SOSU celebrates MLK Day with community service, program

By: Southeastern Oklahoma State University Email
By: Southeastern Oklahoma State University Email

Joe Chow addresses the audience Monday at the Martin Luther King Day of Service at Southeastern.

DURANT, OK - Students, faculty, staff, and community members celebrated Southeastern Oklahoma State University's 13th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday.

During an hour-long program in the University Ballroom, Mayor Joe Chow of Addison, Texas, inspired the audience with his recollections of his days at SE in 1979-80. He received his master's degree at Southeastern in 1980, and in addition to his public service career, is a successful business owner (restaurant, insurance, and real estate) in the Dallas area.

Chow came to the United States in 1979 to pursue his educational dreams.
While at Southeastern, he lived in the old Shearer Hall. After graduating, he began working in a Dallas restaurant with the goal one day to be "my own boss.''

"The United States is a great country,'' he said. "And this is a country where you can make your dreams come true.''

Also participating in the program were Southeastern interim president Larry Minks, Dean of Students Camille Phelps, the Chorvettes singing group, the SE Quartet, and students Kayla Minor, Allen Benson, Dexter Elliott, and Tiffany Martinez. In addition, Trina Bowen and SE graduate Fisa Mihy-mihyndu were involved in the program.

Following the program, students participated in community service projects at Durant Intermediate School (reading to students), the Wesley Center (painting), and the Victory Life Food Bank (serving lunch).

-Press Release by Southeastern Oklahoma State University Public Information

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  • by Lee on Jan 21, 2010 at 08:10 AM
    I learned from Keith Olbermann last night that I am a racist because I drive a pickup truck! Where's someone like MLK today that will put a stop this madness? I have a red truck - does that make me a redneck and a racist too?
  • by Confused Location: Here on Jan 20, 2010 at 07:25 AM
    Who let their pet parrot near the keyboard? for heaven's sake give the poor thing a CRACKER!!
  • by Raven Location: Baltimore on Jan 19, 2010 at 05:02 PM
    Tuesday 01-19-2010 is also Edgar Alan Poe's birthday. He was born in 1809, died at age 40. Nevermore, nevermore...
  • by Warbler Location: Texoma on Jan 19, 2010 at 12:19 PM
    for a minute there i thought we were celebrating MILK day. sigh...maybe next year...
  • by Scalawag Location: OK on Jan 19, 2010 at 11:20 AM
    The degree of stupidity displayed in these comments is mind-boggling & quite depressing.
  • by mark Location: iraq on Jan 18, 2010 at 08:30 PM
    i'm a redhead, now you talk about a real minority, do i gualify for affirmative action? this mlk stuff has done run it's course, please give it a rest.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 18, 2010 at 08:20 PM
    you redneck cracker croaking cracker u be a racist cracker cracker you cracker wheres the parade
  • by more news on Jan 18, 2010 at 04:57 PM
    Tuesday 1-19-2010 is Confederate Heroes Day...I love the Great State of Texas!
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