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Regular Features

In This Issue Wining & Dining 6 United States of Sandwiches 10 The Scoop on Coffee 12 Top 20 SWLA Restaurants

14-25 Cover Story: GRIDIRON laces & Faces P 26 Devin David’s Golden Rule 30 Peveto Woods Sanctuary 32 Education Superheroes


19 McNeese Corral 28 First Person with Robert John Sr. 34 Who’s News 36 Happenings 46 Business Buzz 52 By the Numbers 54 The New Family Tree 70 Solutions for Life


Money & Career 40 Regional Workforce Projections

44 How Louisiana Stands with Working Dads

Home & Family 48 Explaining Divorce to Young Children 50 When Mean Girls Grow Up 56 Feature: The Unchurched

Style & Beauty 58 Hot Outside, Cold in the Office: What to Wear 60 Skirting with a New Look

Mind & Body 66 Can’t Stand the Heat 68 Revolutionary Research in SWLA

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Wining & Dining The of by Jen Breen

Who doesn’t love a sandwich? Americans certainly do. We consume about 200 of them each year. We all have our favorites, whether it’s poboy, muffaletta, Cuban, reuben or a simple PB&J. The world’s greatest chefs, neighborhood eateries and home cooks continuously innovate this culinary classic to new heights, whether through entirely new creations or revising a favorite. However, the sandwich is so much more than food shoved between two pieces of bread—it’s part of our history, and where we come from. In this age of mass food production, chain restaurants and big box stores, the legendary feats of sandwich stardom are among the few fabrics preserving their region’s distinctive personality. You may be able to order a poboy in a restaurant in Minnesota, but it’s sure not going to taste anything like Darrell’s on College Street. The same goes for the rest of America’s iconic sandwiches. It doesn’t taste or feel right unless you’re in its home. Where did it all begin? History usually credits its namesake, the Earl of Sandwich, John Montagu. The French aristocrat was an avid gambler. One night, in the latter part of the 1700s, the Earl was determined to break even. He held

out for 24 hours. Needing some sort of sustenance, but something quick and manageable, he instructed his servant to give him a piece of beef between two slices of toasted bread. Thus the term sandwich was born. It became immediately popular in France and then England; from there it embarked on its journey throughout the world. Montagu’s modern ancestors have continued the family legacy by opening a chain of restaurants fittingly called the Earl of Sandwich. While Montagu gave the sandwich its name, he (or possibly his servant) didn’t invent this culinary staple. While it’s impossible to pinpoint its origins, many food historians attribute the discovery to Hidell the Elder, a rabbi in Jerusalem who created the Korech or “Hillel” sandwich for a Passover Seder in 110 BC. He served bitter herbs between unleavened matzo. Since then there has been recordings of people eating fillings between bread throughout history. America’s golden age of sandwiches ranged between the 1920s through 1940s. Much like the Earl of Sandwich, most of these delectable wonders emerged as a solution for a quick meal.

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The Poboy In 1929, the city of New Orleans was shut down by a streetcar worker’s strike. Brothers Benny and Clovis Martin, who had worked as street car conductors before opening a sandwich shop in the French Quarter, vowed to feed the workers throughout the strike. The brothers found that the tapered ends of a French bread loaf allowed them to cut multiple sandwiches of the same length, making sandwiches faster to produce. When feeding the workers they would say, “here comes another po’boy!” The name and the sandwich stuck.

The Philly Cheesesteak

The Italian Sandwiches: Muffaletta, Sub and Hero These delectable sandwiches made of various spiced meats, cheese, vegetables and oil were created by Italian immigrants mostly in the 1920s and 1930s in small delis and stands to feed the working man, who typically had short lunch breaks. However, unlike most of the others, New Orleans’s muffaletta arrived more than a decade earlier. While there are some regional variances, there are more similarities. The key difference is the name. The muffaletta was created by Salvatore Lupo, who sold an Italian bread called muffuletto to farmers at his French Quarter store, Central Grocery. In 1906, after noticing that his customers were also buying meat, olives and cheese and were having difficulty balancing the food, he decided to make easier to eat and carry by placing it all together between two pieces of bread. The sandwich was eventually called “muffaletta.” The most popular term is sub—short for submarine—and was coined in New London, Connecticut, as its main consumers were soldiers during WWII at the local Navy base. The hero is native to New York City and received its name from New Herald Tribune food columnist Clementine Paddleworth. When referring to the large size of the sandwich, Paddleworth wrote, “You had to be a hero to eat it.” These are just a few of the names. Almost every city and some towns throughout the Mid-Atlantic and New England avidly defend their name of for this Italian sandwich, making it part of who they are.

The Philly Cheesesteak is as synonymous with the city of Philadelphia as the Liberty Bell, maybe even more so. This ambassador of the cradle of liberty made its first appearance in 1930 when hot dog vendor Pat Oliveri decided to try out beef on his grill. It was an instant hit, leading him to open up his own shop, Pat’s King of Steaks. Pat’s owned the market for decades until Joe Vento started a cheesesteak war by opening his shop, Geno’s, across the street. The 40-year battle is still ongoing. Vento claims he added the cheese, but many claim Pat’s did it first.

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Summer Super-Foods You can get most fruits and vegetables year-round at your local grocery store, but to get the most taste and benefit from your produce, it’s best to buy local, in season, or both. Summer is winding down, but there are still plenty of superfoods you can add to your plate.

PEPPERS Bell peppers are excellent superfoods. They’re packed with vitamin C, vitamin A and potassium. If you have to choose between the green ones or red ones, go for the red. Although both are good for you.

TOMATOES These are some of the best superfoods for summer. The peak time for tomatoes wanes with the hot weather, but when you buy them in season you’ll get a juicy, ripe and delicious selection. Tomatoes are nutrient-rich—they’re high in antioxidants.

BLUEBERRIES Blueberries are superfood royalty, right up there with broccoli. They’ve been considered an ideal cancerand diabetes-fighting fruit. Get your blueberries now and freeze them for later. If you’re looking to kick up the health level on your diet, be sure to include blueberries.

CUCUMBERS According to Natural News, you can pretty much get all the vitamins you need just from eating cucumbers. They hydrate the body, benefit the skin, and aid in healthy digestion. They’re also known for reducing blood pressure and are considered excellent forces against cancer, diabetes and heart disease. But be sure to choose organic. Cucumbers are often sprayed with pesticides at greater levels than other veggies.

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Americans are in love with potatoes. Slice them up for French fries. Bag them for chips. Mash them skins for a buttery side-dish. We’ll eat ’em any way we can get ’em. According to the US Department of Agriculture, potatoes are the leading vegetable crop in the US. They are, by far, America’s favorite veggie. They comprise about 15 percent of farm sales receipts for vegetables, mostly for fries and chips. August is the

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start of the potato marketing season as they begin their harvest. Potatoes were first recognized as an American crop in 1866 and for about 100 years, they were mostly eaten fresh. But as French fries and processed potato products gained popularity in the midcentury, their primary function switched gears. The USDA estimates that consumption of fresh potatoes fell from 81 pounds per person in 1960 to about 42

percent per person in the 2000s. But we certainly didn’t stop eating them altogether. We just found new—and arguably, less healthy—ways to consume them. It appears that our anti-carb-crazed society hasn’t completely turned its back on the spud. But what’s the real dig on potatoes?

The Pros

Despite their starchy reputation, there’s evidence that potatoes can have health benefits. Research presented at the American Chemical Society several years ago found that moderate daily servings of potatoes can reduce blood pressure without causing weight gain. Potatoes are low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium, and they’re a good source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium and manganese.

The Cons

Potatoes don’t have much protein, and their calorie count is higher than other vegetables. But the biggest issue with potatoes isn’t necessarily how they come out of the ground, it’s what we do with them afterward. Eaten in its natural state, the potato has plenty of vitamins and minerals and can be a healthy addition to a nutrient-rich diet, assuming they’re served fresh and in moderation. But once they’re processed into potato chips, draped in butter, or dropped into a deep-fryer, the health benefits simmer away. Unfortunately, that appears to be our favorite way to eat them. The problem isn’t in the potato: it’s the high-calorie ingredients we add to it.

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For many American adults, coffee is a daily source of energy. According to the National Coffee Association USA, the percentage of American adults who drink coffee on any given day is 59 percent. In fact, they report that coffee consumption has surpassed soft drink consumption among American adults. The type of coffee consumed by adults is varied, with a shift in gourmet coffee consumption. National Coffee Association USA reports that gourmet coffee consumption rose 3 percent in 2014, with 34 percent of American adults consuming gourmet coffee daily. The biggest support for gourmet coffee (42 percent) comes from those between the ages of 25 and 39. Coming in second at 35 percent are those between the ages of 18 and 24. For those who brew their own coffee, 53 percent of Americans choose to use a drip coffee maker, whereas only 15 percent choose to use a single-cup brewing system.

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Why are so many Americans rushing to a cup of coffee in the morning? It’s simple: there are tons of perks to drinking the caffeinated beverage. Below is a short list of benefits provided by WorldOfCoffee.com: It makes you happy. Coffee stimulates the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which helps improves mood. Dopamine, as defined by psychologytoday.com, “is a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers. Dopamine also helps regulate movement and emotional responses.” It acts as a painkiller. According to worldofcaffeine.com, “Caffeine delivers pain relief by exerting so-called ‘peripheral action’—that is, relief at the site of an injury. In doing so, it acts directly on muscle tissue, relieving pain by repairing tissue damage and reducing inflammation.” Caffeine can be found in over-the-counter medications such as Midol and Excedrin.

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In addition to drinking coffee for a boost of energy, coffee can be used as a skincare product. Coffee scrubs work to exfoliate the skin. Coffee scrubs can also reduce the appearance of cellulite for a brief amount of time. The secret is in the caffeine. According to livestrong.com, caffeine has the ability to reduce inflammation and constrict small blood vessels, which make it a prime candidate for cellulite creams. It has the ability to improve skin’s appearance, make it look smoother and toned, as well as give the skin a youthful look. However, these skin improvements are temporary. To make your own coffee scrub, PopSugar.com suggests combining 1-cup coffee grounds, 1/2-cup white or brown sugar, and 1-cup coconut oil. Just keep in mind that coffee scrubs work best when used daily. Coffee use does not stop here. It can be used to make homemade soap and candles, to stain furniture, as a fertilizer, a cleaner for pots and pans, and can be used as a DIY pest repellant.

It can help you lose weight. Caffeine can suppress one’s appetite and increase metabolism. It also enhances the benefits of exercising.

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Steamboat Bill’s

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Steamboat Bill’s earned the largest number of votes in the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau’s third annual Top 20 Restaurants competition. Culinary tourism is a large part of Louisiana’s cultural charm, and this contest— developed by the CVB—helps celebrate the best places to eat based on preferences of local residents. Steamboat Bill’s has locations on Martin Luther King Jr. Highway and 1004 N. Lakeshore Drive. The public nominated 205 restaurants, with 3,858 votes cast. Second place went to Luna Bar & Grill, 719 Ryan

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Street, followed by Pat’s of Henderson, 1500 Siebarth Drive, for third place. The votes were extremely close, and there was a four-way tie in the Top 20 results, so this year, there are 23 restaurants who are in the Top 20 in the hearts and minds of local residents. “Culinary tourism is a huge part of why visitors love to visit Louisiana, and the Top 20 Restaurants contests helps visitors know where locals like to eat. The tie in the results emphasizes that there are many restaurants that are contenders to be honored through popular vote,” said Shelley Johnson, executive director of the CVB.

Other restaurants that made it to the Top 20, in alphabetical order: • 121 Artisan Bistro, 121 Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive, Lake Charles • Botsky’s Premium Hotdogs, 104 W. Pujo Street, Lake Charles • Casa Mañana, 2510 Ryan Street, Lake Charles • Chastain’s, 3922 Ryan Street, Lake Charles • Cousin’s Lebanese, 2612B Kirkman Street, Lake Charles • Darrell’s, 119 West College Street, Lake Charles • Harlequin Steaks & Seafood, 501 W. College Street, Lake Charles • Hollier’s Cajun Kitchen, 1709 Ruth Street, Sulphur • LeBleu’s Landing, 202 Henning Drive, Sulphur • Leonard’s Food Quarters, 1708 Gerstner Memorial Drive, Lake Charles • Mazen’s Mediterranean Foods, 217 W. College Street, Lake Charles • Nina P’s, 1600 A W. McNeese Street, Lake Charles • O’Charley’s, 1780 W. Prien Lake Road, Lake Charles • Pitt Grill, 102 Benoit Lane, Sulphur • Restaurant Calla, 1400 Market Street, Lake Charles • Saltgrass Steakhouse at Golden Nugget, 2550 Golden Nugget Blvd., Lake Charles • Seafood Palace, 2218 Enterprise Boulevard, Lake Charles • Southern Spice Restaurant & Grill, 3901 Ryan Street, Lake Charles • Texas Roadhouse, 3431 Nelson Road, Lake Charles • Tony’s Pizza, 335 E. Prien Lake Road, Lake Charles

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Do You Mind New Ways to Encourage Your

Kids can be picky eaters. Every parent knows the difficulty of trying to get their child to try new foods. A lot of children won’t stray too far from chicken tenders and French fries. But as a parent you want your child’s diet to be made up of a nice variety of natural and whole foods. The body needs a lot of different nutrients, and the best way to get them is from a well-balanced diet. So, how do you get your picky eater to try new things? This is where one of the principles of mindfulness comes in. When practicing mindfulness, you focus on the senses and fully experience everything you see, hear, touch, smell and taste. Observe these things without judgment. So, it’s simply, “This is sour,” not, “I don’t like this.” You can use this idea to your advantage a few different ways. Here’s how. Next time you’re in the produce section of the grocery store, invite your child to join you in selecting different kinds of produce. Grab a fruit or vegetable that they have

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Picky Eater by Justine and Le-Anne Noble

never had before or that they won’t try. Make observations together. Feel the texture of its skin or its leaves. Listen for the sound it makes when you rub it, shake it, or thump it. Look at its bright colors or odd shape. And don't be afraid to give it a good smell. Take turns describing what you’re experiencing. After exciting these four senses, your child is more likely to have an interest in discovering that fifth sense of taste. While preparing a meal, invite your child to join you. As the two of you prepare the meal, take time to observe and enjoy the way your senses are involved. Listen to the sound of a sauce simmering or carrots being chopped. Look at how beautiful a salad is or how artistic a plate presentation can be. Notice how wonderful the kitchen begins to smell. Feel the sensation of cutting

through a bell pepper—under close adult supervision, of course—or of grabbing a handful of rice before it’s cooked. Taste the ingredients you use, and see how the flavors change as you add different things. Getting children’s senses involved like this and making them a part of the cooking process will make them much more excited to try new things. Make mindfulness a game. Have your child taste and smell a spice or herb you’re going to use in one of

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the parts of the meal. Then, see if he can tell which part of the meal you used it in. Or have your child taste the different ingredients you are using, and see if they can determine whether the ingredient is sweet, sour, bitter, or salty (or umami, if you’re up for the challenge). Play a guessing game by blindfolding your child and letting them touch, smell, hear, and taste a fruit or vegetable. Then, see if they can guess what it is. Whether mindfulness is something you practice in all aspects of your life or not, the principle of opening up the senses is a useful tool when it comes to exploring new and unusual foods. When you introduce your child to the way different foods affect the senses, you spark their curiosity. This curiosity can lead to a desire to try new things, and will make eating a more enjoyable experience. The more a child enjoys eating a variety of foods, the healthier that child will be.

