Nicholls Culinary students to cook up fundraiser for flood victims Friday

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University will host a Jambalaya Lunch on Friday to benefit the Nicholls Flood Emergency Relief Fund for students affected by the historic flooding earlier this month.

As a service-learning event, students in the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute will put their culinary skills into action by preparing 1,000 pounds of chicken, sausage and andouille jambalaya.

One pound portions of jambalaya will be sold for $10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Ledet Culinary Building on Bowie Road.

“Nicholls is always looking for ways to provide experiential learning opportunities for our students, and the jambalaya lunch will allow culinary students to practice their culinary techniques while helping raise funds for fellow Colonels who lost their homes and belongings in the flood,” said Nicholls President, Dr. Bruce Murphy. “This service-learning event is a great way for the community to demonstrate support for both Nicholls flood victims as well as our aspiring chefs.”

Ingredients were generously supplied by Friends of Bourgeois Meat Market and the Nicholls Student Culinary Association.

Pre-orders will be taken for 10 pounds or more. To preorder, call 985-493-2700.

Those who can’t make it to lunch Friday are encouraged to donate directly to the flood relief fund, which will remain open until Aug. 31, at nicholls.edu/relief or send a check to the University Advancement Office.

Macik-Frey named dean of the Nicholls College of Business Administration

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Marilyn Macik-Frey

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University has announced Dr. Marilyn Macik-Frey as dean of the College of Business Administration.

The LaMarque, Texas, native served as the interim dean since November following the retirement of longtime dean Dr. Shawn Mauldin. She held the college’s assistant dean position prior to that appointment.

Nicholls conducted a national search to replace Mauldin and Macik-Frey was the overwhelming choice of the search committee, said Dr. Lynn Gillette, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

“Marilyn has vast business experience, and she’s incredibly well-respected by the faculty in the College of Business Administration and across campus,” Gillette said. “I believe as dean she’ll be able to work with the faculty to foster innovation, develop new programs and improve the college to be even better than it already is.”

An eight-person committee made up of Nicholls faculty and community business leaders conducted the search for the replacement.

“There’s a legacy to the College of Business Administration that goes back for years and is deeply connected to the regional business community. I’m proud to serve as dean and keep that legacy alive,” Macik-Frey said.

The recipient of the Candies Family Endowed Professorship, Macik-Frey joined the Nicholls management faculty in 2007. Prior to arriving at Nicholls, she owned a rehabilitation agency, providing speech pathology services in cooperation with physical and occupational therapy partners. She worked as a regional manager for a national rehabilitation provider in south Texas and was the national director of reimbursement training and research for a health-care consulting company.

Macik-Frey earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and speech pathology from Stephen F. Austin State University, a master’s in communicative disorders from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, a master’s in business administration from Texas A&M-University Corpus Christi and a doctorate in business administration and management from the University of Texas at Arlington, where she concurrently taught at the Goolsby Leadership Academy.

Offering six undergraduate degree programs, a fully online business administration degree as well as an MBA and an Executive MBA, the AACSB-accredited College of Business Administration is among the most popular areas of academic study at Nicholls.

Nicholls launches crowd-funding campaign for students impacted by flooding

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University is asking for community support to help a number of Colonels who have been impacted by the 1,000-year flood that devastated Baton Rouge and surrounding areas over the weekend.

More than 40,000 homes have been damaged and 10 people killed by historic floods caused upwards of 2 feet of rainfall over the weekend.

“Over the past several days, our thoughts have been with the thousands of families impacted by the historic floods sweeping across our state,” said Nicholls President Dr. Bruce Murphy. “Some members of our Nicholls community and their families have suffered damage, and affected students now face unanticipated costs and possibly the loss of college necessities like books, supplies, clothing and campus residence items.”

To assist the Colonels in need, the Nicholls Foundation is sponsoring an online crowd-sourcing campaign titled the ‘Nicholls Emergency Flood Relief’ to assist affected students.

“One of the things that makes our Nicholls family so special is the outpouring of care and concern for our community,” Murphy said. “By coming together, we can help ensure that our affected Colonels get through these challenges as they continue to pursue their dreams of a college degree.”

With an initial goal of $10,000, the fundraiser began today and will close Aug. 31. Any funds raised that are not claimed will be used to establish savings for future emergencies.

