Northwestern State University will celebrate Homecoming 2022 with a week of activities for students capped off with events for alumni and friends. Oct. 21-22.
The public is invited to join the university family in honoring six outstanding individuals who will be inducted into the university’s alumni hall of distinction, the Long Purple Line. The 2022 inductees are Tommy Chester and Lola Dunahoe of Natchitoches, Dr. Johnny Cox of Coushatta. Tynes Hildebrand of Shreveport, Gail Metoyer Jones of Natchez, and Carlos Treadway of London, England.
The inductees will be honored at a noon luncheon Friday, October 21 at the Natchitoches Events Center, 750 Second St. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by visiting http://www.northwesternstatealumni.com.
The annual Homecoming parade will feature floats created by student organizations and riders throwing candy and trinkets to spectators. The parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, departing from NSU’s Central Drive/Second Street entrance and heading down Second Street, turning right on Rue Touline and proceeding to the riverbank’s Fleur de Lis Stage where a pep rally will take place featuring the presentation of the Honor Court and performances by NSU spirit groups.
BAA will host an alumni mixer featuring the On Point Band beginning at 8 p.m. Friday at Hana Sushi Bar, 750 Second St.
Events will begin Saturday, Oct. 22 with the N-Club Hall of Fame Ceremony in Magale Recital Hall at 9 a.m. The 2022 inductees are Kia Converse, O.J. King, Clifton Lee, Brittany Littlejohn, Roy Locks, Erin Mancuso, Craig Nall, Amanda Ortego, David Pittman and Trecey Rew-Hoover. Trailblazers Louise “Do” Bonin and Melvin Howard will be honored with the N-Club Pioneer Award.
A reception for six outstanding education professionals will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by an induction program at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Teacher Education Center commons and auditorium. Honored with induction into the Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development’s Hall of Distinguished Educators will be Dr. Robert Gillam, Emilyn Horton, Dr. Patsy Sanson Jenkins, Lisa Blakeway Lohman, Walter “Willie” Paz and Sheila Kay Cole Warner.
Tailgating hosted by the NSU Alumni Association will begin at 10 a.m. around Collins Pavilion. ROTC’s Homecoming tailgate will begin at 11 a.m. at the NSU practice field. NSU’s homecoming football game against Southeast Missouri will kick off in Turpin Stadium at 1 p.m. with the halftime ceremonies and presentation of the Homecoming Honor Court at approximately 2:30 p.m.
The BAA Awards Reception will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Natchitoches Events Center – Ballroom B. BAA Party with a Purpose Celebrating 30 years with Theta Lambda Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Spring ’92 “The Dirty Dozen” event will begin at 9 p.m. at the Events Center- Ballroom B.
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