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As a leader in healthcare-related education for almost 90 years, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University has a legacy of excellent educators.  Continuing in this tradition are the following faculty who have received national and regional recognition for teaching and research excellence.


Susan Steele-Moses, Dean, School of Health Professions, is serving on the editorial board of the AFCU Journal.


Dr. Cathy Denison-Robert, MBA, facilitated a workshop, “Success in Business and the Workplace: Enhancing Your In-Demand Skills” on May 31, 2017, at Our Lady of the Lake College, A Franciscan University. A light lunch was sponsored by Pinnacle Home Health and Hospice.

The workshop focused on various in-demand skills and attributes needed to be successful in business and in the workplace. Some key skills included professionalism, communication, time management, servant leadership, decision making, teamwork, and others.

Hands-on, interactive business exercises were included to help each participant to improve and grow, personally, and in the workplace. Participants were from the community, from Our Lady of the Lake College, and from Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.

In the photo, the Success Workshop Facilitators and Team Leaders are as follows, from left to right:  Mr. Jody Robert, M.Div., Community Liaison and Chaplain from Pinnacle Home Health and Hospice, Cathy Denison-Robert, PhD, MBA, Workshop Facilitator and Assistant Professor, Dr. Leigh Ann Johnston, Workshop Team Leader and Assistant Professor, and Mr. Tom Bell, Workshop Team Leader and Community Participant. 


Dr. Cathy Denison-Robert, Ph.D., MBA, was accepted to present two national presentations at the International Accreditation Council for Business Education’s (IACBE) Annual Conference and Assembly Meeting in San Francisco, California, from April 18-21, 2017.  She presented both a concurrent session and a poster presentation. 

Her concurrent session, Developing and Implementing Marketing and Business Project-Based, Service-Learning Courses provided participants with the “Nuts and Bolts” for developing and implementing a Marketing and Business Project-Based Learning course while incorporating Service-Learning.  Both success stories and difficulties were presented from projects representing 12 Marketing and Healthcare Marketing Service-Learning projects from nine different non-profit organizations and two small businesses. Work with non-profit organizations impacted by the Great Flood of 2016 was showcased.

Dr. Denison-Robert’s poster presentation at IACBE was entitled Creating a Winning Edge - Small Business Success Stories and Applying Lessons Learned from the Business Field to Business Administration, Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship Classrooms.


A book chapter, Centralized and Decentralized Approaches to Managing e-Learning, co-authored by Meridith Zepp Bergeron, M.Ed. and  Sarah C. Fornero, M.A.  is in press for “Leading and Managing e-Learning: What the e-Learning Leader Needs to Know.”  Ms. Bergeron is the Director of Educational Technology at Our Lady of the Lake College, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States, and a Doctoral Candidate in Educational Technology at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States.  Her co-author is the Associate Vice President of Educational Design and Innovation at Adler University, Chicago, Illinois, United States, and a Doctoral Candicate in Educational Technology at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States.  The book is edited by Anthony A. Piña, Victoria L. Walker, and Bruce R. Harris and provides insights and expertise from more than 50 instructional technology leaders and professionals from over 30 different institutions across the country. While faculty, instructional designers and others can benefit from the information in this book, it has been designed primarily to assist the educational leader or manager who does not come from a background of formal training in educational technology, instructional design or distance education. 


Rhoda Reddix, PhD, Associate Professor, Director of Service Learning presented a podium presentation at the 2017 Gulf South Summit on Service-Learning Conference entitled:  Caring for the Medically Underserved:  Pre-Clinical Physician Assistant Students Gain an Awareness of Social Determinants of Health that Impact Access to Healthcare for Indigent Populations Through Service-Learning Experiences.  Co-Authors included: Sarah Deyo, MMS, PA-C, Program Director Physician Assistant Program; Corey Hall, Primary Care Collaborative Clinic, and Michele Broome, Volunteer Health Corps.


Mrs. Rebecca C. Simoneaux, M.A., R.T.(R), Assistant Professor was promoted on January 4, 2017 to the Interim Clinical Coordinator position for the Radiologic Technology Program. Congratulations, Rebecca.


Nicole St. Germain, MSRS, RT(R), Interim Program Director, Radiologic Technology, graduated from Northwestern State University of Louisiana on December 16, 2016  with a Master of Science degree in Radiologic Sciences. Subsequent to her graduation, Mrs. St. Germain was promoted to the Interim Program Director position on January 4, 2017. Congratulations, Nicole!


