Nicholls Makes Hidden Gems of the Southeast List

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University was named one of 25 Hidden Gems of the Southeast by

In its methodology, used criteria including small annual enrollment, small class sizes, retention rates, student reviews from reputable resources that index college and university statistics, accreditation and prestige.

Of Nicholls, OnlineSchoolsCenter wrote: “Nicholls State University is a place of joy and passion. Students are extremely dedicated to their academic success, as well as their social experience. The campus setting is rural and the student body is culturally rich and diverse.”

The southeast region includes universities and colleges from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Virginia.

Nicholls was one of two schools to make the list located in Louisiana. is a school resource geared toward helping business professionals, busy stay-at-home moms and dads and those with full schedules who would prefer an online option versus its’ brick and mortar counterpart.


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Nicholls Professor Heads to New York for STEM Program

Dr. Brigett Scott (Photo by Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University)

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences, Director of the Honors Program, and Associate Professor of Dietetics Dr. Brigett Scott has been selected to participate in the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture On the Farm STEM professional development in Syracuse, New York from May 21-23.

Dr. Scott was one of 60 participants selected among 550 applicants.

“Learning more about sustainable agricultural practices and ways that we can teach these concepts to consumers is an integral part of increasing knowledge about nutrition, the food supply and the health of our communities,” Dr. Scott said.

On the Farm takes educators from various fields, including health and science, to visit farms and ranches, meet with farmers, learn from leading experts and discuss ways to advance STEM education. The program also offers lessons, activities, online learning tools and professional development events designed to bring science to life with the help of beef cattle ranchers, researchers, nutritionists and veterinarians.

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture works to educate the public on the importance of agriculture by reconnecting the American public with the people that grow their food, equipping agricultural leaders with the skills needed to educate Americans of all ages and by building relationships with schools to enhance ag educational tools and resources.


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Nicholls Bank Case Study Team Selected to Advance

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University’s Community Bank Case Study Competition student team is one of 15 nationwide that have advanced to a second round of the 2019 Conference of State Bank Supervisors competition.

The team, selected by finance faculty, partnered with a local community bank to develop a case study using the bank’s story through media including essay, charts and video.

This year’s competition examines how the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act has helped community banks foster economic growth.

Teams advancing to the second round were chosen from a pool of 58 undergraduate student teams representing 44 colleges and universities.

The CSBS’ competition aims to give students first-hand knowledge of the banking industry.

The students’ work will be judged by two additional panels of experts, with the top three teams being announced on May 23 at the CSBS State-Federal Supervisors Symposium in San Antonio. The announcement will be streamed live on Twitter, at @CSBSNews.

Winners receive an academic scholarship, a chance to get their work published in an academic journal and an opportunity to attend the seventh annual CSBS-Federal Reserve Community Banking Research Conference, which will be in St. Louis in October.


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Nicholls Ranked Safest University in Louisiana By Security Resource

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University has been ranked the safest campus in Louisiana by online security resource,

Using data from the U.S. Department of Education’s Campus Safety and Security analysis and the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, looked at the main campuses of public, private and non-profit colleges that offer two- and four-year degrees and have at least 5,000 students. A total of 435 schools met the criteria, and from there, factors to determine safety included hate crimes per enrolled students, violence against women per enrolled females, property crime per population and violent crime per population.

University Police Department Chief Craig Jaccuzzo said one impressive factor is that Nicholls is a four-year residential institution with every extra-curricular activity and a full list of athletic programs, and similar institutions struggle to make lists such as this.

“UPD maintains the foundations of community policing, in that our officers are responsive to the particular needs of our university. We use out of the box critical thinking skills for the solutions instead of the traditional policing,” Chief Jaccuzzo said. “We are regularly recognized as a university with a low crime rate. It is because of the hard work from the men and women of UPD and because our administration, faculty and students will not stand for certain behaviors on campus.”

