NSU calendar

Here is a look at the week of May 29 – June 4 at Northwestern State University.

June 5-11 – Registration for summer, fall semesters

June 6 – “Ballin’ With The Ballers” – Men’s Basketball Meet ‘n Greet, Magee’s Patio Café, 6-8 p.m.

June 6-9 – NSU Creating Writing Camp, A.A. Fredericks Center for Creative and Performing Arts,  9 a.m.

June 6-9 – Art Camp 1, “Myths and Legends,” CAPA/Department of Fine and Graphic Art, 1-5 p.m.

June 11 – ACT testing, Kyser Hall, 8 a.m.


Seniors awarded at annual recognition ceremony

The Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) held its annual Senior Recognition Ceremony on May 20 to honor the Class of 2022. The ceremony celebrated personal character, academic excellence, and development of skills in each academic discipline.

Senior Lecturer of Mathematics and Computer Science Dave Andersen served as Master of Ceremonies, Senior Class President Ella Abney of Slidell led the Pledge of Allegiance and Student Government Organization President Olutunmike “Tum-Tum” Adeleye of Natchitoches delivered the welcoming address to her fellow classmates.

“As a senior class, we have persevered through our fair share of trials and tribulations,” said Adeleye. “At LSMSA we learned how to become our most successful selves.”

At the end of her speech, Adeleye was given an honorary gavel plaque for her leadership and service to SGO.

Each major discipline—Creative and Performing Arts, Math and Computer Science, Humanities, Languages and Science—granted Excellence Awards to seniors who best epitomized those individual departments. Each department also introduced a chosen Gonfaloniere, or “flag bearer,” who was deemed to embody excellence in that discipline. These students were privileged to carry the Gonfalon for their respective department at the Commencement Ceremony procession.

Abney received the honor of being the Gonfaloniere for the Creative and Performing Arts Department; Jordan Hoffman of Ragley was chosen to represent the Humanities Department; Sunny Jahanara Yusufji of Shreveport was selected to hold the Languages Gonfalon; Alex Bazzelle of Livonia was chosen to represent the Math and Computer Science Department; Travis Elmore of Slidell was chosen as the Sciences Department’s Gonfaloniere; and Brandon Turner of Sulphur was selected as the school’s first Health & Physical Education Gonfaloniere. 

Graduation with Distinction was awarded to four students in the Class of 2022 who completed a program of independent academic study or artistic endeavor beyond formal course requirements. In their junior year, these students were invited to identify their potential project, then undertook an intense program of reading, research, and creative activity throughout their senior year. The students’ culminating presentations took place during the school’s Blue & Gold Week, an annual celebration of student research and artistic accomplishments. The following LSMSA seniors graduated with distinction: Madeline Core of Paulina; Travis Elmore of Slidell; Jordan Hoffman of Ragley; and Riley Leger of Slidell.

In addition to their high school diplomas, 22 seniors received their Associate’s degrees, and four graduates who are children of LSMSA alumni received legacy coins from LSMSA Alumni Association Natchitoches Liaison Matthew Couvillion (’93) of Many.

Jake Touchet of Lake Charles was the winner of the Eric Candell Excellence in Physics Award. The award, created in memory of a 1987 graduate, is granted with a $100 check gifted by the Candell family to a student who has developed considerable mastery in the subject of Physics. 

The Marvin Lockhart Work Service Award was developed in memory of one of LSMSA’s charismatic former employees and was presented to Brady Covington of Walker, Jillian McDougal of Baton Rouge, and Griffin McFarland of Natchitoches for illustrating selflessness, dedication, dependability, and an unrelenting desire to help their peers and those in their community.

HaYa Davis of Hammond received the Sharon Sturdivant Williams Praecellemus Award. Named after one of the founding members of LSMSA’s administration, students who are selected for this honor best represent the school’s motto, “We Shall Excel.”

Two students, Hailey Flynn of Pineville and Sunny Yusufji of Shreveport, received the Spirit of LSMSA award. This award recognizes students who best exemplify the pillars of LSMSA school spirit, demonstrating hard work, perseverance, service, involvement, and camaraderie.

