Louisiana Business: Ochsner, LSU-Eunice, New Orleans and Hasbro, Baton Rouge Chamber

louisianaTwo Louisiana universities fail to meet GRAD Act requirements

Designations approved by the Board of Regents today indicate Louisiana State University at Eunice (LSU-E) failed to achieve the progress necessary to pass the GRAD Act which ties performance to annual tuition authority as well as 15% of a campuses funding formula allocation. Also, as allowed in the Board of Regents’ GRAD Act Annual Evaluation Process, Southern University Shreveport (SUSLA) has appealed its preliminary designation of having failed to make sufficient progress. All other public colleges and universities were successful in meeting the targets outlined in their GRAD Act agreements and are now authorized to raise tuition 10% for the 2012-13 school year, and will retain 100% of their formula dollars.

Nominations for Excellence in Government Awards

Do you know creative, dedicated public employees who have toiled in obscurity or who deserve greater recognition for improving government? Do you know citizens who have worked to significantly improve local government? You can honor such people by nominating them for the BGR Excellence in Government Awards

Baton Rouge Area Chamber accepting nominations for Leadership Program

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) is seeking nominations for its Baton Rouge Area Leadership Program. The deadline to submit applications for the class of 2013 is Friday, June 29, 2012. The program was founded in 1985 to prepare a diverse group of professionals for leadership positions in the community.

Nominees are accepted from public and private agencies, corporations, civic and other organizations, and individual nominators. Applicants are accepted on the basis of demonstrated leadership ability through career or community achievements, concern for the future of the Capital Region, and commitment to the program.

The Baton Rouge Area Leadership Program focuses on key areas of concern such as education, cultural and personal diversity, city and state government, healthcare and social concerns, economic development, the arts and media, the criminal justice system, and the environment. Graduates leave the program with first-hand knowledge of the issues facing our region and the potential for a positive community experience through volunteerism.

The program commences nine months of training with a weekend retreat in August. From September to April, the class devotes an entire day each month for lectures, discussions, field trips, and practical exercises pertinent to community issues. To conclude the program, a weekend retreat is held in May, followed by a graduation ceremony in June. The program is led by Mary Beth Chevalier.

DREDGE Act introduced to deepen Mississippi River

Today, Congressman Cedric Richmond introduced the DREDGE Act of 2012-Dredging for Restoration and Economic Development for Global Exports. The bill would give the Army Corps of Engineers the authorization to dredge the Mississippi River to 50 feet so that larger vessels transiting the expanded Panama Canal can access the River. In addition, the bill creates a pilot project to promote the rebuilding of wetlands using existing sediment dredged from the River.

“The Mississippi River is undoubtedly the most important river in the United States,” said Congressman Richmond. “Its proximity to the Panama Canal is vital to our nation’s economy and critical to supporting the President’s goal of doubling America’s exports. With the introduction of the DREDGE Act of 2012, we are preparing for the future while strengthening our wetland restoration efforts. By deepening the Mississippi River, we continue to remain effective and competitive in the global market while preparing the state of Louisiana to capitalize on an extremely valuable asset, our ports.”

Toymaker Hasbro hosts G.I. Joe convention in New Orleans

GIJoeCon will be held for the 19th time at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel June 29 through July 1. The first day is for registered fans only, but the final two days are open to the public. The event will celebrate the iconic brand of toys in all its incarnations including cartoon series, comic books, blockbuster movies, and, for the first time, a video game.

Oschner goes paperless

When Ochsner needed a more efficient way of handling documents in order to bring better insight into the Accounts Payable process, they implemented OnBase, Hyland Software's enterprise content management (ECM) solution because it fulfilled the AP department's need for paperless document management now, with the ability to scale to enterprise in the future.

"Our AP department was knee deep in paper. Invoice processing employees were overwhelmed with the amount of paper and the drawn-out manual tasks associated with it," said Stacy Bundrick, vice president of accounting. "The process has been completely redesigned electronically with OnBase."

The new paperless system has increased worker productivity, and has also allowed the hospital to glean greater insight, Bundrick said

Ochsner is planning to scale its ECM solution by building more workflows to streamline the invoice approval process. For more information about Hyland's AP solution, visit http://www.hyland.com/department-solutions/accounts-payable.aspx

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