All students enrolled in Face-to-Face learning will begin attending school on campus 4 days a week.

Students will come to school Tuesday-Friday. Monday will be reserved as a virtual learning day in order to help teachers and faculty sanitize the classrooms and prepare for the week.

NPSB will reassess the State’s plan at the end of the 1st 9 weeks to determine if we can transition to a full 5 days of Face-to-Face learning.

For more detailed information into what Phase 3 will look like for our schools, please remember to read our press release found here:

Rhodes seeks nominations for Firefighter Appreciation Gift Basket Giveaway


Rhodes Realty loves all of the firefighters that serve their communities! September is Firefighter Appreciation Month, and in honor of this, Rhodes is giving away two $50 gift certificates. Go to the Rhodes Realty Facebook Page, scroll down to find the Firefighter Appreciation Month post, name your favorite firefighter (active or retired) in the comments (firefighter’s name must be commented on the original post for this giveaway to be eligible) and TELL US WHY they are so special to you.

If your nominated firefighter wins, SO DO YOU! Please like and share the post. Winners will be announced Monday, Sept. 28.


NSU Football: Demons announce spring 2021 schedule

NSU– After months of uncertainty, the Northwestern State football team found some clarity in the form of a unique schedule.

The Demons will play six games against Southland Conference foes in the spring of 2021 as announced by the league Tuesday. Northwestern State will play three games at home and three on the road in the first spring schedule in program history.

All the LIVE game action can be heard on NSU’s Flagship Station, 94.9 The River.

Football River Graphic

“It’s different, as we all know, to be talking about our schedule at this time of the year,” said head coach Brad Laird, whose third season at the helm of his alma mater will kick off in February. “(Southland Conference) Commissioner Tom Burnett and our Athletic Director Greg Burke did a great job putting together a schedule. You have seven teams who are eager to compete for the Southland Conference championship.”

NSU’s one-of-a-kind schedule kicks off Feb. 20 at Lamar and runs through an April 10 matchup at Incarnate Word. In between, the Demons play three of four games at home, beginning with a March 6 matchup against Nicholls.

In addition to that game, Northwestern State hosts McNeese (March 20) and Sam Houston State (April 1).

“Right off the bat, we have an away game at Lamar against a team with a new head football coach,” Laird said. “Then you end it with another away game, at Incarnate Word, which was a playoff team a couple of years ago. Sandwiched in the middle are three home games at Turpin Stadium, and we talk about how there’s nothing like Turpin Stadium on a Saturday night.”

In addition to the unconventional timing of the season, the six-game Southland slate will be played in a nine-week window.

Two of the Demons’ three open weeks come ahead of home games and the third is set for the week before the NCAA FCS playoffs begin.

“One open date comes before Nicholls, one comes before Sam Houston and the other comes before the start of the playoffs,” Laird said. “They fall at pretty good times. It’s a crapshoot once you put the schedule compared to the fall, but there are opportunities during those open weeks to get refreshed and get guys back healthy because we play some great football teams coming off those open weeks.”

The uniqueness of playing in the spring does not stop there as the Southland’s football calendar has been inverted.

NSU will have 15 fall practices, spread out across a 34-day period, similar to what it has in a typical spring workout period.

“As we look at those six games, our goal is to be 1-0 every week,” Laird said. “This fall, as legislation has passed that will allow us to have 15 fall-ball practices, gives us a chance to be able to go out and put the pads on and continue to get better.”

For NSU fans who purchased season tickets for the 2020 season, those tickets remain valid. Those season-ticket holders also will be rewarded with VIP parking for the three spring home games.

New ticket packages for the three-game spring season are on sale now, and it is expected that COVID-19 guidelines with regards to seating capacity and social distancing will still be in place in the spring.

For ticket information, contact the NSU Athletics Ticket Office at 318-357-4268 or log onto

2021 Northwestern State Spring Football Schedule

Feb. 20 – Lamar Beaumont, Texas
March 6  – Nicholls Turpin Stadium
March 13  – Southeastern Louisiana Hammond
March 20  – McNeese Turpin Stadium
April 1  – Sam Houston State Turpin Stadium
April 10  – Incarnate Word San Antonio, Texas

Photo Credit: Brad Laird (center) and Northwestern State open the spring football season Feb. 20 at Lamar. Credit: Chris Reich/NSU Photographic Services


A call from Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office reporting a reckless vehicle traveling into Natchitoches Parish has led to the recovery of a stolen vehicle and arrests of two people from Tennessee according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright.

