Demons hire North Carolina State product Kevin Bostian for AD post

By DOUG IRELAND, Journal Sports

Northwestern State’s two-month search for its new athletics director landed 43-year-old North Carolina State graduate Kevin Bostian, a highly-accomplished fundraiser with senior-level administrative experience at several prominent Division I athletics programs, the Demons announced Tuesday afternoon.

Bostian will be introduced Thursday morning in Natchitoches at 11 a.m. in the Friedman Student Union Ballroom on the NSU campus, in an event open to the public. He will take over for longtime Demons’ AD Greg Burke effective Monday, Feb. 7.

Bostian has spent the last two years at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as the executive associate athletic director for development. He previously worked at NC State’s athletic department as a major gifts officer, after revenue generation and management positions at Georgia Southern, Tennessee Tech, East Tennessee State and South Alabama.

Bostian becomes just the third NSU AD since 1983, succeeding Burke, who is taking a position as a university fundraiser after 25 1/2 years in charge of the NSU Athletics. Tynes Hildebrand was AD from 1983-96.

A 2000 magna cum laude graduate of North Carolina State in business management, Bostian earned his master’s of business administration and master’s of sports administration from Ohio University in 2002. He and his wife, Megan, have three young daughters, Ayla, Zoe and Piper.

“We are elated that Kevin will be joining the university as athletic director,” Northwestern State President Dr. Marcus Jones said. “He has impressive credentials and extensive experience in college athletics that will assist him in re-energizing NSU’s intercollegiate sports program and guiding it to new levels of success.

“He has a steadfast commitment to student-athletes and their accomplishments on and off the field, and Northwestern alumni, faculty and staff, and other stakeholders will appreciate his genuineness, enthusiasm, and spirit of collaboration. Kevin and his family will be a valuable addition to the university and community.”

The hire culminated a two-month national search spearheaded by Kyle Bowlsby, founder of Bowlsby Sports Advisors, the search firm that coordinated the process. An alumni-based advisory committee helped hone the candidate pool down to roughly 12 semifinalists and three finalists, who were interviewed on campus Monday and Tuesday morning.

“Northwestern State University has hired an exceptional person in Kevin Bostian,” said Bowlsby, the 34-year-old son of Bob Bowlsby, one of college athletics’ most powerful leaders as commissioner of the Big XII Conference. “He is a transformational leader who will maximize the student-athlete experience and position the athletic department for long-term success. Kevin rose quickly on our list of potential candidates as someone who is passionate and driven to make his mark on the intercollegiate athletics landscape.”

Bostian, who interviewed on campus Monday and returned home to North Carolina, emerged as a clear choice for Jones. The hiring was announced less than three hours following the final candidate’s interview concluded before lunch Tuesday.

Based on a press release from Northwestern State Athletics

Photo/Graphic: by Northwestern State Athletics


Troopers remind everyone to keep safety in mind for Halloween

As Halloween approaches, Louisiana state troopers want everyone to make sure safety is a top priority.  As children in costumes walk and ride through neighborhoods across the parish, parents and guardians should be aware of possible hazards and dangerous situations.  

To ensure that trick-or-treating is a safe and memorable event for everyone, Louisiana State Police recommends by following these common safety tips: 

  • Ensure that your child remains as visible as possible by carrying a flashlight or glow stick, and/or wearing reflective clothing or costumes to alert drivers of the child’s location. 
  • Remember that masks can restrict vision and breathing, restricting sight of oncoming vehicles.  Face painting is a safer option. 
  • Avoid potential tripping hazards, such as costumes that drag on the ground.
  • Accompany children so they do not enter homes or vehicles without permission. 
  • Plan your trick-or-treating route in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets. 
  • Remember to walk on sidewalks when available. If walking on the street is necessary, pedestrians should walk on the left side of the road facing traffic. 
  • Children should also know their address, phone number, and how to dial 911for emergencies. Young children should have this information attached somewhere on their costumes in the event they get separated or lost.  
  • Parents are urged to inspect all candy for safety after returning home. 

