ADVANCE 30th Reunion

While it is hard to believe, it has been 30 years since the first session of the ADVANCE Program for Young Scholars at Northwestern State University.   

Date and Time: 

Friday, February 15, 2019 (No scheduled activities, so make plans with your ADVANCE friends.)

Saturday, February 16, 2019

11:00 am – 10:30 pm 


Friedman Student Union – Northwestern State University 

175 Sam Sibley Dr 

Natchitoches, LA  71457 

(The student union is on the corner of Sam Sibley Drive & Caspari Street.) 

Refund Policy: 

The last day to receive a refund is February 5, 2019. 

Accommodations:  A block of rooms are being held at two hotels in Natchitoches.  

Comfort Suites (at I-49) 

151 Hayes Ave 

Natchitoches, LA  71457 


Use this information when making your reservation with Comfort Suites: 

Group Name: ADVANCE Reunion 
Group Code: IM37H9 
Check In: Friday, Feb 15, 2019 (3:00 PM) 
Check Out: Sunday, Feb 17, 2019 (11:00 AM) 
Cutoff Date: Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 
Group Billing Options: Guest is responsible for all charges. 

Block Release Date:  January 21, 2019

Use this link to reserve your room online (it may take a few seconds to load): 

The Church Street Inn (downtown Natchitoches) 

120 Church St 

Natchitoches, LA  71457 


You must call the Church Street Inn to make your reservation and the block name is ADVANCE 30th Reunion.  These 10 rooms will be released on January 14, 2019. 

If neither of these hotels appeals to you, use this link to learn about other options in Natchitoches:

Donate to the ADVANCE Scholarship fund: 

ADVANCE is always in need of scholarship money for qualified, deserving students. Click here to donate to the ADVANCE Scholarship Fund housed at the Northwestern State Foundation. All donations are tax-deductible.

Order your T-shirt: 

The design “Coming together for 30 Years” plays on the Beatles’ Abbey Road album cover. The design has the 30year logo on the front and the Beatles’ design on the back.

Click this link to order and pay for your t-shirt If you cannot attend the reunion, you may still order a t-shirt that will be mailed to you by Tommy’s Tees. If you order a t-shirt and will attend the reunion, you will pick up your t-shirt at the student union.  

Assist with the reunion:   

Help us find and notify other former ADVANCErs and staff members!   Visit our website,, and click on the Archives link in the menu box.  Yearbooks from 1992 have been scanned and uploaded.  You may look for classmates, folks in your RA group, and other friends made at ADVANCE.  Please locate your friends on social media and encourage them to “save the date!”


Saturday, February 16, 2019  

11:00 am: Ongoing registration at the Friedman Student Union.  The President’s Room will be available for folks to watch the old Film Studies movies and visit while playing cards/board games, making friendship bracelets, and participating in non-messy arts and crafts.  

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm:  If the weather allows, a soccer and/or ultimate Frisbee game will be planned. We have also reserved two basketball courts at the WRAC on NSU’s campus for basketball, dodgeball, and/or volleyball. 

Dinner is on your own and/or with friends!


8:00 pm – 10:30 pm: $10 per person paid with registration.  An ADVANCE dance, with traditional ADVANCE music, will be held at the ballroom in the Student Union.  Hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and beverages will be available. 

What to do: 

Even if you’re a regular visitor to Natchitoches, the oldest city in Louisiana is constantly changing! With exciting new restaurants, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum, and new shops in the downtown historic district, there are surprises around every corner. Of course, there is always something new to discover at your favorite historic sites and attractions, which helped earn Natchitoches the title of ‘Best Small Town in the South’ by USA Today. NSU’s campus is changing, as well. Don’t forget to take a tour of new and upgraded buildings at what’s becoming the ‘premier regional university in the South.’ Click here for more touring and attractions information. 

Travel Information: 

Commercial air service is just an hour away at Alexandria International Airport and Shreveport Regional Airport. Ground transportation can be arranged at either airport or through car rental agencies in Natchitoches.