Moore to speak at Nicholls

Wes Moore, Rhodes Scholar, U.S. Army veteran, White House fellow, business leader and author of the book “The Other Wes Moore” will be speaking at Nicholls State University on Tuesday, April 3.

“Moore’s book was chosen as the 2011-12 Nicholls Common Book Initiative that our first year freshmen read in University 101, a college preparation course that all students take in their first semester at Nicholls,”said Allen Alexander, head of Interdisciplinary Studies at Nicholls State University and chair of the Quality Improvement Plan for the university. “In the book, Moore writes about achieving goals and the importance of choices. The university community was drawn to the book and how it focused on moving forward in life.”

Moore has been honored as one of Ebony magazine’s Top 30 Leaders Under 30 for 2007 and Crain’s New York Business’ 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in 2009.

According to Alexander, Moore compares and contrasts his life’s successes in the book to that of another man who came from the same town, the same background and had the same last name but was in jail for murdering a police officer in Baltimore, Maryland.

“The plan is to enhance student engagement in the first year experience. That is the connection we see in this book,” Alexander said. “We want first year students to really be thinking about their careers, not just going through the motions of being in college. We want them to put together a plan of what they are trying to accomplish.”

Alexander thinks that the book shows a way for freshman to step outside of their comforts zones by meeting new people.

“Through this book, we want students to have an experience that connects them,” he said. “When students come here from high school, they aren’t going to see the same faces in class or around campus. The book cuts across disciplines and the classes the students may be taking.”

The event will be in Peltier Auditorium and will begin with a question-and-answer session at 2 p.m. followed by a lecture at 7 p.m. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

“We are hoping for a good turnout and that the first year students come because they read the book,” Alexander said. “We would love for the community to attend too. I think the event will also be a good experience for high school students as well.”

The event is co-sponsored by Thibodaux Regional Medical Center and the program is part of the 14th annual Jubilee: A Festival of the Arts and Humanities at Nicholls.