New Orleans area higher ed briefs for Aug. 19, 2013

“The Treasures of Tulane,’’ which includes historic documents ranging from George Washington’s letter informing John Jay of his nomination as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Thomas Jefferson’s plan to help Lafayette get out of debt, as well as Abraham Lincoln’s signature on the commission appointing John Wesley Turner as a major general, will be on view through Friday at Tulane’s Jones Hall, Room 201.

Hours for the free exhibition, sponsored by the Louisiana Research collection, are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Turner commission, the Louisiana Research Collection’s newest acquisition, inspired the exhibition.

Turner was aide-de-camp and staff colonel to Benjamin F. Butler, leader of the Union forces in New Orleans. He was chief commissary of the Department of the South at New Orleans, with the responsibility of distributing food to residents.

Turner later became chief of staff of the Department of North Carolina and Virginia and of the Army of the James. His troops were instrumental in Lee’s surrender at Appomattox.

“I want my great grandfather’s commission permanently preserved where scholars and students can use it,” said donor Robert P. Turner III, of Albuquerque, N.M., who earned a masters of architecture from Tulane in 1974. “With Tulane’s commitment to education and the Louisiana Research Collection’s renowned Civil War holdings, I knew that Tulane University was the right place.”

The exhibition also includes Lee’s Gettysburg letters, Stonewall Jackson’s famous “book of maxims,” the Pulitzer Prize for John Kennedy Toole’s “A Confederacy of Dunces”, and the most important cache of Huey P. Long papers discovered in the last 40 years.

Enrollment center officially opens at UNO

The University of New Orleans officially opened the Privateer Enrollment Center on the first floor of the Earl K. Long Library on Friday, with university and elected officials unveiling a one-stop-shop for student services.

The 12,000-square-foot center consolidates and streamlines student services into one central location and includes admissions, financial aid, recruiting, new student orientation and the offices of First-Year Experience, First-Year Advising and Veterans’ Affairs.

Students now will be able to pay their tuition bill, check on their financial aid, consult with an academic counselor, get their student ID card and obtain a parking decal without leaving the center.

Xavier names new university chaplain

The Rev. Etido Jerome, S.S.J, has been named the new university chaplain at Xavier University of Louisiana, according to Dr. Loren Blanchard, university provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.

Jerome, who recently earned his Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., previously served as a Diaconate pastoral intern at St. Brigid Catholic Church in Los Angeles.

As chaplain at Xavier, he will be responsible for providing for the sacramental life of the university community and fostering the spiritual development of administrators, faculty, staff and students of every faith tradition and religion.

SUNO receives civic engagement award

Southern University at New Orleans is one of five colleges and universities chosen from more than 100 nominations for the 2013 Higher Education Civic Engagement Awards presented by The Washington Center and the New York Life Foundation.

SUNO will be presented with the award during The Washington Center’s annual awards luncheon in Washington, D.C. at the National Press Club on Oct. 7, 2013.

“SUNO’s students and alumni have a long, rich history of civic engagement and community service,’’Victor Ukpolo, SUNO’s chancellor, said.

“Several of these activities have garnered local recognition. Being recognized nationally for our efforts marks a great accomplishment, yet raises the bar even higher for the SUNO community to continue its leadership role in this arena.”

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, in partnership with the New York Life Foundation, established the award to highlight innovation and leadership in forging partnerships beyond campus to define and address issues of public concern, whether at the local, regional or international level. The other academic institutions receiving the 2013 Civic Engagement Award include The Citadel, California State University at Monterey Bay, Portland State University and Syracuse University.

UNO gets grants for jazz education

The University of New Orleans Department of Music is the recipient of two grants totaling $20,000 that will support the department’s jazz educational outreach program.

Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center donated $15,000, and the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation gave $5,000.

Compiled by the New Orleans bureau