The parking lot was full. Colonel cheerleaders danced in unison to the music of the Pride of Nicholls. The Nicholls Choir sang the national anthem. Col. Tillou took photos with children and their families. No, I’m not recounting what happened at a recent football game. This was the scene at the grand opening of the new Rouse’s Market on Acadia Road last week. 

You can feel the Colonel Pride surround you as soon as you pull into the parking lot. The Nicholls’ logo greets store goers as soon as they enter the parking lot. Nicholls wallpaper hangs over the floral section. A football field with our logo parked on the 50-yard line lets you know where you can buy Nicholls apparel. Walls throughout the store showcase scenes from the campus. As you pay for your groceries, the Nicholls logo is the last thing you see as you exit the facility. 

As part of our mission, we strive to serve the Bayou Region. When a South Louisiana icon, such as Rouse’s, which was founded right here in South Louisiana, is willing to show this kind of support for our institution, it’s a sign that we are doing our jobs. 

I want to thank Jerad David, director of communications, and Monique Crochet, executive director of external affairs, for helping make this happen. I want to thank Donny Rouse, CEO of the grocery store chain founded right here in Thibodaux, and the team at Rouse’s for making this dream a reality. This is the kind of public-private partnership we strive for. 

So, if you haven’t yet, I encourage you to visit the new store. Grab some breakfast from the diner on your way to campus. Pick up a six-pack of Colonels Retreat Lager from the cooler. Or just peruse the aisles of this beautiful, Nicholls branded grocery store. No matter your reason, you’ll be surrounded by Colonel Pride.

Houma Times: Bollinger Student Union Reopens After Renovations

After months of renovation, the Donald G. Bollinger Memorial Student Union reopened with a new look that includes “sticky” spaces for students. 

Daily Comet: Swamp Stomp Organizers Preserving Cajun Culture

The Cajun Music Preservation Society hosted the annual Swamp Stomp Festival highlighting Cajun bands and also helping to preserve the wetlands.

Houston Chronicle: Alum Drake Leonards' Restaurant Featured in Houston Top 100

Chef John Folse Culinary Institute Alum Drake Leonards’ creole and cajun restaurant Eunice was ranked No. 24 on this top 100 list in Houston. Eunice’s website.

Welcome to Nicholls:
Heidi Dupre
will begin as the student access center director for Disability Services (Nov. 7).
Frank “Vinnie” DeCarlo began as the associate athletic trainer for athletics (Nov. 2).

Lori S. Boudreaux
retired as an administrative assistant for the student access center after 19 years and 9 days. (Oct. 31).

Ameen Art Gallery Invites You to View Work of Graphic Design Seniors

Chef Cheramie to Perform in Southern Rep's "Native Gardens"

John Folse Culinary Institute professor Chef Randy Cheramie is set to show off his talents on the stage in a comedy that sees neighbors turn into feuding enemies. Southern Rep is putting on “Native Gardens” from Oct. 30 to Nov. 17. For more information, visit or call (504) 522-6545.

BEOC Releases Data on Successes in Helping Area's Low-Income Population

The BEOC served over 1,400 people in the Assumption, Lafourche, St. Mary and Terrebonne Parish area. Of those participants, 60.1 percent graduated with a high school diploma, 87.1 percent completed a FAFSA Application, 79.73 percent completed an Admissions Application and 70.17 percent enrolled in a post-secondary education program. The population of low-income and first generation participants served is 72.9 percent. The BEOC has exceeded all objectives goals and requirements placed upon us by the U.S. Department of Education and we are very proud to share this data with our Colonel Family.

Major Partnerships include Nicholls State University, Fletcher Technical College, Fletcher Adult Ed, Bayou Cane Adult Ed, South Louisiana Community College, Goodwill Industries and Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office. We want to take this time to thank all of our partners who work with us to provide our participants with The BEOC services. 

If you would like more information about the BEOC, please visit our website.

