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LSU Health Shreveport’s Allergy/Immunology Fellowship Program shines nationally

The following is from Biz. Magazine

The Allergy/Immunology Fellowship Program at LSU Health Shreveport recently participated in the Fellows-in-Training Bowl Competition at the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology in Houston, Texas, Nov. 7-11.

Out of 80 total programs who attended, 34 participated in the Fellows-in-Training Bowl Competition. Two Fellows, Dr. Kim Jackson and Dr. Rashmi D’Mello, who reached the final round and placed second overall, represented the LSUHS Allergy/Immunology Fellowship Program.

This is the third time the LSUHS A/I program was among the top three nationally in the competition.

During the scientific program, A/I Fellows Dr. Kim Jackson, Dr. Rashmi D’Mello and Dr. Tom Fowler had three poster presentations, and Dr. Sami Bahna, Chief of the Allergy/Immunology Section, chaired a session titled, “Clinical Conundrum: Recurrent Infections with Normal Immunoglobulins.”

In the national American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology In-Training-Examination earlier this year, LSU Health Shreveport’s four Allergy/Immunology Fellows ranked in the 89th to 98th percentile. The program’s Fellows attained the 100th percentile on three previous occasions.

Lagniappe Ladies award 14 campus grants

The Lagniappe Ladies, the women’s philanthropic network of the Louisiana Tech Foundation, will make the holiday season a little brighter for 14 units across the University by awarding them grants to help with strategic projects.  

More than $50,000 will be distributed to academic and administrative units at Tech in the coming year. The Lagniappe Ladies’ grant process began earlier in 2019, when students, faculty, and staff submitted a total of 39 proposals to the organization.

“The 14 projects the Lagniappe Ladies chose to fund are incredibly diverse,” said Dr. Johnette Magner, Executive Director for External Relations for the Tech Foundation. “We saw proposals designed to increase collaboration and promote outreach, help with student success initiatives and create more pleasant learning spaces on campus. The evaluation committee was so pleased with the caliber of submissions this year.”

Each year, the Lagniappe Ladies review grant proposals from members of the campus community. Grants are limited to $5,000 each, and the number of awards is based on both proposal quality and available funding for the year. Since its inception in 2009, Lagniappe Ladies has awarded 142 grants totaling over $560,000.

“As a supporter of Lagniappe Ladies from the early years of its founding, it has been incredibly gratifying to be a part of this network, awarding grants to such worthy organizations that are doing great work to advance the university’s mission and student experience,” said member Melanie Hudson. “I look forward to continuing  this positive journey with the Lagniappe Ladies.”

As the Lagniappe Ladies celebrate the organization’s 10th anniversary, Emily Becker Kabbes, Director of Development, said she’s pleased with the impact the group has had the opportunity to make.

“About 50 active members who are both local and across the country invest annually to have a voice in funding exciting projects that impact every corner of campus,” Kabbes said. “These grants will positively affect Louisiana Tech in areas where we have smaller needs that are still tied to the University’s strategic goals. In this year’s case, Lagniappe Ladies members are able to see a return 50 times greater than each original investment because of the power of pooled resources.”

This year’s grant recipients are:

  • Student Admissions Recruiters – Purchase a large portable speaker that can be used to communicate with large groups of parents and students on Preview days
  • Lady Techster Soccer Team – Provide for field enhancements including banners on fences
  • Lady Techster Softball Team – Purchase a new softball pitching machine
  • Early Childhood Education Center – Update and remodel outdoor learning space
  • Nutrition & Dietetics Program – Update nutrition education tools
  • Division of Nursing – Purchase a customized mobile booth to use for wellness outreach program across campus
  • School of Agricultural Sciences and Forestry – Replace roofs on the original Tech Farm Salesroom and the Garden Shed
  • A.E. Phillips Laboratory School – Purchase science lab supplies
  • Institute on Blindness (PDRIB) – Purchase a VP SPOTDOT embosser that produces print and braille simultaneously
  • College of Education – Provide funding for Call Me Mister program
  • Clinical Residency & Recruitment Center – Secure study materials for Praxis tests and provide scholarships
  • Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Department – Train 160 teachers in mental health first aid
  • Chemistry Program – Provide for beautification of Carson-Taylor Hall
  • University Communications – Purchase a subscription to GatherContent, a software tool created to allow collaborative work across the University for content in both web and print marketing pieces

The Lagniappe Ladies and their philanthropy will be honored and 2019 recipients will be recognized at a Dec. 2 event on the Louisiana Tech campus.


