Business Briefs for March 30

BRAC event addresses new schools for BR

Chris Meyer, president and chief executive officer of New Schools for Baton Rouge, will address the Baton Rouge Area Chamber’s monthly investor lunch Tuesday in the Hartley/Vey Studio of the Manship Theatre in downtown Baton Rouge.

The event includes 1:30 p.m. networking and the noon to 1 p.m. program.

Meyer’s topic is “Changing the Conversation: How Baton Rouge Can Create a System of High-Performing, Local Schools.”

The cost is $20 for BRAC members and $30 for non-members.

Registration is at

Two Louisiana projects get Impact awards

Two of Louisiana’s business development projects from 2013 received Corporate Investment and Community Impact awards from the Trade & Industry Development magazine.

Louisiana’s winning projects were the $55 million IBM project in downtown Baton Rouge and the $130 million Gulf Coast Spinning project in Bunkie.

The awards were among 15 corporate investment and 15 community impact selections nationwide.

ADF program focuses on early learning

The Academic Distinction Fund is holding a program titled “High Impact Strategies to Improve Student Achievement: Engaging Families and the Community in Early Childhood Programs” on Thursday at the L’Auberge Hotel at 777 L’Auberge Ave. in Baton Rouge.

Registration is from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., followed by the program until 6 p.m.

Anne Henderson, a senior consultant with the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, is the keynote speaker.

Her specialty is the relationship between families and schools and its impact on students’ success in school and through life.

Research shows engaging families in children’s learning can lead to dramatic gains, especially for academically at-risk students.

Professional Credits will be offered.

Entertainment law symposium planned

An Entertainment Law Symposium will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday in Room 308 of the Loyola University College of Law at 526 Pine St. in New Orleans.

The event is free and open to the public.

Keynote speaker is Richard Busch, an entertainment and copyright litigator and a partner at King & Ballow in Nashville, Tenn. He is a Loyola College of Law alumnus who was named to Billboard Magazine’s 2012 Power 100 list.

The symposium will examine the local legal and business climate of film, TV and music production, licensing and financing.

Prior to Busch’s keynote, two panels will cover music licensing issues and the New Orleans film climate.

A panel will discuss various legal issues, including tax credits, film financing, and common distribution and licensing agreements.

LSU AgCenter part of greenhouse study

LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Melanie Lewis Ivey is studying how diseases enter greenhouses and cost-effective prevention methods.

The project is a collaboration with The Ohio State University and is funded by a $2 million specialty grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The AgCenter’s part is $130,000.

Ivey said the goal is to identify the entry points of high-risk pathogens and develop best practices for safeguarding greenhouse crops from bacteria, viruses and viroids.

Ivey is assembling a guide that will help greenhouse producers learn about best practices for plant disease and food safety management.

LSU offering specialty in financial planning

The LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business will begin offering a specialization in financial planning as part of its Ph.D. in business administration with a major in finance.

Dean Richard D. White Jr. said the specialization has the backing of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards.

For more information, contact Ph.D. adviser professor Rajesh Narayanan at or (225) 578-6236.

Bogalusa hospital joins Our Lady Health System

Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa has become a part of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System.

The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System recently assumed the management and operations of the 98-bed hospital, formerly known as LSU Bogalusa Medical Center, to continue healthcare services and graduate medical education.

More than 500 employees, 125 physicians and two graduate medical education training programs have come under the leadership of the health system.

“The medical center has served as an invaluable resource providing critical care access to Bogalusa, and continues important services to preserve care and medical education in the community,” said John J. Finan Jr., president and CEO of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System.

Our Lady of the Angels joins four other hospitals as part of the health system: St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Our Lady of Lourdes in Lafayette and St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe.

Child well-being event scheduled in April

The Louisiana Child Well-Being Summit will be held April 16-17 in Baton Rouge.

The event is designed to allow local and national experts from the legal, child welfare, medical, mental health and law-making communities to share scientific knowledge, address the need for increased public awareness and propose changes in policies and practices that can counteract the high level of risk that children in Louisiana face.

“The Summit on Child Well-Being will provide the opportunity for discussion and planning across disciplines to improve the quality of life for children in Louisiana,” said Dr. John Wyble, executive director,

The summit will feature leading researchers.

To register, view the course listing and learn more about child well-being in Louisiana, visit

Tulane Engineering Forum scheduled

The 14th annual Tulane Engineering Forum will be held Friday at the Morial Convention Center.

More than 20 presentations prepared for professional engineers, scientists and technical managers are planned, with more than 500 people expected to attend.

Topics will covering infrastructure, energy, oil and gas, chemical processing, wetlands, coastal restoration, levees and flood protection.

The Institute for Human and Machine Cognition and the DARPA Robotics Challenge will be discussed in a morning session.

The cost is $250 for Tulane alumni and $275 for general public registration.

Professional engineers can earn eight professional development hours for attending, including one ethics professional development hour.

To register, go to