Around Livingston for July 1, 2013

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

The bachelor of science degree 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,” Southeastern Louisiana University 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.”

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 of Commerce officials said.

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

Check-in will start at 7:30 a.m. The cost is $15. Reservations must be made by noon July 8.

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

Class reunion

The Denham Springs High School Class of 2003 will host a 10-year reunion party from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 27 at the Greystone Country Club, 9214 Greystone Drive, Denham Springs.

Tickets may be purchased in advance for $50 through July 17 and $60 at the door.

Cocktail attire is required.

For other information, visit dshs2003.com.

Car show set Saturday

The Broadway Place Car Show will host Cruise In at Broadway Place on from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Broadway Place Shopping Center, 7755 Magnolia Bridge Road, Denham Springs.

The Jones Boys’ Hall of Fame Band will perform and car clubs are welcome.

The event is free, but donations will be accepted to send care packages to troops overseas and to benefit Child Advocacy Services of Livingston.

Contact the Florida Parishes bureau by phone at (225) 664-9058; by fax at (225) 664-9710; and by email at florida@theadvocate.com.