Academic Summit scheduled
Retiree Reception set March 28
Vote for SLU's mascot makeover
Business Ethics Lecture set April 6
Southeastern Theatre production set

Students connect with employers
Vigil held for Nepalese graduate
Journalism conference honors students
Faculty Excellence news
Camp REC registration now open

Faculty tackle 'fake news'
Puppy Pawlooza lifts spirits
Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities



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Southeastern to host University of Louisiana System's Academic Summit March 30-31
Southeastern will host the sixth annual Academic Summit sponsored by the University of Louisiana System and its nine member institutions March 30-31.
    The summit features a wide range of activities, including a performance art showcase, art exhibition, presentations on undergraduate student research, and a faculty service-learning conference.
    “For several years now, we have gathered annually to celebrate and showcase the academic excellence that thrives throughout our nine universities,” said Jim Henderson, president and chief executive officer of the University of Louisiana System. “The presentations and co-curricular activities that include service-learning, undergraduate research, and artistic expression exemplify the mission of the system, which is to emphasize teaching, research and community service to enhance the quality of life for Louisiana’s citizens.”
    “Southeastern is pleased to be the host institution for the system’s Academic Summit, which showcases the diversity and strength of the UL System,” said Southeastern President John L. Crain.
     The program kicks off Thursday afternoon from 4-5 p.m. in the Pottle Auditorium with the Performing Arts Showcase, which will include performances and a reading by students from Grambling State University, McNeese State University, Nicholls State University, Northwestern State University, Southeastern, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and the University of New Orleans. The art exhibition and reception will follow at 5 p.m. in the Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery, and will feature art in a variety of media by students from nearly all of the UL System institutions.
    Both the Performing Arts Showcase and the art exhibition are free and open to the general public.
    Featured speakers at the summit on Friday include Southeastern Professor of Philosophy Barbara Forrest, whose keynote presentation is titled “From Plato to Public Service.” Educator and architect Brad Deal, an adjunct instructor at the Louisiana Tech University School of Design, will discuss a partnership between the university and MedCamps of Louisiana, a non-profit organization that provides free summer camp experiences for children with chronic illnesses and disabilities.
    The summit will also include faculty presentations on service-learning projects created and developed at their respective campuses that demonstrate the educational opportunities and learning experiences gained through such courses and projects.
    In addition, undergraduate students will present 80 oral and poster presentations on a wide range of topics throughout the duration of the summit.
    Additional information, including a detailed schedule, can be found on the Academic Summit website at
    The University of Louisiana System is comprised of nine member universities: Grambling State, Louisiana Tech, McNeese State, Nicholls State, Northwestern State, Southeastern, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and the University of New Orleans. It is the largest higher education system in Louisiana, enrolling more than 90,400 students.

Retiree Reception scheduled
Please make plans to attend the Retiree Reception on Tuesday, March 28, at 2 p.m. in the Alumni Center as we honor the 2016-2017 retirees.
     Those being honored are: Ray Armstrong, Michael Beauvais, Mary Burke, Paul Carruth, Priscilla Coleman, Charlotte Collins, O’Neil DeNoux, George Dorrill, Martie Fellom, Cathy Harvey, Sharon Hoffman, Dee Hurtt, James Kirylo, Michael Lemay, Deborah Lerch, Kristin Lobell, Mary Mocsary, Dorothy Nelson, Jeffrey Oescher, Carol Overmier, Alice Peltier, Carol Perry, Barbara Schuldt, Beverly Sellers, Duane Shaffer, Linda Starns, Mary Strong, Garry Thurmond, Debra Varnado, Raisa Voldman, Yakov Voldman, Sandra Williams and Ann Woodward.

