History-making Nicholls Alum to speak in Empowered Women Chefs Series

 

 

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Meg Bickard

THIBODAUX, La. — The Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University will continue its Empowered Women Chefs Series with guest Meg Bickard, the first female executive chef in the Commander’s Family restaurants, at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, in the Ledet Culinary Arts Building.

Launched in April, the Empowered Women Chefs Series is a new lecture and culinary demonstration series focused on encouraging women to pursue successful careers in the male-dominated restaurant industry. Funded by the Carl Perkins Non-Traditional Occupations Grant, the seven-part series provides inspiration and guidance for females aspiring to work in the restaurant industry, where only 21 percent of the jobs are held by women. With the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute’s student body at approximately 65 percent female, the series hopes to provide aspiring women chefs with industry role models and with tips for navigating challenges in the industry.

Guest chefs have included Jacqueline Blanchard, owner of Coutelier NOLA; Nina Compton, owner of Compère Lapin; and Holly Goetting, executive chef of Charley G’s; Anne Kearney, owner of Rue Dumaine; and Suzanne Willett, owner of Felicia Suzanne’s.  

This week’s guest is Nicholls alum Meg Bickard. Bickard was hired by Commander’s Palace Chef Tony McPhail after graduating from the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute. In just one year, she worked her way up from the hotline to become the first ever female sous chef at Commander’s Palace. Last December, Meg was named executive chef at Café Adelaide in New Orleans.

The Larose native will demonstrate how to make hand-pulled mozzarella ravioli.

Seating is limited, so please reserve your spot at https://www.nicholls.edu/culinary/women-chefs.

NOTE: If you would like to cover the event, please let me know, and I’ll take care of your reservation.

Donations Fuel Oilfield Simulator

Morgan City Oilfield Rodeo Donation 2016
Photo from left to right: Neal Weaver, Nicholls vice president of university advancement; Loreta Dupre, events coordinator for MCOFR; Joey Cannata, operations manager at Tanks-A-Lot; Bruce Murphy, Nicholls President; Mike Gautreaux, executive director of PETSM; John Doucet, Nicholls dean of College of Arts and Sciences. Photo by Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 2, 2016

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THIBODAUX, La. — The Morgan City Oilfield Fishing Rodeo has donated $9,000 to Nicholls State University’s Department of Petroleum Engineering Technology and Safety Management, which will use the contribution to purchase equipment for the program’s Well Control Simulation Lab.

“Education is the foundation of everything in our area,”  said Loretta Dupre, the fishing rodeo’s events coordinator and a Nicholls alum. “Every year we give back all the money that we raise to help support the growth of the oilfield industry and local community.”

Last August, the organization presented Nicholls with a $13,000 check that the university allocated toward renovating Gouaux Hall classrooms and labs, used exclusively by PETSM students. That raises their total donations to the university to $36,000.

Founded in 2013 by Morgan City-based deepwater container specialist Tanks-A-Lot, the nonprofit hosts 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.

“The sole effort is to raise funds to support higher education, the oil and gas industry, and our area,” said Joey Cannata, operations manager at Tanks-A-Lot.

Nicholls will be the only university in the Gulf South to have a well control simulator, which will provide a virtual drilling experience inside the classroom, on its campus.

“All the big drilling companies use this equipment to train their employees,” said Michael Gautreaux, executive director of PETSM. “Thanks to this generous donation and other industry support, Nicholls students will have the unique opportunity to receive this training and experience in the classroom, giving them a competitive advantage.”
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Nicholls Culinary students to cook up fundraiser for flood victims Friday

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University will host a Jambalaya Lunch on Friday to benefit the Nicholls Flood Emergency Relief Fund for students affected by the historic flooding earlier this month.

As a service-learning event, students in the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute will put their culinary skills into action by preparing 1,000 pounds of chicken, sausage and andouille jambalaya.

One pound portions of jambalaya will be sold for $10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Ledet Culinary Building on Bowie Road.

“Nicholls is always looking for ways to provide experiential learning opportunities for our students, and the jambalaya lunch will allow culinary students to practice their culinary techniques while helping raise funds for fellow Colonels who lost their homes and belongings in the flood,” said Nicholls President, Dr. Bruce Murphy. “This service-learning event is a great way for the community to demonstrate support for both Nicholls flood victims as well as our aspiring chefs.”

Ingredients were generously supplied by Friends of Bourgeois Meat Market and the Nicholls Student Culinary Association.

Pre-orders will be taken for 10 pounds or more. To preorder, call 985-493-2700.

Those who can’t make it to lunch Friday are encouraged to donate directly to the flood relief fund, which will remain open until Aug. 31, at nicholls.edu/relief or send a check to the University Advancement Office.