Students impacted by the flood can call the Office of Student Affairs at 985-448-4022 for more information.

To donate visit nicholls.edu/relief or send a check to the University Advancement Office.

Nicholls biology professor awarded for active learning techniques

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Aimee Hollander

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University Biology Assistant Professor Aimee Hollander was recently selected to receive the 2016 American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators Travel Award.

The award is given annually to biology instructors with “leadership potential and a commitment to education” who display success in the classroom by developing active learning techniques. Recipients of the award receive funding to attend the conference held in North Bethesda, Maryland.

Last spring, Hollander staged a faux crime scene that students evaluated over the course of multiple classes in an effort to show her biology students the different career opportunities that a biology degree could lead to. She also uses online blogs and social media to interact in different ways with her students.

“The ASMCU award granted me an opportunity to meet with professors and educators from all over the country that also teach microbiology and share innovative ideas that I can take back to improve the curriculum here at Nicholls,” Hollander said. “It was really rewarding to not only be able to share and be recognized for my success but to also learn from other institutions, including Harvard, University of Colorado and various community colleges.”

Hollander participated in a competition hosted by McGraw-Hill where she submitted an active learning technique. Her presentation, titled “Guess that Microbe,” was selected as best of the conference by more than 50 of her peers. ‘Guess that Microbe’ is a mock game show that Hollander uses in the classroom. As a result, she was awarded an Apple iWatch.

“Nicholls is committed to implementing progressive instruction and active learning strategies that truly influence student engagement. Aimee Hollander is a perfect example of that,” said Nicholls Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Lynn Gillette. “This recognition confirms that her methods are working and making an impact on students.”

Nicholls recognizes more than 1,900 honors students

More than 1,900 Nicholls State University students have been named to the Spring 2016 President’s List, Dean’s List and Honor Roll, which recognize academic excellence.

View a complete list of spring honors students, sorted by parish. Full-time students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for the President’s List, between 3.2 and 3.499 for the Dean’s List, and between 3.0 and 3.199 for the Honor Roll.

Nicholls awards 684 degrees at spring commencement

Nicholls State University awarded 684 degrees to students during its three commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 14.

Six students received the President’s Medal of Honor for graduating with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Those students include Lawrence Arceneaux III, history graduate from Chauvin; Anastasia Bergeron, secondary education graduate from Berwick; Laini Blanchard, elementary education graduate from Larose; Alison Guerrero, biology graduate from Thibodaux; Mary Sauce, biology graduate from Thibodaux; and Kade Smith, business administration graduate from Thibodaux.

