Nicholls to host 2014 academic summit

THIBODAUX – Nicholls State University has been selected to host the third annual University of Louisiana System Academic Summit in 2014. Inaugurated at McNeese State University this year, the summit features undergraduate research, a juried art competition and faculty service-learning presentations from throughout the nine-university system.

Pictured from left in the back row are Nicholls undergraduate UL System Academic Summit presenters Lillian Barber, biology/pre-veterinary senior from St. Francisville; Kate Hotard, biology/pre-medical senior from Mathews; David Samaha, biology/pre-medical senior from Houma; Janssen Robichaux, geomatics junior from Thibodaux; Aimee Hafkesbring, biology senior from Destrehan; and Gavin Johnson, English senior from Larose. Pictured from left in the front row are Dr. Laynie Barrilleaux, vice president for academic affairs at Nicholls – undergraduate presenters Binita Adhikari, nursing senior from Kathmandu, Nepal; Ross Durocher, history senior from Thibodaux; and Peter Jenkins, government senior from Thibodaux – and Dr. Rob Bremer, director of Ellender Memorial Library.

“We are delighted that Nicholls will have the opportunity to host the 2014 conference,” Dr. Laynie Barrilleaux, vice president for academic affairs at Nicholls, said. “The academic and creative collaborations showcased at this summit are further evidence of our healthy, vibrant University of Louisiana System of higher education. We look forward to welcoming students, faculty and staff from throughout the state, and as always, we are excited about showcasing Nicholls’ own.”

The 2012 Nicholls contingent of summit participants, who traveled to Lake Charles in April to share their work and ideas, included students and faculty who specialized in subjects ranging from remote video tutoring for elementary students to avant-garde art – and from bio-ethanol production to Lady Gaga.

“With national keynote speakers and bringing together our faculty, staff and students to highlight excellence in creativity, service and scholarship, this event captured what the UL System is really all about,” said Dr. Brad O’Hara, system provost and vice president for academic and student affairs.

For details on the 2012 summit presentations, go to

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