I am excited about my new role crafting the visual content of our university as the director of marketing. I look forward to working with our team in the Office of Marketing and Communications to create content that is both impactful and innovative for our students of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

We are all seeking a personalized experience in today’s fast paced world. From social media influencers to the use of visual storytelling, Generation Z is continuing to change our marketing landscape. My goal is to diversify the ways in which we are distributing marketing into our community. We have already hit the ground running working on some exciting digital projects rolling out in the Spring and I look forward to working on the branding of our university “More Than” campaign.

One big initiative is fine-tuning strategies for recruiting future Colonels with our admissions team. We plan to integrate a social media algorithm as well as include video and website content into our recruiting timelines. As the biggest platform accessed by current and potential students, creating engaging website content for our departments is also a top priority. We want to tell the story of our university to prospective students through popular social media sites such as YouTube. I also see us increasing visibility for Nicholls internationally by creating resources such as virtual tours and Q&A’s with current students to be shown on international recruiting websites. This would enable those from across the globe to see our beautiful campus, meet our students, and experience our Colonel Pride from wherever they are. 

I am so honored to have been selected for this position and I look forward to giving back to my alma mater. Geaux Colonels! 

Nicholls Alum, State Senator to Give Commencement Speech

State Senator and Nicholls State University alumnus Norbèrt “Norby” Chabert will deliver the keynote speech during the 105th commencement ceremony. 

Advocate: Alum receives Spaht Scholar Award

Nicholls Alum Pamela Cambre Lakvold received the Spaht Scholar Award on Nov. 21 from the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Board of Control.

Houma Courier: Local Education Leaders Discuss Progress

Nicholls President Jay Clune talked about progress at Nicholls to area business owners at the Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce luncheon

Houma Courier: After six years, Nicholls library secures new director

Elizabeth Batte will be the director of the Ellender Memorial Library starting Jan. 6. Reporter Halle Parker talked to Batte about her plans for the library.

Michael Gavin Among Finalists for U.S. of Umami Competition

Nicholls Culinary Student Michael Gavin participated in the United States of Umami Culinary Competition on Nov. 8, in Charleston, S.C.

Welcome to Nicholls:
Giovanna McClenachan
will begin as an assistant professor and wetland plant biologist for biological sciences (Jan. 15).
Penny Brooks will begin as an adjunct instructor for Nicholls Online (Jan. 21).

Job Changes:
Lauren Boudreaux
from adjunct visiting instructor of nursing to visiting instructor of nursing (Jan. 15).

Retirees:
Marcelle Bienvenu
will retire after 11 years as an instructor for the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute (Jan. 14).
Gary Rosenthal will retire after 35 years as a professor for psychology (Dec. 31).
Galeion H. Oncale Jr. retired after 24 years as a custodian for residence life (Dec. 6).

Know Your Final Exam Schedule

Students Present Research at International Conference in Vietnam

Nicholls Biology students Christopher Oubre and Ethan Naquin presented their research at the international conference on Green Technologies for Sustainable Water in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Oubre presented his work on the effect of silver oxide nanoparticles on the bacteria in the Gulf of Mexico. Naquin presented his work on the presence of antibiotic resistant bacteria in the seafood.

PETSM Student Awarded AADE Scholarship

PETSM student John Mahl (2nd from right) receives a scholarship from the American Association of Drilling Engineers at the awards banquet last week in Mandeville.  Mahl works full time in safety offshore for Chevron while attending classes on a 7-on, 7-off rotational schedule. This schedule gives students working offshore the opportunity to complete their degrees, when they otherwise would not be able to. Faculty co-sponsor Dr. John Griffin (3rd from right) was also present at the ceremony.  

Dr. Bickham Presents on First Lady Media Relations in Baltimore

Dr. Shaniece Bickham, MACO assistant professor, seated on the right, presented research about the strategic communication efforts of former First Lady Michelle Obama as part of the panel discussion: “First Lady Media Relations: Communication Survival Strategies from Hillary Clinton to Melania Trump.” She presented at the 105th National Communication Association Conference on Nov. 16 in Baltimore.

Support Women's Basketball and Enjoy Shrimp Plates

Scenes From Second Annual Nicholls Music Holiday Gala

The Nicholls State University Music Department hosted its second annual Holiday Gala last week. The concert included Nicholls Choirs, Nicholls Piano Ensemble, Nicholls Jazz Ensemble, Nicholls Gospel Choir and the Nicholls Wind Ensemble. Music before the concert was provided by members of the Nicholls Brass Ensemble.

Student Debate Helped Polled Students Make Up Mind on Topic

The Department of Mass Communication speech faculty hosted the Fall Speech Forum on Nov. 20. The speakers were all freshmen, including Aleksandra Adams, who made the pro argument, Brianna Simon, who made the con argument, and Bryce Whittington, who served as the debate host. The students were debating “Should affirmative action policies be applied in university admission decisions?”

The audience was polled at both the start and close of the Speech Forum. Over half of the participants began “undecided.” By the close, the con vote had climbed past 70 percent (see chart). The semesterly Speech Forum is a free event that is open to the public. Debater tryouts are announced through the Nicholls Inside emails toward the beginning of each semester. Contact Dr. Rya Butterfield, at rya.butterfield@nicholls.edu, for more information

Nicholls Camerata to Perform Free Concert in Cut Off

The Nicholls Camerata is performing an advent concert in Cut Off on Wednesday, Dec. 11. The concert will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 7 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

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.

Nicholls Student Directs HL Bourgeois Students in Jazz Concert

The Inaugural Jazz Concert at HL Bourgeois High School was last week. It was directed by current Nicholls student Valeria Nolazco. She has been student teaching this semester with Nicholls alum Tyler Wiggins and will be graduating next week. 

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.

Wednesday, Dec. 11

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

Breakfast With Santa, Tillou and Cheerleaders  — 8 to 11 a.m., Galliano Cafeteria
Join Santa, Tillou and the Nicholls Cheerleaders for a breakfast buffet featuring pancakes, eggs, grits, bacon, biscuits, milk, orange juice and fruit.

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.

Friday, Dec. 20

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