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Welcome to Demon Days 2019!

Demon Days is a series of FUN and FREE events designed to welcome new and returning students to Northwestern State. Demon Days begins with Move-In and continues throughout the fall!

Whether you are new to campus or a rising senior, Demon Days has something for everyone. The schedule is full of activities to help you explore your Northwestern State home, connect with old friends, meet new ones, and celebrate the start of the school year with fellow Demons and the NSU community.

Signature Events are designated with  and are either required or important enough that we think you should attend.

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Back to School Supply Drive

Inspired by the First Year Experience motto, “Loyalty. Leadership. Service.”

Pitchforks for Pencils gives new students the opportunity to give back to the Natchitoches community.  You can help local children start the school year prepared by donating back-to-school supplies.  Drop off supplies during Move-In Day or throughout the first week of classes to the Office of First Year Experience and Leadership Development located in the Student Services Center on the first floor.

List of Supplies

Saturday, August 17

Residence Hall Move In Day

7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Prather Coliseum & Campus Residence Halls

The NSU Move-In Crew and the Natchitoches community will be there to help!  Refer to the welcome and information packet from Campus Living Villages for specific room assignments and move-in times.

Sponsored by Campus Living Villages & the NSU Community

Taking Care of Business

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Student Services Center Offices

Have a few last-minute questions and need answers?  The following offices will be open in the Student Services Center and ready to assist:  Admissions, Financial Aid, One Card, Registrar’s, Student Accounting and Cashier’s, and University Recruiting.  University Police will also distribute parking permits from this location, as well as the University Police Station. The University Post Office will also be open during this time.

First Year – First Generation Student and Family Welcome Reception

3 – 4:30 p.m. | Academic Success Center

Many of our NSU faculty, staff and administrators were the first in their families to attend college.  The First Year – First Generation Welcome Reception will provide new students, faculty, staff, and administrators who identify as a first-generation college students the opportunity to connect with one another over light refreshments. Join us to learn more about the services and resources available.

Sponsored by Alpha Lambda Delta and Student Support Services 

First Night Fest on the Green

7 – 9:00 p.m. | Iberville Green

You’re moved in, now it’s time to chill with your future classmates.  Join us for live music on Iberville Green!  Snacks and food items will be provided.

Sponsored by KNWD Radio and the First Year Experience

Sunday, August 18 

Books and Bites

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | NSU Bookstore

Coffee and doughnuts while you browse for your textbooks.

Sponsored by the NSU Bookstore 

FOCUS Brunch

12 p.m. | Catholic Student Center

Enjoy breakfast and fellowship with the CSO.

Sponsored by the Catholic Student Organization 

Destination Demons:  Find My Classes

2 p.m. | Kyser Brickway

Need a little help finding your classes?  The Demon Volunteers are ready to help!  Grab your fall schedule and meet us at Kyser Brickway to find your buildings and classrooms.  Many of the academic departments will host open house during this time as well.

Sponsored by the First Year Experience 

New Student Convocation

5 p.m. | A.A. Fredericks Auditorium  

New Student Convocation serves as the University’s official welcome to entering students and marks the beginning of your academic journey at Northwestern State.  New students are expected to attend.  This event is for first year students only.

Sponsored by the President’s Office & the First Year Experience

Class of 2023 Photo

5:45 p.m. | A.A. Fredericks Auditorium

Smile for the camera!  It’s the official Class of 2023 photo! (Following Convocation)

President’s Picnic for the Class of 2023

6 p.m. | Normal Hill

Following the New Student Convocation ceremony, new students are invited to join us at Normal Hill for the President’s Picnic.  Enjoy dinner, live music, and festivities with your NSU Connectors.  This event is for first year students only.

Sponsored by President Maggio & the First Year Experience

BCM Meet & Greet

8:30 p.m. | University Columns & Varnado Hall

Fun times and free food!  What more could you ask for?  How about meeting new friends and great fellowship in a relaxed environment.  Come explore all the BCM has to offer.

Sponsored by the Baptist Collegiate Ministry 

Monday, August 19 

First Day of Classes 

ROTC PT Challenge

6 a.m. | Gov. James A. Noe Armory

How many pushups can you do?  ROTC meets each Monday thru Friday for physical training.  All guests who complete the first week of PT will receive an ROTC prize pack.

Sponsored by NSU Reserve Officers’ Training Corps 

Where the Fork is My Class?

7 – 11 a.m. | Kyser Brickway

What?  It’s the first day of classes?  You’ve got questions about campus?  We’ve got answers.  Stop by the help tent and let us help you find your way.  Don’t forget to bring your schedule with you.