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Nicholls Concert Choir to Reflect on Home, Belonging in May Performance

Nicholls Concert Choir performs at the grand opening of the Mary and Al Danos Theater in 2016. (Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University)

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls Concert Choir invites you to explore the longing, warmth, joy and serenity that the word “home” often evokes as they perform at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday,  May 7.

The performance, “The Road Home,” is free to the public and will be at at the Mary and Al Danos Theater.

Nicholls Director of Choral Activities Dr. John St. Marie began planning this concert before he returned to the Bayou Region from his previous post in California during 2018.

The audience will be able to appreciate diverse music, which ranges from folksong to opera chorus as the Concert Choir and Chamber Choir sing pieces including “The Road Home,” “Shenandoah” and “Sweet Home.”

“As I began to reflect on that journey, so many beautiful songs came to mind that captured the feelings and longing one might feel for their home or family after a long absence,” Dr. St. Marie said. “The program is centered on the journey and how the path unfolds for each of us. It encourages us to reflect upon the tapestry of our lives and to show gratitude for all that has shaped us into who we are and who we choose to become.

“For some of my singers, it isn’t where they grew up or a particular experience, but how they choose to surround themselves with people and experiences that create that feeling of belonging.”

The Nicholls Concert Choir performs a variety of choral literature from all historical style periods each semester and performs at least one major work each year. The choir has performed with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, New Orleans Opera, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Acadiana Symphony and Jefferson Performing Arts Society.  


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Eat Crawfish and Support PETSM Students at End of the Year Boil

THIBODAUX, La. — The Nicholls Department of Petroleum Engineering Technology and Safety Management invites you to celebrate the end of the semester in style with an all-you-can-eat crawfish boil.

The American Society of Safety Professionals Bayou Chapter and the PETSM department will host their annual fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 9 at the Colonel Soccer Complex.

Each year, the groups boil more than 900 pounds of crawfish, potatoes, corn and sausage. Proceeds from the event go to the Nicholls ASSP Student Section to help pay for students to attend the premier ASSP Safety Technical Conference June 10-13 in New Orleans. Last year, ASSP funded students to travel to the conference in San Antonio.

Wren Lemmon, PETSM adjunct instructor and ASSP Bayou chapter president, says he expects students, local safety professionals and regional oil and gas alumni to attend the event.

“Our annual fundraiser contributes to the ability to engage our PETSM students by means of networking opportunities, education and advocacy for the safety profession,” Lemmon says. “The best part of this event is watching our students have great discussions with seasoned professionals, potential employers and other students around all things safety.”

The ASSP is the world’s oldest professional safety society. ASSP promotes the expertise, leadership and commitment of its members while providing them with professional development, advocacy and standards development.

Tickets are $20. For more information or to purchase tickets,


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Nicholls Wind Ensemble Concert to Feature American Band Classics

THIBODAUX, La. — The Nicholls Wind Ensemble is set to perform its final concert of the 2018-19 season next week.

Free and open to the public, the “American Band Classics” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 6 in the Mary and Al Danos Theater. The ensemble is made up of students from various majors throughout the university and is directed by music instructor Dr. Jason Ladd.

The program will feature American classics including “Rocky Point Holiday” by Brown University professor Ron Nelson, who wrote the song about his vacations at Rocky Point in Rhode Island; “Magneticfireflies” by Augusta Read Thomas, whose music has been premiered by the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony and the Berlin Philharmonic; “Sanctuary” by University of Southern California professor Frank Ticheli, who is one of the most performed composers by college bands; and William Schuman’s “Chester,” a song based on a Revolutionary War tune by William Billings.

Senior music major Kelsie Felarise, from Lockport, will also conduct Aaron Copland’s “Down a Country Lane” and John Sousa’s “Glory of the Yankee Navy.”


