NSU accepting nominations for 2013 Centurions

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. -- In celebration of Northeastern State University's Founders Day 2013, the university will add 10 names to its list of NSU Centurions.

Since selecting 100 individuals as inaugural recipients of Centurion Awards during its Centennial Celebration in 2009, NSU has added names to the Centurion roll each year. The honors are given to members of the NSU family – alumni, faculty, staff and students whether past or present – who impacted the life of the nominator, the Northeastern community or the public at large.

Anyone is invited to make a nomination. The nominee may be living or deceased and should embody the legacy of NSU. To submit a nomination, visit the Centurion nomination page at nsuok.edu/CenturionNomination.aspx and fill out the form. Nominations are also accepted by mail at Office of the President, attn: Julienne, Northeastern State University 600 N, Grand Ave. Tahlequah, OK 74464 or by fax at 918-444-2015. Nominations must be submitted by Feb. 12.

Adapted from the word "centurion," the commander of a century or 100 men in the Roman army, the NSU Centurion is an individual whose leadership and commitment, in the course of helping others, has made a significant impact during the university's history.

A Centurion recipient may come from any walk of life. Educators, administrators, staff, coaches, entrepreneurs, civic leaders, standout athletes, entertainers and notable alumni have been honored.

Centurions include country music superstar Carrie Underwood, Tuna trilogy co-author and co-star Joe Sears and former state attorney general Drew Edmondson. Other honorees such as former athletic director Dr. Jack Dobbins, historian Beth Herrington and entrepreneur Jeff Reasor made a difference in their communities.

Some performed celebrated service in the past, such as Cherokee National Female Seminary principal Florence Wilson, Tahlequah pioneer Sue Crafton and football coach Harold "Tuffy" Stratton.

The new Centurions will be named in February and honored during a special luncheon on March 6 at 11:30 a.m. in the University Center Sen. Herb Rozell Ballroom. Further details of the luncheon are forthcoming. For more information call the Office of the President at 918-444-2018.

Published: 2/5/2013 11:49:51 AM

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