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DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University and the Department of Music have recently been re-accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Founded in 1924, NASM is the oldest arts accrediting agency in the United States.

Southeastern has held this accreditation since 1978, with the most recent cycle of re-accreditation completed in summer of 2014. This places the university in accredited status until the 2023-2024 academic year.

The re-accreditation brings with it the renewed approval of the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree, the Bachelor of Music in Performance degree, and the Bachelor of Music Education degree. The Music Education degree was given approval to implement a new guitar emphasis as a specified option. Additionally, NASM is also in agreement with the planned new offering of the Master of Music Education degree currently being explored.
The institution and music unit received very favorable comments in the areas of curriculum innovation and development, quality of instruction, faculty/student interaction, administrative support for upgrading facilities and addressing faculty concerns, and community outreach.

For more information about the Department of Music go to: http://homepages.se.edu/music/

(OKLAHOMA CITY) - Museums from across the state will gather in Idabel, Okla., from Sept. 24-26 for the Oklahoma Museums Association's (OMA) annual conference. Approximately 200 people are expected to attend, including museum staff, volunteers, board members and students. The mission of the OMA is to assist Oklahoma museums with their efforts to educate, inform and entertain. The conference is one of the many programs and services which OMA offers to museums across Oklahoma.

"OMA is excited to be in Idabel for the 2014 Oklahoma Museums Association conference," said Brenda Granger, executive director of the OMA. "The OMA conference is affordable and offers so much including first-hand access to the most recent information and trends in the museum profession through keynote and educational sessions; networking events allowing attendees to have conversations with others where they can share problems and solutions and easily continue those conversations over the conference. For reasonable registration and travel costs, compared to national conferences, attendees receive an equal standard of program content and presentation; and because of its size, the OMA conference allows attendees the opportunity to visit with all of their colleagues and to interact with individuals from many organizations and to share ideas across disciplines. Staff and volunteers will return from the OMA conference to their museum excited and invigorated with new ideas and solutions."

Conference attendance is open to all board members, volunteers, students and staff of museums, historical societies, historic sites, zoos and botanical gardens, historic houses, living history museums, tribal cultural centers and other museum-related institutions. The conference registration deadline is Sept. 5. To download a conference booklet or to register online visit www.okmuseums.org/conference.

Highlights will be the keynote presentation by Dr. Spencer Wells on Thursday, Sept. 25. Wells is a leading population geneticist and director of the Genographic Project from National Geographic and IBM as well as a scientist, author and documentary filmmaker. His fascination with the past has led the him to the farthest reaches of the globe in search of human populations who hold the history of humankind in their DNA. Wells' discussion on new the '"Genealogical Paradigm for Cultural Presentation by Museums" emphasizes what current genomic and genetic information is telling us about Native American migrations.

Taos artists, Jeralynn Lujan Lucero and Ray Wiger, will present the Awards Luncheon keynote address on Sept. 26 at noon. Their work will be on exhibit at the Museum of the Red River during the conference. Lucero's work speaks to the generations, to heritage and customs. Her work evokes nature, humanity and beauty. Wiger is a sculptor and is known around the world for his breathtaking wire-meshed sculptures.

Sessions during the conference will cover a variety of topics including educational programming, capital campaigns, disaster planning, marketing, museum collections care, technology and much more. Participants can also register to attend a variety of pre-conference workshops on gourd making and Native American Art and Objects 101. The Wednesday evening event will include a reception and tour of the Forest Heritage Center Museum followed by a wine tasting at Girls Gone Wine and concluding at the Grateful Head Pizza Oven &Tap Room. On Thursday evening, attendees will enjoy a reception and tour of the Museum of the Red River, followed by a delicious dinner in the conference center. There will be a variety of exhibitors at the conference, displaying their museum-related products and services.

On Friday, Sept. 27 OMA award winners will be recognized at the annual awards luncheon. Tickets for the awards luncheon are $35 and can be purchased online by using the registration button of the OMA website, www.okmuseums.org. The reservation deadline is Sept. 5.

