Xavier to start psych doctorate

Xavier University is teaming up with the Chicago School of Professional Psychology to launch a clinical psychology doctoral program, the first in the state.

The program’s five-year curriculum is based on one used by the Chicago school and will be managed by leadership from that campus.

“We foresee this collaboration as being one of mutual benefit to both Xavier and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, as well as to our respective communities,” Xavier President Norman Francis said.

The program will begin after it is approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents.

LSUHSC student awarded scholarship

Precious Comeaux, a student at the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans’ School of Public Health, has been awarded the 2014 LAHP Gil Dupré Graduate Student Scholarship by the Louisiana Association of Health Plans.

Comeaux, a first-generation college graduate and a single mother, serves as a peer advocate liaison at LSUHSC, helping students access resources when they are experiencing personal or academic difficulties.

She also has served as the outreach coordinator for the Best Baby Zone project in New Orleans and has worked with the Louisiana Medicaid Quality Improvement Team at the Department of Health and Hospitals.

The LAHP scholarship is designated for students enrolled in their final year of a graduate management program. LSUHSC public health students working toward a master of health policy and systems management degree are eligible to apply.

This is the second consecutive year that the Louisiana Association of Health Plans has selected a student at the LSUHSC School of Public Health to receive the scholarship. The award, in the amount of $5,000, will be applied toward Comeaux’s tuition.

Loyola Opera to perform Mozart’s ‘Magic Flute’

The Loyola Opera Theatre will transport audiences to a fairy-tale world next month with its production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s mythical opera “The Magic Flute.”

The performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 and at 3 p.m. Jan. 26 in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, in the Communications/Music Complex on Loyola’s main campus. A complimentary wine and cheese reception sponsored by the Loyola Alumni Association will precede Friday’s performance at 6:30 p.m.

“The Magic Flute,” written in a popular style with spoken dialogue, premiered to great acclaim in Vienna in 1791, two months before the composer’s death. When an evil wizard kidnaps the Queen of the Night’s daughter, the heroic Prince Tamino, armed with a magical flute, sets out to rescue her.

Tickets are $40 for preferred seating, $25 for reserved seating and $15 for Loyola students, faculty and staff.

For tickets and information, visit montage.loyno.edu or call (504) 865-2074. Free parking is available in the West Road Garage, which is accessible from St. Charles Avenue.