Parish Library Offering Costume Checkouts

The Natchitoches Parish Library’s (NPL) costume checkout has returned for its fourth year! There are a variety of costumes, for children of all ages, from spooky to cute. Costumes will be on a display rack in the children’s area on the first floor of the main branch in Natchitoches and may be brought to the children’s circulation desk for checkout. The Northeast Branch (NEB), in Campti, will also have costumes available for checkout.

Costumes are available on a first come basis, so patrons are encouraged to come early for the widest selection.

Adult patrons will be able to checkout up to two costumes per adult card. Costumes will be due 6 weeks from the checkout date. Costumes must be returned in an unsoiled and undamaged condition.

Competition in Louisiana Auto Insurance MarketContinues to Result in Lower Rates

Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon approved a rate reduction for Louisiana-based auto insurance provider GoAuto on Oct. 1. The filing demonstrates the health of the domestic insurance industry in Louisiana and the continued movement toward more affordable rates as a result of market competition.

“In a further example of the power of competition in the personal automotive insurance marketplace, I have approved a -3.6% rate reduction for GoAuto Insurance Company, which impacts more than 74,000 Louisiana drivers,” said Donelon. “These rate reductions by insurers, which serve a diverse cross section of policyholders across Louisiana, will continue to provide relief to consumers.”

This reduction continues the ongoing trend of decreasing premiums by insurers that include State Farm, Progressive and Louisiana Farm Bureau. Taken together, these reductions will impact nearly 1.5 million Louisiana policyholders.

The newly approved rates will be effective on October 7, 2019 for new policies and November 7, 2019 for renewals.

NSU Men’s Basketball: Northwestern State’s McConathy sees plenty of positives in Demons first week of practice

Northwestern State coach Mike McConathy told his team what many head basketball coaches are likely saying after one week of practice.

There were times the Demons looked really good, and times where the newness and unfamiliarity of working in essentially eight newcomers showed.

“I think we have a lot of ability and talent, but the challenge is to play together and do the little things that are important,” said McConathy, who starts his 21st season at NSU, one of just eight active coaches in Division I that have been with their programs for that long. “The things that always hamper teams – are you going to block out, rebound, make one more pass to the open shooter? Are you going to over dribble the ball and put yourself in a position that takes away from the rest of the team?

“We have to understand what we can do and what we can’t do.”

The Demons return three players with double-digit starts – senior guard LaTerrance Reed (29 starts), junior guard C.J. Jones (23 starts and 26 appearances) and center Larry Owens (11 starts) — from the 2018-19 team that increased its win total by seven from the previous season.

NSU has other returners with experience like senior guard Jacob Guest (60 career appearances), junior guard John Norvel (31 appearances) and sophomores Dalin Williams (30 appearances) and Brian White (11 appearances).

The Demons are prepping for its season opener Nov. 5 at home against Centenary.

“LaTerrance is doing a nice job of being verbal, and we want more guys to be vocal,” McConathy said. “John Norvel gives you everything he’s got every day – he plays with a warrior’s heart.

“For both the older and younger guys, we have to understand that we have to stay within ourselves. But everybody can lead, can communicate, can defend and can rebound.”

Mix in those eight newcomers, including junior Chudier Bile who redshirted this past season after transferring from Bradley, and McConathy thinks he has valuable pieces.

Junior college transfers Jamaure Gregg, Jairus Roberson, Gatdoar Kueth and Trenton Massner will have opportunities to play key roles on the floor.

Freshmen Jovan Zelenbaba and Greek twins Nikos and Robert Chougkaz have also flashed potential.

“(Gregg) is doing a wonderful job in a lot of different areas,” McConathy said. “Roberson and Massner have shot really well.

“Robert and Nikos are finding their way. Nikos at times is phenomenal offensively. Robert is a sneaky guy in that he can get a key rebound or make a key play. It’s just all about getting a total grasp on what the game is about.”

