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.

Manning Passing Academy makes Nicholls State University its home through 2021

Nicholls State University and the Manning Passing Academy have signed a six-year contract extension to host the popular football skills camp on the Thibodaux campus through 2021. The Manning Passing Academy, which has been held at Nicholls since 2005, annually attracts more than 1,000 campers and over 100 coaches and counselors. Photo by Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University
Nicholls State University and the Manning Passing Academy have signed a six-year contract extension to host the popular football skills camp on the Thibodaux campus through 2021. The Manning Passing Academy, which has been held at Nicholls since 2005, annually attracts more than 1,000 campers and over 100 coaches and counselors. Photo by Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University

THIBODAUX — Nicholls State University and the Manning Passing Academy have signed a six-year contract extension to host the popular football skills camp on the Thibodaux campus through 2021.

“We are very excited to enter into a long-term agreement with Nicholls State University,” said Archie Manning, founder and executive director of the Manning Passing Academy. “The past 10 years have been terrific. Our staff, the campers and their families get to experience the true Southern hospitality that Louisiana and Lafourche Parish are famous for. We feel that Thibodaux is the home of the Manning Passing Academy.”

“The facilities, residence halls, athletic fields and personal attention that Nicholls provides are first-class and a big part of the Manning Passing Academy brand,” added Jeff Hawkins, co-camp director for the Manning Passing Academy.

Nicholls has hosted the four-day summer football camp since 2005, annually attracting more than 1,000 high school athletes and over 100 coaches and counselors from the NFL, colleges and high schools across the country. Previously held each July, the 2016 Manning Passing Academy and future MPA camps will welcome campers June 23-26 to comply with NCAA recruiting regulations.

“The ongoing partnership between Nicholls and the Manning Passing Academy is a win-win-win for Nicholls, the Mannings and the City of Thibodaux,” said Nicholls President Dr. Bruce Murphy. “Nicholls, along with our community partners, are committed to delivering the best experience possible, and we are grateful to the Mannings for choosing our university to help educate and inspire young athletes each summer.”

High school quarterbacks, receivers, running backs and tight ends travel from all 50 states and around the world to learn football fundamentals from retired NFL quarterback Archie Manning and his three sons, Fox Sports host Cooper and Super Bowl MVPs Peyton and Eli.

Since arriving at Nicholls, the Manning Passing Academy has helped the university make campus improvements including a new AstroTurf surface at John L. Guidry Stadium. The Mannings also worked with Nicholls, the South Louisiana Economic Council and state Sen. Norby Chabert to secure private and state funding for a drainage project designed to optimize surface conditions for the 20-acre field behind the stadium, where most of the Manning Passing Academy takes place.

“We feel that the green space and practice fields that Nicholls has make the campus the perfect location for the Manning Passing Academy,” said Buddy Teevens, co-camp director for the Manning Passing Academy.

“The improvements to the facilities along with the outstanding support from the community have been important factors in developing such a positive relationship with the Manning Passing Academy,” added Vic Lafont, president and CEO of the South Louisiana Economic Council. “Nicholls does a superb job hosting the camp, which provides a massive boost to the region’s economy.”

Counselors, campers and their families travel to Thibodaux and annually contribute more than $2 million to the local economy by staying at local hotels, eating at local restaurants and shopping at local retailers. For some businesses, the week the Mannings are in town is the busiest week of the year.

“Hosting the Manning Passing Academy is a tremendous value for our community,” said Timothy Bush, executive director of the Bayou Lafourche Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The camp brings in countless visitors from across the country and adds a significant economic impact to our local economy. It’s also a big boost to our local tourism because people who may have never been here before have a chance to experience our food, culture and attractions.”

“This commitment from the Mannings to Nicholls State University ensures that our local economy will continue to reap the benefits of having such a fine organization like the Manning Passing Academy hosted right here in Thibodaux,” added Thibodaux Mayor Tommy Eschete. “It also means our city will continue to share in the tremendous publicity and notoriety.”

One of the Manning Passing Academy’s biggest draws — the Saturday Night Lights quarterback challenge — benefits Nicholls athletics programs. The challenge gives campers a front-row seat as they watch some of the country’s top college quarterbacks compete in a football passing competition.

