NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University named Vashaun South its new Cenla Campus Manager. NSU’s Cenla Campus serves the central Louisiana area with degree programs through the Learning Center for Rapides Parish and South hopes to create more visibility for NSU’s presence there.
“Times are rapidly changing and what we did yesterday will not catapult us into tomorrow,” South said. “I will not settle for anything less than the best possible experience for our students.”
As the fall semester approaches, South has been busy helping students with advising and financial aid questions and helping faculty prepare for classes, which begin Aug. 21.
South earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master of arts in counseling at NSU. She is currently pursuing a second graduate degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education. As a graduate student, South worked as a graduate assistant in the Graduate School on NSU’s main campus where she learned the importance of providing a good student experience.
“I became dedicated to ensuring that all students have the necessary information and support that they will need to successfully continue their educational goals,” she said. “While working in the Graduate School, I interacted and worked very closely with students, professors, department heads and deans. I also worked with the offices of admissions and the registrar on questions and concerns brought forth by students. It was during this time that I made up in my mind that simply assisting others in making decisions was not all that I aspired to do. I am a leader, and a leader sets the tone, transforms the atmosphere and makes things happen.”
Northwestern State’s Cenla Campus serves the central Louisiana area with associate, bachelor’s and masters’ degree programs, as well as certificate programs based on industry needs. The academic facility is located within the England Industrial Airpark at 1410 Neel Kearby Blvd. in Alexandria.
“Becoming the Cenla Campus Manager is not just a title; it is my way of giving back to a school that has given and meant so much to me,” South said. “In my role I want to be a key participant in increasing our student population, the number of certification and undergraduate level programs offered at our site and build more relationships and stronger relationship with our local businesses.”
For information on degree programs and other opportunities available at NSU’s Cenla Campus, visit nsula.edu/cenla or call (318) 484-2184. South can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.