Happy New Year! Welcome back to campus. As you prepare your New Year’s resolutions, let me suggest something a little different. Make your resolutions around Nicholls State University. Here are some ideas:

Make it out to more campus events. Your support for the Nicholls football team over the past three seasons has been overwhelming. Let’s keep that momentum going by coming out in droves to support the spring sports, such as baseball, softball and men’s and women’s basketball.  Let’s make Colonel Pride synonymous with the Bayou Region. Also, carve out time for a band or music concert. Support our art students at Art Works. And get your mudbug fix at Crawfish Day. Your support matters all over campus. 

Support our campus by contributing to Give-N-Day and the Nicholls Forward annual fund. Give-N-Day has been a game changer for our campus groups and last year raised over $100,000. This year, we hope to beat that goal with your help. The 24-hour fundraiser will be held this year on March 17. When we started the annual fund, we had a goal of $700,000, and we topped that thanks to the help of some special individuals. Our annual fund supports every aspect of campus, from facilities to faculty to our students. For more information on how you can get involved in both events, visit www.nichollsfoundation.org. 

Whatever your resolutions, we at Nicholls wish you and your family a happy new year.

Nicholls Invites You to Watch Talented Area Youth Perform ‘Frozen Jr.’

Journey to the lands of Arendelle this month in Disney’s “Frozen Jr.” with the Nicholls State University Performing Arts Winter Production.

Rooted in history: The Haitian influence on NOLA cuisine

Chef John Folse was among the people interviewed in this deep dive into the Haitian influence on New Orleans cuisine.

John Folse wins Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award

The namesake of the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute was the recipient of the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience’s Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Nicholls Professors Talk Coach O in Washington Post Piece

Nicholls Professors Dr. Robin White and Dr. Michele Theriot talked about the subtleties in LSU Coach Ed Orgeron’s voice, and how it traces back to Lafourche Parish. 

Job Changes:
Renee Hicks
from executive director of institutional research, effectiveness and planning to assistant vice president of strategic initiatives, effectiveness and planning  (Nov. 2).
Dr. Robert Alexander from professor and department head of Interdisciplinary Studies to professor and department head of Languages and Literature  (Jan. 8).

Retirees:
Howard Labat
retired as the carpenter foreman for buildings and maintenance after 21 years of service (Jan. 2).

Student Affairs Celebrates Quality Achievement Award Winners

The Division of Student Affairs presented its 26th annual Quality Achievement Awards on Dec. 16. Two categories of employees were honored:

  • Joanne C. Ferriot Office Support Award: Mr. Clarence Matthews, Campus Recreation
  • Bonnie J. Bourg Professional Staff Award: Ms. Sabrina Laurent, Director of Student Engagement and Campus Recreation

Each award recipient received the Student Affairs Quality Achievement Medal and a monetary award generously provided by Pro-NSU. The “Employee of the Year” parking space for 2019 was won by Mr. Clarence Matthews.

Nicholls Music to Present "The Color Purple" as Part of Black History Month

Longtime Geology Professor Dies

Bob Self, geology professor from 1971 to 1990, passed away on Dec. 15 in Florida. He met his wife, Carole, at Nicholls and they were married in the campus chapel.

A funeral mass for Self will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday Jan. 11 in the St. Joseph’s Cathedral Church. 

Acadian to Give Presentation on 1755 Deportation from Nova Scotia

On Tuesday, Jan. 14, Claude Boudreau from New Brunswick, Canada, will host a presentation at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Jean Lafitte National Park (314 St. Mary Street) where the Cercle Francophone meets each Tuesday.  An Acadian himself, Claude will talk about all the places that the Acadians were dispersed to after the 1755 deportation from Nova Scotia. The Acadians did not leave Nova Scotia and come directly to Louisiana and become Cajuns. The story is both tragic and hopeful. But the Cajuns have survived!

Please join us in welcoming Claude and discovering where in the world Acadians can be found today. 

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Wednesday, Jan. 8

Nicholls Women’s Basketball vs. Lamar — 6 to 8 p.m., Stopher Gym
Coach DoBee Plaisance and the Colonels host Lamar for the team’s first home game of 2020. The Colonels are 4-6 in their last 10 against the Cardinals.

Friday, Jan. 10

Wednesday, Jan. 15

Spring 2020 Convocation 8 a.m. to noon, Peltier Auditorium
Welcome back, Colonels. Dr. Jay Clune will update you on the state of the University. 

Nicholls Men’s Basketball vs. Northwestern State  — 7 to 9 p.m., Stopher Gym
Nicholls is 7-3 in their last 10 games and are 9-6 on the season. The Colonels are hosting Northwestern State after a three game road trip.

Friday, Jan. 17

Bachelor’s Nurses Student Assembly  — 8 to 11 a.m., Peltier Auditorium
Assembly for all new and returning BSN students to learn department policies, procedures and other information.

College of Business Graduation Application Day  — 9 to 11 a.m., Ridley Gros Auditorium
Graduation applications will be available for students from the Accounting and Finance, Management and Marketing, Business Administration and CIS departments looking to graduate in the spring 2020 semester.

Saturday, Jan. 18

Nicholls Women’s Basketball vs. Central Arkansas — 1 to 3 p.m., Stopher Gym
Join Nicholls as they host Central Arkansas for a Southland Conference match. The Colonels have won two in a row against the Lady Bears.

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