On Friday September 18 at approximately 8:15pm, Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office contacted NATCOM 911 Center reporting that received a call reporting an older white Chevrolet pickup truck driving recklessly with a female in the rear on La. Hwy 1 traveling into Natchitoches Parish.

The female caller in the rear of the truck stated the driver was driving recklessly and failing to stop to let her exit the bed area of the vehicle.

Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division responded to area to intercept the vehicle.

Deputies began checking the area and observed two suspicious individuals, a male and female walking near a business on La. Hwy 490.

A white 2000 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck was also nearby.

While deputies were interviewing the individuals, identified as Eric S. Bradley and Marteasa Pratt, they learned Bradley allegedly operating the vehicle.

Deputies conducted a NCIC license plate check on the vehicle learning the truck had been stolen in Calcasieu Parish.

Calcasieu deputies requested a hold be placed on the two suspects.

As a result, deputies arrested:

Eric Scott Bradley, 44, of Knoxville, TN transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Illegal Possession of Stolen Things.

Marteasa Gail Pratt, 45, of Knoxville, TN transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with 1-count of Larceny.

A Tenth Judicial District Court Judge has set bond on both Bradley and Pratt at $5000. A hold has been placed for Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Detectives.

Bradley told deputies he messed up taking the truck.”

The vehicle has been recovered and stored at a local wrecker service until the owner can make arrangements to pick it up.

Lt. M. Wilson and Reserve Deputy P. Ray made the arrests.

Skippy The Scene Stealer

By Brad Dison

From the moment he came into the world, people were drawn to Skippy. The youngster was put up for adoption immediately after he was born. Whether Skippy was the name his biological parents had given him or just a nickname remains a mystery. Information on his parentage was either sealed or lost. One day, Henry East met two-week-old Skippy by chance. He and his wife, Gale, were not looking to adopt but there was something special about Skippy. The other youngsters of similar age paid no attention to Henry, but all of Skippy’s attention was on Henry. Within a short time, all of the paperwork was arranged. Henry and his wife adopted Skippy.

Luck was on Skippy’s side. The Easts had Hollywood connections. Henry East worked in the special effects department of MGM, and Gale East was a veteran actress. With proper training, Skippy was sure to eventually work in the film industry. Skippy got his first film role in the 1932 film entitled “The Half-Naked Truth.” Reviews for the young actor were positive, which led to a steady stream of small film roles.

His breakthrough role came in the 1934 film “The Thin Man,” a comedy whodunit featuring personable alcoholic crime-solvers Nick and Nora Charles, played by William Powell and Myrna Loy. Skippy almost lost his big break “by a hair.” Henry had submitted a photo of Skippy to his boss at MGM for a small part in the upcoming film. As a personal favor, his boss agreed to give Skippy a screen test. On the day Henry got the call from MGM, Skippy’s barber was just finishing cutting his hair at the East’s home. The Easts had planned to leave their home as soon as the barber finished. Henry learned later that had they missed the call, MGM would have offered the small role to another young actor.

Skippy’s screen test went better than anyone, especially the director, had expected. Skippy got the part and filming soon began. Skippy was athletic, a natural comedian with boundless energy, and his rough and wiry hair stood out on the silver screen. Even during scenes in which he was just supposed to be a fixture in the background, he was so charismatic and charming on screen that the audience’s attention was drawn away from the lead characters and onto him. Skippy quickly earned a reputation as a scene stealer. Actors and actresses usually saw scene stealers as a threat, but not William Powell or Myrna Loy. Powell was so captivated by the young actor that he tried to adopt Skippy from Henry and Gale East. Stranger things have happened in Hollywood.

Although Skippy was not a veteran actor, he took his cues like a true professional and did most of his scenes in a single take. It was usually the other actors and actresses who flubbed their lines or missed their cues that required multiple takes. Most directors cringed at the thought of working with children or pets, but no one complained about working with Skippy. Even though he was not cast in the starring roles, he got his own dressing room and earned a large salary.

