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kaleidoscope Enhancing Creativity • Fall 2013 • Volume 9

kaleidoscope Volume 9 editor Maggie Heyn Richardson editorial board Gaines M. Foster, Janet McDonald, Malcolm Richardson, Ann Whitmer, Jill Roshto, Lori Pilley design Jennifer Macha-Hebert Kaleidoscope is a publication of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Louisiana State University. For corrections, omissions, or submissions, please contact

Cover Photos: The Gumbo, LSU Office of Student Media, and professor’s photo albums


Features A Brave Stand The LSU Department of Sociology partners with law enforcement to reduce crime rates in Baton Rouge.

Taking an Interest H&SS Student Services Academic Counseling Program offers a range of services that help students meet degree requirements, improve performance and get the most out of their college experience.

Common Cause H&SS faculty members have designed engaging service-learning courses that allow students to learn while giving back.

BeneďŹ tting from Research When Associate Dean Malcolm Richardson underwent therapy after throat cancer treatment, he discovered an H&SS researcher had helped to shape his regimen.

MFA Creative Writing LSU Department of English Creative Writing program produces great writers in a student-driven environment.

On the Cover: You Can Go Home Again:

LSU graduates who return to LSU as faculty members.

Departments 2 18 20 24 26 30

Message from the Dean Focus On: Faculty Focus On: Giving Back Focus On: Alumni Focus On: Students Department News


Facing Three Challenges Three national trends, rooted in what appears to be an emerging conventional wisdom about higher education, have the potential to challenge the traditional goals and mission of LSU, and particularly the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. First, a significant transformation in how public universities are financed appears to be occurring. Over the last five years LSU has experienced a dramatic drop in state funding. Where in 2009 the state provided almost two-thirds of our academic budget, it now funds less than a third. Across the nation, public universities have experienced similar, though usually not as dramatic, cuts. To make up the difference, universities have had no choice but to raise tuition. The cuts in state funding, initially attributed to the recession, now appear to be becoming permanent. Here in Louisiana and across the land, the conventional wisdom concludes that state funding is never coming back. That means the state, which really means the public, will expect students to pay more and more of the cost of their education. A long held belief, that the public should help educate the next generation of citizens and leaders, has lost support. When I talk with older LSU alumni, they often recall how little they paid to attend LSU, how that low tuition made it possible for them to be here, and how being here transformed their lives. I so enjoy hearing such stories; they make me very proud of LSU and remind me just how important LSU can be in people’s lives. I now worry that those days are passing, if they have not already passed. Yet with the cost of private colleges so frightfully high, I believe the citizens of our state have never needed an affordable public university more; they should be able to send their children to one as good as or better than the more expensive private schools. That, to me, is one of LSU’s central missions. LSU remains mindful of that mission and its heritage of welcoming all students. LSU, aided by federal scholarship money, still tries to provide need-based aid for students who otherwise could not come to LSU. Its in-state tuition remains one of the greatest bargains in American higher education and, thanks to that and to TOPS, our students graduate with less debt than those from the vast majority of colleges. If the state money never comes back, though, and tuition becomes the only source of new funding, making firstrate public institutions like LSU affordable to even the middle class will become increasingly challenging and LSU’s tradition of transforming the lives of students willing to strive for an education increasingly difficult. Second, many across the nation champion distance learning and on-line education. They point to the potential of technology to expand the benefits of higher education to many students unable to be on a university campus and to reduce the costs of



teaching for even those who are on campus. Our College has not ignored the potential of on-line learning. Faculty members are creating and teaching individual courses on-line, and our Disaster Sciences & Management concentration offers most of its courses on-line. For the most part, though, H&SS faculty members continue to believe in the importance of students’ being part of, in the words of LSU’s Flagship 2020 strategic plan, “a rich intellectual and creative campus culture,” one in which learning occurs outside as well as inside a classroom. They believe that the personal interaction of teachers and students remains central to education. Here, too, I am reminded of my conversations with our alums. When they recall their LSU experience, they rarely mention a specific course; rather, they remember the influence of an individual professor, a person who inspired them or challenged them. They also recall the importance of some aspect of campus life that provided a special experience for them. Will students taking on-line course have such memories? More important, will they have the transformative experiences that teachers inspire or life on campus encourages? Third, and perhaps most important for our College, many Americans question the value of the humanities, instead championing science, business, and engineering. They contend that our economy needs workers with the technical skills these majors provide and that education must lead directly to a job. Some undergraduates appear to agree; at LSU and across the country the number of students majoring in the humanities has declined. No one has a definitive answer as to why. One fascinating study of the national drop in humanities majors attributes it to the fact that women, who used to feel they had little choice in majors, now go into engineering and business in much higher numbers than in the decades before women’s roles began to change. The attack on the humanities has not gone unanswered. Various groups, including the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and many individuals have responded to it. Some offer statistics to show the utility of the humanities. Humanities majors, they point out, have higher scores on the business school admission tests than business majors. Others argue that liberal arts majors may have lower starting salaries but that over time theirs equal or exceed many of those of graduates with other majors. Still others reply that such defenses miss the point. They contend that an education in the humanities prepares people for citizenship; one study suggests that the greater the number of humanities courses one takes, the greater the probability of civic engagement. A few proponents of the humanities even question income or jobrelated definitions of success and claim the humanities need only help students live fuller, richer lives. The debate is by no means new. Since the turn of the twentieth century, with the decline of the classical curriculum and the rise of professional schools, there has been a utilitarian strain in American higher education. The proponents of liberal learning, which include both the humanities and the social sciences, have long had to defend themselves and their disciplines. The debate does seem more intense of late, though,

and our College ignores it at its peril. We must confront the emerging conventional wisdom in two somewhat paradoxical ways. We cannot ignore the fact that students who attend college expect to find employment after it, an obvious but important observation. Our College needs to do more to help our students prepare themselves to get a job. Many involved in job placement point to the important role internships can play in finding employment after college. LSU’s Career Planning and Placement center works with H&SS and our students to help them find internships. One of the H&SS counselors now has as part of her job the assignment of helping our students secure internships, and various H&SS departments have become more active in helping arrange them. The College also needs to do more to help our students understand the valuable skills they have acquired—in critical thinking, communication, interpersonal relations, among others. We need to teach our students to “sell” themselves to a variety of employers. In at least one of our majors, Interdisciplinary Studies, the capstone course includes classes on just that topic. At the same time, though, H&SS can never abandon the traditional mission of both the humanities and the social sciences, helping our majors, and students from throughout the university, understand who they are and who they want

to become. We still believe in and strive to educate not only workers but citizens and community, national, and world leaders. That responsibility entails helping our students develop a better understanding of their own society and cultures as well as deeper appreciation of other cultures and societies. We want our students to be economically successful, but also to lead fuller, richer lives and become better citizens and engaged members of their communities. These larger, and I would argue more profound, goals of a college education, often seem marginalized or ignored in the calls for a focus on securing a job. The College must remind both our students and the public of their importance. If we are to preserve the heritage and mission of LSU and particularly H&SS’s role in it, its alumni must play a crucial role. They need to defend the importance of funding higher education and, through private donations, help make up at least some of the decline. Most important, they need to explain, as so many of our alums I talk with do so eloquently, the value of their education in LSU’s College of Humanities & Social Sciences, formerly Arts & Sciences, in enriching their lives as well as preparing them to be better citizens and to have a meaningful career. Our alumni, far more convincingly than the faculty, can explain the value of their educational experience.

— Gaines M. Foster Dean fall 2013



In late 2012, East Baton Rouge Parish law enforcement officials began teaming up with LSU, including the Department of Sociology, on a project that has dramatically reduced the murder rate in the Capitol City.

A Brave Stand

LSU Department of Sociology Partners with Law Enforcement to Reduce Baton Rouge Crime Rate Between 2006 and 2012, Baton Rouge’s murder rate was among the highest in the nation with a disturbing average 85 murders per year. The trend concerned local officials, economic developers and residents of the city— especially those living in high-crime neighborhoods. “People were really fed up about this in Baton Rouge,” says LSU Department of Sociology Chair and Professor Ed Shihadeh. “And law enforcement started to become interested in a more effective, data-driven approach.” In late 2012, East Baton Rouge Parish law enforcement officials began teaming with LSU, including the Department of Sociology, on a new project that has dramatically reduced the murder rate in the Capital City. Crime fighting in Baton Rouge, as it is elsewhere, is hindered by an innate imbalance: the number of perpetrators simply outmatches local law enforcement officers, who, in East Baton Rouge Parish, are responsible for patrolling and protecting 471 square miles. Now a $1.5 million Department of Justice grant has allowed police officers, sheriff’s deputies and LSU sociologists to dramatically disrupt criminal activity by using data in a comprehensive, thoughtful manner. The Baton Dr. Ed Shihadeh Rouge Area Violence Elimination, or BRAVE, project, officially began in March LSU Department of Sociology Chair 2013, and by October of the same year, it had brought the murder rate down by nearly 30 percent. Moreover, it reduced overall crime by about 15 percent. In September, the team was awarded an additional $1 million grant that will help the project expand into more neighborhoods with intractable murder and crime rates. “In more than 20 years in Baton Rouge, I’ve never seen anything work like this,” says Shihadeh, a criminologist and co-founder of LSU’s interdisciplinary Crime and Policy Evaluation Research Group. “All of law enforcement, the community and researchers are on the same page. It’s a very surgical approach – more Apollo 13 than Rambo – and LSU is right at the center of it.”