CREDIT: NSU Photographic Services

Join Natchitoches Worldwide Photo Walk 2019 this Saturday

Stroll through Downtown Natchitoches this Saturday, Oct. 5 from 10 am – 12 pm as part of the Natchitoches World Wide Photo Walk 2019. Meet up with members of the Cane River Photographic Society on Front Street at the fountain in the traffic circle in front of the Sports Hallof Fame Museum. Take photos of anything that you desire with any camera that you have access to (cell phone, point and shoot, dslr, etc…). There will be a chance to enter one photo in a contest for a prize.

You can also shoot a short video to send in also. For more information go online to

LDWF Asking for Public’s Assistance in Reporting Sightings of the Eastern Spotted Skunk

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is asking for the public’s help as it seeks to gather information on the eastern spotted skunk ( Spilogale putorius ). There has been no confirmed sighting of this species, once common in Louisiana, in more than 30 years.

Anyone who sees the skunk is asked to report the sighting to LDWF. The sightings can be from roadkill, game cameras or inadvertent catch from fur trapping.

“At one time, the eastern spotted skunk was much more abundant than it is now,” said LDWF biologist Jennifer Hogue-Manuel. “We’re hoping that the public can assist us by reporting any sightings of this species.’’

The eastern spotted skunk is about the size of a large eastern gray squirrel. It has an upside down triangle on its forehead and narrow white stripe beneath its eyes. Two stripes run diagonal across the hip with a few white spots on its rear end. Its tail is bushy, white underneath and at the tip.

The striped skunk, easily identified in Louisiana because it is so common, has two white stripes down the back with a long, fluffy black tail.

To report sightings and for more information, contact Jennifer Hogue-Manuel at 337-735-8674.

Cane River Reading Series returns Oct. 16

The Cane River Reading Series at Northwestern State University will return with the first reading of the semester starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 in the Student Union Ballroom. This will be the first of two readings this semester.

The Oct. 16 event will feature Zach VandeZande, author of a novel, “Apathy and Paying Rent” (Loose Teeth Press, 2008) and a forthcoming short story collection, “Liminal Domestic: Storie”s (Gold Wake Press, 2019). His work can be found in Smokelong Quarterly, DIAGRAM, The Adroit Review, Milk Candy Review and dozens of others. He splits his time between Ellensberg, Washington, and Washington, D.C., where he knows all the dogs in both neighborhoods.

Upcoming events sponsored by NSU’s Department of English, Foreign Languages and Cultural Studies includes the annual Fall Read in Orville Hanchey Gallery on Oct. 28, a second installment of Cane River Reading Series on Nov. 5 and a NaNoWriMo writing party in Varnado Hall Ballroom that celebrates National Novel Writing Month beginning at 7 p.m. Nov. 11. On Dec. 4, English 3030 will host a community reception called “Words and Pictures” to share their collaborative work from the semester. This will take place in Hanchey Gallery or Gallery II.

In related events, the Demon Writers’ Guild is also planning a Fall Read. Details will be announced as plans are finalized.

For more information, contact Dr. Andy Briseno at (401) 526-3739.

Notice of Death – October 2, 2019


L. (Laurence) Michael Caruthers
August 07, 1971 – September 28, 2019
Service: Sunday, October 13 at the 1:30 pm at the Rosa Chapel United Methodist Church in the Marthaville Community

Paralee Bilberry
September 29, 2019
Service: Saturday, October 5 at 11 am at the Antioch Primitive Baptist Church in the Vowells Mill Community

Curtis Huntley
September 21, 2019
Arrangements TBA

Robert W. Neuman
September 14, 1930 – September 09, 2019
Service: Saturday, October 5 from 4-6 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home. Reception: Saturday, October from 6-9 pm at 202 Bird Avenue


Eloise Delores Gòmez Andries
January 14, 1942 – September 29, 2019
Service: Saturday, October 5 at 10:30 am at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church


Christopher Gerald Vines
December 01, 1980 – September 27, 2019
Service: Saturday, October 5 at 1 pm at Southern Funeral Home

Larry Warren Baker
March 24, 1940 – September 30, 2019
Service: Friday, October 4 at 2 pm at Southern Funeral Home in Winnfield

Rose Marie Hemphill
April 25, 1936 – September 29, 2019
Service: Thursday, October 3 at 1 pm at Pinehill Baptist Church

Early Voting – as of October 1, 2019

Natchitoches Pairsh Early Voting

Tuesday  10-01-19 (Only)  
1 240 125 12 377 75.09%
2 24 5 1 30 5.97%
3 28 8 1 37 7.37%
4 29 24  5 58 11.55%
  321 162 19 502 100%
Totals 09-28-19 through 10-01-19  
  934 591 51 1576  
  • As reported by the Louisiana Secretary of State.  Shows In-Person and Absentee.

