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Northwestern honors long line of distinguished grads
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Homecoming celebrations offer opportunities for universities to focus attention on prominent alumni, and Northwestern honored an impressive and diverse group of its graduates when the school commemorated its 129th anniversary Homecoming last weekend.

Four NSU graduates that have achieved extensive success in the business world were inducted as members of the School of Business Hall of Distinction. Receiving that honor were Ed Dranguet of Natchitoches, R. Stewart Ewing, Jr., of Monroe, Joe Schelette of Shreveport and Barbara Jo Pease of Houston.

Dranguet is a retired bank president, and Ewing is executive vice-president and chief financial officer of CenturyLink, a multinational communications company. Pease retired as chief ethics and compliance officer for Shell in the United States, and Schelette has served in the accounting section of Southwest Electric Power Company for 35 years.

Honored as new members of the NSU Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development Hall of Distinguished Educators were Carol H. Hebert of Alexandria, Sally Tanner Namie of Benton, the late Dr. John B. Robson, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Dr. James Rougeau of Branson, Mo., and John R. Williams of Baton Rouge. All were prominent educators.

Dr. Randy Moffett and Dr. Jeanne Burns were presented the Friends of Education award. Moffett retired after serving as president of Southeastern Louisiana University and the University of Louisiana System, and Burns is associate commissioner for the Louisiana Board of Regents.

Six of the most celebrated athletes in Northwestern history were inducted into the Graduate N Club Hall of Fame during the Homecoming celebration. Those honorees were football greats Ferrell Yarbrough and Greg Necaise, baseball standouts Terry Joseph and Kyle Shade, softball standout Amy Grisham Calhoun and cross country champion Maryalyce Walsh Cox.

Two other former NSU athletes received Graduate N Club Distinguished Service Awards. That honor went to Jack Brittain, Jr., for many years of service to Northwestern’s sports programs and to Emma Boozman who recently retired as one of the state’s most successful women’s basketball coaches.

Other notable Northwestern alumni were also recognized at Homecoming, including Retired Major General Claude Roberts, a member of the university’s ROTC Hall of Fame.

That extraordinary list of honorees would have been even longer if the university had not changed its induction into the Long Purple Line, the highest honor for alumni, from Homecoming to a new event called The President’s Command Performance.

NSU alumni and friends should “save the date” of April 4 for that celebration that will combine the Long Purple Line induction with productions featuring music, art, drama and dance students.

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