Education News: Academic Year 2017-2018

Ball Named 2018 Jack Kaufman Senior of Distinction

Darien Ball
2018 Jack Kaufman Senior of Distinction

Darien Ball, graduating in Spring 2018 with a degree in Early Childhood Education, was named the 2018 Jack Kaufman Senior of Distinction. The Senior of Distinction is selected from the Outstanding Seniors, who have each made a significant contribution to Northeastern State University. As the Senior of Distinction, Ball received a complimentary three-year membership to the Alumni Association, a cash award, and the coveted Kaufman Medal.

College of Education Celebrates Its Outstanding Seniors

Darien Ball
Early Childhood Education

Alex Butcher
Health & Human Performance

Miranda Griffin
Health & Human Performance

Kaylee Switzer
Health & Human Performance

Heather Whittle Hill
Early Childhood Education

 Meisha Floyd
English Education

Students and faculty present at the Oklahoma Psychological Society Conference

Madalyn Rogers and Erin Hearn

Amber Anderson and Dr. J. M. Kirk

Jacki Epps and Dylan Kinser

Geoff Metcalf, Chad Serratt, Jacki Epps, and Amber Anderson

Dr. Beth Melles and Dr. J. M. Kirk took several Psychology and Counseling students to the Oklahoma Psychological Society Conference in Edmond, OK.

Madalyn Rogers (Fish and Wildlife major) and Erin Hearn (2017 Psychology alumnus) presented their poster "The Impact of Physical Punishment, Perception of Parental Love, and Alexithymia on NSSI."

Amber Anderson, Randilyn Thompson and Schuylir Armstrong's poster, "Mediation of Physiological Responses to Pain with Meditation" placed third in the presentation competition.

Dylan Kinser (Psychology) and Jacki Epps (a first year graduate student in School Counseling) also received a third-place prize for their presentation, "A Walk to Remember: Examining the Effectiveness of the Privilege Walk."

In addition to being a co-author on a poster, Amber Anderson (Psychology) also presented a research paper "You've Got a Friend in Me: A Study of the Bond Forged by Human-Animal Interaction with Shelter Dogs." 

Geoff Metcalf, Chad Serratt, Jacki Epps, and Amber Anderson represented NSU in the Psychology Quiz Bowl.

April 2018

NSU Career Services hosts Teacher Job Fair

Schools and future teachers looking for the right match gathered in Tahlequah at the Northeastern State University (NSU) Teacher Job Fair on April 17, hosted by NSU Career Services. Coverage of the event, featured on KTUL, included interviews with 2018 Outstanding Senior Meisha Floyd, an English Education major, and NSU's Director of Clinical Education, Dr. Tracy Thompson.

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April 17, 2018

NSU Future Teachers Weigh in on Funding Crisis

Two NSU future teachers stay committed to their plan to serve as teachers despite the state education funding crisis. Traeton Dansby, a sophomore, and Jamie Polton, a senior, both plan to finish their degrees in elementary education, then teach.

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April 13, 2018

BAPS-TCC-NSU Partnership Allows High School Students to Earn Degrees

An innovative new partnership between Broken Arrow Public Schools (BAPS), Tulsa Community College (TCC), and Northeastern State University - Broken Arrow (NSU-BA), allows high school students to take college coursework as electives, earning an associate's degree from TCC upon graduation from high school. The partnership enables a seamless transition to NSU-BA, where students can complete their bachelor's degree in two years. According to the news segment on the News on 6, the district want to identify at least 10 students who want to be education majors, with the first students taking college courses this summer.

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April 17, 2018

College of Education Celebrates DaVinci Recipients

Dr. Sophia Sweeney, Dr. Tobi Thompson, and Dr. Ingrid Massey

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Dr. Linda Wilson and Ms. Jeannie Morrow

Two representatives of NSU's College of Education were honored at the 2018 DaVinci Awards. Dr. Tobi Thompson, Associate Professor of Curriculum & Instruction and Director of the Cappi Wadley Center, was selected to be a DaVinci Fellow, and Ms. Jeannie Morrow, an elementary education major was named as a DaVinci Scholar. The DaVinci Institute mission is to promote a statewide creative renaissance through lectures, workshops, professional development, research, and advocacy.

March 30, 2018

RACE Receives AACTE Technology Award

Dr. Lisa Bisogno, Dr. Vanessa Anton, Ms. Barbara Fuller, and Dr. Sophia Sweeney

The Robotics Academy of Critical Engagement (RACE), housed in Northeastern State University's College of Education (COE) received the 2018 AACTE Best Practice Award for the Innovative Use of Technology. RACE uses robotics as a tool to facilitate critical thinking and problem solving with P-12 students, teacher candidates, and in-service teachers, through service learning opportunities for NSU students, professional development for teachers, camps and mentoring of robotics teams for P-12 students.

Dr. Debbie Landry, Provost, and from the COE, Dr. Vanessa Anton, Interim Dean, Dr. Lisa Bisogno, Assistant Dean, Dr. Sophia Sweeney, Interim Assistant Dean, and Ms. Barbara Fuller, Director of RACE, accepted the award at the closing keynote at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD on March 3.

