LAFAYETTE — The Veterans Action Coalition of South Louisiana will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Clifton Chenier Center, 220 W. Willow St.

An update on the planned expanded health clinic for Lafayette is expected.

The coalition organized last year to advocate for improved health services for area veterans with the initial push for a full-fledged veterans’ hospital.

The group is now focused on representing veterans as U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs officials select a site and specialty care services for the Lafayette clinic.

Officials have said the new clinic space will be at least triple the size of the existing clinic located at 2100 Jefferson St.

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LSU grad awarded $5,000 fellowship

LAFAYETTE — Recent LSU graduate Anna Normand of Opelousas was recently awarded a $5,000 fellowship by the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, according to an LSU news release.

Normand graduated summa cum laude from the College of Science and Honors College in May. In college she was involved in the annual Acorns of Hope, a bike ride across Louisiana in which cyclists plant live oak tree saplings. The Louisiana Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Research Scholar also created Louisiana Marsh University, a service trip involving 30 LSU students who planted beach grass on Grand Isle.

She plans to pursue a degree in wetland biogeochemistry at the University of Florida’s soil and water science graduate program.

Komen affiliate seeks volunteers

LAFAYETTE — The Acadiana affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the local Komen office, 104 Westmark Blvd.

Current volunteer needs include: light administrative work, errand-running, event planning, and committee service.

The local affiliate manages more than 10,000 Race for the Cure participants, 400 race volunteers, three local events, and more than 50 health fairs and educational speaking events.