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Nicholls to celebrate anniversary next week

THIBODAUX – Hurricanes notwithstanding, Nicholls State University will celebrate its 60th anniversary Tuesday, Sept. 23.

“I commend the dedication and spirit of all those in the Bayou Region who have worked so hard to get our university and community back on track,” said Dr. Stephen T. Hulbert, university president. “To honor their efforts in the best Nicholls tradition, we will go forward with our 60th anniversary celebration – and it promises to be quite a party. I invite all who can to join us.”

Highlighting the festivities will be a Monster Piano Concert presented by the School of Fine Arts – Division of Music. Slated to kick off at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by the concert at 7 p.m., the event will feature faculty, alumni and students simultaneously performing on five pianos. Participating musicians will perform a specially commissioned work based on the Nicholls Alma Mater and composed by Stuart Folse, a Nicholls graduate and former member of the music faculty.

Dessert and coffee service will be available following the performance.

Tickets are $60 per person and are available in the Office of Institutional Advancement, located in Picciola Hall, or by calling (985) 448-4005. A limited number of student tickets are also available at $10 each – with Nicholls identification required.

Additional anniversary events include:

8 a.m.

Retiree Breakfast
Galliano Hall

Dr. Hulbert will discuss current and future plans for the university. Charter faculty members will be honored at this invitation-only event.

9 a.m.

“Lessons Learned from WWII” Lecture
Talbot Theater
Günter Bischof – historian, author, researcher of international history and chair of the History Department at the University of New Orleans – will discuss American and European diplomatic history of the 20th century as well as 20th century wars. This event is free and open to the public. A different speaker will lecture on a humanities topic each year on the university’s anniversary date.

10:30 a.m.

Umbrella Decorating Contest
Bollinger Memorial Student Union
Individuals, departments, organizations and non-university groups are encouraged to decorate umbrellas to be used in the second-line parade. Judging will begin at 10:30 a.m., and prizes will be awarded to the winners. See contest rules at http://www.nicholls.edu/anniversary/events/contest-rules/.

11:30 a.m.

Second-Line Parade
Student Union to Quadrangle

The entire Nicholls community is invited to meet at the Bollinger Memorial Student Union to join a second-line parade, complete with a brass band, to the Quadrangle. The first 250 participants to arrive will receive handkerchiefs with the 60th anniversary logo.

Noon

Birthday Party
Quadrangle

Following the parade, food and beverages will be served. Dr. Hulbert and various distinguished guests will preside over a cake-cutting ceremony. Winners of the umbrella contest will be announced, and the university’s official graduation ring will be unveiled. All are invited to attend.

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