BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Black Health and Wellness

Sponsored by Synergy Bank

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is home to the Black History Month Committee, under the guidance of Dr. Melinda Jefferson, Chair.

This year’s theme for Black History Month, “Black Health and Wellness”, takes a look at how American healthcare has often underserved the African-American community. As the COVID-19 pandemic has recently shown, a widespread disparity of access to quality healthcare negatively impacts outcomes for blacks and other minorities. Following the national theme for 2022, Nicholls State University’s observation of Black History Month 2022 will take a holistic approach to not only look at health and wellness from a physical standpoint, but also from the mental, emotions, spiritual, and social perspectives.

DREAMGIRLS

Jan. 28th @ 7 p.m
Jan. 29th @ 6 p.m.
Jan. 30th @ 3 p.m.

Mary M. Danos Theater in Talbot Hall

General Admissions $30.00
Students and Children $20.00

For tickets please call The Department of Music at 985-448-4600 or 985-448-4605.

Dreamgirls is just that. The dream of three girls, Deena, Effie and Lorrell who form a music trio called the Dreamettes. When ambitious manager Curtis Taylor Jr. spots the act at a talent show, he offers the chance of a lifetime, to be backup singers for a national star. Taylor takes creative control of the group and eventually pushes the singers into the spotlight. However, one becomes the star, forcing another out, which teaches them about the high cost of fame.

THROUGHOUT THE MONTH

Ellender Memorial Library Display

Librarians within Ellender Memorial Library curate a display each year on the first floor of the library during the month of February. The display for 2022 will place a focus on prominent and influential Black doctors in Louisiana, supporting the month’s Black Health and Wellness theme.

University Bookstore

Visit the Nicholls State University Book Store during Black History Month to view a curated reading list celebrating, elevating, and amplifying Black voices.

 

Black History Month Graduate Spotlights

The Office of Graduate Studies will feature outstanding graduates and current students within graduate program during February.

CALENDAR

February 1

Envisioning a Better Future: a conversation about Black Health and Wellness

Time: 12:00 pm (Noon)

Location: Mary M. Danos Theater in Talbot Hall

Description: C.R.O.W.N. (Colonels Retention of Winners Network) hosts the kickoff event for Black History Month 2022 at Nicholls State University, Envisioning a Better Future: a conversation about Black Health and Wellness. The month examines and acknowledges the work of Black scholars and medical professionals to better understand what has been done and what is currently being done to counter the grave deficiencies in healthcare for Black people and to discuss the inequity between the treatment of Black people and other minority groups. Our panel will consist of Black professionals who will engage cover topics such access to care, mental health, racial disparities, and preventing disease to close the gap, and more. Please wear a mask. 

February 2

Black Mental Health and Wellness: Awareness Table

Time: 10:30 am- 12:00 pm

Location: Student Union Snack Bar

Description: The focus of this awareness table is to educate and enhance the Nicholls Community on black mental health awareness by providing the students with on and off-campus resources.

February 2

African American Themed Cuisine by culinary student, Keiley Theodore

Time: 11 am – 2 pm

Location: Galliano Dining Hall

Description: Come taste Nicholls State Culinary Students dishes every Wednesday in February. The price for guests is $7.45 + tax. You don’t want to miss these amazing dishes.

February 3

Designing and Teaching Equitable and Inclusive Courses by Ching-Yu Huang

Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 p.m.

Location: Zoom

Link: ZOOM LINK, CLICK HERE
Meeting ID: 851 1288 0369
Passcode: 202370

Description: Dr. Ching-Yu Huang, with over 10 years of teaching experience, is an assistant professor in Biology at Virginia Commonwealth University. She specializes in active learning, educational technology, peer instruction and inclusive teaching. A strong believer in equity for higher education, she is passionate about promoting an inclusive and equitable learning environment for all students, especially large STEM lectures. During 2019-2021, she served as a Provost’s faculty fellow for inclusive teaching and developed a five-themed framework for inclusive teaching. This framework helps faculty and administrators to redesign their inclusive curriculum and courses. This year she was awarded a 2022 Wulff Diversity Fellowship by the POD Network. Hosted by The Nicholls State Center for Teaching Excellence.

February 3

Mr. Ivan Griffin, Baritone

Dr. Wilfred Delphin, Piano

Songs of A People: Music of the African American Experience.

Time: 12:00 pm (Noon)

Location: Danos Theater

Description: 

The concert will bring awareness to the plight of the African in America, and their descendants, through the great musical and literary contributions that are woven into the beautiful tapestry of this nation. From spirituals, that form the foundation for much of modern American music including the blues, gospel, jazz, and rock and roll, to art songs and operatic arias, these songs and readings tell the story of a people who endured some of the most heinous conditions and yet, against all odds, continue to persevere.

February 3

Negro Spiritual Master Class

Time: 5:00 pm

Location: Danos Theater

Description: 

Participate in our master class as we explore the authentic performance techniques used when singing the Negro Spiritual. The master class is open to collegiate and high school students. Not a singer? Don’t worry; feel free to participate and learn more about the Negro Spiritual with Dr. Valerie Anne Jones-Francis, master class clinician.