Business ethics lecture to feature forensic accounting specialist 
Kelly Richmond PopeRecognized forensic accounting expert Kelly Richmond Pope will be the featured speaker at Southeastern’s annual ethics lecture sponsored by the College of Business.    
     The lecture, titled “Ethics Town Hall,” will be held Thursday, April 6, at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. The presentation is free and open to the public.
     Pope is the creator and executive producer of the award-winning documentary “Crossing the Line: Ordinary People Committing Extraordinary Crime,” an educational white-collar crime documentary. She has conducted forensic accounting seminars worldwide for universities, corporations, and governmental entities, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
     A certified public account, she is an associate professor in the School of Accountancy and Management Information Systems at DePaul University in Chicago and worked in forensic practice at the accounting firm KPMG on anti-money laundering engagements, insurance fraud investigations and fraud risk management projects.
     Pope is also the founder of Helios Digital Learning, an education media and training firm that specializes in helping students and professionals strengthen their ethical decision-making abilities. Her latest documentary, “All the Queen’s Horses,” chronicles the largest municipal fraud in U.S. history and was selected to participate in the Tribeca Film Institute Industry Market forum in 2016.
     A writer for and the “Washington Post,” Pope’s research has been published in the “Journal of Business Ethics,” “CPA Journal,” and “WebCPA.” She co-authored the book “A.B.C.’s of Behavioral Forensics: Using Psychology to Prevent, Detect and Deter Fraud.” She holds a doctorate in accounting from Virginia Tech University.

Southeastern connects students with employers at Tech-Connect Career Fair

Tech Connect Career Fair

Nick Curry, right, a senior mechanical engineering technology major from Covington, discusses a possible career at Entergy with Eric Arteaga, an Entergy representative at Southeastern’s Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology’s fourth annual Tech-Connect Career Fair held Wednesday (March 22). Over 30 employers participated in the fair this year, which was co-sponsored by Southeastern’s Office of Career Services.

Southeastern earns honors at journalism conference
A group of Southeastern students tied for second place at the Southeast Journalism Conference held recently at the University of Mississippi.
     SEJC is comprised of the Best of the South competition, as well as on-site competitions. Southeastern was represented by 19 students competing this year, with nine receiving top awards.
     In the Best of the South competition, five students received awards in their respective categories of competition.
     Tyler Waggenspack of Baton Rouge ranked second for Best TV Hard News Reporter, and Amanda Kitch of Covington placed third for Best TV Journalist. Brooke Robichaux of Destrehan was awarded fifth place for Best College Journalist; Maria Goddard of Marrero placed fifth for Best TV News Feature Reporter; and Connor Raborn of McComb, Miss., placed sixth for Best Magazine Writer.
     Southeastern’s television station, the Southeastern Channel, also placed in the Best of the South competition, ranking second in Best College TV Station and fourth in Best Video News Program.
     During the on-site competitions, nine of 18 competitors received awards in their respective categories of competition, including five first place awards. These included Raborn for Arts and Entertainment Writing; Jeremy Rhodes of Metairie for Radio News Reporting; and Kaylee Collier of Albion, Mich., Kara Craighead of Reserve, and Jaime Gelpi of Madisonville for Public Relations.
     Other students who placed in on-site events were Natalie Ragusa of Belle Chasse, who placed second for Feature Writing; Robichaux, who ranked third for News Writing, and the team of Courtney Bruno of Kenner and Kitch, who placed third for TV News Reporting.
     Associate Professor of Communication Amber Narro, past chair of the conference, said the competitions evolve every year.
     “The workshops are geared for real jobs where students could develop their skills so it is relevant to the work they’ll be doing in the field,” Narro said.

Students recognized at SEJC conference

Camp REC registration now open
Camp REC is excited to announce that registration is now open for all 11 weeks of summer camp. There are 11 weeks of camp planned with culinary and robotics programs each week, swimming at our indoor pool on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and off-campus field trips every Wednesday.  
     For those looking for activities for children the week of spring break, Rec Sports and Wellness offers a spring break week-long camp, April 17-21, and are taking reservations now.
     There is a $25 registration fee to help cover the cost of each camper’s T-shirt.  
     In order to reserve specific weeks of camp, a $25 reservation fee that is credited to the total for that week is required. The weekly cost is $145 for the first child and $140 for the second child - this is for early registration. Walk up or late registration is $160.
     Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and early hours from 6:45 to 8:45 a.m. and after care from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m., are offered at the rate of $15 for one and $30 for both early and late care.
     Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack are included in the weekly price. Field trip expenses are also included.  
     Swimming lessons are also offered for $60 a week.  
     To make reservations or for more information, contact Kathy Cusimano at or at 549-2353.

