It’s all over the newspapers. It’s being talked about on every social media platform. And there is likely something about it in your inbox. I’m talking about COVID-19, or coronavirus. 

There are not yet any confirmed cases of coronavirus in Louisiana – despite what some text messages might say. But we know it’s coming. There have been confirmed cases in Houston and Memphis. Louisiana will be soon. 

Here at Nicholls State University, our people are our most important assets. That means that campus safety is our top priority. While we can’t stop the spread of the coronavirus, we can make sure that we are prepared and take steps to help minimize the spread. 

To do that, we have stayed in constant communication with state and regional officials. We are evaluating all advisories posted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And we are closely following the recommendations of the University of Louisiana System. That includes discouraging Nicholls-related travel to foreign countries and encouraging our faculty, staff and students to approach any personal travel with the same level of caution. 

I know that spring break is just around the corner and we’re not asking you to stay home because we want to ruin the fun. We want you to make wise, healthy choices.

It also includes preparing in case any of our students or our community are quarantined. Even during times like this, we are prepared to continue advancing the education of our community.  

In the meantime, visit this CDC page dedicated to the virus and educate yourself on the resources available. And don’t forget to take precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the virus, such as staying home if you are feeling ill, washing your hands and not touching your face. 

And if you aren’t sure how long you need to wash your hands, just sing the Nicholls fight song.

Finance Professor Comments on Local Oil Outlook

Nicholls finance professor Dr. Shari Lawrence spoke to the Houma Times about the impact of the oilfield industry and recent stock market dip on the local economy. 

2020 Woman of Achievement Award Winners Honored for Campus Impact

Nicholls State University recognized an advocate for campus women and veterans, the student body president and a former professor as the 2020 Women of Achievement Award winners. 

Dinner of the Century Offers Guests Chance to Feast Like a King

The Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University invites you to feast like a king this spring at their annual Dinner of the Century fundraiser. 

James Beard Nominated Author, Filmmaker to Visit Nicholls Campus

New Orleans historian and filmmaker Justin Nystrom will offer a unique look into the culture of the Big Easy with a film screening and book reading at Nicholls State University on Tuesday, March 24.

Daily Comet: Nicholls seeks volunteers for Bayou Lafourche Cleanup

Nicholls State University asking students, faculty and staff members to volunteer in an annual effort to remove trash from Bayou Lafourche.

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

Welcome to Nicholls:
Keith Carroll began as an IT client support specialist for Information Technology (March 2).
Kobi Lombes began as an electrician master for Maintenance (March 2).

Join the SGA for Trip to ULS Day at the Capitol

The Nicholls Student Government Association is sponsoring two busses to the University of Louisiana System Day at the Capitol. The event will be from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31. The day will include academic displays, performances, a spirit competition, lunch prepared by our own Chef John Folse Culinary Institute and a program featuring Governor John Bel Edwards. For more information or to sign up, visit here.

SPA President Election Scheduled, 2020-21 SGA Officers Announced

The Spring Online Elections, set for March 24-26, will feature two candidates seeking the Student Programing Association president position. Kirsten Angelette and Amari Williams vie for the post. The election will also include the finalists, announced below, for Mr. and Ms. Nicholls. Results will be announced at Crawfish Day on April 23.

Congratulations to the SGA and SPA officers who ran unopposed: SGA president-elect Ethan Naquin, SGA vice president-elect Sydney Matherne and SPA vice president-elect Adella Guidroz.

Mr. and Ms. Nicholls Finalists Announced

Student Government Announces Office Changes

Mr. Tyler Legnon will serve as vice president for the remainder of the academic year and was sworn in on March 2, 2020. The SGA Senate voted to appoint Ms. Sydney Matherne as the vice president pro-tempore for the remainder of the term. Mr. Markaylen Wiltz has served as vice president since last May. His contributions have been impactful for the student body and we wish him well in all of his endeavors.

