Nicholls announces 2017 African-American History Month events

This year’s events are inspired by the national African-American History Month theme: The Crisis in Black Education. All events are FREE and open to the public unless otherwise noted

ALL MONTH

“I, too, am America” Display
Ellender Memorial Library, First Floor Display Cases
The “I, too, am America” display showcases the numerous contributions African-American scholars have made to education and scholarly endeavors including literature, music, science, medicine, history, art and beyond.

African-American Spotlights
At men’s and women’s basketball games in February
Video spotlights of Nicholls African-Americans athletes will be show on the video board during basketball games, posted on Nicholls Athletics social media outlets and geauxcolonels.com, and aired during the Nicholls athletics show on WHNO.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1

Opening Keynote: A Town Hall Discussion with Dr. Cleveland Hill: The Crisis in Education
9:40 a.m., LeBijou Theater, Bollinger Memorial Student Union
A visible member of the Nicholls and Thibodaux communities, Dr. Cleveland Hill will host a town hall discussion to kick off the 2017 African-American History Month celebration. In 1968, Hill, a freshman from Moss Point, Mississippi, became the first African-American student-athlete at Nicholls. He finished his playing career in 1972 as the all-time leading scorer with 1,607 points and the all-time leader in rebounds with 1,174. After earning his degree and serving in the military, Hill returned to Nicholls first as an assistant basketball coach then as an education professor, retiring in 2006 as dean of the Nicholls College of Education. Refreshments will be provided by the Student Union.

African-American Themed Cuisine: Shrimp and Okra Gumbo by culinary student Teanna Sandifer
10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., Galliano Dining Hall • $7.41 plus tax for guests without a meal plan
Known as one of Louisiana’s most popular dishes, “gumbo” derives from the West African word for okra, the main ingredient. Teanna Sandifer, Nicholls culinary arts senior from Bogue Chitto, Mississippi, will be the guest chef for the African-American themed dish.

THURSDAY, FEB. 2

SPA Screening of “Hotel Rwanda”
6 p.m., LeBijou Theater, Bollinger Memorial Student Union
The Nicholls Student Programming Association will host a free screening of “Hotel Rwanda” (2004), the story of hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina, who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda. Hotel Rwanda has two resonant themes: that one man can make a difference, and more importantly, that we are all our brother’s keeper. Popcorn will be provided.

TUESDAY, FEB. 7

Discussion of “The Thibodaux Massacre” with Author John DeSantis
6:30 p.m., LeBijou Theater, Bollinger Memorial Student Union
Author and award-winning journalist John DeSantis will discuss his recently published true-crime book “The Thibodaux Massacre: Racial Violence and the 1887 Sugar Cane Labor Strike” (2016). Refreshments will be served. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase autographed copies of the book at the event.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8

African-American Themed Cuisine: Hoppin’ John Stew by culinary student Josh Dimattia
10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., Galliano Dining Hall • $7.41 plus tax for guests without a meal plan
A humble dish of black-eyed peas and rice, Hoppin’ John Stew is a New Year’s menu tradition seen by some as a good luck ritual. The dish appears to have originated from slaves in the Low Country of South Carolina. Josh Dimattia, Nicholls culinary arts senior from Independence, Louisiana, will be the guest chef for the African-American themed dish.

RELATE to Education featuring Sha’Condria “iCon” Sibley
7:30 p.m., Danos Theater, Talbot Hall
RELATE to Education is an open-mic event where participants share ideas based on a theme through poetry, storytelling, musical/vocal performance and dance. Hosted by students from the university’s Spoken Word Poetry course, question and answer is held between the performer and audience. Sha’Condria “iCon” Sibley, a spoken word artist from Alexandria, Louisiana, and Southern Fried Regional Poetry Slam Champion (2016), is the featured performer. Refreshments will be served.

THURSDAY, FEB. 9

Ellis L. Marsalis Jazz Performance
7 p.m., Danos Theater, Talbot Hall
Regarded by many as the premier modern jazz pianist in New Orleans, Ellis Marsalis has had an impressive career not only as a performer and composer but also as a leading music educator at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, the University of New Orleans and Xavier University. His former students include the likes of Harry Connick Jr., Terence Blanchard and four of his six sons (including Brandford, Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason Marsalis) among others.

FRIDAY, FEB. 10

History of Zulu Presentation
10 a.m., Carnival Room, Bollinger Memorial Student Union
Zulu historian Clarence Becknell will discuss the origins of the organization that has become internationally known for its rich traditions including its most sought-after Mardi Gras throw: the Zulu coconut.

