Architect and national advocate for sustainable design, John Cary, takes his good-design-is-within-reach message to Louisiana Tech University for a lecture Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m in Wyly Auditorium. Cary is the founding editor of publicinterestdesign.org. He said so often good design is inaccessible to underprivileged communities because there’s a misperception that it's expensive. He feels that service learning should be a key part of all architecture programs nationwide.
Hundreds of children's books line the office walls of Candi Bagley, an associate professor of professional practice at LSU Shreveport.
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Children’s booksellers are off to a positive start in holiday sales. Publishers Weekly conducted a survey of 24 booksellers nationwide and found double-digit sales gains for the period beginning Black Friday.
LSU Shreveport education professor Candi Bagley says children will get a glut of toys, but a book can bring added value.
"Books are such a lasting gift," Bagley said. "Kids can keep them for years and years. A lot of parents will put special books away as keepsakes for later on."
Bagley suggests penning an inscription to personalize the book.
Stephen F. Austin State University's Center for Regional Heritage Research is working to drive foot traffic into the restored Nacogdoches Railroad Depot. Research associate Dr. Kelley Snowden said the Loblolly model train display will attract hundreds of visitors. She plans exhibits and speakers at the Depot throughout the year.
"We really want the Depot to be a vital part of the city of Nacogdoches," Snowden said. "Since the Depot has been so beautifully restored, we want people to come here and see this piece of their history."
Bill Beckett talks with Mark Massom, the interpretive ranger at Lake Bistineau State Park about thier Christmas in the Park festivities during the weekend of Dec. 7, for both day-use and overnight visitors. Events will kick off on Friday, when campers can decorate their campsites to welcome Santa to the area. Other activities will include hayrides and holiday outdoor cooking, sponsored by the Bayou Pots, the local chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society. The Bayou Pots will hold their monthly meeting on Saturday, Dec. 8, with Christmas Dinner cooked Dutch Oven-style.