Our Heritage celebrates the history, traditions and people that have made us the special place we are today.

Vic The Demon


On November 8, 1923, by proclamation of President V. L. Roy and Coach H. Lee Prather, all athletic teams became known as the Demons. The name was decided upon by a contest open to all students with a grand prize of $10.00.

Alma Mater


Isabel Williamson (Mrs. SJ. Cumming) wrote the words to the Alma Mater in 1906.

Demon Fight Song


Larry Powell created the lyrics to the Demon Fight Song in 1970.

The Legend of Isabella


Isabella was a young French maiden, renowned for her beauty, who once lived in the original Bullard mansion after the Bullards were gone. The young lady had many suitors but preferred the company of a young man from the East, sent to Louisiana on business.

Chief Caddo


In March of 1962, the Lumberjacks of Stephen F. Austin College of Nacogdoches, Texas presented Northwestern State University with a black gum tree trunk from the SFA campus from which a statue was to be carved. The black gum tree weighed over a ton and was thirty inches in diameter.

The Rock


The rock, an imposing chunk of limestone, was brought to campus in the summer of 2006 by members of the university staff.

Lady of the Bracelet


In the early 1920s, the Potpourri, Northwestern State University's yearbook, sponsored the first beauty pageant held on the university campus. The contestants were selected from photographs submitted to well-known movie producers for judging and were chosen for their charm and beauty.

Mr. & Miss NSU


Beginning in 1956 and continuing the tradition today, Mr. and Miss NSU remains the highest honor a student can receive from their peers.

Purple & White


Northwestern State University's official colors are purple and white.

The Demon Head (Demon Medallion)


A fiberglass medallion with a relief of a demon’s face is surrounded by a hexagonal concrete rim. The demon is bald and has horns jutting out above his pointy ears. He has a goatee, two, sharp protruding lower teeth, and a deeply wrinkled face.

© 2014 Traditions of Northwestern State University of Louisiana