Nicholls music invites you to Camerata string instrument concert

THIBODAUX, La. — The Nicholls State University Department of Music will host its Camerata concert featuring Baroque style dance pieces later this month.

The event, free and open to the public, will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26 at the Mary and Al Danos Theater. The ensemble, with several new international students, will be performing Baroque style pieces including Edvard Grieg’s Holberg Suite, which was inspired by a 17th-century Norwegian playwright.

The Camerata is a chamber ensemble comprised of members of the string instrument program at Nicholls State University. The ensemble, which is performed without a conductor, attracts students from all over the world and features instruments including violins, violas and cellos. The intensive study program was started by music instructor James Alexander in 2007.

The Camerata’s musical repertoire ranges from the baroque period to modern.


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Music Department Holiday Gala to benefit scholarship fund

THIBODAUX, La. — The Nicholls Department of Music invites you to get into the holiday spirit next month as several student ensembles will perform Christmas favorites including exciting new arrangements of “Deck the Halls,” “Jingle Bells” and “Sleigh Ride.”

The Holiday Gala, set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 in the Mary and Al Danos Theater, will feature the Jazz Ensemble, Gospel Choir, Concert Choir and Symphonic Winds Ensemble.

“The collaboration will give the listener an eclectic mix of holiday favorites from the sublime to the energetic and everything in between – there will be something on this program that will appeal to every listener,” said Dr. John St. Marie, assistant music professor and director of choral activities.

General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students through, by searching for Nicholls Holiday Gala. Proceeds from the evening’s performance will benefit the music department’s scholarship fund.

The department is also inviting patrons to become founding members of the Friends of Music by purchasing a ticket at the donor rate of $50.

“Not only will you be supporting deserving young talent through our scholarship fund, but Friends of Music will also receive a few perks for their donation including reserved seating and being recognized as a supporter of music in our program,” said St. Marie. “Additionally, the first 40 founding members will be invited to a post-concert Wine Reception.”

Contact the department at 448-4600 to become a Friends of Music patron and reserve tickets for the Holiday Gala.


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Nicholls invites you to annual Christmas Pottery Sale

THIBODAUX, La. — The Nicholls State University Ceramics Club invites you to the annual Christmas Pottery Sale fundraiser later this month.

Shoppers can peruse hand-crafted pottery, jewelry and prints from more than 10 artists, alumni, students and faculty. Pottery includes bowls, pitchers, trays, mugs, platters and containers, to name a few.

“The Pottery Sale at Nicholls showcases the tremendous talent of students, alumni and faculty, while also providing the community with unique, handmade gifts just in time for the holidays,” said Jean Donegan, art department head.

The popular fundraiser will open from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29 and Friday, Nov. 30 in the Ceramics Laboratory near the rear entrance of Talbot Hall.

Proceeds generated from the event are used to buy studio equipment, host guest artists and support student awards.


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Ellender Memorial Library presents Louisiana Poet Laureate






THIBODAUX, La. — Ellender Memorial Library at Nicholls State University invites you to participate in a day of poetry and creative writing as the Louisiana Poet Laureate, Dr. Jack Bedell, visits campus on Nov. 27.

A Native of Houma, Bedell is the author of nine books of poetry – including “Come Rain, Come Shine,” “What Passes for Love,” “At the Bonehouse” and “Revenant” – and has taught creative writing at Southeastern since 1992.

He received the Governor’s Award for Artistic Achievement in 2007, earned the 2005 Special Humanities Award from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and was honored with Southeastern’s President’s Award for Excellence in Artistic Activity in 1997.

Bedell will host a workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. in Peltier 218 with Nicholls poet-in-residence, Jay Udall. Later, he will serve as a special guest at the Nicholls Creative Writing Reading Series from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Le Bijou Theatre, hold a meet and greet from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Talbot Hall lobby and participate in RELATE Open-Mic night at 7 p.m. in the Mary and Al Danos Theater.

His works will also be on display in Ellender Memorial Library throughout November.

All events are free and open to the public.

This program is funded under a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The opinions expressed in this program do not necessarily represent the views of either the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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Nicholls online English degree receives top 5 ranking for affordability

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University’s online English degree has been ranked one of the most affordable by an online education resource.

Nicholls degree was ranked No. 5 by SR Education Group, who considered the tuition rates of every accredited college offering fully online degrees to determine and rank the most affordable options. The results were published on 2019 rankings looked at 861 schools across the nation to find schools committed to providing the most economical options for students. Nicholls was the only school in Louisiana to be ranked in the top 25.

“I think this new ranking indicates that we have an outstanding academic program that is also affordable,” said Dr. Ellen Barker, department of language and literature chair. “We have remained in the top seven, often in first and second place, for affordability in the last few years, so it is rewarding to maintain that ranking in this category.”

Founded in 2004 and headquartered in Washington, SR Education Group provides online resources to help prospective college students find the education that best suits their budget and career aspirations. The group provides over $250,000 annually in scholarships.


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Celebrate Veterans Day at Nicholls State University

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University invites you to honor all veterans during a Veterans Day celebration in the Mary and Al Danos Theater on Friday, Nov. 9.

Nicholls Veteran Services will hold a public ceremony at 11:30 a.m. in the Nicholls Quad and veterans will be served a free lunch in the cafeteria.

“Veterans Day is a day that we stand together united in support of the men and women who have courageously and selflessly served the United States of America,” said Gilberto Burbante, coordinator of veterans services at Nicholls. “Our local heroes are such a source of inspiration and pride. I cannot thank our servicemen and women enough for their commitment and the sacrifices they have made for our country.”

