As of Aug. 20, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals was confirming 20 human cases of West Nile virus. This information, combined with recent West Nile virus positive mosquitoes and sentinel chickens, raises concerns about public awareness and individual efforts to avoid mosquitoes whenever possible.
ACADIANA REGIONAL AIRPORT director Jason DeVillier addresses reporters, industry representatives and public officials at a news conference at South Louisiana Community College in New Iberia. Backing him up are (from left) Dr. Natalie Harder, SLCC chancellor; UL Lafayette president Dr. Joseph Savoie; Dr. Mark Zappi, dean of the College of Engineering, UL Lafayette; Raymond Reaux, vice president of Engineering, Fenstermaker; Jason El Koubi, One Acadiana president and CEO; One Acadiana chairman Joe Zanco; Michael Tarantino, president and CEO, Iberia Industrial Development Foundation; and Erroll Babineaux, vice president, Air Services, Acadian Companies. (Ken Grissom)
South Louisiana Community College needs to be able to train commercial pilots.
UL Lafayette needs a new facility for its growing engineering school.
And all of Louisiana’s state universities and colleges need greater autonomy to compete in the national effort to turn out a skilled workforce.