Dorm reopens after $12 million facelift
Loyola University has completed a major renovation of one of its dormitories.
Cabra Hall, located on the university’s Broadway Campus at St. Charles Avenue and Broadway, offers living space for 163 students. The dormitory will house sophomores through seniors in apartment-style suites.
“Newly renovated Cabra Hall gives returning students a style of living they haven’t had before — modern apartment-style accommodations convenient to both of Loyola’s campuses, historic St. Charles Avenue and the famous New Orleans streetcar line,” Craig Beebe, Loyola’s director of residential life, said.
In addition to fresh paint and new furniture, Cabra Hall also received green building features, such as low-flow water fixtures, energy efficient appliances, digital thermostats designed to better control air conditioning and heating, and auto-shutoff lights in many spaces. Recycling is offered on each of the building’s five floors.
Loyola acquired Cabra Hall in 1984 when it bought the Broadway Campus from St. Mary’s Dominican College.
The residence hall closed in May 2012 to undergo its first major renovation.
UNO cuts ribbon on new one-stop shop
The University of New Orleans recently unveiled its new Privateer Enrollment Center, a one-stop shop for common student services.
The 12,000-square-foot center is located in the Earl K. Long Library, at the heart of UNO’s campus. It is designed to expedite the enrollment process and will offer assistance with financial aid, new-student orientation and first-year advising.
“This represents an enormous step forward in the way we serve our students at the University of New Orleans,” said university President Peter Fos. “We are committed to the success of our students, and this facility — as well as all of the staff who are at the heart of it — will make sure that our students are put on the right track from the first time they register for classes.”
A 1,200-square-foot Starbucks lounge is expected to open in January.
Additional services in the center will include representatives from the office of the bursar, UNO Federal Credit Union, student health services and the University Center’s help desk.
Xavier awarded BP tourism grant funds
Xavier University of Louisiana has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the BP Gulf Tourism and Seafood Promotional Fund to help promote the university’s new convocation center and annex as a multi-use building for community activities and tourism.
The $25 million, 93,000-square-foot convocation center opened in November.
The center is unique in the Mid-City area since it is capable of hosting events such as concerts, conventions, graduations and sporting events, unlike any other building nearby. The annex provides classroom and meeting room space.
Twenty nonprofit organizations and government entities in Louisiana shared in the more than $6.2 million BP awarded to promote Gulf Coast tourism and the seafood industries impacted by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. Sixty grants were awarded in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi during the second round of the $57 Million program. Nearly $16 million was awarded during the first round, announced in 2012.
the New Orleans bureau