Nicholls Hosts Annual Culinary Celebration ‘Bite of the Arts’

THIBODAUX — The Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University will explore the state’s German cuisine and heritage at the 17th annual Bite of the Arts fundraising gala.

The celebrated culinary event, themed “Oompah! Celebrating Louisiana’s German Heritage,” will begin with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 in the Bollinger Memorial Student Union. A special meal and a live auction will follow at 8 p.m.

“Bite of the Arts is our biggest fundraiser, and one of the best culinary events of the year. We want people to come back year after year,” said Chef Randy Cheramie, executive director of the Nicholls culinary institute. “This year we’re celebrating the rich German heritage of Louisiana. And once again Blaine Kern Studios will be decking out the ballroom to fit our theme — people aren’t going to recognize the place after they get done with it.”

This year’s event will honor Chef Gunter Preuss with the 2013 Lafcadio Hearn Award, which honors significant contributions to the culinary profession. Preuss, a second-generation restaurateur classically trained in the European tradition, began his career in West Germany before eventually landing in New Orleans at the Fairmont Hotel. He opened his own restaurant, Versailles, in 1972, and in 1993, Preuss and his wife, Evelyn, acquired the historic Broussard’s Restaurant in the French Quarter. Pruess had taught culinary arts at Delgado Community College and the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls, and has been the recipient of numerous culinary awards.

Guests will be treated to a multi-course German dinner prepared by distinguished visiting chef Tory Stewart. Trained at the famed French Culinary Institute in New York City, Stewart settled in the south, drawn in by the big, assertive flavors of Louisiana cooking. He worked with Preuss at Broussard’s before opening Jubilee Restaurant & Courtyard in Mandeville.

Individual tickets are $150 per person. Benefactor tables for eight are $2,500, and corporate tables for 10 are $5,000. All proceeds benefit the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute, particularly student scholarships, faculty development and equipment.

Call 985-449-7114 by Thursday, Nov. 7 to reserve your tickets.

Nicholls International Film Club Presents “The Dish”



THIBODAUX — The Nicholls State University International Film Club and the Student Programming Association invite the community to a free screening of the acclaimed Australian film “The Dish” at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 in Peltier Auditorium.

“The Dish,” a 2001 comedy film directed by Rob Sitch and starring Sam Neill, Billy Mitchell and Roz Hammond, tells the story of a remote Australian town populated by quirky characters that plays a key role in the first Apollo moon landing.

The movie is one of several popular domestic and international films to be screened free of charge on campus. Upcoming shows include:

Dec. 13: “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” (2011) UK
Jan. 24: “Quartet” (2012) USA
Feb. 21: “Mister Foe (2007) UK
March 7: “Life of Pi” (2012) USA
April 4: “Late Quartet” (2012) Canada

For more information about the International Film Club, call (985) 448-4633.

Donation Benefits Nicholls Petroleum Degree Programs


THIBODAUX — Nicholls State University’s Department of Petroleum Engineering Technology and Safety Management (PETSM) received a donation of $3,000 from the Evangeline Chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Friday, Oct. 25. The donation will benefit the department’s foundation fund for the enhancement of student activities, programs and faculty development.

“We are grateful to the Society of Professional Engineers and many other professional organizations and industry partners that support our department as we work to fill the pipeline with the next generation of engineering technologist to meet industry demands,” said Dr. Al Davis, Dean of University College.

PETSM is geared towards meeting the workforce needs of the expanding ultra deepwater oil and gas industry in southeast Louisiana and offers the only known program designed to accommodate the unique schedule of its workers. Courses are offered around the typical 7-days-on, 7-days-off or 14-days-on, 14-days-off work schedule of an offshore employee.

The curriculum is designed so students can exit with a two-year degree or continue on to receive a four-year Bachelor of Science in petroleum services with concentrations in exploration and production or safety technology. These degree programs will prepare students for mid-level and leadership careers as drill site managers, completion specialists, production managers, well-site intervention field engineers and safety, health and environmental technologists.

