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SU professors, alumni to be honored as 2012 Louisiana Role Models, December 8 - 12/8/2012 -

The Baton Rouge Chapter of The Links, Incorporated will honor eight Louisiana Role Models, including two SU professors and five SU alumni, at the Seventh Annual "New Orleans Style Jazz Brunch," Saturday, December 8, 2012, 10:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Executive Center Hotel, Baton Rouge.
The theme for the event, "Celebrating the Successes of Louisiana Role Models," highlights the accomplishments of Louisiana natives who have had a positive and insightful impact on communities at the local, state and national level. The SU honorees include Southern University graduates Tonya G. Robertson, Audrey Nabors Jackson, Alma Charles Stewart, Everrett Gordon Parker, and Edward Pratt, (SU media relations); and faculty members Wanda Raby Spurlock (School of Nursing) and Diola Bagayko (physics). The other honoree is Willie S. King Jr.

Each honoree exemplifies the thrust of The Links' service to the community through the work of its committees: services to youth, national trends and services, international trends and services, health and human services, and the arts.

The Links, Incorporated, founded in 1946, is an international, women's non-profit, social welfare and service organization.

Chartered on November 28, 1964, the Baton Rouge Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is committed to implementing programs that provide opportunities for community development in partnership with local, regional, and national agencies. The Jazz Brunch is a key initiative in the organization's efforts to raise funds for the continuation of substantive, multi-faceted programming in the Baton Rouge community. The funds generated by the Jazz Brunch over the past six years support programs such as  the Rose Bud Club, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Linkages to Life, the Links'Boot Camp for youth, the Debose National Piano Competition, and the International Foreign Affairs & Business Empowerment for youth-LIFE Institute. The Jazz Brunch also helped fund the renovation of a space in the ExxonMobil YMCA for children; which is now called the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Links Incorporated "Kids Zone." For close to fifty years Links' programs have touched the lives of all Baton Rouge community members; regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or socio-economic level. 


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