Justin Noble is a certified nutrition coach. He and his wife Le-Anne are coauthors of the My Body Village series and co-creators of the Vita-Men.



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Hallmarks for the Cowboy Faithful

McNEESE SPORTS INFORMATION DEPARTMENT Senior running back Derrick Milton will start his second season at McNeese after transferring from Mississippi State.

FOR THE SEASON OPENER, MCNEESE FOOTBALL FANS ARE GOING TO THE LSU GAME. No, no, they’re not defectors. They’re total diehards. As always. They’re caravanning to the capital because the Pokes open at Tiger Stadium this year. Cowboy fans will be clanging from specially lassoed seats — you’ll hear them in sections 400 and 600 — to ensure some vocal support for McNeese among the expected crowd of 96,000. As they get ready to open against their big cousin, the Cowboys charging forward with equal parts experience and confidence. Matt Viator enters his 10th season as head coach. In that time, the Cowboys have been to the playoffs four times and won three conference championships. He’s the only long-term coach in Southland Conference history (at least eight seasons) to never post a losing record. Last year, Viator passed Jack Doland for second place in career wins. At 68-32, he’s 10 wins away from Bobby Keasler’s record 78 victories.


McNeese has given him the time to do it, too. Viator signed a three-year contract extension this summer. McNeese finished 6-5 overall an 4-4 in-conference a year ago, ending the season with three straight losses and five years without a conference championship. In an uneven season, there were highlights along the way. For example, the Pokes: • Kept Nebraska close in a season-opening thriller. They lost 31-24, but rocked the college football world nevertheless. • Had a pair of three-game winning streaks. • Won back-to-back home blowouts by scores of 48-16 and 61-7. What can What can McNeese fans calculate for the season ahead? You can tally 17 reasons why the Cowboy faithful can expect good things. Take the 16 returning starters on offense and defense, add one coach whose deal has been extended, and that totals 17 people who stand to make a difference. Of the returning starters, quarterback Daniel Sams carries the highest profile — and, often, the ball. Sams transferred

from Kansas State and provided spark and versatility. He led the team in rushing (711 yards), but also showed that he could play well with others (passing for 624 yards and four touchdowns). His production allowed the conversion of quarterback Tyler Bolfing to tight end. On defense, keep an eye on senior defensive back Brent Spikes — because others across the nation are, too. Spikes led the Cowboys last season in tackles (83) and interceptions (four). With three interceptions against the University of the Incarnate Word last season, he set a single-game conference record with 148 interception return yards. Spikes already has been named a preseason second-team All-American by the STATS sports media service. In all, there are nine starters returning on offense, seven on defense. The lone returning starter on the defensive line is senior Brian Hine. The Cowboys lost three all-SLC defensive linemen to graduation. Looking forward, summertime conditioning in the weight room has given way to on-field camp in August. It’s a long trail ahead, too. The Cowboys will play 10 straight Saturdays before a Nov. 14 open date. At least three games will be available via TV or streaming this season: • The season opener at LSU, which kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 5 on the SEC Network Alternate channel. • The home opener against Incarnate Word, 6 p.m. Sept. 12 on the American Sports Network. • A visit to a longtime Southland Conference rival, Stephen F. Austin, at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 on ESPN3.

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GRIDIRON GOld Throughout the season, fans can follow the Cowboys at mcneesesports.com, on Twitter @McNeeseFootball and on the McNeese Sports page on Facebook.


McNEESE SPORTS INFORMATION DEPARTMENT Brent Spikes, the acrobatic senior defensive back, is a STATS preseason All-American after leading the Cowboys in tackles.

Sept. 5: At LSU, Baton Rouge, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12: University of the Incarnate Word, 6 p.m. Sept. 19: At Stephen F. Austin, Nacogdoches, Texas, 6 p.m. Sept. 26: Mississippi College, 6 p.m. Oct. 3: At Nicholls State, Thibodaux, 3 p.m. Oct. 10: Southeastern Louisiana, 6 p.m. Oct. 17: At Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 6 p.m. Oct. 24: Northwestern State University, 6 p.m. (Homecoming) Oct. 31: At Abilene Christian, Abilene, Texas, 2 p.m. Nov. 7: Sam Houston State University, 6 p.m. Nov. 14: OPEN Nov. 21: At Lamar, Beaumont, Texas, 6 p.m.



How well do you know your Cowboys?

Jolie Blonde (or “Joli Blon”) became the official song of the Cowboys in 1970. Joli Blon is often referred to as the Cajun National Anthem. Although it didn’t become the Cowboys’ song until 1970, it’s been played at games since 1951. The Horse and Rider is a fairly new tradition. Since 2007, the statue at the corner of Ryan and Sale streets has come to life. The mysterious rider takes the field during the pre-game to keep an eye on the crowd—making sure that everyone there is a true Cowboy fan. The first McNeese mascot was a pony named Mac. After Mac died, more ponies took his place. But in the mid-1940s, the basketball team decided “Cowboys” made more sense—after all, the campus was formerly a farm, and rodeos were popular in the area. In 1982, “Rowdy” was born. Rowdy was named after Clint Eastwood’s character on Rawhide. “Pokes” is short for “cowpokes,” which encompasses both cowgirls and cowboys. Hence: Geaux Pokes.

McNEESE SPORTS INFORMATION DEPARTMENT Linebacker Bo Brown is among the veterans on the Cowboy defense.

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McNeese 2015 Fall Admission Deadline

McNeese Receives Donation from Coca-Cola

Registration for the fall semester at McNeese State University is currently underway through August 17. The fall class schedule is available online at www.mcneese.edu/schedule and all students should see an adviser, if required, to get their alternate PINS prior to registration. For more information about fall registration, contact McNeese’s Registrar’s Office at (337) 475-5356 or 1-800-622-3352, ext. 5356.

Lake Charles Coca-Cola Bottling Co. has donated $10,000 to McNeese State University for endowed student scholarships. The company has established six endowed Coca-Cola scholarships through the McNeese Foundation.

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Family, friends and former students of Dr. Kalil P. Ieyoub have established the Dr. Kalil P. Ieyoub Scholarship in Science with a $12,591.25 donation through the McNeese State University Foundation to honor his 48 years of service at McNeese as a retired chemistry professor, chemistry department head, dean of the college of science and vice president for administration and student affairs. He was also honored by the university with Professor Emeritus status.

Oak Tree Dedication to Longtime McNeese Employee Friends, family and McNeese State University colleagues gathered around an oak tree dedicated in the memory of longtime McNeese employee Delores Fontenot and her 60 years of service to the university. A bronze plaque with her name was unveiled after a brief presentation.

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L to R: Kenneth Francis, sales center manager for Lake Charles CocaCola, Dr. Craig Morton, McNeese Foundation board member, and Blaine Royer, on-premise manager for Lake Charles Coca-Cola.

Rotary Donation to McNeese The Greater Lake Charles Rotary Club donated $12,500 from the proceeds of its annual auction to McNeese State University for the Greater Lake Charles Rotary Scholarship Fund, which was established with the McNeese Foundation in 1992.

Dr. John Noble L to R: Daughter, Sheryl Fontenot, McNeese President Philip Williams, daughter, Velda Vitello, and son, Dwayne Fontenot.

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give it up for the Purple and Gold LSU’S COMING OFF A WINNING BUT UNDERWHELMING 8-5 SEASON — A YEAR IN WHICH LES MILES’ SQUAD FINISHED FIFTH (4-4) IN THE SEC WEST AND LOST THE MUSIC CITY BOWL TO NOTRE DAME. As they’re uncaged for 2015, the Tigers strike a familiar stance — scary in many ways, sketchy in others. A sure strength is LSU’s running game, where the growl has teeth. That purple-and-gold streak that just went by was Leonard Fournette, a Heisman-caliber tailback who started last season with promise and ended it with selections to five freshman All-American teams. Fournette finished with 1,034 yards on 187 carries — an average of 5.5 yards per handoff. Sophomore Darrel Williams, who rushed for 302 yards last season, will also be a regular in the backfield. Three blue-chip high school graduates will also battle for time —Derrius Guice, Nick Brossette and Lanard Fournette. Fournette, whose yardage was the most ever by an LSU freshman, will set his sights on the school record of 1,686 yards set by Charles Alexander in 1977. He might as well try for it, too, considering the chronic performance issues at quarterback — or, as LSU calls it, “Saturday.” The Tigers were last in the SEC in passing yardage last year. At the preseason Southeastern Conference Media Days — where sportswriters picked LSU to finish third in the SEC West, behind Alabama and Auburn — Miles promised improvement behind center. “Our quarterback play will be better,” Miles vowed. “Legitimately better.” The next question is who that QB will be. Junior returning starting quarterback Anthony Jennings was placed on indefinite suspension after being arrested on a felony charge. Miles said he was “optimistic” that Jennings will be part of fall camp. Jennings has a career 9-4 mark as a starter and has thrown for 1,792 yards and 12 touchdowns. But he ranked 13th in the SEC (and 83rd in the nation) last year in pass efficiency. Sophomore quarterback Brandon Harris played nine games last year, including a start against Auburn. He completed 56 percent of his passes and flashed big-play potential, even in a pair of LSU losses. Harris has been handling the bulk of the work at volunteer practices.

Elsewhere on offense: • J.D. Moore takes over at fullback for the departed Connor Neighbors. • Four wide receivers are back — Travin Dural, who averages 20 yards a catch; Trey Quinn, who was second in receptions; John Diarse; and Malachi Dupre. D.J. Chark, also returning, expects to be in the mix this fall. • Dillon Gordon and Colin Jeter and bowlgame standout DeSean Smith are the tight ends. • Three starters return to the offensive line — senior right tackle Vadal Alexander; junior guard Ethic Pocic, who also plays center; and senior Jerald Hawkins, who will switch from right to left tackle this year. The defense, meanwhile, is anchored by junior cornerback Tre’Davious White, senior offensive tackle Vadal Alexander and middle linebacker Kendell Beckwith. Also, tackles Christian LaCouture and Davon Godchaux return to a defense that was a league-best in total yard and pass defense. In the past 10 years, the Tigers have gone 57-0 when they’ve rushed for 100 years and held their opponent below 100 rushing yards. This year’s talent suggests the streak can continue. Les Miles has gone 10329 in 10 seasons at LSU, an impressive .780 winning percentage. This year’s schedule gets no easier, facing nine bowl teams as opponents, having to play ‘Bama on the road and making a first-ever trip to Syracuse for dome football. If rooting for LSU never changes, one part of it will, and soon — especially if you follow the Tigers from afar. This will the last season that Jim Hawthorne does play-by-play on the radio. The fabled voice of LSU sports is retiring next spring after three decades. Hawthorne will be worth a listen this final time around.

LSU ATHLETICS Among the big men on the defensive line is 6-foot-5, 300-pound junior tackle Christian LaCouture.

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GRIDIRON GOld LSU ATHLETICS Les Miles has a .780 winning percentage in his decade as head coach.

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LSU ATHLETICS Junior linebacker Kendell Beckwith is on the watch list for the Butkus Award for top collegiate play on defense.

The Tigers open their season Sept. 5, hosting McNeese. If they win, they’ll extend (to 50) their FBS record for consecutive nonconference regular season wins. It’s a streak that goes back to 2002.


HERE’S THE FULL LSU SCHEDULE, WITH KICKOFF TIMES AND TELEVISION INFORMATION AS OF PRESSTIME: ept. 5: McNeese State, 6:30 p.m. — SEC Network Alternate S Sept. 12: At Mississippi State, 8:15 p.m. — ESPN Sept. 19: Auburn, 2:30 p.m. (Gold Game) — CBS Sept. 26: At Syracuse Oct. 3: Eastern Michigan (Alumni Band Game) Oct. 10: At South Carolina Oct. 17: Florida

Oct. 24: Western Kentucky (Homecoming) Oct. 31: OPEN Nov. 7: At Alabama Nov. 14: Arkansas (LSU Salutes Game) Nov. 21 At Ole Miss Nov. 28: Texas A&M


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WHO’S MIKE? If you know LSU, then you already know the answer. Mike the Tiger is LSU’s official mascot and serves as the face of the university. There is live-tiger Mike, whose cage is parked by opponent locker rooms during home games, and there is costume-Mike, who gets the fans going. Mike the Tiger is named after Mike Chambers, who served as LSU’s athletic trainer during the beginning mascot days of the 1930s. WHAT ABOUT THAT PURPLE AND GOLD? It’s hard to pinpoint where those colors all began. It’s said that the team first wore their trademark colors in 1893, when the LSU baseball team beat Tulane in the university’s first intercollegiate game ever. It’s also said that the football coach went to town to purchase ribbon for the team’s colors later that same year and found a plentiful stock of Mardi Gras colors—with the exception of green, since that hadn’t arrived yet. He bought up the stock and the purple-and-gold were born. HOW ABOUT TAILGATING? No school can tailgate like LSU. Tiger fans sometimes arrive as early as Thursday night for a Saturday game. In Tiger country, tailgating isn’t just pulling out a grill and cooking some burgers. It means RVs, campers, tents, crawfish boils, jambalaya, and pig roasts. LSU fans didn’t invent tailgating—that honor goes to ivy leagues in the Northeast—but they certainly bring it to new levels.

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We are Axiall. We’re dedicated to preserving and enhancing the quality of life in the communities where we operate – a commitment reflected by our focus on safety and health, environmental stewardship, and education and workforce development. The future of Southwest Louisiana has never looked brighter. Axiall stands ready to play a role in the region’s growth by working to responsibly harness applied chemistry to solve common problems, improve everyday life and drive human progress.

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But we’re also dedicated to preserving and enhancing the quality of life in the communities where we operate – a commitment reflected by our focus on safety and health, environmental stewardship, education and workforce development. The future of Southwest Louisiana has never looked brighter, and Axiall stands ready to play a role in the region’s growth by working to responsibly harness applied chemistry to solve common problems, improve everyday life and drive human progress.

