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April 2, 2014

Mini-memoir author to speak at NSU

TAHLEQUAH — Northeastern State University’s Office of Orientation and Leadership, along with the support of the Office of the President, announced that Sam Bracken, author of “My Orange Duffel Bag: A Journey to Radical Change,” will give a keynote lecture on Monday, April 7 at 7 p.m. in the NSU Center for the Performing Arts.

Bracken will share his story of how he overcame being knocked down time and time again while growing up. His message will include seven rules for the road and lessons for being successful in life.

This author discusses how he was homeless at age 15, but managed to turn his life around and graduate 11th out of 700 students from his Las Vegas high school, land a full-ride scholarship to The Georgia Institute of Technology, and become successful in his own personal life.

The title of his graphic mini-memoir self-help book comes from the fact that when he came to Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Ga., everything he owned fit in an orange duffle bag.

Many NSU students are already familiar with Bracken’s book, as it was used as the common read in the fall semester by NSU’s President’s Leadership Class, RISE and the Honor’s Program.

Not only will Bracken be providing the keynote address, but he will also be presenting at several different speaking engagements throughout campus that same day.

Immediately following his 7 p.m. lecture, Bracken will be available for a book-signing, and copies of his book will be sold at the NSU RiverHawk Shoppe.

This event is sponsored by the NSU Foundation and Masonic Leadership Endowment. For more information, contact the Office of Orientation and Leadership at (918) 444-2255.

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