Every semester, two students take to the stage to discuss an important and controversial topic. This semester, the topic is “Should Affirmative Action Policies be Used in University Admission Decisions?” If you’d like to learn more about the topic, hear Aleksandra and Brianna’s thoughts, or contribute to the discussion during the question and answer session, the event is from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 in Peltier Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Aleksandra Adams — Pro Speaker

Being chosen to participate in the Fall 2019 Speech Forum has been an amazing, enriching, challenging experience from the start. I have had the opportunity to work with experts in the field of public speaking who have helped me develop my skills in that area. I am very passionate about public speaking, so having the opportunity to become a better speaker has been wonderful. Participating in this has also helped challenge me and make me think in different ways.

This year’s speech topic is on affirmative action being used in university admission decisions. I am the “pro” speaker, meaning that I am speaking in favor of the use of these policies. Affirmative action policies help promote a better college campus and therefore, a better world. Getting rid of these policies right now would mean that students would not be able to experience college and interact with perspectives different from theirs fully. Voting “pro” for affirmative action will help all of us create a better, brighter world.

Brianna Simon — Con Speaker

This semester’s topic is truly an issue today’s college students should want to address and speak their minds on. Should affirmative action be used in university admission decisions?  It’s a question about merit. It’s a question about race. It’s a question about equality.

Where do you stand? Where do your peers stand? Come find out. This event is important for students to attend because it is part of what is so amazing about being an American citizen. You have the right to vote! You have the right to express how to feel about issues!  The speech forum allows you to experience a debate that effects your society. This experience can play a part in determining what kind of citizen you want to be. I am glad I got to be a part of an experience that has molded me into a more informed person. Attending the speech forum can do the same for you.

Five Sisters of Mount Carmel Honored Saturday, Including Alum

Nicholls education alum Sister Libby Dahlstrom was among five women celebrated for 50 or more years of religious life on Saturday at the St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Lafayette.

Houma Courier: Omaggio Community Chorus Debuted at Nicholls

While it is too late to catch the Omaggio Community Chorus’ debut, Courier writer Scott Yoshonis wrote a feature on the group, which is the brainchild of Nicholls choir director Dr. John St. Marie. 

Houstonian: Alum Named Rising Star Chef by StarChefs Magazine

Chef Drake Leonards, a Chef John Folse Culinary Institute Alum, will be honored on Dec. 10 at the 2019 Houston Rising Stars award ceremony. Leonards is the executive chef of Eunice

Welcome to Nicholls:
Lori Landry
began as an administrative coordinator for Nursing (Nov. 11).
Bruce Clute began as the director of Auxiliary Services (Nov. 18).
Brandy Jones began as a custodian for Residence Life (Nov. 11).
Andrew Taylor began as a police officer for University Police (Nov. 14).

Job Changes:
Steven Kenney
from director of human resources to assistant vice president of human resources and chief diversity and inclusion officer for Human Resources (Nov. 2).
Emily Calamia from outreach coordinator to senior outreach coordinator for Research (Dec. 2).

Please Cheer on the Colonels Saturday at Hammond

Come cheer on the Nicholls Colonels Thursday as they travel to Hammond to take on Southeastern Louisiana. The winner of the game wins the Southland Conference. If you’d like to attend, the Student Government Association and Student Programing Association are sponsoring a bus ride that will take you to the game. The bus will pick you up at the Student Union starting at 2 p.m. If you plan to drive yourself, you can purchase tickets at Barker Hall.

Want to Participate in Give-N-Day? Planning Meetings Set For This Week

Entrepreneurs Club to Host Information Session on Joining

Ameen Art Gallery Featuring "Visage" and "Harmony" student exhibitions

The Ameen Art Gallery at Nicholls State University is pleased to announce the senior exhibitions “Visage,” by Kaitlyn Sanders, and “Harmony,” by Adrian Buritica. The exhibitions will be on view during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Monday, Nov. 18 through Friday, Nov. 22. A reception will be held in the gallery on Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 5-8 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. 
“Visage” by Kaitlyn Sanders will present a series of photographs that focus on the underlying emotions of a particular individual’s expression.
“Harmony” by Adrian Buritica will feature ceramic sculptures that visually meld opposing living forms.

