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Twenty-eight Northwestern State University students have been selected as freshman connectors for NSU’s Freshman Connection May 31-June 1, June 21-22 and July 17.

The connectors will work closely with incoming freshman in the Freshman Connection program, assisting them as they make the transition to university life. While on campus, participants will meet with an academic advisor, register for classes, learn about campus resources and meet future classmates.

This year’s connectors are Kiley Louviere and Kelly Louviere of Houma, Jebha Babu of Patterson, Jake Bryan of Pollock, Brooke Carlini of Moreauville, Jacob Carter of Deville, Regan Cross of Lake Charles, Dylan Drake of Walker and Jack Fletcher of Bunkie.

Also named as connectors are Anna Gasperecz, Blake Miller, Jessica Ratelle and Courtney Wilson of Baton Rouge, Chris Gist and Scott Mayeaux of Alexandria and Victoria Hippler and Megan McDaniel of Natchitoches and Derrick Houston of Vivian.

This year’s connectors also include Mary-Paige Johnson of Shreveport, Taylor Layman of St. Gabriel, Austin McCann and Ryan Owens of New Orleans, Ryan Pang of Bossier City, Beau Russell of Ruston, Tori Sanford of Castor, Alyssa Seilhan of Basile, Tori Thompson of Humble, Texas, and Jessica Underwood of Anacoco.

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, 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 age 5

12. There is a $30 fee for each participant.

A program for those entering the state’s designated honors college, Louisiana Scholars’ College Connection, will be on May 31

June 1.For more information go to

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