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Jerry Sanson to Sign Book on LSUA History Nov. 17

Released: 11/03/2010

Dr. Jerry Sanson will sign copies of his 144-page history of LSU Alexandria from 1-3 p.m. on Nov. 17 at the LSUA Bookstore. “LSU Alexandria: Celebrating 50 Years” will be on sale at the signing for $40.

Sanson, interim chairman of the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at LSUA, spent three years researching and writing the book. Some of the primary sources were Dudley Frickie, the school’s first registrar, and Fran Bolton Davis, whose father, James C. Bolton, was a pioneer supporter of establishing a branch of the state’s flagship university in Central Louisiana. Sanson also extracted an extensive amount of information from records of the LSU Board of Supervisors, LSUA Archives, The Alexandria Town Talk and Sentry, the campus student newspaper.

The hardcover book contains more than 125 photographs, most of which were selected by LSUA archivist Michelle Riggs. It was published by Donning Co. Publishers of Virginia Beach, Va. Proceeds from book sales support scholarships administered through the LSUA Foundation.

The book chronicles LSUA’s history – which is the second oldest in the LSU System outside Baton Rouge – in seven chapters. It also includes lists of the original 25 faculty members, chancellors and deans, and presidents of the Student Government Association since the university’s founding in 1960.

“One of the constant themes I discovered during the research process was that the state seemed almost embarrassed to provide higher education in Central Louisiana,” Sanson said. “What LSUA is today was accomplished in the face of incredible odds.”

Sanson, who earned master’s and doctorate degrees from LSU, has held two endowed professorships and is a winner of the Bolton Award for Teaching Excellence at LSUA. He is a member of the prestigious Company of Fellows of the Louisiana Historical Association and has written several books and chapters on state and local government, Louisiana’s military history, Louisiana governors, European imperialism, American civil rights, and the politics of government.

The book signing will be held in conjunction with the bookstore’s autumn open house, and light refreshments will be served.