SU law seminar scheduled

The Southern University Law Center’s Louis Berry Institute for Civil Rights and Justice will host the second of its continuing legal education seminars on 1983 Actions at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 23 in 130 A.A. Lenoir Hall.

Section 1983 provides a mechanism for seeking redress for an alleged deprivation of a litigant’s federal constitutional and federal statutory rights by persons acting under the color of state law.

“Proving Your Case” is the title of the seminar.

For more information, contact Evelyn L. Wilson, director of the Louis Berry Institute for Civil Rights and Justice, at or (225) 771-4901.

Speech set on effects of poor nutrition

Melinda S. Sothern will present research-based information on the negative effects of poor nutrition and childhood obesity on academic success next month as part of the Academic Distinction Fund’s distinguished speaker series.

Her presentation will be 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 7 at the East Baton Rouge Parish School System’s Instructional Resource Center at 1022 S. Foster Drive.

Sothern is section director, professor of research and clinical exercise physiologist with the LSU Health Sciences Center, School of Public Health and the LSU Pennington Biomedical Research Center’s Prevention of Childhood Obesity Laboratory.

Reservations can be made at or (225) 922-4560.

Annual energy summit in October

The LSU Center for Energy Studies’ annual energy summit, titled “Unconventional Louisiana Shales, Sands and Other Opportunities,” will be Oct. 18 at the Energy, Coast and Environment Building at LSU.

Topics will include oil shale and gas shale surveys; industry structure; environment; storage; exports; power industry impacts; and gas end-user impacts.

The conference website is

Businesses sought for job fairs

Businesses looking to create a diverse work force are being sought to participate in 2011 Work Pay$ Job Fairs taking place around the state in October.

The job fairs, which are free to both employers and job seekers, will be held in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Houma, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, New Orleans, Slidell and Shreveport.

Businesses should register before Sept. 30.

The job fairs will feature mini-symposiums for participating employers and networking and information on a variety of workplace topics.

Participating job seekers who receive Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance will be offered Work Incentive Seminar events to learn how to stay in control of their benefits through employment.

The Work Pay$ Coalition, a consortium of agencies working to increase the employment opportunities for persons with disabilities in Louisiana, is responsible for coordinating the events.

For more detailed information, visit

Apartment complex newly remodeled

The newly remodeled Hardwood Apartment Complex has been reopened in St. Francisville by developer Murray Calhoun.

The complex is a 40-unit rental property with one-, two- and three-bedroom units.

The complex was completely taken down to the frame and reconstructed and equipped with ceiling fans, appliances and new electrical and plumbing and has new sidewalks and a playground area.

A new community room was built, with an office, learning center and computers for the residents.

Hardwood was funded with a direct loan from U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development and additional funding from the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency.

Moving franchise opens in Baton Rouge

A Two Men and a Truck franchise has opened at 4433 Perkins Road, Suite 102.

Joseph South is the owner.

Services range from partial to complete packing, moving and unpacking to pickup and delivery.

The franchise is the first in Louisiana for Two Men and a Truck, which has more than 200 franchises across the country.

For more information, call (225) 771-8680 or go to

LSU participates in blueberry website

The LSU AgCenter and other land grant universities are providing information for producers and consumers through All About Blueberries, a website at

The program is in the second year of a three-year United States Department of Agriculture grant and provided research-based information to anyone with an interest in growing or buying blueberries.