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Washington, who led the nation with 19 sacks last season. • Insurance policy Garrett Last season, the Saints were the NFL’s No.1 Grayson, the Colorado State quarterback who offensive powerhouse, led by a quarterback who set a single-season school record with 4,006 threw for nearly 5,000 yards. passing yards. The defense, however, ranked 31st. The Saints The changes center on defense, but needs have gave up an average of 384 yards and 26.5 points been addressed on both sides of the ball. per game. They induced only 17 turnovers last This month’s preseason games will give fans season — a minus-13 turnover ratio last year that the first look at an offseason overhaul by General was the second-worst in the league. Manager Mickey Loomis. They’ll also put Head Result: The Saints finished 7-9, out of the Coach Sean Payton’s retooled offense to the test. postseason hunt — playing in the NFL South, On defense, there are a half-dozen fronts where football’s weakest division. improvements have come or expectations have A new season is approaching, and talk about been re-stated. changes. Trades, free agency and the draft have Returning sack leader Junior Galette will need to revamped the roster. Jimmy Graham, Pierre Thomas, repeat his 2014 success, but he may face discipline Kenny Stills — gone. Curtis Loftin, last year’s leading from the NFL after an off-season arrest. At free tackler — gone. safety, Jairus Byrd will need to flash the talent that Going to the Superdome? Buy a program to has earned three Pro Bowl appearances. To do figure out the new names. Who Dat, indeed. that, he’ll need to free of last season’s injury and Fresh talent comes from the draft, including: adjustment issues. Also, two new faces will help • Tackle Andrus Peat, a second team Allupgrade the Saints’ D. American from Stanford. Anthony Spencer, signed away from the • Inside linebacker Stephone Anthony, who led Cowboys, is a seasoned pass rusher. To beef up the Clemson with 90 tackles. pass defense, the Saints have added free agent • Outside linebacker Hau’oli Kikaha of cornerback Brandon Browner from the Patriots. The offense is led by good-as-gold Drew Brees, who threw for 4,952 yards and 33 touchdowns last year. Brees, 36, also threw 17 interceptions and was sacked 29 times — which shows that one person can’t be expected to do it all alone. To address that, watch for stepped-up efforts to run the ball this year. Running back Mark Crawford Orthodontics offers a variety of advanced Ingram, who rushed orthodontic techniques that create beautiful smiles. for 964 yards and nine touchdowns, last year, We accept most insurance and flexible benefit plans, and offer will be joined by new affordable, convenient payment plans to fit any budget. addition C.J. Spiller We’ll give you—and your kids—something to smile about. from Buffalo. Ingram and Spiller will get the bulk of the handoffs as the Saints rush the ball (337) 478-7590 by committee. Khiry 701 West College Street, Lake Charles Robinson is also part of www.drcrawfordorthodontics.com the backfield mix. Brees will still be

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passing the ball, though. His chief go-to guys will be Brandin Cooks and Marques Colton. Cooks caught 53 passes for 550 yards as a rookie last season. Colston, who was brought back for a second tour with the Saints in 2014, led the team with 902 yards on 59 catches. Even if Colston shows decline from age — for a player like Colston, a sub-1,000-yard season suggests it — Cooks could offset it with a breakout year. Tight end is a new frontier. Jimmy Graham, a favorite Brees target, is gone, so Josh Hill will step in. Last year, Hill caught 14 passes, five of them for TDs. Also, the offensive line will be stronger, starting with new center Max Unger, who was acquired in the Graham trade. Ten wins will likely be enough to win the NFC South — football’s worst in 2014, with no one managing a winning record. The Saints size up as a team that can win nine games, maybe 10. Their non-division schedule is easier than most, seeing that most of their opponents had losing records last season. They have no back-to-back road games, either. The race may come down to the wire, when the Saints end the season in Atlanta. If Brees is surrounded by enough talent that’s willing to share the workload, the Saints can win it. The first challenge here will be Payton’s — and that’s to get all these all these old and new parts working together.

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GET THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS Quarterback and resident legend Drew Brees passed for 33 touchdowns and nearly 5,000 yards last year.

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Devin David

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Compassion and modesty are hard to find, but if you look at 11-year-old Devin David, that’s exactly what you’ll find. In May 2014, Devin David was awarded the Kiwanis Club Golden Rule Award, which is awarded to elementary-aged students who abide by the Golden Rule in their daily lives. Perhaps David’s greatest Golden Rule accomplishment has been his part in Ainsley’s Angels. Ainsley’s Angels is an organization that pairs people with disabilities with “angel runners.” The angel riders are seated in jogger chairs and are pushed by angel runners. According to AinsleysAngels.org, the mission of the organization is “to build awareness about America’s special needs community through inclusion in all aspects of life. Serving as advocates to providing education and participating as active members in local communities, we believe everyone deserves to be included.” David has volunteered as an angel runner for the past two years, totaling over 30 races—an astonishing amount, considering his age. He’s pushed different angels each time. He says he was influenced to become an angel runner by his cousin Ainsley, who was diagnosed with Infantile Neuro Axonal Dystrophy, a condition that affects the nervous system.

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“She made me think of lending my legs to others like her,” he says. David has made many friends in the process of helping others and says that his favorite thing about being an angel runner is “seeing the smiles on the rider athletes’ faces.” He says that the hardest part of preparing for a race is finding the time to train because he also plays tournament baseball for Bullet Baseball. He says he will remain a volunteer with Ainsley’s Angels “until the day he dies.” His advice to people of all ages who are interested in becoming involved in the community is to “use something that you enjoy and you are good at to help others.”

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ith nothing more than a phone and desk at their parent’s home in Crowley, Robert John, Sr. and his brother Harry, founded J&J Exterminating in 1959. Harry had a degree in etymology and Robert was a young man ready to marry and in need of a career. They both nurtured a vision for entrepreneurship and had the work ethic to make it a reality. Fifty-six years later, J&J Exterminating is Louisiana’s largest independently owned pest control company with 12 locations across the state. Through the modest beginning, years of growth, and awards received, Robert maintains his humility and says prayer and people are the keys to the company’s success. Here’s a look at the man behind one of Louisiana’s business success stories.

first person with Robert John, Sr., Founder of J&J Exterminating by Christine Fisher

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What prompted you to go into the pest control business? I was 21 years old, majoring in business administration and fell in love with a young lady. This was during the Korean conflict and the Vietnam War. I joined the National Guard and was looking for a career so that I could get married. My brother, Harry, had graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in etymology. He was working for a large pest control company in the New Orleans area. He decided we should go into business in our hometown of Crowley, Louisiana. I jumped at the opportunity to be part of it. In 1959, we began J&J Exterminating. The business name comes from our last name of John. New businesses can be difficult to get off the ground. What was it like in the early years of J&J Exterminating? It was difficult. We began the business in our parent’s home. They had a breezeway at the back of their house, kind of like a screened-in porch. We put a phone and a desk there and went into business. We knocked on every door in Crowley and asked people for their business. The good thing is that my parents were well respected in the Crowley area; people trusted our family name. That made it easier for people to trust us for their pest control. My brother had the etymology background and knew all about pests. I knew I wanted this business to succeed. I was newly married and we had to make this work. With that mindset, we worked hard everyday. What difficulties did you experience? The year 1969 comes to mind. It was bleak. The oil field was in a slump and we felt it. At that time, our only office was in Crowley, and many people in this area worked in the oil field. There was very little money available for families. Pest control was far from their minds; they were struggling just to survive. During those times, we worked with our customers as much as we could. When they needed to suspend their regular pest control service, we understood and we gave them suggestions on what they could do to control pests until they could afford to resume their pest control schedule. People appreciated that we helped them out in a difficult time and that we didn’t put undue pressure on them. They remembered that and came back when they could.

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What are pivotal moments in the history of your company? The growth we’ve experienced has been both humbling and amazing to see. My son, Robert John, Jr., joined the company in 1984 once he graduated from college. At that time, we moved our corporate office from Crowley to Lafayette and we opened our Lake Charles location. Our business grew tremendously when Robert, Jr. came on board. I give him a lot of credit. That time was pivotal, but it was scary. We took on additional overhead. We were both watching those numbers carefully and, thankfully, it all turned out well. It was a leap of faith to grow. J&J Exterminating is a family-owned business. Sometimes that can be great and sometimes it can be tricky. How is it for you? We’re in the “great” column. My son is the CEO and runs this business well. I’m in more of an advisory position these days and I love it. My grandson, Robert Lewis John, is 24 years old. He worked for us for two years in our New Orleans office before he began his college studies at Tulane University. When he graduates, he’ll join my son in our corporate office in Lafayette. He is levelheaded and has a great mind for business. I’m very proud and excited for our future. When our Lake Charles office opened, we were fortunate to have Tim Broussard on our team. He owns a minority portion of the stock, and we’re grateful for his expertise. It’s been a blessing to have a family-owned business. I’ve been told that doesn’t always happen, but I’m grateful for it. We’ve been able to make it work well. What is your business approach that has led to your success? We recruit the best personnel. We hear testimony after testimony about our employees and how impressed our customers are with our team. Our people are the reason for our success. Recently, an administrator at a major hospital in Lafayette told me that several national pest control companies approached him; they wanted his business. He decided to stay with J&J Exterminating because he trusts us. That’s the bottom line for any business’ success: earning the trust of their customers. We service food warehouses, hospitals, clinics, and healthcare facilities of all kinds. We work with more medical complexes, surgical centers and hospitals than any other pest control company our size anywhere in the country. We’ve developed solid techniques. The fact that they trust us says a lot. We work hard to keep that trust. You’ve said your employees are one of the keys to the company’s success. How do you train them? Customer service is everything. We live and breathe it. We look for employees who have strong August 2015

communication skills and who treat people the right way. We can teach them the pest control industry, but they need to have the right attitude. We have one of the best training programs. It took two years to develop. The employee who put it together was retired from the military and came to work for us. He developed and enforced it; it’s thorough, and very well done. New technicians shadow experienced people for a while before they are allowed to be on their own. It has to be done that way. Until you see a person’s work ethic, you don’t really know. How has the business climate in general changed through the years? Technology and science have come so far. First of all, we didn’t have cell phones back in the early years. We had a pocket full of quarters and I knew where every pay phone was located in Crowley and the outlying areas. I had to know, so that I could check in with the office, get messages, and return phone calls to customers. Now, everyone has cell phones. Our employees can text customers and use laptops to stay in touch. They can even print receipts from their trucks! It’s so much easier now. Science has benefitted the pest control industry. We have much more targeted ways of eliminating pests. There is solid scientific research behind advancements. For example, we have growth regulators these days. When pests are going through metamorphosis, it interrupts that process and they never develop. If you hadn’t started this company, what line of work would you have chosen? I don’t know. I can’t imagine doing anything else. I guess I would have been in some kind of business management. If I had to imagine my whole life, especially in this last phase, and ponder where I’d like to be, this is it. I love the interaction I have with our employees. We have 260 employees all over Louisiana. I enjoy going to each office and visiting with all of them. What is your personal philosophy? What drives you everyday? When I was a young guy and we were struggling, I made a promise to God. I told him, “If you’ll let me be successful, I’ll give back. I’ll be open to people in need and try to help them as much as I can.” Right now, this company gives as much to charity as any company this size that I know of, but

I’m still not satisfied. I think there’s a bigger mission for us. One day we’re going to be called on to step up to the plate and when we are, we need to be ready. I don’t know what that might be, and I may never know, but if all the Lord expects of me is to build a successful company, then that’s what I’ll do. If He does call on us, we’ll be ready. How does it feel to hand a charity or organization a sizeable check? I have seven grandchildren. They are all healthy and perfect. Every one of them. How can I not want to help people who are less fortunate? St. Jude’s Hospital is one of our major charities. Being able to give back is what it’s all about. My incentive to growing this company is to help. I want our employees to be able to make a good living and have a good life. We look for the best people and we treat them well. What is ahead for J&J Exterminating? I want to keep growing. I want to continue to help those who are less fortunate. I want our employees to have nice cars, nice homes, and have a good lifestyle right in their community. My son joined me in the business 31 years ago. My grandson will soon join us. In 31 years, he’ll be 56 years old and running a large company. Our contributions to charity and our communities can grow exponentially. Helping people is what compels me to continue growing. We just hired a young man; he’s probably 23 years old. He was working for minimum wage at his previous job. We’re going to make him a technician after his training, if he continues to do well. He’ll make a nice living and it’s going to change his life. That’s what makes me happy.

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Visitor Enhancements at PEVETO WOODS SANCTUARY The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau, using the balance of the 2014 monies from the Gulf Tourism and Seafood Promotional Fund, worked with the Baton Rouge Audubon Society to make visitor enhancements to Peveto Woods Sanctuary. The sanctuary is primarily Louisiana coastal woodlands which are critical to the survival of nearly two million tiny migrating songbirds who utilize this area for rest, food and cover. Enhancements included new signage on Louisiana Highway 82, a 24’x12’ pavilion featuring four panels about the sanctuary and the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road as well as two benches plus a smaller lean-to kiosk. “The Creole Nature Trail All-American Road, and outdoor adventure, is the second largest visitor draw to our area” says Shelley Johnson, Executive Director of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Reaching birders who filling up their birding life lists at Peveto Woods with information about the rest of the Creole Nature Trail and how critical this area is to birds furthers our mission. “Visitors now have interpretive panels to help them understand the importance of our coastal cheniers while seeking shelter from passing showers. The smaller kiosk has a log book where visitors from around the world can record comments and birds seen while visiting the sanctuary,” says Dave Patton, Sanctuary Chair for the Baton Rouge Audubon Society which owns and operates Peveto Woods Sanctuary. “The funds and assistance from the Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau, via Gulf Tourism and Seafood Promotional Funds, made these improvements possible and are greatly appreciated by the Baton Rouge Audubon Society.”

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SUPERHEROES Local educator named Principal of The Year Carolyn Bosley of Rosepine Elementary School was named Principal of the Year by the Louisiana Department of Education for her dedication, efforts and measurable success as part of the Vernon Parish School system. She received a commemorative medal, engraved paperweight, and a variety of cash awards, presented to Dream Teachers. Local principal Joseph David of LeBlanc Middle School was also nominated for the honor. “This event inspires us to understand we have many great teachers and principals in Louisiana," said State Superintendent John White. "This is an opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments and the selfless gift they have given our state and our children. They have dedicated their working lives to making a better world. In these honorees, we see the best in our profession." Bosley became principal at Rosepine Elementary School in January 2013 with a goal of turning the "C" school into an "A" school, a goal her staff accomplished in just two years. In her first year, the school increased its letter grade to "B" with 81 percent of students performing at or above grade level. During her second year, Ms. Bosley credits the hard work of her staff for increasing their performance score more than 10 points to become an "A" school and achieving Top Gains status while increasing percentage of students performing at or above grade level to 88 percent.

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Bosley’s supervisor James Williams, superintendent of the Vernon Parish School Board, said her distinction is well-deserved. “She is a very hard-working, dedicated principal. She is well-deserving. She works hard for herself, her school, faculty and students. Her dedication has improved her school’s performance, test scores, and morale. She is an asset to the community and an asset to the Vernon Parish School Board,” Williams said. Rosepine currently holds a 9 out of 10 rating from Great Schools, which provides baseline comparisons of test scores across the state. Some of the more remarkable findings: In 2011, 80 percent of Rosepine students scored proficient or better at math on the LEAP test. By 2014, that number had jumped to 95 percent. In English and language arts, the percentages shifted from 82 percent in 2011 to 97 percent in 2014. Social studies scores leapt 13 percentage points to 94 percent.

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The Cecil Picard Educator Excellence Symposium and Celebration, which also recognized 2016 Teacher of the Year Kelly Stomps of St. Tammany Parish and semi-finalist Phyllis Aswell of Calcasieu Parish, allows the Department of Education to celebrate the work of education superheroes as Louisiana enters a time of unprecedented change—adopting new academic standards, more challenging assessments, and modern diploma paths to career and college. "These outstanding honorees exemplify the leadership and commitment Louisiana's teachers and principals demonstrate every day in preparing our students for the future," said Dr. Holly Boffy, secretary-treasurer of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and a previous Louisiana State Teacher of the Year.

