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  • March 7, 2016 at 3:24 pm
    THIBODAUX — Nicholls State University continues its annual Bonnie Bourg Lecture Series Thursday with a discussion of a 1929 Morgan City murder case that led to Louisiana’s first hanging of a woman. Retired Nicholls librarian Fran Middleton will deliver her “Justice Denied: The Dreher-LeBoeuf Case” lecture at 10:30 a.m. March 10 in Bollinger Memorial Student Union’s Le Bijou Theater on the Nicholls campus. The lecture includes an analysis of the historic case’s three defendants — Dr. Thomas Dreher, a prominent physician; Ada LeBoeuf, Dreher’s mistress; and James Beadle, Dreher’s handyman and the alleged gunman — and the circumstances that led…...
  • February 25, 2016 at 11:03 am
    THIBODAUX — This spring, Nicholls State University has posted an enrollment increase for the first time in five years as the university’s freshman retention rate reaches an all-time high. Total Nicholls enrollment is up 20 students from last spring, according to 14th class day statistics. In addition, fall to spring first-time freshman retention is 88.28 percent, up 4.9 percentage points from 2015. The record-setting retention rate along with successful recruiting efforts indicate that Nicholls is likely to see another enrollment increase in the fall. Applications for fall 2016 are up 15 percent (more than 300 students) from this time last…...
  • February 25, 2016 at 10:46 am
    THIBODAUX — Nicholls State University is hosting the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Central Regional Tournament this week, Feb. 25-27. Over 80 collegiate bass fishing teams from Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Georgia will visit the Bayou Region for the three-day tournament. Bob's Bayou Black Marina, 164 Marina Drive in Gibson, located about 30 minutes from Nicholls, will serve as the Central Regional's official launch and weigh-in station. The final tournament weigh-in, which is streamed online and televised nationally, will take place in front of John L. Guidry Stadium on the Nicholls campus. Media are invited to attend and cover the…...
  • February 5, 2016 at 8:53 am
    THIBODAUX — Nicholls State University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program continues to exceed the national and state average on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) with a 95 percent pass rate. The NCLEX-RN is a national standardized exam used by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing to measure a nursing candidate’s minimum safety preparedness for entry-level nursing practice. With a 95 percent pass rate for first-time takers during calendar year 2015, up from 91.96 percent in 2014, the Nicholls nursing program is well above the national pass rate of 84.5 percent and the Louisiana pass rate…...
  • February 4, 2016 at 10:13 am
    THIBODAUX, LA — Nicholls State University biology senior Richard Grabert has been invited to present his research on the presence of pathogenic bacteria in Louisiana seafood as part of the annual Posters on the Hill student research event held April 19-20 in Washington, D.C. Grabert, a native of Thibodaux, was one of 60 students selected from over 300 applicants to participate at the annual Council on Undergraduate Research event, which takes place at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill. His research, titled “Presence of Pathogens Vibrio Vulnificus and Vibrio Parahaemolyticus in Louisiana Seafood,” was conducted under Nicholls Distinguished…...
  • January 28, 2016 at 10:30 pm
    ALL MONTH “Hallowed Ground, Hallowed People: From Emancipation Proclamation to the Civil Rights Movement” Display 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays, Ellender Library First Floor Display Cases The “Hallowed Ground, Hallowed People” display is a visual history spanning the 100 years between the Emancipation Proclamation (1863) and the March on Washington (1963) with a focus on the contributions made by Louisiana African-Americans. MONDAY, FEB. 1 “The Dream of Diversity and Opportunity in the 21st Century” Lecture by Dr. Mary Frances Berry 9:40 a.m., Peltier Auditorium A renowned activist…...
  • January 15, 2016 at 9:02 am
    THIBODAUX — St. Thomas Aquinas at Nicholls State University has been named among the top 10 university Catholic centers in the country. Independent journal “Best College Reviews” ranked St. Thomas No. 10 on its list of The 50 Best College Newman Centers, placing the Nicholls Catholic experience ahead of all Louisiana universities and several noteworthy out-of-state schools. University Catholic centers were evaluated based on their offering of regular weekly Mass times, opportunities for spiritual growth and community-building events. The Rev. André Melancon, pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church at Nicholls, says about 250 Nicholls students are actively involved in…...
  • January 13, 2016 at 2:47 pm
    THIBODAUX — Nicholls State University and Delgado Community College are partnering to produce more registered nurses with four-year nursing degrees to meet industry demands. Both schools have signed a mutually beneficial transfer articulation agreement making it easier for Delgado’s associate degree nursing graduates to transfer to Nicholls’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program. Delgado’s licensed nursing graduates wishing to continue their education may transfer to the Nicholls RN to BSN program offered online through the Nicholls College of Nursing and Allied Health. “Through this agreement between Nicholls and Delgado’s nursing programs, we hope to expand the education and future…...
  • December 18, 2015 at 8:54 am
    THIBODAUX — Nicholls State University awarded 670 degrees to students during its Saturday, Dec. 12 commencement celebrations. Among the fall graduates was Thibodaux native Emily Albert, who received the President's Medal of Honor for earning a perfect 4.0 GPA. Graduates earning a cumulative GPA of 3.9 or higher and graduating summa cum laude included Albert, Rebecca Billiot of Houma, Brent Cheramie of Cut Off, Chao Dong of Thibodaux, Olivia Galtier of Houma, Jenna Graham of Thibodaux, Megan Monier of Thibodaux and MeJoan Whittington of Slidell. For a complete list of graduates, please click here. Students graduating summa cum laude earned…...
  • December 4, 2015 at 12:14 pm
    THIBODAUX — Entergy New Orleans CEO Charles L. Rice Jr. will deliver the keynote address for Nicholls State University’s fall commencement. Nicholls will award more than 650 degrees during three ceremonies scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 12 in Stopher Gymnasium. Rice, who has overseen Entergy’s operations since 2010, is currently coordinating the largest natural gas rebuild effort in the utility industry’s history following pipe damages sustained during Hurricane Katrina. An attorney who has represented both private practices and corporations, Rice previously served as city attorney and chief administrative officer for the City of New Orleans. He is a member of national,…...