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Louisiana State University at Alexandria’s golf course is getting an upgrade. This week, yardage signs began going in on all nine holes of the course.

The signs were donated with funds made available by the LSUA Alumni and Friends Association.

Each sign shows a drawing of the hole layout, the hole number, par, and the yardage for both women and men.

LSUA Golf Course Manager Jamie Trotter says that the new signs are a great addition to the course. “We’re very excited about it. It will be a help to all the golfers and especially the newer ones,” said Trotter. Trotter also expressed his appreciation to the AFA for their support.

Currently, about half of the signs are already in place and Trotter believes the rest of the signs will be up by the end of the weekend.

Robert Harper, LSUA’s new Director of Theatre and Empty Space Players, has announced ESP’s 2013-2014 season, dedicated to the memory of longtime theatre director and community leader, Richard Gwartney.

This musical season will include a production of The Fantasticks, the longest running musical in history, and close with Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Also included in the season will be two Open Mic Nights, one for Halloween and one for Valentine’s Day.

The 2013-2014 Empty Space Players season is dedicated to Richard Gwartney, our friend and colleague, who passed away in 2011. Richard was a theatrical and artistic fixture in central Louisiana for over twenty years. It is with fondness and gratitude that we highlight his contributions to theatre at LSUA during the entire season.

Love, adventure, and magic are in the air as The Fantasticks takes the stage at LSUA’s Black Box Theatre. The musical allegory, with book and lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt, tells of a young couple falling in love and their meddling fathers, all guided by the mysterious bandit El Gallo. Memorable songs from the musical include Try to Remember, Soon It’s Gonna Rain, and They Were You. The Fantasticks will open on Thursday, November 14, 2013, and run through Sunday, November 24.

Winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, is Broadway's greatest farce and one of the funniest musicals ever written. Forum seamlessly combines situations from the timeless comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the fast-paced, slapstick energy of classic vaudeville to create a non-stop entertainment extravaganza. Noted musical numbers include Comedy Tonight, You’re Lovely, and Everybody Ought to Have a Maid. Forum will open April 3, 2014, and run through April 13.

Ticket prices for the two musicals are $10 – General admission; $5 – Students and Seniors. All productions are presented at the LSUA Black Box Theatre in the new MPAC Building in the rear of campus.

The Halloween Open Mic Night rises from the grave on Friday, October 25, 2013 at 7:00 pm. Empty Space Players invites all to bring their scariest, spookiest, creepiest, and most blood-curdling story, song, poem, monologue, mime, etc., and share them with us. We ask that the offerings are kept under 15 minutes. Come in costume if you like and help us get into the Halloween spirit. This event is free and open to students and the community. It promises to be a night of spine-tingling delight!

Tired of the same old run-of-the-mill Valentine’s Day date? Join us for the Valentine’s Open Mic Night on Friday, February 14, 2014, at 7:00 pm, for an evening idyllic and creative. Following the format from Halloween, and free and open to all, we ask you to bring your best material with a romantic theme and inspire us. And there should still be time afterwards for that candlelit dinner!

In response to the Board of Supervisors’ approval, Louisiana State University at Alexandria employees will receive a salary adjustment for the first time in four years.

This is a merit adjustment and will be based on performance and work. The one-time salary adjustment for LSUA employees will average 4% and will go into effect January 1, 2014. Continuation of this adjustment will depend on availability of funds based on enrollment goals being met this fall and spring. The adjustments are being self-funded by each campus through cost-cutting and other efficiencies implemented over the past few years.

The pay adjustments for classified employees must first be approved by the Louisiana Civil Service Commission. A proposal for approval will be submitted next week.

This is the first pay adjustment since 2008, it was announced at today's Board of Supervisors meeting, and the adjustments are system-wide with each campus determining the timeline, details, and amount of the pay adjustments.

"It is crucial that we do everything we can to address faculty and staff pay adjustments within our current budget limitations," said Interim Chancellor Paul Coreil. "We are very grateful for the support provided by the LSU Board of Supervisors and President Alexander to make this one-time adjustment become a reality."

Louisiana State University at Alexandria is proud to announce a new Interim Chair for the Department of Business Administration. Dr. Haywood Joiner will assume this new position within the department on August 1, 2013. With this move, LSUA will be able to put into place a structure that will allow the Department of Business Administration to grow both on campus and within Central Louisiana. Dr. Joiner is well known throughout central Louisiana. Dr. Joiner currently serves as Chair, Department of Allied Health, but also serves on numerous boards in the community. Dr. Joiner is Past Board Chair, Central Louisiana Area Health Education Committee; Past Board President, Arna Bontemps African American Museum; Past President, CENLA Kiwanis Club; Member, Rotary Club of Alexandria; Board Member and Past Education Division Chair, Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce; Commissioner, Rapides Parish Housing Authority; Commissioner, Rapides Parish Civil Service Commission; and Board Member, Rapides Regional Medical Center. This change in leadership will allow Dr. Robert Bush, former Business Administration Department chair, to focus more on his position as the Alumni and Friends Endowed Chair in Business. As the endowed chair, Dr. Bush will provide the central Louisiana region with a stronger educational program in business and contribute to the growing local and state economy by providing additional expertise. Dr. Bush will also work toward increasing the number of internships available for LSUA students, work within the department to provide assistance to local businesses and develop research and publication initiatives. LSUA is pleased to welcome Dr. Joiner in his new leadership role and support Dr. Bush in his new endeavors.

Students who want to accelerate their college experience can begin taking fast-track courses this fall at the Learning Center for Rapides Parish. The four- and eight-week courses will be offered by LSU Alexandria.

The courses will be offered in a blended format, meaning students will meet for class weekly but will also continue their learning experience in an online environment. LSU Alexandria has offered accelerated courses in a similar format during the summer, but this is the first time the institution has offered them during a regular semester.

“We recognize that there are students who want to attend college but have other obligations that prevent them from attending on a typical semester schedule,” said Dr. Barbara Hatfield, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at LSU Alexandria. “We also understand how valuable a college education truly is. This blended format will make postsecondary education more achievable by making it accessible to more students.”

“The Learning Center is excited to have the opportunity to host these courses,” said Heather Poole, executive director of the facility. “The goals of the facility include providing enhanced access to postsecondary education in central Louisiana and meeting the needs of the region’s workforce. I believe offering courses in this blended format will be beneficial, not only to the students but to LSUA and the Learning Center.”

This fall, LSUA will offer eight-week classes and four-week classes at the Learning Center. The courses are all general education classes. The four-week classes include Intro to Fine Arts, Intro to Business, Public Speaking, and Western Civilization I. The four eight-week classes are College Algebra, General Statistics, English Composition, and English Composition II.

Eight-week classes will meet on Mondays at the Learning Center. The four-week classes will meet on Tuesdays.

To participate, students must first be accepted for admission to LSUA. For information on applying for admission, call 318-445-3672 or 318-473-6417 or visit #