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  • President's Command Performance Gold Sponsor
  • Sabine State Bank is a Gold Sponsor of Northwestern State University’s upcoming President’s Command Performance, slated for March 27. From left are Robin Flynn, Sabine State Bank internal auditor; Lacy Merrill, manager of the bank’s Hwy. 1 Bypass branch; Tiffany Chasteen, NSU’s assistant director of alumni and development; Kenna Mathews, Sabine State Bank IT assistant, and Jill Bankston, NSU’s associate director of development. Several levels of sponsorships, as well as program ads and individual tickets are available by calling Chasteen at (318) 357-5213. [Read More...]

  • Famed guitar gets custom repair at NSU
  • NATCHITOCHES – A part of a rare Gibson guitar with a storied provenance was restored to its “vintage” condition through the expertise and technology available at Northwestern State University. The guitar, which has performed on stages around the world, in recording sessions and hazy tour bus jams surrounded by famous country, blues and rock and roll artists, is “on the road again – pun intended,” its owner said.

     The guitar was owned by the late Jody Payne, Willie Nelson’s touring guitarist for over three decades, who also toured with Merle Haggard. The guitar is now in the hands of a Payne family friend, a guitar enthusiast who reveres the fingerprints, the scratches and the stories the instrument could tell. [Read More...]

  • Online programs recognized for affordability
  • NATCHITOCHES – Three higher education websites have recognized Northwestern State University’s online bachelor’s programs in criminal justice and psychology and graduate programs for their affordability.The university’s online bachelor’s degree in criminal justice was ranked as the most affordable in country by nonprofitcollegesonline.com. NSU led the “Students Before Profits Award” rankings with a four cost of more than $3,300 less than the second ranked institution. [Read More...]

  • MidSouth supports President's Command Performance
  • MidSouth Bank is a Platinum Sponsor of the second annual President’s Command Performance, a spring gala at Northwestern State University that will include dinner, an art exhibit, silent auction, performances by students in the School of Creative and Performing Arts and the induction of Dr. Grady Harper, Jim Bob Key and Dr. Jack Wann into the CAPA Hall of Fame. The event is being held in conjunction with investiture celebration activities honoring Dr. [Read More...]

  • Adding to campus green space
  • Crews completed demolition of the Married Student Housing Complex at Northwestern State University this week. The five building complex was constructed in 1962 and has been closed for several years. The site on S. Jefferson near the railroad tracks will be used as green space. [Read More...]

  • "The Giving Tree" allowing Whitlock to bloom
  • NATCHITOCHES – Playing a tree branch has given Caitlyn Whitlock a chance to bloom. Whitlock plays a tree branch in “The Giving Tree,” which opens Thursday at Northwestern State University. “The Giving Tree,” will be presented Feb. 19-21 at 7:30 p. [Read More...]

  • Notary class set to begin Feb. 24
  • NATCHITOCHES – A notary public exam prep course will be offered through Northwestern State University’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education beginning Tuesday, Feb. 24. The class will be presented on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 p.m. [Read More...]

  • NSU President sends message to alumni
  • Northwestern State University President Dr. Jim Henderson released a visual message this week that emphasizes the importance of input and involvement of NSU's alumni in the university's plan for growth and increased excellence during turbulent times for Louisiana higher education.

     In the next few weeks, alumni will receive via e-mail and in Alumni Columns magazine a survey that will assist university personnel in decisions and initiatives that affect Northwestern State and the region it serves. Feedback from alumni through the survey and continued support will help the university achieve success in the years ahead. [Read More...]

  • RS holds second February training session
  • Ian McKinnon, left, led a demonstration in vibration analysis for Mathis Butler of Weyerhaeuser and Patrick Johnson of RoyOMartin during a workshop at Northwestern State University this week that also included personnel from CLECO and Boise Cascade. McKinnon is chief development officer for Reliability Solutions, a company that delivers training tailored to industry needs and has an agreement with Northwestern State in which the company utilizes facilities and equipment in the Department of Engineering Technology and allows NSU faculty, staff and students to audit the classes. This week’s session was one of two held this month with more planned for the spring semester. At right is Dr. [Read More...]

  • ECE will offer class for prospective contractors
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will offer a business law preparation seminar for Louisiana State Contractors Licensing applicants. The one-day seminars will be offered one Saturday each month through May.

     The seminar is a tool for individuals preparing for the business law portion of the Louisiana State Contractors Examination. The abbreviated yet in-depth seminar is for all potential state contractors (heating, ventilation and air conditioning, plumbing, electrical, general contractor, drywall, home remodeling and improvement, hazardous waste removal, mold remediation and others). [Read More...]

  • "The Giving Tree"
  • Northwestern State University Theatre and Dance will present “The Giving Tree” Feb. 19-22 in the A.A. Fredericks Fine Arts Auditorium. [Read More...]

  • Bead Town prints are available
  • NATCHITOCHES – Three hundred limited edition canvas prints of artist Stephan Wanger’s “Un Rue Principale en Louisiane (A Main Street of Louisiana)” are available for sale with proceeds going to the Natchitoches Legacy Art Project, an educational trust to benefit Natchitoches parish students. Prints are signed and numbered 52-inch x 9-inch versions of Wanger’s 48 x 8-foot bead mural completed in 2013 as part of the Natchitoches Tri-Centennial that depicts a panoramic view of Front Street and Cane River in a composition made of Mardi Gras beads.

     The prints are available for $300 plus shipping. 

    Wanger is a German-born artist who moved to New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and began creating large-scale works of art using discarded Mardi Gras beads. [Read More...]

  • Art Extravaganza Friday
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s Department of Fine + Graphic Art will host Art Extravaganza, a full day of workshops and demonstrations aimed at high school sophomores, juniors and seniors, on the NSU campus Friday, Feb. 13. NSU faculty and students hope to familiarize high schoolers, teachers and parents with Northwestern State’s Fine + Graphic Arts programs and facilities, as well as art processes and facilities.

     More than 60 students are expected to attend from Evangel Christian Academy, C. [Read More...]

  • WWII veteran honored during basketball game
  • Northwestern State University’s Army ROTC program and its alumni arm, the Demon Regiment, along with NSUs Office of Alumni Affairs honored J. Houston Cook, a veteran of World War II, who served as a corporal with the famed 4th Infantry Division. As a mechanic in Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion 12th Infantry Regiment, Cook landed on Utah Beach on D-Day and fought with the division until his discharge in August 1945. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge for meritorious service. [Read More...]

  • Leesville-Fort Polk campus to assist Quiz Bowl
  • LEESVILLE – Faculty and staff from Northwestern State University’s Leesville-Fort Polk campus will help put on the annual Vernon Parish Quiz Bowl Thursday, Feb. 12 at First Baptist Church of Leesville at 1400 Nolan Trace. The event starts at 8 a.m. [Read More...]

  • President's Command Performance March 27
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University will host the second annual President’s Command Performance, a spring gala to celebrate the arts, Friday, March 27 in conjunction with investiture ceremonies for NSU President Dr. James Henderson. The President’s Command Performance will showcase the talents of students and faculty in the Mrs. H. [Read More...]

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