Five seniors were inducted into the Robert Alost Hall of Fame. Named after the school’s founding director, this is considered the highest honor bestowed upon LSMSA seniors, with students being hand-picked by a committee of faculty and residential life staff members. New LSMSA Hall of Fame members are Brandon Turner of Lake Charles, Lily Blanchard of Lafourche Parish, Leah Swanstrom of Natchitoches, Thaleia Dufrene of Hammond, and Tum Tum Adeleye of Natchitoches.

Following the awards, each senior presented their college choice on stage, with 67 percent of the Class of 2022 attending universities in Louisiana, 33 percent attending schools across the country and abroad.

The ceremony concluded with a heartfelt closing speech by Livy Zachary of Youngsville titled “Nothing New.” 

“LSMSA is known for it unique ability to allow students to explore and thrive in niche areas of study, but the reason for its students’ success is not due to the difficulty of our work, but rather to the environment and professors that allow us to grow and thrive as people,” said Zachary. “…as we fly the nest, we must remember to not get too caught up in the fear of the unknown…remember the trust we found in ourselves at the little old Louisiana School.”


NSU calendar for May 15-21

Here is a look at the week of May 15-21 at Northwestern State University.

May 15-21 – Registration for summer, fall semesters
May 15 – Demon Last Chance Meet, Walter P. Ledet Track Complex, 12 p.m.
May 18-19 – Freshman Connection, Natchitoches campus


First year honor society inducts 114 new members

The Northwestern State University chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta welcomed 114 new members at the annual induction ceremony held recently at the A.A. Fredericks Auditorium. Northwestern State President Dr. Marcus Jones was keynote speaker. Vice President for the Student Experience and Dean of Students Reatha Cox delivered closing remarks.

Alpha Lambda Delta recognizes the best and brightest members of the nation’s first-year college students.  Students in Alpha Lambda Delta must have a grade point average of at least 3.5 after their first semester of full-time enrollment at Northwestern State.

Alpha Lambda Delta first-year honor society was founded in 1924 at the University of Illinois and has over 280 chapters in the United States. The local chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta was established at Northwestern State University on March 10, 1965.  The mission of the Society is to encourage superior academic achievement; to promote intelligent living and a high standard of learning and to assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals in society.

Officers for 2022-23 are Linzi Lampert of Deville, president, Madison Cook of Vivian, vice president for programs, Katherine Woods secretary, Jacob Mount, treasurer, Hannah Davis of Ponchatoula, service/philanthropy chair, Caiden Matthews of Shreveport, faculty/staff liaison, Amber Ford of Pollock, scholarship chair, Terrell Woodard of Carencro, public relations chair, Kacy Young of Shreveport, historian,  India Turner of Lake Charles, editor, and Ashley Eubanks of Keithville, junior advisor.

Members inducted listed by hometown were:

Alexandria — Elizabeth Cook, Meghan Goss, Jairus Killings, Cody Ruiz, Sanethia Starks;
Atlanta – Emily Thomisee;
Belle Chasse — Molly Adams;
Benton – Trista Sanders, Avery Tullos, Emily Whitecotton;
Bogalusa — Noah Bertoniere;
Bossier City — Carmen Garcia, Emma Gonzales, Aries Irby, John Lewis, George McEachern, Angela Merryman, Tanner Underwood, Abigail Whatley, Katherine Woods;
Boyce — Haleigh Franklin;
Broussard — Abbie Boutee;
Carencro – Terrell Woodard;
Cottonport –Kayirian James;
DeRidder – Jenna Mullican;
Deville – Linzi Lampert;
Dry Prong — Alayna Futch, Colton Mayo;
Dubberly – Sarah Parnell;
Farmerville — Isabella Fulton;
Florien — Laila Garner;
Freeport, Texas – Jerrilee Shadden;
Galliano – Lia Portillo Cantarero;
Haughton — Hannah Gurtner, Jillian Kerneen, Lawson Turner;
Hessmer — Tenley-Parrish Bordelon;
Houma — Bryce Fonseca;
Iota – Coy Steen;  
Jena – Audrey Pritchard;
Keithville – Ashley Eubanks, NaKayah Washington;
Kenner — Emily Adams;
Lake Charles — Haleigh Bertrand, Fallon Lincoln, India Turner;
Lafayette – Aleysia Trahan, Petra Williams;
Leesville — Hannah Hartley, Jacob Mount, Laila Salas, Amy Sporer, Jaden Watson;
Livonia — Lexie Amond;
Mandeville — Graham Christ, Jacob Ehrlicher;
Many — Khia Holland, Jada Lee;
Marksville – Kennedy Phillips, Makenzie Scroggs;
Marrero – Nina Ovalle;
Minden — Clotis Ary, Elynn Kate Boothe, Emma Dauzat;
Montgomery — Raelen Gongre;
Natalbany — Ronnia Cain;
Natchez – Madison Simms;
Natchitoches — Aziza Coutee, Corynn LaCaze, Baylee Laroux, Grace Lemoine, Hailey Martin, Bayli Stoker, Anna Taylor, Thomas Watkins;
New Iberia — Makynli Delcambre;
New Llano – Keeley James, Angel Sanchez;
Opelousas – Daija Ware;
Pineville — Cady Brown, Chris Litton;
Pitkin — Chelsea Carroll;
Plaquemine — Christa Berthelot, Amber Kearney;
Pollock — Amber Ford, Mia Kilpatrick;
Ponchatoula –Hannah Davis;
Port Barre – Lacie LeBlanc, Camrynn Sonnier;
Rayville — Abigail Chevalier;
Ringgold – Avery Myers;
St. Francisville – Jon Elise Sturgeon;
Shreveport — Lyndsay Brown, Jillian Duggan, Shailah Hagins, Jackson Holoubek, Olivia Horrell, Rebekah
Jeane, Euneka Johnson, Mason Langdon, Madison Little, Josephine Martinez, Wendy Martinez-Ortega, Caiden Matthews, Ainsley Soland, Haley Wiggins, Kacy Young;
Soddy Daisy, Tennessee – Gabriella Lacheney;
Vidalia – Ke’ Niya Lutcher;
Ville Platte — Jaylin Clark;
Vivian — Madison Cook;
Winnsboro — Zachary Cooper;
Wichita Falls, Texas — Destiny Isom;
Zachary — Alexis Callihan;


‘Seussical the Musical’ auditions this week

Northwestern State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will host auditions for “Seussical the Musical” this week. Dr. Grace Edgar, NSU’s musical theatre director, received a grant to produce “Seussical the Musical” for the local community and schools. Performances will be May 27-28. 

Auditions for NSU students will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 5 in Theatre West, 150 Central Avenue.  Auditions for community members and children in third grade and above will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 7.  Those auditioning should prepare a 90-second audition that includes a song and a monologue. Callbacks for specific roles will be 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7.

For more information, contact Edgar at edgarg@nsula.edu.  

Performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday, May 27 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, May 28.


NSU’s Spring Commencement will be May 11-12

Northwestern State University will hold Spring 2022 commencement exercises with four ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 11 and 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday, May 12, according to University Registrar Barbara Prescott.  Commencement will take place in Prather Coliseum. 

Graduates and guests should note some changes in entrance and exit procedures for the upcoming ceremonies. Graduates will enter the Coliseum on the west side facing the Kappa Sigma House.  Guests for graduates with last names beginning A-L should use entrance and exits on the east of Prather Coliseum, which faces the tennis courts.  Guests for graduates with last names beginning M-Z should use entrance and exits on the west side of Prather Coliseum, facing the Kappa Sigma House.

ADA accessibility entrance is located at the main entrance at the front of the Coliseum. 

Faculty and stage party will enter on the east side of Prather Coliseum, the side facing the tennis courts.

Detailed information and a list of Frequently Asked Questions can be found at www.nsula.edu/graduation

The Spring 2022 commencement schedule is as follows.