Election Day is October 12, 2019

The Legacy of Clementine Hunter – a Presentation on Her Life

Longtime friend of Louisiana folk artist Clementine Hunter, and Professor Emeritus at NSU Thomas Whitehead, gave a presentation on Clementine Hunter, her life and work Tuesday, October 1 at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest History Museum before a full crowd. While many people know the historical facts of the artist’s life, Whitehead’s talk brought fourth smaller things based on his 40+ year relationship with Clementine Hunter. He first met her when he was an undergraduate in 1964 and knew her until her death in 1988. One of the more interesting facts to come out in the presentation was that Clementine Hunter only visited the NSU campus twice. The first time was in the late 1950’s and she had to be sneaked into campus as Blacks were not allowed on campus in those days unless they worked there. It was the first time she had ever seen her artwork hung on display. The second time was in 1984, a mere 30 years later, when she was awarded an honorary doctorate by NSU.

Thomas Whitehead is also a recognized expert in Clementine Hunter’s artwork, a distinction he earned as an expert witness in the case of several people who were accused of forging her work. The process of authenticating a piece of artwork requires an in depth knowledge of everything from the artist’s technique to the composition of the materials used in the work. Whitehead told the crowd that he could recognize the style of some of the forgers as well as he could the genuine articles produced by his long time friend.

It was indeed fitting that Thomas Whitehead’s talk took place on the first of October. This year marks the inaugural “Clementine Hunter Day” in the state of Louisiana. Every October first, Louisiana will celebrate the legacy of one of its most talented and creative citizens

Krewe of Excellence Torchbearers get to work on community service project

Several of the enthusiastic young leaders of the Krewe of Excellence Torchbearers Leadership Academy, designed the framework for their community service project during the group’s workshop on Sept. 29.

“Christmas Comes Once a Year, So be Jolly and Give Good Cheer,” is the theme for this exciting effort. The project will serve as an awareness and give-back concept for children of Natchitoches Parish. An official launch of the initiative will be in late October.

Amber Swayzer and Carlos Moses, were selected by their peers to serve as co-captains of the leadership group.

Pictured from left are Aydrion Brown, Princess Ratliff, Amber Swayzer, Isuss Paige, Carlos Moses, Derrick Anderson,II, Chancellor Davis, Ka’Brian Bonier, Mariah Robinson, Devonte Snow and Jaylin White.

NSU Football: Gremillion’s takes different path to success as NSU’s kicker

A year ago, Ryan Gremillion was a student at Northwestern State. Two-plus weeks ago, Gremillion had not traveled to an away game with the Demons.

As Northwestern State put together a 15-play, 72-yard drive late in the second quarter Saturday night against No. 19 Southeastern Louisiana, the chance for the Demons to come away with points rested on Gremillion’s right foot.

Like he has since showing up for walk-on tryouts in February, Gremillion answered the call, connecting on a game-tying, 24-yard field goal. Early in the third quarter, Gremillion added a 25-yard field goal that put the Demons up 20-17.

Gremillion’s pair were the first successful field goals for the Demons this season, and they came from a kicker whose status was uncertain after spring practice.

“When he came out of high school, the opportunity to be part of the 115(-man) roster wasn’t there,” second-year head coach Brad Laird said. “I talked to him about coming to school, and the opportunity came up in the spring. He came out and went through all the drills, even though as a kicker, he didn’t have to. We didn’t have a kicker in the spring, and we kept him on. It was just a question of do we have a spot on the 115 for him in the fall? We did.”

