NSU honors outstanding alumni during Long Purple Line program

Northwestern State University recognized inductees into the Long Purple Line, the university’s alumni hall of distinction, during a luncheon and program Nov. 3 and presented awards to three alumni for volunteer and service efforts to the university.

This year’s Long Purple Line inductees are the late Johnny Antoon, Sen. Louie Bernard and Judge Van Kyzar of Natchitoches and Gail Sweeney Stephenson of Baton Rouge. 

Inclusion in the Long Purple Line is the highest honor the university bestows upon a graduate.  The Long Purple Line was established in 1990 to provide recognition and appreciation to individuals whose career accomplishments or service to their fellow man have enhanced the reputation and prestige of Northwestern State.  Selection may be based upon past or continuing achievements in individuals’ careers, exemplary and extraordinary service to community, state and nation or both career accomplishments and service to mankind including service to their alma mater.

Dr. Katrina O’Con of Natchitoches received the Outstanding Alumna Distinguished Service Award, presented to an NSU graduate who has exhibited dedication and loyalty to Northwestern’s programs and mission. Award winners demonstrate a record of distinguished service to NSU and continued interested in serving the university as a volunteer, donor or advocate.

Dr. Nikki Ceasar-Small of Arlington, Texas, was recipient of the NSU Alumni Association’s Volunteer of the Year Award, presented to a member of the Alumni Association who serves the university as a volunteer, donor or advocate. The individual must also have an exemplary record of volunteering time, talents and service to NSU and be active with a chapter, affiliate program or other form of volunteer service to NSU.  

 Amy Lee of Natchitoches was presented with the Outstanding Young Alumna Award, presented to a graduate age 40 or younger who graduated within the last 10 years.  The individual is selected based on dedication and loyalty to Northwestern’s programs and continued interest in serving the university in his/her life as a volunteer, donor and /or advocate.

The awards were presented as part of NSU Homecoming festivities taking place Nov. 3-4.