In March 2018, I was honored to win the Woman of Achievement Award in the Faculty/Staff category. A plaque commemorating the honor sits propped atop the highest cabinet in my office. It faces the doorway so that anyone who stops by can see it — if they look. I hope they do. 

I’m proud of that award. Proud to have been nominated by my department chair in 2018, Dr. Ellen Barker. Proud she saw in me a woman worthy enough to follow the generous, talented, and prestigious women who had been presented the award in the past (among them, my colleague in the Department of English, Modern Languages, and Cultural Studies, Dr. Michele Theriot, someone I truly admire and hope to emulate in my teaching methods). 

And yet, when I go back and re-read the qualifications for winning the award, I can’t help but wonder how I deserved it. Included in the requirements: “Her achievements contribute to future opportunities for other women” and “She contributes to the historical legacy of women.” Contributes to the historical legacy of women? I teach creative writing — character, plot, point-of-view. How can teaching someone how to write a story add to the rich legacy of important and powerful women in this country? Women who have paved the way for someone like me, an unremarkable girl from Mississippi with a big mouth and a love of books, to actually attend college, graduate with multiple degrees, and work in a field dominated, not so long ago, by men. Surely, those are the real “women of achievement.” 

But there that plaque still sits, opposite my framed diplomas. And sometimes — when a student writes me a note of gratitude, or when the student editors of Mosaic, the literary magazine I oversee, grow particularly excited because the placement of a mere comma changes the meaning of a sentence, I feel proud. I feel deserving. 

I hope the 2020 winner of this award feels the same. I hope she is moved to tears, as I was, when my name was announced at the 2018 luncheon. And I hope a crowd of her colleagues and peers will be there, as they were there for me, to witness it.



Solomon David Goes Full Circle, Featured in NWF's Ranger Rick

Nicholls professor Dr. Solomon David was featured in National Wildlife Federation’s Ranger Rick Magazine for a story on garfish. Ranger Rick magazine is a popular children’s publication, and it introduced Dr. David to gars 30 years ago. “This was a great opportunity for me to come full circle with a story on gars that will hopefully help inspire a new generation of nature-lovers, perhaps even gar scientist,” he said. Estimated circulation of the magazine is over 700,000 kids nationwide.

Volunteers Needed for the 2020 Bayou Lafourche Cleanup

Nicholls State University is calling on the community to volunteer in an annual effort to remove trash from Bayou Lafourche. 

Alum, Author to Speak at Bonnie Bourg Lecture Series

Nicholls State University will celebrate Women’s History Month with the 2020 Bonnie Bourg Lecture Series and Women’s History Month Luncheon on Thursday, March 5. 

Ameen Art Gallery Hosts Public Lecture by New Orleans-Based Professor

A New Orleans artist will offer insight into his work during a lecture at Nicholls State University next week.

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. 

Daily Comet: Alum Featured in Pastor Spotlight

The Daily Comet did a Q&A with John Paul “J.P.” Cox II. He is a 2003 political science graduate of Nicholls.

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

Welcome to Nicholls:
Steven Boudreaux began as a custodian for Housing Operations (Feb. 26).
Kelly Larousse began as an administrative coordinator for the College of Science and Technology (March 2).
Stacy Sparks began as an administrative assistant for the College of Business Administration (March 2).

Kade Smith from data analyst to assistant director of Institutional Research (Feb. 22).
Bonnie Templeton from was promoted to administrative assistant for the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute (Feb. 26).

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 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.

Geaux Colonels! Men's Basketball Offers Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night

Join Mass Communication for Women in the Media Panel

Nicholls State Radio, Television and Digital News Association will be hosting their annual Women in the Media Panel at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4 in Le Bijou Theatre. We will have representatives from all over Louisiana to represent the Mass Communications Department. This event is held in honor of March being Women’s History Month. The event is free and open to the public.

