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Bart Folse (BS ’07, MBA ’16)

What did your time at Nicholls mean to you? 

“At the time, I was caught up in having a good time, meeting new people, and learning skills that would prepare me for life. Now that I’ve had some time to reflect on it, I remember my time at Nicholls as the best time of my life. I learned more than I thought, made the best friends of my life (including my wife), and had the greatest time.”

What is your favorite memory from Nicholls? 

“I think as odd as it sounds, the late-night study sessions with my classmates. There was always as much laughter and fraternity as there was studying that happened. Those nights created some lasting friendships for me.” 

What made you choose Nicholls? 

“The first time around, it was simply that it was close to home, and I liked the idea of being able to have my family around to help me out. For my MBA, it was a no-brainer. I was already a big fan of Nicholls, and the EMBA program is simply the best value in business education you can find!”

What do you do now and how did Nicholls help you? 

“I am currently the CEO of a Virtual Production Company. We work primarily in movies, TV, and video games, providing animation and motion capture. While at Nicholls, I never could have imagined being in this position, but Nicholls helped tremendously. I learned work ethic from my instructors and peers in the Athletic Training program. I learned how to lead people and businesses from the MBA program faculty. The instructors and faculty in both programs are still mentors to me, providing guidance and encouragement. There is nothing greater Nicholls could have provided.”

What would be your advice to current students of Nicholls? 

“Take the time to develop relationships with your instructors. They are there because they truly care about your success, and they will serve you well as mentors once you’re no longer at Nicholls.”

What does it mean to be part of the Alumni Federation Board of Directors this year? 

“It means the world to me. It allows me to act as the voice of my alumni peers on issues that are important to them, and it allows me to formally represent the university that has meant so much to me.”

What are you looking forward to the most about being on the Board of Directors

“Serving. I feel like I have extracted tremendous value from Nicholls, and now it’s time for me to pay it back.”

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