UPDATE NSU-Natchitoches Campus: SPRING 2022 Enrollment

Natchitoches Campus

The following data, charts and reports titled “Board of Supervisors for State Colleges & Universities – 14 Day Count – Northwestern State University” show just how many students attend at the Natchitoches Campus:

14 Day Count Report – Spring 2022 Semester

Northwestern State University’s total Spring 2022 System Enrollment: 9,295 (100%)

NSU-Natchitoches Campus Spring 2022 Enrollment:  2,417 (26.01%) 


14 Day Count Report – Fall 2021 Semester

Northwestern State University’s total Fall 2021 System Enrollment: 10,735 (100%)

NSU-Natchitoches Campus Fall 2021 Enrollment:  3,010 (28.03%) 


Publisher’ Notes:

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NSU Declining Enrollment: Layoff Avoidance?

NSU: Budget Controls regarding debt

NSU-Natchitoches Campus: Fall 2021 Enrollment

NSU Declining Enrollment: Layoff Avoidance?

TO: Northwestern State University Classified Employees
Subject: General Notice of Impending Layoff Avoidance Measure

Date: April 28, 2022

In accordance with the requirements of Civil Service Rule 17.5(a), notice is hereby given of an impending layoff avoidance measure to be implemented at Northwestern State University for its classified employees. The plan for this layoff avoidance measure is being submitted to Civil Service for approval. This measure is necessary because of a projected decline in student enrollment for the upcoming semesters creating a significant financial challenge for the University. We hope that by adopting this measure we will avert the need for layoffs.

We are proposing to offer a Retirement Incentive Plan for classified employees who meet retirement eligibility as defined by the State of Louisiana.

Once the layoff avoidance plan has been approved by the Director of State Civil Service, the plan will be made generally available to eligible classified employees.

Any questions concerning this matter should be directed to Mrs. Lisa Harris, Human Resources Director, at 318-357-5965 or by email at retirement@nsula.edu.

We regret the need for this action.


Human Resources

NOTE: This letter was provided by a taxpayer-paid staff member of NSU.

NSU: Budget Controls regarding debt

All Faculty and Staff,

NSU’s legal counsel has requested that the University disseminate the below reminder concerning contracts, commitments, and any other means of incurring debt on behalf of NSU.

All University employees are reminded that all agreements requiring a signature should be vested by the President or approved delegate and reviewed by the Purchasing Office and/or Legal Counsel prior to execution, as required by State and University policies. The NSU policies can be found at https://businessaffairs.nsula.edu/purchasing/.

Contracts are defined as, a legally binding promise, enforceable by law, an agreement between parties, with binding legal and moral force, usually exchanging goods or services for money or other consideration, all types of agreements, regardless of what they may be called, for the procurement or disposal of supplies, services, or construction, an agreement between a contracting authority and a person or business unit to provide a good, perform a service, construct a work, or to lease real property for appropriate consideration.

The authority to execute University contracts is vested in the President of Northwestern State University; however, the President has delegated to all NSU Vice Presidents, Executive Director of University Affairs, Director, Executive Director for Economic Development, Innovation, & Outreach and NSU’s Chief Financial Officer a limited authority to execute University contracts for personal, professional, consulting and social service contracts up to $49,999 with the exception of Legal Services, Architectural Services and Auditing/Accounting Services.

The NSU Director of Purchasing is granted statutory authority to sign all purchase orders and non-professional contract agreements on behalf of the University and the Director of Purchasing has delegated limited authority to Procurement Specialists to sign requisitions and purchase orders up to $30,000.

No employee is authorized to sign contracts or agreements involving the expenditure of funds, regardless of source, or other types of contracts or agreements on behalf of the University not previously outlined. Any contract or agreement involving the expenditure of funds or the expenditure of university resources that require a signature on behalf of the University must be forwarded to the Director of Purchasing for review and receive a subsequent recommendation to request the President or Vice Presidents to sign the contract or agreement.

Please feel free to contact the NSU Purchasing Office should any questions arise by emailing purchasing@nsula.edu or 318-357-4496.


Marcus D. Jones
Northwestern State University

NOTE: Letter provided to the NPJ by a staff member of NSU.

LANE CLOSURE: LA 119 over Cane River

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), advises the public that on Thursday, May 12 from 8 AM to 3:30 PM, weather permitting, Bridge# 083501190100131 on LA 119 over CANE RIVER will be reduced to one lane for routine bridge inspection. The bridge is located 0.13 MI. N OF LA 1.

