Jerad David

Classes Resume Virtual; Parking Affected This Week

Dear Colonels,

We are happy to reboot the fall semester on Monday, and we hope campus provides a bit of refuge from the devastation from the last few weeks. Crews have been working diligently to prepare campus for your return, though some areas still need much work. 

Though classes are virtual this week, you are welcome to come to campus to access wifi and other resources. Some instructors may be offering in person classes for those of you who may not have the resources to connect virtually. For those of you on campus, there are several parking areas that will remain off-limits for the time being. The attached map is color coded to show those areas where parking is unavailable.

The university purchased 500 WiFi Hotspots from AT&T, and those will be available for checkout starting Monday morning at 7:30 a.m. in Ellender Memorial Library. These hotspots will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and the checkout period is 21 days. It is also worth noting that these hotspots work based on AT&T cellular service availability. In some areas affected by Hurricane Ida, cellular service remains spotty.

All classes will resume in-person on Monday, Sept. 27. We realize that not all students will be able to return to campus that week. For those students, college deans can approve virtual accommodations beyond Sept. 27. Please communicate your situations to your instructors. 

Galliano Dining Hall sustained significant roof damage. Food service will be provided in the Ballroom in the interim while construction crews repair the dining hall.

Nicholls is committed to the safety, wellbeing and success of our campus community. If you are displaced, we are here to help with living accommodations and supplies. Visit www.nicholls.edu/ida-resources for more information.

Nicholls Providing Assistance, Classes Restart Monday

Dear Colonels,

Nicholls reopened its business operations on Tuesday, Sept. 14 to prepare campus for the arrival of residential students beginning on Saturday, Sep 18 and the start of classes on Monday, Sept. 20. While all courses will have a virtual option next week, some instructors may offer the option to attend in-person. Be on the lookout for guidance from your instructors with more information. 

All classes will resume in-person on Monday, Sept. 27. We realize that not all students will be able to return to campus that week. For those students, college deans can approve virtual accommodations beyond Sept. 27. Please communicate your situations to your instructors. 

A number of WiFi hotspots have been ordered and are on the way to campus. Any student needing a hotspot or a laptop computer can check these devices out from the library. We have a limited number of each so be sure to check them out as soon as possible. 

Beginning Friday, Sept. 17, we will provide a variety of supplies across campus for students in need. The Alumni House will offer household cleaners, hygiene products and food on weekdays from 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. You can also visit the Brady Complex Store for clothing and home goods. Bring your Colonel Card with you to pick up supplies. 

In addition to supplies, we will also offer Rouses and Walmart gift cards thanks to the generous donations from the community. To receive supplies or gift cards, go to nicholls.edu/ida-resources to fill out the Emergency Assistance Form. 

Day Camp for children at least 5 years old is available weekdays to faculty and staff. A cost of $30 per day includes meals and programming. If you need help with the cost of Day Camp, contact Liz McCurry at 985-448-4521 for information about assistance. Little Colonels Academy will reopen Monday, Sept. 27. Employees needing to work remotely until Sept. 27 must communicate their situation with their Vice Presidents.

T.S. Nicholas to bring rain to the area

Tropical Storm Nicholas has formed in the western Gulf of Mexico, prompting the university to issue a standby alert. Though the storm is not anticipated to make landfall in our area, we will receive widespread heavy rain over the next few days. 

At this time, the university’s phased reopening of campus is still ongoing as scheduled following Hurricane Ida. Visit https://www.nicholls.edu/2021/09/10/nicholls-to-implement-phased-reopening/ for details of the university’s reopening plan.

The university initiated the alert in accordance with the university’s Hurricane Emergency Plan, posted at nicholls.edu/hurricane. A standby alert is issued when the National Weather Service predicts that a tropical system will enter the Gulf of Mexico. University officials will now track the path and speed of the storm and initiate any further changes if necessary. 

Nicholls to implement phased reopening

Dear Colonels, 

As Entergy restores power to our communities, we expect our entire campus to have electricity this weekend. As such, we are preparing for the return of our students, faculty and staff. 

  • The university will reopen and resume business operations on Tuesday, Sep. 14. Graduate assistants and student employees may return at this time. 
  • Residence halls will reopen on Saturday, Sep. 18. 
  • Classes will resume with an online format option on Monday, Sep. 20. Any student who needs access to computers or wifi can access labs across campus.
  • In-person classes will resume on Monday, Sep. 27. 

Rebuilding our communities after Hurricane Ida will not be fast, and I understand that not all of us are at the same place in our recovery. Communicate your situation with your professors or supervisors. 

We will need to adapt our academic calendar to make up for the days lost to the storm. That includes converting Fall Break – Oct. 18-19 – and the first three days of our Thanksgiving Holiday – Nov. 22-24 – into hurricane makeup days. Additionally, the Fall semester will now end one week later on Dec. 17, with commencement held on Dec. 18-19. 

Additionally, we will delay the end of Term A for regular and Nicholls Online students to Oct. 25, and then adjust the schedule of Term B to run from Oct. 27 to Dec. 16.  

We are now beginning the long process of helping to rebuild the Bayou Region. We want the campus to be a refuge for you. If you need assistance, the Nicholls Hurricane Ida page has a list of resources to help. Any students who are currently displaced and need to utilize resources at another university in the UL system should fill out this form.

The Nicholls community is here for you. We will all get through this together.

