Northwestern State Breaks Ground On State-Of-The-Art Academic Building
Earlier this week, we celebrated the start of a new chapter in the life of our institution. Alost Hall will serve as the hub of innovation, collaboration and learning for generations of students, faculty, and staff to come. The groundbreaking of Alost Hall is a testament to the unwavering commitment of excellence in education, research, and service to our community.

I would like to express my gratitude to all those who were present at the groundbreaking ceremony, including Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, President and CEO of The University of Louisiana System Dr. Jim Henderson, ACSW Architects, Perkins & Will Architects, Donahue Favret Contractors, various local and state legislatures, and the numerous university faculty, staff, and students.

Governor And First Lady Announce Linda B. Day Memorial Scholarship
Following the groundbreaking ceremony of Alost Hall, Governor John Bel Edwards, First Lady Donna Edwards and friends of the late Linda B. Day planted a tree in her memory on the campus of Northwestern State University Tuesday and announced the creation of the Linda B. Day Memorial Scholarship that will support students preparing for a career in education by pursuing a graduate degree in the Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development.  The tree and scholarship acknowledge Day’s dedication to the teaching profession, her work to improve the education system for all students and her desire to encourage others to become educators.

Mrs. Day, a two-time graduate of NSU, exemplified the ideal alumna by leading a life dedicated to service. Her impact on the lives of many was profound, and it was an honor to have the governor and first lady join us to learn about her legacy.

Public Servant, Federal Administrator Ted James Speaks To Students On Leadership
Ted James, a Louisiana politician who was appointed as the regional administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration by President Joe Biden last year, delivered a lecture at the Lucile Hendrick Room on the first floor of the Student Union. The talk, titled “Leadership for the Ages: Impacting Lives and Transforming Communities,” was given to students from the Presidential Leadership Program and the School of Business.

Anonymous Donor Honors Towry Family With $100,000 Gift To NSU Foundation
I was fortunate enough to meet the Towry Family yesterday and hear about the significant impact NSU had on their lives through their stories. We are grateful to the donor who generously provided this scholarship and that the Towry family was able to share their memories of Northwestern State University.

The H.N. and Inez C. Towry Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a female undergraduate in the amount of $5,000 per year for four years through graduation.  The student must maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and seek a degree in business or education.

NSU Will Receive 10 Trash Receptacles Through Keep Louisiana Beautiful Grant To Prevent Litter On Campus
NSU was chosen as one of the 98 awardees of the 2023 Keep Louisiana Beautiful Trash Receptacle grant program, which was funded by the State of Louisiana and the Office of the Lieutenant Governor. As part of this program, NSU will be placing 10 trash receptacles in high traffic and pedestrian areas around campus.

I would like to express my appreciation to Steve Gruesbeck, Director of Service-Learning at NSU, for his contribution to these efforts.

Flavor of Louisiana Tonight
I extend a personal invitation to you to join us tonight for the Flavor of Louisiana, a spring fundraiser and seafood extravaganza that celebrates our donors, supporters, alumni, and students at Northwestern State University. The event will feature specialty dishes from some of the finest restaurants across Louisiana, so make sure you don’t miss out on this feast.

The festivities will commence at 6 p.m. with music, cocktails, and specialty dishes at Prather Coliseum on the Northwestern State University campus. Purchase your tickets here.

Dr. Marcus D. Jones
Northwestern State University