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    Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
  Nov 25, 2017
School of Allied Health Professions Student Handbook 2016-2017

Student Activities

Student Activities


Student involvement is encouraged in the following organizations on a voluntary basis:


Communication Disorders:

NSSLHA is the National Student Speech, Language and Hearing Association for Communication Disorders students.

Cardiopulmonary Science:

AARC is the American Association of Respiratory Care for Cardiopulmonary Science and Respiratory Therapy students. Membership includes subscriptions to two professional journals. $10,000 Accident Insurance, and membership in the state organization, Louisiana Society for Respiratory Care (LSRC). CPS students are able to participate in the State Respiratory Therapy Convention and the Pelican Quiz Bowl, in addition to the National Respiratory Therapy Convention and the Sputum Bowl. LSRC is the Louisiana Society for Respiratory Care which sponsors a Fall Weekend Retreat for students and practitioners at Lake Bistineau.

Medical Technology:

ASCLS is the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science. Membership to this national organization includes eligibility for participation in the Student Forum and scholarship and grant applications. LSCLS is the Louisiana State Society for Clinical Laboratory Science. Membership in this organization provides eligibility for participation in the Student Forum and the Student Quiz Bowl. American Society for Clinical Pathology is the organization for pathologists and clinical laboratory scientists. ASCP also has student membership and provides scholarships.

Occupational Therapy:

AOTA is the American Occupational Therapy Association. Student membership includes subscription to the Occupational Therapy Journal, The Occupational Therapy News, and a Special Interest Section Newsletter. AOTF sponsors scholarships for eligible students. LOTA is the Louisiana Occupational Therapy Association. Membership includes an LOTA Newsletter subscription and eligibility for loan or scholarship and for the position of LOTA Student Representative. SOTA is the Student Occupational Therapy Association. This is an on-campus organization which sponsors educational, social, and fund-raising activities. SOTA sponsors a student representative for AOTA National Conference attendance annually.

Physician Assistant:

AAPA is the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Student membership includes subscriptions to all professional publications, CME opportunities, leadership development, and personal services are also available to students. LAPA is the Louisiana Academy of Physician Assistants. Student membership includes a subscription to the LAPA newsletter. The on-campus student organization is known as the LSUHSC Student Society. This organization may sponsor a student delegate to the AAPA national conference annually.

Physical Therapy:

APTA is the American Physical Therapy Association. Student membership includes subscription to three professional journals, and participation in state and national conferences.


Student Government Association:

The SAHP-SGA was formed in 1985 to take full advantage of the interest, enthusiasm, skills, and talents which students have to offer. The association is designed and implemented by students who participate on a voluntary basis. It provides an outlet for social and academic interaction among all Allied Health Professions students. The structure provides for better and more equitable expenditure of Student Activity funds, as determined by the students. The Association is comprised of representation from each of the seven academic departments. One elected class representative per department cohort comprises fourteen of the Members of the Board of Directors. If a member is elected to office then another student representative will be appointed for the cohort. The following officers are elected each year: President, Vice President, Secretary, Activities Chair, and Social Media Chair. (See the SAHP-SGA Constitution for further information).

Social Events:

The Student Government Association and the Office of Student Life plan and implement events for Allied Health Students and their guests: Fall Semester - Lucky Dog Day and Tailgate Event; Spring Semester - Heart of Gold Dance and Crawfish Boil; Summer Semester - Orientation and Graduation.

LSU Football Tickets:

LSU football tickets are available to students each home game of the season. There are a specified limited number of tickets per game. The amount of tickets allotted to SAHP is based on the number of full time enrolled students. The tickets are made available through email at least one week prior to each home game. The first students to email Student Life at the designated time will be assigned a ticket for purchase. The student then has a documented time to pick up and pay for their ticket before an alternate is offered the ticket. Student ID must accompany the ticket in order to gain entrance to the LSU Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


The PULSE is the LSUHSC yearbook, an annual student publication. Student volunteers are needed for the many tasks which the publication requires. Each class should appoint students to volunteer to prepare the Allied Health sections of the yearbook. The Pulse is usually distributed during the fall to all students who are enrolled full time during the spring semester. Yearbook photographs are taken during Fall registration.

Student Union

The Student Union, located at 1417 Woodrow Street (directly behind the Medical Center) is available for Allied Health students.

Policies for Use of the Student Union*

  1. The hours will be 7:00 am to 11:00 pm every day of the week unless there is a special function, such as a class party, in which case the hours may be extended to 2:00 am.
  2. Special functions that are booked for the entire student body or an individual school may be booked on a yearly basis. Conflicts in the yearly schedule will be resolved by a meeting of representatives from each of the schools.
  3. Special functions that are to be scheduled for a class, or other subset of a school, can be booked in advance. However, no group can reserve the Union for recurring weekly functions without the consent of the Student Union Committee.
  4. Union reservations will be made through the School of Allied Health Student Life Office- Valorie Lurry @ Ext. 813-2898. 
  5. For each special function, one person shall be designated to be responsible for making sure that everything is in order at the conclusion of the function. All folding tables and stacking chairs must be placed back in storage after each special function. The contact person making the reservation will obtain the name of this person.
  6. Environmental Services has agreed to clean the Union on a daily basis and to provide cleaning and bathroom supplies. They also will provide cleanup after parties, if they are given a schedule of functions at least two weeks in advance. To accommodate this need, Room Reservation Services will send a monthly booking schedule to Environmental Services. But as a backup, it is the responsibility of the contact person from each school to notify Environmental Services directly.
  7. Consuming alcoholic beverages is not allowed unless there has been prior approval from the Chancellor of the Health Sciences Center.
  8. Excessive noise cannot be tolerated because of the close proximity of a nursing home and private dwellings.
  9. No parking on the grassy areas and no parking on the two (2) wide sidewalks leading up to the building. Parking is available in “L” lot after 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 24 hours on weekends and holidays.
  10. Please make sure you place no kegs or keg coolers inside the building. They must remain on the porch.
  11. The key you will check out from University Police will allow you access to the room on the right of the building before you enter. Extra folding tables and stacking chairs are stored there. And if you use the keg cooler, it should be placed back there after the party, but please leave it plugged in.
  12. There is a “panic” button for Univ. Police on the curved kitchen counter. Use it for emergency situations only. There is an ac/heat override button on the curved kitchen counter also. It overrides the computer system for 2 hour intervals, but you shouldn’t have to use it. When the building is reserved, our maintenance department is notified and they should adjust the temperature inside the building for the duration of the reservation.
  13. There is a wall phone in the kitchen area (675-8900) and a desk phone in the office (675-8901).
  14. Please make sure all lights/ceiling fans are turned off, inside and outside, and the building is secured before you vacate the building. There will be several security lights that will remain lighted. These cannot be turned off. They are programmed to stay on.
  15. It is up to the designated responsible person to post a sign at the Student Union in the case of a special function. This prevents the usage of the Student Union for other than the special function.
  16. ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY, NO SMOKING INSIDE THE BUILDING. These policies have been established by the Student Union Committee that consists of student and administrative representatives from each of the schools that make up the LSU Health Sciences Center.

Intramural Sports

In association with LSU Shreveport, LSU Health Shreveport students can participate in such intramural sports as football, basketball, soccer and softball. Group exercise classes are offered as well. LSU Shreveport is located at One University Place, Shreveport, LA., 71115. Information regarding upcoming opportunities are can be obtained by contacting Angel Martin at, or (318) 797-5393.