We have all been caught up with the major question, ‘’How will campus look in the fall?’’ It seems like everything changes by the day, a new email is sent by the university, or some new guideline comes out. While we are rapidly adapting to accommodate everyone on campus, here are the key takeaways of how campus will look like in the fall:

  • Sanitation protocols have been implemented across campus.
  • Clear plexiglass shields will go up in classrooms and offices to protect faculty and staff, and hand sanitizer will be accessible in all buildings.
  • When you walk into your new classroom, you will notice that all classrooms will have desks spaced out 6-feet apart.
  • In terms of campus events, social distancing rules will also be enforced, and these guidelines are set forth by the CDC and the ULS System.
  • Currently, at this time, no sports competitions are suspended by the university.
  • Before you enter an academic hall, you will have your temperature taken and asked screening questions before being allowed into the building, and the usage of masks in buildings and common areas will be essential for a safe environment on campus and is required by the university. However, we are hoping that eventually, this may not be required if a vaccine comes out.
  • The Student Government Association recently received 500 cloth masks from the Commissioner of Higher Education that will be handed out to students the first week of school at a later advertised date and time.
  • In terms of the academic environment, HyFlex is being used to create all classes hybrid, which will allow students to be accommodated both in person and virtually simultaneously. This tool will accommodate students that cannot fit in the classroom with the 6-feet guidelines to still experience the classroom in real-time, or if a student is immunocompromised. The hybrid environment will also ensure our international students will remain on our campus.
  • The newly renovated Shaver Gym and the Student Union Ballroom will be repurposed as classrooms for larger classes, sized to fit more students in-person.
  • Lastly, the academic calendar has gone under major revisions this semester. Administration has moved up classes one week to start on Aug. 10. We will retain Labor Day break, one Fall Break, and finals week will commence one week before Thanksgiving Break. That means once we break for Thanksgiving, we are finished with the semester.
  • The CDC expects that is when another surge or spike in virus cases might occur, so the ULS system has mandated that all nine schools finish in-person activities by then. Consequently, we anticipate holding commencement the weekend that finals end to ensure our graduates are able to walk. 

SGA is working around the clock with administration to ensure that we are able to return safely in the fall. Student health remains a top priority. If anyone has any questions for my office, please email me at Remember: things can change at any given notice, so please check your email daily for any updates from the university. 

With Colonel Pride,

Ethan Naquin
SGA President

Houma Courier: Nathan Richard Opens Thibodaux Restaurant

The award-winning chef and Chef John Folse Culinary Institute adjunct professor Nathan Richard has opened Cuvée in his hometown of Thibodaux. 

Houma Times: Nicholls Named Top Sales Program by Business Magazine

Sales Education Foundation has named the Nicholls State University sales program one of the best in North America.

Nicholls Is Proud to Release Annual Issue of Literary Journal Chênière

Nicholls State University students explored topics including William Faulkner and Breakfast at Tiffany’s in the latest issue of the Gulf Coast undergraduate humanities journal, Chênière.

Welcome to Nicholls:
Cassi Fradella began as an administrative assistant for Applied Sciences (July 6).

Karen Cheramie from administrative coordinator for Interdisciplinary Studies to Program Coordinator of Interdisciplinary Studies for English, Modern Languages, and Cultural Studies (July 1).
Cassidy Barrios from women’s basketball intern to assistant women’s basketball coach for Athletics (July 2).
James Bolin from fan engagement intern to athletic operations and facilities coordinator for Athletics (July 6).
Suzanne Carlos from administrative coordinator to College of Business Administration Business Consultant (July 6).

Laura Coogan will retire as an associate professor for Business Administration and CIS after 8 years and 11 months of service to Nicholls (Aug. 1).
David Zerangue will retire as the director of the Academic Services Center after 35 years and 11 months of service to Nicholls (Aug. 9).

Check out Return to Campus Page

The Nicholls Returning to Campus webpage is filled with information like instructions when arriving on campus daily, frequently asked questions and guidelines for everyone’s safety. Information is being updated regularly, so we encourage you to check it as often as necessary.

Deadline Extended for Presidential Award for Professional Staff

Due to COVID-19 and the switch to working remotely, the selection committee would like to extend another opportunity to individuals to submit nominations for the 2020 Presidential Award for Professional Staff.

The deadline for nominations to be submitted to the Office of Human Resources will be extended to Tuesday, July 14 by 1 p.m. Awards will be presented at the Annual Service Awards Program.

Nicholls Phi Mu Chapter Wins Top National Award

Kappa Eta was awarded the highest honor a chapter can receive this past week at Phi Mu’s virtual national convention. They earned the 2020 Carnation Cup for top chapter out of 137 chapters. The chapter also received the Nellie Hart Prince Academic Programming Award, Lila Chapman Scholarship Award and Philomathean Society Award. Congratulations to Kappa Eta for recognition of your hard work!

Middleton, Doucet Edit Books of Late Catholic Poet John Martin Finlay

Professor and Poet-in-Residence emeritus David Middleton and Nicholls Dean of Sciences and Technology John Doucet recently edited two books for publication. The books are “Dense Poems & Socratic Light:” The Poetry of John Martin Finlay (1941–1991) and “With Constant Light:” The Collected Essays and Reviews, with Selections from the Diaries, Letters, and Other Prose of Finlay. Both books are available on Amazon. 

Finlay addresses subjects including the origin of the mind, the relation of mind and matter, the mind and the irrational, the mind and God, the nature of evil, Thomistic theology, philosophical subjectivism, the inscrutability and beauty of the natural world, and primitive religious rituals. Particularly in his later poems, he addresses family life in the South since the early nineteenth century, Indian life in the South, racial and cultural prejudices, the nature of modern war, and the isolation of the serious thinker and the artist in the contemporary world.

Move-In Weekend Aug. 5 to Aug. 9

Move-In Weekend will be Wednesday, Aug. 5, to Sunday, Aug. 9. Please note this schedule could be extended to accommodate distancing measures as recommended by the CDC. 

Each year, students sign up for a check-in time slot to arrive to their residence hall or apartment. We anticipate these check-in time slots will be longer and more spread out. This is for your safety to help reduce the spread of germs and congestion of people. We will send you more logistics about move-in day as the time grows nearer. 

Please Consider Donating to Mom's Pantry

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.

Parking Applications Available

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

Chemistry Professor and Student Publish Work on Compound Synthesis

Nicholls Professor Dr. Uttam Pokharel and student Jonathan Bergeron have had their research published here. The research demonstrates a novel method of synthesizing lactones that are important components in creating antimicrobial, anticancer and antioxidant drugs. 

Nicholls EMBA Student Awarded National Scholarship

Don Sanders, the director of welding technology for Central Louisiana Technical Community College, was named the recipient of the 2020-2021 William Kielhorn Educator Scholarship. It is a national scholarship from the American Welding Society Foundation designed to assist current welding educators improve their knowledge and training skills through continuing education or professional development.

Sanders is enrolled in the Executive Master of Business Administration program.

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