In just six quarters of playing time, Gremillion has rewarded Laird and the Demons by being ready for anything.

An injury to junior Daniel Justino opened a spot on the roster for the Sept. 21 game at Houston Baptist. On the opening kickoff of the second half against the Huskies, starting kicker Scotty Roblow was injured making a tackle, thrusting Gremillion, a 5-foot-11, 178-pounder, into his first collegiate action.

Gremillion has done what Laird and most coaches preach – taking advantage of an unexpected opportunity. A freshman from East Ascension High School, Gremillion has hit all six of his extra-point tries and both field goal attempts in his six quarters after his non-traditional route to Turpin Stadium.

Although he did not join the Demons directly from high school, Gremillion remained committed to his craft.

“I had a weightlifting class for my degree, which helped me stay in shape during the year off,” he said. “After every game on Saturdays, I would go kick on our practice field. Two weeks before walk-on tryouts, I was out there every day to recoup what I had lost in the year I was off.”

Gremillion’s journey has gained him plenty of respect from Demons’ coaches and players alike.

“It’s been awesome,” junior wide receiver Kendrick Price Jr. said. “I call him Legatron. That’s my nickname for him. Ryan’s my guy. It’s been good to see him make plays in an area where we’ve needed someone to step up.”

That same energy flows between all of NSU’s specialists, Gremillion said.

Part of it is the nature of the position while another part is built from the time the kickers, punter Parker Pastorello and long snapper Evan Gibson spend as a group during practice.

“We’re a very tight-knit group,” Gremillion said. “There’s a competition between us, and I love it. Scotty won the job in training camp, so I took on the role of supporting him, pushing him to be better. There’s some back-and-forth on the field, but we’re always supporting each other. It’s something I really enjoy.”

Similarly, Laird and the Demons have enjoyed what Gremillion has brought to the kicking game and an example of what Laird asks of his players.

“Ryan is a guy who shows up every day and works,” Laird said. “He’s done everything we asked of him. The opportunity presented itself, and what better way to answer than for him to get two field goals in a game? Those points were huge and will continue to be.

“(New Orleans Saints quarterback) Teddy Bridgewater said after (Sunday’s) game that up to that point, he had no stats, but he was winning in life. What an awesome statement. You can win whether you have stats or not. I see a lot of that in Ryan. He continues to win on and off the field and good things are happening for him.”

Photo: Ryan Gremillion connects on a kick during Saturday’s game against Southeastern Louisiana. Credit: Chris Reich/NSU Photographic Services

Brookhill Ranch Summer Camp

By Reba Phelps

The Pierson and Malletts Children’s Park on East 5th Street was the steamy backdrop for the Natchitoches visit from the Brookhill Ranch Summer Camp. More than 75 children and various parents gathered to have an impromptu “thank you visit – bible study” from the very popular summer camp.

Camp officials brought a trailer full of fun activities for the area children, music and the makings for their famous lemonade stand.

Brookhill Ranch is a Christian Summer Camp that was established in Hot Springs, Arkansas in 1964. The purpose of the camp is for children to experience unconditional love and realizing their own fundamental worth.

For decades youth from the Natchitoches area have been attending and now some of those very children who attended are now sending their own descendants. The traveling team consisted of the Camp’s CEO; David Pate and his son, Eli. Camp Director; Jason Ross and Kendall Greer. A local volunteer team headed up by Camp Alumnae Cade McConathy and Jared Kilpatrick also assisted with logistics.

When asked what would you want Natchitoches to know about Brookhill Ranch Summer Camp, CEO David Pate replied, “We want to have fun the right way, we are all about having fun and experiencing the love Jesus at the same time.”

“We want to be home away from home for the children that visit our camp,” said Pate.

After hours of fun and music the Brookhill team loaded up and enjoyed their overnight stay in Downtown Natchitoches. For more information about Brookhill Ranch Summer Camp you can visit their website

Louisiana has 2nd highest breast cancer mortality rate in nation

Baton Rouge– In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, throughout the month of October, Louisiana Healthcare Connections is promoting the importance of early detection to help improve the state’s rankings in breast cancer mortality.

