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LSU Honor Society Hosts Awards and Induction Ceremony

The LSU Chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi held its 2022 Awards and Induction Ceremony on April 19 at the Dalton Woods Auditorium. Section President Dr. Louay Mohammad presided over the ceremony and the guest speaker was Dr. Matt Lee, Acting Executive Vice President and Provost of LSU. 71 students, professors and teachers became members this year.

The following students received awards at the ceremony: Outstanding Junior, Emilie Ravain; Outstanding Masters Student, Maya C.Tate; Excellent student in final year, Irene Marti Gil; and candidate for National Graduate Scholarship 2022, Sanaa Alam.

The following faculty members received awards: non-tenured faculty award recipients, Dr Emmanouil ChatzopoulosDepartment of Physics and Astronomy; Dr Daniel HolsteinDepartment of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences; Dr. Youn “Lily” KimSchool of Social Work; Dr. Allison Young, Department of Art History.

Outstanding Instructor Winners, Dr Karim El Kholy, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Physics and Astronomy; and Dr. Jason M. Wolfe, Department of History.

LPB Friends Honor Seven Louisiana Legends at 2022 Gala

Friends of LPB held their 32nd annual Louisiana Legends Awards gala on April 28 at the Old State Capitol to honor Louisiana legends. During the ceremony, videos were presented about the life of each legend.

The 2022 winners have distinguished themselves in fields as diverse as broadcasting, philanthropy, science, sport, environmental conservation and the humanities. In honor of this year’s legends, Governor John Bel Edwards proclaimed April 28 Louisiana Legends Day.

The 2022 Louisiana Legends are: Beth Courtneyretired chairman of LPB; Art FevreCEO and Founder of Performance Contractors; Saundra Yancy McGuireretired deputy vice chancellor and professor emeritus of chemistry at LSU; Stephen McGuireJames and Ruth Smith endowed Professor Emeritus of Physics at Southern University; Paul Mainieriretired head baseball coach from LSU; Valsin MarmillionCEO and Founder of Marmillion & Company; Thomas Whiteheadprofessor emeritus at Northwestern State University.

They join a prestigious list of 149 former Louisiana legends that includes Oscar and Grammy winners, star athletes, Pulitzer Prize winners, esteemed dignitaries including the current U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. .

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Baton Rouge Garden Club rededicates the Garig Oak Tree

Members of the Baton Rouge Garden Club held a re-dedication event April 25 in memory of the planting of the Garig Oak in the city park in 1933. The event was held in conjunction with Louisiana’s 86th Annual Convention Garden Club Federation. The theme was “Louisiana’s Live Oak Heritage”.

The Garig Oak Tree was planted to honor George W. Garigcommissioner of streets and parks from 1922-1931.

The event was a joint effort of the Baton Rouge Garden Club, Louisiana Garden Club Federation, Baton Rouge Parks and Recreation Commission, and Friends of the City Park.

Speakers included Roxanne Champagne de Lafayette, president of the LGCF; Ruby Homayssi, BRGF Chairman; and Corey WilsonSuperintendent of BREC.

Baton Rouge Art League Holds Annual Art Show at LSU

The annual Baton Rouge Art League Exhibit and Reception was held April 23 at the LSU Rural Life Museum. The art exhibition featured the work of 98 local artists.

“Sundance” by Betty Efferson won the 2022 purchase award and will be part of the BRAL permanent art collection housed in the Louisiana State Archives. Katy Prescott and Susan Smith, co-chairs of the event, worked with helpers to make the necessary arrangements. Refreshments were provided by Sharon Keaton and Patricia Ryan.

Catherine Mungall and Lilly Bridwell Bowles were in charge of the floral arrangements, Elaine Atkinson and Nancy district took care of the artistic placement and Claire Yeargain worked on the art buying committee. Kathy Stone and Joette LeBlanc designed the invitations and catalog, and Lilly Bridwell Bowles printed guest invitations. Janice Levy assistance with art sales; Melissa Guilbeau, Sarah Fergus and Susie Charpentier greeted guests at the registration table.

The Baton Rouge Art League has been part of the Baton Rouge community since 1934. To learn more about how the Baton Rouge Art League has supported the arts and artists in our community, visit

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