In preparation for BRAVE’s launch, Shihadeh, East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore III, East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux and other law enforcement officials conducted a homicide audit to get a better sense of who was committing murders in the Capital City. Examining three years worth of data, they found that more than half of the murders in East Baton Rouge Parish were associated with low-level street gangs. Shihadeh and his team delved further into crime reports and tracked social media activity and discovered that there were about 30 to 35 active gangs in East Baton Rouge Parish--many of them small, loosely organized groups of young men affiliated with neighborhoods or schools in the 70805 zip code. Their members were committing senseless crimes in order to build their particular groups’ street reputations, says Shihadeh. “With LSU’s help, we came up with a list of about 600 people,” recalls District Attorney Hillar Moore. “In the scheme of it, that’s a limited number of people. When you can identify a figure like that you can level the playing field.” Borrowing from a successful crime-fighting program called Operation Ceasefire that had been implemented in Boston in the late nineties, and from research conducted at the University of Cincinnati, the BRAVE project works by interrupting group or gang activity and by targeting high crime locations, or “hot spots,” where crime has happened—and where it will likely happen again. Equally important, the program features an experimental strategy called “call in” meetings, in which known members of gangs are strongly encouraged to attend a face-toface group meeting with local law enforcement. In some cases, they are served letters through their probation officers, or their guardians are contacted directly. The gang members are ensured that they will not be arrested, but if they don’t attend the meeting, the police will begin targeting them directly. The LSU Department of Sociology has played a key role in helping officers distill both the physical hot spots as well as the gang members targeted for call-in meetings. “The work that we’re doing, the data analysis and mapping, is helping to drive troops in the field, which is so important when you have limited public resources,” says Shihadeh. “We have a massive and very sophisticated data effort that is helping to guide policing at the street level.” LSU scholars and graduate students from multiple schools and departments are playing key roles in the BRAVE project, including Professor Cecile Guin, director of the LSU School of Social Work’s Office of Social Service Research and Development, OSSRD, School of Social Work Assistant Professor Juan Barthelemy, Associate Professor Tracey Rizzuto, an organizational psychologist in the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development, and H&SS’s Department of Geography and Anthropology, which is lending the services a graduate student with expertise in mapping. The Department of Sociology has been responsible for gleaning patterns of criminal activity from several sets of data, including police reports, social media traffic and other information. The team’s hot spot mapping allows law enforcement to accurately predict where the next crimes will take place, and thus, make smart decisions about where to assign officers, says Moore. Staying on top of the actions and movements of local gangs has been made significantly more efficient thanks to the work of the LSU sociologists, he adds. “They can help us see what’s happening on the chessboard,” he says.

Mid-Year 2013 gang map graphic: Several sets of data including police reports and social media are used to map hot spots and target gang members for call-in meetings. Moreover, the LSU team has helped local law enforcement find more of the members of known gangs by monitoring social media for the purpose of the call-in meetings. Officials held the first call-in in April 2013, and of the 42 young men invited, 37 attended, says Moore. “We were very pleased with turn-out. It gave us the chance to deliver the message that there’s a new way of doing things,” Moore recalls. “We told them that they needed to go back and tell their gangs that we know who they are and where they are, and that the next body that hits the ground— we’re coming back not just for the shooter, but for the entire group. We said, ‘we are going to be on you immediately, and if you offend, you could end up in a federal prison, a long way from Louisiana.’” Every law enforcement agency was present at the call-in, including the Police Department, Sheriff’s Office, the United States Attorney’s office, the District Attorney’s office, the Constable and others. But it didn’t stop there. Representatives of the faith-based community and several nonprofit and social service organizations also attended the meeting. They addressed the young men and explained that they had a chance to reject lives of crime and take advantage of about 50 charitable and public agencies in East Baton Rouge Parish that had agreed to help them. These community leaders also expressed a new level of buy-in for the BRAVE program, warning the gang members that while they hadn’t always agreed with law enforcement in the past, they were now on the same page. Finally, the mother of a slain young man addressed the group and expressed the wake of emotional damage left in a family after one of its members dies tragically. The Baton Rouge murder rate fell sharply after the call-in, and when a fatal shooting did occur four months later in July, Moore says that, as promised, law enforcement pursued the offending gang vigorously. The BRAVE team will continue to host future call-in meetings. With additional grant funding, BRAVE will expand into other neighborhoods in the 70805 zip code, and now will begin focusing on the 70802 zip code, where the murder and crime rates have been consistently high. Moore says that Shihadeh and his team have been fundamental to BRAVE’s success, and that he believes they will continue to play a key role in helping law enforcement to reduce the crime rate in East Baton Rouge Parish.

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H&SS counselor Kathryn Loveless advises Communication Studies graduating senior Stephanie Best on programs and resources offered at LSU.

Taking an Interest Student by Student

H&SS Student Services Academic Counseling Program offers a range of services that help students meet degree requirements, improve performance and get the most out of their college experience. During her junior year at LSU, Communication Studies major Stephanie Best found herself in a situation familiar to many college students. She was working 36 hours a week to help pay bills, and taking a full load of classes. She was also juggling family issues back home on the Louisiana Northshore. The pressure was tough. Best felt constantly stressed and her grades began to drop. When her GPA fell below 2.0 at the end of one semester and she was placed on academic probation, it triggered a call from Humanities & Social Sciences Student Services Academic Counselor Kathryn Loveless, who began working closely with Best to help her get back on track. Loveless is one of seven academic counselors at H&SS Student Services, each of whom works to help students have the most productive college experience possible. She began meeting with Best and guiding her to campus resources that helped Best improve her grades and mitigate the emotional stress. Best says it turned out to be one of the most productive and positive experiences of her college experience. “From the time we started meeting, Ms. Loveless has helped me so much,” Best says. “Through emails and office visits, she really showed me how to get where I needed to be, offering information about programs on campus that I didn’t even know existed.” No matter where a student is in his or her college experience, H&SS Student Services provides support and resources that can make the journey easier, says H&SS Assistant Dean Rebecca Caire. “We want to do everything we can to help students be successful,” says Caire. “We encourage students to have a proactive relationship with a counselor in order to develop a plan for graduation.”



Under Caire’s direction, the experienced team of H&SS organizational skills, study habits and content-specific learning counselors serve the College’s 3,100 students. Students first strategies. She also guides them to the Student Financial come into contact with the program during orientation, and Management Center, which helps students learn about many will tap into its services later for a variety of purposes. budgeting and financial literacy. Some students may only need to drop by for the purpose of a Even students who are planning to study abroad or graduation audit, in which they discuss the coursework and participate in an exchange with a domestic university can make hours required to complete a degree. Other students need an appointment with a counselor to ensure their credits will guidance if they decide to change their majors, or pick up transfer successfully. And as students get closer to graduation, additional majors or minors. The College offers 48 majors or Loveless and the other counselors connect them with LSU concentration options, and the counselors are prepared to help Career Services counselors assigned to work specifically with the students navigate the requirements of them all. students of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. Some students, like Best, need additional assistance in raising their “When I meet with a student, I try to establish a GPAs and balancing the demands of college life. In those cases, relationship first. I then help the student to assess counselors are trained to listen, ask their individual situation and self-identified goals, the right questions and reveal the vast range of resources available at and then provide appropriate information and LSU. resources.” - Kathryn Loveless, MSW and Academic Counselor Loveless has been an academic counselor since 2008, and has been advising students in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences since 2010. She takes a special interest in students that have The goal of Student Services, says Caire, is to help students experienced a decline in grades. have a productive college experience by not only selecting a “Every student in college today has something else going major that fits with their abilities and interests and staying on on in their lives in addition to studying, so they’re really trying track with coursework, but reaching their personal best. to juggle a lot,” she says. “When I meet with a student, I try to Best says that she and Loveless worked together at the outset establish a relationship first. I then help the student to assess to develop an action plan, which guided her toward resources their individual situation and self-identified goals, and then such as the Center for Academic Success. provide appropriate information and resources.” “Ms. Loveless checked in on me regularly and it was always Loveless frequently guides students to the Center for easy for me to reach out to her,” says Best, “I got organized and Academic Success, a nationally respected, award-winning focused, and my grades came up.” learning center on the LSU campus that helps students with Best plans to graduate from LSU with a degree in Communication Studies in December 2013.

The College of Humanities & Social Sciences Student Services Academic Counselors back row left to right: Tiffany Broussard, Erin Snyder, Kathryn Loveless, Stephanie Erie; front row left to right: Shannon Rosche’, Melanie Buchmann, Assistant Dean Rebecca Caire; not pictured: Mauricio Molina

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LSU students interview a resident at Connections for Life as they prepare to write her success story for the non-profit organization’s website.

Common Cause H&SS faculty members have designed engaging service-learning courses that allow students to learn while giving back. Since 1999, Department of English Instructor Sharon Andrews has been passionate about integrating service-learning into her composition and poetry courses at LSU. Andrews has partnered for several years with a Baton Rouge nonprofit organization called Connections for Life, which helps women recently released from prison get back on their feet. Most of the clients at Connections for Life lack positive support systems, were abused or neglected and have little formal education and few job skills. Connections for Life helps the women transition to a more positive existence with temporary housing, skill building and employment. Andrews’s students are required to give 15 hours per semester in service to Connections for Life as part of their course requirements. They work alongside the charity’s clients at the Connections for Life Highland Road thrift store, and later, they interview the women and write their life stories for the organization’s website. The course has a multitude of positive effects. The charity receives a boost in volunteers. The LSU students have a chance to sharpen their writing skills and to broaden their worldview. And Connections for Life clients have the opportunity to document their stories. “I loved the idea of integrating service learning because I really believe that students learn better and faster if they have real world experience,” Andrews says. “The poet Naomi Shibah Nye has said that you’ll never understand poetry unless you find something in it that ‘pokes’ you, and the same is true here. I want my students to have their eyes opened, and to learn by seeing a different perspective.”



Andrews is one of dozens of faculty members from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences who integrate servicelearning into their classes. Working with a variety of charitable organizations in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Coastal Louisiana and elsewhere, faculty across several disciplines have found that engaging students in community service projects is a powerful instructional tool. “I can’t imagine not using service-learning,” says Andrews. “It’s so effective, and we have such great technical support for it on campus.” The Center for Community Engagement, Learning, and Leadership, or CCELL, was established in 2003 to help LSU faculty, students, administrators and community partners develop service-learning coursework and community-engaged research. CCELL promotes the integration of teaching, research and mutually beneficial service, and it strengthens LSU’s commitment to broader community engagement, says CCELL Assistant Director Christy Arrazattee. “This sprang out of a movement in the late nineties in which communities were feeling disconnected from universities,” says Arrazattee. “Service-learning helped bridge the gap.” CCELL works with more than 90 faculty across campus each year to develop approximately 170 classes in 40 different LSU departments. Students gain a deeper understanding of course content and civic responsibility while community non-profits receive free, specialized services. The College of Humanities & Social Sciences has always been a strong participant in service-learning, says Arrazattee. LSU’s first service-learning programs sprang from the Department of English, where several faculty still use service-learning in their courses. CCELL is designed to help any scholar retool his or her curriculum to include a service-learning component and to recruit community partners interested in working with college students. Department of Communications Studies Instructor Amy Fannin has developed a service-learning project at a Baton Rouge special needs school, Hope Academy, which teaches her students the principles of team and leadership communication. Small groups of Fannin’s students spent the Fall 2013 semester working on several different projects at Hope Academy. Some located books for a book drive, and others produced a brochure to publicize the event. Some students reorganized the library, and others worked directly in classrooms with teachers. “In this class, we cover different theories of leadership and how you can use your skills more effectively in a team,” says Fannin. “This gives the students a chance to see how what they’re learning actually translates to the real world. They learn about managing conflict in groups, planning and problem solving.” Fannin has also worked with the Volunteers in Public Schools, or VIPS, program, which provides support to East Baton Rouge Parish public schools. She says that service learning has become an essential teaching strategy. “When you’re talking about leadership, it’s important for students to learn about being fluid. Fluid goes where flexible doesn’t,” she says. “This lets students see and experience that.” Integrating service-learning into her coursework has allowed Associate Professor of Geography and Anthropology Joyce Jackson to give students a chance to learn about the importance

iHope volunteer Courtney Yarbough mentors students from inner city Baton Rouge.

of fieldwork in ethnographic studies. In 2006, Jackson began bringing students from her Urban Ethnography course to the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans, where they have explored the power of the neighborhood and the pull of tradition for residents desperate to return. “At first, my students didn’t understand the need to return to an area that had been so badly damaged,” she says. “But after they saw the importance of community there first hand, and they saw rituals in public spaces, they started to appreciate it.” Jackson’s students worked on several different projects in the community, which she tailored to their career interests. The premed students served at a community clinic, the fine art majors helped catalogue the artifacts at a neighborhood museum, and others, including education majors, served at a charter school. The students kept field work journals and wrote major papers on their experiences. “It’s a great way to show the students about how to do field research while also doing something positive for the community, says Jackson, who is now working with a Baton Rouge charity called I Hope, which serves inner city youth. “My students get so much out of the experience, and so does the charity we’re serving.”

