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  • Native Identity panel draws more than 200
  • A panel consisting of Dr. Denise Bates, professor of history at Arizona State Univeristy; Jeanette Alcon, a consultant and former head of Louisiana Inter-tribal Council; Clyde Jackson, a representative of the Jena Band of Louisiana Choctaw, and Ernest Sickey, Coushatta Tribal Council representative, spoke before a crowd of more than 200 in NSU’s Sylvan Friedman Student Ballroom Sept. 30 to discuss “Southern Native Identity and Political Empowerment,” a topic that addresses some of the key historical moments that have shaped the direction of southern native identity and politics. The event was organized by Sickey and Dr. [Read More...]

  • Hall of Distinguished Educators lists inductees
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development will induct five alumni into its Hall of Distinguished Educators during Homecoming festivities Oct. 11 and recognize a long-time educator as a Friend of Education. This year’s honorees are Distinguished Educators Dr. Sara Peace Ebarb of Shreveport, Dr. [Read More...]

  • Students before profits
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University has received the “Students before Profits Award” from the website nonprofitcollegesonline.com.The rankings were created to recognize online colleges and universities committed to putting the interest of students first. The award focused on bachelor’s programs in psychology. [Read More...]

  • Better Business Bureau renews scholarship
  • NATCHITOCHES – The Better Business Bureau Serving Central Louisiana and the Ark-La-Tex renewed their annual scholarship benefitting a Northwestern State University student. The Better Business Bureau Serving Central Louisiana and the Ark-La-Tex Scholarship is a $400 award presented to a student each fall and spring semester. Recipients must maintain a 3.0 or higher grade point average and intend to eventually earn a Master of Business Administration, according to Andy Fisher, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau Serving Central Louisiana and the Ark-La-Tex. [Read More...]

  • Homecoming Golf Tournament Set
  • NATCHITOCHES – The Northwestern State University Foundation will hold the annual Homecoming Golf Scramble on Friday, Oct. 10 at Northwestern Hills Golf Course.  Entry fees for the four-person scramble are $75 per person or $300 per team, which includes lunch, cart rental and green fees.  Registration will close Oct. [Read More...]

  • NSU is Rockin' Retro
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University will celebrate Homecoming 2014 with a “Rockin’ Retro” theme. Homecoming festivities are set for Oct. 10-11 and will include the second annual Rockin’ on the Riverbank Homecoming Festival, parade, pep rally, receptions, tailgating and the presentation of the Honor Court during halftime of Saturday’s football game.

     Capping off a week of student activities on campus, alumni and friends are invited to join the festivities on Friday Oct. [Read More...]

  • Seeing the students' passion for learning
  • Who’s Who at Northwestern StateName: T. Davina McClainTitle: Associate Professor of ClassicsEducation: PhD in Classical Studies, Indiana University – Bloomington;MA in Latin – Indiana University -Bloomington; BA in Classics/BA in History/Secondary Certification in Latin and History – Trinity UniversityYears at NSU: 8

    Job description: For the first seven and a half years, I served as Director of the Scholars’ College.  I am now teaching the courses in Latin and Greek and developing on-line Latin offerings for the university. I also serve as the faculty advisor for Demon Dodgeball, Societas Antiqua/Iota Beta Chapter of Eta Sigma Phi (the National Classics Honor Society) and Phi Alpha Delta, the International Pre-Law Honor Society. [Read More...]

  • Scholars' student completes internship in Italy
  • NATCHITOCHES – Olivia Martzell of Covington, a Northwestern State University student studying mass communications, was nominated for two awards for a multimedia package she produced during an internship in Italy last summer. Martzell wrote, shot, edited and produced a package that was nominated for best story in the multimedia category and best overall photography, which she won.

    Martzell is a senior majoring in liberal arts in the Louisiana Scholars’ College with a concentration in fine and performing art focusing on journalism. She studied at Collegio Urbino in Urbino, Italy, a small town in the Le Marche region near Italy’s Adriatic coast. [Read More...]

