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kaleidoscope Enhancing Creativity • Volume 10

COMD Students Making a Difference

It is incredible how quickly the time has flown since

performances, presentations and even publications. Over the

Humanities & Social Sciences at LSU, and what a whirlwind it

students on the campus and invited these students to dinners

my appointment July 1, 2014 as the Dean of the College of has been! Though this marks my 25th year at LSU as a faculty member in Political Science, I am seeing and experiencing our campus with fresh eyes and great excitement. I have walked

the spaces of our departments and interdisciplinary units and

found areas of the campus I did not know existed. I have worked with faculty from almost every unit in the College

during my prior administrative roles at LSU, and in recent meetings with each department I had the privilege of learning more about the path-breaking scholarship of our faculty and

the impressive creativity exhibited in our classrooms. I have

also had the privilege of interacting daily with our extremely

course of the fall we have hosted hundreds of prospective in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Atlanta and

Houston. We hope to be teaching them all next fall. I have

especially enjoyed the opportunity to meet our amazing alumni. As faculty members we know the journeys of a few of our graduates, but as Dean I am able to connect with so many

more of our alumni whose lives have been transformed by their

LSU experience. To have been a part of that in some small way is both humbling and invigorating. I look forward to

continuing the tradition of excellence that is the LSU College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

bright and talented undergraduates. Many of our graduate students are already demonstrating their work through exhibits,


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THE H&SS DEAN’S OFFICE Deans Dean, Stacia Haynie Associate Deans, Troy Blanchard Malcolm Richardson Assistant Dean, Carolyn Landry Assistant Dean/Grants Coordinator, Ann Whitmer

Student Services Assistant Dean, Rebecca Caire Counselors, Tiffany L. Broussard Melanie Buchmann Stephanie Erie Kathryn T. Loveless

Mauricio Molina Shannon Rosché Erin Snyder

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

Computer & Equipment Computer Manager, Mark Hovey

Development Assistant Director of Donor Relations, Lori Pilley

Support Staff Dean’s Office Administrative Assistant, Tianna Powers Administrative Coordinators, Lois Edmonds Michelle Perrine Communications Manager, Sarah Keller Student Services Administrative Program Specialist, Ginger Martinez Administrative Coordinator, Glenn Hector




Features Idea Flow H&SS alums tell how their education continues to fuel innovation and creativity in business.

Code Cracker Clinical Psychologist Alex Cohen’s pioneering research applies technology to the assessment of psychiatric patients.

Geaux Teach Ten years in, respected program trains and places highly qualified teachers in the humanities.

The Nana Project Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic making a difference in the lives of older Louisianans one smile at a time.

Departments 4 16 18 20

News from the College Focus On: Students Focus On: Development Department News

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editor Maggie Heyn Richardson editorial board Stacia Haynie, Malcolm Richardson, Ann Whitmer, Jill Roshto, Lori Pilley, Sarah Keller 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: Jim Zietz, LSU University Relations 2014

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Haynie named H&SS Dean In March 2014, LSU named Stacia Haynie as the new dean of the LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences. A respected political scientist and a seasoned administrator, Haynie is the J. W. Annison Jr. Family Alumni Professor in the LSU Department of Political Science. She served previously as department chair, associate dean and interim dean of the LSU Graduate School. She also served as vice provost for academic affairs. “I have benefitted from a broad range of experiences on a campus that is huge, and wonderfully complex,” says Haynie. “And as a social scientist, I plan to approach moving the college forward strategically and in an evidence-based manner.” Haynie grew up on a farm in north Texas and earned a bachelor’s degree in theatre in 1981 from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. Fascinated by the judicial system, she completed a master’s degree in political science in 1986, also from Midwestern State. In 1990, she received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Texas and joined the LSU faculty the same year. Haynie’s research has focused on judicial politics with special emphasis on comparative appellate court decision-making. She has studied in depth the legal systems of South Africa, the Philippines and India as well as civil trial court decisions in U.S. state courts. She has been awarded the Arts & Sciences Professor’s Award for Distinguished Scholarship, the LSU University Alumni Association Faculty Excellence Award and the LSU College



of Arts & Sciences Advisory Council Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Haynie is also known by colleagues as a forward thinking manager who uses her skills as a researcher to lead and to solve problems. While serving as vice provost for academic affairs, Haynie began examining the issue of student retention, and applied data collection and analysis with help from LSU Professor of Sociology Ed Shihadeh. “Stacy appreciated that, because of the Louisiana Grad Act, budgets were going to be tied to performance outcomes, especially retention,” recalls Shihadeh, chair of the Department of Sociology. “She wanted to start looking closely at the data to see how we could impact retention and recruitment. In 2010, we were able to increase recruitment by 15.3 percent.” Indeed, as she takes the reigns of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, recruitment and retention remain two of Haynie’s top priorities. She plans to continue to promote the College as not just a harbinger of thought, but a training ground for the next generation of leaders, managers and problem solvers. “We know our degrees prepare students not just for a first job, but for the second, third and to ultimately run the company,” says Haynie. “Over time, we know our graduates show higher earnings.” Haynie combines a commitment to evidence-based research with a modern sense of how to engage today’s students. Her

“Donuts with the Dean” series allows students to connect directly with her and other College of Humanities & Social Sciences staff members in their offices in Campbell Hodges Hall. To promote the series, Haynie was willing to enter foreign territory to most academic deans. She shot a YouTube video in which she received a pie-in-the-face prank from staff with a chocolate donut. “The staff didn’t want to do it,” recalls Haynie, “But it wasn’t going to be funny unless they hit me in the face. And if it wasn’t funny, students and potential students weren’t going to look at it.” Whimsy aside, Haynie believes firmly in partnerships. She is committed to building bridges throughout the university. This includes groundbreaking curriculum programs. The College’s popular Film and Media Arts concentration is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students interested in film careers. Haynie is now leading discussions on an intercollegiate degree in film that would combine humanities & social sciences curricula with several other departments and colleges on campus, including the Department of Theatre. Says Shihadeh: “She is data-driven, entrepreneurial and very motivational. She deeply cares about the College and will work hard to make it a wonderful place.”

“We know our degrees prepare students not just for a first job, but for the second, third and to ultimately run the company,” says Haynie. “Over time, we know our graduates show higher earnings.”

