THE POST-SIGNAL / Desiray Seaux
The Rotary Club of Crowley recently welcomed LSUE’s newest Chancellor, Nancee Sorenson (center) as their guest speaker. On hand were President Amy Thibodeaux (left) and Carey Lawson.
Rotary hosts new LSUE chancellor
The Rotary Club of Crowley welcomed Nancee Sorenson, recently named chancellor at LSUE, to its regular meeting this week.
Sorenson was named chancellor in May after a nationwide search was conducted. She is the fifth chancellor of LSUE.
Sorenson earned a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin, and a master’s degree in agency counseling and a bachelor’s degree in psychology, both from Indiana State University.
In a press release from the university announcing her selection she said, “It is a true honor to be selected as the new leader of LSU Eunice and work under the direction of such a tremendous president as Dr. King Alexander.”
The chancellor is the chief executive officer of the university and exercises complete executive authority therein, subject to direction of the board of supervisor through Alexander. As the administrative head of LSUE, the chancellor implements educational and administrative policies for the campus.
LSUE is a LSU’s only comprehensive two-year institution providing access and education to enrich the lives of its diverse students, enhance statewide economic development and improve the quality of the communities its serves.
LSUE has a population of over 3,232 students and 210 faculty and staff.
Enrollment by curriculum type includes: associate degree, 62 percent; transfer program, 31 percent; undecided, 5 percent; and certificate/tech 2 percent.
When speaking of workforce development, LSUE has a focus on health science.
The various associate degrees offered at LSUE include:
• Care and Development of Young Children (2=2 program with UL Lafayette)
• Computer Information Technology
• Criminal Justice
• Diagnostic Medical Sonography
• Fire and Emergency Services
• General Studies
• Louisiana Transfer Degree-Business
• Lousiana Transfer Degree- Criminal Justice
• Louisiana Transfer Degree - Fine Arts
• Louisiana Transfer Degree - Humanities
• Louisiana Transfer Degree - Mass Communications
• Louisiana Transfer Degree - Social Science
• Louisiana Transfer Degree - Biological Sciences
• Louisiana Transfer Degree - Physical Sciences
• Radiologic Technology
• Respiratory Care
• Surgical Technology
And, the certificates offered are:
• Accounting Technology: Account Clerk
• Administrative Technology Specialist
• Chemical Technician
• Fire Service Technology
• Human Resources Management
• Medical Billing and Coding.
In addition to the wide variety of academics offered LSUE also has a softball team, baseball team, women’s soccer team, men’s soccer team and men’s basketball.
The institution also offers the LSU Pathway Program, described on their website as, “a unique partnership with LSUE that offers students additional academic and extracurricular support through a one or two year pathway program to the LSU Flagship Campus.”
And, the LSUE Academy, an innovative approach to secondary education that enables high school students to potentially earn an associates degree while earning their high school diploma by taking dual enrollment courses.
LSUE has also partnered with Opelousas General Health System to offer “Well Smart Health of LSUE” an affiliate of the Opelousas General Health System located inside of the Acadian Center on the Campus of LSUE.
The center is open to LSUE students, athletes, faculty, staff, their families and the public. The services provided include: sports physicals, annual wellness visits, drug screens, same day sick visits and chronic disease management.
Sorenson spoke of possible future growth in the field of Medical Lab Technology as area community partners have expressed a need.
She also addressed the need of more student housing on campus. The institution has had to turn down students due to lack of housing options. Bengal Village is no longer enough and she hopes to address the issue in the future.