10 a.m. Wednesday, May 11

College of Nursing and School of Allied Health (Bachelor and Associate Degrees)

BAS – Allied Health
BS  –   Radiologic Sciences
BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing
ASN – Associate of Science in Nursing

2 p.m. Wednesday, May 11

Graduate School (Graduate Degrees)

College of Arts and Sciences

MA – Art, English
MM – Music
MS – Homeland Security

College of Nursing and School of Allied Health

DNP – Doctor of Nursing Practice
MS –   Radiologic Sciences
MSN – Master of Science in Nursing

Gallaspy Family College of Education & Human Development

EDD – Adult Learning and Development
EDS – Educational Leadership and Instruction
MA – Adult Learning & Development, Counseling, Student Affairs in Higher Education
MAT – Early Childhood Education-Grades PK-3, Elementary Education-Grades 1-5, Elementary Education and Special Education Mild/Moderate-Grades 1-5, Middle School Education-Grades 4-8, Middle School Education and Special Education Mild/Moderate-Grades 4-8, Secondary Education-Grades 6-12, Secondary Education and Special Education Mild/Moderate-Grades 6-12
MED – Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, Educational Technology Leadership, Special Education
MS – Health and Human Performance, Psychology-Clinical

College of Business and Technology (Bachelor Degrees)

BS – Accounting, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Hospitality Management & Tourism

10 a.m. Thursday, May 12

College of Arts and Sciences (Bachelor and Associate Degrees)

BA – Communication, Criminal Justice, English, History, Liberal Arts
BFA – Dance, Fine and Graphic Arts
BGS – General Studies
BM – Music
BS – Applied Microbiology, Biology, Electronics Engineering Technology, Industrial Engineering Technology, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Theatre, Unified Public Safety Administration
AD – Veterinary Technology
AGS – Associate of General Studies
AS – Engineering Technology

Louisiana Scholars’ College (Bachelor Degrees)

BA – Communication, Criminal Justice, English, History, Liberal Arts
BFA – Fine & Graphic Arts
BM – Music
BME – Music Education-Instrumental-Grades K-12, Music Education-Vocal-Grades K-12
BS – Accounting, Applied Microbiology, Biology, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Electronic Engineering Technology, Elementary Education-Grades 1-5, Health and Exercise Science, Hospitality Management and Tourism, Industrial Engineering Technology, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Psychology, Secondary Education and Teaching, Theatre, Unified Public Safety Administration
BSW – Social Work

2 p.m. Thursday, May 12

Gallaspy Family College of Education & Human Development (Bachelor Degrees)

BME – Music Education-Instrumental-Grades K-12, Music Education-Vocal-Grades K-12, Music Education-Vocal/Instrumental – Grades K-12
BS – Addiction Studies, Child and Family Studies, Early Childhood Education-Grades Pre-K-3, Elementary Education-Grades 1-5, Health and Exercise Science, Health and Physical Education-Grades K-12, Psychology, Secondary Education and Teaching
BSW – Social Work


NCHS Orchestra Presents Spring Concert on May 9

The Natchitoches Central High School Orchestra will present its annual spring concert on Monday, May 9 at 7:30 pm in the NSU Magale Recital Hall under the direction of Syll-Young Olson and Emily Owens.

“Please join us to celebrate a great school year,” said Owens. “Our students have worked very hard!”

This event is free and open to the public.


Save the Date: Community Prayer Event on May 28

Natchitoches Youth City Council’s Junior City Councilor Tristen Jefferson will hold a Community Prayer event on Saturday, May 28 at 5:30 pm on the downtown riverbank. The Youth Council wants the great city of Natchitoches to be better. The theme of this event is “Lord Keep Our City Safe.” 
 
“Prayer will change things and I know God watches all his people,” said Jefferson. “The reason why I am starting this Community Pray event is so we can join together and pray as one and know who God is.” 
 
Event organizers include Sister Candice Davis and Sister Teresa. Everyone is encouraged to come out and give God some praise.

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


Library Community Shredding Service Friday

The Natchitoches Parish Library’s (NPL) popular Community Shred Service is back, just in time for spring cleaning and post-tax document disposal. Do you have old files laying around that you need to properly get rid of? Or confidential information that you do not want to toss in the trash?

The NPL is hosting its four-hour shredding event on Friday, April 29 from 10 AM to 2 PM. An industrial-strength mobile shredding truck will be available for public use at the NPL Main Branch (450 Second St.) for no cost.

Only paper documents may be disposed of, and staples and paperclips DO NOT need to be removed. Everyone is welcome, businesses included! Those making use of this fee-free service must stay with their documents until they have all been loaded into the shredder. No drop offs are allowed.


