Nicholls' Colonel Media Group will soon have have a new, state-of-the-art workspace to prepare them for the evolving media landscape, thanks to a donation from the Callais family.
Corey and Tina Callais recently donated $295,000 to create the DeSalvo-Callais Family Convergence Media Center .
The center will bring together the various student media publications currently spread around the campus.
Corey (BS, 1987) and Tina DeSalvo Callais (BA 1981) are Nicholls alums who worked in broadcasting.
Corey is now the chairman of United Community Bank, Pelican Waste and Callais Capital Management. Before, he was a general manager for KLEB-AM and KBAU-FM Radio and a CEO of Callais Cablevision.
Tina is an inductee into the Nicholls Hall of Fame. She became the first female play-by-play announcer in Louisiana as part of a 30-plus-year career in radio and TV journalism.
She is also a critically-acclaimed author of 8 published books.
“Nicholls provided a great education for Corey and me. The mass com department is where I got my start. The university as a whole has helped so many of the people in our community and people whom we've worked with over the years too. Giving back to help Nicholls move the communication department into the future is really important to our family because we know how important a role it plays in so many careers,” she said. “Journalism and media are changing. You may file a story in print but also release a blog post and create a video to go with it. Having everyone in one place will help them replicate what is happening in the real world.”
The new space will be located adjacent to the Mary and Al Danos Theater, across the lobby from the Bob Blazer TV Studio.
Construction on phases one and two are expected to be complete by early 2020.
With the new space, students will be able to share content across multiple platforms while working in a learning environment that more closely resembles industry settings.
Included will be a public relations office, a photo studio, a conference room and a large, open workspace where student journalists from the Nicholls Worth, La Pirogue, KNSU Radio and KNSU TV can work together.
“This space will allow students working on various projects to share space, content and ideas way more efficiently than they have been,” said Dr. James Stewart, mass communications department head. “We’re so thankful to Tina and Corey because this is going to give our students a more realistic learning environment.”
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