3rd annual President's Command Performance is March 18: Northwestern State University will host the third annual President’s Command Performance, a spring gala to celebrate the arts, Friday, March 18. NSU will honor select individuals who have made significant contributions to the arts while showcasing the talents of NSU’s creative and performing arts students and faculty. This year’s inductees to the Mrs. H.D. Dear Sr. and Alice Estelle Dear School of Creative and Performing Arts will be Mrs. Lenn Dohmann Prince, Dr. Colleen Lancaster and Dr. Jerry Payne. Individuals inducted into the CAPA Hall of Fame are recommended and chosen based on their lifetime achievements and contributions to the life of the arts at NSU, Natchitoches, the region, the state, nationally and internationally. “We are thrilled to honor these three outstanding alumni at our annual spring gala,” said Tiffany Chasteen, assistant director of Development. “Now in its third year, the President’s Command Performance has become an event the community looks forward to and our students and faculty work very hard to make the event memorable for the honorees and the guests.” The President’s Command Performance will begin with music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m. in the Alumni Plaza in tandem with a silent auction. The main performances, featuring musical ensembles, vocalists and dance performances, will take place in A.A. Fredericks Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. sponsorship opportunities for the President’s Command Performance are available at the $2,000, $1,000, $500 and $250 levels. Individual tickets are $65 per person and $125 per couple in advance or can be purchased at the event for $75 per person and $150 per couple. Program ads are also available for $500, $250 and $100. For tickets, sponsorship and program ad information, call NSU’s Office of University Advancement at (318) 357-5213 or visit northwesternalumni.com/PCP16.
Mural ribbon cutting Feb. 17: NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University will hold a ribbon cutting to introduce the campus’s newest public art piece, a mosaic tile wall adjacent to the Sylvan Friedman Student Union. The ribbon cutting will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17. Creation of the mural involved not only faculty and students in NSU’s Fine + Graphic Arts program, but also youngsters from area schools who were invited to place pieces on the mosaic during its assembly. Students and faculty in Fine + Graphic Art designed the mural and began making tile last August. NSU’s School of Creative and Performing Arts and the Cane River National Heritage Area enlisted the aid of ceramic artist Mark Derby of New Orleans to help with the tiled mural. Derby’s work is recognizable throughout New Orleans and Louisiana as his shop, Derby Pottery, manufactures the iconic blue and gold letter tiles that mark street names on many curbs and sidewalks in New Orleans. “Mark provided three workshops for art faculty and students to help us progress through this multi step process,” said Leslie Gruesbeck, assistant professor of art. “CRNHA also provided funding to purchase from Derby Pottery the letter tiles which spell out the line from our Northwestern State alma mater.” Other sponsors include Home Depot, Pat Williams Construction and Creative Carpets, all of whom provide necessary materials, and Coca-Cola who purchased some supplies and are providing tables for the courtyard area that faces Sam Sibley Drive. The mural also includes commercially prepared tile, handmade tile, bottles and mirrored tiles. About 75 students from NSU Elementary Lab, NSU Middle Lab, Natchitoches Magnet, the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts and Bossier Parish Community College worked alongside NSU students and faculty to manufacture tiles and install the finished work. “The theme of the mural focuses on the beauty of the natural world on our campus – part of our hope was to extend the beauty of the green areas on campus to this very hard concrete area,” Gruesbeck said.
NSU will host middle school Robotics Competition Feb. 17: NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s Department of Engineering Technology will host their first Robotics Competition (NSU-RC1) on Feb. 17. All middle schools within a 100-mile radius of Natchitoches are invited to participate. There is no registration fee for the competition, but participants must register by Monday, Feb. 8 by submitting a letter of intent. Participants will be able to test their computer programming skills and compete with other Louisiana students for prizes during a fun environment with educational experiences, food and social activities. The top three teams will receive cash prizes to be used to purchase technology for the classroom.
The 2016 Annual Awards Luncheon will be from 11:00am to 1:00pm, Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at the Natchitoches Events Center. This is the largest gathering of business leaders in Natchitoches parish for the entire year-don't miss out! Nominations are in and nominees are being asked (via personal emails) to provide a short digital submission on why they should win in one of four categories: Small, Mid-Size, Large and New Business of the Year. Once submissions are in, the voting will begin!! Links will be shared through both membership and public channels and three finalist (those with the most votes) in each category will be invited to the Luncheon. One winner in each category will be announced during the Luncheon--this is an exciting and awesome way to recognize some of our many amazing members! Mark the date on your calendar (if you haven't already!) and click the link below for full details and to reserve your table.