Nicholls Campers Present Disney’s ‘High School Musical Jr.’

THIBODAUX — Nicholls State University will be rocking to the music of Disney’s “High School Musical Jr.” this weekend, when more than 40 Nicholls performing arts campers take the stage.

The public is encouraged to attend the family-friendly performances, which are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 30. The one-hour show will be performed in the Mary M. Danos Theater in Talbot Hall, and tickets can be purchased at the door for $10 each.

The story of “High School Musical Jr.” is a familiar one. Students at East High School are divided into cliques: jocks, thespians, brainiacs and skater dudes. When a new girl at school, a brainiac, realizes that she met the basketball team captain during winter break, everything begins to change.

The musical cast is made up of campers ranging in age from 7 to 16 and coming from more than a dozen different schools. During the four weeks of camp, they receive theater instruction and go through intense rehearsals. Almost half of this year’s campers are veterans of previous Nicholls summer performing arts camps.

“I’ve directed hundreds of kids since my first camp here in 2001,” says camp director Pat Hornsby Crochet, “and I marvel every year at how much the campers learn in such a short period. They are constantly amazing us with their talent and dedication.”

The performing arts camp is one of several summer programs conducted through the Nicholls Office of Continuing Education. For more information on the camp or the performance, visit

or call 985-448-4444.

SACS Issues Warning to Nicholls

THIBODAUX — Nicholls State University was put on warning yesterday, by its accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), following a review of the university’s five-year report that was submitted in 2012.

“Nicholls has maintained SACSCOC accreditation without issue since 1964, so this warning comes as a complete surprise,” said Dr. Stephen T. Hulbert, Nicholls president.  “It is important to note that while we take this very seriously and will work quickly to rectify any issues, the university’s accreditation remains intact.”

Although the details of the warning will not be released by SACSCOC until mid-July, preliminary information indicates that additional documentation is needed in two areas — Core Requirement 2.8, regarding the number of full-time faculty members needed to support the mission of the institution; and Core Requirement, regarding expected student-learning outcomes related to educational programs. The university has 12 months to submit the requested information.

“We understand that we are being asked to provide further documentation regarding the number of faculty members and student-learning outcomes,” said Hulbert.  “Once we receive greater clarification in July, as to the specific information that is needed, we will prepare a thorough report and submit it before the 12-month deadline arrives.”

Nicholls State University, a comprehensive regional university offering more than 90 challenging degree programs and concentrations designed to meet the needs of our region, remains fully accredited by SACSCOC.


Nicholls Students Named to Spring 2013 Honors Lists

THIBODAUX — More than 2,000 Nicholls State University students have been named to the spring 2013 president’s list, dean’s list and honor roll, which recognize academic excellence.

A complete list of the honored students is downloadable here: All Honors List for Spring 2013. Full-time students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for the president’s list, between 3.2 and 3.499 for the dean’s list, and between 3.0 and 3.199 for the honor roll.