Northern State University graduate Dr. Darryl Tonemah will be visiting several area schools on a three-day tour Oct. 21-23 to help students envision all that a college experience can be.
His "Be U" tour stops include:
• Monday: Wakpala and Tiospaye Topa School
• Tuesday: Waubay and Aberdeen Central High School
• Wednesday: Sisseton.
Tonemah, who has a Ph.D. in counseling psychology and cultural studies, will draw from his leadership training and motivational speaking background for these presentations. The "Be U” tour is sponsored by the NSU Multicultural Student Affairs. During his visits, Tonemah will encourage students to not only be themselves, but to go after their dreams and to consider higher education options.
Tonemah, who graduated from NSU in 1989, is of Kiowa, Comanche and Tuscarora heritage. He is an active advocate for American Indian affairs, and he sits on numerous state and national boards addressing disparities in education and health care among the Native community. Tonemah recently joined the Stephen Covey group as a trainer for “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” He is also an actor and award-winning recording artist.
Tonemah, who is also a graduate of Aberdeen Central High School, delivered a cultural competency workshop at NSU in March. Now, he has accepted a contractual opportunity to work with NSU Student Affairs to help with recruitment of Native American students from the region.
For more information regarding the "Be U" tour, including visit times, contact Peni Mounga at 605-626-3008.