I have spent a lot of time reflecting as we move into my third year as president of Nicholls State University. How far we’ve come in two years. How far we’ve come since I was a student. And we have come a long way. Pay increases for faculty and staff. New programs. Improvements to our buildings and classrooms. 

But it’s just as important to know where we are going. During Convocation this Wednesday, I will discuss my vision for Nicholls State University. We’ll talk about what our goals are and how we’ll get there. I want Nicholls to deliver the single best undergraduate experience in the state. Academically. Socially. Athletically. In our classrooms. In our residence halls. In our student union. In our salaries. And we do that by focusing on our people, places and programs. 

We will welcome a special guest to this year’s convocation: Dr. Stephen Hulbert. We will be naming Dr. Hulbert the first president emeritus in Nicholls history. 

Many of you worked for Dr. Hulbert when he was president here from 2003-2013. Earlier I mentioned how far this university has come since I was a student. From beneficial community partnerships to increased academic standards, Dr. Hulbert exemplified what makes this institution so critical to the Bayou Region. 

I invite you to join us at 11 a.m. on Wednesday during Convocation for our celebration of Dr. Hulbert. 

Have a great semester and I look forward to seeing you all at Convocation. 

Nicholls Professor Selected for Teaching Residency

Nicholls State University professor of education Dr. Aimee Hollander has been selected to participate in the Deep Teaching Residency.

Houma Courier: Alum to help lead Wildlife and Fisheries Commission

Jerri Smitko, a Houma attorney and graduate of Nicholls, was elected as vice chair of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. 

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Daily Comet: Nicholls Farm Growing Rare Species for Coastal Restoration

The Nicholls Farm is home to about 15 plant species and is working with the state to increase that number. 

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Nicholls Announces McKaskle as Interim Athletic Director

Lindsey McKaskle, executive associate athletics director for internal affairs, has been named interim Director of Athletics at Nicholls State University. 

Welcome to Nicholls:
Timothy Toups
began as a horticultural attendant for the grounds department (Jan. 6).
Alana Conrad began as an administrative coordinator for continuing education (Jan. 6).
Christie Batiste began as a paraprofessional for Little Colonel’s Academy (Jan. 7).
Shelli Gravois will begin as a visiting instructor for Nursing (Jan. 15).
Dr. Robert Stephens began as an assistant professor/research and instruction librarian for the University Library (Jan. 8).
Kaitlin Beier will begin as an adjunct for Management and Marketing (Jan. 15).
Celina Hargenrader will begin as an adjunct for Nursing (Jan. 15).
Stephen Shaw will begin as an adjunct for Psychology (Jan. 15).

Job Changes:
Elizabeth Batte
from assistant professor/assistant librarian to director of University Library  (Jan. 6).

Faculty and Staff: Come Support Colonels on Jan. 18

Nicholls Celebrates 'Colonel Acts of Kindness,' Honors Recipients

Colonel Acts of Kindness was launched at the beginning of the Fall to celebrate random acts of extraordinary generosity, kindness, support and helpfulness done without expectation of reward, recognition or accolades.  In the presence of their family and friends, the honorees received a special certificate from Dr. Sue Westbrook, Provost and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs and Dr. Michele Caruso, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. 

“These acts of kindness performed by our students are the embodiment of our Nicholls values and a reflection of the core qualities that make our campus community so special,” Caruso said.  “We hope the impact of the act of kindness on the person receiving it, those observing it, and those reading about it will be inspirational.”

The Fall 2019 honorees were Chad Cheramie, Ryker John Emnace, Alayna Guillot, Heather Plaisance, Isabella Hebert, Omar Pew, and Matthew Williams. 

The program is ongoing and students can be recommended for the Colonel Act of Kindness recognition at any time throughout the year by emailing michele.caruso@nicholls.edu with as many details as possible about what was experienced or witnessed related to the act of kindness.

