Acadiana briefs for Jan. 18, 2014

Press Club discusses flood protection issue

The issue of flood protection for Acadiana’s coastal parishes is the featured topic of the upcoming Acadiana Press Club’s noon forum Monday at The Daily Advertiser, 1100 Bertrand Drive.

Chenier Plain Coastal Restoration and Protection Authority board members Ryan Bourriaque and Phillip L. “Scotter” Trosclair, along with Ben Langlinais of the Iberia Parish Levee, Hurricane and Conservation District will discuss the challenges of providing protection for communities with no revenue source to fund their efforts.

The forum begins at noon and is open to the public. Guests are encouraged to arrive early if they want to purchase a lunch from the Rice Kings food truck, which will be parked in The Advertiser’s parking lot during the forum.

Club membership is open to journalists, media professionals, public relations professionals, public information officers, communication professors and students, retired journalists, civic and political leaders and the general public. For more information, visit:

Bank makes donation to SLCC Foundation

The newly created South Louisiana Community College Foundation recently received a boost of $2,500 and a matching donation planned for next year from Gulf Coast Bank.

“The Foundation is a private not-for-profit set up to develop resources to support the South Louisiana Community College community: students, faculty, and staff,” said SLCC Chancellor Natalie Harder in a news release. “The Foundation raises money to provide scholarships to students so that they can focus on completing college and are less likely to drop out because of financial issues. It raises money for program support, such as the $500,000 needed to start our Registered Nursing program in 2014.”

Gulf Coast Bank President and CEO Paul Patout serves on the SLCC Foundation board and said many of his employees are SLCC students and graduates.

Patout has personal ties to the college — five of his children attended classes there. He challenged other businesses throughout Acadiana to get involved and help out financially.

“One thing about SLCC is that it has branches throughout Acadiana,” Patout said. “It allows students in smaller communities to have the education they desire.”

As part of its foundation’s fundraising efforts, the college also has started an employee-giving program.

“There are peer colleges around the country which have more than 50 percent of their employees demonstrating their college pride by supporting their respective college foundation — I think we can go beyond that number,” Harder said.

For information on making a contribution to the SLCC Foundation, contact Lana Fontenot, public relations specialist, at (337) 521-9026 or