NSU Project Update: From trees to streets

NSU Varnado Hall Trees Cut Down

 

There’s been a lot of work going on at Northwestern State University this summer. The following information is an update.
Varnado Hall Remodel (Information provided by Rob Archibald
Vice President – Capital Projects for Campus Living Villages:

A partnership between NSU and CLV, the project is ahead of schedule.  L1-3 accommodation wings will be handed over for occupation Aug. 8, with completion set for Aug. 15.

Some trees were removed from the area adjacent to the property.  A smaller tree at the western end of Varnado Hall was removed as it created a dark corner that didn’t receive natural light.  This resulted in issues with extensive mold externally and internally at that end of the building, particularly in the ground level rooms.

The affected rooms were repaired and restored and the tree was removed to help prevent the problem from reoccurring in the future and to provide more security to residents using this entry/exit.

A series of large pine trees were also removed., which were taller than Varnado Hall and either had limbs overhanging the roof or leaning toward the building.  They were removed as a longer term precautionary measure to remove the risk that they would fall or drop large branches on the occupied building.

Some smaller trees and one dead tree were also removed from the immediate surrounds of the building. An arborist examined a large tree in front of Russell Hall and determined it was dead and beyond saving after lighting struck it during a storm around Memorial Day. The lightning split the tree down the middle and it was considered a hazard.

Re-surfacing of Sam Sibley Drive:

The Physical Plant and Progressive Contractors are re-surfacing Sam Sibley Drive from University Parkway to the intersection of Caspari Drive and Sam Sibley in front of Friedman Student Union. The project will continue until mid-August. Drains in the area will be enlarged to prevent flooding.

Other projects include:

Installation of new video board at Turpin Stadium
Installation of new Cafe Demon at the nursing complex on NSU’s Shreveport campus (scheduled to open Aug. 24)
Installation of permanent concrete stage with roof on Iberville Green for future concerts (construction should start in the Fall)
Resurfacing Warren Easton parking lot at NSU Elementary Lab
Construction of student advising/testing center on the first floor of Watson Library to centralize related offices that are currently spread across campus
Replace AC/Heating units in Bienvenu Hall (plans are currently being drawn up)
Remodeling of old science labs in Bienvenu Hall that are no longer used (will become classrooms and computer labs and should be finished before school starts)

From sales to success

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In case you haven’t heard, the Natchitoches Parish Journal and Elite Radio Group would like to introduce its newly appointed Director of Sales, Kevin McGlothin. As a marketing consultant in the Natchitoches area for the past 4 years, Kevin will be a familiar face to most business owners.

For those who don’t know him, Kevin attended LSU before he moved home to be closer to his family and attend Northwestern State University, where he completed a degree in business administration. He and wife Kristy live in Natchitoches with their son Colton. They are due for a new family member Sept. 24.

Kevin’s goal is to provide businesses and organizations with an efficient, effective way to advertise their events and achievements on a platform that people can count on. At the end of the day, Kevin understands that his clients must get a return on their investment and to achieve this, digital and wireless are the way to go.

“It’s not the frontier anymore,” he said. “It’s not the future, it’s TODAY. We offer real-time results for the new digital environment we live and work in.”

To contact Kevin email kevinm.npj@gmail.com or call 318-354-4000, ext: 225.

Eager Demons show up early to start preseason camp

Football Check In

 

The Northwestern State football team started setting a tone for preseason camp even before check-in officially began July 30.

Almost three dozen of the 100 players arriving Sunday streamed into the Stroud Room of the NSU Athletic Fieldhouse ahead of schedule, filling out paperwork with the football and sports medicine staffs, then queuing up to get their equipment fit and collect workout gear.

The first practice is Tuesday morning at 8, but the Demons were impatient to get going on Sunday.

“It shows how ready we are for the season,” said senior defensive end Dannie Harmon. “Having a bad taste in our mouths from last season, we’re ready to get that out. You see a lot of guys coming in with confidence. This is a fresh start and we’re ready to compete.”

For junior offensive lineman Frank Boudreaux, who started eight times last year, drawing on the experience in 2016 is a big positive for him and others pressed into action earlier than expected due to injuries.

“I got to play some last year, and for myself and the other guys who had the same opportunity last season, hopefully we can build on it this season,” he said.

More than half the squad in camp is comprised of newcomers, redshirts or players who didn’t see action last fall. Boudreaux recalled his early days as a Demon in 2014.

