Missouri State, Iowa, Middle Tennessee and more

Buena Vista University Veronica Tapia-Banuelos of Rogers graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in business (marketing track) at the end of the spring 2023 semester at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. Tapia-Banuelos was among more than 300 students who received degrees. Founded in 1891, Buena Vista is a private university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. __ Mississippi State Among the more than 2,300 students named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester at Mississippi State University were: Jackson Runnels of Fayetteville; and Anna Riggs of Fayetteville; Dean’s List students achieved a grade-point average between 3.5 and 3.79, […]

A new essay collection grapples with the dark underside of beautiful objects

On the opening page of her absorbing essay collection, Maine author Katy Kelleher recounts a therapy session from her past, when she was severely depressed. Her therapist asked what made her get out of bed every morning. Beauty, and the prospect of seeing or holding something beautiful, was his answer. Years later, this quest for beauty has not only fueled a career, but led to her evocatively titled book, “The Ugly History of Beautiful Things.” The book is a mash-up of history, science and politics; business, marketing and memoirs. Which is to say, Kelleher is inventing her own genre as […]

Baton Rouge community news for Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023 | Entertainment/Life

The Influential Baton Rouge Business Women’s Network hosted its inaugural business conference Jan. 13 in St. Francisville. Attendees, all female business, heard from several speakers on topics owners ranging from search engine optimization, Google My Business, marketing/branding trends and best practice communications standards to small-business compliance regulations in Louisiana and social media strategies. The group meets biweekly to network and discuss a dedicated business topic, including leadership, human resources, marketing, economic impact, strategic growth, expansion, client appreciation, taxes, policies and procedures, employee recruiting/retention and product and service pricing best practices. It is also committed to being active in the community […]