Symphony Society inducted into CAPA Hall of Fame

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The Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Society was inducted into the Mrs. H.D. Dear Sr. and Alice Estelle Dear School of Creative and Performing Arts Hall of Fame Tuesday during a performance of the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra and NSU Symphony Chorus. Dr. Greg Handel, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and director of the School of Creative and Performing Arts, recognized the Symphony Society for their work which supports the orchestra and School of Creative and Performing Arts.

Get a glimpse into the life of a law enforcement officer

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Bulletproof the Blue is so much more than just a fundraiser. It’s an experience that the Natchitoches Rotary Club hopes will create an opportunity for better communication between Law Enforcement and the Natchitoches community. It’s no secret the gap there is real. The community must understand and learn to trust law enforcement and support them as they make difficult decisions.

Through the event Bulletproof the Blue: A Law Enforcement Experience Like No Other, Rotary hopes doors will be opened for these conversations that need to happen. For example…you just shot the “bad guy” in this scenario. Why did you do it? All of the scenario’s that will be run through at the event provide examples from controversial experiences with law enforcement that you may have seen in the news.

Many folks in the community say that if they were the police they wouldn’t have done this or that. So let’s open up that communication! Now is your chance to come experience that stress and adrenaline! Would you do anything different? Lets lay our differences aside and open up the lines of communication between our community and law enforcement. That is the ONLY way for a stronger, better, and safer Natchitoches!!

The event is scheduled for TODAY, April 29 from 8 am – 1 pm at Dark Woods Haunted Attraction.

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Notice of Death – April 29, 2017

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John Kenneth Rawls
March 18, 1948 – April 27, 2017
Visitation: Sunday, April 30 from 5-8 pm at the Marthaville Baptist Church
Service: Monday, May 1 at 2 pm at Marthaville First Baptist Church in Marthaville
Interment: Marthaville Cemetery

Lucille Duthile Fuller
May 2, 1929 – April 26, 2017
Visitation: Saturday, April 29 from 10-11 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church
Service: Saturday, April 29 at 11 am at St Joseph Catholic Church, Colfax
Interment: Colfax Cemetery

Larry Don Kirkland
April 22, 2017
Arrangements TBA

Betty Johnson
April 20, 1942 – April 25, 2017
Service: Monday, May 1 at 10 am at Calvary Baptist Cemetery in Natchitoches

Mianda Lynell Jackson
September 10, 1968 – April 21, 2017
Service: Saturday, April 29 at noon in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Winnfield

Goivanni Dontae Harris
April 10, 2017 – April 26, 2017
Service: Tuesday, May 2 at 1 pm in Gainsville

Mildred Speir
December 24, 1928 – April 25, 2017
Service: Saturday, April 29 at 10 am at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches
Interment: Memory Lawn Cemetery
Visitation: Friday, April 28 from 5-8 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Elizabeth “Betty” Lasyone
January 16, 1942 – April 25, 2017
Visitation: Saturday, April 29 from 9:30-11 am
Service: Saturday, April 29 at 11 am at Southern Funeral Homes Interment: Cox-Guin Cemetery in Winnfield.

Gregory Charles Derry
October 19, 1966 – April 23, 2017
Visitation: Saturday, April 29 from 12-1 pm at the Winnfield Memorial Chapel
Service: Saturday, April 29 at 1 pm at the Winnfield Memorial Chapel in Natchitoches
Interment: Methodist Cemetery in Allen

Bobby Lynn Gorum
December 17, 1963 – April 21, 2017
Visitation: Saturday, April 29 from 10-11 am at Trinity Baptist Church
Service: Saturday, April 29 at 11 am at Trinity Baptist Church in Natchitoches

Doris Woods Smith
May 19, 1928 – April 25, 2017
Service: Saturday, April 29 at 2 pm at Calvary Woodworth Church Interment: Alexandria Memorial Gardens
Visitation Saturday, April 29 from 9 m – 2 pm at Calvary Woodworth.

