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  • Presidential Search Committee named
  • BATON ROUGE – The Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System launched two campus presidential searches with the appointment of search committees by Board Chair E. Gerald “T-Boy” Hebert and announcement of meeting dates.  The Northwestern State University Presidential Search Committee will meet on the Natchitoches campus on Wednesday, May 7, and the Grambling State University Presidential Search Committee will meet on the Grambling campus on Thursday, May 8.“Having participated in multiple presidential searches in the past, I take my responsibility to form these two search committees very seriously. [Read More...]

  • NSU, NWLTC sign agreement
  • NATCHITOCHES  -- Northwestern State University and Northwest Louisiana Technical Community College have signed an agreement that allows NWLTC faculty and staff to take classes at Northwestern State at a reduced tuition rate.  The NWLTC employees must be full-time employees who meet standard admission requirements to Northwestern State.  Under the agreement, NWLTC employees may register for up to six credit hours per semester of undergraduate or graduate courses.  The agreement is valid for NWLTC faculty and staff who work at campuses in Minden, Mansfield, Many, Natchitoches and Shreveport. [Read More...]

  • Oliphant Golf Scramble May 10
  • NATCHITOCHES – The 6th Annual James L. Oliphant Memorial Golf Scramble is set for Saturday, May 10, at the Northwestern State University Recreation Complex and Demon Hills Golf Course. Proceeds benefit the NSU Athletic Association Endowed Scholarship Fund.

     The shotgun start will begin at 8 a. [Read More...]

  • Girard co-authors "Caddo Connections"
  • NATCHITOCHES – A new book co-authored by Jeffrey Girard, a regional archaeologist for the Louisiana Division of Archaeology and assistant professor in Northwestern State University’s Department of Criminal Justice, History and Social Science, examines the highly dynamic cultural landscape of the Caddo area and its complex interconnections and exchanges with surrounding regions.

    “Caddo Connections: Cultural Interactions within and Beyond the Caddo World” by Girard, Timothy K. Perttula and Mary Beth Trubitt traces the past of the Caddo Indians back over 1,000 years through a synthesis of recent archaeological research. The book will be available in April, published by Rowman & Littlefield, publishers of college of texts, entertaining and informative books for general readers and professional and scholarly books examining the humanities and social sciences. [Read More...]

  • Learning about local bousillage structures
  • NATCHITOCHES – Marcy Frantom and Max Turner will speak at Northwestern State University Thursday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Thomas-D’Amato Reading Room of Watson Library. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. [Read More...]

  • NSU digitizing graduation programs
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University is digitizing graduation programs from the school’s first commencement exercises in 1887 and is seeking the public’s help in locating several year’s worth of programs that are missing.

     “Through the good work of several student workers at the University Archives and the Registrar’s Office, we have an inventory of existing programs and related documents, but we have big holes in the early years,” said Tom Whitehead, project coordinator. “Our only hope seems to be folks having the programs in their family possessions.” 

    Programs missing are those from the years 1887-1893, 1895-1898, 1901-1903, 1906, 1908-1910, Spring 1915, 1917-1918, 1920, 1924-29, 1931-1936 and 1944-45. [Read More...]

  • Activities and events for April 20 - 26
  • NATCHITOCHES – Here is a look at the week of April 20 - 26 at Northwestern State University.April 20 – 26 – Early registration for summer and fall semestersApril 21 – Spring breakApril 22 – Classes resume after spring breakApril 22 – Tennis vs. Southeastern Louisiana, Jack Fisher Tennis Complex, 10 a.m. [Read More...]

  • Part of a winning Lady Demon program
  • Who’s Who at Northwestern State

    Name: Learie Sandy

    Title: Assistant women’s basketball coach

    Years at NSU: 1

    Job description: My duties include recruiting, post player development and serving as practice squad coordinator. I also do pre and post practice breakdown and film and video breakdown.

    Why I like working at Northwestern State: I enjoy working at NSU because I have the opportunity to develop my skill set and be a part of the family atmosphere that coach Brooke and Scott Stoehr instill in the team. My family and I love the campus and the community. [Read More...]

  • Colombian administrator visits NSU
  • Edgar Avilan Sr., founder of Escuela de Musica Comfenalco, a high school in Cartagena, Colombia, observed classrooms and met with administrators at Northwestern State University last week. Azilon gathered information on coursework so he can tailor the curriculum at his school to create a more seamless transition for students who attend Northwestern State on music scholarships. There are currently about 20 Columbian students enrolled at NSU with more committed for the fall semester. [Read More...]

  • Fishing team luring in new members
  • NATCHITOCHES – A Northwestern State University club hopes to lure in prospective students interested in one of the fastest-growing collegiate team club sports. The NSU Fishing Team is open to all students and taps into the growing popularity of organized competitive bass fishing. The team will compete in FLW, B.A. [Read More...]

  • International dinner set for April 25
  • NATCHITOCHES  -- Northwestern State University’s chapter of Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars and the Office of University Affairs will sponsor an international potluck dinner Friday, April 25 at 6 p.m. in the Natchitoches Room of Russell Hall. University students, faculty and staff are encouraged to bring dishes from their respective countries or ethnic cultures. [Read More...]

  • Driver's education class to start Friday
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will offer a driver’s education course starting Friday, April 18 at South Hall. The class will be on April 18, 21 and 26 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p. [Read More...]

