We are counting down the days to your return with both excitement and careful planning. We’ve been hanging around campus all summer staying connected to listen to your thoughts about the fall semester. Our teams are responding with support and engagement pieces that are bursting with Colonel Pride to help ensure your semester is successful. Here are a few highlights:

Join us in the next two weeks for some virtual Nicholls Spirit through the Colonel Countdown and Colonels Connect. Check social media and your email for dates and where you can spend some time in the safety of your own home connecting with other students and with staff for fun, prizes, answered questions, and shared advice about preparing for fall.  

As we countdown together, please keep in mind that choices we make in the next two weeks have a huge impact on our semester. We trust you. We care about you. We’re trusting you to care about each other.  

Please show your Colonel Pride and love over the next two weeks by masking up, maintaining 6 feet between you and others, washing your hands frequently, avoiding crowds and social gatherings. Now is the time to stay home and play cards with your housemates. Binge watch that show you’ve been wanting to see before you get busy with school. Try new recipes with your family. Help your family paint that room they’ve been talking about all summer. 

Choosing these types of activities will reduce your risk of COVID exposure and protect your friends and classmates as well as your faculty and staff. We’re all in this together!  See you soon!

Chauvin Art Studio to Feature Pottery Based on Louisiana Wildlife

The Chauvin Sculpture Garden Art Studio will open the fall semester with a Nicholls grad who has been featured in festivals throughout the South.

Welcome to Nicholls:
Neal Hidalgo as a custodian (July 20).
Kaitlin Arndt as a visiting instructor for Art (Aug. 5).
Kyler Parfait as an officer for University Police (July 22).
Leasha Bartnik as a professional academic adviser for the Advising Center (Aug. 3).

Return to Campus Plan Released

This Fall we face an extraordinary challenge: deliver a high-quality education in the face of a global pandemic. 

This summer we have asked you – our faculty, staff and students – what you needed to return to campus. We consulted the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the University of Louisiana System and our state and local governments. We have taken those questions and those guidelines and used them to create our Return to Campus Plan.


Please take the time to review the plan, as well as our Return to Campus website

SGA to Present Town Hall with Dr. Jay Clune on Return to Campus Plan

The Student Government Association is hosting a Virtual town hall with President Dr. Jay Clune and the administration at 2 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3 to discuss the Return to Campus Plan. Watch for an email from SGA President Ethan Naquin for final details on how the event will be presented.

Colonels Connect Returns

Biology Professors Publish Research on Importance of Crayfish to Bayou Region ecology

The journal Freshwater Crayfish recently published the research of Drs. Chris Bonvillain and Quenton Fontenot. The work is titled “The annual flood pulse mediates crayfish as a major diet constituent of carnivorous fishes in south Louisiana.” 

Drs. Bonvillain and Fontenot examined fish diet data collected over a 12-year period in the Atchafalaya and upper Barataria basins. Their results describe the importance of crayfish in the diets of fishes in the Atchafalaya Basin and highlight the importance of the Mississippi River flood pulse for crayfish production in the Atchafalaya Basin.

The research paper can be found here.

Nicholls SGA Recruiting

Interested in making a difference on Campus? If you answered yes, then Nicholls’ Student Government Association is for you. We encourage a clear and continuous exchange of ideas among students and faculty. Interested students should complete a form located on the SGA website

Freshmen: Want to Help Improve Campus as Senator?

The Student Government Association is seeking candidates interested in serving as freshman senators. The online elections will be Sept. 15 to 17. Interested students should complete a petition located on the SGA website. The deadline to submit petitions is noon, Thursday, Sept. 3.

Parking Applications Available

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

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