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):
Video #2 (long):  Also, please check out for more information, contact your favorite Business Instructor to get started, because the HOTTEST IDEA WINS!!!

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:

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) (password is EAP)

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
The Hall of Distinction was created to honor NSU graduate business managers who have made a significant contribution to the College of Business and NSU.  These NSU graduates are recognized at the Homecoming Brunch every odd year.

2009 Inductees

JuanitaFowlerJuanita Fowler is the Director of Planning & Zoning for the City of Natchitoches.  She is a lifelong resident of Natchitoches.  Fowler began her career with the City of Natchitoches in the year 2000 under the leadership of Mayor Wayne McCullen.  She has 16 years experience in Land Management and Public Administration.  Among many duties, Fowler is responsible for comprehensive long range planning, the research and implementation of land use policies and procedures, building permits, code enforcement and maintenance of the City master street guide.

Fowler serves as advisor and liaison to both the City Planning & Historic District Commissions.  She has spearheaded various planning projects including a comprehensive land use plan for the LA Hwy. 478 corridor.  She has sponsored and co-hosted numerous workshops and conferences, including the 2009 American Planning Association Conference held in Natchitoches.  Fowler is an active member of several trade organizations, including the LA American Planning Association and the LA Floodplain Management Association and serves on various advisory boards across the state.  She is a State certified floodplain manager.

Fowler is a graduate of Northwestern State University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of City Bank & Trust Co.  Fowler is married to Freddie Fowler and they have two children. Pictured from left to right are Juanita Fowler, Dean Jerry L. Wall, and Dr. Margaret Kilcoyne.

JosephSepulvadoJoseph T. Sepulvado is a native of Zwolle, Louisiana and a 1967 honors graduate of Zwolle High School.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern in January, 1971 with a double major in Accounting and Business Administration.  Upon graduation from Northwestern, Joe joined the internal audit staff of Pennzoil Company as a junior auditor.  In February, 1974, he joined the internal audit staff of Arkla, Inc. in Shreveport as a staff auditor.  He progressed through various supervisory positions and in 1981 was named Audit Manager.  In 1984, he was elected to the position of Controller for Arkla Exploration Company with responsibility for Accounting and Information Systems.  In 1992, Arkla Exploration was acquired by Seagull Energy and Joe was named Regional Accounting Manager.  In 1995, Joe joined Nelson Energy, Inc and was elected to the position of Treasurer with responsibility for Accounting and Treasury functions.  Joe was elected to the position of Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in May, 2009.  Joe is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and a Certified Internal Auditor.

Joe is married to the former Wilna L. Sneed and they reside in Shreveport, LA.  They are the proud parents of Jody Sepulvado and wife Donnese, Carla and husband Dave all of Shreveport and Chad Sepulvado of Birmingham, Alabama.  The pride and joy of Joe and Wilna are their three grandchildren.

Joe currently serves on the Board of Directors of Aneca Federal Credit Union and the Louisiana State Oil and Gas Museum.  Professionally, he is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Louisiana Society of CPAs, Ark-La-Tex Chapter of Petroleum Accountants.  In addition, Joe is a member of the NSU Alumni Association, Benevolent Order of Elks, Military Affairs Council, 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, and the Petroleum Club of Shreveport. Pictured from left to right are Dean Jerry L. Wall, Mary Sue Patrick, and Dr. Margaret Kilcoyne.  Mrs. Patrick accepted the Hall of Distinction award on behalf of her brother Joseph.

2007 Inductees

couteeJuanita Coutee, a native of Zwolle, is a 1958 graduate of Northwestern in mathematics and business with a minor in accounting.  She earned a master’s degree in mathematics in 1960 from Northwestern.  She worked for Exxon Corp. in Baton Rouge for 33 years and was the company’s first female professional employee and first female supervisor.  The Coutees have assisted Northwestern by establishing an endowed professorship in the Dept. of Math and an endowed scholarship for NSU students in accounting, mathematics or nursing.  Mrs. Coutee’s husband, Ellis Coutee was inducted into the Hall of Distinction in 2005.

Jim E. Bridges, a native of Natchitoches, is a 1985 graduate of Northwestern in computer information systems.  Jim is currently the Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for the EDS Asia Pacific region.  In this role, Jim has operations responsibility for EDS activities in Greater China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and India.  Jim joined EDS in 1985 as part of the Systems Engineering Development Program.  During his tenure with EDS, he has performed a number of technical and leadership roles supporting EDS’ largest client, General Motors.  He is a veteran of the United States Air Force.  He lives in Shanghai, China with his wife Judy and 3 children.

