Education News: Academic Year 2016-2017

Oreo Phases of the Moon

Dr. Linda Wilson, Curriculum & Instruction faculty and director for the COE's Center for Educational Creativity and Innovation (CECI), demonstrates a creative way to teach children about the phases of the moon on News On 6.

To see how to make "Oreo Phases Of The Moon", watch the video at Oreo Phases Of The Moon -


  • A package of Oreos (Double Stuff works best)
  • Each child will need 8 Oreos, more if they crack
  • A butter knife and
  • A paper plate  
  • Sharpie


  • Depending on the age of your child, let them use a Sharpie to label each phase on the paper plate
  • Gently separate the Oreo so all filling is on one side
  • Be very careful as you separate your Oreos. If they crack, you'll have to eat them!
  • The full moon and new moon are already done when you pull apart your Oreo
  • Scrape off the filling to create 2 crescent moons, 2 half moons and 2 gibbous moons
  • Discuss why the moon looks like it does in each phase

NSU Education Professor's 'Fluffy Slime' Recipe

Dr. Linda Wilson, Curriculum & Instruction faculty and director for the COE's Center for Educational Creativity and Innovation (CECI), showed Dave Davis, Reporter from the News On 6 at noon, how to make "Fluffy Slime" and use it as a learning tool.

To see how to make "Fluffy Slime", watch the video at NSU Education Professor's 'Fluffy Slime' Recipe -

Fluffy Slime Recipe


  • 4 cups White School Glue
  • 8-10 cups shaving cream (less than a full canister)
  • 1-12oz bottle contact lens (saline) solution
  • Food dye, optional

Or for a smaller portion:

  • 1 cup glue
  • 3 cups shaving cream
  • 5+ Tablespoons contact lens solution (this will need to be adjusted based on your slime - things like humidity and type of shaving cream will mean you need more or less)


  • Empty glue into a large mixing bowl.
  • If you are adding food coloring or glitter, stir this in now.
  • Stir shaving cream into slime mixture, stirring continually.
  • Add the contact solution in small amounts at a time. This acts as the slime activator.
  • Once the slime is cohesive, no longer sticky or appearing to have any liquid in the mixture, start kneading the slime. This is going to help it be less sticky.
  • Knead the slime for at least 3 minutes before adding any more ingredients to adjust.
  • When the slime has been thoroughly kneaded and adjusted, give it to the kids in a clean solid surface.

Note: You can add glow in the dark paint to this recipe, but most glow in the dark items require a 48-72 hour activation period. You can also add glitter to this recipe if you wish.

Northeastern State University, United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma sign MOU

A new cornerstone for capacity building was put into place June 14 with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation between Northeastern State University and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma.

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Dr. Maria Christian honored by State Regents’ Council for Online Learning Excellence

Dr. Maria Christian, assistant professor of higher education leadership at Northeastern State University, was honored with the Oklahoma Online Excellence Award during the State Regents meeting April 20. Pictured with Christian are State Regents Chair John Massey and Chancellor Glen D. Johnson.

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Dr. Bea Keller-Dupree, Assistant Professor of Psychology, selected Oklahoma Magazine 40 Under 40 2017

Elizabeth "Bea" Keller-Dupree, 32 — Tulsa

Associate Professor of Psychology and Counseling, Northeastern State University; Owner/Therapist, Enrichment Counseling & Consultation

As a professor of psychology and counseling at Northeastern State University as well as a licensed professional counselor, Bea Keller-Dupree says she loves that her career path encourages her to be a lifelong learner. “I have tons of interests (both personally and professionally), and in my career, the more I learn, the better equipped I am to counsel and teach a variety of people,” she says. “I often am reminded that there is a trickle-down effect to my learning: when I am engaged with my learning, my students benefit. When my students benefit, their future clients benefit. When future clients benefit, the communities we live in benefit.” Keller-Dupree’s desire to help people extends beyond her profession – she builds service learning into her courses and volunteers alongside undergraduate psychology and graduate counseling students at NSU at churches and community organizations. She has also served with Red Cross as a Disaster Mental Health Counselor. “I think the causes I support through volunteering are rooted in community – whether that community is local or abroad. I value being hands-on with specific community needs.”