Seats Still Available for Introductory Mandarin Chinese

Nicholls Professors Survey Farm for Christmas Bird Count

The Nicholls Farm was one of seven sites surveyed in the Annual Christmas Bird Count, which recorded a record number of species at 117. The count is coordinated locally by BTNEP scientist Delaina LeBlanc, and Jed Pitre, Head of the Science Department at Thibodaux High School. One of the early coordinators of this effort was Nicholls’ own Beth Maniscalco. 

The Nicholls Farm was surveyed by Nicholls professor Dr. Gary LaFleur and Warren James. The Farm has been a longtime favorite site for local birdwatchers, as it contains a diversity of habitats including pasture, canal, thicket and willow wetlands.

First Colonel Acts of Kindness for 2020 is CIS Major Kevin Balleza

Kevin Balleza, a Computer Information Systems major and member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, went out of his way to assist University Police in manually removing dozens of police barricades. On the way home from class one day, he postponed his break between classes to ensure the parking lot was open to students as quickly as possible. We celebrate his example of our Nicholls values of civic responsibility, leadership, and responsibility.

Nicholls Students Participate in Chicago International Band Clinic

Eight Nicholls instrumental music education students were able to learn a little over the break and see Chicago. The students, along with Dr. Gabriel Arnold and Dr. Jason Ladd, attended the 73rd Annual Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. More than 18,000 people were at the conference, which is considered by many in the profession to be the best of its type in the world. The students attended performances by high school and junior high school bands, as well as clinics on topics including instrument pedagogy and the implementation of national standards to rehearsals. The exhibit hall included musical instruments, sheet music and new educational software. 

Other highlights of the trip included sightseeing in Chicago, the consumption of pizza at Lou Malnati’s, and watching a performance of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Students on the trip included Erica Benoit, Drayk Blair, Cade Boudreaux, Andrew Folse, Richard Galbreath, Valeria Nolazco, Dallas Tabor and Erin Templet.

Big Bayou Trivia Bash Set For Feb. 12

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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. Join us at 11 p.m. as we honor Dr. Stephen Hulbert, who will become the first Nicholls president emeritus.

Nicholls Men’s Basketball vs. Northwestern State  — 7 to 9 p.m., Stopher Gym
At 5-1 in conference play, Nicholls is atop the Southland Conference standings and have won four in a row. Join the Colonels as they host Northwestern State following 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.

Nicholls Men’s Basketball vs. Central Arkansas — 3 to 6 p.m., Stopher Gym
Join the Colonels as they host Central Arkansas. Nicholls has a home record of 10-3 against the Bears.

Tuesday, Jan. 21

Blood Drive — 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Student Union
Consider giving the gift of life as the Blood Center hosts a blood drive in front of the student union. About one in seven people who enter a hospital need blood, and it is needed every two seconds.

Wednesday, Jan. 22

Blood Drive — 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Student Union
Consider giving the gift of life as the Blood Center hosts a blood drive in front of the student union. About one in seven people who enter a hospital need blood, and it is needed every two seconds.

SPA Meeting — 3 to 5 p.m., Leader’s Suite
SPA invites you to its weekly meeting where they plan some of the most highly anticipated on-campus events.

Nicholls Men’s Basketball vs. Houston Baptist — 7 to 9 p.m., Stopher Gym
Join the Colonels for their home match against Houston Baptist as Nicholls prepare for a three-game road trip. The Colonels are 4-0 against the Huskies in Stopher. The SPA will have a giveaway at the game!

Friday, Jan. 24

Saturday, Jan. 25

Beethoven 250 – Dr. Richard Jeric — 7 to 9 p.m., Mary and Al Danos Theater
Nicholls Music Professor Dr. Richard Jeric will be performing five of Beethoven’s 32 sonatas as part of the Beethoven 250 concert series featuring performers from around the world. The concert will begin at 7:30, but it will open with a pre-concert lecture at 7. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children and free for Nicholls students, faculty and staff.

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