Sponsored by the First Year Experience and Coca Cola

Information Station

8 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Student Union Ballroom

Information Station is your one-stop shop for success.  Pick up your parking permit, take your yearbook photo, and add a meal plan.  You can do it all – and much more in one location.

Sponsored by Student Life

Sophomore Breakfast Club

8 a.m. | Orville Hanchey Gallery

Bye-Bye Freshman Year. Hello, Year 2 at NSU!  Welcome back class of 2022!  Start the semester off with your classmates and join us for breakfast with perks. This event is for second year students only.

Sponsored by Sodexo Campus Dining, Alpha Lambda Delta, and the First Year Experience 

Popsicles with CSO

11 a.m. | Kyser Brickway

Stop by the Catholic Student Organization booth at Kyser Brickway. We will have refreshing popsicles and information about upcoming events this semester.

Sponsored by the Catholic Student Organization 

Meet Your Senator Day

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Kyser Brickway

Meet your official representatives to the University Administration and learn more about getting involved in YOUR Student Government.

Sponsored by NSU Student Government Association

Color Chaos

6 p.m. | Organization Row

You made it through the first day of classes!  Now it’s time to relax and have some fun.  Join us on Organization Row for music, a tailgate dinner, and a huge waterslide.  What could make this event any better?  Oh, that’s right…350 gallons of paint! We recommend bringing a pair of inexpensive goggles and leaving your valuables at the residence hall.  FREE Color Chaos t-shirt for the first 300 students.

Sponsored by Coca-Cola and the First Year Experience

BCM Meet & Greet

9:00 p.m. | University Place I

Fun times and free food!  What more could you ask for?  How about meeting new friends and great fellowship in a relaxed environment.  Come explore all the BCM has to offer.

Sponsored by the Baptist Collegiate Ministry 

Tuesday, August 20 

ROTC PT Challenge

6 a.m. | Gov. James A. Noe Armory

How many pushups can you do?  ROTC meets each Monday thru Friday for physical training.  All guests who complete the first week of PT will receive an ROTC prize pack.

Sponsored by NSU Reserve Officers’ Training Corps  

Information Station

8 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Student Union Ballroom

Information Station is your one-stop shop for success.  Pick up your parking permit, take your yearbook phot, and add a meal plan.  You can do it all – and much more in one location.

Sponsored by Student Life 

Free Day of Golf

All Day | Recreation Complex

Head out to the NSU Recreation Complex and enjoy a free round of golf, and check out the new driving range.

Sponsored by NSU Recreation Complex 

Capture the Flag with CSO

7 p.m. | Iberville Green

Come out to Iberville Green for a friendly game of capture the flag with the Catholic Student Organization.

Sponsored by the Catholic Student Organization 

Greek 1010: Fraternity and Sorority Informational

6 p.m. | Student Union Ballroom

All Greek informational to learn more about fraternity and sorority recruitment and intake.  Stop by and ask your questions!

Sponsored by Greek Life 

Miss Lady of the Bracelet Interest Meeting

7 p.m. | Student Union Room 221

Join Miss Northwestern Lady of the Bracelet and the Student Activities Board to learn more about this 60-year tradition at NSU and find out how you can compete in the Miss America Scholarship Organization Preliminary.

Sponsored by the University Programming Council 

BCM Meet & Greet

9:00 p.m. | University Place II

Fun times and free food!  What more could you ask for?  How about meeting new friends and great fellowship in a relaxed environment.  Come explore all the BCM has to offer.

Sponsored by the Baptist Collegiate Ministry

UPC Movie Night at Parkway Cinema

9 p.m. | Parkway Cinema

First 100 students free for the 9 p.m. feature of your choice.  Must have current student ID.

Sponsored by the University Programming Council 

Wednesday, August 21 

ROTC PT Challenge

6 a.m. | Gov. James A. Noe Armory

How many pushups can you do?  ROTC meets each Monday thru Friday for physical training.  All guests who complete the first week of PT will receive an ROTC prize pack.

Sponsored by NSU Reserve Officers’ Training Corps 

Putt for Parking

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Kyser Brickway

Your chance to win a FREE faculty/staff parking permit for the year! Already purchased your parking permit? No problem.  You get the cash if you win!

Sponsored by University Affairs & the First Year Experience

FOCUS Picnic

12 p.m. | Normal Hill – The Columns

Join the CSO in a picnic style fellowship with great food and games.  Come meet someone new!

Sponsored by Catholic Student Organiztion 

Moodle & Technology Workshop

2 p.m. | Watson Library, Glass Room 109

What does your Student Technology Fee include?  It’s not just Moodle and email.  How about free Microsoft Office, free copies, equipment checkout, charging stations and lockers, student labs and computers, and student online support.  Spend an hour learning more about these very important electronic services used by Northwestern State faculty, staff, and students.  You will have hands-on opportunities to try what you learn.

