The Lincoln Parish Retired Educators group met the last Wednesday of each month from January through May. The group focuses on civic, social and educational activities throughout the year. Most activity done by the group this year was delivering snack baskets to the residents of Ruston Rehabilitation Center, formerly Long Leaf.
“Love of helping people at all ages” was the theme of a recent short-term mission trip to Prelip, Macedonia, by a seven-member team from the First Baptist Church, Ruston.
Keri Murphy, FBC’s Children’s minister and team leader, said, “The amazing trip in assisting two hosts missionaries gave us home-visit opportunities in sharing our faith with several loving and hospitable Macedonian families and of making personal contacts to talk about our city, our state and our country, as well as about our faith. During our eight-day visit, two of our team members, Dr. Clyde Posey and his wife Judy, led a marriage seminar, and I led a children’s story hour. Also, while there, the team members painted some homes and performed other contracting tasks in helping to spread our love and Christianity to the people of Macedonia.”
Reba K. Neel, an award-winning artist, former business professor and active supporter of Louisiana Tech University, has provided Tech’s School of Art with a $100,000 endowed scholarship.
Neel created the Lenora McDonald Neel and Oliver Fulton Neel School of Art Endowed Scholarship to honor her parents and help undergraduate art students with their college expenses. Neel’s love of painting began in 1976 when she took a watercolor class at Tech taught by M. Douglas Walton.
Louisiana Tech University’s Teacher Educators and Mentors Model Clinical Residency Program had an opportunity to showcase itself this week during a visit to Lincoln Parish by Julie Stephenson and Rebecca Freeland of the Louisiana Department of Education’s Believe and Prepare Educator Grant Program.