Students organize a book drive outside of the LSU Union for service-learning credit.

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Wayne Parent

Russell Long Professor Department of Political Science

You Can Go Home Again It adds a new dimension to teaching and research when scholars return to the place where they first found their career bearings.

Russell Long Professor of Political Science Wayne Parent has taught and researched Southern politics at LSU for the last 32 years, revealing to generations of students how race, poverty and class influence what happens in the voting booth. From the storied 1991 gubernatorial race between David Duke and Edwin Edwards to Louisiana’s populist past and its slow shift to conservatism, Parent has opened up this strange world to young men and women in the manner that only great teachers can, while earning a national reputation along the way. Parent completed his PhD at Indiana University, but his academic career—and the seeds of his future pursuits—began at LSU as an undergraduate majoring in political science. Parent is one of a handful of scholars in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences who earned a bachelor’s degree at LSU, and after completing graduate studies elsewhere, had the opportunity to return to the university to teach. Like all new PhDs, this group understood the slim odds of choosing where one is hired. That, they know, is driven by the vicissitudes of the annual job market. Coming home to LSU has given these faculty members a rare vantage point that continues to inform their teaching and scholarship. Each time Wayne Parent walks into LSU’s Lockett Hall to teach a new group of undergraduate students, he thinks about his own experience in the same lecture halls at LSU. “No matter how much time passes, going back to those rooms keeps me from being jaded,” says Parent, former chair of the department. “As an undergraduate, I was enthralled by politics—and by college. I loved being in a place where intelligent conversation was going on, and where people were talking about ideas and world events in a considered way.” Parent recalls LSU Alumni Professor Cecil Eubanks’s course, Intro to American Government, and the wide range of texts Eubanks used to bring the material to life. When Parent displayed a talent for political science and an interest in scholarship, Eubanks and others encouraged him to pursue a doctorate. He attended Indiana University, specializing in race politics. Shortly after he completed his degree, a position in the Department of Political Science opened at LSU, and Parent jumped at the opportunity. Over the next three decades, he became a leading expert and a frequent commentator on politics for the national media, and a popular lecturer. The author of Inside the Carnival, Unmasking Louisiana Politics, and co-editor of Blacks and the American Political System, Parent maintains that his greatest passion is teaching. “I remember what a powerful effect my professors had on me,” says Parent. “I think about that, and that there are students out there who are hearing these things for the first time, and how I’m not going to let them down.”



Zack Godshall

Assistant Professor Department of English, Creative Writing Program The fusion of words and images had always intrigued Zack Godshall, so as an undergraduate at LSU, he majored in creative writing and photography. Working with faculty members such as photographer A.J. Meek and screenwriter Ricky Blackwood, Godshall says that he was able to pinpoint his focus on the visual narrative. “I realized that many of the projects I’d thought were books, were actually films,” he says. After graduating from LSU, Godshall pursued an MFA in filmmaking at UCLA, and returned to Louisiana to make his thesis film in his hometown, Lafayette. He remained in the state to pursue a series of additional filmmaking projects that have included Low and Behold (2007), filmed in New Orleans immediately after Hurricane Katrina, God’s Architects (2009), a documentary about Southerners with a passion for freeform building, Lord Byron, a 2011 Sundance official selection filmed in Lafayette and most recently, Water Like Stone (2013), an award-winning film Godshall produced with his friend and former LSU classmate, Associate Professor Michael Pasquier, about coastal erosion and identity in the south Louisiana town of Leeville. Now as a faculty member in the Department of English, Godshall is helping to build the College’s interdisciplinary Film and Media Arts program through his classes in topics that include screenwriting, editing and religion and film. Godshall says that discovering what he wanted to do most – not just to craft screenplays, but to write and direct independent films – happened as a undergraduate at LSU. “I spent a lot of time picking my professors brains,” he recalls, “and they helped point me in a concrete direction. It’s gratifying to be back.”

Michael Pasquier

Associate Professor Departments of Philosophy & Religious Studies and History As an undergraduate at LSU, Louisiana native Michael Pasquier had plans to become a lawyer. Then, something changed. “I was convinced by some excellent professors that I should major in religious studies and history, and they went out of their way to entertain my curiosity about the subject,” recalls Pasquier, who grew up in the town of Rayne. “Once the interest hit, it hit hard.” Pasquier graduated summa cum laude from LSU in 2002, and went on to earn a PhD in Religious Studies from Florida State University, quickly turning his research on French Catholic priests in the Antebellum South into his first book, Fathers on the Frontier. He was a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008-2009, and has been a member of the Religious Studies faculty at LSU since 2008. Even if he had not been able to return to LSU so early in his career, Pasquier says it would have remained his intention. “I said right off the bat that I would have left anywhere to get back to LSU, no matter where I was at the time.” Pasquier is currently at work on several multidisciplinary projects related to religion and the environment in Coastal Louisiana and the Mississippi River Delta, including the award-winning documentary film, Water Like Stone, which he and Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Zack Godshall released in 2013. “What makes great scholarship is a degree of passion.” Pasquier says. “The peculiarities of Louisiana are what I feed off of. It’s a real luxury to be here.”

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Emily Elliott

Associate Professor Department of Psychology “It is a delight to be at LSU,” says Associate Professor of Psychology Emily Elliott. “It’s very unlikely that you can return to your undergraduate institution to teach, so when the opportunity presented itself, I didn’t hesitate.” Elliott, a Lafayette native, attended LSU because she says it represented the best education in the state. But she also found it to be a place where any student, no matter what his or her interests or background, could feel at home. Elliott initially pursued a double major in Theatre and Psychology, but after becoming interested in how sound affects cognition, she dropped the Theatre major and focused solely on the mysteries of the brain. She completed a PhD at the University of Missouri, Columbia, specializing in how auditory distraction impacts memory. In 2002, after completing a post-doc at Missouri, Elliott landed a position at LSU. “The psychology department is very strong in many areas, including my own specialty, which is human memory,” says Elliott. “I was so pleased to be able to return to such a good department with excellent colleagues.” Elliott currently serves as the undergraduate advisor for the Psychology Department and says she likes the idea of coaching students toward a rewarding future. “I received such excellent training here as an undergraduate, and I would like to pass that on,” says Elliott, who was recently named a Fellow of Experimental Psychology of the American Psychological Association. “I hope to accomplish this while continuing to develop my own research at the same time, so that the students are exposed to an active research program.”

“I was so pleased to be able to return to such a good department with excellent colleagues.” - Emily Elliott

Brian Marks

Assistant Professor Department of Geography and Anthropology After completing a PhD at the University of Arizona, south Louisiana native Brian Marks was interested in a faculty position back in his home state. “I’d been looking for a job in Louisiana since I got out of graduate school,” he recalls. “I was certainly pleased with the opportunity to not only come back to the state but to get a job at LSU.” Marks’s interest in geography began when he was majoring in history at LSU. His nagging curiosity about the tumultuous world of Louisiana shrimpers prompted an advisor to suggest that he that might pursue geography instead. Marks changed majors, and began research on the social and economic issues impacting the state’s shrimping industries, which included competition from Southeast Asia. While at Arizona, he pursued research on shrimpers in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, earning a Fulbright Scholarship to learn more about the fisheries there. He discovered a world of similarities between Vietnamese mom-and-pop shrimpers and those in south Louisiana. Marks regularly teaches a survey class in geography that gives him a chance to open the field up to a world of students, most of whom are Louisiana natives. “I hope my students get a sense of commonalities and differences,” says Marks. “It’s very rewarding to ‘tour the world’ with them.”



Kodi Roberts

Assistant Professor Department of History “My interest in history,” says New Orleans native Kodi Roberts, “has everything to do with the professors who took an interest in me at LSU. There were so many talented, smart people here, I really felt prepared about what came next.” Roberts became intensely interested in history at LSU and relished his coursework. He also took advantage of opportunities to study abroad, traveling to Israel and deepening his interest in religious studies and international affairs. After earning a bachelor’s degree in history from LSU in 2001, Roberts went on to complete a master’s degree at the University of New Orleans and a PhD at the University of Chicago. “I loved the idea of ending up at LSU,” Roberts says. “but the reality is that you don’t really get to pick a specific institution.” But after a stint as an adjunct professor at UNO, Roberts was offered a job at LSU, where he now teaches African American history. “When I thought about becoming a professor, this is the kind of job I wanted,” says Roberts, whose book, The Promise of Power: The Racial, Gender, & Economic Politics of Voodoo in New Orleans, 1889-1940, is forthcoming from the LSU Press. “I love the idea of the big state school and the diversity of the students’ perspectives.”

“When I thought about becoming a professor, this is the kind of job I wanted,” - Kodi Roberts

Victor Stater

Professor and Chair Department of History Victor Stater came to LSU as an undergraduate in January 1978, and like many history majors, expected he would go to law school. His experience in the history department, however, convinced him that he wanted to be a historian. After completing a PhD in British history at the University of Chicago, Stater applied for several available jobs that year. None of them panned out, but soon after, he received a call about a sudden opening at LSU. “When I was interviewing, I was asked by someone on the panel about what I thought had changed the most since my days as an undergraduate,” says Stater. “I said, ‘my perspective.’ By then, I really appreciated the work of my undergraduate professors at LSU, who had made it all seem so effortless.” Stater, who has published extensively in the areas of Tudor and Stuart England, says that when he travels to deliver papers at conferences around the country he is struck by the ‘blandness’ of other places. “Our faculty is very connected to Louisiana and most of us really do appreciate the uniqueness of the culture.”