“Everyone was just bigger, faster, stronger, and I was just like a little lost puppy dog my first week here,” he said. “They’ll learn. Some of them will have to help us out this year, and I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do.”

Harmon, who arrived with head coach Jay Thomas five seasons ago, enjoys watching the newcomers find their way in the early days of camp.

“It’s like seeing baby turtles crawl out into the sea,” he said, chuckling. “When those guys get on the field, it will be good to see them getting acquainted to the new system and how we run things.”

Newcomer and veteran alike, he said, share the same combination of excitement and nerves.

“It’s my fifth time, it still feels the same. I still get the same butterflies, just seeing the guys again,” he said. “I really can’t wait to get back out there, get after it, get ready for the season.”

Monday, the Demons will go through a series of meetings before starting their daily practice routine Tuesday morning. An additional newcomer is expected to report before drills begin.

Sign up for Jaycees Golf Classic Aug. 19

Jaycees Golf Classic

The Natchitoches Area Jaycees will hold its 10th Annual Golf Classic Aug. 19 at the NSU Rec Complex. The deadline for entry is Aug. 14. The classic is a 4-man team scramble with team prizes for 1st and 2nd place and worst team. Other prizes include “closest to the pin,” longest drive,” and more. There will be a shotgun start at 8 am. The entry fee is $75 per person or $300 per team. The entry fee includes green fee, cart, Lunch/Dinner, snacks and beer.

Sponsorships are available at the Best of Show level for $100 (tee box sign), the Reserve Grand Champion level for $350 (team entry and tee box sign), and the Grand Champion level for $500 (team entry, business name on tourney shirt, tee box sign and post-tourney publicity).

For more information contact Stewart Carnline at 318-238-9715, Ryan Todtenbier at 318-332-0740 or Chris Lyles at 318-349-4228. More information on the Jaycees can be found online at natchitochesjaycees.com.

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Weeks Tractor has deep roots in the Natchitoches community

Weeks Tractor
Billy Weeks has no regrets in life, working a consistent career selling tractors and equipment for 48 years. He graduated high school on a Friday night in 1970 and went to work at CE Collins & Sons the following Monday. The company changed hands through the years and in 1996, Billy went to work for Scott Tractor. He eventually bought the store in 2001.

“It’s the people that’s blessed us over the years,” said Billy.

Serving the Natchitoches community and surrounding areas for over 48 years Weeks Tractor & Supply Company is a one-stop-shop from financing to repairs. Offering convenience with its Sales, Parts, and Service Departments, Weeks carries a wide variety of products from hay balers to portable buildings and handheld equipment for the homeowner.

“The community has been really good to us over the years,” said Billy. “We’re the dealer of choice for most people. Every deal I do is personal. Everyone I deal with is personal because they’re more like family and friends to me.”

Billy’s wife Dianne says another reason for their success is the family atmosphere they foster with the high quality employees, including Sales and HR Manager Jennifer Sparks, Accountant Sheila Noe, Receptionists Jan Benton and Khadijah Sowell, Head Mechanic Gary Bynog, Technicians Duncan Stoker and Riley Baker and Andy Ferguson and Gordon Rivet in the Parts Department.

“It’s a close-knit family here,” said Gary. He was born into a family of mechanics and everything in his life revolved around farm equipment. He rebuilt his first motor when he was 14.

Gordon, a retired journalist, and his wife Edyce moved to Natchitoches from New Orleans in 1992. “It feels like home here,” said Gordon.

Andy takes pride in what he does and in what he can do for the customers. He grew up taking things apart to see how they work. Now he enjoys looking through diagrams to find the parts a customer needs.

Everyone working at Weeks agrees, the main focus is customer service.

“We try to go the extra mile,” said Jennifer. “We love seeing our customers happy.”

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Paint Your Pet fundraiser will benefit NHS

Paint Your Pet

Art A La Carte and Ginger Hughes will hold ‘Paint Your Pet’ fundraisers for the Natchitoches Humane Society Aug. 5 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Aug. 8 from 7-9 p.m. Once registered owners will send a photo of their pet and then their photo will be drawn on a canvas. Owners just show up and paint! All supplies are provided. The cost for this fundraiser is $35. Call 318-581-3919 to register. All funds raised will go towards the spaying and neutering of feral cats in the Natchitoches Parish.

Skip made the call: One hearing test can change your life

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One in six people experience hearing loss and 80 percent do nothing about it. Former LSU Baseball Coach Skip Bertman made the call and you can too.

