History major recognized for her work

Anna Heaven Smith, a senior history major at LSU Alexandria, earned 2nd place in the undergraduate division of the W. Darrell Overdyke Student Awards Competition in North Louisiana History for 2013. Her paper, “Bonnie and Clyde: A Personal and Criminal History,” was written in the fall semester for History 4901 Independent Study research class directed by Dr. Jerry Sanson. The Overdyke Awards were established in memory of Dr. W. Darrell Overdyke, former professor of history at Centenary College, through the generosity of the late Mrs. Overdyke and her brother, Mr. E. Laurence Walker, of Shreveport. The annual competition is conducted by the North Louisiana Historical Association. Ms. Smith, a Jonesville resident, will receive her award at the association’s Annual Spring Luncheon in Shreveport on Saturday, April 20. Her manuscript will also be published in the association’s journal, North Louisiana History.

Campus to celebrate environment with tree planting

LSU Alexandria will commemorate Earth Day on Monday, April 22, with the planting of a tree. The event will begin at noon and will occur near the intersection of Grady Britt Street and Jerry Myrick Street on LSU Alexandria’s campus. Following brief remarks, a donated tree will be planted in the recently reclaimed green space. Bob’s Tree Preservation will donate and plant the tree. LSUA has been designated a Tree Campus USA university by the Arbor Day Foundation for its work in planting and preserving trees. The campus typically celebrates Louisiana Arbor Day annually on the third Friday in January, but this year’s activities were postponed.

RN-BSN and ASN students to participate in health fairs

Nursing students in the RN-BSN and ASN programs at LSU Alexandria will put their training into action in the coming week as they conduct two community health fairs. The first event will be on Sunday, April 21 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Zion Hill Baptist Church in Pineville. The second event will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 at the Bolton Avenue Community Center in Alexandria. That health fair is being done in collaboration with the City of Alexandria’s Safe Alex program. Both events are open to the public and will feature screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar. Participants should fast prior to those screenings. Educational information on health-related issues will also be available. For information on the health fairs, contact Cathy Cormier at ccormier@lsua.edu.

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