Dear Colonel Community, 

Welcome back. I know I speak for everyone when I say that we are looking forward to seeing you on campus again. We are doing everything we can to bring you back to campus in the safest way possible. 

Dr. Clune has written to you about face masks, social distancing, sanitizing, quarantining and various screening checkpoints located across campus. In addition, we are creating socially distanced classrooms with desks spaced 6-feet apart in all academic buildings, moving larger classes to the Cotillion Ballroom and to the newly renovated Shaver Gym, and installing plexiglass on class lecterns.

These strategies are designed to keep the campus and your learning environment as safe as possible. That’s why we require wearing masks both inside and outside buildings and classrooms. But the need for safety precautions extends beyond campus. If we resort to unsafe practices after leaving class and campus, then we put the campus and students and professors at risk the next morning. Therefore, the university encourages you to maintain safe practices on campus as well as off campus at home and in the community.

We are also implementing HyFlex as a new mode of course delivery. Hyflex courses will split the students into groups. If the course is scheduled to meet twice a week, one group is assigned to attend class in person on one day while the other group attends remotely, and the second day, the two groups switch. Nearly 200 faculty participated in professional development activities for delivering HyFlex courses over the summer so that we could create safe, socially distanced classrooms with students meeting face to face with their instructor at least once a week. We believe this course delivery mode will promote student engagement, thus enhance student success and create a sense of normalcy for everyone involved.  

This Monday, Aug. 3, your professors will reach out to you via Moodle email to give you more information about what your class will look like this Fall. At that time, if you are enrolled in a Hyflex course, you will more than likely also receive your assigned days for attending your class face to face as well as your assigned remote days. If you are considered high-risk, please reach out to the Student Access Center at 985-448-4430 to request accommodations. 

If you haven’t already, I strongly urge you to read the Nicholls Return to Campus Plan and visit www.nicholls.edu/COVID-19. The plan details how we will return to campus, and the web page houses our latest updates. 

This is an unprecedented challenge, one that affects every facet of this campus, and the only way we will get through this is together. 

Here’s wishing you a great semester!  Stay safe and mask up.

Geaux Colonels, 

Dr. Sue Westbrook, Provost and VPAA

Houma Times: Nicholls adopts HyFlex learning model for fall semester courses

As the fall semester approaches with new guidelines for social distancing in place, Nicholls State University is adopting a flexible approach to learning that keeps classroom capacities limited while retaining face-to-face engagement. 

Houma Times: Nicholls Biology Professor Receives Grant to Study Diamondback Terrapins

Biology Professor Dr. Timothy Clay (MS ‘09) was awarded nearly $150,000 to study diamondback terrapins and their influence on the Louisiana coast.

Houma Times: Nicholls Faculty Publish Two Collections of Alabama Poet John Martin Finlay

Two Nicholls State University faculty members were co-editors on a pair of books recently published on the works of the late poet John Martin Finlay.

Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Mentions CTAC as signature economic development achievement in State

Announced last fall, the Louisiana Coastal Technical Assistance Center will aid local companies competing for work on state coastal restoration projects as contractors, subcontractors and suppliers.

Daily Comet: Nicholls signs agreement with New Orleans arts school

Graduates from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts will be able to transfer with ease to Nicholls State University thanks to an agreement finalized by the two schools this month.

Welcome to Nicholls:
David Diket as a custodian (July 27).
Steve Boudreaux as grounds mobile equipment operator (July 27).
Sheri Constant as a continuing education instructor for Elementary Mentor Training (July 23).
Yelizaveta Gostev as an art adjunct (Aug. 5).
Alexandria Lawless as a psychology adjunct (Aug. 5).

Changes:
Monique Boudreaux from director of behavior crisis management for student life to professor of psychology (Aug. 5).
Daniel Bloomingdale from visiting instructor to instructor of mass communication (Aug. 5).
Jennifer Plaisance from assistant professor/department head to assistant professor of Allied Health Services (Aug. 5).
Barbara Blake from instructor to instructor/department head for Allied Health Services (Aug. 5).

Retirement:
Constance Naquin as an accounting specialist after 36 years of service (Aug. 14).

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 Offering 40 Free Printings on Campus Printers

Biology Professor's Paper on Water Treatment Published

Dr. Raj Boopathy, Alcee Fortier Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences, published a paper titled “A review of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and their substitutions in full‐scale wastewater treatment plants” in the Journal Environmental Quality Management. Check out the paper here.

Please Remember to Change Out Parking Tag to 2020-21

If you have not already purchased your new parking pass, you can visit University Parking Services in Calecas Hall with valid photo identification. Decals will be issued out of the office beginning Aug. 4.

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. today to discuss the Return to Campus Plan. Join the Town Hall on the SGA’s Facebook page.

Alumni Federation Hosting Giveback Night at Alumni Grill

Click Image for Information on Face Mask Discipline Flow Chart

Faculty and Staff: UL System Creates Book Club for Diversity and Inclusion

The Universities of Louisiana Management & Leadership Institute established a book club focusing on literature that facilitates conversations centered on diversity and inclusion. A book is selected quarterly and participants will lead a virtual discussion open to system faculty and staff. The next meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 8 focusing on the book, “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria” by Beverly Daniel Tatum. 

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.

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