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.


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


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


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.

In the News

Northeastern State University holds 2018 Teacher Job Fair -

April 17, 2018


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.

In the News

State Education Funding Crisis Impact on Future Teachers -

April 13, 2018


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.

In the News

New Partnership Lets Broken Arrow Students Earn College Degree in High School -

April 17, 2018


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

In the News

Northeastern State University celebrates 2018 DaVinci award winners -

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


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.

In the News

Robotics Academy at Northeastern State to Win AACTE Technology Award -



Dr. Renée Cambiano, 2018 Centurion

Dr. Renée 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. Renée 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


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.

In the News

Green Eggs & Ham Pretzel Bites -

February 15, 2018


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.

In The News

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


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. 



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.

In The News

NSU to host annual Fun and Field Day-March 14 -


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

NSU robotics program to accept AACTE Technology Award -


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.

In The News

Local dancer taking her talent to New York -



  • 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' -


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

In The News

Edible Color Wheel -


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.

In The News

NSU Professor: How To Use A Beach Ball As A Learning Tool -


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.

In The News

NSU College of Education Alum Wins Milken Education Award

Lindsay Brooke Lee, who graduated from NSU in 2014, is the English department chair at Will Rogers Junior High in Claremore, Oklahoma. She was awarded the Milken Educator Award. See story for more detail:

https://www. educators/view/brooke-lee

Psychology and Counseling Department Chair Presents the Triarchic Theory of Gender

On Friday, August 9, 2019, Dr. Choate and his colleagues presented a 4-hour continuing education workshop, TRANSlating Research Into Practice: Evidenced-Based Care for the Transgender Community. Dr. Choate presented his new theory, The Triarchic Theory of Gender (The Gender g), a framework he designed to incorporate the various disparate research in the field of Gender Studies into a cohesive whole that can be tested in an empirical way. Furthermore, his colleagues, Jim Scholl and William Bryant, presented data they had collected to validate the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2-Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF) with this population and inform interdisciplinary treatment decisions through a trauma-focused lens.The workshop was met with high praise and many major theorists in this area have already reached out to include Dr. Choate and his colleagues in future research and application endeavors that will cross cultures and international borders.

Pictured from left to right: Danny Johnson, NSU Director of Alumni Relations; Dee Shell, Reading Specialist at Creekwood Elementary; Rachel Kaiser, Principal of Creekwood Elementary; & Dr. Lisa Bisogno, Associate Dean of NSU College of Education

COE Alum receives NSU Alumni Association teacher appreciation gift

NSU Alumni Association presented a $500 teacher appreciation gift card award to COE alum Dee Shell and Principal Rachel Kaiser at Creekwood Elementary. Congratulations to all!

Pictured from left to right: Danny Johnson, NSU Director of Alumni Relations; Dee Shell, Reading Specialist at Creekwood Elementary; Rachel Kaiser, Principal of Creekwood Elementary; & Dr. Lisa Bisogno, Associate Dean of NSU College of Education

COE Library Media graduate program ranked 18th in country

The Library Media and Information Technology graduate degree program at Northeastern State University was ranked 18th best library science schools in the country according to Hundreds of library science schools were evaluated and NSU's Library Media program was selected based on academic and career resources for library science students, the quality of education, faculty, and more. For more information, see's Top Library Science Schools list.

Choate Publishes Handbook

Dr. Kurt Choate and his co-editor, Dr. Alfred Carlozzi published a book titled Transgender and Gender Diverse Persons: A Handbook for Service Providers, Educators, and Families. Dr. Choate is an Associate Professor and the Department Chair for Psychology and Counseling.

In the News
NSU professor publishes transgender and gender diverse handbook - Riverhawks Weekly
April 1, 2019

Celebration of Teaching celebrates 20 Years

Guest speaker Taylor Mali, a TED Best of the Web speaker, has done little more than write and perform poetry--and teach others to do the same--since 2000. His poems are clear. They are almost always hysterically funny, often sentimental, appealing, accessible. And smart (Bob Holman). He is a vocal advocate of teachers and the nobility of teaching, having taught in one capacity of another since 1990.

The Celebration of Teaching event on March 14 marks the event's 20th year. Taylor's talk on NSU's Tahlequah campus will be followed by lunch, then a panel presentation for high school students. The day will wrap up around 2:00. There is no charge for participants, but pre-registration by March 8 is required.

The Celebration of Teaching is designed to support and celebrate current teachers, inspire future teachers, and recognize the profound impact of education on our society. The event is sponsored by Kappa Delta Pi and Northeastern State University's College of Education.

Contact Dr. Tobi Thompson at 918-444-3710 or for registration materials or more information.

