I won’t ‘have it made’ until the most underprivileged Negro in Mississippi can live in equal dignity with anyone else in America” — Jackie Robinson

To be an African American student on the Nicholls campus means I am a pioneer, an advocate and a member of a hard-working community. I have been a pioneer because to be frank, there aren’t many African Americans in my classes. Last fall I was the only African American in three of my seven classes and one of two or three African Americans in two of those seven classes. That has not impacted my education, though, as all my teachers have been excellent and informative in my first semester at Nicholls. In the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute, I am blessed to be able to learn about the recipes and traditions of past slaves that have been adapted into the Cajun and Creole diet.

I was blessed to learn about C.R.O.W.N. (Colonels Retention of Winners Network) in the summer before my first semester at Nicholls, and it has introduced me to the hard-working responsibility I have on the Nicholls campus. CROWN taught me that when I succeed or fail, I succeed or fail as a black member of CROWN at Nicholls. It is a badge I must always wear, as I will forever be a representative of CROWN. This encourages me to prioritize my hard work while I am here. CROWN has surrounded me with other black guys who prioritize their academic achievements together and work together to ensure we all stay at Nicholls with a high GPA. This also creates a network on which we have created to support each other in academic struggles. My mentor in CROWN has been a backbone to my educational trek, as have all other mentors in CROWN. 

As an advocate, I am in charge of making sure the decisions that happen on Nicholls campus pave a better pathway for people of all backgrounds who will one day walk onto campus. Participating in SGA events, NAACP events are easy ways I can make my voice heard and advocate for the betterment of my community. I am very optimistic that the decisions being made by the current administration. They are mindful of the needs of students of all backgrounds, and especially African Americans. Dr. Clune has served as a president that goes out of his way to make sure I feel like this, and I am forever grateful for the respect he gives to CROWN, and African Americans on this campus.

Nicholls Biology Student to Present Research on Capitol Hill

A Nicholls State University student has been selected to present their research at the Council on Undergraduate Research’s annual 24th annual Posters on the Hill symposium in Washington, D.C.

NOLA.com: Chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois and Benny Cenac: Businessmen, Alumnae, and Cajun Cooking Extraordinaires

Benny Cenac of Houma teamed up with Chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois to shed light on the outstanding culinary arts program at their alma mater, Nicholls State University.

Nicholls Art Historian Presents on Symbolism and Picasso

A Nicholls State University art professor discussed the influences on Picasso’s work at a conference in Chicago recently.

New Gift Expands Scholarship for Combat Veterans

Nicholls State University and the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association are excited to announce the expansion of a scholarship that helps veterans transition to civilian life. 

Houma Courier: Money for Nicholls' Greenhouse Makes Legislative Wishlist

Nearly $400,000 for a project to renovate a greenhouse that will be used by students at Nicholls State University is on a list of top priorities for state money.

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New Hires:
Jessie LeBouef began as an administrative coordinator for the Post Office (Feb. 17).

Allison Ford from administrative assistant to executive assistant for the President’s Office (Feb. 1).
Jenny Schexnayder from executive assistant in the President’s Office to coastal program manager for the College of Sciences and Technology (Feb. 1).
Dr. Jessica Cortez from associate professor for psychology to associate professor/director of graduate studies (Feb. 8).
Aaron Hidalgo from carpenter master to carpenter foreman for maintenance (Feb. 8).

Volunteers Needed For Bayou Lafourche Cleanup on March 21

The deadline to sign up for the Bayou Lafourche Cleanup is noon on Friday, March 13. Pre-registration is required.

This year’s event will be from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 21. Nicholls students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate. 

We will clean Bayou Lafourche from Donaldsonville to Leeville. The first 1,000 pre-registered volunteers will receive a t-shirt. The Nicholls team will clean both sides of Bayou Lafourche from the Thibodaux weir to the Percy Brown Road bridge, an approximately 2-mile stretch. We are also looking for campus groups and organizations that are willing to assist other sites that do not have as many volunteers as we have for the campus site. As a part of pre-registration, all volunteers must agree to a waiver. More details will be emailed to you after March 13. To sign up, click here.

RSVP Today For Women of Achievement Luncheon

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Nicholls State University hosts the Bonnie Bourg Lecture Series and Women’s History Month Luncheon. This year’s speaker will be novelist Tina DeSalvo Callais. She has been a sportscaster, news reporter and anchor. She has also produced and written documentaries and corporate videos. Her presentation, “Nothing Is Off Limits,” will be held at 10:30 a.m. on March 5 in the LeBijou Theater. It is free and open to the public. 

The luncheon to follow at noon in the Bollinger Suites is by reservation only and includes the presentation of the Woman of Achievement Awards as well as a keynote address from DeSalvo Callais. Reservations are available through the Student Support Services Office for $20. Contact Chris Coulon at 448-4080 or chris.coulo@nicholls.edu for more information or to reserve a seat. This year’s menu is: 

  • a mixed greens salad with strawberries, feta cheese, puffed wild rice with balsamic vinaigrette
  • shrimp and roasted vegetable couscous
  • toasted French bread
  • pound cake with fresh sliced strawberries
  • iced tea, water and coffee.

SGA Giving Away Free Women of Achievement Luncheon Tickets

Want to attend the annual Bonnie Bourg Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon on Thursday, March 5? The SGA is sponsoring tickets for students, just drop by their office to reserve a seat.