Motorists should also use caution and drive slowly through residential areas and intersections leading to neighborhoods. Trick-or-treaters may run across the street without looking for vehicles or their vision could be obscured by masks.  Also, Troopers ask that you drive with your headlights on, even during daylight and dusk hours, so that other vehicles and pedestrians can see you from farther distances. 

Under current State Law, it is illegal for a registered sex offender to participate in Halloween trick-or-treat activities.  Parents can find accurate information regarding the presence of sex offenders and predators in their neighborhoods by visiting the Louisiana Sex Offender and Child Predator Registry online at: http://www.lsp.org/socpr/default.html.  If you become aware of a sex offender who is attending costume parties or giving out candy where children are present, notify your local law enforcement immediately. 

Halloween has also been a deadly night due to impaired drivers.  Adults that take part in Halloween parties and trick-or-treating while consuming alcoholic beverages are strongly encouraged to have a plan for a safe ride home. Your plan can include utilizing a ridesharing service, taxi or having a designated driver.  Troopers ask that sober party-goers also help out by keeping impaired friends from getting behind the wheel. 


Practice What You Preach

As you are probably aware, October is National Pastor Appreciation Month. Being raised as a pastor’s child it was very difficult to appreciate the pastor when he was a resident of my own home. Seeing your pastor once a week leaves room for the old saying, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder”. Living with a preacher was a whole different story. It’s a good story but it’s a different story.

Many people do not get to see the behind the scenes work that pastors do and the amount of studying and preparation that goes into a Sunday message or just merely opening the doors for a church service. The pastor is the first one to church in the mornings and the last to leave. Their children and spouses have a front row seat to all of these festivities. Tending to the flock is a full time job and sometimes it takes the pastor’s wife and children to work as a team to ensure that everything is taken care of.

Pastors are known for inviting random people over for Sunday lunch in a moments notice. Their family must be prepared for this. They are known for leaving in the middle of meals because someone is in need. Their family must be prepared for this. They are known to travel across the country to perform a wedding or a funeral. Their family must be prepared for this. Sometimes they even have the tough jobs of delivering bad news to unsuspecting people or their own church family.

No one is prepared for this.

One of the heaviest burdens to bear as a pastor is that they must perform all of these duties without showing the slightest bit of wavering faith. After all, they are our spiritual heroes and always have the right words to share. If the pastor has a bad day or not feeling his best, the whole flock will be able to tell it.

It reminds me of a turbulent flight. If the flight attendants are worried then the passengers are equally worried. Same thing with a church, if the pastor loses his faith then the flock will follow.

Sometimes what preachers don’t talk about is the need to be tended to as well. Please don’t confuse this as a paid advertisement from local preachers. But in some respects it could be read as a reminder that pastors need prayer and encouragement as well. Pastors constantly pour from their cup and often need it filled again. Pastor-fatigue is a real thing and it is easily cured with support and constant prayer from the church family.

It’s an incredibly easy task to sit on a pew and judge every word, every movement, every mispronunciation of a word or missed scripture when you aren’t the one standing behind the pulpit after having prepared all week for the perfect message to deliver to the flock.

I am probably preaching to the choir but I sincerely pray you spent October appreciating your pastor and all of their hard work. If you haven’t, it’s not too late. If you feel so inclined, I am sure they would appreciate your prayers all year long and not just confine it to the fall season of the year.


“And I will you give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.”
Jeremiah 3:15

“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers”
Ephesians 4:11


The Colorful World of Baits

By Steve Graf

When it comes to soft plastic lures, one thing anglers will say is that “color does not matter.” But I’m going to give my perspective on why it does. For years both novice and professional bass fishermen have made a case for why the color of your bait doesn’t matter. They say it’s more about the presentation than it is the color of the bait itself. This may be true in some isolated cases, but if that’s true, then why do manufacturers make soft plastic worms in so many colors? Is it to catch fish or is it to catch anglers?

