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  • August 18, 2016 at 4:05 pm
    Judge Walter Lanier graduated from Nicholls State University in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in General Business with a concentration in Pre-Law. Walter spent his first two years at Louisiana State University. He then transferred to Nicholls. He noted being shocked that at his first day at Nicholls his professor addressed him by name. At Nicholls he remembered being treated like an individual and having professors who wanted to give their students the tools to be successful in their future careers. After his first semester at Nicholls, his dad gave him the option to go back to LSU. Walter chose to stay at Nicholls and make a name for himself. At Nicholls he was involved in intramurals, a leader in Kappa Alpha Fraternity and he met his wife, Natalie.  Walter would advise current students to make the most of their time in college. He said, “If you can maintain your grades, make new friends and get involved, you will truly have a great college experience. I made so many great memories at Nicholls and it is great to catch up with old friends. We are still talking about those good times today.” Walter is currently the Lafourche Parish Drug Court Judge and District Judge-17th Judicial District Court, Division C.  After graduating from Nicholls in 1990, Walter returned to LSU and graduated from LSU Law School. He then worked in the family firm and became an Assistant District Attorney, revealing the…...
  • April 25, 2016 at 4:17 pm
    ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT Marshall Crooks, ‘94 Christie Crooks, ’92 and ‘03 Marshall Crooks graduated from Nicholls with a bachelor’s in General Studies in 1994. Christie Crooks also graduated from Nicholls with a bachelor’s in General Studies in 1992, and she later received her master’s in Educational Leadership in 2003. While Marshall, native of Reno, chose Nicholls for his education because he was recruited to play baseball for Nicholls, Christie chose Nicholls to be close to home. They both have made many great relationships during their time at Nicholls, including their own. Marshall said, “I didn’t realize until after I was here that Nicholls was perfect for me. The smaller classes and personal attention by instructors was a plus for my success.” He said that teachers in the education department and the years of playing baseball prepared him as a teacher and coach. Christie’s time at Nicholls included being a member of Delta Zeta, which taught her about philanthropic causes, and giving. She said, “It helped me evolve as a strong leader that I am in my career.” Marshall is certified in Physical Education and Social Studies, and he also has added Adaptive Physical Education to his credentials since his son has been diagnosed with Autism. He helps students to improve gross motor skills, and he is able to carry over this knowledge with his team for their Strike Out Autism campaign. He is also a football and baseball coach at St.…...
  • February 29, 2016 at 10:01 am
    Check out the new Alumni Federation Board who will take office on July 1, 2016:...
  • February 24, 2016 at 11:15 am
    ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT Wendy Roussel, ‘90 Wendy Roussel is a 1990 Nicholls State University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Education with certification in Health and Physical Education and a minor in Biology. While Nicholls was not her top choice after high school graduation, she knew she was at home being part of the Nicholls family. Roussel enjoyed being involved at Nicholls, including being a student worker. She also participated in intramural sports and played on the girl’s basketball team. Her favorite memories are Crawfish Day, Colonel football, and the concerts hosted by Nicholls. She said, “Even though I was excited to graduate, I was sad to leave because Nicholls was my home for years, and everyone felt like family.” Roussel said that her Nicholls coursework prepared her for her responsibilities as a teacher. Her education professors demanded her best work for lesson plans and projects. Roussel greatly enjoyed her time student teaching, and said, “I had a wonderful mentor teacher, who has helped me tremendously and made sure I was ready to become a teacher.” As a member of the Physical Education Major’s club (PEM), she supported the other physical education students, attended conventions, and competed in competitions. The PEM club prepared her for her career because she said, “We learned about quality education in schools.” Roussel has now been teaching and coaching for 26 years. Currently she teaches at Thibodaux High School. She has coached track, basketball, volleyball, and…...
  • January 25, 2016 at 4:04 pm
    Chris Portier, ‘77 Chris Portier, a native of Chauvin, Louisiana, graduated from Nicholls State University in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. After graduation, Portier went on to receive his master’s (1979) and doctorate (1981) in Biostatistics from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. For his undergraduate studies, Nicholls chose Portier rather than Portier choosing the university. After receiving an exceptional ACT score in the spring of his junior year of high school, he had the opportunity to bypass his senior year and start college courses. While most colleges stopped admitting for the fall by that time, Dr. Larry Haw of the Nicholls Math Department showed a great interest in Portier. When describing his time at Nicholls, he said “I liked the small classes where questions were strongly encouraged, and I liked the fact that all of my teachers had PhDs.” His experience in the program provided great preparation for graduate school. In his professional career, Portier is skilled in the design, analysis, and interpretation of environmental health data with a focus on cancer, which includes research in molecular biology, risk assessment, biostatistics, bioinformatics, epidemiology, development, genetically modified foods, genomics, climate change, EMF, and health economics. He has contributed to the development of cancer risk assessment guidelines for national and international governments and agencies. Among the many committees, agencies, and organizations he has served on are the US National Academy of Sciences, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the…...
