LSU Shreveport

Kate Archer Kent

A new 66-page comic book imagined by two medical librarians at LSU Health Shreveport will help kindergarteners and first graders better understand obesity.

Talicia Tarver’s “The Amazing Captain Fit” is a story about a boy who wants to be a superhero but lacks healthy eating habits. The comic book, published today, will be distributed through the Department of Pediatrics’ Reach Out and Read program. Tarver wanted to embed the message in something that kids and parents would both enjoy.

The Institute for Nonprofit Administration and Research at LSU Shreveport is examining the value of service learning carried out by graduate students in the nonprofit administration degree.

As part of the program, students craft detailed proposals for fundraising, planned giving and development for a nonprofit participating in its case study. LSUS sociologist Helen Wise wants to glean the long-term value of the students’ efforts for the nonprofit.

Kate Archer Kent

LSU Shreveport is preparing to hire a consultant to conduct a feasibility study on whether it makes sense for the university to open a charter school.

Chancellor Larry Clark says it’s not the first time this idea has been tossed around. But now the LSUS Foundation is putting up funding for a consultant to formally explore the idea of creating a kindergarten through eighth grade charter school on campus.

Clark says it would serve the community and not be exclusive to high-achieving students.

More than 200 people are expected to attend the fourth annual bullying prevention conference set for Friday, Sept. 19, on the campus of LSU Shreveport. It’s the first time the conference is open to the public.

Caddo Schools district psychologist Barzanna White says she opened it up to parents to spread useful information, especially on the topic of cyberbullying.

Kate Archer Kent

More than two dozen mostly middle school math teachers from Caddo, Bossier and DeSoto parishes will convene in May to do math for the fun of it and attend the final meeting of the school year for the North Louisiana Math Teachers’ Circle.

LSU Shreveport mathematics professor Judith Covington launched the group several years ago. She says math teachers meet eight evenings during the academic year to work on problems in a casual environment.