Volume 1, Issue 6 July 27, 2018
A Weekly Look at News and Notes from the Louisiana Board of Regents
ULM professor receives prestigious La. state grant
July 26, 2018

As part of the Regents Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars (ATLAS) Program, a panel of out-of-state experts evaluated a grant proposal written by Dr. Jana Giles, University of Louisiana Monroe associate professor of English, and deemed it “excellent.” Based on the panel’s recommendation, the Board of Regents funded Giles’s project, allowing her a year-long sabbatical to complete her project. Giles’s grant of $38,057 was one of only eight awarded in the state.

“I’m so very grateful to the state of Louisiana and ULM for this investment in my research,” Giles said. “The generous time and resources provided will allow me to dedicate myself full time to finish my book.”

Making Makerspaces Work: A STEAM education collaboration at Louisiana Tech
July 24, 2018

The Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana, Louisiana Tech University College of Education SciTECH, Beta-Design Productions, and Benjamin Gramann are all partnering together a STEAM education workshop. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics
The Louisiana Systemic Initiatives Program (LaSIP) was established to improve mathematics and science education through a $10 million NSF grant combined with matching Support Fund dollars from the Board of Regents and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Is flushing water lines the best way to lower lead levels? LSU Health study says no
July 24, 2018
There’s been a lot of talk in New Orleans about how to protect children from lead exposure through old pipes, but it turns out the current recommendations for running water to flush out lead might not be the most effective way, according to a recent study by LSU’s New Orleans School of Public Health.

“While flushing taps according to prevailing guidelines (for 30 seconds to 2 minutes) may reduce water lead levels for some homes, over half the tested homes had peak water lead levels after that time, so these recommendations may inadvertently increase exposures,” said study leader Adrienne Katner, assistant research professor of environmental & occupational health sciences at LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health.

The research was supported in part by the Louisiana Board of Regents ’ New Research Pilot Funding Program, the National Science Foundation, LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health and the National Institutes of Health.

McNeese launches effort to raise $1M for education initiative
July 27, 2018

McNeese State University on Thursday announced the launch of its First Choice campaign in the presence of Gov. John Bel Edwards and Waste Management leaders, who donated $60,000 to the campaign.

First Choice is a three-year initiative to raise $1 million for “sustained growth and self-sufficiency,” said Daryl Burckel, university president. The idea is to make McNeese the area’s first choice for professors, students, employers and donors, Burckel said.

He noted the school was ranked among the “Best Regional Universities in the South” by U.S. News and World Report and that it offers celebrated engineering, business, education and agriculture programs.

By the numbers: LSU takes in most state student financial aid in Louisiana
July 26, 2018
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College received $28.6 million in state financial aid for its students during the 2015-16 academic year – the highest level of any Louisiana school – according to a  Watchdog.org  analysis of U.S. Department of Education data.

The Louisiana schools coming in second and third for top student aid were University of Louisiana at Lafayette ($13.4 million) and Louisiana Tech University ($7.9 million).

Louisiana State University received an average of $6,404 per student in state student aid.

AgCenter takes lead on stopping new nematode
July 26, 2018

The LSU AgCenter is in the vanguard of an attempt to contain and eradicate a significant plant pest that has been identified in Morehouse Parish.The guava root-knot nematode showed up in a shipment of seed potatoes from North Carolina, said AgCenter nematologist Charlie Overstreet.

Nematodes are microscopic worms, and the largest adult females are smaller than the head of a pin. They feed on plant roots, creating large galls that sap the strength from the plant. Although they are a problem in many crops, including soybeans and cotton, they’re particularly bad in sweet potatoes because the crop is the root itself.

LDCC partners with Chase to draw new employees
July 25, 2018

Louisiana Delta Community College partnered with JPMorgan Chase’s local office to host an informational session earlier this week as part of an effort to seek new employees for the private employer.

The session is open to anyone who desires to learn the skills necessary to prepare them to be a contending candidate for one of Chase’s open positions in the Mortgage Document Department.

“Louisiana Delta Community College has been a great partner in developing specialized training that will provide a more work-ready applicant for Chase’s Home Loan Center in Monroe,” Tania Hilburn, site leader for Chase in Monroe said. “The specialized training includes customer service skills as well as mortgage specific training. We are excited for the fall semester launch of the program.”

Delgado opening River City campus for fall semester
July 25, 2018
Delgado C ommunity College plans to open its newest campus in time for the fall semester. The college has set a ribbon-cutting date for Aug. 30 at the Delgado River City Site and Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Center, at Churchill Technology & Business Park in Avondale.

