09/20/2012 03:33 PM
BATON ROUGE – After 17 years of dedicated service, Essie Cockrell, academic adviser
and recruiter for the LSU Health Science Center School of Nursing, or LSUHSC SON,
housed in the LSU University College, has retired. During her tenure, LSU University
College has had the esteemed honor of hosting Cockrell.
“My greatest joy is working with students who come into my office undecided about
a major, and seeing their faces light up after exploring the amazing opportunities
in the field of Nursing,” said Cockrell. “I’m passionate about Nursing and love watching
Pre-Nursing students succeed in their careers.”
Cockrell helped to contribute to the competitive pool of more than 150 LSUHSC SON
applicants, where only 100 positions are available each semester. Eighty percent of
these applicants come directly from LSU students who have been advised through her
Paul Ivey, LSU executive director of the LSU University College, said that the loss
of a School of Nursing academic advisor on the LSU campus is significant.
“More particularly, the loss of a dedicated professional such as Essie Cockrell will
be difficult for this campus to truly appreciate, but the pre-nursing students who
interacted with her on a regular basis can certainly attest to her value,” Ivey said.
“Nevertheless, LSU University College will do its part in serving these students in
the absence of this direct connection to the School of Nursing.”
Among Cockrell’s many accomplishments during her time at LSU, include earning two
master’s degrees: a Master of Science in human resource education and workforce development
from LSU and a Master of Science in nursing from Southeastern Louisiana University.
She also taught several courses in the LSU School of Social Work’s study abroad program.
As University College continues the dedicated path paved by Cockrell, LSU’s pre-nursing opportunities continue to go strong. With 349 LSU students currently enrolled in pre-nursing and 638 LSU students enrolled in all pre-professional programs, University College is assisting in the demand for healthcare occupations. For students interested in pursuing pre-nursing, academic advising is available in LSU University College’s Center for Freshman Year, or UCFY, located at 150 Allen Hall. LSU students with questions about pursing a nursing degree can schedule an appointment with Jennifer Smith online at www.lsu.edu/ucfy.
Since 1933, LSU University College has served as the portal of entry for students
enrolled at LSU. Academic and personal success is the hallmark of a well-rounded
student, and University College provides a foundation of support services for students
beginning their academic careers at LSU. University College has two enrollment divisions:
The Center for Freshman Year and The Center for Advising and Counseling. Additionally,
University College offers retention-specific programs: Student Support Serves, Ronald
E. McNair Research Scholars and Summer Scholars. These academic support programs
focus on particular student populations and are a significant part of the role and
mission of University College.
The healthcare field is one of the fastest growing and most lucrative industries in the country. Every day, the need for trained and qualified healthcare professionals increases. LSU offers a pre-professional nursing program that prepares students to enter the professional nursing curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science in nursing at the LSU Health Sciences Center School of Nursing in New Orleans. Other pre-professional programs at LSU include cardiopulmonary science, medical technology, physician’s assistant, occupational therapy and dental hygiene.
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2012