TO: Faculty and Staff
Happy New Year and welcome back to campus! I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing holiday break and have returned rejuvenated and ready to welcome the thousands of students that will arrive on campus for the first day of classes, Wednesday, January 23.
Last semester we once again demonstrated what a resilient, self-reliant and generous campus community we are. Faced with declining enrollment, our academic affairs team rose to the challenge by launching several new enrollment opportunities – Nicholls Online, a maritime management degree concentration and a masters of science degree in nursing.
Due to a variety of funding solutions and a successful collaboration between the facilities and institutional advancement folks, we were able to move forward with critical campus improvement projects despite a decrease in state support. The Rec Center opened its doors; Calecas Hall was refurbished; and the Soccer Complex and Guidry Stadium projects were completed.
I continue to be so very proud and humbled by the generosity of our faculty and staff. You shared your time, money and talent with such worthy causes – Nicholls CAN! Project distributed more than 12,500 items to area food banks; and the “Nicholls, We Care” United Way campaign raised money that will help surely thousands of residents in our region.
This semester promises to be equally as busy and eventful, and I know for sure that we will continue to move forward as a result of our talented team of professionals. Spring 2013 will bring with it new academic opportunities as we continue to meet the evolving needs of our students and facility upgrades as we break ground on the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute and begin renovation of the Mary M. Danos Theater.
New initiatives that started as innovative ideas just months ago will begin to take a foothold this spring, and we will see growth and progress as a result. Do you have ideas on how we can grow and evolve to help move our campus forward to meet the needs of our students? If so, I encourage you to share them with your supervisor or with me at my monthly Bend the President’s Ear gatherings. It’s true; we are a campus of People Creating Possibilities. Get involved, take a leadership role and help move Nicholls forward. Together we can!
Best wishes to all for a successful and fulfilling semester.