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Released: 02/11/1999

<p> Dr. Dee A. Slavant, director of student services, recently completed her doctorate of vocational education from LSU. Dr. Slavant received her master&acute;s of education from LSU. </p><p> Becky Gruener, RN, MSN, associate professor of nursing, has been selected to serve on a reaffirmation committee for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). As a member of the committee, Ms. Gruener will evaluate and consult with the selected university concerning a comprehensive self-study and its efforts to achieve its stated purpose. Committee members will dedicate their expertise and energy to the conduct of a thorough analysis of the institution in order to render the best professional judgment on ways it might enhance its programs. </p><p> Dr. Jerry Sanson, professor of history and political science, recently made two presentations. He delivered a paper entitled "Anti-Longism and the Rhetoric of Dissent: The 1940 Louisiana Campaigns" at the Seventeenth Gulf South History and Humanities Conference held in Hammond. He also spoke on "World War I and the Emergence of Modern America" at the symposium "The Great War" held in the Bolton Library. </p><p> Furthermore, Dr. Sanson recently wrote a historical book titled "Louisiana During World War II" which studies the politics, economic development, education, agriculture and society in Louisiana from 1939 to 1945. The book will be published by LSU Press in July. </p><p> Rosemary Robertson-Smith, director of the LSUA Children&acute;s Center, coordinated an Early Childhood (0-3) Resource Roundtable, as part of the Louisiana Early Childhood Association&acute;s Annual Conference, in Lafayette. Ms. Robertson-Smith also made presentations during the regular conference program on "Steps to Success." This program was launched in June 1998, by Senator John Breaux, Senator Mary Landrieu, and Governor Mike Foster. Ms. Robertson-Smith presented the Louisiana Early Childhood Association&acute;s "Friend of Children" Award to Senator Landrieu after her keynote address at the opening session of the conference. </p><p> Dr. Anna C. Burns, director of the LSUA Library and Learning Resources, was a featured speaker at the recent ribbon-cutting for the renovations of Chicot State Park. The program honored the veterans of the CCC, especially those men who originally built Chicot State Park as one of Franklin D. Roosevelt&acute;s conservation projects. She also taped a number of interviews with CCC veterans for the Office of State Parks and LSUA&acute;s Oral History collection. </p><p> Dr. Burns also recently wrote a book titled "Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral: a History of Faith, Sacrifice, and Vision." The historic book follows the cathedral from its first opening in 1834 to the recent renovation and rededication in 1996, including its relocation in 1895, the elevation to Cathedral of Diocese, the hardships during the Great Depression and the church&acute;s role in World War II. </p><p> Dr. Russell E. Dabbs, assistant professor of economics, was announced as the winner of the Distinguished Paper Award in Economics at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Economics and Finance held in Montgomery, AL. The paper entitled "A Structural Monetary Model Under De Facto Federal Funds Rate Targeting," was a unanimous selection of the Distinguished Paper Award Committee. </p>