Join Your Colleagues For Conference Centering on Innovation, Inclusion and Integrity

Professors Present at E-Learning Conference in New Orleans

Dr. Andrew Simoncelli, associate professor of mass communication, and Dr. Paul Wilson, professor of history, presented at E-Learn 2019: World Conference of E-Learning on Nov. 7 in New Orleans.

Former Director of Academic Success Services Passes Away

Betty M. Elfert passed away on Monday, Nov. 11. Elfert had been at Nicholls for many years and served as the Director of Academic Success Services before retiring. For more information, click here.

Nicholls Music Faculty Perform at Music of Louisiana concert at LSU

Nicholls Music Faculty were featured at the LSU Music Recital Hall during a concert called Music of Louisiana on Monday, Nov. 11. The pieces on the program were composed by Helder Oliveira, Dinos Constantinides and Stanley Freeman. Nicholls performers included Dr. Matthew Swihart, Dr. Michael Bartnik, Dr. Richard Jeric, Dr. Taylor Assad and Dr. Jason Ladd.

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. 

Languages and Literature Undergrad Presenting at South Atlantic Modern Language Association's Conference

Languages & Literature undergraduate student Caitlin Jones is presenting this week at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association’s 91st Annual Conference in Atlanta. Jones’s paper “Gold and Wit: Congreve, Jonson, and the Evolving Ideal of Women” was written for Dr. Patrick Perkins’s class. Jones presented an earlier version of the paper at the 2019 Humanities Symposium at Scholars Expeaux.

Faculty members Dr. Ellen Barker and Dr. Robin White are also presenting papers at SAMLA this week. Dr. Barker’s paper “The Co-requisite Conundrum: Attempting to Empower the Powerless” focuses on working with students in ENGL 100. Dr. White’s paper is “Of Maids and Men: Post-Racial and Post-Feminist Tropes in AMC’s Mad Men and Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Student Affairs Asking for Help With Food Banks on Tuesday

Nicholls Honors Students to Present Research on Thursday

Faculty and Staff: Be Sure to Participate in 12 Days of Fitness

Want to be Involved in Collecting U.S. Census Data Locally?

2020 Census jobs offer great pay and flexible hours. Locally, Jefferson Parish is offering $18 an hour plus mileage for field workers. Sign up here. For more information, call 855-JOB-2020.

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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 season 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. 

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.

Tuesday, Nov. 19

Thanksgiving Positivity Craft and Snack Table — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Student Union Lobby
The Nicholls SEALS are hosting a craft table and hope you stop by to spread some Thanksgiving positivity.

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

SGA Day In the Union— 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Student Union
Want some free Nicholls swag, or maybe some food? The SGA will be giving away scantrons, food, t-shirts and other items throughout the day. 

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.

Thursday, Nov. 21

SPA World Hello Day Photo Booth — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Student Union
SPA will help you celebrate World Hello Day with a custom photo booth. World Hello Day is a secular holiday aimed to spread awareness for solving conflicts through communication rather than force.

Friday, Nov. 22

Monday, Nov. 25

Nicholls Women’s Basketball vs. SUNO  6 to 8 p.m., Stopher Gym
Join the Colonels as they take on Southern University of New Orleans in Nicholls’ second straight home game before they take to the road for the Jacksonville University Thanksgiving Classic. Nicholls has won six straight games against the Knights.

Tuesday, Nov. 26

Nicholls Men’s Basketball vs. Blue Mountain College  6 to 8 p.m., Stopher Gym
Come cheer on the Colonels as they return home from the Jamaica Classic to take on Blue Mountain College. The Colonels won their last matchup against the Toppers 104-68 in 2017.

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