A few puffy clouds sailed the sky on a steamy Saturday afternoon in June 2018 in Edgard, Louisiana. My wife, Monique, and I experienced the sharing of American History at the only plantation museum in the region with an exclusive focus on slavery — Whitney Plantation. Accompanied by a variety of guests with different shades of skin tone, we toured the grounds while learning about the lives of enslaved Black people forced to live and cultivate sugar and rice on this plantation from 1752-1865. Whitney Plantation does not offer the typical grandeur and benign romantic characterization about slavery many Plantation home tour offers. From separating enslaved children from their parents to stripping and beating enslaved workers for not picking enough cane, slavery was a brutal practice that was a lived experience. Who were the enslaved Black people? What were their reactions to the everyday practices they witnessed and endured?

Numerous first names of individual Black enslaved people were embossed in granite with quotations from some enslaved people describing the inhumane way of life White landowners enacted such as the process of whipping a slave. The original vocabulary, context and narrative structure is preserved and displayed offering an accurate, sobering description of the practice of slavery worded in the voices of the people enslaved. Those voices were unheard or ignored while pillaging the skill and insight for the service of the White landowners’ benefit. Sixteen original structures, including the Big House and two slave cabins, remain on site. As a site of memory, Whitney Plantation features several memorials dedicated to the enslaved people. Fading red brick fused by gray mortar is fastened with a sign that reads: Robin’s Blacksmith Shop. Born around 1791, Robin was an enslaved Black man who was the blacksmith and a domestic on the plantation, serving three generations of the Haydel family. All of the metal work on the entire plantation would have been done by a blacksmith like Robin, including horseshoes, nails, hinges and curtain rods. 

We walked through a grove of plants as cool mist sprayed from above. We listened to our tour guide speak about the chapel just a few steps ahead not far from the Slave Quarters. We walked by an old rusty metal jail with four cell doors. The jail was a donation to Whitney Plantation by two residents of Gonzalez. It had been built in Pennsylvania in 1868 and was found almost buried in clay, as the informational sign points out.

These voices will not remain buried. Listen to their voices in the fight for freedom yourself on Friday, Feb. 28 on the SGA Bus Trip to Whitney Plantation 12:30 p.m., leave campus at 10:30 a.m. from the Student Union. Reserve your seat with the SGA office in Suite 14 of the Student Union. Whitney Plantation tour guides will lead you through memorials built to honor people held in slavery, as well as the original buildings. You will learn about the lives of 350 people held in bondage on these grounds for more than 100 years.

National Geographic: Nicholls Professor Comments on Pink Manta Ray Spotted Off Great Barrier Reef

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Nicholls Professor of Biological Sciences Dr. Solomon David talked about the rare pink hue spotted in a manta ray. The fish was seen off the Great Barrier Reef and it’s color was likely the cause of a mutation, he says.

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Nicholls Concert to Premiere Two Original Works by Louisiana Artists

The upcoming Nicholls Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble concert will feature two world premiere pieces from Louisiana artists.

Record Retention Rates Spur Spring Enrollment Growth

All-time high fall-to-spring retention rates at Nicholls State University led to a 3.5 percent increase in Spring enrollment. 

Nicholls Professor Selected to Present at Paris Conference

A Nicholls State University professor is headed to Paris next month to discuss how technology is transforming the business landscape as part of the Pôle Universitaire Léonard de Vinci International Week. 

Nicholls Announces Changes to Student Affairs

Nicholls State University is separating the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Academic Affairs. Dr. Michele Caruso will be interim vice president of student affairs, pending approval by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors. 

Nicholls Online English Ranked No. 2 For Best Online Bachelor’s Degree

The Nicholls State University online English program is one of the best in the country according to a new ranking by OnlineCourseReport.com.

New Hires:
Kenneth Washington began as a custodian for La Maison (Feb. 10).
Aaron Fetty began as a police officer for University Police (Feb. 10).
Jesse Cortez began a police officer for University Police (Feb. 10).

Retirement:
Michael Rhodes Sr. retired as a student union custodian after 11 years of service (Feb. 14).