Permit/Detour section
No detour will be needed as one lane will be open at all times.

Safety Reminder
DOTD appreciates your patience and reminds you to please drive with caution around the construction sites and be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment.

Additional Information
Motorists can access the latest updates on real-time traffic and road conditions using the 511 Traveler Information System by dialing 511 from their telephone and saying the route or region on which they are seeking information. 

New turkey hunting book tops them all

Those of you who know me know of my passion for wild turkeys. I began my quest in 1992, not because I wanted to but because my good friend, fellow outdoor writer John Phillips, asked me to as he had me set up for a hunt in Alabama.

It was a tough choice to make. The bream were bedded and big sway-bellied bass were in the shallows practically calling my name. However, he dangled a carrot in front of me in the form of an airplane ticket, a guide, all sorts of hunting attire and equipment, including a shotgun, I decided the fishing could wait so I accepted his invitation.

Cutting to the chase, when the big old strutting gobbler came drifting in front of my gun and my aim was true, I forgot all about bedded bream and big bass. It hooked me in that moment with a more potent appeal than any you could get from campfire aroma.

Over the years, I have been enthralled by the sport of hunting wild turkey gobblers. I have hunted around the country and have been fortunate to collect the coveted Grand Slam of wild turkeys having taken the four sub-species – Eastern, Rio Grande, Osceola and Merriams.

Having gotten older with nagging ailments has just about put a halt to my love of chasing gobblers. However, there is one thing I love to do nearly as much and that is to get my hands on top-notch pieces of literature having to do with wild turkeys.

Last week, I found one in my mailbox that just about tops them all. St. Tom’s Cathedral, written by outdoor writer friend Bryan Hendricks, is a masterpiece, not just by his telling of heart-stopping hunts, some successful and some that flopped, but because Hendricks is a brilliant writer. As someone said about Hendricks at the end of his book, “He is a gifted storyteller with a unique ability to transport readers into the scene and fill their senses with sights, sounds, scents and emotions of the moment.”

Sid Dobrin, professor and chair of the Department of English at the University of Florida, offered this comment; “Hendricks’ St. Tom’s Cathedral will sit on the dais alongside books by the likes of Tom Kelly, Henry Edwards Davis, Archibald Rutledge and Gene Nunnery. It is, frankly, a remarkable read.”

Dan Kibler, editor of Carolina Sportsman Magazine adds, “If St. Tom’s Cathedral does anything, it places author Bryan Hendricks at the top of a list of the nation’s finest outdoor writers. No. Make that writers, period.”

Todd Masson, host of Marsh Man Masson on You Tube says about St. Tom’s Cathedral, “It’s an instant classic that grizzled veterans of the sport will pass to their prodigy with admonitions to pore over its pages before stepping boots in the spring woods.”

On Feb. 23, 2009, Hendricks was diagnosed with advanced stage III cancer. The way he described what lay ahead is indicative of the skill with which he writes: “The day was  a maelstrom of emotional body blows in which my oncologist, surgical oncologist and radiologist explained the details of my imminent demise. It’s like listening to your mechanic describe the procedure to rebuild a worn-out transmission.”

Hendricks’ chemotherapy infusions required an intravenous port to be surgically implanted in his shoulder.

“Does it matter which shoulder the port goes in?” asked Hendricks. “No,” the doctor replied. “Put it in my left shoulder. Turkey season starts in April and I don’t want it to interfere with shooting a shotgun.”

After a long silence, the doctor said resolutely, “I think YOU are going to be okay.” He survived cancer and 13 years later, he still chases gobblers and has written a book turkey hunters will love.

For an inscribed copy of St. Tom’s Cathedral, send a check for $20 to Bryan Hendricks at 301 Kingsrow Dr.,Apt 609, Little Rock, AR 72207. It could be some of the best $20 you ever spent.

NSU calendar for May 1-7

Here is a look at the week of May 1-7 at Northwestern State University.

April 30 – May 5 – Spring semester final examinations

May 1-7 – Registration for summer, fall semesters

May 1 – Senior Dance Concert, A.A. Fredericks Auditorium, 1 p.m.

May 1 – Baseball vs. Southeastern Louisiana, Brown-Stroud Field, 1 p.m.

May 4 – Baseball vs. Louisiana Tech, Brown-Stroud Field, 6 p.m.

