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.”

Nicholls art students benefit from $50,000 lab renovation

Nicholls administrators join art faculty and supporters in unveiling a completed $50,000 renovation to the university's graphic design lab. Nicholls art students now have access to new iMac computers, inkjet printers and a 3-D motion graphics audio/video editing room, which will be used by the university's new 3-D animation program set to begin in fall 2016. Pictured (from left) are Nicholls President Bruce Murphy; Becky Bonnecarrere; Jeanne-Claire Carrere; Dane Ledet Jr.; Lou Ledet; Jean Donegan, head of the Nicholls art department; Dawn Ledet; Francesca Ledet and Cinda Ledet.
Nicholls administrators join art faculty and supporters in unveiling a completed $50,000 renovation to the university’s graphic design lab. Nicholls art students now have access to new iMac computers, inkjet printers and a 3-D motion graphics audio/video editing room, which will be used by the university’s new 3-D animation program set to begin in fall 2016. Pictured (from left) are Nicholls President Bruce Murphy; Becky Bonnecarrere; Jeanne-Claire Carrere; Dane Ledet Jr.; Lou Ledet; Jean Donegan, head of the Nicholls art department; Dawn Ledet; Francesca Ledet and Cinda Ledet.

THIBODAUX — Nicholls State University announced a $50,000 renovation to the university’s graphic design lab at a ribbon-cutting ceremony held Thursday in Talbot Hall.

The renovation, completed in summer 2015, equips the lab with new iMac computers, peripherals, two high-quality inkjet printers, laptop stations, an audio/video editing room for creating 3-D motion graphics and a dedicated critique/sketch area. The lab serves all Nicholls graphic design students, about half of all art majors.

“It’s wonderful to have a state-of-the-art lab facility for our art students,” said Jean Donegan, head of the Nicholls art department. “We will begin offering a 3-D animation program in fall 2016, and the upgrades to our lab paved the way to help us accomplish that. This facility will help us attract students looking to make art their career, especially those students interested in graphic design and 3-D animation.”

The graphic design lab renovation was funded by a $20,000 donation from the Lou and Dane Ledet family, which includes several Nicholls art alumni, and a matching $30,000 Nicholls instructional technology grant.

Nicholls, Edison Chouest Offshore Announce Educational Partnership

Chouest Nicholls Partnership 2015THIBODAUX — Nicholls State University and Edison Chouest Offshore launched a new educational partnership designed to help meet industry workforce needs and grow the university’s international enrollment at a public announcement held Wednesday on the Nicholls campus.

The unique partnership offers out-of-state and international Chouest employees and their families an opportunity to obtain an affordable, accredited college degree through Nicholls, located less than an hour from Chouest headquarters in Galliano. Nicholls will waive international/out-of-state fees for eligible students and provide them with an opportunity to participate in an internship program and network with Chouest team members each semester.

“As Chouest continues to expand international operations, we recognize that Nicholls’ commitment to providing high-quality education is a contributing factor to our success as a global maritime industry leader,” said Kirt Chouest, general manager of Edison Chouest Offshore. “The proof is in the numbers -– 80 percent of our degree-holding employees working at Chouest headquarters in Galliano earned their degrees from Nicholls. Now, thanks to this new partnership, all of our employees across the globe will share in the valuable opportunity to enhance their careers with a Nicholls degree.”

Chouest currently has a worldwide network of 14,000 employees working in more than a dozen countries. Nicholls enrolls about 6,500 total students, with 170 international students from more than 40 countries.

“Nicholls is proud to partner with Edison Chouest Offshore, a highly respected family owned company and the largest employer in our service region,” said Dr. Bruce T. Murphy, president of Nicholls. “We are confident that our new partnership with this industry leader will greatly assist us in achieving our goals of increasing our student enrollment to 8,000 and bringing more international diversity to our campus. This agreement significantly expands the university’s regional and global reach. Nicholls will be more accessible to prospective students who will now be aware of the quality education they can receive in South Louisiana.”

Edison Chouest Offshore previously partnered with Nicholls to assist in the financing and development of the university’s unique four-year maritime management program offered through the AACSB-accredited College of Business Administration.

For more information about the educational partnership between Nicholls State University and Edison Chouest Offshore, visit nicholls.edu/chouest Continue reading “Nicholls, Edison Chouest Offshore Announce Educational Partnership”

Nicholls College of Business Renews Prestigious AACSB Accreditation

THIBODAUX — The College of Business Administration and accounting program at Nicholls State University have undergone a successful accreditation review and received an extension of accreditation by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education and has been earned by less than five percent of the world’s business programs.