Natchitoches man arrested on narcotics charges

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According to a Task Force Official, Agents with Louisiana Probation and Parole and the Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force arrested Michael R. Sam, B/M/36 on April 19 for the following offenses:

Possession of CDS Schedule I with Intent to Distribute (Ecstasy)
Second or Subsequent Offenses
Parole Violations

The arrest occurred during an investigation that stemmed from a consensual search of a residence. Upon further investigation, Agents determined that a vehicle parked at this residence belonged to Michael Sam. Agents made contact with Sam in the 1800 block of South Dr. and he advised agents that he was on parole for prior narcotics convictions. Upon searching the vehicle, Agents located approximately 225 suspected Ecstasy tablets. Ecstasy is a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance. Sam was transported and booked at the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.

The Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force would like to thank the Citizens of Natchitoches for their support. Many times an investigation begins with a simple phone call or tip from a concerned citizen. For this reason the Task Force encourages all citizens to report any crimes in their neighborhoods anonymously by calling 318-357-2248, The Natchitoches Police Department, or the Natchitoches Parish Sheriffs Office.

Four inducted into Phi Alpha Theta

 

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Northwestern State University’s Pi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, inducted four new members Tuesday.  Phi Alpha Theta’s missions is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians.  From left are new members Candice Smith of Pineville, Thomas Marlbrough of Mandeville, Chapter Advisor Dr. Christopher Gilson, Michael Cain II of Leesville and Jonah Poe of Natchitoches.

Kilcoyne named dean of College of Business and Technology at NSU

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Dr. Margaret Kilcoyne has been named dean of the College of Business and Technology at Northwestern State University. The appointment is subject to approval by the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System. She was selected from a field of 34 applicants.

Kilcoyne has been a faculty member and administrator at Northwestern State since 1986. She will direct degree programs within the School of Business and Department of Engineering Technology. The School of Business includes bachelor’s programs in accounting, business administration, computer information systems and hospitality management and tourism as well as a business analytics post baccalaureate certification.

The Department of Engineering Technology includes an associate degree in engineering technology, bachelor’s degree programs in electronics engineering technology and industrial engineering technology, a pre-professional program in pre-engineering and post baccalaureate certifications in project management and quality control.

“Dr. Kilcoyne has effectively served the University as a faculty member and director for the School of Business,” said Dr. Vickie Gentry, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. “She is highly regarded by her faculty who supported her appointment to the position of Dean of the College of Business and Technology. She is a dedicated administrator who will lead her faculty in accomplishing the mission of Northwestern State.”

She has served as interim dean since 2015. From 2012 to 2015, Kilcoyne was director of the School of Business after nine months as acting director.

The College of Business and Technology had an enrollment of 1,390 last fall, an increase of more than 10 percent over the fall 2015 semester.

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to lead the College of Business and Technology and appreciate the confidence (Acting President) Dr. (Chris) Maggio and Dr. Gentry have placed in me,” said Kilcoyne. “I look forward to working with our faculty, students, stakeholders and business and industry to strengthen and expand programs in the College of Business and Technology.”

From 2010 to 2012, Kilcoyne was coordinator of assessment and academic services and a full professor in the College of Science, Technology and Business.

From 2005 until 2010, Kilcoyne was director of business programs and an assistant professor, directing and coordinating five degree programs.

Kilcoyne joined Northwestern State’s faculty as an adjunct instructor and was named an instructor and coordinator of the Office of Cooperative Education in 1989. In 1998, she was promoted to an assistant professor and director of the Office of Cooperative Education.

Last year, she was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Kilcoyne held the Noble Morrison Endowed Professorship in 2011. In 2009, she received the NSU Alumni Association’s Excellence in Teaching Award for the College of Business.

Kilcoyne has received a number of honors for her research and teaching from her peers. The Association for Business Communication Southwestern United States honored her with the Marlin C. Young Outstanding Teacher Award in 2015 and the 2014 Outstanding Educator Award – Federation of Business Disciplines. She was named the 2013 Governor’s Technology Educator of the Year. In 2011, Kilcoyne received the ABIS Distinguished Paper Award and in 2010, she received the ABC-Southwest Outstanding Researcher Award.

She has co-authored more than 50 national and international publications in professional journals or proceedings/book of readings on the state, regional, national or international level. Kilcoyne has obtained more than $1 million in grants to benefit Northwestern State.