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Professor Publishes Second Book

Dr. Raj Boopathy, Alcee Fortier Distinguished Service Professor of Biological Sciences, along with two coauthors from Argentina and Malaysia published his second book, “Valorisation of Agro-Industrial Residues-Volume I: Biological Approaches” by Springer Nature Publishers, London, UK. In 2017, Dr. Boopathy published his first book.

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 448-4411 if you have any questions.

Faculty and Staff: Nominate Your Student Employee

The Student Employee of the Year Award honors student employees who have displayed hard work, outstanding character, and unselfish service throughout their assignment period while maintaining a good grade point average.

An Overall Student Employee of the Year will be awarded a $300 scholarship while the Student Support Category Winner will receive a $200 scholarship. Nominate here by March 13. The ceremony will be held on April 23 during Student Employee Appreciation Week.

Boiled Shrimp Plate During Lenten

Come Get Your Fresh Farm Goods

Colonels For Life Hosting 5K

Colonels for Life would like to extend an invitation to everyone to come join us at Nicholls State University for the Annual Marsh Mad Dash 5k and fun run at 8 a.m. on March 21. There will be prizes, food and shirts for race participants. We will also have a photo booth, games, face painting for the kids and bake sale treats. All proceeds will benefit the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency to help raise awareness for organ donation. It’s quick and easy to register for the event online. Come out and help give others a second chance at life!

Volunteers Needed to Judge Social Studies Fair

Area high school, junior high and elementary students will be presenting projects  on Thursday, March 12 in anthropology, economics, geography, history, Louisiana history, political science, sociology, etc.

The Office of Continuing Education is asking if you would serve as a judge. Join us at 11 a.m. in the Carnival Room of Bollinger Student Union for judging instructions and lunch provided by Galliano Cafeteria. Judging should conclude no later than 1:30 p.m.

Please confirm your interest by emailing or calling 448-4444.

Going to Graduate? Order Your Cap and Gown Today

For those students who are not able to come into the store during normal business hours, you can place an order for a cap and gown online. Between now and April 30, click here to order and have your regalia shipped directly to you. 

Lafourche School Board Honors Nicholls Education

Members from the Nicholls College of Education and Behavioral Sciences were honored by the Lafourche Parish School Board for earning an exemplary rating on reading preparation for the elementary education program. Nicholls was also honored for receiving national accreditation for three of its Master’s programs. From left to right: Tina Babin, Lafourche Parish School board member; Dr. Tiffany Papa, associate professor; Dr. Alyson Theriot, teacher education department head; Jarod Martin, Lafourche Parish Superintendent; Dr. Scot Rademaker, dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences; Dr. Carmen Broussard, psychology professor; and Dr. Mary Breaud, assistant professor.

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Beta Sigma Iota Invites You to its March General Meeting

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, March 3

SGA 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 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.

Monday, March 9

Get Your Game On 6 to 9 p.m., Cotillion Ballroom
Midterms got you stressed out? The Student Programming Association is hoping to alleviate that with a game day. The event will feature life-size games like Sorry, Twister, Jenga, Connect Four and Checkers. Two Nintendo Wii consoles will also be set up for your enjoyment. In addition, students can enjoy rounds of trivia, board games, card games and a candy bar. 

Tuesday, March 10

Ballroom Dart Fundraiser Noon to 2 p.m., Student Union Front
Come support the Black Women Leadership Association and test your dart throwing skills by popping balloons and winning prizes. Entry is $1.

Nicholls Women’s Tennis vs. Richmond 2 to 5 p.m., Colonel Tennis Complex
The Nicholls Women’s Tennis team will host the Richmond Spiders. 

SPA Festival of Colors 4 to 6 p.m., Calecas Green Space
Come blast your friends with powders and dye them purple, yellow, red, green and other colors as part of the Student Programming Association’s Festival of Colors. The event is inspired by the Hindu holiday Holi, which celebrates the beginning of spring.