Dr. Cathy L. Denison-Robert, PhD, MBA,  Assistant Professor, presented an interactive workshop at the Gulf South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement through Higher Education on March 23, 2017 entitled Developing and Implementing Marketing Service-Learning Projects that address Health Disparities, Foster Equity, and Serve Those Most in Need.  The main goal of the presentation was to provide the “Nuts and Bolts” to develop and implement Marketing, Business, and Health Administration service-learning courses and projects with emphasis on assisting non-profit organizations who are working to eliminate health disparities, foster justice, treat the underprivileged, and are recovering from a major flood disaster.  The complete program is available at:http://www.gulfsouthsummit.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Gulf_South_Summit__17-Program.pdf 


Cathy L. Denison-Robert, PhD, MBA,  Assistant Professor presented a podium presentation at the Louisiana Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference on March 24, 2017 entitled Incorporating core values in courses through Service-Learning and Problem Based Learning Pedagogies.   


Seven faculty from the School of Health Professions were accepted to present their work at the University's Research and Scholarship Showcase on April 20, 2017.  Their presentations include:

Albert N. Swafford, Jr. PhD, Associate Professor, Research Director, Physician Assistant Program : Darrow- Yannet Box Plots Overestimate Total Body Water as a Percentage of Body Weight in Individuals with a Body Mass Index Greater than 25kg/ m^2 Kathryn Fakier, MS, RDN, CSO, LDN, Instructor, Assistant Director, Nutritional Sciences Program: Implementation of a Malnutrition Documentation Program at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center Rebecca Simoneaux, M.Ed., R.T.(R), Assistant Professor, Clinical Coordinator, Radiologic Technology Program: Interdisciplinary Collaboration among Human and Veterinary Medicine to Improve Health care Delivery Outcomes Deborah Fox, PhD, MT(ASCP), Associate Professor, Director, Medical Laboratory Science Program:  Investigation of “Value Added” by Service Learning and Vocation in the Clinical Laboratory Science Education Course Nicole St. Germain, MSRS, RT(R), Instructor, Director, Radiologic Technology Program:  Simulation as an Educational Method Sarah Goncalves, BS, R.T. (R)(N), CNMT, Instructor, Radiologic Technology Program: Interdisciplinary Collaboration among Human and Veterinary Medicine to Improve Health care Delivery Outcomes   Rhoda A. Reddix, PhD, Associate Professor, Physician Assistant Program; Director of Service Learning: Computer-Assisted Content Analysis of Student Responses to Service-Learning Reflection Questions Using Nvivo 10 and MS Excel Software


Mr. Quincy T. Futrell, MPH, BS, RRT, Instructor in the Respiratory Therapy Program graduated with his Master of Public Health degree on March 11, 2017 from Capella University.


School of Nursing Faculty LaTonya S. Dorsey, MN, RN, CNE, Assistant Professor, BSN Program Coordinator, Phyllis Pedersen, DNP, CRNA, Dean, School of Nursing, Valerie Schluter, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, Associate Dean of Academic Support and Bronwyn Doyle, PhD, RN, CNE, Assistant Professor, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Nursing  (back row) were selected to present at the 2017 Research and Scholarship Showcase.

Their presentations include:

Activity Breaks: Impact on Physical Activity Levels of Adolescents with Intellectual Disabilities (Dorsey) and Improving First Time NCLEX Pass Rates in a BSN Program (Doyle, Pedersen, and Schluter).


Kathryn Fakier, MS, RDN, CSO, LDN, Assistant Director of the Nutritional Sciences Program spoke at the Louisiana Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Conference and Training (LAND AC&T) on March 7, 2017.   Her presentation was entitled Making Policy our Passion: State and Federal Nutrition Efforts.   In addition, Mrs. Fakier presented a poster entitled Implementation of a Malnutrition Documentation Program.  Mrs. Fakier is serving in her second year of a three year term on the LAND board as the state policy representative.  Congratulations, Mrs. Fakier.


Nicole St. Germain, MSRS, RT(R), Program Director of the Radiologic Technology Program presented a podium presentation entitled: Don’t Snap That! E-Professionalism as a Student on March 18, 2017 at the Louisiana Society of Radiologic Technologists Mid-Winter Conference in Alexandria, Louisiana.


Sarah Goncalves, BS, RT(R)(N), CNMT, Faculty of the Radiologic Technology Program presented a podium presentation entitled: Specialty Certifications and Education on March 18, 2017 at the Louisiana Society of Radiologic Technologists Mid-Winter Conference in Alexandria, Louisiana.