Join Ceramics Club for Visiting Artist Presentation

Let's Get Quizzical With Nicholls Honors For Charity

Nominate Faculty for Work Outside of Classroom

Feel like someone is going above and beyond with their work outside of the classroom? The Office of Student Affairs’ Apple Awards are here to recognize that work. Students, student organizations, faculty and staff can nominate teaching faculty for this work. The final selection is by a committee of students, faculty and staff. The awards will be presented at Convocation on Aug. 12. Deadline for nominations is March 27. Awards include: Outstanding Faculty Advisor of a Student Organization; Outstanding Faculty Mentor; Outstanding Faculty Support for Student Activities; and Student Affairs Faculty Merit Awards. Forms are available here

Spring 2020 Commencement Announced

The 106th Commencement is scheduled for Saturday, May 16, in the Stopher Gymnasium. There will be three sessions: 

  • 9 a.m., Colleges of Nursing and Sciences and Technology
  • Noon, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences and the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute
  • 3 p.m., Colleges of Business Administration and Liberal Arts

Watch Nicholls Players Explore Beethoven in 33 Variations

Nicholls to Host Bayou Mental Health Awareness Conference

Get Served Breakfast in the Evening by Faculty and Enjoy Games

Colonels Cheerleaders Selected to UCA Camp Staff

Nicholls Cheer Team members Erin Baudoin, a sophomore from Raceland, and Tyler Albritton, a junior from Albany, were selected to be staff members of the largest cheerleading camp in the world. The Universal Cheerleaders Association staff members have the opportunity to travel throughout the country teaching camps and training cheerleaders of all ages and skill levels.

Nicholls Biology 575 Class Visits Sites Along The River

Nicholls Biology graduate students traveled to locations along the Mississippi River to see how approximately 1 million cubic feet per second is distributed between the Atchafalaya River and Bayou Lafourche. Locations included the Bayou Lafourche Freshwater District standpipes in Donaldsonville, the LSU Center for River Studies in Baton Rouge and the Sidney Murray Jr. Hydroelectric Station in Vidalia. Students included Ben Bates, Jesse Dubose, Coral Foster, Thea Frederickson, April Simmons and Lexi Woods.

ULS Releases Guidelines for COVID-19

University Health Offers HIV Tests

Decorate Your Own Sleep Mask with Nicholls Health

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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

Voya Retirement Planning Presentation and Sessions 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lafitte Room
Voya Financial’s John Desselle will host two 20 minute presentations on account consolidations and retirement readiness at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. He will have individual appointment times available from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and 2:30 to 4 p.m. Please email him at jdesselle@voyafa.com.

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.

Monday, March 16

AAUW’s Rosie the Riveter Photos 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Student Union
Stop by the Union as the American Association of University Women will have the tools available for you to snap a photo as the iconic Rosie the Riveter.

Tuesday, March 17

Nicholls Women’s Tennis vs UMass 2 to 5 p.m., Colonel Tennis Complex
Come cheer on the Colonels as they face UMass on the courts.

BWLA Zumba on the Wood 5 to 7 p.m., Student Union
The Black Women Leadership Association will host a Zumba workout on the deck of the student union to promote healthy lifestyle choices. 

Biology Presents: Dr. John Postlethwait 5 to 7 p.m., Peltier Auditorium
The Department of Biology is offering the opportunity to hear an internationally-known biologist speak. University of Oregon professor Dr. John Postlethwait is known for pioneering genetics research using zebrafish as a model.

Wednesday, March 18

Scholars Expeaux 2020 Poster Viewing 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Student Union
Come by the Ballroom on Wednesday to check out the work of Nicholls’ student researchers. A total of 58 students put in work on topics including drones, oil prices, Cajun culture and NFL branding. The day’s events also includes the art exhibition reception and awards at 2 p.m. in the Ameen Gallery, the Humanities Symposium in the Bollinger Suite from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; a Mosaic sneak peek in the Bollinger Suite at 5:15 p.m.; and a short documentary film screening at 1:30 p.m. in the LeBijou Theater.

