Nicholls music faculty to present Nocturne fundraiser

THIBODAUX — The Nicholls State University Department of Music will present the seventh annual Nocturne — a showcase of faculty talent in support of music scholarships — on Friday, May 10 in the Mary M. Danos Theater of Talbot Hall.

The event will be reminiscent of 19th-century soirées held in the salons of Paris. A cocktail reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby with the program beginning at 7:30 p.m. Guests, who are requested to wear cocktail attire, will hear music from the 18th through the 21st century, including piano, violin, vocal, saxophone, clarinet and harpsichord performances. Final bids on silent auction items will be taken at intermission, and dessert and coffee will follow the concert.

Dr. Carol Britt, head of the Department of Music, said funds raised at Nocturne will help faculty continue to make great progress in recruiting talented student musicians from the Bayou Region and across the world.

“The music faculty not only want to attract talented students to our campus, but, to the extent possible, we want to assist each student financially with a scholarship,” she said. “We believe that it is important that we do everything we can to make the Nicholls experience more affordable for these future performers and teachers of music.”

Individual tickets are available for $50 each, in addition to several sponsorship levels. Guests should reserve their tickets or table by Monday, April 29 by calling 985-448-4600.

Nicholls Foundation plans Hawaiian-themed Women’s Night Out

THIBODAUX — For its 14th annual Women’s Night Out fundraiser, the Nicholls State University Foundation will host a Hawaiian-style party on Thursday, May 9 at Cypress Columns in Gray.

The festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres, piña coladas and other adult beverages. Local celebrity waiters will serve the four-course dinner around 7:15 p.m. Sponsored by Entergy, the Tim Emerson Team at Smith Barney, Peter Knoop of UBS Financial Services, Coca-Cola and the Nicholls Foundation, the evening will also include live and silent auctions, entertainment and free after-party limousine service.

Tickets are $100 per person with all proceeds benefiting the Nicholls women’s athletics programs. To make reservations, call 985-448-4005.

Women's Night Out

Nicholls president announces retirement

NICHOLLS PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

THIBODAUX — Dr. Stephen T. Hulbert has announced his retirement from the presidency of Nicholls State University to the Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System with an effective date of Aug. 1, 2013.

“Having served as Nicholls’ president for the past 10 years, I have decided that it is time for me to hand over the reigns of leadership to a new president,” Hulbert said.  “Becky and I have truly enjoyed our time in southeast Louisiana, and we have loved being a part of the Nicholls family. We have made many dear and lasting friendships while serving the students, faculty and staff of Nicholls.”

During his 10-year tenure, Hulbert has presided over campus improvements, including three new student residence halls; the renovations of the Galliano Dining Hall, Calecas Residence Hall and Beauregard Hall; the construction of the Harold J. Callais Memorial Recreation Center and the women’s soccer field house; and groundbreaking for the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute’s classroom building.

In addition to facility improvements, Hulbert led the university through its best SACS reaffirmation visit and an NCAA recertification. He also led the transition from open to selective admissions while forging agreements with regional community colleges that allow for seamless transitions from two-year colleges to a four-year university.

“Every university president seeks to leave the institution better off than when he or she took the mantle of leadership,” Hulbert said. “In spite of six consecutive years of multiple budget cuts, five major hurricanes and a devastating oil spill in the Gulf that had a disruptive influence on our region and university, the students, faculty and staff have dedicated themselves to doing everything in their power to maintain the high quality educational experiences that Nicholls provides. I cannot tell you how proud I am of their efforts and what their spirit of endurance has meant to the continued progress of this university.  It has been a true honor to serve as their president.”

In announcing his retirement to the university family, Hulbert said: “My commitment to Nicholls remains absolute now and throughout the months ahead of my departure. While I will not participate in any way in the search process to select my successor, I will offer my total support for a smooth transition of leadership that is in the best interest of the university and the students it serves.”

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Nicholls alumni to host Crawfish Boil April 20

THIBODAUX — The Nicholls State University Alumni Federation invites all Colonels — Nicholls graduates, friends and supporters — to its Annual Meeting and Crawfish Boil on Saturday, April 20, in the Cotillion Ballroom of the Bollinger Memorial Student Union.

The crawfish boil will begin at 6:30 p.m. with food being served at 7 p.m. Prior to that, the federation will hold its business meeting at 5:30 p.m. Throughout the evening, Nicholls student and local musician John Daigle will provide entertainment, and attendees will be able to bid on silent auction items from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Tickets are $40 for dues-paying alumni and $50 for all others. New to this year’s event is the “Colonels of the Round Table” package, which includes a reserved round table, eight tickets, one round of free drinks and the convenience of being served crawfish first. To reserve individual tickets or a table, call 985-448-4111. Tickets will also be available at the door. For more information, visit nichollsalumni.org/programs

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Alumni Crawfish Boil 2012

Nicholls president announces retirement

THIBODAUX — Dr. Stephen T. Hulbert has announced his retirement from the presidency of Nicholls State University to the Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System with an effective date of Aug. 1, 2013.

“Having served as Nicholls’ president for the past 10 years, I have decided that it is time for me to hand over the reigns of leadership to a new president,” Hulbert said.  “Becky and I have truly enjoyed our time in southeast Louisiana, and we have loved being a part of the Nicholls family. We have made many dear and lasting friendships while serving the students, faculty and staff of Nicholls.”

During his 10-year tenure, Hulbert has presided over campus improvements, including three new student residence halls; the renovations of the Galliano Dining Hall, Calecas Residence Hall and Beauregard Hall; the construction of the Harold J. Callais Memorial Recreation Center and the women’s soccer field house; and groundbreaking for the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute’s classroom building.

In addition to facility improvements, Hulbert led the university through its best SACS reaffirmation visit and an NCAA recertification. He also led the transition from open to selective admissions while forging agreements with regional community colleges that allow for seamless transitions from two-year colleges to a four-year university.

“Every university president seeks to leave the institution better off than when he or she took the mantle of leadership,” Hulbert said. “In spite of six consecutive years of multiple budget cuts, five major hurricanes and a devastating oil spill in the Gulf that had a disruptive influence on our region and university, the students, faculty and staff have dedicated themselves to doing everything in their power to maintain the high quality educational experiences that Nicholls provides. I cannot tell you how proud I am of their efforts and what their spirit of endurance has meant to the continued progress of this university.  It has been a true honor to serve as their president.”

In announcing his retirement to the university family, Hulbert said: “My commitment to Nicholls remains absolute now and throughout the months ahead of my departure. While I will not participate in any way in the search process to select my successor, I will offer my total support for a smooth transition of leadership that is in the best interest of the university and the students it serves.”

‘Dancing with the stars’ event to help fund Nicholls scholarship

THIBODAUX — The Bayou Junior Woman’s Club in partnership with the Louisiana Center for Women and Government, headquartered at Nicholls State University, will host “Dancing with the Stars on the Bayou” on Saturday, April 13. Proceeds will help fund the annual Alice Marx LeBlanc Nursing Scholarship for Nicholls students beginning their nursing clinicals.

The fundraiser will begin with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m. in the Cotillion Ballroom of the Bollinger Memorial Student Union. Actor Christian LeBlanc of The Young and the Restless will serve as the master of ceremonies while prominent locals compete on the dance floor. LeBlanc’s co-stars Jessica Collins and Jeff Branson will be on the celebrity judging panel along with WWL-TV anchor Eric Paulsen, lawyer Russ Herman and singer Amanda Shaw.

Tickets are $50 per person or $350 for a table of eight. To purchase a ticket, call 985-448-4770 or 985-209-4221. More information is available at nicholls.edu/lcwg/dwss

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