Dear Colonels, 

It has been 149 days and 14 hours since we first announced that our classes would be moved online indefinitely. But who’s counting. Welcome back to campus. 

We are still in the midst of a global pandemic, but we are better prepared to provide our academic services in a safe manner. At Nicholls the safety of our people remains our number one priority. 

And while many of our students and faculty have been at home, our staff have never left. We have spent thousands of hours preparing for your arrival, so that you could return to renovated facilities that allow for social distancing. So that we could offer programs adjusted to a Hyflex model of teaching that allows students to have important time in the classroom but in safer numbers.

We have spent the summer testing checkpoints and our new cleaning methods. Our maintenance crew and custodians have installed sanitation stations in buildings across campus. And we have embraced the policies of wearing masks and social distancing. 

We may look different, but we’ll adapt. And we’ll continue to provide the best possible experience, in the safest possible conditions. Welcome to the Fall 2020 semester and Geaux Colonels. 

Dr. Jay Clune 

Nicholls President

Houma Times: Lt. Alex Barnes promoted to Nicholls State University Police Chief

Nicholls State University has announced the promotion of Lt. Alex Barnes to Nicholls State University Police Chief.

Businessman Trey Boucvalt Named For Largest Gift in Nicholls’ History

Nicholls State University Athletics is pleased to announce that former assistant coach and businessman Trey Boucvalt is the donor behind the largest gift in the institution’s history for The Boucvalt Family Athletic Complex.

Art History Professor’s Essay Featured in German Exhibit

An international exhibit published a Nicholls art professor’s essay on an abstract expressionist artist last month.

WGNO: Nicholls Enrollee Wins George Rodrigue Foundation Songwriting Scholarship

The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts awarded $55,000 to Louisiana Students. Vandebilt senior and incoming Nicholls student Emma LeCompte was awarded $5,000 for the songwriting competition. You can listen to her song here.

Houma Times: Ochsner announces COVID-19 testing at Nicholls, Houma Municipal Auditorium

Ochsner Health has announced community COVID-19 testing in the Bayou region on Tuesday, Aug. 11. Testing is available to those age 2 and older who wish to know their COVID-19 status. 

Houma Times: Bayou Industrial Group Awards $24,000 in Scholarships to Ten Local Students

Bayou Industrial Group awarded $24,000 in college scholarships to ten local students, including six attending Nicholls.

Welcome to Nicholls:
Joseph Rinehart as a residence life maintenance repairer (July 27).
Jeremiah Johnson as makerspace director for art (Aug. 1).

Changes:
Kaisa Young from associate professor to associate professor and department head for Chemistry and Physical Sciences (Aug. 5).
Chad Young from associate professor and department head to associate professor for Chemistry and Physical Sciences (Aug. 5).
Cherie Rigaud from HR analyst for Human Resources to administrative coordinator for Business Administration and CIS (Aug. 3).
Monique Crochet from executive director, Alumni and External Affairs to executive director of External Affairs (July 31).
Meryn Olivier from instructor to assistant professor for Nursing (Aug. 5).
Jeanne Chaisson from instructor to assistant professor for Nursing (Aug. 5).
Alaina Daigle from instructor to assistant professor for Nursing (Aug. 5).
Melissa Clay from instructor to assistant professor for Nursing (Aug. 5).
Dianne Richoux from instructor to assistant professor for Nursing (Aug. 5).

We're Ready to Return to Campus

Computer Labs Open for HyFlex Remote Viewing

The University is setting up computer labs where students can participate in their remote courses that fall between any face-to-face courses. These computer labs will include either a PC desktop computer or a Mac, as well as a web camera. Students must supply their own plug-in earphones or earbuds with an integrated microphone as necessary for the individual course.

The following locations are available at this time:

  • Ellender Memorial Library, 1st floor, to the left of the main lobby – 18 computers
  • Library, 3rd floor, multi-purpose Room at the top of the stairwell – 10 computers
  • The Bollinger Sister Suites, at the back of the student union, right outside of ballroom – 14 computers
  • 109 Powell Hall, College of Business Administration – 17 computers

We are in the process of identifying other areas and will update you as soon as they are prepared.

Additionally, each academic college will be identifying classrooms within their buildings that students can use throughout the day for participation in remote courses. These rooms will be clearly identified by signage indicating the times the room is available throughout the day. Students must have their own device to use the WiFi in these rooms. As well, the library has many study areas where WiFi can be accessed on student’s personal devices. Students must supply their own earphones or earbuds that are compatible with their device, with an integrated microphone as necessary for the individual course.

Faculty and Staff: Schedule For Voya Financial Session

Voya Financial Professional John B. Desselle, MBA, is offering virtual meetings via Zoom video or phone calls to Nicholls employees. Use TimeTap to schedule a meeting at your convenience.  

Operation Big Book Bag School Supply Drive

The Sigma Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho is hosting a drive up school supply drive for the Thibodaux community and Nicholls students. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15 in the rec center parking lot. Students are allowed to walk up and receive supplies but encouraged to still keep their distance. Donations are still being accepted and donors can email Kayla Freemon.

Meal Plans Available Through Campus Dining

Happy August, Colonels! No need to stress over what to eat this semester, Nicholls Dining has you covered with its meal plans.

Purchase a Commuter Meal Plan during the month of August and receive $10 Munch Plus! 

Purchase your meal plan HERE!

Support your Nicholls State University Alumni Federation

Not a Nicholls alum? No problem! As faculty and staff of Nicholls State University, you can support your Alumni Federation by becoming a friend of the Alumni Federation for ONLY $35 a year for a single membership and $55 a year for a joint membership! 

Students: SGA Offering Book and Supply Loans, Free Scantrons

The Student Government Association is offering book and supply loans, as well as emergency loans. Interested students should submit their class schedule and book list for verification to the SGA office.

In addition, scantrons and blue books are available for free in the SGA office.

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 are being issued out of the office.

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

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

* Updated with Correct Link

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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