Sponsored by Instructional Technology and Student Support

UPC House Party

2 p.m. | Student Union Ballroom

We are having a house party and you are invited! Games, giveaways, and grub!

Sponsored by University Programming Council 

IFC Fish Fry

 6 – 8 p.m. | President’s Home

Food, music, tailgate games and the fraternities on campus.

Sponsored by Interfraternity Council 

Glow in the Dark Zumba

7 p.m. | Health & Human Performance Gym

It’s a Glowing 80’s Zumba with the NSU Pom Line and the FYE Staff.  Paint, glow sticks, party favors, and prizes for the most outrageous 80’s attire will be provided.  Not in to Zumba?  Come anyway – it’s fun to watch!  Free Smoothie King smoothies.

Sponsored by NSU Pom Line & the First Year Experience

BCM First Worship Service

8:30 p.m. | Baptist Collegiate Ministry

Come explore all the BCM has to offer.

Sponsored by the Baptist Collegiate Ministry 

Thursday, August 22 

ROTC PT Challenge

6 a.m. | Gov. James A. Noe Armory

How many pushups can you do?  ROTC meets each Monday thru Friday for physical training.  All guests who complete the first week of PT will receive an ROTC prize pack.

Sponsored by NSU Reserve Officers’ Training Corps  

Moodle & Technology Workshop

11 a.m. | Watson Library, Glass Room 109

What does your Student Technology Fee include?  It’s not just Moodle and email.  How about free Microsoft Office, free copies, equipment checkout, charging stations and lockers, student labs and computers, and student online support.  Spend an hour learning more about these very important electronic services used by Northwestern State faculty, staff, and students.  You will have hands-on opportunities to try what you learn.

Sponsored by Instructional Technology and Student Support 

Interfraternity Council Open Houses

6 p.m. – until | Various Locations

Meet the NSU fraternity men and find out what Greek Life is all about.

Sponsored by the Interfraternity Council 

UPC Demon Disco

6 p.m. | Student Union Room Ballroom

Join us for a highly rated Headphones Demon Disco, a Silent Dance Party.  All you need is your NSU ID, and we will provide the headphones.  Food and fun will be had by all!

Sponsored by the University Programming Council

Back to School BBQ

6:30 p.m. | Catholic Student Center

Join us at the Catholic Student Center at 120 2nd Street for an evening cookout hosted by FOCUS. Great food, fellowship, and friends.

Sponsored by the Catholic Student Organization 

Waffles & Coffee Late Night

8:30 p.m. | Baptist Collegiate Ministry

Fun times and free food!  It’s a great way to wind down after Week 1 @ NSU!

Sponsored by the Baptist Collegiate Ministry 

Friday, August 23 

Purple Priday Patrol

On Fridays We Wear PURPLE!  If you’re wearing purple, prepare to rewarded while you’re out and about during class.  If you’re caught without purple….beware of the consequences.

Sponsored by the First Year Experience and NSU Marketplace

ROTC PT Challenge

6 a.m. | Gov. James A. Noe Armory

How many pushups can you do?  ROTC meets each Monday thru Friday for physical training.  All guests who complete the first week of PT will receive an ROTC prize pack.

Sponsored by NSU Reserve Officers’ Training Corps  

[1 of 7] Service Kickoff Event

1 – 4 p.m. | Student Union Ballroom

1 of 7.  It’s a simple concept.  And it’s one that can make a HUGE difference.  Pick one day of the seven and do something for someone else! Transportation, snacks, and drinks will be provided.  Buses will depart from the Student Union at 1:00 p.m. to the various community worksites.  Begin your community service career with your classmates.  To register for this event visit:  firstyearexperience.nsula.edu/1of7-registration-form

Sponsored by the First Year Experience 

Kayaking with FOCUS

1 p.m. | Meet at Catholic Student Center to Depart to Sibley Lake

Take in the beauty of Sibley lake as the Catholic Student Organization kayaks across the water.  Come meet someone new, and enjoy in the fellowship!

Sponsored by the Catholic Student Organization 

First-Timers at the WRAC

3 p.m. – 5 p.m. | WRAC Fitness Floor

Too shy or unsure how to properly work out?  Go to the WRAC Cardio/Strength Machine Orientation!  Sessions begin at 3 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Wellness, Recreation & Activity Center (WRAC) 

Interfraternity Council Open Houses

6 p.m. – until | Various Locations

Meet the NSU fraternity men and find out what Greek Life is all about.

Sponsored by the Interfraternity Council

Saturday, August 24 

No Time for a Siesta, We’re Having a Fiesta

6 – 8 p.m. | Collins Pavilion – Tailgate Field

Welcome to the weekend.  Enjoy a laid-back time with International flare.  Live music, Salsa dance lessons, Piñatas, a Nacho Bar, and mocktails.

