How many times a year do you think about veterans? A month? Well, for me, I think about veterans everyday, not just on Nov. 11. As veterans services coordinator, I am responsible for taking care of our student veterans. This not only includes their military education benefits, but more importantly a smooth transition back into civilian life.
We currently have 289 veterans attending Nicholls, and I make it a point to meet every single one of them and remember a specific detail about them. To me, they are more than just a number. They are fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters. They matter to someone, and I want them to know they matter to me. I refer to all of them as “warriors” because being a warrior is more than just about combat. It’s about a commitment to better yourself while influencing others, and I can state with full confidence that our veterans of Nicholls State University are true warriors.
I provide our veterans four keys to success that I learned in my 14 years of military service. You need to provide purpose, direction and motivation, all while bettering the organization as a whole. There are many examples of how our student veterans are working toward becoming successful students and citizens of our community. A recent example was during Hurricane Barry. Rather than hunker down, a group of motivated veterans decided to give back to our community by filling over 2,000 sandbags for residents of Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes. Additionally, we delivered and positioned the sandbags for those members of our community who needed the extra assistance. Veterans have a strong desire to help others when in need. It’s what drives us, pushes us and motivates us.
Nicholls State University is known for being military-friendly. We are constantly recognized by G.I. Jobs Magazine as well as the Louisiana Governor’s Military and Veteran Friendly campus designation. In order to earn these designations, we strive to provide our student veterans with priority service and a place to find the camaraderie they left in the military. With the help of Nicholls faculty and staff, our veterans continue to be successful in their academics. Through our peer-mentoring program, our veterans form relationships that foster everlasting bonds.
Veterans Day is important to the Nicholls family because it offers the chance to recognize a piece of the Nicholls community that normally does not seek recognition. It’s an opportunity to recognize the sacrifices made in their lives for the welfare of others. It’s a day that our campus can come together and thank our warriors, and in true warrior spirit, they will smile and continue to serve.
Houma Courier: Nicholls Food Drive Ends Nov. 15
Nicholls will be collecting non-perishable food items until Tuesday to donate to local food banks. The Can Wars event is also set for today at 10 a.m.
How Do You Get To Carnegie Hall From Thibodaux? This Guy Knows
Nicholls student Ethan Naquin sat down with WGNO News with a Twist features reporter Wild Bill Wood to talk with about playing the saxophone, Carnegie Hall and studying to be a doctor.
Daily Comet: Poet Laureate to Visit Nicholls for CROWN Fundraiser
Louisiana’s first black male poet laureate will visit Nicholls State University on Wednesday to discuss his life and give a few readings from his book. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $7 for students. Proceeds will benefit Nicholls CROWN.
Nicholls, Entergy Continue Partnership for Tour Tuesday
Hundreds of area high school students have visited the Nicholls campus through Tour Tuesday presented by Entergy since the program’s inception in 2016. Entergy recently donated another $10,000 to continue the program.
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Human Resource Management Students Bring Home Win From State SHRM Case Competition
The Society for Human Resource Management students at Nicholls State University brought home their fourth consecutive win at the Louisiana State SHRM Case Competition. Nicholls students hold the undefeated title at the state-level by presenting the top real-world business case solution to HR practitioner judges. Members of this year’s team include Kari Guidry, Gracie Bellanger, Taylor Hall, Olivia Lege (Captain) and Amber Brondum.
Art Department Visits NOMA and Other New Orleans Galleries
On Oct. 25, 13 students in studio and art history classes visited several New Orleans art galleries including the New Orleans Museum of Art. “This is one of those high impact learning opportunities that are available for students,” said Jeff Brown, associate professor of art. “The students see many works and types of art in the flesh. Students often appreciate the art more and have a better understanding of the artists’ concepts and techniques.”
Nicholls Chemistry Students Win at ACS meeting at Xavier
Aaron Naquin (right), Nicholls Chemistry junior, placed second for his poster presentation at a local meeting of the American Chemical Society at Xavier. Two other students, senior Nicholas Mayon (left) and sophomore Cecilia Cruz (middle left), also presented at the meeting. Aaron works with Dr. Uttam Pokharel; Nicholas and Cecilia work with Dr. Darcey Wayment.
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Fall Speech Forum Set to Discuss Affirmative Action Policies
Nicholls Biology Students present research at meeting in Oxford, Miss.
Nicholls Biology students Ethan Naquin, Chris Oubre, Thomas Phillips, Gracie Agosto and Collin Toups presented their research at the American Society for Microbiology Southcentral Branch Meeting in Oxford, Mississippi, last week.
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Monday, Nov. 11
Can Wars — 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Bollinger Suite
Veterans Day Ceremony — 11 a.m. to noon, Cotillion Ballroom
SGA Meetings — 2 to 6 p.m., Leader’s Suite
Oh Là Là “War Bonds: The Songs and Letters of WWII” — 7 to 9:30 p.m., Danos Theater
Tuesday, Nov. 12
String Studio Concert — 7 to 9 p.m., Danos Theater
Wednesday, Nov. 13
Get Out and Vote — 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Student Union
AAUW Women in the Military Panel — 3:30 to 5 p.m., Ellender Library Multipurpose Room
Night of Laughter — 5 to 7 p.m., Colonel’s Retreat
Etiquette Dinner — 6 to 8:30 p.m., Cotillion Ballroom
Nicholls Men’s Basketball vs. Paul Quinn College — 7 to 9 p.m., Stopher Gym
Thursday, Nov. 14
MBA Program Presentation — 4 to 5 p.m., Guidry Room
Mind Over Matter — 6 to 8 p.m., Bayou Suite
Nicholls Volleyball vs. Houston Baptist — 7 to 9 p.m., Stopher Gym
Student Chamber Brass Concert — 7:30 to 9 p.m., Danos Theater
Friday, Nov. 15
Blow Bubbles Not Smoke — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., The Quad
Pirogue Races — 3 to 5 p.m., Bayou Lafourche near the Nicholls Fountain
Saturday, Nov. 16
Nicholls Football vs. McNeese — 3 to 6 p.m., Guidry Stadium
Nicholls Community Choir Concert — 7:30 to 9 p.m., Danos Theater
Sunday, Nov. 17
St. Marie Vocal Studio Recital — 7:30 to 9 p.m., Danos Theater
Monday, Nov. 18
Nicholls Women’s Basketball vs. Paul Quinn College — 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Stopher Gym
Tuesday, Nov. 19
Vitalant Blood Drive — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Student Union Front
Wednesday, Nov. 20
Vitalant Blood Drive — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Student Union Front
Gumbowl — 5 to 8 p.m., Student Union Snack Bar
Creative Writing Series — 5 to 7 p.m., Colonel’s Retreat
Fall 2019 Speech Forum — 7 to 8:15 p.m., Peltier Auditorium
Friday, Nov. 22
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