Events planned at Nicholls State University

THIBODAUX — The Fletcher Lecture Series at Nicholls State University will present a question-and-answer session and lecture by Oscar nominated director and screenwriter Benh Zeitlin of “Beasts of the Southern Wild” on Oct. 24.
Zeitlin is a filmmaker, composer, animator and founding member of production company Court 13. His first independent feature film, “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” which was shot in Terrebonne Parish, became an immediate success on the film festival circuit, winning top awards at the Cannes and Sundance film festivals.
The film was picked up by Fox Searchlight Pictures for nationwide distribution and earned four Academy Award nominations.
Zeitlin will be interviewed by Dr. Todd Kennedy, Nicholls director of film studies, at 6 p.m. in Peltier Auditorium. He will also field questions from audience members from 10:30 a.m. to noon that day in the Le Bijou Theater in the Bollinger Memorial Student Union.
Now in its 30th year, the Fletcher Lecture Series — named after former Nicholls department head Marie Fletcher and sponsored by the Department of Languages and Literature — brings scholars, chefs and writers to Nicholls each year. Past lecturers include Robert Penn Warren, Ernest Gaines, Paul Prudhomme, Marilynne Robinson and Olympia Vernon.
For more information visit the Fletcher Lecture Series website at guage/fletcher-lecture-series.


THIBODAUX — Nicholls State University students, their families and community members are invited for a day of fun for all ages at its annual Family Day celebration Oct. 26.
The family-friendly festivities will begin at noon next to John L. Guidry Stadium and lead up to the 3 p.m. kick-off of the Colonels football game against McNeese State University.
A campus tradition since 1983, Family Day will feature live music by the swamp pop band Treater and food booths offering gumbo, jambalaya, hamburgers and more, according to the university’s news release.
Other activities include an entertainment zone with inflatables and games for the kids, educational Halloween activities and a 2:30 p.m. pep rally featuring the Pride of Nicholls marching band.
Attendees are also invited to tour Nicholls’ residence halls during an open house from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Discounted general admission tickets to the 3 p.m. Colonels vs. Cowboys football game will be available for $12. Buy tickets before Friday by going online to to receive the special price. Tickets are also available for $15 at the gate on game day. Pre-game tailgating starts at 10 a.m.
For more information, call 985-448-4790 or visit the Family Day website at nicholls. edu/family-day.

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