New Orleans area higher education briefs for May 13, 2013

Loyola University honors 4 graduates

Loyola University New Orleans honored four graduating students with its highest honor, the Ignatian Awards for Outstanding Senior and Graduate Students.

The awards are given annually to students who represent the university’s commitment to Ignatian values.

The 2013 award winners are:

Outstanding Ignatian Senior Woman — Carissa Marston, a biology/pre-med major from Luling; Outstanding Ignatian Senior Man — Justin Romaire, a chemistry major from Harvey; Outstanding Ignatian Graduate Student — Mary DePartout, who received her master of science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling; and Outstanding Ignatian Law Student — Javier Jalice, a native of Cuba.

Thesis projects to be featured at museum

The thesis projects of eight Tulane University master of architecture candidates will be featured in the exhibition “Provocations,” which runs through May 19 at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art at 925 Camp St.

The projects, selected out of more than 70 thesis submissions, include architectural renderings, models and projections reflecting the culmination of students’ research on engaging broader issues of culture and community through the built environment.

They include such works as Guan Wang’s floating house and Yueqi “Jazz” Li’s rendering of an aquaculture center and market.

This is the fifth year in a row that students in the Tulane master of architecture program have had the opportunity to display their works at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

Grant to help make
historic data available

The Louisiana Research Collection at Tulane University will share a $194,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the project “Free People of Color in Louisiana: Revealing an Unknown Past.”

The project will digitize and provide free public access online to family papers, business records and public documents pertaining to free people of color in Louisiana and the lower Mississippi Valley.

The largest part of Tulane’s contribution will be papers related to Andrew Durnford, a free man of color and practicing physician who owned St. Rosalie Plantation in Plaquemines Parish, Leon Miller, head of the Louisiana Research Collection, said.

Project staff will create a minimum of 25,000 digital scans and finding aids that will be available on the project website and in the Louisiana Digital Library. The project will bring together collections held by the Louisiana State Museum, Louisiana State University Libraries, the New Orleans Public Library, the Historic New Orleans Collection, and the Louisiana Research Collection.

The resources will be available online in June 2014.

LSUHSC faculty elected to board

Four members of the faculty of the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Nursing and one LSUHSC graduate nursing student were elected to the Louisiana State Nursing Association Board of Directors at the annual House of Delegates meeting last month.

Rose Schaubhut, instructor of nursing, was elected Leadership/Management Council chairwoman.

Laura Tarzca, assistant professor of clinical nursing, was elected Resolution and By-Laws Committee chairwoman.

Stephanie Pierce, director of the of the CARE BSN and Nurse Educator MSN programs, was elected Education Council chairwoman.

Judith Gentry, assistant professor of clinical nursing, was elected to the Nominating Committee — South.

Deidra Dudley, doctor of nursing science student, was elected to the Audit Committee — South.

They will each serve a two-year term.

Student journalist wins national award

A story written by Loyola University New Orleans student journalist Shannon Donaldson detailing how college students are reaping the benefits of a booming Hollywood South film industry won national recognition in the Society of Professional Journalists National Mark of Excellence Awards.

The student journalism competition recognizes the best in collegiate journalism.

The Society of Professional Journalists named Donaldson’s story on the New Orleans film industry in the top three feature stories nationwide among small colleges and universities with fewer than 5,000 students. Donaldson’s national finalist feature story, “N.O. film industry breaks out,” first appeared in Loyola’s student newspaper, The Maroon.

The national Mark of Excellence Award winners are chosen from the first-place category winners in each of the Society of Professional Journalists’ 12 regions, and the awards are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. This year, student journalists submitted more than 4,600 total entries.

Compiled by
the New Orleans bureau