Northeastern State University: 1909 to 2009
Northeastern State University Founders Day. March 6, 2009, Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Commemorate this Centennial milestone with Northeastern as we unveil our sculpture of Sequoyah at Seminary Hall, a tribute to our shared history with the Cherokee Nation. Activities begin at 2 p.m.


· NSU Brass Quintet conducted by Dr. Norman Wika
· NSU ROTC - Presenting the Colors
· Cherokee National Youth Choir conducted by Mary Kay Henderson - “Amazing Grace”
· OPENING: Master of Ceremonies Jay Hannah, NSU Alumnus
· WELCOME: Dr. Don Betz, NSU President
· INVOCATION: Cherokee Nation First Lady Bobbie Gail Smith, NSU Alumna
· Alice Lawson, Northeastern Student Government Association President
· Gayle Ross, Cherokee Storyteller
· L’Toya Knighten, Office of the Governor
· Jari Askins, Oklahoma Lt. Governor
· Retired Oklahoma Senator Herb Rozell, NSU Alumnus

· NSU/Community Chorus conducted by Dr. Donald Studebaker - “Choose Something Like a Star” by Randall Thompson
· Chancellor Glen Johnson, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
· Ken Purdy, Tahlequah City Mayor
· Chad Smith, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief
· Winnie Perdue, Descendant of Sequoyah, NSU Alumna
· Dr. Don Betz, NSU President
· Cherokee National Youth Choir conducted by Mary Kay Henderson - “Orphan Child”
· Blessing of Sculpture by Benny Smith Cherokee Traditionalist
· NSU/Community Chorus conducted by Dr. Ralph Whitworth - “NSU Alma Mater”

· Student Drawing for 100 Centurion Scholarships will follow the formal program.
· Dr. Carl Farinelli and NSU Alumna Beth Herrington will conduct tours of Seminary Hall following the program.

Sequoyah Sculpture Selected

The Centennial Sculpture Committee has selected Daniel HorseChief's sculpture of Sequoyah (George Guess), creator of the Cherokee syllabary.

Centennial Video

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