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  • NSU awards 810 degrees to fall, summer graduates
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University awarded degrees to 810 students Friday at Fall Commencement Exercises in Prather Coliseum. Incoming Northwestern State President Dr. James Henderson was the commencement speaker. An honorary doctorate of applied science was awarded to Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Stan Chadick. [Read More...]

  • NSU to close until Jan. 5
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University will be closed Dec. 22 – Jan. 2 for the Christmas/New Year’s break. Administrative offices will reopen Monday, Jan. [Read More...]

  • Leesville Nurse Seminar successful
  • Dr. Wendi Palermo, assistant professor of nursing at Northwestern State University’s Leesville-Fort Polk campus, led a Nurse Major Seminar last month, the first of its kind held on that campus. The forum provided an opportunity to talk with individuals interested in learning more about NSU’s associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in nursing and allied health, with military service members as well as family members of those serving at Fort Polk. Palermo outlined admissions requirements, the clinical application process and advising. [Read More...]

  • Chadick to receive honorary doctorate
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University will award an honorary doctorate of applied science to Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Stan Chadick during Fall Commencement Exercises Friday at 3 p.m. in Prather Coliseum.Chadick was a member of Northwestern State’s faculty for 37 years. [Read More...]

  • Hitch your wagon to a star
  • NATCHITOCHES – “I say this in all seriousness. I don’t know if I’m a novelty or a curiosity. I think I’m a curiosity,” Earline Hart Andrews said, as she relayed a recent encounter with an office worker who didn’t believe Andrews was being truthful about her age and required a look at her identification. At age 104, Andrews took that as quite a compliment. [Read More...]

  • Determined to graduate
  • NATCHITOCHES – Raven Jackson’s path to graduation has had plenty of twists, turns and obstacles, but on Friday it will come to a happy ending.Jackson, a social work major from Shreveport, will be one of more than 620 students to receive degrees at Fall Commencement Exercises.“I’m nervous but excited because my life is just about to start,” said Jackson. “I was determined to make it regardless of how hard it was. [Read More...]

  • NSU to work with nontraditional learners
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University is among 25 colleges and universities joining an alternative credit consortium as part of an initiative to create a more flexible pathway toward a college degree for millions of nontraditional learners, according to the American Council on Education.The 25 institutions serving in this pilot project have agreed to accept all or most of the transfer credit sought by students who successfully complete courses that are part of a selected pool of about 100 low-cost or no-cost lower division general education online courses. These institutions also will help identify the sources, criteria and quality of the courses."Projects such as this one provide avenues for our students to help them to move toward graduation by incorporating our existing efforts in Prior Learning Assessment and expanding them,” said Dr. [Read More...]

  • Online education master's degrees ranked
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s online master’s degree programs in special education and educational technology received high national rankings from Top Master’s in Education, an online guide for master’s in education degrees. NSU’s online master’s programs in special education and educational technology were ranked sixth and 15th nationally, based on cost, quality and accreditation.

     “The Master of Education in Special Education at Northwestern provides an add-on certification to those already certified to teach in Louisiana. The Master in Educational Technology Leadership provides advanced preparation in technology education, management, and teacher/staff development training and also leads to add-on certification in Louisiana,” said Dr. [Read More...]

  • Henderson to be commencement speaker
  • NATCHITOCHES – Incoming Northwestern State University President Dr. James Henderson will be the speaker at the university’s Fall Commencement Exercises Friday, Dec. 19 in Prather Coliseum. More than 620 students who completed degrees in the summer and fall semesters will receive diplomas at the ceremony, which will be streamed at nsula. [Read More...]

  • Local support helps Empower Nepali Girls
  • NATCHITOCHES – It almost impossible for Americans to imagine a culture in which daughters are so undervalued they are at risk of becoming goods in human trafficking. Hard to imagine and, for some Natchitoches residents, impossible to accept. Drs. Patrice and Michael Moulton and their son Bryce have spent the last few years working with the Empower Nepali Girls Foundation, which provides scholarships for Nepali girls to attend school and raises awareness of child trafficking, hunger and gender equity. [Read More...]

  • Leesville/Fort Polk students get a finals treat
  • LEESVILLE – Northwestern State University’s Leesville/Fort Polk Library is hosting a hot chocolate bar for students during fall finals. Faculty and staff on the Leesville/Fort Polk campus donated money for the hot chocolate bar. Northwestern State’s Student Activities Board provided a gift basket with giveaways and raffle items. Among those taking a break during finals were, from left, students Leslie Medley of Wahawa, Hawaii, Kayln Michels of DeRidder, Brandee Weaver of Rosepine, Jackie Bachman of Fort Polk, Assistant Professor of Nursing Linda Nichols and students Lindsey Ballew of Fort Polk and Destin Singletary of Merryville. [Read More...]

  • Nursing celebrates 65 years
  • NATCHITOCHES – Louisiana’s oldest state-supported baccalaureate program in nursing celebrated its 65th anniversary to commemorate its contribution to healthcare in the state. Northwestern State University’s College of Nursing and School of Allied Health enrolled its first class in 1949 and in the decades since has grown to offer associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees and this semester enrolled its first class in the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program.

     “We at NSU know the nursing program is an area of excellence. We are the absolute best,” said NSU President Dr. [Read More...]

  • Fall Commencement to be held Dec. 19
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University will hold its Fall Commencement Exercises Friday, Dec. 19 in Prather Coliseum. More than 620 students who completed degrees in the summer and fall semesters will receive diplomas at the ceremony, which will be streamed at nsula.edu. [Read More...]

  • Christmas lecture will focus on the Magi
  • NATCHITOCHES – Phyllis Lear, assistant professor of art history at Northwestern State University, will present a Christmas art lecture at 7:30 pm. Thursday, Dec. 11 at Crossroads Chapel, First United Methodist Church.  The lecture, “The Presence of the Magi,” is free and open to the public. [Read More...]

  • Leesville nursing students engage in service
  • Second level nursing students from Northwestern State University’s Fort Polk/Leesville campus collected over 300 pairs of socks and numerous bottles of bath soap for the residents of Westwood Manor Nursing Nursing Home. “The students were determined to find a way to thank the staff and the residents for their educational support and for allowing them to develop their role as professional registered nurses,” said Deborah Hickman, assistant professor of nursing. “I am so proud of these hard working successful nursing students who have a desire to give back to the their community.” Kneeling are Darren Paris, Katie Jarrell, Jessica Rodger, Kelsey Cook and Kelsey Corley. [Read More...]

  • Fall 2014 PKP inductees recognized
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest, most selective and most prestigious all-discipline honor society held an induction ceremony for fall semester initiates Dec. 4. Standards for election to Phi Kappa Phi are based on high academic standard. Membership is open to the top 7. [Read More...]

  • Williams named Postsecondary Educator of the Year
  • NATCHITOCHES – Dr. Darlene Williams, vice president for technology, research and economic development at Northwestern State University, has been named Postsecondary Educator of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators.The award was presented at LACUE’s 30th annual conference in New Orleans. Williams was selected from a field of six finalists from colleges and universities around Louisiana. [Read More...]

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Ronnie Humphrey earned his Bachelor of Science and Technology degree from Northwestern State University and is now Vice President of Fluid Management with Beer Creek Services.
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Music

The Division of Music offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Music and Music Education for aspiring artists, professionals, and teachers. In addition to outstanding academic training and private studio instruction, it provides many opportunities for majors and non-majors to perform in a variety of musical activities and ensembles on the University level.  Hundreds of students participate in marching band, five different choirs, wind ensembles, orchestras, jazz bands, opera theater, musical theater productions, and a several different chamber ensembles.