Want to Help Your Peers in Chemistry, Biology, Accounting or Finance?

Set your own schedule, gain valuable training and help others! Minimum requirements for the Tutoring Center are a 3.2 GPA and a grade of A or B in or placement out of in the courses you wish to tutor. To complete an application, visit our webpage or call 448-4100 for more information.

The Tutoring Center is seeking undergraduate peer tutors for the Spring 2020 semester who are majoring in Chemistry, Biology, Accounting and Finance. Qualified applicants should be able to tutor the following subjects: Chemistry 105, 106, 109, 221, 222; Biology 105, 106, 155, 156, 203, 205; Accounting 205, 206, 321, 322; Economics 211 and 212; Finance 302; and QBA 282 and 283. 

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Nicholls Film Student Interviews Bigfoot TV Show Host

Film Studies student Owen Callais is currently in production on a short documentary about the legend of Bigfoot in Louisiana for his Short Documentary Production class. In October, Owen conducted interviews at the Jefferson, Texas, Bigfoot Conference and shot footage in Boggy Creek, Louisiana, with Cliff Barackman and James “Bobo” Fay. They are the famous hosts of Animal Planet’s “Finding Bigfoot.” Be on the lookout for Owen’s finished film this spring semester at the Scholars Expeaux. 

Dr. Middleton Presents Paper at the University of the South

Dr. David Middleton, poet-in-residence emeritus at Nicholls State University, read the paper “‘With Constant Light’: Comments on the Life and Literary Works of Alabama Writer John Martin Finlay (1941-1991),” on Oct. 25 at the annual meeting of The Guild of Scholars of the Episcopal Church at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.

Founded in 1940, the Guild is composed of elected lay Episcopal scholars who have attained a national reputation in various disciplines. Late Guild members include Cleanth Brooks, a founding editor of The Southern Review at LSU, and renowned English poet W.H. Auden. Each year four papers, competitively selected, are presented at the annual Guild meeting.

Art Faculty Member Presented at SECAC National Conference

Dr. Ashley Busby presented “Feeding Change: Public Performance and Food as Political Discourse.” She examined the performative and activist possibilities of food in the work of three contemporary art projects: Michael Rakowitz’s Enemy Kitchen, Jose Torres-Tama’s Taco Truck Theater and Jon Rubin and Dawn Weleski’s Conflict Kitchen.The works use food to springboard into discussions of the politics of immigration, international relations and xenophobia. She presented at the Southeast College Art Conference hosted at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on Oct. 17.

PETSM Receives Gift to Help Well Control Lab

Petroleum Engineering Technology and Safety Management professor Dr. John Griffin (middle right) receives a gift from Lafayette’s chapter of the American Association of Drilling Engineers from Nicholls-AADE liaison Jeffery Svendson (middle left). With them are chapter president Jude Boudreaux (far left) and scholarship chairman Rick Voth (far right). The money is for the Nicholls well control lab, which opened in the spring of 2017 and simulates for students what it is like to control pressure and prevent blowouts when drilling.

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Nicholls Biology Student Will Appear on WGNO on Nov. 6

Nicholls Biology student Ethan Naquin will appear on WGNO ABC Channel 7 New Orleans TV in the News with Twist segment at 6 p.m. on the Nov. 6  Newscast. He was interviewed for his research at Nicholls and his musical talent. Ethan plays the saxophone, and he showcased his musical talent in Sydney Opera House in Australia and in Carnegie Hall. He conducts research on the presence of antibiotic resistant bacteria in local seafood. 

Join Veterans Organization for Third Annual Lifting for A Cause

Want to see how much the Veteran Organization members can lift, for a good cause? The lifters will compete in the bench press, squat and dead lift, and their combined scores will be tallied with a financial donation. The event is from 7 a.m. to noon on Nov. 5 at the tailgate area near Guidry Stadium. Each lifter has been out in the community looking for sponsors to make a pledge per pound they can lift. All proceeds will go toward creating the Bobby Barrios Memorial Scholarship. Barrios, from Houma, enlisted in the U.S. Army and earned an U.S. Army Special Forces green beret. He joined the Nicholls Veteran Organization in 2018 but passed away in May. If interested in making a flat donation, call Gilberto Burbante Jr. at 448-4208.