Kilcoyne is a charter member of the Northwestern State Business Women’s Association and a member of Phi Beta Delta and Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies, the Association of Business Information Systems and Delta Pi Epsilon.

NPJ interviews finalists for NSU Presidency

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The NPJ had some one-to-one time with the two finalists selected for final interviews with the University of Louisiana System’s Board of Supervisors on May 4 in Baton Rouge. Dr. Chris Maggio and Dr. William Wainwright are the finalists in the running for the Presidency of Northwestern State University after a round of interviews with the NSU Search Committee April 27. The NPJ asked the following questions to get to know the finalists a little bit better.

 

Q: How will you, as the new president, make sure more of NSU’s public and foundation dollars are spent with local vendors and not out of town and out of state?

 

Wainwright: I would lean on the university’s procurement policy, but at the end of the day it’s about the quality. When you look at the overall success and image of Natchitoches, it’s clear we have the quality locally to support our institution.

 

Maggio: On top of the relationships I have with the business and industry leaders in Natchitoches, I will strive to recruit the best and the brightest to NSU. The university will continue to partner with the community on projects and focus on creating an innovative student experience. It’s important to get the students involved in the local community. What attracts students isn’t just NSU, but the locale and you’ll continue to see this collaboration between NSU and Natchitoches in the years to come.

 

Q: NSU and Natchitoches value preservation and progress. What’s your take on the balance of these two important aspects in our area?

 

Wainwright: When you look at the history of the university and the city, what’s been preserved to date is fundamental to the success of both. Ensuring students, faculty alum and external stakeholders understand the importance of preservation is key. This can be demonstrated through the curriculum, student life and civic responsibility.

 

Maggio: It’s so important that we continue to maintain our identity and our commitment to historical preservation. It’s important to find the balance where history meets progress. I can see University Parkway becoming an innovation corridor. It’s amazing the history Natchitoches has to offer and the programming NSU can provide. With ties to the community through the Natchitoches Northwestern Symphony Society, the Sports Recreation Center and beautification projects, NSU can bring its resources to aid the community in preservation.

 

Q: With the media interviews taking place in AA Fredericks, and with the College of Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) being such a large part of Northwestern, what’s the most creative thing you’ve ever done?

 

Wainwright: Although it shocked my wife, I handled the majority of the interior design when we opened a new STEM campus at the Northshore Technical Community College in February. From the stained glass, to the writeable walls, outdoor classrooms and creative spaces, it was one of the most creative endeavors I’ve participated in recently.

 

Maggio: The CAPA students have gotten me out of my comfort zone and I became part of a production for a cameo role in the performance of a skit from High School Musical during the Lady of the Bracelet Pageant.

Soileau Appointed to Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners

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Governor John Bel Edwards has reappointed Kirk Soileau, Chief Executive Officer of Natchiotches Regional Medical Center, to the Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners. Soileau was nominated by the Louisiana Hospital Association. This is a reappointment for Soileau who was previously appointed in 2014. The board regulates licensing for Radiologic Technologists in the state.

About the Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners
The Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners consists of 10 Board members. The Louisiana Medical Radiation Health and Safety Act of 1984, R.S.37:3200-3221, provides that, in order to safeguard life and health by preventing excessive and improper exposure to ionizing radiation, any person practicing or offering to practice as a Radiologic Technologist in Louisiana shall submit evidence that he or she is qualified to do so. For more information visit, www.lsrtbe.org

About Natchitoches Regional Medical Center
Natchitoches Regional Medical Center began as a stand-alone community hospital in 1955 and has grown into a 216 bed healthcare system comprised of an acute care facility, skilled nursing home, assisted living complex and an extensive network of clinics throughout the parish. At the heart of the system is the 96-bed regional medical center which employs over 700 Associates. More than 100 active and consulting physicians represent the Medical Staff. NRMC is an affiliate of Christus Health.

