Acadiana briefs for Jan. 22, 2014

Donations presented in teacher’s honor

The St. Basil Knights of Columbus Council 10721 of Judice recently made donations to four local schools in honor of the late Gerald Waguespack, a music educator who passed away last year.

The council donated $600 to the libraries at Charles M. Burke Elementary, Judice Middle School, Ridge Elementary and Duson Elementary for the purchases of new books.

Waguespack worked for Lafayette Parish Schools for 36 years and was an assistant band director at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Deadline for Lourdes Foundation grants set

The deadline to submit grant applications to the Lourdes Foundation is noon Feb. 14. The foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations’ healthcare-based initiatives.

The grant application is available at on the Lourdes Foundation page.

For more information, contact Jeigh Stipe, foundation executive director, at (337) 470-4610 or email

PR association names 2014 board members

The Acadiana Chapter of the Public Relations Association of Louisiana recently inducted its board members for 2014.

Returning board members and their affiliations include: President Amanda Le-Roy, Lafayette Surgical Specialty Hospital; Vice President Kate Durio, Downtown Lafayette; Secretary Trevis Badeaux, Women’s & Children’s Hospital; Treasurer John Claude Arceneaux, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Alumni Association; Communications Chair Lana Fontenot, South Louisiana Community College; Program Chairwoman Patricia Thompson, Cox Communications; Membership Development/Events Chairwoman Julie Gauthier, BBR Creative; Kristie Carline, Schumacher Group; and new board member, Gina Bettanski, The Daily Advertiser.

The association’s annual dues are $85 and $25 for students.

Membership meetings are held on the second Tuesday every other month at Abacus. The next membership meeting will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 11. Visit

Miles Perret launches nutrition program

Miles Perret Cancer Services recently launched its new program, Nutrition 365: Monthly Whole Food Education for Cancer Prevention.

Each month, a new food-related topic will be introduced, along with helpful tips and information on cancer prevention, including recipes.

“We are very excited about this program,” Wellness Center Director Alyson Schexnayder said in a news release.

“This is a service that can benefit not only our clients, but the entire community. All of the information will be available through our website and blog. It couldn’t be any easier to access.”

This month, the program features information about the New American Plate from the American Institute for Cancer Research.

To learn more, visit the program’s blog at

Compiled by the Acadiana bureau