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Local Beta Club Students Place in Competitions at National Convention Several local students brought home big wins for Southwest Louisiana at the recent National Junior/Senior Beta Club Convention. The event was held June 25–July 2 in Nashville, Tennessee at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center. In the Junior Division, Aiden Manuel, representing T.S. Cooley Elementary Magnet School, won First place in Spelling Division I. Darren Metoyer, also with T. S. Cooley, won Fourth Place in Language Arts Division I, and Sarah Medwick, representing LeBlanc Middle School, won Fourth Place in Black & White Photography. In the Senior Division, Sulphur High School took First Place for “Reimagine- Recreate-Recycle,” Third Place for “Meeting of The Minds,” and Sixth Place for “Convention Invention.” DeQuincy High School won Fourth Place for Group Talent.

L to R: Alexandra Pellerin, daughter; Frank Pellerin, brother; Ray Pellerin, father; Gene Pellerin; Suzanna Pellerin, wife.

Louisiana Funeral Directors Association (LFDA) Honors Gene Pellerin The Louisiana Funeral Directors Association (LFDA) bestowed Gene Pellerin with the honor of 2015 C. A. Charlet Funeral Director of the Year. Pellerin, a life-long resident of Breaux Bridge and a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1989, is the president of Pellerin Funeral Home. He is a longstanding member of LFDA currently serving as the Laws & Legislative Committee Chairman. Pellerin 34 www.thriveswla.com

Sophia Simancas, a CASA Volunteer with Family & Youth’s Court Appointed Special Advocates, was Sophia Simancas awarded the Media Professional of the Year award, given by Geaux Blue for Kids. Simancas became a CASA Volunteer in 2012. She has clocked 53 case hours while advocating on behalf of 9 different kids in the court system.

Ryan Hess Named Manager of Lakeside Bank in Westlake Ryan Hess has been promoted to Branch Manager of Lakeside Bank’s Westlake location. Hess is a graduate of Westlake High School and McNeese State University. Ryan Hess He has seven years of experience in the financial field, and worked as a consumer lender/certified mortgage loan originator at First Federal Bank of Louisiana before joining Lakeside as the Assistant Branch Manager in Westlake last year. For more information, visit www.lakesidebanking.com or call (337) 502-4144.

Family & Youth Director of Child Advocacy Receives Award Erika Simon, Director of Child Advocacy and Diplomat Child Forensic Interviewer of Family & Youth Counseling Agency received an award for Erika Simon Outstanding Service by Staff Member for 2014, given by Geaux Blue for Kids. The Outstanding Service by Staff Member Award is given to individuals who made extraordinary Thrive Magazine for Better Living

efforts in serving Louisiana’s abused and neglected children during 2014.

Corlissa and Lee Hoffoss Honored with the Spirit of Saint Nicholas Award Corlissa and Lee Hoffoss received the Spirit of Saint Nicholas award at the annual “A Brewer’s Plate” Sophia Simancas event benefiting the St. Nicholas Center for Children. The Spirit of Saint Nicholas Award is presented annually to leaders in our community who, like Saint Nicholas, give selflessly, expecting nothing in return, and makes a positive impact in the lives of the children who The Center serves. The Hoffosses have been involved with the St. Nicholas Center since it opened in 2008.

Dr. Tyson Green Participates in New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference Dr. Tyson Green, foot and ankle specialist with Center for Orthopaedics, an affiliate of Imperial Health, was a featured Dr. Tyson Green presenter at the 2015 New Cardiovascular Horizons (NCVH) Annual Conference held in New Orleans. Dr. Green spoke at several sessions, providing educational information about Podiatry and Wound Care: Diabetic and Neuropathic Considerations, The Business of Wound Care, and Principles for Accelerated Wound Healing. He also participated in Rotating Hands-On Workshops.

Koff Joins Golden Nugget Ben Koff was named vice president of marketing for Golden Nugget Lake Charles. In his new role, Ben will be responsible for leading the marketing team which includes database marketing, Ben Koff Golden Nugget 24K Select Players’ Club, VIP services, advertising & creative, entertainment and social media. August 2015

Before coming to Lake Charles, Ben led the Golden Nugget enterprise effort of rolling out the 24K Select program, with the end-goal of integrating the five Golden Nugget properties into a unified marketing platform that will additionally connect to all of Landry’s restaurants.

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Dr.Alan Lacoste Named LSU School of Medicine Alumnus of the Year

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Alan D. Lacoste, MD, FACS, Ophthalmologist with The Eye Clinic, was recently honored by the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans by being named the “2014

Alumnus of the Year.” Dr. Lacoste was previously honored in 2013 as the very first “Distinguished Alumnus” of the Department of Ophthalmology. He has served on the faculty at the LSU School of Medicine since 1980, and distinguished as “Clinical Professor” since 1987. Dr. Lacoste has practiced with The Eye Clinic in Lake Charles since 1978 specializing in Medical Retina. Shortly after arriving in Lake Charles, he established the first laser clinic between New Orleans and Houston. He brought the first LaserTek 40A Argon Laser in the U.S, to Lake Charles. This photocoagulator is used to treat Diabetic Retinopathy and other retinal problems. He served as head of the Institutional Review Board on the YAG PV-35 solid state laser and was the principal investigator of the FDA core study of that laser. He worked on the FDA core study of chondroitin sulfate viscoelastic, now a type of protective compound used in modern cataract surgery, and also on another FDA core study of the UV blocking intraocular lens used in cataract surgery. In 1991, he was an investigator for the FDA study of the 3M multifocal intraocular lens. From 1992-1998, Dr. Lacoste, along with Jon Yokubaitis, MD, FACS, also of The Eye Clinic, participated in the HEDS (Herpetic Eye Disease Study) conducted by the National Eye Institute. He was the physician in charge of the original development of the Imperial Calcasieu Medical Complex and Imperial Calcasieu Surgical Center. Dr. Lacoste is currently a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Fellow of the International College of Surgeons, Fellow of the College of Anterior Segment Laser Surgeons and Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine London, United Kingdom.

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Israel L. Lowery, CPA/PFS, CVA

Donita Helms, CPA, CVA, CGMA and Israel L. Lowery, CPA/PFS, CVA, Directors with the firm Scalisi, Myers & White (APC), have successfully completed the certification process with the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA) to earn the Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) credential. The CVA credential is granted only to qualified individuals with considerable professional experience in the field of business valuation. For more information, call (337) 477-6363.

Ray Taylor Announces Candidacy for Calcasieu Parish Police Jury District 12 Ray Taylor is seeking reelection to a second term for the District 12 seat of the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury in the October 2015 primary election. During Ray Taylor his first term Ray focused on issues and solutions for the upcoming growth of the parish including, housing for the increase in population, road and highway improvements, drainage, and residential development. Ray has been a resident of the West Calcasieu area for over 46 years. He is married to the former Dana Harris, and the couple has five children and nine grandchildren. Ray graduated from Sulphur High School and McNeese State University. He has worked in industry for over 30 years. Ray looks forward to serving the communities of district 12 and Calcasieu Parish with the growth and development of beneficial residential and commercial properties.

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Imperial Health Welcomes New Gastroenterologist Juan C. Teran, MD, MS, FACP, FACG, has joined the medical staff Imperial Health physician team. He has 20 years of experience in his field. Dr. Teran earned his Dr. Juan C. Teran medical degree from the Universidad Anahuac and Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico. He completed an internal medicine residency, a gastroenterology fellowship, and earned a Master’s of Science in nutrition at MetroHealth Medical Center, which is affiliated with Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition, Dr. Teran completed a fellowship in hepatology at Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Teran is certified by the American Board of Gastroenterology and the American Board of Nutrition. He is a Fellow of both the American College of Physicians and of the American College of Gastroenterology. Dr. Teran’s office will be located on the first floor of the main Imperial Health office at 501 Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive in Lake Charles. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Teran, call (337) 312-8462.

Dr. Carl Fastabend Certified by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) Dr. Carl Fastabend, Vein Specialist and Medical Director of The Vein Center of Southwest Louisiana, Dr. Carl Fastabend has been awarded the Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation® (RPVI®) credential by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography® (ARDMS), the premier credentialing organization for sonography professionals. The RPVI credential, offered exclusively to physicians, validates the clinical expertise fundamental to vascular sonography interpretation, and recognizes the skills and knowledge required for making consistent and reliable diagnoses in vascular disease. To earn the ARDMS credential, Dr. Fastabend met the association’s specific rigorous educational and professional experience requirements. He also passed the Physicians’ Vascular Interpretation (PVI) examination.



Mark Your Calendar! Aaron Lewis to Perform Aaron Lewis, best known as the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and founding member of the rock group Staind, will perform at the Grand Event Center at Golden Nugget Lake Charles on Aaron Lewis August 29 at 8pm. Lewis has released seven studio albums with Staind and has since ventured into country music with his debut solo album Town Line. Hits include “Country Boy”,“Tangled Up In You”, and “Endless Summer”.

SOWELA Orientation

SOWELA Technical Community College is offering new student orientation sessions to prepare incoming students for the fall 2015 semester. All sessions will be held in the Arts & Humanities Building, Multi-Purpose Room 145. Incoming students are required to participate in orientation to provide a smoother transition to the College. Face-to-face sessions are offered during morning, afternoon, and evening sessions on campus to provide greater flexibility. Upcoming sessions include: Thursday, August 6, 4-7pm Friday, August 7, 9am-Noon Friday, August 14, 1-4pm Friday, August 21, 9am-Noon Orientation will help students learn about the programs offered at the College, as well as admission, registration, placement exams, financial aid, and tuition and fee payments. For more information, visit www.sowela.edu/orientation or contact Dedria Walton at (337) 421-6967.

Celine Dion, Jay Leno, Kenny Rogers, Barry Manilow, and Jerry Seinfeld, among many other worldrenowned acts.

LACCE Executive Conference Keynote Speaker Named The West Calcasieu Chamber of Commerce has announced Frank J. Kenny as the Keynote Speaker for the Fall Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Executive Conference. The LACCE Conference is set for August 19-21. Kenny’s presentation will focus on Personal Branding for Chamber Professionals, Building Your Reach and Influence, Chamber Industry Forecast, and What’s New and What’s Next with Social Media and Digital Marketing. The event will be held at the West Calcasieu Events Center located at 2900 Ruth Street in Sulphur. For more information, call (337) 313-1121.

Isle of Capri Announces August Entertainment 8/1 – Pookie Marceaux 8/5 – Karaoke 8/6 – The Katelyn Johnson Band 8/7 – The Prime Time Band 8/8 – Twangsters Union 8/12 – Karaoke 8/13 – Dikku Du and the Zydeco Krewe 8/14 – David St. Romain 8/15 – The Kadillacs 8/19 – Karaoke 8/20 – Will Wesley and The Juke Box Band 8/21 – Charles Mann 8/22 – The Doghill Stompers 8/26 – Karaoke 8/27 – Orphan Annie 8/28 – Herbie Stutes and The Grand Shin 8/29 – David Joel

Creedence Clearwater Revisited to Perform

Gordie Brown to Perform Impressionist, singer and entertainer Gordie Brown will appear for a limited engagement at Golden Nugget Lake Charles on August 7 at 8:30pm and August 8 at 8pm for two special shows. Gordie Gordie Brown Brown currently headlines The Gordie Brown Showroom at Golden Nugget Las Vegas and has also appeared at The Venetian and Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. He has toured with

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Creedence Clearwater Revisited will perform on August 15 at 8pm in the Grand Event Center at Golden Nugget. Creedence Clearwater Revisited was formed in 1995 by former Creedence Clearwater Revival bass player, Stu Cook, and drummer, Doug “Cosmo” Clifford. Following their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cook and Clifford launched their Creedence Clearwater Revisited project to once again perform live in concert. Revisited has been playing classics like “Susie Q,”“Lodi,”“Proud Mary,”“Down On The Corner,” “Fortunate Son” and “Who’ll Stop The Rain”. Tickets for all upcoming entertainment are available online at www.ticketmaster.com and/or by phone through Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the performance from 2-8pm at the Golden Nugget Box Office.

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Limited VIP Tickets Available for Airshow

Arts & Crabs Fest Date Announced

A limited number of VIP tickets are now available for the year’s hottest line-up of jaw-dropping aerobatics at the Chennault International Airshow, which is set for October 24-25, at Chennault International Airport in Lake Charles. VIP tickets will offer thrill seekers exclusive access to the VIP tent for either Saturday or Sunday, and in addition to free food, wine, beer and soft drinks, ticketholders will have the best seat in the house for chilling aerial acts by the best squadrons and performers in aviation, including the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds jet demonstration team, the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights parachute team, the Shockwave Jet Truck, Skip Stewart, Matt Younkin, and more. VIP tickets are $75 for adults and $25 for children 12 years of age and under. To purchase VIP tickets online or to learn about the 2015 event lineup, visit the Airshow’s website at www.chennaultairshow. com.

The Arts Council of SWLA has announced the 6th annual Arts & Crabs Fest will take place on August 15th, 5pm-8pm, at the Burton Coliseum. Arts & Crabs Fest is a homegrown Southwest Louisiana festival celebrating the ties between our seafood and culture – our region’s greatest national assets. Festivalgoers sample from an extensive crab dish tasting featuring local chefs, each preparing a unique crab dish representative of their cuisine’s styles. Louisiana craft brew samples are offered as complementary additions to all dishes. Funds raised at Arts & Crabs Fest are reinvested back into the SWLA community through the Arts Council’s services and events. For details, visit www.artscouncilswla.org or call (337)439-2787.

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8/1 - 9-12am - Albert Simpson - guitar - Americana/folk 8/5 - 8-11pm - Kade Fontenot - guitar - classic/modern rock 8/7 - 9-12am - Luke Cooper - acoustic - modern rock/pop 8/8 - 9-12am - Reece Sullivan - guitar - Americana/folk 8/12 - 8-11pm - Jim Pharis - guitar - blues 8/14 - 9-12am - Brian Moore - guitar/bass - Southern Fried Rock 8/15 - 9-12am - Neal Smith - guitar - classic rock/blues 8/19 - 8-11pm - Ryan Bunch - guitar - classic/modern rock 8/21 - 9-12am - RKW Acoustic Show - acoustic - classic/modern rock 8/22 - 9-12am - Jessie Taylor - guitar - singer/songwriter 8/26 - 8-11pm - Kory Fontenot - One-Man Band - Southern Fried Rock For more information, call (337) 562-8889.

1st Annual Smile Moore Great Gatsby Gala Enjoy a fun filled night including dinner and dancing, while supporting an organization that will enhance the lives of many children in Southwest Louisiana. The 1st Annual Fundraiser for Smile Moore will be held on August 29 from 7-11pm and will also include a silent auction and entertainment provided by Category 6. For sponsorships or ticket information, call (337) 304-5956.