Angus Woodward, Associate Professor and Director of College Writing Programs' essay, entitled “A Long Day’s Journey into the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning,” has been published in Impact, an online publication sponsored by Boston University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning. 


D. Cole Pourciau, DNP, CRNA, Nurse Anesthesia Program Simulation Director, co-authored a study entitled the: "Effect of increased body mass index on complication rates during laryngotracheal surgery utilizing jet ventilation", which will be published in the Journal of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.  The study is a retrospective chart review of laryngotracheal surgical patients over a 5 year time period.  The aim of the study was to determine if there were any statistically significant differences in outcomes for those patients with a BMI less than 30 kg/m2 compared to patients with a BMI greater than 30 kg/m2 where jet ventilation was used as the method of ventilation.  Results supported that there were no statistically significant differences in outcomes for the obese patient population when jet ventilation is used.


Terri A. Talbot, MHSA, MT(ASCP), former faculty in the Clinical Lab Sciences program, was listed as a reviewer in the most recent edition of the Clinical Immunology and Serology:  A Laboratory Perspective (4th edition) textbook.  Terri recently retired from the College, but continues to work with our students in the Simulated Environment Teaching Hospital as the SETH coordinator on a part-time basis. https://www.amazon.com/Clinical-Immunology-Serology-Laboratory-Perspective/dp/0803644663#reader_B01M20WKGN


Christine Cook, PT, MS, Assistant Professor for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program, will host a breakfast round-table on the topic of “Vocation of Healthcare Students: Strong to Stronger” on March 25, 2017 at the CIC Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVue) conference in Charlotte North Carolina.


Mr. Quincy Futrell, BS, RRT, Instructor in the Respiratory Therapy program was named as the Chapter president for Region 6 with the Louisiana Society for Respiratory Care.  Region 6 contains the parishes of Point Coupee, Iberville, Ascension, East Baton Rouge, Washington, Livingston, West Baton Rouge, St. Helena, East Feliciana, and Tangipahoa.


Mr. Tim Cordes, MHS, RRT-NPS, Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education in the Respiratory Therapy Program has been named as a Board Member at Large to the Louisiana Society for Respiratory Care and was appointed to the Respiratory Care Advisory Committee for the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners.  Mr. Cordes’ positions will begin in the spring of 2017.


Mrs. Kathryn Fakier, MS, RDN, CSO, LDN, Instructor and Assistant Program Director for the MSNS program recently published an article to remind all of us to cook smart during the Thanksgiving Holiday.  You can read more about these helpful hints at:

http://blog.ololrmc.com/3-rule...


Dr. Marty Aime was selected as the Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators (LACUE) Region II Post-Secondary Teacher for his use of computer technology in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program classroom.  Dr. Aime will be recognized at the annual LACUE Conference Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, December 8, 2015 at 8 a.m for his contribution. Dr. Aime was nominated by Mrs. Meridith Bergeron, Director of Educational Technology at Our Lady of the Lake College, A Franciscan University.


Rachel M. Fournet, PhD, RDN, LDN, presented her work entitled A University-Wide Health Initiative Contest: Cajun Fitness Challenge at the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) in Boston, MA. on October 17, 2016.  The Program paired students with a team leader from either the dietetic or kinesiology programs, who provided motivation, education, and counseling. Students decreased their BMI an average of one score index and reported improved balance between their diet, exercise, and school responsibilities.   Dr. Fournet's work was completed at the University of Louisiana Lafayette before joining the College in June 2016. 


Dr. Lindsay Mullins, Director for the Family Nurse Practitioner program was recently informed that her article, Community models of care for older adults:  A scoping review, was accepted for publication in the Journal of Gerontological Nursing.  The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, formerly Our Lady of the Lake College, congratulates you on your commitment to scholarship!


Our Lady of the Lake College, the only Catholic Franciscan institution of higher education in the southeastern United States, recently received a $446,692 award from Lilly Endowment Inc. to develop a summer program for youth centered on Franciscan theology, ethics, and vocational discernment.  This new summer program, entitled “The Franciscan Experience” (TFE), will meet a need felt by high school-aged students seeking deeper engagement in the Christian tradition.  Designed for students looking for more intellectual, spiritual, experiential, and ethical formation, TFE will also encourage high school students to think about their own calling in life.  The grant was written by David Whidden, PhD; John Meinert, PhD; & Brian Pedraza, PhD, Our Lady of the Lake College faculty.


