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  • Expanded NSU Historic District introduced
  • NATCHITOCHES – Mid-century architecture on Northwestern State University’s campus is now included in a new Northwestern State University Historic District. A presentation was held Monday in the gymnasium of the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts to announce the expansion, which includes the original Normal Hill Historic District with the inclusion of structures built between 1884 and 1955.

     The original Normal Hill Historic District, which contains the oldest portion of the university’s campus, is set around the three monumental Greek Revival columns that survive the original Bullard mansion. The new district includes Warren Easton Hall (1928), Russell Hall (1937), the Alumni Center, (1927), the Lee H. [Read More...]

  • NSU will host BPCC Back to School Bash
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University will participate in a Back to School Bash at Bossier Parish Community College Aug. 26. University staff will provide a catered lunch to students and be present with giveaways and information about degree programs and partnerships the schools share.

     “This has become an annual event for us and a wonderful opportunity to let BPCC students know that we can assist them with admissions, advising, financial aid, registration and other transfer procedures as they pursue their four-year degrees,” said Melanie McBride, NSU’s assistant director of University Recruiting for transfer and graduate students. [Read More...]

  • USAF Band of the West to perform
  • The United State Air Force Band of the West will perform at Northwestern State University at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27 in Magale Recital Hall as part of the Natchitoches Tri-Centennial Celebration. [Read More...]

  • RS using NSU facilities for manufacturing workshop
  • NATCHITOCHES – Fifteen employees of Weyerhaeuser and a member of Northwestern State University’s Engineering Technology Department are participating in a precision maintenance training session presented by Reliability Solutions, a company that delivers training tailored to the specific needs of manufacturing companies. The session is the result of an agreement between NSU and RS in which the company uses NSU facilities while allowing NSU faculty, staff and students to audit the sessions.

    The Weyerhaeuser employees represent five different plants from three company divisions in three different states. Curtis Desselles, an NSU instructor, is also participating. [Read More...]

  • Jindal policy advisor visits NSU
  • Nathan James, an education and workforce policy advisor to Gov. Bobby Jindal, visited Northwestern State University Tuesday to gain an overview of the University and learn more about some of the innovative partnerships NSU has formed with area business and industry to support economic development. James met with administrators, faculty innovators and department heads during a tour of campus. James spent time with Engineering Technology faculty and met with Weyerhaeuser employees and Reliability Solutions staff members who were attending a class in the Department. [Read More...]

  • Event will announce expanded NSU Historic District
  • NATCHITOCHES – Historic portions of Northwestern State University’s campus will be included in the National Register of Historic Places, as determined by the United States Department of the Interior and the National Park Service. The area represents an expansion of the Normal Hill Historic District, which contains the oldest portion of the university’s campus, set around the three monumental Greek Revival columns that survive the original Bullard mansion. The creation of the new district, called the Northwestern State University Historic District, will include the original Normal Hill and other structures built between 1884 and 1955.

     A ceremony announcing the new district will take place 2 p. [Read More...]

  • Notary prep course to begin Sept. 2
  • NATCHITOCHES – A notary exam prep course will be offered through Northwestern State University’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education starting Tuesday, Sept. 2. The class will be held on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 p.m. [Read More...]

  • Alumni, friends invited to join SON in Ireland
  • NATCHITOCHES -- Alumni and friends are invited to join the Spirit of Northwestern Demon Marching Band as they participate in the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland. The 8-day tour is $2,500 per person and includes airfare, two meals per day, accommodations and some sightseeing tours in and around Dublin. The tour will depart from Houston on March 15 and return March 22. [Read More...]

  • Stave chapter is part of Toni Morrison anthology
  • NATCHITOCHES  -- An essay by Holly Stave, professor of English in the Louisiana Scholars’ College at Northwestern State University, has been included in the anthology, “Toni Morrison: Memory and Meaning,” published by the University Press of Mississippi.Stave’s chapter, “From Eden to Paradise:  A Pilgrimage through Toni Morrison’s Trilogy,” is from the festschrift given to Morrison on her 80th birthday for “Toni Morrison:  Memory and Meaning.”  Stave is an internationally recognized scholar of Morrison.The work features essays by international scholars focusing on Morrison’s literary production and including her very latest works—the theatrical production “Desdemona,” and the novel “Home. [Read More...]

