Program connectors are Anna Gasperecz of Baton Rouge, Shari Olmsted of New Orleans and Mason Lee of Pearl River.
The 2013 freshman connectors are Alex Andre’ of Prairieville, Katie Bethard of Jena, Drew Ferguson of Lake Charles, Jack Fletcher of Bunkie, Memrie Gibbons of New Boston, Texas, Alayni Guidry and Kyla Winey of Lafayette and Taylor Layman, Blake Miller and Tommy Remson of Baton Rouge.
Also chosen as freshman connectors are Chris Juneau of Cottonport, Dylan Laborde of Negreet, Courtney Matthews of Kenner, Brittany McConathy of Pineville, Howard-Joseph Middleton of Houston, Texas, Alexia Mullally of Colleyville, Texas, John Pearce of Maringouin, Matthew Spence of Houma, Brandi Vincent of Broussard, Regan Wild of Prairieville and Robin Wilder of Homer.
While on campus, Freshman Connection participants will meet with an academic advisor, register for classes, learn about campus resources and meet future classmates. The first two sessions are residential programs, requiring a stay in Northwestern State’s residential community.
Incoming freshmen will be introduced to the academic programs and services provided by the University, such as academic advising and support services. Upon completing the registration process at Freshman Connection, those who attend will be prepared for their first semester in college. The cost for Freshman Connection is $80, which includes accommodations and meals.
In conjunction with Freshman Connection, Northwestern State will also hold Parent Connection and Kid Konnection.
Parent Connection is aimed at helping parents become familiar with college life, so that they can successfully manage this time of change, growth, fun and exploration. The program consists of special presentations designed to help family members assist with their student’s transition to Northwestern State by becoming familiar with the University.
There is a $25 registration fee for the first parent and $10 for each additional parent. This fee covers the cost of lunch in Iberville Dining Hall and program materials.
Kid Konnection will help younger siblings become familiar with college life. Activities include a tour of the campus and visiting a residence hall, fun arts and crafts, taking pictures with Northwestern State’s mascot Vic the Demon and other events designed for children. Participants will also receive lunch, an afternoon snack, t-shirt and more.
Kid Konnection is exclusively for siblings of new NSU students ages 5 – 12. There is a $30 fee for each participant.