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Students unite Students will gather for See You at the Pole on Sept. 26.

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HLC accredits additional 10 years Students produce
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TNe WriTer Northeastern State University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission for another 10 years. More than 500 NSU employees, faculty, staff and students were involved in the completion of NSU’s HLC self-study, which was submitted for review to the HLC. NSU received an “outstanding” rating from the HLC audit. “The Institutional Actions Council voted to continue the accreditation of Northeastern State University with the next comprehensive evaluation to be set in 2022,” according to a letter to President Turner. “The IAC voted to approve the initiation and expansion of distance education up to 100 percent of total degree programs.” Dr. Mike Wilds, professor of criminal justice, was the Lead TriChair for NSU’s HLC Self Study. “An ‘outstanding’ report was stated to be the best possible report there is,” said Wilds. “We achieved this rating because in the past 10 years, the NSU employees, faculty, staff, students and alumni achieved mission values and goals of NSU and satisfied the requirements of HLC for providing quality learning for the entire university and community.” Wilds said this accreditation is validation NSU is providing an outstanding and quality education. Many people contributed to the HLS self-study in different fashions. Dr. Janet Bahr, associate vice president of academic affairs, has been involved with three HLC visits to NSU. She was a tri-chair for the self-study. “I wrote the Introduction, Institutional Snapshot and Federal Compliance Component, as well as participated in the visit itself,” said Bahr. “We couldn’t have asked for a better response. We weren’t cited for any major areas of improvement. We received a full 10-year accreditation. It’s a good note for me to end on.” Wilds also served as a tri-chair. “My experience as lead trichair for NSU’s HLC self-study was truly rewarding,” said Wilds. “I made many new friends and was afforded a unique opportunity to witness, first hand, the exceptionally quality of our faculty, staff, student body and alumni. I am truly continued on page 2

Carrie Moore/Contributing Photographer Jon Dallis, Fort Gibson senior films Shane Devers, Sand Springs senior for the Northeastern News Network. Both Dallis and Devers are broadcast journalism majors and work with N3 to produce weekly newscasts.

NSU’s ROTC cadets utilizes CULP program
that ROTC cadets get is cultural understanding and language proficiency. The CULP program allows cadets the chance to learn new languages and the possibility of working abroad with other military units. “CULP is the Army’s initiative through cadet command to make sure officers have an understanding of the world that they work in,” said Jason Uphoff, NSU ROTC director. “They do these summer deployments to strategic countries.” The countries that cadets may go to are not countries like Germany or the United Kingdom. They will be second- or third-world countries. Countries in Asia and South America are used in this program. Places like Thailand and Indonesia are also likely to take part in this initiative. Cadets will be on active military while in this program but will not be in uniform. “These cadets, when they get over there, are on active duty orders but not in a defense sense,” said Uphoff. C a d e t s continued on page 2

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to be a part of such a great family.” A surprise for NSU when HLC came to visit, was finding that the university was even more outstanding than what had been reported in the university’s selfstudy. Wilds said he would call this outstanding report an A-plus rating. “A team of colleagues did an on-site visit to validate the information in the report,” said Wilds.

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NSU effort culminates HLC accreditation
“They found the report showed evidence was correct, but we had more information supported that it was more informed than in the report.” The letter to the President addressing the accreditation and those involved extends a thank you to special persons who put forth much effort during the process. “Special thanks to Dr. Mike Wilds for serving as the point person and coordinating the site visit,” according to the letter. “We appreciate Monique Idoux who did the final writing of the selfstudy. The communications and marketing shop did a superb job with layout and design work on the self-study report. Lastly, Kathy Reese who organized everyone about three years ago and set us on a successful path.” Bahr is thankful for all of the many people who contributed to committing themselves to the excellence of NSU. “A great big huge thank you and a hug to all of the employees, not only those who helped with this NSU, but also those who laid the foundation for those who came after to be successful,” said Wilds. Dr. Steve Turner, president of NSU, said he was pleased the university not only received the reaccreditation, but also for the maximum allowed period of ten years. “This successful outcome is the culmination of three years of very disciplined and detailed work by more 300 of our colleagues,” said Turner. “In addition we have been granted approval to offer up to 100 percent of our degree programs in an online format. These accomplishments put the university in the best possible position to advance our mission and provide access to students in our region and beyond.” Turner said NSU will use elements of the report in their next strategic plan. “NSU’s future is bright,” said Turner. For more information, email

