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  • August water aerobics class to begin
  • NATCHITOCHES  -- A water aerobics class will be offered through Northwestern State University’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education starting Tuesday, Aug. 5. The class will be taught from 10:30 a.m. [Read More...]

  • McDonald named assistant director of bands
  • NATCHITOCHES – Daniel C. McDonald has been named assistant director of bands at Northwestern State University. His appointment has been approved by the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System.McDonald brings more than a decade of experience to Northwestern State as part of the band programs at the University of Washington, University of Connecticut and on the high school level. [Read More...]

  • Spanish class to begin Aug. 4
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will present a conversational Spanish class beginning Monday, Aug. 4. The class will be held Aug. 4 – 7 and 11 – 14 from 5 p. [Read More...]

  • NSU to become tobacco free campus Aug. 1
  • NATCHITOCHES  -- Northwestern State University will become a tobacco free campus effective Friday, August 1. The new policy will prohibit tobacco use on all Northwestern State campuses.

    According to Vice President for University Affairs Marcus Jones, the policy will cover all interior spaces on Northwestern State’s Natchitoches campus and branch campuses, properties leased or operated by the university, all campus housing, indoor and outdoor athletic facilities, vehicles owned or leased by the university and personal vehicles on the Northwestern State campus whether they are moving or parked. The policy will apply to Northwestern State faculty, staff, students and visitors to campus including contracted personnel, contractors and vendors. [Read More...]

  • Dillon Dewitt making up for lost time
  • NATCHITOCHES – Dillon Dewitt appears to be making up for lost time. Dewitt, senior theatre major at Northwestern State University, has just four years of theatrical experience, but landed the role of Mr. Bardalucci in “A Prom to Die For,” which opens Wednesday, July 30 at NSU.“A Prom to Die For” runs on July 30 – Aug. [Read More...]

  • Enhancing faculty and staff performance
  • Who’s Who at Northwestern State

    Name: Carla Parker Howell, CRA (Certified Research Administrator)

    Title: Director, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP)

    Years at NSU: 21

    Job description: As Director, my goal is to provide service-based oversight for a comprehensive, well-balanced program enhancing faculty and staff performance in acquiring external funding for educational service, scholarly activity and research. I facilitate research and sponsored programs, including collaborative projects within the University, as well as with other institutions and the communities while functioning as a resource in research administration and serving as a representative of the University to funding agencies, foundations, and professional associations. Our office is responsible for managing information resources, and coordinating/conducting seminars and workshops for faculty development related to proposal development as well as the processing of all Institutional Review Board applications.  I maintain electronic research administration registrations on behalf of the University for all external funding agencies for proposal submissions, reporting and electronic transfers. [Read More...]

  • Immersed in the arts
  • NATCHITOCHES – Crystal Dunning is spending her summer immersed in the arts. Dunning, a junior from Lafayette at Northwestern State University, is working at the Interlochen Center for the Arts as an intern in the College of Creative Arts.Dunning is working with adult programs in the College of Creative Arts. She is conducting programmatic research and working with other staff as a facilitator to make events and programs run smoothly. [Read More...]

  • Driver education class set for July 28 - 31
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will offer a driver education course July 28 – 31.The class will be held in South Hall on Northwestern State’s Natchitoches campus from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p. [Read More...]

  • Brother, sister take Fiddler titles
  • 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. [Read More...]

  • Spring 2014 Honor List students named
  • NATCHITOCHES – One thousand eight hundred thirty-two students at Northwestern State University were named to the Honor List for the Spring 2014 semester. Students on the Honor List must be enrolled full-time at Northwestern State and have a grade point average of between 3.0 and 3.49. [Read More...]

  • 2014 Spring Dean's List students named
  • NATCHITOCHES -- Nine hundred and twenty-nine at Northwestern State University have been named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2014 semester, according to Northwestern State Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Dr. Lisa Abney. Students on the Dean’s List must be enrolled full time at Northwestern State and have a grade point average for the fall semester of between 3.5 and 3. [Read More...]

  • Hall of Master Folk Artists
  • Several musicians were honored Saturday with induction into the Louisiana Folklife Center’s Hall of Master Folk Artists, which recognizes contributions to the preservation of Louisiana’s cultural traditions. The induction took place during the 35th annual Natchitoches-Northwestern State University Folk Festival. From left are State Rep. Kenny Cox making presentations to honorees Jeffery Broussard of Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys, Al Ferrier, Jo-El Sonnier and Dr. [Read More...]

