University description (as per official university website)
Northeastern Oklahoma A & M College, also known as NEO, is beautifully nestled in Miami, Oklahoma, United States. It was founded in 1919 and was named the Oklahoma School of Mines.
The College’s 200-acre farm provides a hands-on education in the care and management of livestock, field crops and soil. The NEO Arena offers a practice facility for the Equine Judging Team, which has captured a national title each year since 2003; the Rodeo Team, which draws students from 20 states across the country; and the Livestock Judging Team, which boasts of influential alumni in the livestock industry, including Jarold Callahan, president of Express Ranches in Yukon, Okla. Commons Hall, one of the campus’ original buildings, was recently renovated to house our Music Department. It is now equipped with ample classroom space and practice rooms and also features a 120-seat auditorium. The Health Sciences Building has undergone construction to provide more classroom and skills-lab space for the Nursing Program. The program now offers a state-of-the-art mannequin that simulates life-like scenarios, which better prepares students for an environment in health-care. During the summer of 2009, NEO will begin yet another construction project with the addition of a new Science Building. This 13,600-square-foot facility will be equipped with laboratories for chemistry, microbiology and medical lab technician courses, as well as a computer lab.
NEO has a rich tradition of athletics, including football, softball, baseball, volleyball, men’s and women’sbasketball and men’s and women’ssoccer. Part of that tradition are the 250 Golden Norse Football players who have been named All American and the more than 50 Norse Football alumni who have played in the National Football League. The men’s basketball team earned the honor of NJCAA Region II champions in 2008, as well as the Bi-State East Conference champions in 2007. NEO’s softball team has played in the NJCAA National Tournament for two consecutive years, taking home a fourth-place trophy in 2007. The NEO volleyball team finished third in the region during the 2007 season. All of these accomplishments have added to the pride that is accompanied by a Golden Norse jersey.
History of NEO
Northeastern Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College had its beginning in 1919 when Governor Robertson signed Senate Bill number 225 creating the Miami School of Mines. A special Board of Regents, authorized under House Bill number 552, organized the school so that it offered only college work, largely of a scientific nature. After holding classes for a year in the Mining and Exchange Building in Miami, the institution moved to its new location on forty acres of land given by interested citizens of Miami. Here the College as a school of mines until 1924, when during a special session of the legislature, the name of the school was changed to Northeastern Oklahoma Junior College and general collegiate courses were added to the curriculum.
Control of the College remained in the hands of the special Board of Regents until 1939 when Northeastern Oklahoma Junior College and the six teachers' colleges were placed under the Board of Regents for Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges . A 200 acre farm was purchased, agricultural courses were added, and shop buildings were constructed and equipped to carry on the mechanical work.
The College is fully accredited by our own state institutions and by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. It offers the Associate in Arts Degree, the Associate in Science degree, and the Associate in Applied Science, as well as numerous one and two-year certificate programs..
The College has shown a steady expansion in services offered to the community and in students taking advantage of its offerings.