Tulane receives Huey P. Long papers

New Orleans — Huey P. Long, who attended Tulane University Law School in 1914, has finally returned to campus.

Papers from Long’s personal office and files are among the highlights of the Jack B. McGuire Collection of Huey P. Long Papers, recently donated to the Louisiana Research Collection at Tulane University.

The collection includes speech drafts; Long’s agreement with the Old Regulars political organization and Standard Oil; papers on his Share Our Wealth program; dossiers on his enemies; original illustrations for his autobiography with captions in his handwriting; documents showing that he always intended to name the Huey P. Long bridge after himself.

With the donation, Tulane now holds one of the most important collections of papers related to the famous Louisiana governor and senator to come to light in the last 30 years.

The donor, Jack B. McGuire, a banker and political figure, is the former public relations director for the city of New Orleans and vice president of the Union Savings and Loan Association.

He was an aide to New Orleans Mayor Victor H. Schiro and served on the Mandeville City Council from 1984 to 1990.

“The documents in this donation were hidden from history for more than 75 years, and to have the privilege of making them available to the international research community is tremendously exciting,” said Leon Miller, head of LaRC.

LaRC is located in Tulane University’s Jones Hall.

It is the oldest, largest and most comprehensive research center for the study of New Orleans and the second largest for the study of Louisiana.

LSU nursing faculty honored at event

New Orleans — Eight members of the faculty of the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Nursing were recognized among the 2012 Great 100 Nurses of Louisiana.

They are Jennifer Badeaux, Nurse Anesthesia instructor; Jean Cefalu, instructor of nursing; Kimberly Cheramie, coordinator of Nursing Continuing Education; Gerald Guidry, instructor of nursing; Marti Miller, assistant professor; Alma Nixon, instructor of nursing; Andrew Pitt, nurse anesthesia instructor; and Julia Tipton, instructor of nursing.

According to the Great 100 Nurses Foundation, every year, the Great 100 are chosen for their contributions to humanity and healthcare.

Art exhibit reflects American identity

New Orleans — Themes of patriotism, communication, the struggle for acceptance and what it means to be an American in the 21st century are reflected in works by diverse artists in the newest exhibit at the Newcomb Art Gallery, called “Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity.”

The gallery exhibit will be on view through Dec. 16 in the Woldenberg Art Center on the Tulane uptown campus.

It features works in various media by American artists of African, Arab, European, Asian, Latino and Native American descent.

The gallery, which is free of charge, is open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Delgado wins public relations awards

New Orleans — The National Council for Marketing and Public Relations, Southern region, honored the Office of Public Relations and Marketing at Delgado Community College with three Gold Medallion awards for work commemorating the college’s 90th anniversary in 2011-12.

The awards were presented during a conference last month.

Delgado’s promotional video, brochure and year-long celebration campaign, which included social media, website markets and videos, were recognized.

Tulane diabetes expert wins award

New Orleans — Dr. Vivian Fonseca received the Southern Medical Association’s prestigious Seale Harris Award for 2012, given to a physician in recognition of important research accomplishments in metabolism, endocrinology or nutrition or for significant accomplishments in better understanding chemical changes occurring in disease.

Fonseca, a national expert in diabetes management and treatment, is a professor of medicine and pharmacology, Tullis-Tulane alumni chair in diabetes and chief of the section of endocrinology at Tulane University School of Medicine.

The award was presented during SMA’s 2012 Healthcare Summit at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn., as part of the Presidents’ Installation and Awards Luncheon on Nov. 17.

Tulane chairman named to post

New Orleans — Tom Klinger, who chairs the Department of French and Italian at Tulane University, was named the Richard V. and Seola Arnaud Edwards Professor in French, a distinction he takes to heart.

Seola “CeCe” Arnaud Edwards’ ancestors hail from Arnaudville in St. Landry Parish, just north of Lafayette.

During the spring semester, Klingler will take his field research on French in Louisiana class to conduct interviews in the small town, where nearly four in 10 people speak French at home.

“The field interviews provide students with a rare opportunity for direct contact with Louisiana’s unique francophone populations, while helping to document and preserve the endangered language varieties they speak,” Klingler said.

Edwards, 79, grew up speaking French at home and didn’t learn English until she started first grade.

When they travel to Cajun country next semester, Klingler and his students plan to interview Edwards’ former neighbors and perhaps some of her classmates.

Edwards said she and her husband decided to create the professorship in French to help preserve the Louisiana French heritage.

Klingler has co-authored the “Dictionary of Louisiana Creole and authored If I Could Turn My Tongue Like That: The Creole Language of Pointe Coupee Parish, La.” He said many interesting things are happening in Arnaudville to revive and promote local Louisiana culture.

Compiled by the New Orleans bureau

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