Today’s anglers are overwhelmed with color selection by many of the top name brands like Strike King, V&M, Gary Yamamoto, Zoom, and Reaction Innovation, just to name a few. Each of these manufacturers produce some of the best soft plastics ever made. But colors in the bass fishing world are not your standard red, blue or greens. They have very creative names like red bug, tequila sunrise, green pumpkin, watermelon and my personal favorite, black emerald. Bait companies are even more creative than the original box of 64 crayons when it comes to color options. You may remember this from your childhood days when Crayola crayons had names like Brick Red, Burnt Orange, Chestnut, and even Bittersweet. But today’s box of crayons might include Inchworm, Granny Smith Apple, Caribbean Green, Tropical Rainforest, or my personal favorite Permanent Geranium Lake. Who comes up with these names? How is a child or an angler today, suppose to understand or learn the different color pallets of this magnitude?

Well, bass fishermen new to the industry are in the same boat. How is an angler supposed to know the difference between crab apple or plum? Well crab apple, also known as red bug by some companies, are red worms with green flake. But back in the day when soft plastic baits were first invented by Nick Crème of Crème Lures, crab apple was the original red worm with green flake. By the way, it was at the Cleveland Sportsman’s Show in 1951 that Nick Crème introduced and sold over 9600 packs of soft plastic worms which jumpstarted the soft plastic industry. Today the king of soft plastics is a company by the name of Zoom, which started manufacturing soft plastic baits in 1977.

As you can see, the color pallets of the bass fishing world all depend on what company is producing the baits. But does color really matter when it comes to catching bass? I say yes, because I’ve seen days where you can throw red bugs and then switch to green pumpkin and start catching fish. Just like this past August, I was pre-fishing for a tournament on Sam Rayburn and was throwing one of my favorite V&M baits called a Baby Swamp Hog in watermelon/red with basically zero bites in the first three hours. I switched to Gleason Candy and it was like someone turned on a light switch. Making this change in color allowed me to finish in 2nd place in that event. I’m also of the opinion that if color doesn’t matter, then why do they make so many color options for anglers to choose from? Now I will admit that some colors are designed to catch anglers rather than fish, but in general, the array of color choices allows an angler to experiment and try something that maybe the bass have not seen.

So, the next time you’re in your favorite tackle store, make sure you know what color soft plastic you’re looking for. Know the difference between watermelon/red and green pumpkin with red flakes. If you’re not sure, ask someone to help you. Till next time, good luck, good fishing, and don’t forget to set the hook!


Questions and Answers About Gallstones and Gallbladder Surgery

Operating room ,doctor preparing device and instrument for operate patient in hospital

With General Surgeon Dr. Steven Jackson

NRMC General Surgery Associates

Question: What is the purpose of the gallbladder?

Dr. Jackson: The gallbladder is an organ that plays a role in digestion by releasing a fluid called bile into the small intestines. The gallbladder is located near the liver in the upper right quadrant of the abdomen.

Question: Why do gallstones form?

Dr. Jackson: Causes include too much cholesterol or bilirubin in the bile, some blood disorders, or a poorly functioning gallbladder that does not release bile effectively. Each of these can lead to the formation of crystals or pebbles. These solid masses can block the bile ducts and cause an infection and inflammation in the gallbladder.

Question: What are the symptoms of gallstones?

Dr. Jackson: Gallstones can cause sharp pain in the upper right quadrant of the abdomen. Other common symptoms are vomiting, sweating, bloating, flatulence, diarrhea, and fever. An infection can lead to serious illness.

Question: How do you diagnose gallstones?

Dr. Jackson: When a person comes in with pain and illness suggestive of gallstones or other gallbladder issues, we do imaging – CT scan, ultrasound, or sometimes MRI – of the gallbladder to see what’s going on. We look for gallstones and whether or not there are any blockages. We also do blood tests to check for infection and liver enzymes.

