Author Archives: Linda Summers

Free Screening & Discussion of Waiting for Superman

Northeastern State University’s Center for Teaching & Learning will host two screenings of the documentary Waiting for Superman in early March. All those interested in the education of American students are invited to attend and join in a discussion of the issues it brings up.

NSU President Don Betz suggests that this film (and one shown last month–Race to Nowhere) would be excellent vehicles to begin a collaborative campus/community conversation about the future of education and our role in it. Thus far, he has been correct in his assessment, as the first film was well attended and has resulted in positive community conversations and collaborations.

Each event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

The first screening will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 7th in the Webb Auditorium on the Tahlequah campus.

The second screening will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 10th in the Broken Arrow Auditorium on the Broken Arrow campus.

Following the 102-minute movie, administrators and educators will join in a discussion of the realities and potential reform of contemporary education.

According to the director, Waiting for Superman is a “deeply personal exploration of the current state of public education in the U.S. and how it is affecting our children.” The film has been nominated for and won numerous awards for best documentary, including the Academy Awards, Critics’ Choice, and Sundance.

For more information about Waiting for Superman, visit

For more information about the NSU screenings and discussions contact Linda Summers ( or x6455) or Chuck Ziehr ( or x2065).

Event Update – NSUBA RTN Screening Rescheduled

Due to unusual (but lovely ;-) weather the Tulsa Metro area is experiencing (1/3 of the United States, actually…), the free screening of the film Race to Nowhere on the Broken Arrow campus of Northeastern State University, originally scheduled for this evening, has been postponed.

It will now be shown on Thursday, February 17th beginning at 7:00 p.m. If you’ve not already, you can reserve free tickets online at

Event Reminder – Today in Tahlequah

NSU to Host Screenings of Race to Nowhere – Feb. 7 & 10

Northeastern State University’s Center for Teaching & Learning will host two screenings of the documentary Race to Nowhere in early February.

Each event is free and open to the public.

The first screening will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, February 7th in the Webb Auditorium on the Tahlequah campus. Reserve free tickets for the TQ screening at

The second screening will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 10th in the Broken Arrow Auditorium on the Broken Arrow campus. Reserve free tickets for the BA screening at

Following the 90-minute movie, students and educators will join in a discussion of contemporary education and the cultivation of creativity in schools.

According to the publisher, “Race to Nowhere is the only film that shows what is actually happening to our kids as a result of current policies and practices obsessed with testing, performance and competition rather than meaningful teaching and learning.”

For more information about “Race to Nowhere,” visit

NSU Inclement Weather Policy ~ January 2011

From Provost Tadlock –

Dear faculty and staff,

Below is the inclement weather policy approved last January.  Please review the policy.

As a reminder, if campus will be closed or if there is a delayed start, that information will go out to local radio and TV stations, and it will be posted on the NSU homepage by 5:00 a.m. the day of the closing or delayed start. Please check for notification before you leave home.

Also, as stated in the policy, do not put yourself at risk if you live in outlying areas where travel is treacherous.  Just notify the appropriate person of your inability to make it to work that day.

We always put the safety of our employees and students first, and we will trust your judgment in making that decision.

Thank you!

Faculty, Staff and Student Campus Operations During Inclement Weather

Northeastern State University

January 27, 2010

Campus Closings Notifications

Decisions on whether and when to cancel classes or to close each of NSU’s campuses will be made expeditiously to provide maximum notification time. Faculty, Staff and Students should check regional television and radio stations for notifications. Also, they should check on the NSU web site ( or the NSU general information phone number, 918-456-5511, for accurate and timely updates.

Faculty, Staff and Students

All Faculty, staff and students are reminded to use caution when traveling to and from campus. DO NOT PUT YOURSELF AT RISK to reach work or classes. The safety of students and employees is the No. 1 priority when implementing the inclement weather policy.

It is the student, faculty and staff members’ responsibility to check the campus and public information sources to learn about campus closings or class cancellations when weather is questionable.

Faculty members are encouraged to be flexible regarding student absences related to severe weather.

Faculty members are obligated to hold classes if the university is not closed or classes are not canceled, unless the faculty member is unable to get to the campus.

Tahlequah Residential Students

Students are encouraged to exercise caution while driving during inclement weather.

Residential halls will remain open even though class and administrative offices may be closed.

Meal options and service times for residential students may be limited during campus closing periods.  The Housing Department staff will notify campus residents of meal times and options.

In the case of power outages, University Police and the Housing Department will assist students to designated locations.  Residential students should be in contact with Residence Advisors and Hall Managers for guidance.

Tahlequah Library Services

The library will be closed during campus closing periods. Students may enter the NET building 24-hours each day with their student ID card to access the library’s electronic resources.

Tahlequah Fitness Center

The Fitness Center WILL remain open during normal operational hours.

Tahlequah University Center

The University Center will be open during campus closed periods for residential student meals and student recreational options.

Emergency Needs

University Police Department is available to students during campus closing periods.  Dial campus extension 2468 or 444-2468 for emergencies.

All Campuses buildings and grounds services & University Police Department will be operational 24-hours each day.

Facilities employees will be scheduled to work to keep sidewalks clear and safe, using accessible routes, during campus closing or class cancellation periods. During class cancellations and campus closings, other maintenance employees will be scheduled to provide additional routine services, including heat, light and emergency repairs. Buildings and Grounds employees are expected to report to work for their normal shifts.

Posted by Linda Summers

Free Assistance with Tax Preparation

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program
January 17th – April 18th
NSUBA Library, Room 118
The VITA Program offers free tax preparation to low-to-moderate-income ($60,000 and below) people who would like a trained individual to prepare their Federal and State tax returns.  Certified volunteers sponsored by Northeastern State University (Broken Arrow campus) receive training to help prepare basic tax returns for the community.
Hours of operation are: Mondays, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. & Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.(closed spring break March 14-20)
The service is open to all communities in the area plus the campus community, their families and friends.  To schedule an appointment, call CARD at 918-486-2471
Posted by Linda Summers

NSU Research Day – April 20th

The Ninth Annual Undergraduate Research Day, A Celebration of Scholarly and Creative Activity, will take place on  Wednesday April 20, 2011. The event is open to all  currently enrolled NSU undergrads conducting research or other scholarly activity. (Presenting at the event is also a great way for students to distinguish themselves from other job applicants in the currently highly competitive job market.)
The deadline for submitting applications is Thursday March 25, 2011 –  the Thursday following Spring Break.

or contact Mark Paulissen, Co-Chair URD Steering Committee at

Posted by Linda Summers