According to the Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health Program, an average of 23.7 Louisiana residents per 100,000 die each year from breast cancer, compared to a national average of 20.9 per 100,000. American Cancer Society research has shown that these survival rates improve significantly with early detection, however.

“Breast cancer is an equal opportunity killer. It affects everyone, regardless of sex or race,” says Marcus Wallace, MD, MBA, FACP, Louisiana Healthcare Connections Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs. “Finding and treating breast cancer in its early stages can save lives. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month represents an opportunity to promote the importance of getting regular screenings to diagnose the disease when it’s easiest to treat.”

Wallace encourages Louisiana residents to remember the following facts about breast cancer:

· The risk for breast cancer increases with age. Regular breast exams should be performed by your doctor at least every three years beginning at age 20, and women ages 40 and up should have regular mammograms.

· Breast cancer does not always start with a lump. If you notice any change in the size, shape or texture of your breasts, you should follow up with your doctor right away.

· Making sure your doctor is aware of your family medical history is important. Having a history of breast cancer in your family may put you at a higher risk for the disease.

· Early detection and treatment of breast cancer is key to a higher survival rate. Having regular screenings is the most important part of being proactive about your health.

· Men can get breast cancer, too. For men, the first sign of breast cancer is often a lump or mass found in the chest, usually behind the nipple.

“Talk to your doctor about breast cancer,” Wallace says. “Your doctor can help you to determine which screenings are right for you and how to reduce your risk for breast cancer.”

To learn more about National Breast Cancer Awareness month, breast cancer screenings and symptoms, please visit the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., at

According to Kris: Stun at Your Class Reunion

By Kris James

October is finally here styles! As we wait for the temp to drop all I can think about is homecoming and the reunions it brings.

So it got me thinking. I got introduced to uniforms my freshman year in high school. Unlike private schools, the uniforms were far from the iconic preppy look. The effect was that any latent fashion sensibilities were officially suppressed until I graduated. I didn’t get to speak fashion until I got to college. So I was a late bloomer.

I also didn’t yet know what I wanted to be when I grew up. All I knew was that I wanted to look good while doing it. It didn’t matter at the time, but I knew fashion would play a major role in my life. However, if I was sartorially known for anything in high school I promise it wasn’t for fashion. By the end of my school days, perhaps in the excitement of my senior show, I hit my fashion puberty. I went out strong, wearing a blue business shirt with an olive tie and grey slacks to our white shirt, black pants only, graduation.

Twelve years post-graduation and I like to think those days are far over, but just like everyone else I was confronted by the idea of my high school reunion. My reunion was nothing fancy so there’s no back story. However, there’s one thing I did consider. What to wear to impress, but not in an obvious way.

What is the unofficial reunion dress code?

Should it be a full cocktail look?

Do you elevate your normal style or stick with something safe that never lets you down?

What version of yourself do you want to your formal classmate to see?

Ultimately, my 10-year high school reunion was not a complete letdown. It also wasn’t the season finale type of bombshell experience I thought it might have been. To make finding out what to wear to a high school reunion much easier, I’ve rounded up looks that will stun and make heads turn.

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” -George Bernard Shaw

Road Closures for Natchitoches Car Show

The City of Natchitoches would like to advise the public that on Friday, October 4, 2019 beginning at 6:00 am the following streets will be closed: Front Street from Touline Street to Church Street. Saturday, October 5, 2019 beginning at 6:00 am the following streets will be closed: Front Street from Touline Street to Pavie Street,

Touiline Street from Front Street to Second Street, and Second Street from Touline Street to Church Street.

These street closures are due to the 13th Annual Natchitoches Car Show that will take place in the downtown area October 4-5, 2019. Streets will remain closed on Saturday for the duration of the 13th Annual Natchitoches Car Show and will reopen once the festivities conclude. The Rue Beauport Riverbank will also be closed to all drive through traffic for both days of the Car Show. For more information on the 13th Annual Natchitoches Car Show, please visit .