In 1937, Skippy reprised his role in “Another Thin Man,” to much success. Newspaper columnist Harriet Parsons of the San Francisco Examiner opined that Skippy “darn near stole the picture from Loy and Powell.” Skippy’s part, which studio executives originally feared they had miscast, “won the hearts of millions of fans.” When fans saw Skippy in public, they no longer referred to him by his real name but by his most popular onscreen name. Skippy soon became typecast, which most actors and actresses desperately try to avoid. But not Skippy. Like Bela Lugosi following his portrayal of Count Dracula in the 1931 classic “Dracula” (Lugosi so loved the character that he was buried dressed as Dracula), Skippy relished his connection to the character.

Skippy worked with some of the top-billed actors of the 1930s and 1940s, and charmed them all. He appeared in a total of 22 films before he retired from acting. During that time, he shared the screen with such notables as Mary Astor, Bette Davis, Spencer Tracy, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Bing Crosby, Jimmy Stewart, Olivia de Havilland, Ian Hunter, Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Edward G. Robinson, Barbara O’Neil, and a host of others.

Following the successful 1944 film entitled “The Thin Man Goes Home,” Skippy retired from acting. Little is known about his life after 1944. Even his death remains a mystery. When he died, there were no accolades in newspapers, magazines, radio, or television. No obituary appeared in newspapers and no death certificate exists for the actor whose film career began when he was just one year old. There was no conspiracy to hide the details of his death. You see, Skippy was not human. Skippy was a dog, more particularly a Wire Fox Terrier. His most famous roles were as Asta in the Thin Man film series.

1. The San Francisco Examiner, January 3, 1937, p.22.
2. Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota), March 9, 2019, p.E10.
3. American Kennel Club. “Wire Fox Terrier.” Accessed September 17, 2020.
4. Internet Movie DataBase. “Asta.” Accessed September 17, 2020.

BOM Sponsors NSU Scoreboard Project

BOM is proud to be the Official Bank of NSU! We presented NSU with our 2020-2021 Scoreboard Sponsorship check. Pictured from left are Mike Jacklich, NSU Assistant AD for Ticket Operations and Special Events, Haley Taitano Ed.D., NSU Deputy Athletic Director & Senior Woman Administrator, Blaise LaCour, BOM Marketing Assistant, and Micah Murchison, BOM Marketing Assistant.

Band directors continue enhancing program’s reputation

The Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band may not be performing on Saturday nights this fall, but the band’s directors remain active working with students and raising the profile and reputation of the program.

Director of Bands Dr. Jeffrey C. Mathews was recently appointed Louisiana state chair for the National Band Association. The National Band Association is the largest professional organization for bands in the world. It was organized for the purpose of promoting the musical and educational significance of bands and is dedicated to the attainment of a high level of excellence for bands and band music.

Mathews has accepted an invitation to serve as the College Band Directors National Association representative on an international task force on band curriculum in the COVID-19 environment. The task force recently released a survey to band directors all over North America asking details about how they are teaching this fall. Mathews will aid in data collection, interpretation and presentation of the data collected from the North American Band Survey. The task force is a joint project between CBDNA, the American Bandmasters Association, the National Band Association and the National Federation of High School Associations.

Assistant Director of Bands Dan McDonald was elected state chair of the Louisiana Chapter of the College Band Directors National Association. In this capacity, he organizes the schedule of college bands at the annual LMEA conference and serves as chair of the biannual Louisiana Intercollegiate Concert Band.

McDonald is also serving on the national CBDNA Athletic Bands Committee. This spring, the committee presented a completely free Virtual Athletic Bands Symposium and opened it to all music educators around the world. The committee continues to pursue ways to assist and guide the music education community through advocacy, lesson planning resources, guidance and research during the current pandemic.

Assistant Director of Bands Dr. Oliver Molina currently serves as Education Committee chair of the Percussive Arts Society and the vice president of the Louisiana Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society.

“None of this happens without the support of the university administration and we sincerely appreciate that support,” said Mathews. “Our students’ dedication to excellence and loyalty to the program make our jobs easy and contributes significantly to the success of the band program.”

Over the past 15 months, Mathews led the NSU Wind Symphony in performance at the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles International Conference in Bunol, Spain. The band was selected to perform by a panel of wind band conductors from around the world. The Wind Symphony was invited to perform at the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Southern Division Conference. Mathews served as the host of the conference at NSU. Twelve university, high school, and middle school bands performed at the conference. Over 80 band directors and 1,300 students were on campus for the event.