May 6-7 – Golden Jubilee for 1973 NSU graduates, Magale Recital Hall, Student Union Ballroom

He Will Just Never Understand…

By Joe Darby

I will just never understand:

Why, with a population of 330 million, the best we could do for presidential candidates in the last two elections were Trump, Clinton and Biden. In 1776 we had a population of about 2.5 million, mostly hugging the Atlantic coast. That generation produced Washinton, Adams, Jefferson, Hamilton, Madison and many others who, as to ability, integrity and honesty, are light years ahead of any elected official in our big country today. Can’t figure it out.

Why most liberals are okay with taking the life of an unborn baby but not the life of a person who has murdered or raped. Can’t figure it out.

Why many on the left consider that Muslims should be a protected group, along with women, minorities and gays, and shout down anyone who criticizes Muslims as being Islamophobic. It’s hard to understand the left’s sympathy because of the way Islam oppresses women and supports an extremely harsh criminal code. If Israel had the same values as many Islamic states, liberals would condemn that country in a moment. But Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, a nation that has been fighting for its very survival since its founding more than 70 years ago, is considered the bad guy. Can’t figure it out.

Why we have become so intolerant and violent. If a person disagrees with us, we deem them evil, narrow minded and ignorant. Violence has become endemic. Mass shootings occur almost every day and road rage murders have increased alarmingly. Now, to many, if a driver cuts them off in traffic, they feel justified in shooting them to death. Can’t figure it out.

Why so many Republicans still think Trump is a good guy. This fact saddens and scares me. After the Trump mob attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, I changed my registration from Republican to Independent. No, I couldn’t, and didn’t want to, go with the Democrats. If Trump’s followers would just listen to many who were on his staff and to the conservative judges who ruled that the election was really not stolen, they might see things a little more reasonably. Trump poses the most dangerous single individual threat to the integrity of the US since Aaron Burr tried to break off a huge chunk of the southwestern US in the early 1800s. I have no doubt that if Trump were elected again, he would attempt to become a dictator. Yet he’s still a hero to many. Can’t figure it out.

Why our culture has become so coarse. Hollywood is decadent, promotes violence, extreme liberal values and blatant sexuality. Now, I am not a prude, by any means. But the tenor of much so-called entertainment today is just vulgar. Sort of reminds me of the entertainment and nightlife that was popular in the German Weimar Republic after World War I. I’m referencing the movie “Cabaret” here. Decadence, violence in the streets, hateful politics. Sound familiar? Remember what became of the Weimer Republic. It morphed into Nazi Germany.

Finally on another topic. But this message is grim also. Remember the mama dove I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, the one that built her nest on top of my ladder on the back porch? Well, her babies hatched but died and, apparently being very new at this, she’s still sitting on their little carcasses.

Legacy Café & BDJ Center to Host Nutrition Class on May 4

The Legacy Café, a favorite local restaurant managed by Chef Karen Wallace and staffed by students of the Legacy Youth Workforce Development Program, will host a Free “Healthy Cooking With & For Kids” cooking workshop on Wednesday, May 4th from 5:00 – 6 P.M. This demonstration will be led by Chef Karen. Attendees will be given ideas for how to increase the amount of veggies in their kids’ diets and how to get their little ones involved in the kitchen and interested in their health. Chef Karen will show audience members how to prepare a recipe fit for even the pickiest of kids because it hides the vegetables!

Attendees will leave with a free dinner, recipes to try at home, various kitchen tools and nutrition resource giveaways.

This event is part of a collaborative series of cooking-related demonstrations and workshops with the LSU AgCenter and funded by the Rapides Foundation . These workshops are always free and are typically hosted once or twice a month at Legacy Café. Participants of all ages are welcome.

The Legacy Café is a real-life training environment for the Legacy Youth Workforce Development program (LYWD). The LYWD Program is a sixteen-week training initiative for 17-24-year-olds who are out of work and out of school. Students receive life skills training and development in the classroom, and work experience and instruction in the Legacy Café. The restaurant features a unique menu of southern soul food blended with fresh, healthy produce harvested from the Legacy Garden, located just behind the café.

If you know someone who might benefit from the LYWD Program, the BDJ Center asks that you help spread the word. To learn more about their programs or to make a donation, call (318) 460-7460.


