University Remains Open, Nicholls Issues Phase III Alert

THIBODAUX — Due to the threat of Tropical Storm Karen, the Nicholls State University Emergency Preparedness Committee has initiated a Phase III Alert in accordance with the university’s Hurricane Emergency Plan posted at emergency.nicholls.edu.

Nicholls remains open, and classes have not been cancelled.

The Emergency Preparedness Committee will continue to monitor the status of the storm and take additional action if necessary.

All university employees should refer to the hurricane emergency plan and begin enacting internal Phase III storm preparations at this time.

Updates will be posted at nicholls.edu, and are also available on the Nicholls alert hotline at 1-877-NICHOLLS.

Nicholls Issues Phase I Alert, University Remains Open

THIBODAUX – Due to the approach of Tropical Storm Karen, the Nicholls State University Emergency Preparedness Committee has initiated a Phase I alert in accordance with the university’s hurricane emergency plan posted at emergency.nicholls.edu.

The Emergency Preparedness Committee will continue to monitor the strength, speed and path of the storm and take additional action if necessary. The university remains open, and classes have not been cancelled at this time.

All Nicholls departments will refer to their hurricane emergency plan and begin enacting internal Phase I storm preparations at this time. The community will be notified if Phase II storm preparations are implemented.

Check back with nicholls.edu for updates.

Nicholls Recognized as “Military Friendly” for fifth year

THIBODAUX — Nicholls State University has been designated a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine for the fifth consecutive year. The honor is given annually to the top 15 percent of American universities that offer the best support, flexibility and value for active duty military and veterans pursuing an education.

“Nicholls continues to demonstrate our commitment to ensuring that our veterans receive their earned benefits,” said Gilberto Burbante, Nicholls coordinator of veterans services. “More importantly, we have created a home for them — a home filled with fellow service members from diverse backgrounds who have formed a family. We have established a connection that only veterans understand.”

Burbante, a former U.S. Marine and Army National Guard officer, is a three-time Iraq War infantry veteran and 2011 Nicholls graduate. Currently, 186 veterans are enrolled at Nicholls.

The recognition reflects the university’s growing efforts to recruit and retain military students. Last year, Nicholls opened a veterans lounge in Shaver Gym to help build community among student veterans and assist in their transition to college life. The Nicholls Office of Veterans Affairs acts as a one-stop shop, helping veterans to register for classes, navigate financial aid, receive military or transfer credits and even find jobs during the summer break or after graduation. The Nicholls Veterans Association provides a social outlet for veteran students, participating in tailgating and other activities.

“Our goal at Nicholls is to create a place for veterans to be successful in academics as well as in society,” Burbante said.

Members of the military — as well as veterans — can expect priority service when enrolling at Nicholls. Admissions criteria are exempted for veterans who have received an honorable discharge, and enrollees may register before the general student population.

Nicholls administrators have also identified a group of individual advisors to serve as veterans advocates. Veterans may consult with these faculty members for information, advice or understanding as they work their way through university rules and regulations.

For more information about Nicholls’ services for veterans and active service members, call Burbante at 985-448-4208, or go to nicholls.edu/veterans.