Sponsored by the International Student Resource Center and First Year Experience

Interfraternity Council Open Houses

6 p.m. – until | Various Locations

Meet the NSU fraternity men and find out what Greek Life is all about.

Sponsored by the Interfraternity Council 

Sunday, August 25 

Color Chaos {Rain Date}

Panhellenic Open House

1 – 3 p.m. | The President’s House

Meet your recruitment counselors and learn more about sorority life and the recruitment process.

Sponsored by the College Panhellenic Council 

Interfraternity Council Open Houses

6 p.m. – until | Various Locations

Meet the NSU fraternity men and find out what Greek Life is all about.

Sponsored by the Interfraternity Council 

Monday, August 26 

Battle Bash

2 p.m. | NSU Recreation Complex

Join NSU Intramurals and UPC for this epic life-size and live action game of Battleship. Enjoy free Mustache Mike’s Italian Ice!

Sponsored by the Wellness, Recreation & Activity Center and the University Programming Council

Interfraternity Council Open Houses

6 p.m. – until | Various Locations

Meet the NSU fraternity men and find out what Greek Life is all about.

Sponsored by the Interfraternity Council

Men’s and Women’s Night

7 p.m. | Catholic Student Center

Are you seeking to build authentic relationships on campus? Come to the Catholic Student Center for an evening of community with your fellow brothers and sisters.

Sponsored by the Catholic Student Organization 

FreshMesh: Night 1

8:30 p.m. | Baptist Collegiate Ministry

Gather with friends at the Baptist Collegiate Ministry for fellowship.

Sponsored by Baptist Collegiate Ministry

Tuesday, August 27

Interfraternity Council Bid Extension

8 a.m. | Various Locations

Fraternities will begin extending bids to new members. To formally accept, new members must attend IFC Bid Day.

Sponsored by the Interfraternity Council

Life beyond the Classroom

8 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Student Union Ballroom

Join us in your University Studies 1000 classes to learn more about life on campus.

Sponsored by Office of Student Activities and Organizations

Demon Blood Drive

10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Kyser Brickway

One in three people will need blood at some time in their life. By being a frequent blood donor, you are fulfilling an important community responsibility. If you can give blood, please do. If you can’t, please encourage and support others who can and help spread the word.

Sponsored by Health Services 

Study Abroad Information Session

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Student Union Lobby

A cultural experience awaits – so why not make it a lunch and learn?  Stop by during your lunch break to learn about Study Abroad opportunities.

Sponsored by the International Student Resource Center and International Student Exchange Program

Get the Inside Scoop on Sorority Life

4 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Iberville Green

Sponsored by the College Panhellenic Council

Get Loud @ the Library

6 p.m. | Watson Library

For one night, Watson Library will transform from a popular study spot into three floors of fun and games.  Join us for a Mega Cookie Bar, music, Minute-to-Win-It games, and fun.  The more you learn about the library…the better your chances at winning gift cards and prizes.  How many steps to your academic success?  You could win the grand prize of a Amazon Alexa to help you go the extra mile.  Learn more about Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society’s First Year Academic Challenge.

Sponsored by Watson Library & Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society 

Taco’bout Jesus

6:30 p.m. | Catholic Student Center

Everyone loves taco bars, right? Of course! Join the CSO at the Catholic Student Center for a time of fellowship and discussion on Jesus Christ over delicious tacos.

Sponsored by the Catholic Student Organization

FreshMesh: Night 2

8:30 p.m. | Baptist Collegiate Ministry

Gather with friends at the Baptist Collegiate Ministry for fellowship.

Sponsored by Baptist Collegiate Ministry   

Wednesday, August 28

Life Beyond the Classroom

8 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Student Union Ballroom

Join us in your University Studies 1000 classes to learn more about life on campus.

Sponsored by Office of Student Activities and Organizations

The Current Sauce First Issue Release Party

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Student Union Lobby

The Current Sauce, the independent, student-operated newspaper at Northwestern State, covers campus and community activities as well as relevant social issues that concern students.  Join us for refreshments and music and pick up your hot off the press paper at the First Issue Release Party.

Sponsored by The Current Sauce and Student Media

Purple Palooza

3 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Student Union Circle

Are you trying to find an organization to join?  Browse through our many registered student organizations to try and find your place!

Sponsored by the Office of Student Activities and Organizations 

The Experience

7 p.m. | Student Union Ballroom

Sponsored by Office of Student Activities and Organizations

TRIO Student Support Services Newcomer’s Mixer (participants only)

6 p.m. | Student Union Cane River Room

Chill out and relax over a friendly game or two with Student Support Services.  A variety of games will be available including Phase 10, Uno, Dominoes, and more.