CULP program helps cadets broaden horizons
relief organizations. CULP helps cadets broaden their horizons and gain a greater appreciation for the world. The program’s goal is to make the cadets more internationally aware in a real way. One cadet Chris Copeland, Tahlequah senior took advantage of the CULP opportunities this last summer by taking a trip to the Republic of Georgia. “My mission was to teach Georgian children ages from 10 through 18 about American culture and language as well as learn from them about their culture,” said Copeland. Another incentive for cadets is the language programs at NSU. Cadets can enroll to learn a second language and will receive compensation. The Army considers any cadet or soldier who is multilingual a valuable tool. Cadets can take these courses at no cost and benefit from learning a second language. “I would definitely recommend language study to students who have decided to serve their country by joining the military,” said Donna Shelton, professor of Spanish. “Learning a language gives you a perspective on another culture that is not available to those who do not speak the language.” According to the Army ROTC CULP presentation, ROTC cadets who take one of the approved foreign languages or a related cultural study may earn $250 a credit hour up to $3,000. Russian, Chinese and Japanese are languages considered to be most useful for military operations. “NSU only offers two of the languages considered to be of strategic importance to the US government,” said Shelton. Project Global Officer is another program that helps cadets learn new languages. Any cadet who wishes to learn a language not offered on campus can do so through the Project GO program. The program will award a summer scholarship to a cadet who may attend another school that offers their desired language. “I think it is a great program to be in,” said David White, Broken Arrow freshman. “You will get different nation experience by going to other countries and learning their language.” For more information on the NSU ROTC incentives and programs, visit the ROTC offices in the Haskell Hall Annex or email Jason Uphoff at uphoffj@nsuok. edu. For more information, email

continued from page 1 have different tasks depending on the country they are assigned. Some cadets work with a foreign military unit as an English as a second language instructor, while others will be assigned to a foreign embassy. Cadets may serve with humanitarian aid and

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See You at the Pole encourages prayer on campus
love to see everyone come out and make a stand for their beliefs.” Jepson said this was her first year planning the event and the process was pretty easy, it was just getting everything together and organized that was the most difficult. “Students can expect us to play music, divide into small groups and pray about students, different aspects of life, the university and much more,” said Jepson. “It should last about an hour or so. Hopefully we can have it wrapped up before classes start.” According to, a youth group in Burleson, Texas inspired See You at the Pole early in 1990. More than 56,000 students on 1,200 campuses in Texas and three other states were documented at the first See You at the Pole in September of that year. The movement continued to get bigger nationally and internationally since 1991. “I think See You at the Pole is a great movement,” said Stephanie Howdeshell, Muskogee junior. “I have gone in the past and I cannot wait to go again.” Baptist Christian Ministries directors Debbie and Bobby Lipscomb have supervised See You at the Pole for about 13 years. “BCM is very excited for SYAP,” said Debbie Lipscomb, BCM director. “This year it is at Second Century Plaza instead of Sequoyah Statue, so we are excited for that. Everyone is invited. BCM just heads it up so that we make sure NSU has an annual SYAP.” See You at the Pole is a great opportunity for students to come together with their peers and worship together. “I really enjoy going to See you at the Pole,” said Nana Wallace, Ft. Gibson sophomore. “I went in high school and I think it is great that they have it here at NSU. It is a good opportunity for me to be around my peers and stand up for my beliefs.” For more information, email

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TNe WriTer It is that time of year for the annual See You at the Pole. Beginning at 7 a.m., Sept. 26th at Second Century Plaza, students can gather to worship with their fellow peers for See You at the Pole. See You at the Pole is a studentled Christian gathering in front of a flag pole in front of their local schools for prayer, scripture reading and hymn-singing in the early morning before school starts. “We are really excited about See You at the Pole,” said Michelle Jepson, Chouteau junior. “We had a really good turn out last year and we are hopefully we will have a better on this year. Everyone is welcome. We would

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Collaborative learning supplies benefits for all
Class attendees have personal likes and dislikes concerning teaching styles; this is not a sudden revelation. If a professor’s goal is to cater to all of these and more learning styles, the task can be difficult. Some students enjoy plentiful interaction including the likes of circular seating and discussions. Other RiverHawks are highly visual learners, relying on images and demonstrations to acquire knowledge. Still yet, students may desire to sit, listen to a heavily informative lecture and drive home. In order to accommodate each individual, perhaps the best plan of action is to present the same information in multiple forms. Although we understand that this is not the most feasible option, this would ensure that each student learns in the way most appropriate for him or her during a class period. We feel that this may detract from the total amount of material covered however, even if an effective way of teaching. There are also students who would feel the lecturer redundant if identical information is repeated in various forms. Stagnancy is not a quality a typical millennial student would value. Fortunately and unfortunately, there are countless variables depending on the characteristics and involvements of the individual when attempting to learn. A nontraditional student, a commuter, an individual with disability, an Internet fanatic or a Greek member each learns in a unique way and at a unique speed within their ideal environment. This is perhaps the greatest and most exciting challenge to the teaching universe. Though difficult, we say a professor willing to evolve with each class’s climate is the most effective at attacking this unique challenge. To surmise, this would look like change. Transformation would take place throughout the semester as the professor applies experimental insights to his or her style as he or she sees fit based on feedback from the students. The results could be exemplary if students take responsibility and apply themselves. We recognize this is also much more work for the professor, but if teaching is the primary focus in a classroom, it will naturally occur. Few, if any, class experiences are perfect. If this idea is plausible, no syllabus is perfect either. Syllabuses would, and arguably should, also transform to cater to the needs of each class. Basically, the student’s needs determine the way material is presented in all aspects.This raises the question as to what type of classes could this concept apply. Maybe when an instructor discusses student preference with their students, students will agree that what the instructor has been doing is effective. Everything might be working well. This would be wonderful news and change would not have to take place. We do not feel, not even remotely so, that every professor at NSU must change everything about their teaching style and syllabuses; we do think that many students are longing to share input.This input from students is only made possible if the professor encourages it. Perhaps listing office hours is enough for some students to connect, but others would feel more comfortable dialoging during class. Even with the most interactive learning environment, there will always be students who are looking to do the bare minimum, who will not benefit from any type of professor effort. Students are the only constant in their learning experience and should understand the importance of this responsibility. Perhaps a simple to way to evaluate the climate of communication and collaboration in a classroom would be to ask a student to point to the individuals he or she knew before attending the class. Then ask the student to give you the names, if any, of the other students he or she sits next to an hour every other day for the past sixteen weeks. Some professors expect communication among students to occur outside of classroom. We feel that while lecturing is valuable, so is networking and student interaction. This collaborative learning may be the primary way some RiverHawks retain knowledge.