This weekend, as part of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program’s commitment to promoting clinical excellence and cost effective continuing education for our graduates, Christine Cook, PT, MS and the Physical Therapist Assistant Program hosted a two day Kinesio Taping® course for clinicians. It was taught by Jimmy Welsh, PT,OCS, CKIT of Baton Rouge, a Board Certified Orthopaedic Specialist of many years’ experience. Two former grads of the PTA program, Walter Latapie, PTA and Lori Brown, PTA participated in the event along with other practitioners from as far away as Texas. Another two day course, culminating in certification, is scheduled for October.


Christine Cook, PT, MS, received $25,000 to continue the College's focus on discernment and vocation.  Ms. Cook's project team includes: Tammy Vidrine, MRE; Allison Wells, EdD; David Whidden, PhD; and Br. Edward Violett, SM, PhD.  Specifically, the current Net-VUE award will focus on the development of a "VOCATION HUB" and one on one mentoring to: 1) promote student self-awareness of discernment of vocation; 2) cultivation and clarity in vocational discernment; 3) facilitate leadership engagement in vocational efforts;  and 4) espouse justice for at-risk students through early identification, pro-active intervention, and optimally effective direction of their efforts.  


Christine Cook,  PT, MS will be presenting her poster entitled  “Effects of a Campus Wide Exploration of Vocation on Physical Therapist Assistant Program Students' Sense of Vocation” at the 2016 Education Leadership Conference in Phoenix, Arizona on Friday October 7, 2016.  Christine is an Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program with the School of Health Professions and has been leading the College’s focus on Vocation for the last two years.  


Sarah W. Deyo, PA-C was elected by her peers to the 2016-2017  Board of Directors for the Louisiana Academy of Physician Assistants as the President-Elect. Sarah is a 2009 graduate of the College's PA program and currently serves as the PA Program Director.


Cathy Denison-Robert, Ph.D., MBA, Assistant Professor of Business in the Health Services Administration program, presented a workshop entitled Essentials for Business Success on May 24th, 2016 for the Baton Rouge community. The workshop assisted businesses, organizations, and entrepreneurs, through experiential education techniques, to understand determinants of business success and why businesses fail or do not grow to their full potential. Our Lady of the Lake College is pleased to have Dr. Denison-Robert as a member of our faculty.


Our Lady of the Lake College will receive one of two Board of Regents Enhancement Grants for the 2016-2017 academic year in the amount of $84,000.  The team, lead by Carla Harmon, PhD, RN; includes Tabitha Jones-Thomas, MSN, RN;  Susan Steele-Moses, DNS, APRN-CNS, AOCN; Tanya Hillegass, MSN, APRN, AGNP-C; Paulette Johnson, MSN, RN-BC,CLNC, and Valerie Schluter, PhD, RN.  The project incorporates high fidelity simulation into the curriculum of the pre-licensure Bachelor of Nursing program to enhance the student’s clinical reasoning capacity. Research supports that clinical decision making is often predicated on access, exposure, and time spent in the clinical environment, the incorporation of simulation will provide a more predictable learning experience for our students.  


Aimee Badeaux, PhD, APRN-CRNA, Nurse Anesthesia Program Director, was awarded $36,972 from Health Resources and Services (HRSA) Administration-Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship (7/1/2016-6/30/2017) to prepare Nurse Anesthesia Students for Practice in Rural and Medically Underserved America.  The specific objectives of the program are to:  1) increase the number of students obtaining clinical experience and education in rural and underserved areas, 2) increase the number of graduates employed in rural or medically underserved facilities and 3) increase the number of graduates who report that the clinical experiences during the program adequately prepared them for practice in rural or medically underserved areas.  Our Lady of the Lake College’s Nurse Anesthesia program is one of only two in the State.  These funds will help offset the expenses incurred by the student for rural clinical education and experiences.  


Suzanne Carpenter, PhD, RN (retired); Rhoda Reddix, PhD; and Denise Martin, MSN, RN recently informed that their article for publication. Carpenter, S., Reddix, R., & Martin, D. (2016). Pills, thrills, and pharmacology drills! Strategies to increase student retention in an entry level nursing pharmacology course.  Teaching and Learning in Nursing. Accepted for publication. ABSTRACT: The pharmacology course in a nursing curriculum should provide learners with a strong foundation in the knowledge of drugs. In many nursing programs, the attrition rate in pharmacology is often high. This article offers innovative strategies that can engage students in learning and promote successful completion of a pharmacology course. Nursing faculty provided extra learning sessions, in a face to face format, for students. Nursing faculty also created a hybrid classroom, using online learning strategies. Student retention in the course increased from 61% when the strategies were not used to 86% after the first semester of implementing the strategies and to 90% after two semesters.


