For the past decade, Associate Professor of Music Dr. Valerie Francis has brought the past back to life in “A Celebration of the Negro Spiritual.” The concert series has brought a collaboration of solo vocalists from across the U.S. Students from across the state, alumni and guest artists have all contributed to this experience. 

As we pay homage to the songs of our African-American ancestors, the sole purpose of the concert is to preserve the solo Negro Spiritual vocal repertoire. Although we have no exact recording of how our ancestors would have sung a spiritual, we study the standard performance practices. This allows the authenticity of the music to remain valid. Understanding and respecting the dialect of a spiritual is important, as well. Although it is broken English, it was the culture of that period because slaves were not allowed to learn how to read or speak proper English. 

We also must have a spiritual connection to the music in which we perform. A spiritual meant meant a lot to the slaves. So it is up to the performer to decipher the true meaning of the lyrics and become one with the song. If there is no emotional connection, then we are just singing music we learned for a concert.

I hope to see you there at 7 p.m. this Friday as we connect with the past to bring you this emotional experience.

Nicholls’ Black History Month Aims to Celebrate, Enlighten

Nicholls’ Black History Month draws upon the 150th anniversary of several landmarks, including women’s suffrage and the right to vote for black men.

Nicholls Music Invites You to Tribute of Towering Operatic Singer Jessye Norman

The Nicholls Department of Music will present a tribute to opera singer Jessye Norman next week. Be it operatic, concert or recital, Norman was a titan of the stage. She is associated with many famous roles, including Beethoven’s Leonore, Bizet’s Carmen and Wagner’s Sieglinde.

Daily Comet: Nicholls professor to research understudied gar

Thousands of garfish found in a Wilkinson County floodplain that had been blocked from the river. Once a flood-control structure has been completed, Nicholls professor Dr. Solomon David will study the site.

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Houma Courier: Editorial Board Cheers Teacher Education Accomplishment

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) recognized the Nicholls State University Department of Teacher Education as one of the top programs in the country for its strong commitment to evidence-based reading instruction. 

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Congress to Campus to Visit Nicholls State University

A pair of former congressmen will visit Thibodaux and Nicholls State University next month to discuss democracy and enable students who aspire to public service. 

New Hires:
Brandi Pennison began as the outreach coordinator for Research and Sponsored Programs (Jan. 27).
Jordy Champagne began as a personal trainer for Campus Recreation (Jan. 15).
Hannah Naquin began as an intern for Track and Field (Jan. 27).
Yvanna Pogue began as a counselor for the Counseling Center (Jan. 27).
Katelyn Coleman began as an admissions counselor for Admissions (Jan. 27).
Donald Robertson began as a custodian for Custodial Services (Jan. 27).

Abstracts Sought for Scholars Expeaux

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will be celebrating the 15th annual showcase of student and faculty research and creative activity, March 18 to March 20. The event highlights cutting-edge research and fascinating discoveries at Nicholls through faculty poster presentations, a student poster competition showcasing graduate and undergraduate research, humanities symposium, film documentary screenings, performing arts concert, visual arts showcase, Mosaic student readings, and a culinary arts cooking demo.

  • Abstracts for the undergraduate humanities symposium must be submitted to Dr. Scott Banville by Friday, Feb. 7.
  • Abstracts for the undergraduate and graduate student poster competition must be submitted to Debra LeJeune by Friday, Feb. 14.
  • Performing arts submissions must be submitted to Dr. Jason Ladd by Friday, Feb. 21.

Undergraduate students submitting to the Scholars Expeaux may also be eligible to participate in the University of Louisiana System Academic Summit on April 2 to April 3 at Northwestern State University.

Chemistry Alumni Join Entergy Labs

Three Nicholls Chemistry alumni accepted positions as Nuclear Chemistry Technicians at Entergy Waterford 3 nuclear power generating station. Taylor Mabile, Nicholas Mayon, and Jade Heney join a growing cohort of Nicholls Chemistry alumni in these Entergy labs.

Want to Run For a Student Government Association Position?

Want to have your voice heard? Think you have what it takes to lead in a student government or programming position? Then sign up for the March elections! Mr. and Ms. Nicholls nominations are also available.

The deadline for petitions is noon on Friday, March 6 at the SGA office. Positions are SGA president, vice president and senators; and Student Programming Association president and vice president. A candidates meeting will follow at 3:30 p.m. in the Leader’s Suite.

Nominate someone for Mr. And Ms. Nicholls by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3 in the SGA office. Nominees must be carrying at least 7 hours or more and have completed 85 semester hours at the end of the fall semester and have a 2.5 GPA or higher. Graduate students meeting the qualifications are also eligible.

Nomination packets and election petitions are available in the SGA and SPA offices.

Bioresource Technology Publishes Work by Dr. Boopathy

Dr. Raj Boopathy, Alcee Fortier Distinguished Service Professor of Biological Sciences published a peer-reviewed research paper titled “Xylanase Inhibition by the Derivatives of Lignocellulosic Material” in the journal, Bioresource Technology.

Sign Up Today for SGA Bus Tour to Whitney Plantation

Join the SGA in commemorating Black History Month with a trip to Whitney Plantation, which has built memorials to honor people held in slavery. The free bus trip is from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Students must reserve a seat with the SGA office in Suite 14 of the Student Union.

Join the Library for an Open House

Nicholls Black History Month Set to Kickoff Today

Submit Nominees for an Honorary Degree

Know anyone in the community who has distinguished themselves through outstanding contributions to society? Contact Carole George for more information on submitting a nominee at 448-4013 or The deadline for nominations is Monday, Feb. 10.