Nicholls Department of Music’s 7th Annual A Festival of the Negro Spiritual Concert Series
7:30 p.m., Danos Theater, Talbot Hall • $5 entry fee
The Nicholls Department of Music will host A Festival of the Negro Spiritual Concert Series featuring historical songs once sung by slaves and plantation workers. The music event will feature distinguished guest artists, faculty and students from universities across several states as well as community members. Admission will be $5.

SUNDAY, FEB. 12

Town Gown Worship Service
7:30 a.m., Morning Star Baptist Church, 101 Brule Guillot Road, Thibodaux
Rev. Larry Frank Sr., pastor of Morning Star Baptist Church, will host a Town Gown Worship Service.

MONDAY, FEB. 13

NAACP’s 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.

TUESDAY, FEB. 14

How is Your Heart, Sweetie? Glucose and Blood Sugar Testing by the Nicholls Nursing Department
11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lobby of Bollinger Memorial Student Union
Nicholls nursing students and faculty will provide free screenings for elevated blood pressures and glucose levels.

“One Room School House: The State of the African-American” Presentations
9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Multipurpose Room (third floor), Ellender Memorial Library
A multidisciplinary group of Nicholls faculty and community members will expand and extend the conversation on the national African-American History Month theme, “The Crisis in Black Education,” through a series of presentations:

  • 9 to 10 a.m. – “The Man Comes Home: Elements of the Russian Pastoral in the Works of Ernest Gaines,” Dr. Lance LaPlante, Visiting Assistant Professor of English – The presentation will examine the influence of writers such as Turgenev, Tolstoy, and Dostoyevsky on the neo-pastoral elements in Ernest Gaines’ fiction and reinforced by the writings of the neo-agrarian philosophers Wendell Berry and Leo Marx.  This discussion will examine the African-American experience as reflected in the Russian peasant’s relationship to the land and love of place, usually in spite of the group’s negative relationship with and oppression by the established authorities, and how this relationship is the foundation of all of Gaines’ major works.
  • 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. – “Positive Youth Development Programs and Education,” Anika Keyes Fair, Nicholls Graduate and Community Activist — The founder/executive Director of Leaders of Our Communities will lead a discussion on how the lack of youth development programs and activities in the community can have an effect on education.
  • Noon to 1 p.m. – “Plantation Campus: Memorials to White Supremacy at Nicholls State University,” Dr. Shana Walton, Associate Professor of English, and Farren Clark, Assistant Professor of Mass Communication – This is a short, virtual tour of Nicholls State University, exploring historical naming practices across the campus. We will look at the history of Lafourche Parish plantations and the extent of enslavement, as well as how the slave economy persisted after the Civil War, including the history of lynchings. Our tour will include a look at the plantation whose land became the site for the university. The tour travels across the university to see how the campus became a memorial to plantation and slave culture including the state choosing to name the university itself, buildings and streets after plantation owners, slave traders, Confederate officers and plantations on Bayou Lafourche and the Mississippi River.
  • 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. – “What You May or May Not Know of the Segregated History of Education,” Jennifer Williams Anselmi, Instructor of History
  • 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. – “Health, A Public Concern,” Kayla Guerrero, Nicholls Graduate, Public Health Emergency Response Coordinator for Office of Public Health Region 3
  • 4 to 5 p.m. – “How to Become an Informed Citizen: Maneuvering Through Rules and Regulations,” Thibodaux City Councilwoman Constance Johnson
  • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. – “Knowing Your Rights with the Police and Law Enforcement Lessons on Citizen Feelings,” Garyland Wallis, Attorney at Law for Wallis Law Firm and Terrebonne Parish Public Defender — Today’s conflicts between police and citizens are being played out in the national media. The interaction between the two is usually due to an imbalance in power; one side suggesting violations in another’s conduct and the other side either protesting that alleged label or feeling verbally assaulted by the show of authoritative tones by the uniformed law enforcer. A better understanding of what rights citizens do have when it concerns the police could possibly be one aide in balancing the power between the two. This conversation is one that gives aide in giving people back some of their power when confronted by the police and instructs the police on what citizens may be wary about when the two confront.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15

African-American Themed Cuisine: Yassa Chicken by culinary student Tira Griffin
10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., Galliano Dining Hall • $7.41 plus tax for guests without a meal plan
One of the most famous African recipes, Yassa Chicken is a traditional dish from Senegal that’s infused with multiple layers of flavor developed from marinating the chicken in an onion sauce. Tira Griffin, Nicholls culinary arts junior from Houma, Louisiana, will be the guest chef for the African-American themed dish.