  • SAHE Brunch
  • Students in Traci LaBom Norris’s Student Affairs in Higher Education 4000 class participated in a business brunch to give them experience with business etiquette in a social setting. Norris hosts the brunch each semester for students who will soon make the transition from student to professional. Participating were, around the table from left, Norris, Ashley Lacour, Sasha Williams, Josie Amusu, Kim Johnson (partially hidden), Justin Evans, Koran Owens, Wade Williams, Shakemia Johnson and Dezrick Williams. Marion Chapman and Fredrick Thomas were unable to attend. [Read More...]

  • Cheerleading squad for 2014-15 selected
  • NATCHITOCHES  -- Northwestern State University has named its cheerleading squad for the 2014-15 year.Members of the 2014-15 cheerleading squad are Beau Russell of Ruston, Christian Broussard of Welsh, Rudolph Glass, Bryan Lee, Cavonte Jones and Stefan Foster of Shreveport, Kyle Bird and Cole Williams of Haughton, John Simar of Jennings, Shawn Fox of Bogalusa, Emilie King, Hannah Deloney, Caitlyn McCauslin and Taylor Summerlin of Natchitoches, Chris Theus and Kierra Cunningham of Dallas and KeVaun McCall of Marrero. The squad also includes Temer Davis of Bastrop, Jeremy Meche and Aaron Vizinat of Lake Charles, Scott Landry of Slidell, Leslie Davis of Minden, Brandy Exline of Jena, Madeline Mason of Mandeville, Rachel Oufnac of Denham Springs, Avery Monrose of Lafayette, Amber Cunningham of New Braunfels, Texas, Sarah Gandy of Monroe, Lakyn Ward of Leesville, Alyssa Grubaugh of Jefferson, Texas, and Alexis Gray of Texarkana, Texas.The Northwestern State cheerleaders are the premiere spirit group for the University. [Read More...]

  • BPCC Spring Fling May 6
  • NATCHITOCHES – Personnel from Northwestern State University’s Office of University Recruiting and several academic departments will join in hosting an end of year/Spring Fling party at Bossier Parish Community College from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. [Read More...]

  • 60 years together
  •  NATCHITOCHES – The children of Bill and Justine Shaw recognized the couple’s 60th wedding anniversary by placing a wrought iron bench on the campus of Northwestern State University in their honor. 

    “Because of their strong commitment to both education and family and because this commitment has been expressed so often in connection with Northwestern, we thought it appropriate to recognize their 60th year of marriage, to be celebrated on April 15 with a memorial to that event placed permanently on the campus grounds,” said their son, Billy Shaw.

    The couple’s connection to the university extends for multiple generations. Bill Shaw met Justine McMurry on the NSU campus as she was leaving freshman registration in the fall of 1952. [Read More...]

  • Activities and events for April 13 - 19
  • NATCHITOCHES – Here is a look at the week of April 13 - 19 at Northwestern State University.April 13 – 19 – Early registration for summer and fall semestersApril 14 – 21 – Spring breakApril 15 – Baseball vs. Louisiana-Monroe, Brown-Stroud Field, 6:30 p.m. [Read More...]

  • Helping students find the records they need
  • Who’s Who at Northwestern StateName: Maye FosterTitle: Administrative Coordinator 3, Office of the RegistrarYears at NSU: 22

    Job Description:  My job is to keep the office functioning to its highest level by taking care of duties such as ordering of supplies, upkeep of equipment, handling the mail, time sheets, and scanning documents.  I also create letters for students concerning verification, academic standing and good student discounts.    I am the account manager for the National Student Clearinghouse at NSU, and send them FTP files regularly to update students’ attendance record for review by loan companies.  I also help with Commencement exercises by setting up gonfalons, producing marching lists and assisting graduates with their caps and gowns. [Read More...]

  • Webb to retire as president
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University President Dr. Randall J. Webb announced Friday that he will retire later this year.Webb has served as Northwestern State’s president since 1996. [Read More...]

  • Phi Beta Delta has spring induction ceremony
  • NATCHITOCHES –The Northwestern State University chapter of Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars recently held its spring induction ceremony in the Thomas-D’Amato Reading Room of Watson Library. Members of Phi Beta Delta include faculty, staff, and students who are selected on the basis of their international orientation, scholarship accomplishment and/or contribution to international exchange. New members are faculty Keith Dromm of the Louisiana Scholars’ College and Carmella Parker of the School of Business. New student members are Paxson Guest of the Scholars’ College, Tatiana Larina of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, and Alejandra Monjardin and Edgar Avilan-Diaz of the School of Creative and Performing Arts. [Read More...]

  • NSU to hold spring break April 14 - 21
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University will hold its spring break April 14 - 21. The university will be closed Friday, April 18 for Good Friday. Administrative offices will be open April 14 -17 and April 21. Classes will resume Tuesday, April 22. [Read More...]

  • Jazz Orchestra to play Tricentennial concert
  • NATCHITOCHES – The Northwestern State University Jazz Orchestra will present a Tricentennial Celebration of the City of Natchitoches Saturday, April 12 at 1 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. [Read More...]

  • Bill Brent inducted into CAPA Hall of Fame
  • Bill Brent conducted the Northwestern State University Wind Symphony to conclude the President’s Command Performance, an event that featured the talents of students in the School of Creative and Performing Arts. The University honored Brent as the inaugural inductee into the CAPA Hall of Fame as officials proclaimed April 4 as Bill Brent Day.  Hundreds of Brent's colleagues and friends gathered for the occasion, which began with a champagne toast and cocktail reception in the Alumni Plaza and included performances by several musical and vocal ensembles. [Read More...]

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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.