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Current Students

School of Business tutoring
The School of Business provides accounting and statistics laboratories and tutoring to assist students with their homework.  Faculty are encouraged to place extensive support materials in their Moodle accounts for students.

University Wide Student Support Programs

  • Tutoring
  • Academic Advising Services
  • Student Support Services: The Student Support Services (SSS) project at Northwestern State, funded by a Federal TRIO grant, exists to eliminate barriers to graduation for 360 low income, first generation and disabled students through providing intensive, intrusive and effective academic and student services.
Students may apply for a COOP or an Internship. A COOP integrates periods of academic study with periods of paid, professional work experience. The student is not enrolled in classes and working simultaneously because he/she is totally immersed at an organization for a pre-determined period of time. For an internship, the student may be enrolled in classes and working for an organization simultaneously.
Together with either the COOP Coordinator or the Internship Coordinator, a determination will be made regarding the number of credit hours for the COOP/Internship.  COOP’s/Internships, like any course, are credit bearing and will incur a tuition charge.

Accounting or Business Administration majors
Accounting or Business majors interested in an Internship or COOP enroll in COOP 3010 or COOP 1010.  COOP 3010 and COOP 1010 may be taken in the same semester.  This structure allows a student to earn a total of nine COOP credit hours during their college program.  Students may use COOP credits to meet some of the academic requirements of their major field of study, however, they should check with their academic department to verify the COOP credit will be accepted.

COOP Structure
Course number: COOP 3010, 1 credit hour, may be taken 3 times.
Course number: COOP 1010, 2 credit hours, may be taken 3 times.

Students enrolled in COOP are expected to complete the following documents:

Coordinator: Sue Champion
Office Location: Room 101E, Russell Hall
Office Number: 318.357.5887
e-mail: champions@nsula.edu

Computer Information Systems majors
CIS majors that secure internships may enroll in CIS 4300 (Collaborative Projects).  The total number of credit hours allowed in CIS 4300 is six.  Students may use internship credits to meet some of the academic requirements of their major field of study, however, they should check with their academic department to verify the internship credit will be accepted.

Coordinator: Curtis Penrod
Office Location: Room 114, Russell Hall
Office Number: 318.357.5033
e-mail: cis@nsula.edu

Each party involved in an Internship/COOP has specific responsibilities that are outlined below.

Student Responsibilities

  • The student must enroll in the appropriate Internship/COOP course
    • ACCT or BUAD major: COOP 3010 or COOP 1010
    • CIS major: CIS 4300
  • The student must be enrolled at Northwestern State University
  • The student must have a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • The student must have at least a Junior standing or permission from the Internship/COOP coordinator
  • The student must receive approval for the Internship/COOP from the Department Coordinator
  • The Internship/COOP must be secured within 3 weeks of the beginning of the semester
  • The Internship/COOP must be within the student’s major field of study
    • No internships on minors
  • The student must follow the employer’s application process when applying for a position
    • Provide resume
    • Complete application(s)
    • Interview for position
  • The student must complete all of the documentation required by the University
  • The student must report absences to the Internship/COOP Coordinator which are longer than 2 days, regardless of the reason
  • The student must report changes in work assignments, work location, salary, etc. to the Internship/COOP coordinator
  • The student must hold all privileged information concerning the employer’s operations or its customers in confidence
  • The student must schedule 2 on-campus conferences with the Internship/COOP coordinator if the student is enrolled in both COOP 3010 and COOP 1010

Employer Responsibilities

  • The employer must provide a supervised employment opportunity that is within the student’s field of study
  • The employer must employ the student for the minimum number of hours required by the University
  • The employer must complete all documentation required by the University
  • The employer must contact the Internship/COOP coordinator if a student’s performance is in question
    • The employer should not terminate a student unless they have contacted the Internship/COOP coordinator
  • At minimum, the employer must pay the prevailing minimum wage

University Responsibilities

  • The University must maintain a coordinator for the Internship/COOP program
  • The University must be able to contact the employer by phone or in writing to periodically monitor the student’s progress.
If you plan to graduate this semester, you MUST do the following:

(1) Complete online graduation application found on the Registrar’s website on or before the required deadline and follow instructions (How to Apply to Graduate).

(2) Contact your academic advisor to ensure you have met all the requirements for your major, concentration, and/or minor.

(3) Alert your Professor that you are in fact a graduating senior this semester so the Professor can ensure you take your final exam and/or complete your project early.

Please contact your Advisor if you have any questions on this matter. Thank you!

Student Organizations

Sponsor:  Dr. Begona Perez-Mira

Phone:  318-357-6650

Email:  perezmirab@nsula.edu

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The Association of Information Professionals (AITP) is a worldwide society of professionals in information technology.  The NSU AITP chapter is open to all students interested in information technology and CIS.

Vision: AITP is the leading worldwide society of information technology business professionals and the community of knowledge for the current and next generation of leaders. Adopted December 2008.

Mission: AITP’s mission is to provide its members with the opportunities and resources necessary to develop and advance their IT careers. Adopted April 2014.

Core Values

Integrity

We value professionalism and uphold the AITP Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct.