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Career Services presents ‘Resumainia’ workshop
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TNe WriTer Career Services has a mission to ensure students are prepared for graduate school, marketing their education and obtaining successful careers. “Learning how to properly prepare a resume, professional etiquette, social media, interview techniques and so forth are crucial in the success and growth of a young professional,” said Cain Wright, alumni and assistant vice president at Welch State Bank. Career Services offers an immense selection of resources. Those resources include, but are not limited to, different types of workshops that can educate students on all sorts of essential material. “I think these types of workshops are critical to our BA students,” said Dr. Melissa Mahan, associate dean of student affairs at the Broken Arrow campus. “The workplace is so competitive and employers are expecting graduates to understand professional etiquette. One area of etiquette is social media and appropriate postings. Employers are looking at these mediums for their potential employees. These types of workshops can give NSU students the edge in the job market. NSU desires to graduate the highest quality students. These workshops ensure our students are ready for the workforce.” The university has set a high bar of excellence and Career Services strives to ensure that each student has the tools to meet and exceed that standard of excellence. “Students can expect high quality training and relevant information,” said Mahan. Mahan said Career Services has enlisted professionals to direct events and all students are encouraged to attend. The next event that is offered is “Resumania.” “The goal is to teach students what employers read in a resume,” said Jodi Jones, career counselor and intern specialist for Career Services. “It is important to gain enough interest to be invited for an interview. They will learn proper format, proper information placement, proper wording and where to go to get a good resume started.” This workshop will ensure that students know why it is important and how to put one together. “Students need to have a resume when they start college,” said Jones. “The reasons include things such as scholarships, internships and transferring institution. In addition, as you gain experience each college year, you can add to the resume rather than start from the beginning, which is very time consuming.” Career Services has invited students to attend the “Resumania” workshop Sept. 19 and 20. The workshop is offered at both the Tahlequah and Broken Arrow campuses. For more information, email

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Suicide among leading causes of college deaths
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TNe WriTer Each year, more than 4,000 people aged 15 to 24 die by suicide in the United States. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the second-leading cause of death among the average college student. More than 90 percent of people who die by suicide had at least one psychiatric illness at the time of death. The most common diagnoses are depression and drug or alcohol abuse. Sheila Self, director of counseling services for HawkReach, believes many students do not receive the care they need because it is such a difficult topic. “They’re difficult conversations, so people want to not have them,” Self said. “It’s easier to not have them than to awkwardly stumble through and unfortunately you can save a life awkwardly stumbling through.” Self said the staff at HawkReach tries to work with students, faculty and staff on having these preventative conversations. She said they want to teach others how to ask these difficult questions. “Even how you ask can skew the answer,” Self said. She said anyone can learn three simple steps to help save a life. She recommends using the QPR system, which is question the person about suicide, persuade the person to get help and refer them for help. Although there are many warning signs related to suicide, Self does not think any one sign is more important, but warns that many suicidal people will withdraw from those around them. “Someone who always goes to class, and now suddenly they’re missing from class,” Self said. “It’s hard to see, because you’re not seeing someone. It’s almost counterintuitive, ‘I know what to watch for,’ but you can’t watch if someone’s not around.” A common misconception is those who commit suicide will not talk about it. Self says that is a myth. In fact, 70 percent of all people who commit suicide give some warning of their intentions to a friend or member of their family, according to AFSP. “Err on the side of safety, who cares if they are asking for attention, give them some,” Self said. “Some people get desperate and they will harm themselves. It’s always best to err on the side of paying attention to these things rather than blow it off.” Self believes there are almost always signs leading up to suicide and more people need to be educated not only on recognizing these but how to address them. Ronnie Sue Culie, counselor for Youthcare of Oklahoma, believes extra attention needs to be paid attention to the LGBTQ community. “Prevention is key for all demographics but the suicide rates among the LGBTQ population are alarming,” Culie said. Brandy Jenkins-Avery, Tahlequah senior, was shocked to learn suicide was such a problem among college students. “I never realized how many college students commit suicide,” Jenkins-Avery said. “It’s very tragic, because this is the time we all find ourselves. To end a life that could have been; it’s just awful.” HawkReach is located in North Leoser Hall. Students can obtain free counseling services to help address all psychological issues. Male and female counselors are available and can be requested. For more information about HawkReach and their services, call 918-444-2042. For more information, email


