Last Chance to Take Advantage of Big Read Events

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Northeastern State University is wrapping up our Big Read program and have saved a couple of great events for last!  Tomorrow, we have scheduled a mini cos play at Wizards Asylum Comics & Games.

Join us at Wizards Asylum for a Mini Convention based on A Wizard of Earthsea fan fiction.  Attendees will be able to participate in board games, Cos play, a costume contest, and hear area fantasy authors/speakers.  Attendees can also creat fan fiction from their favorite fantasy games, such as Magic: the Gathering and World of Warcraft.  Share your sci-fi writing with others, including text, poems, novelettes, and more.  Trophies for best Cos play and best costume will be awarded and discounts on trade paperbacks and comics will be available.

Date: May 7th (Thursday)
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Wizard’s Asylum Comics & Games

East Pointe Shopping Center
7165 South Mingo Road
Tulsa, OK 74133

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Also, this Saturday we are hosting a graphic illustration workshop at the Broken Arrow campus.  This exciting workshop will be facilitated by internationally renowned graphic artist, Sam Bell.

Date: May 9th (Saturday)
Time: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: NSU-BA Annex (Administrative Services Building)


For more information on other events, please check out the Big Read dashboard or consult the Library’s LibGuide at:  and keep up with the NSU BIG READ Facebook page at:

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Poetry Slam 2015!

For those of you in the Tulsa (Okla.) area, mark your calendars for the upcoming 2nd Annual Louder Than a Bomb University Poetry Slam scheduled for Friday, April 17th, from 3-6 PM.

This event will take place on the TCC Metro Campus (in the Student Commons) and prize money will be awarded.

1st Prize: $200
2nd Prize: $75
3rd Prize: $25

Register online at:

For more information, contact Adam Brennan (

Follow on twitter: @ltabok2015

For accommodations contact: Education Access Center, 918-595-7115 (voice) or email:

For Sign Language Interpretation contact: Resource Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 918-595-7428 (voice), 918-809-1864 (text), or email:

Screening of Legends of Earthsea rescheduled for Monday, March 9th

We are back on for the screening of Legends of Earthsea which was postponed due to inclement weather.  Please join us Monday, March 9th at 6:00 p.m.; the film will be shown at both campus auditoriums (Tahlequah and Broken Arrow)!

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Tonights NSU Big Read’s Kick off event featuring a film screening of “Legends of Earthsea” has been canceled due to inclement weather. Please check back with us for a reschedule date.

Posted by Pamela Louderback

NSU BIG READ Keynote Event with Fantasy Author Jim Butcher rescheduled for March 25-26

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NSU’s Big Read Keynote event featuring New York Times best-selling fantasy author Jim Butcher has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 25th in Tahlequah and Thursday, March 26th in Broken Arrow.

We are still offering four convenient times to allow for more attendance.  Please join us for renowned author and speaker Jim Butcher as he explores the themes of dystopian fantasy literature. Jim Butcher is a New York Times best selling author best known for his contemporary fantasy book series The Dresden Files. He also wrote the traditional fantasy series, Codex Alera.  Keynote events are as follows:

Jim Butcher 2014(4)Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 1-2 p.m.
NSU Tahlequah Webb Auditorium

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 6-7 p.m.

NSU Tahlequah Webb Auditorium

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 1-2 p.m.
NSU Broken Arrow Auditorium

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 6-7 p.m.
NSU Broken Arrow Auditorium

So, don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to meet Jim Butcher, hear about how he beat the long odds to become a world renowned novelist, and what it’s like to craft a story! This program is free and open to the community. We hope to see you!

Our kick-off will still take place on Wednesday, March 4th and will feature the film screening of ‘Legends of Earthsea’ a 2004 SciFi miniseries based on Ursula LeGuin’s Earthsea trilogy.  We will be distributing free Wizard of Earthsea readers guides and other materials to promote literary reading. The film will be screened at both the Broken Arrow campus Auditorium, and the Tahlequah campus Webb auditorium from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4th. This event is free admission and open to all. The film run time is 90 minutes, and is rated PG, with some mild adult content. Popcorn will be served!legends of earthsea photo

For more information on other events, please check out the Big Read dashboard or consult the Library’s LibGuide at:  and keep up with the NSU BIG READ Facebook page at:

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NSU Receives BIG READ literacy grant – A Variety of Events Planned

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The National Endowment for the Arts announced the latest round of Big Read grants. Seventy-seven nonprofit organizations received grants totaling more than $1 million to host a Big Read project between September 2014 and June 2015.

Managed by Arts Midwest, The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to revitalize the role of reading in American culture by exposing citizens to great works of literature and encouraging them to read for pleasure and enrichment. Each organization will develop unique programming that will provide their communities with the opportunity to read, discuss, and celebrate one of 36 selections from U.S. and world literature.

For more information about The Big Read, please visit their About page.

Northeastern State University was one of the recipients of this important literacy grant. A variety of exciting events have been planned for all three campuses, area schools and public libraries.  Events take place between March 4th and May 15th, 2015.

Our Kickoff begins on March 4th (Tahlequah) and March 5th (Broken Arrow) with New York Times best-selling fantasy author Jim Butcher as our Keynote!  You won’t want to miss this once-in-a lifetime opportunity!Jim Butcher 2014(4)

For more information, please check out the Big Read dashboard or consult the Library’s LibGuide at:  and keep up with the NSU BIG READ Facebook page at:


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Faculty Council Delicious Dialogues Continue to be a Success!

The newly created Faculty Council’s “Delicious Dialogs” Monthly Faculty Research Talk & Brown Bag Lunch continues to be a great success at the Broken Arrow campus!  Delicious Dialogue is a faculty led venue where each month, a speaker is highlighted to talk about their research, or some initiative that they have undertaken.

The Faculty Council began this new monthly event in November 2014 to broaden the social space just for faculty, “Delicious Dialogs Brown Bag Lunch & Talk”. Each lunch features a faculty speaker discoursing for the first 15-20 minutes on her/his current research and/or endeavors, followed by a short Q&A session. The remainder of the hour is reserved for talking with  colleagues. Dr. Cheryl Van Den Handel, Faculty Council President notes, “the intent behind this monthly event is for faculty to share our research, and to get to know each other better.  Oftentimes, we are so busy, we don’t have the opportunity to visit with our colleagues in other departments or colleges.”

So far, in Broken Arrow, we have heard from Dr. Erik Terdal on his study abroad and summer academy opportunities at NSU, Dr. Allyson Watson who spoke about outreach engagement in the local community, and the most recent – Dr. John Mercer who spoke about the Summer Intersession class where students visit Ashland, Oregon for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  See below for a photo of the event.

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Be sure to join us if you can for the next Delicious Dialogue on February 11 in the Visitor Center Gallery from noon to 1:00 p.m. where Dr. Martha Parrott, faculty of the College of Science and Health Professions will discuss service learning models for creating programs.

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