St. Mary’s introduces 2017 Softball Team   

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Members of the St. Mary’s Softball Team for 2017 on front row from left are  Jensen Parker, Ragan Hale, Olivia Miller, Makenzie Methvin, Chloe Longlois, Mackenzie Lipa, Kenna Leger and Isabella Peluso. On back row are Sarah Loach, Kelsie Ward, Lauren Vienne, Meredith Matt, Reagan Davis, Maria Bienvenu, Maci Messenger, Haley Seaman and Caroline Bishop. Coaches are Head coach Dave Cupp, Asst. Shannon Hale, Mark Lipa, Baylee Sheppard and Kerri Kirkofe.
This young team has played together for many years through Dixie youth and travel ball. This is the third year in a row to go to Sulphur with more than half of the starters being Freshman.  The Freshman class have been playing and starting since 7th grade. They have a solid defense which is their greatest strength. The girls have grown a lot both physically and mentally and still have room to grow.

Freshman Ragan Hale has been starting on this team since she was in 6th grade. She has made 1st team All-District for the past 4 years and All-State her 8th grade year.  Freshman Meredith Matt was selected for the All-State team last year.

Five freshman own starting key positions and they are going to be a force to wrecken with for years to come. Freshman starters are Ragan Hale- shortstop, Reagan Davis- 2nd, Maria Bienvenu- 3rd, Meredith Matt- Pitcher, and Chloe Longlois- Left field.
All nine starters made All-District; six on the 1st team and three on the 2nd team

Ponderings with Doug – April 28, 2017

DougFUMC“Lost as a he-haint in high weeds.”

I have used it before and it still applies. Some people are that lost. For you folks that don’t speak with an Alabama accent, a “he-haint” is a male ghost.

Before GPS most men would refuse to stop and ask for directions. It is in our genetic coding. Our brides would demand that we stop at the sketchy-looking convenience store and ask for directions. Our universal response was, “Honey, I think I recognize that water tower and I know where I am.” After an hour more of being lost, the exasperated wife would demand we stop. She would walk into the same sketchy-looking convenience store and ask for directions. With the advent of GPS technology, men don’t need to ask for directions. Now we are never lost. If there is a problem, we blame it on that nice British woman speaking through our GPS. Google is infallible, right?

I do like to make my GPS lady mad by not following her directions. She will tell me to make a “legal U turn” or she will woefully offer the words, “recalculating.”

The notion of a male being lost for all eternity is both sad and humorous. Maybe that’s what a ghost is, a person who refused to ask for directions on their journey to the pearly gates. They will eventually catch on that it is OK to ask for directions and go on to eternal bliss.

If you see someone who is lost, what should you do about pointing them in the right direction? Do you have an obligation to warn them that they are lost? I’m going to tell you about a group that gets lost in our city.

There is a problem with one of our roads in Natchitoches Parish. It does not involve potholes. Well it does involve potholes, but I’m not going to talk to about them, much.

For some reason some GPS and Google maps are deceiving truckers looking for a way to by-pass our lovely town. According to GPS and Google maps a truck can travel north on Williams Boulevard cross the dam at the end of the Cane River and suddenly be on Hargis road and poof they have by-passed the city. The problem is that the road doesn’t exist. The problem is compounded by the fact that men and women driving 18 wheelers are being duped by their technology. The lost truck drivers must find a way to back up and turn around in very close quarters.

I have watched trucks head down Williams not turn on the Church Street Bridge and know they are headed for a dead end and a test of their driving skills. The Parish is putting up DEAD END signs on Williams that will give Truckers an opportunity to turn onto Blanchard Road. The gravel part of Blanchard Road, which is smoother than the paved part of Blanchard Road, but I digress. Can you imagine being a trucker who was looking for a short cut around the city and finding yourself coming off of Blanchard Road near Walmart? It is better than trying to turn around after you discover the GPS and Google maps were wrong!

If you see an 18-wheeler on Williams north of the Church Street Bridge, say a prayer for them. That trucker is a few minutes away from an “oh hell” moment. They have followed technology until it got them “lost.”

When you are lost, how do you “get found?”

I think the question has a spiritual dimension and an answer involving Jesus.

The truth is He’ll leave the ninety-nine and go looking for the one that is lost.

