Nicholls signs agreement with Nunez Community College

THIBODAUX — Nicholls State University and Nunez Community College in Chalmette are working together to make it easier for Nunez students to earn a bachelor’s degree in petroleum services at Nicholls.

On Tuesday, Nov. 27, officials from both institutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding, stating that several of Nunez’s industrial technology courses will transfer to Nicholls’ four-year petroleum services program. Michael Gautreaux, safety technology and petroleum services coordinator at Nicholls, says his program has already graduated several transfer students from Nunez, and he hopes that the new agreement will encourage more students to pursue their bachelor’s degree at Nicholls.

While Nunez’s two-year program focuses on process technology and the downstream oil sector (refineries and chemical plants), the four-year program at Nicholls prepares students for supervisory positions and focuses on the upstream sector (exploration and drilling).

“With more interest in offshore and many management-level workers retiring in this field, a bachelor’s degree from Nicholls will really give our students a shot to move into more advanced careers,” says Keith Tolleson, process technology program manager at Nunez.

Dr. Thomas Warner, Nunez Community College chancellor, and Dr. Stephen T. Hulbert, Nicholls State University president, sign a Memorandum of Understanding, allowing industrial technology courses at Nunez to transfer to the Nicholls bachelor’s degree program in petroleum services.

Nicholls to host Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra


THIBODAUX – The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will return to the Nicholls State University campus for a public performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 in the Mary M. Danos Theater. There will be a discussion session with the piano soloist and the conductor in Talbot 215 at 6:30.  There is no admission charge for this session.

German conductor Markus Huber will lead the orchestra in its performance of Nielson Symphony No. 4 “The Inextinguishable” and Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2. The concert will feature acclaimed musician Stephen Hough, who is widely considered “one of the most important and distinctive pianists of his generation.”

Concert tickets are $20 and may be purchased at Students can reserve a free ticket by entering a promotional code, which they can obtain from the Department of Music, 240 Talbot Hall.

“Nicholls encourages the community to attend and support the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra as it brings classical music to the people of the Bayou Region,” said Dr. David Boudreaux, vice president for institutional advancement

Nicholls Chamber Singers to present “Christmas in New York”

THIBODAUX – The Nicholls State University Chamber Singers will present “Christmas in New York,” a holiday musical concert with a multi-course meal, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 in the Bollinger Memorial Student Union Cotillion Ballroom.

A Nicholls tradition since 1985, the Chamber Singers’ Christmas dinner will center around New York Christmas images, such as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and ice-skating rink, elaborately decorated department store windows and Broadway shows. Diners will hear iconic New York songs, such as Leonard Bernstein’s “New York, New York,” the theme song from the film “New York, New York” and Broadway tunes. Christmas favorites will include “Silver Bells,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland” and Frank Sinatra’s “Mistletoe and Holly,” among many others.

Dr. Kenneth S. Klaus, professor of music and director of choral activities, will conduct the concert with Michelle Z. Parro as the piano accompanist.

Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for children ages 12 and under. The reservation deadline is noon on Friday, Nov. 30. To reserve a seat, call 985-448-4600, stop by 241 Talbot Hall on the Nicholls campus or email

Nicholls launches several online degree programs

THIBODAUX — Starting this spring, Nicholls State University will offer seven completely online degrees through its new Nicholls Online division.

Designed to provide a more flexible alternative, particularly for individuals who have difficulty attending on-campus classes, Nicholls Online will provide remote access to the university’s nationally accredited degree programs and highly qualified instructors.

“Nicholls Online builds upon our existing structure — our credible academic programs and talented faculty — and shows that we’re progressing with the times and thinking outside of the box,” said Dr. Laynie Barrilleaux, vice president for academic affairs. “We’re hoping that Nicholls Online will help us reach a different student population, including the more than 3,000 adults in the area who started their degree but didn’t graduate.”

Online bachelor’s degree programs will be offered in English, general family and consumer sciences, general studies, history, nursing (for students who already have an unencumbered RN license) and sociology. A master’s degree in educational leadership with an educational technology concentration will also be available online.

Nicholls Online courses will be taught in eight-week sessions, beginning in January, March, May, July and October. Students who take three courses per session will be able to earn a bachelor’s degree in just three years. Although Nicholls will continue to offer online courses for its traditional students, Nicholls Online courses will be reserved for those in the online-only programs.

“In the early days of Nicholls, Gary Chouest, Hunt Downer, Chef John Folse and several other students drove a yellow school bus to transport people to campus who couldn’t otherwise get here,” said Dr. Stephen T. Hulbert, university president. “Nicholls Online is today’s yellow school bus. We’re meeting people where they are and providing them with access to a high-quality education.”

For more information on Nicholls Online degree programs, admission requirements and tuition costs, visit

or call 985-448-4803.

Nicholls international students celebrate native cultures

THIBODAUX – At Nicholls State University’s International Student Banquet, Guadalupe Garcia, biology freshman from Guadalajara, Mexico, and Alex Llamas, family and consumer sciences junior from Juchipila, Mexico, perform a Mexican hat dance. The fifth annual event, held on Sunday, Nov. 11, featured international cuisine and multicultural artistic performances. Currently, 154 international students are enrolled at Nicholls.

