Louisiana Swamp Stomp Festival Scheduled for March 21-23

THIBODAUX — Nicholls State University will host the sixth annual Louisiana Swamp Stomp Festival, a musical celebration of south Louisiana culture, Friday, March 21, through Sunday, March 23.

The festival has been named one of March’s “Top 20 events in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Visitors are invited to experience south Louisiana’s unique Cajun, Zydeco and Swamp Pop music, a variety of regional foods and presentations on local history, culture and economic development. Top cooks will perfect their roux at the annual Jumbo Gumbo Cook-Off Saturday, March 22, and you can burn off that gumbo at the annual 5K Can-Can and 1 Mile White Boot Waddle walk/run. There’s also a carnival, arts and crafts fair, and the Tresors du Bayou Educational Program, a popular attraction for thousands of primary and secondary school students.

Sponsors for this year’s event include: Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program; Jubilee Festival of the Arts; Louisiana Lottery; The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. Community Partnership Grant; New Orleans Regional Arts Council; Peltier Foundation; and Thibodaux Regional Medical Center.

The Louisiana Swamp Stomp Festival is supported by a grant from the Louisiana State Arts Council through the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit the Louisiana Swamp Stomp website at nicholls.edu/swamp-stomp.

2014 Music Line-up:

Friday, March 21, 2014: Down the Bayou Block Party

3:30-4:30 p.m. Free Zydeco Dance Lessons with Zydeco/Cajun Dance Productions
4:30-6:20 p.m. Treater Band
6:30-8:20 p.m. Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band
8:30-10:30 p.m. Corey Ledet

Saturday, March 22, 2014: Family Fun Day
Bring the whole family! Children can visit the Kid Zone for activities and games.

9:30-10:30 a.m. Free Zydeco Dance Lessons with Zydeco/Cajun Dance Productions
10:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Waylon Thibodeaux
12:30-2:20 p.m. Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band
2:30-4:20 p.m. Horace Trahan and the Ossun Express
4:30-6:20 p.m. Soul Creole
6:30-8:20 p.m. Don Rich
8:30-10:30 p.m. Kevin Naquin and the Ossun Playboys

Sunday, March 23, 2014: Cajun Fais-Do-Do Day

10:00-10:30 a.m. Free Zydeco Dance Lessons with Zydeco/Cajun Dance Productions
10:30 a.m.-11:50 p.m. Ryan Brunet and The Malfecteurs
Noon-1:20 p.m. Nathan Williams and the Zydeco Cha Chas
1:30-2:50 p.m. Cameron Dupuy and the Cajun Troubadours
3:00-4:20 p.m. Pine Leaf Boys
4:30-6:00 p.m. Geno Delafose & The French Rock’n Boogie

Nicholls CAN! Food Drive Kicks Off

THIBODAUX — Nicholls State University will hold its annual Nicholls CAN! food drive from Thursday, March 6 to Monday, March 24.

Nicholls students, faculty and staff and community members are encouraged to participate by donating nonperishable food, household items to this campuswide service project benefiting local food banks. The drive will benefit six area food banks in Houma, Dulac, Morgan City, Thibodaux, Raceland and Galliano.

Items may be dropped off at locations across campus, including the Bollinger Memorial Student Union, Callais Memorial Recreation Center and Ellender Memorial Library. Collection boxes are also located in all academic departments, so Nicholls alumni may also contribute to their former departments.

This year’s drive will also include Can Wars, a creative competition that gets campus departments, organizations and groups to use the items they collect to build unique structures. The most creative structure and the one with the most school spirit will each receive a cash prize of $250. The build will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 in Shaver Gymnasium.

Since the Nicholls CAN! drive began in spring 2012, the goal has been to collect about 7,000 items per semester — approximately one for each Nicholls student and employee. Last year’s Nicholls CAN! drive collected over 12,000 items for area food banks.

For more information, visit nicholls.edu/nichollscan or call 985-448-4597.

Bishop Shelton J. Fabre’s Address Caps African American History Month at Nicholls

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THIBODAUX — Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux addressed a gathering of Nicholls State University faculty, staff and students on Wednesday, Feb. 26, as part of the university’s annual African American History Month celebration.

Fabre’s talk, “African Americans: Ongoing Strengths and Engendered Hopes,” centered on the historic roles gospel music, the church and community played in the African American experience. Carrying the theme of community to present day, he spoke on the importance of making an effort to share our personal and communal stories with other people.

“We can always find those who focus on our differences,” Fabre said. “In fact, we all share far more in common in our values, hopes and aspirations.”

The bishop also noted the contemporary danger we face in technology-based “person-less encounters.” Our increasing lack of face-to-face interactions makes it more difficult to share stories and learn about each other, he said. Computer-based interactions such email, social media and automated customer-service ultimately have an isolating, dehumanizing effect. Everyone should be sensitive to this phenomenon and make an effort to seek out social encounters, he said.

Fabre challenged the students to reach out to other campus communities as part of their intellectual growth and development.

Members of Nicholls’ Student Programming Association (SPA) served on the planning committee and organized the lecture. Nicholls student Olabisi Akingbola opened the lecture by introducing the bishop. A Nigerian national, Akingbola is a senior in the nursing program and serves on the Student Government Association (SGA) as a justice for the Student Supreme Court.

CUTLINE: (L-R): Nicholls State University students Olabisi Akingbola, Brandon Bergeron, Joshua Fabre, Staci Weiland and Rusty Bruce pose with Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux Bishop Shelton J. Fabre (Center). Akingbola, a Nicholls Student Government Association (SGA) Supreme Court justice, introduced Bishop Shelton J. Fabre. Bergeron, Joshua Fabre and Weiland serve as officers with the Nicholls Student Programming Association (SPA). Bruce is president of the SPA.