LaTonya S. Dorsey, MN, RN, CNE, BSN Program Director will receive the Edith Lobue Memorial Scholarship on May 2nd, 2016.  Mrs. Dorsey is currently a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) student at Loyola University, New Orleans. Mrs. Dorsey will complete her scholarly project in the fall of 2016, with an anticipated graduation date of May 2017.  The Edith Lobue Memorial Scholarship is given to a registered nurse pursuing a degree in nursing, who is a member of the Baton Rouge District Nurse’s Association, and aspires to impact the nursing profession.  Our Lady of the Lake College School of Nursing is truly blessed to have such a dedicated faculty member.  Congratulations, LaTonya.


LaTonya S. Dorsey, MN, RN, CNE, Undergraduate BSN Program Director will receive the  Helen Johnson Cremeens Excellence in Teaching Award at the Celebrate Nursing Banquet on May 2nd, 2016.  The award is given to a nurse educator who displays  the following criteria:

  1.  Maintains a positive attitude about nursing and nursing practice as a registered professional nurse in Louisiana.
  2.  Recognizes each nursing student’s potential and implements strategies for each to excel in a nursing career.
  3.  Promotes the professional nursing values of caring, compassion, understanding, kindness, respect, and dignity.
  4. Provides individual nursing students a foundation for lifelong learning pursuits.
  5. Displays a professional image of nursing in appearance, in communicating nursing knowledge, and in nursing actions.
  6. Serves in roles to advance professional nurses and nursing practice in Louisiana.
  7. Maintains membership in a professional nursing organization.

This is the second year in a row that a nursing faculty member from Our Lady of the Lake College has received this prestigious honor.


Susan Steele-Moses, DNS, APRN-CNS, AOCN® will be presenting a podium presentation entitled “Obtaining the Enduring Spirit of Caring” at the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities at Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana on June 9th, 2016.  Dr. Steele-Moses is the Academic Research Director at the College.


Rhoda Reddix, PhD. and Rebecca Cannon, M.Ed. will be presenting a podium presentation entitled “Developing Future Healthcare Professionals as Servant Leaders through Interdisciplinary Service-Learning Experiences:  A Case Study at Our Lady of the Lake College, 2009-2015”.  At the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities at Marian University in Indianapolis, IN on June 8th, 2016.  Dr. Reddix is an Associate Professor and the Director, Service-Learning & Bonner Leaders Program at the College and Mrs. Cannon is the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.


Five School of Nursing Faculty Mandy Broussard, DNP, CRNA; Cole Pourciau, CRNA, DNP; Francine Thomas, PhD, RN; Lindsay Mullins PhD, APRN; and Nicole Scott, MSN, RN were nominated by their peers and will receive the Excellence in Nursing Award from the Baton Rouge District Nurses Association on May 2nd, 2016.  The award is given annually to those nurses who meet at least two of the following criteria:

  1. Encourages the professional development of Nurses and promotes a positive image of nursing. 
  2. Adheres to standards of Nursing practice, Nursing education, and Nursing services.
  3. Adheres to the Code of Ethical Conduct for Nurses established by the American Nurses Association. 
  4. Supports programs and studies in nursing that contribute toward the improvement of health care. 
  5. Disseminates information relevant to nursing (i.e., presentations, professional development, and community). 
  6. Assumes the advocate role for health care consumers. 
  7. Represents the nursing profession with Allied Health groups and other organizations, governmental bodies, and the public. 
  8. Promotes excellence in nursing by obtaining specialized knowledge, skills, and experience demonstrated by the achievement of standards beyond licensure that are identified by a nursing specialty.


Brian Pedraza, PhD, Assistant Professor of Theology recently published a paper entitled: "Blowing Away the Ashes: The Desire for God as the Bridge between the Faith and the World" in the 2016 April-June edition of The Catechetical Review. Dr. Pedraza is a graduate from the Catholic University of America and joined our faculty in the fall of 2015.