Question: When is surgery needed to remove the gallbladder?

Dr. Jackson: When gallstones are blocking the bile ducts causing pain, infection, and inflammation, the condition will not improve on its own, and surgery is needed. There are also other conditions that can lead to removal of the organ. We do most of these surgeries laparoscopically using four small incisions. The recovery is much faster than if we need to do traditional surgery which is done through one larger incision.

Question: Do you need a gallbladder?

Dr. Jackson: The gallbladder serves an important function, but for people with gallstones and gallbladder disease, it is necessary to remove the organ. After removing the gallbladder, the liver continues to produce bile but instead of it going into the gallbladder, the bile goes directly from the liver into the small intestines where it then helps with digestion.

For more information on gallbladder disease or for an appointment with Dr. Jackson, please call 318.214.5770. NRMC General Surgery Associates is in the Multispecialty Clinic, adjacent to NRMC. In an emergency, patients should go to NRMC’s Emergency Department. General Surgery Associates are on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Bucket List

Recently, I flew out to see my daughter who was completing her internship in the Wyoming/Idaho area. Otherwise known as “Wydaho”. The purpose of the trip was two-fold. This recovering helicopter mom was more than a tad anxious about my care-free daughter making the two day drive home alone. I flew one way and rode back with her. The other purpose of the trip was to catch some views of God’s creation that we were not able to see when we moved her there earlier this summer.

We agreed to check a few places off of the old bucket list.

Once I arrived we quickly began planning the natural attractions that we would take in during our mother-daughter tour. We both agreed that we should see the Rocky Mountains, Garden of the Gods and Great Sand Dunes. Since my daughter has been living “up North” she has become an avid hiker. A real avid hiker… the kind of hiker that hikes for fifteen miles just to eat a granola bar at an elevation of 10,000 feet or higher.

So, of course she wanted to include hiking and lots of it.

I always called myself having a bucket list that included places to go and things to do. But, I can guarantee you that hiking in the Rocky Mountain National Park was not on that list. There is too much “drive-by” beauty to be totally committed to hiking. We spent a few hours in intense negotiations because I have not spent the last few months hiking at high altitudes and eating gluten-free grass like she had been. I have been living in the deep south, barely surviving a triple digit summer with three hundred percent humidity.

We finally agreed to a short hike to a water fall with the understanding that when I ask to “stop and take a picture”…. it was a mutually understood code for, “I cannot breathe and will probably die if I take another step”.

Off we went down this very deceiving trail. It started off as a downhill hike so I was feeling very confident before I realized the trail was becoming extremely elevated. It was not long before I enacted our mutually agreed upon code.

“Hey Meredith, this looks like an amazing place to take a picture.”

The trails were lined with aspen trees. They were breathtakingly (pun intended) beautiful as they were taking on their fall hues. I am quite certain that we took a photograph near each and every one of them. The trails were packed with hikers and you could tell they were all at different levels of expertise. Some carried backpacks full of supplies and some carried trekking poles.

As I was using one of these beautiful aspen trees as a leaning and breathing spot, a group of hikers walked by us and told us that the waterfall was just over the next hill. It gave me the second-wind that I needed to complete this journey of my bucket list. Off we went.

Lucky for me and my lungs, the hikers were correct. We topped a small hill and you could hear the glorious sound of water falling. It was music to my popping ears. Truly, words could not describe the beauty that was before our eyes. As I walked closer to the waterfall I noticed there was an elderly lady who had crawled down the rocky path towards the water just to get a better picture of God’s glory.

She was laying down, over the edge, and barely hanging on, just for the perfect photo. I was mesmerized by this adventurous woman. She was all smiles, no trouble breathing and she was staring death straight in the face while her husband stood on higher ground with the rest of us scaredy cats. When she finally decided to climb back up the rocks, I noticed her husband did not offer her a hand to help. She was crawling on her hands and knees. Her hands looked fragile but her face was beaming with confidence.

