J. G. Parrie

/J. G. Parrie

About J. G. Parrie

Academic Tech Support Specialist at Information Systems on Northwestern State University's Natchitoches campus. 208 Roy Hall. Phone #5594.

J. Walter Porter Forum

The J. Walter Porter forum is an effort to translate the textbook into practice by bringing capable, successful business executives to the campus to speak on selected topics in their area of expertise.

The forum is sponsored annually by the School of Business and made possible by the endowment established by the family and friends of the late J. Walter Porter.  Mr. Porter was interested in improving the image of business as a career field for college students.

Message from the Coordinator

Message from the Coordinator

Our AACSB accredited School of Business offers outstanding degree programs that are committed to preparing students to be successful in Accounting, Business Administration, and Computer Information Systems.  Students may also major in our industry-leading Hospitality Management and Tourism degree program, which prepares students to successfully lead and innovate in a variety of hospitality, culinary arts, and tourism-related careers. Our curriculum embraces analytical thinking, leadership skills, and advanced technological knowledge along with all the tools necessary for our business graduates to compete and succeed in a global economy.

Our administration, staff, and faculty members understand the needs of the global economy and are constantly surveying industry and business partners to better prepare our students for advancement in the workforce. Our accreditation through AACSB International, the world’s premier accrediting agency for business programs, places us in an elite group of the top 10% of business colleges and schools of businesses throughout the world. Our online programs have been recognized on multiple occasions as among the top online programs in the state and the nation. Our post-baccalaureate certificates provide a streamlined option to learn new skills and acquire new knowledge.

We are proud of our students, alumni, and other stakeholders who continuously impact their communities and our own. Please join our NSU family by becoming a School of Business student. We have one goal, YOURS!

We look forward to seeing you at NSU and in the School of Business.

Best regards,

Curtis D. Penrod, Ph.D.
Senior Coordinator of Business Programs
College of Business and Technology


Do you want to develop a business plan to compete for prizes? Well, if yes, then our 2nd Inferno Pitch is for you!  The competition starts August 19th, 2019.   Please see:  Video #1 (short): https://youtu.be/9ocK0dSe4v0
Video #2 (long): https://youtu.be/0-hjCo3_rUI.  Also, please check out https://my.nsula.edu/course/view.php?id=12367&notifyeditingon=1 for more information, contact your favorite Business Instructor to get started, because the HOTTEST IDEA WINS!!!

Inferno Pitch Business Development

Promo on Pitch Competition available
by NSU News Bureau

Northwestern State University received permission from Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program to share the following promo video with the community. The video highlights the concept behind the business pitch competition in which students from Northwestern State, Grambling and LSU-S participated. NSU named the competition “The Inferno Pitch.”

Students developed a business plan to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges/prospective investors who selected the winners.

With the first place finish, Alba Maloff Johnson and Matthew Broekman won $3,000, a scholarship to Louisiana Startup Prize 2019, a scholarship to the Patent Academy and six months of professional services from the Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program.

Second place winners were the team of Brooke Smith, Kamamalu Nishihira-Asuncion, Kennedy Cullen and Kortney Greer for Safe Shackles, a product that can be used to detect Sexually Transmitted Infections. Second place includes a $1,000, a scholarship to the Patent Academy and six months of professional services from the Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program.

Third place winner Joshua Johnson pitched In the Field Communication, a communication device that helps officers move from the vehicle to outside the car. Third place prize is $500, a scholarship to the Patent Academy and six months of professional services from the Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program.

The AEP promo video can be seen here:


Inferno Pitch – Workshop Agenda (PDF Format)

https://vimeo.com/287707800 (password is EAP)

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