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

Nicholls adds criminal justice degree program

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University will offer a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with the first classes expected to begin in Fall 2018.

Today, the Louisiana Board of Regents unanimously approved the 120-hour degree program, designed for students interested in working in law enforcement, private security, forensics and social services fields.

A 21-hour concentration in coastal enforcement and security will provide a unique education in training for students interested in working for coastal security and law enforcement agencies, such as harbor police.

“This new degree program is an example of Nicholls’ commitment to meeting the needs of our students and our community,” said Dr. Lynn Gillette, provost and vice president of academic affairs. “We worked with local law enforcement agencies, Fletcher Technical Community College and our faculty to develop this program and, with the inclusion of the concentration in coastal enforcement and security, have tailored to meet the needs of the Bayou Region.”

The criminal justice degree will fall under Nicholls department of government and social sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. One additional faculty member will be hired for Fall 2019 while existing faculty and adjunct professors will also teach classes.

“We have heard the community’s call for a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice for several years, and we are thrilled to offer one so focused on the special needs of the region,” said Dr. John Doucet, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Alcee Fortier Distinguished Service Professor.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 27, 2017

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

Nicholls receives donation from local land developers

LtoR: Dr. Bruce Murphy, Nicholls State University president; Jake Giardina and Ronald Adams, owners of Jaron Land Co.  Misty McElroy/Nicholls State University.

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University received a nearly 1-acre land donation along Bayou Lafourche from the Jaron Land Co. with plans to beautify the campus and bayou-side in the future.

The batture totals 0.93 acres along La. 1 and connects from the trail and extends to the land in front of the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute.

“The university has the property up along La. 1 so it was natural that they should have this piece as well,” said Ronald Adams and Jake Giardina, the owners of Jaron Land Co. “Nicholls has done such a good job with their property and this will allow them to enhance their presence on the bayou. Nicholls is a substantial part of this community and this donation is a way for us to support them any way we can.”

President Dr. Bruce Murphy said the university is partnering with the local nonprofit, Friends of Bayou Lafourche, to complete beautification projects along the bayou. Ideas include marking different trees with signage, extending the trail and building an outdoor classroom.

“We’ve got some great ideas to enhance that portion of campus which is like our front porch overlooking the bayou,” said Dr. Murphy. “The idea is to enhance the image of the bayou and the university. This generous donation gives us the opportunity to complete the perimeter of our campus.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 26, 2017

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

Lakewood Foundation Inc. donates to Nicholls nursing

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University has received a $155,000 gift from Lakewood Foundation Inc., to ensure that Nicholls nursing students continue to have access to state-of-the-art technology and high-quality facilities.

“We are grateful for the generous gift from the Lakewood Foundation,” said Dr. Lynn Gillette, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “The funds will support our efforts to expand the number of students that we accept into our nursing program. Given the shortage of working nursing, this support will help Nicholls provide even more qualified nurses to the region.”

Over the summer, Ayo Hall received more than $200,000 in renovations to help increase the number of students Nicholls nursing program could accept.

“We are so very grateful to the board members of the Lakewood Foundation for designating nursing at Nicholls to receive this generous gift,” said Dr. Sue Westbrook, dean of the college of nursing and allied health. “It will be used for educating and preparing nursing students to meet the healthcare challenges in the 21st century.

Lakewood Foundation Inc. was recently dissolved by its board after more than 50 years assisting health care services in St. Mary Parish. The board voted to donate its remaining dollars to local nursing programs, including the money to Nicholls.

“One of the main missions of the Lakewood Foundation was encouraging nursing careers to support our area’s hospitals,” said B.A. “Red” Adams Sr., the foundation president.

Nicholls nursing program is one of the top programs in the state, with 96 percent of Nicholls graduates passing the national licensure exam on their first try – higher than their state and national peers – and 100 percent of graduates employed or in graduate school after they leave Nicholls.

“This type of gift will have a lasting impact on the Nicholls Nursing program for many, many years,” said Jeremy Becker, executive director of the Nicholls Foundation. “We are grateful for the Lakewood Foundation, their board and the people of St. Mary parish for such a generous gift.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 21, 2017

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

Faculty research on display at inaugural poster exhibit

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls professors will showcase their research and creativity during the first annual Faculty Expeaux research poster exhibit.

Modeled after Student Expeaux held in the spring, faculty will be judged not only on the content of their research but the appearance of the display, as well.

The day-long event will take place Thursday in the Cotillion Ballroom of the Bollinger Memorial Student Union. The community is invited to a free public viewing of Expeaux displays and reception from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

“For the first time ever, our students, our faculty and our community will be able to appreciate the breadth of research and creativity conducted by faculty at Nicholls by seeing it all in one place at one time,” said Dr. John Doucet, dean of the college of arts and sciences and Alcee Fortier Distinguished Service Professor.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 19, 2017

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

Nicholls author receives poetry prize

Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls assistant professor of English and poet-in-residence, Jay Udall, received the 2017 X.J. Kennedy Poetry Prize for his upcoming book, “Because a Fire in Our Heads,” which will be published this spring.

Started in 1998 and sponsored by the Texas Review Press at Sam Houston State University, the X.J. Kennedy Poetry Prize is named for the American poet, translator and editor, and is awarded annually for a full-length collection of poetry.

David M. Parsons, former poet laureate of Texas, served as this year’s judge.

Because a Fire in Our Heads, Udall’s sixth book, explores “desire in its many forms—sensual, emotional, intellectual, aesthetic, and spiritual—confronting an infinite cosmos, existential separateness and vulnerability, violence, injustice, and death,” he says, with influences from music, theology, history and time spent in New Mexico, Nevada, Louisiana and Virginia.

“I’m deeply satisfied that the book won this prize and found a home,” Udall said. “This is my best work, I think, and with each book, I keep trying to push the work further, taking on new challenges and risks, and I’m pleased with the outcome.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 15, 2017

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