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  • March 31, 2015 at 8:48 am
    Dr. Janice Thompson-Sanchez graduated from Nicholls State University in 1986 with a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration, General and Curriculum. Her master’s degree was preceded by a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Teaching with a concentration in mathematics at the University of New Orleans and followed by a Doctorate of Philosophy, Mathematics and Computer Science at Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College at Baton Rouge. Dr. Thompson-Sanchez said that her time at Nicholls made her put the theory into perspective because during her time as an undergraduate, she heard about what you should do and read about the best practices, but Nicholls made her have the practical experience that she needed to go out and do a job in a school. She came to Nicholls through an interest in furthering her education through courses and pursuing a master’s degree. She said, “They had the classes I was interested in, which were administration classes.” Throughout her time at Nicholls, Dr. Thompson-Sanchez said that she was prepared for her current job mostly through hands-on experience. She said, “It prepared me for a broad spectrum of areas in education. What I learned really helped me in many areas, not just one.” Currently, Dr. Thompson-Sanchez works as an instructional coach with an area of focus in mathematics at Benjamin Franklin Elementary Mathematics and Science School. She said, “I help with the professional learning of faculty and staff at the school…...
  • February 19, 2015 at 11:14 am
    Stephanie Detillier Verdin graduated from Nicholls in 2006 with a degree in mass communication with a concentration in print journalism and public relations. She described her time at Nicholls as four life-defining years for a first-generation college student. Verdin grew up in Raceland and was a valedictorian for her high school, so she probably could have made it into any college in the state; but she only applied to Nicholls. The smaller campus, home-like environment, and comfortable nature of Nicholls were big influences on her decision to attend the university. She said, “What was incredible, for me, is that not only did my experience help me plot out what my career path was going to be, but it also helped me realize the kind of life I wanted to lead.” During her time on campus, she met friends, met her husband, and picked up leadership and management skills. Growing up close to the campus helped Verdin familiarize herself with Nicholls prior to the first day of her freshman year. She said that she had been on the campus several times while still in high school and always felt welcomed. Verdin said, “I wanted a place that had a strong support system, and I think that Nicholls offers that probably more than any other university in this area.” In talking about the opportunities to get involved, she mentioned that these opportunities, ranging from talking to your professors, setting up a meeting…...
  • January 29, 2015 at 1:21 pm
    Mudbug Brewery co-owner and brewmaster Leith Adams graduated from Nicholls State University in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in biology with a concentration in microbiology, and in 2004 with a master’s degree in marine and environmental biology. He described his time at Nicholls as a time where he found who he was and where he thought he wanted to go. However, almost a decade later, he is in a completely different location than he ever could have imagined. Adams said, “My sister was at Nicholls when I was a teenager. I vowed never to go to Nicholls, but after seeing what Nicholls had to offer in the field of Biology, I changed my mind.” Attending Nicholls worked out well for Adams because he said that the education he received was priceless and prepared him for becoming the brewer that he is today. Brewing started as a hobby for Adams during his time at Nicholls, and the lessons he learned through biology allowed him to delve deeper into the process. The brewing process takes time and requires work. Adams explained it by saying, “Brewing starts with the mash. The malted grain (mostly barley) is soaked in hot water and the natural enzymes in the grain start to break down starches (sugar). Those sugars are what become alcohol. After the mash is done, the grain is rinsed with hot water, called the sparge. The sweet liquor (the wort) is placed in the…...
  • December 11, 2014 at 11:40 am
    South Louisiana’s Bandit is a five-man band, featuring four Nicholls State University alumni, that plays a variety of music including classic rock, oldies, Motown, swamp pop, funk, and country. The band is comprised of Blayne Bergeron (‘87), Kevin Forshag (‘90), Gregg Graffagnino (‘85), Kevin Martin (‘84), and Jim Trant. Bandit formed in the seventies when lead vocalist Blayne Bergeron was 15 years old. Bergeron said, “The band name came from a cartoon called, Johnny Quest. Johnny Quest’s dog was named Bandit, so we named our band after the dog.” That version of the band lasted until about 1982 when the members started college. After 28 years, Bergeron ran into some of the band members and they began playing music just for fun. These jam sessions lasted for several months until bassist Kevin Forshag volunteered the band to play for a high school reunion. Bergeron said, “We played the reunion and had a ball. Everybody loved it. So we said ‘this is great therapy, let’s keep doing this!’ Now we’re just guys in their fifties having a ball.” In speaking about the opportunity to play for the New Year’s Eve Bash, Bergeron said, “The fantastic part is that we are all alumni except one member who graduated from LSU, but we won’t hold that against him.” Bergeron went on to say that Nicholls State University is where most of the band started their college experience, and it is an honor to…...
