Tickets available for 10th annual International Students Banquet

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University invites you to join us in supporting our international student community at the 10th annual International Student Banquet at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12 in the Cotillion Ballroom.

This year’s fundraiser is themed, “The World Awaits” and features unique cuisine and vibrant entertainment from cultures rooted in countries across the globe.

“This is the premier event to showcase our international students,” said Marilyn Gonzalez, director of International Student Services. “These students contribute in so many ways to the Nicholls campus, not only in athletics but with diverse perspectives in the classroom.”

Tickets are $8 for students and $28 for adults and can be purchased at 2017 International Banquet Tickets or by calling 449-7038. Tickets will not be available at the door.

Proceeds from the banquet will pay for scholarships for international students.

“My philosophy is that we’re more alike than we’re different and the banquet allows us to paint the picture of how we want to see the world, as a melting pot of people sharing experiences and enjoying each other’s company,” Gonzalez said.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 7, 2017

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

Nicholls to celebrate Veterans Day with celebration in the Quad

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University invites you to honor all veterans during a Veterans Day celebration in the Quad on Friday, Nov. 10.

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.

“Veterans Day might be one day of the year but for those who served, it is a year-round deal,” said Gilberto Burbante, veteran and coordinator of Veterans Services at Nicholls. “I say that because, for anyone who has laced up their boots, thrown on a rucksack and carried a rifle in a far-off land, we are constantly thinking about not only our own experiences and sacrifices but also about the young guy or girl who will now leave their own mark on our veteran legacy.”

This year’s guest speaker is Chris Castillo, who served with the Third Battalion Fourth Marines as part of the First Marine Division from 2002-2006. He served in Iraq during Operations Vigilant Resolve, Trojan Horse and Phantom Fury. The New Orleans resident has been recognized for his successful transition to civilian life by GI Jobs Magazine. He now runs Chris Castillo Films, a video production company.

Nicholls president Dr. Bruce Murphy, who retired as a Lt. Col. from the U.S. Army, will also speak.

Thibodaux JROTC will present the colors and the Nicholls chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia will sing the national anthem.

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.

“Our country’s veterans have given so much it’s important that those acts of valor, sacrifice and selflessness are acknowledged and Veterans Day gives Americans the opportunity to thank all generations of Veterans and hopefully encourages the younger generation to answer the call against tyranny, oppression and terror,” Burbante said.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 3, 2017

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

Historians, veterans to discuss World War I and America

THIBODAUX, La. — A panel of veterans and historians will explore the lingering effects of the first world war during a discussion at Nicholls State University next week.

Titled, “World War I and America” the panel discussion will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9 in Le Bijou Theatre and is free and open to the public.

Moderated by Dr. Paul Wilson, associate professor and department head of history, panelists are Dr. Kurt Stiegler, assistant professor of history at Nicholls; Dr. Chad Parker, associate professor and interim department head of history at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette; C.J. Christ, veteran and director of the Regional Military Museum; Gilberto Burbante, veteran and coordinator of Veterans Services at Nicholls; and Micah Hebert, veteran and Nicholls student.

The discussion is held in conjunction with an exhibit honoring the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entrance into World War I held at the Nicholls library.

The exhibit runs through January 2018 and can be viewed from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday in the archives and special collections department of the library.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 2, 2017

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

Nicholls food drive aims to end hunger in Bayou Region

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University will collect food to donate to area food banks beginning next week and running until Nov. 13.

The annual food drive, Nicholls CAN, is a campus-wide movement to donate non-perishable food items to area food banks.

Annually, more than 5 million households in the United States required the services of a food bank.

Michael Williams, assistant professor of art, said the goal of the food drive is to collect one can per student, faculty and staff on this campus.

“That would give us more than 7,000 food items that could be making a difference in our community,” he said. “For many of our students and their families, the holidays are filled with anxiety because they don’t know if they will get a decent meal until they return to school.”

In Louisiana, an estimated one in four children doesn’t have access to food and people facing hunger need nearly $400 million to meet their food needs, according to FeedingAmerica.org.

For information on how you can donate, contact Williams at michael.williams@nicholls.edu.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 26, 2017

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

Nicholls Online Business Degree ranked among the best in the country

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University has been named one of the top universities in the country that offers an online business degree by the SR Education Group.

The online higher education resource evaluated 572 colleges with an accredited online business degree program and ranked them by comparing their cost of attendance and entrance exam scores and published a Top 25, with Nicholls coming in at No. 4.

