Welcome to the new edition of Inside Nicholls. Every month, I’ll use this column to talk about what is happening on campus. I thought about using this first column to post pictures of Boots, but first we have some good news to share. And no, Glenwood Drive isn’t finished just yet.

Our enrollment has grown for the fourth consecutive year with 6,506 students for the Fall. This is the highest our enrollment has been since Fall 2013. We can tout this success because of the hard work being done across campus. Our admissions staff has done a tremendous job recruiting new students. The Office of Financial Aid has helped make the dream of attending college possible for many of our students.

Driving these enrollment gains are record-high freshman retention rates. This wouldn’t be possible without the tireless work of our faculty and academic advisors. The time you invest in our students shows. Thank you. Not for helping reach an enrollment number but for changing the futures of our students.

We are also seeing our first tangible success with the Colonels Retention of Winners Network. Black male retention rates are at an all-time high. CROWN Faculty Coordinator Farren Clark deserves a lot of credit for a successful first year. But so do the students. These mentors are making a difference in the lives of their mentees. This group of students inspires me to be a better president.

Something else to celebrate, Nicholls was again ranked one of the top regional universities in the South in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. In fact, we have improved from 100th to 84th, and we are the best public regional university in the state. Again, that’s because of the extra mile our faculty and staff go to enhance the quality of a Nicholls education.

Have a great semester!

Daily Comet opinion: Here’s a great way to get ahead

The Daily Comet Editorial Board argued the merits of Compete LA. This program aims to help Louisiana residents who started college but never earned their degrees. Compete LA will pair returning students with a coach who will evaluate the applicants’ completed courses to devise a way for them to finish college as quickly as possible while working around their schedules. 

Ag Commissioner Visits The Farm

Beneath Friday’s sun, Mike Strain, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry commissioner, strolled through some of the work being done to grow plants to save the coast during a tour of Nicholls State University’s farm. Mr. Strain pointed to the farm’s young salt-resistant cypress trees, redevelopment of endangered live oaks and growth of various grasses as “a huge deal” for repopulating the coast.

Oh Là Là Set to Wow Audiences with Wide Array of Music

In the third season of the popular Oh Là Là theater series, Nicholls State University will bring audiences musical performances that include a jazz quartet, decorated international pianist and Aretha Franklin tribute ensemble. The series, hosted at the Mary and Al Danos Theater, features The Four Freshmen at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25. Next up is War Bonds The Songs and Letters of WWII at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11. Artrageous will perform at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6. Up next, audiences can enjoy John O’Conor’s Beethoven Sonatas at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21. The series concludes with a Tribute to Queen of Soul: Aretha Franklin at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 8.

Welcome to Nicholls:
Alex Gregoire began as a police officer (Aug. 26).
Angie Rose began as a custodian (Aug. 28).
Desmond J. Larousse began as a horticultural attendant leader (Sept. 3).

Job Changes:
Richmond Eustis, from assistant professor to associate professor for the Department of Languages and Literature (Aug. 14).
Angela Hebert, from assistant professor to associate professor for teacher education (Aug. 14).
Katie Martin, from admissions counselor to assistant director for admissions (Sept. 7).

Volunteers Needed for 2019 International Coastal Cleanup at Elmer's Island

Come help us show the coast some love! Nicholls State University, the Barataria Terrebonne National Estuary Program, the Grand Isle Music Festival and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries) are hosting a beach sweep at Elmer’s Island to coincide with the Ocean Conservancy’s annual International Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, Sept. 21. The Elmer’s Island event will start at 10 a.m. and will end around 1 p.m. All volunteers must provide their own transportation to the site and are required to pre-register for this event by Monday, Sept. 16. Off the Hook restaurants have partnered with us for this event. Thank you and see you at the beach!

Nicholls Student Helps Make Day of Visiting Student in "Colonel Act of Kindness"

Alexi Tauzin turned distress into hopefulness for a visiting student on our campus. The education major and member of the Nicholls Colorguard uplifted the visiting student with a simple yet powerful gesture. She wrote a personal note of support, and provided some extra goodies at the campus Chic-fil-A. We celebrate her example of our Nicholls values of integrity, respectfulness and civic responsibility.  Congratulations, Alexi!

Consider Donating to Annual Fund

Please take the time to consider contributing to the Annual Fund. By investing in a place we live, learn and work, we send a signal to outside funders that Nicholls’ employees are truly committed to the University’s mission. Your gift, regardless of amount, helps ensure that Nicholls State University continues to be the heart of our community.

Wanna Show Off Your Creativity, Colonel Pride?

