NSU President announces bookstore changes

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To Students, Faculty and Staff:

It is a pleasure to announce that Northwestern State University has completed an agreement for the Follett Higher Education Group to operate its bookstores on the Natchitoches and Shreveport campuses.

At the close of business Friday, Feb. 16, Barnes and Noble will cease management of bookstores in the Friedman Student Union on the main campus in Natchitoches and at the College of Nursing and School of Allied Health in Shreveport.

Follett will reopen both stores in the existing locations on Tuesday, Feb. 27. During the transition in Natchitoches students, faculty, staff and others are encouraged to use the NEEBO Campus Corner bookstore at 912 University Parkway. That facility, which has been operated by the Follett Group for a number of years, will undergo extensive renovations beginning next month.

At the Shreveport campus, students are encouraged to visit the Student Services Office while that campus’s store undergoes renovations.

This transition in bookstore operations is part of a long-range plan for NSU to expand and enhance its bookstore services and to develop a comprehensive one-stop shopping facility on University Parkway adjacent to the main campus. This 8,000-square-foot Campus Store will be designed to provide a broad range of books and other course materials, high-quality fast foods and specialized promotional apparel and other gear and products with Northwestern emblems and logos.

Northwestern students, faculty and staff, alumni and the public will be served by this bookstore and shopping area that is scheduled to open for the Fall semester of 2018. The Northwestern State University Foundation has acquired this property directly across the street from the campus, and the partnership between Northwestern, the NSU Foundation and Follett will create a dynamic and high quality Campus Store experience for the university and community for years to come.

The Follett bookstore at the Shreveport Nursing and Allied Health Campus will be moved from its current location to an area adjacent to Café DeMon at a later date.

Follett Corporation is the world’s largest single source of books, entertainment products, digital content and multi-media for libraries, schools and retailers. With headquarters in Westchester, Illinois, Follett provides education technology, services and physical digital content to millions of students at 70,000 schools and more than 2,850 physical and virtual campus stores in North America.

This exciting new partnership and the Campus Store concept will help maintain and increase the positive momentum that Northwestern has experienced in recent years.

During this transition phase, information related to bookstore changes is available from Jennifer Kelly at andersonje@nsula.edu or (318) 357-4300. Information on specific bookstore issues in Natchitoches is available by calling NEEBO Campus Corner at (318) 352-9965. Information on the transition at the Shreveport campus may be obtained at housew@nsula.edu or andersonje@nsula.edu. Please note that Scantron forms will be available in the Student Services Office on the Shreveport campus beginning Feb. 19.

Thank you for your patience during this transition. We all know that progress can result in disruptions, but every effort is being made to minimize any possible inconveniences as we move forward with this project that will enhance our university and community.

Sincerely

Dr. Chris Maggio

 

More information to come soon