ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University graduate Dr. Darryl Tonemah
will help new students envision all that their college experience can be at a Common Read lecture at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, in the Johnson Fine Arts Center theater.
Tonemah, who has a Ph.D. in counseling psychology and cultural studies, will draw from his leadership training and motivational speaking background for the lecture. The event, hosted by the NSU Honors Program and Native American Student Association, is part of new student orientation.
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.
Sunday’s event, which is free and open to the public, is also part of the NSU Common Read. This is the second year that Northern is conducting a common read. This fall, freshmen will read “The Glass Castle.” Author Jeannette Walls will speak at NSU at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 in the Johnson Fine Arts Center.