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Student Academic Success Center to open Oct. 11

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. -- To celebrate the establishment of its permanent home, the Student Academic Success Center (SASC) at Northeastern State University invites the campus and Tahlequah communities to its grand opening Oct. 11.
The ceremony is on the first floor of the John Vaughan Library from 3-4:30 p.m. The ribbon cutting is at 3:15 p.m., a giveaway drawing is at 3:20 p.m. and tours begin at 3:25 p.m.
"We cannot wait to get into our permanent space where we can really sit down and help students with their needs," said Dr. Jerrid P. Freeman, director of the center. "We have had a great response from students and having our identified space will allow us to give them time and individual guidance. We want everyone to be successful at NSU and we are thrilled to help all students reach their goals."
Scheduled to speak at the grand opening are NSU President Steve Turner, Provost Bill Rugg and Freeman. Refreshments will be served.
The SASC is designed to enhance the academic performance of students. It's stated mission is "to create an environment where each individual student is positively embraced and develops the connections necessary to thrive in the college community and in life following graduation."
Available to all students throughout their tenure at NSU, the SASC will serve as an information, referral and follow-up nexus for all other academic and co-curricular service operations. By offering such services to students, the SASC hopes to increase retention and graduation rates.
"We have served or reached out to about 700 students in the past three months," said Lauren Barela, coordinator of career counseling services for the SASC. "We have assisted for reasons including academic consultation, tutoring needs, career counseling and students who may be struggling academically or having personal difficulties."
The center was created from a five-year Title III grant which supplies federal funds through the Department of Education. Its primary goal is to increase student retention and graduation rates by providing academic services and counseling.
For more information about the NSU Student Success Center call 918-444-3651 or visit

Published: 10/9/2012 10:05:14 AM

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