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The Port of Lake Charles Keeps Pace With Boom If you’ve ever flown in or out of Lake Charles, you’ve likely been struck by the Southwest Louisiana landscape from 30,000 feet up. Astronauts in orbit seeing Earth below are said to experience the Overview Effect—a powerful shift in awareness that brings the “big picture” into light. On a much smaller scale, a similar feeling can be felt when flying over our waterways; you can’t help but feel the significance of our region’s biggest asset in the big economic picture. “The role Southwest Louisiana plays in national and global economies can be measured by the Calcasieu River Ship Channel,” said Bill Rase, executive director of the Port of Lake Charles, “The channel is a big reason why companies across the globe now recognize Lake Charles.” Southwest Louisiana’s economy, culture and history are hard wired with the influence of the channel, which—according to Lake Area Industry Alliance, an organization comprised of area oil and petrochemical plants—feeds the nation 7.5% of its daily petroleum products consumption. The channel has become the ideal environment for industry leaders like Phillips 66, CITGO, Axiall, Sasol, Magnolia LNG, Big Lake Fuels, Lake Charles LNG and Cameron LNG, among others. The channel is maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and dredging is never a oneperson job. Port leadership and channel users regularly advocate to Congress for increased maintenance funds, which will help the channel

reach federally mandated dimensions and reduce transportation costs to channel users. Without proper channel maintenance, the region could expect to see a much smaller dollar figure for announced capital investments. “The economic boom is dependent upon our deep water access,” continued Rase. “In addition to our pipeline infrastructure and access to natural gas, the channel’s importance in the big picture cannot be overstated.” Appointed executive director of the Port of Lake Charles in 2010, Rase stands at the helm during an exciting time for our region when evolving transportation demands are being met with innovative and proactive solutions. The Port’s senior management team works across department lines and embodies all aspects of port operations from the ground

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up—a quality Rase encourages for his team. Prior to his tenure at the Port, Rase worked at numerous ports and terminal companies along the east coast and Gulf Coast. His father worked for a stevedoring company in New Orleans, so Rase’s roots in the maritime industry run deep. After a successful career as a professional golfer—during which he played on the PGA tour for two years— Rase began working for New Orleans Stevedoring Company. In 2002, Rase landed at the Port of Lake Charles where he served as director of operations before his appointment as executive director. “After working through the ranks, it became clear that the more you can learn about all aspects of a port, the better,” said Rase. “Just as we encourage our team to diversify their roles, we expect the same of our mission. The Port has to constantly evolve and diversify its capabilities in order to meet the needs of a global market.” While the average person may think the Port begins and ends at the city docks, the reality is that operations extend beyond Lake Charles. The Port District encompasses 203 square miles, on which the Port owns and operates 5,000 acres throughout the District. Together with the Port’s numerous tenant facilities, Southwest Louisiana’s global ties grow as more international eyes look to the region. “Smart growth is key to sustaining an economic boom,” Rase said. “As new facilities achieve project milestones and new cargo handling demands come

up, we aim to improve and modernize our services and capabilities.” Located at the Port, the IFG Holdings bulk grain elevator, which is already drawing international customers, is close to being operational, and it will move 1 million tons of grain annually. The Port’s loop train track system Bags of rice being works congruently with loaded onto a ship the elevator to increase handling speed and overall efficiency. Port leadership commissioned a traffic study that evaluated the current capabilities of the channel, and it projected that deep-draft ship traffic on the channel will double by 2020. The study found that the channel could easily handle the growth if it is properly dredged. The Port will continue filling a need for project cargo as facilities look to transport equipment and construction materials as close to their project sites as possible. In addition to a new administrative building and modernized warehouses, Rase reminds us that the Port fuels our region’s workforce. “Many

people don’t realize that most of the jobs in the area, in some way, depend on the channel and the Port,” said Rase. “At the end of the day, we are as much of an economic driver as we are an advocate for the betterment of Southwest Louisiana.” The Port of Lake Charles is governed by a sevenmember board of commissioners and comprises two marine terminals and over 5,000 acres of property zoned for industrial use, including an industrial park. For more information, call 337-439-3661 or visit www.portlc.com.




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W RKF RCE Projections by Christine Fisher

Lake Area Industry Alliance has released industrial workforce projections of positions in greatest demand within LAIA member companies as well as estimates of their future hires based on industrial expansions in Southwest Louisiana.

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The estimates were compiled based on announced expansions, as well as anticipated retirements throughout area industries. “We wanted to have concrete numbers of how many employees were actually hired and estimates of what each LAIA member company anticipates for the near future,” explained Larry DeRoussel, executive director of LAIA. The projection highlights the three main categories of industrial jobs: maintenance, operations and professional, and their projected growth in the next three years. By 2018, new hires for maintenance are estimated at 245; operations ,995; and professional, 205. “This workforce projection was done for several reasons,” explained DeRoussel. “It helps training facilities prepare programs to meet the future workforce needs of area industry; it helps each industry see the larger picture of industry needs as a whole; and it gives the public a look at what fields will be hiring in the near future.” “Training is required for all of these positions, whether it is learning a skill or earning an associate’s or bachelor’s degree,” DeRoussel said. “Now is the time to get trained, as many skilled training programs last a year or two. In many jobs, experience is needed once the training is complete.” Only full-time positions of members within the LAIA were included in the workforce projection. There are 24 members of LAIA. The current total of full time employees in LAIA member companies is 6,400. A complete list of the membership can be found on the website, www.laia.com. LAIA is a non-profit association focused on informing the public about industrial activities in Southwest Louisiana.

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Budgeting For Your Ambitions

Young professionals across Southwest Louisiana are redefining the idea of “settling down.” They crave community engagement and active lives, and many are making big plans for the future, whether it’s jumpstarting a new career, turning a passion into a small business or planning a once-in-a-lifetime trip. But ambitious goals require ambitious budgets. “Perhaps the biggest mistake Millennials make when facing a large expense is that they think putting it on a credit card is the only viable option,” said Stephen Benoit, vice president of City Savings Bank. “While paying cash up front for something like a home improvement or big trip isn’t always realistic, there are sound strategies for putting aside savings to help you achieve your goals. Regardless if you’re just starting out or at the peak of your career, being on a budget is a necessity, but it doesn’t have to mean staying home or maxing out your credit. For more ways to save, contact Stephen Benoit, vice president of City Savings Bank, at 337-527-5066 or visit www.citysavingsbank.com.

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Identify and define your ambitions.

Saying you’re “saving for the future” runs the risk of you getting distracted from abstract ambitions. Concrete goals with time-sensitive milestones can feel more real and less intimidating. “Set a tangible dollar amount and a realistic timeline, even for goals far in the future,” said Benoit. “It’s surprising how quickly small savings can accumulate. Just $125 a month means $1,500 after a year.”

Establish effective ways to save.

Consider creating a separate bank account for your goal or project. “This can prevent temptation to dip into money you’ve set aside for a backyard makeover or new furniture,” said Benoit. “Setting up a monthly automatic transfer to your project’s account makes it even easier. If you can’t touch it, you can’t mess it up.”

Evaluate your current finances.

Not all young professionals are financially ready for a big purchase, and before committing to a major expense, look at streamlining your financial life. If you have to use a credit card, try to pay off costly debt from accounts with higher interest rates. Identify luxuries you can do without, such as your daily $5 cup of coffee.

Start now.

“The earlier you start saving, the easier it is,” said Benoit. It’s pretty normal to feel like you are never financially ready to start putting aside money, but don’t wait until you have extra money. There will always be an unexpected car repair or trip to the doctor, so start small—even $50 a month or the cost of dining out two or three times—and always keep your goal in eyesight.

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Tying the Financial Kn by Kristy Armand

Mortgage payments, credit scores and debt calculation may not be the most romantic topics for pre-marital discussions, but financial experts agree that conversations about finances are essential to the foundation of a strong marriage. Conversely, disagreements over money are a leading cause of divorce in the United States, with many experts citing it as the number one reason couples do not stay together. “This is why your financial compatibility is an issue that should be addressed well in advance of the wedding date,” says Lyles McDaniel, Senior Vice President with Lakeside Bank. “When couples talk about marriage, they typically only consider the emotional aspects of it, but the truth is, when you decide to make that commitment, there are some very practical financial concerns that should be addressed.” He says couples need to openly and honestly discuss the most obvious questions: “How much money do you make?” for example, to the less-obvious, such as “What is your credit score?” or “How much debt do you have?” It’s also important to seriously consider your partner’s spending and saving habits, according to McDaniel. “Before couples get married, they usually have an idea of how their partner spends money. In a dating relationship, it may not seem like such a big deal. It’s easy to blow it off as carefree spending or penny-pinching,” he says. “But when you get married, spending habits become a serous issue. If one person saves like a miser and the other person spends like a millionaire, that can create some significant problems in a marriage. Recognizing these potential land mines of financial incompatibility ahead of time can provide a more stable environment for the marriage to grow. These aren’t the types of issues that are going to go away if they aren’t resolved.” Too often, couples jump into marriage and when it comes to finances, they choose to “wing it,” determining their disposable income on a pay-as-you-go basis. This can definitely create friction, especially in the first few months of marital bliss, which is often actually more stressful than couples expect, says McDaniel. It’s best to make decisions before the dotted line has been signed on the marriage

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certificate. These decisions, such as whether or not to have joint or separate checking accounts, how much to save or who will be responsible for paying which bills, can always be revisited and the arrangement modified later. However, if no decisions have been made initially, it can make for unexpected – and unnecessary – confrontations in the already stress-filled first months of marriage.” “Obviously there are couples who, practically speaking, do very well financially in a marriage. Typically, those are the couples that understand each others’ spending habits, saving habits, financial philosophies, earnings and debts,” says McDaniel.. “When you don’t have that understanding, it’s easy to be caught off-guard when financial bombshells hit. Even couples who think they’re invincible are vulnerable to resentment when the finances are in the red, especially if the couple has opposing philosophies about spending and saving.” And McDaniel says there are more selfish reasons to be worried about a partner’s financial situation; “Once you join together in matrimony, your financial records are often combined as well. One

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spouse’s spotless credit score can sometimes be threatened by the other’s poor one.” “Discussing your individual financial situation is very personal, so some couples choose not to go there,” says McDaniel. “But a good marriage should be built on honesty and trust, and that includes trusting your future spouse with your most personal financial information? Doing so before – rather than after vows are said – may mean the difference between years of wedded bliss and a quick trip to divorce court.”



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Working Dads: Where Does Louisiana Stand? Male parenting is not what it once was. Fatherhood has long abandoned its 1960s definition. Back then, families relied on a single income — that of the dad, who spent much of his week at work while the missus stayed home to care for the kids and handle the chores. Today, 60 percent of family households depend on two incomes. And the contemporary dad no longer fits neatly into the standard of the married male breadwinner and disciplinarian. Regardless of the changing identity and priorities of the modern dad, fatherhood remains an undisputedly tough job. And a father’s ability to provide for his family is central to his role. In fact, nearly 93 percent of dads with kids younger than 18 were employed in 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But in some states — where economic opportunity abounds and quality of life is emphasized — dads have it better than others. WalletHub analyzed the work-life balance, health conditions, financial well-being and child-rearing environments for working dads in the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia across 20 key metrics. Data set ranges from the unemployment rate for dads with kids younger than 18 to male life expectancy to day care quality. Here’s a breakdown of Louisiana’s results: Economic and social well-being Measures median income, unemployment and poverty rates, the number of male-owned businesses, and high school drop-out rates, Louisiana ranked 19—so, in the upper 50 percent. But the state’s standing fell in other categories. Health Louisiana is at the bottom, ranked at 47. The health standard measures insurance coverage, life expectancy, heart disease mortality, cancer and suicide rates, and physical activity levels. Work-life balance Louisiana didn’t fare any better, falling in at 46th in the US. Work-life measures parental leave policies, average hours worked, and commute. Child care The lowest ranking came in this category where Louisiana fell to 48th. This standard measures child care costs, day care quality, and access to pediatric services. Although Louisiana has some of the lowest child care costs in the US, the state didn’t fare as well in other areas. Highest overall rankings: Minnesota, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont Lowest overall rankings: Louisiana, West Virginia, Arkansas, Nevada, and Mississippi

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Money & Career All you need to know to stay in the know! WCCH Honors Two Employees

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department. She has been with the organization for eight years. Landry provides assistance to employees on their employee benefits. She manages all enrollments, changes and coverage terminations and also provides assistance to those who may be faced with worksite injuries to ensure they receive prompt and care safely return to work in a timely manner. She has been with the organization for eight years.

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West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital (WCCH) recently recognized its May and June Employees of the Month for 2015. Mary Craig, radiologic technologist and Donna Landry, benefits coordinator, were those selected to receive the honor during this time period. Craig conducts x-rays, computed tomography (CT) scans, and bone density screenings. She is responsible for managing all quality control and quality assurance for CT imaging and is the McNeese student coordinator for WCCH’s radiology

Academy of Family Medicine. He has over 25 years experience in caring for patients in both clinical and hospital settings. Dr. Gamborg welcomes current and new patients at his office Monday through Friday, located at 1525 Oak Park Boulevard. Most insurances are accepted and appointments can be made by calling (337) 494-6767.

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Memorial Welcomes Brian Gamborg, MD Memorial Medical Group welcomes Brian Gamborg, MD, a family medicine physician, to its staff as part of the Memorial/ LSUHSC Family Medicine Clinic. He is a diplomat and board certified by Dr. Brian Gamborg the American Board of Family Medicine and is a fellow of the American

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The board of directors of Autism Services of Southwest Louisiana dedicated its fourth home for adults with autism on June 28 with a ribbon cutting and blessing ceremony. The house is named in honor of Ann Hart Miller, a retired educator who lives in Lake Charles. Miller served on the board of directors of Southwest Health Counseling Services and the Southwest Chapter of the Autism Society of America and is a founding board member of Autism Services of Southwest Louisiana and Direct Care, Inc.

Lakeside Bank Named One of 200 Healthiest Banks in America

Originally from Lake Charles, Prejean has over 30 years of experience in the financial field, and has held a variety of senior leadership positions throughout his career.

Prejean will be responsible for managing Lakeside’s human resource department and associated policies. He will also provide leadership, support, and training throughout the organization.

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For the second year in a row, Lakeside Bank has been ranked one of the healthiest banks in the United States in the DepositAccounts “Top 200 Healthiest Banks in America” 2015 report. Every year, DepositAccounts.com looks at the financial health of all 6,350 federally insured banks in the United States. The banks are evaluated based on several factors, including capitalization, deposit growth and loan-to-reserve ratios.

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Lakeside is, once again, the only bank in Southwest Louisiana included in the top 200 list for 2015, and one of only four banks in the state to be included in the ranking. For more information, visit www.lakesidebanking.com or call (337) 474-3766.

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I see the flares burning at industry by my house and can’t help but wonder what they’re burning, or if something is on fire. Is it dangerous?

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Cotton Holdings, Inc. Announces Acquisition of the CGI Staffing Solutions, Inc. Team Cotton Holdings, Inc. (the “Company”), today announced it has acquired the team at CGI Staffing Solutions, Inc. (“CGI”), a boutique firm specializing in professional level recruiting and human resources services based in Lake Charles, Louisiana. In addition to bringing on the employees of CGI to operate the Company’s newest venture, OneTeam—a staffing and human resources solutions business—the Company also agreed to assume certain of CGI’s outstanding staffing and professional recruiting services contracts. The CGI team is led by Wendy Mann-Harper, the CGI founder and CEO.

Flares are a safety mechanism.

