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CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System Hosts Second Annual Miracle Tour to Benefit Local Kids

Top Miracle Tour fundraiser, Lynnette Martin celebrates with some of our CHRISTUS Miracle Kids!

CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System is hosting the second annual Miracle Tour on Oct. 6 at Haughton High School. Miracle Tour includes 64,42,28, 14 and 5 mile cycling routes to raise funds to benefit the 17 signature Children’s Miracle Network Hospital programs at CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System and our community.

Miracle Tour offers bicycle rides catering to every cyclist including a 5-mile family fun ride with routes providing beautiful scenery of Lake Bistineau and the surrounding countryside. Registered event participants will enjoy stocked rest stops, SAG vehicles on well-marked routes, enthusiastic volunteers and an event t-shirt, all while helping local kids. Food and drinks will be provided at a post-ride celebration.

“We are excited to raise money for local kids with this event for a second year,” Amy Heron, CHRISTUS Foundation Shreveport-Bossier Director, said. “We saw what an impact this event had on our fundraising last year and how enthusiastic the cycling community was about participating in an event that helps local kids! Our CMN Hospital programs at CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier helps both sick and healthy children through our 17 programs, and we can’t wait to see how much of an impact this event will have for our local babies, kids and teens.”

Last year the event attracted over 130 cyclists and the number is expected to grow to over 200 this year.

Riders who raise funds will receive great incentives including a 2018 Miracle Tour jersey and the chance to win fabulous prizes. Every dollar raised stays right here to support the CMN Hospital programs and the local kids they serve.

The start and end of the cycling tour is at Haughton High School, 210 E. McKinley, Haughton. Registration is $40 now through Oct. 19 and $45 Oct. 20-21. The Family Fun Ride is $15 per rider.

Great Raft is hosting a carb loading dinner on Oct. 5 for participants to pick up their packets, meet Miracle Kids, and enjoy dinner from one of the local CMN Hospital partners, Panda Express.

To register for Miracle Tour, visit or call 318-681-6781.

Overton Brooks VA Medical Center honors POW/MIA Recognition Day

SHREVEPORT, La.—Overton Brooks VA Medical Center will recognize POW/MIA Recognition Day, Friday, Sept. 21, at 11 a.m. The United States’ National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year. On National POW/MIA Recognition Day, we honor the sacrifices and remarkable determination of those captured as prisoners of war. We also remember those who remain unaccounted for, and we wish their families some small comfort in knowing that America has not forgotten them.

Lieutenant Colonel Edgar Hubert Gleason, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.) will serve as our guest speaker. Although not a former POW, LtCol. Gleason is a Korean War Veteran who served in North Korea from 1950-1951. This year’s POW/MIA Recognition Day is made more prominent by the recent repatriation of presumed American servicemen missing in North Korea since fighting ended in 1953.

Media should arrive by 10:45 a.m. The ceremony takes place in room 2W63. Contact the OBVAMC Public Affairs Office at (318) 990-5571 to confirm attendance. You can also reach the office via email at

Volunteers Needed for Film Prize

Help! We need somebody(s)! With just two weeks left to go, we have a number of openings in our volunteer schedule. We are asking you to give your time during a shift (or two or three) to help make the Prize experience complete.

Volunteer positions range from selling passes and merchandise to ushering guests at theaters, to projection (it’s really easy, we promise!)

Each volunteer receives a FREE 3-day festival pass and a special volunteer t-shirt!

Don’t wait. Sign up today!

NSU collecting hurricane clean up supplies

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University students are doing their part to help residents of the Carolinas as they begin cleanup in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. Dr. Curt Phifer, professor of biology in the Louisiana Scholars’ College, is spearheading efforts to collect supplies for cleanup buckets that will be transported to affected disaster areas through the United Methodist Center on Relief (UMCOR), located in Baldwin.

“We’re asking every RSO [Registered Student Organization] at NSU, service organizations, fraternities, sororities, honor societies, religious groups, to put together at least one Cleaning Bucket of supplies. SGA [Student Government Association] has bought the empty buckets and will deliver them to the shipping site,” Phifer said.

Buckets are available to each organization in the SGA office on the first floor of the Student Union. Each bucket has a list of specific items and how to assemble the bucket. Assembled buckets can be returned to the SGA office by 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24. They will be loaded on a truck Tuesday

“Many NSU students have expressed an interest in helping the people in North and South Carolina who have been affected by Hurricane Florence,” Phifer said. “After hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Harvey, and extreme flooding in the Baton Rouge-Denham Springs area, all of us have been affected personally or have friends and family who know what it’s like to see your home destroyed or damaged.”

