Welcome back. I hope you all had a relaxing Thanksgiving break. I hope you spent time with your family. I hope you ate too much turkey, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. I hope you were rooting on the Colonels, from the stands or from afar, as they took down North Dakota in the first round of the playoffs. 

As we approach the next football game, much will be written about this team’s senior class and all that they have accomplished during their time at Nicholls. And they have accomplished much.

The end of the semester is upon us and finals will be here before you know it. To our students, good luck. I know you are studying hard. To our faculty, good luck. I know you have a lot of papers and tests to grade in a short amount of time. 

We will soon celebrate another senior class at the 105th Commencement held on Saturday, Dec. 14. Many of these students came to Nicholls knowing what they wanted to do with their lives. Yet many more students came to Nicholls to find out who they are. Together, they will walk across the stage and prepare for the next phase of life. 

I hope our graduates will pay special attention to what our commencement speaker, Sen. Norby Chabert, has to say. Sen. Chabert has been a long-time advocate for higher education and Nicholls. And he will proudly tell you that he wouldn’t have made it this far without the education he received both in and out of the classroom here. 

To our students, faculty and staff who aren’t leaving us after Dec. 14, I hope you enjoy your holiday break. Spend more time with your family and friends. Eat too much ham, dressing and pecan pie. And keep rooting on the Colonels. Before you know it, the spring semester will be here. 

Houma Today: With Less Production Elsewhere, Terrebonne Oysters Face More Pressure

Nicholls Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences Dr. Earl Melancon spoke about overfishing of oysters in Terrebonne, as fewer oysters are being produced elsewhere. 

Houma Times: Ochsner St. Anne Partners with Nicholls Biology to Protect Local Land

The Nicholls Biology Department teamed up with Ochsner St. Anne Hospital and the Lafourche Parish Hospital Service District No. 2 to help reduce coastal erosion. Volunteers planted more than 400 plants grown at the USDA Plant Materials Center and the Nicholls Farm.

Alum Karl Weisheit to become Senior Vice President at Lowers Forensics

Lowers Forensics International, a globally-recognized financial forensics firm headquartered in Northern Virginia, appointed Karl Weisheit as senior vice president – director of litigation. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Nicholls.

Houma Today: Editorial Board Calls LUMCON a Bright Spot

The Houma Times Editorial Board lauded LUMCON as a place that has seen progress despite the down economy. The center announced last week that work on the first building for the Houma Maritime Campus will begin next year with plans to open in 2021. The campus will be a collaboration with colleges including Nicholls.

Welcome to Nicholls:
Caitlyn Atkinson
 began as an administrative coordinator for Residence Life (Dec. 2).
Lacey Brignac began as a police officer for University Police (Nov. 25).

Know Your Final Exam Schedule

Eleven Compete in Inaugural Bayou Region Pitch Competition

Judges awarded more than $35,000 recently in the Bayou Region Pitch Competition powered by Chevron. Hosted by the Nicholls College of Business Administration, the event was managed by the Louisiana Small Business Development Center. The overall first place winner, pictured above taking home $15,000, was Daryl Roy of 3D media, a virtual reality company. Other second round winners were Scott Green of Dat Sauce, second place ($10,000), and Troy Guerrero of DigiFX, third place ($5,000). In the first round, John Sewell of Creative Cajun Meal Prep won first place ($5,000), Bonnie Soulet of Country Kids Learning Academy won second place ($2,500) and Noah Lirette of Bayou Terrebonne Distillers won third place ($1,000).

Honors Students Attend, Present at Undergraduate Research Conference

Congrats to the Nicholls Honors students, who presented at the 12th annual Undergraduate Research Conference hosted at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The students were in Lafayette for two days, Nov. 22-23, presenting posters and papers.

Come Get Into Holiday Spirit With Nicholls Music

Student Affairs Cares Volunteered at Thibodaux Food Bank on Nov. 19

Come By The Ceramics Studio at Nicholls for All Your Holiday Shopping

Ameen Art Gallery Featuring "Assimilation," "Divergent" and "Superimposition" student exhibitions

The Ameen Art Gallery at Nicholls State University is pleased to announce the senior exhibitions of Hanna Lee, Amber Knight and Abby Rink. The exhibitions will be on view during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Monday, Dec. 2 through Friday, Dec. 6. A reception will be held in the gallery on Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. 
“Assimilation” by Amber Knight presents photography about her perception and understanding of death from when she was a child until now.
“Divergent” by Abby Rink features ceramic sculptures that use compelling textures to create riveting renditions of animal body forms.
“Superimposition” by Hanna Lee will feature black and white photography that explores the surrealistic effect of layering multiple images together.

Hebert Helps Student Resident, Earns Colonel Acts of Kindness Honor

Isabella Hebert, a valued member of the residential living student staff, took it upon herself to go the extra mile to eliminate barriers for an injured student resident when the elevator was broken. This meant a lot to that student and exemplifies our university values of civic responsibility, leadership and responsibility. 

Looking for Scholarships for the Upcoming Semester?

Scholarships for the Spring 2020 semester are currently available here. The deadline date is Jan. 10.  Contact the scholarship office at 448-4411 if you have any questions.