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Monday, Nov. 4

SGA Meetings 2 to 6 p.m., Leader’s Suite
Join SGA to discuss issues relevant to campus. Public relations and campus affairs discussed at 2 p.m., finance committee at 2:30 p.m., judiciary at 3:15 p.m., general meeting at 4 p.m. and the academic affairs committee at 5 p.m.

Meet My Friend, Francis T. Nicholls — 5 to 6 p.m., Danos Theater
Local scholar Andrew Capone will present a photographic lecture talk about the university’s namesake, Francis T. Nicholls. Capone has helped to write many books on the civil war and documented the war’s activities along Bayou Lafourche. 

Tuesday, Nov. 5

District Marching Band Festival — 3 to 9 p.m., Guidry Stadium
Join local high school marching bands and the Pride of Nicholls for a day’s worth of performances at the LMEA District VII festival. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students.

Lafourche and the Bayou World — 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., Carnival Room
Catharine Savage Brosman and Olivia Pass will read Lafourche-based poetry from the new anthology Louisiana Poets. Brosman is a poet, author and professor emerita of Tulane University. Pass is an author and retired professor of English at Nicholls State University.

SPA Movie Night: Avengers — 4 to 8 p.m., Peltier Auditorium
The Student Programming Association will be showing the blockbuster Avengers: Endgame.

Visiting Cellist Recital — 7:30 to 9 p.m., Danos Theater
Join Nicholls music as cellist Dennis Parker and pianist Arnaldo Pizzolante will be performing works by Johannes Brahms, Claude Debussy and Ludwig van Beethoven. Parker is the Derryl and Helen Haymon professor of cello at Louisiana State University. Pizzolante, a native of Venezuela and professor at the Mozarteum School of Music in Caracas, has performed all over the world.

SPA Movie Night: Avengers — 8 to 11:59 p.m., Elkins Circle
The Student Programming Association will be showing the blockbuster Avengers: Endgame out under the stars in the circle near Elkins Hall.

Wednesday, Nov. 6

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.

Thursday, Nov. 7

Nicholls Women’s Volleyball vs. New Orleans — 7 to 9 p.m., Stopher Gym
The Colonels will host the Lady Privateers before going on a two-match road trip.

Jazz Ensemble Concert — 7:30 to 9 p.m., Danos Theater
The Nicholls Jazz Ensemble, and newly created Chamber Jazz Ensemble, will be performing the standards of the big band era including Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Oliver Nelson. Admission is free. The ensemble is made up of both music and non-music majors. 

Friday, Nov. 8

Music Faculty Chamber Concert — 7 to 9:30 p.m., Danos Theater
Nicholls Music invites you to enjoy this concert put on by many of its faculty members including the premiere of “Monument” by Stanley Friedman, a work dealing with the Civil War statues. Also on the program are works by Dana Wilson, Dinos Constantinides, Niloufar Iravani and Barbara York.

Saturday, Nov. 9

Nicholls Football vs Houston Baptist — 3 to 6 p.m., Guidry Stadium
The Colonels return home to face the Huskies in this Military Appreciation and Hall of Fame game. The SPA will be hosting giveaways in the student tailgating area prior to the game.

Monday, Nov. 11

Can Wars 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Bollinger Suite
Build the most creative or unique structure possible or the most school-spirited structure by using items collected for the Nicholls Can food drive. All items must be for donation to Nicholls Can food drive. Two $250 cash prizes will be awarded: Most Creative/Unique Structure and Most School Spirited Structure. The deadline to register is Nov. 8 with the SGA office in Suite 14 in the Student Union or email

Veterans Day Ceremony — 11 a.m. to noon, Cotillion Ballroom
Nicholls Veteran Affairs welcomes you to celebrate veterans day with them as JROTC displays the colors and they honor the veterans in attendance. Speaking will be Amy Delatte with admissions. She served in the U.S. Marine Corps from Aug. 2006 to Sept. 2013. Veterans will enjoy a free lunch.

