Literary Circle holds first Literati Dinner

The Literary Circle of LSU hosted the inaugural Brooks and Warren Literati Dinner April 10 at the Cook Conference Center.

Valerie Hemingway, who was Ernest Hemingway’s personal secretary in 1959-60 and later married Hemingway’s youngest son, Gregory, was the speaker.

The Literary Circle of LSU, which supports the LSU English Department, annually hosts two events — a fall community lecture and a gala spring dinner.

Highland Park tourney benefits Cystic Fibrosis

The Highland Park Tennis Association Tournament Committee gathered on April 19 to celebrate raising $21,725 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation through its 2014 Jim Crane State Farm Highland Open tennis tournament, held April 4-6, in Baton Rouge.

The 2014 total was the second-highest in the Highland Open’s 32-year history, surpassed only by the 2011 total of $23,000. The funds were raised from corporate and business donations, tournament entry fees, a raffle and silent auction, and the “65 Roses” campaign.

Since 2010, the Highland Open fundraising efforts have contributed $106,693 to CFF. Of those funds, $39,000 has come from the “65 Roses” campaign in which individuals, companies, tennis teams and organizations sponsor a CFF roses for $100 each. HPTA is the only organization in Louisiana to surpass its 65 roses goal for five years in a row.

Friends of Humanities celebrates 25 years

Friends of the Humanities celebrated 25 years of support to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s interdisciplinary humanities studies at its spring luncheon on April 30.

Friends of the Humanities is a non-profit started 25 years ago by 10 women who were auditing classes at the university and saw the need to augment humanities instructional materials. Projects included establishing an endowed professorship in the humanities, a humanities resource room in Griffin Hall and an outstanding grants program. John Troutman in the history department is the current endowed professor.

Three of the founders — Suzan Allen, Deanie Chesson and Betty Fleming — attended the luncheon as did two of the four early faculty advisers — Mathe Allain and Gloria Fiero. Also attending was Ray Authement, who as university president approved the formation of the organization in 1989.

Gloria Fiero spoke about humanities through the ages. Past presidents in attendance, in addition to the three founders, were Joyce Bonin, Yvonne Richard, Patricia Coleman, Didi Battle and Fifi Billeaud.

Allain presented the inaugural Friends of the Humanities Founders’ Award for meritorious teaching to Ian Kinsella, instructor in English and Humanities. The $500 award is to be given annually to a professor who exhibits excellence in teaching and research in interdisciplinary humanities.

‘Dancing Doll’ Rollins selected Torch Bearer

Southern University Dancing Dolls Captain April Rollins received the Montford Point Marine 28 James E. Stewart Sr. Torch Bearer Award for 2013-14 season. She was presented the award on May 1.

This award honors students who have made exemplary contributions to a student organization and made a positive impact outside the university, whose influence, ideals and activities have been devoted unselfishly to serve the best interests of the university and fellow students.

Rollins received a Crystal Commemorative award, a duplicate of the Montford Point Marines Congressional Gold Medal, and $1,000.

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