For more information on the Manning Passing Academy, including eligibility and registration, visit manningpassingacademy.com.​

 

Nicholls marketing students place third at international collegiate sales competition

Nicholls marketing seniors ​ Kaitlin Beier and Sara Trax placed third at the International Collegiate Sales Competition in Orlando, Florida, outscoring sales teams from 57 of the 60 participating schools. The students are also representing Nicholls at the National Sales Challenge at the Russ Berrie Institute for Professional Sales at William Paterson University’s Cotsakos College of Business in Wayne, New Jersey. Pictured (from left) are Trax; Dr. Chuck Viosca, Nicholls professor of marketing; and Beier.​ Photo by Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University
Nicholls marketing seniors ​
Kaitlin Beier and Sara Trax placed third at the International Collegiate Sales Competition in Orlando, Florida, outscoring sales teams from 57 of the 60 participating schools. The students are also representing Nicholls at the National Sales Challenge at the Russ Berrie Institute for Professional Sales at William Paterson University’s Cotsakos College of Business in Wayne, New Jersey. Pictured (from left) are Trax; Dr. Chuck Viosca, Nicholls professor of marketing; and Beier.​
Photo by Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University

THIBODAUX — Two Nicholls State University marketing seniors placed third out of 60 collegiate sales teams at the three-day International Collegiate Sales Competition hosted by Florida State University earlier this month in Orlando, Florida.

Nicholls marketing seniors Kaitlin Beier and Sara Trax outscored teams from 57 of the 60 participating schools including Louisiana State University, Auburn University, Texas A&M University, Kansas State University and Indiana University. Florida State University and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire were the only teams to finish ahead of Nicholls. Beier also finished fourth overall in the individual sales competition.

“For Nicholls College of Business students to compete at this high level of competition showcases the quality of our professional sales concentration in marketing,” said Dr. Marilyn Macik-Frey, interim dean of the Nicholls College of Business Administration. “These students are performing at the highest levels and are getting noticed by top businesses. In the professional sales field, certain universities have a reputation for turning out the best in the country. Finishing third overall, Nicholls now shares that notoriety as a top-tier university in the area of professional sales.”

The International Collegiate Sales Competition combines challenges in the three most sought-after selling skills: business to business, direct to consumer and using the latest video conferencing technology to present solutions to international decision-makers. The event also includes a job fair sponsored by over 25 Fortune 500 companies along with mini educational seminars.

“These national and international sales competitions provide Nicholls marketing students with a valuable opportunity to experience real-world sales scenarios with some of the nation’s top businesses,” said Dr. Chuck Viosca, professor of marketing at Nicholls. “Perhaps more importantly, these competitions allow our students to network with and demonstrate their skills to prospective employers.”

Beier and Trax hope to achieve similar success at the National Sales Challenge currently being held at the Russ Berrie Institute for Professional Sales at William Paterson University’s Cotsakos College of Business in Wayne, New Jersey.

The National Sales Challenge, an intense series of selling competitions and workshops, brings together more than 100 students from 36 universities as well as 90 business executives who will host workshops and judge the sales competitions.

The Nicholls College of Business Administration hosts its own sales competition — the Bayou Sales Challenge — in the spring. The Bayou Sales Challenge is open to all Louisiana college students and features individual and team competitions held in the university’s Sales and Interactive Training Laboratory.​

Nicholls to host national Bassmaster tournament Feb. 25-27 in Houma

Nicholls Bass Fishing Team members Allyson Marcel and Tyler Rivet cast their lines in the Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge near Bayou Black. Marcel and Rivet placed third in the 2015 Bassmaster College Series National Championship and will represent Nicholls Feb. 25-27 at the 2016 Bassmaster College Series Central Regional in Houma.​ Photo by Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University
Nicholls Bass Fishing Team members Allyson Marcel and Tyler Rivet cast their lines in the Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge near Bayou Black. Marcel and Rivet placed third in the 2015 Bassmaster College Series National Championship and will represent Nicholls Feb. 25-27 at the 2016 Bassmaster College Series Central Regional in Houma.​
Photo by Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University

THIBODAUX — Nicholls State University will attract over 100 collegiate bass fishing teams to the Bayou Region community when it hosts the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Central Regional Feb. 25-27 in Houma.

The three-day Central Regional tournament is the second in a series of five regional qualifiers leading up to the 2016 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship. The Central Regional will be the first Bassmaster tournament hosted by Nicholls, whose bass fishing team formed in 2013. Nicholls student anglers Tyler Rivet and Allyson Marcel placed third out of 81 schools in the 2015 national championship held in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

“Participating in a qualifier like the Central Regional is how our bass fishing team was able to represent Nicholls on the national stage in Wisconsin,” said Alyson Theriot, faculty sponsor of the Nicholls Bass Fishing Team. “Having Nicholls host one of the five regionals means more people and prospective students will be introduced to all that we offer here, and it supports the local economy because visiting anglers and their families will be eating at our restaurants and staying at our hotels.”

Bob’s Bayou Black Marina, 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 on the Nicholls campus. The 2015 Central Regional was held on the Red River in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

The Nicholls Foundation is offering sponsorship opportunities and welcoming corporate and private donations for the 2016 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Central Regional. Those interested in supporting the Nicholls-hosted event are invited to contact the Nicholls Foundation at 985.448.4134.