Flares process excess gas by burning it off. This safety mechanism minimizes air pollution and helps prevent industrial accidents. The noise that sometimes accompanies a flare is from the steam that’s used as a coolant. When the steam is introduced, it creates a hissing or rumbling noise. The steam cools the system, reduces smoke and minimizes air pollution. We know flares can cause concern and questions, and we try to minimize their use as much as possible because they’re so costly. Understanding why the flares are used can hopefully put any concerns to rest.

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Explaining Divorce to Young Children Share in small bites, don’t place blame

Parents can struggle with explaining divorce to their young children. Naturally, parents worry about overwhelming their child and sometimes parents disagree on their approach and delivery of the explanation. Divorcing parents often ask professionals, “What should we say? How do we help our children understand?” Although there isn’t one correct answer, there are some solid guidelines. Here are a few:

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Children are unique and parents need to be mindful of each child’s developmental stage, cognitive capacity, and emotional needs. Ideally, parents should adapt their explanations and conversations with their children according to their distinct developmental functioning and capacity. Although it is best to share the news at the same time for children close in age, if developmental differences exist, the discussion with each child may be slightly different, and this is appropriate. Share in small bites. Adults sometimes believe that if they have a few long conversations with a child related to the divorce, the child will comprehend the issue. However, children process in bits and pieces—on the move, in and out of play, and in random moments. Hence, it is important to share the facts in small bites, and not overwhelm the child with too much information. Adults should create, expect, and respond to ongoing small dialogues throughout the transition. During these conversations, allow the child to immerse in play, fantasy, and imagination to work through their questions and feelings, so that they are not overwhelmed. Use neutral and non-judgmental language. It’s sometimes hard for adults to find words that clearly explain a big topic like divorce. Use words such as “changed”, “disagreement”, and “arguing”. Although this is simple language, we need to gear our explanations to young children in developmentally appropriate and child-friendly ways. Storytelling and puppet play are excellent ways for adults to explore difficult feelings and questions with young children. Play and story-telling give children a new understanding and new ways to talk about their feelings without shame, blame, criticism, or guilt. Thrive Magazine for Better Living

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Don’t blame the other parent. Using neutral language implies that the parent is careful to not blame, fault, or criticize the other parent in the process. If blame and fault are assigned to the other parent, it is likely to trigger confusion, anxiety, and even anger as the child is placed in a position of tug-of-war between the parents. Children need to continue to idealize both parents, and stay connected and attached to each parent in healthy ways. The more parents can facilitate this trust and attachment with themselves and the other parent, the better the child will adapt to this major life transition. Be honest. Divorcing parents often ask, “How much should I share with my child?” Professionals usually encourage parents to be honest and use the words ‘separate’ and ‘divorce.’ Given the high rate of divorce in the U.S., it is very likely that your child has classmates who have been through this experience or your child knows other children of divorce. Therefore, if you avoid the words ‘separate’ and ‘divorce’ and don’t explain what they mean, young children are more likely to be confused and anxious – as their imaginations are more powerful than the truth. Details about the divorce should only be shared in an age-appropriate way and if necessary. Consulting with professionals about how much to share could be beneficial. Discussing divorce with young children can be complicated and daunting, and adults often struggle with explaining divorce and comforting children through the fears, anxiety, and unknowns that are part of this life transition. These guidelines could significantly benefit both parents and children as the family adapts to a major life change.

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When Mean Girls Become Mean Women We all knew mean girls growing-up, whether it was the Queen Bee of the schoolyard and her giggling entourage or a vengeful gossiper. For most girls it’s impossible to avoid the sting, whether it’s through humiliating nicknames or code words, exclusion or the silent treatment. As we get older the majority of us move past it, but what happens to the mean girls when they grow-up? Relational aggression (RA) expert and professor at Penn State University School of Medicine, Cheryl Dellasega, NP, PhD, asked this same question. “Whenever I spoke about the phenomenon of relational aggression, it seemed one person in the audience would ask: What happens to these girls when they grow up? It made me curious, too, but when I looked for any books or studies on the topic, there weren’t any,” Dellasega said. Dellasega utilized her vast experience in studying RA, which she describes as “the use of behaviors, rather than fists, to deeply hurt another,” to analyze and answer this question. “Mean women were often mean girls, or victims of mean girls, but they get more sophisticated in how they gossip, exclude, and hurt others,” said Dellasega, author of When Mean Girls Grow Up. “I would say some women definitely get into the dynamic of aggressive, negative behavior in their relationships. Middle school, high school or college — all their lives they have their own kind of clique.” While these mean girls are now more mature and their aggressive tactics have progressed, their behaviors still create a stressful atmosphere in the same way their past aggression filled the school hallways with tension. “It’s often just as traumatic for the bystanders who witness mean behavior--studies have 50 www.thriveswla.com

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supported that even being around this kind of toxicity can lead to anxiety and stress for those who aren’t the aggressor or the target,” said Dellasega. RA is primarily a female dynamic; whether in childhood or adulthood, most male perpetrators do not typically follow this approach. “Women and men of all ages tend to be ‘mean’ or be aggressive in different ways,” said Dellasega. “Boys and men are often, but not always, physical in their aggression while women use relationships. In other words, girls/women use their words and relationships to hurt while males go to war physically in big and little ways.” As mean girls make the transition into adulthood the playground is replaced by the workplace. “Women who use hostility to get ahead in the workplace will almost always suffer some kind of backlash,” Dellasega said. “Adults bully for some of the same reasons children do: lack of confidence and fear of rejection. They suffer ‘a crisis in belief of self.’ They see themselves getting ahead by using interactions to strike out and bully. They’re always breaking down relationships instead of building them up.” When dealing with a Queen Bee in the workplace—whether she may be spreading gossip, excluding you from important meetings or making degrading digs—it’s important to stay level-headed and keep your cool, according to Dellasega. “Bullies are pros at making their victims feel they’re not good employees, mothers, friends, volunteers. We can’t give them the power to do that,” she said. “Don’t respond in a moment of high emotion. Be calm, have a plan to approach her after the mean incident has passed.”

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Dellasega suggests the following plan of action: “Jot down the factual events: she spoke sharply to me; she criticized my work in front of my peers. When you have a legitimate list of things that’s been done to you, take the opportunity to go to the person and say, ‘You’re giving me this feedback on these dates. I want you to know my goal is to do the best job possible. How do we move forward?’ You can do this in a neutral way without causing alienation and more bullying.” It’s not uncommon for mean women to be unaware of how their behavior is affecting others. The woman in question may not be a “mean girl turned mean woman.” She may be going through a personal struggle like a divorce. Even if the aggressor does have a history of meanness, old habits can become unrecognizable. “If you see yourself cycling through relationships with men and women, are always worrying about how to stay on top of whatever relationship situation you’re going into, and if you have had traumatic relationship scenarios in your past, you may be using mean behaviors without realizing it,” Dellasega said. “Also, trusted feedback can be helpful.” The first step in changing aggressive behavior is awareness. It’s important to be honest with yourself and know that it’s possible to shift your outlook and break old habits. “It’s easy to get in a ‘rut’ and not realize you can change--the good news is you always can,” said Dellasega. To learn more about relational aggression and “When Mean Girls Grow Up,” visit: www.cheryldellasega.com.

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Pests Can Cause Allergies

Most people attribute itchy eyes, running noses, and congestion to allergies such as mold or pollen. But, there are other culprits to allergy woes: pests, such as roaches, rodents and dust mites. As unpleasant as it may be, these pests cause allergy flare-ups.

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If allergens are continuing, even when the pollen count is stabilized, hidden pests could be the cause. According to the American Lung Association, pests produce allergens that aggravate asthma and can cause allergic reactions to individuals who are sensitive to those substances. “While Southwest Louisiana has a heavy pollen count in the spring, now that we’re in the summer months, allergies that continue could be aggravated by pests,” explained Robert Soileau, Lake Charles manager of J&J Exterminating. Droppings, saliva, shed skins and other body parts contain allergen proteins that are known to cause flare-ups, especially in children. “It’s important for people to safeguard their homes against allergy triggers by practicing pest prevention,” he said. Discouraging pests within the home and yard will help reduce the number of them. When coupled with an effective pest control system, allergens will be greatly minimized. J&J Exterminating recommends the following activities to discourage pests: Keep a clean kitchen. Because of the amount of food storage and preparation, kitchens and pantries are often the most active site for pests. Store food in airtight containers, sweep the floors regularly, and wipe countertops frequently. Avoid leaving out pet food. Feed your pets at their regular mealtime, then take up their food bowl to avoid attracting ants and other pests. Vacuum floors at least once a week. While vacuuming does tend to stir up allergens, it is a proven deterrent to dust mites. The key is to vacuum regularly, to keep dust mites and other allergens to a minimum. Look into a vacuum with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate) filter. Wash linens frequently. Dust mites are most frequently found in the bed, where dander or shed skin cells are abundant. It’s a good idea to wash sheets weekly in hot water. Consider encasing pillows and mattresses in allergenproof covers.

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Seal tightly. Rodents and pests can enter the home through small openings. Periodically, check the exterior and interior of your home, especially the areas around utility pipes, to be sure they are properly sealed. “We check homes for entrances that pests might use, both inside and outside, as part of our service agreement,” Soileau said. Soileau emphasizes that these safeguarding practices should be done on a regular basis to reduce allergens from pests. Sneezes and runny noses aren’t confined to springtime allergies. Other allergens, like pests, are also contributing factors. Regular pest control can eliminate them, helping families breathe easier. August 2015

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Back-To-School Around The World


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The Day Care Dilemma

by Beth Winslett Fontenot

This summer, a Baton Rouge toddler died after being left in a car while in the care of an unlicensed day care center. Tragedies like this raise questions about how such centers are regulated and how parents can make the best child care decisions for their children. As of July 1, 2015, new and improved licensing regulations went into effect as the Department of Education (DOE) became the regulating agency for all childcare programs. The new regulations were established to increase collaboration between the nearly 1,600 licensed child care centers in Louisiana and private and public schools, and to create standardized benchmarks for the health and safety of children. Parents can visit the DOE’s website at www.louisianabelieves.com to find information on all licensed daycare facilities and check for any violations or complaints against a facility. In-home day cares can operate without a license if the caregiver keeps six or fewer nonrelated children. Though there are many good people caring for kids in their homes, you can never be too careful. In-home day cares operate without any oversight, but they may be a good fit for your child if you investigate them like any other day care option. The risks include the fact there are no inspections for issues like fire hazards and health violations. Whatever your choice for day care, do your research.

Child Care Aware, Parent’s Magazine, and the American Academy of Pediatrics offer some considerations for choosing a day care facility: • Is the facility licensed? If not, are you willing to accept the risks that come with using an unlicensed provider? • Has the facility had any complaints or violations? Check the DOE website. • What is the child to staff ratio? Does it change during the day? Louisiana law limits the ratio to 5:1 for infants, 11:1 for two-year olds, and 14:1 for three- and four-year-olds. • What are the director’s qualifications? What about the employees? Degrees or special training in child care are desirable, but just as important is that they are caring and friendly people.

• What is the turnover rate of employees? Frequent changes in caregivers can be difficult on your child. • Are there any obvious safety issues? Are electrical plugs covered? Are safety gates in place if there are stairs or steps? Are smoke alarms and fire extinguishers present? • Are there written policies for health standards, sickness, medication administration, nutrition, sleeping, discipline, transportation, TV viewing, and outdoor time? Are these consistent with your views? • How are visitors screened or identified so that only approved adults can pick up your child?

Once you’ve made a choice about a facility for your child, you’re not finished; drop in at unexpected times, participate in events at the facility, visit with your child’s caregivers daily. Choosing a safe and appropriate day care for your child is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. You can’t get too much information or be too cautious.

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Each day, an abused or neglected child is removed from an unsafe home and placed in Louisiana’s foster care system. They remain in the system until their home environment is safe—but for many, that never happens. Of the 4,000 children currently cycling in state foster care, about 350 are ready to be adopted today. More than 60 of them are in Southwest Louisiana, right here in our community. KPLC reporter Britney Glaser, in partnership with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), highlights one child each month who is legally ready to be adopted. Thrive is supporting The New Family Tree by featuring each month’s story.


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Joseph Wants a Fun Childhood in a Loving Home An eight-year-old boy named Joseph has spent several years in foster care. He is hoping for a mom or dad who will take him bowling and share in all of the fun childhood experiences that a happy home can provide. Joseph is an energetic and fun little boy. “He’s very bubbly,” says his foster mother, Sarah Eastwood. “He’s full of life. He’s fun. He has his challenging moments, but he doesn’t give up on anything.” Despite special needs that can cause Joseph to need extra instruction and redirection, his adoption worker with the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, Katrina Evans, says his attitude could not be more determined. “Joseph is funny. He is determined, he is so positive. Even if he has challenges or something doesn’t turn out the way he wants it to turn out, he gives it a go each and every time,” said Evans. Joseph has made tremendous progress in his foster home with the Eastwoods, who have shown so much patience to help him grow and enjoy new experiences. This sweet boy says his favorite song is “Jesus Loves Me” and can even quote some of his favorite Bible verses. Joseph is legally free to be adopted. A special home will be needed to help this special boy thrive and Evans says there are free resources available to make that easier. “He does have his challenges and there are agencies in the area who would be able to provide services to help address those needs,” she said. The next round of MAPP certification classes begins Thursday, September 17 from 6:00-9:00 P.M. These classes run for seven consecutive Thursday evenings at the DCFS office on Kirkman Street in Lake Charles. There are still many children in Southwest Louisiana ready to be adopted today. Call the Department of Children and Family Services at 337-491-2470 for information on the foster-to-adopt process. Follow Britney Glaser’s “The New Family Tree” series at kplctv.com. For more information, call 337-491-2470. or 1-800-814-1584. Follow Britney Glaser’s “The New Family Tree” series at www.kplctv.com.

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Quick Facts on Adopting a Foster Child • Minimum age is 21. • Single people can adopt. • Many of the children in state custody are considered “special needs,” which is defined as the following: older child, race/ ethnic background, sibling group, medical conditions, physical/ mental/emotional handicaps. Thrive Magazine for Better Living

• Children in foster care are there as a result of abuse, neglect or abandonment. • The certification process typically takes 90 days to complete. Once matched with a child, the process to legally adopt a child takes about one year. August 2015

Failure is an Option by Lisa Addison

Naturally, parents want their children to succeed in life. But could a little bit of failure be a positive thing for kids? Barbara Dianis thinks so. According to the American Psychological Association’s Journal of Experimental Psychology, kids might perform better in school if teachers and parents send the message that failing is a normal part of learning. Dianis agrees. “I truly believe that some academic failure can actually be good for students,” said Dianis, an education specialist, ADD/ ADHD academic coach, speaker and author. “For example, learning education solutions can help restore a student’s selfrespect, academic self-esteem, and can also provide hope for a good future.” Dianis isn’t just giving lip service. It’s a situation that she lived through herself before she went on to help thousands of students with dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, and learning differences to achieve scholastic and professional successes. “I grew up in a family of educators but I was dyslexic and I had to learn to persevere in order to overcome my own academic failures,” said Dianis.“Every single time I failed, I learned something about myself.” Although there are many different types of learning differences, dyslexia is one of the more common. Dyslexia, a disorder that occurs when the brain doesn’t recognize and process visual symbols of language, is the most common reading disorder. It occurs across a spectrum that ranges from mild to severe and it affects learners of all IQ levels. But Dianis says there are easy and everyday steps that parents can take when helping their children deal with dyslexia and other learning differences and ways to help them navigate successfully through life and handle situations when things don’t work out exactly the way they expect. She says that parents should look closely at graded assignments, help their children figure out where they went wrong, get a peer tutor if needed, and access and analyze their children’s grades and see if they can pinpoint what is going wrong so that they will have a better outcome the next time. Don’t do the work for them, Dianis says.

