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The number of highly recruited, overachieving high school seniors who make Nicholls their university of choice might surprise you. Each fall, the admissions office brings in a diverse group of talented freshmen with high aspirations. Here’s a glimpse at six of our 2013 Colonel freshmen and what attracted them to Nicholls: Kaylee Cole Biology/pre-med major […]

For John Daigle (BS ’13), music and medicine go hand-in-hand. Whether playing just the right song to satisfy a crowd or helping the injured or concussed, the recent grad hopes to positively affect those around him. And he’s off to a solid start. With an interest sparked by his high school football career, Daigle researched […]

Story Update: Nicholls graduate Stephen Pham auditioned for the NBC hit America’s Got Talent and gained three out of four “yes” votes from the judges, moving him on to the next level of competition. A brief clip of Pham’s audition before the judging panel (which consists of Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B. and Howie Mandel) was aired […]

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 […]

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 […]

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