Go Demons! NSU Spirit Group Try-Outs

By Kevin Shannahan

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Northwestern State University continued decades of  its rich traditions April 22 as students displayed their talents trying out for various spirit groups. Future cheerleaders practiced stunts and cheers, aspiring Demon Dazzlers performed dance routines and flags snapped in the HPE Building as the Demon Heat Color Guard held auditions.

The Demon Dazzlers marked a first in their 50+ years as Devante Bethley, a sophomore theater major from Baton Rouge, became the first man to try out for the popular dance group.

The Natchitoches Parish Journal extends its best wishes to all the young men and women who tried out.  We look forward to seeing your performances throughout the upcoming seasons.

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Melrose A&C Festival has an increase in attendance

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Attendance at the 43rd Melrose Arts and Crafts Show was up, however the total number of vendors was down this year, according to Melrose Facility Manager Molly Dickerson. Guests walked the grounds April 22-23 beneath giant live oak trees viewing unique jewelry, toys, pottery, clothing, photography, plants, woodworking products and more.

While the vendor number was down, Dickerson said 60 percent of them were new to the festival this year, which is exciting.

“I believe the loss of long-time vendors is a temporary loss due to the need to change the date because of Easter this year,” said Dickerson. “It will return to its normal weekend next year, falling on April 21-22, 2018. We had excellent volunteer support and everyone seemed really happy with the organization of the event. I would definitely call it a success.”

NSU, BPCC to sign agreement May 2

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Bossier Parish Community College and Northwestern State University will sign an agreement which will continue the commitment the two institutions have for developing innovative, world-class transfer pathways focusing on the unique needs of today’s college student.  Details of the agreement will be made available at the signing.

The signing will take place at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 2 in the Chancellor’s Boardroom (Building A-230) on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Bossier Parish Community College already has several agreements in place with Northwestern State University that facilitate the path for students to achieve their educational goals while meeting workforce needs and promoting economic development in northwest Louisiana.

The public and media are invited to attend.

Notice of Death – April 28, 2017

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Larry Don Kirkland
April 22, 2017
Arrangements Pending

Betty Johnson
April 20, 1942 – April 25, 2017
Service: Monday, May 1 at 10 am at Calvary Baptist Cemetery in Natchitoches

Mianda Lynell Jackson
September 10, 1968 – April 21, 2017
Service: Saturday, April 29 at noon in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Winnfield

Goivanni Dontae Harris
April 10, 2017 – April 26, 2017
Service: Tuesday, May 2 at 1 pm in Gainsville

Mildred Speir
December 24, 1928 – April 25, 2017
Service: Saturday, April 29 at 10 am at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches
Interment: Memory Lawn Cemetery
Visitation: Friday, April 28 from 5-8 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Elizabeth “Betty” Lasyone
January 16, 1942 – April 25, 2017
Visitation: Friday, April 28 from 5-8 pm and Saturday, April 29 from 9:30-11 am
Service: Saturday, April 29 at 11 am at Southern Funeral Homes Interment: Cox-Guin Cemetery in Winnfield.

Gregory Charles Derry
October 19, 1966 – April 23, 2017
Visitation: Saturday, April 29 from 12-1 pm at the Winnfield Memorial Chapel
Service: Saturday, April 29 at 1 pm at the Winnfield Memorial Chapel in Natchitoches
Interment: Methodist Cemetery in Allen

Bobby Lynn Gorum
December 17, 1963 – April 21, 2017
Visitation: Saturday, April 29 from 10-11 am at Trinity Baptist Church
Service: Saturday, April 29 at 11 am at Trinity Baptist Church in Natchitoches

Cedric Patton
Service: Friday, April 28 from 6-7 pm at Jenkins Funeral Home Chapel in Mansfield

Doris Woods Smith
May 19, 1928 – April 25, 2017
Service: Saturday, April 29 at 2 pm at Calvary Woodworth Church Interment: Alexandria Memorial Gardens
Visitation Saturday, April 29 from 9 m – 2 pm at Calvary Woodworth.

Patricia Bennett Greenland
September 24, 1942 – April 24, 2017
Visitation: Friday, April 28 from 9-11 am
Service: Friday, April 28 at 11 am in the chapel of Southern Funeral Home in Winnfield