Community news for Feb. 21

Links seminar focuses on international study

The Baton Rouge Chapter of The Links held the Links International and Foreign Affairs Empowerment for Youth on Jan. 31 at the LSU Energy, Coast and Environment Building.

Six guest speakers from LSU and Southern University engaged minority students from Capitol High School with half-hour talks on international degrees, careers and study abroad opportunities. Presenters were, Devyn Spence Benson, LSU assistant professor in History and African American Studies, who gave historical perspectives on Cuba; Warner Anderson, retired Southern professor in International Education, who spoke on international study abroad; Vince Wilson, director of Coastal Environment Science at LSU, who spoke on coastal studies and the environment; Erin Wheeler, science, math and learning consultant at LSU, who spoke on learning strategies and study skills; Touria Khannous, assistant professor in Foreign Languages and Literature at LSU, who spoke on Africa and the diaspora; and Ye-Sho Chen, director of Emerging Markets Initiatives and professor of Information Systems at LSU’s E.J. Ourso College of Business, who spoke on international business.

Scouts honor three outstanding volunteers

The Sewell Eagle District of the Istrouma Area Boy Scout Council held its annual volunteer recognition banquet Feb. 8 at St. George Catholic Church’s Kleinpeter Activity Center.

The District Award of Merit is the highest honor a district may award to volunteers who render outstanding service. The Sewell Eagle District covers portions of East and West Baton Rouge parishes.

The 2013 recipients of the District Award of Merit are Stephen Davidson, of Baton Rouge, assistant scoutmaster, Troop 136, chartered by St. George Catholic Church; Travis Michel, of Addis, cubmaster, Pack 39, chartered by St. John the Baptist Catholic Church; and Darrell P. Ourso, of Baton Rouge, council executive board member and Troop 888 chartered organization representative, co-chartered by Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church.

LSU Retirees get advice from LSU horticulturist

LSU AgCenter horticulturist Bob Souvestre gave gardening tips to the LSU Faculty and Staff Retirees Club on Feb. 10.

Souvestre said the recent cold weather likely killed all tropical plants and lime trees, but check for new growth on other plants in spring before tossing them out.

Winter is a good time for fertilizing and pruning trees and managing winter weeds, but don’t think about pruning azaleas this time of year or after Aug. 15, for that matter.

At the business meeting, officers and committee chairs Terril Faul, Lorry Trotter, Ed Bosworth, Barbara Franke, Mary McGehee, Jerry Juneau, Kathy Bosworth and Ken Paxton gave reports.

The club meets on the second Monday of the month. All LSU retirees and their spouses are invited to join. Contact

Cancer research topic for BSP chapter event

Dixie Gregory spoke about Henrietta Lacks, and how cancer research and other health issues have advanced due to the study of her cells when Laureate Alpha Gamma Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Feb. 4 at Gail Keller’s home.

Also attending were President Page Meyer, Virginia Huffman, Verlyne LeBlanc, Jean Leyda, Sandy Linder, Meyer, Marilyn Mayeux, Maxine Muller and Phyllis Turner.

Members attended a stained glass class on Jan. 25 at Create Studios. Members chose birds or a dragon fly for their stained glass artwork.

Prewitt graduates from Air Force basic training

Air Force Airman Johnathan D. Prewitt graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Susie and Douglas Prewitt, of Baton Rouge, and is a 2012 graduate of Hosanna Christian Academy.

Rose graduates from Navy basic training

Navy Seaman Bradley C. Rose, son of Lisa Jones, of Baton Rouge, and Roosevelt Rose, of Covington, Ga., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill., with honors. Rose is a 2003 graduate of Redemptorist High School.

Rebennack completes Air Force basic training

Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Justin B. Rebennack graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Lisa Rebennack, of Baton Rouge, and is a 2012 graduate of East Jefferson High School, Metairie.

McKinley Class of 1964 plans 50-year reunion

The McKinley High School Class of 1964 will hold a 50-year reunion the weekend of May 23. Planning meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the McKinley Alumni Center, 1520 Thomas Delpit Drive, Baton Rouge. Meetings are open to all alumni of the graduating class of 1964. For information, contact Melvin Mitchell, (225) 614-5065 or (225) 769-5968, or James Lucas, (225) 216-9505.

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Compiled by Advocate staff writer George Morris. The “Community” column runs every Tuesday and Friday in The Advocate. Items should be submitted to “Community,” Advocate eatplaylive section, P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821, or emailed to