Puppy Pawlooza lifts spirits

Puppy Pawlooza

In honor of National Puppy Day, Southeastern’s Campus Activities Board brought in puppies for stress relief for students. Taking advantage of the opportunity was Micah Bentivegna, a freshman athletics training major from Tickfaw.

Roomie oneRoomie two

SLU mascot to undergo makeover based on fans' choice
Southeastern’s Lion mascot, “Roomie,” will undergo a general makeover based on an online vote by students, faculty, staff and fans at large.
    “Perodically, Roomie gets a facelift to keep up with changing trends,” said Erin Cowser, executive director of Public and Governmental Affairs at Southeastern. “It is time for an update, which will be revealed in the fall in time for football season. We’re going to Lion Up and change it up a bit.”
    A university committee of students, alumni, staff and stakeholders narrowed the possible selections to two, and interested individuals can vote online starting Tuesday, March 28, through Tuesday, April 4.
    The winning selection will be announced at a later date.

Southeastern Theatre presents ‘The Last Days of Judas Iscariot’
If Judas Iscariot, the Christian world’s incarnation of selfishness and betrayal, were put on trial today, what would transpire?
     The answer to that question will be played out on Southeastern’s Vonnie Borden stage in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot,” running at 7:30 p.m. each night April 4-7.
     Admission is free for Southeastern students. General admission is $5. Tickets are available one hour before the performances at the ticket booth located in D Vickers Hall.
     Adjunct Professor of Theatre Jessica Bouquet will be making her directorial debut with the play, which she says is less about religion and more about forgiveness on a human level.
     “If you think this production is about religion, it’s not,” she said. “It is a different perspective on who Judas Iscariot was as a human being and all the flaws that come with being a human. It also shows the power of forgiveness – not just forgiveness from a higher power, but forgiving ourselves and participating in our own salvation or fate.”
     The trial takes place in a realm called Hope, a plane between Heaven and Hell and separate from Purgatory. Counsel will call for many historical figures to take the stand, such as Mother Teresa, Sigmund Freud and Satan, to offer testimony. Judge Littlefield, presiding over this astral court of appeals, will review the evidence and accounts of the witnesses to decide the ultimate fate of Judas.  
     While the theme of this play is forgiveness, some aspects of it can get quite dark and may not be appropriate for young children, Bouquet said.
     “It is heavy material,” she added. “The language is harsh, but that is how the playwright chose to write this play, and I have to respect that.”
     Still, Bouquet believes the audience is sure to leave the theater with much to ponder.
     “There are many things this play covers, but it’s more about letting go of pride and allowing ourselves to feel forgiveness and to forgive ourselves for things that we cannot change,” she said. “It’s a human quality -- pride -- that many at some point, even myself, possess, and this brings a solution to the forefront.”
     Baxter Francis of Baton Rouge plays the lead role of Judas Iscariot, while Neal Eli of Luling plays Jesus of Nazareth. Other cast members and their characters include Justin Davis of Greensburg, Satan; Angela Griffitt of Mandeville, Henrietta Iscariot; Alexis Durante of Hammond, Fabiana Aiza Cunningham; Taylor Sinclair of Hammond, Usef El-Fayoumy; Colin Ross of Baton Rouge, Judge; Taylor Bennett of Slidell, Bailiff; Shelly Sneed of Minden, St. Monica; Jordin Jones of Harvey, Loretta and Mother Theresa; Morgan Age of Lacombe, Gloria and Matthias of Galilee; Matt Doyle of Mandeville, Pontius Pilate and Simon the Zealot; Thomas Murphy of Hammond, St. Peter and Caiaphas the Elder; Ben Norman of Hammond, Butch Honeywell and St. Thomas; Catherine Leger of Mandeville, Mary Magdalene and Sister Glenna; and Tyler Meyer of Prairieville, St. Matthew and Sigmund Freud.
     For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 549-2184.

Vigil held for Southeastern graduate

Student vigil heldOn Tuesday, March 21, a vigil was held for Yugesh Shakya, a Southeastern Nepalese graduate, who was tragically killed recently. He and fellow Southeastern graduate Vivek Basnet were trapped in a snowstorm for 10 days on a mountain in Nepal. While Basnet is recovering from his injuries, Shakya succumbed to the extreme weather conditions and passed away.
     The vigil paid tribute to Yugesh incorporating Nepalese traditions, while at the same time providing a supportive environment for Southeastern students during their grieving process.