“I was vain, I was worried about how hearing aids would look for the old coach,” said Bertman. “But now in a crowded restaurant I can hear four or six people at the table without as much effort as before. I just don’t want to miss those super moments when the grand kids visit at Christmas.”

Licensed specialists at Audibel are trained in the latest auditory testing methods. If you suspect you have hearing loss, call now for a free hearing test. The specialists will explain your results and provide a list of options to choose from.

Everyone, especially adults over 55, should have an electronic hearing test at least once a year. If there is a hearing condition, hearing tests may reveal that newly developed methods or correction will help, even for those who have been told in the past that a hearing aid wouldn’t help them.

Free electronic hearing tests will be given this week only!  It’s time to take action. The sooner you do, the sooner you put a stop to the negative effects of hearing loss and the sooner you begin to regain sharpness, confidence and control.

Audibel Hearing Healthcare understands the impact that losing your hearing can have on your enjoyment of daily activities as well as relationships. We treat each patient uniquely by offering personalized hearing care that includes diagnostic evaluations, education and rehabilitation tools to ensure the right hearing solutions are provided. We offer the best value on advanced hearing aid technology in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Metairie, New Orleans, LA and surrounding areas.

To Schedule your FREE Electronic Hearing Test – Call 1-888-375-3448

To find an office near you, go online: audibelhearinghealthcare.com.

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Car crashes on Hwy. 119 south of Derry

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A Natchitoches woman wearing her seat belt avoided serious injury in a single-vehicle crash on Hwy. 119 south of Derry July 29, according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

NPSO Patrol Division deputies, State Police and Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS responded to 911 reports at 12:21 pm of an overturned vehicle on Hwy. 119 near Kerry Loop south of Derry.

Deputies say 42-year-old Billy J. Sires-Gauthreaux of Natchitoches was traveling northbound on Hwy. 119 operating a 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck when she claimed a small animal crossed her path. When she attempted to avoid the animal she apparently lost control of the vehicle leaving the roadway on the right side overcorrecting causing the vehicle to overturn.

Gauthreaux was treated at the scene by EMS for minor abrasions and released without transport.

Troopers assigned to LSP Troop-E worked the crash.

Notice of Death – July 31, 2017

Notice of Death 2017

Phillip Jefferson, Jr.
July 28, 2017
Arrangements TBA

Cherry Braden-Davis
February 10, 1959 – July 29, 2017
Arrangements TBA

Harold Walter Sharrow, Sr.
October 17, 1944 – July 25, 2017

Military Graveside Service: Monday, July 31 at 12 pm at Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Keithville

Richard “Billy” William Shaw
September 18, 1942 – July 27, 2017
Service: Monday, July 31 at 10 am at Union Hall Cemetery

Masie Turner
May 10, 1920 – July 27, 2017
Arrangements TBA

George James Koncinsky
August 3, 1927 – July 26, 2017
Visitation: Monday, July 31 from 1-2 pm at First United Methodist Church of Alexandria
Service: Monday, July 31 at 2 pm at First United Methodist Church of Alexandria
Interment: Forest Lawn Memorial Park

Kelly Ray Brown
July 24, 2017
Arrangements TBA

Etta E. Edwards
November 8, 1918 – July 26, 2017
Arrangements TBA

Keller Williams CENLA Partners Opens Branch Office to Serve Natchitoches

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Keller Williams CENLA Partners is proud to announce the opening of a branch office in Natchitoches. The office will operate under the Keller Williams CENLA Partners brand and operate out of 128 South Drive, Suite B, next to Salon Rouge. The addition of this office and the Natchitoches agents into the Keller William’s system has already begun and the Open House and will be Aug. 2 from 3-6 pm. The Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony will be at 5:15 pm.

“We are thrilled that Alexandria and Natchitoches real estate players are coming together into one,” said Joy Juderman, CEO and Team Leader of Keller Williams CENLA Partners. “We’re confident that this branch will have a positive impact on agents and for the buyers and sellers we serve in the Natchitoches area.”

