Since its inception, the program has aimed to provide Chickasaw high school students with real college experiences to better prepare them for an academic future. The academy is sponsored by the Chickasaw Nation in coordination with the Native American Center for Student Success. Chickasaw students who participate in this week long event get to live in the Shearer Hall dormitories, attend classes, eat meals in the university cafeteria, and complete various assignments and tasks just as college students do. In addition to these classroom experiences the students participate in making traditional style stickball sticks, learn the history of stickball with some hands-on experiences, and partake in other unique cultural activities. Each student who attends the academy is presented a laptop to assist them with note taking, learning the basics of research, and photography of the events they participate in.
For more information contact Amanda Bird with the Chickasaw Nation Education Department at 580-421-7711 or firstname.lastname@example.org.