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NSU prepares for Dr. Turner’s Inauguration
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TNe WriTer Oct. 4 will serve as the symbolic date of a new era. NSU’s 19th President, Dr. Steve Turner, will be inaugurated into the university. “The investiture is the official installment of our President,” said Chuck Philpy, Eads, Colo., senior. “I think that everyone should take the opportunity to participate in this historic event. I personally will be attending this joyous occasion.” The investiture provides the opportunity for all of the university community to come together as one. “The investiture ceremony is an important organizational ritual,” said Dr. David Scott, professor of speech. “Organizational rituals can serve many significant purposes. This kind of ritual mediates an organizational action, via a traditional ceremony that can bring together potentially opposing forces within the university community. Many sociologists have also described ‘rites of passage’ as embodied in these kinds of ceremonies as being important as signifying social transitions in organizations. In this case the ceremony itself confers legitimacy to the individual as they assume a new organizational role.” Classes are cancelled from 12:30 to 4 p.m. so that faculty and students alike are able to attend. The entire faculty has been asked to participate in the processional in full academic regalia, along with Turner. “Faculty and student attendance is an important indicator of the strength of an organizational culture,” said Scott. “Arguably members of the NSU community can play an important part in the ‘success’ of this organizational rite of passage by Ryan Eller, alumni and coordinator of the educational talent search on the Broken Arrow campus. “Not only does the investiture commemorate President TurnPete Henshaw/Contributing Photographer er, it also Dr. Steve Turner to be inaugurated into the unihighlights versity Oct. 4. Classes will be closed from 12:30 to 4 p.m. enabling faculty and students to attend. our students and the histheir attendance at the investiture tory of our beloved institution. I would encourage students to atceremony.” The investiture is the symbolic tend the event. It is not very often bridge into the future. It is the that we can be a part of history at history of the university coming NSU, and it is a great chance to see the culmination of hard work together with the future. “Investitures are a great way and determination.” Dr. Turner was named to his for the NSU community to come together and celebrate a new post in October and began work future for the university,” said in January. “Having served on the Presidential selection committee last fall, I have the highest faith and respect for Dr. Turner,” said Philphy. “I have no doubt that he has the desire, and the skills to take this institution that I so love to the next level. In his short tenure thus far he has already proven loyalty and dedication to our NSU.” Oct. 4 will mark the symbolic advancement of Northeastern State University. A new era that is surely filled with new opportunity. “The investiture is truly a celebration for Dr. Turner, our university and our community,” said Eller. “I believe it fosters a sense of family amongst students, faculty, staff, alumni and all of those that support NSU.” The processional begins in the north gym at 1 p.m. and then transitions to the Center for Performing Arts. A formal ceremony takes place with official guests taking part. Immediately following the ceremony, a reception will take place in the University Center Rozell Ballroom. For more information, email

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Are you a junior or senior with at least a 3.7 cumulative GPA? Are you a graduate student with a 4.0 cumulative GPA? Then you may qualify to join Alpha Chi! Alpha Chi National Honor Scholarship Society is currently accepting new members. This prestigious organization is a national honor society with lifetime admission open to all academic disciplines. Alpha Chi students are honored at graduation by a special notation in the program and by being permitted to wear the society’s honor cords. Alpha Chi students are eligible for national scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate programs. Membership is selective and is limited to the top 10% of the junior, senior and graduate classes. In addition, juniors and seniors must have completed a minimum of 24 hours at NSU; graduate students must have completed a minimum of 15 graduate hours at NSU. For more information about this esteemed honor society, please visit the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society website.

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If you qualify and are invited to become a member, you will be expected to pay membership dues to the national office. You will receive an email communication with detailed instructions. If you meet the qualifications listed above and have NOT been inducted into Alpha Chi before, please email Amanda Teague, at for an application. Please read, complete, and return the application no later than October 15, 2012. The Alpha Chi national office will send you an email invitation letter with instructions on how to proceed. Please note, the induction ceremony is held in the fall semester. If you are a senior or a graduate student and will be graduating the spring semester, you should join now! You will be expected to attend an induction ceremony in the University Center Ballroom at 2:00 pm on November 4. Please direct any questions to Alpha Chi Advisers Dr. Amy Aldridge Sanford at aldridga@ or Dr. Cari Keller at

