Every February, we take time to reflect on the vision Martin Luther King Jr. expounded from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial — a nation united in its diversity.

On the Nicholls campus, we pursue the same vision. To be unified in our diversity, we must be inclusive in our actions. It has been said that diversity is a fact, inclusion a choice. As Colonels, we make the decision to be inclusive. Our diverse faculty, staff and student leaders have taken a lead in these efforts, but we all play critical roles. 

As coordinator of the Colonels Retention of Winners Network (CROWN), Farren Clark has helped to establish a brotherhood of Black men on campus to ensure they finish what they started at Nicholls. Countless students have furthered their love of music under the tutelage of award-winning operatic singer and associate professor Dr. Valerie Francis. Dr. Shaniece Bickham, assistant professor of journalism, is helping to advance women in communication careers. Dr. Gabriel Arnold has transformed the Pride of Nicholls Marching Band and the Pep Band into forces to be reckoned with at home games. 

The hard work of minority recruiting coordinator, Kirsten Hill and admissions counselor, Katelyn Coleman, helped us exceed 6,500 students enrolled this Fall. 

We have talented student leaders in Student Government Association Vice President Markaylen Wiltz and Student Programming Association President Amari Williams. Sophomore Rodney Woods is a gifted photographer whose photos have been featured in Vogue Italia. He is also the president of the CROWN Council. We have many more impactful organizations on our campus, including our student chapter of the NAACP, the Black Student Union and the Black Women Leadership Association. 

These highlights are the impact of our people. But we can do more. We can increase the diversity of our faculty, and we can establish a more inclusive environment on campus. 

That is why we appointed Steven Kenney as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. The impact of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force will influence every corner of our campus culture. Because their directive isn’t only about race or gender. It’s about fostering a sense of belonging for every individual on campus. It’s about bringing diverse ideas and perspectives to the table. 

So, I encourage everyone on campus to get involved and to stay involved. Attend events. Make and build relationships that extend beyond the duration of Black History Month. Because our people are our greatest asset. 

Nicholls Named Top Small College for Students with Autism

Nicholls State University has been named one of the 30 best small colleges for students with autism spectrum disorder by Applied Behavior Analysis Programs Guide.

Alum Named Director of Ascension Parish Middle Schools

Dina Davis was recently named the director of the Ascension Parish middle schools. Davis, with more than 32 years of educational experience, earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree at Nicholls.

Houma Courier: Apply Now For Sheriff's $500 Scholarship

Applications for the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association Scholarship can be found on the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office website.

* Note this is a link to a website that utilizes a paywall.

Love is in the Air as Nicholls Music Performs for Valentine’s Day

The Nicholls Department of Music invites the Bayou Region’s sweethearts to express their affection with an elegant evening celebrating Valentine’s Day.

Alum Tony Charamie Named Offshore Marine Service Board Chairman

College of Business alum Tony Cheramie was recently named the 2020-21Offshore Marine Service Association Board of Directors chairman. He has served on the board since 2008.

New Hires:
Macy Roy began as a disability services administrative assistant (Feb. 3).
Amy Boatner began as a substitute teacher for Little Colonel’s Academy (Feb. 3).
Joshua Bonadona began as an administrative assistant for Athletics (Feb. 8).

Reagan Daigle from IT client support specialist to IT identity management systems administrator for Information Technology (Jan. 25).
Krystyn Dupree from counselor (10 months) to counselor (12 months) for the Counseling Center (Jan. 23).
Kristina Allemand from associate professor to associate professor/interim department head for Interdisciplinary Studies (Jan. 8).

Nicholls Biology Graduate Students Teach Grand Isle Elementary About Barrier Island

Former Lt. Gov. Dardenne to Present on Louisiana's Unique Culture

Come Share Your Story At Relate Open-Mic Event Wednesday

Wild Blue Modern Japanese Kitchen Opens in Student Union

Have Extra Mardi Gras Throws?

The Nicholls Cheerleaders and Tillou will be riding in the Ambrosia parade on Feb. 16. If you would like to donate beads or other throws, please drop them off at Barker Hall for Rhona Zeringue.

Looking for Scholarship Help?

Scholarships for the Spring 2020 semester are currently available. The deadline date is Feb. 28.  Please contact the Scholarship Office at 448-4411if you have any questions.

Chemistry Alumni Join Entergy Labs

Assistant Professor of Physics Him Verma recently published an article in the Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials. He investigated the enhanced magnetic properties in carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and how they can be used in semiconductor devices.

Send E-Card, Meal to Your Valentine Through Campus Dining

Counseling Center Has Several Spring Events to Help You

Students Receive Tutor Certifications

Fifteen student tutors recently received recognition for achieving advanced certification in the Tutorial and Academic Advancement Center (TAEC) at Nicholls State University. Those advancing to CRLA Level 3 Certification, the highest level offered to student tutors, were Brianna Millet and Lexie Pellegrin. Level 2 Certification recipients were Brittany Bankson, Adella Guidroz, Madison Liner, Amber Peltier and Sandesh Sharma. Level 1 Certification recipients were Emma Dold, Kathryn Dufrene, Sydney Matherne, Ashish Pandey, Gillian Poe, Seth Prestenback and Zoe Spanswick. Other certified tutors on staff include Jake Naquin (Level 3), Rebekah Bourgeois (Level 3), Saurav Shrestha (Level 3) and Isabel Soignet (Level 1).

