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  • 2014 - 15 University Recruiting staff
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s Office of University Recruiting will soon be on the road talking with prospective students throughout Louisiana and east Texas about what the university has to offer. Staff members visit with prospective students at high schools, community and technical colleges and local and regional college programs. They also provide personalized campus tours for future students and their families. Members of the 2014-15 recruiting team are, front from left, Danielle Rhine, central Louisiana recruiter; Ruth Fruge, north Louisiana recruiter and assistant cheer team coach; Christina Lake, assistant director for recruiting for Project Lead The Way, Industrial Engineering Technology and Electronics Engineering Technolog, and Jana Lucky, director of university recruiting. [Read More...]

  • ROTC honors local veteran
  • NATCHITOCHES – The Northwestern State University Department of Military Science’s ROTC Program and its alumni arm, the Demon Regiment, honored retired 1st Sgt. James C. Gay of Natchitoches during the university’s first home game on Aug. 28. [Read More...]

  • Webbs honored
  • Retiring Northwestern State University President Dr. Randall J. Webb and his wife Mrs. Brenda Webb were guests of honor during a luncheon Thursday in which friends, family and colleagues paid tribute to their service to the university at the Natchitoches community. [Read More...]

  • Tenure, promotion list for 2014-15 announced
  • NATCHITOCHES  - Nine Northwestern State University faculty members have received tenure and five faculty members have earned a promotion in rank effective with the start of the 2014-2015 academic year, according to Dr. Lisa Abney, provost and vice president for academic and student affairs. The Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System approved the tenure and promotion recommendations.Faculty receiving tenure are: Masahito Kuroda and Francis Yang of the Mrs. [Read More...]

  • Notary exam 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 evening from 6:30 p.m. [Read More...]

  • Brooke and Clay Hennigan remembered
  • NATCHITOCHES – In celebration of their children's lives, the Kilcoyne family of Natchitoches presented the Brooke and Clay Hennigan Endowed scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year to three outstanding Northwestern State University business students, Brittany McConathy of Pineville, Lacey Seals of Kenner and Tori Thompson of Houston.

     The scholarship was established to benefit business and business education majors at the junior or senior level who are well-rounded and active in campus life. 

    The scholarship is named for the children of Dr. Margaret Kilcoyne, director of the School of Business, and her husband, Jim Kilcoyne, associate director of the Small Business Development Center at NSU. [Read More...]

  • Assistant for a day
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University President Dr. Randall J. Webb, left, appointed his grandson, Tyler Gatewood, as Special Assistant to the President for the day on Wednesday. Gatewood, who lives in Long Valley, New Jersey, shadowed Webb as he went through his daily activities. [Read More...]

  • Darfus receives Fleming Thomas Award
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University Assistant Professor of Nursing Janet Martin Darfus was selected as the 2014 recipient of the Fleming A. Thomas Faculty Information Literacy Award.Recipients of the award must meet several criteria that include working with librarians to create assignments that will ensure a positive research experience for students, scheduling information literacy sessions for students and encouraging students to work closely with librarians to further their research.“I am honored to receive the Fleming Thomas Award,” said Darfus. [Read More...]

  • Sign up for new notification system
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University is implementing a new emergency notification system for students, faculty and staff. The system will be operated by Everbridge and will still be called Purple Alert.The system will provide timely information about emergency situations, campus closures, power outages and other major events.Those who signed up for Purple Alert under the old system will need to sign up for the new system. [Read More...]

  • Giving back while having fun
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University has partnered with a non-profit organization to encourage students to spend one day per week engaged in volunteer work or service to others.

     “The concept is to pick one day and do something for someone else, as you can” Reatha Cox, director of First Year Experience and Leadership Development, told students during an informational meeting to explain the intent behind 1of7.org, a program developed by NSU alum Kip Patrick that encourages people to commit to doable tasks that benefit others. “Our goal is for every student at NSU to start thinking of service and doing for others. [Read More...]

  • Army chopper visits campus
  • Sarah Jane Sablay of Leesville tries out the U.S. Army Orange County Chopper on display at Northwestern State University on the first day of the fall semester. The motorcycle was built by Orange County Choppers, which was featured on the Discovery Channel series American Chopper, and is used as an Army recruitment tool and to unofficially launch a new camouflage pattern. [Read More...]

  • Faculty honored for outstanding advising
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University honored faculty Pia Wyatt and Donald R. Stewart with Outstanding Faculty Advising Awards. The awards are presented annually by Steve Hicks, executive director of NSU’s Academic Advising Center, based on advisor knowledge, helpfulness and accessibility.

     “Great advisors recognize the importance of building relationships with students,” Hicks said. [Read More...]

  • Convocation welcomes Class of 2018
  • Northwestern State University’s class of 2018 participated in New Student Convocation Sunday, an occasion that marks the beginning of their academic career as college students. Convocation included an address by 1995 NSU graduate Kip Patrick, student speaker Dylan Laborde of Negreet and NSU administrators who introduced incoming freshman to NSU traditions and offered words of encouragement. Classes for the fall semester began Monday, Aug. 25 and Welcome Week activities will continue throughout the week. [Read More...]

  • Welcome Home, Demons!
  • Northwestern State University student and faculty volunteers helped new students move into University Place Saturday. New Student Convocation will take place at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. [Read More...]

  • Band preparing for upcoming season
  • NATCHITOCHES – The Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band has started its rehearsals for the upcoming season. The 300-member band under the direction of Dr. Jeff Mathews will have its first performance at Thursday’s football game against Missouri State.  The highlight of the 2014-15 year for the Spirit of Northwestern will be its March 17 appearance in the St. [Read More...]

  • Faculty, staff honored for years of service
  • NSU faculty and staff were honored for years of service during the campus-wide faculty/staff luncheon, held annually as a kick-off to the fall semester. From left are Dr. John G. Williams, professor in the School of Business, and Dr. [Read More...]

  • Webbs to faculty, staff: Thanks for the memories
  • NATCHITOCHES – “It is an understatement to say how blessed Brenda and I have been to have been associated with you,” said Northwestern State President Dr. Randall J. Webb in an address to faculty and staff Wednesday, the last time he will mark the start of an academic year as president of the university. During his annual speech, Webb, who announced his retirement in April after serving as president since 1996, thanked the NSU family for years of memories and, as usual, recognized his wife Brenda, acknowledging their accomplishments as a team. [Read More...]

  • University president semifinalists named
  • BATON ROUGE – The Northwestern State University Presidential Search Committee unanimously voted to invite four semifinalists to interview with the committee the week of Sept. 9, 2014. The committee narrowed the field from 12 candidates out of the 41 applications processed by search consultants R.H. [Read More...]

  • NSU launches myNSU app
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University has launched the myNSU mobile app for mobile devices that will allow students to access their student account, grades, transcripts and more via their mobile device while non-students will be able to access maps, ballgames, news, social media and other features.

     iPhone users can download the free app from the App Store by searching for myNSU Mobile. Android users can download from the Google Play Store by searching for myNSU. 

    “The mobile app pulls on the functionality that’s already available in the website,” said Ron Wright, NSU’s chief information officer. [Read More...]

  • 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...]

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Hospitality Management & Tourism

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.