News from Nicholls State University

Spahr’s sponsors new Nicholls scholarship

THIBODAUX — Local restaurateur Donald Spahr, owner and operator of Spahr’s Seafood Restaurants, has donated the funds to create a new scholarship for aspiring culinary students at Nicholls State University.

The $1,500 scholarship will be awarded annually to a student enrolled in the Chef John Folse Culinary Arts program at Nicholls. Any student who has achieved sophomore status with a grade point average of 3.0 or above is eligible to apply.

“Spahr’s Seafood is honored to provide an annual scholarship in support of Nicholls,” Spahr said. “The John Folse Culinary Institute continues to develop chefs whom are rich with talent and creativity. Spahr’s is committed to stimulating prosperity in and around our communities. We are happy to provide assistance to those who share our passion for this industry.”

Spahr’s Seafood Restaurant is a regional chain with four locations in the Bayou Region. Spahr presented the founding check to David Boudreaux, executive director of the Nicholls Foundation.

“Don Spahr and Spahr’s Seafood are helping to prepare the next generation of culinarians to preserve our great tradition of Cajun and Creole cuisine,” Boudreaux said. “All of us are most grateful for Spahr’s generosity.”

Students interested in pursuing the scholarship, which is available immediately, should visit the Nicholls Office of Financial Aid, or call 985-448-4048.

Nicholls library presents “Muslim Journeys”

THIBODAUX — Nicholls State University invites students and the public to explore Muslim life through its new collection of books, movies and a lecture series.

Ellender Memorial Library and the Thibodaux Branch Library present the National Endowment for the Humanities program “Muslim Journeys.”

The project aims to present the American public with resources representing a diverse perspective on the people, places, histories, beliefs, practices and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world, according to a Nicholls press release. As a part of the program, the Ellender Memorial Library will receive 25 books, three films and a year-long subscription to the Oxford Islamic Studies Online program.

To kick off “Muslim Journeys,” two Louisiana scholars will give presentations on Muslim issues.

“Women, Islam, Family & Agency in West Africa,” a presentation by Adeline Masquelier, professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology at Tulane University, will be held at 1:45 p.m. Sept. 18 in Peltier Auditorium.

Masquelier has been conducting research in Niger, West Africa since 1988 and has authored two books on Nigerien culture and history. Her second book, “Women and Islamic Revival in a West African Town,” received the 2010 Herskovits Prize for best scholarly work on Africa and the 2012 Aidoo-Snyder Prize for best scholarly book about African women.

“Forging Pakistan: Iqbal, Jinnah and Muslim National Identity,” a presentation by Kurt Stiegler, an assistant professor in the Nicholls Department of History and Geography, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 1 in Peltier Auditorium.

Stiegler has researched and published on U.S.-Pakistan security relations. In 1991, Stiegler conducted research in Pakistan under an American Institute of Pakistan Studies grant.

To learn more, visit the program website at bridgingcul neys.

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