  • January 25, 2016 at 3:51 pm
    Ryan McNeil, ‘04 Daniel Dreher, ‘06 Ryan McNeil graduated from Nicholls in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Finance. Chef Daniel Dreher graduated from Nicholls in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in Culinary Arts. After being best friends in college and sharing a passion for high integrity food, they now own and operate Fresh Kitchen in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which has been open for a little over a year. McNeil and Dreher knew they wanted to own a business, but they first thought of Fresh Kitchen when they saw Snap Kitchen in Austin, Texas. They said, “Our business is founded on the principle of providing a better alternative to traditional fast foods by offering healthfully prepared meals to go.” They handle both the food and business aspects of their company. Chef Dan and the rest of the Fresh Kitchen team prepare meals for the commissary kitchen. They said, “We may go from cutting veggies and washing dishes to handling accounting and payroll all in one day.” In addition to the kitchen, they also sell their meals out of two retail locations in Baton Rouge. McNeil said his time at Nicholls was about learning from great professors and making new friends. During his time at Nicholls, he said, “I fell in love with Thibodaux and south Louisiana.” McNeil knew Nicholls was the school for him because it offered a well-rounded curriculum with a combination of Culinary Arts, his…...
  • November 17, 2015 at 12:42 pm
    Simone Maloz, Executive Director of Restore or Retreat, graduated from Nicholls State University in May 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication. She also had the honor of being named Outstanding Public Relations graduate. Maloz recounts her time at Nicholls as a wonderful college experience. She added, “In many ways, I’m sorry it was so short! I was involved in a few activities on campus, including KNSU, and would encourage everyone to make the most of this time in their lives.” Initially, Maloz went to a large out of state school, but soon realized that she wanted to be in a place where professors knew her name and cared about her progress. Attending Nicholls allowed Maloz to work while she was in school, and those years were hugely impactful to her personal and professional relationships that she still maintains today. She said, “I am fortunate to work with another Nicholls alum, and here on campus, so in some ways, I never left Nicholls, or really, it never left me. Finally, what I am doing now, really can’t be done anywhere else—and Nicholls is an integral part of what I do and why I do it.” For ten years, Maloz has worked as the Executive Director of Restore or Retreat, a regional coastal non-profit that was created to put large-scale coastal restoration projects on the ground in the Barataria and Terrebonne Basins. To explain her job, Maloz said, “During any…...
  • October 28, 2015 at 9:59 am
    On November 21, 2014, Tim Rebowe was named the tenth head football coach for Nicholls State University. Prior to landing his current position at Nicholls, Rebowe coached at Louisiana-Lafayette for 11 seasons and spent six seasons as an assistant coach for Nicholls. During his time at Louisiana-Lafayette, Rebowe coached under head coach Mark Hudspeth and helped the team secure four consecutive New Orleans Bowl victories. In a recent interview for The Colonel he said, “Mark was a big inspiration, but I can’t be Mark here at Nicholls. I have to be Tim Rebowe. What I can do is take some things I liked from other coaches and take some things I didn’t like and fit them into my coaching personality. Success is about us as coaches getting our guys to trust us and believe in us and leave it on the field for us. This formula can work anywhere if it’s executed properly.” Since his arrival, Rebowe has put those words into action by creating and applying messages like “all in” and “renew.” In the same interview, he lays out the groundwork for “all in” by saying, “We refer to it as ‘the code,’ and our players know it. It’s a set of core values that we try to live by. It’s for everyday life, not just on the football field. I truly believe it will help these guys even when they’ve moved on from here.” Being “all in” is…...
  • September 28, 2015 at 10:21 am
    Dr. Demetrius J. Porche is the Dean at the Louisiana State University School of Nursing in New Orleans. Along with that, Dr. Porche is certified as a Clinical Specialist in Community Health Nursing and as a Family Nurse Practitioner, and he is also the Founder and Chief Editor of American Journal of Men’s Health. Even as the Dean, Dr. Porche is still teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level in the School of Nursing. Dr. Porche graduated from Nicholls State University in 1987 with bachelor’s degree in science in nursing. He credits his time at Nicholls for providing him with the foundation for everything that he’s done in his career. He said, “It prepared me for the leadership that I’ve been able to assume, and without Nicholls, I’m not sure what type of access to higher education I would have had.” Due to his French heritage, Dr. Porche developed a liking to studying French. At the time, Nicholls had a summer humanities study abroad program that drew Dr. Porche in during the summer between graduating high school and starting college. This was one of the key factors that ultimately led to him choosing Nicholls for his college studies. Furthermore, Nicholls provided him with a smaller university and the personal touch. In talking about his time at Nicholls and the education he received, Dr. Porche mentioned that the faculty were excellent mentors. He said, “The program I was in was a…...
  • August 31, 2015 at 8:55 am
    Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, LLP recently announced that Nicholls alumnus B. Troy Villa, was named to the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers, considered the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. President and Co-Founder of Best Lawyers Steven Naifeh said,“Best Lawyers is the most effective tool in identifying critical legal expertise. Inclusion on this list shows that an attorney is respected by his or her peers for professional success.” B. Troy Villa graduated from Nicholls State University in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. He said that he lived through two time periods at Nicholls, with the first being directly out of high school for his first year of college in the Fall of 1979, and the second coming in 1984 after a string of changes in his life. Villa said, “As a true college freshman, my time at Nicholls was probably not dissimilar to others in that position – my first true non-high school experience in an independent, self-responsible, diverse environment. No one was around to hold my hand through registration or telling me when to go to class, how much to study, what to wear, what to eat or what NOT to drink. It was GREAT! The classes were challenging, and I enjoyed the advanced level of learning, but I am positive that I was not mature enough to really appreciate the full benefits that Nicholls offered.” Like his freshman year, Villa’s second period…...