Friedman Student Union

The Student Union (SU) is the hub of student activities at Northwestern State. The SU offers students, faculty, and staff access to twelve (12) meetings spaces, which provide seating for as few as 15 to over 400.  Each is equiped with "Plug and Play" technology allowing presenters to use a variety of media to project their presentation on a large movie screen or display it on an LCD flat screen.  The SU staff provides support for event planning, setups your room, and assists with your technology needs.  You simply prepare your program and return the meeting space in the condition you found it.  

The SU utilizes Event Management Software (EMS) to reserve space, coordinate room setups, facilitate food service support, and all other requirements for your event.  What's Happening at the Student Union? 

You may reserve SU meeting spaces by utilizing these procedures

To enhance the SU Staff's ability to support your event, please utilize the Steps outlined at "How Do I Arrange for My Event's Setup" in your planning process.  

 The Friedman Student Union is named after Sylvan N. Friedman. Born in Natchez, La., Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana in 1908, he spent his entire life giving and working in this area. Most of his adult life was spent in government. He served as a Natchitoches Parish Police Juror from 1932 until 1944, where he served as its President for eight years. In 1944, he was elected to the House of Representatives  and served for two terms.  In 1952, he was elected to the Louisiana State Senate and served there for twenty years. During that time, he variously represented Natchitoches, Red River, Winn, Grant and Rapides Parishes. He also served a term as President Pro Tempore of the State Senate. In this capacity he had an opportunity to be acting Governor, during the absence of the governor and the Lieutenant Governor from the state, as his Senate position made him the number three person in succession to the governorship.  During his tenure in the legislature, he was instrumental in securing many facilities currently standing at Northwestern State, including the Student Union, Prather Coliseum, several resident halls and classroom buildings. Sylvan Friedman was a cattleman and farmer.  He also served as the President of the Louisiana Cattleman’s Association and as a member of the Southern Regional Education Conference.  The Natchitoches Parish Chamber of Commerce selected Mr. Friedman as its Man of the Year. He died in 1979 and his family still resides in Natchitoches.