A veteran political science professor from LSU Shreveport will receive the Humanist of the Year award from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities at an April 6 ceremony in Darrow, La. William "Bill" Pederson has taught at LSUS for 34 years and founded the International Lincoln Center for American Studies. It’s the only center of its kind that showcases President Abraham Lincoln’s legacy outside America. In the Lincoln tradition, Pederson showed humility about receiving the award.
Louisiana has a dismal track record in the number of college-bound students who fill out the free application for federal student aid or FAFSA. A Louisiana nonprofit aims to change that. Employees of the Louisiana Education Loan Authority or LELA have done dozens of FAFSA workshops at high schools across the state in recent weeks. LELA's assistant vice president of marketing, Joni Leggio, said the FAFSA priority deadline at many colleges is April 1, and now is the right time to complete the form.
Public institutions of higher learning in Louisiana have been facing many physical and financial challenges in recent years.
However, an innovation at the University of New Orleans attempts to attract and support highly qualified students whose fields of study will benefit both the institution and the city. Jack Hopke spoke about these initiatives with Adam Norris, UNO's Director of Public Relations.
There are a handful of 3-D printers in the Shreveport/Bossier area, and all are being put to different uses, according to the head of LSU Shreveport's animation and digital effects program. John Miralles purchased one several years ago through a grant. He said it’s enhancing the skill set of his students. The printer uses heated plastic in a layering process to turn his students’ computer designs into real objects.
"We’re doing creative projects with an engineering-grade technology," Miralles said, as he peered into the printer's viewing window that resembles a convection oven.
LSU Shreveport will host an open house on Feb. 7 to showcase its new degree offerings made possible through a partnership with the LSU flagship campus. It’s part of a plan to improve student enrollment and retention at LSUS, and provide more higher education offerings to Shreveport-Bossier.
Tulane University is reaching out to girls attending middle school with an opportunity to focus on science, technology, engineering and math. Organizers hope a one-day workshop will pique their interest in subjects that have historically attracted more boys than girls.
Southeastern Louisiana University historian Samuel Hyde Jr. discusses the history of the Ku Klux Klan in the Lower Mississippi Valley for an episode of the "Fatal Encounters" program on the Discovery Channel.
The program is set to air Feb. 10.
Hyde, the university's Leon C. Ford Endowed Chair of Regional Studies, is interviewed in the program titled "White Hot Rage."