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About Melinda Parrie

Web Development and User Experience Specialist at Information Technology Services on Northwestern State University's Natchitoches campus. 203A Roy Hall. Phone #5594.

CLE Workshops 2018

CLE Workshop Friday, November 16, 2018 in the Natchitoches Room in Russell Hall.

Description: This outreach effort was started to assist attorneys in the local and regional areas to obtain their CLE hours in various content areas. The event will offer a total of 6 different speakers who have graciously donated their time for this event. As such, attendees may earn up to 6 credit hours, including two for Ethics, one for Professionalism, and one for Law Office Management for attorneys. Additionally, the School of Business welcomes accountants to come and learn. Accountants may select which course, or courses, they personally believe may be right for their certification.

2018 Registration:

Continuing Legal Education

CLE:  NSU’s School of Business

Date:   Thursday, December 1st, 2016
Location:  Northwestern State University
Natchitoches, LA 71497
Russell Hall, Natchitoches Room
4 Credit Hours (1 hour of Law Office Management, 1 hour of Ethics, and 1 hour of Professionalism)

Fall 2016: NSULA – Natchitoches Campus

Northwestern State University’s School of Business is sponsoring a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) event. The event will be held on December 1st at the Northwestern State University Natchitoches Campus in Russell Hall, starting in the Natchitoches Room.

The School of Business learned of the desire of local attorneys to have additional venues for CLEs in this area of the state.  As a result, the School worked to make this a reality.  Our CLE is a fundraiser for Northwestern State University’s School of Business, Director’s Fund.   This CLE will feature three dynamic speakers, and offer a total of 4 credit hours for attorneys. Funds raised will help the school to continue preparing our students of today to become leaders of tomorrow.

  • 12:45 — Registration
  • 1:15-2:15 — Developments in Asset Protection (1 hour)
        J. Graves Theus, Jr., Esq.
        Theus Law Offices
        Alexandria, LA
  • 2:25-3:25 — Immigration and Ethics (1 hour)
        Christopher Kinnison, Esq,
        Theus Law Offices
        Alexandria, LA
  • 3:30-4:30 — Overview of IOLTA Accounts (1 hour)
        John Booth
        Vice President of Iberia Bank
        Shreveport, La
  • 4:30-5:30 — Professionalism and Social Media (1 hour)
        Carmella Parker, Esq.
        Northwestern State University
        Natchitoches, LA
  • 5:35-6:35 — Mixer

Fall 2016 Natchitoches – Agenda
Fall 2016 Natchitoches – Speaker Bios

To Register:

1) Please fill out the following form: CLE NSU-Natchitoches Campus

2) Select your method of payment:


– Full Event (4 hours) –> $225

– One session (1 hour) –> $75

– Two sessions (2 hours) –> $125

Payment methods:

– Credit Card (VISA, MasterCard) –> NSU Foundation “CASH GIFT” (Please write School of Business Director’s Fund in the designation box)

– Check –> NSU Foundation (Please write School of Business Director’s Fund in the memo)

Send to: NSU Foundation. Office of University Advancement
535 University Parkway | Natchitoches, LA 71497

Registration will not be finalized until the NSU Foundation receives full payment. We will confirm receipt of your payment via email.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Carmella Parker ( | 318.357.5723)

Homecoming Brunch

The School of Business Homecoming Brunch brings together old friends, faculty and alumni.  During this reception, the college recognizes outstanding alumni, businesses and faculty achievements.

In recognition of their outstanding support to NSU and the College of Business, the College selects three businesses every even year to honor for their contributions.


  • FSC Securities Corporation, represented by Greg O’Quin
  • hoh-Pak Ltd.. represented by Sam & Dot DeKeyzer
  • Waskom Brown & Associates, LLC, represented by Nettles Brown


  • Association Member Benefits Advisors
  • Martin Foundation
  • State Farm Insurance Companies

Louie Bernard
“For the past twenty-four years, Mr. Bernard has served the citizens of Natchitoches Parish as Clerk of Court. In that role, Mr. Bernard sought NSU students to hire them in positions at the court. During this time, Mr. Bernard became a friend of the School by always volunteering his time for Future Business Leaders of America that is hosted here at NSU. Mr. Bernard diligently works with the collegiate sponsor of Phi Beta Lambda, the collegiate version of FBLA, to ensure that the students that come from all over the state have a wonderful time here at NSU. Additionally, Mr. Bernard recently ran for District 31 Senate seat and won. The six-parish district includes all or parts of Natchitoches, Sabine, Red River, Winn, Grant and Rapides Parishes. Bernard was also an administrator of the police jury. Bernard is a life-long member of the First United Methodist Church in Natchitoches and a proud graduate of Northwestern State University. He has been married for the past forty-four years to Gayle Haworth Bernard. They have three children and four wonderful grandchildren. ”

Mr. Trey Hill
“Trey Hill is Vice President of Rates and Regulatory Affairs with Atmos Energy. His responsibilities include working with industry peers, elected officials, and governmental agencies to ensure compliance and in achieving successful regulatory outcomes. He has been involved in the governmental arena in Louisiana for over 20 years. ”

“He received his B.S. in Business Administration from Northwestern State University in 1985. Trey began his career with Atmos Energy and its predecessor companies upon graduation following a successful interview set up by the Career Planning and Placement Center. He has been with is Atmos Energy for career now spans over 340 years. DuringIn his career, he and his family havehas livedworked in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Pineville, and Lubbock, TXx.”