A video of the “Spirit of Northwestern” marching band submitted by McDonald to the CBDNA Southern Division Conference was chosen to be highlighted at the conference. The Spirit of Northwestern performed in front of over 100,000 fans in the Demons game at LSU last season. The halftime included a combined performance with over 650 band members that filled the field.

The Wind Ensemble led by McDonald performed as a clinic band during a conducting symposium at the CBDNA Southern Division Conference. McDonald assisted with rehearsals and conducted a portion of the program on the Wind Symphony’s performance in Buñol, Spain.

In the fall of 2019, Molina’s students won the 2019 Percussive Arts Society International Convention Concert Chamber Ensemble Competition. A percussion ensemble led by Molina was also recently selected to present a New Literature Showcase concert at PASIC in 2020. This performance has been postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19.

The National Narrative Is A Deceit

By Royal Alexander/Opinion

The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it. – George Orwell

We are living in a strange time when our country’s elite seek to create, rather than discern, the truth they want.

We are viewing the equivalent of a distorting mirror in a carnival or fair. We’re not allowed to say what we are truly seeing because it doesn’t fit the national media political narrative that our form of government is oppressive and that we are a nation of irredeemable racists.

We’re not supposed to remember that people are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt or that fear of a mob shouldn’t determine who is prosecuted and who isn’t, or who is thrown out of college or fired from their job. It’s grotesque to have hundreds of people outside of a courtroom demanding that someone be found guilty. What if they’re not? (This is why courts require evidence of a crime, not perceptions, opinions, or grievances).

We aren’t allowed to point out that the crime, violence, vandalism, and destruction we see occurring nightly in American cities is illegal and should be punished, and that these are not “peaceful protests.” We aren’t allowed to say that all black lives matter—not just the fraction of black lives taken by white police officers—but also the hundreds of thousands of black babies aborted every year as well as the thousands of black lives tragically lost as a result of black-on-black crime in American inner cities every year.

We aren’t supposed to notice that the months-long rioting, looting and destruction has only occurred in states and cities headed by Leftist governors and mayors. We also aren’t allowed to point out that the virus mandates are arbitrary at best; or, that we find it transparently stupid and indefensible that people are allowed to march in massive protest rallies but not to attend church or the funeral of a loved one.

Or, to remember that the original goal was to “flatten the curve” not commandeer our lives and wreck the economy. Or, that the damage we have done to our national economy during the shutdown is likely worse than the virus itself. If we suggest anything like this we are attacked as being anti-science and wanting people to die.

We’re not supposed to say that the most critical problem destroying many American inner cities is crime—armed robbery, murder, gang violence, drug dealing and drive-by shootings—because the national media political narrative is that the police are the problem and somehow if we defund them everything will be better. Or, that what is really needed in crime-filled inner cities is not less law enforcement but more.

Or that our form of American free-market capitalism is the greatest economic system ever created and has lifted millions out of poverty, inspiring millions more worldwide who urgently seek to come here for the great freedoms, hope and promise of a better life. And that maybe we shouldn’t create in America the very socialism these people are desperately fleeing!

Don’t state that Communism, and Socialism, its precursor, is a cold, dark, atheistic ideology that denies people basic human rights and views the individual as nothing more than a cog in the wheel of an all-powerful government; or that historians estimate roughly 100 million were killed under communist rule in the 20th century; or that the anarchy and chaos of Antifa and the Marxist tactics and public embrace of Marxist ideology of Black Lives Matter (“if this country doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down this system”) is not the way to advance freedom and justice or make democratic change because they guarantee the opposite will occur.

We are not allowed to agree that while America is, indeed, an ethnic and cultural melting pot, the large majority of those who immigrated to America did so legally, and we shouldn’t be forced to subsidize the healthcare, welfare, education and Covid-relief of those in the country illegally.

Particularly now, we have an obligation to speak the truth about what we are seeing, and we must do so in order to preserve the America we love.


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Ben Fidelak; Mariner’s Restaurant; Natchitoches, LA will compete

Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board are proud to announce the selection of chefs from across the state to represent their areas in the 13th annual Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off. For safety reasons, this year’s event will have a little different look, switching from the kitchen stadium format to virtual for 2020 and include a chance for viewers to participate.

“It’s unfortunate we will not be able to gather together for this great celebration of Louisiana seafood and cuisine, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find a way to celebrate and crown a King or Queen of Louisiana Seafood,” said Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser. “And since we can’t be together, we are bringing the competition to the people of Louisiana through a virtual event, recipes they can recreate in their kitchens, and a chance to show these chefs their appreciation for continuing the great culinary traditions that have made Louisiana a place where you can Feed Your Soul.”

