DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host the Oklahoma Native American Students in Higher Education (ONASHE) Conference February 22-23.
The goal of the conference is to provide opportunities for Native American students and professionals from various institutions across the state of Oklahoma to continue to develop and strengthen their leadership skills by interacting with current tribal leaders, participating in workshops relevant to contemporary student and leadership issues, and creating powerful networks promoting higher education for Native American students.
The theme for the 2013 ONASHE conference is “The Roots of Our Generation Perpetuating Unification.”
“The conference provides an excellent opportunity to Oklahoma Native American college students to explore potential careers while connecting those careers and their education to cultural interests,” said Chris Wesberry, director of the Southeastern Native American Center for Student Success.
Following is the schedule of events:
Friday, February 22
2 p.m. – Registration in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union
3 p.m. – Parade of Flags: Tribal Nations and Institutions will bring their own flag, pole and base. Traditional dress will be worn and student representatives will post the flags. Boy Scouts Pack 618 will post U.S. and State flags: Lord’s Prayer, Choctaw Nation Royalty
3:30 p.m. –Welcome (GDJ Student Union auditorium): Southeastern president Larry Minks will present the welcome; Keynote speaker will be Gary Batton, Assistant Chief of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
4:15 p.m. – Icebreakers
4:45 p.m. – Roundtable Discussions
6:30 p.m. – Dinner
7:30 p.m. – Choctaw Social Dance
Saturday, February 23
9 a.m. – Opening Session (GDJ Student Union auditorium): Keynote speaker will be Rev. Jay Mule, minister and educator
10 a.m. – Workshops, Session I
11 a.m. – Workshops, Session II
Noon – Lunch: Keynote speaker will be Quinton Roman Nose, Native American educator
1 p.m. – Workshops, Session III
2 p.m. – Awards Ceremony: Keynote speaker will be Cherrah Giles, Secretary of the Department of Community & Human Services, Muscogee Creek Nation
3 p.m. -- Stickball