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  • Colombian administrator visits NSU
  • Edgar Avilan Sr., founder of Escuela de Musica Comfenalco, a high school in Cartagena, Colombia, observed classrooms and met with administrators at Northwestern State University last week. Azilon gathered information on coursework so he can tailor the curriculum at his school to create a more seamless transition for students who attend Northwestern State on music scholarships. There are currently about 20 Columbian students enrolled at NSU with more committed for the fall semester. [Read More...]

  • Fishing team luring in new members
  • NATCHITOCHES – A Northwestern State University club hopes to lure in prospective students interested in one of the fastest-growing collegiate team club sports. The NSU Fishing Team is open to all students and taps into the growing popularity of organized competitive bass fishing. The team will compete in FLW, B.A. [Read More...]

  • International dinner set for April 25
  • NATCHITOCHES  -- Northwestern State University’s chapter of Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars and the Office of University Affairs will sponsor an international potluck dinner Friday, April 25 at 6 p.m. in the Natchitoches Room of Russell Hall. University students, faculty and staff are encouraged to bring dishes from their respective countries or ethnic cultures. [Read More...]

  • Driver's education class to start Friday
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will offer a driver’s education course starting Friday, April 18 at South Hall. The class will be on April 18, 21 and 26 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p. [Read More...]

  • SAHE Brunch
  • Students in Traci LaBom Norris’s Student Affairs in Higher Education 4000 class participated in a business brunch to give them experience with business etiquette in a social setting. Norris hosts the brunch each semester for students who will soon make the transition from student to professional. Participating were, around the table from left, Norris, Ashley Lacour, Sasha Williams, Josie Amusu, Kim Johnson (partially hidden), Justin Evans, Koran Owens, Wade Williams, Shakemia Johnson and Dezrick Williams. Marion Chapman and Fredrick Thomas were unable to attend. [Read More...]

  • Cheerleading squad for 2014-15 selected
  • NATCHITOCHES  -- Northwestern State University has named its cheerleading squad for the 2014-15 year.Members of the 2014-15 cheerleading squad are Beau Russell of Ruston, Christian Broussard of Welsh, Rudolph Glass, Bryan Lee, Cavonte Jones and Stefan Foster of Shreveport, Kyle Bird and Cole Williams of Haughton, John Simar of Jennings, Shawn Fox of Bogalusa, Emilie King, Hannah Deloney, Caitlyn McCauslin and Taylor Summerlin of Natchitoches, Chris Theus and Kierra Cunningham of Dallas and KeVaun McCall of Marrero. The squad also includes Temer Davis of Bastrop, Jeremy Meche and Aaron Vizinat of Lake Charles, Scott Landry of Slidell, Leslie Davis of Minden, Brandy Exline of Jena, Madeline Mason of Mandeville, Rachel Oufnac of Denham Springs, Avery Monrose of Lafayette, Amber Cunningham of New Braunfels, Texas, Sarah Gandy of Monroe, Lakyn Ward of Leesville, Alyssa Grubaugh of Jefferson, Texas, and Alexis Gray of Texarkana, Texas.The Northwestern State cheerleaders are the premiere spirit group for the University. [Read More...]

  • BPCC Spring Fling May 6
  • NATCHITOCHES – Personnel from Northwestern State University’s Office of University Recruiting and several academic departments will join in hosting an end of year/Spring Fling party at Bossier Parish Community College from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. [Read More...]

  • 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.

    The couple’s connection to the university extends for multiple generations. Bill Shaw met Justine McMurry on the NSU campus as she was leaving freshman registration in the fall of 1952. [Read More...]

  • Activities and events for April 13 - 19
  • NATCHITOCHES – Here is a look at the week of April 13 - 19 at Northwestern State University.April 13 – 19 – Early registration for summer and fall semestersApril 14 – 21 – Spring breakApril 15 – Baseball vs. Louisiana-Monroe, Brown-Stroud Field, 6:30 p.m. [Read More...]

  • Helping students find the records they need
  • Who’s Who at Northwestern StateName: Maye FosterTitle: Administrative Coordinator 3, Office of the RegistrarYears at NSU: 22

    Job Description:  My job is to keep the office functioning to its highest level by taking care of duties such as ordering of supplies, upkeep of equipment, handling the mail, time sheets, and scanning documents.  I also create letters for students concerning verification, academic standing and good student discounts.    I am the account manager for the National Student Clearinghouse at NSU, and send them FTP files regularly to update students’ attendance record for review by loan companies.  I also help with Commencement exercises by setting up gonfalons, producing marching lists and assisting graduates with their caps and gowns. [Read More...]

  • Webb to retire as president
  • 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. [Read More...]

  • Phi Beta Delta has spring induction ceremony
  • NATCHITOCHES –The Northwestern State University chapter of Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars recently held its spring induction ceremony in the Thomas-D’Amato Reading Room of Watson Library. 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. New members are faculty Keith Dromm of the Louisiana Scholars’ College and Carmella Parker of the School of Business. New student members are Paxson Guest of the Scholars’ College, Tatiana Larina of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, and Alejandra Monjardin and Edgar Avilan-Diaz of the School of Creative and Performing Arts. [Read More...]