  • Yankowski sculpture selected for Ogden exhibition
  • NATCHITOCHES -- Two works of art by Michael Yankowski, professor of art at Northwestern State University, are included in an exhibit at the Ogden Museum of Art in New Orleans. Yankowski is one of 39 artists selected to participate in the 2014 Louisiana Contemporary Artists Competition. Eighty-seven works were selected from over 900 entries.

     Yankowski’s sculpture “Raven Set the Moon” is constructed of cedar, basswood and silver. [Read More...]

  • Welch named director of Student Support Services
  • NATCHITOCHES  -- Frances Welch has been named director of Student Support Services at Northwestern State University. Her appointment has been approved by the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System.Welch is responsible for day-to-day management of the Student Support Services/TRIO program. Her duties include hiring, training and supervising staff to meet program needs, monitoring and approving budget expenditures and revising the unit’s budget as needed to accommodate changes in the program. [Read More...]

  • MOU encourages NSU, industry partnerships
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University signed a memorandum of understanding with Reliability Solutions in which the university will provide a facility for RS to conduct training in exchange for the opportunity for students and faculty to audit the training.

     RS is a Florida-based company focused on delivering hands-on skills training tailored to the needs of manufacturing companies and will begin its first training session at NSU with employees of Weyerhaeuser on Aug. 11. The training will utilize classrooms and amenities of NSU’s Department of Engineering Technology. [Read More...]

  • NSU honored for role in Vernon partnership
  • NATCHITOCHES  -- Northwestern State University was honored for its role in a partnership that recently won a national award. Northwestern State worked with the Vernon Parish School Board, Fort Polk, Fort Polk Progress, Rapides Foundation, Central Louisiana Technical College, the Greater Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce and the Louisiana Department of Education on an education initiative that received the Military Child Education Coalition’s 2014 Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence Award in the Outstanding Partnerships division. The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) announced the award during its 16th annual National Training Seminar in Washington, D.C. [Read More...]

  • Helping manage grants and contracts
  • Who’s Who at Northwestern StateName:   Alysia L. Jones    Title:  Administrative Assistant IIIYears at NSU:   9

    Job description: I assist faculty/staff and students with their needs as they pertain to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP).   ORSP offers faculty assistance in identifying funding opportunities and in developing grant applications for submission to external funding agencies.  My duties include, but are not limited to, greeting visitors, responding to telephone, in-person and email correspondence, maintaining electronic databases, routing agreements, invoices and contracts through the signature process, planning travel arrangements and compiling newsletter data. [Read More...]

  • August water aerobics class to begin
  • NATCHITOCHES  -- A water aerobics class will be offered through Northwestern State University’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education starting Tuesday, Aug. 5. The class will be taught from 10:30 a.m. [Read More...]

  • McDonald named assistant director of bands
  • NATCHITOCHES – Daniel C. McDonald has been named assistant director of bands at Northwestern State University. His appointment has been approved by the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System.McDonald brings more than a decade of experience to Northwestern State as part of the band programs at the University of Washington, University of Connecticut and on the high school level. [Read More...]

  • Spanish class to begin Aug. 4
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will present a conversational Spanish class beginning Monday, Aug. 4. The class will be held Aug. 4 – 7 and 11 – 14 from 5 p. [Read More...]

  • NSU to become tobacco free campus Aug. 1
  • NATCHITOCHES  -- Northwestern State University will become a tobacco free campus effective Friday, August 1. The new policy will prohibit tobacco use on all Northwestern State campuses.

    According to Vice President for University Affairs Marcus Jones, the policy will cover all interior spaces on Northwestern State’s Natchitoches campus and branch campuses, properties leased or operated by the university, all campus housing, indoor and outdoor athletic facilities, vehicles owned or leased by the university and personal vehicles on the Northwestern State campus whether they are moving or parked. The policy will apply to Northwestern State faculty, staff, students and visitors to campus including contracted personnel, contractors and vendors. [Read More...]

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Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education at NSU certifies graduates to teach children PreK to Grade 3 in Louisiana public schools.  Housed in the Department of Family & Consumer Sciences, the program is shared with the College of Education to provide students with optimal assistance as they progress through their curriculum. The heart of the Early Childhood program is its laboratory facilities. The Marie Shaw Dunn Child Development Center houses classes for three-and four-year olds. Students are also provided opportunities to work in the NSU Head Start Center. Further, Warren Easton Laboratory School provides university-based kindergarten through third grade classes when students participate.  Off campus, Natchitoches Parish Schools provide additional field experiences. Finally, NSU Child & Family Network, based in Shreveport, provides scholarship opportunities for students choosing to major in degree programs that focus on children and families.