POSITION: Accountant – Finance Department

DESCRIPTION: Performs technical and administrative accounting work in maintaining the fiscal records and accounting for the City. Prepares periodic reports and assists in the preparation of the annual and other State and Federal reports. Makes journal entries to balance and close monthly books in the general ledger, revenue and expense accounts; reconciles general ledger and subsidiary utility accounts. Reconciles bank statements. Assists in the preparation of the various year end reports.

QUALIFICATIONS: The successful applicant shall have at least 2 years of bookkeeping experience. A degree in accounting or a business related field is preferred.

CONTACT: City of Natchitoches, Human Resources Department located at 1400 Sabine Street 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 you can download an application on line at www.natchitochesla.gov

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Demons eye consistency ahead of visit from Southeastern

NSU 18 Cal Carver

Sixth-year Northwestern State head baseball coach Bobby Barbier has seen the Southland Conference from various vantage points in his coaching and Demon playing career.

The 2022 season may have provided Barbier with the most balanced, equitable competition he has seen in the league in either of his roles.

“No, not really,” Barbier said of whether he remembered a year as competitive as 2022, which has five teams within one game of the conference lead with nine to play. “Last year was pretty tight at the end. We went into that last weekend with us and five other teams who were able to win it. Obviously, we didn’t get to play that weekend (because of weather). Those were four-game sets as well, so you had an extra game there to spread it out.”

The current Demons (20-20, 8-7) are one of five teams within a game of first place in Southland play with nine conference games remaining. NSU is tied with New Orleans and Houston Baptist, a game behind conference co-leaders McNeese and Nicholls, which are both 9-6 in the league.

The Demons will host Southeastern, which sits a game behind NSU, New Orleans and Houston Baptist, in a three-game series this weekend, starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Brown-Stroud Field. The series also includes a 2 p.m. Saturday start and a 1 p.m. Sunday matchup. Free streaming audio and subscription video is available for all three games on http://www.NSUDemons.com and through the Northwestern State Athletics mobile app, which can be downloaded free for Apple and Android devices.

McNeese moved into a first-place tie by sweeping Southeastern (17-24, 7-8) this past weekend.

That sweep halted the Lions’ momentum after SLU had won seven of its previous nine conference games, moving into a three-way tie for the conference lead ahead of this past weekend’s series.

“What everybody sees is the wins and losses,” Barbier said. “(SLU) had the Friday and Saturday games in hand. They were there to be won, and they could have easily been coming in here winners of two of three games. They got walked off a couple of times with home runs. It’s easy to look at the wins and losses, but it’s important to look at how they’re playing.

“They are playing much better than they played earlier in the season. Look at their two weekends before (taking two of three from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and sweeping New Orleans). (Coach) Matt (Riser) always has his team ready to play.”

Being ready to play and continuing to build consistency are two themes Barbier has harped on to his team as the 2022 season winds to a close. Following this weekend’s series, the Demons will be down to single digits in regular-season games remaining.

“What an opportunity we have, playing six of the final nine (Southland) games at home,” Barbier said. “We paid for it earlier with nine of our first 12 on the road. It comes down to our guys playing good baseball, blocking out those things and outside influences – anything that can take us away from playing good baseball (Friday) night or having a good practice (Thursday).”

For the 11th straight three-game series to start the season, the Demons will send out the starting rotation of left-hander Cal Carver (3-4, 4.45) and right-handers Johnathan Harmon (5-4, 2.98) and Drayton Brown (4-4, 3.81).

All three Demon starters worked at least six innings in a series win against Houston Baptist this past weekend, marking the third straight weekend NSU’s rotation has accomplished the feat. Harmon spun his second complete game of the season against Houston Baptist.

That group will try to build off another strong end to a midweek game as the NSU bullpen capped Tuesday’s win with four straight scoreless innings at Grambling. It was the second straight midweek game in which the Demons did not surrender a run in the final four innings of a game.

“Take (Cam) Sibley and his defense the other day,” Barbier said. “Things like that have been consistent most of the season. Our starting pitching has been consistent most of the year. We’d like to add a few more things to that list. At-bats, one through nine, regardless of who’s on the mound, really taking something from that pitcher and making him work. I’d like to see that be a little more consistent. We still have time to get that consistency as we move toward postseason play.”

Photo: Chris Reich/NSU Photographic Services

Natchitoches Lions Club collects funds for Ukraine

Natchitoches Lions Club members are collecting funds to be sent to Ukraine.  One hundred percent of money collected will go directly to assist war victims. Lions Club members in Ukraine and Poland are currently feeding, housing and providing medical help for refugees with funds provided by Lions Club members from around the world. The Natchitoches club is collecting funds from members and the community.  

