As someone who is passionate about sports and athletics, I am excited that NSU’s Department of Health and Human Performance will now offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports and Recreation Management starting in the Fall 2023 semester. This is an excellent opportunity for students who have a desire to equip themselves with the skills and knowledge needed to pursue careers in various areas within the sports and recreation industry.

I would like to recognize Mike Heimerman, NSU’s track and field head coach, on being named the SLC Women’s Coach of the Year after leading the Lady Demons to their first conference indoor title earlier this month. Congratulations to Coach Heimerman on this well-deserved honor.

Yesterday, many of our campus and local community came together to welcome Rick Cabrera as our 11th head men’s basketball coach. Coach Cabrera is a significant addition to our athletics program with his impressive record as a head coach and experience as a D-I assistant. I have no doubt that he will be a great asset to Demon Athletics.

The university’s ROTC Cadets returned this week after participating in the field training exercise at Fort Benning, Georgia. NSU was one of seven schools represented out of a pool of 39 schools focusing on Cadet Summer Training and individual soldier skills. I am proud to see our students excelling and preparing themselves for future careers in the military.

I’d like to remind the university community that the ROTC Military Ball will be held Saturday, April 15th, at 6:00 p.m.  It is an important evening for the Cadets, please join them if you can.  See the details in Campus Messenger.

Last weekend, NSU represented at Barksdale’s Defenders of Liberty Air Show, where faculty and students showcased their projects and programs focused on science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. NSU continues to make a positive impact and demonstrate its commitment to education and innovation across the state.

The Office of Electronic and Continuing Education held the first deNSU Early College Access Summit, aimed at equipping participants with tools and information to simplify their navigation of the deNSU program. The summit featured discussions on academic services and new dual enrollment resources, along with a panel session focusing on student retention and success.

Thank you, Gwen Fontenot and Laurie Morrow, for organizing the event. The summit was a great success, drawing in 53 secondary partners from 37 high schools across the state.

Feel free to contact me with questions or concerns. Have a safe and enjoyable spring break!

Dr. Marcus D. Jones
Northwestern State University