Two big events are back on the books at Northwestern State University. The NSU Alumni Association has rescheduled the Golden Jubilee celebration for the Class of 1970 Homecoming weekend, Oct. 16-17 and the Long Purple Line induction program for Friday, Oct. 30.

The Golden Jubilee will include a lunch at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16 for all 50-year graduates. Guests will be given Natchitoches Welcome Bags and can spend the afternoon shopping and exploring downtown Natchitoches before the 5:30 p.m. Homecoming parade. A reception will take place at 7 p.m. with location to be determined in which 50-year graduates will be recognized.

On Saturday, Oct. 17, guests can join a plantation bus tour before the Golden Jubilee tailgate begins at 2 p.m. Participants will receive a wristband for the tailgate, football game and parking pass.

Members of the Class of 1970 interested in receiving information on the Golden Jubilee celebration should contact Danielle Cobb at or (318) 357-5513.

Six distinguished Northwestern State University alumni were inducted into the university’s Alumni Hall of Distinction, the Long Purple Line. This year’s inductees are state official Sujuan Boutte of Prairieville, businessman Harvey F. Marcus Sr. of Monroe, Louisiana State University Head Football Coach Ed Orgeron of Baton Rouge, NSU Vice President for External Affairs Jerry Pierce, Fed Ex executive John A. Smith of Memphis, Tennessee, and former NSU faculty member Thomas Whitehead of Natchitoches.

The Long Purple Line was established to provide recognition and appreciation to individuals whose career accomplishments or service to their fellow man have enhanced the reputation and prestige of Northwestern State.

The Long Purple Line induction will begin with a reception at 10:30 a.m. for former inductees into the Long Purple Line followed by a noon luncheon and induction ceremony at the Natchitoches Events Center. Check-in for the lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at through Oct. 27.

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