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  • 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…...
  • July 27, 2015 at 10:48 am
    Dr. Lynn Gillette officially joined the Nicholls State University administrative team on July 1, as he filled the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs. In joining the team, he is filling a position that has been held on an interim basis since August 2014. Prior to coming to Nicholls, Dr. Gillette was the president of Sierra Nevada College, a private, liberal arts college in Incline Village, Nevada. Dr. Gillette was at Sierra Nevada College for about seven years, with three and a half years spent as the provost and executive vice president, and the other three and a half years as the president. Prior to that, he had a few stops along the way as a vice president at Spalding University, an economics faculty member at Texas A&M, University of Texas in Austin, Southern Methodist, and University of Kentucky, and taught in Tulane’s MBA program at their Houston and New Orleans campuses. Dr. Gillette’s love for Nicholls started with what he saw on the university’s website and his initial Skype interview. He said, “I loved everything I saw on the website. When I interviewed over Skype, the friendliness of this place jumped out over Skype. There was a hospitality and a gentility about the way I was asked these tough questions that I really appreciated.” When Dr. Gillette came in for his interview, he found two bags of gifts waiting for him at his hotel room. His…...
  • June 25, 2015 at 11:02 am
    Nicholls pilots were “cleared to land,” swooping in for this years’ Nicholls Aeronautical Science Alumni reunion in Thibodaux. On June 6th alumni gathered for dinner and friendship, to remember the nationally recognized program and its founder. In 1975 Raceland native and a vascular surgeon with a passion for aviation had a dream to build a program at Nicholls. For more than 20 years Dr. Phillip A. Robichaux, Jr., the founder of the Nicholls State University Aeronautical Science Program, led the program to gain national recognition within the aviation industry and among other top rated aviation colleges like Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the USAF Academy. Commonly referred to as the Nicholls Aviation Program, it produced world class professional aviators who today are living the dream as both professional and military pilots. The next commercial flight you take may be commanded by none other than a “Flying Colonel.” Dr. Robichaux succumbed to cancer in 2006 and the aviation program is no longer offered at Nicholls. But his dream and legacy live on through hundreds of alumni and aviators who started their careers as Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Certified Flight Instructors (CFI) at Nicholls State University. Dr. Robichaux’s vision, to produce exceptional aviators with the credentials and experience required of Airline Transport Pilots, led to the development of the “2+2 Program.” The Program challenged students to complete two degrees over a four year period, the Associate of Science (AS) in Aeronautical Science, plus…...
  • April 29, 2015 at 11:36 am
     Congratulations to our 2015 Awards for Excellence Recipients! Dr. Bruce Murphy with Ramon Labat Service Award recipient Kim Brown: Alumni Awards for Excellence 2015 (Photo by Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University) 3/25/15 Dr. Bruce Murphy with Ramon Labat Service Award recipient Jennifer Cazenave: Alumni Awards for Excellence 2015 (Photo by Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University) 3/25/15 Dr. Bruce Murphy with Marie Fletcher Distinguished Service Award recipient Dr. Al Davis: Alumni Awards for Excellence 2015 (Photo by Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University) 3/25/15 Dr. Bruce Murphy with Corporate mark of Honor recipient Bobby Burguieres: Alumni Awards for Excellence 2015 (Photo by Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University) 3/25/15 Dr. Bruce Murphy with James Lynn Powell Award recipient Luke Ford, Jr.: Alumni Awards for Excellence 2015 (Photo by Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University) 3/25/15 Dr. Bruce Murphy with Honorary Alumni Award recipients Jerry and Lola Ledet: Alumni Awards for Excellence 2015 (Photo by Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University) 3/25/15 Dr. Murphy and Dr. John Doucet with the Outstanding Alumnus for the College of Arts & Sciences, Windell Curole: Alumni Awards for Excellence 2015 (Photo by Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University) 3/25/15 Dr. Bruce Murphy and Dr. Shawn Mauldin with the Outstanding Alumnus for the College of Business Administration, Edward Bouterie: Alumni Awards for Excellence 2015 (Photo by Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University) 3/25/15 Dr. Bruce Murphy and Dr. Leslie jones with the Outstanding Alumna for the College of Education, LaDonna Saxon: Alumni Awards…...
  • April 27, 2015 at 4:12 pm
    Ronnie Rodriguez’s journey to chief financial officer at Nicholls State University started in the UL system schools. He started his education at UNO before coming to Nicholls for a little while. During that time, Rodriguez, Louisiana National Guard, was activated to serve in Operation Desert Storm. After that, he returned to Nicholls for a semester before moving to north Louisiana and finishing his accounting degree at ULM. Following his degree, Rodriguez worked for a CPA firm in north Louisiana doing tax work, write-up work, and auditing of local government. He was then presented with an opportunity to move to Baton Rouge and work for the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office. He spent about three years in Baton Rouge doing state financial audits. An opportunity to move home and continue working for the same office was presented to him in 1999, which he accepted and continued to do so until 2003. At that point, Delgado Community College approached Rodriguez to move into the business division as the assistant controller. Over the next 11 years, Rodriguez would move from assistant controller to controller following Hurricane Katrina, and finally vice president of business at Delgado. The vice president role took him to October 2014, when he accepted the role of chief financial officer at Nicholls. He said, “It was a dual-purpose. My oldest daughter is a student at Southeastern, and I knew there would be an opportunity from a tuition standpoint. I also wanted…...
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