Sojourner Truth Cantata
6 p.m., Danos Theater, Talbot Hall
Nicholls faculty members Dr. Valerie Francis, Dr. Michael Bartnick, Dr. Matthew Swihart, Dr. Jason Ladd and Dr. Shane Anderson will share the stories of freedom fighter Sojourner Truth in song and drama.

“A Spiritual Journey” by Pastor David Rhodes
6:30 p.m., Danos Theater, Talbot Hall
Pastor David Rhodes will lead an evening service.

THURSDAY, FEB. 16

SGA’s River Road Museum Tour
Noon to 4 p.m., River Road African-American Museum, 406 St. Charles Street, Donaldsonville • Open to Nicholls students only. Students must sign up in the SGA Office by Feb. 10.
The Nicholls Student Government Association will sponsor a free bus trip for students to tour the River Road African-American Museum, a premier facility focusing on the history and heritage of African-Americans along the Mississippi River. The bus will depart from the front of the Student Union at noon and return to campus at 4 p.m. To reserve your spot, call 985.448.4557, visit the SGA Office or email dolly.mcgeever@nicholls.edu.

TUESDAY, FEB. 21

Creative Writing Reading Series Presents African-American Voices: A Celebration of African-American History Month
6 p.m., Colonels Retreat, Bollinger Memorial Student Union
The Creative Writing Reading Series, organized by the Nicholls Department of Languages and Literature, invites students and faculty to read works pertaining to the theme. An open mic will follow the readings.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22

African-American Themed Cuisine: Boeuf aux Mangues Sauvages by Sodexo chef Norman Hunt
10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., Galliano Dining Hall • $7.41 plus tax for guests without a meal plan
This traditional Central African dish of beef in Ogbono sauce uses wild mango kernels to thicken the tasty stew. Norman Hunt, executive chef at Nicholls Dining Services, will be the lead chef for the African-American themed dish.

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.

 

Nicholls awarded federal grant to help preserve archives

Ellender Memorial Library

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University will receive a $6,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant to benefit the Archives and Special Collections section in the Ellender Memorial Library.

On Wednesday, NEH announced $16.3 million in funding for 290 projects across 43 states; Washington D.C.; and Puerto Rico.

Nicholls received a Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions, which will help the university preserve and care for special collections likes books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images and other records.

“These preservation activities support our mission of community service by helping preserve the unique and significant resources in our collection for use by students, faculty and the general public,” said Helen Thomas, assistant archivist. “The project will include a special emphasis on preserving materials in the Senator Allen J. Ellender Papers, which we consider the cornerstone of our special collections. We are grateful to the National Endowment for the Humanities for their support in our efforts to enable the long-term preservation and accessibility of our valuable resources.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 15, 2016

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

 

Upon reaccreditation, Nicholls launches into Student Advising and Mentoring Program

 

Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University
Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University’s accreditation was renewed for another 10 years by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges during their annual board meeting in Atlanta on Dec. 5. For the next decade, Nicholls will focus on carrying out its new Student Advising and Mentoring (SAM) Plan, which will empower students to work closely with faculty mentors for guidance in selecting a career path, becoming fully engaged on campus, graduating on time and ultimately securing a job upon graduation.

“Reaccreditation is critically important to the future of Nicholls and verifies the incredible quality of our academic programs and overall educational experience,” said Nicholls President Dr. Bruce Murphy, who was elected to serve as a representative on the SACS Board of Trustees during the meeting. “To be reaffirmed for 10 years with no findings is rare among colleges. I am proud of everyone on campus who worked tirelessly to help Nicholls reach this achievement, and I look forward to our future accomplishments as we intensely focus on improving student success through advising and mentoring.”

Through the Student Advising and Mentoring program, faculty will be trained to have a larger and more meaningful role in advising by assisting students in aligning their career goals and interests with the right academic programs and extracurricular opportunities. In addition to ensuring that students are properly enrolling in courses, advisers will help students identify internships, undergraduate research opportunities, study abroad trips and on- and off-campus organizations that reflect their own personal and professional interests.

“We want our advisers to do more than just schedule classes,” said Dr. Lynn Gillette, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. “Through this program, our advisers will become proactive in identifying the opportunities and resources that each student needs for success beyond graduation. As a result, this program will continue to help Nicholls improve its student retention, graduation and job placement rates. The more that we can connect with our students, the better we are able to help them in making the best choice for their future.”