A book chapter, Centralized and Decentralized Approaches to Managing E-Learning, co-authored by Meridith Zepp Bergeron, M.Ed. and  Sarah C. Fornero, M.A.  was accepted for publication in “What the e-Learning Leader Needs to Know:  Leading and Managing e-Learning.  Ms. Bergeron is the Director of Educational Technology at Our Lady of the Lake College, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States, and an Ed.D. Student in Educational Technology at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States.  Her co-author is the Director of Design and Delivery, Department of Online Education at Adler University, Chicago, Illinois, United States, and Ed.D. Student in Educational Technology at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States.  The book is edited by Anthony A. Piña, Victoria Walker, and Bruce R. Harris and provides those who oversee e-learning essential knowledge of issues, best practices, and technologies to facilitate effective decision making. Although references within chapters to empirical studies are welcome, this book has a highly practical orientation and is intended primarily to be a “how-to” and “nuts and bolts” reference tool for practicing leaders/managers who find themselves in charge of e-learning initiatives and operations. It will also be useful for programs preparing future leaders, for currently professional aspiring to a leadership position or for researchers looking for topics and variables to study in a dynamic and evolving field.


Dr. Carla Harmon, Assistant Professor, Clinical Administrative Coordinator for the School of Nursing was selected by Governor-Elect John Bel Edwards to serve on his healthcare panel transition committee.


Sarah Deyo, PA-C, faculty with the Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant Program along with Emily Richard and Michael Bolton, two physicians with the Pediatric Residency Program at Our Lady of The Lake Children’s Hospital conducted the following clinical research project: Testing and Diagnosis of Urinary Tract Infections in Febrile Children in the Emergency Medicine Department . This research was accepted for poster presentation at the 2015 ID Week, Advancing Science-Improving Care Conference in San Diego, California October 7-11, 2015.  Sarah is a graduate of OLOL College’s PA program and joined our faculty in the fall of 2015 after five years in clinical practice.  Our Lady of Lake College’s Office of Academic Research applauds Sarah’s commitment to research translation in the promotion of Evidence Based Medicine.


John Meinert, PhD is an assistant professor in the liberal arts department with an expertise in Moral Theology/Ethics. Dr. Meinert , a 2015 graduate of Catholic University of America, joined the College in the Fall of 2014. Dr. Meinert has published several papers most notably include:
A Systematic Position on Perseverance in the Mature Augustine
Is Exemplar Causality Instrumental according to Aquinas?
The Ambivalence of Functional Pro-life arguments.

In addition, he has published a textbook to support moral theology among high school students entitled Life in Jesus Christ.  The College is honored to have Dr. Meinert as one of our theology professors!


Paulette Johnson, MSN, RN-BC, CLNC is an assistant professor in the Undergraduate Pre-Licensure Nursing Program. As partial fulfillment for her Doctor of Nursing Practice at Rush University, Ms. Johnson has developed a HIV/AIDS awareness campaign website.  The website is currently being used to educate and inform community groups across East Baton Rouge parish. You can preview the website at: http://www.brknowshiv.com


Meridith Bergeron, M.Ed., Director of Educational Technology has been accepted to present a podium presentation at the  E-Learn 2015 World Conference on E-Learning on October 19-22, 2015 in Kona, Hawaii.  Her presentation is entitled: The Use of Quality Matters™ and the Instructional Design Process.  Information related to the conference is available at: http://www.aace.org/conf/.

See the abstract of Meridith Bergeron's presentation:

The Use of Quality Matters™ and the Instructional Design Process

The demand for online courses has been growing. With the rise of online learning, there has been an increasing need for accountability and transparency in distance education, most importantly in Higher Education. The use of quality assurance programs has stemmed from accreditation requirements and the need for colleges and universities to uphold transparency and maintain quality in offered programs. This best practices session will address the main points of the Quality Matters Framework, how Instructional Technologists implement Quality Matters in the instructional design process, and the perceptions of faculty teaching Doctorate level courses following the Quality Matters Framework


Mandy Broussard, MN, APRN-CRNA, Nurse Anesthesia Faculty will be presenting her project entitled: “Transition into anesthesia practice: Piloting a mentorship program” at the Louisiana Association of Nurse Anesthetists Annual Fall Meeting on 10/2/2015.


Cole Pourciau, MSN, APRN-CRNA, Nurse Anesthesia Faculty will be presenting his project entitled: “Apnea monitoring post-anesthesia in infants less than 60 weeks post-conceptional age” at the Louisiana Association of Nurse Anesthetists Annual Fall Meeting on 10/2/2015.


