LSU Board Approves Animal Shelter Agreement

The LSU Board of Supervisors approved a plan to construct an animal shelter near the School of Veterinary Medicine at its June meeting on Friday, June 7 at the LSU System Office.

LSU will enter into a memorandum of understanding with Companion Animal Alliance to construct the shelter, which will provide primary care experience opportunities for LSU students.

“This has a huge learning value for our students,” Peter Haynes, dean of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine explained to the Board. “The shelter will not only give our students opportunities to focus on primary patient care, but also community engagement and service learning.”

The proposed site for the shelter will be on land across Skip Bertman Drive from the School of Veterinary Medicine, along River Road.

The Board also approved a recommendation to authorize the President of the LSU System to increase student fees in accordance a recent act of the Louisiana Legislature, pending passage by Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Christel Slaughter, of SSA Consulting, also updated the Board on the actions of the LSU2015 Transition Advisory Team.

“We are nearing the end of this process,” said Slaughter. “And our team members are analyzing a lot of data to make their recommendations to you.”
Big Data was a focus of Slaughter’s presentation, specifically the storage of it. She explained that LSU is in a unique position to jump ahead of the curve on one of the challenges of education in the digital age. With the SuperMike computer and its membership in the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative, or LONI, LSU already has high-performance computers and a high-bandwidth network, two out of three things a university will need as education evolves in the digital age. All that remains is a higher capacity for data storage, which can help researches better capture faculty research.

“A reason faculty can be excited about coming to a place like LSU,” she explained. “Is they can conduct their research in a place that is user-friendly, which can give them the ability to push their research further.”

“It’s almost serendipitous for us to be in this sort of position,” said Interim LSU System President and Chancellor William Jenkins.

The Board also approved a request by LSU to establish the School of Nutrition & Food Sciences and the Department of Textiles, Apparel Design & Merchandising within the LSU College of Agriculture, while dissolving the School of Human Ecology. LSU System Vice President for Academic Affairs and Technology Transfer Carolyn Hargrave explained that when the College of Human Sciences & Education was created, it removed the Division of Child & Family Studies and the LSU Preschool from the School of Human Ecology, leaving it with just the divisions of Human Nutritiion & Food and Textiles, Apparel Design & Merchandising. The move will help to create better efficiency by combining and eliminating units with similar missions.

The Board also approved the appointment of Dr. William T. Cefalu as executive director of the Pennington Biomedical Center.

Other actions taken by the board included:

  • Full approval of the John P. Laborde Energy Law Center at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center.
  • Approval of a request from LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport for authorization of non-resident fee exemptions in the School of Allied Health Professions.
  • Approval of a request from LSU for the establishment of restricted accounts in departments that collect self-generated fees from the rental of facilities, equipment, land and/or or high performance computing systems for nonacademic purposes or functions.
  • Approval of a lease of space between LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport with Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana.
  • Approval for the reauthorization of the Center for Computation & Technology at LSU.
  • Approval of the reauthorization of the Life Course & Aging Center at LSU.
  • Approval of the reauthorization of the Center for GeoInformatics at LSU.
  • Approval of the reauthorization of the Turbine Innovation and Energy Research Center at LSU.
  • Approval of the lease of property by LSU to Sigma Alpha Mu at LSU Housing Corporation, and consent to sale of improvements.
  • Approval of a recommendation to name the Black Swamp Boardwalk at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens the “Mosaic Boardwalk at Black Swamp.”