Linda A. Howard-Curtis, school social worker at Pierre A. Capdau Charter School, has been selected by the Louisiana Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers to receive the 2016 Louisiana Social Worker of the Year award. Howard-Curtis also was NASW’s 2016 School Social Worker of the Year for the Houma/Thibodaux region.

Howard-Curtis was recognized for her dedication and hard work in the best interest of students. She has secured more than $15,000 of free school uniforms for students and also school supplies, materials and other resources for children in the New Orleans Public School System through her relationship with the Adopt-A-Family program.


Four students from the LSU College of Agriculture School of Animal Sciences placed second in the American Society of Animal Science’s Southern Regional Academic Quadrathlon.

Team members are Sarah Ainsworth, Trent Dugas, Cobey Hendry and Spencer Tindal. The team placed first in quiz bowl, second in oral presentations, third in lab practicum and fifth in a written exam.

Ten universities participated in the event in San Antonio and College Station, Texas. Texas A&M University placed first overall. The University of Arkansas placed third.

LSU AgCenter forestry economist Shaun Tanger received a Southern Regional Extension Forest Resources Award for Excellence for his forestry market blog, Stumpage Speak, which details price reports, market trend analysis and the economic outlook for the forestry industry.

Southern Region Extension Forestry and Natural Resources Coordinators gave out 18 awards to 68 individuals from seven states. Innovation, ability to show impact and ability to be replicated are among the criteria for the awards.


The Southwest chapter of the ESOP Association named Acadian Ambulance as ESOP Company of the Year for the fourth year and presented its Best Communications Overall award to the company for communicating the values and benefits of Employee Stock Ownership Plans. Sheila Hebert was honored as the Employee-Owner of the Year Award. Hebert is the business office manager of Safety Management Systems, Acadian’s health, safety, environmental, medical, security and training division. She promotes employee ownership to her fellow employees and served on Acadian’s first ESOP committee 23 years ago. She is the third Acadian employee-owner to be honored with the award.

The Southwest chapter represents companies in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.


The two-year LSU AgCenter Agricultural Leadership Development program has graduated from the local area Kassi Berard, of Breaux Bridge; Hester Bourdier and John Compton, of New Iberia; Patrick Frischhertz and Billy Patout, of New Orleans; Heath Gajan, of Plaquemine; Clint Galiano, of Amite; Leigh Godchaux, of Abbeville; Chris Green, of Zachary; and Drew Maciasz, of New Roads.

They were among 22 graduates. The program prepares men and women who are dedicated to the agriculture industry to take leadership roles on issues that affect Louisiana agriculture at local, national and global levels.

LSU Agricultural Center scientists Steve Linscombe, Dustin Harrell, Don Groth and Eric Webster received the Distinguished Rice Research Team Award from the Rice Technical Working Group for their work helping farmers use Clearfield rice variety technology.

“This team has played a major role in the implementation of Clearfield in the southern rice-growing states,” said Lee Tarpley, a plant physiologist at Texas A&M University and the organization’s secretary. Tarpley said the team assisted farmers with managing water and controlling diseases and weeds.

In addition, Larry White, retired foundation seed director at the Rice Research Station, received the 2016 Distinguished Rice Service Award, recognizing his efforts in making the station’s foundation seed program a superior facility.