“Trey and his wife of 34 years, Jackie, have 3 grown children: Andrea (27), Brennan (25), and Rachael (22). He is currently a member of the Association of Louisiana Lobbyists and serves as a board member for the NSU Alumni Association and the Public Affairs Research Council. which is a non-partisan governmental policy research organization. He is a past board member and past president of both the LA Gas Association and Kiwanis, past board member of LA Association of Business and Industry and One Acadiana (regional chamber in Lafayette). He’s been engaged in various leadership roles for United Way, school organizations, and numerous other charitable, professional, and civic groups. ”
Trey is planning to retire from Atmos Energy at the end of the year and will remain engaged in many of his current activities while providing governmental consulting services to a small group of clients.

Adrian Howard
“Adrian Howard is originally from Tyler, Texas. Upon graduating from high school, he attended and graduated from Northwestern State University with a degree in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing.”

“After graduation, Adrian had several jobs in sales and marketing before joining State Farm Insurance company as a claim representative. After ten years in State Farm operations, Adrian felt it was time utilize the skills he had learned to open his own State Farm Insurance and Financial Services Agency. Adrian has owned his own company for the last 20 years.”

“Since the inception of his business, Adrian has received numerous honors and awards throughout his career with the highlight being the prestigious Presidents Club Award on three occasions and the Chairman’s Circle award.”

“Adrian is very active in his community. He is currently the fundraising chairperson for the Ft. YMCA. In addition, he is a member of the 100 Black Men of America organization that provides mentorship to young men. In addition, he serves on the foundation board at Northwestern State University and is a Life Member of the great Phi Beta Sigma fraternity incorporated.”

“Of all his accomplishments, the greatest is marrying his lovely wife Carol which is also a graduate of Northwestern State University and raising their two children in Brandon and Kennedy Howard.”

Adrian looks forward to continuing his community work to continue to impact lives.

Logan Morris-Provided by Mr. Morris

2002 graduate of Leesville High School
Son of Malcolm (NSU ’70) and Shirley Morris
“2006 graduate of Northwestern State University, B.S. in Business Administration”
Licensed Insurance Agent and Realtor t at Morris Insurance Agency and Morris Team Realty
Member of First United Methodist Church of Leesville
Fourth-generation President of the Leesville Lions Club and current Treasurer
Board member and Finance Chairman of the Louisiana Lions Camp
Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow of Lions International
2012 President of the Greater Fort Polk Area Realtors
“2019 President of Louisiana Realtors, celebrating its Centennial this year.”
2020 President of the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce
Married to Dr. Jeremy Draper

Mr. Robert E. Turner
“Mr. Turner is an Assistant Professor in the College of Business. Previously, he served as Vice President for Business Affairs at McNeese State University and at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Mr. Turner’s broad experience includes teaching accounting and other business subjects at the high school and college levels. In addition, he co-authored an accounting textbook that has been adopted by multiple schools. He is a frequent speaker at educational conferences, seminars, and workshops around the country. Mr. Turner is an NSU School of Business graduate. ”

The Hall of Distinction was created to honor NSU business managers who have made a significant contribution to NSU and The College of Business. These outstanding managers are recognized every odd year for their outstanding support.

2017 Inductees

  • Rob Robertson, Wells Fargo/Sales Manager
  • Thomas Wright, Partner- Private Client Services
  • Nikki Small, Northwood University & DCCCD

2015 Inductees

  • Andy Baragona, State Farm
  • David Meshell, KPMG
  • Theodore ‘Ted; Jones, Philanthropist
  • Kevin Murphy, Ameriprise Financial

2013 Inductees

  • Joseph Schelette, SWEPCO
  • Rufus Ewing, Jr., Century Link
  • Charles Dranguet, President, CEO – Exchange Bank
  • Barbara Pease, Shell Oil – Chief Ethics/Compliance Officer

2011 Inductees

  • Philip Barbaree, Superior Restaurant Group
  • Robert Kirchoff, Superior Restaurant Group

The NSU Alumni website has a list of all Homecoming events.

Graduation Reception

Each Fall and Spring semester, the College of Business honors its graduating seniors by hosting a reception in the Russell Hall Natchitoches room. Graduating seniors, family, friends and College of Business faculty are invited to attend.

At Fall receptions, individuals selected for Beta Gamma Sigma are inducted into this business honorary organization.

Future Business Leaders of America

FBLA-PBL is the largest business career student organization in the world.  The high school division has 215,000 members, while the post-secondary division reaches over 11,000 college students.  The newest group, FBLA-Middle Level, is showing remarkable growth with nearly 15,000 student members.  Finally, the Professional Division has reached over 3,000 members.  Over 11,000 advisers round out the group.  Exclusive membership and career recognition programs are designed for each division to provide additional personal and chapter development opportunities.

Each Spring, the School of Business at Northwestern State University hosts the District III Leadership Conference for local high school students.  Louisiana is currently divided into six districts.  Approximately 800 high school students from the surrounding parishes visit the campus to participate in contests related to their business courses and to hear guest speakers relate current business topics to these secondary business courses.  College of Business faculty serve as judges for the event, administer tests, and help the district vice-president coordinate all events on campus.

More information about FBLA can be found at the following links:

For any questions about FBLA/PBL and the District III conference contact Dr. Julie McDonald.