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  • Advancing jazz education in Louisiana
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University faculty members Galindo Rodrigues and Paul Forsyth are participate in The Jazz Reading Big Band on Sunday in Baton Rouge.The band is sponsored by the Louisiana Association for Jazz Education and the Louisiana Music Educators Association. Rodriguez along with Bill Causey Jr. will direct the band. [Read More...]

  • Glover selected for national organization position
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University student Damian Glover of Lafayette was elected this past weekend to serve as the National Student Advisory Council Director for BACCHUS Initiatives within the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).  Glover will represent more than 25 states including Louisiana. BACCHUS (Boosting Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students) Initiatives within NASPA is a university and community based network focusing on comprehensive health and safety initiatives. The organization works to actively promote student and young adult based campus and community-wide leadership on healthy and safe lifestyle decisions concerning alcohol abuse, tobacco use, illegal drug use, unhealthy sexual practices and other high-risk behaviors. [Read More...]

  • Students, administrators head to Colombia
  • NATCHITOCHES – A contingency of Northwestern State University students will visit Cartagena and Bogota, Colombia, over the next week where they will work with young musicians and students learning to speak English in secondary schools and visit two universities. This is the fourth year that NSU has coordinated the research and service-learning experience for students, who were selected based on leadership skills, volunteerism and language/culture expertise.

     “This will be the capstone of these students’ leadership experience,” said Reatha Cox, coordinator of First Year Experience and Leadership Development. The students she chose were involved in the Presidential Leadership Program, Freshman Connection and pursued other volunteer opportunities, “always doing a little extra. [Read More...]

  • Former Army Captain honored
  • Former Army Captain Dee Fowler was recognized during Northwestern State University’s football game Nov. 8 as part of a new tradition to thank those who served in the armed forces. Fowler served with the Women’s Army Corps and was the first woman to be Safety Officer Qualified for the Field Artillery Howitzers. She also served as the juvenile and domestic relations officer for the Provost Marshal at Fort Sill. [Read More...]

  • Work by student composer to premiere Tuesday
  • NATCHITOCHES – Sometimes procrastinating is a good thing for Alan Lovell. Recently, Lovell was putting off working on an English paper when the idea for a song came to him. That song, “Moonlight Ride,” will be performed as part of Nathaniel McReynolds’ Graduate Trumpet Recital at Northwestern State University Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 5:30 p. [Read More...]

  • Four online programs ranked among top 10 in nation
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s online programs were ranked 14th in the country in OnlineU.org’s list of the 2015 Best Value Online College Rankings. Northwestern State’s programs in accounting, business, nursing and psychology were each in the top 10 in their field. NSU was the only Louisiana institution to rank among the top 25 Best Value Online Colleges. [Read More...]

  • Art director guest lectures CAPA students
  • Erick Grass, an art director, set designer and production designer for the film industry, theatre, ballet and the advertising industry lectured students in Northwestern State University’s School of Creative and Performing Arts during a visit to the school where he spoke to students in dance, theatre, art and graphic design. Grass described how his work evolved from studio art to set design and the skills he acquired in the process, with examples from TV commercials and films. Grasswas awarded with “Pon tu pensamiento en mi,” in Best Art Direction with the Kikito de Oro at the International Film Festival of Gramado, Brasil, in 1994. He also won the Coral Award to Best Art Direction at the International Film Festival of Havana, Cuba, with “Martí, the Canary Eye” in 2010. [Read More...]

  • Creativity Showcase
  • As part of National Distance Learning Week, The Office of Electronic and Continuing Education is showcasing student and faculty creativity with a student photo competition, and faculty Pixlr banner competition.

    Distance learning students get to show their creativity through a photography competition that features where they have been taking their distance learning courses. Students sent in their best pictures of them in their "classrooms,” and let us know how eNSU is helping them achieve their goals. We would like to send out a very special thank you to all of our participants. [Read More...]

  • NSU Gives Thanks
  • Northwestern State University students, faculty and staff penned personalized notes of appreciation to individuals who made donations to the NSU Foundation and the Demons Unlimited Foundation in appreciation for scholarship dollars that benefit student and student-athletes. The NSU Thank A Donor Day was coordinated through the NSU Alumni Association and NSU Athletics Department and was designed to raise awareness among students about who the scholarship donors are and how students benefit from the generosity of others. The event was promoted through a social media campaign, #NSUgivesthanks, and on the student radio station, KNWD. Pictured are students in NSU’s Presidential Leadership Program (PLP) supporting the project. [Read More...]

