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LSU professor refining production of biodegradable Mardi Gras beads

LSU Department of Biological Sciences Professor Naohiro Kato is refining the process to make biodegradable Mardi Gras beads.
He has patent applications pending on various formulations and methods of making the biodegradable beads that could help prevent tens of thousands of pounds of plastic Mardi Gras beads from entering the environment every year.
For one of his inventions, Kato has developed a process in which to grow a species of microscopic algae called diatoms, harvest it and process it into a powder that can form throw beads and doubloons.

McNeese releases fall President’s honor List

The President’s Honor List for the fall 2018 semester at McNeese State University has been announced. To be on the President’s Honor List, an undergraduate student must earn at least a 3.5 grade point average or better while carrying at least 15 semester hours. A senior eligible for graduation but carrying less than 15 hours is also provided that student was on the President’s Honor List the previous semester.
The President’s Honor List includes the following.
BASILE: Brenan S. Langley, Mary E. Leonards, Amy Rae Willard, Madie B. Young.

CROWLEY — The 25th class of the Leadership EXCEL program kicked off a new year with a two-day retreat held at the First Baptist of Crowley on Jan. 17 and 18.
Twenty participants from the parishes of Acadia and Jeff Davis are participating in the year-long program.
Keith Simpson, advisory board chairman, welcomed the new class. “The participants of the Leadership Excel Class of 2019 represent the 25th anniversary of this enduring community enterprise and leadership program. This rich legacy has created over 500 Leadership EXCEL graduates from Acadia and Jeff Davis Parishes. These past, present and future leaders will continue their careers with a deeper understanding and appreciation of our region’s economic development, business climate, government structure, and social challenges. Each year and each class helps Leadership Excel build a community of Leaders,” he said.
Brent Henley, president of the Pyramid Group, conducted the orientation session which included team building activities and the community simulation, SIMSOC, a highly participative simulation reflecting the challenges of society. Participants created their own community complete with political parties, industries, and economic classes. According to Henley, participants learn about each other through activities, demonstrate their ability to work as a team, and experience community leadership through the simulation.
Leadership EXCEL stands for Experience in Community Enterprise and Leadership. The program is designed to prepare emerging leaders to meet the future leadership needs of our community. Through the exchange of viewpoints and experiences, participants are exposed to the challenges, opportunities, and vital issues affecting Acadia and Jeff Davis parishes.
The EXCEL program is hosted by the Acadia Parish Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Jeff Davis Chamber of Commerce. The program would not be possible without the generous support of its sponsors: Acadia Parish Farm Bureau, First National Bank, Encore Healthcare & Rehabilitation, Bank of Commerce, Dugas, Soileau & Breaux CPA Firm, Acadia Parish Assessor, Jim ‘Jimbo’ Petitjean, Rayne Building & Loan Association, Farmers State Bank, E.L. Habetz Builders, Carmichael’s Cashway Pharmacy and Jennings American Legion Hospital.

Leadership EXCEL’s 25th class begins year

The 25th class of the Leadership EXCEL program kicked off a new year with a two-day retreat held at the First Baptist of Crowley on Jan. 17 and 18.
Twenty participants from the parishes of Acadia and Jeff Davis are participating in the year-long program.

PAR to keep constitutional issues on front-burner

Legislation to pave the way for another constitutional convention in Louisiana failed to get approval from the House last year, but a respected public policy organization still intends to keep the issue on the front-burner in 2019.
For more than six decades the Public Affairs Research Council produced guides for voters, underwritten policy papers for legislators and provided testimony on a variety of topics, oftentimes with good government bent.

Dale Sittig, right, receives the Eunice Rotary Club’s 2018 Citizen of the Year Award from John Pucheu, chairman of the club’s Citizen of the Year committee, at the club’s meeting on Wednesday. (Photo by Myra Miller)

Sittig is Rotary’s ‘Citizen of the Year’

Dale Sittig accepts the Eunice Rotary Club’s 2018 Citizen of the Year Award, presented to him by John Pucheu, chairman of the club’s Citizen of the Year committee.
The Rotary Club was founded in 1924 and has given the Citizen of the Year award since 1942.

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