I want to thank everyone who has continued to follow our guidelines on returning to campus safely. But if we want to fully return to the Nicholls Experience we know and love, we can’t get complacent. We must stay vigilant in protecting each and every member of our community.

Safety is our top priority, and we share in Gov. John Bel Edwards’ alarm at the spike in cases in recent weeks. That is why we now require that every member of the Nicholls community wear a mask in public spaces around campus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend cloth face coverings as a way to slow the spread of the virus by decreasing the chance that individuals infected with the virus spread it to others.

So what is a public space? It’s our buildings, bathrooms and hallways. It’s walking across campus. The only time it is acceptable to remove your mask is when you are in your office or your office suite.

We can accomplish so much when we work together. If you need proof, look no further than the Summer 2020 issue of The Colonel. In these pages are stories of students stepping up to the plate after their semester was interrupted, student services that continued to make an impact despite not working in person and faculty who worked with their classes and technology to deliver an engaging educational experience, even from afar. 

I believe that because of the actions we have taken to sanitize and clean our spaces, that we can return to campus safely. I just need your help. Avoid large crowds. Wash your hands regularly. Stay six feet apart. And please wear your mask. #MaskUp

Houma Courier: Alum Garyland Wallis runs for Judge

Houma attorney Garyland Wallis announced he is running for a district judge seat in Terrebonne Parish in the Nov. 3 election. Wallis graduated from Nicholls State University in 1981 and returned as a professor of legal studies from 1991 to 2007.

Daily Comet: Nicholls Alum tapped as Vandebilt Principal

Ginny Medina-Hamilton has been named principal of Vandebilt Catholic High School in Houma. She earned her master of education degree with a specialization in educational leadership from Nicholls in 2015.

Nicholls Alum Named Principal of Lafayette School

Roneka Coleman has been named the principal of S.J. Montgomery Elementary School. The 14-year educator holds a bachelor’s from Nicholls.

Welcome to Nicholls:
Stephanie Baran will begin as an instructor for social sciences (Aug. 5).
Katherine Galloway will begin as an instructor for Biological Sciences (Aug. 5).
Hunkar Yesilyurt will begin as an assistant professor of Biological Sciences (Aug. 5).
Jonathan Terrell began as the athletic director for Athletics (July 6).

Changes:
Jeanne Hamner from assistant professor to assistant professor and simulation coordinator for Nursing (Aug. 5).
Esra Yilmaz from assistant professor of geomatics to assistant professor of geomatics and department head of applied sciences for Applied Sciences (Aug. 5).

English, Art History Students Release Essays through Chênière

The fourth installment of Chênière was released by the Department of English, Modern Languages, and Cultural Studies. Five students tackled topics that included art history, film and early American literary studies. Subjects included Faulkner and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. 

Employee Service Awards to be held Virtually on July 16

The Employee Service Awards will be celebrated virtually at 2 p.m. on  Thursday, July 16. Please save the date and join the celebration of our employees and recent retirees. Additional details will be announced at a later date on how to connect to view the program.

Fall Scholarships Available

Scholarships for the Fall 2020 semester are availableThe deadline date is Friday, July 24. Contact the Scholarship Office at 448-4411 if you have any questions.

Students: SGA Seeking Applications for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council

The Student Government Association is seeking applicants for five at-large positions open to students seeking to contribute to the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council’s mission. 

The council’s mission is to foster an environment of awareness, acceptance and collaboration among student leaders on campus. The council aims to represent the rich diversity of Nicholls and seeks to empower underrepresented students to reach their fullest potential. 

If interested, click here to apply.

Parking Applications Available

The online registration period for parking applications is open. Click here to register. 

Chemistry Professor Has Research on Water Contamination Sensors Published

Assistant Professor of Physics Dr. Himanshu Verma published an article in AIP Advances June 2020 edition. The article’s title is “Cobalt ferrite nanoparticle intercalated carbon nanotubes for a nanomagnetic ultrasensitive sensor of Cr-VI in water.” The research shows a method to detect a toxin, which may lead to cancer, occurring in natural water. Further, the development of this sensor can be useful in purifying water.    

Nominations Sought for Awards

The Mamie Bourgeois Memorial Award and Outstanding Trade Award are also seeking nominations. 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. The deadline has been extended to Tuesday, July 7.

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