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Haskell students get pep talk for successful year

School started August 18 for the school, which was recently criticized for its low graduation rate.

September 1, 2010

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Hundreds of Haskell Indian Nations University students filled the school’s theater Tuesday afternoon for convocation, celebrating the start of a new school year.

Jefferson E. Keel, lieutenant governor of the Chickasaw Nation, was the guest speaker giving the convocation address to Haskell Indian Nations University students on Tuesday. Keel urged students to complete their studies — for their own benefit if not anyone else’s.

Jefferson E. Keel, lieutenant governor of the Chickasaw Nation, was the guest speaker giving the convocation address to Haskell Indian Nations University students on Tuesday. Keel urged students to complete their studies — for their own benefit if not anyone else’s.

“This university has maintained excellence and I know that you will too as a student throughout the school year,” regents President George Tiger told the group.

The motivational speeches were perhaps especially relevant this week, after a recent U.S. Department of Education report revealed that Haskell has one of the lowest graduation rates in the country, at 9 percent. The details were released in Washington Monthly’s list of 50 four-year public and private not-for-profit colleges with low graduation rates.

The keynote speaker to address the students Tuesday was Lieutenant Governor of the Chickasaw Nation Jefferson Keel. He’s also the president of the National Congress of American Indians.

He told the group about his experience as a student. He graduated from high school at the age of 16 and headed off to basic training for the National Guard the next day.

“I couldn’t wait to get away from school,” Keel said.

He went on to describe how he excelled in the military but was left wondering what life had to offer him next. He decided to go to college and fully embrace the gift of a good education.

He encouraged Haskell students not to give up, even when they’re homesick or simply feel frustrated with the process.

“I encourage you to talk to someone who can help you when you get discouraged,” Keel said.

Keel didn’t specifically address the DOE report, but indicated that finishing what you start is important.

“If you don’t do it for anyone else, do it for yourself; once you commit and apply yourself to your studies, you’ll find that it will be a lot easier,” Keel said.

Other speakers included Patrick Freeland, student senate president, and Chris Redman, acting president of Haskell.

Haskell officials say they are committed to improving the graduation rate with a new success center to open in October.

Comments

ssakcaj 4 years, 8 months ago

“This university has maintained excellence and I know that you will too as a student throughout the school year,” regents President George Tiger told the group. Ha ha ha ha ha ha, I can't believe he had a straight face when he said this. He should be writing comedy in Hollywood.

ssakcaj 4 years, 8 months ago

And I just realized that the "Success Center" isn't going to be open until October. Again, another example of their incompetence. It is vitally important that you connect with the students from the moment they arrive on campus as first-time students. Once again, Haskell has failed. What were they doing all summer?

emaw 4 years, 8 months ago

they were protesting for the beavers!!!

Evan Ridenour 4 years, 8 months ago

I like how maybe 1 of the students in the entire photo is not on their phone during the speech.

kulinebacker 4 years, 8 months ago

Where is this information that the majority of haskell students have the reading skills of a 5-6th grader? The information that you repeated sounds ignorant, I simply can not believe that nor would I assume it to be correct.

jgaznative 4 years, 8 months ago

“This university has maintained excellence and I know that you will too as a student throughout the school year,” regents President George Tiger told the group.

That quote tells the world just how far off base the Haskell standard bar is.

roamingnome 4 years, 8 months ago

Would George Tiger please explain how Haskell has "maintained excellence" with one of the lowest graduation rates?? Or is that his standard of excellence? George Tiger is an embarrassment to Native people and Haskell.

Practicality 4 years, 8 months ago

At some level, the keynote is partially correct. Each and every student has to take ownership of their own education. One can not blame the administration for a students inability to turn in an assignment. Nor can one blame the administration for a students inability to motivate oneself to do what they are supposed to do and not necessarily what they want to do. It is the same at every college across the country.

What can be blamed on the administration is not providing enough support to the students who are trying to fully engage in the academic process and are not receiving the proper support. In my opinion, a student center will not necessarily accomplish this. If the students participate in the student center, and if the student center provides all the necessary support those students need, then it could make a difference though.

I am afraid for the future for Haskell. It might be better to just pay to send these kids to a better college of their choice.

Evan Ridenour 4 years, 8 months ago

"I am afraid for the future for Haskell. It might be better to just pay to send these kids to a better college of their choice."

