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  • Commencement parking map available
  • NATCHITOCHES – Parking for Northwestern State University’s spring commencement exercises will be available at lots throughout campus with buses available to shuttle those attending the ceremonies to and from their vehicles, as the parking lots surrounding Prather Coliseum are under construction and closed to traffic. Spring commencement will take place Friday, May 8 with ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 3 p. [Read More...]

  • Letters from the past gain new life
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University Professor of Flute Dennette McDermott has taken another look back at her family’s history to uncover what like was like in 19th and early 20th century Michigan.

    She has written “Voices of the Present through Letters from the Past,” a follow up to her 2013 book, “The Civil War Letters of Dwight J. Brewer.” The book was produced by Dog Ear Publishing and is available in hardcover or as an e-book from several online book sellers. [Read More...]

  • Phi Beta Delta holds 2015 induction

  • NATCHITOCHES – Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars held its 2015 induction in the Thomas-D’Amato Reading Room of the Watson Library.   The 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. Twelve new members were inducted including, front from left, Marcia Hardy of the School of Business, Taylor Freeman of Bossier City, Cara Crawford of West Monroe, Olivia Martzell of Covington and Carmella Parker of the School of Business On the back from left are Carlos Camargo-Patron of Cartagena, Colombia, Vice President for University Affairs and Professor of Business Marcus Jones, Associate Professor of Philosophy Rondo Keele, Northwestern State University President Dr. Jim Henderson, Zackery Cockerham of Morgan City, Director of Service Learning Steven Gruesbeck and Associate Professor of Music – Violin and Viola Andrej Kurti. [Read More...]

  • Cheerleading squad for 15-16 selected
  • NATCHITOCHES  -- Northwestern State University has named its cheerleading squad for the 2015-16 year.

    Members of the 2015-16 cheerleading squad are Charles Anderson Jr. of Pineville, Courtney Bergeron of Houma, Courtnie Branim, Rudolph Glass and Lisa King of Shreveport, Christian Broussard of Welsh, Amber Cunningham of New Braunfels, Texas, Temer Davis of Bastrop, Hannah Deloney and Catie McCauslin of Natchitoches, Jasmine Ealy of Little Elm, Texas, Shawn Fox of Bogalusa, Sarah Gandy of Sterlington, Tyrone Johnson of Harvey, Trey Latino of Hammond, Kevaun McCall of Marrero, Jeremy Meche of Lake Charles, Avery Monrose of Lafayette, Thomas Moore of Bossier City, Dan Nguyen and Kody Patterson of Haughton, Brittany Tullis of Anacoco and Lakyn Ward of Leesville.

    The Northwestern State cheerleaders are the premiere spirit group for the University. [Read More...]

  • Online CIS program named best in the country
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s online bachelor’s program in computer information systems has been rated as the top information technology program in the country, according to Nonprofit Colleges Online.

    The rankings at nonprofitcollegesonline.com were created to recognize online colleges and universities committed to putting the interest of students first.  Northwestern State was recognized for having the least expensive bachelor’s program in the information technology field among regionally accredited not-for-profit colleges and universities in the U. [Read More...]

  • NSU, CLTCC sign articulation agreement
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s articulation agreement with Central Louisiana Technical Community College will enable students to transfer credits earned at the technical college to their university transcript, thereby easing their path to a four-year degree.

     NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson and CLTCC Acting Chancellor Jimmy Sawtelle signed the agreement Wednesday. 

    “This is a momentous occasion, not for a university and a community college, but for the citizens, the students and the employers of central Louisiana,” Henderson said. [Read More...]

  • University welcomes composer to campus
  • NATCHITOCHES  -- A composition inspired by an iconic image of the earth taken by the Apollo 8 astronauts will be performed as part of a concert featuring the Northwestern State Wind Symphony and Fredericks Concert Band Thursday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Dr. [Read More...]

  • Pot luck dinner to be held Friday
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s chapter of Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars and the Office of University Affairs are sponsoring an international pot luck dinner Friday, April 24 at 6 p.m. in the Natchitoches Room of Russell Hall.

    Admission is free for those who bring a pot luck dish and $3 for students and $5 for faculty, staff and community members who don’t provide a dish. [Read More...]

  • Top first-year students inducted into ALD
  •  NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University inducted 269 students into Alpha Lambda Delta First-Year Honor Society Sunday. Students eligible for membership must be a full-time (12 hours or more) student enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program for the Fall 2014 semester with no developmental courses. The inductees represent the top 20 percent of the first year class with a minimum semester and cumulative 3.5 grade point average. [Read More...]

  • Activities and events for April 19 - 25
  • NATCHITOCHES – Here is a look at the week of April 19 - 25 at Northwestern State University.

    April 19 - 25 – Early registration for summer, fall semesters

    April 19 – Cheerleader tryouts, Prather Coliseum, 9 a.m.