Sponsored by Student Support Services

CSO Game Night

6:30 p.m. | Catholic Student Center

Trivia, Games, and more! Come to the Catholic Student Center for an evening of fellowship and fun.

Sponsored by the Catholic Student Organization

Speed Friending

8:30 p.m. | Baptist Collegiate Ministry

Talk your way through a friendly round of speed friending and meet new friends, connect with classmates, and learn more about the Baptist Collegiate Ministry.  Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by the Baptist Collegiate Ministry 

Midnight Cereal Bar

12 a.m. | Residence Halls

See you at midnight for a late night treat!

Sponsored by Campus Living Villages 

Thursday, August 29 

SGA T-Shirt Swap

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Kyser Brickway

Show your Demon Spirit and trade a t-shirt from another university for a new NSU t-shirt.  While supplies last.

Sponsored by the Student Government Association

Interfraternity Council Bid Day

5:30 p.m. | Russell Hall

Celebrate your decision to become a part of over 80 years of Greek Life at NSU at IFC Bid Day.  The fraternity community will gather in front of historic Russell Hall as the newest members of the Interfraternity Council chapters are revealed.

Sponsored by the Interfraternity Council

Welcome Reception for International Students

6 – 7:30 p.m. | Russell Hall – Natchitoches Room

The International Student Resource Center invites students and faculty to welcome our new and returning International students.  Light refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by the International Student Resource Center 

Praise and Worship with the CSO

6:30 p.m. | Holy Cross Church 

NSU Demons at UT Martin

6:30 p.m. | Martin, Tennessee   

Panhellenic Sorority Convocation

7 p.m. | Student Union Ballroom

Convocation is required for women registered for Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment.  Come learn about the recruitment process, the Panhellenic community, and meet Recruitment Counselors who will be your guide throughout the weekend.

Sponsored by the College Panhellenic Council 

Friday, August 30 

Purple Priday

On Fridays We Wear PURPLE!

August 30-September 1

Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment

Register at https://www.nsula.edu/greeklife/.

Sponsored by College Panhellenic Council

Monday, September 2

Labor Day Holiday

September 3-8

National Pan-Hellenic Council Week 

Tuesday, September 3 

Study Abroad Information Session

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Student Union Lobby

A cultural experience awaits – so why not make it a lunch and learn?  Stop by during your lunch break to learn about Study Abroad opportunities.

Sponsored by the International Student Resource Center and International Student Exchange Program 

Foam Roll Your Stress Away

4:00 p.m. | WRAC

Roll your stress away in a 30 minute group exercise class.

Sponsored by the WRAC

NPHC All Chapter Informational

6:30 p.m. | Student Union – Ballroom

NSU Rowing Informational Meeting

6:30 p.m. | Student Union President’s Room

Do you have what it takes to be a champion? The NSU Rowing Team is open to all students, no previous experience required.

Sponsored by NSU Rowing Team 

Wednesday, September 4 

Part-Time Job Fair

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Student Union Ballroom

Start your semester off right with a part-time job!  Meet with representatives from local employers who want to hire you!  No registration is required. Open to all majors and all NSU students.

Sponsored by Job Location and Development 

National Pan-Hellenic Council Yard Show

6 p.m. | Iberville Green

Learn about the history and community service of the NSU NPHC Greek Organizations.

Sponsored by the National Pan-Hellenic Council 

The Inferno Practice Run

6:00 p.m. | Turpin Stadium

New students will pick up Inferno t-shirts and participate in a practice run.

Sponsored by the First Year Experience and Student Life 

Thursday, September 5

SHARP: Sexual Harassment & Rape Prevention Self-Defense Training

3 p.m. – 5 p.m. | WRAC – Group Excercise Room

University Police invites you to join us for a two-hour interactive self-defense training. The training encompasses awareness, safety strategies, and physical techniques. Make sure to wear athletic style apparel and closed toe shoes.  Register at nsusharp.eventbrite.com.

Sponsored by University Police and First Year Experience 

ROTC Activation Ceremony

3:30 p.m. | Collins Family Pavilion

Steeped in Army tradition, uncasing the Demon Battalion Colors during the Activation Ceremony illustrates the unit’s esprit de corps and establishes the new Battalion and its leadership.  You’re invited!

Sponsored by NSU Reserve Officers’ Training Corps

Second Annual Suicide Awareness 5K Walk/Run

4:45 p.m. | Prather Coliseum

There is no cost to walk/run and the first 50 to register will get a FREE T-shirt.