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Patrick Mulhearn

Executive Director, Celtic Studios

Idea Flow

H&SS alums tell how their education continues to fuel innovation and creativity in business. “I knew I wanted to do something creative,” says Patrick Mulhearn. “But I had no idea that so many of the things I studied would come full circle and become so useful in my professional life.” As executive director of Celtic Studios, Mulhearn has a front row seat to Louisiana’s expanding film industry. The company is the largest purpose-built motion picture studio in Louisiana and is the production site for a growing number of major “tent pole” feature films – the big budget kind that draw large audiences. For more than a decade, Louisiana has offered some of the most aggressive film and media tax credits in the country, helping it to become the third most popular destination for film production, behind only Los Angeles and New York. Mulhearn works closely with worldwide studio executives looking for the right location to shoot their next projects, a job made easier, he says, because of his humanities and social sciences background. Mulhearn graduated in 1997 with a bachelor of arts in political science and earned a master of arts in 2000 from LSU in Liberal Arts. Before running Celtic Studios, Mulhearn worked for several years in advertising and in television as a writer and producer. After a stint at the Louisiana



Film Commission, Mulhearn was asked to take over operations at Celtic Studios. “My job is to facilitate the creative process,” says Mulhearn. “Especially in this industry, it makes so much sense to know something about everything. It pays to be well-rounded.” That includes being knowledgeable about public policy – a useful skill when arguing for the continuation of state film tax credits – as well as literature, history and anthropology since the imaginary worlds created in movies draw from established references. “There are days when you’re required to know something about Ancient Rome,” says Mulhearn. Recent graduates clamor to work with studios like Celtic, but they won’t get far unless they can demonstrate three things, says Mulhearn. “You’ve got to be dependable and professional – that’s a given when you’re working with producers and directors on a tight schedule,” he says. “But you also need to be likeable and interesting. You can learn the technical side – the world is incredibly user-friendly. What’s more important is having an open, curious mind that can solve problems.”

Lucie Monk

Assistant Editor, Country Roads Magazine “I knew I always wanted to write,” says Lucie Monk. But it wasn’t just the College of Humanities & Social Sciences creative writing curriculum Monk found compelling. She also minored in French, took numerous history courses and dabbled in as many additional fields as she could squeeze into her schedule before graduating in 2011. “I loved them all,” Monk says. “I like the idea of learning from different fields as a way to enhance your writing.” Positions in both a law office and a restaurant kitchen after graduation confirmed for Monk that she wanted a career that mirrored her passion: the literary field. A connection she had made while serving as a student worker at the Southern Review, the literary journal published by the LSU Press, encouraged her to apply for an internship with Country Roads magazine, a Baton Rouge-based publication that reports on the culture of southern Louisiana and Mississippi. It quickly led to a full time position as the magazine’s assistant editor. Monk contributes articles, manages online content and finds ways to tell stories about Louisiana’s lush culture, including its indigenous art, music, food, architecture and how they inform the region’s identity. And as a millennial, she also tries to engage her generation in the magazine’s content and encourages young professionals to take advantage of the vast cultural events

routinely taking place. “It’s a job that requires thinking on your feet and considering how to develop our audience,” says Monk, an avid reader, food blogger and self-taught photographer. “I like being able to be both smart and ecumenical, and figuring out how to make a story reach as many audiences as possible.” It’s not just about posting attention-grabbing headlines, she says. “It’s about having substance and knowing what the issues are when you tell the story,” Monk says. “The more informed you are, the better you can appreciate going down these cultural roads.”

John E. Jackson

President & Executive Producer, LaunchMedia “So much of getting things done in business is about communicating with people,” says Launch Media President and Executive Producer John Jackson. The decade-old video production company is known for producing videos for business and industry as well as regional nonprofits. In 2013, it earned the No. 6 slot in the LSU 100: Fastest Growing Companies. As a visual storyteller, Jackson is a firm believer in a wellrounded perspective. It helps him decipher the intentions of his clients and allows him to predict how audiences will react to their messages. “Liberal arts degrees are the key to understanding how people tick,” says Jackson “It’s very competitive out there, and what sets you apart are the intangibles.” A high school math and physics whiz, Jackson earned a scholarship to LSU in engineering in the mid-nineties. He had grown up on a family farm in the small southwest Louisiana town of Ragley and had plans to fly jets in the United States Air Force. But while a student, he felt the pull of arts and culture, delving into sociology, psychology, history and photography. Jackson graduated with a degree in general studies with concentrations in photography, public relations and advertising. He co-founded Launch Media in 2005 and was part of a new generation of media companies that eschewed traditional production methods and relied instead on laptops and cameras. “We were out in front of a new trend,” Jackson recalls.

Jackson says he still gleans inspiration from his humanities and social sciences coursework at LSU. “I think about learning about the phenomenon of group dynamics in a sociology class and being able to predict how groups behave,” he says. Jackson continues. “For us to be successful, we have to be able to identify and understand the message that clients want to get across,” Jackson says. “I’m fortunate enough to have such a diverse background, both in education and in life experience.”

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Jay Ducote

Food Blogger & Culinary Entrepreneur

Anyone familiar with the career of culinary commentator Jay Ducote wouldn’t be surprised that his first declared major at LSU was broadcast journalism. Since 2009, Ducote has developed a suite of ventures that include a food blog and a culinary radio show that have each landed sponsors and national awards. He has also made numerous television appearances, namely Fox’s “MasterChef” and the Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen.” But early in his college career, Ducote opted instead to study the humanities and social sciences. He graduated from the College in 2004 with a double major in political science and economics and returned to earn a master of arts in political science in 2007. “My education taught me how to think, not what to think,” Ducote says. “It was about why and how the world works the way it does and it continues to help me strategize.” Ducote worked first as a high school math teacher, then in healthcare policy with a state agency. A self-described lover of all things food and beverage, Ducote started on the side in 2009 to record his eating and drinking dispatches in Baton Rouge and beyond. Thousands of food blogs are launched annually around the globe, but Ducote is one of few who have parlayed it into a full-time food media career. In addition to radio and national television, the blog provided Ducote a platform for competition barbecue. He has won numerous awards for cooking, and he released a small-batch barbecue sauce called Jay D’s in 2014. He’s also at work on an outdoor cookbook. His regional reputation as a food authority helps him not only engage online visitors, but recruit sponsors who pay to benefit from exposure on one of his media venues. Ducote leans on his humanities and social sciences background daily, both in his ability to connect with readers through the written word, and his interest in bringing the history and culture of food into his freelance articles and posts. “My goal has been not to be a critic but to capture the culture that surrounds food. That goes back to my education and my interest in societies and geopolitics,” Ducote says. “It’s fascinating to look at societies through the lens of food.”

“My education taught me how to think, not what to think,” Ducote says. “It was about why and how the world works the way it does and it continues to help me strategize.”