“The industry is reaching a critical tipping point due to a lack of experienced workers to replace the retiring baby boomer workforce, while at the same time, technological innovations have allowed oil companies to expand operations in deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico,” said PETSM Executive Director Michael Gautreaux.

These unique degree programs are the fastest-growing on campus, with fall semester enrollment at nearly 400 students.

For more information about PETSM, visit

(From left) Nicholls Safety Technology and Petroleum Engineering Adjunct Instructor Henry Clyde Foust, Randy Rice of the Evangeline Chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, PETSM Executive Director Michael Gautreaux, Zack Carlisle of the Evangeline Chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and Dean of University College Dr. Al Davis.

Poet-in-Residence Holds Reading at Nicholls

THIBODAUX — Award-winning Nicholls State University poet Dr. David Middleton will read from his new book of original poems, “Fiddler on Driskoll Hill,” at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 in the Plantation Room of the Bollinger Student Union.

The book is now for sale in the campus bookstore for $18.95. Middleton will be on hand signing copies of his book from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. the same day.

Until his retirement in 2010, Middleton served as Nicholls’ distinguished service professor, Alcee Fortier professor and head of the Department of Languages and Literature. Middleton serves as Nicholls’ poet-in-residence.

Middleton has published several collections of his poetry, including “The Burning Fields” (LSU Press, 1991), “As Far as Light Remains” (The Cummington Press, 1993), “Beyond the Chandeleurs” (LSU Press, 1999) and “The Habitual Peacefulness of Gruchy: Poems After Pictures by Jean-François Millet” (LSU Press, 2005). His work has won a number of awards, including the State of Louisiana Governor’s Award for Outstanding Professional Artist for 2006.

His verse has also appeared in The Southern Review, The Sewanee Review, Louisiana Literature and elsewhere.

Celebrate Family Day with Nicholls

THIBODAUX — Nicholls State University students, their families and community members are invited for a day of fun for all ages at the annual Family Day celebration Saturday, Oct. 26.

The family-friendly festivities will begin at noon next to John L. Guidry Stadium and lead up to the 3 p.m. kick-off of the Colonels football game against McNeese State University.

A campus tradition since 1983, Family Day will feature live music by the swamp pop band Treater and food booths offering gumbo, jambalaya, hamburgers and more. Other activities include an entertainment zone with inflatables and games for the kids, fun and educational Halloween activities and a 2:30 p.m. pep rally featuring the Pride of Nicholls marching band. Attendees are also invited to tour Nicholls’ residence halls during an open house from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Discounted general admission tickets to the 3 p.m. Colonels vs. Cowboys football game will be available for $12. Buy your tickets before Friday, Oct. 25 at to receive the special price. Tickets are also available for $15 at the gate on game day. Pre-game tailgating starts at 10 a.m.

For more information, call 985-448-4790 or visit the Family Day website at

Nicholls Hosts “Beasts of the Southern Wild” Director Benh Zeitlin

THIBODAUX — The Fletcher Lecture Series at Nicholls State University will present a Q-and-A session and lecture by the Oscar nominated director and screenwriter of “Beasts of the Southern Wild” Benh Zeitlin on Thursday, October 24.

Zeitlin is a filmmaker, composer, animator and founding member of production company Court 13. His first independent feature film, “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” which was shot in Terrebonne Parish, became an immediate success on the film festival circuit, eventually winning the top awards at the Cannes and Sundance film festivals. The film was picked up by Fox Searchlight Pictures for nationwide distribution and earned four Academy Award nominations.

Zeitlin will be interviewed by Dr. Todd Kennedy, Nicholls director of film studies, at 6 p.m. Thursday, October 24, in Peltier Auditorium. He will also field questions from audience members from 10:30 a.m. to noon that same day in the Le Bijou Theater in the Bollinger Memorial Student Union.