The main competition will be recorded on Monday, September 28, and Tuesday, September 29, with each chef being assigned a time slot to prepare and cook their dish, then present it to three judges for scoring. Judges will score dishes on presentation, creativity, composition, craftsmanship, and flavor. Additionally, each dish will be prepared from a recipe which includes ingredients commonly found in grocery stores, and include instructions on how to prepare the dish so viewers can recreate it in their own kitchens.

This year’s competing chefs are:

Logan Boudreaux; Cinclare Southern Bistro; Thibodaux, LA
Justin Componation; Parish Restaurant & Bar; Monroe, LA
Anthony Felan; Fat Calf Brasserie; Shreveport, LA
Ben Fidelak; Mariner’s Restaurant; Natchitoches, LA
Devan Giddix; Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House; New Orleans, LA
Scott Ricci; Drago’s Seafood Restaurant; Baton Rouge, LA
Dominique Schexnayder; Dominique’s Wine Boutique & Bistro; Houma, LA
Amy Sins; Langlois; New Orleans, LA
Robert Vasquez; Pepe’s Sonoran Cuisine; Covington, LA
Chris Vazquez; Redfish Grill; New Orleans, LA

New for 2020 is the addition of a “People’s Choice” award. The preparation and cooking of each dish will be recorded and posted to the Louisiana Seafood website for everyone to view, along with step-by-step instructions from each chef for you to prepare at home.

Viewers will be directed to a website where they can vote for their favorite dish or chef.

Chef videos will be posted for viewing on Thursday, October 15, and “People’s Choice” voting will be open until Monday, October 27. Then on Wednesday, October 28, you can join the finale of the 2020 Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off “LASCO@Home” Edition online for the announcement the “People’s Choice” winner and the 2020 King or Queen of Louisiana Seafood. As we get closer to the finale, more information will be available.

For the biographies and photos of the 10 chefs competing this year, please see the attached document of visit

For more information on the 2020 Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off, please visit

Final Days of the Friends of the Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Natchitoches Parish Library (FONPL) mini book sale will be ending on Oct. 2. That means you have just over a week to browse the hundreds of items available for purchase, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 6 pm, in the Natchitoches Parish Library (NPL) Meeting Room. All proceeds will go towards NPL programming and literacy initiatives. All items are being offered for 50 cents each and new selections are added daily. Come and find some movies, books, and audiobooks, at a great price and for a good cause!

The NPL is following the state’s occupancy guidelines and will be limiting the number of people in the building. Masks are required upon entry. For more information on library events, you may visit or call 318-357-3280. For the most up to date information, follow the library’s Facebook page for announcements.

Roarks will be featured at Cane River Reading Series

Northwestern State University’s Cane River Reading Series will present Leigh Camacho Rourks for a virtual read via Zoom beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, followed by a question and answer session.

Rourks is a Cuban American author who lives and works in central Florida where she is an assistant professor of English and humanities at Beacon College. She is the recipient of the St. Lawrence Book Award for a collection of short stories titled “Moon Trees and Other Orphans.” She is winner of the Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award and the Robert Watson Literary Review Prize and her work has been short-listed for several other awards. Rourks’ fiction, poems and essays have appeared in a number of journals, including Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, RHONO, TriQuartely, December Magazine and Greensboro Review.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Dr. Andy Briseno at


JOB TITLE: Meter Reader


ESSENTIAL DUTIES: Will be required to read all types of water and electric meters both electronically and visually. Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing. Responsible for connecting and disconnecting utility services. Must be able to learn how to operate various electronic meter reading equipment and software. Basic math skills are required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  High School diploma, or GED Equivalent.

CONTACT: City of Natchitoches
Human Resources Department
1400 Sabine St., or P.O. Box 37
Natchitoches LA 71458-0037

Applications may also be picked up upstairs at City Hall located at 700 Second St. or may be downloaded at

Applications will be accepted through: October 5, 2020


Burrell named CAPA director, Gabrial, Sanders named interim department heads

Scott Burrell has been named director of The Mrs. H.D. Dear Sr. and Alice E. Dear School of Creative and Performing Arts at Northwestern State University. Brian Gabrial will remain as interim head of the Department of New Media, Journalism and Communication Arts and Terrie Sanders has been named as interim head of the Department of Music. The appointments have been approved by the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System.

