The Medique award is presented in 30 states by Medique Pharmaceuticals to recognize the leadership of an outstanding Occupational Health Nurse at the state level.
This award is presented annually and is equivalent to the “Nurse of the Year” for the Louisiana Association of Occupational Health Nurses. (LAOHN) It is the LAOHN most honored award.
Julie Adams, from the Greater Baton Rouge Chapter is the 2018 recipient of the Medique Award.
Julie has been employed at Rubicon in Geismar since November 2016.
She takes care of 435+ employees in many capacities and also treats contractor occupational first aids. Julie is responsible for the EMR team, return to work and case management, along with routine medical surveillance and the day to day operations of the medical department.
On Left: Julie Adams, RN - Rubicon Medical
For the past 20 years, The Christian Assembly (TCA) Summer Learning Program has supported the children of Ascension and surrounding parishes. Eartha Rayborn, founder and overseer of the program, ensures children are taught the curriculum for the upcoming school year with an intentional focus on leadership and character development.
For many years, Rubicon has provided food and school supplies for TCA’s Summer Learning Program, and this year is no exception.
In May 2018, Rubicon employees helped deliver more than $5000 worth of food to TCA for the children to have hot lunches every day. On July 18,2018 Rubicon provided backpacks and supplies to each child for their upcoming school year.
“Rubicon’s mission, vision and values are summed up in what we call our Unifying Operational Purpose, ‘One family, committed to excellence, delivering specialty chemicals that improve lives across the globe’. “Improving lives across the globe” starts with giving to our local community and those that serve it so well. We believe in the program at TCA because Ms. Rayborn and her staff put forth great effort to be a catalyst for positive change in the community.” Tanya Stilley, HR Representative.
Left - Eartha Rayborn, TCA Summer Learning Program Founder
Right - Seth Arceneaux, Rubicon Site Safety and Security Manager
2018 TCA Summer Learning Program Students
For the past several years Rubicon has sponsored St. Amant High School as their Adopt a School. As an Adopt a School, Rubicon sponsor school organizations, volunteer time and recognize teachers for a job well done.
On May 25, 2018 Rubicon presented St. Amant High School retirees and teachers with perfect attendance with gift cards to Tanger Mall to kickoff their summer break.
St. Amant High School is a leading school in the state has a strong focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).
Left- Beth Templet, Principal, St. Amant High School
Right - Tanya Stilley, HR Representative, Rubicon
Twice a year Rubicon hosts its Near Neighbor luncheon for local non profit organizations. Some non-profits represented are Darrow Citizens United, The Christian Assembly, The Arc of East Ascension, Caring Parents and more. This event allows for an open discussion of the needs of upcoming community programs.
Rubicon provides an array of support to these organizations throughout the year, such as providing back to school supplies for children in need, food for educational programs and giveaways during the holidays for the elderly.
Rubicon is honored and privileged to be a part of the local heartbeat of this community and look forward to partnering with them for years to come.
The 17th annual Rubicon Golf Tournament to support Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center was held on April 17, 2018 at the University Club in Baton Rouge. This year's tournament was a huge success, hitting a threshhold of $1Million donated to this worthwhile cause.
In conjunction with the golf tournament, Rubicon has given to MBP through its successful employee giving campaigns and annual contributions for the past 25 years.
The funds raised and donated to MBP help support advanced cancer care for the people of our community. Giving to this cause also supports Rubicon's Unifying Operational Purpose to, "...improve lives across the globe," and that starts right here at home.
A league of volunteer pilots is serving Louisiana in a remarkable way. The organization Pilots for Patients, established in 2008 and based in Monroe, is flying patients in need of treatment and diagnosis to specialized facilities — at no cost.
The non-profit organization is working on its 10th year of successful missions in which they have completed more than 4,000 flights.There are currently 140 volunteer pilots on the rolls for the organization, more than 80 of whom flew a mission in 2017. Each mission is completely covered by the pilot and they receive no compensation — yes, even down to the fuel.
The flights are organized through a database on the Pilots for Patients website, where pilots can pick certain missions that fit their schedule, as well as a form for patients in need of assistance to fill out.
Senior Reliability Engineer and Volunteer Pilot - Mark Blair
Rubicon Senior Reliability Engineer, Mark Blair, is a Pilot for Patients volunteer and has been flying since age 18. He found out about Pilots for Patients from his wife who found a brochure for the organization in a local airport.
"To me, it's a form of Christian ministry," Blair says. "To help your neighbor — similar to the good Samaritan — helping those who are medically needy gives me a good reason to fly and help someone at the same time.”
Pilots for Patients is currently looking to recruit volunteer pilots to compensate for the growing number of missions. The organization hopes to expand its outreach to more areas of Louisiana that may not be familiar with who they are.
All you need to qualify to become a volunteer pilot is 250 hours of flying experience and to own an aircraft — or have the accessibility to rent one.
For more information about becoming a volunteer, please visit www.pilotsforpatients.org.
Pilot Mark Blair (left) with Patient Avery Benjamin (infant) and parents Christopher and Abbey Benjamin. (Photo: Mark Blair)
Above: Troy Spears, Craig Billiot, Kelli Buratt and Margie Bergeron welcome students to this year's Chem Friends.
Chem Friends was launched in 1997 to increase awareness of science and chemistry to our local middle school students. This two day event includes industry leaders that impress students with hands on experiments like creating silly putty, slime, lava lamps, soft foam (courtesy of Rubicon) and much more!
Previously, this annual event was held at the Gonzales Civic Center on Irma Blvd, but after the great flood of 2016 the Civic Center has not been able to reopen.
For the 2018 Chem Friends event, industry leaders traveled to various Ascension Parish middle schools and showcased their business, products and of course, hands on experiements.
Above: Troy Spears, Rubicon Chem Analyst, shows students what happens when you mix MDI with a rigid polyol formulation to create foam.
Rubicon was recently awarded a silver International Green Apple award for the Aniline Unit Benzene Recovery Project. The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 by UK based The Green Organization. The Green Apple Organization recognizes and awards companies across the globe for environmental best practices.
Rubicon’s Benzene Recovery Project was completed in 2016 and is projected to recover and recycle nearly 1,400,000 pounds of benzene in 2017. Graham Satterwhite, Process Engineer, and Mickey Campagna, NB/Aniline Area Superintendent, received the award on behalf of Rubicon at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London.
Also, the Green Organization will make a donation is made on behalf of Rubicon to the Green Earth Appeal, and the United Nations Billion Trees Project will plant 100 trees on behalf of the site over the next 12 months.
Left to Right: Graham Satterwhite – Process Engineer, Rubicon and Mickey Campagna – Area Superintendent, Rubicon
Rubicon hosted its annual barbeque luncheon for the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office on August 18, 2017. Each year Rubicon has this fun filled event as a thank you for the Sheriff’s department for all they do to support our site and its employees.
This year’s event was held at the APSO shooting range facility across from Lamar Dixon. After enjoying lunch, two heartfelt speeches were given by both Sheriff Jeff Wiley and Rubicon General Manager, Mark Dearman.
Concluding the event the Rubicon HR department raffled eleven Pelican ice chests to the lucky attendees.
For several years running, Rubicon has provided food and school supplies for The Christian Assembly (TCA) Summer Learning Program, and this year is no exception.
On July 19, 2017 Rubicon employees went to meet founder, Mrs. Eartha Rayborn, teaching staff, and children attending the program.
This camp not only focuses on character development but also gives the children a head start for their upcoming school year.
On the final day, Rubicon handed out back packs filled with school supplies. The children were grateful to receive these gifts and are now ready for their first school day!