IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: July 2014 Edition









July 2014


New Grambling State SGA

President travels to Germany

Erik Johnson is a rising senior and an Army ROTC cadet heading to Germany for a special experience.  Of thousands of cadets across the nation, Johnson is the only cadet from Grambling State University and the only one from Louisiana heading to the Cadet Troop Leader Training program in Vilsek, Germany, which is six hours from Switzerland and four hours from Austria.

Johnson, elected this spring as the 2014-2015 GSU Student Government Association president, will spend three to four weeks with infantry units and serve in a lieutenant-level leadership role with active-duty units. All his expenses will be paid by the military.

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Louisiana Tech hosts

out-of-state student

researchers for work in

cyber, nanosystems    


Student researchers from institutions such as Vanderbilt University, University of Pittsburgh and Missouri University of Science and Technology recently traveled to Louisiana Tech University to participate this year’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program.

The visiting students gathered at Louisiana Tech to work with faculty and scientists on cutting edge research in cyber engineering, materials science, and nanosystems engineering. Over the past four summers, Louisiana Tech has hosted over 130 undergraduate students from across the nation for three separate REU programs.

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McNeese State receives

$102,590 federal grant to

help lead innovation and 

economic development in

SW Louisiana

McNeese State University has received a $102,590 grant from the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce to help lead innovation and economic development in Southwest Louisiana.

The grant from the EDA University Center program funds the second year of a five-year grant awarded to McNeese in 2013. McNeese was one of 19 universities awarded the grant in a national competition to advance and strengthen regional economies.


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$100,000 donation benefits

Nicholls geomatics program

Nicholls State University’s geomatics program will benefit from a $100,000 donation from the Contractors Educational Trust Fund.  The donation will help Nicholls fund student scholarships, professorial endowments and workforce development opportunities.

“The members of the Contractors’ Trust clearly understand the heightened needs of higher education of this decade, and their support is a much appreciated example of a successful private-public partnership in higher education,” said Dr. John Doucet, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Northwestern State’s

elementary education

program ranks 4th in the


Northwestern State University’s undergraduate program in elementary education ranked fourth in the nation in a Teacher Prep Review conducted by the National Council on Teacher Quality. The Teacher Prep Review is an annual assessment of the nation’s teacher preparation programs. Northwestern State is featured among the top rated schools in the country in elementary education that also have low tuition. This is the first time NCTQ has provided a numeric rating for programs that prepare teachers.

Of the 1,612 programs ranked in the review, NCTQ conferred Top Ranked status to 26 elementary and 81 secondary programs, accounting for only 7 percent of all programs. Nearly two-thirds of the Top Ranked programs (68) are public. 

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Southeastern’s secondary

education program ranks

best in Louisiana

Southeastern Louisiana University’s program in secondary education was ranked among the best in the nation in a report issued on June 17 by the National Council on Teacher Education.

Southeastern’s program was ranked 28th in the nation among secondary education programs, the best ranking in the state in that category with the next highest Louisiana institution at 127. The university was among the few institutions the report recommends to aspiring teachers as top-rated schools with low tuition.

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UL Lafayette maintains ‘most

affordable’ status in


For the fourth consecutive year, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette has been named the most affordable four-year, public university in Louisiana.  In addition to leading Louisiana as the university with the lowest average net price to attend, it is among the top 10 percent of most affordable four-year public universities in the United States.

UL Lafayette’s annual net price to attend was $5,891, with 86 percent of its students receiving grant aid. The national average net price to attend a four-year public university was $11,582.

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ULM’s third annual

President’s Academy hosts

51 high ability high school

students from Louisiana,

Mississippi, and Arkansas

ULM’s President’s Academy partners with regional employers to give the students real-world experiences in their chosen career path. Career paths include law, computer science, health science, and physical science.

This year, the academy teamed with CenturyLink, Angus Chemical Company, a subsidiary of Dow Chemical Company, University Health Conway, St. Francis Medical Center, Monroe Surgical Hospital, P&S Surgical Hospital, the Ouachita Council on Aging, and Escamilla and Poneck, LLC.

On campus, students were given full-scale college-style course lessons and lectures, with laboratory experiences to accompany what they learned in the classroom.

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UNO Designated National

Center of Academic

Excellence in Cyber

Operations by NSA

The University of New Orleans has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Operations by the National Security Agency for a period of five years. UNO is the first university in Louisiana to achieve the designation.

The CAE-Cyber Operations designation is reserved for a deeply technical, interdisciplinary, higher education program firmly grounded in the computer science, computer engineering or electrical engineering disciplines with extensive opportunities for hands-on applications. The program is in support of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, and furthers the goal to broaden the pool of skilled workers capable of a cyber-secure nation.

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The University of Louisiana System is the largest higher education system in Louisiana enrolling about 90,000 students at Grambling State University, Louisiana Tech University, McNeese State University, Nicholls State University, Northwestern State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and the University of New Orleans.