Northwestern State preparing to welcome students back to campus

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NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University will welcome students back to campus for the 2015-16 academic year beginning Saturday, Aug. 22.

Events start with Move-In Day on Aug. 22 and continue with more than two weeks of Demon Days activities through Sept. 9
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Move-In Day is on Saturday, Aug. 22 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Northwestern State faculty and staff along with members of the Natchitoches community can meet at Iberville Dining Hall, then take a shuttle to University Columns, University Place I or II, or Varnado Hall to help students find their rooms, answer questions and help them get settled in. Two-hour shifts are available for volunteers starting at 7 a.m.

To volunteer, contact Reatha Cox at coxr@nsula.edu.

The University Bookstore will be open Aug. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, One Card, Registrar, Student Accounting and Cashiers and University Recruiting will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. University Police will also distribute parking permits.

That evening, a “Rock of Ages Tour and 80’s party” featuring the 80’s tribute band LA ROXX will be held on the Iberville Green from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The New Student Convocation will be held Sunday, Aug. 23 at 5 p.m. in the A.A. Fredericks Auditorium followed by the President’s Picnic on Normal Hill. The Baptist Collegiate Ministry will have a Meet and Greet at University Columns and Varnado Hall at 8:30 p.m.

Fall classes start on Monday, Aug. 24. A breakfast for sophomores is scheduled for 7 a.m. in the Orville Hanchey Art Gallery in the Fine Arts Annex. Students who need directions to campus academic buildings can get a little help at “Dude, Where’s My Class?” in the Kyser Hall Plaza from 7:30 a.m. to noon both Monday and Tuesday.

The Information Station will be set up in the Friedman Student Ballroom on Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Campus offices will set up a one-stop shop to provide services, answer questions and make students aware of campus resources.

Color Chaos is Monday at 6 p.m. on Organization Row featuring live music, a water slide, 150 gallons of paint, dinner and a blast of color. The first 300 students will receive free t-shirts.

On Tuesday, “Dude, Where’s My Class?” and the Information will be available. The NSU Recreation Complex will offer a free day of golf. At 5 p.m., Chi Alpha Campus Ministry sponsors a Wet & Wild Scavenger Hunt at 5 p.m. “Glow in the Dark Zumba” will be held in the Health and Human Performance Building Gym at 7 p.m. with the NSU Pom Line and Freshman Connectors. Paint, glow sticks and party favors will be provided along with free Smoothie King smoothies. BCM Meet and Greet is at 9 p.m. SAB Movie Night will be held at the Parkway Cinema at 9 p.m. as the first 100 students can attend the feature of their choice free.

A Putt for Parking contest will be held in the triangle near the Student Services Center on Wednesday, Aug. 26 from 4 – 6 p.m. with the winner receiving free faculty/staff parking for a year. Other Wednesday events are Chillin’ & Grillin’ with the Greeks from 5 – 7 p.m. in the Student Union Circle, First Year Experience and Volunteers in Progress Carnival Night at the NSU Bookstore from 6 – 8 p.m. and the BCM First Worship Service at the Baptist Collegiate Ministry on Organizational Row at 8:30 p.m.

Thursday events are an open house at the First Year Experience offices in the Student Services Center from 1 – 4 p.m., a Student Support Services New Student Orientation in the Student Union Ballroom from 5 – 7 p.m., a Get Loud @ the Library program featuring a Mega Cookie Bar, games and prizes in Watson Library, a Waffle and Coffee Light Night program at the Baptist Collegiate Ministry at 9 p.m. and a Midnight Cereal Bar in campus residence halls.

All NSU students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear purple each Friday starting Aug. 28. From 1 – 3 p.m., the Service Kickoff Event will be held at St. Augustine Catholic Church and the Cane River Food Pantry. This event will give students the opportunity to start their community career with classmates. Interfraternity Bid Day is at 4 p.m. on Normal Hill. The Follies Finale will be held on the President’s Field at 5 p.m.

On Saturday, a fiesta is from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Collins Pavilion/Tailgate Field with live music, salsa dance lessons, Henna tattoos, a nacho bar and mock tails.

The second week begins on Monday, Aug. 31 with Trade your Tee on the Kyser Hall brick way from 11 a.m. to noon. Students can bring their t-shirt from another university and trade it for a Northwestern State t-shirt. At 6:30 p.m., a life size game on Battleship will be held at the NSU Recreation Complex. An All-Sports Golf Battle also begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Recreation Complex with participants testing their skills in a multi-sport game of golf.

Trade your Tee will continue on Tuesday, Sept. 1 from 11 a.m. to noon on the Kyser Brockway. At 7 p.m., The Experience will be held in the Student Union, allowing students to engage mind, body and spirit in order to influence, accomplish and lead.

Building up to the football season takes place on Sept. 2 with Purple Palooza at 7 p.m. in Turpin Stadium. This event will include representatives from various student organizations. The Demons Come Out at Night Pep Rally is at 8 p.m. in Turpin Stadium. New students can pick up their Inferno t-shirts and participate in a practice run through. Sorority Convocation follows the Pep Rally in the Student Union Ballroom. The Baptist Collegiate Ministry will host Speed Friending at 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 3 is game day at NSU. Tailgating starts at 4:30 p.m. New students taking part in The Inferno meet at 5:30 p.m. at the East gate of Turpin Stadium. Kickoff for the football season opener against Southeastern Louisiana is at 6 p.m. The contest is the White Out game, so fans are encouraged to wear white to support the Demons.

Student Support Services Game Night is on Tuesday, Sept. 8 from 5 – 7 p.m. in Varnado Hall. Pack the Pantry Bingo is at 7 p.m. in Vic’s in the Student Union with prizes including non-perishable food items and themed snack baskets.

A NPHC mixer will be on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. The Myths and Legends Tour starts at 9 p.m. on Normal Hill and will let students meet some NSU legends as they learn about Northwestern State’s historic campus.