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TPS opens Heritage Elementary School
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TNe sTaFF WriTer Change is the theme for this school year at Tahlequah Public Schools. The district has successfully taken on several new projects; rezoning of the district for the addition of Heritage elementary being one of them. According to TPS Superintendant Lisa Presley, the students attending elementary schools in the Tahlequah district were reassigned to each school according to where they live. While third graders were able to choose their preferred site, most students received letters last school year informing them of the change and relocation. Teachers in the district were also informed that they would also be rearranged. The redistribution of teachers and students was important to incorporating the new elementary site, but also to unify the three elementary sites. “The three elementary principals are really trying to work hard together to make sure that no matter where a child goes in Tahlequah they have the same education,” said Lacie Davenport, Heritage Elementary principal. “We have really tried to do that.” The new site, located in the most southern district of TPS, opened its doors for students with high hopes. The new site has already enrolled more than 380 elementary students this Fall. It is clear to the eye of anyone passing by that Heritage is a state of the art learning facility, and Principal Lacie Davenport is determined to make that visual impression a reality. Davenport together with Presley is in the process of getting her “It’s good because that’s hard for kids; deep thinking instead of all quick answers. For instance, in math the problem would read something like, ‘what’s two plus two and how did you get that answer’ Just making them Courtesy Photo think.” Tahlequah Public Schools opened its new elementary site, Heritage Elementary Facing the School. Principal Lacie Davenport speaks of high hopes for her new school. challenges and school recognized by the Great ing lessons in computer lab, PE; changes of opening and develExpectations Model School pro- anywhere we can get writing in oping a new elementary school, gram. we’re doing it,” said Davenport. Heritage has adopted a kind of “Heritage is not a Great Expectations Model School, yet,” said Davenport. “I say yet because I know we will be. We’re going to be a Great Expectations Model School.” Davenport said being a Great Expectations Model School is an honor of being recognized for the school’s treatment of students with respect and other similar observable traits. Another challenge Heritage has taken on this school year along with the entire TPS district is the shift to the new common core standards. The old standards teachers have been teaching by are being replaced with the new ones, which are more focused on the students’ thought process. Davenport is a definite supporter of the new standards and getting students to think critically. She explained that to develop the critical thinking required to meet the standards, students will be writing more than ever. “They’re going to be doing writing lessons in library, writmantra for their new site; rigor, relevance and relationships. “Rigor in the classroom has to be hard and challenging for students and it has to be relevant to them and relationships is the number one key,” said Davenport. “It’s not necessarily articulated to students all the time but it is something that our teachers are focused on.” Davenport is excited about her new school and making the new collaboration of teachers a family. She encourages community members interested in Heritage Elementary School to call her with questions or even to schedule a tour of the site that she would be more than happy to personally guide. For more information, email

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NAB to take students to Philbrook Museum
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TNe WriTer There are many benefits to being a student one of which is constant events and trips. Trips and events are a few ways to stay connected with a fellow classmate or friend. NAB will take a group of students 4 p.m., Sept. 20, to the Philbrook Museum in Tulsa. After the museum visit, dinner will be provided. This trip can be good for more than just art. “The museum is not too terribly important,” said Tricia Price, Wright City Sophomore and NAB chairperson. “It is the experience that we really want the students to come away with.” The Philbrook has a variety of art exhibits and socializing areas. “It is very well known and is critically acclaimed for its art and gardens,” said Price, “When you open your mind to art and architecture, you can open your mind to many things in life. According to The Philbrook Museum is ranked first in attractions for Tulsa. Students can also find many reviews and images of the art and gardens that have made the museum popular. There are many people and reviews that stress how wonderful the art is but it is not the only thing they speak of. “I loved the gardens they were beautiful and interesting but I especially liked the opportunity to


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Courtesy Photo Northeastern Activities Board offers free fun activities to NSU students. On the schedule this semester is “A Night on the Town,” a trip to the Philbrook Museum.

connect,” said Ashley Shotwell, Sallisaw senior. No matter if its classmates or friends, Tulsa Philbrook Museum is an opportunity for students to get to know each other. “Throughout the entire mu-

seum there are areas to sit and get to know the people you came with,” said Shotwell “I was able to make new friends and be introduced to new types of artwork.” For more information email:

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TNe WriTer College offers education and networking opportunities. The ability to network can play as large a roll, in life and education. From noon to 1:30 p.m., Sept. 26, in the UC Ballroom Lounge accounting majors invited to meet with Eide Bailly recruiters to get information on what it is like to work for Eide Bailly. Eide Bailly, limited liability partnership, is a regional certified public accounting and business advisory firm headquartered in Fargo, N.D. according to The company has a reputation for college recruitment and prides itsself on employing young graduates. Career Services has teamed up with Eide Bailly to make this event possible. “Career Services does a great job of bringing job opportunities to campus,” said Dr. John P Yeutter, associate professor for accounting. “Students can expect many more opportunities this year through Career Services.” There are many ways to leave a good impression. “When meeting with possible employers its important to dress and act professionally,” said Yeutter, “This demonstrates the university is concerned about students being prepared for their profession and students should never turn down a free lunch.” Career Services has played an integral role in arranging the luncheon. “Eide Bailly is sending representatives to the Tahlequah cam-

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Accounting majors anticipate Eide Bailly luncheon
pus to meet with students interested in being part of their talented team,” said Autumn Stafford, career events specialist at Career Services. “You will find out about on campus interviews for upcoming job opportunities and be given the opportunity to ask questions and meet the recruiters face to face.” Reading or hearing about a company can highlight its reputation but meeting with them can help you get an idea of what the staff is like. “I would recommend this to all accounting students,” said Stafford, “This event will give students the chance to meet the company’s representatives in a less formal setting.” For more information email

