Dill receives LSU teaching award

LSU Manship School of Mass Communication instructor Roxanne K. Dill was awarded the George H. Deer Distinguished Teaching Award on March 23 during LSU University College’s annual “Celebration of Excellence” Spring Awards program.

Dill teaches multiple courses in media writing every semester, as well as oversees all courses in media writing, an instrumental course for all students seeking a mass communication degree. Dill also is the area head for the journalism concentration. Dill serves as the rector for the Mass Communication Residential College.

Dill also serves as an adviser for the Manship Ambassadors. In this role, she organizes retreats, trains ambassadors for effective tours of the Manship facilities and manages several student committees.

11 students get DAR awards

The Baton Rouge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution awarded DAR Good Citizens certificates and pins to 11 local high school students March 20 at the East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library.

Good Citizens Awards are given to seniors chosen by their high schools for showing outstanding qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.

Receiving awards were McKenzie Mayeaux, The Runnels School; Drake Melancon, Parkview Baptist School; Ben Smith, Catholic High School; Kevin Harrington, Broadmoor High School; Caroline Casey, Episcopal High School; Scott Elder, Baton Rouge Magnet High School; Anna Matherne, Christian Life Academy; Brian Bordelon Jr., St. Michael the Archangel High School; Kassandra Crissman, Lee Magnet High School; Shelley Sanchez, Woodlawn High School; and Emma Woodruff, St. Joseph’s Academy.

Elder won the essay portion of the contest and was awarded a $100 scholarship from the chapter. His essay was sent on to district competition.

Refreshments were provided by Louise Strong and Marian Harden.

DAR membership is open to women 18 or older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. For more information email hgrace5366@aol.com.

Incense topic for Herb Society

Kathleen Harrington taught the Baton Rouge Unit of the Herb Society of America how to make herbal incense March 23 at the Burden Center.

Harrington talked about the history of incense and its traditions, then led the group in making their own from a number of herbs. Each participant took home her own incense creation.

Sarah Liberta and Julie Walsh will teach about lemon herbs when the Herb Society meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27, at the Burden Center, 4560 Essen Lane. Lemon herbs are often used in teas, potpourris and cooking, and these uses will be demonstrated. Admission for visitors is $5, free for members. There will also be herb plants for sale.

LSU Retirees visit Lake Martin

LSU Faculty and Staff Retirees Club members took a field trip to Cypress Island Preserve on Lake Martin near Breaux Bridge March 27.

The preserve is site of one of the largest rookeries in North America. In winter and early spring, thousands of waterbirds arrive to mate and raise their young. The retirees could see hundreds of great egrets and roseate spoonbills nesting in the trees, along with other wildlife.

At the group’s March 13 meeting, LSU Chancellor Emeritus James H. Wharton reflected on his tenure during the 1980s, when fundraising was needed to offset tight state budgets. LSU then was worse off than it is now, he noted. However, besides fundraising, “You have to invest in faculty to be a great university,” he said.

Wharton also laid the groundwork for LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory), which has made headlines in recent months for detecting cosmic gravitational waves that Einstein predicted nearly a century ago.

Judy Koonce, Judy Lithgoe, Doreen Maxcy and Dale Pollet provided refreshments. The club holds monthly meetings, tours and social events during the academic year. For details, email lsu.faculty.staff.ret.club@gmail.com.

Runnels senior gets ACE Award

Runnels senior Emily Britt received this year's ACE Award (Accepting the Challenge of Excellence) March 28 from the Exchange Club of Baton Rouge.

The award included a plaque and monetary prize. Accompanying her to the presentation were her parents, Gary and Kim Britt, and Runnels Junior and Senior High Assistant Principal Dana Schlotterer, who nominated her for the award.

As a local winner, Britt may compete for a $1,000 ACE scholarship at the district level. District winners compete for a $10,000 national scholarship.

ACE awards are presented to graduating high school students who have achieved high levels of community involvement, scholastic accomplishments and leadership while overcoming obstacles.

Genealogical and Historical Society

has spring conference

The Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Society held its 49th annual Spring Conference April 1 at the Louisiana State Archives.

Ruth G. Campbell, longtime genealogist and historian for Clan Campbell Society of North America, spoke on Scottish immigration patterns in colonial America and modern-day resources for identifying and documenting Scottish ancestors.