Earlier this year, Nicholls hired Dr. Liz Frederick as the SAM program director. Frederick previously served as program director, academic adviser and field experience coordinator for the University of Houston’s College of Education. Prior to that, she was Houston’s assistant dean of students.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 6, 2016

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

Harvard innovator to speak at Nicholls Fall Commencement

 

Photo courtesy of Beth Kelley of Beth Kelley Photography
Photo courtesy of Beth Kelley of Beth Kelley Photography

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University will award more than 650 degrees during its annual fall commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, in John L. Guidry Stadium.

Harvard Professor Dr. Kevin Kit Parker will serve as the keynote speaker.

A lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, Parker is the Tarr Family Professor of Bioengineering and Applied Physics in the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard.

Parker joined the U.S. Army as a paratrooper in 1992 and, following the Sept. 11 attacks, served two tours in Afghanistan. He was awarded the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal with V device, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge for his service. He also conducted additional missions as part of the Gray Team, a special inspection unit charged with treating traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

A core faculty member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, he has conducted unorthodox research including designing camouflage using cuttlefish skin cells and using a cotton candy machine to make dressing for wounds. Earlier this year, the Disease Biophysics Group, led by Parker, created a tissue-engineered soft-robotic ray that swims using wave-like fin motions and turns according to externally applied light cues.

In the event of bad weather, commencement will be moved to Stopher Gymnasium and split into three ceremonies: the College of Education and College of Business Administration at 9 a.m., the College of Arts and Sciences at noon and the College of Nursing and Allied Health at 3 p.m. Tickets will be required only if the ceremonies are relocated to the gym.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 5, 2016

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

Nicholls professors to discuss the history of the Star of Bethlehem

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University physical science professors, Dr. Chadwick Young and Dr. Kaisa Young, will explore the origin of the Star of Bethlehem in a presentation at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5, in the Plantation Suite in the Student Union.

Also known as the Christmas Star, the Star of Bethlehem signaled the birth of Jesus and led the three wise men to Bethlehem, according to the nativity story.

Titled “O Star of Wonder: The Astronomy, History and Mystery of the Star of Bethlehem,” the Youngs’ presentation will offer insight into the genesis of the star while also surveying its significance on Christianity.

The event is free and open to the public.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 2, 2016

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

Nicholls choir, Chamber Singers to host holiday events

THIBODAUX, La. — The Nicholls State University Music Department is getting in the holiday spirit with two Christmas-themed recitals next week.

Up first, is the traditional candlelight Christmas concert performed by the Nicholls Concert Choir. Titled “A Joyful Christmas!,” the concert will be held at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec 6, in the newly renovated Mary and Al Danos Theater in Talbot Hall.

The concert is free and open to the public.

The choir will tell the traditional Christmas story through familiar and fresh arrangements of classics like “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” “We Three Kings,” “Joy to the World,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “Away in a Manger” and more.

Also on the program are songs and carols arranged and performed by James Rodrigue, a Nicholls vocal education major; Masson LeMieux, guitar professor; Emma Prejean, instrumental music education major; João F. Fraga, violin major; and music fraternities, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Sigma Alpha Iota.

The following Friday, Dec 9, the Nicholls Chamber Singers will host their Christmas Dinner Series.

A Nicholls tradition since 1985, the event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Cotillion Ballroom located in the Bollinger Memorial Student Union, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

This year’s theme, “Here Comes Santa Claus,” plays at the nostalgia of waking up on Christmas morning as kids. The Chamber Singers have selected some of their favorite songs to perform, ranging from Fred Waring’s “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” to Louis Armstrong’s “Zat You, Santa Claus.” The performances will also include more Christmas jazz and arrangements made famous in the movies “The Polar Express” and “Home Alone 2.”

A multi-course meal will also be provided and Santa will stop by to visit with kids.

Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. Reservations are required and must be made by Monday, Dec 5 by calling 985-448-4600, by emailing kellie.gaspard@nicholls.edu or in person at 241 Talbot Hall.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 2, 2016

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

Nicholls names press box after former quarterback

Cooper Collins with wife, Stacey Barbaro Collins, and children, Colson Cooper and Carsyn Carleigh, during the Oct. 8 Homecoming week game against Stephen F. Austin.  Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University
Cooper Collins with wife, Stacey Barbaro Collins, and children, Colson Cooper and Carsyn Carleigh, during the Oct. 8 Homecoming week game against Stephen F. Austin. Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University has named the press box at John L. Guidry Stadium in honor of former Nicholls quarterback and successful business executive Cooper Collins.

The C.C. Collins Press Box recognizes the Nicholls graduate’s college and professional achievements as well as his ongoing financial support to the Colonel Athletic Association.  