SPA Meeting 3 to 5 p.m., Leaders Suite
Did you know that every fee-paying student is a member of the Student Programming Association? The SPA invites you to their weekly meetings where some of the most highly-anticipated on campus events are planned.

“Coco” Movie Screening 6:30 to 9 p.m., LeBijou Theater
Haven’t seen Disney’s Coco yet? The Spanish Club is providing a free viewing of the movie in Spanish with English subtitles. 

Thursday, March 19

Scholars Expeaux 2020 Poster Viewing 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Student Union
Come by the Ballroom on Wednesday to check out the work of Nicholls’ student researchers. A total of 58 students put in work on topics including drones, oil prices, Cajun culture and NFL branding. The day’s events also include a presentation by research guest speaker Dr. John Postlehwait at 10 a.m.; and the annual awards ceremony in the ballroom at 4:30 p.m.

Languages and Literature Open House 10:30 a.m. to Noon, Peltier Auditorium
Faculty will be available to answer questions about majors, minors, and concentrations in the department, as well as course offerings for Fall 2020. The event will include faculty and/or student representation for departmental clubs and organizations, in addition to announcements regarding forthcoming events and publications.

Nicholls Women’s Tennis vs. UTEP 2 to 5 p.m., Colonel Tennis Complex
Come Cheer on the Colonels as they host the University of Texas at El Paso.

Nicholls Players Presents 33 Variations 7 to 9 p.m., Danos Theater
The Nicholls Players are getting into Beethoven’s 250th Birthday Celebration with 33 Variations, a play by Moises Kaufman. The play, which switches between the past and present, explores the journey of musicologist Katherine Brandt as she seeks to understand why Beethoven was compelled to create 33 distinct variations  on a simple theme. Tickets ($15 for the general public and $7 for students) are cash only at the door, which opens an hour prior.

Friday, March 20

Scholars Expeaux 2020 Cooking Demo 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ledet Culinary Building
By reservation only, drop by the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute to view cooking demonstrations and research presentations.

Nicholls Men’s Tennis vs. Abilene Christian 1 to 4 p.m., Colonel Tennis Complex
Come cheer on the men’s tennis team as they take on Abilene Christian.

Nicholls Softball vs. Central Arkansas Doubleheader 5 to 9 p.m., Swanner Field
Come cheer on the Colonels in this doubleheader against Southland foe Central Arkansas. Nicholls is 12-2 at home against the Lady Bears.

Scholars Expeaux Performance Arts Concert and Awards 7 to 8:30 p.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church
Join the department of music at St. John’s as students put on performance arts concerts and stay for the awards ceremony.

Saturday, March 21

Nicholls Softball vs. Central Arkansas Noon to 2 p.m., Swanner Field
Come cheer on the Colonels in this game against Southland foe Central Arkansas. Nicholls is 12-2 at home against the Lady Bears.

Nicholls Players Presents 33 Variations 7 to 9 p.m., Danos Theater
The Nicholls Players are getting into Beethoven’s 250th Birthday Celebration with 33 Variations, a play by Moises Kaufman. The play, which switches between the past and present, explores the journey of musicologist Katherine Brandt as she seeks to understand why Beethoven was compelled to create 33 distinct variations  on a simple theme. Tickets ($15 for the general public and $7 for students) are cash only at the door, which opens an hour prior.

Sunday, March 22

Nicholls Players Presents 33 Variations 2 to 4 p.m., Danos Theater
The Nicholls Players are getting into Beethoven’s 250th Birthday Celebration with 33 Variations, a play by Moises Kaufman. The play, which switches between the past and present, explores the journey of musicologist Katherine Brandt as she seeks to understand why Beethoven was compelled to create 33 distinct variations  on a simple theme. Tickets ($15 for the general public and $7 for students) are cash only at the door, which opens an hour prior.

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