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Sample xrays from LSU Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders demonstrate pre and post swallowing therapy results.

Benefitting from Research When Associate Dean Malcolm Richardson underwent therapy after throat cancer treatment, he discovered an H&SS researcher had helped to shape the regimen. At the end of 2012, Humanities & Social Sciences Associate Dean Malcolm Richardson was diagnosed with throat cancer and quickly began radiation and chemotherapy at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Baton Rouge. Because of the nature of the cancer, Richardson’s treatment also included therapy sessions at the Voice Center at Our Lake of the Lake Regional Medical Center, where a speech pathologist guided him through highly regimented exercises in swallowing. Frequently, head and neck cancer patients experience problems with swallowing as a result of cancer treatment, since radiation and chemotherapy can diminish taste sensors and make it painful to swallow. Speech pathologists step in to help patients exercise their throat muscles and maintain their swallowing ability, which is easily lost under such circumstances. “I was given a number of exercises to do that were very challenging,” says Richardson. “But I stuck with the therapy.” What he didn’t know at the outset was that doctoral student at the College of Humanities & Social Sciences Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders (COMD) had compiled these particular exercises from many techniques that are available to treat swallowing disorders. “My therapist said to me, ‘you’ll be interested to know this exercise regimen was put together at LSU,” Richardson recalls. “I had no idea that one day I would personally benefit from research that had been conducted by a department a short distance from my office.”



Dr. Malcolm Richardson

Dr. Melda Kunduk

Richardson, whose cancer treatment was successful, says he was pleased with the results of the swallowing therapy. Dr. Aneesha Virani, who was a PhD student at LSU Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, assembled the exercise regime and proved its therapeutic effectiveness. The regimen is used on many patients, and equally important, the research associated with it now occupies an important place in the body of work on speech therapies for cancer patients. The Our Lady of the Lake Voice Center funded Virani’s doctoral research. The project was Virani’s dissertation. She is now working as a speech-language pathologist in Atlanta, Georgia. The COMD graduate student was then completing her PhD program at LSU in the Department of Communications Sciences under the mentorship of Associate Professor of Speech-Language Pathology Melda Kunduk. Thanks to an ongoing collaboration between Kunduk and Dr. Andrew J. McWhorter at the Our Lady of the Lake Voice Center, the LSUHSC Department of OtolaryngologyHead and Neck Surgery, the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center and COMD, Virani was able to investigate the effects of different swallowing exercise regimens during, rather than after, cancer treatment. The goal was to better preserve swallowing function in head and neck cancer patients and to ultimately avoid the use of a feeding tube. Virani had recruited dozens of individuals to participate in the study, which compared two different treatment regimens to a control group. Her study results demonstrated that the treatment group which used three specific intensive exercises during cancer treatment reduces the future need for tube feeding compared to “repetitive swallow” and “no treatment” groups. The intensity and frequency of these specific three exercises went beyond the currently used eclectic swallowing therapy and routing recommendation of “just continue to swallow as much as you can” to prevent the development of treatment-induced swallowing difficulties in the throat cancer patients. “This area of research has really emerged since 2010, and we were able to contribute an important piece to it,” says Kunduk. “The research showed that we can minimize the use of a feeding tube among patients who complete these exercises.”

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LSU graduate students and future writers analyze poems in Dr. Laura Mullen’s poetry class.

MFA Creative Writing: Producing Great Writers in a ‘Student-Driven’ Environment Ronlyn Domingue had always felt the call to write, but in 1999, she was engaged in a different career as a research assistant at the LSU School of Social Work. For her own enrichment, she took a class at the university—a short story writing seminar with author and LSU Professor of English James Bennett, where she reconnected with writing—her longtime passion. The seeds of an idea took root in the class, and Domingue completed the semester with a story that would ultimately change her life. Bennett had seen the story’s potential, not just as a short story, but as a novel, and he had encouraged Domingue to pursue its completion and publication. But first, Domingue knew she had to be in the right environment to make it happen—a setting with other students and seasoned professors who, like Bennett, were also successful authors. Domingue applied and was accepted to the LSU MFA Creative Writing program and began work on what would become her 2005 critically acclaimed novel, The Mercy of Thin Air, now translated into 10 languages. Domingue’s thesis director was Jim Wilcox, MFA Creative Writing program director and the well-known author of Modern Baptists and other novels. “It was amazing to work with Jim, who had so much experience in both writing and publishing,” said Domingue. “Being in the MFA program, being around other writers and being able to receive regular feedback helped me really establish a writing life.” Domingue’s second novel, The Mapmaker’s War, was released in March 2013. It is the first book in a new trilogy, the second of which, The Chronicle of Riven, will be released in 2014. The LSU MFA Creative Writing program is one of the best known and well established in the country, with consistently favorable rankings from Poets & Writers Magazine for its student satisfaction, faculty to student ratio and other factors. The program springs from a powerful legacy of writers such as Robert Penn Warren, and it has produced numerous successful writers and poets, including poet and novelist Virgil Suarez, a leading writer in the Cuban-American community; poet, writer and teacher Megan Volpert; New York-based performance artist Jennifer Tamayo and novelist and filmmaker Clarence Nero. The program’s experienced faculty includes screenwriters such as Mari Kornhauser and Jason Buch, playwright Femi Euba, award winning poets Laura Mullen and Lara Glenum and established novelists such as Wilcox and Bennett.



Wilcox has directed the program since 2002. He says the MFA program’s mission is to give students the structured time and professional mentoring necessary for them to explore their craft in a variety of genres and to complete a substantial thesis in their chosen genre. “It has been a thrill for me to see how this the program’s mission has resonated with the remarkable achievements of our MFA alumni, who have not only gone on to publish awardwinning poetry, fiction, hybrid multi-media works, nonfiction, and translations, but have also found creative jobs working with various journals, publishers, and other media, as well as in colleges and universities,” said Wilcox. Former students are quick to point out the level of student support they felt while honing their craft at LSU. “LSU welcomed me with open arms and immediately I started to work with the entire teaching faculty with whom I am friends to this day,” recalls Suarez, who teaches creative writing at Florida State University and has numerous novels and published poems to his credit. “An amazing and versatile faculty, they all taught me something, helped get me on my way. I will always be appreciative of the time and care they took in guiding me in the right direction, not only with my work but with my career.” Indeed, helping students graduate not only with high quality writing projects, but also with a career plan for the future is where the LSU MFA Creative Writing program excels, says Clarence Nero, a New Orleans native who left a teaching position in Washington DC to enroll in the LSU MFA Program. Nero already had a book in print, but he wanted to further develop his skills as a writer. He completed the program with another book deal as well. But something else stands out for him: the way the program also trains its students to teach writing, which has served Nero well. “Being able to have the experience of teaching writing at the college level really helped me grow as a teacher,” Nero says. “Any

The LSU MFA Creative Writing program is one of the best known and well established in the country, with consistently favorable rankings from Poets & Writers Magazine for its student satisfaction, faculty to student ratio and other factors. student in an MFA program has to look at this life realistically, and ask can I have a career doing this? Being able to teach and write, of course, opens up more options.” For Volpert, the author of four books on communication and popular culture and a high school English teacher in Atlanta, LSU’s MFA program excelled in the way it responds to the needs of its students. Volpert, a Chicago native, jokes that she chose the graduate program that offered her “the closest Waffle House and the most money,” which ended up being LSU. She started off as PhD candidate in English, but quickly transferred to the MFA program to give herself the opportunity to pursue her main interests: writing and poetry. “The fact that they allowed me to do that speaks to the way the MFA program provides individual support and attention,” Volpert said. Moreover, the program enabled her to pursue the types of writing she was best at more fully, while also expanding into areas where she was less practiced. “Ideally, an MFA program allows you to ‘go deep,’ but in the best cases, you also get to ‘go broad,’ and that’s exactly what I was able to do at LSU. It’s a very student-driven program, and you’re really allowed to explore.”

“Being in the MFA program, being around other writers and being able to receive regular feedback helped me really establish a writing life.” - Ronlyn Domingue

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Focus On: Faculty Carl Freedman| Department of English LSU’s 2013 Distinguished Research Master of Arts, Humanities, and Social & Behavior Sciences Carl Freedman is widely celebrated and cited both for his contributions to literary theory and for his critical analyses of science fiction, film and television, and US electoral politics. His most recent book is Versions of Hollywood Crime Cinema: Studies in Ford, Wilder, Coppola, Scorsese, and Others (2013). In all he has written over 60 articles, edited three books of conversations with authors, and published five scholarly books on a variety of topics. Dr. Freedman grew up in North Carolina, earned BA degrees from both the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Oxford University, and then received his PhD from Yale. After a year as a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow at Wesleyan University, he came to LSU in 1984 and is now the James F. Cassidy Professor of English. Like his research, his teaching spans a broad array of interests. Professor Freedman not only teaches in the English Department but also serves as a faculty member in both the Film and Media Arts and Comparative Literature programs.

Robert Tague| Department of Geography & Anthropology Robert Tague named the Earleen Nolan Sanders Alumni Professor “It’s a wonderful day for Anthropology!” So Robert Tague begins every class in Anthropology 1001, an introductory course that Professor Tague has taught 43 out of the 49 semesters he has taught at LSU, often to as many as 300 students. As his opening statement would suggest, he converts his tremendous enthusiasm and a deep love of his subject to his task into inspiration among his students. He seeks, in his words, “to develop students’ intellectual foundation so that they can think critically about information presented in the media about Anthropology and have an informed opinion on issues of public debate.” In addition to Anthropology 1001, Tague also teaches upper-level and graduate courses on evolutionary and reproductive biology. As accomplished a researcher as he is a teacher, Professor Tague’s current research involves analysis of fossilized bones to understand sexual difference in human evolution, focusing on the bony pelvis as an obstetrical adaption.



Sarah Liggett| Department of English Sarah Liggett named Donald & Norma Nash McClure Alumni Professor Because of Sarah Liggett, a generation of LSU’s students write better—even those who never took a class with her. Arriving at LSU in 1983, she directed LSU’s Freshman English Writing Program for a decade, and, in 2005, she became the Director of the LSU Writing Center, which provides tutoring for students who need help improving their skills. Since 2009 she has served as Director of the Communication across the Curriculum program that promotes not only excellence in writing but mastery of other forms of communication. Liggett has truly help shape the way LSU trains its students to write. Richard Moreland, her chair when she was nominated for an alumni professorship, sums up her overall contribution to LSU nicely: “Sarah is the ideal University citizen, bringing the expertise she has developed in her home department of English to meet the needs of the University’s administration, its faculty, and its students. She has the listening and analytical skills to asses and understands the University’s various constituencies and their needs, and she has the people skills to work with colleagues all over campus to organize effective ways to address those needs.” Good writing is not only her passion but the focus of her own research; like all good researchers, she puts her research and that of others to work for LSU’s students.