“We want our student-athletes to be champions on the field, in the classroom and ultimately in their future profession,” said Nicholls President Bruce Murphy. “Cooper Collins is the prime example of a Colonel who turned his student-athlete experience into a successful business career. We are incredibly proud of his accomplishments and grateful for his continued support of Nicholls athletics, which will impact Nicholls students for generations to come.”

The naming was unveiled, and Collins was honored during the Homecoming week game against Stephen F. Austin.

“I have always believed that you need to step up when other people can’t. I love my alma mater, and I love what Coach Tim Rebowe is doing,” Collins said. “It’s humbling to know that I have the opportunity to give back and leave a legacy for my family.”

Collins earned his bachelor’s in mass communication in 2002 and his master’s in business administration in 2003, both from Nicholls. He joined Pernix Therapeutics Holdings upon graduation and five years later was promoted to CEO, where he guided the company to a more than 800 percent increase in sales. In 2010, Collins was invited to ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange and in 2013 at NASDAQ. He is now a hedge fund manager for MagnaSci Ventures while serving as chairman and CEO of Fortis BioPharma in Houston.

Collins is married to Nicholls graduate Stacey Barbaro Collins, and they have two children, Colson Cooper and Carsyn Carleigh, whose initials inspired the “C.C.” on the press box.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 15, 2016

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

Nicholls students win human resources state championship, head to nationals in the spring

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University’s student Society for Human Resource Management chapter won the state championship at the Louisiana Human Resource’s first annual Case Competition.

During the Nov. 4 competition in Baton Rouge, the Nicholls chapter presented the top solutions for the mock case, narrowly edging out the LSU chapter. As a result, the LA SHRM organization will send the Nicholls chapter to the National Case Competition in Houston in March.
“This accomplishment validates the hard work of our students and what we’re teaching in the classroom. We know they have what it takes to compete. We practiced and the students knocked it out of the park,” said Melanie Boudreaux, faculty sponsor and instructor of management. “We’re excited to go to nationals and get the Nicholls name out there.”

With 120 active members, the Nicholls SHRM chapter is the largest in the state.

The Society for Human Resources Management helps to enhance the students’ real-world human resources experience through attending various events and workshops, including conferences, an etiquette dinner, resume workshops, and mock interviews, among others.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 14, 2016

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

Nicholls to honor veterans with documentary, Veterans Day celebration

Veterans Day Program 2014. Photo by Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University
Veterans Day Program 2014. Photo by Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University invites you to join the campus in honoring veterans this week by attending the Thursday premiere of a student-filmed documentary showcasing the lives of local veterans as well as a Veterans Day celebration in the Quad on Friday.

The documentary, “Local Veterans: An Oral History” was filmed by students from the Nicholls mass communication and history departments and edited by professors Dr. Andrew Simoncelli and Lance Arnold. History Department Head Dr. Paul Wilson also assisted with the project, which was funded by an $88,000 Board of Regents grant.  

Filmed during the 2015-2016 school year, the documentary captures the oral histories of several veterans as they discuss aspects of their military service from why they enlisted to the challenges they faced during deployment.  

The video screening will be held Thursday in Peltier Auditorium with doors opening at 4:45 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served in the lobby. The film will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by a question-and-answer session with some of the veterans featured in the project.  

On Veterans Day, Nicholls Veteran Services will hold a public ceremony at 11 a.m. in the Nicholls Quad and veterans will be served a free lunch in the cafeteria.

Col. Jacques Thibodeaux, a Nicholls alumnus, Thibodaux native and 31-year U.S. Army veteran will be the ceremony’s featured speaker. Other speakers include Dr. Todd Keller, associate vice president for academic affairs, and Wes Parfait, a Nicholls student and U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

Other participating groups include the Thibodaux High School JROTC, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Little Colonels Academy and Max Charter School.

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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 7, 2016

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

Nicholls Library Named Top in the State

Ellender Memorial Library
Ellender Memorial Library

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University’s Ellender Memorial Library has been named the top library in the state among higher education institutions by LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network earlier this month.

The Library of the Year award, which is handed out annually during the organization’s conference in Baton Rouge, recognizes libraries for their services, programs and projects as well as their contributions, collaborations and partnerships with the LOUIS staff and other state libraries.

“This award is a reflection of the hard work and collaboration of our team of librarians and staff along with the support of the University,” Library co-Director, Clifton Theriot, said. “We have continuously strived to provide resources and services to meet the needs of our users in this ever-changing information age. We’re honored to receive this award.”

Established in 1992, LOUIS is a consortium of public and private college and university libraries. It currently has 47 members and is funded by the institutions and the Louisiana Board of Regents.

For more information visit www.nicholls.edu/library.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 17, 2016

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