Faculty and Staff: State Civil Service Releases Document on Speaking Publicly on Issues

With the legislative season starting, consider the rules from the State Civil Service for how to express yourself politically and comply with the law.

Students Elected Circle K District Governor, Gulf Coast and New Orleans Lt. Gov. at Conference

This past weekend, the Nicholls State University Circle K International Club travelled to Vicksburg, Miss., for the 61st Annual District Convention of the Louisiana-Mississippi-West Tennessee District. At the convention, members learned how to better their Circle K clubs by attending workshops, networking with others from the district and participating in a large scale service project. Nicholls had the most members of any club in the district attend. Those in attendance were Jacob Sanders, Grant Pellegrin, Maria Smith, Rae Stark, Sophia Gonzalez and Madison Liner.

Sophia Gonzalez, a freshman majoring in allied health, won the election for lieutenant governor for the district. She also received the New Member of the Year Award. As Lt. Governor, she will work with Circle K Clubs in the New Orleans Gulf Coast area. Madison Liner, a sophomore majoring in mathematics, was elected as the district governor. She was also awarded the Outstanding Member of the Year and Outstanding Board Member of the Year. As district governor, Madison is in charge of overseeing the actions of all Circle K Clubs in the Louisiana, Mississippi and West Tennessee area. This is the first time in history that Nicholls is the home club of the district governor. Madison Liner was also awarded the Louisiana-Mississippi-West Tennessee District Foundation Scholarship in the amount of $1500. 

Students weren’t the only ones awarded during the convention. Jennifer White, business teacher, won the John T. Roberts Outstanding Kiwanian Award. She worked very hard with the Nicholls Circle K Club this year and was always there when the students needed assistance. 

Ready for Summer Classes? Want to get a head start thinking about Fall?

The summer and fall class schedules are now available on Banner. The schedule has also been updated on the registration website.

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.

Faculty: Do You Utilize Service Learning in Coursework?

The ninth annual UL Academic Summit Conference will be in Natchitoches on April 2-3. It is an opportunity for our faculty to present service learning activities among peers in a congenial setting. If your coursework includes service learning and you would like to present your outcomes or research results please complete an abstract and send it to tina.granger@nicholls.edu prior to March 2. Check your email for guidelines.

Organizations: Donate the Most School Supplies for Cash Prizes

Get Your Impossible Creole Burger Starting March 5

Michael Gautreaux's Father, Former Sen. Passes Away

PETSM Professor Michael Gautreaux’s father, former Senator Dudley Anthony “Butch” Gautreaux, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 22. The funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, at Sacred Heart Church in Morgan City. He served in the state legislature for the area for more than 15 years, 1996 to 2000 in the house and 2000 to 2012 in the senate. 

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

Sign Up Today for SGA Bus Tour to Whitney Plantation​

Join the Nicholls Student Government Association 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. on Friday, Feb. 28. 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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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.

Tuesday, March 3

Town Hall Featuring Dr. Clune 5:30 to 7 p.m., Cotillion Ballroom
The Student Government Association invites you to ask questions at a town hall featuring President Dr. Jay Clune and members of his administration. Topics include fees, capital outlay projects, wifi and printer program. Reception at 5:30 p.m. with the meeting to follow in the Cotillion Ballroom.

Nicholls Baseball vs. Valparaiso 6 to 9 p.m., Didier Field
Nicholls will host the Crusaders during a mid-week matchup. So far this season, Dillon Belle and Brayden Jobert have led the Colonels in hitting.

Wednesday, March 4

Catapult Health Clinic 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mardi Gras Suite
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana and the Office of Group Benefits has engaged Catapult Health to provide onsite Preventive Health Checkups. To sign up for this clinic, or find a date and location that works best for you, click here or call 1-877-841-3058.

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.

Women in the Media 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., LeBijou Theater
The Nicholls Radio-Television Digital News Association’s annual Women in the Media provides insight of modern day women in the mass communication field as part of women appreciation month.

Nicholls Men’s Basketball vs. McNeese 7 to 9 p.m., Stopher Gym
Come cheer on the Colonels as they host the Cowboys in the final game of the regular season. Nicholls looks to end its season on a hot-streak heading into the Southland Conference Tournament.

Thursday, March 5

Bonnie Bourg Lecture Series 10:30 a.m. to Noon, LeBijou Theater
Journalist and author Tina DeSalvo Callais will discuss her experiences in journalism and as a sportscaster in a time when women didn’t work in the field. The 1982 Nicholls Hall of Fame inductee’s presentation is titled “Nothing is Off Limits.” The lecture series is free and open to the public.

Women of Achievement Luncheon Noon to 1:30 p.m., Bollinger Suite
The annual Women of Achievement awards celebrate the accomplishments the women of Nicholls make in their fields. Awards are given for a faculty or staff member, student and community member. Reservations for the luncheon are $20. For more information, contact Amanda Fremin at amanda.fremin@nicholls.edu or call 448-4022.

Friday, March 6

Saturday, March 7

Brian Woods — Beethoven 250 7:30 to 9 p.m., Danos Theater
Brian Woods will perform three sonatas including the “Hammerklavier” Sonata at 7:30 p.m. An up-and-comer in the classical music scene, Woods will take part in several Beethoven 250 celebrations this year. 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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