Dr. Annette Knobloch's abstract, “True Grit: Implementing the Moodle Workshop Activity”, was approved for a poster presentation at the 2015 South Louisiana Intercollegiate Nursing Research Day.  The conference, Evidence-Based Practice:  Bridging the Gap to Improve Outcomes, is being held at the Baton Rouge Center of Southeastern Louisiana University on September 22, 2015.  The School of Nursing wishes you much success on your presentation.


Aimee Badeaux, PhD, APRN-CRNA, Nurse Anesthesia Program Director successfully defended her dissertation entitled: A Science Education Study Using Visual Cognition and Eye Tracking to Explore Medication Selection in the Novice Versus Expert Nurse Anesthetist Study at LSU Baton Rouge on August 7, 2015


 Kim Hurst, PhD successfully defended her doctoral dissertation on 8/6/2015 from LSU entitled: High fidelity simulation-It’s impact on self-confidence and satisfaction in learning among sophomore and senior nursing students.  Congratulations, Dr. Hurst.


Angus Woodward, MFA, Director of Our Lady of the Lake College’s Writing Programs published an article entitled: “Using a Discourse-Community-Knowledge Framework to Design Writing Assignments” in the journal Faculty Focus, Higher Ed Teaching Strategies from Magna Publications.  You can read the article here.


Five School of Nursing Faculty Michelle Lemoine, MSN, RN; Rebekah Bergeron, MSN, RN; Aimee Badeaux, PhD(c), APRN-CRNA; Tina Rochester, MSN, RN and Tabitha Jones-Thomas, MSN, RN received the Excellence in Nursing Award from the Baton Rouge District Nurses Association.  The awards are given annually to those nurses who meet at least two of the following criteria:

  1. Encourages the professional development of Nurses and promotes a positive image of nursing. 
  2. Adheres to standards of Nursing practice, Nursing education, and Nursing services.
  3. Adheres to the Code of Ethical Conduct for Nurses established by the American Nurses Association.
  4. Supports programs and studies in nursing that contribute toward the improvement of health care.
  5. Disseminates information relevant to nursing (i.e., presentations, professional development, and community).
  6. Assumes the advocate role for health care consumers.
  7. Represents the nursing profession with Allied Health groups and other organizations, governmental bodies, and the public.
  8. Promotes excellence in nursing by obtaining specialized knowledge, skills, and experience demonstrated by the achievement of standards beyond licensure that are identified by a nursing specialty.

Dr. Carla Harmon received the 2015 Helen Johnson Cremeens Excellence in Teaching Award from the Baton Rouge District Nurses Association. The award is given to the nurse educator who:  

  1. Maintains a positive attitude about nursing and nursing practice as a registered professional nurse in Louisiana.
  2. Recognizes each nursing student’s potential and implements strategies for each to excel in a nursing career.
  3. Promote the professional nursing values of caring, compassion, understanding, kindness, respect, and dignity.
  4. Provides individual nursing students a foundation for lifelong learning pursuits.
  5. Displays a professional image of nursing in appearance, in communicating nursing knowledge, and in nursing actions.
  6. Serves in roles to advance professional nurses and nursing practice in Louisiana.
  7. Maintains membership in a professional nursing organization.

Congratulations Dr. Harmon, we are proud your are part of the OLOL College family.

Aimee Badeaux, PhD, APRN-CRNA, CRNA Program Director and Kasey Haley, DNAP, APRN-CRNA, CRNA Faculty received $41, 211 from Health Resources and Services (HRSA) Administration to prepare Nurse Anesthesia Students for Practice in Rural and Medically Underserved America.  The specific objectives of the program are to:  1) increase the number of students obtaining clinical experience and education in rural and underserved areas, 2) increase the number of graduates employed in rural or medically underserved facilities and 3) increase the number of graduates who report that the clinical experiences during the program adequately prepared them for practice in rural or medically underserved areas.  Our Lady of the Lake College’s Nurse Anesthesia program is one of only two in the State.  These funds will help offset the expenses incurred by the student for rural clinical education and experiences.


Dr. David Whidden presented a paper entitled: The Proslogion, Gilbert Crispin, and the Cur Deus homo: Anselm’s Student and the Problems of the Incarnation at the Reading Anselm: Context & Criticism Conference held in Boston Massachusetts in July 2015 (http://anselm2015.blogspot.com/2015/07/conference-schedule.html?m=1). Reading Anselm: Context & Criticism Conference is an international conference organized under the aegis of the International Association for Anselm Studies and the Institute for Liberal Arts, Boston College, with sponsorship from Fairfield University, the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Durham University, and the Philosophy and Theology Departments at Boston College.  Dr. Whidden’s paper is attached here.