With Colonel Pride,

Jay Clune, President
Nicholls State University
Louisiana’s Coastal University 

Campus Residence Hall Addresses

  • BABINGTON HALL, 322 Audubon Avenue, THIBODAUX, LA, 70301
  • CALECAS HALL, 257 Acadia Drive, THIBODAUX, LA, 70301
  • ELLENDER HALL, 201 Afton Drive, THIBODAUX, LA, 70301
  • BRADY COMPLEX 145 Cercle de L’Universite, THIBODAUX, LA, 70301
  • MILLET HALL, 130 Bowie Road, THIBODAUX, LA, 70301
  • SCHOLARS HALL, 303 Audubon Avenue, THIBODAUX, LA, 70301
  • ZERINGUE HALL, 130 Bowie Road, THIBODAUX, LA, 70301
  • FAMILY HOUSING, 100 NSU Ardoyne Drive, THIBODAUX, LA, 70301  

Ayo Hall to be available for WiFi access

Nicholls family,

Starting Tuesday, September 7, Ayo Hall (College of Nursing) will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to allow students, faculty and staff to use computers for school, work or to file hurricane claims. The building is running on generator power with air conditioning and WiFi.

The following spaces will be available:

101-102 Ayo – Computer Lab for students, faculty and staff who need access to PCs. 

113, 114 and 120 Ayo – Classroom space for students who have their own laptop computers. 

152 Ayo – Auditorium for faculty and staff who have their own laptop computers. 

Park in the lot between Ayo Hall and Ellender Residence Hall or in front of Family Housing and enter the building from the entrance that fronts Ardoyne Drive (near Chick fil A). Security will be provided by University Police, and your Colonel Card will be required to enter the building.

The University is observing all COVID-19 protocols and masks are required in the building and in the rooms. Masks will be available if you do not have your own.

We are working to bring more parts of campus back online to help even more of you cope with these conditions that our region has not seen for generations.

Please continue to be safe and know that we are thinking of each and every one of our Colonels!

With Colonel Pride,

Jerad David
Director of Communications
Nicholls State University

Working to bring us all back together

Good afternoon Colonels,

The Nicholls State University campus was fortunate to have received only moderate damage from Hurricane Ida. I know that many of you were not so fortunate, and your suffering is never far from my mind.

On campus, we are securing generators as we prepare to reopen many of our buildings over the coming weeks. We expect to have spaces with air conditioning and WiFi for students, faculty and staff open as early as Tuesday, Sept. 7. 

We have received many questions about when classes would resume, and that answer depends on when we get electricity again. Entry estimates it will take 2-3 weeks to restore power to our grid. Initially, we will have a virtual learning option. Many of our communities will still be rebuilding and may still be without power even after we reopen campus. Delaying the academic calendar by 2-3 weeks will still allow us to finish the semester on time. 

I know that Hurricane Ida has displaced many of our students, faculty and staff. For you, we are identifying transitional housing options on campus. This is in addition to reopening our residence halls and apartments for our students who live on campus. 

If you were to ride through campus today, you would see that we have cleared debris from about half of campus. With every passing day, more and more of its beauty is revealed. We are currently home to thousands of first responders using generator power to carry out their missions. When we have power again, we will transition from being a base camp for first responders to being a refuge for our Colonels. 

But until we are together again, focus on yourself. Prioritize your own recovery and that of your family, friends and community. 

Geaux Colonels,
Jay Clune
President 
Nicholls State University

Getting Through This Together

Dear Colonels, 

My heart is with you and the hundreds of thousands of people across the Gulf Coast who are trying to figure out how to move forward after Hurricane Ida. I want you to know that we are here for you.

Many of you have received messages from Moodle about assignments being due. Ignore those. We will let you know when it is time to worry about school again. But that time is not today. Today, take care of yourself, your family, friends and community. 

Our campus is on the road to recovery, but recovery will not be fast. Restoring power will expedite that process. That is why it is imperative that we reopen the campus as quickly as possible to serve the Bayou Region as a refuge. 

If you have a moment, fill out the SURVEY we sent you earlier. This will help us determine your exact needs, and how we as a community can come together to meet them. 

Over 1,400 students have already responded. Food insecurity is a major issue. Many who relocated say they are running out of money for hotels, food and gas. To help, go to the Nicholls Campus Emergency & Hurricane Relief Fund

Rebuild. Reconnect. And remember that we are strongest together. Stay safe and Geaux Colonels.

 Jay Clune, President
Nicholls State University

Colonels, We Are Here To Help

Dear Nicholls Family, 

Our campus has sustained some minor damage but will be okay. Our priorities now are to make the campus as safe as possible for your return, and to help you rebuild and recover from the effects of Hurricane Ida. 

Please fill out this SURVEY to let us know about your current situation and needs. This will help us determine how we can help you take those first steps back to a normal life. 

Colonels always take care of Colonels. Stay safe, stay strong and we’ll see you soon. 

Classes Canceled Until Further Notice, Stay Safe Colonels

Colonels, 

Campus is now closed and classes are canceled until further notice, due to the expected impact Hurricane Ida will have on the Bayou Region.

Please take these moments before the storm arrives to prioritize your safety, and the safety of your family. If you are able to, please evacuate to a safer location until the storm has passed. 

Essential personnel will return to campus following the storm to evaluate campus, and further guidance will be shared at that time. We look forward to welcoming our students, faculty and staff back to campus when conditions allow. 

Until then, stay safe, and we’ll see you again soon. 

Geaux Colonels,

Jay Clune, President
Nicholls State University