View the university’s complete list of spring graduates, sorted by parish. Students graduating summa cum laude earned a cumulative GPA of 3.9 or higher, magna cum laude graduates earned a GPA of 3.7 to 3.899, and cum laude honorees earned a GPA of 3.5 to 3.699.
During its 9 a.m. commencement ceremony, Nicholls State University honored its students graduating summa cum laude, who earned a cumulative GPA of 3.9 or higher. From left, Autumn Lininger, elementary education graduate from Montegut; Regan Sampey, nursing graduate from Berwick; Kaylie Daniels, dietetics graduate from Royse City, Texas; Anastasia Bergeron, secondary education graduate from Berwick; Laini Blanchard, elementary education graduate from Larose; Nicole Meariman, elementary education graduate from Metairie; and Blair Dufresne, birth-to-five early interventionist/special education graduate from Thibodaux. Not pictured is Allison Curth, psychology graduate from Houma.
During its 9 a.m. commencement ceremony, Nicholls State University honored its students graduating summa cum laude, who earned a cumulative GPA of 3.9 or higher. From left, Autumn Lininger, elementary education graduate from Montegut; Regan Sampey, nursing graduate from Berwick; Kaylie Daniels, dietetics graduate from Royse City, Texas; Dr. Bruce Murphy, Nicholls president; Anastasia Bergeron, secondary education graduate from Berwick; Laini Blanchard, elementary education graduate from Larose; Nicole Meariman, elementary education graduate from Metairie; and Blair Dufresne, birth-to-five early interventionist/special education graduate from Thibodaux. Not pictured is Allison Curth, psychology graduate from Houma.
During its noon commencement ceremony, Nicholls State University honored its students graduating summa cum laude, who earned a cumulative GPA of 3.9 or higher. From left, Michael Ballard, computer information systems graduate from Luling; Brooke Becho, computer information systems graduate from Napoleonville; Kade Smith, business administration graduate from Thibodaux; Alex Becnel, accounting and finance graduate from Thibodaux; and Adam Lamartina, computer information systems graduate from Thibodaux.
During its noon commencement ceremony, Nicholls State University honored its students graduating summa cum laude, who earned a cumulative GPA of 3.9 or higher. From left, Michael Ballard, computer information systems graduate from Luling; Brooke Becho, computer information systems graduate from Napoleonville; Dr. Bruce Murphy, Nicholls president; Kade Smith, business administration graduate from Thibodaux; Alex Becnel, accounting and finance graduate from Thibodaux; and Adam Lamartina, computer information systems graduate from Thibodaux.
During its 3 p.m. commencement ceremony, Nicholls State University honored its students graduating summa cum laude, who earned a cumulative GPA of 3.9 or higher. Top row, from left, Julie Hebert, art graduate from Cut Off; Kai Ling Liao, art graduate from Fujian, China; and Ashleigh Aubin, biology graduate from Thibodaux. Bottom row, from left, Scott Hutchinson, chemistry graduate from Bourg;Alison Guerrero, biology graduate from Thibodaux; Lawrence Arceneaux III, history graduate from Chauvin; and Mary Sauce, biology graduate from Thibodaux.
During its 3 p.m. commencement ceremony, Nicholls State University honored its students graduating summa cum laude, who earned a cumulative GPA of 3.9 or higher. Top row, from left, Julie Hebert, art graduate from Cut Off; Kai Ling Liao, art graduate from Fujian, China; and Ashleigh Aubin, biology graduate from Thibodaux. Bottom row, from left, Scott Hutchinson, chemistry graduate from Bourg; Alison Guerrero, biology graduate from Thibodaux; Dr. Bruce Murphy, Nicholls president; Lawrence Arceneaux III, history graduate from Chauvin; and Mary Sauce, biology graduate from Thibodaux.

Nicholls lecture analyzes historic 1929 Dreher-LeBoeuf murder case

THIBODAUX — Nicholls State University continues its annual Bonnie Bourg Lecture Series Thursday with a discussion of a 1929 Morgan City murder case that led to Louisiana’s first hanging of a woman.

Retired Nicholls librarian Fran Middleton will deliver her “Justice Denied: The Dreher-LeBoeuf Case” lecture at 10:30 a.m. March 10 in Bollinger Memorial Student Union’s Le Bijou Theater on the Nicholls campus. The lecture includes an analysis of the historic case’s three defendants — Dr. Thomas Dreher, a prominent physician; Ada LeBoeuf, Dreher’s mistress; and James Beadle, Dreher’s handyman and the alleged gunman — and the circumstances that led up to the murder of LeBoeuf’s husband, James LeBoeuf. In addition, Middleton will discuss the ensuing trial and executions.

Following Middleton’s lecture, a guest panel will offer additional commentary. Gene Gouaux, Nicholls business law instructor, will discuss how the legal system shaped the Dreher-LeBoeuf case; Felicia LeDuff Harry, retired Nicholls assistant mass communication professor, will analyze print media coverage; and Marcus Montet, great-nephew of Ada LeBoeuf, will provide insight into the case’s impact on LeBoeuf’s family.

Lecture admission is free and open to the public.

Nicholls kicks off Bassmaster collegiate fishing tournament

Nicholls Bass Fishing TeamTHIBODAUX — Nicholls State University is hosting the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Central Regional Tournament this week, Feb. 25-27. Over 80 collegiate bass fishing teams from Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Georgia will visit the Bayou Region for the three-day tournament.

Bob’s Bayou Black Marina, 164 Marina Drive in Gibson, located about 30 minutes from Nicholls, will serve as the Central Regional’s official launch and weigh-in station. The final tournament weigh-in, which is streamed online and televised nationally, will take place in front of John L. Guidry Stadium on the Nicholls campus. Media are invited to attend and cover the tournament.
 