February 2019

Langston selected as NASPA Annual Conference Intern

Ms. Jessica Langston, graduate student in the Higher Education Leadership M.S. program, was selected as a graduate intern for the NASPA Annual Conference. Langston was eligible to apply to be an intern due to her participation in the 2018-2019 NASPA Graduate Associate Program. Eight interns are selected from across the nation each year. Langston serves NSU as the Senior Scholarship Coordinator.

NASPA is the national professional organization for leaders in student affairs.

January 18, 2019

Donning of the Kente Celebrates Black Students

Four December graduates from the College of Education participated in the November Donning of the Kente. The ceremony celebrates the academic and personal achievements of black undergraduate and graduate students who are graduating this semester.

Edna Boggs
I am a Fall 2018 graduate from Sallisaw Oklahoma majoring in Health and Physical Education. During my time at NSU I was President of the Association of Black Collegians, American Association of University Women, and Phi Theta Kappa. I plan to attend Southern Nazarene University the Fall 2019 to obtain my Masters in Kinesiology.

Photo of Edna Boggs.

Tori Peterson
I am from Tulsa, OK. I am getting a B.S in Psychology and a minor in Communications. I played college soccer at Bacone College, then transferred here to finish getting my degree. I couldn't have done it without the amazing support of my family and friends, and God.

Photo of Edna Boggs.

Pictured left to right: Tori, her younger brother Kyle Easley, and mother Rochelle Peterson.

Ashley Steele
I was born in Muskogee, Ok. I spent the majority of my life in Wagoner, Ok. I transitioned back to living in Muskogee during my freshman year of high school. Growing up, we didn't have much, but my parents always made ends meet. After graduating high school, I went to Oklahoma State University for two years before returning home. During my absence from school, life happened. I was blessed to have a beautiful little girl named Julianne. I was determined to give her everything I never had, and inspired to teach her everything I ever wanted to know. Through the TANF focus program, under the wings of Suzanne Holloway and Heather Mason, I was afforded the opportunity to further my education and broaden my horizons. I began school at Connors State College. It only took me one year to gather the necessary credits, and graduate in the spring of 2017 with my Associates Degree in Psychology. The desire to keep pushing forward after graduation was sparked after watching my mother obtain her Bachelor's degree in social work. I chose to enroll at NSU and continue my journey on the road to success. I was determined to obtain my Bachelor's degree in psychology with hopes to become a licensed professional counselor in the near future. It was not by far an easy journey. Along the way I lost loved ones, undergone surgery, and had to tend to the needs of my beautiful baby girl. It was by God's grace, mercy, and favor that I was able to make it this far. Now that I have overcame what was supposed to be the impossible, I have to keep pushing forward towards my next goal. Hopefully the next time you hear from or about me, it will be as I am walking the stage to be awarded with my Masters of Science in Counseling. I want to thank each and every person who has poured into my life. My fianc e Eric Parks Jr., my parents Tony and Lasandra Steele, my second set of parents Todd and Danita Johnson, my grandparents Robert and Julia Mondaine, my siblings, pastors, mentors, teachers, and close friends and family members. I could not have made it this far without your support, love, and encouragement.

Photo of Ashley Steele and family.

Alexandria Lewis is a Psychology major. There is no picture or biography available for Alexandria.

November 30, 2018

Sargent Recognized for Servant Leadership

Dr. Stephan Sargent, Professor of Reading and Director of the Broken Arrow Reading Clinic received the AdvancED's Midwest Region 2018 Servant Leadership Recognition Award for Oklahoma.

In the News
NSU professor recognized for servant leadership - The Journal Record
November 26, 2018

STEAM Maker Lab Opens on Broken Arrow Campus

Community members and supporters of the Race Academy of Critical Engagement (RACE) gathered Wednesday to celebrate the grand opening of the Broken Arrow STEAM Maker Lab. The STEAM Maker Lab offers the use of low-tech and high-tech materials to the community, teachers, and teacher candidates to encourage Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. Visit the Lab in BAED 239, or the Tahlequah STEAM Maker Lab in Bagley Hall 136

In the News
NSU Broken Arrow opens STEAM Maker Lab - Muskogee Phoenix
November 12, 2018

Ferrell Receives Distinction of Quality Award

Northeastern State University Professor Dr. Jim Ferrell (School Administration) was awarded the Distinction of Quality Award at the AdvancED Midwest Regional Conference in Schaumburg, Illinois, for his work with AdvancED in Oklahoma and other states. AdvancED is a non-profit school accrediting agency committed to help schools improve .

October 2018

COE Alumna Named Dean

The College of Education (COE) is excited to announce that COE alumna Dr. Vanessa Anton was selected as the Dean. Anton earned a bachelor's degree in business education from NSU in 1995, and graduated with a master's degree in college teaching from NSU's College of Education in 1997. She earned a PhD in Kinesiology in 2001 from the University of Arkansas.

