Michael Hecht, president and CEO of Greater New Orleans Inc., has been named honorary consul of the Republic of Finland for Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas.
Hecht will follow the Hon. Philip deV. Claverie Sr., a senior partner at Phelps Dunbar law firm, who retired after serving as honorary consul of Finland for more than 19 years.
Hecht’s appointment as the new honorary consul was made by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was approved by the U.S. State Department. The honorary consul of Finland is a member of the Louisiana Consular Corps, which represents over 40 countries from around the world.
The honorary consul of Finland promotes trade opportunities, encourages investment, facilitates cultural exchanges, assists Finnish citizens and travelers and promotes the Finnish/Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas relationship.
Dr. Terry Billings, co-owner of the TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre of New Orleans, has been elected to the board of directors of the American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine.
Billings is both a fellow and diplomate in the American Board of Craniofacial Pain, as well as having achieved diplomate status in the American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine.
The Credit Union National Association Marketing & Business Development Council has honored Campus Federal with a 2022 Diamond Award for its promotion of The Interaction Center at Long Farm Village in Baton Rouge.
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The award was for the complete campaign category. The campaign included a virtual tour of the location, billboards, social media promotions, digital advertisements and a web page all with the tagline “Digital Banking with a Human Touch.”
The Interaction Center is located at 9555 Antioch Road.
Graça Vicente, Boyd Professor of Chemistry in the LSU College of Science, has been named winner of the 2022 SEC Faculty Achievement Award for LSU.
Vicente is also the Charles H. Barré Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and a special assistant for chemistry and the life sciences to the LSU vice president for research and economic development.
Her research involves the synthesis of new organic materials, the study of their physicochemical and optoelectronic properties and their evaluation for applications in various fields of biology and medicine.
She has been continuously funded for more than 20 years by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Vicente has authored 12 book chapters, has more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and holds four patents.
To receive an SEC achievement award, the faculty member must have a record of extraordinary teaching, particularly at the undergraduate level, and have a record of research that is recognized nationally and/or internationally. University winners will receive a $5,000 honorarium from the SEC and will become their campus nominee for the SEC Professor of the Year Award.