More information on UMCOR and specific items needed for cleaning kits is available at Phifer can be reached at (318) 357-4588 or


BPCC’s OnDemand™ now offers the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) course available to anyone, anytime, and anywhere.

The CISSP course is an online, non-credit, and self-paced course designed to help participants pass the national exam. The course covers all 8 CISSP exam domains developed by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2.

BPCC’s OnDemand™ platform allows participants to:

· Prepare for the CISSP exam: Gain the skills required to sit for the nationally recognized (ISC)2 CISSP certification exam

· Continuing Education Credit: Obtain a Certificate of Training Completion from BPCC.

· Academic Course Credit: (ISC)2 CISSP certification is equivalent to BPCC’s CIT 224. Pass the exam and apply to receive 3 college credits! For more information go to

The course is competitively priced at $950. To register for the CISSP course, visit

Walk-On’s Independence Bowl Kickoff K’s Presented by Orangetheory Fitness Continues to Grow in Fourth Year

Shreveport, LA – The Walk-On’s Independence Bowl Kickoff K’s presented by Orangetheory Fitness hit the streets for the fourth year this past Saturday, and the event featured its first half marathon.

The event saw 307 runners between the 5K and half marathon, the largest number of runners in the event’s four-year history. The runners took to the streets of Shreveport’s South Highland neighborhood, competing for overall and age-group cash prizes.

The overall male and female winners of the half marathon received a $1,000 cash prize, and the male and female winners from each age group (20-and-under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-and-over) won $100 apiece. The overall men’s and women’s winners of the 5K took home a $250 cash prize, and the male and female age group winners of the 5K received $50 each.

Half Marathon Winners: 5K Winners:

Male Overall: Alfred Kiplagat (1:17:00.0) Male Overall: William Songock (17:46.1)

Female Overall: Rachel Corigliano (1:29:17.0) Female Overall: Shelley Armstrong (20:08.1)

Male 20-and-under: Miles Roberson (1:39:46.8) Male 20-and-under: Declan Chmielewski (23:22.3)

Male 21-29: Hayden Slack (1:30:49.1) Female 20-and-under: Isabella Hopson (31:49.8)

Female 21-29: Kimberly Foss (2:33:44.9) Male 21-29: Jeremy Elliott (18:31.8)

Male 30-39: Joseph Fell (1:24:30.5) Female 21-29: Katherine Russell (22:27.0)

Female 30-39: Shandra Moore (1:37:59.3) Male 30-39: Aaron Ehrle (17:53.7)

Male 40-49: Luis Nunez (1:53:15.2) Female 30-39: Brittany Lebel (28:26.3)

Female 40-49: Allison Mayfield (1:44:47.5) Male 40-49: Derek Rowe (18:48.5)

Male 50-59: Wallace Robertson (1:45:41.2) Female 40-49: Sarah Yarina (24:27.7)

Female 50-59: Lynn Thomas (2:10:41.6) Male 50-59: Brad Armstrong (24:33.9)

Male 60-69: Bryan Hensley (2:12:04.2) Female 50-59: Lynne Russell (29:47.9)

Female 60-69: Jonette Anderson (2:14:38.2) Male 60-69: Peter Siska (26:07.7)

Male 70-and-over: Don Brown (2:25:43.2) Female 60-69: Karen Pendleton (33:19.3)

Female 70-and-over: Sharon Ellis (3:04:45.4) Male 70-and-over: Nicholas Tredway (24:43.3)

Female 70-and-over: Linda Webster (46:19.1)

Photos from the race are available at


Bossier Parish Community College will announce the opening of the Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) Northwest Central Region office on the College’s campus, effective October 1, 2018.

The announcement will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, September 18, in the Chancellor’s Boardroom (Building A, Room 230), at BPCC, 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

The LSBDC Northwest Central Region office will be moving from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches campus to Bossier Parish Community College’s campus. The center provides business expertise and resources to existing and start-up small business in the areas of business development, market information and research, business finance, marketing, and training at no cost to clients in Avoyelles, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, DeSoto, Grant, Natchitoches, Rapides, Sabine, Vernon, Red River, Webster and Winn Parishes.

