The Courier: Women in STEM: Nicholls professors work to make science more inclusive

At Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, women are working to help tear down roadblocks they have had to overcome themselves in science, technology, engineering and math.

Nicholls Named Third Provider for Leading Educational Technology Certification

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has officially certified Nicholls State University as the third higher education institution to provide the ISTE Certification for Educators.

Nicholls History Degree Named Top 15 Nationally named Nicholls State University’s bachelor’s in history one of the best in the country in a recently released ranking. 

Welcome to Nicholls:
Kaci Bergeron, as an administrative assistant for the Student Access Center (April 6).
Austin Raymond, as an accounting technician for the Controller’s Office (April 6).

Abram Washington, was promoted as a custodian (March 30).

Elaine Yodis, as an associate professor for history and geography after 30 years and 9 months (May 15).
K. Christopher Rachal, as an associate professor for psychology after 19 years and 9 months (May 16).
Joanne Morvant, as a custodian after 23 years and 7 months (April 2).

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SGA Sponsoring Blood Drive Set for Next Week

The Blood Center is hosting a blood drive next week in front of the student union. All donations will be screened for COVID-19 antibodies to find potential donors. Each donor will receive a free T-shirt. Walk-ins are welcome.

Voya Financial Advisor Available to Staff

John Desselle from Voya Financial will be available to staff for two days in April. This can include personal one-on-one virtual ZOOM and regular phone call meetings. The dates are Wednesday, April 7 and Thursday, April 22.

Please use TimeTap to schedule an appointment from 9 AM to 4:30 PM. 

You can discuss with Desselle how to enroll in the 403b  supplemental retirement account, talk about your retirement readiness, transfer old accounts, talk about DROP or ORP accounts and ask any retirement readiness questions.

His number is (504) 376-4652 and email is

Congrats to Scholars Expeaux Winners

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs held its 16th annual Scholars Expeaux, celebrating Nicholls’ student and faculty research. More than 50 students competed in an undergraduate and graduate virtual poster competition, humanities symposium, an art exhibition, a short narrative film screening, culinary arts, and a performing arts concert. Twenty-three faculty participated in showcasing their scholarly research. View these awarded scholarly works and more here.

Graduate Poster Competition:

  • 1st place – Rachel Gouaux (Nursing)
  • 2nd place – Alexandra Woods (Biology)
  • 3rd place – Megan Ebling (Nursing)

Undergraduate Poster Competition:

  • 1st place – Malik Weber (Business Administration and Computer Information Systems)
  • 2nd place – Adella Guidroz (Biology)
  • 3rd place – Drew Tabor (Geomatics)
  • 4th place – Sandesh Sharma (Business Administration and Computer Information Systems)
  • 5th place – Michaela Rowsey (Psychology)

Undergraduate Humanities Symposium

  • 1st place David & Fran Middleton Award – Zoe Cancienne
  • 2nd place – Morgan Dupre
  • 3rd place – Mallory Marse

Undergraduate Short Narrative Film Screening

  • Best of Show – Kathryn Guedry
  • 2nd place – Hanah Guillot
  • 3rd Place – Jamie Currey

Undergraduate Art Exhibition

  • Olivia Chaisson
  • Stephanie Jordan
  • Haley Ledet
  • Nichollas Marchive
  • Christian Shutts

Undergraduate Performing Arts

  • Best of Show – MUSN – Richard Autin
  • Best of Show – MUSV – Darius Scott
  • Best of Show – MUSV – Erin Templet
  • Best of Show – MUSA – Katie Scarlett

Undergraduate Culinary Arts

  • Culinary Presentation Award – Benjamin Mathews

Special Awards

  • Outstanding Poster in Biological Sciences – Brenna Butler (Biology)
  • College of Nursing Student Research Award – Alaina Talley (Nursing)
  • Colonel Chemist Award – Aaron Naquin (Chemistry)
  • Chemistry Faculty Choice Award – Stone Naquin (Chemistry)
  • Best Poster in Visual Arts – April McCartney (Art)
  • Student Research in Education Award – Michaela Rowsey (Psychology)
  • Outstanding Poster in Art – Historical – Rasheeda Reagans (Art)
  • Service Learning Award – Malik Weber (Business Administration and Computer Information Systems)
  • Outstanding Honors Research Award – Ethan Naquin (Biology)
  • Outstanding Honors Research Award (Phi Kappa Phi) – Autumn Andras (Chemistry)
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Research in the Sciences – Stone Naquin (Chemistry)
  • Outstanding Graduate Research in the Sciences – Frederick Davis (Biology)
  • Morris Coats Business Research Award – Malik Weber (Business Administration and Computer Information Systems)
  • Undergraduate Library Research Award – Naurena Williams (Nursing)
  • Inclusive Excellence Award – Coral Foster (Biology)
  • Inclusive Excellence Award – Alexis Kiger (Nursing)
  • Inclusive Excellence Award – Kelli Mejia (History)
  • Inclusive Excellence Award – Tierney Boyd (History)
  • Inclusive Excellence Award – Naurena Williams (Nursing)

