MOVERS

Jasmine B. Bertrand has joined Onebane Law Firm and will focus on oil and gas and business and commercial law.

Erin E. Rossignol has joined the firm of Thibodaux, Hebert, Deshotels, Leblanc, ACPA, as a tax accountant.

SHAKERS

Lafayette Airport marked 75 years of flying Lafayette Nov. 29. Ongoing projects at the airport include a new fire station and opening of the Business Center in the terminal building.

The Foundation for Interior Design Research appointed Charles F. Seale, of Charles Seale Design, to serve as a site team visitor. Seale will visit university interior design departments seeking accreditation on behalf of the FIDER.

Hammond-based Gulf States Real Estate Services LLC recently opened a branch office at 2037 Johnston St.

UL Lafayette's College of Education received re-accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Little Town, Women's Apparel & Accessories Boutique began its weeklong grand opening in Oil Center Gardens with a ribbon cutting Dec. 12.

The Louisiana Crafts Guild has announced its association with the River Oaks Arts Center in Alexandria. The gallery will become the guild's exclusive sales site for central Louisiana.

Merlin Oil & Gas Inc.'s President Mark K. Miller has been elected to the regional board of directors of the Independent Petroleum Association of America.

Cherie Brown, executive director of the National Coalition Building Institute, facilitated a Nov. 29 workshop titled "Community Building After the Storms." During the event, hosted on behalf of the Commission on Diversity and Economic Development, community members provided the commission with recommendations on rebuilding.

The Lafayette Parish Bar Association held a meeting Dec. 8 at the City Club. The meeting included a panel discussion with The Justice Planning Associates Inc. on the functionality and future of the 15th Judicial District's courthouse. The association's Community Service Committee has also partnered with the Lafayette Council on Aging to provide winter supplies to elderly homebound residents.

Le Centre International and Lafayette Economic Development Authority recently hosted 15 Swedish companies seeking partnerships with similar Louisiana businesses. The companies hope to work together to generate business in the areas of post-hurricane reconstruction work.

The Junior League of Lafayette awarded grants to several community organizations Dec. 13. The grants are funded from events and sales of the league's four cookbooks. The league also announced Adrienne Guidry as the winner of its Tinsel and Treasures Dodge Durango Raffle.

HONORS

Foster Marketing Communications recently received four "Best of Texas" awards, including the Lantern Award from the Business Marketing Association's Houston chapter.

Allstate Agent Chris Canty received the Agency Hands in the Community Award for his continued commitment to volunteer work in Acadiana. Canty also received a $500 grant from Acadiana Outreach Center with the award.

The Planned Giving Council of Acadiana awarded Greg Trahan, owner of Safety Management Systems, its Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year award. Other honorees included the Woman's Foundation and Phena Guidry.

Moss Motors received the Better Business Bureau's Integrity Award for large businesses at the bureau's annual banquet.

Russo Ad Group is a multiple finalist in this year's Silver Microphone Award competition.

An awards ceremony was held at UL's Fletcher Hall to honor students from the Visual Arts Graphic Design Program who designed promotional materials for the 2007 celebration of the 250th anniversary of the Marquis de La Fayette's birth. The city-parish of Lafayette will use the students' work during the event, which is being planned in conjunction with the La Fayette memorial in Chavaniac, France.

GOOD DEEDS

The USA Rice Federation awarded Melissa LaCour of Abbeville the 2005 National Rice Month Scholarship for Louisiana in response to her promotional work and "Red Beans and Rice" food drive for hurricane relief.

103.1 KQIS, Chabill's and Zeus Café are sponsors of the Giving Tree for Acadiana Youth and will collect monetary donations for children who live in the Children's Shelter and Stepping Stones: Acadiana Shelter for Girls.

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