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Meet Our Team

Our team is building the Center for Sovereign Nations with the guidance of our sovereign tribal nation partners, our OSU faculty and staff partners and input from our students. We would welcome the chance to meet you!

 

Center Staff

Elizabeth Mee Payne

Director

Center for Sovereign Nations
elizabeth.payne@okstate.edu
Juris Doctorate
University of Oklahoma

Sky Rogers

Coordinator

Center for Sovereign Nations
sky.rogers@okstate.edu
B.S. Industrial Engineering
M.B.A. Business Administration
Oklahoma State University

Student Staff

Name: Amber Sawyers
Nation:
Cherokee Nation
Hometown:
Okemah, OK
Major:
Accounting
Future Plans:
Achieving my Masters in Accounting
Advice To Freshman:
Do the easy work in your early classes. It starts good habits before your harder classes.
Name: Arielle Farve
Nation:
Chickasaw Nation
Hometown:
Lone Grove, OK
Major:
Strategic Communication
Future Plans:
Advice To Freshman:
“College is filled with amazing opportunities and wonderful experiences, but always remember your studies come first. Plan ahead and don’t get discouraged that first time you have to pull an all-nighter, just keep in mind that, ‘Pain is temporary, GPA is forever.”
Name: Carson Turner
Nation:
The Chickasaw Nation
Hometown:
Edmond, OK
Major:
OSUTeach Physics
Future Plans:
I plan to teach secondary education and advocate science literacy in the youth of Oklahoma.
Advice To Freshman:
I believe incoming freshman would benefit from all of the on campus facilities dedicated to their success, and showing them where they are and how to use them would be a great benefit. Also educating them on the Tribal benefits available to them.
Name: Cory Hopcus
Nation:
Citizen Potawatomi
Hometown:
Lawton, OK
Major:
Computer Engineering
Future Plans:
Graduating and obtaining a job in designing computer hardware.
Advice To Freshman:
Stick to a schedule.
Name: Dade Eddy
Nation:
Chickasaw Nation
Hometown:
Pauls Valley, OK
Major:
Mechanical Engineering
Future Plans:
Advice To Freshman:
“Always go to the lecture for your classes and make time for the homework. Also make time for yourself so you can relax.”
Name: Emma Kincade
Nation:
Cherokee Nation
Hometown:
Broken Arrow, OK
Major:
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Future Plans:
I want to become a pediatric occupational therapist. I would love to create a center for rehabilitative therapy within my tribe.
Advice To Freshman:
This is a time in life where you get to explore the possibilities of your future and become the person you want to be for the rest of your life. Take advantage of every opportunity that you come across!
Name: Gabe Louis
Nation:
Choctaw Nation
Hometown:
Durant, OK
Major:
Computer Engineering
Future Plans:
Advice To Freshman:
"Don’t panic if you fail an assignment or exam, it happens sometimes so just continue to work hard and it’ll work out in the end."
Name: James Jump
Nation:
Osage Nation
Hometown:
Stillwater, OK
Major:
Health Education and Promotion
Future Plans:
Advice To Freshman:
"Do you 24/7, 365."
Name: Kareesa Kennedy
Nation:
Choctaw Nation
Hometown:
Buffalo Valley, OK
Major:
Accounting
Future Plans:
Advice To Freshman:
“Go to Class."
Name: Maggie Adcock
Nation:
Chickasaw Nation
Hometown:
Custer City, OK
Major:
Agribusiness and Animal Science
Future Plans:
I plan to be an Agricultural Insurance Specialist and hopefully start my own business.
Advice To Freshman:
Eat the free food, take the free shirts, take road trips with friends, go to cheap concerts, and have fun while it last!
Name: Masheli Billy
Nation:
Chickasaw Nation
Hometown:
Purcell, Oklahoma
Major:
Aerospace Administrations and Operations
Future Plans:
Army Helicopter Pilot
Advice To Freshman:
College isn’t as scary of a place as you might think. It’s actually pretty awesome. Live, Laugh, Love.
Name: Mason Two Crow
Nation:
Choctaw Nation, Cherokee Nation, Three affiliated tribes or MHA Nation (Arikara, Mandan, Hidatsa), Cheyenne River Sioux
Hometown:
Sachse, Texas
Major:
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Minor in American Indian Studies
Future Plans:
Plans to attend OU medical school and become an anesthesiologist.
Advice To Freshman:
Freshmen should know that the clothes you wear to your MWF classes can be the same as the clothes you wear to your TR classes.
Name: Meg Baker
Nation:
Cherokee Nation
Hometown:
Locust Grove, OK
Major:
Psychology
Future Plans:
Advice To Freshman:
"Always make time for yourself, mentally and physically. YOU are important and no one will judge you if take a mental health day!"
Name: Noah Berryhill
Nation:
Muscogee (Creek) Nation
Hometown:
Sapulpa, OK
Major:
Mechanical Engineering
Future Plans:
Advice To Freshman:
“Don’t give up when things get tough. If you want it get it.”
Name: Ova Fofah
Nation:
Creek & Cherokee Nation
Hometown:
Tulsa, OK
Major:
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Future Plans:
Advice To Freshman:
“Don’t be afraid to ask professors for advice early on in your courses.”
Name: Sadie Elmore
Nation:
Chickasaw Nation
Hometown:
Ada, OK
Major:
Human Development and Family Science
Future Plans:
Advice To Freshman:
“There are two pieces of advice I have. First, when your parents call you 100 times a day, answer every time. They're not being annoying, it's just as big as a change for them as college is for you. Second, wait to buy you books until you KNOW that you need them. Sometimes you go to class and the professor will tell you not to buy them. P.S. Rent from Chegg when possible, it saves tons of money :)”
Name: Shelbie Smith
Nation:
Cherokee Nation
Hometown:
Edmond, OK
Major:
Accounting
Future Plans:
After graduating with my Master's I would like to go into public accounting.
Advice To Freshman:
Find a degree that you absolutely love and excel in. You are setting the path for yourself, so explore your options and don't make decisions based on what people want you to do. Also, be organized! It will help you so much each and every day, reducing your stress and allowing you to have a life aside of school.
Name: Veronica Arredondo
Nation:
Choctaw Nation
Hometown:
Dallas, TX
Major:
Civil / Environmental Engineering
Future Plans:
I look forward to graduating in May 2017, I would love to gain experience as an Environmental or Civil Engineer through Choctaw Nation in order to work towards becoming a Professional Engineer
Advice To Freshman:
Always and never hesitate to ask for help because any help will go a long way.
Name: Zachary Kensinger
Nation:
Cherokee, OK
Hometown:
Enid, OK
Major:
Political Science
Future Plans:
Advice To Freshman:
"Remember to live in the present and not to focus too much on the stresses of the future. The next four years should be some of the best years of your life."