Nicholls PETSM receives donation from Morgan City Oilfield Rodeo

THIBODAUX, La. — The Morgan City Oilfield Fishing Rodeo has donated $8,000 to Nicholls State University’s Department of Petroleum Engineering Technology and Safety Management,

“We’re committed to supporting education in the Bayou Region and the includes Nicholls State University,” said Joey Cannata, operations manager at Tanks-A-Lot. “I’ve been very happy with how the PETSM department at Nicholls has used our money. You can see the University and the campus improving.”

Founded in 2013 by Morgan City-based deepwater container specialist Tanks-A-Lot, MCOFR has now donated nearly $45,000 to Nicholls. The nonprofit hosted its fishing rodeo each May with the purpose of promoting community spirit in the local oil and gas industry while benefiting notable organizations for future growth within the community. Tanks-A-Lot employees, many of whom are Nicholls alumni, and countless volunteers have worked to ensure each rodeo is more successful than the one before.

In the spring, Nicholls unveiled a well control simulation lab which was partially funded by donations from the MCOFR. Michael Gautreaux, executive director of PETSM, said this donation will go towards modernizing the process safety lab.

“We couldn’t do this without the support from the Morgan City Oilfield Rodeo and the community,” Gautreaux said. “We can use this money to better prepare our students to work in a modern petroleum environment.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 13, 2017

CONTACT: Jacob Batte, Media Relations and Publications Coordinator, 985.448.4141 or jacob.batte@nicholls.edu

Nicholls lifts campus curfew, no longer in emergency status

THIBODAUX – With Hurricane Nate no longer posing a threat, Nicholls State University has lifted the campus curfew effective 7 a.m. and has returned to regular operating status.

All classes and activities will resume as scheduled.

Please be mindful on campus today of any debris that may have occurred during the storm.

Please continue to monitor nicholls.edu and Nicholls social media for updates.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 7, 2017

CONTACT: Jerad David, Director of University Marketing and Communications, 985.448.4303 or jerad.david@nicholls.edu

Nicholls remains in Phase II alert, campus curfew in effect

THIBODAUX – With Hurricane Nate passing east of campus, Nicholls State University will remain in a Phase II alert and implement a 7 p.m. campus curfew.

All campus residents should remain in their residence hall until the curfew is lifted.

The Emergency Preparedness Committee will continue to monitor the status of the storm and will take additional action if necessary in accordance with the university’s Hurricane Emergency Plan, posted at emergency.nicholls.edu.

Please continue to monitor nicholls.edu and Nicholls social media for updates.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 7, 2017

CONTACT: Jerad David, Director of University Marketing and Communications, 985.448.4303 or jerad.david@nicholls.edu

Nicholls set to enter Phase III alert, campus curfew planned

THIBODAUX – With the approach of Hurricane Nate, Nicholls State University will initiate a Phase III alert at 7 p.m. tonight in accordance with the university’s Hurricane Emergency Plan, posted at emergency.nicholls.edu.

Effective 7 p.m. this evening, the university will close and an on-campus curfew will be implemented. We recommend that all students who are trying to get home ahead of the storm allow ample time for travel, as conditions will deteriorate in the coming hours. We discourage traveling into the path of the storm and would prefer those students to shelter on campus.

Campus Dining operations will operate as scheduled for brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. As a result of the curfew, Campus Dining operations will adjust evening service from 4-6 p.m. The intention is to keep people off the roads and out of danger during the worst times of the storm.

Classes and all activities at Nicholls State University will be cancelled at 7 p.m. when the university enters Phase III.

The Emergency Preparedness Committee will continue to monitor the status of the storm and will take additional action if necessary.

Please continue to monitor nicholls.edu and Nicholls social media for updates.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 7, 2017

CONTACT: Jerad David, Director of University Marketing and Communications, 985.448.4303 or jerad.david@nicholls.edu

Nonprofit pledges donation to Bridge to Independence

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University’s Bridge to Independence program will receive a donation from the nonprofit, Blessed by Downs, that will be used to help the students in the program start an herb garden.

The local nonprofit plans to donate the proceeds from their Third Annual 5k run to the program. That money will be used to buy the equipment needed for the students to build the garden. Students will work with faculty from the biology department and their herbs will be used by the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute.

“We’re excited to be a part of this event and appreciate the support from Blessed by Downs,” said Mary Breaux, Bridge to Independence advisor. “A large part of the certificate program within Bridge to Independence is for students to learn independent living and work skills. Planting, caring for, harvesting, sorting, cleaning, processing and packaging the herbs will prepare our students for the workforce in a variety of settings.”

Blessed by Downs will host its Sixth Annual Buddy Walk and Third Annual 5k on Saturday, Oct. 14 in Peltier Park. The 5k will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the Buddy Walk will begin immediately after the run ends. Registration for the Buddy Walks costs $18 before Oct. 14 and $20 the day of the walk, and registration for the 5k costs $30 before and $35 the day of the race.

After the Buddy Walk, there will be family-friendly activities and music by The Good Feelin’ Band.

This year, the Nicholls Student Government Association purchased 66 spots for Nicholls students to enter the race.

“Nicholls’ Bridge to Independence program is one that will enhance our children’s education and future by giving these students an opportunity to be just like everyone else,” said Sheri DeFelice, founder of Blessed by Downs.

Bridge to Independence assists students with intellectual disabilities or autism spectrum disorder with job and social skills. Nicholls’ program is one of only 50 programs in the United States certified by the U.S. Department of Education and the only in Louisiana.

