By Kevin Shannahan
The Northwestern State University Demon family welcomed 413 new members and their families at the first of several Freshman Connection sessions to be held throughout the summer at the picturesque NSU campus. The fast paced two day event featured campus tours, financial aid sessions, class registration, dorm assignments and breakout sessions exploring various aspects of college life. The sessions were led by handpicked current NSU students who either served as Freshman Connectors who led their color coded student groups or as VIP Volunteers who did the logistic work of making the event run smoothly. Thursday’s activities weren’t all serious, however. “Freshman Follies” on the Iberville Green featured fun games designed to let the new Demons have some fun, get to know each other-and get soaking wet. A tug of war and the traditional ping pong ball drop from a passing airplane made sure the students worked up an appitite for a jambalaya dinner at the dining hall.
The fun sessions do have a serious purpose. When the new freshmen leave the Freshman Connection, they have everything they need to hit the ground running for their first year at NSU. They have their classes, financial aid and dorm assignments all ready. They have met some of their new classmates and are familiar with the campus, what is expected of them and where they can get help. It it an excellent start to what we all hope will be a successful career at Northwestern State University.
This upcoming class is an impressive group of young people. They hail from every corner of Louisiana, as well as Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma and a student from Alaska. The average ACT Composite Score for this year’s class is a fraction below 21, continuing a steady year by year improvement over the past few years. The Admissions Office expects approximately 1,500 students to arrive for the fall semester. That figure has been growing each fall for the past several years as well-a truly remarkable accomplishment.
The Natchitoches Parish Journal wishes to join the Northwestern State University community in welcoming these special young men and women to our university and its city.