Nicholls invites community to ‘Gridiron Greatness’ Homecoming Events

THIBODAUX — Nicholls State University students, alumni and fans will celebrate“Gridiron Greatness” during 2012 Homecoming Week festivities, which begin Saturday, Oct. 6.

Kicking off the week is “Paint the Town Red” Day of Service, a new addition to the Homecoming tradition. Students will spend the morning working on several beautification projects for the city of Thibodaux.

“I challenged the Homecoming Committee to come up with something new and different, and a philanthropy project seemed like the perfect addition,” said Deborah Raziano, director of alumni affairs. “We are all excited for this opportunity to partner with the Thibodaux Mayor’s Office to offer meaningful service projects for our students while promoting campus and community pride.”

Homecoming will also coincide with the Nicholls CAN! food drive, which will have donation drop-off locations at several Homecoming events. Throughout the week, students will participate in a kick-off barbecue, a pep rally, flag football games, a Homecoming breakfast and dance, and pirogue races.

Homecoming weekend begins at 8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, with the Nicholls Alumni Federation’s John Brady Golf Classic at the LaTour Golf Course in Mathews. Gary Barbaro, the first Nicholls football player to be drafted into the NFL, will return as the tournament’s chairman and be on hand interacting with golfers during the four-person scramble, 18-hole tournament. Other events on Friday include:


  • A Nicholls soccer match versus Southeastern Louisiana University at 4 p.m.,
  • Colonel Alive @ 5 concert featuring We The Kings with SIGHTINSOUND as the opening act in the parking lot near the tennis courts from 5 to 8 p.m.,
  • A Homecoming social for College of Business Administration Alumni Association at 6 p.m.,
  • A reunion for the Nicholls Class of 1962 from 7 to 9 p.m., and
  • A Nicholls Players’ performance of “Almost, Maine” at 7 p.m.

The annual Homecoming football game is slated for 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at John L. Guidry Stadium, where the Colonels will take on the Sam Houston State University Bearkats. Other Saturday events include:

  • Colonel Baseball Alumni Day at 11 a.m., including a baseball intra-squad scrimmage at 1 p.m.,
  • Public tours of the Harold J. Callais Student Recreation Center from noon to 3 p.m.,
  • A mini-conference celebrating the 10th anniversary of the marine and environmental biology master’s program from 2 to 4 p.m.,
  • A Homecoming reception and pep rally from 4 to 6 p.m. and
  • A Nicholls Players’ performance of “Almost, Maine” at 7 p.m.

A detailed schedule of Homecoming Week events is available at
calendar-of-events. Call 985-448-4111 for more information.

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