Sponsored by Counseling and Career Services

Speed Friending with Cultural Connections

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. | Student Union President’s Room

Connecting students from different cultures in a laid-back atmosphere.

Sponsored by the International Student Resource Center and the Center for Inclusion and Diversity 

Friday, September 6 

Purple Priday

On Fridays We Wear PURPLE! 

RSO Workshop

1 p.m. | Student Union Ballroom

Join the Office of Student Activities and Organizations to learn about new policies for Recognized Student Organizations. Featuring Free Daps rap troupe.

Mud Volleyball Tournament

1 p.m. | Organization Row

Mud and Volleyball…come have some fun!

Sponsored by the Office of Intramurals 

Demons Come Out at Night Pep Rally

8 p.m. | NSU Tailgate Field & Collins Family Pavilion

Show your Demon spirit at the first game pep rally.  Meet the players and coaches, members of NSU Spirit Groups, and the Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band.

Sponsored by the First Year Experience 

Saturday, September 7 

First Year Student Tailgate

3 p.m. | Student Tailgating Grounds

Join the FYE staff for tailgating games, music, and food.

Sponsored by First Year Experience 

The Inferno!

5:30 p.m. | Beyond Caspari Hall

Nothing is better than gathering with friends before Northwestern State home football games.  First year students are invited to join us for the INFERNO RUN.  New students must arrive at Turpin Stadium – Caspari Gate by 5:30 p.m.  The Inferno Run is for new students only.

Sponsored by the First Year Experience and Student Life

First Home Game – NSU Demons vs Midwestern State

6 p.m. | Turpin Stadium

Spirit of Northwestern Young Performers Day

Sponsored by Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band 

Post-Game Fellowship with BCM

Post Game | Baptist Collegiate Ministry 

Tuesday, September 10 

Study Abroad Information Session

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Student Union Lobby

A cultural experience awaits – so why not make it a lunch and learn?  Stop by during your lunch break to learn about Study Abroad opportunities.

Sponsored by the International Student Resource Center and International Student Exchange Program

New Faces

6 p.m. | Magale Recital Hall

First-year students step on the stage for the first time to show a bit of what they can do.

Sponsored by Department of Theatre and Dance 

The First Year Involvement Challenge

6 p.m. | Student Union Ballroom

Welcome to your first year! Join over 75 NSU student leaders for this fast-paced simulation of your first year in college.

Sponsored by the First Year Experience 

Wednesday, September 11 

Patriot Day Tribute

8:46 a.m. | Campus Flagpoles at Caspari Hall, Kyser Hall, and Noe Armory

Flags will be lowered to half-staff in a silent ceremony honoring 9/11 victims, families, and heroes.  Chimes will ring at 8:46, 9:03, 9:37, and 10:03 a.m.

Sponsored by the Dean of Students

Watson’s Living Library Collection: Everyone Has A Story

10 a.m. & 2 p.m. | 138 Kyser Hall

Hear the stories of those who have served or those who are currently serving our country.

Sponsored by the NSU Library

Game Night with TRIO

6 p.m. | President’s Room

Hang out with the Student Support Services students and staff while playing board games, card games, and interactive group games.  Come meet someone new!

Sponsored by Student Support Services and TRIO

Thursday, September 12

Coffee with Conine

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. | Café Demon

Join the Student Government Association and the Dean of Students for coffee and conversation

Sponsored by the Student Government Association 

Friday, September 13 

Purple Priday

On Fridays We Wear PURPLE!!

Saturday, September 14

NSU vs. LSU

6:30 PM | Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, LA

Are you ready for some football? 

Monday, September 16 

SHARP: Sexual Harassment & Rape Prevention Self-Defense Training

3 p.m. – 5 p.m. | WRAC – Group Excercise Room

University Police invites you to join us for a two-hour interactive self-defense training. The training encompasses awareness, safety strategies, and physical techniques. Make sure to wear athletic style apparel and closed toe shoes.  Register at nsusharp.eventbrite.com.

Sponsored by University Police and First Year Experience

Tuesday, September 17 

Constitution Day (SGA)

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Student Union Lobby

Study Abroad Information Session

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Student Union Lobby

A cultural experience awaits – so why not make it a lunch and learn?  Stop by during your lunch break to learn about Study Abroad opportunities.

Sponsored by the International Student Resource Center and International Student Exchange Program 

#RushFC2019 Informational Meeting

6:30 p.m. | Student Union Ballroom

Get the FYI on working with FYE and the Freshman Connection Team. But first…you have to meet five new people!  Take this opportunity to reconnect with your Freshman Connectors and learn how you can become a 2020 Freshman Connector or Demon Volunteer.