Another hiker walked up to offer his assistance and he was met with a scowl from the woman and a polite “no thank you” from her husband. The crowd grew curious and continued to stare. She refused help and pulled herself up with no assistance. When she made it we all breathed a sigh of relief but she just dusted off her hands and greeted the crowd.

Being the nosey traveler that I am, I needed to know more. I made my way to her and her husband and introduced myself. My daughter followed. It didn’t take long for us to find out they were a retired couple from New York that moved to Florida and they were taking their “fall bucket list trip”. The precious couple shared story after story of their adventures and how they are the “fun grandparents” that will skydive with their grandchildren and do all of the crazy things that the prudent parents refuse to do.

I was even more impressed that they have an active bucket list and enjoy one thing at a time. Like them, I too have a bucket list but mine has changed over the years. The items I use to have on my bucket list don’t seem so important any more. So, I add new things. Some have been achieved and some will have to wait until another season of life.

It so much fun to make plans and bucket lists. Making plans is all part of human nature and we can set all of the goals we want but if God has other ideas he does not check with us first. He doesn’t ask for permission to rearrange our bucket list. The most amazing thing about his plans is that they will always bless us and prosper us. We just have to trust in him and not our own understanding. His ways are not our ways, they are much better.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11


BOM Welcomes Grady Martin

BOM would like to welcome Grady Martin as the Branch Manager and Lender at our Montgomery location. Grady has 29 years of banking experience with 21 of those years as a manager. He and his wife, Jean, have been married for 29 years. They have three children: Melaina, Michael, and Marshal. Grady graduated from Ashland High School in 1981, and he received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northwestern State University in 1985. He attends Westside Baptist Church where he serves as a deacon and a member of the choir. Outside of work, Grady enjoys spending time with family, traveling and watching sports. Grady is currently attending the Louisiana Bankers Association Leadership School. Welcome, Grady!


Will Schools Get Letter Grades This Year?

Action at the state level would block the grading of schools in the state with a letter, A to F.  This policy of issuing letter grades has been in place for a number of years, yet the BESE Board hopes to withhold the grades from the public for the 2020-21 school year.

That decision did not sit well with Red River High Principal JC Dickey.  He said, “While I do understand this position, I really hope my school, Red River High gets released.”  Dickey added, “We worked really hard, and I want everyone to know what we accomplished.  At least give us a choice to show the community what we were able to do.”

KTBS TV reported that Louisiana’s top school board Monday voted to ask federal officials for permission to shelve the issuance of public school letter grades because of classroom upheaval sparked by the coronavirus pandemic.

The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education agreed to the request without dissent.

The U. S. Department of Education is expected to approve the proposal and has already signed off on waiver requests from 45 or so other states, officials said.

The grades and school performance scores are traditionally announced in November and spell out how schools fared in the previous school year.

State officials announced earlier this month that math, English, science and social studies tests students took in the spring — called LEAP 2025 — plummeted in virtually every school district in the state.


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Well, sort of

The Goldonna Christmas in the Park Committee is in the beginning stages of soliciting sponsors and door prizes for the 2021 Christmas Festival. The committee also has room for more volunteers. If you want to get involved and help spread Christmas cheer please reach out to the Mayor, Jennifer Smith.

One of the most popular festival fundraisers is the Annual Fish Fry which will be held October 3rd at Town Hall. Rumor has it that School Board Member, Eugene Garner, and friends will be fishing for the good of community again this year. You do not want to miss out on this delectable dinner of fish, slaw, fries, hushpuppies, dessert and drink, all for the low price of $9 per plate.

The Goldonna Town Hall will hold a public hearing dedicated to the review of the seven ordinances that were announced last week. The meeting will be Thursday September 9th at 6:00pm. The guest speaker, Dan Dansby, will be present at the September 13th meeting to discuss assistance for water bills that may be related to leaks.

