Northwestern State University will celebrate Homecoming with a series of programs, events and reunions Friday, Nov. 3-Saturday, Nov. 4. Individual organizations have additional events planned for Sunday, Nov. 5.
Updates will be posted at www.northwesternstatealumni.com. Alumni are encouraged to reach out to organizations to confirm dates, times and details.
Friday, Nov. 3
Long Purple Line Luncheon
The Long Purple Line luncheon will take place at the Natchitoches Events Center, 750 Second St., Natchitoches on Friday, Nov. 3. The luncheon will honor this year’s inductees into the university’s alumni hall of distinction. Doors will open at 11 a.m. Check-in will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by the program at noon. Inductees will be announced when selections are finalized. Tickets are available at www.nsu.la/LPL2023.
Homecoming Parade & Pep Rally
The NSU Homecoming parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, beginning on the NSU campus and proceeding to the downtown riverbank stage for a pep rally that will include spirit group performances and an introduction to the Honor Court.
Theta Chi 50-year Anniversary Reunion
The brothers of the Eta Omicron Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity will have a tent on the riverbank for the pep rally. Afterwards, they will gather at the President’s Residence from 7-10 p.m.
Louisiana Scholars’ College Reunion
Join LSC alumni at Mama’s Blues Room from 4-5:30 p.m. for a pre-parade reception. Complimentary appetizers will be served.
Black Alumni Alliance
The Black Alumni Association will host a social at Onyx Wine & Cigar Lounge beginning at 7 p.m.
NSU Volleyball will hold a social and reunion at Mama’s Oyster House beginning at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 4
The N Club Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Magale Recital Hall. Punch, coffee and pastries will be served in Hanchey Gallery beginning at 8 a.m. with the induction program beginning at 8:30 a.m.
An open house for alumni of the Louisiana Scholars’ College will take place in Morrison Hall beginning at 10 a.m. Light breakfast refreshments will be served. Tailgating will begin at noon. Guests will receive a complimentary ticket to the football game.
A reception to honor 2023 inductees into the Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development Hall of Distinguished Educators will take place from 10:30-11 a.m. in the Teacher Education Center Commons. The induction program will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Middle Lab School Auditorium. Inductees will be announced when selections are finalized.
Tailgating for all alumni and friends of NSU will take place in and around Turpin Stadium starting at 11 a.m. The NSU Alumni Association Homecoming Tailgate will be from 11 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Food tickets can be purchased at the tailgate. Tickets for non-Alumni Association members are $15 and includes 1 trip to the buffet and two drinks. Alumni Association member tickets are $10 and include one trip to the buffet and two drinks. Tickets for children 12 and under are $7 and includes one trip to the buffet and two soft drinks. Individual drink tickets are $5 for two drinks.
The Department of Social Work will host the Title IVE Child Welfare Scholars Appreciation Rally from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4 in the Child Welfare Room, Kyser Hall Room 345B. Former and current Title IVE Child Welfare Scholars, DCFS field supervisors and students interested in becoming a Title IV E Scholar are invited. This is a time the NSU Title IVE will show appreciation to the important work done by child welfare workers, alumni and field supervisors that help students learn in the field. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided. All participants are encouraged join the group directly afterward at the NSU Department of Social Work Tailgate Party. Tailgating will be from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Donald’s Demon Alley near Collins Family Pavilion. For information, email Lisa Mount at email@example.com/
Theta Chi Fraternity tailgating will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Collins Family Alumni Pavilion. Following the football game, the 50th Golden Celebration Banquet will take place at Merci Beaucoup Restaurant beginning at 6:30 p.m. Brothers will convene at The Loft on Front Street at 9 p.m.
The NSU Volleyball reunion will continue at 11 a.m. in Prather Coliseum as the current team takes on McNeese. Former players attending the reunion will be recognized during the game. The group will begin tailgating at Collins Pavilion beginning at 1 p.m. For more information, contact Anastasia Aldredge firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ROTC Tailgate will be from noon-1:30 p.m. on the practice field across from Collins Pavilion. RSVP by calling (318) 357-6951 or email@example.com.
The Black Alumni Alliance Tailgate will be from noon-2 p.m. at the NSU Practice Field. Following the football game, the BAA/Phi Beta Sigma anniversary will take place at Onyx Wine & Cigar Lounge. Doors will open at 10 p.m.
Kick-off for the Homecoming game vs. Houston Christian University will be at 3 p.m. The NSU Homecoming Honor Court will be recognized at halftime, approximately 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 4
Theta Chi Fraternity will hold a softball tournament beginning at 9 a.m. at the NSU Softball Field. An Alumni Corporation meeting will take place in the President’s Room of the Student Union at 2 p.m. followed by a chapter meeting at 4 p.m. at the Theta Chi House.
The Black Alumni Alliance and guests are invited to Sunday brunch at Onyx Wine & Cigar Lounge from noon-5 p.m.
Planning for events, reunions and other celebrations by individual groups is also underway. Those dates and times will be announced as plans are finalized. Check with organizers when making plans as details may be subject to change.
To stay up to date on NSU’s 2023 Homecoming, visit www.northwesternstatealumni.com.