Stafford Wood

Co-founder & CEO, Covalent Logic

Baton Rouge entrepreneur Stafford Wood is quick to point out how the liberal arts education she received at LSU still feeds the creativity required by her chosen profession. To illustrate her point, the owner of a strategic communications firm deploys a favorite tactic, heading for the white board that spans one of her office walls. Dry erase marker in hand, Wood scrawls bits of Russian and French on the board and begins discussing language as a window into the soul of a place – a wildly helpful perspective for anyone attempting to reach disparate audiences and create engaging brand campaigns. A few minutes later, she brings to life a discussion about organizational momentum by likening it to the six simple machines. Making these kinds of connections isn’t superfluous to Wood’s professional life. The cofounder of the 10-year-old agency, Covalent Logic, says they are essential components to staying ahead in business. “Innovation happens at the intersection of disciplines,” Wood says. “The rules of one discipline applied to the problems of another discipline can be the root of creativity and problem-solving.” A 1995 graduate of the LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Wood is a champion of the university as boot camp for thought. Like many alumni of the college, she credits the liberal arts for enabling her to read clients, anticipate trends and craft effective branding strategies that outpace competitors. No question that this line of thinking has worked. Covalent Logic is expected to surpass the $4 million mark in 2014. Wood and her team of 43 routinely serve clients from around the country and world. Wood is quick to point out that while her most frequent playground is the World Wide Web, it was nonexistent in college curricula when she was an LSU student. She majored in political science and minored in Eastern European, Soviet and Russian Area Studies. “My education was in learning how to read, write and think,” Wood says. “Once you know how to do that you’re ready for the world. It’s only your ability to adapt and learn that makes you useful in your career.” Wood says she intentionally seeks out new hires who gravitate to the humanities, and she’s particularly interested in those who took time to pursue more than one discipline -- the more incongruous, the better. “When I see someone with a bizarre discipline or interest,” Wood says, “I know they’re passionate and interested and they want to keep learning.”

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Code Cracker Clinical Psychologist Alex Cohen’s pioneering research applies technology to the assessment of psychiatric patients. For individuals experiencing depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other psychiatric conditions, treatment can be a lengthy and frustrating process. Little is still fully understood about mental illness, and the method of assessing patients hasn’t changed much over the last several decades. Now, LSU Department of Psychology Associate Professor Alex Cohen is conducting pioneering research on the use of technology as a way to speed the assessment process and increase its accuracy. “We’ve used the same clinical reporting methods for decades – one-on-one interviews with patients - and they’re very subjective,” says Cohen. “We are working on automated and objective measures of natural behavior that would make patient assessment faster, cheaper and much more meaningful.” Assessing a psychiatric patient’s clinical state requires frequent and costly interviews with trained professionals and, historically, there have not been enough clinicians nationwide to monitor patients as often as they need it. Moreover, there is wide variation in the success rate in treating these patients. The methods clinicians use to observe symptoms are relatively poor at detecting very costly and unfortunate events such as suicide, homicide and relapse. Changes can occur in psychiatric patients very rapidly -- even a day or two after a patient has met with his or her treatment provider.



“Interviews aren’t going to get any more accurate for predicting unfortunate events like suicide, homicide and relapse, and the money available for monitoring patients is probably not going to increase any time soon,” says Cohen. “We really need innovative technology-based solutions.”

Alex Cohen Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

Cohen hopes to build a better system of analysis, one that relies on technology to record and compare language patterns in psychiatric patients as a way to assess their current conditions and determine their treatment paths. Cohen’s motivation for the project came from dissatisfaction about current practice and realizing that it was not going to improve dramatically using the same approach. “Interviews aren’t going to get any more accurate for predicting unfortunate events like suicide, homicide and relapse, and the money available for monitoring patients is probably not going to increase any time soon,” says Cohen. “We really need innovative technology-based solutions.” Observing aspects of natural speech, such as pause length, speech pace, coherence of speech, and key expressions is a telling tool for clinicians. But deciphering what it means is currently highly subjective. It’s also hard for clinicians to determine subtle changes in their patients’ speech patterns between office visits. By recording language and analyzing acoustical features and coherency, Cohen and his team are developing a system that will allow clinicians to more accurately assess what their patients’ language patterns mean. “Current approaches involve comparing patient’s behavior to the behavior of nonpatients.,” says Cohen. This is problematic for many reasons. We are using machine learning approaches to allow the patient to tell us what their normal is.” In 2014, Cohen was part of an international team awarded a three-year $1.3 million dollar grant by the Norway Research Council for the project. Collaborating with researchers from Norway and the U.S., Cohen and his team will be able to develop mobile applications to capture daily speech samples from patients. The goal is to implement a system that automatically tracks the clinical state of psychiatric patients. If a patient exhibits patterns that merit concern, clinical staff could be alerted. By the same token, if a patient is showing stable patterns, clinical staff can allocate their resources elsewhere. The research has the potential to predict relapse before it occurs, which could avoid many medical crises and suicide-attempts or suicides. “We see the technology as being able to connect patients to services in a much more proactive way,” he says. “We will be able to measure someone’s symptoms and intervene much more quickly.” Cohen’s research is conducted in the Affective Science and Psychology and Pathology Lab on the LSU campus with help from six graduate and 20 undergraduate research students. One of those students is Hannah Walsh, an LSU senior from Mandeville, Louisiana who is interested in the area of psychiatric abnormalities that lead to violence. Walsh appreciates that she’s participating in groundbreaking research in Cohen’s lab. “In acoustical and lexical analyses, there can be a lot biases from reviewers,” says Walsh. “The measures Dr. Cohen is using are making this process more objective. It’s exciting to be part of it.” Walsh also had the opportunity to attend the 2014 Society for Research in Psychopathology (SRP) conference at Northwestern University, where she presented the beginnings of her own research and networked with top professionals in the field, including University of Pennsylvania criminologist Adrian Raine, author of “The Anatomy of Violence, The Biological Roots of Crime.” “It gave me the chance to hear about ongoing research in the field,” says Walsh, who is now applying to graduate programs, including LSU. “I felt prepared. Dr. Cohen encourages us to look at issues at a broader level. He asks us really thought-provoking, open-ended questions that make us think about things differently.”

