Emergency Alert: Winter Weather Closes Nicholls Campus

THIBODAUX — With severe winter weather in the area creating hazardous travel conditions, Nicholls State University officials announced that all classes and events scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 28, and Wednesday, Jan. 29, have been canceled and the campus will be closed until conditions improve.

Classes and events scheduled for the afternoon and evening on Monday, Jan. 27, will continue as scheduled.

Residence halls will remain open and food service will be available. Students may communicate with their professors regarding specific class assignments on Moodle.

Any updates concerning the university’s status will be posted on nicholls.edu or available on Nicholls alert hotline at 1-877-NICHOLLS.

Nicholls Offers Spring Non-Credit Courses in Houma, Thibodaux

THIBODAUX — Nicholls State University’s Office of Continuing Education will offer more than a dozen non-credit courses this spring, including classes in cake decorating, weight training and cardio fitness and Spanish.

Courses are offered in the evenings and on weekends at two locations — the main campus in Thibodaux and the Theodore L. Duhé Center, 235 Civic Center Blvd., Houma — making it easy to find options that meet individual needs.

Upcoming classes include:

Carnival Time Floral Design
Spring Floral Design
Introduction to Cake Decorating
Beginner Belly Dance
Belly Dance Boot Camp
Cardio Dance Fitness
Hatha Yoga
Weight Training and Cardio Fitness
Responsible Vendor Permit
Serv-Safe Sanitation
Life and Health Insurance Pre-licensing
Property and Casualty Insurance Pre-licensing
Notary Courses
Computer Literacy
Online Career Training

Courses are filling up fast, so register today. To view all classes offered, as well as their dates, times and fees, visit nicholls.edu/continuing-ed. Participants can register online or call 985-448-4444 for more information.

Nicholls Dyslexia Center to Host Conference

THIBODAUX — Parents, teachers, guidance counselors and others interested in helping students with dyslexia are invited to attend the 2014 “Unmasking Their Potential” conference, presented by the Louisiana Center for Dyslexia and Related Learning Disorders at Nicholls State University on Saturday, Jan. 25.

Dr. Susan Hall, a consultant specializing in teacher training in reading and dyslexia, will be the keynote speaker. She is the founder and president of an educational consulting and professional development company called 95 Percent Group Inc. The company provides consulting and teacher training to districts and schools in Response to Intervention (RTI) in early reading.

Hall has provided professional development for over a dozen state departments of education, including overseeing the development of 2 years of training for the reading coaches and administrators in Reading First schools in Louisiana. Hall was president of the Illinois Branch of International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and served on the National IDA Board. She is the author of three books on RTI, a method of academic intervention, and data-differentiated instruction.

The conference will also feature various professional breakout sessions on how to help children with dyslexia prepare for college, manage medications, utilize helpful iPad tools and software, more easily read multisyllabic words, perform better in math and more.

Conference registration, including lunch, is $75 at the door. Full-time students with IDs will be admitted for $25. To download the registration form or learn more about the dyslexia center, visit nicholls.edu/dyslexia or call 985-448-4214.

Nicholls Recognizes Honor Students

THIBODAUX — More than 2,100 Nicholls State University students have been named to the fall 2013 president’s list, dean’s list and honor roll, which recognize academic excellence.

A complete list of the honored students is available to download below. 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.

Honors Students for Fall 2013

Nicholls Awards Endowed Professorships

THIBODAUX — During its spring faculty institute Thursday, Jan. 16, Nicholls State University Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Laynie Barrilleaux presented six new endowed professorships to selected faculty members.

Faculty Institute Spring 2014
Four Nicholls faculty were awarded endowments made possible by Terrebonne General Medical Center. (L-R)  Dr. Laynie Barrilleaux, vice president for academic affairs at Nicholls State University; Danny Henry, vice chairman, TGMC Board of Commissioners; Morris Hebert, chairman, TGMC Board of Commissioners; Phyllis Peoples, TGMC president and CEO;  Dr. Amanda Eymard, Terrebonne General Endowed Professor in Nursing (Devoted Volunteers); Dr. Todd Keller, Bachelor of Science in Nursing program director and Terrebonne General Endowed Professor in Nursing (Founding Physicians); Dr. Bridget Guidry, Terrebonne General Endowed Professorship in Nursing (Compassionate Staff); Dr. Angelique Allemand, Terrebonne General Endowed Professorship in Nursing (Faithful Sisters of St. Joseph); Dr. Bruce Murphy, Nicholls State University president.

