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July 18th, 2014

NCLAC wraps up arts-filled summer

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This summer has been an eventful one for us here in the NCLAC office.
We’ve had a team of eager interns who have helped us in our endeavors, and since the summer is almost over, their internships will end as well.
Tess Stickney has been working for us with our exhibition-related programming. She has been the friendly face in the lobby of the Dixie Center at each of the Dog Days of Summer Art Crawls. She has written press releases and blog posts, and has assisted with summer arts camps and farmers market projects.

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Children’s tools products of interdisciplinary collaboration

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Speech, communication, typography and storytelling are all merging together for three Louisiana Tech University professors’ interdisciplinary research focusing on fostering children’s development.
Todd Maggio, an associate professor of art, and speech faculty members Kerri Phillips and Christina Madix, are the creative minds behind LMNOBeasts, an educational and therapeutic tool that, as Maggio said, is “also a load of fun.

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Emergency responders recognized

Just because a blaze isn’t seen doesn’t mean there isn’t an emergency.
The Ruston Fire Department and the Lincoln Parish Fire District No. 1 go a long way to maintain a safe environment for all residents.
These men and women are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week providing invaluable services.
RFD Chief James Austin said many times people in today’s society still associate the whole process of firefighting or emergency response with just the title of firefighter, fire trucks and fire.

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Turning hate into success

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The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines hate as “intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger or sense of injury.”
By this definition, I hate to succeed — that is I channel what is normally seen as a negative emotion to fuel my success.
Let’s flashback to 1996 when an 8-year-old boy was auditioning for a role, any role, in a local theater’s production of the “The Wizard of Oz.”
He had been convinced to tryout by his mother, who thought acting would be a great avenue for her oldest son to explore.

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Who decides what is bad for you?

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Who decided marijuana should be illegal? Who decided alcohol consumption should start at a certain age? Who decided that BPA was bad for you? Who decided the effects of cocaine could be detrimental to a person’s health?
Before you read too much into those statements, I’m not saying that I agree or disagree. But I have recently been pondering the idea of who decides whether or not something is “bad” for you.
Are things that are outlawed actually bad for a person or is the reasoning behind their restriction driven by another force.

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Pillen joins Tech staff

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The Louisiana Tech Athletics Department announced today the hiring of David Pillen as the new director of video production and creative services.
Pillen will work closely with the marketing department, Learfield Sports and athletic communications in promoting Tech Athletics through creative pieces such as hype videos, season ticket commercials, sponsored game day elements, student-athlete features and more.

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Tech announces golf slate

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New Louisiana Tech head golf coach Jeff Jenkins announced the Bulldogs’ 2014 fall schedule as he prepares for his first season at the helm of the program.
The fall slate includes four tournaments capped off by the Jim Rivers Intercollegiate at Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant on Oct. 20-21.

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July 17th

Emergency responders experts in multiple areas

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Responding to more than 3,000 calls each year, Ruston Fire Department personnel have their jobs cut out for them.
But community members may not understand why certain equipment is sent to the various calls received.
RFD Chief James Austin said a lot of times people in today’s society still associate the whole process of firefighting or emergency response with just the title of firefighter, fire truck and fire.

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LPNET makes drug bust

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In a multi-department execution of a search warrant two Ruston residents have been arrested on multiple drug-related charges.
Chiquita Jones, 26, and Juakese Lowe, 29, both of 1300 Stewart St., were arrested by members of the Lincoln Parish Narcotics Team after a search warrant was served early today.
According to the arrest affidavit, LPNET agents along with members of the Ruston Police Department SWAT team executed a search warrant at 1300 Stewart St.

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Hunter’s Ed. classes begin Monday

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Lincoln Parish residents will have an opportunity to participate in the upcoming Hunter’s Education Program.
Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone announced recently that the sheriff’s office would be sponsoring the upcoming classes.
Lt. James Colvin said classes for the program would be held at the Lincoln Parish Fire Training Center, located at 415 Fire Training Road.
“Hunter’s education is to teach hunting safety, hunting regulations and respect for wildlife and the outdoors,” Colvin said.

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