The Oklahoma Museums Association is a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization founded in 1972. Programming offered by the Oklahoma Museums Association is important as the primary source of information and professional development for Oklahoma's 500 museums, historical societies, historic sites, zoos and botanical gardens, historic houses, living history museums, tribal cultural centers and other museum-related institutions.

Calling all cruisers!

On August 23 the public is invited to bring your classic cars out for the "Sunset Cruze" day & enjoy food, music, and a cruise in Okmulgee.

The Car Show starts at 9 a.m. at Quality Tire, 903 E 6th St headed up by Doug and Crystal Maly. 

The Maly's will provide lunch at noon to the 'cruzers'. After a great meal, everyone will proceed in their vehicles downtown to the Main Street pocket park for a concert in the park by 3 different types of bands.

They will also take a cruze around Okmulgee Lake at sunset, with a special escort by Sheriff Eddy Rice. After the cruze around the lake they will head back down town to Ikes Pub and enjoy one of their cruzer specials.

This event is hosted by Okmulgee Main Street, Quality Tire, and Ikes Downtown Pub & Eatery.

AUGUST 2014 menu for the Mounds Senior Citizens center:

Tues, Aug 5 - Meat Loaf, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Green Beans, Dessert

Thur, Aug 7 - Chili Cheese Coneys, Coleslaw, Chips, Dessert

Tues, Aug 12 - King Ranch Chicken, Salad, Dessert

Thur, Aug 14 - Pasta w/Meat Sauce, Salad, Dessert

Tues, Aug 19 - Chicken Pot Pie,Salad, Dessert

Thur, Aug 21 - Beef Stroganoff, Salad, Dessert

Tues, Aug 26 - Taco Salad, Chips, Dessert

Thur, Aug 28 - Ham w/Mac & Cheese, Mixed Veggies, Dessert

EVERYONE WELCOME - Open @ 9:00 am; Serving @ 11:30 am

Thursday, 31 July 2014 11:02

Okmulgee 9th grade Rookie Camp tonight

Okmulgee High school will hold a "rookie" camp July 31 for 9th grader's to help Freshmen get acquainted with teachers and campus.  

Registration begins at 5:45 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. Principals and Teachers will be on hand to answer questions.

Student parents, grandparents are guardians are invited to come.  They will serve snacks and soft drinks.

There will be blow ups for the kids while the cheerleaders will lead tours of the campus. New students to Okmulgee are highly encouraged to attend.

Photo by Paul Orosco - ONN Chief Photographer

This Saturday, August 2, the Okmulgee Hot Boat Association will be having its annual Boat Regatta at Okmulgee Lake. The boaters will be "Testing and Tuning" their high performance engines from  2 to 5 p.m.

The Okmulgee Hot Boat Association (OHBA) is a family oriented club that aims to raise awareness and camaraderie of performance boaters throughout Oklahoma. The club was started in 2007 by the local hot boaters that enjoy Okmulgee State Park as their local boating lake, and to promote the Okmulgee Hot Boat Bash which occurs annually in August. The club was started by 12 members and has grown by leaps and bounds every year as word spreads of the organization.

In 2010 there were 48 members which include boaters from the Oklahoma City and Tulsa areas. There are members as far away as Mississippi, so as you can see it is not just for people that boat on Okmulgee Lake, but for everybody interested in the sport of performance boating. From weekend warrior to the full blown race team, the OHBA welcomes all!

There will be parking available at the lake and The Okmulgee Lions will be assisting in the parking areas. They will be charging $2 per person and $10 per carload. All proceeds will go to the Lions Club for their charitable programs.

For further information please contact Robert Howe, President Okmulgee Hot Boat Association at 918-758-7122.

Photos by Paul Orosco - ONN Chief Photographer

Sunday, 27 July 2014 13:32

Henryetta road project in progress

Road Construction and Detours

If you are driving through Henryetta be prepared for slow moving traffic on the west end of town on Main Street.  A road resurfacing project began Thursday.  The work is being done from 8th Street to the West Henryetta exit to I-40.  A portion of the road was taken up to be relaid.  This will be a major improvement for Henryetta.

