community: LASM obtains a grant for Blue Star programs | Entertainment/Life

The Louisiana Art & Science Museum received a $21,000 donation from David Stoner and Special Risk Insurance Inc., VFIS of Miss/Lou in support of the museum’s Blue Star Museums program. This program allows veterans, active duty military, first responders and their families to visit LASM at no charge year-round.

“LASM’s Blue Star program is a great way to help those who serve their country and community,” Stogner said. “Our first responders, as well as the military, risk their lives every day and for their sacrifice, we must help them in any way we can.”

LASM has been a long-time participant in the Blue Star Museums program, which is affiliated with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense. Sponsorship of Stogner and Special Risk Insurance Inc., VFIS of Miss/Lou since 2019 has allowed the program to grow at LASM, including free admission for veterans and first responders in addition to active duty military and of their families generally served by the national Blue Star museum program. In 2021, 1,866 people were admitted free of charge to LASM thanks to this program.

The Stogners’ donation was made in memory of David’s late wife, Tammy Stoner.

Elementary school teacher flies with Civil Air Patrol

The Capital Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron took Marguerite Rodriguean elementary school teacher, on a Teacher Orientation Program flight from Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport on March 13.

CAP’s TOP National Program is designed to familiarize teachers with flight and to help them bring aviation to students who can then participate as CAP cadets or pursue aviation careers in the military aerospace industry. or civil. There is a shortage of military and commercial pilots.

Rodrigue teaches math and science in grades four and five at Wildwood Elementary School in Baton Rouge.

“As a STEM teacher, I’m always looking for ways to expand my students’ learning and adding aerospace concepts is something I’ve been working on,” she said. “I’ve been able to incorporate a few lessons over the past few years, including a ‘Things that Fly’ engineering design challenge and an exploration of gravity. I’ve also taken advantage of CAP’s offerings to educator members of hands-on activities STEM that support aviation education. Every CAP class inspired my students and they loved them!”

Teachers who may be interested in this program can contact the Louisiana CAP Director of Aerospace Education, 1st Lt. Jud Ergle[email protected] or (504) 756-9255.

LSU and SLU students win journalism awards

Student journalists from LSU and Southeastern Louisiana University were among the recipients of the Society of Professional Journalists Region 12’s 2021 Mark of Excellence Awards.

SPJ Region 12 includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. First place winners will compete nationally among other MOE regional winners from the 12 SPJ regions.

Print/online winners include:

Breaking News Reporting, Winner: Students Protest LSU’s Treatment of Former French Student Accused of Rape: ‘Safe, Not Silenced’ – by Maddie Scott and Dominique Purdy, LSU; runner-up: Louisiana AG calls on LSU to punish professor for criticizing official after Faculty Senate meeting – en Piper HutchinsonUSL.

In-Depth Reporting (Large), Winner: Louisiana Residents Face the Climate Crisis – by Joe Rizzo, Joey Bullard and Michael Sander, LSU; finalist: Separate cemeteries — by Allison Kadlubar, Bailee Hoggatt, Ezekiel Robinson and Jordanne DavisUSL.

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Sports Writing (Large), winner: Under Brian Kelly, LSU expects multiple championships: ‘He’s there to support it’ – by Reed Darcey, LSU; runner-up: Collis Temple Jr. helped bring LSU athletics to life 50 years ago – by Peter RauterkusUSL.

Editorial Writing, Finalist: Reveille Editorials – by Editorial Board, LSU.

General Column Writing, Winner: Title IX Application – by Claire Sullivan, LSU; Finalist: Renaming LSU Buildings – by Charlie StephensUSL.

Writing sports columns, winner: Chronicles — by Peter RauterkusUSL.

Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Purpose Student Newspaper (Broad Format), Finalist: Reveille | — by Staff, LSU.

Broadcast/Online News Videography, Winner: Groundbreaking Medline – by Taylor Nettle, University of Southeast Louisiana; Finalist, Causeway Improvements — by Jordan KliebertUniversity of Southeast Louisiana.

Stream/Online Videography, Winner: Southeastern Vertebrate Museum – by Alexis Genovese, University of Southeast Louisiana; finalist: Litter gitter — by John WilliamsUniversity of Southeast Louisiana.

Stream/Online Sports Video, Winner: Southeast vs. Northwest State Football – by Jermaine KellyUniversity of Southeast Louisiana.

Radio Feature, Finalist: Gabriel Watkins, Congressional Intern — by Sierra VanderhorstUSL.

Podcast, Finalist: Tiger Talk — by Staff, LSU.

Television General News Reporting, winner: Local HS tackles concussions – by Jacob Cheatwood, LSU; runner-up: shop owner fights back — by Marissa GalatasUSL.

TV Report, Winner: Baton Rouge Gym Boosts Mental Health – en Ally Kadlubar, LSU; finalist: Litter gitter — by Lauren HawkinsUniversity of Southeast Louisiana.

Television In-Depth Reporting, winner: Transgender bills could harm tourism – en Brooke SmithUSL;

TV Sports Reporting, Winner: Sibling Swimmers – by Kendall Duncan, LSU; finalist: Morgan Carrier — by Carson FryouUniversity of Southeast Louisiana.

Best All-Round Newscast, Winner: Tiger TV Newsbeat – by Staff, LSU; Finalist: Northshore News — by staff at Southeastern Louisiana University.