Acadiana briefs for Dec. 26, 2013

First informatics degrees conferred

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette conferred its first bachelor’s degrees in informatics to three graduating seniors in ceremonies held Dec. 20.

The program was approved by the Board of Regents in May 2011, and courses began in the fall semester.

The program’s first graduates are: Hyolin Lee, of Youngsville; Kylie MacDonald, of Covington; and Paul Olinger, of Scott. Another 13 students are expected to receive degrees in the program in the spring.

The program is part of the new School of Computing and Informatics in the university’s Ray P. Authement College of Sciences and provides students with an education in information technology specific to six areas of concentration: business, health care, media technology, systems administration, Web design and an individualized concentration.

Executive MBA degrees awarded

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration conferred its first executive MBA degrees during commencement ceremonies held Dec. 20.

The university began its executive MBA program in 2012 to cater to senior managers and executives, with accelerated class sessions held every other weekend.

The program’s first graduates are: Justin R. Carville, Elysha B. Hebert, Edmund W. Hoelker, Brian Jenkins, Andrew D. Shenkan, Samuel D.J. Viator, Jacob J. Yentzen, David A. Young and Florence M. Ziegler.

The program is open to those with at least five years’ experience in a managerial role. As part of the accelerated program, students work in a small, collaborative group setting and complete their studies in 16 months.

Compiled from staff reports