A Natchitoches native, Kenneth Moran earned a degree in business administration from Northwestern in 1963.  He started his first paper recycling business in 1978 with no money, doing the work himself.  That company now services retail and grocery chains in six states.  Kenneth Moran is an entrepreneur who has built several successful businesses from scratch.  He is the owner of Recycling Services Inc., which encompasses four companies, RSI Paper Mill, Ken Moran Trucking Co. Inc., and Pac-More Manufacturing.

Sherry Fargerson Morgan, a native from Shreveport, LA graduated from Northwestern in 1973.  She earned an Associate Degree in Secretarial Science.  She is an alumna of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority.  Her husband, David Morgan, is the founder of United Teacher Associates with the exclusive endorsement of Texas Retired Teachers Association. Sherry has 3 children, David Jr. who graduated from NSU, Brian and Laura, both graduated from Baylor.  She has two grandchildren, Kaitlynn and Connor.  She currently resides in Austin, TX with her husband.  David Morgan, Sherry’s husband, was inducted into the Hall of Distinction in 1998.

Monty Chicola is the president and founder of Real Vision Software in Alexandria,  Louisiana.  He graduated from Northwestern in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting.  He is a native from Alexandria and still resides there with his wife, Karel.  They have two daughters, Kimberly and Lindsay. Real Vision Software produces Image Processing Software for I/series systems.  Customers Range from banks, hospitals, government, gaming, manufacturing, trucking, casinos and many others. They serve about 1,000 customers in several countries.  Monty has worked and developed software for imaging terminals for IBM in conjunction with their Rochester plant.  His company has been a partner in development with IBM, on I/Series for several years.  He also works with other software companies and hardware companies such as Fijitsu, Cannon, Plasmon, IBM.

2005 Inductees

Five new members were inducted into the College of Business Hall of Distinction.  The inductees, Archie A. Anderson of Phoenixville, PA; Ellis J Coutee of Baton Rouge,  Jean McGlothlin Doerge of Minden, Lee Waskom of Natchitoches and the late Dr. Andrew Ferguson, were honored as part of the university’s Homecoming activities.  Each of this year’s inductees are Northwestern alumni.

Archie-A.-AndersonLRDr. Elliott and Mr. Anderson

Anderson is President and CEO of Intracorp.  His primary responsibility is the profitability and growth of Intracorp’s disability management business by directing all functions; including operations, sales and account management, marketing, products, human resources, administration, finance and information technology and systems.

Before joining Intracorp, he held a number of senior strategic positions at GENEX Services including senior vice president of sales and vice president of product management.

Anderson is a 1982 graduate in business administration. He also earned a master’s in counseling and higher education administration at NSU.

Ellis-J.-Coutee-LRMr. Coutee and Dr. Elliott

Coutee, a 1960 graduate in accounting, was a senior agent and life/fire casualty insurance specialist in the Examination Division of U.S. Treasury Department for 30 years.  A native of Alexandria, he is an enrolled agent with Coutee and Coutee Tax Consultants in Baton Rouge.

He is active in church and civic affairs as a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Columbus where he was an elected state officer for eight years.  Ellis Coutee is also a member of the Downtown Lions Club and is life member of the Louisiana Lions Camp and the Louisiana Lions Eye Foundation.

Coutee and his wife Melva Juanita Martinez Coutee have assisted Northwestern by establishing an endowed professorship in the Department of Mathematics and an endowed scholarship for NSU students in accounting, mathematics or nursing.

He is a 2005 inductee into the NSU Hall of Distinction, the long Purple Line.

Rep.-Jean-McGlothlin-DoergeLRRep. Doerge and Dr. Elliott

Doerge has been a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives since 1998 when she won a special election to succeed her late husband Dr. Everett Doerge.  As a member of the legislature, she has been active in behalf of her district to obtain, develop tourism and expand local businesses.

She graduated from Northwestern in business education and later earned a master’s at LSU and a plus-30 at Louisiana Tech.  She taught for 34 years, teaching business education for 32 years.  While in the legislature, she has used her background to continue promoting education.

Debora-FergusonLRMs. Ferguson and Dr. Elliott

Ferguson received a master’s degree at NSU and later received a doctorate at Colorado State University.  He served in the U.S. Navy before becoming a high school teacher in Union Parish. 

Ferguson also served as postmaster in Marion, La., and was president of an insurance company.  He also was a director/supervisor at the Louisiana Department of Education and administrator at two states vocational-technical- schools.

Lee-WaskomLRMr. Waskom and Dr. Elliott

Waskom, a 1986 graduate in accounting, is president and owner of Campus Corner Bookstores, which has seven locations in north and central Louisiana.  He recently completed a two-year term as president of the NSU foundation.  During his term, the university first-ever capital campaign, which has raised more than $17 million to support Northwestern.  He remains a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

He is president-elect of the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce and has been a board member and treasurer of Natchitoches Kiwanis Club.  Waskom has been an active personal and financial supporter or many local charitable organizations.

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.

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.

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.