NSU Steel Band to present concert on Friday

The Northwestern State University Steel Band will present a concert on Friday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. on the Downtown Riverbank Stage in Natchitoches. Admission is free and open to the public. Dr. Oliver Molina will direct the Steel Band.

The Steel Band is comprised of instruments from the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. The unique timbre and infectious dance beats make it a fun and exciting concert. The program will include some island classics such as “Limbo” and “Jump in the Line” as well as other familiar tunes by Bruno Mars, Journey and Jimmy Buffet. 

The concert will include participants from the Second Annual NSU Steel Band Workshop which will be held Friday afternoon. The performers will learn to play steel drums that afternoon and perform at the concert that night.

Members of the Steel Band are Jackson Forester of Rowlett, Texas, Tatiana Chapman of Erath, Zachary Duhon and Kora Chauveaux of Lafayette, Anthony Flores of Los Fresnos, Texas,Roger Jones of Avondale, Cindy Pinkerton of Patterson, Arial Taylor of Bossier City, Mason Trumps of Pollock and Steven Wimberley of Pineville.


Catholic Daughters group learns about ‘Run Baby Run’ fundraiser on May 7

The Catholic Daughters hosted Jennifer Luna, Executive Director of the Women’s Resource Center, at their monthly meeting for April. Jennifer informed the group about the array of services that the center offers for young women, as well as provided information on their upcoming “Run Baby Run” fundraiser on May 7.

The group also welcomed new members, Marteel Henry, Karen Lee and Brenda Stamey.

Catholic Daughters meets on the third Tuesday of every month. For more information about this ministry of the church, contact the office at 352-3422.


If You Love Dogs, Gather Your Pack and Come on Out for a Fun Day

By Joe Darby

If, like me, you are quite fond of little furry critters with warm loving eyes, waggy tails and cold wet noses, you may want to start planning for a special day.

Yes of course I’m talking to you, dog lovers.   On Saturday, April 23, the Natchitoches Hope for Paws group will have a fund-raising Dog Show at Parc Natchitoches, 4515 University Parkway.  All kinds of fun events will be held, which I’ll get into in a moment.

I have a special place in my heart for this rescue organization, which has saved almost one thousand dogs in recent years.  It’s special to me because it was Hope for Paws from which I got my lovable little Baby, a poodle-terrier mix, two and a half years ago.  Baby is not only just about the most loving dog I’ve ever had – and I’ve had lots of sweeties — but she provides a living link to my beloved wife Mary, who passed away eight months ago. 

The day we adopted Baby from NHFP, Mary was already having moderate to severe memory problems with the onset of her dementia, but she still knew pretty much what was going on and she was delighted to have Baby become a member of our household.  I have included a photo taken of us just minutes after Baby entered our home.  You can see it was a happy trio.  I remember distinctly that more than a year later, when Mary’s mind was becoming more clouded, Baby was sitting in Mary’s lap and my dear wife looked at her and said, “She’s just precious.”

And Baby is that.  Anyway, unless the Lord is not willin’ and the creek rises, Baby and I will be at the fund-raising dog show next weekend.  Principal events will include an obedience contest, a runway show, in which the pups will get to show themselves off — wearing costumes, if they so choose — and a treat-finding contest.  Baby will enter the latter competition.  If she can sniff out hidden treats like she can sniff out hamburger wrappers in a trash can, I expect she will open as an early favorite in that game.  As for the obedience contest, I will, er, I’ll just leave that open for you folks.  There will be a $5 fee per dog to enter each event.  Pretty reasonable, I think.

Registration may be accomplished online, at natchitocheshopeforpaws.org/dogshow.  Or you may arrive as early as 11 a.m. at Parc Natchitoches on the 23rd to register.  The fun and games will get underway at noon and will continue to about 3 p.m.  A silent auction will be conducted throughout the afternoon.

As of Wednesday of this week, the day this column was written,  NHFP has rescued 972 dogs since it was founded in 2009, said Kay Kaufman, vice-president of the group.  What a great service they have performed.  Of those dogs taken in, 629 were adopted locally and another 317 were provided to similar rescue agencies out of town, Kay said.  There are currently 26 pooches on hand now, eagerly awaiting for a great new permanent home.

