ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University kicked off the first of its “Be You” tours this fall when Dr. Darryl Tonemah visited several area schools.
NSU thanks those schools and communities that hosted Tonemah during the successful tour: Aberdeen Central High School; Sisseton High School; Tiospaye Topa School; Tiospa Zina High School; Wakpala High School; and Waubay High School.
Tonemah, who has a Ph.D. in counseling psychology and cultural studies, visited with area students and provided a message of "putting your yes on the table." He encouraged students to say yes to challenges and see how they can bring positive changes into their lives – to not be afraid to put themselves out there to succeed. Tonemah, who graduated from NSU in 1989, shared the impact that attending Northern had on his life. He encouraged students to take a serious look at higher education to further their dreams.
Tonemah, who is of Kiowa, Comanche and Tuscarora heritage, grew up on and off reservations throughout the country. He is an advocate for American Indian affairs, and sits on state and national boards addressing disparities in education and health care in native communities. Tonemah recently joined the Stephen Covey group as a trainer for “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” He also is an actor and award-winning recording artist.
More NSU “Be You” tours are planned with various speakers. Stay tuned for details about the tours, which are sponsored by NSU Multicultural Student Affairs
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