Nicholls honors professor, current student and journalist

Dr. Kathy Connor and Taylor Boudreaux pose with their 2018 Women of Achievement awards. Not pictured: Cory Haik.


THIBODAUX, La. — A Pulitzer winning journalist, professor who has guided the direction of the creative writing program and a student who has been president of three organizations highlight Nicholls’ 2018 Woman of Achievement Award winners.

Associate Professor of English Dr. Kathy Conner received the faculty/staff award, senior Taylor Boudreaux the student honor and journalist Cory Haik (B.A. ‘00) the community award. The awards were presented Thursday at the 2018 Bonnie J. Bourg Lecture Series and Women’s History Month Luncheon.

“The Woman of Achievement Awards give us a chance to recognize the excellence that is integrated in the school work and professional work of so many women at Nicholls,” said Dr. Michele Caruso, Dean of Students. “It also brings people together in celebration of that excellence and exposes them to diversity of thought through each other as well as through the guest speakers we invite each year.”

Dr. Conner came to Nicholls in 2010 and has since set the direction of the creative writing program. She has created both Gris-Gris, Nicholl’s first international professional literary journal and the Creative Writing Reading Series. Dr. Conner has also transformed the student literary magazine, Mosaic.

Boudreaux has served as president of the Student Programming Association, Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority and Beta Alpha Psi Accounting Honor Society. She is a double major in accounting and finance and has maintained a near perfect GPA.

Haik has worked for the Times-Picayune, The Seattle Times and The Washington Post. She now serves as the publisher of Mic, a millennial-focused news publication. Haik has shared in three Pulitzer Prize awards, two as acting manager of for coverage on Hurricane Katrina and one as assisting managing editor at The Seattle Times for distinguished local reporting with speed and accuracy.


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