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Dianis is quick to point out that she isn’t saying a parent shouldn’t be concerned if their child fails. “Oh, absolutely not. A parent should be concerned and involved but also know that it isn’t the end of the world and there are solutions available to help their child. And failure can be a good thing as long as you figure out what went wrong and learn how to deal with it and move forward,” Dianis says. “I have discovered that academically struggling students are often extremely intelligent. However, these students usually need a new and different learning approach to overcome their learning deficiencies.” Dianis has tips for dealing with homework issues, which are often struggles for both parents and students. “One thing I have found that is very successful for many families is to set up a ‘homework station’ in the home,” she said. “Keep all materials that the student needs in a container so that everything can be found quickly. Encourage your child to take a break or two during homework if needed. It’s also a good idea for them to do their homework in an open area such as the dining room or somewhere where they aren’t off hidden in their room playing on their phones or computers instead of buckling down and doing their homework.” The author believes in reinforcing the positives and giving children realistic goals. “It’s extremely important to set realistic goals,” she said. “Start with small goals and then make sure to celebrate your child’s progress when those goals are met!” To find out more about Dianis, visit her website at: www.dianiseducation.com.

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Americans Turning from Religion, But Not for Lack of Faith by Emily Alford

According to recent Pew research, more Americans are foregoing their church affiliations than ever before, but further research suggests that the departure might not be from a lack of faith. America still remains the most Christian nation in the world, but the number of American adults who affiliate with a Christian denomination is dropping. Roughly 70 percent of Americans identify with the Christian faith, says a nationally representative Pew telephone survey of 35,071 Americans over the age of 18, but the number of Americans who describe their religion as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular” has risen six points, from 16.1 percent in 2007 to 22.8 percent in 2014. The change in religious affiliation might not have to do with a loss of faith, but a loss of community, according to Dr. Josh Packard, assistant professor of sociology at University of Northern Colorado and author of the new book Church Refugees: Sociologists Reveal Why People Are DONE With Church but Not Their Faith. His book refers to those who have left the church as “Dones” while the Pew research study refers to the same group as “Nones.” “More than looking for a church home, the Dones are looking for community,” Packard says. “They are intensely interested in being deeply involved with a group of people who are looking to collectively live out their faith. They manage to find these groups in a number of places and forms. Some of them are turning to local civic groups, some are hosting regular dinners at their homes, and others have found communities online. There is no end to the ways that people find to get together.” It’s no surprise, according to Packard, that far and away the largest group leaving the church are Millennials, who crave deeper connections than what traditional churches have offered in the past. 56 www.thriveswla.com

The Pew study shows that Millennials are leaving their religious affiliations at an unprecedented rate. As more Millennials reach adulthood, the average age of unaffiliated Dones has dropped from 38 in 2007 to 36 in 2014. What’s more, 36 percent of Millennials ages 18-24 reported no religious affiliation, along with 34 percent of older Millennials ages 25-33. However, young people aren’t the only Dones. A quarter of gen-Xers report that they have no religious ties along with 17 percent of Baby Boomers, up from 14 percent in 2007. The churches facing the biggest drops in congregants are Mainline Protestant churches, which include the United Methodist Church, American Baptist Churches, the Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Presbyterian Church, and the Episcopal Church. These churches have seen their numbers drop from 41 million to 36 million since 2007. The Catholic Church isn’t far behind. The Pew study shows that Catholic churches have lost 3 million members since 2007, and just 16 percent of Millennials now identify as Catholic. Based on Packard’s research, the reason so many might be leaving such venerable institutions as the Catholic and Protestant churches could actually be the fact that they are too institutional: too rigid in institutional tradition to keep congregants who want to feel as at home in a church as they do among friends. In fact, the same impetus that drives Millennials to want to work from home or trade in their cars for public transportation could be the same reasoning behind leaving the church. Old systems just don’t work for a younger crowd.

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“The issue of people disengaging from the institutional church is part of the larger issue of disengagement from social institutions more generally,” Packard says. “Churches across the board are having this issue, because they are all, more or less, organized in the same ways. There’s been a general inward focus from institutional church for some time now that just doesn’t resonate with people the way that it once did. Many of the Dones that Packard interviewed for his book report feeling closer to God after having left the church, feeling freed from what they see as outdated systems of worship and able to form closer connections with God. “The drawbacks [to being unaffiliated] are often significant and often include a loss of community, but many people report some benefits as well,” Packard says. “Our respondents told us that they felt a certain kind of freedom to follow God’s will after leaving the institution. They felt constrained by the institutional structures and stifled by the bureaucracy inside of the church. When they leave, they tell us that they are able to respond to God’s call much more directly.” And if churches want to shed their stigma of bureaucracy among the Dones, they have to start doing more to prop up the greater community beyond the four walls surrounding the pulpit, according to respondents in Packard’s research. “It’s important for churches to be doing work that meaningfully engages their local communities,” Packard says. “If churches are doing things that are important to the people around them, they’ll find a lot of support from people inside and outside their membership ranks. If churches are inwardly focused and spending August 2015

tremendous amounts of time and energy on things that only act to sustain the institution, I imagine they’ll continue to see people walk out the door.” But not everyone is abandoning his or her religious affiliation, the study found. Non-white groups are actually joining religious communities at greater rates, and US churches are more racially diverse than they’ve ever been, with minorities adopting or adhering to religion at a higher rate that white respondents. The bottom line, according to Packard’s book, is that Americans worry the church isn’t the best place to express their faith, not that Americans have become Godless. “It’s more of the latter,” Packard says. “People are still just as interested in God as ever, expressing high levels of belief. But people are much less inclined to express faith in the institution of church. “

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Style & Beauty


by Emily Alford

Fashion designer Michael Kors recently Tweeted that “A white blazer in summer is everything.” If you’re wondering how Kors could possibly be suggesting you wrap yourself in fabric during the dog days of summer, you must not work in an office. In the summer, many business places crank up the air conditioning in the name of “comfort,” leaving employees sweating on the front steps and shivering at their desks. So what to do? Well, you could reach for that crumpled cardigan that’s been hanging on the back of your chair since McCain/Palin was the talk of the office, or you could shake up your look while keeping yourself warm. This year has actually been banner for lightweight, stylish jackets perfect for a chilly office. Here are a few choices to keep you looking sharp and comfy.

Denim The denim jacket may seem like a leftover from the early aughts, but trust us, this season has seen a renaissance of lightweight, stylish denim. Last spring’s runways featured structured dark denim blazers as well as light denim, kimono-style jackets. Get the latter for meeting Mondays and the former for causal Fridays and you’re all set.

Kimonos Speaking of kimonos, they were one of the hottest trends on the runway last spring, according to Vogue. A pretty floral or sheer kimono can dress up work basics in a way that adds a little fun to the office. Bonus: wrapping up in a cozy kimono can make you feel like you snuck your Snuggie into work.

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Floral Blazers If you like a more structured look, try one of this season’s many different floral blazers. Pick one with a white background and a vivid flower print, then pair it with jeans and a tee shirt for a causal look, or a skirt that compliments the print for business wear fabulous. And if you’re feeling really funky, many designers have even made matching floral blazers and skirt sets for summer.

Long Cardigan The cardigan can be hard habit to kick. If you must, why not try one of the longer cardigans that have been popping up on shelves this year? A boyfriend cut cardigan that goes down to the tops of the thighs can add a really preppy-cute vibe to your office wear, while a cocoon cardigan that drapes almost like an open poncho will make you look artsy and sophisticated.

So stop shivering at your computer! You can stay office-ready and stylish; plus, you can pair any of these looks with light sweaters or button downs in the fall for a put-together seasonal transition.

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Style & Beauty

Skirting with the Best Look by Emily Alford

A-line A good A-line skirt is a wardrobe must have for every woman. An A-line nips in at the waist and flares around the hips and thighs, which camouflages any stomach or thigh issues a woman might not want to draw attention to. But A-lines are especially flattering if you have a thick or undefined waist; since they fit then flare out, a well-fitting A-line can actually chisel a waist.

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A-line, pencil, peplum, knee length, tea length. Just reading the descriptions for different types of skirts can be exhausting, and choosing the right one for your body can be a task that sends shoppers stumbling for sweatpants. But skirts don’t have to be tricky. Finding the perfect fit is about trial and error, along with knowing your body type. Check out our handy guide, or better yet, take it to the in the dressing room next time you go shopping. And remember, the most important element to any outfit is the way it makes you feel. If a pencil skirt feels right, go with it! And if that pattered maxi skirt calls even though you barely clear the steering wheel, wear it. Feeling fabulous looks good on everyone.


On the other hand, if you’re proud of your waist shape and love your curves, opt for a pencil skirt. Since they’re more fitted than A-lines, you need to try to keep your look tailored in one of these ultra-proper, Mad Menstyle skirts, think blazer and button down and make sure that nothing is too tight.

Long skirts aren’t just for the tallest among us; they actually look great on many different body types. For women with straight or thicker waists, a slightly flared maxi-skirt with a bit of body gives movement and makes proportions look balanced. Shorter women should pick more fitted maxi skirts in solid colors, since a bit of color blocking can actually make you look taller.

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High-waisted A high-waisted skirt can be a godsend for women who wish their legs were a little longer or their waists were a little smaller. A high-waist skirt fits at your natural waistline or even a litter higher, which creates the illusion of longer legs and a defined waist. However, be careful that the band isn’t larger than an inch or so, according to lifestyle maven Lauren Conrad, because big waistbands can actually make midsections look wider.

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Not all hair colors are created equal. If you want to boost your look—whether it’s looking younger, lighter, bolder, or darker—it’s best to know which colors are a yes and which are a no. The first step is knowing your skin tone. This is easier said than done. Skin tones vary and are as nuanced as the individual, so determining which fits you best can be a challenge. In general, however, stylists place people in one of two categories: warm and cool. People with warm skin tones tend to look more flattering in yellows and reds. If you have a cool skin tone, you probably look best in greens, blues and whites. Still not sure? Hold your wrist in direct sunlight. Do your blood vessels look blue? Then you’re probably cool. If they look green—warm. All that being said, our skin tones can change throughout the year. A summer tan creates a gray area between warm and cool. Same goes for the pale shades of winter. But we all have a consistent undertone that dictates our overall look. If you need more solid

references, think of Jennifer Lopez, Halle Berry and Kim Kardashian. They are all cool skin tones. Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Aniston are warm.

So how does this translate to your hair?

Cool skin tones often work best with warm hair colors— and vice versa. If you wear greens and blues well, golden blonde, honey almond, and medium brown might be ideal hair colors for you. If your skin tone is warm, consider auburn, ash brown, champagne blonde, or dark brown. When in doubt, ask a hair stylist you trust. Just because you like the bleached-blonde look doesn’t mean that’s the way to go. The wrong hair color can make or break your overall style. Remember: You wear your hair every day.







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Mind & Body The Answers

to Life’s Little Questions

Curiosity is at the core of what makes us human. It’s that sense of wonder that drives us to become the people we are and toward the people we will become. From the time a child learns to speak, they pummel their parents with endless questions. While the deep ones form our life’s paths, every day our mind is filled with random or seemingly inconsequential ones. Some stick with us, some fade, and others can be solved with a quick Google search. Still, it’s endless—and while we’ll never be able to answer all of them here’s a few answers to some of wonders that may have wracked your brain.

Science /Animals WHICH CAME FIRST, THE CHICKEN OR THE EGG? The majority of scientific researchers claim the egg since versions of it have been in existence for 100 million years. WHAT IS THE WORLD’S DEADLIEST ANIMAL? The mosquito. These disease carrying pests are annually responsible for an estimated 755,000 deaths worldwide. Snails come in second. Watch out Sponge Bob, it might not be a good idea to keep one as a pet. The diseases some the species carry lead to approximately 200,000 deaths each year. ARE MOSQUITOES ATTRACTED TO SOME PEOPLE MORE THAN OTHERS? Yes, recent scientific studies suggest that mosquitoes prefer blondes. WHY ARE DOGS A MAN’S BEST FRIEND? Like any true friend, they know when you’re lying. Recent studies have shown that dogs can sense if a human is being trustworthy.

Health WHY HAVEN’T RESEARCHERS DISCOVERED A CURE FOR THE COMMON COLD YET? There actually isn’t a “common cold.” It’s made-up of hundreds of strains of different viruses; many change, making it currently impossible to create one vaccine. WHY DO I GET DARK CIRCLES UNDER MY EYES WHEN I’M TIRED? The skin that lies under our eyes is extremely thin. The dark shading surfaces from the veins under the skin. It becomes more visible when we’re tired because the body produces more of a hormone called cortisol to keep us awake, leading to an increase in blood volume that enlarges the vessels, making them more visible. Fatigue is not the only culprit. So is aging. Depending on your genetics, this skin layer can grow thinner over time. DOES SUGAR CAUSE CHILDREN TO BE HYPERACTIVE? Yes, but only if you/they think it does. Studies have shown that sugar does not impact behavior, but when children are told it does, they react accordingly.

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The Quick Lift


Here at La Belle, we like to call the Quicklift® our ‘signature procedure’! The Quicklift®, is a minimallyinvasive facelift procedure—and could be the answer to your needs! This procedure is designed to produce a natural appearance, and not the ‘wind swept’ look you may have seen from facelifts of the past. The downtime after this procedure is minimal, and the actual technique of the surgery is much less involved compared to other facelift procedures—which means prescription medication is rarely ever prescribed, and the healing time is much quicker when you choose the Quicklift®!

Food WHO HOLDS THE RECORD FOR THE WORLD’S LARGEST GUMBO? The record was reached by the L.A. Gumbo Festival in Mobile, Alabama in March of this year. The gumbo included 1660 pounds of seafood. WHY DO SOME WINES BECOME BETTER WITH AGE? Molecules called tannins that are found in some types of grape skins, stems and seeds serve as the natural protector of the grapevine by creating a bitter taste to ward off animals.Once bottled, over time small amounts of oxygen change the structure of the tannins causing the wine to shift to a pleasant taste.

Dr. Jay Appurao, M.D, F.A.C.S, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, as well as the American Board of Surgery, amongst other distinguished honors. Dr. Jay has been practicing general surgery for thirty years, and cosmetic surgery for fifteen years--and he is the only surgeon in Louisiana who has the Quicklift® franchise! To find out more information on this procedure, please visit our website at: labellecosmetic.com. Chin Implants


WHY DOES JUNK FOOD TASTE BETTER THAN HEALTHY FOOD? It’s biological. It goes back to our early primate ancestors. At that time high calorie foods were essential to survival, which created a natural pull that still exists in humans today.