  • NSU to hold spring break April 14 - 21
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University will hold its spring break April 14 - 21. The university will be closed Friday, April 18 for Good Friday. Administrative offices will be open April 14 -17 and April 21. Classes will resume Tuesday, April 22. [Read More...]

  • Jazz Orchestra to play Tricentennial concert
  • NATCHITOCHES – The Northwestern State University Jazz Orchestra will present a Tricentennial Celebration of the City of Natchitoches Saturday, April 12 at 1 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. [Read More...]

  • Bill Brent inducted into CAPA Hall of Fame
  • Bill Brent conducted the Northwestern State University Wind Symphony to conclude the President’s Command Performance, an event that featured the talents of students in the School of Creative and Performing Arts. The University honored Brent as the inaugural inductee into the CAPA Hall of Fame as officials proclaimed April 4 as Bill Brent Day.  Hundreds of Brent's colleagues and friends gathered for the occasion, which began with a champagne toast and cocktail reception in the Alumni Plaza and included performances by several musical and vocal ensembles. [Read More...]

  • Long Purple Line induction held
  • Northwestern State University honored distinguished alumni by inducting them into the University’s alumni hall if distinction, the Long Purple Line. From left are Carroll Long, Dr. Hayward W. “Sonny” Hargrove, Denise Lewis Patrick, Sen. [Read More...]

  • Dance students attend regional conference
  • NATCHITOCHES – More than two dozen Northwestern State University students and faculty recently attended the American College Dance Festival South Conference in Little Rock, Ark.Two choreographic works were presented for adjudication, “Relinquish” by faculty Brett Alan Garfinkel and Kirstin Riehl and “Psychedelic Mood” by student Julian Anderson of Slidell. “Relinquish” used music by composer Abel Korzenioski with lighting design by J. Lillian Gray and featured dancers Anderson and Kacey Garrett of Slidell, Claire Cook of Shreveport, Tori Cormier of Lake Charles, Polanco Jones Jr. [Read More...]

  • No reservations needed for 'Steel Magnolias'
  •  NATCHITOCHES – Reservations are no longer required for the final performances of “Steel Magnolias,” presented by Northwestern State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance. The show will run April 8-11 in the Treen Auditorium at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts. 

    Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and older, and $12 for children under 12. Admission is free to NSU, BPCC @ NSU and LSMSA students with a current ID. [Read More...]

  • Activities and events for April 6 - 12
  • NATCHITOCHES – Here is a look at the week of April 6 - 12 at Northwestern State University.April 6 – 12 – Early registration for summer and fall semestersApril 6 – Women’s tennis vs. Southeastern Louisiana, Jack Fisher Tennis Complex, 11 a.m. [Read More...]

  • Integrating technology with instruction
  • Name: Terrie McCallister

     Title: Instructional Technology Specialist  

    Job Description: I research instructional strategies and collaborate with faculty to help them design, develop and deliver courses that implement a variety of technology tools. I work closely with the Media Specialist to conduct workshops that teach faculty about new technologies they can use in their courses. I am also responsible for reviewing online courses to make sure they meet the Quality Matters Rubric.

    Years at NSU: 9

    Why I Like Working at Northwestern: I love working with the faulty because they are so enthusiastic about learning new technology. [Read More...]

  • In on the ground floor
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University alumnus Ryan Owens, is in on the ground floor of an economic development project state leaders say will be transformational for the Baton Rouge area and Louisiana.Owens, a May 2013 graduate in computer information systems, is an application developer for IBM in Baton Rouge. He was one of the first employees IBM hired for a first of its kind software development center in downtown Baton Rouge that will create up to 800 jobs. Owens is one of several Northwestern State graduates hired by IBM. [Read More...]

  • NSU hosts Demon Math Classic
  • NATCHITOCHES –Thirteen teams from seven area high schools competed in Northwestern State University’s Demon Mathematics Classic, a quiz bowl-style competition hosted by the Department of Mathematics and Engineering Technology. Students from Airline High School, Benton High School, Bolton High School, C.E. Byrd High School, Negreet High School, Pineville High School, and Zwolle High School competed as teams and as individuals. [Read More...]

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Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education at NSU certifies graduates to teach children PreK to Grade 3 in Louisiana public schools.  Housed in the Department of Family & Consumer Sciences, the program is shared with the College of Education to provide students with optimal assistance as they progress through their curriculum. The heart of the Early Childhood program is its laboratory facilities. The Marie Shaw Dunn Child Development Center houses classes for three-and four-year olds. Students are also provided opportunities to work in the NSU Head Start Center. Further, Warren Easton Laboratory School provides university-based kindergarten through third grade classes when students participate.  Off campus, Natchitoches Parish Schools provide additional field experiences. Finally, NSU Child & Family Network, based in Shreveport, provides scholarship opportunities for students choosing to major in degree programs that focus on children and families.