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Campus unites for Community and Collaboration Day
krisTeN roBersoN TNe WriTer NSU had another Community and Collaboration Day. This event is an opportunity for faculty and staff to learn a few things from one another about the better ways to meet student needs. To some, this event may seem like all the other events on campus, however that is not true. Community and Collaboration Day is devoted to helping students and their well-being. “Community and Collaboration day focuses on NSU and learning more about the tools, resources and teaching techniques that help students achieve their goals,” said Dr. Pamela Fly, assistant vice president of academic affairs. “Our theme this fall is Student Engagement and Retention, which highlights our goal of ultimately benefiting students.” One of the event’s main goals is to improve course design to better suite the digital age. “Community and Collaboration Day is an event set aside for professional development in which NSU personnel share ideas via presentations and workshops,” said Linda Summers, coordinator of academic services. With these newly updated presentations students are likely to see a change in the classroom almost immediately. Meeting the needs of students does not stop in the classroom, with Community and Collaboration Day it will improve the NSU experience outside the classroom as well. Community and Collaboration Day involves many different levels of the NSU family. All NSU personnel were invited to the presenting sessions and panel discussions. The event even had a very prestigious keynote speaker. “Dr. Mark Taylor, an educator and consultant, addressed the participants regarding the characteristics of digital learners and those under the age of 26,” said Fly. The sessions and panel discussions cover a variety of topics ranging from helping students establish career goals to course redesign. The updated curriculum not only helps students in the classroom but also those instructors and faculty members teaching them. “The most obvious individuals to benefit from this event will be those who participate either by presenting or attending,” said Summers. “But considering the focus of the mini-conference is to enhance what we do for the students of northeast Oklahoma, it’s expected that the information exchanged during CCD will be shared well beyond the walls and affiliations of NSU.” Several staff members of the Center for Teaching and Learning have taken part in planning and organizing this event. “My role is to help plan and coordinate the event, as well as to present and help facilitate,” said Summers. The panel consisted of a 12-member planning committee, which frequently met to discuss ideas. “My personal role involved arranging for the keynote speaker and helping to communicate the event to our campus community,” said Fly. Steering committee members’ reviewed presentation proposals, designated volunteers to areas that needed them and university Information Technology Services, who help make sure all the technology is update and functional. “My personal roles are monitoring the labs and teaching faculty how to teach with Blackboard collaborate,” said Jerol Skinner, online instructional designer. “I monitor the labs as we will be using Blackboard collaborate, allowing faculty and staff to view presentations across campuses.” Community and Collaboration Day was Tuesday, Sept. 18, and anyone willing to participate or attend could do so from any campus. The opening session and guest speaker broadcasted from the Webb Auditorium on Tahlequah campus to Broken Arrow and Muskogee. After the event was closed the event was recorded and can be viewed at any time to faculty and staff via Blackboard. Classes were canceled to give everyone the opportunity to attend and participate in sessions of their choosing. “If we didn’t cancel classes, faculty and staff could not participate fully in both presenting sessions and attending others,” said Fly. The Center for Teaching & Learning hopes that this event helps the NSU Family as a whole giving the opportunity to gain knowledge from one another and progress NSU as a whole. “NSU Seeks to continuously improve its classes and services for students, and Community and Collaboration Day provides faculty and staff a time to work and learn together and then apply new skills and knowledge in their daily activities,” said Fly. For more information, email

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‘A Dog’s Tale’ debuts in NSU CPA Sept. 20
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TNe WriTer It is a dog-eat-dog world at the Center for Performing Arts. The casual passerby to the facility is bound to hear barking, thunder and junkyard chaos. They might even chance a glimpse of one of the colorful cast members staring in “A Dog’s Tale,” a children’s show written by Christopher Miller, assistant professor of theatre. Though multiple performances are set for children from the surrounding area, NSU faculty and students may attend the 7 p.m. showing Thursday, Sept. 20, at the CPA. “Rehearsal is going really well,” said Knickel Sloan, Pawhuska senior and stage manager of the production. “Everyone is ready to work when they get here. We have been able to do a lot in the short amount of time we have had to rehearse.” Sloan attributed this feat to the experience of the actors he is working with this semester. “Every person on stage was somehow involved in the last children’s show,” said Amy Mattingly, Sallisaw senior and light board operator. “It is going to be a pretty great and one the whole family can see.” Katie Pursley, the 6-year-old daughter of Dr. Robyn Pursley, assistant professor and coordinator of theatre as well as the director of “A Dog’s Tale”, was wide eyed throughout the entire rehearsal. When the cast members descended into the audience, she giggled and turned around in her seat. “I like the funny voices,” said Katie Pursley. “The costumes are good too.” Katie Pursley’s mother spent time on stage working with the actors on blocking. “It is looking good guys,” said Dr. Robyn Pursley. “Let’s work on making things intentional and tightening up our articulation. In all the excitement and movement we still need to make sure not to lose any lines.” It was more than just a show to Stephanie Bolen, Muskogee junior, playing the lead role of the lost-puppy Sadie. “There are lot of moments when I rehearse and it is difficult because the kids are not here yet,” said Bolen. “I’m really ready for the audience. This show isn’t just a goofy kid’s show either; it has a lot of heart.” Bolen said themes of stewardship and responsibility for pet owners, as well as the feminist ideas, are being presented. The lead dog is female, and so is the tough-as-nails legendary dog Snappy, played by Natalie Morgan, Muldrow senior. “Natalie has been on her game,” said Sloan. “I love everyone’s performances. Stephanie