The BPCC Foundation established two new endowed scholarships with the receipt of a generous donor gift. The WoodmenLife Chapter 54 of Louisiana donated $60,000 to the BPCC Foundation to establish the WoodmenLife Chapter 54 of Louisiana Endowed Scholarship in Allied Health and the WoodmenLife Chapter 54 of Louisiana Endowed Scholarship in Business. Both scholarships will support students at Bossier Parish Community College in the Division of Science, Nursing, and Allied Health and the Division of Business.

With the generosity of these gifts, the BPCC Foundation plans to request matching funds from the State of Louisiana Board of Regents Support Fund in the spring of 2020 and permanently endow the new scholarships. The Board of Regents Support Fund was established in 1986 pursuant to an amendment to the Louisiana Constitution to maintain a source of state dollars for higher education grant opportunities for 2- and 4-year colleges in Louisiana.

Bossier Parish Community College and the WoodmenLife Chapter 54 of Louisiana are excited to begin this partnership to benefit BPCC students for many years to come. On hand to present the gift to BPCC Chancellor Rick Bateman were Mrs. Elizabeth Jordan, Secretary, and Mr. Ted Hayes, Trustee, of the local chapter.

The WoodmenLife Chapter 54 of Louisiana is one of nearly 1,300 locally chartered units nationwide who are members of WoodmenLife Insurance Company, a not-for-profit insurance company. Through community-focused, family-oriented chapters, members aspire to achieve fraternal ideals through social, civic, charitable, educational, patriotic, and voluntary service activities.

Bossier Schools Make the Grade and Move the Needle

State report cards are out for 2018-19 and Bossier Parish is making the grade. The district received an ‘A’ for student growth from the Louisiana Department of Education, three schools improved their letter grades, 17 received the distinction as Top Gains schools or Equity Honorees, and Bossier Schools’ Early Childhood Network earned top marks for preparing
our youngest learners for kindergarten.

“I am incredibly proud of the gains seen in nearly every category, which is attributable to our teachers’ love for their profession,” said Bossier Schools Superintendent Mitch Downey. “By offering them innovative professional development opportunities, our educators are on fire and eager to inject that excitement into their classrooms. It only makes sense. When teachers feel energized and elevated, their enthusiasm is contagious, and that impacts not only student engagement and achievement, but leads to a positive change in school culture.”

Bossier Schools improved in a number of performance areas. Though its ‘B’ letter grade remained the same, the overall district performance score improved and Bossier earned an ‘A’ for student growth. Students who graduated from high school in four years increased significantly to 85.7-percent and LEAP results propelled Bossier Parish to lead the northern region in district math scores.

Three schools’ remarkable gains thrust them in the spotlight. Benton Elementary, Bossier High and Greenacres Middle Schools moved up to a ‘B’ letter grade. Schools earning an ‘A’ in the growth index and attaining Top Gains distinction are: Airline, Benton, Haughton and Parkway High Schools; Benton Middle; and Apollo, Benton, Haughton, Kingston, Legacy, Plantation Park, Stockwell Place and W.T. Lewis Elementary Schools. Four elementary schools received Equity Honoree status for scoring in the 90th percentile among special subgroup populations. They are: Kingston, Legacy, Stockwell Place and W.T. Lewis.

Performance profiles for early childhood education were also released and 100-percent of Bossier Schools’ pre-kindergarten classrooms rated proficient, with 81-percent being deemed highly proficient. Bossier Early Childhood Community Network, which includes partner sites that collaborate with Bossier Schools, saw dramatic improvement. The
number of sites earning a proficient or highly proficient rating jumped 19-percent to reflect 94-percent of all four-year-olds being served in the network as attending high-quality sites. Those sites include public school, Head Start and licensed child care centers. Three were also included on the Early Childhood Education Honor Roll. First Friends Learning Center, All About Kids and Bossier Office of Community Services Early Head Start were cited for demonstrating high performance for Louisiana’s youngest learners.

2020 Louisiana Entertainment Summit Registration

The 3rd Annual Louisiana Entertainment Summit will provide opportunities to engage with entertainment industry professionals, local businesses, content creators, national, regional and local allies. The Summit is also a great venue for all sectors of the Entertainment industry to network and build relationships that will further grow jobs for Louisiana residents. Current and potential infrastructure investments that promote and encourage the education and employment of Louisiana residents will be showcased along with an introductory overview of the Entertainment Development Fund. Indigenous independent projects, their success and the continued increases production will line up with the plethora of film production in Louisiana.
Early Registration: $50 Ends January 15
Registration: $75 Ends February 11
L’Auberge Casino Hotel
777 L’Auberge Ave
Baton Rouge, LA 70820
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Register here.