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Langley Pierre, Geaux Teach Graduate

GeauxTeach Ten years in, respected program trains and places highly qualified teachers in the humanities. Throughout the late twentieth century, a prevailing issue in secondary education across the country was the lack of training that some middle and high school teachers were receiving in their subject matter before they hit the classroom. It wasn’t uncommon for instructors to take on courses they knew little about. Education advocates argued that teachers needed to be equipped with not only classroom management skills, but with a thorough understanding of the very material they were presenting to students. Many states, including Louisiana, began requiring middle and high school teachers to earn degrees in the areas they planned to teach. Social studies teachers, for example, would have to major in history, and English teachers, in English. In response, LSU formed what has become a successful and respected teacher preparation program called GeauxTeach. Since its first participants graduated in 2005, the program has prepared budding teachers for success in the classroom while also ensuring they bring a high level of expertise to their instruction. “We have absolutely turned out some fabulous teachers,” says Thomas and Lillian Landrum Alumni Professor of History Karl A. Roider, who advised the GeauxTeach program for the history department from its inception until he retired in May 2014. In 1999, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) began requiring middle and high school teachers in Louisiana to graduate with degrees in the areas they planned to teach. Higher education institutions were free to develop their own programs to address this new requirement, recalls Roider. LSU established GeauxTeach programs for both the humanities and math and science with individual departments overseeing their students’ curricula. For more than 10 years, the College of Humanities & Social Sciences has offered the program in history, English and foreign languages (Spanish and French). It is coordinated by Nikki Bray Clark, PhD. GeauxTeach makes it possible for students to graduate in their chosen majors prepared to teach with no additional hours or coursework. Students fulfill the requirements of their majors and they use their junior and senior year elective hours for education courses and student teaching. Because of the reputation of the program, they often leave school with a job offer in hand. “It’s a really straightforward program that works well for our students and for the schools we place them in,” says Clark. “By the time to come to us, they’ve got a good idea about what they want to do with their lives. We have a high retention rate.” Within the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, students majoring in history, English, Spanish or French are eligible to participate. GeauxTeach takes place over the spring and fall semesters of their junior and senior years. Clark says that one of the most effective components of the program is that it places interested students in middle and high school classrooms right away – not as teachers yet, but as aides working with seasoned instructors. “Even though they’re just getting started in the classroom, they see what it’s like from the teacher’s perspective,” says Clark.



“There’s a lot of paperwork and a lot of classroom management, and this shows them the reality.” During each of the four semesters, the students are placed with a different veteran teacher in greater Baton Rouge. Their level of responsibility increases, and they spend their final semester exclusively student teaching, says Clark. Early in the program’s design, Roider studied established programs around the country, including a successful one at Colorado State University. He believed it was important to create an environment that allowed students to practice their presentation skills. The GeauxTeach education coursework requires students to develop numerous presentations. They’re not being lectured to, says Roider. Rather, they are developing their comfort level with public speaking. In addition, students are given plenty of time to debrief with their GeauxTeach professors as well as their fellow classmates about their on-the-ground experiences. “During their student teaching, we met frequently so they could share ‘war stories,’ which is exactly what they needed,” says Roider. “What was most interesting was the level of camaraderie they developed for each other.” Clark says that GeauxTeach has received recognition from the National Council of Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE). Moreover, its graduates have exceeded expectations in the classroom. Regional principals have become big supporters of GeauxTeach and frequently seek out its graduates. “We have a high retention rate. The majority of our teachers are staying with teaching and finding a lot of success as educators,” she says. “I get calls from principals all the time who want our students. Often I’ll place a teacher in a school and they’ll call back later and ask if we have any more.” With a decade of success behind it, the GeauxTeach program continues to evolve. The Department of English advisor for GeauxTeach, Associate Professor Susan Weinstein, brings a high level of understanding to the teen writing process and to the spoken word movement. She was recently awarded LSU’s Brij Mohan Distinguished Faculty Award for work related to social justice because of her ongoing work with Baton Rouge’s WordPlay Teen Writing Project. Assistant Professor of History Zevi Gutfreund was hired to take over for Roider in 2014. His scholarship is focused on immigration, the western United States as well as the history of education. Gutfreund completed his PhD at UCLA in 2013 and has researched the academic history of K-12 curricula and the manner it is taught in American schools. “Teachers should be passionate about their subjects,” says Gutfreund, who plans to expose students to top trends in the learning of history. “If you don’t know it, you can’t teach it.”

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Dean Stacia Haynie visits with a resident of St. James Place

The Nana Project Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic making a difference in the lives of older Louisianans one smile at a time. The LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences, or H&SS, is one of – if not – the most academically diverse colleges in the university. With degree programs in political science, English, history and many more, H&SS offers skills that can lead its students toward many career paths. The college provides its students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience. Such is the case with one of Baton Rouge’s most highly referred speech, language and hearing clinics, which acts as an intricate part of the Communication Sciences & Disorders, or COMD, department in H&SS. Located in the basement of Hatcher Hall, the Speech, Language, Hearing Clinic devotes itself to serving LSU and the Baton Rouge community through offering speech and language services and audiological services to those suffering from communication disorders. The clinic’s reach extends past its doors, allowing students to touch the lives of numerous small children and, most recently, the lives of the elderly. In the spring of 2014, the clinic introduced a beta version of its pilot program – dubbed the Nana Project – allowing its National Student Speech Language Hearing Association,



or NSSLHA, students an opportunity to work with residents at the St. James Retirement Community. This project is particularly special in the sense that it was developed with a family member in mind and, as a result, the program is in honor of her memory. Wendy Jumonville – the clinical services coordinator at the Speech, Language, Hearing Clinic – found herself facing a difficult decision. Her mother was in the onset of early dementia, and it appeared that the best choice for Mary Abshire, aka “Nana,” was to live in an environment where she could still be independent but with the assistance of professional caretakers. Nana became a resident of St. Clare Manor in the winter of 2013. It was during that time that Jumonville saw a need. She recognized that residents, not unlike Nana, could greatly benefit from additional social stimulation and conversation. “No matter how good the facility was, no matter how good the activity director was or how much my family visited, my mother still had a lot of downtime,” she said. Jumonville reached out to coworker Shannon Farho, Communication Sciences & Disorders instructor, and the two