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has one of the cutest lines ever.” The shoe in her mouth complicated a few of the lines Bolen delivered. Shoes, as well as food, tails and humans were frequently referenced during the rehearsal at the CPA. Mattingly jumped at the opportunity to talk about the facility. For many members of the NSU Theatre Company, it is their first experience working within the CPA. “I’m excited we finally get to work in here,” said Mattingly. “Everything feels bigger. If the children fill this place up, it is going to be a crazy good audience.” Sloan said due to space restrictions on the company they experienced because of the condemning of the Shawnee Street Theatre, moving large props and set pieces to the CPA was one of the most challenging aspects of getting the production moving. For more information, email

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NSU BCM provides opportunities for everyone
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TNe WriTer NSU’s Baptist Collegiate Ministry has a new weekly ministry called “Velocity” every Thursday at 6 p.m. Velocity begins with a free meal for all attendants, followed by discipleship and study for everyone, from freshmen and transfer students, to those wanting to become leaders within the BCM, to those simply seeking spiritual growth. “Velocity” has several different components that complete the ministry. Dr. Debbie Lipscomb, associate director of BCM, described the ministry as a free meal, plus “NSUnu2u”, plus the freshmen and transfer student component, plus “Flourish”, plus the discipleship component, equals “Velocity”. “At 6 p.m. everyone meets on level one of the BCM for a free meal furnished by area churches or the BCM,” said Lipscomb. “At 6:3 0p.m. we clean up and put up, and those interested in the discipleship time go tolLevel three for ‘Flourish’ by Tim Elmore.” “Flourish” is a requirement at the BCM for students who would like to lead a small group study next semester. “I’ve been through the Flourish leadership training,” said Orangel Suarez, BCM staff. “It is a quality study and really helped me to grow in my walk and see what my values and goals are.” “Flourish” is also available to students who would just like to grow in their relationship with the Lord. During “Flourish”, freshmen and transfer students are provided with “NSU nu2U” on level one of the BCM. “The freshmen and transfer students are encouraged to stay on level one for ‘NSUnu2U’, where we have faculty and staff leading them through a study on the book ‘Face to Faith’ by Noah Mitchell,” said Lipscomb. “The book study helps students to own their faith by exploring ideas and concepts, and looking over case studies of others in the same season of life.” Kin Thompson, assistant professor of business and technology, will speak at ‘NSU nu2U’ Sept. 27. Thompson said he likes that the BCM is targeting new freshmen and transfer students to introduce them to college life by using NSU faculty and staff. “The idea for Velocity came from the fact that we knew that somehow students were slipping through the cracks,” said Lipscomb. “Students not only didn’t know about BCM, but were struggling in college because of having so many new things thrown at them and not having a familiar face to them on campus.” Daniel Prock, Collinsville sophomore, first visited BCM on move-in day during the back-toschool cookout and has been involved with BCM events since. “My experience with ‘Velocity’ has really helped me as a transfer student to get to know many other people on campus, and to make good, Christian friends,” said Prock. “I really enjoy being able to hear from Christian professors and students on campus, and the small group environment is great.” “Everything is over by 8 p.m.,” said Lipscomb. “So it’s basically two hours of eating, meeting and learning in a friendly, familiar atmosphere. We hope to make students more comfortable and informed with not only the BCM ministry but NSU. If they are comfortable and informed they have a tendency to finish strong.” Books for “Flourish” are $10, a lesser price than they are sold for in bookstores. “Free food, good fellowship and God’s word. What more could you want in an event like this,” said Prock. For more information, email

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Repairs in progress Campus repairs continue

Nichole Kamies/TNE Tulsa Pier Drilling Crews drill on NSU campus. Students, and faculty experience minor inconvenience for a placement of a stage awning.

Nichole Kamies/TNE Tulsa Pier Drilling prepares to drill in preparations for a stage awning. Students, and faculty anticipate the improved addition.

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NSU men’s soccer defeats Harding Bisons
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. --- The No. 21-ranked Northeastern State men’s soccer team defeated the Harding University Bisons 3-1 Saturday afternoon. The Bisons are the first MIAA opponent the RiverHawks have faced this season. Northeastern State took control of the game early in the first half. Sophomore forward Juan Peralta scored in the 19th minute off of a Harding defender’s deflection for the first goal of the game and his second goal of the season. Harding answered back when an assist by Sophomore Forward Shea McGee set up Sophomore Defender Jona Amssons for a ball chip over the NSU senior goalkeeper Jordan Ladbrooke for Harding’s only goal of the match. Senior midfielder Bo White scored the game winning goal in the final minutes of the second half on a penalty kick to put the RiverHawks up 2-1. White wasn’t finished just yet, in the 89th minute the midfielder shot from 40 yards out over the keeper to secure the win for NSU 3-1. White was recently named the MIAA Athlete of the Week and collected his sixth and seventh goal on the season. Goalkeeper Ladbrooke was tallied with the win allowing one goal and had two saves. NSU improved 4-1 on the season, while HU fell 2-3. The RiverHawks will face off against MIAA opponent Fort Hays State at 7p.m. Thursday, September 20 in Hays, Kansas at the FHSU Soccer Stadium. scoriNG summary NSU 1 2 3 HU 1 0 1 Individual Scoring Juan Peralta (NSU) at 18:49 (Joel Mendoza) Jona Amssoms (HU) at 23:05 (Shea McGee) Bo White (NSU) at 84:42 (penalty kick) Bo White (NSU) at 89:54 (unassisted) Goalkeeper Saves Jordan Ladbrooke (NSU) – 2 Curtis Hunt (HU) – 8