LSUS Continuing Education & Public Service offers programs for professional development in November

LSUS Continuing Education & Public Service always aims to provide quality continuing education, lifelong learning, and public service programs. For November 14 – November 21 we will be offering a full slate of programs for adults seeking to expand their knowledge base or add to their professional development. Such as Gallup creating a culture of engagement, Property and Casualty, and QuickBooks Online Cash Flow Management tool.

Creating a Culture of Engagement w. Employees and Clients will start Thursday November 14th at 8:30 AM ending at 4:30 PM. The objective is to make students understand and explore workplace engagement for employees and clients (and parishioners) and how to create and manage engaged teams and an engaged workplace (or congregational) culture. This is a one-day course. The regular course price is $119.00, but if students register by 11/8 they only pay $99.00

Our Property and Casualty Insurance class will begin Friday November 15th from 8:00 AM until 6:00 PM. Most people need this curriculum to pass the comprehensive and challenging Louisiana State Examination. This insurance Pre-licensing course will explore the general principles of insurance and the specifics of Property and Casualty Insurance—orLife, Health, and Accident Insurance. This class meets every Friday and Saturday from 11/15 – 11/23. The regular course fee is $309.00, but if students register by 11/9 they only pay $289.00.

QuicksBooks Online will start Thursday November 21st from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM. This course incudes an introduction to basic features in QuickBooks® Online and how to apply the best practice bookkeeping principles. This courses objective is to teach students how to efficiently use QuickBooks® Online to manage daily bookkeeping tasks and develop an understanding of how the data is entered, processed and reviewed. This is a one day course. The regular course price is $169.00, but if they register by 11/15 they only pay $149.00.

The LSUS office of Continuing Education invites anyone in the Shreveport-Bossier area to consider our course offerings for their professional development and leisure recreation. Interested individuals can enroll in these courses by registering online at or by contacting Cheryl Irvin at 318.798.4177.

Bossier Schools celebrate anniversaries and Haughton Student accomplishment

Bossier Schools has big celebrations and a few events this week.

Thursday, October 24 

Apollo 50th Celebration 

Apollo Elementary, 2400 Viking Drive:

4:15 p.m. Doors Open 

4:30 p.m. Pre-festivities and entertainment

5:00 p.m. Ceremony 

Fifty has never looked so good! Apollo’s 50th birthday celebration is today. Pre-festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. and the official ceremony is at 5:00 p.m. An invitation is attached. 

Thursday, October 24 

Pages and Pages for PPE 

Plantation Park Elementary, 2410 Plantation Drive

3:30 p.m. 

Our media partners will be interested in “Pages and Pages for Plantation Park Elementary.” Haughton student Hannah Addison organized a book drive to benefit PPE and will donate more than 700 new and gently used tomes tomorrow to principal Tonya Hilburn. She will use the books for the PPE Prize Patrol as they conduct home visits based off of positive referrals. We love that our students are learning the love of philanthropy!  

Friday, October 25 

Greenacres Middle School’s 60th Anniversary 

Greenacres Middle School, 2220 Airline Drive 

1:15-2:45 p.m. 

Greenacres Middle School will celebrate 60 years of Mustang Pride and is inviting everyone to be there. A reception will be held, starting at 1:15 p.m. in the library, followed by an anniversary celebration at 1:45 p.m. 

NSU honors 2019 Hall of Distinguished Educators inductees

Hall of Distinguished Educators:

Northwestern State University’s School of Education honored several outstanding alumni for their contributions to the field of education with induction into the Hall of Distinguished Educators. This year’s class included, from left, Outstanding Young Professional Lacy Blocker, Dr. Derwood Duke, Theresa Hamilton, Dr. Ben Barron, Barbara Moham and Coach Mike McConathy.  They were congratulated by Dr. Kimberly McAlister, dean of the Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development.  The induction took place in conjunction with an annual NSU Homecoming reunion and reception.    

Congressman Mike Johnson’s staff to host Grant Seminar

The office of Congressman Mike Johnson invites you to attend a Grant Seminar hosted by his staff.*  The Seminar will be held Tuesday, October 29th at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The seminar will address many of the questions our office receives from elected officials and municipalities about grants and grant resources.

Some of the state and federal agencies who will have representatives present are:

  • FEMA
  • Delta Regional Authority
  • USDA Rural Development
  • Department of Transportation
  • LA Dept of Economic Development officials will speak about Opportunity Zones in the state as well as other available state economic development grants
  • The Coordinating and Development Corporation will share how they can help in facilitating grant applications.

The Staff of Congressman Johnson will be available to answer any questions regarding our office’s role in your grant application.

Please see attached flyer for more information.  They hope you will “Save the Date” and plan to join them for this very informative event! If you have any questions, please give their office a call.