The mission of AAUW, the American Association of University Women, is to advance gender equity through education and advocacy. As one of the faculty advisors for the Nicholls chapter of AAUW, I am passionate about supporting women at all levels in our university community—from representation in administration to accessible child care and family-friendly policies for employees and students who are parents. I was a student-mom myself, and I know firsthand how crucial the support of my teachers and administrators was in helping me finish my degree.

AAUW-Nicholls will host a Zoom town hall at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10 to discuss women’s equity on campus.

We want to hear from all Nicholls women. What are your needs? What barriers impact your success at Nicholls? We are open to addressing any topic, from sexual health to university counseling, from parental leave to pay equity. Please join us on Nov. 10 to share your stories. Your concerns will drive our advocacy in 2021 and beyond.

We welcome participation from students, staff, and faculty. Several university administrators will be present at the town hall to listen to your ideas and concerns and to respond to questions from the audience. Attendees can ask questions and share ideas directly at the town hall; there will also be an opportunity to raise concerns anonymously both before and during the event.

Please register for the event in order to receive the Zoom link and password. You must log in to your Nicholls email account to register.

AAUW, founded in 1881, supports university community members by funding grants and fellowships. Programs include workshops on implicit bias and pay equity, as well as an annual student leadership conference. For more information or to join AAUW as a student or faculty member, please contact me at  

Daily Comet: Nicholls Holds Spring Commencement

Delayed by a global pandemic, and Mother Nature, 220 graduates of Nicholls State University’s Class of 2020 celebrated their spring commencement ceremony in the open field of John L. Guidry Stadium.

Houma Courier: Program brings Lafourche inmates and Nicholls students together

The Nicholls Inside Out Program, which puts inmates and students together to tackle social issues involving criminal justice, held a closing ceremony last week.

Daily Comet: Thibodaux Police award scholarships to two local college students

The Thibodaux Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 52 presented Nicholls student Ashlyn Sutton with a scholarship. 

Terrebonne sheriff to add Black sheriffs' portraits to display

Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Tim Soignet added photographs of five 19th century African American sheriffs to the portraits displayed in his office’s waiting room, with help from the Ellender Memorial Library.

Welcome to Nicholls:
Christy Hawxhurst as police sergeant for University Police (Nov. 2).

Brian Clausen from director of environmental health and safety to director of environmental health and safety and EOS for the safety office (Nov. 1).

Benita Hebert will retire after 32 years and 9 months as a library associate for the university library (Dec. 1).
Kathy Dugas will retire after 16 years and 4 months as an assistant professor of history and geography (Dec. 31).

Vice President for Student Affairs Public Interviews to begin next week

As part of Nicholls State University’s search for a Vice President for Student Affairs and in compliance with the UL System Board Search Policy regulations, we will hold public interviews of the finalists beginning Monday, Nov. 9. A search committee comprising staff, student, faculty and senior leadership met over the last few months to convene the search committee, screen candidates, perform initial interviews and recommend finalists.

On Nov. 9, the first finalist – Dr. Michele Caruso, Nicholls interim vice president for student affairs – will participate in a public forum at 3 p.m. Her interview will be recorded and posted to the VPSA search page for viewing immediately following the forum.

The second finalist is Dr. Brandon A. Frye, associate vice president for academic engagement and student affairs and dean of students at the University of West Florida. Frye will participate in a public forum at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

The third finalist is Dr. RoShaun A. Bailey, assistant vice president for student affairs and campus life at Mississippi Valley State University. His public interview will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

Dr. Wynde J. Fitts is the fourth finalist to be interviewed on Thursday, Nov. 12. She is the assistant vice president for student connections at the University of Southern Mississippi. Her public interview will be held Thursday at 3 p.m.

All interviews will be conducted in Shaver Gym. 

If you would like to provide feedback to the search committee following the interviews, please complete the survey located here. The search committee will make a recommendation to Nicholls President Dr. Jay Clune once all final interviews have been conducted and public comments have been received.

Nicholls Administration Wants to Hear Your Voices in Town Hall Series

We understand that there are a lot of factors increasing the amount of stress that everyone is under. In an effort to listen to our community and better understand how we can help you all cope with this stress, we will be hosting a series of town hall meetings for students, faculty and staff. The Nicholls administration wants to hear your input so we can grow as a university. Please pay close attention to the dates, as these sessions have had to change from the original schedule.

Faculty Town Hall
Wednesday, Nov. 11
3 p.m. in the Ballroom

Staff Town Hall
Wednesday, Nov. 18
3 p.m. in the Ballroom

Tutorial Center Hosting Finals Group Reviews

Senior Exhibition Hosted at Nicholls Art Gallery in Talbot 111

NAACP Hosts Textbook Donation Drive

Final Exam Schedule

Breakfast With Tillou Set for Dec. 12

Counseling Center Offering Drop-In Sessions

College of Business Participating in Thibodaux Toy Drive

The College of Business Administration Christmas tree outside of the dean’s office at 106 White Hall will have tags you can pick off from Nov. 3 to Nov. 19. You can bring your wrapped gift to the College of Business Administration with the tag stating the gift in the space “Identify the gift”. Please do not include guns, weapons of any kind, clothes, gift cards, candy or money. Please purchase a gift at a cost of $10 to $15 for children between the ages of 0 to 13 years. 

Family Housing Vacancies Available

Vacancies are available in the Family Housing Apartment complex. The complex gives you the opportunity to live in affordable housing near all campus facilities. Depending on your needs, we have 1- and 2-bedroom apartments available. As a reminder to current on-campus residents, you will not be able to cancel your current room assignment to move into Family Housing unless you meet the qualifications to do so. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 448-4479 or email If you are interested, please fill out our family housing interest form and you will be contacted as soon as possible by a representative from our office. 

Peer Tutor Positions are Available

The Tutoring Center is seeking undergraduate peer tutors for the Spring 2021 semester who are majoring in chemistry, biology, mathematics, allied health and nursing. Qualified applicants should be able to tutor some of the following subjects, depending on major: 

  • Chemistry 105, 106, 109, 221, 222
  • Biology 105, 106, 114, 116, 155, 156, 203, 205 
  • Math 101, 102, 115, 116, 117, 118, 165, 166, 214

Set your own schedule, gain valuable training and help others. Minimum requirements 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, applicants can visit the webpage or call 448-4100 for more information. 

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