Julia Buckner| Department of Psychology Received the LSU Rainmaker Award

Julia Buckner, Assistant Professor of Psychology, has recently received media attention for her research on cannabis dependence and anxiety disorders funded by the National Institute for Drug Abuse. Her research was recently described in the Baton Rouge Advocate, and during radio interviews with WJBO and the Louisiana Radio Network. She recently received the LSU Rainmaker Award, given by LSU’s Office of Research & Economic Development, with support from Campus Federal Credit Union. Rainmakers are nationally and internationally recognized for innovative research and creative scholarship, compete for external funding at the highest levels and attract and mentor exceptional graduate students.

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Focus On: Development Giving Back: An investment in LSU and the College of Humanities & Social Sciences Why Give Back? As the Director of Development for the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, that is a question that I hear many times in a week. You would be right in guessing that I have a variety of answers to that question and can talk at length about our students’ needs, our faculty’s needs, as well as the various programs that would benefit from extra funding and on and on. The reason that I can answer that question in so many ways is that private donations are necessary to the survival of our College and LSU. It is more important than ever that our alumni give back and in more ways than ever before. As a development officer, my primary role is as a fundraiser. As you read in Dean Foster’s message, we need funding to make up for the cuts from the state, rising costs and the ever increasing competitiveness of our world. But there are other ways to give back as well; you can give of your time by mentoring LSU students or hiring them as interns. You can encourage your children, grandchildren, and neighbor’s children to strongly consider LSU when the time comes for them to choose a university. You can attend LSU events, and not just athletic events but speaker series, poetry readings, or an alumni reception hosted by the Dean. You can be an “Ambassador” for LSU wherever you live and wherever you go. But when I talk about giving back, what I am really referring to is making an investment. For our Annual Fund Campaign that we kicked off this summer, we used the tagline: You are a part of our history; now help us start a tradition. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (formerly Arts and Sciences)

has an amazing and rich heritage from the murals of Allen Hall; legendary faculty members Robert Penn Warren and T. Harry Williams to the current graduates of our MFA program finding success as authors. Our graduates have gone on to success in every profession imaginable. We like to think that your successes started here. Creating a tradition of giving that reflects the richness of our history and the College experience is the goal of our H&SS Development team and we need your help. Investing in the future of our flagship university, our students and our faculty is necessary to continue to build on our past and create wonderful opportunities for the future. As you can see from the articles about students, faculty and alumni in this publication, that an investment in LSU is one that gives you a return like no other investment. On average, just 11 percent of LSU alumni who hold undergraduate degrees give to LSU. A higher rate of giving would not only expand upon what we can do from the standpoint of providing philanthropic support to LSU, but could also impact national rankings of the university. U.S. News & World Report, for example, considers undergraduate alumni giving in its ranking of top schools. The collective impact of increased alumni giving—of any amount—strengthens the value of an LSU degree for all LSU alumni and has an immediate impact on the campus. Please stay in touch with us. Let us know about your LSU experiences and how the College has contributed to your success. Share your accomplishments with us and let us know how often you would like to hear from us and how you would like us to communicate with you. We can be reached via email at or by phone at 225.578.6441. Also, be sure to check us out at and to keep informed of the latest HSS news!

Jill Roshto, Director of Development Teal Plauche’-Morris, Associate Director of Development Lori Pilley, Assistant Director of Donor Relations

“I’ve been working with wonderful people who are as dedicated as I am about helping LSU. I’m glad I’ve been able to help and be a part of the great things happening on campus. It’s one thing to say you love LSU; it’s another to put it in motion. I appreciate the opportunity they’ve given me. This is not my gift – it’s my legacy.” Cheryl Fasullo, Psychology, BS 1976



“I loved my four years at LSU and received a great education that prepared me to excel in different careers and in different cultures. I look back on my time at LSU with great pride and fond memories, and I want other students to have those same kinds of experiences. I want to do my part to make that happen.” Charlie Richardson, Communication Studies, BA 1959

My classroom experience at LSU was superb, but the opportunity to engage with visiting scholars and artists made my LSU experience truly dynamic. Because of donated funds that made these experiences possible, my fellow students and I are able to engage ourselves and each other in more meaningful and surprising ways.” Adam Atkinson, English MFA student

Inspiring Minds| Francis Landreaux and The Dr. Ed Henderson Scholarship Thirty-eight years after enrolling in one of Professor Edward H. Henderson’s philosophy courses at LSU, Don Broussard still remembers how it felt to explore life’s great questions for the first time. A town planner in Atlanta, Ga., Broussard says he has never forgotten Henderson’s powerful, yet relaxed, ability to expose students to the world traditions of thought. “His lectures were always interesting, and frequently, profound,” said Broussard. “He was not only a first-rate philosopher and teacher, but he came across as someone you could trust to give you good counsel regarding school and career issues. He was one of the best professors I had at LSU, and continued to be one of my favorites after LSU Law and graduate school at Catholic University and Georgia Tech.” In 2012, Henderson announced his retirement after a 46-year career in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences’, Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies. Henderson not only inspired his students in the classroom, his enthusiasm for fostering learning helped spawn the LSU Honors College. Now, an endowed scholarship is being established in his name, which former students, colleagues and admirers of Henderson’s are encouraged to help get off the ground. The effort is being led by Francis Landreaux, a former student and graduate assistant who worked with Henderson in the philosophy department for several years. “Ed has had a huge impact on my life and that of many others,” Landreaux says. “He was always accepting of students, and made the classroom an experience that encouraged thinking on the deepest level. I wanted to do something to honor Ed that would have a lasting impact and keep his legacy alive forever at LSU.” Landreaux donated $10,000 as the lead gift toward this special scholarship, which must reach a goal of $40,000 to be endowed, enabling it to benefit deserving students in perpetuity. This scholarship will support students enrolled in the Honors College and majoring in Philosophy. “I really expect that many of those whose lives were touched by Ed will also want to contribute,” Landreaux added. Henderson was a beloved professor at LSU. Professor of Philosophy Mary Sirridge worked with Henderson for 35 years, and says he was a natural at distilling complex concepts for a broad spectrum of students. No matter their field of study, Henderson’s students walked away with a deeper understanding of, and a new appreciation for, the

studies of philosophy and religion. “He was a first rate lecturer, and that’s a real talent,” said Sirridge. “It demands both deep understanding of the material, and clarity of thought. He was always so interested in helping students learn and in developing their particular interests.” Early in his career at LSU, Henderson also helped create courses in a new program called the Honors Division. It provided opportunities for high-level students during a time when LSU, like many state universities, lacked admissions standards. Henderson and a few other faculty members taught small sections of humanities courses. His sections included the great philosophers and the development of Western civilization. The Honors Division led to the establishment of the LSU Honors College, where Henderson eventually served as associate dean. Endowed scholarships create a lasting legacy while benefiting future generations of students. For more information, please contact Jill Roshto at or 225.578.6441.

“I really expect that many of those whose lives were touched by Ed will also want to contribute,” - Francis Landreaux

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Making History| The Charles Phelps Manship, Jr. Chair in American History Professor Andrew Burstein has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at LSU since 2008, and is best known as a Thomas Jefferson scholar. He is the author of many books, including Lincoln Dreamt He Died: The Midnight Visions of Remarkable Americans from Colonial Times to Freud and the acclaimed dual biography Madison and Jefferson. Burstein has worked as a historical consultant, appearing in documentary films that include the Ken Burns production “Thomas Jefferson,” which first aired on PBS in 1997. He has been featured on C-SPAN on a number of occasions over the years, prominent among which was the American Presidents Series, broadcasting from Monticello (1999). Professor Burstein has also appeared on many radio talk shows, regional and national, including NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” and “The Diane Rehm Show.” Professor Andrew Burstein is also the first holder of the Charles Phelps Manship Jr. Chair in American History. Endowed chairs are one of the most prestigious endowments at LSU. The donor is allowed to name an endowed chair in the college or program of his or her choice. Typically, this income is used to supplement the chair holder’s salary, as well as provide additional income for special university-approved purposes as determined by the holder of the chair. Endowed chairs last in perpetuity and always supply income to the designated college of program. The investment to endow a chair is $1.2 million with a state match of $800,000 available. Endowed chairs can really make a difference when trying to attract, hire and retain outstanding faculty members. When asked if the Manship Chair was a factor in his coming to LSU, Professor Burstein gave this insightful response: “Yes, the Manship chair was instrumental in my decision to come to LSU. The generous research funds have enabled me to spend more time at archives large and small, coast to coast, uncovering records that help to refine my understanding of early American life. What separates professional historians from popularizers is knowledge of the archive, those quiet corners where the quest for new interpretations of politics and culture takes place, and where original insights into past lives emerge. It was in this way, for example, that my partner and colleague, Prof. Nancy Isenberg, and I were able to overturn the consensus view that James Madison was subordinate to Thomas Jefferson as a political actor. In Madison and Jefferson (Random House, 2010), the decision to privilege Madison in the title was quite deliberate. And our interpretation did not go unnoticed. Popularizers are sensationalizers whose research is thin but who get the undeserved attention of Hollywood filmmakers; real historians supply the subtle shifts in knowledge that ultimately matter most. We start the process (often imperceptibly) of getting history right. So, to my mind, that is what a chaired professorship affords: the freedom to pursue the most valuable forms of knowledge.” For more information on Endowed Chairs, please contact Jill Roshto at 225.578.6441 or



Dr. Andrew Burstein

“Yes, the Manship chair was instrumental in my decision to come to LSU. The generous research funds have enabled me to spend more time at archives large and small, coast to coast, uncovering records that help to refine my understanding of early American life.”

Education: A Family Passion| The Florence Kidd and Isaac M. Gregorie, Sr. Professorship in French Studies Florence Kidd Gregorie was a Baton Rouge native and bright young sixteen year old when she arrived on the LSU campus in 1948. She earned a degree in French, a passion of hers, and excelled in all of her courses. As graduation time approached, Florence was chosen as a recipient of the very competitive and exclusive Fulbright Scholarship. The program is an international educational exchange program and one of the most prestigious awards in the academic world. It was very unusual for a young woman to travel alone at that time and her parents were concerned. Florence strongly considered participating in this great program but instead made the decision to stay in the U.S. and marry a young Georgia Tech engineering graduate who had recently moved to Baton Rouge to work for Exxon, Isaac “Mack” Gregorie. They built a wonderful life together, raising five children, three of whom are LSU graduates. Florence and Mack made education a priority in their home and stressed the importance of learning to all of their children. Daughter and local attorney Nancy Sue Gregorie, fondly remembers her after school routine as Florence supervised her and her siblings as they did their homework and studied, either in the family kitchen or in their own rooms, where it was important to her parents that everyone had their own desk. “My mother was so disappointed that none of us shared her passion for grammar and diagrammed sentences. She was a stickler for correct grammar and was truly a life-long student.” In 1999, the Gregories decided to put the Exxon matching program to good use and generously funded The Florence Kidd and Isaac M. Gregorie, Sr. Professorship in French Studies.”