“We are ecstatic to have Natchitoches residents, Michele Maggio Todtenbier, Connie Khoury-Hayden and John Bernard join our team in operating the Natchitoches office who collectively bring over 50 years of real estate experience to Keller Williams”, said Joy Juderman. Also servicing the Natchitoches, Many and Toledo Bend areas are: Lorilee Broderson, Jim Kilcoyne, Abby LaCour, Daniel Ahrens, Marsha McGraw-Barbera, Richard Smith, Jolie Smith, Robert Gough and Virgina Rachal. Keller Williams offers its associates unparalleled career growth and lifelong learning opportunities in the real estate industry. We know that they will be a great fit and that it is our Natchitoches customers who will truly benefit from them joining us.

“The economic benefits of the new branch office offer a huge strategic advantage in the Central Louisiana market place,” said Joy Juderman. “We’re excited about implementing the Keller Williams business model, which offers world class training, strong values and a culture that focuses on results through people.”

Keller Williams has put its mark on the real estate industry by offering comprehensive educational resources and technological tools. In 2015 and 2017 Training Magazine named the company as the No. 1 training organization across all industries in the world.

With these tools and benefits, Keller Williams has continued to grow, becoming the largest real estate franchise by agent count in the world with offices across the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia.

For more information call: 

John Bernard 318-332-9850
Connie Khoury-Hayden 318-419-0600
Michele Maggio Todtenbier 318-581-0039

Online to www.kw.com.

Solar Tax Credit Legislation

Solar Panels

In its 2017 Regular Legislative Session, the Louisiana Legislature passed Act 413 to provide a remedy to homeowners, including those in Natchitoches Parish, who were negatively affected by the “caps,” or maximum limit on the amount of credits that could be issued, imposed on the solar tax credit in 2015. Recently, LDR issued an information bulletin to provide guidance to homeowners who have an interest in claiming the solar tax credit, as well as answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Act 413.

For more information contact the Louisiana Department of Revenue at (855) 307-3893.

Act 413: http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=1052669

Revenue Information Bulletin: http://revenue.louisiana.gov/LawsPolicies/RIB%2017012%20A413.pdf

LDR Press Release: http://revenue.louisiana.gov/NewsAndPublications/NewsReleaseDetails/10445

Solar Credit FAQs: http://revenue.la.gov/Individuals/SolarCredit

Bacdayan family creates two first generation scholarships

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The family of a former Northwestern State University faculty member created two scholarships to benefit students pursuing careers in nursing/allied health and business.

The Bacdayan Family First Generation Scholarship in Nursing and Allied Health and the Bacdayan Family First Generation Scholarship in Business will each be presented to a student in those majors from his or her incoming year through graduation. The student must be a Louisiana resident and maintain a 2.5 grade point average.

Both scholarships were each created with a $60,000 contribution that will be matched by the Board of Regents in January to be fulfilled at $100,000.

“This is great news for our business and nursing and allied health programs,” said NSU Development Officer Jill Bankston, CFRE.

Wali Bacdayan and his wife Dr. Wendy Neel Bacdayan selected the business and nursing/allied health fields because of their own chosen career paths. Mr. Bacdayan is a co-founder and partner in a private equity investment firm, Incline Equity Partners, based in Pittsburgh. Incline Equity Partners manages roughly $1.4 billion in assets and acquires manufacturing, distribution and outsourced services companies valued between $50 million and $200 million. Dr. Bacdayan is a pediatrician in private practice in Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, in suburban Pittsburgh.

“My ties to Natchitoches and NSU are deep and numerous,” Mr. Bacdayan said. “I grew up in Natchitoches and lived there from 1973-1988. My father, Dr. Andrew Bacdayan, was an economics professor at NSU for many years. I attended NSU Elementary Lab, NSU Middle Lab, Natchitoches Central High School and graduated from LSMSA. I am still an avid Demons sports fan and watch, listen or attend any NSU game that I can.”

Bacdayan and his wife earned bachelor’s degrees from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. Mr. Bacdayan earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. His wife earned her MD from West Virginia University. The couple has three sons, Ben, 15; William, 13, and Charlie, 10. They have lived in Upper St. Clair for nearly 20 years, but also spend time at their house on Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

“Both my parents and my wife’s parents always viewed education as a means to pursue greater opportunities for themselves as well as for their children,” Bacdayan said. “For my parents, it was the avenue that brought them to the U.S. from the Philippines. I’ve seen how a college education can change the lives of not only the recipient of it, but it can change the lives of their family’s for generations to come.”

For information on creating or supporting student scholarships at Northwestern State, visit northwesternstatealumni.com or call (318) 357-4414.