“AACSB accreditation ensures that we have made a commitment to continuously improving our academic programs in business in order to provide a high-quality, innovative business education. It is truly a testament to the hard work of our Executive Advisory Board and the quality of students, faculty and staff in the College of Business,” said Dr. Shawn Mauldin, dean of the Nicholls College of Business Administration. “The message is clear — you can receive a top-notch business education at Nicholls State University.”

Offering six undergraduate and two graduate degree programs, the College of Business Administration is among the most popular areas of academic study at Nicholls. Student enrollment in the Nicholls business program has grown 7.5 percent since spring 2014. In addition to traditional degree offerings, the College of Business has added an online degree in business administration, which has attracted more than 90 students in its first year. Nicholls also continues to see growth in its Executive Master of Business Administration program and its unique maritime management concentration, which is the only program in the state designed to specifically address the needs of the oil and gas sector of the maritime industry. AACSB accreditation, which Nicholls has held since 1983, confirms that the university is delivering accredited degree programs that prepare students for careers regionally and globally.

“The fact that the Nicholls business and accounting programs each received reaccreditation without recommendations for improvement is evidence of our dedicated business faculty’s commitment to excellence,” said Dr. Bruce Murphy, president of Nicholls. “Thanks to their efforts, our business graduates receive the highest quality education and prove it by consistently setting the benchmark as leaders and visionaries in the competitive business and accounting fields.”

To learn more about the Nicholls College of Business Administration, visit nicholls.edu/business.

Nicholls mourns loss of longtime supporter

The Nicholls State University community is mourning the death of business leader and longtime university supporter Al Danos, who died Friday, Jan. 23 at age 68.

A Larose native who helped expand his family’s oilfield service company Danos & Curole, Al was an avid supporter of higher education and a leader on the Nicholls Foundation Board. Most recently, he helped Nicholls raise more than $1.5 million in private donations to renovate the Mary M. Danos Theater, named in honor of his late wife in 2012. Al then worked closely with state Sen. Norby Chabert to secure another $4.4 million in state funds to expand the renovations in Talbot Hall. In addition to helping the Nicholls music department achieve All-Steinway status, Al and Mary Danos also established an endowed scholarship at Nicholls for first-generation college students from South Lafourche High School and funded endowed professorships in education and nursing among other gifts.

“The Nicholls family will greatly miss Mr. Al Danos, a dear friend and generous supporter of the university,” said Dr. Bruce Murphy, university president. “Although he wasn’t a Nicholls graduate, Al believed strongly in the importance of the university and enjoyed attending events on campus and interacting with students. Al and Mary’s legacy will continue to influence the lives of future Nicholls students when they walk through the renovated Talbot Hall or attend an event in the state-of-the-art Danos Theater.”

Nicholls Recognizes More Than 2,100 Honors Students

THIBODAUX — More than 2,100 Nicholls State University students have been named to the fall 2014 president’s list, dean’s list and honor roll, which recognize academic excellence.

Click here for a complete list of the honored students.

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 More Than 670 Degrees at Fall Commencement

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Nicholls State University summa cum laude graduates (front row, from left) Derek Jett, Anna Lee, Nicholls President Bruce Murphy, Ainsley Crochet, Elizabeth Whitman, Kathryn Johnson, (back row, from left) Ashlyn Champagne, Paula Santos, Rebecca Deroche, Shelly Naquin and Krista Votolato pose before commencement ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 13.

 

THIBODAUX — Nicholls State University awarded more than 670 degrees to students during its Saturday, Dec. 13 commencement celebrations.

Among the fall graduates were seven students who received the President’s Medal of Honor for earning a perfect 4.0 grade point average. They included interdisciplinary studies graduate Kalynn Egea; general family and consumer sciences/social services graduate Jami Foret; accounting graduate Derek Jett; management/human resources graduate Shelly Naquin; interdisciplinary studies graduate Patrick Riviere; dietetics graduate Elizabeth Whitman; and psychology graduate Megan Yates.

During the morning’s commencement exercises, Nicholls awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to Stephen Watson, executive vice president of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. Watson, a native of Scotland, came to Nicholls on a track and field scholarship in 1994, where he earned a bachelor’s and MBA in 1997 and 1999. He also delivered the commencement address.

For a complete list of graduates click here.  Academic honors are noted. 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.