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.

Welcome to Nicholls:
Tashay Robertson
 began as a custodian for campus recreation (Oct. 14).
Cassidy Barrios began as a women’s basketball intern for athletics (Nov. 1).
Ann C. Lirette began as an administrative assistant for Alumni Affairs (Nov. 4).
Lacey Crochet began as a special projects and outreach specialist for the President’s Office (Nov. 4).
Sydney Richardelle began as the coordinator for alumni engagement for Alumni Affairs (Nov. 4).

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
Build the most creative or unique structure possible or the most school-spirited structure by using items collected for the 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 Sgt. 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: The Songs and Letters of WWII” — 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

Get Out and Vote 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Student Union
The SGA invites you to come have a slice of pizza and talk to Lafourche Parish Clerk of Court Annette Fontana to talk about voting. Remember to go out and vote on Nov. 16.

AAUW Women in the Military Panel — 3:30 to 5 p.m., Ellender Library Multipurpose Room
Three veterans will discuss their military experiences and the impact serving had on them. The panelists are business faculty member Dr. Laura Coogan, who served in the Coast Guard and Navy Reserves, office of admissions staff member Amy Delatte, a Marine Corps veteran, and student Rachel Jackson, who is a Navy veteran and is active in the Navy Reserves. 

Night of Laughter — 5 to 7 p.m., Colonel’s Retreat
Do you like improv? Do you have a good joke? Or maybe you know the most terrible puns? The Creative Writing Club invites you to tell your story for a few laughs. 

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

MBA Program Presentation — 4 to 5 p.m., Guidry Room
Have you considered getting a graduate degree? If so, the MBA is a great option and the prerequisites make it easy on a graduate from any major. MBA Director Ray Peters will discuss the program’s curriculum and admissions process and talk about the benefits of a Nicholls MBA.

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
University Health Services presents “Blow Bubbles Not Smoke” in observance of the Great American Smokeout. Information and handouts will be provided to students, so they can learn more about quitting smoking.

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.

Monday, Nov. 18

Nicholls Women’s Basketball vs. Paul Quinn College — 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Stopher Gym
After starting their first three on the road, Coach Dobee Plaisance and the Lady Colonels hope you will join them for the program’s home opener against Paul Quinn College. 

Tuesday, Nov. 19

Vitalant Blood Drive — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Student Union Front
Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S. And your donation can make a difference, as one donor can potentially save three lives. 

Wednesday, Nov. 20

Vitalant Blood Drive — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Student Union Front
Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S. And your donation can make a difference, as one donor can potentially save three lives. 

Gumbowl — 5 to 8 p.m., Student Union Snack Bar
It’s finally roux season in the Bayou Region. Receive a commemorative Nicholls bowl with your gumbo.

Creative Writing Series — 5 to 7 p.m., Colonel’s Retreat
Join the Creative Writing Club for an open mic night and a senior showcase.

Fall 2019 Speech Forum — 7 to 8:15 p.m., Peltier Auditorium
Two Nicholls students take sides on the topic, “Should affirmative action policies be applied in university admission decisions?” The audience participates in an open forum discussion.

Friday, Nov. 22

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