Professors Receive NASA Grant to Take Nicholls Chemistry Roadshow to local Schools, Libraries, etc.

Chemistry Professor Kaisa Young and Department Head Chad Young just received funding from NASA LaSpace for STEM Outreach in the Bayou Region. These funds will allow for programming — the “Nicholls Chemistry Roadshow” — in our local schools, libraries and civic organizations. Stay tuned for a Roadshow near you! 

Oregon Professor to Talk Fish, Including Sex Life of Zebrafish Next Month for Speaker's Series, Expeaux

Dr. John Postlethwait from the University of Oregon will be visiting Nicholls during the third week of March. Dr. Postlethwait is an internationally recognized biologist that connects extreme field work to human health and disease and won the George W. Beadle Award in 2015. He will present as part of an externally endowed speaker series that is open to the public at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17 in Peltier Auditorium. His title is “Understanding the Bizarre Antarctic Icefish.” He will also speak at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 19 during Scholars Expeaux in the Bollinger Suites about “Wild sex, hot sex in zebrafish.” 

Biology 575 Class Visits Mandalay Lookout, Wildlife Wows

Dr. Fanguy-Cortez Named Director of Graduate Studies

Welcome Dr. Jessica Fanguy-Cortez as our new director of graduate studies. She is a 9-year veteran of Nicholls and currently serves as an associate professor and coordinator of graduate studies in the Department of Psychology, Counseling and Family Studies. 

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 Student Selected for Entergy Internship

Nicholls Chemistry junior William Coats was selected for a prestigious summer intern position at Entergy Waterford 3.  He begins in May 2020.

Dr. Cibelli's Research Published in Book on Architecture

Dr. Deborah Cibelli, professor of art history, has published research in “Readings in Italian Mannerism II, Architecture.” The volume includes selections on architecture from the ancient Roman writer Vitruvius and Giorgio Vasari’s notes from 1568 on design, as the book celebrates the 450th year anniversary of his publication, “The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects.” The text also reissues Elisabeth MacDougall’s scholarship on Michelangelo’s architecture and Sir Nikolaus Pevsner’s “The Architecture of Mannerism.” Dr. Cibelli’s contribution attributes architectural drawings to Giulio Romano, a member of Raphael’s workshop.

Students: Check Your Email for Important Survey

Join Campus Dining for Mardi Gras Mindful Mile

Office of Coastal Support Announced

The Office of Coastal Support, located at 135 Peltier Hall, will coordinate university efforts related to the coast. The office will begin working with the planning of the Coastal Center, Bayou Region Incubator, Nicholls Farm, the Fourchon Camp and the Coastal Technical Assistance Center. Dr. John Doucet, dean of the College of Sciences and Technology and director of coastal initiatives, and Jenny Schexnayder, coastal program manager, will oversee the office. To contact the Office of Coastal Support, email coastalsupport@nicholls.edu or call 448-4442.

Be on the Lookout for Coastal Events Starting Next Month

Several coastal restoration events are coming up that may be of interest to faculty, staff and students.  These events are hosted by the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, which is located on our campus. Contact BTNEP for more information at 447-0876.
 
  • Bayou Lafourche Cleanup – March 21
  • Paddle Bayou Lafourche – April 2-4
  • Grand Isle Migratory Bird Festival – April 17-19
  • Deepwater Horizon Anniversary Cleanup on Elmer’s Island – April 18

SGA Giving Away Free Women of Achievement Luncheon Tickets

Want to attend the annual Bonnie Bourg Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon? The SGA is sponsoring tickets for students, just drop by their office to reserve a seat.

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.

Faculty and Staff: You Can Join the Alumni Federation

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.

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Tuesday, Feb. 18

Bridging the Digital Divide 9 to 10:30 a.m., Polk 125
Want to learn how to better use Google Apps? Nicholls alum Marcus Stein is here to help. Stein works with school districts to implement educational technology.

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. 