  • November 21, 2014 at 4:05 pm
    Dr. Neal Weaver began his duties as vice president for university advancement and executive director of the Nicholls Foundation on November 3, 2014. His responsibilities include coordinating the university’s development activities, directing marketing initiatives, managing campus fundraising activities and overseeing the Office of University Relations, Printing and Design Services, Office of Alumni Affairs, and the Office of Development. Dr. Weaver said, “I’ve been doing advancement work for the last 20 to 23 years and worked at three institutions before I came here.” He described his advancement work as a combination of public relations, marketing communications, advertising, and promotions amongst a myriad of other external activities. His previous experience with advancement has come from his work at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Northeastern State University in Oklahoma, and West Texas A&M University. Concerning his vision for the advancement of Nicholls State University and the role that alumni can play, Dr. Weaver said that a big thing is to get alumni involved with the institution. He added, “We want them to see the Alumni Federation as a way to enhance their lives, whether it be socially and culturally or professionally. We hope to be able to provide services and benefits that allow them to engage with us in ways that are meaningful to them.” Dr. Weaver also pointed out the importance of getting alumni to be able to connect to the university as a way to improve Nicholls, which in turn increases the…...
  • October 27, 2014 at 11:22 am
    Timothy Mohon earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Culinary Arts and graduated in December 2009 from Nicholls State University. He currently holds the title of Director of Food and Nutrition Services at Tulane Medical Center. Mohon was drawn to the artistry involved in culinary arts, as well as the science and business sides involved. He said he chose Nicholls State University because he did not want to attend a vocational school, but rather, he wanted to learn how emulsions work, why searing meat turns brown, and how to cost food. Mohon said, “I wanted to not just learn the techniques, but the purpose behind them. Chef John Folse Culinary Institute definitely helped me in that regard.” He added that his brother also was a student at Nicholls, and when he went visit him, Mohon fell in love with the beautiful campus and campus life. He said that his time at Nicholls was very important to him because he made lifelong friends, experienced places, and tasted food that he otherwise would have missed out on. As captain of the knowledge bowl team, he experienced St. Louis and Chicago. He also went to Paul Bocuse in Lyon, France. Mohon said, “My time at Nicholls meant everything to me. It meant transforming from a high school kid into an adult ready to handle the real world and its pressures.” The friends he met on campus are still huge parts of his life, even…...
  • September 29, 2014 at 10:30 am
    Nicholls graduate and Kean Miller’s executive director Don Champagne remembers his time at Nicholls State University as some of the best years of his life. During those years, Champagne was a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity and enjoyed Greek life tremendously. Champagne said he knew Nicholls was the school for him because “NSU was in my backyard and I had received a full T. H. Harris scholarship to attend. It was a no- brainer.” He graduated from Nicholls in December of 1978 with a major in accounting and a minor in computer science. Recently, Champagne was featured in the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report for his accomplishments in the business world. Champagne has come a long way from his first job of cutting grass during the summer months in his neighborhood before entering college at Nicholls. Some of his accomplishments include being a COO at Detusch, Kerrigan & Stiles in New Orleans, passing the CPA exam on his first try and scoring in the top 10% of the state, and his current position of executive director at Kean Miller. Nicholls provided a foundation for Champagne to get to the point he is at today. He said, “My accounting education has been a tremendous foundation for me to advance in business. I started out as an auditor for one of the Big 8 accounting firms (yes there were eight in those days), and worked my way up from there to…...
  • July 23, 2014 at 3:53 pm
    For Nicholls graduates Amy Mahler and Rusty Bouvier, Nicholls was a place to embrace their more creative side, to grow, and to explore the world around them in new ways. Both majored in Fine Arts, Amy in Graphic Design and Rusty in Studio Art. The connections they made while at Nicholls led to many things for the pair. After Amy ‘s cousin attended and fell in love with Nicholls, she wanted to share that feeling, too. “I attribute my being at Nicholls to my cousin, who at the time was studying marine biology,” Amy said. “He loved being at Nicholls, and I wanted to share that love, too. I had looked at other schools, but there were so many aspects about Nicholls that piqued my interest! There was no doubt I needed to be at Nicholls.” For Rusty, Nicholl’s close proximity to his hometown of Lockport enabled him to consider college in the first place. “I was 17-years-old and had no plans of going to college,” Rusty said. “I enrolled on a whim and stumbled into the best thing that could have happened to me. I would say that location was the deciding factor.” Beyond providing both individuals with a unique place to explore and learn about the arts, Nicholls fostered friendships and, eventually, a relationship. Amy met Rusty while he was working on his senior exhibition in 2009. The connections that Rusty had with another fellow art student led…...
  • June 12, 2014 at 10:27 am
    Go Next is pleased to offer our alumni the pre-registration flyer for the Mediterranean Mosaic cruise in 2015 with Oceania Cruises. Check out the flyer pdf for more information: 2014 - 2015 Travel PDF...
  • May 28, 2014 at 3:25 pm
    Check out our new line of items at AddressYourPassion.com. 15% of all sales from AdressYourPassion.com will go towards Alumni Federation scholarships!...
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