LSMSA Student Services Update

November 1st, 2013

Winter Formal Dance

The Winter Formal Dance, sponsored by the Senior Class, will be held on Saturday, November 16th in the NSU Student Union Ballroom. This year's theme is The Great Gatsby.

Students wishing to drive their vehicles or ride with other LSMSA students on that night must submit a completed Winter Formal Dance Permission form. Students wishing to bring a non-LSMSA guest must submit the Dance Guest Registration form. All forms are due by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, November 11th. Forms and an overview of policies for major dance nights are available on the LSMSA website.

As is tradition at LSMSA, an after-party, sponsored by the Student Activity Board, will be held in the LSMSA gymnasium following nightly room check.

Any questions about dance forms should be directed to Jackie Jacoby, Student Services Administrative Assistant, at or 318-357-2507.

Hall Spotlight: Prudhomme 2C

In the coming months, each hall will have an opportunity to be featured in the student services newsletter to provide parents with more information on the residence life staff and the activities taking place on the halls.

2C Prudhomme Hall is currently our largest hall with 37 residents: 19 new students and 18 returners. During Eagle Antics 2C came in 2nd place during for both the overall competition and the spirit trophy, but was proud to see its sister hall, Third West, win 1st place for spirit! Students on 2C have had the opportunity to participate in weekly food runs to promote community and, most recently, a door decorating contest to show off everyone's personality.

Andrew Nieman is the SLA for 2C. Drew is a long time member of our LSMSA community. He graduated from LSMSA in 2005, earning an Excellence in Residence Life award and the Marvin Lockhart award for work service. While earning his Bachelor of Social Work at Northwestern State University, he served as a residential life intern at Prudhomme hall and, two years later with degree in hand, he moved into the position of Student Life Advisor! Drew likes to provide a variety of programs for our Living/Learning community ranging from video game tournaments in the Recital Hall and his office to physical fitness in the Dance Studio. He also hosted a Pumpkin Painting event for students and families during our Connections Weekend.

Two peer mentors, one academic and one residential, are members of the 2C community. Glenn Underwood is a third-year senior and returns to his post as 2C Peer Mentor for a second year in a row! Maintaining positions as Ambassador, Peer Mentor, and leader of this year's Quidditch Association, Glenn plays an active role in our community. He acts as an older brother figure for new residents to the hall as they try to adjust to the classwork and living environment of Prudhomme Hall. He enjoys participating in weekly Dungeons & Dragons games in our "chill lounge," playing a round of Smash Brothers in Drew's office, or jumping into a pick-up game of Ultimate Frisbee. Students can find his room in the middle of the hall and seek his advice about managing time, friend issues, or other areas where they need support or direction.

Matthew Fults is an academic peer mentor this year and 2C is fortunate to have him as a resident! If anyone in Prudhomme needs help in math, physics, or programming C++, they can find him in the 2C study lounge on Mondays or in his room at any other time. When he's not tutoring others, you can often find Matt playing World of Warcraft, Mario Brothers, or Smash Brothers in either his room or Drew's office!

Homecoming Weekend Events

This weekend is LSMSA's homecoming weekend and a number of special events have been planned for current students and visiting alumni. A schedule of events is included on the LSMSA website. In addition to what is listed, we will also be having a Boys JV Basketball Game at 5:00 p.m. on Friday night in the LSMSA gymnasium.

The LSMSA Website - Helpful Links for Parents

Have you explored the Current Parents section of the LSMSA website?

In that section, you'll find a page of useful resources for parents which includes links to required forms, information on fees, the link to order a cake or other goodies for your student, a calendar of extended weekends and holidays, and more!

The section also includes some tips from a former parent on "parenting long distance" and managing the travel between home and LSMSA.

Check it out!

Mark Your Calendars! Halls Close for Thanksgiving Break

Friday, Nov. 22nd, 4pm

715 University Parkway

Natchitoches, LA

Tickets for the Economics Club Bus will go on sale on 11/15/13.