A trio of Lafayette residents including a pair of retired UL Lafayette professors has been recognized by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities for lasting contributions to our state’s culture.
Dr. Ann Dobie, distinguished professor of English emerita, received an Individual Achievement in the Humanities award for her work coordinating the Louisiana Writing Project and serving as a consultant to the National Writing Project since her retirement in 2001. Dr. Gloria Fiero, a UL professor emerita of history and art, was awarded the Lifetime Contribution to the Humanities. In nominating Fiero, Dr. Darrell Bourque, Louisiana’s poet laureate, described her as one of Louisiana’s “greatest teachers and scholars.”
The Acadiana Center for the Arts' Todd Mouton, meanwhile, was recognized in the Public Humanities Programming category for Louisiana Crossroads, the music/culture concert series he founded and directs.
The three are among 11 individuals who will be honored during an awards ceremony in New Orleans. For ticket information about the awards ceremony, contact Brian Boyles at the LEH, (504) 620-2622 or
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.