Webb celebration will include baseball tailgate, special promotions

Tailgate graphic

The Northwestern State University Alumni Association invites Demon fans to a baseball tailgate that is being planned in conjunction with the renaming of the Wellness, Recreation and Activities Center for former NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb, which will be held March 20 at 3 pm. The tailgate will take place at Brown-Stroud Field from 4-6 p.m. prior to baseball game versus Louisiana Tech.

The cost to attend the tailgate is $15 per person and includes food and beverages, the Pack & Play with big screen TVs and lounge furniture and tailgate games. Those who attend the tailgate can get a game ticket for $5. General admission to the game is $10.

The tailgate and game conclude a day of celebration on what would have been Dr. Webb’s 75th birthday. Earlier in the day, the WRAC dedication will include a reception at 2 p.m. and dedication program at 3 p.m. at the WRAC. The dedication reception and program are free and open to the public. All friends of the Webb family are invited to attend.

Several honors for the Webb family will be included in the game, including first pitch, unveiling of honorary seats, commemorative pennants for fans. A list of Dr. Webb’s favorite songs will be played during the game.

To make reservations to attend the tailgate party, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nsu-vs-louisiana-tech-baseball-tailgate-game-tickets-44002104479 or call the NSU Alumni Center at (318) 357-4414.

Baroque recital set for March 23

Baroque Recital


Bassoonist David Wells will perform at Northwestern State University Friday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

Wells will perform on baroque bassoon and be joined by NSU faculty Douglas Bakenhus on baroque bassoon, Dennette McDermott on baroque flute and Francis Yang on harpsichord. The program is works by Telemann, Boismortier, Jiri Čart, Fasch and Zachow.

Wells teaches bassoon and music history at the Sacramento State School of Music. He earned the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His dissertation is an expansive history and discography of the bassoon in jazz. He also holds degrees in bassoon performance from Arizona State University and Florida State University,

Wells has taught at the Festival de Música de Santa Catarina in Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil, as well as at the Sequoia and CalCap Chamber Music Workshops in Northern California. He has also given clinics for high school students in California, Wisconsin and Michigan. Wells serves as the director of operations for the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and Basoon Symposium, a biennial event that features a competition for young women bassoonists from North and South America.

Wells is principal bassoonist of the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra and the Townsend Opera. He was formerly second bassoonist of the Tallahassee and Mobile Symphony Orchestras, and performs often with other orchestras throughout northern California.

City to hold Fun & Fitness Camp over Spring Break

Fun and Fitness Camp

The City of Natchitoches will provide structured, positive activities for children during this year’s spring break.

“Fun & Fitness Camp” will be held on Monday, March 26 – Thursday, March 29 from 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the MLK Recreation Center located at 660 MLK Drive in Natchitoches. “Fun & Fitness Camp” is open to all youth ages 6 – 13 and will include recreation, visual and culinary art classes, a daily walking field trip, and making a healthy lunch. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Registration is $25 per child and $20 for each additional sibling.

Participants can register online at www.CityofNatchitoches.MaxGalaxy.net or at the MLK Recreation Center, 660 MLK Drive.

For more information, please contact DeAndrea Sanders at (318) 214-7911 or dsanders@natchitochesla.gov.

Northwestern State announces new partnership with Chicken Express

Chicken Express


A new meaning can be associated with the term “foul” at Northwestern State’s Brown-Stroud Field.

New “fowl” pole signage from the newly opened Chicken Express on South St. is the most visible part of a new corporate partnership between the chicken restaurant and NSU.

NSU associate athletics director Haley Taitano said the university and Chicken Express share the desire to promote a family-friendly environment.

“(Owners) Robert and Roy Harris expressed to me over and over that being family-oriented and embracing community values are central to what they do, which is something NSU athletics embraces whole-heartedly,” Taitano said. “We appreciate their willingness to jump right in to a new town and a new environment and invest in the university in this way.

“We’re looking forward to working with Chicken Express to enhance our game day atmosphere and provide an added value for our fans.”

Brothers Robert and Roy Harris own and operate the restaurant chain after learning the poultry industry on their father’s farm in Texas.

