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Next Tasty Talks on Tuesday Event Slated for February 21 Featuring NSU Broken Arrow Dean Dr. Roy Wood

Did you miss out on our inaugural Tasty Talks on Tuesday” event that took place on Tuesday, January 24 from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Visitor Center Gallery? And on the opportunity to partake of a scrumptious slice of Tom Rink’s blueberry-lavender cheesecake?

We  offered an exciting panel discussion of the Business and Technology Department’s ASSE mentoring program for our faculty members. Panelists shared insight and stories on their participation in the Environmental, Health & Safety Management degree’s mentoring program that pairs students with respected local safety and health professionals.

The session was a huge success with over a dozen in attendance! We were able to learn more about this educational, informative, and interesting mentoring program.

Hopefully, your schedule permits you the opportunity to join us for our next Tasty Talks on Tuesday event, slated for February 21st from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Visitor Center Gallery where we will hear from NSU BA’s own Dr. Roy Wood, Dean of the campus.  So mark your calendars for this informative upcoming event that offers continued chances for cheesecake, collaboration and conversation!. Hope to see you there!

Posted by Pamela Louderback

Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma! Grant Awarded


The NSU-Broken Arrow Library is excited to once again be participating in the LTAIO Book Discussions. This Spring 2017 semester, our theme isNot For Children Only.

This series revisits the classics we may have read as children and more recent examples of children’s literature.   Beginning with Iona Opie and Peter Opie’s “The Classic Fairy Tales” and Ethel Johnston Phelps’ “Tatterhood and Other Tales”, this series allows us to revisit our childhood haunts by reading again the books we loved as children.

Books will soon be available for checkout at the NSUBA library’s 2nd floor Circulation desk.  Our series will take place at the NSU Broken Arrow campus Administration Building (BAAD) Annex and BAAD Room 170 from 2:30 – 4:00 (see below for further details).

January 25 – The Classic Fairy Tales/ Tatterhood and Other Tales – scholar Dr. Andrew Vassar, Northeastern State University (Annex)
February 14 – Little Women – scholar, Dr. Russell Lawson, Bacone College (Annex)
March 7 – The Wind in the Willows – scholar Dr. David Oberhelman, Oklahoma State University (Annex)
March 28 – Charlotte’s Web/Bridge to Terabithia – scholar Dr. Brian Cowlishaw, Northeastern State University (BAAD 170)
April 18 – Roll of Thunder/I Am the Cheese – scholar, Ms. Helen Clements, Oklahoma State University (BAAD 170)-

So, please consider joining us for a lively book discussion. Light snacks will be servedDon’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more information about these and other events.

Posted by Dr. Pamela Louderback


Today in Irish History – 21 August: Birth of the Word “Quiz” in 1791

Dia dhaoibh ar mardin (Good morning)  Here are some interesting tidbits throughout Irish History that took place on August 21st.

1693 – Death of Patrick Sarsfield (b. in Lucan), created the first Earl of Lucan, Irish Jacobite and soldier, belonged to an Anglo-Norman family long settled in Ireland. His father Patrick Sarsfield married Anne, daughter of Rory (Roger) O’Moore, who organised the Irish Rebellion of 1641. The family was of Norman origin (by this time, known as “Old English”) and possessed an estate with an income of £2000 a year. Patrick, who was a younger son, entered Dongan’s Regiment of Foot on 6 February 1678.

1791 – Birth of the word ‘quiz’ (allegedly and disputed). Richard Daly, a theatre proprietor in Dublin, makes a bet that within 48 hours he can introduce a new word into the English language. After the evening performance, Mr. Daly distributes cards to all the staff with the word written on it, and instructs them to write it on walls all over the city. Thus ‘quiz’ enters the language.

1861 – Birth of Frederick Crawford. Crawford is one of the lesser known figures in Ulster Unionist history but one who was hugely influential because of his involvement in what is known as the Larne gun running incident when he was responsible for smuggling over 25,000 guns into the North on the night of 24 April 1914.

