NSU will host three Art Camp sessions

NSU-Summer Art Camp 2017

Northwestern State University’s Department of Fine and Graphic Arts will host three weeks of Art Fundamentals Summer Camps featuring a different theme for each week.  The half-day camps fun from 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

“Advanced Projects for Teens” will be May 29-June 2 for youth ages 12-18.  This week is designed for older kids looking to learn advanced art skills. The five projects
students will work on throughout the week are drawing, painting, printmaking, aluminum casting and life casting. These projects will be week-long projects taught by an NSU art professor and graduate student, similar to projects taught in classes at NSU.

“Under the Big Top” will be June 5-9 for kids ages 5-11.  This week’s theme will focus on art projects with subject matter of a carnival or circus. Students will  explore the animals that entertain the masses in a Big Top show. Daring circus acts, colorful
settings, and fun costumes will be subject matters we explore through beginning art projects.

“Seeing Dragons and Fairies” will be June 12-16 for students ages 5-11.  The mythology of fairy tales and stories have historically enriched children’s lives. This week students will explore the visuals of fairies, dragons and other fantastical creatures through the creation of art projects.

Campers can be dropped off as early as 12:30 p.m. and picked up as late as 5:30 p.m.  Tuition is $145 for each weeklong session and includes a snack and all materials.  A sibling discount of $10 per sibling is available.  A $10 discount is available for attending two or more sessions. Because the classes include painting and crafts, play clothes are recommended for campers.

For more information or to register, contact Leslie Gruesbeck at greusbeckl@nsula.edu or Corbin Covher at covherc@nsula.edu or call (318) 357-5476.

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Tax are flat, but Natchitoches is holding steady

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When the March Tax Report was published in the NPJ on March 29, Natchitoches Tax Commission Administrator Jerry McWherter said everything was flat and it wouldn’t be going away, however Natchitoches was holding its own.

The story remains the same for the May Tax Report, which shows the numbers for April tax collections.

“There’s only so much money in the Parish,” said McWherter. “The economy has been stagnant over the last several years.”

He attributes this to the lack of new growth or new businesses. Just look at the recent closures of Maurices and Rite-Aid and the closure of Rue 21 scheduled for June 8.

Hotel/motel collections are usually down from January-March, but things should start picking up soon with the tourist season right around the corner.

McWherter said Natchitoches has maintained these flat trends for years now, but overall the City is doing okay as compared to other cities.

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SBA Certification Workshop-Natchitoches

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The Louisiana Small Business Development Center will host a Government Contracting workshop Thursday, June 1 from 1-3:30 pm in the NSU President’s Conference Room in Caspari Hall on the NSU Campus.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) will discuss Government Contracting and give an overview of the contracting certification programs, the benefits of the programs and the steps of acquiring the certifications to help you grow and sustain your business.
• 8(a) Certification
• Hub Zone Certification
• Women-Owned Small Business
• Veteran Owned Business

Speaker: SBDC Regional Director Dana Cawthon and Deputy District Director of SBA- Jo Ann Lawrence

There is no charge for this seminar, presented as a business service by the SBDC and SBA. Seating is limited so early registration is encouraged. Registrants are encouraged to register online at LSBDC.org to ensure space availability. However, registrants may also call 318-357-5611 to register.

Register online at https://www2.lsbdc.org/reg.aspx?mode=event&event=5370062 or call 318-357-5611 for more information.

NSU, LDCC will sign agreements

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Northwestern State University and Louisiana Delta Community College have developed credit transfer agreements to benefit students pursuing careers in manufacturing and forensic science.

Administrators will formalize the agreements with a signing at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 30 in Conference Center B on the first floor of the Louisiana Purchase building on the LDCC campus.

One agreement will allow Certificate for Manufacturing (C4M) students who complete LDCC’s program to receive seven hours of credit towards NSU’s associate and/or bachelor’s degree in engineering technology.  C4M is an industry-based certification recognized by the secondary system as well as business and industry.

A second agreement will allow completers of the Associate of Applied Science in Forensic Science at LDCC to transfer credits towards NSU’s Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Forensic Science Concentration.

Administrators say the agreements support workforce development initiatives by saving students time and money while encouraging them to continue to seek advanced degrees.