COVI-19 vaccines will be given away at the Winfield campus of CLTCC on Thursday August 19 beginning at 12:00pm and ending at 4:00pm. The second dose will be given on Thursday September 9th at the same times. The sponsor for this event is Albertson’s and appointments can be made at www.mhealthsystem.com/CLTCC

Be on the lookout for more information regarding a medical training for the community called, “Stop the Bleed”. A free training will be offered outlining the three quick actions that could save lives.

If you have news to include please email Reba Phelps at jreba.phelps@gmail.com


Demons enjoy solid first day of camp

The heat was back, and so were the Demons.

Northwestern State started its truncated fall 2021 football camp Friday morning with a nearly two-hour workout inside a sun-splashed Turpin Stadium, mixing in newcomers and veterans for the first time.

“It was good to see,” fourth-year head coach Brad Laird said. “OTAs in July and 11-on-11 practice in fall camp is different. Our guys realize that. The bullets fly a little faster in camp. It was good to see them in that type of atmosphere. Not just the new guys, but some of the veterans – we wanted to see the leadership and the improvement they’ve made from last spring to this fall.”

Those veterans were joined by a handful of newcomers, especially on the offensive side of the ball.

While quarterback Mark Salazar (San Diego State) and wide receivers Jay Griffin IV (New Mexico) and Stanley King (Rutgers) went through their first workouts as Demons, the trio had been able to work together throughout July, leading to an easier transition on the field Friday morning.

“That summer period is crucial for building team chemistry,” Salazar said. “We were grinding together through workouts and bonding. I’m looking forward to the rest of call camp, being able to throw a football around. I’m excited to get to work with these guys.”

Griffin echoed Salazar’s thoughts.

“It was very important,” he said. “It allowed us to get to know each other and build chemistry with the quarterbacks. It helped us a lot on this first day of camp. We had run routes with them. The more reps we can get, the more we can be around each other is important.”

The value of the July workouts for the newcomers straddled each side of the line.

“I was able to learn how everything goes, learn how the coaches are,” said linebacker Kwame Sarkodie, a transfer from Navarro College. “I feel like we’re a family already.”

While Laird was excited to see his charges back on the field after a relatively short time away – the six-game spring season led to a much shorter-than-normal offseason – the first day of practice was a typical one.

To a man, the trio of Sarkodie, Salazar and Griffin said there were plenty of chances for the Demons to improve going forward during the eight-day fall camp, which concludes Aug. 14 with the first preseason scrimmage. Northwestern State students report to campus for fall classes beginning Aug. 16.

The attitude of improvement has funneled from the top of the coaching staff down to the players.

“One thing we talked about (Thursday) night was making every day count,” Laird said. “These days of fall camp, there’s a lot going on, and we only have eight practices before school starts. I thought coach (Rashad) Jackson in our special teams meeting had a great saying. He said, ‘Be 1-0 every play.’ We always talk about being 1-0 every week, but it made sense. We’re going to make mistakes. I’m going to make mistakes. Our players will make mistakes, but we’ll do it full speed, learn from our mistakes and get better.”

The Demons continue fall camp Saturday morning with a 9:15 workout at Turpin Stadium as they continue to prepare for the Sept. 4 season opener at North Texas.

Photo Credit: Chris Reich/NSU Photographic Services


Graduating ROTC cadet makes history as NSU’s first female to commission as Armor branch officer

Northwestern State University ROTC Cadet Meya Morse was commissioned Friday, Aug. 5 as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and is NSU’s first female cadet to be selected to serve on active duty in the Army’s Armor branch. Morse is a native of Morgan City and completed a bachelor’s degree at the close of NSU’s summer session in computer information systems with a concentration in web development and a minor in military science.

