Partnering with the Chickasaw Nation, Southeastern Oklahoma State University is hosting a two week summer academy for local students who have completed their sophomore or junior year of high school and demonstrate potential to pursue a college education. In an effort to recruit, retain, and graduate Chickasaw students from higher education institutions and to provide leadership growth, the Chickasaw Summer Leadership Academy is from July 7 to July 18, 2013.
The Native American Student Association placed a permanent stickball pole at the Chickasaw Children’s Village on March 12th. Over 40 students from the CCV enjoyed playing the social game yesterday evening. NASA members: Leslie Wesberry, Brenner Billy, Ethan Ruth, Cheyenne Murray, Dakota Estrada, Clay Moore and Native American center staff: Chantelle Standefer and Chris Wesberry. NASA members bought, and cemented the pole by using a design allowing for the pole to be removed when necessary. Leslie Wesberry stated “It’s great to see young Natives students interested in playing our traditional games. I think they will enjoy having this at their site to play whenever they want.” More about the CCV can be found on the Chickasaw Nation web site or contact Robert Hensley at the CCV.
Native American faculty mentor Kathleen Hardgrove is working with Native American students interested in writing, theater, and culture. Her five mentees produced a play titled To Us It Wasn’t Code, highlighting the role that Choctaw speakers played in World War I. The play was presented at the Smithsonian Institute and has been accepted to be performed at the NIEA conference.
The mission of ONASHE is to provide opportunities for students to continue to develop and strengthen their leadership skills by interacting with current tribal leaders, participate in workshops that are relevant to contemporary student and leadership. There will also be keynote speakers who have positively impacted the status of Native Americans in the United States and the State of Oklahoma. Our hope is that students will leave this conference with a stronger sense of themselves, their community and a connection to students on campuses across the state.
Annual Native American Graduation Ceremony and Reception at Southeastern Oklahoma State University and congratulates all graduates on their academic success. We are proud that they have been part of a student population at SE which has consistently had an enrollment of 28% to 30% Native American.