Sponsored by the First Year Experience 

Pack the Pantry BINGO

7 p.m. | Student Union Ballroom

Win your way to a full pantry!  Come play BINGO with FYE for a chance to win non-perishable food items and themed snack baskets created by faculty, staff, and student organizations.

Sponsored by the First Year Experience

Wednesday, September 18

New to You T-Shirt Market

12 p.m. – 1 p.m. | Kyser Brickway

Going to college on a budget?  Let the FYE staff help you build your college wardrobe.  Come check out the t-shirt market and pick up vintage NSU tee’s in all sizes.  Help us “put a fork in campus hunger” by swapping 3 canned goods to benefit the NSU Food Pantry in exchange for vintage t-shirts.  While supplies last.

Sponsored by First Year Experience and the President’s Leadership Program 

Let’s Get Frank

5:30 p.m. | Student Union Cane River Room

This session will focus on intimacy, dating dangers, preventing unwanted pregnancy, STIs, and other important health tips for college students. 

#RushFC2019 Informational Meeting

6:30 p.m. | Student Union President’s Room

Get the FYI on working with FYE and the Freshman Connection Team. But first…you have to meet five new people!  Take this opportunity to reconnect with your Freshman Connectors and learn how you can become a 2020 Freshman Connector or Demon Volunteer.

Sponsored by the First Year Experience 

Thursday, September 19 

#RushFC2019 Informational Meeting

6:30 p.m. | Student Union Ballroom

Get the FYI on working with FYE and the Freshman Connection Team. But first…you have to meet five new people!  Take this opportunity to reconnect with your Freshman Connectors and learn how you can become a 2020 Freshman Connector or Demon Volunteer.

Sponsored by the First Year Experience 

BCM Walleyball & Desserts

7:30 p.m. | WRAC 

Join the BCM for a fun game of walleyball at the WRAC.  Desserts following at the Baptist Collegiate Ministry.

Sponsored by the Baptist Collegiate Ministry 

Friday, September 20 

Purple Priday

On Fridays We Wear PURPLE! 

Monday, September 23

Flavors of the World –Colombian Culture & Cuisine

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Iberville Dining Hall

Experience authentic international cuisine and learn about the culture that defines the location. Enjoy an educational and cultural meal with a faculty forum and music that reflect the culinary delights of Colombia.

Sponsored by SODEXO and the International Student Resource Center 

Tuesday, September 24 

SGA Student Body Elections

Opens at 8 a.m. for 24 hours. 

Fall Career Day

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Student Union Ballroom

Fall Career Fair is open to ALL students. This is a great opportunity for students and employers to connect. Students can seek internship and full-time employment opportunities. Remember success needs a plan and the Career Center is here to help! We hope to see you there! Professional dress encouraged! 

Come Get Your Teal On

11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Student Union Lobby

An Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Event

Sponsored by Campus Living Villages 

Study Abroad Information Session

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Student Union Lobby

A cultural experience awaits – so why not make it a lunch and learn?  Stop by during your lunch break to learn about Study Abroad opportunities.

Sponsored by the International Student Resource Center and International Student Exchange Program

Wednesday, September 25 

SGA Student Body Elections

Closes at 8 a.m. 

Natchitoches Portable Park & Mobile Market

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 a.m. | Iberville Green

Come outside and play! Portable park offers games and activities for fun.  Mobile market will be selling fresh and local fruits and vegetables making healthy eating easier than ever.

Sponsored by Health Services and City of Natchitoches

Thursday, September 26

Trivia Night

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | President’s Room

Come and make new friends and learn about other cultures in a relaxed and friendly

environment. Light refreshments.

Sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and the International Student Resource Center 

Friday, September 27

Purple Priday

On Fridays We Wear PURPLE!

Lady of the Bracelet Pageant

3 p.m. | Treen Hall –  LSMSA Auditorium

Come and watch one of NSU’s oldest traditions, as NSU women compete for a spot in the Miss Louisiana Pageant.

Sponsored by the University Programming Council 

Saturday, September 28

NSU Family Day – NSU vs. Southeastern Louisiana University

10 a.m. | Football Tailgating Field

A complete Family Day package includes a ticket to the Northwestern State vs Southeastern Louisiana University game, tailgate dinner, and a Family Day t-shirt. Go to firstyearexperience.nsula.edu/family-day to register.

Tuesday, October 1 

SHARP: Sexual Harassment & Rape Prevention Self-Defense Training

3 p.m. – 5 p.m. | WRAC – Group Excercise Room

University Police invites you to join us for a two-hour interactive self-defense training. The training encompasses awareness, safety strategies, and physical techniques. Make sure to wear athletic style apparel and closed toe shoes.  Register at nsusharp.eventbrite.com.