devised a plan to not only get their students involved, but to help better the lives of residents like Nana. Unfortunately two weeks into the initial pilot program at St. Clare Manor, Nana passed away. “After my mother passed, Shannon and I had to regroup and discuss what the future of the program would be,” Jumonville said. “But in those two weeks, it [the project] made a difference – it brought smiles to my mom’s face and smiles to the faces of the residents there.” Almost a year later, the Nana Project now helps further enrich the lives of residents at St. James Retirement Community. According to Farho, St. James is a great fit; it’s close to LSU, making it an easy commute for the students, and St. James Life Enrichment Manager Cori Lanclos welcomed the clinic and its program with open arms. “This has really changed the lives of the residents,” said Lanclos. “My position as life enrichment manager is to make sure our residents live life well, and that involves touching their lives each and every day. By having these beautiful girls [students] come into St. James, it has allowed the lives of our residents to be enriched even more. They get to know the residents and bond with them, and it makes a difference. It’s really about the ‘in the moment’ by doing that really matters, by the touch and love. Those girls [students] bring a lot of love into St. James.” Abby Langlinais, Lauren Ortego and Aubrey Ellis are three of 11 COMD students volunteering their time this semester. Although they are gaining valuable academic experience while facilitating interactions with patients, it’s the appreciation, respect and relationships they’ve gained with the residents that appeals to them most. In fact, they all share the same sentiment that it’s the residents who touch their lives. Ellis, who has been a part of the project from the beginning,

recalled her time spent with Nana. They bonded over their family’s tradition of Cajun-French language while reading together and creating Christmas cards for Nana’s grandchildren. It was in those moments that Ellis felt refreshed and happy, knowing that she had contributed to Nana’s happiness. Langlinais and Ortego share similar experiences, where their focus is not on getting the residents to perform a certain task, but rather having an opportunity to enjoy their company while listening to stories. “These people can’t tell me what they did yesterday, but they can tell me about their siblings, their grandparents,” Ortego said. “They can tell me what they use to do day-to-day, playing in the yard or what their grandma use to cook every weekend. It’s my favorite part.” Each volunteer has an anecdote to share, and the majority of those stories are documented in the Nana Project journal. The entries provide a glimpse into the experiences each student has had while dedicating time to the program; some of that experience explains what they have learned about effectively communicating with those suffering from severe hearing loss or those with various forms of dementia and aphasia. “These students are not therapists – they’re communication partners. They’re visiting and connecting with residents to help brighten their days,” said Farho. Word of Jumonville and Farho’s program continues to spread and, while they continue to cultivate the Nana Project at St. James, they view the future of it as two-fold. “We would like to interact and touch the lives of more residents at St. James and have more student volunteers,” said Farho. “But we would also like to teach other universities how to take this model and implement it in their communities so that their students can gain experience and help other residents benefit.”

COMD students with residents of St. James Place

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Focus On: Students Kayli Alphonso: undergraduate student Kaylie Alphonso is currently a junior majoring in psychology. Psychology seemed to be the perfect fit for Alphonso due to her interest in human behavior. She recently presented her ASPIRE project at the 2014 Undergraduate Conference in October. The ASPIRE undergraduate research program is unique to the College of Humanities & Social Sciences at LSU. This program allows students to perform research under the guidance of mentors and present their work at a regional or national academic conference. This opportunity gives students the ability to apply the techniques and information they have studied in classes to real world situations. Alphonso learned about the program through H&SS College counselors, and she chose to work with Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. Julia Buckner to investigate the relationship between social anxiety, cannabisrelated impairment, and solitary use of cannabis. Undergraduate research has dramatically enhanced Alphonso’s academic experience at LSU. “These opportunities allowed me to learn more about research and helped me decide that I wanted to work towards a career in research.” After graduation, Alphonso plans to earn a Ph.D. from a social psychology graduate program.

Gabriella Burns: graduate student Gabriella Burns is a graduate student in the Communication Disorders Program (COMD), who is committed to a career in speech-language pathology. “I want to help those who need assistance getting their wants and needs met via communication,” she says. Burns dedicated herself to many different student activities and organizations such as taking on the role of Graduate Chapter President of the LSU National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA), participating in the Down Syndrome Awareness Group (DSAG) as a Buddy Walk volunteer, and so many more. Throughout the process of career decision making, the guidance of the COMD faculty was essential. “In my undergraduate program as well as graduate program, I was directed to a network of individuals and opportunities to help me decide where I wanted my Communications Disorders degree to take me.” After graduation, she plans to pursue a degree as a speech-language pathologist providing services to the pediatric populations with specific areas of interest in feeding and swallowing disorders, autism, early intervention, and traumatic brain injury.

Michael Cope: graduate student Michael Cope received his bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Utah and his master’s degree in sociology from Brigham Young University. Cope is a first generation college student who grew up in a blue collar family of butchers. Since obtaining his Ph.D. in sociology, Cope has worked with faculty members including Professor Matt Lee, Associate Professor Tim Slack and Professor and Associate Dean Troy Blanchard. Cope’s research has mainly focused on sociological impact of Hurricane Katrina. He is passionate about South Louisiana’s resilience and the way the region’s people relate to their environment.

Sarah Corie: undergraduate student Sarah Corie, a sophomore majoring in sociology, came to LSU with the dream of being able to help others and make a positive impact in Louisiana. “I chose sociology after exploring other majors and realizing that, in order to best serve society, I must first understand it,” says Corie. “Studying sociology enables me to grasp the various social problems and issues that need addressing.” Corie gives back to the university and community through volunteer work with Kitchens on the Geaux, a campus initiative that seeks to address food insecurity in Baton Rouge by repurposing excess food, and Louisiana Service and Leadership, an Honors College program designed to produce leaders who are ready to use their knowledge and experience to help change Louisiana. “I volunteer and organize service events because I believe I have a moral obligation to serve my community in whatever way that is needed and that I am able to,” add Corie. From learning the history of Louisiana to the problem in society, Corie’s time in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences as an undergraduate has helped expand her outlook on the world. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school and hopes to make a positive impact on society.



Tony Eckert: graduate student Anthony “Tony” Eckert received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from LSU in 2009 and his master’s degree in clinical psychology from LSU in 2013. During his time as an undergraduate he worked in the Laboratory for Anxiety, Phobia, and Internalizing Disorder Studies on a project investigating an exposure therapy for specific phobia. Through his research, he received national recognition with the 2014 Student Poster Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy’s Addictive Behaviors Special Interest Group. He also competed for a National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and has presented his research at numerous national and international conferences. Eckert now serves as laboratory coordinator for the Anxiety & Addictive Behaviors Lab, one of the specialty clinics housed with the Psychological Services Center on campus. The clinic is committed to the development and provision of state-of-the-art treatments and assessments for individuals suffering from anxietyrelated problems and problems associated with substance use. He is project coordinator for several studies under the guidance of lab director Dr. Julia Buckner, Associate Professor of Psychology. According to Buckner, his strong initiative, dependability, ability to work independently, organizational skills and tremendous commitment to the quality and care of clinical research have made him an invaluable asset to the clinic. “In my view, Eckert truly exemplifies the very best of the Louisiana State University graduate student body. His work as a graduate student is an inspiration to his fellow graduate students and he has risen as a leader among his peers,” says Buckner.