Faculty Institute Spring 2014
Two Nicholls faculty were awarded endowments made possible by the Contractors Educational Trust Fund and the Morris P. Hebert family. (L-R) Dr. Laynie Barrilleaux, vice president for academic affairs at Nicholls State University; John Hebert, chief operating officer Morris P. Hebert, Inc.; Brian Hebert, chief financial officer Morris P. Hebert Inc.; Morris P. Hebert, chief executive officer and founder, Morris P. Hebert Inc.; Sandra Hebert wife of Morris P. Hebert; Dr. James Elithorp, The Morris and Sandra Hebert Endowed Professor in Geomatics/Surveying; Dr. Balaji Ramachandran, The Contractors Educational Trust Fund Super Endowed Professor in Geomatics/Surveying; Dr. Bruce Murphy, Nicholls State University president.

Mardi Gras Parking Available at Nicholls

THIBODAUX — The Nicholls State University campus has prime, convenient parking spaces available for Thibodaux parade-goers during the 2014 Mardi Gras season.

Three parking options are available:

  • Free parking — At no charge, parade-goers may park their vehicles in interior campus parking lots not directly along the parade routes. No campers are allowed.
  • Pre-paid seasonal reserved parking — Premium parking spaces along the parade routes may be reserved for campers, cars or trucks for the entire 2014 carnival season. Spaces are $50 per car/truck/van and $200 per camper (includes one vehicle per camper).
  • Parade-day paid parking — Parade-goers may park their vehicles in designated lots adjacent to the parade route for $10 a day per vehicle. Spots are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. No campers are allowed.

Nicholls will be officially closed Monday, March 3, and Tuesday, March 4, but campus visitors are asked to still adhere to normal parking courtesies, such as observing handicapped zones, no-parking zones and reserved parking spaces.

To learn more about Mardi Gras parking options and to download a parking pass application, visit nicholls.edu/parking/mardi-gras-parking. For additional information, call 985-448-4942 or email parking@nicholls.edu.

Nicholls ranks for online degree program

THIBODAUX — Nicholls Online ranks among the top online bachelor’s degree programs in the nation, according to new rankings released Wednesday by U.S. News & World Report.

Nicholls State University launched Nicholls Online in January 2013. The program ranked second out of only three Louisiana public universities chosen for their online bachelor’s degree programs.

“I think it’s a tribute to the quality of our faculty, which was a contributing factor to our ranking,” said Dr. Laynie Barrilleaux, vice president for academic affairs. “We’ve built a solid foundation for Nicholls Online, and as in everything we do at Nicholls, we strive for improvement. We will only continue to move up.”

Only degree-granting programs offering courses that are 100 percent online were considered for the rankings. The rankings examine student engagement, faculty credentials and training and student services and technology. That includes factors like the number of faculty with advanced degrees, their level of training in distance education and student graduation rates.

Nicholls Online is designed to be a flexible alternative for students who have difficulty attending on-campus classes, providing remote access to the university’s nationally accredited degree programs and highly qualified instructors.

Nicholls Online currently offers bachelor’s degree programs in business administration, English, general family and consumer sciences, history, interdisciplinary studies, nursing (for students who already have an unencumbered RN license) and sociology. A master’s degree in educational leadership with an educational technology concentration is also available.

Courses are taught in accelerated eight-week sessions beginning in January, March, May, August and October. Students who take three courses per session can earn a bachelor’s degree in just three years.

In addition to those degrees available through Nicholls Online, Nicholls also offers online master’s degrees in community technical college mathematics and educational leadership — K-12 leadership, and an online bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership. A master of science in nursing is offered online through the Intercollegiate Consortium for a Master of Science in Nursing, a coalition of universities including Nicholls.

To view the 2014 U.S. News & World Report rankings visit usnews.com/education/online-education.

For more information about Nicholls Online visit nicholls.edu/nichollsonline, call 1-855-NIC-ONLINE (642-6654) or email nichollsonline@nicholls.edu.