Formed in Thibodaux in 2009, Blessed by Downs is a nonprofit that promotes education, inclusion and acceptance for individuals with down syndrome.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 6, 2017

CONTACT: Jacob Batte, Media Relations and Publications Coordinator, 985.448.4141 or jacob.batte@nicholls.edu

Nicholls issues Phase II alert, university remains open

THIBODAUX – With the approach of Tropical Storm Nate, the Nicholls Emergency Preparedness Committee has initiated a Phase II alert in accordance with the university’s Hurricane Emergency Plan, posted at emergency.nicholls.edu.

Classes and all activities at Nicholls State University are continuing as scheduled. Please continue to monitor nicholls.edu and Nicholls social media for updates.

The Emergency Preparedness Committee will continue to monitor the status of the storm and will take additional action if necessary.

The community will be notified if Phase III storm preparations are implemented.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 6, 2017

CONTACT: Jacob Batte, Media Relations and Publications Coordinator, 985.448.4141 or jacob.batte@nicholls.edu

Nicholls Players to perform ‘She Kills Monsters’

THIBODAUX, La. — The Nicholls Players will perform “She Kills Monsters” next week in the Mary and Al Danos Theater in Talbot Hall.

The storyline follows Agnes, who discovers that her deceased sister played the role-playing game, “Dungeons and Dragons.” Agnes immerses herself in the game in an effort to grow closer to her sister after her death.

Written by Qui Nguyen, who is considered a pioneer in the geek theatre movement, “She Kills Monsters” debuted in 2011 to critical success, including being nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Costume Design.

Cast and crew of the Nicholls Players are made up of Nicholls students from various majors and some community members.

Tickets are $10 or $5 for students who present their Colonel Cards.

Showings will run at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, through Saturday, Oct. 14, with a 2 p.m. showing on Sunday, Oct. 15.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 6, 2017

CONTACT: Jacob Batte, Media Relations and Publications Coordinator, 985.448.4141 or jacob.batte@nicholls.edu

Nicholls issues Phase I alert, university remains open

THIBODAUX –With the approach of Tropical Storm Nate, the Nicholls Emergency Preparedness Committee has initiated a Phase I alert in accordance with the university’s Hurricane Emergency Plan, posted at emergency.nicholls.edu.

Classes and activities at Nicholls State University are continuing as scheduled. Any changes will be posted on nicholls.edu and social media.

The Emergency Preparedness Committee will continue to monitor the status of the storm and will take additional action if necessary.

All Nicholls departments will refer to the Hurricane Emergency Plan and begin enacting internal Phase I storm preparations at this time. The community will be notified if Phase II storm preparations are implemented.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 5, 2017

CONTACT: Jacob Batte, Media Relations and Publications Coordinator,  985.448.4141 or jacob.batte@nicholls.edu

Nicholls to host wine and food tasting to raise money for scholarships

 

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University will host the 2017 Nicholls Sponsor A+ Scholar Wine and Food Tasting Extravaganza from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11 in the Cotillion Ballroom to raise money for student scholarships.

A Nicholls tradition for almost two decades, Sponsor A+ Scholar Wine and Food Tasting Extravaganza raises money to help the university attract and support new students.

Tickets cost $50 for a single, $75 for a couple and $500 for a corporate package.

Guests will be treated to food and wine samples donated by more than a dozen area restaurateurs and beverage providers.

This year’s headline sponsors are Mark Plaisance, Attorney at Law, and Dr. DesLey Plaisance, director of graduate studies at Nicholls.

One of the most popular fundraisers averaging about 700 attendees each year, the gala has raised more than $300,000 toward student scholarships.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 29, 2017

CONTACT: Jacob Batte, Media Relations and Publications Coordinator,  985.448.4141 or jacob.batte@nicholls.edu

Fairytale master to speak at 2017 Fletcher Lecture Series

THIBODAUX, La. — Fairytale author and associate professor of English at the University of Arizona Kate Bernheimer will join the Nicholls campus as the guest speaker for the 2017 Fletcher Lecture Series on Thursday, Oct. 5.

Bernheimer will host a question-and-answer session at 11 a.m. in Le Bijou Theatre. At 6:30 p.m., she will deliver a lecture, titled “Modern American Fairy Tales,” in the Gouaux Hall auditorium. The talk is free and open to the public.

Described as “one of the living masters of the fairy tale” Bernheimer has published five books, a collection of short stories and three children’s books. Her published works include “The Complete Tales of Ketzia Gold” in 2001, “The Complete Tales of Merry Gold” in 2006, “The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum” in 2008, “Horse, Flower, Bird” in 2010,  “The Complete Tales of Lucy Gold” in 2011, “The Lonely Book” in 2012, “The Girl Who Wouldn’t Brush Her Hair” in 2013, “Office at Night” and “How a Mother Weaned Her Girl from Fairy Tales” in 2014.

She was the editor of the best-selling book, “My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales” in 2010.

Sponsored by the Fletcher Lecture Committee, the Department of Languages & Literature, and the Nicholls Student Programming Association, the Fletcher Lecture Series is in its 32nd year. Last year, NPR radio host Nick Spitzer was the guest speaker. Other previous speakers include Benh Zeitlin, director of “Beasts of the Southern Wild;” Marilynne Robinson, author of Pulitzer Prize Award-winning novel, “Gilead;” and Samuel Pickering, English Professor at the University of Connecticut in Storrs and inspiration for Mr. Keating from the movie, ”Dead Poets Society.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 28, 2017

CONTACT: Jacob Batte, Media Relations and Publications Coordinator, 985.448.4141 or jacob.batte@nicholls.edu