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Dr. Robert Rudnicki, an associate professor of English, was an invited guest speaker at Auburn University on Friday, Jan. 23 in a live web cast symposium honoring the life and work of celebrated Southern writer Lewis Nordan. The group of invited guest speakers included major creative writers or essayists, such as Clyde Edgerton, John Dufresne (author of Louisiana Power and Light, set in Monroe), Hal Crowther and Lee Martin. Moderators included Faulkner scholar and Mississippi Quarterly editor Noel Polk and critic Bert Hitchcock. The event will become available on iTunes, and the proceedings will result in a university press collection of essays from Pebble Hill Books.
Donna Hood and Carol Owens, faculty members from the Division of Nursing, were recently selected to participate in a four-phase Health Information Technology Scholars (HITS) Program with Schools of Nursing from the University of Kansas, the University of Colorado – Denver and Indiana University, in partnership with the National League for Nursing. This project is supported by a five-year, $1.5 million grant provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Bureau of Health Professions in partnership with the Office of Health Information Technology. The HITS project is designed to develop, implement, disseminate and sustain a faculty development collaborative to integrate information technologies in nursing curriculum and expand the capacity of collegiate schools of nursing to educate students for the 21st Century. Hood is Lincoln General – Glenwood Endowed Professor and has been on the faculty for 16 years. Owens holds the Franciscan Sisters of St. Francis Medical Center Endowed Professorship in Nursing and has been on the faculty for 13 years.
The Rho Gamma Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society at Louisiana Tech, has been identified as one of the 10 most active chapters in the country. The national organization has extended an invitation to Rho Gamma to provide a special exhibit at the 2009 International Convention in Minneapolis, Minn. from March 25-28. The exhibit will offer strategies for other chapters on how to enrich their program and promote their own honor society.