1855 – Last ever Donnybrook Fair, held in Dublin since 1204. The general uproar of the annual event results in its suspension.

1879 – A Vision of the Virgin Mary is witnessed by 15 villagers in Knock, Co. Mayo.

1882 – Birth in Gloucester of Arthur Luce, a professor of philosophy and fellow of Trinity College in Dublin for 65 years.

1911 – Irish Women’s Suffrage Federation is formed.

1920 – Birth in Belfast of Rinty Monaghan, world flyweight boxing champion.

1922 – One Free State soldier is killed in an ambush at Blessington, County Wicklow. Four more are wounded in an ambush near Enniscorthy, County Wexford. Free State troops occupy Bandon and Dunmanway, County Cork without resistance.

1959 – Death of Denis Devlin. He was, along with Samuel Beckett and Brian Coffey, one of the generation of Irish modernist poets to emerge at the end of the 1920s. He was also a career diplomat.

1970 – The Social Democratic and Labour Party is founded with Gerry Fitt as leader.

1978 – RTÉ broadcasts Eddie Macken on Boomerang winning the Aga Khan trophy.

1982 – Paul Hewson (Bono) marries his high-school sweetheart Alison Stewart at a ceremony in Raheny, Dublin.

1983 – A train from Tralee failed near Cherryville Junction and was run into from the rear by a train from Galway. Seven passengers die in the crash and and another passenger later dies from their injuries.

1998 – A salmonella alert is issued following the deaths of five elderly people in two separate outbreaks at a hospital and home for the aged in Co. Galway.

2000 – Two men are shot dead in broad daylight as an all-out war erupts between rival loyalist terror gangs in Belfast.

2000 – The Catholic hierarchy confirms it is actively considering allowing lay people to be ordained deacons in a bid to cope with the shortage of priests.

2001 – Sinn Féin warns British prime minister Tony Blair he should take note of a poll which found the vast majority of British people believe the North should no longer be part of Britain.

2001 – Unionists withhold their endorsement of the Government’s new implementation plan for future policing arrangements in Northern Ireland.

2002 – Celestica Electronics sheds half of its workforce of 500 at Swords, Co Dublin.

Photo: Blackwater Castle, Co Cork

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New Library Director in BA!

This may be a couple of weeks late (our new director started earlier this month), but with the start of the new semester, things have been a bit hectic and I’m just now getting caught up (my humblest apologies).

Join me in congratulating Dr. Pamela Louderback as she takes over the helm as Director of the Library on the Broken Arrow Campus.

Pamela is an Assistant Professor and has been with NSU Broken Arrow since its beginning in October of 2001.

Her personal and professional research interests include assisting students in the transition to college.  She researches and writes in the areas of integrating technology into the curriculum, developing structured communication forms of distribution media through integrated library systems, leadership in higher education, social justice for indigenous peoples, and academic achievement and retention of American Indian college students.

Pamela has done a bit of international travel as well.  In July of 2008, she had the opportunity to visit Tasmania to present research based on my dissertation topic – “Sociocultural factors to American Indian academic success in college” and presented her ongoing research on academic success/retention at the APA conference in Toronto during August 2009.  She was the proud recipient of a UK Fulbright research scholarship in 2010 (Scholar in Governance and Public Policy 2011) to Queen’s University Belfast and was fortunate to have the opportunity to learn firsthand the rich history and heritage of the Irish, their Department of Education and it’s public policy, and the role it plays in language revitalization efforts.   The next country she plans to visit is New Zealand to engage in further research for a book.  The concept for the book she’s working on focuses on the destruction of indigenous cultural languages with a chapter devoted to a variety of cultures/places: Aboriginal/Australia, American Indian/U.S, First Nation/Canada, Irish/Northern Ireland, Welsh/Wales, Maori/New Zealand.

Congratulations Dr. Louderback and welcome to the corner office.

Posted by Tom R.


The library has answers at NSUBA Welcome Week

ImageAlong with several other campus services and organizations, the NSUBA Library participated in Welcome Week yesterday, informing students, faculty and staff of what the library can do for them.