In the News
Anton chosen to serve as NSU College of Education dean -
October 31, 2018

Alumnus Finalist for Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching

NSU alumnus Carrie Akins was one of three state-level finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) for science teaching at the elementary level. PAEMST is the highest recognition a K-12 mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States.

In the News
Hofmeister announces finalists for national mathematics, science teaching award

September 2018

Jones Receives Rising Star Award

Ms. Nikki Jones, a candidate in the Higher Education Leadership program, received the NASPA IV-W Rising Star Award - Graduate Student. One graduate student in each of the 10 states in the IV-West region of NASPA is selected to receive this award each year. The award recognizes graduate students who are actively involved in and intend to pursue careers in Student Affairs.

NASPA is the professional organization for student affairs administrators in higher education.

In the News
NASPA IV-W Rising Star Award - Graduate Student

August 14, 2018

College Hosts Annual SNAG Fundraising Event

The NSU College of Education hosted the annual SNAG Golf Fundraising tournament on September 7, 2018 at the Burnt Cabin SNAG Golf Course. 100% percent of player and sponsorship funding will go to a scholarship account through the NSU Foundation. Participants from the College of Education, university, and community volunteers enjoyed playing golf, eating, and spending time with colleagues, friends, and family.

Interim Dean, Dr. Vanessa Anton congratulates the winning team, Dr. Jim Ferrell, Jeanna Wing, and Gary Wing.

Alumni Finalists for Teacher of the Year

The Oklahoma State Department of Education released the names of the finalists for the 2019-2020 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Award. Four of the twelve finalists graduated from the NSU College of Education. Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister says the finalists are "some of Oklahoma's finest educators who are making a difference in the lives of our students every day. The Oklahoma Teacher of the Year was announced September 19, 2018 at the State Fair Park.

Natalie Fielden teaches kindergarten at Freedom Elementary School in Sapulpa. She earned her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from NSU. Carol Hunsperger teaches third grade at Grove Lower Elementary School in Grove Public Schools. She graduated from NSU with a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. Jenny Morphis teaches first grade at Hilldale Lower Elementary School in Hilldale Public Schools. She earned a bachelor's in Early Childhood and a master's in Reading from NSU. V. Jannean Thompson teaches fifth grade at Berryhill North Elementary School in Berryhill Public Schools. Thompson graduated from NSU with a bachelor's in Elementary Education as well as a master's in School Administration.

Interim COE Dean Dr. Vanessa Anton and COE Assistant Dean Dr. Lisa Bisogno were in attendance to support all finalists.

Natalie Fielden

Carol Hunsperger

Jenny Morphis

V. Jannean Thompson

Library Media Program and UKB awarded grant

The NSU faculty in the Library Media and Information Technology Master of Science Program, Dr. Alesha Baker and Dr. Kelli Carney, are currently providing consulting services to the United Keetoowah Band (UKB) through an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant in the amount of $10,000. Students enrolled in Library Media graduate courses will work with faculty to catalog and evaluate the UKB educational library collection. Automation software, which will be utilized to improve the circulation process, was purchased through the grant. Faculty will assist in writing and developing policies including circulation and collection maintenance. In order to ensure sustainability, faculty will develop and deliver software training for the UKB library staff. The grant concludes in August 2019, at which time faculty will inventory the newly automated collection and recommend titles for future consideration. This partnership not only serves to benefit the members of the UKB but also provides NSU students a model for community collaboration and networking.

Academic Spotlight: Dr. Bea Keller-Dupree

In this Academic Spotlight, Dr. Bea Keller-Dupree, Associate Professor of Psychology and Counseling, describes how her participation in the international faculty development seminar in Alicante, Spain impacts her work with students.

Call for Third-Party Comments on Educator Preparation Program

Northeastern State University's Educator Preparation Program is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) on November 4-6, 2018. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the site team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party's relationship to the provider (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates).

We invite you to submit written testimony to:

1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

Or by email to:

  • Such comments must be within the specified period and based on the core tenets of CAEP accreditation standards of excellence, which recognize that:
    In CAEP's performance-based system, accreditation is based on evidence that demonstrates that teacher candidates know the subject matter and can teach it effectively so that students learn. In the CAEP system, EPPs must prove that candidates can connect theory to practice and be effective in an actual P-12 classroom.
  • A professional education provider that is accredited by CAEP is expected to be involved in ongoing planning and evaluation; engaged in continuous assessment and development; ensure that faculty and programs reflect new knowledge, practice, and technologies; and be involved in continuous development in response to the evolving world of education and educational reform.
  • Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the respondent's relationship, if any, to the institution (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates). Copies of all correspondence received will be sent to the university for comment prior to the review. No anonymous testimony will be considered.