February 4

Trip to River Road Museum in Donaldsonville; Hosted by SGA

Location: Meet in front of Student Union

Time: 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Description: The Student Government Association is hosting a bus trip the River Roads Black History Museum in Donaldsonville. The museum’s mission is to educate visitors about the history and culture of African Americans in the rural communities of south Louisiana through the collection, preservation, and interpretation of art, artifacts, and historic buildings.

Nicholls Bus loads in front of the student union at 12:00 and leaves at 12:30 to arrive for the 1:15 tour time. The tour ends at 3:30.

February 4

The Celebration of the Negro Spirituals

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Danos Theater 

Description:  Nicholls Department of Music will host A Festival of the Negro Spiritual Concert Series featuring historical songs once sung by slaves and plantation workers. The music event will feature distinguished guest artists, faculty and students from universities across several states as well as community members

February 7

Understanding Credit and Budgeting for the College Student

Time: 1:00pm

Location: ZOOM – CLICK HERE FOR LINK.

Description: Understanding how credit works and building a responsible credit history early on is essential to building a strong credit score.  This session will review the five primary factors considered in your credit score and discuss best practices for building and managing credit.  You’ll learn more about FICO® Scores, credit cards, and credit reports. During this session you’ll learn smart tips for managing your money while in school. You’ll gain confidence in your financial skills and the knowledge you need to create a budget and savings plan. Please register by clicking on the link above.Hosted by Career Services

February 7

Financial Aid Health Presentation

Time: 12:00 pm (Noon)

Location: LeBijou Theate

Description: The Office of Financial Aid will host an event to break down what you need to know about getting and using financial aid.

February 7

Our Lived Experience: The impact of the COVID -19 Pandemic on African American Health Care Providers

Time:  6:00 pm

Location: LeBijou Theater

Description: Providers will provide their professional outlook, community health concerns, and information on health and socioeconomic disparities. Students will focus on their educational experiences. Hosted by the Nursing Department.

February 8

Vegetarian Jambalaya Cooking Demo by Dr. Vivian Ray

Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm (Noon)

Location: Ledet Hall Demo Kitchen

Description: Vegetarian Jambalaya – a healthier version of this classic Louisiana dish.  The sausage is replaced by reconstituted dried mushrooms from which the stock is made.  Brown rice substitutes for the traditional white rice.

An Instructor in the John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University, Dr. Ray currently teaches Meat Fabrication, Garde Manger, Culinary Training Materials, and Culinary History of the South.

February 9

Black Mental Health & Wellness Resource Fair

Time: 10:00 am- 2:00 pm

Location: The Quad

Description: The focus of this event, hosted by the Counseling Center, is to educate and engage the Nicholls Community with a variety of black mental health and wellness resources by providing the Nicholls community with on and off-campus resources.

February 9

African American Themed Cuisine: Cajun Shrimp and Grits by culinary student, Kedriana Nicholas

Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Location: Galliano Dining Hall

Description: Come taste Nicholls State Culinary Students signature dishes every Wednesday in February. The price for guests is $7.45 + tax. You don’t want to miss these amazing dishes.

February 9

NAACP Presents: “Do You See What I See?”

Time: 5:00 pm -7:00 pm

Location: Century Room (John L. Guidry Staduim)

Description: “When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Join NAACP for our mental health Black History Month event as we look deeper into ourselves with helpful activity stations as well as group discussions to uncover why we see/speak/think of ourselves in certain ways.”

February 9

A Celebration of Black Voices

Time: 5:00 p.m.

Location: The Grid (inside of the Student Union)

Description: The Creative Writing Club is hosting a virtual reading to celebrate African-American Voices.

February 9

Let’s Talk Mental Health & Wellness: In the Black Community Panel & Discussion

Time: 5:30 pm -7:30 pm

Location: Mary & Al Danos Theater, Talbot Hall

Description: The focus of this event is to educate and engage the Nicholls Community on mental health and wellness as well as to enhance mental health awareness not only amongst all students and faculty/staff but particularly our African American/black students. Hosted by the Counseling Department.

February 10

Book Talk – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Time: 2:00 pm

Location: Ellender Memorial Library – Faculty Lounge 

Description: A book talk lead by Kevin McQueeney will focus on the themes of the biography of Henrietta Lacks an African-American woman whose cancer cells are the source of the HeLa cell line, the first immortalized human cell line and one of the most important cell lines in medical research. Reflections will include the racial injustice of the research without Lack’s consent, and other injustices that exist within the medical field. 

 

February 10

SPA is in love with the Colonels Gameshow

Time: 6:00 pm -7:00 pm

Location: LeBijou Theater

Description: A Valentine’s themed couples game show. Snacks and drinks will be provided by Sodexo!

 

February 15

Re-Programming Your Inner Narrative: Society’s Influence on Internal Narratives and How to Retrain the Brain

Location: Colonel Esports Space

Time: 2:00 pm 

Description: Lance Jones, co-founder of 3D Media, discusses the influence that societal stereotypes have on the black community’s mental health and internal narrative. Jones encourages individuals to reflect on not only the way media and society causes others to react but also the way it changes how we treat ourselves.

