Kedrick Nicholas, associate dean of students at
McNeese State University, has been elected as the 2018-2019 president of the
Louisiana Association of College and University Student Personnel
Administrators at its recent conference. He is the eighth McNeese student
affairs staff member since 1978 to serve as president of LACUSPA, which
isan organization dedicated to servicing higher education professionals,
students and associates in Louisiana.Nicholas has served as a LACUSPA
board member for the past three years.
The McNeese CARE
Mentorship Program was recognized as the 2018 Program of the Year at the
LACUSPA conference. CARE (Connect, Accelerate, Retain and
Engage) is an outreach program designed to connect at-risk students with the
resources and opportunities offered by the university to help them succeed.
Students are paired with faculty, staff and student leaders who serve as
mentors to provide support and encouragement. Over 70 students have benefited
from the program that began in 2017.
Dr. Chris Thomas, interim
vice president for student affairs at McNeese,presented an educational
session titled "Emotional Support: A Different Kind of Animal”at the
LACUSPA annual conference. Thomas shared his expertise and research on the
evolution of emotional support animals in society and how it is impacting
The McNeese student team of Torrey Byrd, management, Bossier City, Jacob
Eccles, general studies, Lake Charles, and Brian Flanagan, general business administration, Dublin, Ireland, captured
McNeese’s Hult Prize competition for their innovative idea of a youth-driven
bike delivery service utilizing information and communications technology
within densely populated areas. This service promotes bikes as a cheaper
transport alternative for deliveries and offers more job opportunities for
team will now travel to Chicago - one of 15 regional sites – to compete against
university teams from around the world next March for a chance to move on to
the finals and win $1 million in September 2019.
Two radiologic sciences faculty members where elected officers in
the LouisianaSociety of Radiologic Technologists. Allison Puente, clinical assistant professor, was elected as first
vice president while Sara Jessup, clinical
assistant professor, was elected as second vice president.
Greg Bradley, head of the radiologic and medical
laboratory science department and program director of radiologic sciences, was elected as the
second vice chairman of the LouisianaState Radiologic Technology Board of
Examiners, which oversees the licensing provisions for all radiologic
Nurses Association officers received two awards at the recent Louisiana
Association of Student Nurses convention - the Most School Spirit award and
Highest Increase in Membership award among the Louisiana schools attending the
convention. Officers include: president, Kristin
Sharp; vice president, Taylor
Robbins; secretary, Luke LeBouef;
treasurer, Macy Fazio; recruiter, Caitlin Fuselier; senator, Shelbi Monceaux; parliamentarian, Meeyana Richard; and faculty advisers, Katrina Carter, assistant professor of
nursing, and Sara Logan, student services coordinator.
was also elected to the 2018-2019 LASN Board of Directors.
Dr. Henry B. Sirgo, professor of political science
at McNeese, chaired the "Early 19th Century” panel of the Great Legislators/Legislation
International Conference/11th Triennial Deep South Conference at
Louisiana State University – Shreveport.
Sirgo also chaired the "Perception and
Treatment in the Public Arena” panel of
the 98th annual meeting of the Southwestern Social Science
Association held in Orlando, Florida, where he also presented a paper titled
"Human Rights and Intergovernmental Relations in the United States: A Louisiana
Dr. Twila Sterling-Guillory, associate professor of nursing at McNeese, and two nursing
graduate students, Lauryn Leslie and
Angela Fontenot, presented papers at
theLouisiana Association of Nursing Practitioners Conference in New
The title of the Sterling-Guillory and Leslie paper
was "The Impact of Active Video Games on Childhood Obesity,” while the title of
the Sterling-Guillory and Fontenot paper was "Aromatherapy Effects on Pain in
Patients With Cancer.”