CRLA is a group of student-oriented professionals active in the fields of reading, learning assistance, developmental education, tutoring, and mentoring at the college level. Students who come to The Tutoring Center or The Writing Center can feel confident they will be helped by peer tutors who are not only outstanding in the subjects in which they tutor but also knowledgeable about how to improve learning outcomes and encourage self-confidence. 

The TAEC offers tutoring in many freshman and sophomore subject areas and coaching in writing in all subjects. For more information, stop by Peltier 143 or 144, or call 448-4100.

Nicholls Pre Law Society Invites You To Kick Off Event Thursday

Art Department Receives Grant to Help Students Deliver Presentations

Dr. Deborah Cibelli, professor of art, received a Student Technology Fee grant award for $1,150.00 to acquire a Mac Book Air laptop for student use in two major seminar courses offered by the department that allows students to work on academic planning and professional development. The grant for technology contributes to high impact activity in the Department of Art as it allows for students to use computing technology to develop professional presentations.

BSI Hosts Valentine's Day Raffle

Know Someone Who Has Done Something Good? Submit Them for Colonel Acts of Kindness

Holsapple Featured in Two National Exhibitions Last Semester

Nicholls art professor Joseph Holsapple had two paintings displayed across the country last semester. The first image, “House and Universe,” was exhibited in the Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati for a show about illumination, exposure and brightness. A total of nine works from six artists were selected out of 208 entries. The second painting, “Still Life with TV,” appeared in the 2019 National Juried Painting Exhibition at the University of Southern Mississippi. Out of 454 entries, 46 paintings were selected.

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.

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.

Want to Test Your Knowledge? Bayou Trivia Bash is This Week

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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.

Steak Night 4:30 to 7 p.m., Galliano Dining Hall
The Galliano Dining Hall will be celebrating Valentine’s with a steak night and chocolate covered strawberries for dessert. 

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.

Tuesday, Feb. 18

Grad Expo 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Cotillion Ballroom
Ready for graduation? This expo will have opportunities to check several things off your graduation checklist. Service vendors include the campus bookstore, Balfour, photographer and career services. 

Nicholls Softball vs. Southern University 6 to 8 p.m., Swanner Field
The Colonels return from the Madeira Beach Tournament to face Southern University. Nicholls is undefeated against the Jaguars in the last 10 games.

Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble — 7:30 to 9 p.m., Danos Theater
Free and open to the public, the Nicholls Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will debut two pieces: “Surging Home” by Nicholls alum Ben Robichaux; and “Concert for Marimba and Wind Orchestra” by LSU professor Brett William Dietz.

Wednesday, Feb. 19

Get Da Tea: Time Management 1 to 1:45 p.m., Bowie Room
Come to this workshop to learn about one of the keys to success at college, effectively managing your time.

Nicholls Women’s Basketball vs. Northwestern State 6 to 8 p.m., Stopher Gym
Join the Lady Colonels as they host the Lady Demons. Nicholls is 7-3 at home against Northwestern State.

Nicholls Baseball vs. LSU 6 to 9 p.m., Didier Field
Come cheer on the Colonels as they host the preseason No. 11 Tigers. Nicholls forced extra innings last year on the road against LSU and hope to avenge the loss. 

Dr. Matthew Swihart Recital 7:30 to 9 p.m., Danos Theater
In collaboration with Dr. Richard Jeric, Dr. John St. Marie, and Ms. Sarah Jeric, Dr. Swihart will present a diverse program of music for trumpet and piano and trumpet, voice and piano. Composers include Bizet, Bozza, Ravel, Tailleferre, Gershwin, Stanley Friedman and Max Friedman.

Friday, Feb. 21

Nicholls Baseball vs. Arkansas Little Rock 6 to 9 p.m., Didier Field
Nicholls hosts the Louisiana Cajun Bayou Mardi Gras Classic that will feature baseball through Monday. In the first game, Nicholls will host Arkansas-Little Rock.

Saturday, Feb. 22

Nicholls Baseball vs. Arkansas Little Rock 6 to 9 p.m., Didier Field
Nicholls hosts the Louisiana Cajun Bayou Mardi Gras Classic that will feature baseball through Monday. In the second game, Nicholls will face off in its second match against Arkansas-Little Rock.

Diego Caetano — Beethoven 250 7:30 to 9 p.m., Danos Theater
Brazil-born Dr. Diego Caetano will perform three sonatas including the “Waldstein” Sonata. He has been featured in music festivals from around the world and has performed in venues including Carnegie Hall. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children and free for Nicholls students, faculty and staff.

Sunday, Feb. 23

Nicholls Baseball vs. McNeese 6 to 9 p.m., Didier Field
Nicholls hosts the Louisiana Cajun Bayou Mardi Gras Classic that will feature baseball through Monday. In the third game, Nicholls will host Southland Conference foe McNeese. The Colonels are 15-2 when hosting the Cowboys.

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