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Future events scheduled to celebrate 70 years of Nicholls State University

September 20, 2018

Throughout the fall semester, there will be a series of events celebrating Nicholls State University’s 70th anniversary.

The Nicholls community takes pride in its success and will convey its unique culture throughout the celebration.

Francis T. Nicholls Junior College opened its doors on Sept. 23, 1948. To recognize this event, the Alumni Association is scheduled to host a Jazz Brunch beginning at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23 in the Donald G. Bollinger Memorial Student Union.

President Jay Clune, the 6th president of Nicholls, and his wife are scheduled to attend the Jazz Brunch.

There will be a brunch buffet and music from the Nicholls Jazz Ensemble. Admission is free for dues-paying alumni and $30 for other guests. This is to be followed by the first-time viewing of the “Nicholls Turns Platinum” anniversary exhibit in the Allen J Ellender Memorial Library.

On Sept. 26, Kerry St. Pé, Nicholls alumnus and former director of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, is scheduled to give a lecture called “Closest to the Coast,” at 5:30 p.m. in Mary and Al Danos Theater. The lecture will focus on the history of Nicholls, its association with coastal and estuarine issues and its commitment to restoration.

On Sept. 28, Thibodaux Main Street is scheduled to host the Fall Arts Walk from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in downtown Thibodaux.

Fremin’s Restaurant will host the first ever “Colonel Corner” featuring art, music and pottery by Nicholls students.

The celebration doesn’t end in September, there are more celebratory events to come in October and November.

In October, there will be another lecture presented by a Nicholls alumnus on “The Great Cheniere Hurricane of 1893” and its impact on Southeastern Louisiana settlement. This will be a series of stage readings and narratives on the Great Cheniere Hurricane of 1893 presented by the Nicholls Players and the 4th Annual Center for Bayou Studies Symposium.

In November, there will be another Nicholls alumnus lecture discussing the emerging roles of ketones in diabetes therapy. The 2018 Fletcher Lecture featuring one of Mexico’s greatest novelists and an evening of readings by Nicholls poets and guests will also occur in November.

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