Workshop focuses on grant development

Institute for Strategic Funding Development’s two-day Strategic Grant Development Workshop will be held at LSU August 29-30 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The CFRE-accredited course will count for 15 contact hours or 15 continuing education points. Tuition is $498 per person. To register, call (877) 414-8991 or send an email to

Jobs event set for Aug. 24 at library

“Jobs with Good Pay and Good Benefits: Federal Government Opportunities in South Louisiana” will teach participants about careers and job opportunities with federal government agencies in South Louisiana. Bill Tyler, retired administrative officer at the Southern Regional Research Center, a federal agency based in New Orleans, will discuss application procedures, benefits and job outlook. This is a free informational event, not a job fair, presented by the Career Center, a service of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library. It will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24 at the Bluebonnet Regional Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd. Registration is required, please call 225-381-8434 or email

Wink studio opens in Mall of Louisiana

Wink, a salon additions studio that focuses on services most salons use as add-ons, has opened at the Mall of Louisiana. Wink specializes in eyelash extensions, makeup and eyebrow shaping, providing a full-service beauty bar. The owner is Latrice Pinkins.

‘Louisiana Looking Up 2011’ set for Sept.

“Louisiana Looking Up 2011” will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Lod Cook Alumni Center at 3838 W. Lakeshore Drive. It will feature David Steiner, chief executive officer of Fortune 200 company Waste Management, as its keynote speaker and LSU Chancellor Mike Martin as a guest speaker. Panelists are Todd Graves, president and founder of Raising Cane’s; Patrick Mulhearn, director of Raleigh Studios Baton Rouge at the Celtic Media Center; Matt Saurage, president of Community Coffee; and Peter Stewart, president, CEO and co-founder of TraceSecurity. Adam Knapp, president and CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, will be guest speaker. Spnsorship information is available online at or by emailing To register or for more information, visit

Personal finance seminar scheduled

The 2011 Financial Education Summit, sponsored by the LA JumpStart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, will be Sept. 15-16 at the Crowne Plaza-Baton Rouge. The summit brings financial curriculum and information to members of the community who teach financial workshops to adults and teens. The summit includes 10 break-out sessions and three nationally recognized keynote speakers: Rachel Ramsey Cruze, of the Dave Ramsey Organization; Maxine Sweet of Experian North America; and Bert Davis, of Capital One Bank. For more information and to register, visit

LSU postdoc fellow receives award

Michael J. Neilan, postdoctoral research fellow at the LSU Center for Computation & Technology, has received an award from the National Science Foundation to focus on fully nonlinear second-order partial differential equations. The award is for a three-year period. PDEs play a crucial role in understanding and predicting various real-world problems including modeling weather phenomena, determining the intial shape of the universe, optimal reflector design, differential geometry, optimal transport, mathematical finance, image processing and mesh generation. PDEs cannot be solved by simple mathematical formulas, and the need for accurate and efficient computational methods is necessary.

SU professor gets climate grant

Zhu H. Ning, a professor in the Southern University urban forestry program, has received two funding awards totaling nearly $1 million to study climate change in the U.S. and China. Both grants will help SU students in the study of the effects of climate change. NASA awarded her $725,512 for her project “An Ecosystem Approach to Climate Change Education.” The second award, $150,000, is from the National Science Foundation for her project “IRES: Enhancing Global Competence and Research Skills in Climate Change and Urban Ecosystems through Collaborative Research in China.

Entergy gives out $1M in grants

More than 50 nonprofit groups have been selected to receive $1 million in grants from the Entergy Charitable Foundation. The grants include $112,500 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana to support the expansion of the group’s community kitchen. The kitchen produces up to 2 million meals a year for feeding programs aimed at children, the elderly and disaster victims. There is also a $50,000 grant to Education’s Next Horizon of Baton Rouge to support that group’s work to improve access to qualify pre-school education, improving the academic performances of older at-risk students, and reducing the dropout rate.

Stanley Steemer moves in BR

The Stanley Steemer franchise in Baton Rouge has moved to 9142 Castille Road. The franchise expanded from 2,800 square feet to 4,100 square feet; from 15 employees to 20 employees; from five service trucks to eight service trucks. The franchise is hiring.