This year’s guest speaker is Rusten May, the chief privacy officer and counsel for Tulane University, who earned a bronze star and purple heart as a member of a sniper team on a combat tour in Iraq. May, who joined the military following the events on Sept. 11, graduated from Nicholls with a degree in business administration upon finishing his service and is now a licensed attorney. He represents veterans on a pro bono basis and has provided legal counsel to Peoples Health, the Louisiana Public Service Commission and the Department of Insurance.

Thibodaux JROTC will present the colors and the Nicholls chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia will sing the national anthem.

Nicholls has earned the “Governor’s Military and Veteran Friendly Campus” designation and has consistently been named a “Military Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs magazine.


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Nicholls to host guest pianist for free concert

Dino Mulic (submitted photo)

THIBODAUX, La. — The Nicholls Department of Music invites you to a guest performance featuring a pianist who has performed in the U.S., Canada and several European countries.

Dr. Dino Mulic is an assistant professor of piano at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and will be performing works by Alban Berg, Alojz Srebotnjak, Frédéric Chopin and Modest Mussorgsky.

As a professor, Dr. Mulic remains active as a recitalist. He has performed in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Michigan, New York, South Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin. Internationally, his career expands to countries including Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, Hungary and Italy.

Dr. Mulic also serves as a faculty member at New England Music Camp in Sidney, Maine, where he teaches piano and chamber music. Additionally, he is a founder and co-director of the Piano Celebration Week festival at the Corpus Christi campus.

The recital, free and open to the public, is set for 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 12, in the Mary and Al Danos Theater.


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Dystopian art to be on display in Nicholls student exhibit

THIBODAUX, La. — The Nicholls State University Department of Art invites you to view student artwork depicting dystopia – a society faced with a cataclysmic decline, a tyrannical government or collapse – in the annual Kappa Pi Themed Exhibition.

The exhibit will run from now until Nov. 2 in the Ameen Art Gallery in Talbot Hall and from Nov. 5 to Dec. 7 at the Chauvin Sculpture Garden Art Studio.

The theme “Dystopia” was selected by a vote of the Kappa Pi chapter members. Artworks submitted to the exhibition must in some way address the theme to be eligible for inclusion. A total of 44 students, some not art majors, submitted work to the exhibition.  Famous examples of dystopia are George Orwell’s “1984” and Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.”

I would encourage people to attend the exhibition to see how students interpret the word dystopia, and all of the meanings it has in contemporary culture,” said Ross Jahnke, art professor and exhibitions coordinator. “Some art is a very literal interpretation of the word, while other pieces take a more tangential approach. Unlike the Annual Student Exhibition in the spring, which is for art majors only, and for art produced in art classes, this is a chance to see what students will do on their own.

A reception and awards ceremony will take place from 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the Ameen Art Gallery.

Both exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Kappa Pi is an International Art Honor Society founded in 1911, with chapters throughout the world. Zeta Alpha Zeta is the Nicholls Chapter of Kappa Pi, and has been active for over 15 years. Zeta Alpha Zeta members sponsor this annual themed exhibition as well as participate in numerous extracurricular activities each year, such as Nicholls Can, Shark after Dark, Artworks, Welcome Back Day and High School Day.

For more information contact Jahnke at or 985.493.2501.


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Nicholls graduate to speak about research into heart disease

THIBODAUX, La. — A Nicholls Chemistry alum will speak about his team’s efforts to find a method to reduce the development of heart disease.

Dr. William Robichaux (‘10 BS), who works for the McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, will host a seminar “Bringin’ on the Heartache” at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in Beauregard 104.

“Dr. Robichaux’s work is an excellent example of how his work in biochemistry is impacting many generations to come,” said Dr. Chad Young, physics professor and department of physical sciences head. “The vision of Nicholls chemistry program is to change the world. We do this by teaching and mentoring our students to be the best chemists in the world. Dr. Robichaux’s success is a great example of how Nicholls chemistry program is changing the world.”

According to the World Health Organization, ischemic heart disease and stroke have been the leading cause of death for the past 15 years. They accounted for 15.2 million deaths in 2016. In 2017, 5.8 percent of Louisianans had heart disease compared to the national rate of 4.1 percent.

The research looks into the roles of a specific protein, EPAC1, in stress-induced cardiovascular disease development. The protein is a plausible target to reduce the development of heart disease, and a future goal would be to expand this research into clinical trials for patients.

“Nicholls Chemistry grads are very successful in their endeavors, whether they are keeping our chemical plants safe, innovating new solutions to energy problems, practicing medicine or pharmacy, or, as Dr. Robichaux is doing, developing new treatments for disease,” Dr. Young said. “His success shows that Nicholls is able to produce world-class researchers and academics.”


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Nicholls Jazz Band to perform recent works

THIBODAUX, La. — The Nicholls State University Department of Music invites you to an evening of modern of jazz at a concert held next month in the Mary and Al Danos Theater.

The Nicholls Jazz Band concert is set for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8. The Jazz Band will be performing newly composed and newly-arranged works from the last four years.

“This will be an exciting and fun concert for people to hear what the students have been working on this semester,” said Taylor Assad, instructor of music and Jazz Band director. “The songs we are playing are unexpected in terms of form and structure, and the concert will also feature many student soloists.”

The concert will feature arrangements composed by top modern jazz musicians including Matt Harris, Patty Darling, Greg Moody, Mike Carubia, Rob Vuono Jr. and Terry White.

Music instructor Dr. Matthew Swihart will also be featured on an arrangement of “Memories of You.”

The event is free and open to the public.

The Nicholls Jazz Band, which is made up of both music majors and non-music majors, gives each student their own unique part with different notes. The program encourages independence in reading music and enables students to improve in their sightreading. Students learn how to play various jazz styles, about important figures in jazz history and also how to improvise.


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