Building For Our Future
Not even a pandemic can stop the Nicholls campus from evolving. Thanks to the generous support of our alumni and donors, we have been able to renovate and elevate many spaces on our campus. We will come out of this pandemic as a stronger university able to offer many opportunities to students all over campus. Some of our major improvements:
Boucvalt Athletic Complex
Beginning Fall 2021, Nicholls student-athletes will enjoy the additional space through the renovated Barker Hall and new Boucvalt Family Athletic Complex. Phase I of the $6.5 million project was aided by the largest donation in university history at $2.5 million by Trey Boucvalt. Once complete, the renovated facility will include office and meeting space for all 17 athletic programs, as well as new state-of-the-art facilities for football. Phase I is expected to wrap up in Spring or Summer 2021. The $4 million Phase II is in design and expected to start after the completion of the first phase.
Callais-Desalvo Convergence Media Center
This Fall, students with The Nicholls Worth, KNSU-TV, La Pirogue and KNSU Radio were able to collaborate together for the first time in the new student media center. The state-of-the-art facility is intended to foster collaborative journalism and was funded by author and pioneer journalist Tina DeSalvo-Callais (BS ’81) and her husband, Corey(BS ’87).
Arlen Cenac Greenhouse
Long-time Nicholls supporter Arlen “Benny” Cenac, Jr. (BS ’79)funded the first phase of the Greenhouse which will be named for his father. Phase I included the demolition of the old building and the construction of the new classroom facility. Phase II will include a new glass greenhouse with hydroponic plant towers and additional gardening space. When complete, this project will benefit programs in the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute and provide educational and employment opportunities for the students in the Bridge to Independence program.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced college campuses to reimagine the classroom setting. For Nicholls, that meant creating new classroom settings to accommodate for social distancing. Donations from the Shaver Family and the Lorio Foundation helped renovate one of the oldest buildings on campus by adding air conditioning, installing LED bulbs in the light fixtures, painting the ceilings, refinishing the gym floors and removing the old wooden bleachers.