Provencal Woman Dies in Mobile Home Fire

State Fire Marshal (SFM) deputies continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding a house fire involving one death in Provencal from over the weekend.

Just before 11 p.m. on Saturday, September 28, Natchitoches Fire District #4 responded to a mobile home fire in the 7400 block of Highway 478 in Provencal.

Upon arrival, firefighters located the body of an elderly woman inside. While official identification and cause of death are still pending with the Natchitoches Parish Coroner’s Office, the victim is believed to be the 81-year-old homeowner.

After an assessment of the scene, SFM deputies determined the fire began on the front porch of the home, however, an exact cause is still under investigation. At this time, deputies do not consider the cause suspicious.

Investigators learned that the victim was a smoker known to light and discard her cigarettes while sitting on her front porch. SFM deputies also discovered during their assessment of the scene that the home was filled with an excessive amount of combustible objects, some of which impeded easy access to exits. Deputies were informed the homeowner often left candles lit around those many combustible objects.

The SFM would like to encourage all residents to follow simple smoking safety practices including lighting up outside only, discarding all smoking materials in an appropriate ash tray away from combustibles, ensuring they are fully extinguished, and keeping all smoking materials out of the reach of children. When using candles, it is advised to keep them at least a foot away from flammable materials and never leave them unattended; if you can’t see the candle, the candle should be extinguished.

And as the 2019 Fire Prevention Week approaches next week, October 6-12, with the theme “Not Every Hero Wears A Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape,” the SFM would also like to encourage all residents to develop and practice a home fire drill plan that makes all occupants aware of at least two, unblocked exits out of every room in the house with clear pathways to them. Occupants should also be familiar with ways to easily and quickly navigate the home in darkness due to effects of smoke or disorientation due to panic.

NPJ Teacher Feature: Kelsie Korn

By Holly Penta

Kelsie Korn, a 4th grade math and science teacher at Natchitoches Magnet, hopes for a better future by inspiring students to learn everyday. While in her high school calculus class, she decided to pursue teaching because of her love of math and now she says that getting to do math and teach it is still exciting for her.

To be a good teacher, Kelsie says a person must have the passion and drive to teach and reach students. “Without that drive, the teacher will not enjoy it and it will be a lose, lose situation for both the teacher and the students,” she said.

Kelsie clearly has this passion and drive. For the past five years, since she began teaching, she’s shown up to work early, leaves late, and brings home work on weekends and weekdays. Although she admits that this does take a toll, she absolutely loves teaching and working with students each day.

Kelsie is clearly dedicated to her students and goes out of her way to make sure each one has a chance to learn. She strives to make sure that all students are given the opportunity to obtain the best education possible, no matter their circumstance by teaching the material in multiple ways, knowing that students learn differently. When students finally get their “ah-ha moments,” she says that seeing their joy is awesome. Once they have mastered the material, she loves watching them get excited about wanting to do more. Korn goes beyond what is required to help her students, and the students are lucky to have her.

CITY OF NATCHITOCHES: Maintenance Mechanic II

Position: Water & Sewer Department – Maintenance Mechanic II

Description: Performs a variety of semi-skilled maintenance work and operates a variety of equipment in the construction, operation, repair, maintenance, and replacement of City water, sewer and storm drainage facilities and systems.

Qualifications: Must be able to acquire a LA Water or Sewer Operator Certification. Applicants that already have certification are preferred and will be eligible for an increased pay rate.

Contact: City of Natchitoches Human Resources Department located at 1400 Sabine St., or P.O. Box 37, Natchitoches LA 71458-0037.

Applications may also be picked up upstairs at City Hall located at 700 Second St, Natchitoches, LA or you can download an application at

Deadline: Applications will be accepted through October 14, 2019.


NSU will present a magical Homecoming with Disney theme

Northwestern State University will present Homecoming 2019 Oct. 17-19 with activities, reunions, recognition programs and other events. This year’s Homecoming theme is “Disney.”

Student events will take place throughout the week and will include the Disney Springs Kickoff, Hollywood Studios Lipsync, Epcot Fun Run and Animal Kingdom Goat Yoga.