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Two COE Faculty Honored as NSU Centurions

Dr. Renee Cambiano, 2018 Centurion

Dr. Renee Cambiano

Ms. Barbara Fuller, 2018 Centurion

Ms. Barbara Fuller

We are so proud that two College of Education faculty were selected as 2018 NSU Centurions. Dr. Renee Cambiano is a Professor of Educational Leadership. Ms. Barbara Fuller is the Director of RACE, the Robotics Academy of Critical Engagement. The Centurion honor is awarded each year to individuals who had a significant impact on the life of the nominator, the university, or the community. 

February 2018

Green Eggs and Ham - News on 6

Are you looking for a fun activity to celebrate Dr. Suess' birthday? Green eggs and ham pretzel bites take only a few ingredients and are prepared in a microwave, which makes them an easy activity for a school setting. Dr. Linda Wilson provides an ingredient list and explain the details on the News on 6.

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February 15, 2018

To stay or not to stay? A question all graduating education majors in Oklahoma must answer

NSU special education major, Gabby McCracken, plans on sticking to her goal of becoming a teacher despite the doubt others cast on her decision. Oklahoma's education majors often find better employment options in other states, making it difficult to justify staying. McCracken has made the decision, despite the obstacles, to stay and teach in Oklahoma.

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How to Make Fake Snow

If the Oklahoma weather didn't provide enough snow to suit you, join Dr. Linda Wilson on the News on 6 to make your own (non-edible) snow with two common, inexpensive ingredients.

In the News

How to Make Fake Snow (Not Edible) -

3 cups of baking soda
1/2 cup hair conditioner

Mix the baking soda with hair conditioner in a large bowl. The play snow molds easily and feels cool to the touch.
Play with the snow in a large cake pan. It cleans up easily with water.
Store the play snow in a resealable bag to keep it fresh for the next day of play.

NOTE: Use white conditioner if you want your snow to be white. 

NSU to host annual Fun and Field Day

Northeastern State University is set to host the fourth annual Fun and Field Day March 14 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Doc Wadley Stadium and track.

This area event provides an opportunity to students around the state who are unable to travel to the state level Special Olympics. Participants will have the chance to compete in a variety of track and field events as well as, bocce, softball throw, face painting and more games.

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NSU robotics program to accept AACTE Technology Award

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education has announced the winner of the 2018 AACTE Best Practice Award for the Innovative Use of Technology is the Northeastern State University College of Education.

Representatives from the COE’s Robotics Academy of Critical Engagement program will receive the award March 3 during the closing keynote at the AACTE Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.

In The News

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Local dancer taking her talent to New York

Tahlequah native and NSU Master's of Education student, Sydney Jennings-Rappe, will move to New York and pursue her passion. Though she believed she would go into medicine like her parents, Jennings-Rappe found her calling in the arts. Jennings-Rappe is now the head dance instructor of Melissa's Dance Studio, where she herself spent her childhood learning to dance. While in New York, Jennings-Rappe hopes to pursue connections and collaborate with other artists and find new opportunities.

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Dr. Linda Wilson visited News On 6 at Noon with a fun twist on a traditional Thanksgiving craft


  • Glue stick or liquid glue such as Elmer’s Glue
  • Scissors
  • Colored construction paper or various scrap booking paper
  • Pattern for turkey head and waddle (included with this information)
  • A 2.5” - 3” circle to trace for the turkey body
  • Picture frame to hold this beautiful piece of holiday art


  1. Gather fall colors of card stock or construction paper for the back feathers of the turkey. Try using everyone’s favorite color. Use enough different colors for the number of members in your family for a very colorful turkey.
  2. Trace everyone’s hands on the card stock or construction paper using a pencil. Use the SAME HAND for each hand print—either all right hands or all left hands.  
  3. Carefully cut out each person’s hands.
  4. Make the turkey head and wattle by following instructions on Mainly Homemade. You can increase or decrease the size needed to make the turkey. Trace this on a complimentary color of card stock and cut out. Cut a small yellow triangle for the beak.
  5. You will need a 2.5"-3” circle of brown paper for the brown body for the turkey.  You could use a brown paper bag if necessary.
  6. Now lay each hand out largest to smallest. Start stacking them with the largest on the bottom and stagger them to make the back feathers of the turkey. Try to do these in birth order of the children in your family.
  7. Use a glue stick or liquid glue to attach all the hands together and let dry.  Please in a frame and you have a family heirloom of different generations in your family. 

In The News

Fun Craft: Multi-Generational Twist On 'Turkey Hand' -

Edible Color Wheel

Dr. Linda Wilson shows how to make an edible color wheel on News on 6 at noon.

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How To Use A Beach Ball As A Learning Tool

Some children just naturally gravitate towards reading, others, not so much. Dr. Meagan Moreland with the NSU College of Education stopped by News On 6 with some ideas to make reading an "active" activity.

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New STEAM Maker Lab

Northeastern State University’s College of Education is hosting a grand opening for its STEAM Maker Lab Sept. 12 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Bagley Hall room 136.

The STEAM Maker Lab is a studio dedicated to promoting and enhancing interest in science, technology, engineering, arts and math in education through the use of innovative, immersive and interactive exploration.

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