Each year the United States celebrates the month of February as Black History Month. It’s an important month for remembering prominent people, events and achievements from people of African descent. Black History Month 2020 marks the 150th year anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, the women’s suffrage movement, the Fifteenth Amendment and the right of black men to the ballot after the Civil War. 

This year’s theme at Nicholls State University, “Lift Every Voice and Vote,” symbolizes the ongoing struggle of black men and women’s right to vote. The calendar consists of several panel discussions, musical events, athlete spotlights at basketball games, themed cuisines, open-mic events and parties that celebrate black history and educate the campus community. The Ellender Memorial Library and Nicholls Bookstore will feature a book display that will tell the story of black history in the U.S. 

This year, our students can lift up their voices about black mental health, having diverse voices represented in the media, institutional issues and experiences, record labels on popular music, politics, civil rights, voting and the criminal justice system.

We are also excited to present The Color Purple, which is based on the 1982 novel by Alice Walker and its 1985 film adaptation. The play follows the journey of Celie, a black woman from the South in the early 1900s. The Nicholls Department of Music will put on the musical. Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31 and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2. Contact Andrea Clark, (448)-4600, for tickets or questions concerning the musical. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and children.

Join us for Black History Month’s official kickoff event, Black Voices Amplified: The Importance of Communicating Our Ideas, Stories, and Perspectives Throughout the Community, which is a discussion panel with Richard Adams. Other panelists are Louisiana Senator Edward J. Price, Thibodaux councilwoman Constance Johnson, retired NFL player Clarence Verdin, Lafourche Parish School Board member Cheryl Thomas, former Pine Bluff Superintendent Dr. Michael Robinson and Assistant Vice President for Human Resources and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Steven Kenney.

Visit the Black History Month page and mark your calendars for the 2020 programs. You will not want to miss out! 

Nicholls Participates in Program Designed to Increase Minorities in STEM Fields

Nicholls Chemistry junior Autumn Andras will participate in a program aimed to encourage women and other underrepresented minorities in STEM fields. 

Nicholls Hosts Work of Artist With International Acclaim From January to March

Visit the Nicholls Ameen Art Gallery over the next month to view works examining the ramifications of tourism.

Nicholls Printmaking Professor’s Work to Be Featured in National Exhibition

A Nicholls art professor has had a printmaking piece accepted to a national exhibition, the Four Rivers Print Biennial.

Daily Comet: Nicholls Music, Beethoven 250 to Bring World-Renowned Artists to Thibodaux

Beethoven’s sonatas are often called “The New Testament” of piano literature and this spring you can experience them live in the Mary and Al Danos Theater. 

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Job Changes:
Andre Dupont from supervisor of Student Union Operations to Student Union Operations Manager (Jan. 11).
Betty LeBlanc from visiting instructor to instructor of Nursing (Jan. 15).

SGA Sponsoring Tickets to The Color Purple Musical

The Student Government Association is sponsoring 80 free tickets for students to attend “The Color Purple” musical on Friday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 2 at 3 p.m. in the Danos Theater.  Claim your ticket at the SGA office in Suite 14 of the Student Union.

Dr. Boopathy Named Editor of Journal

Dr. Raj Boopathy, Alcee Fortier Distinguished Service Professor of Biological Sciences, was appointed as an Executive Editor for the Journal, Environmental Quality Management published by Wiley.

Faculty and Staff: Catapult Health to Provide No Cost Checkups

Save the Date: Creative Writing Club Announces Spring Events

Art Students Attend and Present at Print Conference in Baton Rouge

Elwood Junior, Kayla Landry, Bethany Plaisance, and Lauren Pontiff presented “Making Photopolymer Letterpress Plates without a Platemaker” at the 7th Annual Print Thing Printmaking Symposium at Baton Rouge Community College in the fall. Sixty students and faculty from seven Louisiana universities (including 10 from Nicholls) participated in this three-day event hosted by BRCC and LSU. Each university gave a student-led process demonstration in a printmaking or papermaking technique. This year’s event also featured a lecture by internationally known bookbinding artist Julie Chen, and a steamroller printing event.

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Tuesday, Jan. 28

Nicholls Men’s Tennis Vs. Alcorn State — 2 to 5 p.m., Colonel Tennis Complex
Join the Colonels as they open their spring tennis season against the Alcorn State Braves.

