to look into a transfer, they even more made me seek out what makes SE a great place to study. We are not, after all, simply a spec on an Oklahoma road map. Southeastern has a legacy too. Even though many have never heard of us, we have a legacy. We have had great professors in the past and we continue to have great professors today. The student population is diverse and always has been. Dr. Parrish often reminds me that it is the subtle things that make the most difference. We may not have many great celebrity alumni, but Southeastern does produce graduates who do make a difference.

 

Tyler slawson and US Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) pose together during a brief moment fit into McCain's tight schedule in Washington DC.

 

Strange allergies and blueberry blues

by Laura Tomah

Yeardisc editor

Growing up is great. As a women you get to acquire certain assets that make being a woman worthwhile.  However, it was never my intentions to become a part of 15 percent of Americans that would have to possibly give up something they love according to Web Md.

About a year ago, I wouldn’t have believed that I would be suffering the blues in just a few months. So here I sit today, suffering the blueberry blues.  Blueberries are one of my favorite fruits, and I now must cut out of my diet.

What’s the big deal?  It’s just a little old blueberry. If it were simply the only thing with age that I had to give up, then I think I might be handling the situation a little bit better.

“Violet, you’re turning violet!” If the biggest problem with my blueberry allergy was turning blue,I think I would have a whole new exciting career path a head of me. Aside from the disappointing fact that I cannot actually turn blue, blueberries are just one of a few foods that don’t settle well with me.

Artificial cinnamon is something that’s enjoyed on a daily basis, by everyone else in America, excluding this journalist. At 13, I have to admit that I was a little sad when the doctor told me no more cinnamon gum. Yes, I feel the need to smack gum on a daily basis. Call it my vice.

I am the queen of strange allergies, which by the way should be pitched as a reality show for paranoid hospital waiting rooms. It would be a win, win for the doctors and the prescription industries partnership. That’s another column thought.

At the exciting bright age of 15, before a concert, I found out that restaurants and grocery stores use this wonderful spray that make lettuce along with other veggies look fresh longer.  While I am sure this is great for them, I don’t mind my veggies a little old as long as I don’t have to suffer the hours of pain involved right after trying to enjoy a salad.

Surely I am not the only one in this far and distant galaxy suffering from the enjoyment of my favorite hobby. Yes, this foodie, with age has to learn to restrain myself a little more from food, along with using caution before attempting any meal.  The better question yet is: what will this blueberry blue woman become allergic to today?

 

Staff photo by Laura Tomah

Caring professors at Southeastern

by Jessica Breger

Contributing writer

All through high school, students are told that in college the professors don’t know or care about them personally. Here at Southeastern this is not the case.

At many large universities this may be a forced truth. With over a hundred students in each class, a professor may not be able care about each student as a person. They may just grade papers and never know the people who wrote them.

Southeastern reaps the rewards of a small university in this matter. The classes are generally small. This allows the professors to get to know almost all of their students.

The professors here seem to take their relationships with their students seriously. Every professor I have had was willing to work with me outside of class and sometimes even outside of their office hours.

Here students have access to professors’ emails and, in some cases, phone numbers. Many professors have even shown that they are willing to sit and talk about things outside of academics.

If a student is struggling with something in his or her personal life, several professors have proven many times that they care about those issues. They listen to the woes of her students and even give advice.

Art professor, Jack Ousey shows he cares in a different way than most. Ousey is constantly joking and “picking on” his students as if they were family. He takes his classes seriously, but also grades each person individually rather than on some set scale.

This means if you have no artistic talent but would like to try your hand at ceramics, you won’t fail. He grades on a student’s effort and progress. To do this he gets to know each student.

Ousey is sometimes hard for new students to handle because of his sarcastic nature and dry humor. Students needn’t be scared off however. He is a very relaxed and fun person to know in or out of the classroom.

Not all of the professors will know a student outside of the classroom of course. Even those who don’t know their students personally care about each one.

