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  • February 22, 2017 at 1:46 pm
    THIBODAUX, La. -- Nicholls State University and the Bayou Lafourche Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau have announced a partnership aimed at increasing tourism across the parish. The agreement pairs Nicholls with the parish's leading tourism authority to promote campus events and programs that draw significant people to the region such as Nicholls athletic competitions, freshman orientations, commencements and summer camps. "Lafourche Parish is home to one of the most enjoyable and unique cultures in Louisiana, and Nicholls is proud to be a part of that," Dr. Bruce Murphy, university president, said. "Our vision is to be the intellectual, economic and…...
  • February 7, 2017 at 4:21 pm
    THIBODAUX, La. -- Undergraduate enrollment at Nicholls State University increased 2 percent this spring, with Nicholls enrolling 5,195 undergraduates, compared to 5,098 a year ago. Overall enrollment, including undergraduate and graduate students, rose slightly to 5,763 students, up nine from spring 2015, according to 14th class day statistics. This marks the third consecutive semester that Nicholls has had an enrollment increase. “This continued trend of enrollment growth and high retention rates during challenging times proves that Nicholls is providing a high-quality education at an affordable price,” Nicholls President Dr. Bruce Murphy said. “Looking ahead to the fall, we’re receiving greater…...
  • February 7, 2017 at 12:06 pm
    THIBODAUX, La. -- Renowned New Orleans jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis Jr. will perform on campus Thursday as part of Nicholls State University’s celebration of African-American History Month. Free and open to the public, the event will begin at 7 p.m. in the renovated Mary and Al Danos Theater in Talbot Hall. The 82-year-old Marsalis, regarded by many as the premier modern jazz pianist, has been playing jazz for more than 50 years. He has played and recorded with other well-known jazz musicians, including Cannonball Adderley, Nat Adderley, Eddie Harris, Al Hirt, Fathead Newman, Courtney Pine and Marcus Roberts. Though he…...
  • January 27, 2017 at 5:17 pm
    THIBODAUX, La. -- Nicholls State University will receive $65,000 from the Louisiana Department of Education to continue the Believe and Prepare initiative aimed at producing highly-trained educators better prepared to teach when they leave college. In an effort to alleviate statewide staffing shortages and issues with teacher retention, the program connects universities with local school districts and places senior education majors in local partner school districts for a full academic year so they can learn alongside an experienced teacher. Nicholls has participated every year since the program started in 2014. The residency is paired with coursework at the university aimed…...
  • January 27, 2017 at 5:14 pm
    THIBODAUX, La. -- Nicholls State University will celebrate African-American History Month with special public programs including concerts, film screenings, book talks and other presentations that span the month of February. Keynote speaker, Dr. Cleveland Hill, will kick off the month-long series at 9:40 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1 with a town hall discussing “The Crisis in Education,” this year’s national theme. Hill was the first African-American student-athlete at Nicholls and later became the dean of the College of Education at his alma mater, retiring in 2006.  The event will be held LeBijou Theater in the Bollinger Memorial Student Union and…...
  • January 12, 2017 at 2:21 pm
    This year's events are inspired by the national African-American History Month theme: The Crisis in Black Education. All events are FREE and open to the public unless otherwise noted ALL MONTH “I, too, am America” Display Ellender Memorial Library, First Floor Display Cases The “I, too, am America” display showcases the numerous contributions African-American scholars have made to education and scholarly endeavors including literature, music, science, medicine, history, art and beyond. African-American Spotlights At men's and women's basketball games in February Video spotlights of Nicholls African-Americans athletes will be show on the video board during basketball games, posted on Nicholls Athletics social…...
  • December 15, 2016 at 2:25 pm
    THIBODAUX, La. -- Nicholls State University will receive a $6,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant to benefit the Archives and Special Collections section in the Ellender Memorial Library. On Wednesday, NEH announced $16.3 million in funding for 290 projects across 43 states; Washington D.C.; and Puerto Rico. Nicholls received a Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions, which will help the university preserve and care for special collections likes books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images and other records. “These preservation activities support our mission of community service by helping preserve the unique and significant resources…...
  • December 6, 2016 at 10:48 am
      THIBODAUX, La. -- Nicholls State University's accreditation was renewed for another 10 years by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges during their annual board meeting in Atlanta on Dec. 5. For the next decade, Nicholls will focus on carrying out its new Student Advising and Mentoring (SAM) Plan, which will empower students to work closely with faculty mentors for guidance in selecting a career path, becoming fully engaged on campus, graduating on time and ultimately securing a job upon graduation. "Reaccreditation is critically important to the future of Nicholls and verifies the incredible quality of…...
  • December 5, 2016 at 4:41 pm
      THIBODAUX, La. -- Nicholls State University will award more than 650 degrees during its annual fall commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, in John L. Guidry Stadium. Harvard Professor Dr. Kevin Kit Parker will serve as the keynote speaker. A lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, Parker is the Tarr Family Professor of Bioengineering and Applied Physics in the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard. Parker joined the U.S. Army as a paratrooper in 1992 and, following the Sept. 11 attacks, served two tours in Afghanistan. He was awarded the Bronze…...
  • December 2, 2016 at 4:04 pm
    THIBODAUX, La. -- Nicholls State University physical science professors, Dr. Chadwick Young and Dr. Kaisa Young, will explore the origin of the Star of Bethlehem in a presentation at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5, in the Plantation Suite in the Student Union. Also known as the Christmas Star, the Star of Bethlehem signaled the birth of Jesus and led the three wise men to Bethlehem, according to the nativity story. Titled “O Star of Wonder: The Astronomy, History and Mystery of the Star of Bethlehem,” the Youngs' presentation will offer insight into the genesis of the star while also…...