Nominations for Woman of Achievement Awards Sought

It is time to nominate deserving individuals on our campus for the annual Woman of Achievement Award. An award will be given in each of the following categories: 

  • faculty and staff
  • student
  • community member.

For more information on submitting nominations, contact Dr. Michele Caruso at 448-4081 or The deadline for submitting a nomination is Friday, Feb. 14. 

The Awards will be presented at the Bonnie Bourg Women’s History Month luncheon on Thursday, March 5.

Continuing Education Seeks Judges for Science and Engineering Fair

Nicholls State University will host the annual Region 10 Science & Engineering Fair on Tuesday, Feb. 11 in the Cotillion Ballroom. Students will be presenting projects in animal science, biochemistry, chemistry, earth and environmental sciences, engineering mechanics, mathematics, microbiology, physics and astronomy, plant sciences, systems software and more.

Please consider serving as a judge? Judging begins promptly at 11:30 a.m. but a meeting will take place at 11:00 a.m. in the Carnival Room for judging instructions and lunch. Judging should conclude no later than 1:30 p.m.

For more information on how to become a judge, call the Office of Continuing Education at extension 4444.

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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.

A Classic Tribute to Jessye Norman 7:30 to 9 p.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church
The Nicholls Department of Music will present a tribute to opera singer and titan of the stage, Jessye Norman. The concert will feature Dr. Valerie Francis, a spinto soprano who puts on the annual Opera Workshop, Dr. Wilfred Delphin, a pianist and Southern Illinois University Carbondale professor emeritus, and Richard Hobson, a baritone and Southern University professor of voice.

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 and 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. 

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 Lá Lá: 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 that were 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 earlier this 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 p.m., but it will open with a pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m.. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children and free for Nicholls students, faculty and staff.

Tuesday, Feb. 11

Colonel Cupid 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Student Union
Show some love to your pals this Valentine’s Day and give them a special treat complimentary of SPA. Stop by our table and give us a name and email of your loved ones and we will let them know that they have a special treat waiting for them.

Galentine’s 5 to 8 p.m., Bollinger Suite
Valentine’s for the ladies to come and have fun while learning about their health, wellness and safety.

Nicholls Softball vs. Alcorn State 5 to 7 p.m., Swanner Field
Join the Colonels in their first home matchup of the year against the Alcorn State. Nicholls has won its last 10 games against the Braves. 

Crazy Cajuns — 6 to 8 p.m., Student Union
Help SPA celebrate our Cajun culture and come out to our block party featuring music, food, and activities all centered around Louisiana culture.

Michael Bartnik Faculty Recital — 7:30 to 9 p.m., Danos Theater
As an active soloist and chamber musician, Michael Bartnik has performed extensively in concert halls throughout the United States and Europe. Since 2009, he has been the associate principal of clarinet with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and is featured on a chamber recording under the Sono Luminous label.

Wednesday, Feb. 12

Colonel Cupid 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Student Union
Show some love to your pals this Valentine’s Day and give them a special treat complimentary of SPA. Stop by our table and give us a name and email of your loved ones and we will let them know that they have a special treat waiting for them.

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.

Big Bayou Trivia Bash — 6 to 10 p.m., Cotillion Ballroom
Test your sometimes, somewhat useful knowledge while helping raise money to support students. Teams of 2-6 players can sign up at $30 per individual for a chance to win cash or consolation prizes. 

Nicholls Men’s Basketball vs. Lamar — 7 to 9 p.m., Stopher Gym
The Colonels remain at home this week and take on Southland Conference foe Lamar. Nicholls is 5-5 against Lamar since 2013.

Thursday, Feb. 13

Colonel Cupid 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Student Union
Show some love to your pals this Valentine’s Day and give them a special treat complimentary of SPA. Stop by our table and give us a name and email of your loved ones and we will let them know that they have a special treat waiting for them.

Love Notes Concert 7:30 to 9 p.m., Danos Theater
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Department of Music as they feature love songs from many genres, including modern pop and classical piano sonnets.

Friday, Feb. 14

Nicholls Baseball vs. Southern Illinois — 2 to 5 p.m., Didier Field
Nicholls opens the season with the Baseball on the Bayou Classic and a doubleheader on Friday. First, the Colonels take on the Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars.

Nicholls Baseball vs. George Washington 6 to 9 p.m., Didier Field
In the second matchup of the doubleheader, Nicholls will face the George Washington Colonials.

Saturday, Feb. 15

Nicholls Women’s Basketball vs. Southeastern — 1 to 3 p.m., Stopher Gym
Nicholls returns home to face Southland rival Southeastern. The Colonels have defeated the Lions 8 times in their last 10 matches.

Nicholls Men’s Basketball vs. Southeastern — 3 to 5 p.m., Stopher Gym
Join the Colonels before they start a road trip as they take on Southeastern Louisiana. Nicholls is 14-10 at home against the Lions.

Nicholls Baseball vs. Southern Illinois — 6 to 9 p.m., Didier Field
The Baseball on the Bayou Classic concludes as the Colonels face the Cougars for a second match. 

Beethoven 250 — Mathilde Handelsman— 7:30 to 9 p.m., Danos Theater
Born in Paris, Handelsman has won multiple U.S. and international competitions and has been playing the piano since she was four. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m., but it will open with a pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children and free for Nicholls students, faculty and staff.

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