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Blake Harris
TNe WriTer The RiverHawk football team plays their second home game Saturday. The team said they hope to bounce back from their last home game loss to Pittsburg State. The loss to Pittsburg, last year’s national champions, was not the start the RiverHawks were looking for. “We played well against the number one team in the nation at times, but did not capitalize on numerous opportunities,” said Kenny Evans, head coach. “I think if we continue to improve with a lot of new players we can have a very good year.” This is the first year the RiverHawks are in the MIAA Division, so many of these teams are new to them. The coaches and players must learn to play at a different level when playing these teams. A season opener against the defending national champions is one way to jump right into this new division. “When you play a tough team like that off the bat, we can rank ourselves and give us an idea of where we are at,” said Aaron Kirkpatrick, Frisco, Texas senior. The RiverHawks have a difficult schedule in front of them, facing four nationally ranked schools in their first six games. Things could get complicated between their schedule and first year in this division. Emporia State University is also ranked nationally and may be a tough opponent. “Just like every team we play in our new conference, this is a new opponent that we are still learning about,” said Evans “They have a good system in place with solid players.” Evans said the RiverHawks are looking forward to another try at home. The RiverHawks play Emporia State Hornets from 6-9 p.m., Sept. 22, at Doc Wadley Stadium. Rob Castro, Frisco, Texas junior, said having the fans present helps the team’s morale. “Having a home field advantage helps out a lot,” said Castro. “We get great support from all the

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RiverHawks hope to gain ground against Emporia State
Greek organizations and the student body.” Many organizations try to get students involved in the games. The spirit squad and band are both groups that work to get the student body excited and involved at all sporting events. This can help athletes with motivation to stay focused and be proud of their school. “I liked the enthusiasm from the crowd at the last game,” said Alyssa Ashley, Midwest City graduate student. “I have always believed in showing good school spirit and supporting the athletic department.” The RiverHawks said they hope to get their first home victory this season against Emporia State. This may give them the confidence needed to tackle the tough schedule ahead. For more information on the RiverHawks football team or schedule, visit the website at www. For more information, email

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Sports broadcasting provides entertainment
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It i easy to see the what is in front of a the camera when watching the news station or sports channel, but most people do not know about how much it takes to make a news station function. Most news stations are early before most get up and don’t stop working until night when most are sleeping. News stations must have many members doing their own job to make everything come together smoothly. It is a collaborative team effort. There is more to sports broadxasting than simply actors and cameras. An on-screen talent has to come up with a story, investigate, wtite and deliver on air it in less than five days usually. That talent has to find out why that story is so important, and understand why the world or maybe his or her city, would want to lis-

ten to it. They have to tell why the story is relevant to that city, interview and film the subjects, edit the film and it runs during the show. Broadcasting is in many ways like newspaper writing. An anchor would find a story and find out what makes that story so important to the world or that city. Once the anchor finds that out it makes the story based on what is important to the audience not what the anchor wants. The story has to be timely. For instance, if the showing dates are Fridays, the anchor would have to have everything ready by then. The anchor has got to gather information and have video for it and make it seem like it was recent news or its old news. The audience does not want to hear about a station reporting old news. For the first time ever the NSU has an all student crew doing game day operations for the Riv-

erHawk football games. “So everything seen on the screen and everything seen on the webstream videos are completely student produced,” said Aaron Anderson, NSUTV supervisor. It works to have it this way because it lets the students have a little freedom and creativity but also gets the experience and familiarize them with the equipment. There are a lot of students in the broadcasting program that come from NSU. The field in the Tulsa area is filled with NSU graduates. “I like the work ethic of the complete student crew,“ said Cedrique Flemming, Assistant Athletic Director. Not every student is required to be there in the studio. Yet the students go into the studio week

through for the experience. “ I t s about the experience before I get out into the broadcasting field,” said Jon Dallis/ Contributing Photographer Joel RockBrock Crawford, Salina senior and Miranda m o r e , Caughron, Bixby senior control the live switching at F r i s c o the RiverHawks home football games. The games S o p h o - are operated by students involved with NSUTV and the broadcast journalism department at NSU. more.” Sports both now a days, it’s a talented broadcasting can be the profes- skill to have. A majority of the sion for some and some others news stations around use the may be more with the journalism same programs to air their show. side. For more information, email Although its preferred to learn

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