    April 19 – Softball vs. [Read More...]

  • NSU, CLTCC will sign articulation agreement
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University and the Central Louisiana Technical Community College will sign an articulation agreement that will allow students to transfer credits from the community college to their university transcript. Students will be able to transfer credits in biology, English, math, orientation, speech and other courses earned at the community college to equivalent university courses.

     The signing will take place at Northwestern State at 10 a.m. [Read More...]

  • Boise Cascade creates ET scholarship
  • Boise Cascade in Lena initiated a Manufacturing/Engineering Technology scholarship in the amount of $1,000 for a student from Northwood High School in Lena to attend Northwestern State University and major in Engineering Technology. Boise Cascade is a manufacturer of plywood, engineered wood products, lumber and particleboard and supplies a broad line of wood products and building materials. Support for engineering technology scholarships aligns with Northwestern State’s initiatives in developing a skilled workforce to contribute to the manufacturing sector in Louisiana. From left are Wayne Denley, vice president of Knowledge Platforms for the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance; Van Erikson, NSU’s associate director of Alumni Affairs; Nason “Tony” Authement, superintendent of schools for Rapides Parish; Lori Sepulvado, human resource coordinator; Jill Summers, assistant principal at Northwood High School, and Glen Lang, Boise Cascade’s Lena plant manager. [Read More...]

  • Phi Beta Delta induction set for April 19
  • NATCHITOCHES – Violinist Dr. Andrej Kurti will be the guest speaker at the spring induction of the Northwestern State University chapter of Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars Sunday, April 19 at 5 p.m. in the Thomas-D’Amato Reading Room of the Watson Library. [Read More...]

  • A look at Northwestern in 1945
  • NATCHITOCHES – A piece of Northwestern State’s past made it back to campus this week and provided a good look at what the institution was like just after the end of World War II.

    Earlier this week, the campus post office received a copy of a 1945 Campus Life publication in the morning mail. According to Coordinator of Postal Services Bruce Dyjack, Northwestern State’s branch post office occasionally receives packages from a department of the U.S. [Read More...]

  • Dazzler, cheerleader tryouts set for this weekend
  • NATCHITOCHES –Northwestern State University holds auditions for its 2015-16 cheerleading squad and Demon Dazzlers jazz line April 18-19.

    Tryouts for the cheerleading squad will begin with a workshop Saturday, April 18 beginning at 9 a.m. in the Health and Human Performance Building with auditions on Sunday, April 19 at 9 a. [Read More...]

  • NSU-Fort Polk expand agreement
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University will expand its memorandum of understanding with Fort Polk by signing an addendum in which the university’s Leesville-Fort Polk campus will offer associate degrees in nursing and bachelor’s degrees in business administration, criminal justice, social work, hospitality management and tourism, nursing and general studies with concentrations in arts and communications, computer and natural science and social science.

     The signing of the memorandum of understanding addendum will take place at 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 27 in the courtyard of the NSU-Leesville campus with Garrison Commander Colonel T. [Read More...]

  • Alpha Lambda Delta induction Sunday
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta First-Year Honor Society will host an induction ceremony for new students at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 19 in the ballroom of the Sylvan Friedman Student Union.

     Students eligible for membership must be a full-time (12 hours or more) student enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program for the Fall 2014 semester with no developmental courses. [Read More...]

  • 2015 - 16 student media leaders chosen
  • NATCHITOCHES – Four Northwestern State University students have been chosen to head campus media outlets for the 2015-2016 school year. Each were selected by the university’s Media Board and confirmed by the Student Government Association.

    Emily Fontenot of Lake Charles was named editor of the campus newspaper, the Current Sauce; Jessica Gabor of Leesville was selected as editor of Potpourri, the university yearbook; Maggie Harris of West Monroe was chosen as editor of Argus, the campus literary magazine, and Katelon Ramos of Hurst, Texas, was named general manager of the campus radio station, KNWD-FM.

    Fontenot is a junior liberal arts major with a concentration in humanities and social thought in the Louisiana Scholars’ College. [Read More...]

  • Nursing students assist in Start a Heart event

  • ALEXANDRIA – Junior and senior nursing students and faculty from Northwestern State University’s Alexandria campus participated as coaches for the second annual Cenla Start a Heart event.  

    Approximately 400 people attended this event to learn hands only CPR.  Students provided direct assistance and guidance to the participants as they practiced the lifesaving skills.  Students learned about community health needs, the importance of community education and collaboration with EMS and other health care providers. [Read More...]

  • Jazz Orchestra cancels concert
  • NATCHITOCHES – The Northwestern State University Jazz Orchestra has cancelled its April 20 concert due to a scheduling conflict. The ensemble will perform at the Natchitoches Jazz and R & B Festival Saturday, April 18 at 11:40 a.m. on the main stage. [Read More...]

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