Thursday, Feb. 25

Take-offs: 6:30 a.m., Bob’s Bayou Black Marina, 164 Marina Drive, Gibson
Weigh-in: 2:30 p.m., Bob’s Bayou Black Marina, 164 Marina Drive, Gibson

Friday, Feb. 26

Take-offs: 6:30 a.m., Bob’s Bayou Black Marina, 164 Marina Drive, Gibson
Weigh-in: 2:30 p.m., Bob’s Bayou Black Marina, 164 Marina Drive, Gibson

Saturday, Feb. 27

Take-offs: 6:30 a.m., Bob’s Bayou Black Marina, 164 Marina Drive, Gibson
Weigh-in: 3:30 p.m., front of John L. Guidry Stadium on Nicholls State University campus, 906 E. 1st. St., Thibodaux

For media requests, please contact the Nicholls Office of Marketing and Communications at 985.448.4141.

Biology senior takes Nicholls back to Capitol Hill

Richard GrabertTHIBODAUX, LA — Nicholls State University biology senior Richard Grabert has been invited to present his research on the presence of pathogenic bacteria in Louisiana seafood as part of the annual Posters on the Hill student research event held April 19-20 in Washington, D.C.

Grabert, a native of Thibodaux, was one of 60 students selected from over 300 applicants to participate at the annual Council on Undergraduate Research event, which takes place at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill. His research, titled “Presence of Pathogens Vibrio Vulnificus and Vibrio Parahaemolyticus in Louisiana Seafood,” was conducted under Nicholls Distinguished Service Biology Professor Dr. Raj Boopathy. Grabert is Boopathy’s third biology student to be invited to Posters on the Hill since 2013.

2016 African-American History Month

ALL MONTH

“Hallowed Ground, Hallowed People: From Emancipation Proclamation to the Civil Rights Movement” Display
7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays, Ellender Library First Floor Display Cases
The “Hallowed Ground, Hallowed People” display is a visual history spanning the 100 years between the Emancipation Proclamation (1863) and the March on Washington (1963) with a focus on the contributions made by Louisiana African-Americans.

MONDAY, FEB. 1

“The Dream of Diversity and Opportunity in the 21st Century” Lecture by Dr. Mary Frances Berry
9:40 a.m., Peltier Auditorium
A renowned activist for civil rights, gender equality and social justice, Dr. Mary Frances Berry served as chairperson of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission during four presidential administrations and became the first woman to head a major research university. Since 2008, she has been the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought, History, Law and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her lecture will be followed by a book signing and reception. The Nicholls Bookstore will have copies of Berry’s books for sale along with Nicholls African-American History Month T-shirts.

“History of Jazz” Performance and Discussion by Galen Abdur-Razzaq Quartet
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Student Union Snack Bar Area
Jazz has been used as an instrument of expression during some of the most difficult periods in American history. The “History of Jazz” presentation will chronicle the music from the turn of the century to present day. The interactive demonstrations, discussions and performances will be led by Galen Abdur-Razzaq, a talented flutist from New Jersey who has performed and recorded with some of the world’s greatest musicians for over 30 years. African-American-themed cuisine will be available for purchase from the World Cuisine Cart in the Snack Bar Area.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 3

African-American-Themed Cuisine: Doro Wat
10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., Galliano Dining Hall
$7.39 plus tax for guests without a meal plan
One of the best known of all African recipes, Doro Wat is a spicy Ethiopian chicken dish made with Berberé (a spice mixture or spice paste) and Niter Kibbeh (a spicy clarified butter).

THURSDAY, FEB. 4

“On Hallowed Ground: The African-American Journey to Success” Alumni Panel Discussion
6 p.m., Gros Auditorium in Powell Hall
Several successful Nicholls alumni will discuss their various careers as well as issues facing African-Americans. Panelists include John Kerry, CEO and president of Kerry Consultant Group; Dr. JoAnn Matthews, superintendent of Lafourche Parish Public Schools; Herman Mitchell, executive chef for Crowne Plaza Hotel New Orleans Airport; Marcus Washington, coordinator of minority recruitment at Nicholls; and Jameeta Youngblood, business manager for WWNO public radio station.

TUESDAY, FEB. 16

Glucose and Blood Pressure Screenings
11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lobby of Bollinger Memorial Student Union
Nicholls nursing students and faculty will perform free glucose and blood pressure checks while providing information on African-American health concerns. 