Checks may be made to LCI (Lions Club International). Contact any Lions Club member if you have donations we will pick up from your office or business. Checks may be mailed to Lion M Stoker at PO Box 221, Natchitoches, LA 71458. Collection cans are also placed at both locations of The Hall Tree on Front St & on South Dr. Please help those who are in dire need of food, water, housing and medical supplies.

Pictured are Lions Club members LeeAnn Edwards, Mary Hooper, Mimi Stoker, President Sara Gianonne, Michael Gianonne.

Why Has Bass Fishing Gotten So Hard?

By Steve Graf

I have been bass fishing since I was 10 years old. I basically taught myself how to fish while growing up on our ranch in East Texas. I watched fishing shows on TV like “John Fox Outdoors,” “Fishing with Virgil Ward” and my favorite show of all time, “The Bassmasters.” I also learned a lot through a subscription to Bassmaster Magazine  that I received on my 10th birthday. This just might have been the best birthday gift I ever received. The magazine had great detailed descriptions and drawings on techniques and information that could make anyone a better angler.

I started my bass tournament career in 1990 with a buddy of mine who introduced me to team tournaments. Now I had no idea how “hooked” I would be to competitive bass fishing. It’s literally an addiction that requires many hours of practice and preparation in order to compete at a high level. It’s similar to gambling in that you’re putting money up to enter the event, and betting on yourself. But as one of my former coaches once told me, “Success is a learning process that comes from failure. How you handle failure will determine how successful you’ll be.”

Now back to the question at hand…Why has bass fishing gotten so hard? This can probably be summed up with two words…. overcrowded waterways. Gone are the days of catching a hundred bass a day. There was a time that an angler could go out on his favorite lake and catch bass on a regular basis. But as bass fishing has evolved and become so popular, our waterways have become congested. This has led to bass becoming over “educated” to the many ways anglers are trying to catch them. It’s been proven through research that bass have the ability to learn despite their tiny brains. But the good news is that they have a short memory and don’t retain much over time. The more they see a bait or get caught, the more they learn what lures not to bite, which can even be passed on to their offspring. All our lakes and rivers are over-crowded now with a combination of high school fishing, College Series, Pro-Am circuits and team trails like American Bass, Bass Champs, Texas Team Trail, and the Bob Sealy Big Bass Splash Series. Each of these tournament trails caters to a wide array of anglers all across America.

What I’ve learned over the last few years is that today’s angler must think outside the box of old conventional ways of catching fish. You can’t be afraid to experiment with new baits and techniques. Don’t get me wrong, you can still catch fish on spinnerbaits, jigs and crankbaits, but you may have to tweak a bait and show the bass something a little different than they’ve seen before. But one bait that continues to pass the test of time is the plastic worm. I don’t care what body of water you like to fish; they will bite a plastic worm anywhere in the country. A lot of anglers like to dip the tail of their worms in what’s called a chartreuse (bright green) dye. But there are many colors of dipping dyes on the market, so try a different color like maybe orange, blue or red. I’ve even used a black dye and had great results. Again, it’s just something different that the fish are not seeing as much.

Bass fishing has gotten more difficult, but if you’re willing to think outside the box, you can still catch fish. As humans, our biggest fault is that we are creatures of habit. But if you’re willing to change things up a little, you just might figure out the secret code to catching bass. If you want to learn what the bass are biting, tune into Tackle Talk Live every Tuesday at 11:30 on Facebook live, podcast or our YouTube Channel. Till next time, good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook!

Steve Graf Owner/Co-Host
Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show and
Tackle Talk Live

NSU announces affiliation with UEDA

Northwestern State University is now affiliated with the University Economic Development Association, joining over 160 organizations, including a mixture of higher education institutions and business stakeholders, sharing best practices in economic development. The partnership will further the university mission of preparing its student population “to contribute to an inclusive global community with a steadfast dedication to improving our region, state, and nation.” 

“Northwestern State University’s affiliation with UEDA enables opportunistic access to a network of mission-aligned higher education institutions, private businesses and public community stakeholders with established knowledge and experience in economic advancement,” NSU President Dr. Marcus Jones said.  “Through this partnership, NSU will participate in discussions, research and programs that drive the national and international conversation on economic engagement.”