“The cost of going to college is rising across the nation,” said Dr. Andrew Simoncelli, Nicholls director of distance education. “Many students are unable to pursue a college degree due to these costs.  At Nicholls Online, we try to keep our tuition affordable so that people can achieve their dream of going to college without having to incur tons of debt in the process.”

The Nicholls College of Business is AACSB-accredited, a distinction held by less than 5 percent of business schools worldwide.

Nicholls was the top school in Louisiana and ranked ahead of programs such as Sam Houston State University and Southeastern University.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 20, 2017

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Nicholls professor receives top research honor at annual management conference

Christopher Castille
(Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University)

THIBODAUX, La. — A Nicholls State University professor will be awarded for their research later this month at the 2017 Southern Management Association conference St. Pete Beach, Florida.
Dr. Chris Castille, assistant professor of marketing and management, will receive the Best Overall Conference Paper Award at the conference, for a paper he co-authored titled, “You Gotta Keep Em’ Separated: The Efficacy of Proximal Remedies for Method Variance.”

The paper, which discusses method bias in research, was co-authored by Castille; Dr. Wayne Crawford, assistant professor of management at the University of Texas at Arlington; and Dr. Marcia Simmering Dickerson, professor of management at Louisiana Tech University.

The Southern Management Association includes more than 1,100 management professors, students and executives representing more than 350 colleges, universities and business firms in 48 states and several foreign countries.

Their annual conference will be held from Oct. 24-28.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 19, 2017

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Nicholls receives donation from local industrial nonprofit

THIBODAUX, La. — Three Nicholls State University programs received donations from the South Central Industrial Association on Tuesday.

Geomatics, mass communications and petroleum engineering technology and safety management received $2,000 each.

“This money will go to the students, faculty and the program,” said Dr. Lynn Gillette, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Here at Nicholls, we’re constantly striving to meet the needs of the local industry. Donations like this one are an investment into the future of the Bayou Region.”

A Houma-based nonprofit, the SCIA advocates and partners with Bayou Region industry partners to promote strong economic growth in South Louisiana.

“The SCIA supports local higher education and that includes Nicholls State University,” said Christy Naquin, SCIA director and Nicholls alumna. “We chose those three programs because of their impact on our local business industry. It’s very important that we take care of the higher education institutions in our backyard because they produce some of the finest graduates in the area.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 19, 2017

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Nicholls students, faculty help remove more than 4,000 pounds of litter from Elmer’s Isle

Submitted by Dr. Allyse Ferrara.

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University faculty and students helped remove more than 4,000 pounds of debris from Elmer’s Isle during Ocean Conservancy’s 31st Annual International Coastal Cleanup Day.

Forty-two student and faculty volunteers from the Nicholls Biological Sciences Department teamed with the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to collect, categorize and weigh waste found along the beach during the event held on Sept. 16.

“Marine debris fouls our beaches and marshes and is a danger to all types of wildlife,” said Dr. Allyse Ferrara, professor of biological sciences. “It can be mistaken as food by wildlife and may lead to strangulation, starvation or impaired function. Seeing plastics and other debris on our beaches and helping to remove these items is a good place to start.  The next step is figuring out how to reduce the amount of plastics and debris that reach our coastal areas.”

Included in the 15,814 items collected were 3,441 plastic bottles, 2,246 small plastic pieces and an 80-pound tarball.

“These results are both positive and negative,” Dr. Ferrara said. “The positive is that nearly a million people from across the globe can get together for this event and remove tens of millions of pounds of debris from our waterways. The negative is that only a fraction of existing marine debris is removed by this event.”

Data collected from the cleanup will be sent to Ocean Conservancy and included in their annual report, which will be released in March 2018.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 17, 2017

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

WWI exhibit reception to be held on Monday

THIBODAUX, La. — A special viewing of several documents and artifacts detailing the Bayou Region’s war efforts during World War I will be on display Monday, Oct. 23, on the Nicholls State University campus.

Featured items on display, including the Elks Lodge 1918 parade flag, will be provided by the archives of the Ellender Memorial Library and the Regional Military Museum.

The event is free and open to the public from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Cotillion Ballroom in the Student Union.

The reception is held in conjunction with an exhibit honoring the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entrance into World War I held at the Nicholls library.

Included in the exhibit will be letters, photographs, scrapbooks, sheet music, poetry and other documents from the Nicholls archives, as well as artifacts loaned by the Regional Military Museum in Houma, including uniforms, bayonets, models, posters and a German trench mortar.

The exhibit opens runs through January 2018 and will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday in the archives and special collections department of the library.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 17, 2017

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

Nicholls PETSM receives donation from Morgan City Oilfield Rodeo

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

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

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

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

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 13, 2017

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