The Center for Faculty Excellence News
As part of The Center for Faculty Excellence’s “Celebrate” initiative, the month of March was dedicated to the celebration and recognition of the College of Nursing. Students, faculty, staff and visitors left “Thank You” messages on the college appreciation banner, which was presented to the College of Nursing’s Dean, Dr. Ann Carruth.
     Southeastern’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS) is committed to preparing the next generation of health care professionals by emphasizing wellness and prevention, promoting human development and services, and managing complex health care needs.

     Comprised of the Departments of Health and Human Sciences, Kinesiology and Health Studies, and the School of Nursing, the CNHS utilizes innovative curricula to provide excellence in education and promote real-world experiences that help students translate research into practice.
     The Center for Faculty ExcellencePictured are, from left, Debbie Johnson, Ralph Wood, Eileen Creel, Jackie Guendouzi, Ann Carruth, Eddie Hebert and Mark Terranova.

Buyer Beware: faculty tackle trend of ‘Fake News’
Anyone plugged in, especially if they’re on Twitter, has likely heard the term ‘fake news’ lately, but many questions surround this resurgence of partisan journalism.
     Members of the communication faculty at Southeastern tackled these questions at a panel discussion sponsored by the university’s Sims Memorial Library and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
     Participants in the panel, held Tuesday, March 21, included four Southeastern communication experts on the topics of media and research: Claire Procopio, Joe Burns, and Joe Mirando; and Stephen Sanders of the library’s Reference Department.
     Mirando, who has a strong background in newspaper reporting, said that while fake news may seem like something new to most people, it is anything but.
     “When you take a look at the kinds of things we hold dear -- like the Constitution, the First Amendment, and the ideals behind us becoming a country and a democracy during the American Revolution -- these were all put together by people who were manipulating how we perceive the truth,” he said. “If you study the journalism of that period, it was based on partisan politics, church concerns, etc. Truth was basically considered to be ‘what best serves us.’”
     In the late 1800s, Mirando said there was a shift in reporting in which journalists began to embrace a style based on investigation and observable evidence. Conversely, the old style fell into disfavor and even ill-repute. Mirando fears, however, that with the advent of virtual reality and artificial intelligence technologies, the old style of advocacy journalism will return and the trend of fake news production will rise to new extremes.
     With a background in radio and web technology, Burns also shares this concern. He pointed to technologies such as Photoshop and Voco as examples. Currently in the beta phase, once completed Voco will allow users to take a voice recording of a person and, simply put, create a voice identical to theirs, he explained.
     “I can literally erase the words she spoke and use her voice to say whatever I want ‘her’ to say,” he said. “Fake news is going to go through video, audio, and within a year these things will exist. If you would like to see me riding a unicorn to work and yelling something like ‘I shall teach how to run through a plate glass window today,’ you can do it; and it sounds like me saying it.”
     So what are people to do in this brave, new “Orwellian” world?  Procopio, who specializes in public speaking and rhetoric, said consumers will have to take on a more “buyer beware” attitude, while citizen watchdogs groups and reporters will face more pressure than ever before to keep media and officials honest.  But she warned against the average news consumer becoming jaded from the deluge of propaganda and hoaxes.
     “Our temptation as consumers, I think, is to shut down, and to say ‘I don’t care anymore, this doesn’t really affect my day-to-day so I’m going to quit being a significant news consumer,’” she said. “I think the reaction one needs to have is the opposite. You need to consume lots of news so your ‘detector’ will be able to go off and say ‘this feels off to me.’”
     Sanders, who served decades as a chaplain in the National Guard, offered a perspective taken from the pages of postmodernism, which holds that truth is often determined by the most powerful.
     “I think the answer is that the people who don’t have power want it, and they use fake news to reach for it,” he said. “There are also those who use fake news to protect and defend those with power from others trying to take power from them. This makes it very difficult to sort out when you’re trying to listen to both sides. When you begin to look at it from this dynamic it becomes, I think, easier to understand what’s really going on.”