The promotion and growth of NSU’s economic development strategy is central to the mission of Laurie Morrow, NSU’s executive director for Economic Development, Innovation and Outreach.  According to Morrow, “this affiliation will afford us the opportunity to engage with discussions and programs on economic development, as well as observing best practices from other institutions.” UEDA also provides a valuable framework to provide focus to economic development programs and services, she added. 

Advertisement for Bids: Cloutierville Property


Notice is hereby given that the Natchitoches Parish School Board will receive the following:
May 9, 2022 2:00 p.m. – NPSB Request for Proposal-Cloutierville Property

Bids/Proposals will be accepted until the date and time specified and will be publicly opened and read aloud at that time in the School Board’s Central Office, 310 Royal Street, Natchitoches, Louisiana, 71457-5709.

Please find bid-related documents and place electronic bids, is desired, at WWW.CENTRALBIDDING.COM. For questions relating to the electronic bidding process, please call Central Bidding at 225-810-4814. Bids/Proposals received after the date and time of opening will not be considered. Facsimile transmissions will not be considered.

Additional information may be obtained upon request by contacting Michelle Demery, Purchasing Coordinator, at 318-352-2358, Ext. 1155, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The Board reserves the right to reject any or all bids.

Lee Waskom
Director of Business Affairs

Grant Eloi, Ed. D. Secretary-Treasurer
Natchitoches Parish School Board

Four LSMSA seniors named National Merit finalists

The following Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) seniors from throughout the state have been selected as finalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program: Allison “Raney” Cappel (’22) of Lake Charles; Nicholas Guagliardo (’22) of Ponchatoula; Isabella Le (’22) of Lafayette; and Brandon Turner (’22) of Sulphur. In addition, Le was awarded a National Merit scholarship from Walgreens.

Finalists were endorsed and recommended by LSMSA after achieving high academic performance, writing an essay, completing the national merit scholarship application and taking a Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). 

“Being named a National Merit finalist represents years of hard work and dedication,” said Dr. Steve Horton, LSMSA Executive Director. “We are incredibly proud of these students for all they have achieved, particularly since they’ve spent the majority of their high school career navigating a global pandemic.”

Since its inception in 1955, the National Merit Scholarship Program has recognized more than 3.4 million talented high school students throughout the United States and provided some 451,000 scholarships worth more than $1.8 billion. NMSC began announcing scholarship winners starting with the corporate-sponsored Merit scholarship recipients on April 27. The National Merit $2,500 scholarship winners will be announced on May 11, and college-sponsored Merit scholarship winners will be announced on June 1 and July 11.

LSMSA educates highly motivated, high-achieving incoming sophomores, juniors, and seniors from throughout the state. For more information, please call 318-357-2500.

Formal investiture of Dr. Marcus Jones will be Sept. 9

The investiture of Dr. Marcus Jones as Northwestern State University’s 20th president will take place with a formal ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9 in A.A. Fredericks Auditorium and will be followed by a community reception in the Sylvan Friedman Student Union Ballroom.

Other events that will take place surrounding the investiture of Dr. Jones include a day of service and an outdoor event for students and a breakfast for faculty and staff.

More details will be available as plans are finalized. Updates will be posted at www.nsula.edu.

Jones was named the university’s president last November. His investiture was postponed earlier this year to allow for more student participation.


A tractor reported stolen to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office was recovered near Coushatta by Red River Parish Sheriff’s Deputies according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright.

The Kubota M6060 63-horsepower, 4 wheel drive, cab tractor with front end loader valued at nearly $50,000 dollars was recovered this morning in good condition in Coushatta.

Red River Deputies observed the stolen tractor parked at an abandoned residence in the parish.
NPSO Detectives say the tractor is being processed for evidence and will be released to the owner later.
The tractor was reported stolen on Tuesday morning at approximately 9:56am by the owner in the 500 block of La Hwy 485 west of the Powhatan community.

Detectives learned during the initial investigation that the tractor was stolen while being removed off of a trailer.

The investigation into the person(s) responsible for the felony theft is ongoing.
If you have any information contact Detective Amber Shirley with the NPSO Criminal Investigations Bureau at 357-7830.

We extend our thanks to Sheriff Glen Edwards, Red River Parish Sheriff’s Deputies and to the public who shared our social media post over 200 times in an effort to assist in the recovery of the tractor. Agents with the Louisiana Livestock Brand Commission also assisted in the investigation.