A substantial degree of the problems associated with Haskell are related to the institution being woefully underfunded. The government isn't about to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to send the students to real universities when the government can't scrounge up an extra million.

ssakcaj 4 years, 8 months ago

Lie. Haskell's current budget is approximately $14 million dollars per year. They have less than a thousand students but for the ease of armchair math, let's just say one thousand students. That means Haskell spends $14,000 per student, per year, not counting any financial aid the student might receive.

KU with its 60% graduation rate versus Haskell's 9% rate charges roughly $4,000 per semester or $8,000 per year. Housing is roughly another $3,600 per year, with meals running around $3,800 per year. The grand total is $15,400 per year to attend KU versus Haskell's $14,000 per year.

True, there is a difference of around $1400 per year but that is based on the 1,000 student per year enrollment. If the enrollment at Haskell is really 900 then the cost of Haskell jumps to $15,555 per year and the difference between the two dissappears.

Everyone talks about school vouchers and choice, here is a chance to see how it works. Offer every student coming in the choice between KU and Haskell. If they choose KU, transfer the money out of Haskell's budget to KU. I bet that would start getting people at Haskell to actually care whether or not students graduated.

Roh 4 years, 8 months ago

You are wrong on your budget figures. Yes Haskell gets around 14 million. 9 million is for faculty, staff, and student funding, with the bulk of that being used to cover salries. The other 5 million can only be spent by the facilities department for maintenance, upkeep, and cannot be spent on student supplies or equipment.

If you look back on budget history you will see that Haskell has only recvied small increases for cost of living. Before Dr. Warner left, over 50% of the budget was being spent by the Athletics and President's Office, not being spent in accademics. Sadly technology was less than 1% of the over all budget.

ssakcaj 4 years, 8 months ago

I believe the split is closer to 10-4, but the main point still stands. The designation for the money as academic versus facilities is not written in stone rather it is an administrative decision. Other schools when closed had their budgets consolidated and reassigned and Haskell would be no different.

The budget amount you ascribe to athletics is another of the big lies the anti-Warner crowd trotted out previously and was disproved. A quick math exercise here will suffice. Subtracting the 50 facilities employees from the 250 at Haskell leaves 200. Divide the $9 million by 200 and you get $45k which is approximately what the average Haskell employee makes. If you try that with your supposed half or $4.5 million for 200 employees you come up with a ridiculously small $22.5k per employee.

Again, as I said, the same old tired already disproven lies used to attack Warner previously are once again being trotted out in another orchestrated smear campaign.

Roh 4 years, 7 months ago

No your wrong again. The budget split is mandatory. BIA funds facilities, and BIE funds Academics and Administration. Once again you play with your numbers. Your salary numbers could be roughly close, but then you go to say that the entire budget is spent on salaries! You don’t count the fact that facilities funding pays for electricity, natural gas, and other maintenance costs. You act like the entire budget is “magically” used for salaries. If it was done the way you allude to then there would be no capital improvements done on the school!

To quote a Statics Professor, not from Haskell, “Numbers can be manipulated to mean anything.” Once again you use your numbers to prove your lies, so I call you out again!

beeshlii 4 years, 6 months ago

"It might be better to just pay to send these kids to a better college of their choice" now this is a good idea.

katatnite 4 years, 8 months ago

George Tiger should be ashamed of himself and so should anyone that let him stand up there and speak to students.....I've read about all of the money mess that he was involved with and how uneducated he is....where's his master's or Ph.D at? Just read the voices of courage link:http://thevoicesofcourage/georgetiger. And what money did Stephanie Birdwell travel on to fly from Washington D.C. to come and speak at The Lawrence, Ks. Rotary Club just last month? Haskell didn't foot that bill did they????? Someone needs to find out. The Haskell success center, ran by those who can't succeed, would be a great name for the place. @justanotherface You are right the students don't look happy.

geekin_topekan 4 years, 8 months ago

One of my favorite little oddities about Haskell comes every Monday morning.

Half of the students are sporting hickies!! I exaggerate not. Half, both male and female, have a superficial hematoma on their neck. Hilarious!!

By the numbers? Well, roughly 950 students, half with at least two (Ive seen up to five) comes up to at gangload on any given Monday AM.

How many KU students? 25000?

Can you imagine 12500 hickied-up students on Monday!!?

sbobandme 4 years, 8 months ago

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enoughalready 4 years, 7 months ago

ahhh once again some people just gossip and spread incorrect information.

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