Respect

We build an inclusive environment through mentoring, delivering on commitments, working together with trust, and enjoying the camaraderie of each other.

Innovation

We learn, share insights, and encourage our members to make a difference today and for the future.

Service

We keep current in technology, business, and academia. We contribute to the Association, IT profession, and society utilizing leadership, appropriate solutions, and sound processes.

Guiding Principles

“Character, I learned, is far more important than technical knowledge. You want people who fit in with the culture of the company.” -Margot Fraser, founder, Birkenstock

Our Guiding Principles reflect AITP’s beliefs about your role as a member and the impact we want AITP to have in the IT profession.

– We aspire to be better leaders, better people.
– We excel through honesty.
– We treat others with respect.
– We demand ethical behavior of ourselves.
– We encourage out of the box thinking.
– We lead with confidence and inspire team members to achieve success.
– We don’t let fear of change paralyze us in reaching our goals.
– We are fiscally responsible.
– We take ownership in everything we do.
– We have fun.

Beta Gamma Sigma

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mark Swanstrom
Department: BUAD
Phone: 318.357.5698
E-mail: swanstromm@nsula.edu

Beta Gamma Sigma Overview
Beta Gamma Sigma is the honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.  Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International.  Membership is by invitation only and is limited to the top 10% of Seniors and the top 7% of Juniors.

Benefits of BGS membership
Membership in BGS is widely recognized as a major achievement in the business world.  Corporate recruiters, including KPMG, Eli Lilly, and Intel, actively seek individuals who have been elected into membership in Beta Gamma Sigma.  Long after graduation, programs such as the BGS CareerCentral job board, BetaLink On-Line Community and the Alumni Network offer alumni member’s opportunities to stay connected and benefit from their commitment to academic excellence.  New members receive a complimentary, one-year gift subscription to BusinessWeek.  A two-year (24 issues) subscription to Business 2.0* magazine is also included in your lifetime membership.  Additionally, members are eligible for discounts from BGS’ corporate partners including Kaplan, barnesandnoble.com, and GEICO.  Additional benefits can be found at the Beta Gamma Sigma website.

Beta Gamma Sigma at NSU
The BGS chapter at NSU has been recognized for our outstanding performance in recognizing and attracting quality candidates.  As such, we have been able to offer a $1,000 scholarship to a student member in each of the past three years.  Past winners of the BGS scholarship are Donna Stephens (2011-2012), Hattie Vaughn (2010-2011), Destin Cacioppo (2009-2010), Kenny Gee (2008-2009), and Becky Guidry (2007-2008).

Business Professionals of America and Phi Beta Lambda

Faculty Advisor Dr. Margaret Kilcoyne Dr. Julie McDonald
Department BUAD BUAD
Phone 318.357.5161 318.357.5708
e-mail kilcoyne@nsula.edu mcdonald@nsula.edu

2010 PBL/BPA Application

Business the field for which we prepare our students; emphasizes that we educate our members to work efficiently, not only in an office setting, but also in a wide variety of business situations.

Professionals provides a wide variety of professional development activities and experiences for a student to develop and participate in.

Of America symbolizes pride in our country and its free enterprise business system.

Mission Statement:
The mission of Business Professionals of America is to contribute to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic, and technological skills.

Vision Statements:

  • BPA will be a cohesive agent in the worldwide networking of education, business, and industry.
  • BPA will be the leading student organization in preparing a world-class workforce.
  • BPA will set a standard of excellence for vocational student organizations.

Phi Beta Lambda isn’t just another student group—it gives members that opportunity to learn, travel, and grow as a business professional. Employers are looking for students with cutting-edge skills. PBL gives members the chance to gain these skills and prepares them for the “real-world” after college.

Set yourself apart from the average graduate!

In today’s highly competitive business environment it takes more than just a degree to succeed. It requires business savvy, leadership skills, and technical knowledge. By taking advantage of the many programs that Phi Beta Lambda offers, students acquire the skills that will set them apart from the average graduate. They will be better prepared for careers, graduate school, and life!

ANYONE MAY JOIN!

Epsilon Delta Pi

Faculty Advisor   Sarah Wright
Department CIS
Phone 318.357.4494
e-mail wrights@nsula.edu

Epsilon Delta Pi is an honor society in the computing sciences.  Membership is by invitation and requires that the student be a major or minor in Computer Information Systems whose academic achievements, reputation, and creative abilities deserve recognition.

The student must have completed a minimum of 24 semester credit hours of college course work including at least 6 hours of CIS major/minor courses, has a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall, and a minimum GPA of 3.25 in their CIS courses.

Northwestern State University’s Alpha Pi chapter of Epsilon Delta Pi was chartered on May 1, 2002.

Technology

Moodle is the web-based e-learning management system used by NSU for both online and face-to-face courses.
Northwestern State University provides Microsoft Office ProPlus for Windows and Mac to students free of charge through Microsoft Office 365. Click here for more information.
ITS provides an extensive wireless network throughout the Natchitoches, Shreveport, and Leesville campuses. Click here for a list of Natchitoches campus buildings with access.