Dr. Randy Prus, chair of English, Humanities and Languages, for instance, shows he cares about the students that he doesn’t even know outside of class.

As a low income student I can’t always afford the extra books needed for some classes. Prus taught one of those classes. Instead of telling me to suck it up and buy a book he took the time to help find and alternative way for me to choose and read a book.

These stories are not what students are told in high school. We are told that we will be in a class room where the professor doesn’t know our names. They don’t care if we are in class or if we do well. They show up and teach. That is all.

If you are lucky enough to come to Southeastern, I encourage you to take advantage of what these professors have to offer. Never be afraid to approach them and ask any question you have.

Tell them your concerns. If you have a problem where you cannot attend or need something from your professor or class tell them.

I am very proud to say Southeastern did not live up to the high school horror stories. The thing to know about Southeastern is the professors do know you.

They do care. They do know if you are in class. They will let you know that they know you care and mark you absent.

AC units on the fritz

by Brittani Young

Staff writer

Hot, hot, hot. That is the weather forecast for the days to come. No matter what we do, we cannot stay cool. Air conditioners running constantly, trying to keep up with this heat and it isn’t working.

With temperatures on the rise, a question arises also, what are students doing to stay cool on and off campus?

Cody Powell, who worked in the heat all summer long, gave a few suggestions on how to stay cool.

“Use a bandana soaked in cold water around your neck,” says Powell, is just one way to keep cool. Also, “drink lots of water.”

Another way to stay cool is to do as student, Jaimie Ford does, stay inside with the air conditioner.

Air conditioners are working over time. A few of the offices on campus, such as the Upward Bound Office, have gone a whole day in 100-degree heat without cold air flowing into each room.

Eddie Harbin, with the physical plant, says they have only had minor problems; such has “compressor and fan motor failure.”

The compressor is what failed in the Upward Bound Office and it was fixed in less than 24 hours after the call was made to the HVAC tech employee.

“SE has one HVAC tech for the Education and General building and one tech employed by SE Residence life for the residence halls,” explained Harbin.

If needed the university will hire outside contractors to help assessed the problem and will help if the workload is too big.

Harbin and his teamwork hard to get the filters changed. They also adjust the thermostats in buildings to keep the units from not overheating and it gives it time to cycle. “This is not a very popular option,” but it seems to be the only one to keep the air conditioner in tiptop shape.

“Keep exterior doors closed as much as possible and window shades closed, to reduce solar heat gain,” says Harbin.

 

Marissa Hook hogs an AC unit in the Science Building after coming in from a hot afternoon.

 

Staff photo by Laura Tomah

Textbook rentals save students extra money

by Tiffany Logue

Staff writer

The Southeastern bookstore has a new program available to its students.  Students can save up to 50 percent on textbooks by renting them instead of buying.

“Not all titles are available for renting, but over 100 titles are,” said Jackie Codner, SE bookstore manager. “Around 97 percent of students say they would rent again, company wide.”

However, the renting program is not for students who like to keep books or if the book needed is also required for another course.

The rented textbooks come with some rules.

First, once rented, the textbook will not be accepted if there are missing or ripped pages or excessive water damage. If there are any, you will be charged 75 percent of the price for a new textbook and a processing fee.

Second, the book must be rented with a credit card. The card number is only kept on file in case you do not return the textbook or they do not accept it due to physical qualities of the book.

Third, books must be turned in by Dec. 12 or you will also be charged. The bookstore gives an option for renters to receive a text message before the book is due to help you remember. Standard phone charges apply for receiving a text message.

Codner told students’ parents in orientation, “If your student is responsible, this program is for you. It is a great way to save money on textbooks.”

More information about the textbook rental program is available at the bookstore or on its websites www.se.bkstore.com or www.facebook.com/SEbookstore.

 

The SE bookstore offers students multiple options for their textbooks.

 

Staff photo by Laura Tomah