There will be plenty of members of the group at the dog show to answer questions about adoption.  All of their dogs are spayed or neutered, have been checked for heart worms and have computer chips implanted to identify them if they stray from home.

NHFP is a non-profit organization that avoids euthanizing animals unless the dog is gravely ill at the time of its rescue.  Like any loving pet owner who cares about a dog’s comfort, the group will euthanize only as a last resort.

Sound like an outfit that you can admire?   Well, as you surely must have gathered, I sure do.  So come on out and see if your pup can beat Baby’s time in the treat-finding contest.  Let’s all just hope that the 23rd won’t be one of those days which sees one of these severe storms that have been coming through with such regularity.

Oh, one more thing.  Say, Kay.  Would it be cheating if I start to hide treats around my house this week, to get my little sniffer in a competitive mode?  Good, I didn’t think so.   

Radio M*A*S*H -2015 Results

RadioMASH2015 Final Group Pic

Thank you for making the 20th annual Radio M*A*S*H (Make A Smile Happen) a tremendous success.  With your help and commitment to the Natchitoches area, many  boys and girls will have a Merry Christmas this year.

The 2015 Radio M*A*S*H raised $23,627.00 in cash and toys collected at the tent between December 10th, 11th and 12th.  Elite Radio Group’s Market Manager, Bill Vance, said “We are overwhelmed at the generosity of the folks here in Natchitoches Parish as they turned out in a very large way to help Make A Smile Happen for our children and grandchildren at Christmas – Thank You Natchitoches Parish”

Radio M*A*S*H was created by The Elite Radio Group in 1996 to promote the annual toy drive with the Natchitoches Area Jaycees.  On the second weekend of December each year, the Elite Radio Group moves each of its radio stations to a tent in the Wal-Mart parking lot.  We bring 94.9 The River, My92.3 and KNOC-AM to broadcast for 54 hours straight, providing folks an opportunity to donate new toys and cash to help us Make A Smile Happen for Christmas!

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CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES NEIGHBORHOOD LIGHTING CONTEST

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The Natchitoches Christmas Festival Committee invites residents to get in the holiday spirit and shine brightly in the 2nd Annual Neighborhood Lighting Contest.  Judging will be completed by Miss Merry Christmas and the Christmas Belles on the evening of December 10, 2015.

From November 21 through January 6, downtown Natchitoches is illuminated with hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights. “The Neighborhood Lighting Contest is a great way to get everyone involved in the Christmas festivities,” stated Marian Keator, Neighborhood Lighting Committee chair.  “Since Natchitoches is the City of Lights, we hope that everyone will show their Christmas spirit and help light the way for the season!”

Homes will be judged on holiday lights and yard displays. Homes must be within the city limits of Natchitoches.  There is no entry fee for the contest.  Anyone interested in participating should email Samantha Bonnette at sbonnette@natchitochesla.gov with their name, address and phone number.

All entries will be judged on the evening of December 10, 2015. A total of 12 winners will be announced. Winners will receive a lighted-spirit stick, yard sign and bragging rights.

For more information, please contact Samantha Bonnette at (318) 352-2746 or via email at sbonnette@natchitochesla.gov.

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Family Farm Grows Green Through Value Added Production

Stevensons Family Pic

Consisting of five females spanning three generations, the Stevenson family lives in Fairview Alpha, Louisiana, on their 50-acre family farm. The farm grows a variety of fruit: citrus, muscadine, grapes, figs, pears, apples, and persimmons.They also grow a variety of ornamental flowers and plants.In addition, there is also cows, goats, and chickens. All the produce is grown organically. Recently, the farm expanded to include beekeeping. The entire family are crafters, with individual interests ranging from soap making, needlework, crocheting, sewing, canning, sculpting, basket weaving, and photography.