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Eat Shrimp, Support Students at Bridge to Independence Fundraiser

Bridge to Independence student Victoria Brown and 2018 Bridge graduates Sean Adams and Paige Faucheaux celebrate Red Out Friday. (Misty McElroy/Nicholls State University)

THIBODAUX, La. — The Bridge to Independence program at Nicholls State University invites you to their inaugural Shrimp Boil Fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 16 in the Guidry Stadium parking lot.

For $12, guests can dine on one pound of delicious boiled shrimp plus corn and potatoes while mingling with Bridge students. Plates can be picked up in a drive through or eaten in a tent in the parking lot or inside the Century Room in the stadium.

Bridge to Independence assists students with intellectual disabilities or autism spectrum disorder with academic, job and social skills. Nicholls’ program is one of over 50 programs in the United States certified by the U.S. Department of Education and the first in Louisiana. When the program first opened its doors in Fall 2016, eight students were enrolled. This semester, the program enrolled 38.

“Bridge to Independence provides support and services for people with intellectual disabilities and autism, and helps them obtain college degrees, job readiness skills and the ability to live independently,” said Dr. Mary Breaud, Bridge program advisor. “This is an opportunity for the public to see the work that we’re doing and the progress that our students are making.”

Event sponsors include Louisiana Seafood, Crawdaddy Seafood, Reva Kraemer, Red Hollow Farms, Rene Gautreaux for District Judge and Lafourche Parish District Attorney Kristine Russell.

All proceeds from the event will go back into Bridge to Independence.

For more information or tickets, contact Dr. Breaud at or at 448-4341. Checks must be made out to the Nicholls Foundation.


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Internationally Recognized Heart Doctor to Deliver Commencement Address

Dr. Craig Walker (Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University)

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls alum and world-renowned interventional cardiologist Dr. Craig Walker will serve as the keynote speaker for the 104th Commencement at Nicholls State University on Saturday, May. 18 in Stopher Gym.

Graduation ceremonies for the College of Arts and Sciences will be at 9 a.m., the College of Business Administration and the College of Nursing at noon and the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences and the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at 3 p.m.

A native of Bourg and graduate of South Terrebonne High School earned his doctorate from the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans and completed his residency at Lafayette Charity Hospital. He was awarded fellowships at Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans and at Harvard Medical School.

“A college degree represents a true accomplishment, but it is just the beginning of a lifetime of learning,” said Dr. Walker. “I’m proud to serve as the commencement speaker at my alma mater.”

He returned to the Bayou Region in 1983 when he opened the Houma Heart Clinic. At the time, he was the clinic’s only employee. But 35 years later, the Cardiovascular Institute of the South has 19 locations and 60 physicians.

More than an interventional cardiologist, Dr. Walker also founded the esteemed international conference, New Cardiovascular Horizons to discuss innovations and advancement in the cardiovascular field.

Outside of the clinic, he has also co-authored a heart-healthy cookbook with Chef John Folse, titled “Something Old & Something New, Louisiana Cooking With a Change of Heart.”

For his contributions to the field of medicine, Dr. Walker will be awarded an honorary doctorate from Nicholls during the commencement ceremony.

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Nicholls to Host Cybersecurity Panel

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University invites you to learn from industry experts on the importance and future of cybersecurity during a conference held on campus on Tuesday, April 30.

Hosted by the Nicholls Information Systems Club, America’s Small Business Development Center Louisiana and the Baton Rouge chapter of Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), the event will run from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Powell 140.

Attendees will learn directly from experts in the field at sessions held throughout the event, followed by a panel where the speakers will come together to discuss issues facing cybersecurity today.

Guest speakers include Cassi Davis, director of operations at the Houma-based IT company Transech, LLC, and a certified Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act security professional; Michelle Seeling, an internal controls analyst with Blue Cross Blue Sheild of Louisiana and past president of ISACA Baton Rouge; Special Agent Corey Harris, an FBI agent investigating computer intrusions since 2003; and Brandon Reeves, founder and CEO of the Baton Rouge-based cybersecurity consulting business EFEND, LLC.

Registration is required as seating is limited. To register, contact Evans at 448-4205 or


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