Brees to be honored at Tulane commencement, and other news of higher education

Saints quarterback Drew Brees and jazz clarinetist Michael White will receive the President’s Medal at Tulane University’s commencement celebration May 17 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The President’s Medal is given annually to one or more individuals for contributing to the well-being of Tulane or New Orleans.

Brees, who led the Saints to their first Super Bowl victory, is the co-founder of the Brees Dream Foundation, which has committed more than $20 million to charitable causes and academic institutions in New Orleans, San Diego and West Lafayette, Ind.

White is an acclaimed jazz clarinetist, bandleader, composer, jazz historian and musical educator. A Tulane alumnus, he has appeared on more than three dozen recordings, including 11 of his own.

Honorary degrees will be given to Carnegie Corp. President Vartan Gregorian, World Bicycle Relief founder F.K. Day and New Orleans-born musician Wynton Marsalis.

Loyola awarded two nursing scholarships

Two new scholarships will be available for Doctor of Nursing Practice students at Loyola University, thanks to a $20,000 grant from the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare.

As a recipient of the grant, Loyola’s School of Nursing is part of a national effort to stem the shortage of nursing faculty and provide optimal mental and physical health care for the nation’s nearly 22 million veterans. To make the scholarships possible, the school will match the Jonas Center grant with $10,000 of its own money.

“The call for more nurses — and thus the faculty to prepare them — is massive. Health care in America has never been more complex, yet tens of thousands of would-be nurses are turned away from the profession each year,” said Donald Jonas, founder of the Jonas Center.

Four Loyola nursing students were recipients of Jonas Center scholarships in 2012.

For more information about the scholarships, contact the School of Nursing.

Tulane to host Public Health Week events

Tulane University will host a variety of lectures and discussions as part of National Public Health Week.

The week kicks off with a Lose Dat Program healthy-cooking demonstration on Monday. The event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Tulane Community Health Center, 711 N. Broad St.

Other events will include a discussion Tuesday evening about the Affordable Care Act between political strategist James Carville and health policy expert Mollye Demosthenidy, a domestic violence seminar, a women’s wellness event, two talks by former New York City Commissioner of Health and Mental Hygiene Dr. Thomas Farley and many other programs.

For more information, contact Anna Hassan at (504) 988-1322.