LSU interim president William Jenkins speaks with faculty at LSU Shreveport about the university system reorganization.
LSU System interim president William Jenkins came face-to-face with faculty concerns at two town hall meetings in Shreveport Tuesday. The discussion addressed the forthcoming structural changes at LSU. Faculty at LSU Health Shreveport voiced fears of losing their autonomy and budgetary control under the proposed changes. Jenkins said this realignment must be done because LSU is facing its own kind of "fiscal cliff." This restructuring could save millions of dollars once completed.
Hundreds of children's books line the office walls of Candi Bagley, an associate professor of professional practice at LSU Shreveport.
Children’s booksellers are off to a positive start in holiday sales. Publishers Weekly conducted a survey of 24 booksellers nationwide and found double-digit sales gains for the period beginning Black Friday.
LSU Shreveport education professor Candi Bagley says children will get a glut of toys, but a book can bring added value.
"Books are such a lasting gift," Bagley said. "Kids can keep them for years and years. A lot of parents will put special books away as keepsakes for later on."
Bagley suggests penning an inscription to personalize the book.
Stephen F. Austin State University's Center for Regional Heritage Research is working to drive foot traffic into the restored Nacogdoches Railroad Depot. Research associate Dr. Kelley Snowden said the Loblolly model train display will attract hundreds of visitors. She plans exhibits and speakers at the Depot throughout the year.
"We really want the Depot to be a vital part of the city of Nacogdoches," Snowden said. "Since the Depot has been so beautifully restored, we want people to come here and see this piece of their history."
The city of Nacogdoches has renamed its public library to honor a public servant. Judy B. McDonald, the wife of the late commentator Archie McDonald, sat on the city commission for a decade before serving as Nacogdoches’ mayor for eight years. During that time she was staunch supporter of the library, always voting to keep its budget on par with other city services. At the dedication ceremony, McDonald said there was a reason why it needed the utmost defense.
Husband and wife videographers based in Fort Worth, Carl and Betsy Crum, are producing a documentary series for Texas PBS stations. “One Square Mile: Texas" will focus on nine miles in Texas to reveal the state's diversity of people and landscapes through first-person stories. Betsy Crum said they’ll traverse the Lone Star State to uncover the stories for the first five episodes in the TV series.