Purpose and History
The purpose of the Student Programming Association (SPA) is to provide activities and entertainment for the students of Nicholls State University. The SPA was established in 1981 to provide these events to enhance the social and educational atmosphere of the university and community.
The SPA is a student-led organization representing each and every Nicholls student. The president and vice president are elected by the student body each spring semester in a campus-wide election. The five committee chairs are chosen each semester by a select group of student peers.
There are five committees: Entertainment, Multicultural, Special Events, Spirit and Travel, and Union Activities.
The SPA has brought acts such as George Carlin, Carrot Top, Mike Speenberg, Marina Franklin, Mia Borders, The Three Kings, Stormy – The Band, Snapper and the Fishsticks, Nkiruka Drum and Dance Ensemble, and many other regional and national entertainers. The SPA also puts on the annual Crawfish Day, and the Mardi Gras Breakfast and Dance, as well as providing speakers, movies, bus trips and tailgating parties.
SPA Mission Statement
SPA’s mission is to enhance the academic, cultural, recreational, entertainment and social life of Nicholls. To accomplish this, SPA provides leadership development through hands-on planning, marketing, and implementing and assessing campus-based entertainment and social activities. Students engage in collaborative processes, event planning and real-world business practices, while conforming to university policies and procedures.
The goals of the SPA are as follows:
- To address the needs and interests of a changing student population (Entertainment and Union Activities)
- To encourage Colonel spirit (Spirit and Travel)
- To offer a number of cultural, motivational and educational programs (Multicultural)
- To encourage participation in and help plan university traditions (Special Events)
The SPA works with three professional organizations for educational and networking purposes. Those organizations include the ACUI, Association of College Union International; APCA, Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities; and NACA, National Association for Campus Activities. For more details, please refer to their Web sites.
Policy and Procedures
Policies and procedures are in place to help ensure the effective running and management of Nicholls’ largest student organization. The SPA Policy and Procedure manual is available (online) for student review. It contains the organization’s Constitution and Bylaws. During the academic year, the SPA Executive Board may update as needed the Policy and Procedure Manual.
Policy and Procedure Manual