Nicholls Baseball vs. Mississippi Valley State 6 to 9 p.m., Didier Field
The Colonels will host Mississippi Valley State for two mid-week games. The time for the second game on Wednesday, March 11 is to be determined. The Colonels are undefeated against the Delta Devils.

Wednesday, March 11

Scholar’s Expeaux Poster Competition and Viewing 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Student Union Front
A showcase of student and faculty research, discoveries and creative activity through podium talks, poster viewing and competition, film screening presentations, demonstrations, etc.

Farmers Market 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Student Union Front
Come by the student union where local farmers will have locally grown and made goods available.

Nicholls Men’s Tennis vs. Northern Illinois 1 to 4 p.m., Colonel Tennis Complex
Join the Colonels as they host the Northern Illinois Huskies.

SPA Meeting 3 to 5 p.m., Leader’s Suite
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.

Creative Writing Series — Comedy Night 5 to 7 p.m., Wild Blue Japanese Kitchen
Share your improv, bad puns, dad jokes, knock-knock jokes, skits and other comedy during a night of laughter and fun with the Creative Writing Club.

SEALS Paint Party 5 to 7 p.m., Student Union
Join SEALS and let your creativity flow as we paint to try and relieve mid-semester stress.

Self Defense Class 6:30 to 8 p.m., Rec Center Group Room B
The NAACP, BWLA and SEALS will host a night of fight. We will be learning important techniques on how to protect yourself and the ones around you.

Thursday, March 12

Nicholls Women’s Tennis vs. Northern Illinois 2 to 4 p.m., Colonel Tennis Complex
Join the Lady Colonels as they host the Northern Illinois Huskies.

Trap Karaoke 5:30 to 8 p.m., LeBijou Theater
Alpha Phi Alpha, Sigma Gamma Rho invites you to battle in groups with trap karaoke, Jeopardy style.

Sara Jeric’s Voice Recital 7:30 to 9 p.m., St. John’s
The Department of Music invites you to watch professor and vocalist Sara Jeric perform at St. John’s. She placed first in the graduate voice category of the Shenandoah Conservatory Soloist Competition, and received her first international win at the Inner Mongolia International Classical Music Competition in China.

Friday, March 13

Nicholls Softball vs. Abilene Christian Double Header 5 to 7 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., Swanner Field
The Lady Colonels host Abilene Christian in a doubleheader. The Colonels are 7-2 against in their last 9 matchups against the Lady Wildcats.

Nicholls Baseball vs. Central Arkansas 6 to 9 p.m., Didier Field
Nicholls hosts Central Arkansas in the team’s first home Southland Match. The Colonels are 10-5 against the Bears at home.

Saturday, March 14

SAE’s Donut Dash 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Rec Center
Donut Dash will consist of two races that will occur simultaneously. One will be a normal 5K. The other will be a 5K where the runners stop to eat donuts.

Nicholls Softball vs. Abilene Christian Noon to 2 p.m., Swanner Field
The Lady Colonels host Abilene Christian. The Colonels are 7-2 against in their last 9 matchups against the Lady Wildcats.

Nicholls Baseball vs. Central Arkansas 6 to 9 p.m., Didier Field
Nicholls hosts Central Arkansas in the team’s first home Southland Match. The Colonels are 10-5 against the Bears at home.

Sunday, March 15

Phi Mu Dodge A Paluza 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Callais Gymnasium Floor
Come play and enjoy dodge ball all day! Make a team, and compete to win a special prize. Please see the ladies of Phi Mu for any questions. Entry is $15 per person for team play and $5 per spectator. Team entry cost includes food, drink and shirt. Door prizes and activity tickets are available for purchase.

Nicholls Men’s Tennis vs. Xavier 1 to 4 p.m., Colonel Tennis Complex
Join the Colonels at the tennis complex as they host Xavier University.

Nicholls Baseball vs. Central Arkansas 2 to 5 p.m., Didier Field
Nicholls hosts Central Arkansas in the team’s first home Southland Match. The Colonels are 10-5 against the Bears at home.

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