Photos by Allen Gardner


Mvskoke Food Sovereignty Initiative (MFSI) and the Oklahoma Black Historical Research Project, Inc. (OBHRPI) will be holding their second annual conference. This year’s theme:   Empowering Youth, Veterans, Ranchers & Farmers Conference.  MFSI and OBHRPI remain committed to bringing United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) awareness to the communities.  It is important to include our Youth and our Veterans.  Veterans that are returning to the United States from active duty face many challenges.  The Department of Labor (USDOL) reports that as of May 2010, over 20 percent of young veterans are unemployed.  Moreover, recent data show that 45 percent of armed service members are from rural America.  The agricultural industry is a logical solution to fill the economic gap rural veterans face.  The USDA is committed to assisting veterans to begin or continue farming and ranching operations in order to strengthen the American economy and provide livelihoods to our returning veterans.

As a way of effectively assisting our rural students many of our state colleges and universities will be attending the conference on the July 30.  Many of our area colleges and universities are sending recruitment representatives. Day one of our activities will include a college readiness seminar.   Some of our speakers include Janie Simms Hipp, Director of Indigenous Food and Agricultural Initiatives, Univ. Of Arkansas; Gary O’Neil, the Oklahoma State Director for Natural Resources Conservation Service; Garrett King, Congressman Frank Lucas’s Agricultural Liaison; Kenya Nicholas, Acting Director OASDFR- Office of Outreach and Advocacy USDA  Outreach and Advocacy office, and Cheryl Bailey, Cooperative Forestry Management, USDA Forest Service. 

The event is free and open to the public. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided. To register please contact MFSI at (918) 756-5915 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Date: July 30 & 31, 2014
Time: 8:30 to 4 PM
Location:  OSU Extension Center- Okmulgee County 1901 N. Oklahoma, OK 74447

Get the schedule: CLICK HERE

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Frustration with a crying infant is the number one trigger for the shaking and abuse of infants. The result of this action can be abusive head trauma – the most common and dangerous form of abuse in children under age 1. Approximately 80 percent of all infants who are shaken will suffer significant brain injuries and nearly 30 percent will die as a result of those injuries.

Adults frustrated with infant crying may not know that such crying can be normal. Currently, 35 birthing hospitals in Oklahoma provide parents and caregivers with information about normal infant crying, ways to cope, and the dangers that can result from shaking an infant. This program, called the Period of PURPLE® Crying (PPC), uses purple-colored baby caps created by volunteer knitters participating in the PPC "CLICK for Babies" campaign as a visual reminder of the program. The baby caps are provided to infants born in hospitals that offer the PPC program. Volunteer knitters, crocheters and other crafters are now being recruited in Oklahoma to make the approximately 7,650 caps needed for distribution to participating Oklahoma hospitals in November and December.

"We encourage clubs and community groups that knit and crochet to join this effort," said Ann Benson of the Maternal and Child Health Service at the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Benson helps lead the Injury Prevention Workgroup of Oklahoma's "Preparing for a Lifetime, It's Everyone's Responsibility" initiative to reduce infant deaths in the state. The Period of PURPLE® Crying and "CLICK for Babies" are two of the workgroup's projects. This marks the third year that Oklahoma is participating in the campaign with the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome and other partners throughout North America.

The need for Oklahoma volunteers to knit the brightly colored infant caps is emphasized by sobering statistics provided from the Oklahoma Child Death Review Board. "Our review of 10 years of child homicide data noted more than 75 percent of physical abuse deaths in Oklahoma's children were caused by abusive head trauma," said Lisa Rhoades, program manager for the board.

Purple-knitted infant caps will be collected through the end of September and can be sent to these two Oklahoma locations:

Oklahoma Child Death Review Board
1111 N. Lee, Ste. 500
Oklahoma City, OK 73103

Parent Child Center of Tulsa
1421 S. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74119

To obtain patterns for caps, guidelines and "CLICK for Babies" campaign details, visit www.CLICKforbabies.org

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