The Student Programming Association’s goal is to increase student engagement and keep students entertained throughout the school year. This semester, the SPA’s top priority is keeping students safe on campus. Although this semester will look different, we will ensure the safety of students during in-person events on campus. We will follow all state and university guidelines.

We kicked off this semester with our first event, Gleaux Colonels, a Saturday night game of laser tag. To ensure student safety, masks were required and we had a health screen at the main entrance. We provided a space for teams to social distance while waiting for their game to begin. At the end of each game, the laser tag equipment was sanitized before the next team was allowed to enter the gaming area. This event was a total success! We received a very positive response from the students who attended. 

While some events will be held in-person, most will be hosted virtually. We are excited to experience new virtual events such as Netflix Watch Parties and Virtual Bingo. Having these virtual events will allow students to still participate from the safety of their homes.

Also, we plan on doing “drive-throughs” for some of our tables in the union. Instead of being able to make something at our union table, students will receive a DIY kit to bring home and do themselves. 

Our students’ safety is of utmost importance, and we are more than willing to provide entertainment in any capacity that makes our students feel comfortable and connected. We have been working so hard to come up with creative and innovative ways to ensure that we provide entertainment for the entire student body, no matter what challenges this semester may bring.

Houma Times: Nicholls leans on ‘Colonel family’ sentiment as students return to campus for fall semester

It’s been over 149 days since students at Nicholls State University packed up their books and moved to remote learning for what would become the remainder of the spring 2020 semester, but who’s counting?

Houma Times: Nicholls Foundation Receives Largest Bequest Agreement for Scholarships, Professorships

The Nicholls Foundation is pleased to announce that James and Mary Alice Van Sickle (BA ‘66) have created a bequest from their estate that will produce 10 endowed professorships and 10 or more scholarships.

Houma Times: Nicholls Digital Magazine Places in Top 20 in ‘Pulitzer’ of College Journalism

A Nicholls State University Department of Mass Communication class project placed 20th in a national multimedia competition.

Nicholls Recognizes Teaching Excellence, Announces Endowed Professorships at Convocation

Nicholls Chemistry Department Head Dr. Kaisa Young received the Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence during University Convocation Wednesday, Aug. 5. 

Nicholls Nursing Alum Earns Ochsner’s Rookie of the Year

Ochsner Medical Center – New Orleans named Nicholls Nursing alum Kim Gooden their Rookie of the Year for her frontline work during COVID-19.

Nicholls International Student Earns National Scholarship

Nicholls geomatics junior Ashish Pandey has earned a scholarship from his field’s professional organization, the National Society of Professional Surveyors Foundation. 

Houma Courier: Former professor, Thibodaux crop consultant receives state honor

Calvin Viator, an agricultural crop consultant from Thibodaux, has been inducted into the Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction. He taught agricultural classes at Nicholls for 30 years

Welcome to Nicholls:
Andrea Sonnier as a case manager for student affairs (Aug. 17).
Taylor Mason as an adjunct for the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute (Aug. 5).
Alice Roth as an adjunct instructor for English, modern languages and cultural studies (Aug. 10).
Dan Yang as an assistant professor of economics for business administration and CIS (Aug. 10).

Changes:
Ray Giguette from associate professor for interdisciplinary studies to associate professor of computer science for mathematics (Aug. 5).
Lori Richard from assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies/coordinator of general education and at-risk assessment to assistant professor of teacher education (Aug. 5).
Kristina Allemand from associate professor/interim department head for interdisciplinary studies to associate professor of teacher education (Aug. 5).

Ready for Week Two of Colonel Fest?

Nominate Juniors and Seniors for Colonel Leaders and Scholars Award

Please nominate deserving juniors and seniors for the Colonel Leaders and Scholars Award. The award recognizes our highest achievers in both academics and co-curricular activities. Students nominated should have at least a 2.5 GPA.

The nomination form may be found here. Nominations may be made by a student organization, a department or an individual faculty or staff member. The nomination forms must be submitted by Friday, Aug. 28.

When a student is nominated, he or she must complete the “Co-Curricular Activity Reporting Form.” This form is available here. Instructions are available on the Student Affairs website. This form must be returned to student affairs by Wednesday, Sept. 10.

Blood Drive Set for Aug. 26-27

Vitalant is now testing blood donations for covid-19 antibodies. They will be in front of the Student Union from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 26 and Thursday, Aug. 27. Please come to your donation with a face covering that covers both your nose and mouth.

To save time, you can complete your Fast Track Health History questionnaire on your computer or mobile device before you come to the drive. The health history must be completed the same day you donate. 

Moodle Training Being Offered

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