News roundup: SU System receives largest gift in its history … HGTV host Jamie Durie headed to B.R. … State entertainment group changes name
Alumni give back: The Southern University System Foundation has received an endowment worth more than $1 million, the largest bequest in the university's history, a system spokesman says. The gift from the estate of James David Smith and Ruth Johnson Smith includes $850,000 in cash, land worth about $400,000, which will be sold, and an art collection with a value to be determined, says Ernie Hughes, SU System vice president for institutional advancement. The Smiths were Southern graduates who lived in Santa Barbara, Calif.
On the grow: Jamie Durie, host of HGTV's Outdoor Room, will be appearing at the Perkins Road location of Louisiana Nursery Saturday, Feb. 25, to sign books and talk horticulture. The event will run from 1-5 p.m. Durie is the author of seven books, and founder and director of PATIO Landscape Architecture & Design, which carries its own line of merchandised products. Advance tickets are $25, which includes a copy of Durie's book The Outdoor Room, refreshments and a $10 gift certificate from Louisiana Nursery. Get your tickets here.
Roll the credits: The Louisiana Industry for Film and Entertainment has changed its name to Louisiana Film and Entertainment Association, saying the new name reflects the organization's commitment to ensuring continued long-term growth of the film and entertainment industry. Louisiana ranks third in film and television production nationwide, behind only California and New York. LFEA says it will continue to help bring together all aspects of the entertainment industry, providing industry updates to its members, as well as legislative and regulatory monitoring and reporting, and a variety of networking and communication services. For more information about LFEA and membership, visit its website here.
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