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A jam-packed Super Lion Saturday highlights this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The day’s festivities open with the 5th Annual Lion Athletics Association Green and Gold 5K and Fun Run. The one-mile fun run begins at 8 a.m. with the 5K following at 8:30 a.m. in Friendship Circle. The course runs through campus and concludes in the south end zone of Strawberry Stadium.
     Race participants will receive a free Super Lion Saturday t-shirt. Shirts are only guaranteed for those who register by the early registration deadline. Food, music, fruit, drinks and beer will be provided for the participants following the race on the Strawberry Stadium field. Awards will be given to the overall male and female winners and the top two male and female runners in each age bracket (14 and under, 15-22, 23-30, 31-39, 40-50, 51 and up) of the 5K run.
Entry fees for the race are $25 (late registration – deadline March 31) and $30 (registration on day of the race). Special rates are available for Southeastern students ($10.00), children ages 12 and under ($10), Southeastern student organizations ($100 – unlimited participants) and corporate sponsors ($250 – 10 participants).
     Registration forms will be available online at, as well as Perfectly Fit Performance Sports (303 W. Minnesota Park, Suite E, Hammond, LA 70403) and the Dugas Center for Southeastern Athletics (800 Galloway Drive, Hammond, LA 70402).    For more information on the Green and Gold 5K and Fun Run contact Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Development Tom Dawsey at 549-5226 or
     At 11 a.m., the Southeastern Louisiana football team will host a free youth camp at Strawberry Stadium. The camp will be held from 11 a.m. – noon and is open to children in grades 2-8. Registration is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and admission to the camp is free. For more information or to pre-register, participants can visit
     Two Southeastern teams will be in action on campus at 12 p.m. The softball team (14-18, 3-6 Southland) hosts Lamar at North Oak Park, while the women’s tennis team (3-9, 0-6 Southland) welcomes Incarnate Word to the Southeastern Tennis Complex.
     The SLU football team will also close out spring practice on Super Lion Saturday. The Lions will compete in the annual Spring Game at 2 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium.
     Former Lion and current Atlanta Falcon cornerback Robert Alford will host a Meet and Greet for SLU fans as part of Super Lion Saturday. The event is scheduled from 4-6 p.m. in the Victory Club in Strawberry Stadium. Tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for children ages 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Dawsey at 549-5226.
     The exclusive event is open to all on a first-come, first-serve basis and only 50 tickets are available. All proceeds benefit the Touchdown Club, the fundraising arm of the Southeastern football program.
The event, which includes a buffet dinner and drinks, will open with photo opportunities for attendees with Alford from 4-4:30 p.m. A buffet dinner will be served at 4:30 p.m. with Alford addressing the crowd at 5:15 p.m.
     Alford, who prepped at Hammond High School, starred for the Lions from 2009-12 before the Atlanta Falcons took him with the 60th overall pick in the second round of the NFL Draft. During his four-year career, Alford has established himself as one of the league’s top cover corners.
     Closing out the jam-packed day’s action will be the Southeastern baseball team (14-9, 5-4 Southland) continuing Southland Conference play at Alumni Field. The Lions will welcome McNeese for a 6 p.m. league showdown.
     The latest installment of The Matt Riser Show airs Monday at 7 p.m. from Buddies' Bar & Grill on S. Morrison Blvd. Hosted by Allen Waddell, the weekly show airs on flagship station KSLU 90.9 FM, in addition to Southeastern Sports Radio Network affiliates Kajun 107.1 FM, the Highway 104.7 FM and WFPR 1400 AM. The show is also available online at and on the TuneIn Radio app (search for KSLU). Fans can tweet questions for Coach Riser to @Lions_Baseball.
     The week’s on-field action begins on Tuesday. The Lion tennis team will host Southern at 2 p.m. at the Southeastern Tennis Complex.
     On Wednesday, the Lion baseball team will open their week versus Louisiana-Lafayette. At 5 p.m., the Feb. 20 Tangi Tourism Baseball Classic game with the Ragin’ Cajuns that was halted due to rain will be completed. The teams will meet again at 6 p.m. All of the evening’s action will be televised live on Cox Sports Television, and via the WatchESPN app.
     Fresh off posting two of the nation’s best performances at last week’s Hurricane Invitational, members of the SLU track and field teams will be in Austin, Texas on Thursday through Saturday to compete in the Texas Relays. On Friday, other members of the team will compete at the Mississippi College Invitational.
     Also on Friday, the SLU softball team will open a Southland Conference series with Lamar with a 4 p.m. doubleheader at North Oak Park. Across campus, the SLU baseball team will open a three-game league series with a 6 p.m. contest versus McNeese at Alumni Field.
     Friday will also feature “Popcorn at the Pat”, as a movie will be shown on the Alumni Field video board following the Lions-Cowboys series opener.
     The week’s action wraps up on Sunday with a 1 p.m. baseball game between SLU and McNeese at Alumni Field.
     Wednesday’s 6 p.m. baseball game and Sunday’s 1 p.m. series finale versus McNeese will feature Cane’s Challenge’s. If the Lions score 4 or more runs in either contest, fans can take their game ticket or student coupon to their local participating Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers by the end of business on the following day to receive a free combo with the purchase of another of equal or greater value.
     All of this week’s baseball games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at and via the TuneIn Radio app. LionVision subscribers can access a live video stream to the baseball series with McNeese and the softball series versus Lamar at



