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Alumnus Nathaniel Wood visits


Professor Nathaniel Wood will speak at Northwestern State University on Friday, February 15 at noon in Room 227 of Morrison Hall. Dr. Wood's speech is titled "Backwardness and Rushing Forward: Life and History in the Age of Speed." The talk features the alum's life and research trajectory, focusing on his most recent research on bicycles, automobiles, and airplanes in the Polish lands from 1885 until 1939. Admission is free and open to the public. the talk is part of the Louisiana Scholars' College 25th Anniversary.

Dr. Dromm publishes essay collection


Northwestern State faculty Keith Dromm and Heather Salter Dromm have published a book examining the popular novel The Catcher in the Rye. The book, The Catcher in the Rye and Philosophy, is a collection of essays on the J. D. Salinger's novel. The Dromms co-edited the book and wrote two chapters. Keith Dromm, Associate Professor of Philosophy, was a 2008 recipient of the Mildred Hart Bailey Research Award. He was honored for his research on the influential analytic philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein and on the philosophy of film. Keith Dromm is the author of Sexual Harassment: An Introduction to the Conceptual and Ethical Issues.

2012 Homecoming Honor Court recognized

Scholars' students Brandi Vincent ('14)  and Austin McCann ('13) are honored at NSU Homecoming.

Alumnus Colin Trahan visits

Actor Colin Trahan will speak at Northwestern State University Friday, October 12 at noon in Room 227 of Morrison Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. The talk is part of Louisiana Scholars’ College’s 25th anniversary celebration.

Dr. Jensen delivers terrorism paper in Sweden

Dr. Richard Jensen, Professor of History, delivered a paper at Uppsala University near Stockholm, Sweden. The paper, “The Pre-1914 Anarchist ‘Lone Wolf’ Terrorist and Governmental Responses,” focused on two acts of violence committed before World War I by apparent lone anarchists and on police and government responses to this violence.

Brandi Vincent recognized for internship contribution

Brandi Vincent (Humanities and Social Thought '14) lived in Los Angeles for eight weeks and worked for the Feminist Majority Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to women’s equality, reproductive health and non-violence. Her work with the FMF included campus outreach to strengthen the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, a national pro-choice student network. In addition to work in advocacy and awareness, Vincent and others volunteered as clinic escorts at women’s clinics. She also helped with a Ms. piece on the top women’s studies programs around the nation.

Alumna Dr. Kendi Hensel visits 

Dr. Kendi Hensel of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center will present a lecture on Friday, Sept. 7 at 12 p.m. in Room 227 of Morrison Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. Hensel’s topic is “What Is Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, and How Could It Help in Pregnancy?” The talk is a combined Scholars’ College 25th Anniversary and Biomedical Science lecture.

Dr. Phifer recieves Thomas Award

Dr. Curt Phifer, Professor of Biology, is named the 2012 recipient of the Fleming A. Thomas Faculty Information Literacy Award.

Claire Cook to attend American Dance Festival

Claire Cook (Theatre '14) participates in the six week school at the 2012 American Dance Festival on the campus of Duke University in Durham, N.C. She will be one of 400 dancers from around the world who will come to the American Dance Festival to train, create, see and be seen. 

Dr. Dromm publishes new book

Dr. Keith Dromm, Associate Professor of Philosophy, has a new book published by the Broadview Press.The book, Sexual Harassment: An Introduction to the Conceptual and Ethical Issues, is part of the Broadview Guide to Business and Professional Ethics. 

Two Students win Student Research Awards

Saul Carcamo (Scientific Inquiry'12) and Christian Marks (Scientific Inquiry '12) are winners of NSU Student Research Awards, presented during the university’s 25th annual Research Day. The awards are sponsored by the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and recognize outstanding research, distinguished artistic performance or creative work completed by a student or team of students. Saul's research explored a novel mechanism for regulating glycolysis and glutaminolysis during the cell cycle. Christian's research presentation was on cellular localization of TRPV2 and molecular mechanisms of TRPV2 translocation.

