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What was your previous position and where?I was a physical education/social studies teacher and coach in the Iberia and Pointe Coupee public school systems from 1983-1994. I earned my master's degree in exercise physiology at Southeastern Louisiana University in 1997.
What brought you to LSU?I was blessed with wonderful teachers and academic advisors as an undergraduate and graduate student. Coming to LSU in 1997 to teach and coordinate the fitness studies concentration provided me with a way to "give back" as a mentor. In addition, I had the opportunity to earn my Ph.D. in kinesiology at a top tier research university.
What are your research interests?I’ve continued to stay active in research and grant endeavors with my colleagues and students. My research interests include cardiovascular and endocrine responses/adaptations to exercise, and the role of the built environment on physical activity and health.
What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?One of my primary goals is to continue seeking out community efforts, service-learning and research activities that encourage improvements in physical activity levels and healthy lifestyle choices. The aim is to provide my students with as many hands-on, real-life experiences to not only enhance their exercise science knowledge and skills but also their confidence in those abilities.
What do you enjoy most about LSU?The energy and passion of the kinesiology faculty for our students, the profession and staying active make coming to work a joy. I love the fact that our faculty not only work hard together, we also play hard together.
What are your major accomplishments?One of the most significant accomplishments for me professionally was receiving a grant from the Edwards Lifesciences – Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program in 2008 and seeing it come to fruition in 2009-2010. The GeauxHeart Baton Rouge program was a collaborative effort among the Department of Kinesiology, American Heart Association and Louisiana Cardiology Associates, or LCA, that resulted in more than 500 residents receiving free cardiovascular health screenings and approximately 50 of those participants receiving free follow-up clinical stress tests at LCA. In addition, this program enabled numerous LSU kinesiology undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to plan, promote and implement a major community service effort in the Greater Baton Rouge area.
My most rewarding moments as a teacher come when I receive a call or letter from a former student telling me how they have succeeded in landing their dream job. To know that I had the opportunity and honor to be a part of their academic and professional growth is the ultimate feeling that we accomplished something everlasting.