In an essay in the 2011 Kauffman Thoughtbook published by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Nicholas M. Donofrio, Retired Executive Vice President of Innovation and Technology at IBM wrote a thought-provoking article titled “Innovation that Matters”. With the benefit of forty-four years at IBM, he points out that, “The innovation that matters now – the innovation that we’re all waiting for, even if we don’t know it – is the one that unlocks the hidden value that exists at the intersection of deep knowledge of a problem and intimate knowledge of a market, combined with your knowledge, your technology, and your capability…whoever you are, whatever you can do, whatever you bring to the table.” He suggests that we start not with the solution and what we want to accomplish, but with the problem and what needs to change, and then start thinking about how to change it.

This is exactly where the Stevensons family found themselves in 2003 when granddaughter Gabriel was diagnosed with leukemia. She was only eight years old and because her immune system was practically zero they had to eliminate germs from the house which led to making all natural cleaning supplies.

Chemotherapy dried out Gabriel’s skin so her mother, Rachael, started to make goat milk soap because it added natural moisture and was free of the harsh chemicals found in commercial products. This eventually developed into a small business called Southern Lane Soaps. These products can be found at the Campti Historic Museum and will soon be available through the Red River Farm Fresh virtual marketplace.

In 2015, Rachel ventured into beekeeping with one hive. It was a natural fit with the orchard. She collected 105 pounds of honey and totally sold out. “I plan to add at least 5 more hives in 2016 because the additional income comes in handy and it is not that much more work,” she said.

If you are looking to go from a hobby to a business, there is technical and financial resources to help you get there. Join us on Monday, November 16, 2015, at The Abundant Life Church, 618 Ben Drive, Natchitoches, LA, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., to learn more about USDA programs focused on traditionally underserved groups: beginning farmers and ranchers, veterans, women, minority groups, and specialty crop producers.  For more information, you can contact Donna Isaacs at Campti Field of Dreams, 318-332-7791 or USDA Natchitoches, 6949 Louisiana Highway 1 Bypass, Natchitoches, LA, 71457, 318-357-8366.

Christopher to perform recital Monday

Paul Christopher

Cellist Paul Christopher will present a recital at Northwestern State University Monday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. Christopher is an Associate Professor of Music Theory and Low Strings at Northwestern State. He will be assisted by fellow faculty member Dr. Francis Yang on piano and Theresa Zale-Bridges on oboe.

The concert will feature music by Aho, Babbitt, J.S. Bach, Milhaud and Xenakis.

Christopher served for 15 years as principal cello of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and the Shreveport Opera. He received his Bachelor of Music Education from the New England Conservatory of Music and his Master of Music in Cello Performance from the University of Memphis.

Christopher continues to perform with the Rapides, Shreveport and South Arkansas symphony orchestras. In the summer, he serves as assistant principal cello with the Peter Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon. Christopher has appeared as soloist with orchestras and has performed guest artist recitals throughout the United States and in Costa Rica, Honduras and South Korea.

Articles authored by Christopher have been published in the Jacques Offenbach Society Newsletter, Strings, American String Teacher, and Bass World. He has prepared and had published scores for Offenbach’s “Cello Duos, Opus 49, Nos. 1-6” and “Opus 50, Nos. 1-3,” and for Mark Prince Lee’s “Resonance for Solo Amplified Cello.” In 2007, Christopher was recognized as a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Cello by the Music Teachers National Association.

Christopher has appeared on numerous recordings as a member of the Nashville String Machine with artists such as Faith Hill, Ricky Skaggs, Bruce Springsteen and George Strait. He has also recorded works by contemporary composers Dinos Constaninides, Don Freund and Mark Prince Lee as well as five CDs for the Human Metronome label devoted to the cello music of Jacques Offenbach.

Pianist LIna Morita to perform Nov. 12

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Pianist Lina Morita will present a recital at Northwestern State University Thursday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. The concert is part of the Louisiana Piano Series International. Tickets are $15. Students are admitted free. Dr. Francis Yang and Dr. Christine Burczyk Allen are the organizers of the Louisiana Piano Series International.

Morita, an associate professor of music at McNeese State University, made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2013.  Her career has taken her throughout the U.S., Latin and South America and Europe for solo recitals. Morita has taught master classes at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Her solo and collaborative performances have been featured on Radio MEC FM in Brazil and WRKF 89.3FM in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Her collaborative performance with soprano Carol Lines was released by Centaur Records.

Morita received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music; the Master of Music from Rice University; and the Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University.