Baseball, The Matt Riser Show, Buddies’ Bar & Grill,

7 p.m. (KSLU) (Kajun) (The Highway) (WFPR)


 Women’s Tennis, vs. Southern, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 2 p.m.


Baseball, vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (Completion of Feb. 20 game), Alumni Field, 5 p.m. (Cox Sports TV) (ESPN3) (KSLU)

Baseball, vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (Cox Sports TV) (ESPN3) (KSLU)
            - Cane’s Challenge


 Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Texas Relays, Austin, Texas, All Day


Baseball, vs. McNeese, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
            - Popcorn at the Pat

Softball, vs. Lamar (DH), North Oak Park, 4 p.m. (LionVision)*

Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Texas Relays, Austin, Texas, All Day

Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Mississippi College Invitational, Clinton, Miss., All Day


LAA, Green and Gold 5K and Fun Run, Strawberry Stadium, 8 a.m.


Football, Free Youth Camp, Strawberry Stadium, 11 a.m.

Softball, vs. Lamar, North Oak Park, 12 p.m. (LionVision)*

Women’s Tennis, vs. UIW, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 12 p.m.*

Football, Spring Game, Strawberry Stadium, 2 p.m.

LAA/Football, Robert Alford Meet and Greet, Victory Club, 4 p.m.

Baseball, vs. McNeese, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*

Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Texas Relays, Austin, Texas, All Day


Baseball, vs. McNeese, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
            - Cane’s Challenge

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Kathleen Campbell (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented “A Comparison of Principal Preparation Clinical Experiences in Louisiana Universities” at the Louisiana Education Research Association in Lafayette March 9-10. The paper was co-authored by Dr. Mindy Crain-Dorough (Educational Leadership and Technology) and Dr. Randy Parker, Louisiana Tech University. At the end of the conference, Campbell became the executive director of the Louisiana Education Research Association after serving in an apprentice role for that position for a year.

     William B. Robison (History and Political Science) attended the 2017 Louisiana Historical Association meeting in Shreveport March 17-19; participated in the Board of Directors meeting; conducted “A Forum on Louisiana and World War II: A National World War II Museum Exhibit 2017-2018,” which featured James Linn of the National World War II Museum, Captain Richard Moran of the Louisiana Maneuvers and Military Museum, and Professor Jerry Sanson of LSU-Alexandria; chaired a Phi Alpha Theta session on “Race, Ethnicity, and Culture in Louisiana;” and took part in the William Tecumseh Sherman Memorial Literary Society’s selection of the winner of the annual Julia Dent Grant Award.

      Keith Finley (History and Political Science) has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Historical Association.   

     Dr. Luanne Billingsley (School of Nursing) and Dr. Karen Rice, program director for the Center for Nursing Research, Ochsner Health System recently presented a national webinar for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) titled “Navigating the Pitfalls of DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) Projects through an Academic-Practice Partnership.” The webinar shared the lessons learned from a six-year collaborative among multiple universities and a large hospital system that fosters DNP projects that are aligned with agency strategic priorities. Strategies that facilitate intra-and inter-professional DNP projects that improve quality outcomes and are sustainable in transforming healthcare will be discussed. Evaluation metrics that address the ever-changing pitfalls encountered by students, faculty, and the clinical agency were shared.


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