Nicholls invites you to decorate your table in the annual Family Day contest! Family Day will be on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the grassy area and parking lot near John L. Guidry Stadium. The event will proceed the Colonels’ match against Northwestern State University. Be creative and join the spirit of your Family Day Festival. To reserve a table, please complete the form below.

Louisiana Rep. Julie Stokes to Speak at Bayou Business Institute

Why travel to get your continuing education credits? The College of Business Administration at Nicholls State University proudly hosts the Bayou Region Business Institute as a way to provide certified public accountants, financial planning professionals, controllers and business leaders with an opportunity to learn more about relevant, timely topics from highly qualified speakers. Speakers include Michele Avery of LaPorte CPAs and Business Advisors, Louisiana Rep. Julie Stokes and Alfred E. (Ted) Stacey of Bourgeois Bennett, LLC.

Tuesday, Sept. 10

Sigma Gamma Rho Day Party — 5 to 8 p.m., Brady Pool Area
Need to beat the heat? Join the ladies of Sigma Gamma Rho for a party by the pool.

SPA Painting Party — 6 to 8:45 p.m., Cotillion Ball Room
Get your pARTy on with a night full of painting with our friends from the Purple Penguin Art Community!

Wednesday, Sept. 11

SPA Meeting — 3 to 5 p.m., Leader’s Suite
SPA invites you to its weekly meeting where they plan some of the most highly anticipated on-campus events.

Laughter is the Best Medicine — 7 to 9 p.m., Peltier Auditorium
Laughter is the cure for test stress. Join S.E.A.L.S. for a comedy night!

Friday, Sept. 13

Free Your Mind Friday — 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., The Quad
Let stress go as you focus on meditation and relaxation. The event looks to help you learn balance in your personal and academic life. 

Chinese Moon Festival — 6 to 8:30 p.m., The Quad
Celebrate, as the moon is at its roundest and brightest. Join the SPA with music and moon watching for the Chinese Moon Festival or Mid-Autumn Festival.

Monday, Sept. 16

Silent Library— 6 to 8 p.m., Brady Clubhouse
We will reenact the show “Silent Library.” Pick a team and play hilarious games while trying to remain quiet!

Mr. Royal Blue and Gold Scholarship Pageant Informational6 to 7:30 p.m., Brady Clubhouse
Male students have an opportunity to learn more about a scholarship pageant.

Tuesday, Sept. 17

Grad Expo — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Cotillion Ballroom
Undergraduates in their last semester have the opportunity to meet with various entities including the bookstore, Balfour, the photographer and career services.

Wednesday, Sept. 18

Writing Center Open House — 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., 144 Peltier Hall
Earn some extra credit by attending a 10- to 15-minute open house session at the Writing Center. Refreshments will be provided!

Suicide Prevention & Awareness Fair10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Cotillion Ballroom
It’s okay to seek help if you are struggling. This event will highlight on campus and community resources for students and faculty/staff.

CAFE/SAM Workshop — 2 to 3:30 p.m., Carnival Room
Learn more about faculty engagement, student advising and mentoring with this workshop series. Brandy Burbante from the library will present on the Credo Instruct Course.

SPA Meeting — 3 to 5 p.m., Leader’s Suite
SPA invites you to its weekly meeting where they plan some of the most highly anticipated on-campus events.

Creative Writing Reading Series Open Mic Night — 5 to 7 p.m., Colonel’s Retreat
Listen to students read poetry and other works — or present your own — as The Creative Writing Club hosts an open mic night.

RELATE Open-Mic — 7 to 8:30 p.m., Danos Theater
Words will be illustrated by spoken-word poetry, monologues, vocal and musical performances, dance and more.

Thursday, Sept. 19

Writing Center Open House — 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., 144 Peltier Hall
Earn some extra credit by attending a 10- to 15-minute open house session at the Writing Center. Refreshments will be provided!

CAFE/SAM Workshop — 2 to 3:30 p.m., Carnival Room
Learn more about faculty engagement, student advising and mentoring with this workshop series. Brandy Burbante from the library will present on the Credo Instruct Course.

NAACP Are You The One: Friendship Edition6  to 8 p.m., Bollinger Suite
A night for students to find new friends on campus! Stations will be set up for games where you can answer juicy, exciting questions to meet your new match.

Friday, Sept. 20

Saturday, Sept. 21

Nicholls Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Invitational — 8 to 11 a.m., The Nicholls Farm
Come cheer on the Colonels as they make their home debut with the Nicholls XC Invitational. The team is coming off a week break, but opened the season with a solid showing at the UNO XC Opener. In week two, the men earned a first-place finish and the women finished second at the Southern University XC Invitational.

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