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Nicholls Students Win at Louisiana Academy of Sciences

Several Nicholls students took home top awards for presentations on March 12-13 at the Louisiana Academy of Sciences.

First Place Graduate Oral Presentation (Awarded to two Nicholls students as a tie):

  • Coral Foster with mentor Jonathan Willis, the effects of freshwater inundation depth and duration on the growth response and recovery of four marsh foundational species
  • Lexi Woods with mentor Jonathan Willis, interaction of wetland vegetation with microplastics in surface waters.

First Place Graduate Poster

  • Alexandra Alterman with Mentor Tim Clay, baseline population information and habitat usage of box turtles (Terrapene carolina) within the chenier forest on Grand Isle, Louisiana

Agriculture, Forestry, and Wildlife
First Place Graduate Oral Presentation:

  • Benjamin Bates with mentor Gary LaFleur and Quenton Fontenot, comparing abundance of fauna between terraces and a control marsh in a southeast Louisiana restoration project 

First Place Graduate Poster

  • Derek Sallman with mentor Solomon David, a comparison of floodplain restoration sites on the Mississippi River with a focus on gars (Lepisosteidae)

Environmental Science
First Place Undergraduate Oral Presentation

  • Ethan Naquin and mentors Raj Boopathy   and JP Daigle (CJFCI), presence of multi-drug resistant pathogens and antibiotic resistance genes in waterways and sea food populations of rural southeast Louisiana 

Science and Humanities
First Place Undergraduate Oral Presentation

  • Ethan Naquin and mentor John Doucet, Toward Molecular Mechanisms for Historical Houma Indian Curatives

Several Nicholls Faculty helped to organize the Meeting, including the following  members of the LA Academy of Sciences Council:

  • Division of Science and Humanities Director
    Dr. John Doucet
  • Senior Editor of the Proceedings of the LAS Dr. John Doucet
  • Assistant Editor of the Proceedings of the LAS Sarah Bergeron (Chemistry and Physical Sciences)
  • Botany Section Head Dr. Jonathan Willis
  • Environmental Science Section Head Dr. Raj Boopathy
  • University Education Section Head Christie Landry
  • Zoology Section Head Dr. Gary LaFleur

The Alumni Grill Burger of the Month Support Colonel Catholics

Peer Tutor and Writing Coach Positions Available

The Tutorial and Academic Enhancement Center is seeking undergraduate peer tutors and writing coaches for the Fall 2021 semester. Qualified applicants should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 and a grade of A or B in or placement in the courses they wish to tutor. To complete an application, interested students can visit our webpage, or they may call 448-4100 for more information.  

Call for Presidential Award for Professional Staff

It is time to call for nominations for the Presidential Award for Professional Staff.

All full-time professional unclassified staff, excluding vice presidents, associate vice presidents, assistant vice presidents, and deans, with at least five consecutive years of professional unclassified service at Nicholls is eligible. Attached for your reviews are the procedures, form for nomination, and a list of eligible staff. Past award recipients are not eligible.

The nomination deadline to submit complete nominations is April 21. All nominations should be submitted in a sealed envelope to the Office of Human Resources, attention Steven Kenney. All nominations will be forwarded to the Presidential Award for Professional Staff Screening Committee, to screen for final recommendation to the president.

Call for Mamie Bourgeois and Outstanding Trades Awards

The Mamie Bourgeois Award and Outstanding Trades Employee Award are two awards given annually that recognize the unwavering optimism and honorable service of two civil service employees at Nicholls. So many civil service employees deserve nomination and you have the power to make it happen. The deadline for all nominations to be submitted to the Office of Human Resources is Monday, April 12. Awards will be presented at the Annual Service Awards Program.

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