It is said that true success is about working toward meaningful goals and dreams. I knew at a young age that I wanted to serve my community and do my part to make it better. As I began my freshman year of college, I decided law enforcement was going to be the avenue in which to pursue that dream.  It was after my first semester that I decided on the long-term goal of becoming Nicholls State University’s chief of police. 

As a student at Nicholls, I experienced an overwhelming sense of pride and community that was so different from what I had expected. From the minute that I stepped onto campus, I was welcomed and encouraged to join various student organizations. There was something for everyone.  A combination of my involvement in those organizations and a multitude of faculty and staff mentors, many of whom I still have relationships with today, definitely molded my abilities in multitasking, networking and managing a budget. We students were presented with challenges and offered support; this was a way in which those faculty and staff members engaged us. I would say that the way our faculty and staff cares for our students definitely served as my most valuable resource as a student.

Now that I am Nicholls State University’s chief of police, I would like to maintain our commitment to service while moving forward in a direction of “Engagement.”  When I say engagement, I am referring to meaningful contact, building connections and being involved. I want my department to engage. Engage more with students, faculty and the community. Through engagement we can build positive relationships. Those positive relationships can build trust, and with trust comes faith. In moving forward this way, success is the only possibility. Law enforcement cannot succeed without the help of the community. We want to build an even stronger community with healthy relationships and communication where everyone is safe.

Daily Comet: Alum in running for Louisiana Teacher of the Year

Trinette Wallace, who teaches sixth-grade social studies at West Thibodaux Middle School, is one of nine finalists being considered for the Louisiana Teacher of the Year. She received additional certifications including 30 hours in educational leadership training at Nicholls State University.

Daily Comet: Free Coronavirus Testing to be Offered in September

The Louisiana Department of Health and the Louisiana National Guard are partnering to offer free self-swabbing coronavirus testing at Nicholls State University and the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center throughout September beginning Friday. 

The Houma Times: Nicholls Receives Grant for Pantry Programs

The Bayou Community Foundation has awarded an $8,000 grant to Nicholls State University to benefit its food insecurity programs.

Houma Courier: Nicholls Reports Coronavirus Cluster

Nicholls State University President Jay Clune announced that a group of students are being quarantined after possibly being exposed to the coronavirus. 

Welcome to Nicholls:
Tristen Gros as a data processing and database coordinator for the office of development (Sept. 1).
Diane Shavor as a human resources analyst for human resources (Sept. 3).

Alexander Barnes from police lieutenant to director of university police (Aug. 10).
Aimee Hollander from assistant professor to assistant professor/director of the center for teaching excellence for teacher education (Aug. 5).
Nicole Simmons-Rochon from professional academic advisor to professional academic advisor/coordinator of Legacy Leaders for the advising center (Aug. 1).

Academic Affairs Releases Updated Calendar

Nicholls Releases COVID-19 Dashboard

Our first Pre-Law Society meeting of the year is at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8 in room 140 Powell.

At this meeting society advisor Gene Gouaux will give an introduction of the organization and we will be holding E-Board elections. If anyone is interested in running for E-Board, you must contact Gene Gouaux by Sept. 7 via email

Also, due to social distancing restrictions, we ask that you please RSVP by filling out this quick google form. The first 25 members to RSVP will have a seat in the auditorium and any remaining members may still attend via zoom. Masks are required!

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to or to our advisor

Director of Academic Services Center Announced

Cambria Bouzigard has been appointed director of the Academic Services Center, replacing David Zerangue, who recently retired.  She will begin in her new position on Sept. 7.  

Student Literary Magazine Looking for Creative Work

SAM workshops are set to return this fall with introductory topics.

These workshops are great for anyone wanting a refresher on SAM or for any faculty who joined us after the spring 2017. You can view the workshop information here. Please register for the workshops in advance. Zoom links and access codes will be sent with your registration confirmation.

There are also two introductory GradesFirst workshops scheduled in the coming weeks.

Scholarships Available for Fall Semester

Scholarships for the Fall semester are available. The deadline date is Friday, Sept. 18.  Please contact the scholarship office at 448-4411 if you have any questions.

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