Here’s a peek at the fun had during Welcome Week activities.

1 of 7: 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.”


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Webb ALS Challenge

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Move In Day 2014

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Class of 2018 welcome during Freshman Convocation and President’s Picnic.

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. Perry and Associates.

“Thank you for such a passionate debate.  It is clear there is a deep commitment to finding the next great president of Northwestern State University,” said University of Louisiana System President and Northwestern Search Chair Sandra K. Woodley.

The four semifinalists are listed below in alphabetical order with the highest degree earned and most recent position noted:
    1.    Lisa Abney (Ph.D. – University of Houston), Provost and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, Northwestern State University
    2.    James B. Henderson (D.M. – University of Maryland), Chancellor, Bossier Parish Community College
    3.    Linda K. Rinker (Ed.D. – Columbia University Teachers College), Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Davenport University
    4.    Renva H. Watterson (Ed.D. – University of Arkansas), Interim President, Georgia Highlands College

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Nine recommended by Presidential Search Committee

BATON ROUGE – Members of the Northwestern State University Presidential Search Committee today received nine applications of candidates recommended by the search firm R.H. Perry and Associates. The committee will meet in Baton Rouge at 2:15 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 21, to select semi-finalists to interview on the Natchitoches campus the week of Sept. 8.

According to the consultants, there were 60 inquiries, 32 nominations, and 41 complete applications. Of the nine recommended candidates, three have been or are currently presidents or chancellors and six have senior level administrative experience.

The nine candidates are listed below in alphabetical order with the highest degree earned and most recent position noted:

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The Spirit of Northwestern will be marching in Dublin’s 2015 St. Patrick’s Day parade — and you’re invited!



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.

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Northwestern State is going all-tobacco and e-cigarette-free as of Aug. 1.

Northwestern State is going all-tobacco and e-cigarette-free as of Aug. 1.

Brother, sister earn top honors at Fiddling Championship

            NATCHITOCHES – Twelve-year-old Tyler Carson was named Grand Champion of the 2014 Louisiana State Fiddle Championship.  Carson’s 9-year-old sister Julia Taylor is the 2014 Non-Championship winner.  The two are West Monroe homeschooled students and are students of fiddle teacher Steve Cannon.  Both have been playing since they were five years old and were accompanied on guitar by their father, Lendel Taylor.

           The Fiddle Championship was a highlight of the 35th annual Natchitoches-Northwestern State University Folk Festival, held on the NSU campus last week.  This year’s festival was a celebration of the Natchitoches Tri-Centennial and included music, crafts and cultural exhibits. 

            In the non-championship category, Julie Taylor played a waltz Cannon wrote especially for her.


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