Planned courses for Fall 2018 include:
  • Aluminum welding
  • Industrial maintenance
  • Louisiana transfer degree (associate to baccalaureate)
  • Logistics
  • Millwright
  • OSHA 10
  • OSHA 20
  • Pipefitting
  • Process Instrumentation and Control (PIC)
  • Science lab technician
  • Shielded metal arc welding
  • Small industrial electrician

Unified Public Safety Administration program ranked best in nation; two other NSU programs in top 10
July 24, 2018
Northwestern State University ’s Bachelor of Science degree in Unified Public Safety Administration was named the best overall law enforcement program in the nation and the second most affordable by collegechoice.net.

The degree program in Unified Public Safety Administration prepares students for professional careers in fire and emergency medical service administration, law enforcement administration, emergency management administration and related public safety careers.

“We are proud and honored by this ranking,” said Unified Public Safety Administration Coordinator Jack Atherton. “Graduates of this program make significant contributions to the field of public safety in Louisiana and beyond.”

Beyonce's BeyGood Foundation gives Grambling student $25K
July 23, 2018

Beyonce’s BeyGood Foundation announced Monday that it has awarded a $25,000 scholarship to Grambling State University Mass Communication student, Cletus Emokpae.

“We’re very grateful to Beyoncé and the BeyGood foundation for their support,” said GSU President Rick Gallot. “Our team works hard to raise as many scholarship dollars and when HBCU supporters like Beyoncé get involved it makes those efforts even more impactful.”
Louisiana Tech student takes off trying to be the youngest to fly around the world
Louisiana Tech student takes off trying to be youngest to fly around the world
July 22, 2018

A Louisiana Tech student taking flight, trying to become the youngest person to fly solo around the world.17-year old Mason Andrews has been preparing for months and now the day is finally here.

For 40 days, the 17-year old will be flying across the globe, trying to break a Guinness World Record by being the youngest person to do so. "My landing in Paris is something I'm really excited about,” Mason said. “When I land there, I'll be the youngest pilot to have flown from America to Europe."

But breaking a world record isn't Mason's only goal. He's also raising money and awareness for Medcamps of Louisiana.
The Right Kind of Innovation
Higher education needs to change -- but the innovations must align with institutions’ missions and need not always be revolutionary, write Kate Ebner and Noah Pickus.

July 25, 2018

Of all the solutions that have regularly been offered to tackle the problems facing higher education today, perhaps no term is as popular as “innovation.” But what does it mean? Can it really make a difference, and if so, how?

As a prophylactic against faddishness, the first thing fellows in the academy learn is that innovation in higher education is not new. Today’s higher education landscape is an amalgam of the handcrafted model from the 18th century, the mass production model from the 19th century and the specialization model that gained prominence in the 20th century. In other words, to the contrary of much of today’s rhetoric, higher education has adapted significantly over the centuries.
Debt-free college? House Democrats introduce higher education bill

July 24, 2018

WASHINGTON - House Democrats this week are expected to unveil a sweeping plan to make college more affordable by reducing debt and simplifying financial aid. The Democrats' plan would also endeavor to boost graduation rates.

The proposal counters a Republican bill that aims to overhaul the law that dictates the federal government's role in higher education. The Higher Education Act, originally passed in 1965, is supposed to be renewed every five years but was last reauthorized a decade ago. The debate has been closely watched, with members of both parties agreeing that college costs impose an enormous burden on students and families. But with a polarized Congress, compromise has proved elusive.
Being 30 then and now
July 22, 2018

In the mid-to-late-20th century, the American economy and culture were ripe for 30-year-old men, who — more than European and Japanese — typically landed well-paid careers, bought homes, and supported large families. But since then, getting ahead has become much harder.

What's going on:  Today, 30-year-old millennials are more likely to be still living with their parents and, while earning about the same or less than boomers, are typically saddled with college debt.

One consequence:  Possible trouble for an older generation that will rely on them doing better.

Poll: Most Americans See Higher Ed Headed in Wrong Direction
July 27, 2018

A new survey of the U.S. public suggests continued problems regarding the image of higher education -- and negative perceptions are not limited to Republicans.

A solid majority of all adults (61 percent) believe that higher education is headed in the wrong direction, according to  a survey  by the Pew Research Center. But that view is much more likely to be held by Republicans or those who lean Republican than by Democrats or those who lean Democrat.

While both Republicans and Democrats express skepticism about higher education, they do so for different reasons -- Democrats are more concerned about tuition rates, and Republicans are more concerned about their perceptions of campus politics.