  • Resource management Letter of Intent approved
  • NATCHITOCHES – A Letter of Intent for a Bachelor of Science in Resource Management at Northwestern State University has been approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents.The university will now develop a proposal for the program, which must be approved by the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System and the Board of Regents.According to Northwestern State Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Dr. Lisa Abney, the degree program is designed to assist Louisiana residents in completing a bachelor’s degree after earning an associate degree from a Louisiana Community and Technical College System institution or another community college. [Read More...]

  • Business society named premier chapter
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the academic honor society that recognizes excellence in business, qualified as a premier chapter for the 2013-14 academic year.

     “Your performance is indicative of a campus where academic excellence in valued and where the faculty officers of the chapter work diligently to enhance Beta Gamma Sigma’s stature on campus,” said Amber Nicholson, Beta Gamma Sigma’s director of collegiate and alumni relations 

    “This is a tremendous accomplishment,” said Dr. Margaret Kilcoyne, director of NSU’s School of Business. “Our students are simply the best. [Read More...]

  • Cake decorating class to start Sept. 30
  • NATCHITOCHES – A beginning cake decorating class will be offered by Northwestern State University’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education starting Tuesday, Sept. 30. The class will be held on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. [Read More...]

  • NSU earns designation as Military Friendly School
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University has been designated a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, a leading organization in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds. This is the fifth time Northwestern State has received the designation.Military Friendly® provides service members transparent, data driven ratings about post military education and career opportunities. The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation. [Read More...]

  • Henderson praised after selection as NSU president
  • NATCHITOCHES – The selection of Dr. James Henderson as president of Northwestern State University was praised by the institution’s alumni, faculty and students along with business, civic and educational leaders around the country.

    Henderson, the chancellor of Bossier Parish Community College, was chosen unanimously in a vote of the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System Tuesday in Baton Rouge. He will become Northwestern State’s 18th president effective Jan. [Read More...]

  • Henderson named president of Northwestern State
  • BATON ROUGE - James Henderson was unanimously named the 18th President of Northwestern State University today by the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System.  Currently serving as Chancellor of Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC), Henderson will begin his leadership term on Jan. 1, 2015."We are honored, moved, and humbled at this opportunity to engage this wonderful institution in a new relationship. [Read More...]

  • Native identity, empowerment to be discussed
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University and the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana will co-host Denise Bates of Arizona State University for a presentation and panel discussion Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the Friedman Student Union. [Read More...]

  • Activities and events for Sept. 21 - 27
  • NATCHITOCHES – Here is a look at the week of Sept. 21 - 27 at Northwestern State University.Sept. 22 – Guest artist Cain Budds along with Dennette McDermott and Paul Christopher, Magale Recital Hall, 7:30 p. [Read More...]

  • First RSO workshop held
  • NATCHITOCHES – The Northwestern State University Department of Student Activities hosted its first Recognized Student Organization Workshop featuring guest speaker Jon Vroman.According to Director of Student Activities Yonna Pasch, organizations at NSU will benefit from monthly meetings and future workshops.  “My long term goal is to kick off every year with this workshop. I want to have monthly gatherings with student leaders to continue the focus of the goals that were established for the workshop,” said Pasch. [Read More...]

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Being involved and living on campus has been great.  As a Presidential Ambassador, I gained a job that I enjoy so much.  It has makes school less stressful for me since my job is scheduled around my classes and I also feel so privileged to be an ambassador. 

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The Psychology Department, offering Bachelor’s degrees in both Psychology and Addiction Studies, is one of the most popular fields of study on campus, with over 2600 students currently taking courses through the Department. Our online program was the first fully online Bachelor’s degree in Louisiana, and we also offer courses through the CALL program for adult learners, as well as at all of NSU’s satellite campuses.

In addition, the Psychology Department features a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology.  This year saw record enrollments in this highly regarded graduate program.

All courses are taught by our dedicated faculty, who are fully committed to the traditional scientist-practitioner model of psychology education.