Aubrey Ellis: undergraduate student Aubrey Ellis, a senior currently majoring in Communication Disorders (COMD). Ellis’ mother is an audiologist, which exposed her to the field of COMD at an early age. In addition to her studies, she is involved in many student activities. Ellis first joined the (NSSLHA) National Student Speech Language Hearing Association and is now the current president of the undergraduate chapter at LSU. Through NSSLHA, she was able to land a job at the Emerge Center, former Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Foundation and was hired as an aid to the speech therapists in a group setting. She was also trained as an ABA therapist for children in need of behavioral therapy and volunteered in the COMD department’s therapy gym. “Through this volunteer experience I was able to observe the graduate students during therapy sessions in addition to helping set up various tools used during therapy,” says Ellis. Ellis exclaims her most rewarding experience has been through “The Nana Project,” which is a volunteer opportunity for students to gain experience with an adult population. Throughout all the experiences, Ellis has learned and observed various therapy methods, gained experience in working with both young and old, and has been able to try first hand practices. Ellis plans to attend graduate school to pursue a doctorate of audiology.

Garrett Hines: undergraduate student Garrett Hines is a junior majoring in Political Science. Hines continuously strives toward attaining high marks in his classes and in the Spring of 2014 he was awarded the Bertrand A. Odinet, Sr. Scholarship. The scholarship awards $1000 to the Political Science student who produces the best original essay on the topic: “What one investment could local government make that would significantly enhance and improve the community?” Hines’ essay focused on a way to make the City of Baton Rouge a better place to call home by investing in a light rail system as a strategy to alleviate traffic problems. Dr. Wayne Parent recommended that Hines apply for the scholarship and is one of the mentors who have influenced his passion for studying political science at LSU. Like many students who have come before him, Dr. Parent’s Louisiana Politics class is Hine’s favorite class at LSU. “Dr. Parent constantly pushes his students to think on a higher level, and has made me understand the true value of thinking outside and beyond the box, and I will be forever grateful for that.” Future plans for Hines include pursuing a masters in public administration and dedicating his skills to working in the non-profit sector in order to help better the lives of the disadvantaged.

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Focus On: Development On Board: Growing opportunities for students to study abroad Everyday, communities across the globe become more connected through technology, trade, philanthropy, scientific research and more. The world seems smaller than ever, yet reports tell us that American college graduates lack the language skills, international experience and understanding of different cultures necessary to succeed in the global economy. We believe it is essential that graduates from the LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences enter the job market appreciating the interconnectedness of international communities. One of the best ways we can prepare them is by increasing opportunities to study abroad. H&SS is already a hub for helping students acquire a global perspective. By their nature, humanities and social sciences curricula break down barriers and reveal the world’s great thinkers, leaders, events and challenges. The study of foreign languages is housed within H&SS, and we also host the Global Connections Residential College, a living-learning community for incoming freshman that offers courses and events with a global emphasis. Now, we hope to further this part of our College’s culture with an increased focus on study abroad programs. Currently, LSU students study abroad at a much lower rate than many of our SEC counterparts. Why? Our surveys show that one of the biggest obstacles students face is cost. Already, a few generous alumni and donors have acted and funded scholarships to help more students experience these life-changing programs. For example, Richard and Seola Edwards have generously provided numerous students with the opportunity to spend summers in the Ubaye Valley of France, living with French families and working in French businesses. Robert and Shirley Allen have funded a study abroad scholarship that will send one H&SS student annually to the study abroad program of his or her choice. Robert Allen’s appreciation for travel sparked his interest in establishing an endowed scholarship for students who otherwise might not be able to study abroad. “The state university needs to be able to have the next generation experience different things,” he said. “We should try to overcome any economic limitations for the opportunities the university can provide.” And Roger Sullivan and his family have funded a study abroad scholarship in honor of his daughter, Joy Louise Sullivan. We are constantly moved by the generosity of our alumni and friends and their desire to help H&SS students receive the richest and most rewarding experience that LSU has to offer. We hope you share our desire to prepare students for an increasingly connected world. Please consider contributing to or establishing a study abroad scholarship. If you were lucky enough to study abroad, please share your story with us. Stay in touch by emailing or calling 225.578.8273. Be sure to like us on LSUHSS and follow us on Twitter, @LSUHSS to stay informed on the latest from our college.



Study Abroad students at Dublin Castle

LSU students working on archeology field research

Study Abroad students at Stonehenge

“I support people in learning other languages. I believe that Americans need to go beyond English in order to compete in the global marketplace.”

Giving the World|Joy Louise Sullivan Scholarship

Every thought Roger Sullivan has about his late daughter, Joy, is colored by two things: the gift that she was to all who knew her, and that he lost her in a tragic car accident just before she was to attend LSU. From the moment they lost Joy, the family has tried to only let positive things be generated from the person she was and their memories of her. “She taught me more about how to live life than any teacher I ever had,” Roger said. “Time is measured in our lives by the date of her death. As bad as it has been losing her, we have never wanted her loss to be the last word. We remember ourselves and have hope that every person who knew her will always remember her, too.” Roger first fell in love with LSU as a Boy Scout, when his troop served as ushers in Tiger Stadium. A pastor by trade, he converted his wife (a Southeastern Louisiana University alumna) into a Tiger fan, and raised his three daughters in purple and gold. Their eldest daughter, Leslie, is now a doctor at LSU’s Student Health Center, and their second daughter, Ashley, is an LSU alumna. “So, when it came to Joy, there was no other place,” Roger explained, adding that Joy eagerly anticipated her turn to become a Tiger. “During most of my life, I tried to give to LSU occasionally, but being a pastor and not making much money, my primary concern was to educate my girls,” he said. “Anything I gave to LSU was small in comparison to most, but it felt good to give something back.” Roger shared that he was unable to help pay for Ashley’s LSU education as much as he would have liked, and he never had the opportunity to pay for Joy’s. As a result, he feels like he owes it to his daughters and his parents, who funded his schooling, to help others. The family is in the process of endowing the Joy Louise Sullivan Memorial Travel Abroad Scholarship in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. The award will help fund travel abroad for two students each year. Roger said, “Even though I may never have the opportunity to know any of the students who receive the help, they will know that the family of Joy Louise Sullivan cared.” He added that he hopes the recipients will gain the advantages of what seeing other parts of the world can bring “and, hopefully, they will be better people—better because Joy lived, and left her mark.”

