Cheers — A science connection

Too many of us make the mistake of thinking we’re just not scientifically minded.

But anyone can gain a knowledge of science provided that someone is patient and willing enough to teach them.

That is the hope behind Science Distilled, a new program aimed at getting members of the community together with scientists to learn about the environment.

“Something I found really interesting was that people in our community don’t actually know what the various professors in our department do research on nor do they really know what’s happening at (Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium) or at other facilities where we have a lot of scientists,” said Nicholls State science professor Aimee Hollander.

The first session took place on Thursday, but there will be more.

The one in October, which has not yet been scheduled, will focus on invasive species — a topic that affects local people and wildlife.

This is a great approach, one that invites the public to interact with the people here who can teach them about their surroundings — how and why things work like they do.

If you can, take advantage of this great opportunity.


Cheers — Upside Downs

A group of local people is doing a great service to the community by celebrating some of the blessings we have in our midst.

Upside Downs serves the people of Lafourche, Terrebonne and St. Mary parishes. It aims to help parents of children with Down syndrome.

“We also offer recreational activities, awareness and advocating for a brighter future. We are a local affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society and the National Down Syndrome Congress. Our goal is to promote the upside and positive aspects of Down syndrome and further our belief that anything is possible with Down syndrome,” said group Treasurer Beau Brooks. “We host free events throughout the year for individuals with Down syndrome and their family.”

Find out more about the group


Cheers — Rising enrollment

For the second straight year, Nicholls State is seeing an increase in its enrollment.

That is good news for the university, which is a huge part of our local communities.

“The university’s on the move,” Enrollment Services Director Courtney Cassard said. “It’s growing, and there’s so many great things happening here. (Admissions Director Becky Durocher) and I both have kids that are coming up that we’re excited to send to a growing, vibrant, thriving university. We’re committed to do everything we can to not just make that happen, but also make the experience of students choosing to come to Nicholls the best it can be.”

Since 2015, enrollment at Nicholls State is up by 3.4 percent — at a time when the state’s policies have made it ever more difficult for Louisiana’s institutions of higher learning to attract and keep students.

Let’s hope this is a trend that continues.


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