  • Spring 2014 President's List students named
  • NATCHITOCHES – Four hundred and seventy-six students at Northwestern State University have been named to the President’s List for the Spring 2014 semester, according to NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb. Students on the President’s List must be enrolled full-time at Northwestern State and make A’s in all academic courses pursued. [Read More...]

  • Activities and events for July 20 - 26
  • NATCHITOCHES – Here is a look at the week of July 20 - 26 at Northwestern State University.July 20 - 26 -- Early registration for fall semester July 21 – “Draw in Nakatosh,” Fine Arts Annex, 5 p.m. [Read More...]

  • Helping students solve problems
  • Name: Ashley Briggs

     Title: Coordinator of Graduate Studies Client Services 

    Education: Bachelor of Science – Northwestern State University

    Master of Arts in Heritage Resources – Northwestern State University

    Master of Arts in English – Northwestern State University

    Years at NSU: Two as an employee

    Brief Job Description: I certify that graduate students have completed all requirements for graduation. I assign graduate assistant positions on campus and manage the graduate assistant budget. I assist in the review of graduate applicants to verify they meet all requirements. I serve as secretary of the Graduate Council. [Read More...]

  • Band chosen for Dublin St. Patrick's Day parade
  • NATCHITOCHES – The Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band has been invited to participate in the St. Patrick’s Festival Parade in Dublin, Ireland, on March 17, 2015.The parade is the principal event of the four-day St. Patrick’s Festival, a multi-disciplinary arts event. [Read More...]

  • Cheerleaders win seven first place awards
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s cheerleading squad won seven first place awards at the Universal Cheerleaders Association College Spirit Camp at Texas State University – San Marcos.The team won first place in cheer competition, sideline competition and game day competition. Northwestern State won the Most Collegiate Award for Division I Large Coed Teams, the overall Camp Champion Award and the Leadership Award. NSU’s mascot, Vic the Demon, was named the top mascot. [Read More...]

  • Final session of 2014 Freshman Connection
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University the final session of its annual freshman orientation program, Freshman Connection, Thursday, July 17.The program will assist incoming freshman as they make the transition to university life. While on campus, participants will meet with an academic advisor, register for classes, learn about campus resources and meet future classmates.Incoming freshmen will be introduced to the academic programs and services provided by the University, such as academic advising and support services. [Read More...]

  • Folk Festival to feature Natchitoches
  • NATCHITOCHES – More than 20 musical acts and more than two dozen craftspeople will take part in the 35th Annual Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival July 18-19 in Prather Coliseum on the Northwestern State University campus. The Festival will be on Friday, July 18 from 4:30 p.m. until 11:15 p. [Read More...]

  • Centenarian honored with Nth Degree
  • NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University honored one of its oldest living graduates with a special recognition in celebration of her 100th birthday. Pinkye Simpson Mitchell of Natchitoches was presented with the Nth Degree, a special honor that recognizes individuals who go the extra mile in meritorious service to mankind and whose professional responsibilities and various other roles in making the world a better place are carried out to the Nth Degree.

     “It is with great pride we confer this degree, one of exceptionally high honor to Mrs. Mitchell,” said NSU President Dr. [Read More...]

  • Energy Camp teaches youth about sustainability
  • Energy expert Jim Jones showed participants in Energy Camp how to construct a solar oven and cook a meal at 250 degrees F using sustainable energy. The week-long camp was held at Northwestern State University last week and included a safety discussion and egg drop challenge in which campers designed an apparatus to safeguard an egg during a 35-foot drop. The 16 area youth also developed teamwork and communication skills and visited a Shell Oil facility where they spoke to geologists and engineers to learn about drilling concepts and jobs in the oil and gas industry. In addition to the solar oven, campers also built solar cars and completed a pipeline activity. [Read More...]

  • Activities and events for July 13 - 19
  • NATCHITOCHES – Here is a look at the week of July 13 - 19 at Northwestern State University.July 13 - 19 -- Early registration for fall semester July 18-19 – Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival, Prather ColiseumJuly 19 – Louisiana State Fiddle Championship, Magale Recital Hall, 1 p.m. [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.