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Department News Communication Studies Associate Professor Graham Bodie was selected to receive the 2014 Franklin H. Knower Outstanding Article Award for the Interpersonal Communication Division of NCA for his article, Explaining Variations in the Effects of Supportive Messages: A Dual-Process Framework, co-authored with Brant Burleson of Purdue University. Dr. Bodie was also invited to present a keynote address to the European Listening and Healthcare Conference scheduled for October 2014 in The Netherlands. Associate Professor Stephanie Houston Grey won top paper awards from the Southern States Communication Association in April 2014. The Freedom of Speech Division and the Rhetoric and Public Address Division also recognized her work. Professor James Honeycutt was designated senior managing co-editor of Imagination, Cognition, and Personality. He also co-edited two books, The Influence of Communication on Physiology and Health with Professor Shaughan Keaton, an LSU alumnus from Young Harris College and Diversity in Family Communication with LSU doctoral candidate, Laura Hatcher. Assistant Professor Bryan McCann received the Western States Communication Association’s B. Aubrey Fisher Outstanding Journal Article Award for his timely essay On Whose Ground? Racialized Violence and the Prerogative of ‘Self-Defense’ in the Trayvon Martin Case. Associate Professor Tracy Stephenson Shaffer’s A Critical History of the ‘Live’ Body in Performance within the National Communication Association is included in A Century of Communication Studies: The Unfinished Conversation, a special collection of essays commemorating the 100th anniversary of the National Communication Association.

English Associate Professor Steve Bickmore organized the inaugural LSU Young Adult Literature Conference & Seminar bringing in nationally known speakers and writers to address participants from across the country. Professor Femi Euba hosted a special conference on campus titled, Praise at Crossroads: Cultural Intersection in Literary and Dramatic Works, which explored transcultural connections of literary and artistic production connecting Africa, Europe, and the Americas. Playwright and Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka presented along with numerous distinguished speakers. Assistant Professor Benjamin Kahan is a Visiting Fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. The Centre is one the premier research and policy centers in the world, hosting such luminaries as Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton (2012), Nobel Laureate, Daniel Kahneman (2011), and numerous other scholars. He will be in residence until April 2015. Boyd Professor J. Gerald Kennedy co-edited The American Novel to 1870, Vol. 5 of The Oxford History of the Novel in English published by Oxford University Press in June 2014. Kennedy wrote Chapter Nine: America’s Europe: Irving, Poe, and the ‘Foreign Subject. This volume is the first updating of a multi-volume study of the novel in English published in the late 1930s.



Professor Mari Kornhauser received The Louisiana Women in Film and Television Iris Award for her work and contributions to women in the Louisiana film and television industry. Assistant Professor Isiah Lavender’s Black and Brown Planets: The Politics of Race in Science Fiction was published by University Press of Mississippi in October 2014. Professor Elisabeth Oliver received the American Council of Learned Societies Collaborative Fellowship to complete an edition of the Anglo-Saxon laws of Alfred the Great and his ancestor Iine. Instructor June Pulliam published Monstrous Bodies: Feminine Power in Young Adult Horror Fiction with McFarland Publishers in July 2014. Instructor Randolph Thomas received the Gerald Cable Poetry Award from Silverfish Review Press for a first collection of poems titled Dispensations: Stories by Randolph Thomas published in October 2014. Professor Jim Wilcox’s novel Modern Baptists was selected as the 2014 Louisiana Book Festival’s One Book, One Festival selection. Instructor Afton Wilky published Clarity Speaks of a Crystal Sea with Film Forum Press in March 2014. Professor Michelle Zerba delivered an invited lecture entitled Reflections on Skepticism in Homer’s Odyssey and the Poetry of C.P. Cavafy in July at the Institute for Critical Inquiry and the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany. Her book, Tragedy and Theory (1988), has recently been reissued as a paperback and an e-book by Princeton University Press in their Legacy Library.

Foreign Languages & Literatures Elena Castro, Associate Professor of Spanish, had the following book recently published Poesia lesbiana queer. Cuerpos y sujetos inadecuados. (Barcelona: Icaria, 2014). Dorota Heneghan, Associate Professor of Spanish, was awarded the 2014 Hispanex Research Grant by Spain’s Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sport for research on gender relations and nation in the works of Sofía Casanova. Jeremy King, Associate Professor of Spanish, has become co-executive editor, along with Professor Mary Jill Brody, Department of Geography & Anthropology, of The International Journal of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest. Rafael Orozco, Associate Professor of Spanish has been appointed as director of the LSU Interdepartmental Program in Linguistics. In this capacity he coordinates the efforts of faculty in seven H&SS departments who contribute to the linguistics minor. He edited the volume New Directions in Hispanic Linguistics published with Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2014.

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Associate Professor Gibril Cole’s book, The Krio of West Africa: Islam, Culture, Creolization, and Colonialism in the Nineteenth Century was published with Ohio University Press.

Professor Alexandre Leupin’s article Les deux mains de Catherine Millet, was chosen for publication in the Collector Edition of La vie sexuelle de Catherine M. (Le Seuil, Pairs, 2014), alongside a text by Mario Vargas Llosa (Nobel Prize 2010). Professor John Protevi delivered the Neibuhr Lecutre at Elmhurst College in April of 2014. He also gave a keynote lecture at Aarhus University (Denmark) Summer School in Cultural Analysis in June of 2014 and another keynote lecture at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis in April of 2014.

Geography & Anthropology Professor Craig Colten recently published Southern Waters: The Limits to Abundance, with LSU Press in November.

Fred C. Frey Professor Aaron Sheehan-Dean edited The Civil War, the Fourth Year of the Conflict Told by Those Who Lived It, February 1864-April 1865, published with the Library of America.

Professor Heather McKillop received NSF funding for a project where students and colleagues investigate submerged ancient Maya sites, with waterlogged and fragile finds scanned using 3D digital scanners from the LSU DIVA Lab (Digital Imaging and Visualization in Archaeology).

History Assistant Professor Stephen Andes had his novel The Vatican and Catholic Activism in Mexico and Chile: the Politics of Transnational Catholicism, 1920-1940 published with Oxford University Press.

Retired Boyd Professor William Cooper won the Jefferson Davis Prize offered by the Museum of the Confederacy for the best book in Southern history, We Have the War Upon Us (Norton). Boyd Professor William Cooper and Alumni Professor Karl Roider both retired in May 2014. Associate Professor Alecia Long was elected Vice President of the Louisiana Historical Association. Boyd Professor Suzanne Marchand delivered the presidential address of the German Studies Association in Kansas City, MO in October 2014.