“We are excited to welcome the LSBDC Northwest Central Region office to BPCC, and we look forward to a long-standing partnership which will serve area businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners,” says Dr. Gayle Flowers, BPCC’s Vice Chancellor for Economic and Workforce Development.

Jourdan Waddell of Slidell named Miss Northwestern-Lady of the Bracelet

NATCHITOCHES – Jourdan Waddell of Slidell was selected as the winner of the 61st Annual Miss Northwestern – Lady of the Bracelet Pageant held Saturday at Northwestern State University. Waddell will receive more than $8,000 in scholarships and prizes and will represent NSU in June’s Miss Louisiana Pageant.

Waddell is a junior psychology major. She is a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority, Alpha Lambda Delta and Sigma Alpha Pi honor societies and was a Demon Days Volunteer. Waddell is a President’s List student. She was first runner up in last year’s pageant and was a top five finisher at the 2018 Miss Louisiana Pageant.

“I am elated and excited at winning the pageant,” said Waddell. “I hope to use this title as a way to promote my platform of mental health awareness.”

McKay Crews of Bossier City was first runner up and Casey Williams of Leesville was second runner up.

Waddell won the won the talent and swimsuit competition along with the Liz Carroll People’s Choice Award voted on by the pageant audience. Crews was named Miss Congeniality. Jansen Chisley of Monroe received the Children’s Miracle Network Miracle Maker Award for her fundraising efforts on behalf of the organization.

Diversity & Inclusion Summit NWLA to be Held in October

Workplace training and education on diversity

WHAT: Please make plans to attend the Diversity & Inclusion Training Summit. Nationally acclaimed speakers presenting how to implement D&I in the workplace and beyond. Hot Topics and Hands on!

• Pat Harris, Global Chief Diversity Officer & VP of Community Engagement, Chicago
Author, Retired Global Diversity Officer McDonald’s Corporate Chicago

• Pamela Allen, Executive Director Louisiana Center for the Blind, Ruston
Leading the way for the sightless to envision a workplace without limitations

• Sarannette Frontaura-Duck, MBA, MA, LPC, NCC Shreveport
Counselor, Educator of Psychology services and bi-linqual support to families and business

• Maria Guerra, Enforcement Supervisor EEOC, Houston
Diversity & Inclusion Council representative for EEOC Houston district

WHEN: Friday, October 26, 2018, from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
(Morning Snacks along with Lunch will be served.)

WHERE: Margaritaville Resort & Casino, 777 Margaritaville Way, Bossier City, LA 71111
Contact: Northwest Louisiana SHRM [

Advance Registration and payment is required at this LINK:

Please Note: The Public is invited! Group discounts available for 6 or more. Space is limited!

About NWLA SHRM Chapter / Shreveport & Bossier City
This chapter is an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management. NWLA SHRM is a Non-Profit founded in 1957. Join us!

Walk-On’s Independence Bowl to Host Raising Cane’s Kid Combine at Wheels in the Hills

Shreveport, LA – The Walk-On’s Independence Bowl is set to host the second installment of the Raising Cane’s Kid Combine this weekend at Wheels in the Hills in Betty Virginia Park.

Raising Cane’s Kid Combine, an event in its second year, features two installments where kids ages five through 13 compete in the 40-yard dash, shuttle, agility ladder, tackling bags, throwing accuracy and catching competitions. The Walk-On’s Independence Bowl has partnered with D1 Training this year to help host the events, with the second leg set for this Friday and Saturday, September 7-8. The event will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Friday and 8-11 a.m. on Saturday. The winners from the Wheels in the Hills leg will join the winner’s from March’s Crawfest leg to compete on the Independence Stadium field at the 2018 Walk-On’s Independence Bowl.

The third-annual Wheels in the Hills is an event that allows kids to experience trucks, tractors and other equipment that they would see in children’s books, while also helping underprivileged students. The event, which is held at Betty Virginia Park, is free to attend and designed for young families. Wheels in the Hills has had an average attendance of about 2,000 people over the last three years.

Wheels in the Hills is from 5-9 p.m. on Friday and 8-11 a.m. on Saturday, and there will also be an Anti-Bullying Wing Cook-Off at Betty Virginia Park from 5-8 p.m. on Friday. Money raised from the cook-off will be used towards hands-on anti-bullying training and information for local students, teachers and parents.

For more information on the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl, tickets for the 2018 game, sponsorship opportunities and upcoming events, visit or contact the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl office at (318) 221-0712 or toll free at (888) 414-2695.