Special Events Celebrating the Nicholls Anniversary


“Nicholls Turns Platinum”
An Anniversary Exhibit
Visit the Archives Exhibit Room of Ellender Memorial Library to enjoy a 70-year retrospective on Nicholls History.  Open through December 15th.
“Nicholls: The First Seventy Years”
A Mini-Documentary
View the decades of Nicholls history through a new film produced by students and faculty of the Department of Mass Communication.

September 2018

Tuesday afternoon, September 11th
Danos Theater at Talbot Hall, beginning at 2 PM

Join us as we host New Orleans journalist, environmental photographer, and long-time WVUE FOX 8 news anchor John Snell as he discusses telling the story of coastal Louisiana.  As a journalist, Snell has covered issues of importance to the coast and its people for many years. As a photographer, his images tell the story of our resilient wildlife and beautiful landscape.

Tuesday evening, September 18th
Danos Theater at Talbot Hall, beginning at 7:00 PM

 We announce our 70th anniversary with a favorite musical extravaganza! Join us in Danos Theater at the only All-Steinway public university in Louisiana for our tenth annual concert raising money for student scholarships.  Tickets are $50.  For information, call (985) 448-4600.

Sunday, September 23rd
Ballroom of the Bollinger Memorial Student Union, beginning at 11:00 AM

On this date in 1948, Francis T. Nicholls Junior College opened its doors for the first time.  In honor of this event, join our sixth president, Dr. Jay Clune, and his wife Allison, while enjoying brunch buffet and the celebratory sounds of the Nicholls Jazz Ensemble.  Afterwards, join us across the street at Ellender Memorial Library for a first-time viewing of our new anniversary exhibit.  Admission is free for dues-paying alumni and $30 for others. RSVP at nichollsalumni.org/events or alumniaffairs@nicholls.eduFor information, call (985) 448-4951.

Wednesday, September 26th
Danos Theater at Talbot Hall, beginning at 5:30 PM

Join Nicholls alumnus and past Director of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program Kerry St. Pe to learn not only of the rich history of Nicholls and its association with coastal and estuarine issues but also its commitment to restoration.


Friday, October 12th
Danos Theater at Talbot Hall, beginning at 7:00 PM

Join Nicholls alumnus and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. John Doucet, for the 125thanniversary of the landfall of this historical hurricane—the second largest natural disaster in U.S. history—that dramatically changed early settlement the Nicholls service region.  Lecture will be followed by performance of the play, As Long as the Earth Lasts, by the Nicholls Players.

Staged Readings of Narratives on the Great Cheniere Hurricane of 1893

Prepared by John Doucet and Anna Broussard

Directed by Anna Broussard

Nightly, October 11th-14th

Danos Theater at Talbot Hall, beginning at 7:30 PM

Join the Nicholls Players for their Fall Semester production, a staged anthology telling the story of the great hurricane from contemporary and modern texts. Includes scenes from Doucet’s award-winning play, “Tant que Durera la Terre,” winner of the Louisiana Native Voices and Visions Award.

Sunday afternoon, October 21st
Lobby of Hancock Whitney Bank in downtown Houma, beginning at 1 PM

Join Nicholls faculty as they discuss their multi-faceted research into the science and culture of the bayou region in a poster session open to the public. Symposium speaker is Dr. Gary LaFleur, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Nicholls, who’ll deliver a presentation on the Last Island Hurricane of 1856.  Part of Rougarou Fest in downtown Houma.


Thursday evening, November 1st
152 Ayo Hall, beginning at 6:00 PM

Join Nicholls alumnus Dr. Eric Plaisance, Associate Scientist at the Nutrition Obesity Research Center of the University of Alabama—Birmingham, as he shares results of his promising dietetic and biomedical research.

Thursday evening, November 8th
Gouaux Hall Auditorium, beginning at 6 PM

Join us for the 35thannual lecture, as we host Yuri Herrera, heralded as “Mexico’s Greatest Novelist” and award-winning author of Señales que precederán al fin del mundo (Signs Preceding the End of the World).  Herrera is currently a Mellon Fellow at Tulane University.  A book signing will follow.

Wednesday evening, November 28th
Danos Theater at Talbot Hall, beginning at 7:00 PM

Join us in celebrating the high art of our language in a relaxing evening of readings by award-winning poets from the Nicholls faculty, including David Middleton, Albert Davis, Jay Udall, and others.  Special guests include Poet Laureate of Louisiana, Jack Bedell, from Houma.