Charles Phelps Manship Professor Andrew Burstein’s novel, Lincoln Dreamt he Died: the Midnight Visions of remarkable Americans From Colonial Times was published with Palgrave Macmillan.

Philosophy & Religious Studies Paula Arai, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, is presenting a lecture and an exhibition of paintings at the International Symposium for Contemplative Studies, sponsored by the Mind and Life Institute of Boston, Massachusetts. Jon Cogburn, Associate Professor of Philosophy, and LSU graduate student Mark Ohm have translated Tristan Garcia’s Form and Object. This translation was published by Edinburgh University Press this year.

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Charles Isbell, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, recently published his ninth book, How Jews and Christians Interpret Their Sacred Texts: A Study in Transvaluation (Resource Publications, 2014). François Raffoul, Professor of Philosophy, was one of the International Invited Speakers at an International Conference held at Aarhus University (Denmark) on the question of morality. Professor Raffoul also gave the Albert J. Fitzgibbons keynote lecture, entitled The Question of Ethics, at the 2014 Boston College Philosophy Annual Contemporary Philosophy Workshop.

Psychology Associate Professor Julia Buckner’s research on the relationship between anxiety and marijuana was featured in Newsweek. Associate Professor Alex Cohen received a grant to develop mobile apps to measure psychiatric symptoms as part of an internal coalition. He also gave a talk entitled Computerized Vocal Analysis for Understanding Psychiatric and Neurodegenerative Disorders as part of a Webinar for the National Institute of Mental Health in September of 2014. Associate Professor Thompson Davis III edited Handbook of Autism and Anxiety (Autism and Child Psychopathology Series) which was released in August of 2014. He is also involved in the renovation and expansion of the Psychological Services Center in Johnston Hall, where he serves as the director of the facility.

Sociology Assistant Professor Sarah Becker was selected for participation in the Center for Community Engagement, Leadership, and Learning’s 2014-2015 Community Engaged Research Scholar’s Program. Associate Professor Lori Martin published two books this year. Out of Bounds: Racism and the Black Athlete (Praeger), which addresses the continuing significance of race in America as evidenced in professional sports. She also published Trayvon Martin, Race, and American Justice: Writing Wrong (Senses Publishers) includes a collection of essays aimed at enhancing teaching and learning on race and ethnicity. Martin also received a service learning award, The Happy Award, which was established by CCELL to recognize faculty, staff, students and community partners who demonstrate dedicated excellence in service-learning practices.



Associate Professor Mark Schafer directed the LSU in The Warm Heart of Africa: Malawi summer study abroad program in the summer of 2014. Students participated in a four week program in which they completed a sociology course (Global Society) and an African and African-American studies course (Contemporary Africa). A partnership involving Professor Edward S. Shihadeh, Chair of Sociology, and the Louisiana Department of Corrections (DOC) received a $1.75 million dollar grant, in cooperation with the Louisiana Department of Corrections (DOC), to reduce mass incarceration in Louisiana. This is a threeyear project that will require a predictive algorithm, called GoalKeeper, to access the risk level and parole potential for each of the 40,000 offenders in DOC custody. This grant was referenced by Attorney General Eric Holder in a recent presentation at the Brennen Center for Justice. Professor Edward S. Shihadeh and Graduate Student Anthony Reed, in cooperation with LSU’s Office of Student Life, have completed the first phase of LSU’s Student Retention Project. Using their predictive algorithm, called GoalKeeper, they predicted LSU’s freshman-to-sophomore retention with a 99.5% accuracy, and contributed to LSU’s all time high of 1st-to-2nd year retention of 84.6%.

Historian Suzanne Marchand named Boyd Professor The LSU Board of Supervisors on Friday, May 9, unanimously voted to award a Boyd Professorship to LSU History Professor Suzanne Marchand, an internationally known and respected researcher in the field of German history. “Suzanne Marchand’s excellence as a scholar and an educator are well known both on campus and around the world. Faculty like her are a major part of what makes LSU so exceptional,” said LSU President & Chancellor F. King Alexander. “It is an honor to count Dr. Marchand as one of our faculty, and now as one of our elite Boyd Professors.” A designation as Boyd Professor is the LSU System’s highest and most prestigious academic rank, and is only awarded to faculty who have achieved national and international recognition for outstanding research, teaching or other creative achievements. “We send our deepest congratulations to Suzanne Marchand on this well-deserved distinction,” said LSU Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Stuart Bell. “Dr. Marchand is an internationally known and respected historian, but just as important, she is an appreciated teacher and mentor to our undergraduate and graduate students. Her career certainly warrants the honor of being an LSU Boyd Professor.” Gaines Foster, former dean of the LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences, in nominating Marchand noted that she is “recognized and respected for her intellectual achievements” in both the United States and Europe. “Suzanne Marchand is an extraordinary person, teacher and scholar,” Foster wrote in his nomination letter. “She has established herself as one of the premier German and European intellectual historians of her generation. That reputation will only grow with time.” Nominations for the Boyd Professorship are evaluated by the LSU System Boyd Professor Review Committee, which seeks confidential evaluations from distinguished scholars in the candidate’s field of expertise. Once endorsed by the review committee, the nomination is forward to the LSU system president and Board of Supervisors for approval. Faculty are not informed of their nomination until the Board votes to award the Boyd Professorship. Marchand received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkley in 1984, and a master’s degree in 1985 and a Ph.D. in 1992, both from the University of Chicago. She began her teaching career in 1991 as an instructor at the University of Chicago. She worked as an assistant professor and then associate professor at Princeton University, before coming to LSU in 1999. Among Marchand’s numerous awards and honors are being elected president of the German Studies Association; a summer fellowship at Max Planck Institut für Wissenschaftgechichte in Berlin, the only American historian of her generation chosen to hold that honor at the time; the Tiger Athletic Foundation Teaching Prize and an LSU Distinguished Research Master. Marchand is the 72nd Boyd Professor named in the LSU System, and the 47th from LSU A&M, to be awarded the coveted title since it was established in 1953 to honor brothers David and Thomas Boyd, early faculty members and presidents of LSU. She is the fourth woman to receive the honor, and the first female since 1997 named a Boyd Professor. With this appointment, there are now 20 active Boyd Professors across multiple campuses of the LSU System.

Suzanne Marchand, Boyd Professor

“Dr. Marchand is an internationally known and respected historian, but just as important, she is an appreciated teacher and mentor to our undergraduate and graduate students. Her career certainly warrants the honor of being an LSU Boyd Professor.”

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