NAACP “Being Black in America” Forum
6 p.m., Bowie Room in Bollinger Memorial Student Union
The Nicholls NAACP chapter will host an open discussion with a panel of Nicholls students, faculty and community leaders exploring various topics related to being African-American in present-day America.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 17

African-American-Themed Cuisine: South African Malay Curry
10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., Galliano Dining Hall
$7.39 plus tax for guests without a meal plan
The first Malay people in South Africa were brought as slaves from what is now Indonesia. As a result of the influence of the Malay and West Asians from the Indian sub-continent who came later, many curry dishes are popular in South Africa.

RELATE to Origin Featuring Kataalyst Alcindor
7 p.m., Plantation Suite in the Bollinger Memorial Student Union
RELATE is an open-mic venue for students, faculty and the public to share poetry, monologue, music or dance performances based on the evening’s chosen theme: Origin. The event will feature Kataalyst Alcindor, a New Orleans poet whose work focuses on the people, culture and history of his beloved native city. As the three-time National Poetry Slam Champion, Alcindor is one of the Big Easy’s most influential young artistic voices. He has performed his work on some of the nation’s most renowned stages, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. as part of the NAACP Image Award-nominated show Lexus Verses & Flow.

THURSDAY, FEB. 18

Town and Gown Breakfast
8 a.m., Captain’s Room in the Bollinger Memorial Student Union
By invitation only. Local community and campus leaders will discuss diversity challenges and initiatives while enjoying breakfast.

Screening of “American Creole: New Orleans Reunion” and “Good for What Ails You”
6 p.m., Le Bijou Theater in Bollinger Memorial Student Union
Produced and directed by Glen Pitre and Michelle Benoit, “American Creole” (2006) is a documentary chronicling New Orleans jazz musician Don Vappie following Hurricane Katrina. “Good for What Ails You” (1998) follows Louisiana’s “treaters” as they continue the tradition of faith healing.

FRIDAY, FEB. 19

A Celebration of the Negro Spiritual
7:30 p.m., Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Vacherie
The Nicholls Department of Music will host A Celebration of the Negro Spiritual featuring historical songs once sung by slaves and plantation workers. The music event will feature distinguished guest artists, faculty and students from Nicholls, Alcorn State University, Dillard University, Louisiana State University, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Southern University, University of Southern Mississippi, University of New Orleans, Xavier University and more.

MONDAY, FEB. 22

Bus Trip to Whitney Plantation
Noon to 4:30 p.m., Whitney Plantation in Wallace
Open to Nicholls students only
The Nicholls Student Government Association will sponsor a free bus trip for students to tour Whitney Plantation, the only plantation museum in Louisiana with a focus on preserving the history of Louisiana’s enslaved people. Dr. Paul Wilson, associate professor of history, and Dr. Shana Walton, associate professor of English, will help lead the tour. The bus will depart from the front of the Student Union at noon and return to campus at 4:30 p.m. To reserve your spot, call 985.448.4557 or email dolly.mcgeever@nicholls.edu.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 24

African-American-Themed Cuisine: Grilled Tilapia and Caakiri
10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., Galliano Dining Hall
$7.39 plus tax for guests without a meal plan
Many species of Tilapia are native to the lakes and rivers of Africa, where it is often called Ngege. Outside of Africa, Tilapia is called St. Peter’s Fish. Tilapia is best known for being easy to raise and harvest in man-made ponds. Caakiri is a snack or dessert from Western Africa. It is similar to the rice puddings of the Middle East and India. Today it is most often made with Couscous (which is made from wheat semolina), but traditionally it was made with similar products composed of African grains such as fonio and millet, maize or even black-eyed peas.

NAACP African Kings and Queens Expo
Noon, Front of Bollinger Memorial Student Union
The Nicholls NAACP chapter will present a visual showcase of the past African Kings and Queens who were influential to African-American culture.

THURSDAY, FEB. 25

CAFÉ: Race Relations and Communications Conversation
10 a.m., 209 Elkins Hall
Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend this discussion regarding campus race relations and communications.

NAACP Black History Program
6 p.m., Peltier Auditorium
The Nicholls NAACP chapter will recognize and celebrate the accomplishments, heritage and culture of African-Americans through monologues, poetry and musical performances.