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Mar 14, 2013 8:47 AM by AP

Rec center dedication honors Nicholls alum

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - Nicholls State University has named the gymnasium at its new recreation center after a Nicholls alumnus who helped rally support for the center.

Nicholls said in a news release that Michael Childs was a Student Government Association senator more than 10 years ago when a proposal for a student-funded recreation center failed by fewer than 20 student votes.

Childs collected 1,000 signatures on a petition to put the recreation center back on the student ballot in the fall of 2002. It passed overwhelmingly. The state-of-the-art recreation center, named for the late businessman Harold Callais, opened in August 2012.

Childs, who attended Nicholls from 2001-2003, died in July 2006 while trying to rescue someone from drowning.

The ceremony dedicating the gym to Childs was held Saturday.

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