Eta Sigma Phi inducts 25 new members
Twenty-five Northwestern State University students were recently inducted into Eta Sigma Phi Honor Society, the national honorary collegiate society for students of Latin and/or Greek. Among them, LSC students Stephen Bundrick, Jonathan Bordelon, Jarred Roberts, Jackson Harmeyer, Aaron McConnell, David Hogan, Lauren Erskins, Ellie Spain, T-Dre Player, Daniel Feltz, Clayton Carr, and Christopher Degeyter.

SGA President Tara Luck ('13) visits Washington, D.C. to meet with members of the state’s congressional delegation. Luck and other members of the University of Louisiana System’s Council of Student Body Presidents will be in Washington March 5 – 8.

Dr. Jensen's Summer 2011 Italy Tour Information

Dr. Richard Jensen, Professor of History, leads a tour group through Italy. Click here to see an intinerary.

Dr. Cochran wins Advisor Award

Dr. Betsy Cochran, Professor of Mathematics and Ecology, won the 2009 NSU's Faculty Excellence in Advising Award. This is the top award for a faculty advisor at NSU.

Peter Pindjak wins Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Fellowship

Peter Pindjak ('09) won the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Fellowship. Peter attends the University of Pittsburgh on a masters degree in Public and International Affairs focusing on Security and Intelligence Studies.  

Dr. Stave wins faculty research award

Dr. Holly Stave, Professor of English, won the 2009 Mildred Hart Bailey Faculty Award for Excellence in Research.

Scholars' students win Phi Kappa Phi Undergraduate Student Research Award

Robert Abernathy ('09) and Beth Ann Pryor ('09) were  awarded the Phi Kappa Phi Undergraduate Research Award at the 2008 NSU Research Day. Robert Abernathy's senior thesis is entitled "Ancestry and Legacy of an Artistic Myth." Beth Ann Pryor's senior thesis is entitled "Special Purpose Entities: A Concept of the Past?"

Two scholars' students receive LBRN Summer Research Program

Krysta Engel ('10) and Roxanne Boyd ('10) are chosen for the Louisiana Biomedical Research Network (LBRN) program. This program is hosted by LSU and lasts for two months in the summer.

Staci Holloway wins prestigious Classical Studies Award

Staci Holloway (Languages '10) is selected to study at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome for Spring 2009. 

Dr. Massimo Bezoari wins NSF Grant

Dr. Massimo D. Bezoari, Professor of Chemistry, is the principal author and investigator on a grant that was awarded to NSU by the National Science Foundation. The proposal is entitled “Collaborative Enhancement of Undergraduate Science Education Through Inquiry-Based GCMS Experiments.” Dr. Priscilla Kilcrease (Office of Institutional Research and Sponsored Programs) said that the $199,912 award is the “second largest ever obtained at NSU from the National Science Foundation.” The proposal describes the acquisition of a gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer (GCMS), a state-of-the-art instrument that will become the focal point of the undergraduate chemistry curriculum. The instrument will promote innovative pedagogy in the undergraduate science laboratory courses, using a guided inquiry approach. The proposal also describes novel experiments in forensic chemistry, clinical chemistry and biochemistry, organic chemistry, and analytical/environmental chemistry that will be added to the chemistry laboratory curriculum. In addition, some new experiments will involve students in service-learning projects relating to the analysis and monitoring of surface waters in northern Louisiana, and the occurrence of pesticides in the environment and in grocery foods. Students and faculty at NSU, BPCC, and SUSLA will participate in the project. Dr. Bezoari stated that students will gain invaluable experiences in using the instrument throughout their chemistry lab courses, as well as in research projects that can result in publications in scientific journals and presentations at national science meetings.. “Such experiences will be of immense benefit to our graduates who pursue internships and careers in science, medicine, and industry.” Dr. Betsy Cochran (Professor of Mathematics and Ecology) is a collaborating author/investigator in the project.

Scholars' grad receives Education Award

Crystal Mallett, ('09) an English teacher at Pineville High School, is one of 11 teachers chosen nationwide as a Kappa Delta Pi Teacher of Honor. Mallett has been recognized by Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education as one of their first Teacher of Honor recipients.

