Louisiana College Campus Highlights

September 17th, 2010

Louisiana College faculty news briefs:


Dr. Michael Shepherd, Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, has completed his third book, The Twelve Prophets in the New Testament. The book will be published by Peter Lang Publishing and will be available this winter.


Dr. Mingchu Gao, Associate Professor of Mathematics, recently published a research paper entitled, “On Maximal Injective Sub-Algebras” in the journal: Proceedings of American Mathematics Society, volume 138.


Dr. Keith Callis, Chair of the Division of Humanities and Professor of English wrote an essay on The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy.  The essay will appear in two parts in The Hardy Review, XII.i and XII.ii, Spring and Fall 2010. The Hardy Review is the flagship journal for scholars of Thomas Hardy, a major Victorian poet and novelist. The journal is edited by Rosemarie Morgan, a research fellow at Yale, and published in London by Maney Publications. The essay is titled, “American Turns in The Return of the Native.”


Mr. Andrew Hunter, Director of the Wildcat Marching Band and Instructor of Music, was recently elected to the Louisiana Music Educators Association Board of Directors as the state’s University Division Representative.


Dr. David Sharp, Professor of Nursing, has served as co-chair of the workgroup on the competency based training within the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) since 2009. In that role he edited and co-authored a position paper and practice standards that were consistent with the APNA standards relative to seclusion and restraint use and addressed special population/setting needs. This material has been used by Dr. Sharp and his team to develop a training program for psychiatric nurses who deal with the seclusion and restraint of psychiatric patients. The materials consist of a PowerPoint presentation, a study guide and an assessment schedule. This on-line competency based training program will launch at the APNA annual conference in Kentucky in October 2010.


 In June, 20 Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) students participated in a Red Cross Disaster Service Overview, emphasizing the role of nurses during disasters. The four hour course, instructed by Central Louisiana Red Cross Chief Executive Officer, Leann Murphy, covered the history of the organization, mission, fundamental principals, scales and levels of disasters, how the organization manages disaster efforts, management of an emergency shelter and the services of Red Cross nurses.


Louisiana College nursing instructor Kathy Baldridge arranged the courses with the Red Cross for her Public Health Nursing class. Baldridge is a leadership volunteer with the Central Louisiana Red Cross, as is Dr. Kimberly Sharp, Dean of the Louisiana College School of Nursing and Professor of Nursing and her husband, Dr. David Sharp, International Coordinator of Nursing and Professor of Nursing. The Dr.’s Sharp also serve as co-chairs of the Red Cross Disaster Medical Health Services.


Dr. Henry Robertson, Chair of the Division of History and Political Science and Associate Professor of History at Louisiana College, recently had a book review published in The Journal of Southern History Vol. 76 August 2010. Robertson examined a new encyclopedia on Louisiana Governors titled, Louisiana Governors: Rulers, Rascals, and Reformers by Walter Cowan and Jack McGuire and published by the University of Mississippi Press.