Florence always maintained her interest in the French language and her relationship with the LSU Department of French Studies,” says Mack Gregorie. “Endowing the professorship was a visible way for us to ensure that LSU could continue to provide educational support for the French culture and language, such an important part of the Louisiana heritage for many.” An endowed professorship provides the resources to reward a renowned professor of academic achievement and enables the professor to pursue research or innovative teaching methods. A $300,000 donation endows a professorship in perpetuity. Katherine Jensen holds the Florence Kidd and Isaac M. Gregorie, Sr. Professorship. Dr. Jensen has a PhD from Columbia University and is a well-respected expert in several areas of study including 17th and 18th century French literature, first person narratives (autobiography, memoir, fiction), Feminist Theory, Mother-Daughter relations and Epistolary Writing. Her many publications include a number of books: Uneasy Possession: The Mother – Daughter Dilemma in French Women’s Writings, 1671-1928; Writing Love: Letters, Women and the Novel in France; and Approaches to Teaching Lafayette’s The Princess of Cleves. Students of her Survey of French Literature course rave about her passion for and knowledge of the subject matter. The generosity of the Gregories allows Jensen to have the additional resources to focus on both her teaching and her research and benefits both her students and the French Studies department. For more information on Endowed Chairs, please contact Jill Roshto at 225.578.6441 or

“ Florence always maintained her interest in the French language and her relationship with the LSU Department of French Studies,” says Mack Gregorie. “Endowing the professorship was a visible way for us to ensure that LSU could continue to provide educational support for the French culture and language, such an important part of the Louisiana heritage for many.”

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Focus On: Alumni

Allan Crow | Forging Interests into a Career Allan Crow describes himself as being like many young men graduating from high school, with no real idea of what his future could be. Crow’s father was a college professor at Louisiana Tech and even though he really wanted to go away to school, it was expected that Crow would attend Tech. At that time, he thought that he would follow in his father’s footsteps as a teacher and coach, but an experience as State President of a Baptist student organization as well as volunteer work on several campaigns had spurred an interest in politics and leadership. He visited LSU during his first semester at Tech and knew immediately that LSU was where he was meant to be. Luckily for Crow, his parents were willing to let him make the change and he transferred to LSU as a sophomore. Because of his diverse interests, he wanted to take a variety of courses and entered University College. Crow was able to study many subjects that interested him such as political science, history, communications and Art, while also participating in Student Government. Crow says that his memories of LSU are still strong: experiences at Free Speech Alley, free concerts at the Greek Theater and the passionate Civil War lectures of T. Harry Williams. He received his degree in General Studies (now Interdisciplinary Studies) in 1976. LSU is where it all began to come together for Crow. “Attending LSU helped chart my career path. I knew that I was interested in politics, government, and communications. At LSU and in Baton Rouge, I was able to expand my opportunities in those areas and immediately became involved in a variety of activities including the J. Bennett Johnston campaign for the U. S. Senate and a job as a sports writer covering high school football and basketball games for the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate. Those opportunities would not have been available without the support of teachers at LSU and the administration in the LSU sports information department.” At only 25 years old, Crow accepted a job as the Executive Director of the Louisiana Democratic Party. At age 30, he started his own business, a political media firm, Allan Crow & Associates, now with offices in Decatur, Georgia, and Washington D. C. The firm produces political advertising (television, radio and internet) at the national, state and local levels. Crow has been able to combine his love of politics with the communication skills that he learned at LSU and in his various jobs. “Without the education I received at LSU and opportunities (such as my internship in Washington D. C.) I doubt that my career path would have developed quite as quickly. I will be eternally grateful for the opportunity that my parents gave me to attend LSU.” Crow is a generous donor to the LSU Foundation, Alumni Association and Tiger Athletic Foundation. He has made arrangements for a planned gift through the LSU Foundation to provide for student scholarships. LSU is in his blood and he proudly drives his car in Georgia with a LSU license plate. His nephew, Taylor, just graduated from LSU in May of 2013, and his niece Bailey is a current student. Crow follows all LSU news and has kept up with the latest budget cuts and fiscal challenges. “These are tough times for colleges and universities all over the country and especially in Louisiana and it is more important than ever for alums to step up and do what they can to help. I consider LSU to be one of the best college opportunities in the U.S. and it deserves our support. That is why I give back.”



“These are tough times for colleges and universities all over the country and especially in Louisiana and it is more important than ever for alums to step up and do what they can to help. I consider LSU to be one of the best college opportunities in the U.S. and it deserves our support. That is why I give back.”

Ces Guerra | A Tiger Tackles Mount Everest

Ces Guerra, a graduate of LSU, is a loyal fan and supporter of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. Last October, he and his wife Laura graciously hosted an LSU H&SS in Houston Alumni event at their beautiful home. Ces is a proud member of our Dean’s Circle and never missed an opportunity to promote LSU both in Houston and even around the world. This May, Ces and his wife Laura accomplished another one of their life goals when they climbed Mount Everest. In true to Ces’ passion for LSU, he had an LSU flag with him! We asked Ces to share his story. “In May of 1953 Sir Edmund Hillary reached the summit of Mount Everest for the first time. He did so with the assistance and support of his climbing partner Tengzing Norgay Sherpa. My wife, Laura, and I reached the Mount Everest Base Camp on Thursday May 23rd around 9:00 a.m. local time. It was accomplished by 7 other trekkers from around the U.S., and with the support of our guide service, World Wide Trekking. After landing in Lukla, Nepal 10 days earlier, we trekked through the Lower Khumbu and Upper Khumbu Valley for 10 days to reach the Base Camp. We were treated to quite an array of vast Himalayan mountain peaks, villages and friendly people! We went through the villages of Monjo, Namche Bazaar, Tyangboche, Pheriche, Lobuche and Gorak Shep along a path that serves as the central supply line for the entire Valley Region. It was truly amazing to see the changing flora and fauna as we crisscrossed the valley over cable bridges and narrow trails to reach our ultimate destination. “It was with much happiness that I pulled out my LSU flag to proudly display right above Base Camp. With Laura’s help, we held on through the very windy conditions!” Ces reflects on

the Mount Everest trek regularly, and he enjoys talking to local business groups and charity organizations about the expedition in relation to overcoming obstacles and accomplishing goals. Ces can be contacted at to share his story in the Houston area. Thanks Ces for your dedication and generosity to LSU and the College of Humanities & Social Sciences and a special thanks for representing LSU around the world!

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Focus On: Students Jade Shaffer| History Senior Jade Shaffer plans to graduate as a University Medalist in December with a degree in history and a minor in philosophy. She focused her studies in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences because she believed the college “prepares students for the world after college better than any other. The rigorous writing and communication expectations of this college produce effective communicators that employers want to hire.” Having always dreamed of attending LSU and becoming a lawyer, Shaffer knew her hard work and attention to grades would help make her dreams a reality. Shaffer was awarded the Nora McLin and John Evans McGowan Scholarship based on her scholastic achievements and financial need. “I come from a very financially modest family, [and] I am used to working for everything I have… However, it is now one of the things I am most grateful for, as it truly made me the hardworking and independent person I am today.” Shaffer worked her way through college, many times holding down two jobs while raising her daughter Kynlee. With support from her husband, Ryan Smith, Shaffer maintained a perfect grade point average while carrying a full-time course load. “When people ask me my ‘secret’ to keeping a 4.0, I always tell them the same thing: all your teachers want is for you to go to class, put forth your best effort, and if you have trouble go to office hours. I can’t stress this last part enough.” Shaffer feels that her efforts to seek guidance during office hours led to relationships that have shaped her career goals. When she felt she needed extra help in a class, Shaffer sought guidance from her professors during office hours. She credits philosophy instructor Chris Blakely with helping improve her critical thinking and writing skills. “Though his assignments were tough and required diligent attention, his office door was always open when I needed help.” Women’s history instructor Ashley Baggett inspired her passion to become an advocate for positive change for women and children within the legislative system. “While Chris gave me the tools necessary to succeed, Ashley gave me the purpose.”

Michael Kline| Philosophy Senior Michael Kline plans to graduate in December with a degree in philosophy and a minor in history. Kline cofounded Health Initiative Abroad, Inc. in 2008 with friends from Catholic High School in Baton Rouge. The non-profit organization works to connect people, ideas, and resources to advance health and sustainable communities around the world. Kline has made three trips to South-Central Africa, including Mozambique and Zambia. He felt so embraced by the local communities that he now thinks of Africa as his second home. As the Director of International Relations for Health Initiative Abroad, he helped recruit and organize volunteers to paint and repair local boarding schools in Africa, tutor students, and deliver food, school and medical supplies. According to Kline, “Watching those kids jump for joy over a black pen and a wooden pencil really slammed life into perspective.” His time in Africa has led Kline to continue toward working in non-profit management on a global scale after graduation.



Caroline Fargerson| Psychology Caroline Fargerson is a psychology major from Bossier City, Louisiana. Fargerson recently received the Thomas E. & Rebecca Reeves Simmons Scholarship in Memory of Thomas Clayton Simmons. Inspired by a mission trip to Mexico and watching her mother develop a private practice counseling office, Fargerson hopes to use what she learns at LSU to help meet the needs of the less fortunate.

Emily Avery| English Emily Avery is a senior majoring in English with a concentration in Secondary Education and minors in Communication Studies and French. Avery’s many campus activities include being a Humanities & Social Sciences Student Advocate, a member of the LSU Speech & Debate Team, and participant in the ASPIRE undergraduate research program. The ASPIRE program gives students the opportunity to develop an individualized research project under the supervision of a faculty mentor for independent study course credit. As part of her ASPIRE research, Avery worked with Assistant Professor Brooke Rollins from the Department of English and recently presented “Material Pedagogies in Plato’s Phaedrus” at the Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Janie Lester| English Janie Lester plans to graduate in December with a major in English Literature with minors in business administration and religious studies. Lester recently spent a summer working fulltime at the Blake Friedmann Publishing Company in London. She assisted literary agents and had the opportunity to read authors submissions and give feedback through reader reports. Victoria Innell, Digital Manager at Blake Friedmann says, “Janie was one of the most helpful, positive people I have worked with. Her can-do attitude meant that no task was too big, or too small.” Janie believes her H&SS experience will play a huge role in her future, “My upper level English courses have expanded not only my knowledge but also my ability to analyze, debate, support an argument, and make connections.”