Dr. Dromm publishes book

Dr. Keith Dromm, Associate Professor of Philosphy, published Wittgenstein on Rules and Nature, from Continuum Books in London. This book offers an original reading of Wittgenstein's views on such topics as radical scepticism, the first- and third-person asymmetry of mental talk, Cartesianism, and rule-following.

Dr. Jensen speaks at conference on terrorism

Dr. Richard Jensen, Professor of History, presents a paper entitled "The International Campaign Against Anarchist Terrorism, 1880-1914/1930s" at the conference What Can and Cannot Be Learned From History about Terrorism A Dialogue between Historians and Social Scientists, in Arlington Virginia, June 15-16, 2007. The conference was organized by Prof. David C. Rapoport, professor emeritus at UCLA and an internationally recognized authority on terrorism, and was sponsored by the Human Factors Division, Science and Technology Directorate, Department of Homeland Security. Experts and leading historians and social scientists from universities in the United States, Britain, and Egypt were featured at the conference.

Graduate Receives State Department Fellowship

Nick Reves, (Humanities and Social Thought, '07) was selected out of over 3300 applications to receive one of 150 State Department Scholarships to study a critically needed language.

Robin Williams awarded research internship in Hawaii

Robin Williams (Scientific Inquiry, '09) was awarded an internship with the PRIDE Program to do Diabetes Research at the University of Hawaii.

Dr. Dromm has chapter published in book

Dr. Keith Dromm, Associate Professor of Philosophy, wrote a chapter for the book, The Philosophy of The X-Files, edited by Dean Kowalski (University Press of Kentucky, 2007). The title of his chapter is "I Want To Believe: William James and The X-Files." Dr. Dromm and the other contributors to this book use the television series The X-Files to explain and illuminate various issues in philosophy.

Dr. Bezoari publishes article with former student

Dr. Massimo D. Bezoari, Associate Professor of Chemistry, and Jennifer Foret (former undergraduate at Huntingdon College) are coauthors of a paper entitled, "Analysis of Volatile Constituents of Perfumes by Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry." The paper discusses the constituents of a wide range of perfumes, and indicates a relationship between compound volatilities and odors. It was published recently in the peer-reviewed Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research 2007, vol 6 (3), pp. 143-148.

Leigh Gentry receives National Press Foundation Fellowship

Leigh Gentry (Journalism, '10) received a National Press Foundation Fellowship to attend "Next Generation 2008: An Introduction to Washington for College Journalists" in Washington, D.C. Only 18 Fellowships were given nationwide. Leigh is the News Editor for The Current Sauce. She will travel to Washington, D. C. in February to meet with other young journalists from across the country.

Paul Shelton receives scholarship to attend Student Leadership Institute for Social Justice
Paul Shelton (Humanities and Social Thought, '10) received one of two Travel Scholarships awarded by the Louisiana Campus Compact to attend the 2008 Student Leadership Institute for Social Justice, sponsored by Texas Campus Compact. The Institute was lead by David Beaumont Smith, Founder & Executive Director of, a nonprofit dedicated to educating, empowering and energizing young people to increase civic engagement & political participation, and Dr. James Toole, President of Compass Institute and Teaching and Research Fellow at the University of Minnesota in the School of Social Work and College of Education & Human Development.

Krysta Engel selected for International Student Volunteer Program

Krysta Engel (Scientific Inquiry '10) was chosen as an 2007 International Student Volunteer for a summer volunteer program in New Zealand. Krysta assists in building projects or ecological programs during the four weeks she spends in New Zealand this summer.

Dr. Dromm publishes chapter on The Office

Keith Dromm, Associate Professor of Philosophy, published a chapter for The Office and Philosophy, edited by J. Jeremy Wisnewski (Blackwell, 2008). His chapter, "The Hostile Office: Michael as a Sexual Harasser" uses a central character in the popular television series to help resolve a debate among philosophers over what constitutes sexual harassment.