February 16

African American Themed Cuisine: Asian Salmon Canapes by culinary student, Nekhia Arnold

Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Location: Galliano Dining Hall

Description: Come taste Nicholls State Culinary Students signature dishes every Wednesday in February. The price for guests is $7.45 + tax. You don’t want to miss these amazing dishes.

February 16

The Importance of Black History: The Process of Learning and Unlearning

Time: 1:00 pm

Location: LeBijou Theater

Description: The Nicholls Sociology Club and Sociology Instructor, Kristen Callais invites you to join Nicholls State University Inside/Out scholars for a conversation on the importance of Black History and the collateral damage of mass incarceration.

February 16

RELATE to Vision

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Danos Theater

Description: Created in 2011 by the Speech Faculty of the Department of Mass Communication, RELATE is an open-mic (volunteer) venue for students, faculty, and the public where people can share poetry, monologue, musical or dance performance based on a theme for the evening. “Vision” is the theme for our Black History Month event. Between performances, the floor is open for conversation between the audience and performers. This allows for more understanding of the art, the artist and the topic. Our guest performer K. Levy from Vacherie is an author and speaker, presenting his story in different mediums, reaching people in numerous ways. Please wear a mask. Open invitation. Volunteer Performers: Arrive 10 minutes early to sign the open-mic list.

February 17

Jarian Johnson Presents, “Ab Attack”

Time: 3:30 pm

Location: Harold J. Callais Memorial Recreation Center

Description: Come join Jarian Johnson, the new Fitness and Wellness Coordinator at the Recreation Center, for a fun, healthy and refreshing exercise.

February 17

BSU Presents, “Jam to the Classics”

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: Outside, In the Quad

Description: Come join the Black Student Union jam to the classics. The Nicholls on campus community is invited to a fun event while listening to some classics that are known in the black community for different age ranges.

February 18

The Pivoting to Positivity- strategies for maintaining a positive outlook during college and beyond.

Time: 9:00 am 

Location: College of Education and Behavioral Science, Room 126.

Description: Join the Department of Teacher Education as Marcus Stein gives a presentation on Google apps geared toward both faculty and students.

February 21

SPA Mardi Gras Breakfast

Time: 8:00 pm -10:00 pm

Location: Galliano Dining Hall

Description: “Come and enjoy a FREE breakfast meal for dinner in the Galliano Dining Hall, and celebrate the upcoming Mardi Gras season! FREE to all Nicholls students with your Colonel Card!”

February 22

MACO Presents, “A Discussion with Black History Maker and Black Press Scholar Dr. Jinx Broussard”

Time: 12:00 pm (Noon)

Location: Le Bijou Theater

Description: Dr. Jinx Broussard is an award-winning and nationally-recognized Black Press scholar. She is the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication’s Bart R. Swanson Endowed Memorial Professor and first made history at the university as the first African American to graduate from the journalism program. A Native of Vacherie, Louisiana, Dr. Broussard was recently named to St. James High School’s Hall of Fame and is also in the LSU Manship School’s Hall of Fame and the Hall of Fame for the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Communication.

February 22

SALUTE Presents, Black History Jeopardy Game

Time: 5:00pm

Location: Le Bijou Theater

Description:  SALUTE (Sisters Achieving Leadership and Unity Through Education) will host a classic, fun and friendly game of Jeopardy to see who is up to date on their Black History Month Trivia. Different student organizations on campus will go head-to-head to see who knows the most black history facts and become the Jeopardy Champion.

February 23

African American Themed Cuisine: Chocolate Eclairs by culinary student, Isaac Timken

Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Location: Galliano Dining Hall

Description: Come taste Nicholls State Culinary Students signature dishes every Wednesday in February. The price for guests is $7.45 + tax. You don’t want to miss these amazing dishes.

February 23

BWLA Presents: An Invitation to the Family Reunion

Time: 5:00 pm

Location: LeBijou Theater

Description: The panelist will represent every facet of the black African/ American person and story. The objective of this panel will be to speak on topics that can help us unify and heal our community/ culture. This event will be a way for us to navigate controversial and difficult but positive conversations that are not often discuss within our community”. The goal is that at the end of this event we will feel reconnected with our brothers and sisters and can get a deeper understanding on how we can support each other and love on one another.

 

February 23

SPA Mardi Gras Mask and Beignets

Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm

Location: Student Union Table

Description: Come get a Mardi Gras mask to wear to Colonel Gras and enjoy free
beignets!

February 24

Hot Healthy Topics: Understanding the Well-being and Experiences of Black Americans

Time: 12:00 pm (Noon)

Location: LeBijou Theater

Description: Come join the Sociology Club for a discussion on “hot” yet “healthy” topics and issues amongst the Black community.

February 24

SPA’s Colonel Gras Concert

Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Ayo Hall Parking Lot

Description: Enjoy music by a live band to celebrate the Mardi Gras season! FREE entry with your Colonel Card!”