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  • Gentry Collection to enhance Watson Library
  • NATCHITOCHES – The Cammie G. Henry Research Center at Northwestern State University has received an extensive collection from Robert Gentry, the former editor/publisher of the Sabine Index.The Robert Gentry Collection includes historic newspapers and a variety of items  related to Louisiana politics, country music and the Rebel State Commemorative Area in Marthaville. The collection will be available to scholars studying Louisiana and country music. [Read More...]

  • Nursing marks 65th year
  • NATCHITOCHES -- Northwestern State University’s College of Nursing and School of Allied Health (CONSAH) is celebrating its 65th year this month and will host a reception Thursday, Sept. 25 in conjunction with the Louisiana Strategic Action Coalition’s North Louisiana Campaign for the Future of Nursing Event, which will be held Sept. 26 at the CONSAH in Shreveport.

     In recent years, Northwestern State’s College of Nursing was ranked as one of the largest in the U. [Read More...]

  • Floral design, exam prep course to begin Sept. 20
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will offer a class on basic floral design and the Louisiana Floral Exam Prep Course beginning Saturday, Sept. 20.

    The design course will be taught on Sept. 20, 27 and Oct. [Read More...]

  • New NSU president could be named next week
  • Baton Rouge - The Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System could select a new president for Northwestern State University on Tuesday following back-to-back public interviews of finalists Lisa Abney and James Henderson.WHAT: Special UL System Board Meeting to Interview Finalists and Select the President of Northwestern State University

    WHEN: 9 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. [Read More...]

  • McFarland authors chapter for new book
  • NATCHITOCHES – Sarah McFarland, associate professor of English and director of graduate studies in English at Northwestern State University, has written a chapter for the recently published Cambridge Companion to Literature and the Environment.According to McFarland, the chapter gives an overview of animal studies and then demonstrates the theoretical approach by applying it to Yann Martel's novel “Life of Pi.” The novel is about a young Indian boy lost at sea on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger for 227 days. “I argue that the story is really about much more than that: it is about truth and belief, love and brutality, imagination and reality, the parallels between humans and other animals and the breakdown of all these simple binary oppositions,” said McFarland. [Read More...]

  • KNWD will present Wreck Tech concert
  • Natchitoches, Louisiana - September 16, 2014 – KNWD, Northwestern State University’s student-run radio station, will hold a concert on Friday, September 19, 2014, a day prior to the Northwestern State vs. Louisiana Tech football game.

     Wreck Tech 2014, the concert, will be held as a preliminary tailgate for the game on Saturday since Northwestern State fans will not be tailgating as they normally do at Northwestern State home games. Northwestern State students, faculty, and fans are welcome to attend. [Read More...]

  • Actor, musician Michael Cerveris visits NSU
  • NATCHITOCHES – Actor and musician Michael Cerveris visited Northwestern State University last week to share some of his experience with theatre and dance students.He earned a Tony for the role of John Wilkes Booth in the musical “Assassins.” Cerveris received a Tony nomination for playing the title role in “Tommy.” The original cast album for the play received a Grammy. [Read More...]

  • Fall enrollment goes over 9,000
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s fall enrollment is 9,002 students, according to Registrar Lillie Frazier Bell. The student population increased by 58 from last fall’s total of 8,944. Northwestern State officials said the increase came despite increasing admission standards for new freshman 25 and over. Under the new standards, non-traditional students could not be admitted if they needed a developmental course. [Read More...]

  • 'Rivalry Reborn' at Sports Hall of Fame
  • NATCHITOCHES – With a history dating back to 1907, and a 50-year tradition of meeting every October for the State Fair Classic in Shreveport, tradition radiates around the Northwestern State-Louisiana Tech football series being renewed Saturday in Ruston for the first time in 20 years.

     Memories of the NSU-Tech rivalry will be shared at 6 o’clock Tuesday evening at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum, during an hour-long program. “A Rivalry Reborn: State Fair Classic Stories” will be moderated by Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame member Jerry Pierce, who is approaching his 50th year working at Northwestern. 

    There is no admission charge. [Read More...]