  • Dardenne receives Creole Peoples Award
  • NATCHITOCHES – Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, right, received a Creole Peoples Award during the 2014 Creole Heritage Celebration. Dardenne was presented the award by Northwestern State University Professor of Anthropology Dr. [Read More...]

  • National Webinars
  • The Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will host a series of National Distance Learning Week Webinars offered through the United States Distance Learning Association. To register for their webinars and to see a more extensive list, go to http://www.usdla.org/v/vspfiles/satellite_sites/2014_NDLW/events. [Read More...]

  • Scholarship will benefit 1st generation student
  • NATCHITOCHES – First generation college students attending Northwestern State University will be eligible for a scholarship established to honor a 1957 alumnus who was a long-time supporter of the University.

     The Dan Chase First Generation Scholarship was created through a $60,000 gift from Lilly Chase of Baton Rouge to the NSU Foundation, which was matched with $40,000 by the Board of Regents. Scholarship applicants must be Louisiana residents whose parents or legal guardians did not earn a college degree and must be awarded the federal Pell grant. 

    “The Chase family has a long history of supporting Northwestern State, having previously established scholarships to benefit student-athletes and students pursing degrees in education and psychology and assisted in other fund raising efforts,” said Dr. [Read More...]

  • Celebrating Students
  • Wednesday, November 12 is our day to celebrate eNSU students. Join us as we announce the Student Ad Competition winners! We will also be hosting our WebEx Cool Tools workshop (10:00-11:30 am) for faculty to explore some of the newest tools for engaging students in online learning.

    Students! View the winner of our 2014 eNSU Ad Competition!

    Faculty and Staff! Join us for our Cool Tools webinar! This 90 minute online workshop will introduce faculty to fun and exciting tools that can be used in the online environment to engage students in the content. This workshop will be online through Webex, from 10:00 am - 11:30 am, and presented by: Laura Delanoix and Terrie McCallister. [Read More...]

  • Parkway wins Marching Band Contest
  • NATCHITOCHES –Parkway High School of Bossier City was named the Grand Champion at the annual Northwestern State University Marching Contest held Saturday in Turpin Stadium. Thirty-two high school marching bands from Louisiana and Texas participated in the event. Deer Park (Texas) was second followed by Centennial (Texas), E.D. [Read More...]

  • "Two Rooms" to open Wednesday
  • NATCHITOCHES – The setting for the play “Two Rooms” is Beirut, Lebanon, in the 1980s, but it could have been ripped from today’s headlines.“Two Rooms,” which opens Nov. 12 at Northwestern State University, is the story of an American educator, Michael, who is taken hostage. Michael’s wife Lainie is left in their home with only a by-the-book State Department official and opportunistic reporter to keep her company. [Read More...]

  • National Distance Learning Week Faculty Focus
  • As part of National Distance Learning Week, the Office of Electronic and Continuing Education is highlighting the thoughts of NSU faculty on the distance learning program here at Northwestern State. Faculty speak on the history of the program, as well as how they have integrated distance learning into their degree programs. To view the interview, go to eNSU’s National Distance Learning Week website: http://ndlw.nsula. [Read More...]

  • New Traditions site unveiled
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University has updated its Traditions website to recognize some of the people, places and things that make the university special in a more visually appealing and user-friendly fashion.

     The website at traditions.nsula.edu features the school’s digital archives of The Current Sauce student newspaper, the Potpourri yearbook, Argus literary magazine and Alumni Columns magazine. [Read More...]

  • NSU Participates in Distance Learning Week
  • National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) is sponsored by the United States Distance Learning Association as a time to promote and celebrate the enormous growth and outstanding accomplishments occurring today in distance learning programs offered by schools, businesses, and governmental departments.  

    Northwestern State’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will hold a series of events during the week to highlight the university’s accomplishments in distance learning and provide information for faculty looking to improve their online teaching. Northwestern State has 35 complete online degree programs online and offers hundreds of online courses throughout its curriculum each semester.

    In recognition of NDLW, the following events will take place at NSU:

    • Nov. [Read More...]

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Language and Communication

The Department of Language and Communication has expanded its teaching areas to include media and film studies thanks, in large part, to a grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents.  Drs. Crank and Bauman submitted a proposal for undergraduate research in 2009 that funded the beginning of a film library to be housed in the department.  Through this grant, the department has now launched a new concentration that will allow students to study and analyze classic and contemporary film.  The department has also committed to screening one classic, rare, or unseen film every semester in order to generate interest in the new concentration and to utilize the new films they have received.