Campti man arrested on felony drug charges, stolen firearm recovered

NPSO Drugs 07-29-17

 

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, Louisiana Probation and Parole Agents, and NMJDTF Agents arrested a Campti man on felony drug and weapon charges, according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Natchitoches Office of State Probation and Parole agents contacted NPSO Deputies July 27 at 2:30 pm requesting assistance while they conducted a probation compliance visit of the Shaundray Lewis residence located in the 100 block of Robieu Street, Apt# 11 in Campti.

Lewis was on felony probation due to a prior felony conviction.

A search of the apartment led to the seizure of (40) suspected ecstasy pills, approximately 3-grams of suspected methamphetamine, eights bags of suspected synthetic marijuana, digital weighing scales, baggies commonly used to store illegal narcotics for street sales, a Smith & Wesson 9mm semi-automatic handgun with extended magazine (reported stolen from the Monroe Drive area near Natchitoches in 2012) and a Raven Arms .25 caliber handgun.

Three children ranging in ages from 2-8 inside the residence were released to a relative.
Deputies arrested:

Shaundray Lewis, 25, who was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center and charged with Possession of CDS I Synthetic Marijuana (Mojo) with Intent to Distribute, Possession of CDS I Ecstasy with Intent to Distribute, Possession of CDS Schedule II Methamphetamine, Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Possession of a Firearm by a Person convicted of a Felony, Illegal Possession of Firearms during a Felony Narcotics Offense, Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substances in the Presence of Persons under the Age of 17, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

State Probation and Parole has also added a Probation Violation.

Lewis remains in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.

Involved in the arrests were: State Probation and Parole Agents assisted by Deputies assigned to NPSO Patrol Shift “A”, Sheriff’s Detectives and NMJDTF Agents.

Globe helps prepare contestants for spotlight and for life

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Damian Glover of Lafayette, a Northwestern State University graduate student, recently served on a panel of coaches helping prepare Miss Louisiana 2017 Laryssa Bonaquisti to represent the state in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey, this September.

Glover, who has been working with the Miss Louisiana organization for the past six years, also participated in a mock interview with Miss Louisiana Outstanding Teen Alana Lewis, who will compete for Miss America Outstanding Teen in Orlando, Florida, July 25.

Glover and other panelists researched and prepared questions about current events and questions regarding the contestants’ platforms to prepare them for interviews.

“We asked a broad range of questions and discussed how she would market her platform and how she would spread awareness off her issue, which for the current Miss Louisiana is pancreatic cancer. We asked what kind of legacy she would like to leave as Miss Louisiana and why she should be chosen as Miss America,” Glover explained.

At NSU, Glover has been closely involved with the Miss Northwestern-Lady of the Bracelet pageant as assistant pageant director/coordinator to Yonna Pasch, director of Student Activities, and with the chairs of the pageant, which is sponsored by NSU’s Student Activities Board. He helps contestants with their platforms, resumes, fund raising, talent and interviews.

Glover has been a judge and coach with other pageants, particularly in the areas of talent and interview, assisted the reigning Miss Lady of the Bracelet Maria Rome with appearances and preparation for the Miss Louisiana pageant held in June. Rome will pass the crown to the next Lady of the Bracelet during the 60th annual pageant, set for Saturday, Sept. 23 that will be preceded by a Lady of the Bracelet reunion on Friday, Sept. 22. Moving the pageant from the spring to the fall semester will give the winner more time to prepare for Miss Louisiana as well as a full year dedicated to representing Northwestern State as the Lady of the Bracelet, Glover said.

Glover also hopes the fall pageant will encourage more participation. Applications will be due shortly after the semester begins and the pageant committee works to make the process as easy as possible. Details about the pageant and obligations for the winner will be explained at an informational meeting.

“We tell them it is a job and the perks are the scholarships and being a voice for their platform,” Glover said. “We believe the contestants, whether they win or not, will be more confident, have a better developed talent and be healthier and more fit because of the experience. It’s more about them bettering themselves and creating awareness of an issue important to them than being a beauty queen.”

Glover’s goal is to prepare future holders of the Miss Lady of the Bracelet title to shine on stage and in life.

“We want to provide her with all the resources to be in the Top 5 or to be named Miss Louisiana,” he said.

He also noted that the Miss America organization is the largest provider of scholarships to young women in the United States.

After earning an undergraduate degree in English at NSU, Glover will graduate in December with a master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education.

“Working with pageants and working at the university has increased my knowledge of policy, of different cultures and with educating myself on different areas of the pageant world,” he said.