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Anthony Correro| Psychology

Anthony Corero with Dr. Jason Hicks

Anthony Correro, a native of Bossier City, Louisiana, graduated in May 2013 with a degree in psychology from the LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences, along with College Honors from the LSU Honors College. Correro’s four-year curriculum included community service, study abroad, undergraduate research, and a senior thesis project. He was awarded the Paul C. Young Award for most outstanding senior in the Department of Psychology. Correro’s favorite academic memory was working through and completing the upper division honors program in psychology: “I cannot speak more highly of a program at LSU. I learned an incredible amount of theoretical and practical information, and I pushed myself to successfully complete my project and defend it.” Correro credits the program with helping prepare him for graduate school and enhancing his academic experience at LSU. In addition to working in the research labs of Professors Katie Cherry and Drew Gouvier, Correro worked closely with LSU Psychology Professor Jason Hicks for three semesters in designing, implementing, understanding, and writing about a senior thesis project on the effects of multidimensional context reinstatement on false memories. “Working with Anthony has been a most rewarding experience,” said Dr. Hicks. “He has a very promising future as a clinical psychologist and scientist.” Correro feels psychology provides a unique balance of research and helping others. He was awarded an NSF Graduate Fellowship and is pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Marquette University. He plans to continue research on cognitive decline, dementia and false memory while also teaching and mentoring students.

Kimberly Catherine Johnson| French & English Kimberly Catherine Johnson graduated in May 2012 with degrees in French and English. Johnson graduated Summa Cum Laude with honors and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She served as Professor Benjamin Martin’s undergraduate research assistant for his book Years of Plenty, Years of Want: France and the Legacy of the Great War. Her senior honors thesis, “Text and Context: A literary translation of the 1950’s French Novella Je fus un saint”, featured a French novel she translated to English. Johnson won a year abroad through the Teaching Assistant Program in France through the Higher Education Department of the French Embassy in the United States

Taylor Aucoin| History & Anthropology Taylor Aucoin, a native of Prairieville, Louisiana, graduated in May 2012 with degrees in history and anthropology. Aucoin spent four years in the Golden Band from Tigerland, was an Honors College graduate, and received the distinguished University Medalist award. Aucoin’s undergraduate studies focused on the history of Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages and archaeology. This fall Aucoin began the Master’s program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Durham University in northern England, ranked a World’s Top 100 School in the Times Higher World Rankings. “At LSU I gained valuable experience in these respective fields that has assisted me greatly in my studies at Durham. In particular, the completion of my undergraduate Honors Thesis prepared me for the intensive research and study inherent in a Master’s program.”



Stephen Peltier| English

Stephen Peltier, a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, graduated in May 2013 with a degree in English. Peltier graduated with honors and received the University Medalist award in addition to writing, filming, and acting in student films while studying abroad through LSU’s French New Wave Film Project. He continues to develop his screenwriting skills at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Film School. “I’m always going to be a huge LSU fan,” Peltier said, “I owe everything to my professors who helped guide me through my undergraduate career.”

Michael Cruice| Philosophy & Religious Studies Michael Cruice, a native of Marrero, Louisiana, graduated Summa Cum Laude in May 2013 with degrees in mass communication and philosophy with a concentration in religious studies. Cruice is currently pursuing his masters at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut.

MacKenzie Peltier| Psychology MacKenzie Peltier is a second-year clinical doctoral student in Dr. Amy Copeland’s laboratory and was recently awarded the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Drug Abuse Research Training (DART) Summer Research Fellowship. The 10-week mentored summer research program allows students the opportunity to work closely with a MUSC research mentor and conduct clinical or basic scientific research. Peltier was mentored through the DART program by University of South Carolina’s Dr. Colleen Hanlon and her post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Melanie Canterberry on her final project, “BOLD fMRI Response in the Limbic System to Provocative Stimuli in Female Cocaine Users.” The program is sponsored by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) and provides a $3,000 stipend.

Adam Pratt| Department of History Adam Pratt, a recent PhD in History, received the Roberts award for his dissertation “Regulating the Republic; Violence and Order in the Cherokee-Georgia Borderlands, 1820-1840,” which explores the violent society that developed in areas of North Georgia where whites settled on Cherokee land. He examines the vigilante violence among white settlers in these frontier counties as well as that between whites and Cherokees, conflicts that contributed to the Indians’ tragic removal to Oklahoma and the “Trail of Tears.” Pratt draws from a remarkably diverse set of primary sources, which he then weaves into a well-told story about the clash of widely differing cultures and the role of violence and order in a republican society. A graduate of Clemson University, Pratt also received his MA at LSU. During his time at LSU, he taught several courses in the History Department and established himself as an accomplished and very popular teacher. This fall, he began teaching in the History Department at the University of Scranton, in Pennsylvania.

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Department News Communication Sciences & Disorders


The LSU Speech, Language, Hearing Clinic, opened its newest expanded space in September – a language, learning and disabilities therapy gym. The clinic is dedicated to serving individuals with communication delays and disorders. The new space will offer new treatments for language intervention and feeding therapy. The room is adaptable and can be arranged as clientele changes. Therapy options offered are kid specific and based on the goals that are trying to be reached. Populations served are diverse and their needs vary. Diagnoses include children with autism, apraxia, feeding disorders, hearing impairment, stuttering, Down syndrome, specific language impairment and voice disorders.

Sharon Andrews’s photographs appeared on the cover of the literary magazine Toad Suck Review.

Communication Studies James Honeycutt, LSU Distinguished Professor in the Department of Communication Studies, was honored at the Southern States Communication Association with the Outstanding Scholar in Communication Theory award. Honeycutt is internationally known for his work in intrapersonal communication, cognition and mental imagery known as imagined interaction, in which individuals rehearse and replay encounters in their mind. Associate Professor Tracy Stephenson Shaffer was a featured speaker at the first TEDxLSU event, which was organized by Communication Studies Ph.D. student, Joseph Watson. Professor Shaffer discussed the meanings and uses of “monsters” in popular culture in her talk, “The Evolution of King Kong.”

Comparative Literature

Associate Professor Michael Bibler received the inaugural Louis D. Rubin, Jr., Prize, awarded by the Society for the Study of Southern Literature, for his essay “How to Love Your Local Homophobe: Southern Hospitality and the Unremarkable Queerness of Truman Capote’s ‘The Thanksgiving Visitor.’” Instructor Christie Collins published in the journals Cold Mountain Review, Canyon Voices, and So to Speak. Assistant Professor Jennifer Davis’s short story forthcoming in Epoch, was a finalist in short fiction for Missouri Review’s Editor’s Prize. Her novel-in-progress was chosen from almost 700 entries as runner-up for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship, awarded by Wilkes University. Funded by the National Science Council of Taiwan, Professor Carl Freedman delivered lectures at the National Cheng Chi University (Taipei), at the National Chung Hsing University (Taichung), and at the National Cheng Kung University (Tainan). He was invited by the Southbank Centre in London to speak at The Rest Is Noise Festival during November 2013. Associate Professor Michael Hegarty won the 2013 LSU Alumni Association Faculty Excellence Award. Professor Barbara Heifferon spoke during the week of Encounter by the Foerderverein Ehemaliges Juedishes Gemeindehaus Breisach e.V. in Breisach, Germany. It was the celebration of the tenth anniversary of the “Blue House” that helps survivors of the Holocaust from this area of Germany discover and reconstruct the lost history of their families.

Adelaide M. Russo, Phyllis M. Taylor Professor of French Studies and Director of the Program, was recently elected to the Vice-Presidency of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers and named the editorial board of Dada/ Surrealism. She has also become a member of French Poetry Network: An Interdisciplinary Approach, a research project funded by the British Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Associate Professor Mari Kornhauser’s show aired for Season Three of Treme, The Great Love, story by David Simon, teleplay by Mari Kornhauser & Chris Yakatis.

Disaster Science & Management

Professor Laura Mullen published a book of poetry, Enduring Freedom with OTIS Books.

Rachel Dowty Beech, DSM Director, received the 20122013 Advisor of the Year Award from Campus Life’s Love Purple, Live Gold Awards. She is also Principal Investigator for a $35,000 LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio grant with co-principal investigators Megan LaPeyre, Steve Hall and postdoc Austin Humphries with the goal of “Evaluating SocialEcological Vulnerability of Oyster Reef Resource Users to Environmental Variation.”



Professor Michelle Massé was one of 24 scholars invited to the inaugural seminar of the North American Network in Aging Studies. She serves as president of the Modern Language Associations’ Age Studies Discussion Group.

Graduate student Emily Niemens has had political illustrations featured on MSNBC,, Jezebel, and the Huffington Post. Associate Professor Daniel Novak was the recipient of a 2013 Tiger Athletic Foundation President’s Award for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education.

Associate Professor Solimar Otero was recognized with the 2013 H.M. “Hub” Cotton Award for Faculty Excellence, which recognizes a faculty member with a distinguished record of teaching, research, administration, public service or other outstanding contributions to the University. Randolph Thomas’s book-length short story collection, Dispensations, won the New Rivers Press Many Voices Prize and will be published 2014 by New Rivers Press. The title story from the collection also won the Florida Review Editors’ Prize for Fiction and is forthcoming in the fall in the Florida Review. Professor Emily Toth appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio to discuss her book, Kate Chopin and The Awakening. Associate Professor Sue Weinstein organized a featured performance event for England’s National Association for the Teaching of English 40th anniversary annual conference in Stratford-upon-Avon. With poets from England’s Leeds Young Authors, as well as LSU doctoral student Anna West and undergraduate Nayyir Ransome, Weinstein participated in the enthusiastically-received hour of original poetry and prose. Weinstein and West also co-facilitated a week of workshops, Crossing The Bridge: Applying Institute Learning to Everyday Practice, at the 8th Annual Hip Hop in the Heartland Educator and Community Leader Training Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Professor Sharon Weltman will lead a four-week NEH Seminar for College and University Teachers, held at the University of California Santa Cruz in conjunction with the Dickens Project. The seminar is called “Performing Dickens: The Theatrical Context of Oliver Twist and Great Expectations on Page, Stage, and Screen.” Last August, Weltman gave a keynote lecture entitled “The Meta-Mystery of Edwin Drood: Broadway’s Victorian Music Hall and What It Means when You Decide” at the Dickens Universe conference. This unusual presentation included a live performance by Dickens Universe volunteers, singing a Victorian parlor song in four-part harmony with piano accompaniment. Professor Michelle Zerba’s Doubt and Skepticism was nominated for a second literary award—the MLA Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Studies. She has also been named the Sternberg Professor in the Honors College for 2013-14.