Homecoming weekend will begin with the 53rd annual J. Walter Porter Forum hosted by the College of Business and Technology. The forum, which promotes ethics in business, will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the David Morgan Room 107, Russell Hall. The forum is open to the public.

NSU’s Alumni Association and the NSU Foundation Board will hold separate meetings at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18.

The annual Homecoming Golf Tournament will begin with lunch for golfers at noon at Northwestern Hills, NSU Red Complex. Tee-off will be at 1 p.m.

The Magic Kingdom Homecoming parade will feature the NSU Honor Court, spirit groups, the Spirit of Northwestern marching band and Registered Student Organizations riding colorful floats with music and throws in a family-friendly event. The parade will begin at 5 p.m. and make its way from the NSU campus’s main gate down Second Street to Rue Touline, making its way to the Natchitoches downtown riverbank where the Magic Kingdom Homecoming Pep Rally will begin at about 6 p.m. on the Fleur de Lis stage. The Natchitoches community and all visiting alumni are invited to the parade and pep rally.

Following the Pep Rally, the popular Rockin’ on the Riverbank Homecoming Festival will take place on the downtown riverbank featuring Dallas-based Live 5 Band (, a party band that covers a variety of genres and artists like Bruno Mars, Earth Wind and Fire, Run DMC, Beyoncé, Outkast, Whitney Houston, Justin Timberlake, and Ariana Grande, dance, pop, funk and rock.

The NSU Black Alumni Association will host a mixer with music and refreshments beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 at The Loft, 530 Front St.

Breakfast and Bingo will begin 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at Collins Pavilion.

Induction ceremonies for the N Club Hall of Fame will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in Magale Recital Hall.

NSU alum and children’s author Perry Anderson will host a book signing at NSU Marketplace bookstore from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 19. The NSU Marketplace is located at 912 University Parkway

The Black Alumni Association will hold their annual meeting and membership drive beginning at 11 a.m. in the Cane River Room in the NSU Student Union. The group will tailgate at the NSU Practice Field starting at 1 p.m.

The College of Business and Technology Outstanding Business Awards and Reception will begin at 11 a.m. in the Natchitoches Room in Russell Hall.

The Department of Social Work will host an open house from 11 a.m.-noon to showcase the new Child Welfare Scholar’s Room. Alumni are invited to drop in Kyser Hall Room 345B to view materials from the archives of Matilde Bradford, MSW, LCSW, and meet current faculty.

The XI Epsilon Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. is celebrating 45 years on NSU’s campus with a Homecoming reunion. The group will host a banquet from noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at Ben Johnson Auditorium and will tailgate on campus from 2 p.m. until game time at 6 p.m.

The Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development reunion and reception will begin at 1 p.m. in the Teacher Education Center Commons. Induction ceremonies for the Hall of Distinguished Educators will follow at 1:30 p.m. in the Teacher Education Center Auditorium.

NSU Alumni tailgating will begin at 2 p.m. at Collins Pavilion and around the Practice Field.

The 70th Demon Regiment will host an Open House from 2-4 p.m. at the James A. Noe Military Science Building.

“To Victory and Beyond” Student Tailgating will begin at 3 p.m. in the student tailgate area.

NSU’s Department of English, Foreign Languages and Cultural Studies invites all alumni, faculty and staff to the first-ever departmental Homecoming tailgate from 3-6 p.m. A spot is reserved next to the tennis courts and will include good, music, games, a bounce house for children, a scavenger hunt and more. Families are encouraged to attend and bring their own ice chest. Water will be provided. Those who want to attend should RSVP by emailing

Pregame activities will begin at 5:30 p.m. with on-field recognition of N Club inductees, Distinguished Educators and College of Business honorees and a pre-game show by the Spirit of Northwestern Demon Marching Band. Kick-off is set for 6 p.m. Half-time ceremonies with the presentation of the 2019 Honor Court will take place at approximately 7:30 p.m.

BAA will wrap up their festivities with a Homecoming After Party starting at 10 p.m. after the football game.