NSU Update from Dr. Maggio

“Plans are continuing at Northwestern State University for resuming all in-person and online classes Tuesday, Sept. 8, on all NSU campuses.

There has been substantial progress in power restoration and clean-up efforts across Northwest Louisiana. The cooperative effort among utility company workers, city and parish officials, National Guard and other military personnel, local and state first responders and others involved in this massive undertaking has been impressive and is deeply appreciated.

Several student services offices are open on campus and operations continue to expand each day. The University Bookstore, Watson Library, WRAC, Chick-fil-A and Café DeMon are open with modified operating hours. Please refer to the university website for their current hours of operation. The Recreation Complex Golf Course is scheduled to reopen Friday.

Numerous students and university employees have been negatively impacted by the storm, and the Northwestern State Foundation has created a Hurricane Assistance Fund to generate revenues to assist them. Businesses and individuals may contribute to the fund through the Northwestern State Foundation at northwesternstatealumni.com/hurricane-fund/.

Some corporations are providing grants for hurricane assistance, and the NSU Foundation is preparing applications for grant funds as well.

The NSU Food Pantry is open and accepting contributions and providing canned goods and other food and supplies to students. Should you need information or wish to make a donation to the Food Pantry please contact Reatha Cox at coxr@nsula.edu.

McNeese State University, our sister institution in the University of Louisiana System, sustained enormous damage when Hurricane Laura hit the Lake Charles area. The university is planning to resume online classes later this month, and NSU has offered assistance to McNeese students who might need access to housing, dining services, computer labs, library resources, counseling and other facilities and services available at NSU.

There is a new link on the university’s webpage for students, faculty and staff to submit questions or requests for information, nsu.la/LauraQuestions. NSU personnel are continually monitoring the site and will provide information and assistance as quickly as possible.

Your patience and understanding in these difficult times are deeply appreciated. We look forward to resuming classes and other regular operations after Labor Day. Please let us know if we may assist you in any way.