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Nursing academic adviser Essie Cockrell retires after 17 years of service

Nursing academic adviser Essie Cockrell retires after 17 years of service

POSTED: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 4:00am

UPDATED: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 4:04am

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 office.

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.

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