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Regional WHEN WAS MARDI GRAS FIRST CELEBRATED IN THE UNITED STATES? The first Mardi Gras in the U.S. was held on March 3, 1699, long before the U.S. became the U.S. French explorers Iberville and Bienville hosted the festivities just south of New Orleans in a spot they named, Point du Mardi Gras. WHEN WAS THE FIRST CRAWFISH BOIL? While it’s likely that Native Americans held crawfish boils for centuries before, the first recorded crawfish boil was by Captain John Smith in 1615 after his experience in Jamestown. WHICH SEC UNIVERSITY LEADS THE PACK IN WINNING THE MOST NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS? LSU, of course, with 45 National Championships – 25 in Women’s Track. WAS LOUISIANA PART OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR? Yes, Baton Rouge was the only battle site outside of the original 13 colonies. HOW HOT CAN IT GET IN LOUISIANA? The highest temperature recorded was 114 degrees on August 10, 1936 in Plain Dealings. HOW MANY ALLIGATORS RESIDE IN LOUISIANA? It’s estimated that at least 2 million alligators live in Louisiana; close to half of the state’s human population. HOW BIG CAN NUTRIA RATS GET? Nutria rats, which aren’t actually rodents and are mostly related to the porcupine, weigh 12 pounds on average. However, they have been known to weigh in at 20 pounds.

Random WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO GET A SONG OUT OF YOUR HEAD? Chew gum. It will deflect focus from the song. THERE ARE 50 STATES, RIGHT? Technically, there are 46 states. Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Massachusetts and Virginia are commonwealths. WHAT ARE THE ODDS OF FINDING A FOUR-LEAF CLOVER? Your chances are pretty good. They are fairly common. HOW MANY LANGUAGES ARE SPOKEN THROUGHOUT THE WORLD? Approximately 6,500. Two thousand of these languages are spoken by less than 1,000 people. HOW MANY TIME ZONES ARE THERE? There are 24 time zones. Each zone has a width of 15 degrees of longitude. Worldwide there are 360 degrees of longitude. Once every 24 hours the earth rotates on its axis. Each hour represents 15 degrees of longitude. IS PLUTO STILL CONSIDERED A PLANET? Scientists have been debating Pluto’s planetary status since it was changed from a planet to a dwarf planet in 2006. The reason for this shift is that it did not fulfill all of the criteria of a planet, but since it did meet some, it’s considered a dwarf planet. However, this status may change as the recently landed New Horizons continues to deliver the first- ever images of Pluto.

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Tips to Practice Random Acts of Kindness by Adam Gianforcaro

Making a difference in someone’s life can consequently make a difference in your own. Similar to the joy you feel when giving someone a birthday gift, offering a positive gesture can lift your spirits, as well as make a difference for others. Many people give to those in need or do something positive for the community, but your social responsibility doesn’t have to impact your finances or even take away from your free time. Small acts of kindness can be inexpensive or even free of charge. They can also take up less than a minute of your time. Regardless how little money or time you have to spend, your small acts of kindness can make a big and lasting impact.

Before writing this article, I wanted to offer my own small act of kindness. I brainstormed on my lunch break at work and decided to tape a dollar bill to the vending machine in the office kitchen. I added a sticky note: “Have a snack on me.” As silly as it seemed, I felt good doing it. And although I didn’t see who used the dollar, or even if the person bought a snack with it, I had a hunch that this small act put positive spin on someone’s day. I invested in a smile, at minimum, for myself and one other person, for less than the cost of a cup of coffee. Sure, financial gifts and volunteer work are always appreciated, but the best thing about kindness is that it doesn’t have to cost a thing or take up much of your time. Simply “liking” someone’s selfie can brighten someone’s day. Take these small, but meaningful steps toward paying it forward: • Set a goal for yourself to display one act of kindness every day, whether at home, in the workplace, or out in the community. Something as simple as offering a genuine smile to someone passing by is all it takes. You may even want to set a goal for one low-cost or time-sensitive act per month. • Volunteer during a day off from school or work. • Place a one-time donation to your favorite charity. • Send a short message to a teacher who made an impact in your life. Be creative with your kind acts and choose one you’ll enjoy. If you can’t think of any, there are many websites dedicated to these acts of goodwill. Simply type “acts of kindness” in your favorite search engine, and you’ll find new ideas for each day of the year. Start today with one small act of kindness. You are sure to benefit from the positivity you spread. Tomorrow, try something new. See how bringing joy to others will make its way back to you.

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Mind & Body

How to Handle Heat-Related Problems

When the temperatures rise, we all feel uncomfortably hot when outdoors, especially in Southwest Louisiana. Perspiration and a slight increase in heart rate are to be expected, but when exposed to high temperatures for an extended amount of time, more severe symptoms could indicate a heat-related illness. Exposure to excessive heat and humidity can cause serious problems, according to Syed Shah, MD, emergency medicine medical director with the Professional Emergency Medical Management Group and West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital’s Emergency Department. “In Louisiana, our temperatures are high and the heat is intense for several months. That’s difficult enough, but when you figure in the humidity and how that affects the body, it can lead to problems,” Dr. Shah said. These problems include heat cramps, which can progress to heat exhaustion and finally heat stroke. Those most at risk are children and older adults, as well as people who work outdoors in excessive heat and high humidity without relief or adequate fluid intake. Students who participate in outdoor sports, marching band, or other activities during the summer are also at an increased risk. The first signal of a heat-related problem is a heat cramp, usually in the back of the legs or in the arms; they can also occur in the abdomen and back. A heat cramp feels more intense than a typical cramp and usually lasts longer.“The usual cause of a heat cramp is not drinking enough water while being active in the heat,”said Dr. Shah.

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To treat heat cramps, Dr. Shah advises: • Stopping the activity and resting in a shaded or cooler location • Drinking clear juice or an electrolyte-containing sports drink • Gently massaging the muscle group “Generally, heat cramps will dissipate after resting,” Dr. Shah explained. “Once they’re gone, continue resting for several hours. If they don’t subside after several hours, check with your doctor.” Beyond heat cramps, the more severe heat-related concern is heat exhaustion. After excessive perspiration, intense exercise and inadequate fluid or salt intake, the body exhibits these symptoms: • Feeling faint or dizzy • Nausea • Rapid, weak heartbeat • Low blood pressure • Headache When these symptoms are present, Dr. Shah recommends this first-aid treatment for heat exhaustion: • Rest in a cooler location • Lay the person down and elevate the legs and feet slightly • Remove any tight or heavy clothing or sports equipment they may be wearing • Encourage them to drink cool water • Sponge or spray them with cool water to reduce their temperature

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“Monitor the individual carefully because heat exhaustion can quickly turn into heat stroke,” he said. The most severe of the heat-related illnesses is heat stroke. The body’s natural reaction to heat is to perspire; during a heat stroke, the body’s ability to perspire is gone. Without this natural cooling ability, the body’s internal temperature continues to rise. In fact, the main sign of heat stroke is an elevated body temperature, usually 104° F or higher. As with the other heat-related concerns, young children and older adults are particularly vulnerable to heat stroke, but also at risk are individuals with cardiovascular disease. Certain medications can also increase a person’s tolerance to heat because they affect the body’s ability to stay hydrated and respond to heat. Medications that narrow blood vessels, also known as vasoconstrictors, those that regulate blood pressure by blocking adrenaline, known as beta-blockers, and those that rid the body of sodium and water, or diuretics, can decrease one’s ability to tolerate heat. “In addition to these risk factors, individuals who are quite overweight or individuals who are engaged in intense exercise but are not in good physical shape are at an increased risk for heat stroke,” Dr. Shah explained.

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Board certified gastroenterologist Dr. Juan C. Teran has joined the Imperial Health physician team. He has 20 years of experience in his field, including positions as staff gastroenterologist at Verde Valley Medical Center in Arizona, Medical College of Virginia and the Cleveland Clinic Florida. Dr. Teran earned his medical degree from the Universidad Anahuac and Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico. He completed an internal medicine residency, a gastroenterology fellowship, and earned a Master’s of Science in nutrition at MetroHealth Medical Center, which is affiliated with Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition, Dr. Teran completed a fellowship in hepatology at Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Teran is certified by the American Board of Gastroenterology and the American Board of Nutrition. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Teran, call (337) 312-8462.


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Local Large Animal Veterinarian Dr. Ted Shope, Dr. Alan Hinton and LSU Veterinary School students operating on a pig.

Revolutionary Research, Revolutionary Team by Lisa Addison photos by McNeese University

Local orthopedic surgeon Dr. Alan Hinton is deep into revolutionary research that centers on preventing traumatic arthritis in post-meniscus patients, but he is quick to give credit to his team, who he calls the “Meniscal Research Group.” “A lot of research is out there on arthritis but not on re-growing the meniscus,” Dr. Hinton said. “This is new and different, especially here in Southwest Louisiana. McNeese has been very, very helpful throughout this research and we’re in a collaborative partnership. There is no way I would be able to do any of this without McNeese.” This cutting-edge research of Dr. Hinton and his 14-person team—including McNeese faculty, veterinarians, LSU and McNeese students—takes tissue from pigs to attempt to re-grow the meniscus. So far, Dr. Hinton has conducted meniscus transplant surgery on more than 20 pigs at the McNeese Farm. Ironically, when Dr. Hinton was in high school he worked there, but back then he was baling hay. He’s passionate about his research and his eyes light up when he talks about the possibilities of what this research could accomplish and of how it could help people. “I’ll tell you what this is,” Dr. Hinton says. “It’s a contribution. This research is a way that I can hopefully make a difference. From my 68 www.thriveswla.com

initial idea to try this, to the point where we are today, it has taken a year or more. It’s been a process just to get through all of the proper channels and to bring everyone together. We’ve completed the first phase of the research and are now in the second phase. It’s been exciting.” When we hear about these types of research projects, it often involves rats or rabbits. Using pigs is one more thing that makes Hinton’s research different. He said this isn’t a complicated or invasive procedure for the pigs. He follows research animal guidelines set by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee at McNeese. “Basically, we are seeing if we can re-grow the meniscus in the pigs after having a portion of their meniscus removed,” he said. “We first grow stem cells from fat then inject the cells into the knee after surgery. The initial research we did shows that pigs develop arthritis in the knee very fast after meniscal surgery. What takes 20 years in humans only takes about 6 months in pigs. It’s pretty cool that we discovered that right here at McNeese.” Thrive Magazine for Better Living

Further elaborating on the process, Dr. Hinton said that the whole idea is to develop an approach that would make this idea possible for humans. “Wouldn’t that be great to be able to inject the knee after surgery and re-grow the removed portion of meniscus? Who knows if this stem cell injection would work to re-grow the meniscus that was removed? We could even try to get the meniscal tears to heal with injection only, without having surgery.” Some may wonder what’s so special about the meniscus. As Dr. Hinton explains it, “The covering on the knee is cartilage which is durable but the meniscus is between the bones. Once the meniscus is damaged, it doesn’t grow back. Its function is to stabilize and protect the knee so if it can’t be repaired or grow back, then that person doesn’t have the same quality of life as he or she did previously.” If Dr. Hinton’s research is ultimately successful, the treatment plan could be expanded to humans. Although it remains a far-off goal, achieving an end to arthritis suffering for patients is his ultimate dream. August 2015


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Solutions for Life

from Solutions Counseling & EAP by Keri Forbess-McCorquodale, MS, LPC, LMFT, CEAP

Increasing Your Job Security (Part I) Ever have a little heart palpitation when you read about the latest massive layoff somewhere in the country? Do you wonder, “Could that happen to me?” Of course it could. But there are ways to ensure that if a “layoff list” is developed, you are at the bottom. I ran across a great book about this very thing called How to Be the Person Successful Companies Fight to Keep by Connie Pooleston and Jean Goetz. Basically, CEOs and Human Resources executives were surveyed regarding layoffs and downsizing. They were asked, “If you have to choose who gets to stay and who has to leave, how do you decide?” Much of the book mirrors my experiences with companies over the last 24 years. Here are some suggestions to keep your job as safe as possible: Stay On The Radar Screen. People should know who you are at your organization. Everyone, from the top to the bottom, should have positive feelings associated with your face. That’s because your face is going to be so friendly – you are going to look at people when you seen them coming down the hall, you are going to smile, and you are going to say “How are you today?” Not only should everyone know who you are, but you should also know who they are. Take some time to ask about weekend activities, families, etc. Get to know your co-workers beyond the organization. Remember, people love to talk about themselves, and they love someone who asks them to do just that. Of particular importance is how you treat anyone below you on the food chain. Everyone treats the boss well. Not everyone treats the maintenance

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or housekeeping crew so great. I have never understood that – those are the people who have the potential to make your life better (i.e. things work more smoothly, workspace cleaner, respond faster when there is a problem). They are also usually the ones who really know what is going on in an organization, often before everyone else. Be smart about how you treat these very important people. Stay Off the Radar Screen. You do not want to be known as the “whiner” of the office. When things aren’t perfect (someone took your pencil, you don’t have the exact type of paper you asked for, payroll got your sick time wrong by 5 minutes), be quiet. I promise you’re making up for it somewhere else (remember that day you spent 5 minutes daydreaming or on social media?). Don’t be nit-picky. You’ll drive supervisors crazy, and they’ll begin to dread seeing you. Choose your battles, and know that very few things are battle-worthy. Now, I’m not suggesting you become a doormat. If something is very important to you, then you need to address it. But if you find (or if others perceive) that everything is important to you, then you need to re-evaluate. Unload Your Baggage. We learn how to be employees as children. Were you raised in a “loud family?” If your parents regularly yelled to get your attention, you learned not to take people seriously until they reach a certain decibel level. Did your family avoid conflict? Then, when you are confronted or critiqued, no matter how appropriate, you will probably be very uncomfortable or even defensive.

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Were you a rebel? Then you likely have a problem with authority figures. Guess what – you’re always going to have to answer to someone. You might as well deal with the childhood stuff that is holding you back. Take an honest look. If you’re having trouble with a particular person, it could be that he reminds you of someone in your family with whom you also have trouble. Handle Your Personal Life. Supervisors don’t like drama. If you’re constantly on the phone with your significant other, or your ex, or your kids, stop it. If you come in on Mondays with stories of all the “Jerry Springer” moments that happened over the weekend, stop it. Stop doing it and stop talking about it. Your ability to handle your personal life directly reflects your ability to handle your professional life. If you’re a mess at home, you will be at work too. Get it together – go get some help, read a book, go to a support group. Do whatever it takes. Now, all this craziness may not be your doing. That’s understandable, but at some point no one cares that none of the drama is your fault. They are just tired of it. The only thing that supervisor knows is that you take up her time and waste company time. Next month, we’ll talk about workrelated things you can do to keep that job (or at least leave on your terms, not theirs). See you next month!

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Healthy Woman presents:

“Country Come to Town” comedy show and expo

To put it simply, when Etta May takes the stage, she is the reigning Queen of Southern Sass. Winner of the prestigious American Comedy Awards “Stand-Up Comic of the Year,” Etta May has appeared on Oprah, Comic Strip Live, MTV, and CBS Sunday Morning. She currently headlines the all-female “Southern Fried Chicks Tour,” selling out theatres all over the country. Grab your friends and get ready for an evening of side-splitting laughter as she takes us on a redneck ride through the Deep South.


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