  • Foundation supports scholarships
  • The Northwestern State University Foundation, the university’s non-profit fund raising arm, presented a check for $1.4 million to the university for scholarships, professorships and institutional support for the 2014-15 academic year. From left are Lola Dunahoe, president of the Northwestern State University Foundation Board of Directors, NSU President Dr. Randall J. [Read More...]

  • Abney, Henderson named Presidential Finalists
  • NATCHITOCHES – After two days of public interviews and on-campus meetings with four candidates, the Northwestern State University Presidential Search Committee voted to recommend Lisa Abney and James Henderson to the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System.  Plans are for the UL System Board to interview the finalists and select the new university president on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in Baton Rouge.

    Lisa Abney is Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Northwestern State University and has worked at the university since 1997. [Read More...]

  • Committee shows its support for Northwestern
  • Members of the Presidential Search Committee at Northwestern State University showed their support for the university by wearing purple on Friday for Purple Pride Day. The University of Louisiana System Committee has been working for several months to select a new Northwestern State President and concluded its work Friday. Members of the committee are, front from left, Northwestern Foundation President Lola Dunahoe of Natchitoches, Board Chair E. Gerald "T-Boy" Hebert of Kenner, Jimmy Long, Sr. [Read More...]

  • Concealed Carry Class set for Sept. 13
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will offer a Louisiana Concealed Carry Class on Saturday, Sept. 13. The class is for those age 21 or older who want to obtain a Louisiana concealed handgun permit.The course will be from 8 a. [Read More...]

  • PIKES will run game ball to Ruston
  • NATCHITOCHES – The Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity (PIKE) at Northwestern State University will hold it’s first Game Ball Run as the NSU Demons face off against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs on Sept. 20. The bothers of PIKE will physically run the game ball the 80 miles from NSU’s Natchitoches campus to Louisiana Tech in Ruston to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. [Read More...]

  • NSU ranked in Tier 1 by U.S. News
  • NATCHITOCHES  -- Northwestern State University was ranked in Tier 1 among regional universities in the South in the 2015 edition of "America's Best Colleges," the most widely read assessment of the nation's colleges and universities published annually by U.S. News & World Report. The rankings take into account criteria including acceptance rates, retention and graduation rates, academic reputation, student/faculty ratio, class size and alumni giving. [Read More...]

  • Bequest will benefit HHP, female student-athletes
  • NATCHITOCHES – Students pursuing a degree in health education and women student-athletes at Northwestern State University will benefit from a bequest established by a teacher and long-time professor.

     Dr. Violet Davion Shaver left a gift of $100,000, stipulating that half would go to the Department of Health and Human Performance with an emphasis in health education and half would support women’s athletics, including scholarships.  

    “This is a wonderful legacy gift,” said Dr. [Read More...]

  • Creole Heritage Celebration Nov. 6-7
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s Creole Heritage Center will host the 2014 Creole Heritage Celebration Nov. 6-7, celebrating 300 years of cultural heritage through “Sounds of Music.” Events will include a reception, an art exhibit, silent auction and several musical performances, including the premier performance of “Opera Creole” by Dr. Wilfred Delphin, faculty member and artist in residence at Xavier University in New Orleans. [Read More...]

  • Making nursing, allied health programs the best
  • Who’s Who at Northwestern StateName: Dr. Dana ClawsonTitle:  Dean, College of Nursing and School of Allied HealthEducation:  ASN, BSN, MSN Northwestern State University;DNS, LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans;Years at NSU:  14



    Job description:  Manage all academic, student, faculty, recruitment, retention, fund-raising to make NSU’s College of Nursing and School of Allied Health the best in the nation. Why I like working at Northwestern State:
I love to teach. I love inspiring people. [Read More...]

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Hospitality Management & Tourism is a unique curriculum in a field that is the 21st century’s largest employer in the world.  The opportunities for graduates in this degree are tremendous.  Management positions are available in hotels and lodging, restaurants and food service, travel-related businesses, as well as in historic museums, event planning and visitors centers. The Natchitoches areas’ rich historic significance, its fabulous tourism, and its many restaurants and lodging establishments make it a perfect setting for “hands-on” training in the specialized degree. Housed in the Department of Family& Consumer Sciences, the HMT degree offers concentrations in: Culinary Arts, Hospitality Services, and Travel & Tourism.