Want to Clean Your Book Shelves and Fight Hunger at the Same Time?

Chi Alpha is collecting used text books to help fight hunger and poverty for children in need around the world. We will have an info and collection table in the lobby of the library from Thursday, Dec. 5 through Wednesday, Dec. 11. If you have any questions or would like more information about the event or where to donate, please email Cecil Ellis at cecil.ellis@nicholls.edu. 

Val Francis Presents at MassOpera "Freedom Ride" Performance

Nicholls Music Professor Dr. Valerie Francis discussed the history and evolution of the opera “Freedom Ride” on Sunday, Nov. 3 in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Dr. Francis appeared in several of the original iterations of Freedom Ride, in New Orleans for the world premiere and in New York for an Opera America performance. 

Freedom Ride tells the story of a student from New Orleans being drawn into the Civil Rights Movement in 1961. The activists travel to Jackson, Mississippi, to take part in a dangerous plan to desegregate interstate bus and train travel. Dr. Francis has played the roles of Georgia Davenport and Leonie Baker.

Nicholls Culinary Student was Finalist at Umami Competition

Chef John Folse Culinary Institute student Michael Gavin competed with students from six culinary schools from across the country last month in Charleston, South Carolina. Gavin was coached by culinary instructor Dr. Vivian Ray. 

The students were competing in the 2019 United States of Umami Culinary Competition. Each competitor was required to incorporate umami in multiple formats to create two competition-worthy dishes, one plant-based and one that represented their location or cultural heritage. Umami, or savory, is one of the five tastes in food.

Faculty and Staff: You are Invited to Holiday Gumbo in Ballroom

Tuesday, Dec. 3

Nicholls Art Club Sale — 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Talbot Lobby
Looking for affordable gifts this holiday season? Come take a look at the 8 x 10 inch artwork produced by Nicholls art students, faculty and alumni!

Stress Less Fest — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Quad
Want to try a few stress relieving activities that don’t involve alcohol? Stress Less Fest will focus on meditation to help you relax and learn balance, both academically and personally.

Christmas Cookie Cake Decoration — 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Galliano Dining Hall
Come to Galliano and decorate some cookies while listening to some Christmas music.

Wednesday, Dec. 4

SPA Meeting — 3 to 5 p.m., Student Union
SPA invites you to its weekly meeting where they plan some of the most highly anticipated on-campus events.

Final Exam Biology Study Sessions — 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Peltier 142
Need a little help for your Biology 114 final exam? The Tutorial and Academic Enhancement Center is here to help you out.

Final Exam Math Study Sessions — 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Various Peltier Classrooms
Need a little help for your math 100, 101, 106 and 165 final exams? The Tutorial and Academic Enhancement Center will have three sessions starting at 3:30 p.m., Math 100/101 in Peltier 134, Math 106 in Peltier 142 and Math 165 in Peltier 138.

Ceramics Club Pottery Sale 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., Talbot Hall Ceramics Studio
Need to do some shopping for the Holidays? The Nicholls Ceramic Club will have many options including pottery, paintings, prints, jewelry and more! Come to the rear entrance of Talbot Hall.

Final Exam Chemistry Study Sessions — 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Various Peltier Classrooms
Need a little help for your chemistry 105 and 109 final exams? The Tutorial and Academic Enhancement Center will have two sessions starting at 5:30, Chemistry 105 in Peltier 142 and Chemistry 109 in Peltier 138.

Holiday Gala 7:30 to 9 p.m., Danos Theater
Join the Department of Music spread as they spread holiday cheer in their second-annual Holiday Gala. Featured groups will be the Nicholls Choirs, Nicholls Piano Studio, Nicholls Jazz Ensemble, Nicholls Gospel Choir and the Nicholls Wind Ensemble. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and proceeds will benefit music scholarships.

Thursday, Dec. 5

Ceramics Club Pottery Sale 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Talbot Hall Ceramics Studio
Need to do some shopping for the Holidays? The Nicholls Ceramic Club will have many options including pottery, paintings, prints, jewelry and more! Come to the rear entrance of Talbot Hall.

Friday, Dec. 6

Ceramics Club Pottery Sale 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Talbot Hall Ceramics Studio
Need to do some shopping for the Holidays? The Nicholls Ceramic Club will have many options including pottery, paintings, prints, jewelry and more! Come to the rear entrance of Talbot Hall.

Tuesday, Dec. 10

Nicholls Women’s Basketball vs. The University of Louisiana at Monroe  6 to 8 p.m., Stopher Gym
Following three games on the road, the Colonels will return home to face the Warhawks in the last game before the conference schedule begins.

Tuesday, Dec. 10

Nicholls Men’s Basketball vs. Carver College  — 7 to 9 p.m., Stopher Gym
Join the Colonels as they take on the Carver College Cougars. This will be Nicholls final home game before the team begins Southland Conference play.

Friday, Dec. 13

Saturday, Dec. 14

Fall Commencement  9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Stopher Gym
Graduates from the Colleges of Business Administration and Nursing will be the first to walk at 9 a.m. The next ceremony at noon will feature the College of Liberal Arts and the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute. The final group of graduates from the Colleges of Education and Behavioral Sciences and Sciences and Technology will walk at 3 p.m.

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