Purpose and History
The Student Programming Association (SPA) was established in 1981 for the purpose of planning and presenting activities that enhance and improve the educational and social atmosphere of the university and community.
The SPA is managed by an executive board composed of seven student leaders. The president and vice president are elected annually by the student body during the spring
semester. The five committee chairs are chosen each semester by a group of student peers.
There are five committees: Entertainment, Multicultural, Special Events, Spirit and Travel, and Union Activities.
The SPA sponsors annual events such as Painting with a Twist nights, the Mardi Gras Breakfast and Dance, Pirogue Races, and the much-anticipated Crawfish Day. Past entertainment acts include George Carlin, Carrot Top, Mike Speenberg, Marina Franklin, The Three Kings, Souled Out, Mia Borders, Snapper and the Fishsticks, Caro & Company, and many other regional and national entertainers. A changing lineup of speakers, movies, bus trips and tailgating parties rounds out the academic year.
SPA Mission Statement
SPA’s mission is to enhance the academic, cultural, recreational, entertainment and social life of Nicholls. To accomplish this, SPA provides leadership development through hands-on planning, marketing, and implementing and assessing campus-based entertainment and social activities. Students engage in collaborative processes, event planning, and real-world business practices while conforming to university policies and procedures.
The goals of the SPA are as follows:
- To address the needs and interests of a changing student population (Entertainment and Union Activities)
- To encourage Colonel spirit (Spirit and Travel)
- To offer a number of cultural, motivational and educational programs (Multicultural)
- To encourage participation in and help plan university traditions (Special Events)
The SPA works with three professional organizations for educational and networking purposes. Those organizations include the ACUI, Association of College Union International; APCA, Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities; and NACA, National Association for Campus Activities. For more details, please refer to their websites.
Policy and Procedures
Policies and procedures are in place to help ensure the effective running and management of Nicholls’ largest student organization. The SPA’s “Policy and Procedure Manual” is available (online) for student review. It contains the organization’s constitution and bylaws. During the academic year, the SPA’s executive board may update the manual as needed.
Policy and Procedure Manual