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Nicholls breaks ground for recreation center

Nicholls State University hosted the ceremonial groundbreaking of the Harold J. Callais Memorial Recreation Center on Wednesday, Dec. 15, near the corner of Bowie Road and Ardoyne Drive.

Pictured from left are Dr. Sonya Premeaux, board chair of the Thibodaux Chamber of Commerce; state Rep. Joe Harrison of Gray; Brittany Taraba, president of the Nicholls Student Government Association; C. Michael Callais, son of Harold J. Callais; Gloria Callais, widow of Mr. Callais; Corey Callais, son of Mr. Callais; Dr. Stephen Hulbert, university president; Charlotte Randolph, president of Lafourche Parish; Tommy Eschete, mayor of Thibodaux; Eugene G. Gouaux Jr., chairman of the Nicholls Facilities Corporation; Dr. Eugene Dial, vice president for student affairs and enrollment services; Michael Matherne, director of campus recreation; and state Sen. Norby Chabert of Houma. Construction and operation of the new 63,000-square-foot facility will be funded with self-assessed student fees.

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