Being a sorority president during a global pandemic has been challenging; however, under different circumstances I might not have been able to see how truly resilient and robust my chapter is. 

Because of what we have been through, we were overjoyed to have won the Carnation Cup recently. For Kappa Eta to be recognized as the top Phi Mu chapter in the U.S. feels incredible because we’ve worked so hard to build our chapter up to what it is today. This award is one of many given out during Phi Mu’s National Convention each biennium. During the convention, Kappa Eta also won the Nelly Hart Prince Academic Programming Award and the Lila Hart Chapmen Scholarship Award. The Carnation Cup takes into consideration the status of your chapter’s academics, membership, finances, operational performance and more. Phi Mu at Nicholls has performed exceptionally well in every one of those areas.

Greek Life has various negative stereotypes, but Kappa Eta defies these misconceptions. In the spring of 2020, Kappa Eta had the highest Greek GPA with a 3.648. We’ve stayed devoted to our philanthropy, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, by raising over $7,000 virtually for the kids even when all campus events were canceled because of COVID-19. Additionally, during the pandemic, we moved our weekly meetings online, and did mental health check-ins regularly to keep our sisterhood strong and connected. 

When I went through recruitment, I could not have known how much of an impact being in a sorority would come to have on me. Between the opportunities and support it provides, Greek Life gives endless benefits to its members not only in college but also after they graduate. Joining Greek Life at Nicholls has been the best decision I’ve made in college!

Professor Quoted in National Geographic on Alligator Gar

Nicholls professor Dr. Solomon David spoke with National Geographic about how hunting the biggest alligator gar might contribute to loss of the “size” gene from the species.

Houma Courier: Oil company’s $400,000 donation helps renovate Nicholls dorms

A $400,000 donation from BHP Petroleum will help add more dorm rooms in preparation for the fall semester at Nicholls State University.

Nola.com: Nicholls Alum Named Jefferson Parish Superintendent

James Gray earned his master’s degree from Nicholls State University.

Dr. David Comments on Accidental Creation of "Liger" Fish in New York Times

Hungarian researchers accidentally created a hybrid between the Russian sturgeon and the American paddlefish, two fossil fish species. The New York Times talked to several aquatic ecologists including Dr. Solomon David about the phenomenon.

Welcome to Nicholls:
Amie Chauvin as a visiting instructor of nursing (Aug. 5).
Rhonda Gros as an instructor of nursing (Aug. 5).
Patricia Ritchie as an instructor of nursing (Aug. 5).

Changes:
Barbara Blake from instructor of speech to instructor of health sciences for Allied Health Sciences (Aug. 5).

Student Wins 2020 Delta Zeta Florence Hood Miner Award

Tabitha Tabb, a teacher education senior from Montz, has received the Florence Hood Miner Award.

Miner was the national vice president, editor of The LAMP of Delta Zeta, and held other national offices. The award is given to members of Delta Zeta who in their junior year made the greatest contribution to their college, chapter and Delta Zeta through outstanding leadership on the campus while maintaining a good academic record. 

Recent Grad's Student Research Published in International Journal

Christopher Oubre (BS ’20) published his honors research titled “Effect of Silver Oxide Nanoparticles on Bacteria Isolated from the Gulf of Mexico” in the journal Environmental Quality Management (EQM). His co-author is Dr. Raj Boopathy, Alcee Fortier Distinguished Service Professor of Biological Sciences. The research paper can be found here.

This is his second publication. He published his first paper two years ago. He is currently attending LSU Health Science Center in New Orleans.

The 2020 Employee Service Awards

Academic Affairs Releases Course Delivery Option Information

Nicholls will offer multiple course delivery options this Fall including face-to-face, asynchronous online, synchronous online and HyFlex/Hybrid. Please check Banner to make sure the delivery option meets your needs.

A PDF describing the delivery options is available here.

To check the current delivery mode of your Fall scheduled classes, do the following:

  • Log into BANNER Self Service
  • Click on Registration
  • Click on Active Registrations 

Once you are in Active Registrations look at the Schedule Type:

  • Lecture or lab indicates face-to-face
  • World Wide Web with WWW, WW1 (etc.), WWN, WWP as the course section indicates asynchronous online
  • World Wide Web with 2T, 4M, etc. as the Course Section indicates synchronous online
  • Hybrid Flex and Hybrid indicates a combination delivery mode

Dr. Clune Releases Letter on Postponement of In-Person Commencement

It remains my wish to bring together our spring and summer graduates to celebrate their accomplishments, but as our state and nation grapples with the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic, we are realizing that an in-person, indoor commencement ceremony is not feasible at this time. I must regretfully postpone commencement a second time.  

When I announced the current August dates, I anticipated our state improving and moving into Phase 3 by then. Instead, our state is experiencing a troubling resurgence of infections, including many here in the Bayou Region. 

That increase in cases has also brought on new restrictions. Gov. John Bel Edwards decreased the number of people allowed at an indoor event to no more than 50, which prevents us from holding  a commencement ceremony in Stopher Gymnasium. We explored holding the event outside in Guidry Stadium, but South Louisiana’s extreme heat and humidity – in addition to the threat of the virus –  prevents us from doing so safely. 

In a recent survey, more than two-thirds of our spring and summer graduates indicated they would attend a commencement ceremony held this November. Our hope is that we can hold commencement then. 

To our graduates and their families, it pains me to make this decision. Until that time we can come together and celebrate safety, stay safe, #maskup and Geaux Colonels. 

Jay Clune, President
Nicholls State University
Louisiana’s Coastal University 

Former English Professor Passes Away

Noel Toups, who taught English at Nicholls for more than 30 years, passed away on Wednesday, July 8. Read his obituary here.

Faculty: Check Out July CAFE Workshops

Along with the three available later this month, we are working to schedule more workshops that address topics brought up during the Summer 2020 Hybrid/Hyflex Professional development.

You can view the workshop offerings on the CAFE web page by clicking here.

Campus Emergency Fund Still Available

 Students may continue to apply for assistance by completing the Campus Emergency Fund Request Form located in the Return to Campus section of the Nicholls State University website.

 Examples of assistance that may be requested:

  • ProctorU testing fee
  • Technology needs such as webcams, ethernet cords and adaptors, calculators, etc.
  • Course access codes or software expenses
  • Student living expenses such as medication, rent, utilities, transportation, etc.

Students may also request to borrow a loaner laptop if their current equipment does not support the online learning and testing required by a course.

This fund will not be used for tuition assistance or reimbursement.

Please note, each eligible recipient will be limited to no more than $250 per semester. 

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. 

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