Dawn Justin has joined Abdalla's as a buyer for the Women's Ready to Wear, Contemporary and Petite departments. She replaces Janell Estilette, who will transition to a sales position.

Kristie Carr has joined Chick-fil-A locations at Ambassador Caffery Parkway and the Mall of Acadiana as unit marketing director.

Ryan J. Fuselier has been hired as engineering project manager for the engineering division of C. H. Fenstermaker & Associates Inc.

Gordon, Arata, McCollam, Duplantis & Eagan LLP has announced that R. Thomas Jorden Jr. has joined the firm as a partner in the Lafayette office. Stephen M. Domas has joined the firm as an associate in the New Orleans office.


Begneaud Manufacturing has chosen 20-year employee René DeMoura as its new president, replacing outgoing president Paul Sewall.

J. Herbert Boydstun, president and CEO of Hibernia National Bank, spoke at the chapter luncheon of Association for Corporate Growth June 7.

The Mall of Acadiana announced the second phase of its interior and exterior renovations, including the Cafés Acadiana Food Court and the Johnston Street Main Entrance areas, to be completed by August.

Knight Oil Tools promoted Keith Alexander to senior technical support coordinator and Richard Moak to Houston sales manager.

Cajun Travel in New Iberia and Travel Machine of Lafayette have announced a merger.

Lafayette Regional Airport now offers two new boarding bridges and free high-speed wireless Internet service. Also at the airport, Byron Wilcott has been named operations specialist.

Acadiana Sold LCC, a locally-owned online real estate advertising service, celebrated its grand opening June 9.


Damien Labiche of J.P. Thibodeaux Honda was recently awarded American Honda's distinction of being one of 20 Top Volume sales consultants in the country.

Several faculty members at UL Lafayette were honored with awards. Engineering professors included Fred F. Farshad and Herman H. Rieke, who received the Crown and Eagle Medals of Honor from the North American Chapter of the Russian Academy of Natural Science. The UL Lafayette Foundation honored Dr. Anne B. Broussard, professor of Nursing; Dr. Jack S. D'Amico, professor of Communicative Disorders; and Thomas C. Sammons, professor of Architecture. This year's Outstanding Teacher is Dr. Jeff Sandoz, assistant professor of Education Foundation and Leadership. Dr. Janice G. Weber, an assistant professor of Child and Family Studies, received the Louisiana Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Leaders Award.

Foster parents across the state were honored as part of "National Foster Parents Appreciation Month" in May. Merline Broussard of Ridge was chosen as 2005 Foster Parent of the Year for the Lafayette Region.


SOWELA Technical Community College and the Louisiana Community and Technical College System announced that the H.C. Drew Trust has committed $2.75 million to the college toward the construction of a health sciences and economic development center.