New Orleans area higher education briefs for March 25, 2013

Donald Hanks, UNO professor emeritus of philosophy, shares stories of his former student and friend Carl Muckley at a ceremony to celebrate Muckley’s gifts. Andrew Goss, chair of the history department, looks on.
Donald Hanks, UNO professor emeritus of philosophy, shares stories of his former student and friend Carl Muckley at a ceremony to celebrate Muckley’s gifts. Andrew Goss, chair of the history department, looks on.

Tulane hosts NewDay Challenge

Tulane students with ideas for a New Orleans-based social venture will have a shot at up to $20,000 to make it happen through the 2013 NewDay Challenge.

Now in its fourth year, the contest is designed to give student innovators access to traditionally hard-to-get startup money to launch a new organization, program or venture that benefits the New Orleans community.

The deadline to enter the challenge is 5 p.m. April 3. To apply, students must put together a social business proposal no longer than 10 pages, a resumé and separate letters of recommendation from a faculty member and an external supporter. Applications must be submitted via email to Rebecca Otten at TUchangemaker@tulane.edu.

Entries will be evaluated based on creativity, the strength of social mission, impact on the community and potential to be self-sustaining. The contest could award funding to one to three ventures, depending on the needs of finalists and the quality of proposals. Winners will be announced at a ceremony April 16.

UNO to receive
$4 million bequest

NEW ORLEANS — The University of New Orleans will receive nearly $4 million in planned gifts to the philosophy and history departments from alumnus Carl Muckley Sr.

Muckley, an independent businessman who earned two degrees from UNO, died in 2004.

The gifts will promote growth in the philosophy and history departments, and fund a number of scholarships, including two key scholarships named for UNO professors who inspired Muckley.

Muckley graduated from UNO with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 1975 and a master’s degree in history in 1983. His love of learning led him to continue auditing courses at UNO throughout his life.

The philosophy department has established the Donald K. Hanks Endowed Scholarship Fund in Philosophy to honor Hanks, UNO professor emeritus of philosophy and Muckley’s mentor.

The department’s immediate goal is to increase its number of philosophy majors and graduates and launch the department’s online degree program. The fund will also help to improve department resources and develop faculty, he said.

Muckley’s bequest to the history department was made in the name of the late Joseph Logsdon.

In the early 1990s, Muckley made an initial gift in Logsdon’s name to support an academic scholarship for an outstanding junior history major. The current bequest builds on that gift and will include an expanded undergraduate scholarship program, as well as investments in teaching and research.

The department plans to name a professorship after Logsdon and establish a Carl E. Muckley scholarship for first-generation college students.

Dillard sets festival of arts, music, food

Dillard University will hold the International Arts & Music Festival from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 6 on the university’s front lawn.

The event will feature entertainment, art and cuisine representing every region of the world. The goal is provide the community with a global understanding of arts, music and culture.

Proceeds will help provide scholarships for Dillard University students studying abroad, and international students entering under provisional admissions programs in the Department of International Students and Study Abroad Program.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (504) 816-4926.

Cokie Roberts
to speak at Loyola

National political reporter and New Orleans native Cokie Roberts will headline a free event at Loyola University at 7 p.m. on April 4.

Roberts will provide an historical account of New Orleans politics, touching on her family’s experiences and her own as a political correspondent, as well as offering perspective on the recent election of Pope Francis, the first Jesuit to become pope.

Open to the public, the event is part of Loyola’s Presidential Centennial Guest Series and will take place in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall located in the Communications/Music Complex on Loyola’s main campus. Free parking is available for attendees in the West Road Garage. A coffee and dessert reception will follow the event.

Tulane students to help Sandy recovery

In the spirit of helping those who helped New Orleans and Tulane University in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Tulane Center for Public Service is organizing an alternative spring break to areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

Outreach Tulane: Sandy Edition will take place March 25 to March 29 in various parts of New York and New Jersey, including Long Island, Queens, Manhattan and Bergen County, N.J. Dozens of students, many of whom are from storm-affected areas, will participate.

“Tulane students approached us with the idea,” said Jackie Mabry, development officer for the Center for Public Service, which is partnering with Tulane Hillel and Tulane Alternative Breaks. “It’s about taking the spirit of renewal and recovery from New Orleans and bringing that to Sandy-affected areas.”

Day-long service projects include rebuilding homes in northern New Jersey with Habitat for Humanity, cleaning up city parks in Manhattan with New York Partnerships for Parks and assisting in recovery work in the Rockaways with the nonprofit group Smallwater.

Delgado to host Workforce Olympics

NEW ORLEANS — The 30th annual Louisiana SkillsUSA Postsecondary Championships will take place April 10 to April 12 at Delgado Community College, the first time the college has hosted the event.

Technical and community college students from across the state will come to Delgado to compete in two dozen skill areas, including allied health, automotive service technology, welding, collision repair technology, advertising, practical nursing and other in-demand career fields.

The event is considered a “Workforce Olympics” of career and technical education in Louisiana. During the competitions, students will match their abilities against their peers in various contests designed and judged by experts from local industry.

The championships are one of the state’s largest gatherings of business, industry and education.

The event is hosted through a partnership between the Louisiana Community and Technical College System and the National SkillsUSA Office as underwritten by the Carl D. Perkins Grant for Career & Technical Education.

Gold medal winners at the Louisiana championships will go to the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo., this summer.

Tulane named to service honor roll

Tulane University was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction this week for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

Tulane received the designation from the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, the Social Innovation Fund, and the Volunteer Generation Fund.

The agency also leads President Barack Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.

Tulane is one of one of only 17 schools in the country to have been awarded Honor Roll with Distinction at least five times.

Compiled by
the New Orleans bureau

Altered on March 25, 2013