Yvonne Lewis Day, a Welsh family researcher and society president, presented an illustrated history of Welsh immigration and settlement patterns, along with a comprehensive guide to locating Welsh ancestors on both sides of the Atlantic.

J.D. Colbert of the Muscogee-Creek Nation gave an American Indian perspective on using tribal rolls and federal records for the Five Civilized Tribes of the southeastern U.S. — the Creeks, Cherokees, Choctaws, Chickasaws and Seminoles. Researcher John Hickey focused on tracing the family history of Canary Islanders who settled in Louisiana, particularly in Ascension and Assumption parishes. David Laatsch, genealogist and librarian, East Baton Rouge Parish Library, led a session on library research tools and resources.

The society was established in 1953 to collect and preserve historical and genealogical records and to research and publish materials relating to families and events in the state’s history. For membership and programs, email yday1@bellsouth.net or visit louisianaghs.org.

LPCF holds Heart Hero Hustle

at Lamar Dixon April 1

More than 250 children and adults participated in the 2017 Heart Hero Hustle, a 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run on April 1 to raise funds and awareness for congenital heart defects in children.

The Louisiana Pediatric Cardiology Foundation hosted the annual event at the LAMAR Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.

In addition to the two races, this event featured Louisiana’s exclusive Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Walk, with families from across the state with children who have heart defects as participants.

The event featured free heart screens for high school athletes; inflatable jumps, games and visiting “princesses” and “super heroes” for the kids; and jambalaya, sweets and other refreshments.

Funds raised from the event go to support LPCF’s heart screen program, Save a Heart. Save a Life. The program offers free heart screens for area high school athletes, which includes an EKG and an echocardiogram administered by professional sonographers. Profits will also support the foundation’s grants program for local families who must travel to hospitals for life-giving surgeries and procedures for the children with heart disease.

Finishers in the noncompetitive race received a customized Heart Hero Hustle medal to commemorate the day and an event T-shirt.

To find out more about LPCF, visit LPCF.com.

Lovello receives Library

Association grant

Lisa Lovello received the Louisiana Library Association Grassroots Grant during the 2017 Louisiana Library Association Conference held at the Cajundome Convention Center in Lafayette. The Grassroots Grant recognizes outstanding graduate or undergraduate library science students.

Lovello is a part-time graduate student at the LSU School of Library and Information Science, while she works full-time for the Louisiana House of Representatives in the David R. Poynter Legislative Research Library. Her bachelor's degrees are in journalism and sociology from the University of Missouri. Before starting her master’s program, she gained professional experience in an academic library, a public library and on a bookmobile.

Aslin named LSU Adviser

of the Year

Jessica Aslin was named the LSU Adviser of the Year when LSU University College presented its annual “Celebration of Excellence” Spring Awards program March 23 at The Club on Union Square.

LSU Adviser of the Year Award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding academic advising of students. Aslin was selected by a committee of LSU students, faculty and staff and community leaders from a competitive pool of LSU academic counselors from across campus.

Aslin is published in various journals, as well as has widely presented on the national, regional and state levels for numerous counseling associations. She has received many honors, including the Louisiana Counseling Association Presidential Award, first place for the American Counseling Association’s Ross Trust Graduate Student Essay for Future School Counselors competition, the Lillian Oleson Scholarship and the Louisiana Counseling Association Graduate Student Volunteer Scholarship.

Lee High Class of '67 reunion set

The Robert E. Lee High School Class of 1967 will hold its 50-year reunion from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Juban’s Restaurant, 3739 Perkins Road. Cost in advance is $45 per person for “heavy hors d’oeuvres" with a cash bar. Mail checks payable to “Lee High Reunion” c/o Reggie Gremillion, 18406 Vis-à-vis Ave., Baton Rouge LA 70817 by April 14. After the deadline, cost is $60 per person.

The reunion will include an informal social at 6 p.m. Friday, April 21, at George’s Southside, 8905 Highland Road. At 11 a.m. Saturday, members may tour the new Lee High School.


Compiled by Advocate staff writer George Morris. The “Community” column runs every Tuesday and Friday in The Advocate. Items should be submitted to “Community,” Advocate eatplaylive section, P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821, or emailed to people@theadvocate.com. Events should be submitted in a timely fashion. By submitting photos to The Advocate, you agree that they can be published in any of The Advocate’s print or digital publications.

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