SGA Meetings — 2 to 6 p.m., Leader’s Suite
Join SGA to discuss issues relevant to campus. Public relations and campus affairs discussed at 2 p.m., finance committee at 2:30 p.m., judiciary at 3:15 p.m., general meeting at 4 p.m. and the academic affairs committee at 5 p.m.

Oh Là Là “War Bonds” — 7 to 9:30 p.m., Danos Theater
“War Bonds: The Songs and Letters of World War II” is a musical journey through a war that redefined the world. This multimedia living history cabaret includes personal letters from the front and headline news of the period. For more information, click here.

Tuesday, Nov. 12

String Studio Concert — 7 to 9 p.m., Danos Theater
Come out to hear the talents of our students as each one studying string will perform a solo. Instruments include violin, viola and cello.

Wednesday, Nov. 13

Etiquette Dinner — 6 to 8:30 p.m., Cotillion Ballroom
Do you know which fork is for your salad? How do you properly eat bread and butter? What subjects should you discuss on an interview during dinner? Learn more about proper dining etiquette with the Society for Human Resource Management event. The SGA is offering students free tickets to this Nov. 13 event in the Cotillion Ballroom. Drop by the SGA office in Suite 14 in the Student Union to sign up. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in Powell 146. Call 448-4175 for more information. 

Nicholls Men’s Basketball vs. Paul Quinn College — 7 to 9 p.m., Stopher Gym
Join the Colonels and second-year head coach Austin Claunch as they host Paul Quinn College of Dallas, Texas, in their home opener. 

Thursday, Nov. 14

Mind Over Matter — 6 to 8 p.m., Bayou Suite
Everything gets overwhelming at times? Join this discussion of black mental health among college students for insight. 

Nicholls Volleyball vs. Houston Baptist — 7 to 9 p.m., Stopher Gym
Come show your support for the Colonels as they host Houston Baptist in the final match of the year leading up to the Southland Conference Tournament.

Student Chamber Brass Concert — 7:30 to 9 p.m., Danos Theater
Enjoy a variety of styles from Nicholls brass students as they perform with instruments including the trumpet.

Friday, Nov. 15

Blow Bubbles Not Smoke — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., The Quad
The Great American Smokeout is put on by the American Cancer Society to encourage you to quit smoking. Students will hand out information and encourage you to blow bubbles.

Pirogue Races — 3 to 5 p.m., Bayou Lafourche near the Nicholls Fountain
Come to Bayou Lafourche to watch the annual Pirogue Races and see who ends up in the water this year!

Saturday, Nov. 16

Nicholls Football vs. McNeese — 3 to 6 p.m., Guidry Stadium
Show your support for the Colonels as they battle the Cowboys in their final home game of the season. The Colonels will end the regular season on Thursday, Nov. 21 against Southeastern in Hammond.

Nicholls Community Choir Concert — 7:30 to 9 p.m., Danos Theater
Nicholls Music invites you to the inaugural performance of the Omaggio Community Chorus. The theme of the concert, directed by Dr. John St. Marie, is “Meet the Masters,” featuring composers from the Classical and Romantic eras. The music is a beautiful compilation of sacred pieces for voices and piano and will highlight the artistry of pianist Dr. Richard Jeric as well as the sublime vocal talents of our guest soprano soloist, Sarah Jeric.

Sunday, Nov. 17

St. Marie Vocal Studio Recital — 7:30 to 9 p.m., Danos Theater
Nicholls Choir Director Dr. John St. Marie invites you to hear 10 of his vocal majors and minors put on a performance of arias and art songs. The students will sing in English, Italian, French and German.

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