Burrell recently coordinated a $500,000 renovation to NSU’s A.A. Fredricks Auditorium that will enhance the facility which hosts a variety of university and community events.

Before becoming Director, Burrell was the head of the NSU Theatre and Dance program for 12 years. Burrell has been a member of the theatre faculty since 1998. Under his guidance the theatre/dance program grew its enrollment by 30%, established a BFA in Dance, four faculty lines were created and over $300,000 in grant funds were awarded.

Burrell has graduated a number of successful students who have moved into all areas of professional theatre and dance. Before the pandemic, there were five NSU Theatre/Dance alum on Broadway. His educational background includes a B.A in Theatre from Catawba College and an M.F.A. in Directing from Virginia Commonwealth University.

He has served in a number of leadership roles at Northwestern including the University Registrar Search Committee Chair, Grievance Committee Chair, Vice President of the Faculty Senate, and many other committee memberships. He was also awarded the NSU Faculty Advisor of the Year in 2017. Burrell is a member of the University of Louisiana System’s Management and Leadership Institute. Institute participants include faculty and staff members from each of the System’s nine member institutions who have exhibited upper management potential and a desire for leadership development.

Burrell holds a Teacher Certification in the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique.

Gabrial served as interim department head in 2019-20. Over the past year, Students and faculty in the department were awarded a Bronze Telly Award in the Non-Broadcast Educational Institution category for a March 19 NSU-TV Newscast. Gabrial served as executive advisor for the newscast. He joined NSU’s faculty two years ago as the Erbon and Marie Wise Endowed Chair in Journalism. Gabrial serves as chair of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.

He was a member of the journalism faculty at Concordia University from 2004 to 2018. Gabrial was the Mitchell V. Charnley Visiting Professor of Journalism at the University of Minnesota in 2011-12.

Gabrial was a news producer at RFD-TV, KETV-TV in Omaha, Nebraska, and at KSTP-TV and KARE-TV in Minneapolis. He was also a research project manager for the Minneapolis-based National Jury Project.

He earned a bachelor’s degree at Creighton University and a master’s and doctorate at the University of Minnesota.

Gabrial was the recipient of the Hazel Dicken-Garcia Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Journalism History, presented at the Symposium on the 19th-century press, the Civil War, and Free Expression, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. He is the author of the book “The Press and Slavery in America, 1791-1859: The Melancholy Effect of Popular Excitement” published by the University of South Carolina Press. He has published four peer reviewed journal articles, two co-authored articles and seven book chapters along with book reviews and more than two dozen professional presentations along with participating in panels at professional conferences.

Sanders has been a member of NSU’s faculty since 1992, teaching voice and vocal pedagogy.She holds degrees from Emmanuel College, Lee University and Northwestern State University. She also holds a certification with the McClosky Institute of Voice and is a Master Teacher for that organization. Sanders is a doctoral student at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Sanders is an active performer and lecturer. As a soloist, some of her Oratorio appearances include Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana,” Handel’s “Messiah,” Poulenc’s “Gloria,” Brahms’ “German Requiem,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Requiem,” Haydn’s “Nelson Mass,” Bach’s “Magnificat,” Mozart’s “Requiem,” Vaughn Williams’ “Hodie,” Mendelsohn’s “Elijah” and Honegger’s “King David.” Her opera performances include Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi” and “La Bohѐme,” Menotti’s “The Telephone” and Warren Martin’s “The True Story of Cinderella.”

Sanders has been a member of the Summer Seminar Faculty for the McClosky Institute of Voice based in Boston since 2005. She has presented at state, regional and international conferences including the International Congress of Voice Teachers (2012 and 2017) and the Southern Region Conference for the National Association of Teachers of Singing (2014). She regularly presents master classes and lectures throughout the state and region on alignment, relaxation and breathing techniques for the singer.

Sanders has served as coordinator of academic advising activities for the School of Creative and Performing Arts and the program coordinator for the BM degrees. She was chair of the Music Curriculum Committee. Sanders is the Danny and Lenn Dohmann Endowed Professor for 2020-21. She is a two-time recipient of the Donald F. Derby Endowed Professorship and was the 2017 recipient of the Joanna Magale Endowed Professorship, which funded an invitation to present at the 2017 International Congress of Voice Teachers in Stockholm, Sweden.