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BA Public Schools to host district-wide art show at NSUBA – April 10-14, 2017

Broken Arrow Public Schools will host its seventh annual district-wide art show April 10-14 at Northeastern State University - Broken Arrow. Following the show, senior high art will remain on display for the remainder of April.

The public is invited to view pre-kindergarten through senior high school art exhibits between 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

An opening night event is slated for 5-7 p.m. April 11 in the Visitors’ Center Gallery in the Administrative Services building.

Student art work will be on display in various campus buildings, which is a first for this annual show. All displays will be accessible via enclosed walkways which connect all campus buildings, and visitors are encouraged to visit each exhibit.

High school art will be in the Administrative Services building in the first floor Visitors’ Center Gallery and lobby. Middle school art will be in the Liberal Arts building in the second floor walkway and atrium. Elementary school art will be in the library in the first and second floor walkways and in the central areas. Pre-kindergarten art will be in the Science building in the second floor walkway.

NSU celebrates record number of DaVinci award winners in 2017

Northeastern State University is celebrating four DaVinci award-winning members this year—the most any university can have in a single year.  Three of the four winners are in the College of Education--two students and one faculty member.

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Baker Selected As Open Educational Research Fellow

Alesha Baker, instructor in the Educational Foundations and Leadership (Library Media and Information Technology) department was selected as an Open Educational Research (OER) Fellow by the Open Education Group. Alesha is one of 22 fellows chosen from around the United States and Canada. This fellowship provides mentoring opportunities to assist Alesha in conducting research on the use of open textbooks in both higher education and P-12 settings. She recently presented her most current research on open textbook use at the Open Education Conference held in November 2016. The presentations included an examination of the creation and adoption of open textbooks in a P-12 school and the Open Education Wise Initiative at Oklahoma State University where she worked as their Open Education Research Assistant in the Spring of 2016. Alesha plans to continue researching the impact of open textbooks on the outcomes of secondary students’ Science tests. She also plans to modify her courses to include open educational resources and open pedagogy.

VEX Robotics Recognized as NSU COE Partner with RBPEA

The Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award (RBPE) is designed to highlight successful partnerships between higher education institutions and businesses. VEX Robotics was been selected by President Turner to be honored this year, along with other businesses selected by other institutions in the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education. The College of Education partners with VEX Robotics in a variety of ways to impact teacher candidate and P-12 student learning. The RBPE luncheon reception and award ceremony was held on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.

JustHope - NSU COE Administrators Travel to Nicaragua


Dr. Vanessa Anton, Dr. Allyson Watson, Dr. Jim Ferrell and Dr. Lisa Bisogno, traveled on an exploratory service learning trip with The four administrators were part of a 15 member team of higher education representatives from across the United States. The group toured Chacraseca and La Flor Nicaragua to learn about social and educational impact, capacity building and sustainable projects in developing countries.

JustHope is a non-profit organization based in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is a university partner with Tulsa Community College. Administrators from TCC and NSU will plan future meetings and possible continued engagement for faculty and undergraduate and graduate student.

COE Higher Education Leadership Student Facilitates Workshop and Wins Competition at NASPA Conference

During the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) conference November 14-17, 2016, Mr. ​Hoang Do, a first semester ​graduate ​student in the College of Education's ​M.S. in ​Higher Education Leadership program​, and graduate assistant for the Graduate College, helped facilitate a two-day SALT/NUFP, Student Affairs Leaders of Tomorrow and NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program​ ​workshop that introduced the Student Affairs profession. In addition, Hoang ​participated ​in a case study competition. His team was awarded first place in the competition.

NSU's Higher Education Leadership Student Hoang Do Facilitates Workshop and Receives Award (pdf)

NASPA IV-W Rising Star Award - Graduate Student

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NSU's Counseling Programs First in State to Receive CACREP Accreditation

NSU became the first university in Oklahoma to attain Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accreditation in three specific counseling degree programs - Addiction Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and School Counseling.

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