NPD Arrests Suspect for (Felony) Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile

Timothy Pier

The Natchitoches Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division was contacted May 24 in reference to a complaint from the mother of a juvenile. She stated that a 42-year-old male was having an inappropriate sexual relationship with her 15-year-old daughter.  Detectives later arrested Timothy Pier of 428 Sanford Street in Natchitoches.

Pier was booked on one count of (Felony) Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile, (Felony) Possession of Pornography Involving a Juvenile, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number, and Simple Possession of Marijuana.  Pier was later transported out the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center where he currently awaits the setting of a bond. (No photograph available.)

The Natchitoches Police Department is urging anyone who has information about this incident to contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101 or you may contact the Natchitoches Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, Detective William Connell at (318) 357-3780.  All calls shall be kept confidential.

2017 NSU Freshman Connection Held May 25th -26th, A Firm Foundation For Success

By Kevin Shannahan

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The Northwestern State University Demon family welcomed 413 new members and their families at the first of several Freshman Connection sessions to be held throughout the summer at the picturesque NSU campus. The fast paced two day event featured campus tours, financial aid sessions, class registration, dorm assignments and breakout sessions exploring various aspects of college life. The sessions were led by handpicked current NSU students who either served as Freshman Connectors who led their color coded student groups or as VIP Volunteers who did the logistic work of making the event run smoothly. Thursday’s activities weren’t all serious, however. “Freshman Follies” on the Iberville Green featured fun games designed to let the new Demons have some fun, get to know each other-and get soaking wet. A tug of war and the traditional ping pong ball drop from a passing airplane made sure the students worked up an appitite for a jambalaya dinner at the dining hall.

The fun sessions do have a serious purpose. When the new freshmen leave the Freshman Connection, they have everything they need to hit the ground running for their first year at NSU. They have their classes, financial aid and dorm assignments all ready. They have met some of their new classmates and are familiar with the campus, what is expected of them and where they can get help. It it an excellent start to what we all hope will be a successful career at Northwestern State University.

This upcoming class is an impressive group of young people. They hail from every corner of Louisiana, as well as Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma and a student from Alaska. The average ACT Composite Score for this year’s class is a fraction below 21, continuing a steady year by year improvement over the past few years. The Admissions Office expects approximately 1,500 students to arrive for the fall semester. That figure has been growing each fall for the past several years as well-a truly remarkable accomplishment.

The Natchitoches Parish Journal wishes to join the Northwestern State University community in welcoming these special young men and women to our university and its city.

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Maggio selected to Committee of 100

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Northwestern State University President Dr. Chris Maggio has been selected as a 2017 new member of the Committee of 100 for Economic Development, Inc.  C100 is an independent non-government business roundtable of senior corporate executives and university leaders in Louisiana that is regarded as a respected business voice on state issues impacting business and economic development. The business roundtable is an organization to which government, policy and media leaders turn for reliable, nonpartisan policy guidance providing access to some of the critical thinkers in business and academia in Louisiana.

Maggio became president of Northwestern State University on May 12 after serving as acting president since Jan. 1.  A lifelong resident of Natchitoches and a graduate of Northwestern State, Maggio has been a teacher, coach and administrator at NSU for nearly 30 years. He is a tenured associate professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance and had served as vice president of the Student Experience since 2015.

Maggio has been at Northwestern since 1988, when he was appointed women’s track and field coach.  He later served for nearly a decade as director of Admissions and Recruiting and director of Enrollment Services. Appointed as director of Alumni Affairs in 1999, he became director of Alumni and Development in 2003 and executive director of the NSU Foundation in 2005.  He served as Dean of Students and assistant provost for Student Success from 2007 until he was appointed assistant vice president of External Affairs for University Advancement in 2013.

Maggio is a 1985 summa cum laude graduate of Northwestern who was elected by fellow students in his senior year as Mr. NSU.  He earned a master’s degree in education from NSU and a doctorate in developmental education from Grambling State University. His extensive community service includes membership on the board of a local bank, the presidency of the Board of Directors for the foundation of the Natchitoches Parish Medical Center and membership on the city’s Recreation Commission and Economic Development Commission.

“Chris brings talent and great experience in the higher education space to the Committee of 100 that will be important to our purpose in making Louisiana a better place for our citizens and for business and industry,” said C100 Executive Officer Michael Oliver. “The Committee is currently engaged in seeking fiscal reform measures to make Louisiana a more competitive business environment for existing business as well as recruit new business and industry to Louisiana.”

For more information on C100 visit http://www.C100LA.org.