(November 8, 2013) Dr. Toby Osburn, associate vice president for university services at McNeese State University, has been presented the 2013 Dr. Dan Seymour Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Louisiana Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators.
LACUSPA, a comprehensive organization made up of Louisiana higher education student personnel administrators of both public and private institutions, presents this annual award to one of its members who has made outstanding and exceptional contributions to the organization. Since 2005, Osburn has served as president of LACUSPA, as well as president-elect, conference chair and a four-year public institution representative.
Four McNeese students are among 33 students from Louisiana higher education institutions to receive a grant from the third annual Supervised Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program competition sponsored by the Louisiana Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research under the auspices of the National Science Foundation and the Louisiana Board of Regents. Students - and their faculty mentors - are: Anita Rahman, Dr. Omar Christian; Keisha Christian, Dr. Christos Douvris; Lindsey Arabie, Dr. Justin Hoffman; and Allison Fusilier, Dr. Kathy Jackson. SURE grant recipients receive a stipend of up to $4,000 to conduct research under the supervision of faculty mentors, who in turn receive a supplemental grant of $500.
Dr. Justin Hoffman, assistant professor of biology at McNeese, has co-authored an article titled "Predictors of Regional Establishment Success and Spread of Introduced Non-indigenous Vertebrates" published in a recent issue of Global Ecology and Biogeography.
A poster - titled "A Comparison of Pre-race Behaviors of Thoroughbred Race Horses on Finish Order and Finish Type" and co-authored by three McNeese agricultural sciences students and an assistant professor of animal sciences - was accepted in the Undergraduate Student Poster Competition at the recent joint national meeting of the American Dairy Science Association and the American Society of Animal Science at Indianapolis, Ind. Attending the competition were Abby McDuff, Iowa, Jacqueline Gregory, Lamar, Mo., Kobyn Williams, Haughton, and Dr. Edward Ferguson.
Dr. Mark Wygoda, professor of zoology and head of the department of biology and health sciences at McNeese, and Dr. Connie Kersten, assistant professor of biological science at McNeese, co-authored an article titled "Effects of Water Vapor Density on Cutaneous Resistance to Evaporative Water Loss and Body Temperature in Green Tree Frogs (Hyla cinerea)" recently published in the journal Physiological and Biochemical Zoology.
Jenny Barrow, clinical assistant professor of nursing at McNeese, has authored an article titled "Promoting Health-behavior Changes in Patients" that will be published in the November edition of American Nurse Today, the journal for the American Nurses Association.
Veronica D. Woodard, assistant professor of nursing at McNeese, has received her doctorate in education from Duplichain University. Her dissertation is titled "The Influence of Faculty Mentoring on Culturally Diverse Baccalaureate Nursing Students in a Predominantly White Institution: A Qualitative Study."
The McNeese Clinical Laboratory Scientist student organization has elected officers and they are: Cody Hanchey, DeRidder, president; Lauren Brown, Ragley, vice president; Misty Guidry, Jennings, secretary; Darlin Gregory, Sulphur, fundraising; Danielle Wright, Kinder, photographer; Kevin Marcantel, Oberlin, senator.
Two members of the McNeese chapter of Phi Kappa Phi-the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines-were named as recipients of a Love of Learning award worth $500. The awards were given to 147 Phi Kappa Phi members nationwide. The McNeese students receiving the awards are Maria Dupré, Orange, Texas, and Kristen Veazey, Lake Charles. The Phi Kappa Phi Love of Learning Award program was initiated to help fund graduate or professional studies, doctoral dissertations, continuing education, career development and travel related to teaching and studies for active members. Both are recent McNeese graduates.