A time to give thanks at NSU-Broken Arrow


November is a special time at Northeastern State University-Broken Arrow. Our students have just made it through the midway mark of the semester and are now in the homestretch for completing the fall 2022 term.

With the holiday season quickly approaching, schedules are becoming busier than ever. I encourage students to work hard over the remainder of the semester, but also take time to give thanks, enjoy being with loved ones and recognize all that this month symbolizes.

November is American Indian Heritage Month. It’s a time to celebrate and learn more about the cultures, traditions and histories of American Indian people. NSU is proud of its Tribal roots as an institution.

NSU was founded in 1846 as the Cherokee National Female Seminary, which opened in 1851. Today NSU continues to be ranked as a top four-year institution in the country serving Native American students.

We are grateful for our American Indian students who trust us year after year on their journey of higher education and we are here to help each step of the way.

With an 18:1 student to faculty/staff ratio, students receive the individualized support they need to navigate their academic career whether they are attending classes in-person or online. On the NSU-Broken Arrow campus, many student resources are centrally located in the Administrative Services building including advising, career services, financial aid and more. Stop in or give us a call at 918.449.6000. NSU-Broken Arrow is here help you achieve your educational goals.

To apply now or to learn more about academic programs, student organizations and Tribal scholarship opportunities, visit Go2NSU.com.

November 11 is Veterans Day. While every day is a chance to thank a veteran for their service, this is an especially important time to honor and recognize the sacrifices they have made for our country.

NSU is committed to our veteran students and families of service members. As a designated Military Friendly School, NSU works with veteran students to ensure they maximize their available benefits and credits from military service to achieve their educational goals.

In 2021 NSU was also recognized by The City of Tulsa, Tulsa’s Community Service Council and the Oklahoma Veteran Alliance as a Veteran Employer Champion. Connecting veterans to employment opportunities is just one of the ways NSU works to give back to veterans and their families here in northeastern Oklahoma.

Additionally, NSU participates in both the Voluntary Education Partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Defense’s Yellow Ribbon Program. These partnership programs provide tuition assistance opportunities to veterans and their families.

Our Veterans Services team is here to help make sure you get the most out of your time on campus. With online, in-person or blended program options, you can complete your degree in a way that fits your schedule. 

NSU is thankful for veterans who have served our campus, community and nation. We hope you will let us serve you in order to achieve your educational goals however possible. To learn more about veterans services at NSU visit www.nsuok.edu/veterans.

The NSU community will also gather on our Tahlequah campus this month to celebrate and thank veterans at the 2022 ‘Veterans Salute’.

Renowned fighter pilot, author and motivational speaker Captain Charlie Plumb will headline the ‘Veterans Salute’ program at Northeastern State University on Nov. 10.

Community members are encouraged to attend the program which will take place at 7 p.m. in the NSU Center for the Performing Arts on the Tahlequah campus. Attendance is free of charge thanks to the support of the Northeastern Oklahoma Community Health Centers, Inc. (NeoHealth), the NeoHealth Touching Lives Foundation and NSU.

While free, tickets are limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. To get a ticket, contact the NSU Student Engagement Office at 918.444.2526 or email engagement@nsuok.edu.

All three NSU campuses will close Nov. 23-25 for Thanksgiving break. I hope NSU students, faculty and staff will enjoy this time off with family and friends.

The break is also a great time to make a plan to get enrolled for the spring 2023 semester. New students can apply now for classes beginning in January at apply.nsuok.edu.

If you haven't already, I invite you to take a few minutes over the holiday to browse course schedules, schedule an appointment with your academic advisor, or apply for admission. Visit apply.nsuok.edu to get ahead for next semester.

I am also excited to share about a new opportunity through NSU’s College of Extended Learning.

Oklahoma law enforcement officers are now able to receive up to 27 hours of college course credit at NSU for completing Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) courses.

This opportunity is offered as a prior learning assessment, so the CLEET certification the student has obtained encompasses the course requirements of the 27 hours they will receive at NSU toward a bachelor’s of criminal justice degree.

I hope students will take advantage of these credit opportunities to further their careers and finish their degree.

For more information about NSU and applying CLEET Certification toward college credit, visit academics.nsuok.edu/extendedlearning.

There is so much to be thankful for here at NSU-Broken Arrow. We are especially appreciative of our partnerships and all of the support we receive from the surrounding community of Broken Arrow. With so much community involvement and collaboration, this campus is truly a special place to be.

Don’t forget to take a moment this month to give thanks to those who have served and enriched your life and take every opportunity available to fulfill your own dreams and educational goals.

Dan Mabery is vice president of university relations for Northeastern State University.

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