Why Louisiana Ain’t Mississippi 12:30 to 3:45 p.m., Danos Theater
Former. Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne invites you to a lively and funny presentation about why Louisiana differs from every other state in the U.S. The program will feature geography, demography, history, culture, characters and politics.

Creative Writing Reading Series: Black History Month  5 to 7 p.m., Wild Blue Japanese Kitchen
The Creative Writing Club invites you to read your original works or your favorite pieces by Black writers. 

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

SGA King Cake Giveaway 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., SGA Office
Come by the SGA office in the Student Union to get a free Scantron and enter to win a King Cake.

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.

Thursday, Feb. 20

Black History Month: Queen & Slim Movie 4 to 9:30 p.m., LeBijou Theater
With showings at 4 and 7 p.m., Nicholls will feature “Queen & Slim” as part of Black History Month. Slim and Queen’s first date takes an unexpected turn when a policeman pulls them over for a minor traffic violation.

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 as part of the Beethoven 250 series. 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.

Monday, Feb. 24

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 final game, Nicholls will host Southland Conference foe McNeese. The Colonels are 15-2 when hosting the Cowboys.

Tuesday, Feb. 25

Nicholls Softball vs. South Alabama 6 to 8 p.m., Swanner Field
Catch the Colonels at home in between a pair of tournaments in the region. Nicholls will host the South Alabama Jaguars.

Wednesday, Feb. 26

Nicholls Women’s Basketball vs. Houston Baptist 6 to 8 p.m., Stopher Gym
Nicholls hosts Houston Baptist in this Southland matchup. The Colonels are 8-2 against the Lady Huskies in their last 10 games.

Thursday, Feb. 27

Make Your Own Custom Street Sign 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Student Union
Want your own New Orleans style street sign for your home? The SPA will have materials on hand for you to create it!

Friday, Feb. 28

Nicholls Women’s Tennis vs. Sam Houston State 1 to 4 p.m., Colonel Tennis Complex
Nicholls returns home to host Sam Houston State. Freshman Laura Lopez is leading the Colonels at the No. 1 and she recently picked up a win on the road against Jackson State.

Nicholls Baseball vs. LIU Brooklyn 6 to 9 p.m., Didier Field
Nicholls will host Long Island University – Brooklyn in the Colonel’s last weekend series before Southland Conference play.

Saturday, Feb. 29

Nicholls Men’s Tennis vs. University of Texas — Rio Grande Valley Noon to 3 p.m., Colonel Tennis Complex
Coming in at 3-3 on the season, the Colonels hope to rise above .500 as they host UT – Rio Grande Valley.

Nicholls Women’s Basketball vs. New Orleans 1 to 3 p.m., Stopher Gym
Join the Lady Colonels as they host the University of New Orleans. Nicholls is 6-1 at home against the Privateers.

Nicholls Men’s Basketball vs. New Orleans 3 to 5 p.m., Stopher Gym
Cheer on the Colonels as they host the Privateers. Nicholls is 6-3 at home against New Orleans.

Nicholls Baseball vs. LIU Brooklyn 3 to 6 p.m., Didier Field
Nicholls will host Long Island University – Brooklyn in the Colonel’s last weekend series before Southland Conference play. This is the first game of a Saturday doubleheader.

Nicholls Baseball vs. LIU Brooklyn 6 to 9 p.m., Didier Field
Nicholls will host Long Island University – Brooklyn in the Colonel’s last weekend series before Southland Conference play. This is the second game of a Saturday doubleheader.

The Color Purple Musical — 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 for adults and $10 for students and children.

Sunday, March 1

Nicholls Women’s Tennis vs. Stephen F. Austin 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Colonel Tennis Complex
The Lady Colonels host Southland foe Stephen F. Austin. Nicholls is 4-2 at the Colonel Tennis Complex against the Lady Lumberjacks.

Nicholls Baseball vs. LIU Brooklyn 1 to 4 p.m., Didier Field
Nicholls will host Long Island University – Brooklyn in the Colonel’s last weekend series before Southland Conference play.

The Color Purple Musical 3 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 for adults and $10 for students and children.

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