Livingston-Tangipahoa briefs for June 27, 2013

Southeastern to add computing degree

Southeastern Louisiana University will offer a new undergraduate computing degree in information technology beginning in the fall 2013 semester.

The bachelor of science degree enhances and builds on a concentration in information technology that the Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology has offered for several years, seeing its first graduates in 2010.

“Enrollment in the information technology concentration has exploded in recent years, and we now have more than 190 majors, more than our information systems and computer science concentrations combined,” said Sebastian van Delden, head of the Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology. “The need and the demand for this course of study have been well established.”

The new degree was approved earlier this year by Southeastern’s management board, the University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors, and the Louisiana Board of Regents.

“There is a clear workforce need for this kind of program in Louisiana,” President John L. Crain said. “The state has set a major goal of attracting technology firms, and major players such as IBM, Ameritas, and other software development and technology firms are establishing operations in south Louisiana. Companies like this offer well-paying positions, many of which our graduates will be well qualified to fill.”

Mayors to discuss flood insurance

A Mayors’ Breakfast will be held July 10 at Forrest Grove Plantation, 8743 Stephenson Drive, Denham Springs.

Mayors attending include Jimmy Durbin, of Denham Springs; Toni Guitrau, of French Settlement; and Charlie Martin, of Springfield. Other mayors for municipalities in Livingston Parish will also be attending, Chamber officials said.

The mayors will talk about their municipalities and the projected changes in the flood insurance rates and how they will affect the parish.

Check in will start at 7:30 a.m. The cost is $15. The deadline to RSVP is noon July 8.

Call the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce at (225) 665-8155 to reserve a seat.

Class to hold 10-year reunion

The Denham Springs High School Class of 2003 will host a 10-year reunion next month at Greystone Country Club, 9214 Greystone Drive, Denham Springs. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $50 through July 17th and $60 at the door. Cocktail attire is required. For the date and times, visit http://www.dshs2003.com.

HIV/AIDS talk
for girls, women

The Face-To-Face Enrichment Center will host the first Outstanding Mature Girlz conference from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Ponchatoula Community Center, 300 N. Fifth St.

Held in recognition of National HIV Testing Day, the OMG conference is designed to raise awareness of the increasing impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. The free event will feature guest speakers, break-out sessions and entertainment.

To register, visit http://www.FaceToFaceCenter.org.