Macik-Frey named dean of the Nicholls College of Business Administration

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Marilyn Macik-Frey

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University has announced Dr. Marilyn Macik-Frey as dean of the College of Business Administration.

The LaMarque, Texas, native served as the interim dean since November following the retirement of longtime dean Dr. Shawn Mauldin. She held the college’s assistant dean position prior to that appointment.

Nicholls conducted a national search to replace Mauldin and Macik-Frey was the overwhelming choice of the search committee, said Dr. Lynn Gillette, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

“Marilyn has vast business experience, and she’s incredibly well-respected by the faculty in the College of Business Administration and across campus,” Gillette said. “I believe as dean she’ll be able to work with the faculty to foster innovation, develop new programs and improve the college to be even better than it already is.”

An eight-person committee made up of Nicholls faculty and community business leaders conducted the search for the replacement.

“There’s a legacy to the College of Business Administration that goes back for years and is deeply connected to the regional business community. I’m proud to serve as dean and keep that legacy alive,” Macik-Frey said.

The recipient of the Candies Family Endowed Professorship, Macik-Frey joined the Nicholls management faculty in 2007. Prior to arriving at Nicholls, she owned a rehabilitation agency, providing speech pathology services in cooperation with physical and occupational therapy partners. She worked as a regional manager for a national rehabilitation provider in south Texas and was the national director of reimbursement training and research for a health-care consulting company.

Macik-Frey earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and speech pathology from Stephen F. Austin State University, a master’s in communicative disorders from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, a master’s in business administration from Texas A&M-University Corpus Christi and a doctorate in business administration and management from the University of Texas at Arlington, where she concurrently taught at the Goolsby Leadership Academy.

Offering six undergraduate degree programs, a fully online business administration degree as well as an MBA and an Executive MBA, the AACSB-accredited College of Business Administration is among the most popular areas of academic study at Nicholls.

Nicholls launches crowd-funding campaign for students impacted by flooding

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University is asking for community support to help a number of Colonels who have been impacted by the 1,000-year flood that devastated Baton Rouge and surrounding areas over the weekend.

More than 40,000 homes have been damaged and 10 people killed by historic floods caused upwards of 2 feet of rainfall over the weekend.

“Over the past several days, our thoughts have been with the thousands of families impacted by the historic floods sweeping across our state,” said Nicholls President Dr. Bruce Murphy. “Some members of our Nicholls community and their families have suffered damage, and affected students now face unanticipated costs and possibly the loss of college necessities like books, supplies, clothing and campus residence items.”

To assist the Colonels in need, the Nicholls Foundation is sponsoring an online crowd-sourcing campaign titled the ‘Nicholls Emergency Flood Relief’ to assist affected students.

“One of the things that makes our Nicholls family so special is the outpouring of care and concern for our community,” Murphy said. “By coming together, we can help ensure that our affected Colonels get through these challenges as they continue to pursue their dreams of a college degree.”

With an initial goal of $10,000, the fundraiser began today and will close Aug. 31. Any funds raised that are not claimed will be used to establish savings for future emergencies.

Students impacted by the flood can call the Office of Student Affairs at 985-448-4022 for more information.

To donate visit nicholls.edu/relief or send a check to the University Advancement Office.

Nicholls biology professor awarded for active learning techniques

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Aimee Hollander

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University Biology Assistant Professor Aimee Hollander was recently selected to receive the 2016 American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators Travel Award.

The award is given annually to biology instructors with “leadership potential and a commitment to education” who display success in the classroom by developing active learning techniques. Recipients of the award receive funding to attend the conference held in North Bethesda, Maryland.

Last spring, Hollander staged a faux crime scene that students evaluated over the course of multiple classes in an effort to show her biology students the different career opportunities that a biology degree could lead to. She also uses online blogs and social media to interact in different ways with her students.

“The ASMCU award granted me an opportunity to meet with professors and educators from all over the country that also teach microbiology and share innovative ideas that I can take back to improve the curriculum here at Nicholls,” Hollander said. “It was really rewarding to not only be able to share and be recognized for my success but to also learn from other institutions, including Harvard, University of Colorado and various community colleges.”

Hollander participated in a competition hosted by McGraw-Hill where she submitted an active learning technique. Her presentation, titled “Guess that Microbe,” was selected as best of the conference by more than 50 of her peers. ‘Guess that Microbe’ is a mock game show that Hollander uses in the classroom. As a result, she was awarded an Apple iWatch.

“Nicholls is committed to implementing progressive instruction and active learning strategies that truly influence student engagement. Aimee Hollander is a perfect example of that,” said Nicholls Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Lynn Gillette. “This recognition confirms that her methods are working and making an impact on students.”

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

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