SU instructor elected La. Collegiate Honors Council president
Della Netter-Perkins, a long-time counselor and instructor in the Dolores Margaret Richard Spikes (D.M.R. Spikes) Honors College at Southern University Baton Rouge, was elected president of the Louisiana Collegiate Honors Council (LCHC) during the group’s 2017 annual meeting, March 18, hosted by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
The LCHC aims to promote academic excellence and scholarly pursuits by Louisiana’s Honors students, and to be the role models for their peers on most campuses. Exposing students to the practice of research-related communication and networking is a central objective of the annual conference.
“Congratulations to Mrs. Perkins for this high leadership position. The Council made an excellent choice, as Mrs. Perkins’ competency, dedication, and professionalism are exemplary,” said Diola Bagayoko, dean, Dolores Margaret Richard Spikes Honors College, director, Timbuktu Academy and LS-LAMP, and Southern University System Distinguished Professor of Physics.
This year, as in the past, students made scholarly or technical presentations to their peers and faculty members attending the LCHC meeting. They also engaged in a celebration of scholarship through quiz bowl games.
Perkins and Eric Pugh, recruiter and program associate, D. M. R. Spikes Honors College, accompanied twelve SUBR Honors College undergraduate scholars to this conference. The conference theme was “Cruisin’ with the Cajuns.”
Two D. M. R. Spikes Honors College scholars, Oscar McClain, a sophomore chemistry/chemical engineering major, and Kristofer McKinney, a junior nursing major, presented results from research activities. McClain’s presentation was entitled “Using a Micrometer Film Applicator to Determine Platinum Loading for Electrodes,” and McKinney delivered his talk, “Race-Gender Specific Associations between Sleep Characteristics, Allostatic Load and Stroke in the REGARDS Study.”
According to Pugh, “the quiz bowl games were an opportunity for SUBR’s team to get additional practice before it travels to California, in April, to compete in the national Honda Campus All-Star Challenge.”