Nicholls art students benefit from $50,000 lab renovation

Nicholls administrators join art faculty and supporters in unveiling a completed $50,000 renovation to the university's graphic design lab. Nicholls art students now have access to new iMac computers, inkjet printers and a 3-D motion graphics audio/video editing room, which will be used by the university's new 3-D animation program set to begin in fall 2016. Pictured (from left) are Nicholls President Bruce Murphy; Becky Bonnecarrere; Jeanne-Claire Carrere; Dane Ledet Jr.; Lou Ledet; Jean Donegan, head of the Nicholls art department; Dawn Ledet; Francesca Ledet and Cinda Ledet.
Nicholls administrators join art faculty and supporters in unveiling a completed $50,000 renovation to the university’s graphic design lab. Nicholls art students now have access to new iMac computers, inkjet printers and a 3-D motion graphics audio/video editing room, which will be used by the university’s new 3-D animation program set to begin in fall 2016. Pictured (from left) are Nicholls President Bruce Murphy; Becky Bonnecarrere; Jeanne-Claire Carrere; Dane Ledet Jr.; Lou Ledet; Jean Donegan, head of the Nicholls art department; Dawn Ledet; Francesca Ledet and Cinda Ledet.

THIBODAUX — Nicholls State University announced a $50,000 renovation to the university’s graphic design lab at a ribbon-cutting ceremony held Thursday in Talbot Hall.

The renovation, completed in summer 2015, equips the lab with new iMac computers, peripherals, two high-quality inkjet printers, laptop stations, an audio/video editing room for creating 3-D motion graphics and a dedicated critique/sketch area. The lab serves all Nicholls graphic design students, about half of all art majors.

“It’s wonderful to have a state-of-the-art lab facility for our art students,” said Jean Donegan, head of the Nicholls art department. “We will begin offering a 3-D animation program in fall 2016, and the upgrades to our lab paved the way to help us accomplish that. This facility will help us attract students looking to make art their career, especially those students interested in graphic design and 3-D animation.”

The graphic design lab renovation was funded by a $20,000 donation from the Lou and Dane Ledet family, which includes several Nicholls art alumni, and a matching $30,000 Nicholls instructional technology grant.

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