Sponsored by University Police and First Year Experience 

Wednesday, October 2

Blindfold Yoga

4 p.m. | WRAC – Group Excercise Room

Learn to let go of fears, appreciate your body, and place your ego in the backseat.  It’s a 45 minute YOGA class!

Sponsored by the WRAC

Thursday, October 3

President for a Day

3 p.m. | Caspari Hall

Have you ever wanted to be NSU President for a day?  Now’s your chance! Dr. Maggio has agreed to swap places with a student for one day….all you have to do is win the Preidential Olympics.

Sponsored by First Year Experience 

Friday, October 4

Purple Priday

On Fridays We Wear PURPLE!

Fall Break , October 7-8

Fall Break

Monday, October 14

Homecoming Kickoff Party

11 a.m. | Iberville Green

Tuesday, October 15

Homecoming Lip-sync

6 p.m. | Iberville Green Stage

NSU student organizations battle it out with your favorite Disney tunes, lip-sync style.

Sponsored by the University Programming Council 

Wednesday, October 16 

Homecoming Fun Run

6 p.m. | Organization Row

Race in your favorite Disney costume.

Sponsored by the University Programming Council & Intramurals

Friday, October 18

Parade, Pep Rally & Rockin’ on the Riverbank

5 p.m. | Natchitoches Downtown Riverbank

Watch Live5 Band from Dallas, TX while the Homecoming parade rolls through the riverbank. After the parade, join in the pep rally and cheer on the Demons as they prepare to face UCA. Stick around for Homecoming awards!

Sponsored by the University Programming Council 

Saturday, October 19

Homecoming Game – NSU vs. UCA

6 p.m. | Turpin Stadium

Cheer on the Demons!

Tuesday, October 22

SHARP: Sexual Harassment & Rape Prevention Self-Defense Training

3 p.m. – 5 p.m. | WRAC – Group Excercise Room

University Police invites you to join us for a two-hour interactive self-defense training. The training encompasses awareness, safety strategies, and physical techniques. Make sure to wear athletic style apparel and closed toe shoes.  Register at nsusharp.eventbrite.com.

Sponsored by University Police and First Year Experience 

Thursday, October 24 

Myths & Legends Tour

8 p.m. | The Columns at Normal Hill

Meet us at the NSU Columns on Normal Hill for this late night, hair-raising tour of NSU’s campus and meet some of Northwestern State’s legends.  Participants have the opportunity to participate in the Demon Poker Run for a chance to win great prizes.  Glow sticks will be provided.

Sponsored by the First Year Experience

Monday, November 4 

Race to Register

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Student Union Ballroom

Register for Fall Classes and win door prizes and giveaways!  Have some fun with games and of course….free food!

Sponsored by the NSU Wellness Fest Committee

Wednesday, November 6

SHARP: Sexual Harassment & Rape Prevention Self-Defense Training

3 p.m. – 5 p.m. | WRAC – Group Excercise Room

University Police invites you to join us for a two-hour interactive self-defense training. The training encompasses awareness, safety strategies, and physical techniques. Make sure to wear athletic style apparel and closed toe shoes.  Register at nsusharp.eventbrite.com.

Sponsored by University Police and First Year Experience

Friday, November 8

National First Generation Day

Dodgeball Tournament

1 p.m. | WRAC

Saturday, November 9

First Generation Student Tailgate

3 p.m. | Student Tailgating Grounds

Tailgating games, music, and food!  Hang out with other first-generation students, and get prepped to cheer on the Demons!

Sponsored by First Year Experience and Student Support Services 

Monday, November 11 

Take a Hike

8 a.m. – 9 a.m. | Grady Erwin Nature Area

1 to 2 mile hike with a stop midway for yoga and healthy snacks!

Sponsored by the WRAC

Wednesday, November 13 

Wellness Fest

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | WRAC

Browse booths of local practitioners, complete health screenings, listen to speakers, or have fun with a variety of Wellness Initiatives!

Sponsored by the WRAC, First Year Experience, Health Services, CONSAH, Counseling Services

Tuesday, November 19 

SHARP: Sexual Harassment & Rape Prevention Self-Defense Training

3 p.m. – 5 p.m. | WRAC – Group Excercise Room

University Police invites you to join us for a two-hour interactive self-defense training. The training encompasses awareness, safety strategies, and physical techniques. Make sure to wear athletic style apparel and closed toe shoes.  Register at nsusharp.eventbrite.com.

Sponsored by University Police and First Year Experience 

Wednesday, November 20 

S’mores, S’mores, S’mores, and Breaking a World Record

5 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Organization Row

It’s the final countdown.  S’mores.  S’mores.  And S’MORES.  It’s time to make your mark in the Guiness Book of World Records.  Help us break the record for the most S’mores roasted simaltaneously.

Sponsored by First Year Experience