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.

 

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NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb announces retirement

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. In July, he will become the university’s longest serving president, surpassing Dr. Victor L. Roy, who was president from 1911 to 1929.

 

Webb said his retirement date will be “based on when my replacement can assume the official duties and responsibilities of the office of president. I want to ensure that we effect a smooth transition for the incoming president.

 

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Click on the photo to check out this profile on NSU alum Ryan Owens, joining the new IBM Center in Baton Rouge.

Click on the photo to check out this profile on NSU alum Ryan Owens, joining the new IBM Center in Baton Rouge.

Congratulations to this year’s inductees into the NSU alumni hall of distinction, the Long Purple Line.  From left are Carrol Long, Sonny Hargrove, Denise Lewis Patrick, Sen. Gerald Long, Greg Vesey and NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb.

Congratulations to this year’s inductees into the NSU alumni hall of distinction, the Long Purple Line.  From left are Carrol Long, Sonny Hargrove, Denise Lewis Patrick, Sen. Gerald Long, Greg Vesey and NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb.

Bill Brent was honored Friday night as the first inductee into the School of Creative and Performing Arts Hall of Fame, a well deserved honor that took place during the President’s Command Performance, a spring gala to celebrate the arts.

Look what came in the mail today!  Let us know what you think about the latest edition of Alumni Columns.

Look what came in the mail today!  Let us know what you think about the latest edition of Alumni Columns.

Northwestern State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will present the play “Steel Magnolias,” the play by Natchitoches native and NSU alum Robert Harling, tonight through Sunday and April 8-11. The play begins at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on April 6.  Performances will take place in the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts’ Treen Auditorium.  Reservations are required. For ticket information and to make reservations, contact Jane Norman at (318) 357-4483. Preparing for the play are, from left, shop foreman Donna Brewer, cast members Shannon Komlosfske of Alvin, Texas, and Tyra Morrison of St. Francisville and costumer Mary Reed of Rogers, Ark.

Northwestern State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will present the play “Steel Magnolias,” the play by Natchitoches native and NSU alum Robert Harling, tonight through Sunday and April 8-11. The play begins at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on April 6.  Performances will take place in the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts’ Treen Auditorium.  Reservations are required. For ticket information and to make reservations, contact Jane Norman at (318) 357-4483. Preparing for the play are, from left, shop foreman Donna Brewer, cast members Shannon Komlosfske of Alvin, Texas, and Tyra Morrison of St. Francisville and costumer Mary Reed of Rogers, Ark.

Have you heard? NSU Theatre & Dance will perform ‘Steel Magnolias’

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will present the play “Steel Magnolias,” the play by Natchitoches native and NSU alum Robert Harling, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 2-Saturday, April 5 and Tuesday, April 8-Friday, April 11, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, April 6.  Performances will take place in the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts’ Treen Auditorium.  Reservations are required. 

           

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Students from the NSU Elementary Lab sent the Lady Demons to Knoxville in style early Thursday.  The Lady Demons will face the Lady Vols at 3 p.m. Saturday.  You can watch the game on ESPN2. 

NATCHITOCHES – Jack Wann, former artistic director and coordinator of theatre at Northwestern State University, is teaching a three-week workshop on Shakespeare to a select group of upper level theatre students.  The workshops are based on Wann’s published “Shakesperience! An Approach to Performing Shakespeare” and are designed to immerse students in the work of Shakespeare, arguably the best English language writer and dramatist.

 

            The students will conclude the workshop with a performance at 3 p.m. Friday, March 21 in Theatre West. In just under an hour, the production comprises 23 plays and 51 characters. Fourteen junior and senior level students who completed Acting I and Acting II classes were selected to participate. 

 

            “It’s an intensive look at Shakespeare. The idea is to immerse the students in Shakespeare and make it accessible because it is the best our language has to offer,” Wann said. Works by the English bard are by far the most performed and most great actors “keep sharp by performing Shakespeare,” he added.  “This is immersion teaching.  The students jump in and it’s like a pianist playing Chopin or an artist studying Rembrandt.”

 

            The students learn the rhythm Shakespeare expressed, which is always in forward motion, Wann said.

 

            “Shakespeare is performed with forward momentum,” Wann said.  “Shakespeare wrote in a time when everything was done for the ear.  People didn’t read so they talked to each other.  All the writing is so the audience would hear everything and know what was going on.  There were no lights, no sound effects.”  

 

            Wann visits NSU annually to present workshops, with alternate focus from Shakespeare to Ibsen and Chekhov.

 

             Wann retired from Northwestern State in 2003 and was named professor emeritus. He returned to NSU in 2006 to direct a summer dinner theatre production of Kiss Me Kate and teaches acting classes in the spring semester each year. He is writing a book on the teaching of Ibsen and Chekhov. He maintains an active schedule that includes teaching, directing and acting.