Our “Ask Me Anything” sign drew a lot of attention and provided Pamela and Karl with the opportunity to answer 13 questions ranging from “How can I find essays in the library’s databases?” to “My class starts in five minutes. Where am I supposed to be?” We also issued OK-Share cards to half a dozen patrons, allowing them to use their NSU library privileges at other academic libraries across the state.

If you’re interested in the OK-Share program, or if you have a question of any kind, stop by the library’s 2nd floor desk and let us help you. It makes us happy!

–posted by Karl

Dream Facts: How Dreams Help With Stress, Problem-Solving

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
C.S. Lewis

Ever wonder how your dreams can work for you?  Learn the nine amazing facts about dreams recently posted on Twitter by Jena Pincott, science writer and author of Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies?:

Control them, harness them… and lose weight while you’re at it? These dream facts demonstrate how your nightly “mind movies” might be put to work for you.

1. You Can Use Them For Problem-Solving: You’ve heard it before, and now it’s legit: Sleep on your problems to solve them. The catch? According to a recent study from the U.K.’s University of Lancaster, dreaming is only an advantage when it comes to solutions that require a Eureka-like flash of insight. (For instance: What word can form a compound word with canal, true and boat?) During REM (rapid eye movement) sleep — the eyeball-jerking stage when vivid dreams often occur — the frontal cortex processes new information like the riddle above. As new experiences integrate with preexisting knowledge, memory networks are stimulated — and as a result, form new, random and sometimes wacky connections between unrelated concepts. Later, we wake up, stretch, and — we can’t explain how — the brilliant and now-perfectly-obvious answer just comes to us. (One we couldn’t see when we were doggedly trying to get at, for instance, the word love.)

2. You Can Dream Up The Next Big Thing: The automatic sewing machine, the computer-controlled anti-aircraft gun, Otto Loewi’s Nobel Prize-winning experiment on nerve impulses — all came as concrete plans in a dream, says Deirdre Barrett, a psychologist at Harvard University and author of The Committee of Sleep. So: How do you increase the chances that you’ll have your own Nobel-worthy breakthrough? First, think of your problem right before you go to sleep, says Barrett. Conjure up an image of the problem you need to solve (your Mac’s frozen screen; your husband’s sad face). Then, whatever you do, don’t move when you wake up. (Even turning your head may displace the dream!) If you’ve had nonsensical dreams, think about whether the imagery or events could be a metaphor for something that relates in any way to the problem you’re stuck on, says Barrett. In her weeklong study, 50 percent of the volunteers had a dream about their problem and 25 percent actually dreamt up a solution.

3. Why, Yes! You CAN Be In Fiji By Midnight Tonight: Why, Yes! You CAN Be In Fiji By Midnight Tonight: You can try to control the content and stickiness of your dreams — if you believe the many new smartphone apps that are available. A recent tool, Sigmund, developed by Harvard and MIT graduate students, whisperingly repeats words that you pick out of a database (beach, flying, mermaid, queen) during your REM cycle (based on predictable sleep-wake times). Another app, Dream:ON, uses the phone’s motion-detecting accelerometer to gauge when you’re in REM (you’ll be stick-still), at which point it kicks in with the sounds of your pre-programmed dream (walking in the woods, frolicking at the shore, whatever). No one’s saying app-influenced dreams are exactly like the movie “Inception” — not yet, anyway.

Read more about the remaining six facts of how dreams help with stress and problem-solving by visiting the following link –

“Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.”
Lao Tzu

Sweet dreams…

Posted by Pamela Louderback

Bump in the Road!

For those of you coming to campus in BA, be warned.  The City of Broken Arrow has installed a speed bump on the easternmost access road (that parallels the Creek Turnpike) as you go north from New Orleans Street (101st Street) toward the eastern and northern parking lots (to buildings BABT [Business & Technology], BALB [Library], and BALA [Liberal Arts]).

You may want to watch your speed.  Drive carefully!

Posted by Tom R.