“We always strive to select great venues for our college anglers. We look for venues and fisheries that can handle the growing field size, as well as provide great fishing and dramatic competition,” said Hank Weldon, B.A.S.S. College Series tournament manager. “Each year, we get to see a young, aspiring angler’s dream come true — and that’s always an unforgettable moment.”

Greater Lafourche Port Commission recognizes Nicholls for Fourchon Beach restoration, protection efforts

Nicholls State University is recognized by the Greater Lafourche Port Commission for its fundamental role in a Fourchon Beach coastal restoration and protection effort, the recipient of the 2015 American Association of Port Authorities Environmental Enhancement Award. Nicholls biology faculty and students have grown and planted over 16,500 dune grass stems to help protect Fourchon Beach from environmental factors like storm surges and coastal erosion since July 2014. Pictured (from left) are Wilbet Collins Sr., GLPC board member; Kris Gaudet, GLPC board member; Ted Savoie, GLPC board member; Harris "Chuckie" Cheramie Jr., GLPC board secretary; Nicholls President Dr. Bruce Murphy; Dr. Allyse Ferrara, Nicholls professor of biological sciences; Chett Chiasson, executive director of the Greater Lafourche Port Commission; Dr. Quenton Fontenot, Nicholls professor and head of biological sciences; John Melancon Jr., GLPC board treasurer; Jimmy Guidry, GLPC board vice president; Ervin "Vin" Bruce, GLPC board member; and Larry Griffin, GLPC board member. Not pictured is Perry Gisclair, GLPC board president. Photo courtesy of Greater Lafourche Port Commission
Nicholls State University is recognized by the Greater Lafourche Port Commission for its fundamental role in a Fourchon Beach coastal restoration and protection effort, the recipient of the 2015 American Association of Port Authorities Environmental Enhancement Award. Nicholls biology faculty and students have grown and planted over 16,500 dune grass stems to help protect Fourchon Beach from environmental factors like storm surges and coastal erosion since July 2014. Pictured (from left) are Wilbet Collins Sr., GLPC board member; Kris Gaudet, GLPC board member; Ted Savoie, GLPC board member; Harris “Chuckie” Cheramie Jr., GLPC board secretary; Nicholls President Dr. Bruce Murphy; Dr. Allyse Ferrara, Nicholls professor of biological sciences; Chett Chiasson, executive director of the Greater Lafourche Port Commission; Dr. Quenton Fontenot, Nicholls professor and head of biological sciences; John Melancon Jr., GLPC board treasurer; Jimmy Guidry, GLPC board vice president; Ervin “Vin” Bruce, GLPC board member; and Larry Griffin, GLPC board member. Not pictured is Perry Gisclair, GLPC board president. Photo courtesy of Greater Lafourche Port Commission

GALLIANO — The Greater Lafourche Port Commission recognized Nicholls State University for its fundamental contributions to Fourchon Beach coastal restoration and protection efforts at a commission board meeting Thursday in Galliano.

Nicholls biology faculty and students have grown and planted over 16,500 dune grass stems to help protect Fourchon Beach from environmental factors like storm surges and coastal erosion since July 2014. Volunteers will return to the beach on Friday, Nov. 13 for additional planting.

The recipient of the 2015 American Association of Port Authorities Environmental Enhancement Award, the ongoing Fourchon Beach restoration project is a collaboration among the Greater Lafourche Port Commission, Nicholls, Shell Oil Co. and the Wisner Foundation. The project rebuilt over 5,300 liner feet of beach and dune habitat along Fourchon Beach, which provides essential storm surge protection to Port Fourchon.

“Having an environmentally conscious organization like the Greater Lafourche Port Commission collaborate with Nicholls students on service-learning opportunities encourages them to connect with their community and gain a firsthand understanding of the impact they can make as future biologists,” said Nicholls President Dr. Bruce Murphy. “Nicholls is very proud of its biology faculty and students for becoming leaders in preserving and protecting Louisiana’s vulnerable coastline.”

Fourchon Beach is the first line of defense for Port Fourchon, which services over 90 percent of all deepwater Gulf of Mexico oil and gas production, accounting for approximately 20 percent of the U.S. energy supply. This beach area sustained extensive damages from Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Isaac.

“While it’s great to build this beach and dune back, we understood that the project wouldn’t be able to last long in that environment without plants to help hold it together,” said Chett Chiasson, executive director of the Greater Lafourche Port Commission. “That’s when we approached Nicholls State University about helping us protect this investment with a series of plantings, and we are very grateful that they have done so much to help us keep our beach intact.”