“We’re a family-owned business, and we started with family roots,” Robert Harris said. “We want to have a great relationship with the student body and the people.

“With all of our kids who have gone to college, we know how wonderful it is for the kids to have a place to eat that’s family-friendly.”

Added Roy, “We love the town of Natchitoches, love NSU and love everything they’ve done for us. We just wanted to give back.”

Regional Scripps Spelling Bee – Hannah Carnline

Hannah Carline- Spelling Bee

Natchitoches Magnet eighth grader Hannah Carnline was the top speller from a field of 32 competitors in her school’s spelling bee. Ms. Carnline will go on to represent Natchitoches parish Saturday, March 17th (TODAY) at LSU-Shreveport for the Regional Scripps Spelling Bee. Hannah will be one of 20 spelling contestants from a 28 parish region who will be competing Saturday. That day’s winner will go on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. during the week of May 27th to June 1st.

Smart kids in our community doing smart things are a joy to see. The Natchitoches Parish Journal would like to commend Natchitoches Magnet’s Spelling Bee Sponsor Ms. Bobbye Estes-Akin and thank her for her hard work on behalf of her school and its children. We also wish Hannah Carnline every success in Saturday’s Spelling Bee.

There are smart, capable children in every school in the parish. With leadership, they will rise to any challenge. Next year, let us have more than one school in the Scripps Spelling Bee. Make it so!

Five NSU programs ranked in the top 10 for affordability and quality

NSU Online Programs


Five online programs in Northwestern State University’s Department of Criminal Justice, History and Social Sciences have been ranked among the nation’s top 10 programs for quality and affordability according to two higher education websites.

The bachelor’s in criminal justice was ranked fifth by guidetoonlineschools.com and sixth by onlineu.org. Guidetoonlineschools.com ranked the pre-law and paralegal studies program sixth while onlineu.org ranked the program ninth. The degree in history was rated ninth by guidetoonlineschools.com.

“We are pleased to have online programs that are ranked among the best in the nation for quality and affordability,” said Joe Morris, head of the Department of Criminal Justice, History and Social Sciences. “The rankings are due to the work of our department’s faculty who created the programs and continually work to enhance them. Our faculty are dedicated to student success and preparing our students for the workforce.”

The criminal justice and history program were also ranked by other websites.

Guidetoonlineschools.com ranks bachelor’s programs that offer at least 10 programs online.

Tuition rates were manually researched and reflect the lowest tuition rate available at the specified degree level. Out-of-state tuitions were used unless in-state tuition is offered to all online students. Academic strength scores were calculated using standardized average SAT and ACT exam scores with respect to the total points possible. Tuition data and academic strength scores were then entered in an internal algorithm to determine value scores and rank order.

Onlineu.org determines a base level degree requirement for each subject. This degree level requirement reflects, per subject, which degree is most important for employment within a given subject.

To be considered for these subject rankings, schools need to be regionally accredited and need to offer at least one fully online degree in a given subject for the degree level that was required, or higher. Tuition rates were manually researched and reflect the degree level requirement tuition if offered, or the next level tuition cost. Out-of-state tuitions were used unless in-state tuition is offered to all online students.

Program data including available degrees, tuition rates, and details about program coursework were collected from official school websites, reflecting data for the 2017-2018 school year. This data was collected in July of 2017. Acceptance rates, programmatic accreditation, and profit status of schools were collected from official websites of the accreditation agencies or from the National Center for Education Statistics.

For more information on Northwestern State’s Department of Criminal Justice, History and Social Sciences, go to cjhss.nsula.edu. To learn about online programs at NSU, go to nsula.edu/ensu.

BOM Sponsors Main Event Pro Wrestling

BOM to Wrestling Event


BOM is a silver sponsor of the Main Event Pro Wrestling Show tomorrow, March 17 at 6 pm at Natchitoches Junior High School. This company is working with JAG (Jobs for America’s Graduates) in Natchitoches Parish to produce a live wrestling event that will give the youth a positing and entertaining show and promote anti-bullying message in the Natchitoches community.

Pictured from left are Stephen Van Sickle, Byron Wilcott (Main Event Pro Wrestling Event Coordinator), Tara McKenney, and Brooke Latham.