“Finding out that I would branch as an Armor officer was a surprise yet satisfaction to my eyes,” Morse said. “Not only will I be active duty in the armed forces, but I will be a part of a combat arms — the battlefield — branch. My role as an Armor officer is to lead in different operations and lead in combat operations pertaining to tanks and cavalry reconnaissance.”

“Meya has made history here in the Demon Battalion by being our first female cadet to commission as an Armor officer. Let that sink in a minute, our first female cadet in history to commission as an Armor officer,” said LTC Joshua R. Blake, professor of military science. “We are fortunate to witness this historic event as she is the first in what will be a long line of courageous women who take advantage of the new opportunities to serve.”

Infantry and Armor branches of the military were closed to women until 2016 when all military occupations and positions were opened to women who qualify and meet specific standards.

“As an Infantry officer, I can tell you firsthand that the Armor and Infantry branches are at the tip of the spear,” Drake said. “These branches are the hammer that close with and destroy our nation’s adversaries with decisive action and firepower. If you haven’t seen an M1 Abrams shoot its 120mm main gun, it’s an amazing demonstration of the Army’s strength.”

Morse is also the first female from her hometown to commission into a combat branch. Although unsure where she will be stationed, she will first head to Fort Benning, Georgia, for Basic Officer Leaders Course.

Morse graduated from Morgan City High School in 2016. While in high school, she was involved in many organizations, including National Beta Club and JROTC where she was the Battalion Commander of Morgan City High School.

“Before Battalion Commander, I went to JROTC Cadet Leadership Training Course, which is a week of leadership training. There, I was the top cadet in the entire camp out of over 600 cadets. Being Battalion Commander I did over 30 service events, and I led over 40 cadets in the Battalion,” Morse said.

In high school, Morse was also in the gifted program for acting, singing and drawing and was part of Morgan City’s women’s basketball and track teams. As a basketball player, she was named All-State for four years and was team captain. In track, she went to Regionals in 2015 for the 300 hurdles. She was also MC for school pep rallies and Homecoming Queen in 2015.

Arriving at NSU in 2016, Morse was president of Juice Athletics, part of Lifted Voices choir and dance and joined African America Caucus participating in Wild n Out for three years. She also did community service and intramural sports and was named All Star and MVP for flag football and basketball. Her name is on several flags hanging in the WRAC representing five championships in intramural sports. She is an Honor Roll student.

“I joined the Northwestern State Demon Battalion in 2019 because I wanted to further my military outlook. From there, I held various positions such as S-1, president of the Black Knights, president of the Cadet Funds and executive officer. I volunteered at the nursing home, animal shelter, summer program for kids back in Morgan City and service events. I also attended Operation Agile Leader to commission as an officer in the Army,” she said.

Morse currently serves in the Army Reserves and has been serving in the military for four years as a specialist. Her MOS was an 88M (Transportation Specialist) for the 441st Transportation Company in New Orleans.

Pictured: Meya Morse of Morgan City, right, made history at Northwestern State University as being the first female ROTC cadet to commission in the Armor branch of the U.S. Army, an opportunity that was closed to women until 2016. Morse earned a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems with a concentration in web development and a minor in military science. LTC Joshua Drake, left, administered the oath of office as Morse was commissioned as a second lieutenant during an Aug. 6 ceremony.


Podcast: Marcus Jones joins Billy West LIVE

PART ONE
Marcus Jones joins Billy West Live and discusses his Interim Appointment as President of Northwestern State University.

The interview includes Marcus’ educational background and experiences teaching and in administration of higher education.

Marcus answers questions about his vision for the immediate future of NSU and increasing on-campus enrollment for Students in Natchitoches.

PART TWO

Marcus Jones answers questions related to his commitment to higher education in general and specifically related to keeping NSU competitive in Division 1 Athletics, especially football.

Marcus also discusses the position of permanent President of NSU and whether or not he will be a candidate for that position. Marcus also discusses his views on whether a terminal degree is necessary or required to be the permanent President of NSU.