Now in its 30th year, the Fletcher Lecture Series — named after former Nicholls department head Dr. Marie Fletcher and sponsored by the Department of Languages and Literature — brings outstanding scholars, chefs and writers to Nicholls each year. Past lecturers include Robert Penn Warren, Ernest Gaines, Paul Prudhomme, Marilynne Robinson and Olympia Vernon.

For more information visit the Fletcher Lecture Series website at

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra to Perform at Nicholls

THIBODAUX – For a third year, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will return to the Nicholls State University campus for a public performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 25 in the Mary M. Danos Theater.

Prior to the performance, there will be a discussion session with orchestra CEO James William Boyd, Conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto and featured Italian Pianist Benedetto Lupo at 6:45 p.m. in Talbot 215. There is no admission charge for this session.

Lupo gained worldwide recognition after winning the bronze medal in the Eighth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1989. His success led to critically acclaimed debuts with several American orchestras, appearances with the Tokyo String Quartet and solo recitals at the prestigious Lincoln Center in New York and Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, California. He has won numerous other international competitions and awards.

The performance will include selections from Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, Mozart’s Symphony No. 39 and “Homage to Federico Garcia Lorca” by Silvestre Revueltas.

Concert tickets are $20 and may be purchased at Students can reserve a free ticket by entering a promotional code, which they can obtain by calling the Nicholls Department of Music at 985-448-4600 or visiting 240 Talbot Hall.

Nicholls Kicks Off “Operation White Socks” 2013

Operation White Socks 2013


Nicholls State University President-Select Dr. Bruce Murphy and wife Jeanne visited with students spearheading the Louisiana Center for Dyslexia and Related Learning Disorders’ “Operation White Socks” Thursday, Oct. 10. The program, in its fourth year, aims to donate new pairs of socks, paperback books and DVDs to serving members of the military. Donations can be left at the center, located in Room 166 in Peltier Hall. The deadline to donate is Nov. 1.

(Top left to right)
Jeanne Murphy; Katie Mumme, a nursing major from New Orleans; Elise Pere, a family and consumer sciences major from Thibodaux; Nicollette Terrebonne, an elementary education major from Raceland; Katelynn Daigle, an elementary education major from Houma; Dr. Bruce Murphy, Nicholls president-select; and Tracy Purvis, dyslexia program coordinator.

(Bottom left to right)
Michael Lemoine, a safety technology major from Morgan City and David Grove, a safety technology major from Chackbay.

Nicholls Alumni Federation Hosts John Brady Golf Classic

THIBODAUX — The Nicholls Alumni Federation will host the John Brady Golf Classic Friday, Oct. 11 at the LaTour Golf Course in Mathews.

The classic will feature 100-plus golfers, including area alumni and friends of Nicholls State University. Individual golfers can register for $150, and a corporate foursome can play for $600. In addition, numerous sponsorships are available starting at $100. To register or make a donation visit the 2013 John Brady Golf Classic link at

Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Nicholls Alumni Federation, allowing the group to give more scholarships, increase the monetary amount of current scholarships and fund alumni and student events.

Brady, who died in 2008, was a local businessman who spent more than a decade developing LaTour. Brady and wife Clara Brady have made great contributions to Nicholls, and the event was named in his honor.

For more information contact the Nicholls Alumni Federation at 985-448-4111 or

Nicholls hosts Colonel Career Panel Discussion

THIBODAUX — Prospective students and current enrollees in Nicholls State University’s Petroleum Engineering Technology and Safety Management (PETSM) program can learn about their future careers at a panel discussion 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8 at the Nicholls Soccer Pavillion.

The Colonel Career Panel Discussion and BBQ is a free event that will feature food and a chance to meet with industry representatives and PETSM program alumni.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Nicholls PETSM program is invited to attend. Please RSVP by 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7 to

The event is being hosted by the Nicholls Alumni Federation, the Nicholls Student Alumni Association, the Petroleum Engineering Technology and Safety Management program and Career Services. For more information about PETSM, visit