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DoBee Plaisance has had unprecedented success as the Nicholls women’s basketball coach, but she’s not done yet. t wasn’t supposed to happen this way. Nicholls women’s basketball had just wrapped up its best season in team history, securing a coveted spot in the 2013 Southland Conference tournament. At the previous year’s tournament, the Colonels had […]

More than 500 cookbooks cram the shelves of Marcelle Bienvenu’s home office. Some she collected while researching South Louisiana cuisine for Time-Life Books. Dozens of others were mailed to her by publishers after she began co-authoring New York Times best-sellers with Emeril Lagasse. She also inherited a good chunk of her collection from her mother, […]

ennsylvania native Nicole Lundberg had lived in Louisiana for less than a month when she headed down to Cocodrie for something the Nicholls biology department dubs “Calypseaux.” Before she knew it, Lundberg was in muddy water up to her thighs, as she sowed new plants along Louisiana’s barrier islands. Later that evening, she found herself […]

On the sidelines of a Colonel soccer match in late October, the incoming Nicholls president walks through the crowd without attracting much attention. Wearing a university baseball cap and a Nicholls tee pulled over his dress shirt, he reaches for his long-lens camera and starts photographing the action. Only two weeks have passed since he […]

In a large warehouse along the Mississippi River, rows of massive papier-mâché heads fill a tucked-away corner. Papa Smurf and Uncle Sam sit across from the Wizard of Oz and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Willie Nelson’s head peeks out of a crowded nook. Not too far away is Tow Mater from Cars and […]

The Fall 2013 issue of Voilà! magazine is now available in a digital flipbook format below and a downloadable PDF version.

Tucked away on a run-of-the-mill residential street in Vacherie is a charming French-Creole cottage with a rich past. Built in 1835 and purchased by Philippe Desire LeBlanc in 1863 for his bride, Adelaide, Desire Plantation House was owned by LeBlanc’s descendants until 1980 — when Mike and Claudette Davis purchased the 145-year-old extreme fixer-upper. Mike, […]

Moist blackberry lemon muffins, bite-size chocolate donuts with sprinkles and a cake-size cinnamon roll drizzled with icing beautifully line the granite countertop at The PeaceBaker in Metairie. Customers quickly become more than a bit overwhelmed by pastry chef Kelly Boffone’s (BS ’01) wide-ranging sugary selections of iced scones, cupcakes and cookies. So surprised by the […]

When Dr. Stephen T. Hulbert arrived at Nicholls in July 2003, he quickly became known as the university president who regularly walks his pug, Max, across campus — taking time to talk to students and observe campus happenings along the way. Now, nearly 10 years later, as he and his wife, Becky, begin their final […]

Flying for commercial airlines was too boring for Nicholls grad Sean Cross. Flying directly into hurricanes is more his speed. As part of the U.S. Air Force Reserve’s “Hurricane Hunters,” Cross conducts risky business to keep coastal residents safe. Major Sean Cross (BS ’94) felt a little nervous. Maybe more than a little nervous. Throughout […]

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