Nicholls students get married in campus Quad

THIBODAUX – A few hours after Nicholls State University’s Veterans Day ceremony on Friday, Nov. 9, several student veterans returned to the campus quadrangle to witness the wedding of Teresina Hueso, nursing junior from San Diego, and Jake Hebert, U.S. Marine Corps veteran and management junior from Bayou Pigeon. Pastor Hilton Johns, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and history freshman from Callahan, Florida, performed the ceremony, and serving as the couple’s witnesses were two Nicholls staffers — Brandy Burbante (far left), library specialist, and Gilberto Burbante (far right), U.S. Marine Corps veteran and coordinator of veterans services. A small reception was held in the new Nicholls Veterans Lounge. “We made history; we’ll always be remembered as the veteran who got married by a veteran here at Nicholls. That’ll probably never happen again here,” Hueso said. “I love the Nicholls campus and the beautiful trees, and since I’m not from here, Nicholls has become a big part of my life. The student veteran community has become my family.”

Nicholls plays tribute to veterans past and present

THIBODAUX – U.S. Marine Corps veteran Gilberto Burbante, coordinator of veterans services at Nicholls State University, welcomes community members to the university’s Veterans Day ceremony on Friday, Nov. 9. The ceremony featured patriotic songs, remarks from Nicholls student veterans and a keynote address from Lt. Col. Thomas Friloux of the Louisiana Army National Guard.


Sam Tabor, U.S. Army veteran from Schriever, salutes the American flag during Nicholls State University’s Veterans Day ceremony on Friday, Nov. 9. “Nicholls proudly celebrates our armed forces — those who are here with us today, those who couldn’t be here, those who have gone before us and those who are still actively serving so that we can continue to enjoy freedoms like no other country,” said Larry Howell, U.S. Air Force veteran and Nicholls executive vice president. Nearly 200 veterans are currently enrolled as Nicholls students.



Nicholls announces upcoming free concerts

THIBODAUX — Within the next month, Nicholls State University’s Department of Music will present several free public concerts, with something sure to please nearly every musical preference:
·    Nicholls trio recital
Sunday, Nov. 11, 4 p.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church, 718 Jackson St., Thibodaux

A recital at historic St. John’s Episcopal Church will feature three Nicholls musicians: pianist Dr. Carol Britt, music department head; violinist Gilson Filho, a music sophomore from Recife, Brazil; and horn player Paula Santos, a music sophomore from Salvador, Brazil. The trio will perform works by Bach, Schumann and Brahms.

·    Nicholls Camerata concert
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m., St. Joseph’s Co-Cathedral, 721 Canal Blvd., Thibodaux

The Nicholls Camerata, a small chamber orchestra, will feature students on violin, viola, cello, bass and harpsichord. The group was formed in 2010 under the direction of violinist James Alexander, faculty head of the string program.

·    String studio recital
Tuesday, Nov. 27, 7:30 p.m., Mary M. Danos Theater, Talbot Hall, Nicholls

Students in the Nicholls string program will perform works for violin, viola and cello.

·    Candlelight Christmas concert by the Nicholls Concert Choir
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m., Mary M. Danos Theater, Talbot Hall, Nicholls

The Nicholls Concert Choir will present its annual Candlelight Christmas Concert with the theme “Carols of the Night.” Christmas songs and carols will be linked together by poetry and scripture to tell the traditional Christmas story. The choir’s repertoire will include well-known Christmas songs such as “Silent Night, “O Holy Night,” “Joy to the World,” “Coventry Carol,” “Lo! How a Rose e’er Blooming,” “Wexford Carol” and several Christmas compositions by international composers. Lighting will change from selection to selection to enhance the concert experience. Dr. Kenneth S. Klaus, professor of music and director of choral activities, will conduct the concert with Michelle Z. Parro, staff accompanist, performing one of Nicholls’ Steinway grand pianos.


Nicholls to honor veterans

THIBODAUX — Nicholls State University will commemorate Veterans Day with a public ceremony in the campus quadrangle at 11:40 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9.

Hosted by the Nicholls Veterans Organization, the event will feature guest speaker Lt. Col. Thomas Friloux of the Louisiana Army National Guard, who received a Purple Heart for injuries he suffered while serving in Baghdad. Several Nicholls student veterans will also take part in the patriotic program along with the Thibodaux High School JROTC, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity, and students from the Generations Teaching Generations program and MAX Charter School.

“We are proud to honor those brave men and women, young and old, who have served and sacrificed,” said Gilberto Burbante, Nicholls coordinator of veteran services and U.S. Marine Corps veteran. “We hope to see veterans, active military and community members come together as we celebrate this holiday in traditional Nicholls fashion.”

Earlier this fall, G.I. Jobs magazine named Nicholls a Military Friendly School for the fourth consecutive year. The university has made recruiting and retaining military students a priority as well as helping the veteran population adjust to college life. Currently, 195 veterans are enrolled at Nicholls.

For more information on the Veterans Day program or Nicholls veterans services, call 985-448-4208.

Diners enjoy three-course meal at Nicholls’ Bite of the Arts

Thibodaux – Nicholls State University culinary students serve an asparagus, egg and roasted beet salad to guests at the 2012 Bite of the Arts on Thursday, Nov. 8. About 225 people attended the 16th annual gala, which raised more than $90,000 for the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute. Themed “Rollin’ on the River: Celebrating the Steamboat Bicentennial,” the evening featured live Dixieland music, cocktails, wine, hor d’oeuvres, live and silent auctions and a three-course meal. Culinary students prepared and served the dinner under the direction of distinguished visiting chef Regina Charboneau, the chef de cuisine for the American Queen steamboat. The event’s proceeds benefit the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute, which hopes to break ground on its new 33,000-square-foot facility this spring.