Foreign Languages and Literatures Associate Professor Mark Wagner organized a panel for the annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association, which was held in New Orleans October 10-13: “Masking Muslim: Islam as Disguise in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States.” Gundela Hachmann, Assistant Professor of German, and Jacob Berman, Associate Professor of English, also made presentations for this panel. Wilfred E. Major, Assistant Professor of Classics, published The Court of Comedy: Aristophanes, Rhetoric and Democracy in Fifth-Century Athens (Ohio State University Press).

French Studies Assistant Professor Jeffrey M. Leichman received an ATLAS grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents for the 2013-2014 academic year to complete his book project on performance in the French Enlightenment. Currently a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, he will be conducting research in both European and American collections. Professor Alexandre Leupin received an ATLAS grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents for the 2013-2014 academic year to complete his book project on Edouard Glissant as Philosopher. Professor John Protevi received the 2013 LSU Distinguished Faculty Award, for excellence in teaching research and service, and he was named a Scots Philosophical Association Centenary Fellow, with a residence at Dundee University, Scotland. Professor Jack Yeager was awarded the College of Humanities & Social Sciences Student Government’s Nicholson Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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Geography & Anthropology Craig Colten, Carl O. Sauer Professor in Geography, has joined the Water Institute of the Gulf as its director of Human Dimensions. While retaining his position with LSU, he will work to help coastal communities adapt and respond to environmental changes and hazards.

Boyd Professor William Cooper has won the Museum of the Confederacy’s Jefferson Davis Prize for the second time, for his recently published book, We Have The War Upon Us (Knopf, 2012). The prize honors the best book of narrative history published on a civil war topic for the year. Cooper’s first Davis prize came in 2001 for his biography of Jefferson Davis, Jefferson Davis, American.

Forensic anthropologist Mary H. Manhein published her new book Bone Remains: Cold Cases in Forensic Anthropology through LSU Press.

Associate Professor Maribel Dietz won a Tiger Athletic Foundation’s President’s Award for distinguished undergraduate teaching. Yale University press has published Associate Professor Andrew Sluyter’s book, Black Ranching Frontiers: African Cattle Herders of the Atlantic World, 1500-1900.

Professor Suzanne Marchand is currently serving as President of the German Studies Association, North America’s largest organization for scholars interested in German history, literature, and culture. Price Professor Benjamin Martin has published his sixth book, Years of Plenty, Years of Want: France and the Legacy of the Great War (Northern Illinois University Press).

History Charles Manship Professor Andrew Burstein has published a new book, Lincoln Dreamt He Died: The Midnight Visions of Remarkable Americans From Colonial Times to Freud (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

Associate Professor Meredith Veldman has been appointed rector of the new Global Connections residential college on campus. The Global Connections college is home to students with an interest in international studies, and brings together students from a wide variety of majors and backgrounds.



Linguistics Graduate minor Al Camp translated the booklet on Le Bataille de Fontenoy into English for the Musee de Fontenoy in Burgundy. The translation, published by the museum, is on sale in the museum bookstore. Alumni Professor Lisi Oliver, who teaches in English and directs the linguistics program, has been awarded the 2013 Prize in Teaching Excellence from the Southeastern Medieval Association.

Philosophy & Religious Studies Associate Professor Jon Cogburn, assisted by Dr. Mark Silcox of the University of Central Oklahoma, edited Dungeons & Dragons and Philosophy: Raiding the Temple of Wisdom, published in the series Popular Culture and Philosophy by Open Court Press.

Reem Meshal’s book, The Sixteenth Century Origins of an Islamic Secular Crisis: Islamic Law, Custom and the EarlyModern Ottoman State, based on her dissertation, was accepted for publication by the American University in Cairo Press and will be released in January of 2014.

Political Science William A. Clark was named a Fellow of the Academic Leadership Development Program (ALDP) of the Southeastern Conference Academic Consortium (SECAC) for 2013-2014. The SEC Academic Leadership Development Program’s mission is to identify, develop, prepare, and advance faculty as academic leaders in and for the Southeastern Conference universities. Johanna Dunaway’s research on women in politics was prominently featured in the Huffington Post. The study, published in the most recent issue of Political Research Quarterly, found that the gender of the people running in an election influenced newspaper articles about the candidates. Articles about female candidates included more discussion of character traits than articles about male candidates. James C. Garand, the Emogine Pliner Distinguished Professor and R. Downs Poindexter Professor has been appointed for a two year term to the International Advisory Board for the Online Portal for Social Science Education in Methodology.

Michael Pasquier, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and History, received a summer stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities for “Religion and Landscape in the Mississippi River Delta.” Pasquier has recently edited Gods of the Mississippi, published in the Religion in North America Series by Indiana University Press. Professor François Raffoul, assisted by Eric S. Nelson of the University of Massachusetts, has edited The Bloomsbury Companion to Heidegger, published by Bloomsbury Academic Press on August 15, 2013. Raffoul has also been invited to an international, interdisciplinary conference as one of twelve leading scholars from top universities to speak on the topic of morality and responsibility in Aarhus, Denmark, in June 2014.

Kevin V. Mulcahy was awarded a 2013 Fulbright Senior Specialist award to Taiwan. The Fulbright Program is a meritbased grant program that encourages academic exchanges between America and foreign countries. The 2013 Paul M. Grosser Award for Undergraduate Teaching has been awarded to Trevor Shelly, a fifth year PhD candidate in Political Science, who has taught courses in Political Theory and Comparative Politics. Jas Sullivan won the 2012 Anna Julia Cooper National Teacher of the Year Award of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. This award is given in respect of Dr. Anna Julia Cooper (1858-1964), the fabled administrator and teacher of the M Street School and founder of the Frelinghauysen University for adult education in Washington, D.C. Dr. Cooper was born into a condition of enslavement but secured her PhD in French from the Sorbonne. James Stoner, former Political Science department chair, was named a Visiting Fellow for 2013-2014 at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.

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Psychology Amanda van Lamsweerde, a fourth-year Cognitive and Developmental doctoral student in Dr. Melissa Becks’s laboratory was awarded a University Dissertation Fellowship. This highly competitive award is based on the strength of a student’s academic record and the dissertation project. The award provides an $18,000 stipend during a student’s final year.

At the invitation of the President of the Rural Sociological Society, Associate Professor Tim Slack addressed a special joint session of the American Sociological Association and Rural Sociological Society. His talk focused on negative health impacts from the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster. Lori Latrice Martin, Associate Professor of Sociology and African & African American Studies, published her book Black Asset Poverty and the Enduring Racial Divide with First Forum Press.

Sean Lane, Associate Professor of Psychology, received a grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents’ Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars (ATLAS) Program for the 2013-2014 academic year. The award will provide a release to work on a book project tentatively titled Perceiving and Remembering Eyewitness Events. The book explores the relevance of basic research on perception and memory for understanding the many factors that affect people’s ability to accurately recount events they have witnessed. Jason Hicks, Professor of Psychology, was recently nominated to the Governing Board of the Psychonomic Society, a prestigious organization focused on Psychology and Applied Sciences.

Sociology The LSU Department of Sociology has been ranked as the 15th best sociology program in the country and the best among social science units at LSU in media outreach. The rankings were compiled by the Center for a Public Anthropology and noted in an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Women’s & Gender Studies Assistant Professor Benjamin A. Kahan was awarded the Phi Kappa Phi Non-Tenured Faculty Award. His book Celibacies: American Modernism and Sexual Life was recently published by Duke University Press.

Professor Troy Blanchard created the applied demography lab that is funded in part by the Louisiana Treasurer’s Office. The lab produces population estimates for parishes and municipalities that then are used by the legislature to distribute tax dollars. Edward S. Shihadeh, Professor and Chair, was commissioned by the Department of Justice to research the rates of recidivism among long-serving offenders. The results will direct the State’s effort to release older, low-risk, offenders. He was also the Keynote Speaker at Canada’s Warren Kalbach Population Conference, speaking on “Using Demography in the Study of Crime”



PhD candidate Monica Miller was awarded the Mary Lily Research Grant, an award sponsored by the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture at Duke University. She attended the conference The Dickens Universe at UCSanta Cruz as one of two representatives of LSU. In the spring of 2013, she had an article written about her research fellowship with the Eudora Welty Foundation in the Eudora Welty Review.

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THE H&SS DEAN’S OFFICE Deans Dean, Gaines M. Foster Associate Deans, Janet McDonald Malcolm Richardson Assistant Dean, Carolyn Landry Assistant Dean/Grants Coordinator, Ann Whitmer

Student Services Assistant Dean, Rebecca Caire Coordinator of Academic Services, Melanie Buchmann Counselors, Stephanie Erie Shannon Rosché Tiffany L. Broussard

Kathryn T. Loveless Erin Snyder Mauricio Molina

Budget & Accounting Assistant Dean, Tina Fos Accounting Technician, Bronwyn Lawrence

Computer & Equipment Computer Manager, Mark Hovey

Development Director of Development, Jill Roshto Associate Director of Development, Teal Plauché-Morris Assistant Director of Donor Relations, Lori Pilley Webmaster, Jennifer Macha-Hebert

Support Staff Dean’s Office Administrative Assistant, Tianna Powers Administrative Coordinators, Michelle Perrine Lois Edmonds Student Services Administrative Program Specialist, Ginger Martinez Administrative Coordinator, Tanisha McGill Arlyn Saucier



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December 2012 College of Humanities & Social Sciences graduates presented as University Medalists for having perfect 4.0 grade point averages throughout their undergraduate careers. First row: President William Jenkins, Betty Rachel Vine, Chynna Marie Anderson, Humanities & Social Sciences Dean Gaines Foster, Provost Stuart Bell. Second row: Stefan Jovicic, Cameron Tyler Cooke, Kimberly Ann Ulasiewicz, Michael O’Neal Adley.

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May 2013 College of Humanities & Social Sciences graduates presented as University Medalists for having perfect 4.0 grade point averages throughout their undergraduate careers. First row: Michelle Zauala Cardona, Rachel Berard, Caitlin Parker, Maegan Condalary, Elizabeth Clausen, Aimee Chalin, Michelle Kim, and Humanities & Social Sciences Dean Gaines Foster. Second row: Julie Cronan, Mikelle Humble, Stephen Peltier, Lucas Self, Daniel Nelson, Anthony Correro, and Christiana Compton

Kaleidoscope, Volume 9  
Kaleidoscope, Volume 9