Archive for February, 2007

Work by Dr. Rosanne Osborne will appear in three publications

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

Dr. Rosanne Osborne, Hixson Professor of English, has collaborated with poet Debra Dean, Indiana University writer-in-residence, on an interview with poet Colette Inez. The interview will appear in the spring 2007 issue of Tar River Poetry, published by East Carolina University. In addition, Osborne’s review of Suzanne Marrs’ Eudora Welty will appear in the spring 2007 issue of The Alabama Review, published by Auburn University.

Osborne has also completed three manuscripts scheduled to appear in Missions Mosaic, the adult magazine for Women’s Missionary Union, SBC. She has written daily devotionals for the March 2007 issue and a Bible Study, “Seeing the Ram in the Thicket” for the April 2007 issue. “Passionate Daring,” a study of three historic missionaries, will be featured in the August 2007 issue.

LC Debate Team Participates in debate tournament at ULM

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

LC Sophomore Ethan Boothe won the Varsity Championship at the R.E. Bicker Debate Tournament February 3-4 hosted by the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Boothe is in his second year of debate competition but this is his first varsity championship.  The Harrisonburg pre-med student went 4-2 in the preliminaries.  In the octa-final round, he won a 3-0 decision over Mississippi College senior Chase Porter which advanced him to the quarterfinal against 2nd seed Brian Rauls of the University of Arkansas at Monticello which he won 3-0.

The semi-final round paired Boothe with Sean Hightower of Stephen F. Austin State University. A 2-1 victory moved the LC debater to the Championship round where he defeated the Number One seed, Chris Halley.  Again, Boothe won a 3-0 decision to seal the championship.

Boothe was just one of the three LC debaters who scored well.  Allison Steed, Pearl River sophomore, came through the prelims with a 4-2 record.  In the octo-final round she defeated Dan Eldredge of SFA on a 2-1 decision.  She lost the quarterfinal competition 2-1 to Hightower of SFA giving her a tie for Third Place in the Varsity Division.

Datha Bustard, an Alexandria senior, went 4-2 to gain the octo-final round where she lost a 2-1 decision to Ivey Kelly of Henderson State (AR) University.

Kris Lee, a Shreveport sophomore participating in his second tournament, went 3-3 in the preliminary rounds but did not have high enough speaker points to advance while Jeffery Boydstun, a Dry Prong sophomore, gained only a 2-4 preliminary record.

The next outing for the LC Debate Squad will be February 9-11 at the LSU Mardi Gras Tournament in Baton Rouge.

LC Receives Clean Bill of Health from SACS

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

Louisiana College has received a “clean bill of health” from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges. The SACS commission met in December of 2006 to review Louisiana College’s Third Monitoring Report on governance and first monitoring report following the fifth year follow-up report. On both items the commission recommended that no additional report was needed.

After Louisiana College was placed on probation from SACS in December of 2004 Louisiana College was given three recommendations to work on, which included necessary input from faculty, staff and the LC Board of Trustees. Louisiana College was removed from probation in December of 2005. The original recommendations were:

  1. Demonstrate that the governing Board is free from undue influence from political, religious, or other external bodies, and that it protects the institution from such influence. An institution cannot operate responsibly when other entities control its operations or activities.
  2. Provide evidence that there is a clear and appropriate distinction in writing and practice between the policy-making functions of the governing Board and the responsibility of the administration and faculty to administer and to implement policy.
  3. Demonstrate that adequate procedures are in place and have been put into practice that safeguard and protect academic freedom.

Since December of 2004, LC has implemented new policies or modified current policies and procedures to put the school in compliance with all SACS recommendations. The December 2006 decision by the Commission on Colleges fully approved a modified academic freedom policy, as well as other new policies and their implementation.

“In my opinion, one of the greatest implications of the approval of the academic freedom policy and its implementation is that it refutes the lawsuit by four faculty members who claim the institution violated their academic freedom,” said Dr. Joe Aguillard, President of Louisiana College. “This decision will end any doubt that Louisiana College is not operating in full compliance with SACS requirements,” explained Dr. Aguillard.

Louisiana College has held uninterrupted membership in SACS since 1923, the only other two institutions of higher education, in the state of Louisiana, who have held a longer membership, is Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and Tulane University in New Orleans.