School of Nursing faculty, Karen Clark, MSN, RN and Stazel Guerin, MSN, RN; along with colleagues at the University of Iowa, Lisa E. Skemp, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN; Fayron Epps, PhD, RN; and Janet Specht, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN, recently published a paper entitled “Implementing Gerontological Nursing Evidence-Based Practice Guidelines in a BSN Curriculum” in the Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 11(7), 21-28.  Click here to review the paper.


Lindsay Bratton Mullins, PhD, FNP-BC presented her work, as  a poster presentation, at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners 2015 National Conference which was held in New Orleans, Louisiana on June 9-14, 2015.  Her presentation was entitled, “Nurse Practitioners and Population-Level Healthcare in the Southern United States: Regulatory and Practice Implications”..  Click here for the abstract of Dr. Bratton Mullins' presentation.


Damon Boria, PhD presented a paper at: The 10th Annual International Conference on Philosophy in Athens, Greece in May 2015 entitled: “Creating the Anthropocene: Existential Social Philosophy and Our Bleak Future”.  A copy of Dr. Boria’s paper is available at: http://www.atiner.gr/papers/PHI2015-1496.pdf.  In addition, Dr. Boria’s work, “Guerrilla Gardening as Nonviolent Praxis: Existentialist Ethics in Food Deserts” was published in June 2015 in the book: The Peace of Nature and the Nature of Peace: Essays on Ecology, Nature, Nonviolence, and Peace.  More information about the book is available at: http://www.brill.com/products/book/peace-nature-and-nature-peace


Drs. Natalie Lenard, Ratna Gupta, Amit Mitra, and Brian Rash were awarded $68,100 from the Louisiana Board of Regents Enhancement Program to equip a cell culture and biochemistry laboratory that will be used to infuse authentic research experiences into two upper-division biology courses. This proposal was ranked first among the 24 recommended for funding out of 74 applications. The grant titled “EMBRACE: Enhancing Molecular and Biochemical Research Activities in Course Experiences” enables the purchase of cell culture and biochemistry equipment that will greatly expand the research areas available to biology students performing independent research guided by a faculty mentor. This project will foster the development of hands-on and cognitive skills necessary for graduate work in the biological sciences or for immediate employment in biotechnology, greatly enhancing the student laboratory experience.


Rebekah Bergeron, M.S.N., R.N.,  instructor in the School of Nursing, was recognized recently by Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center as the Outstanding Nursing Instructor of the Year.  Bergeron, who teaches undergraduates during their first year of nursing, has been a leader with the local Healthy Lives initiative, coordinating students to assist with health screenings, patient education and preventative care in the community with the goal of ensuring a healthier population. “My goal is to model professional behavior for my students and to prepare them so that they are successful in their careers.”  Bergeron is a 2009 master’s graduate from Our Lady of the Lake College.


Congratulations to Aimee Badeaux, M.S.N., C.R.N.A., Assistant Professor in the Nurse Anesthesia program, who has been awarded the 2012 Research Doctoral Fellowship of the Association of Nurse Anesthetists Foundation.  In this picture Aimee (on the left) is teaching a CRNA student about how to intubate an infant.



Rhoda Reddix, Ph.D., Lena Osborne, PA-C, and John Allgood, PA-C won the third place award at the 2012 Louisiana Geriatrics Society Meeting for their poster "First Year Service-Learning Experiences Enhance Physician Assistant Students' Sensitivity to and Awareness of Healthcare Needs in the Geriatric Population."



Phyllis Pedersen, D.N.P., C.R.N.A.., Assistant Professor and Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program, was appointed to the Continued Professional Certification (CPC) Competency Modeles Subcommittee by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists.  The CPC competency Modeles Subcommittee is responsible for developing a proposed blueprint, a cost analysis for implementation, and an implementation timeline based on estimated costs and required resources for its area of focus.



Annette Knobloch, D.N.S., R.N., Associate Professor for the School of Nursing was recognized in 2012 as theOutstanding Nursing Instructor of the Year.  The award is presented by the Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.



Albert Swafford, Jr., Ph.D., physiology instructor at the College, has been selected by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists as the Didactic Instructor of the Year.  This award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the education of student nurse anesthetists in the classroom.  This contribution benefits the profession of nurse anesthesia by raising the educational standards that further the art and science of anesthesiology, resulting in higher quality patient care.