Wednesday, Jan. 29

Get Da Tea: Adjusting to College — 1 to 1:45 p.m., Bowie Room
Want to have a successful semester? This workshop will deliver ideas to help inform you and provide step by step strategies and resources to meet this goal.

Nicholls Women’s Basketball Vs. McNeese — 2 to 5 p.m., Stopher Gym
The Lady Colonels host McNeese after two games on the road. In the last 10 games, Nicholls is 6-4 against McNeese.

SPA Meeting — 3 to 5 p.m., Le Bijou Theater
Want to know more about or have an impact on the events you see on campus? Attend the Student Programming Association meeting and let your voice be heard.

Friday, Jan. 31

The Color Purple — 7 to 9 p.m., Danos Theater
Based on the 1982 novel by Alice Walker and its 1985 film adaptation, the play follows the journey of Celie, a black woman from the South in the early 1900s. The musical will be put on by the Nicholls Department of Music. Tickets are $20 or $10 for students with ID and children.

Saturday, Feb. 1

Luciana Soares Beethoven 250 — 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Danos Theater
Nicholls professor Dr. Luciana Soares will perform three sonatas including the “Pathétique Sonata.” A native of Brazil, Dr. Soares has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist in the United States and abroad. 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.

Sunday, Feb. 2

The Color Purple — 2 to 5 p.m., Danos Theater
Based on the 1982 novel by Alice Walker and its 1985 film adaptation, the play follows the journey of Celie, a black woman from the South in the early 1900s. The musical will be put on by the Nicholls Department of Music. Tickets are $20 or $10 for students with ID and children.

Monday, Feb. 3

Black Voices Amplified 10:45 a.m. to Noon, LeBijou Theater
Join us for Black History Month’s official kickoff event, a discussion panel featuring several community leaders from the Bayou Region and others with a Nicholls connection. This panel will address the importance of engaging communication about the relevance of black history throughout the community.

Wednesday, Feb. 5

Cooking Demo by Chef Chris Hayes Noon to 1 p.m., Ledet Hall, 124B
Culinary artist, author, entrepreneur and community advocate Chris Hayes is a Food Network star, culinary consultant with a heart for the community. 

Nicholls Women’s Basketball vs. Stephen F. Austin 6 to 8 p.m., Stopher Gym
John the Colonels as they host Southland Conference leader Stephen F. Austin. In the last 10 games, the Colonels are 3-7.

Thursday, Feb. 6

Nicholls Women’s and Men’s Tennis vs. Jacksonville State — Noon to 3 p.m., Colonel Tennis Complex
Visit the courts at the tennis complex as both tennis teams are home to host Jacksonville State. The Nicholls women have defeated the Lady Gamecocks both times the programs have met.

Bollywood Disco — 4:30 to 7 p.m., Galliano Cafeteria
Drop by the cafeteria for some delicious Indian-inspired food.

Oh La La: Artrageous — 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Danos Theater
Being a theatre arts community since the 80s, Artrageous brings their passion for the arts to each theatre. They aim to leave their audiences of all ages smiling and singing and dancing along.

Friday, Feb. 7

Festival of Spirituals — 7 to 8:30 p.m., Danos Theater
Come out for the 10th annual Department of Music choir concert “A Celebration of the Negro Spirituals” featuring historical songs sung by slaves and plantation workers.

Saturday, Feb. 8

Nicholls Women’s Tennis vs. Samford Noon to 3 p.m., Colonel Tennis Complex
Join the Colonels as they host the Lady Bulldogs. Nicholls seeks to avenge last year’s loss to Samford.

Nicholls Women’s Basketball vs. Sam Houston State 1 to 3 p.m., Stopher Gym
Join the Colonels as they host Sam Houston before returning to the road. Nicholls is 5-5 in the last 10 matchups against the Bearkats.

Nicholls Men’s Basketball vs. Sam Houston State — 3 to 5 p.m., Stopher Gym
The Colonels return from a road trip in second place in the Southland Conference and hope to gain ground against Sam Houston. Nicholls defeated the Bearkats 70-58 last year.

Beethoven 250: Adonis Gonzalez 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Danos Theater
Cuban pianist and Alabama State University Professor Dr. Adonis Gonzalez will present a program of sonatas exploring the breadth of Beethoven’s imagination. 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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