NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University will celebrate Homecoming 2018 with a slate of activities, reunions, alumni gatherings, parade, pep rally and more beginning Thursday, Oct. 25 and continuing through Saturday, Oct. 27.
Northwestern State’s School of Business will present the 52th annual J. Walter Porter Forum beginning at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 in Russell Hall Room 107. This year’s theme is “Leadership and Empowerment: Time’s Up,” centered on highlighting the importance of why all business professionals should lead in the fight against sexual harassment in the workplace.
At 6 p.m. Friday, the NSU Black Alumni Association will host a BAA Alumni Mixer at Chateau St. Denis, 751 Second St.
Events on Friday, Oct. 26 begin with the annual Homecoming Golf Tournament at 11 a.m. at the NSU Rec Complex.
At 1 p.m. the Black Alumni Association will host “Life Lessons with Laughter and Love” featuring the Al Rucker Show in the Student Union Ballroom.
Evening events begin at 5 p.m. with an alumni art exhibit, “Woodworking with Mike Wilson” at Orville Hanchey Gallery.
The Homecoming parade will roll at 5:30 p.m. and will feature student groups, floats and throws. The parade will start at NSU’s main gate and will proceed down Second Street, turn right onto Rue Touline and proceed to Rue Beauport for a 6 p.m. pep rally on the Fleur De Lis Stage where the Homecoming Honor Court will be recognized and spirit groups will perform. Following the pep rally, the Rockin’ on the Riverbank Homecoming Festival will take place on the riverbank. Homecoming Awards will be presented to student groups at 7:30 p.m.
An alumni jazz concert will also take place in the Alumni Plaza on campus starting at 6:30 p.m.
At 7 p.m., the Black Alumni Association will host the Diamond Greek Life Show in A.A. Fredericks Auditorium on campus and the 1988 and 1998 football teams will gather for a reunion at Chateau St. Denis.
The AKA/Alpha Reunion Gala will begin at 8 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.
Downtown by the Decades will begin at 8:30 p.m. where alumni will meet up at specific locations by graduation year. Alumni from the 1950s and 1960s will meet at the Pioneer Pub. Alumni from the 1970s will meet in the main dining room at Merci Beaucoup while alumni from the 1980s will meet in the Merci Beaucoup banquet room. Alumni from the 1990s will meet at Bon Ami above The Landing. Alumni from the 2000s will meet at Mama’s Blues Room and alumni from the 2010s will meet at Maglieux’s.
The Black Alumni Association Diamond Life After Party will begin at 10 p.m. at The Edge.
Events on Saturday, Oct. 27 will begin at 9 a.m. with the Breakfast and Bingo at Collins Pavilion
Also beginning at 9 a.m., Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will present a mentoring workshop in the Student Union Room 321.
The N Club Hall of Fame Induction ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in Prather Coliseum.
The College of Business and Technology Outstanding Business Awards and Reception will begin at 11 a.m. in the Natchitoches Room in Russell Hall.
A luncheon for past Homecoming Kings and Queens and past Mr. and Miss NSUs will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.
A reunion luncheon for alumni of Sigma Tau Gamma will begin at noon in the President’s Room of the Student Union.
At 1 p.m. the Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development will host a reunion in the Commons Area of the Teacher Education Center. A ceremony for honorees who will be inducted into the Hall of Distinguished Educators will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Teacher Education Auditorium – Pod A.
Also at 1 p.m., the Alphas and AKAs will take a group photo at the front entrance of the Student Union.
Tailgating activities in and around Collins Pavilion, Donald’s Demon Alley and the practice field will begin at 2 p.m. The Black Alumni Association will host a tailgate and picnic at the practice field at 2 p.m.
The Demon Regiment Open House and tailgate will begin at 3 p.m. at the James A. Noe Military Science Building.
Pregame activities at Turpin Stadium will begin at 5:30 p.m. Inductees into the Hall of Distinguished Educators and the Business Hall of Distinguished Honors will be recognized on the field at 5:45 p.m. Kick-off for Northwestern versus Houston Baptist will be at 6 p.m.
Halftime ceremonies will take place at about 7:30 p.m. where the Homecoming Honor Court will be introduced.
The Black Alumni Association After Party will begin at 10 p.m. at the Natchitoches Country Club.
Times and locations for some events may be subject to change, so those planning to attend should check with the host to verify plans. A detailed schedule of events is also available at northwesternalumni.com under Upcoming Events.