New Orleans area higher education briefs for April 15, 2013

Holy Cross invests 17th college president

Ronald J. Ambrosetti was invested as the 17th president of Our Lady of Holy Cross College in a ceremony Friday at the college’s Moreau Center.

Sister Ann Lacour, MSM, congregational leader of the Marianites of Holy Cross, and Larry Oney, president of the board of regents, formally invested Ambrosetti.

Presidents and representatives of local and national colleges, Catholic religious leaders, several past presidents of Our Lady of Holy Cross College and regents, faculty, staff, students, alumni and supporters attended.

Ambrosetti joined Our Lady of Holy Cross College last summer and previously was provost and dean at St. John Fisher College, Rochester, N.Y.

Since his arrival, Our Lady of Holy Cross College has started its first doctorate program in counseling and laid the groundwork for other new ventures.

“The Marianites are now my partners in revisioning this special college in this special city,” Ambrosetti said.

Medical students raise funds for camp

The Camp Tiger Benefit Auction, the major fundraiser supporting the free, weeklong summer day camp for children with special needs in the metropolitan New Orleans and Baton Rouge communities will be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday at the New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collin Diboll Circle.

Camp Tiger is planned, organized, staffed and funded by the efforts of first-year students at the School of Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans. The LSUHSC medical students have set a fund-raising goal of $125,000 to help underwrite the cost of the 2013 Camp Tiger so it remains free to campers and their families.

Admission, for a $40 donation, provides food, from local restaurants, music and silent and live auctions for items that include Pelicans tickets, Sugar Bowl tickets and trips to the 2014 Master’s.

Camp Tiger, which will be held May 20 through 24, will involve about 200 medical students.

Dillard choir
hosts spring concert

The Dillard University Choir will present its annual spring concert at 4 p.m. April 21 in Lawless Chapel.

The concert will feature a 70-voice chorus with a repertoire that includes classical works, as well as popular and folk songs.

S. Carver Davenport, now in his 39th year as director of the University Choir, also directs the Dillard University Female Octet and Male Quartet.

The concert is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to secure seating.

Senegalese band
to play at Tulane

The Njum Waalo Band, featuring Demma Dia of Senegal, will play a free concert at 6 p.m. April 22 in the Freeman Auditorium of the Woldenberg Art Center on Tulane’s campus.

The concert is part of the opening ceremony for a conference comparing the cultures of Saint-Louis, Senegal and New Orleans, which are connected by a shared history of French colonization, slavery and trade.

Academics and artists from Africa, Europe, the United States and Canada will meet from April 22 to 25 at Tulane University in the concluding segment of a two-conference series comparing the two cities over 300 years.

The colloquium culminates the afternoon of April 25 at the New Orleans Historic Collection with a session on musical traditions of Senegal and Louisiana, followed at 6:30 p.m. by a public concert by New Orleans banjo player Don Vappie and the Njum Waalo Band at the Williams Research Center of the Historic New Orleans Collection in the French Quarter.

The Senegalese musicians will play an instrument called a xalam that is an ancestor to the banjo and is made with wood and goatskin. The Senegalese performers will also be at the Congo Square African Marketplace during the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. They will demonstrate how to make and play the xalam.

The Njum Waalo Band also will play at Jazz Fest and Congo Square African Marketplace will feature an exhibition on the relations between Senegal and Louisiana, which will include music demonstrations and xalam-making.

Tulane’s dean to lead engineering society

Nicholas J. Altiero, dean of the Tulane University School of Science and Engineering, has been elected president-elect of the American Society for Engineering Education.

Altiero has been active in the organization for years, currently serving as chairman of its Engineering Deans Council, which consists of 344 members, representing more than 90 percent of U.S. engineering deans.

Altiero joined the faculty at Tulane University in 2000 as dean of the School of Engineering. In 2006, following Hurricane Katrina, Tulane was restructured and Altiero was named inaugural dean of the integrated School of Science and Engineering.

Loyola journalists earn regional honors

Student journalists at Loyola University New Orleans won top awards, sweeping multiple categories from the Society of Professional Journalists regional chapter covering Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.

The awards count Loyola student journalists for The Maroon newspaper and Wolf Magazine among the best writers and photographers in the region, including first-place wins for general news reporting, feature writing, sports writing and feature photography among small college newspapers. First-place finishers will represent Loyola in the national competition in Anaheim, Calif., Aug. 24 to 26.

The awards recognize eight Loyola students: Shannon Donaldson, Aaren Gordon, Lauren Irwin, Hasani Grayson, Karl Gommel, Vannia Zelaya, Wadner Pierre and Sam Winstrom.

UNO appoints business admin dean

John Williams has been appointed dean of the College of Business Administration for the University of New Orleans, UNO Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs James E. Payne said.

Williams, who had served as interim dean since August 2010, was one of three finalists, selected from a nationwide search, according to a news release.

Williams joined the University of New Orleans in 2005 as a tenured professor and director of the Lester E. Kabacoff School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration.

Delgado reopens
‘Building 8’

Delgado Community College last week reopened Building 8 on its City Park campus, a building that flooded during Hurricane Katrina and had been out of service since the storm.

Building 8 now houses state-of-the-art classrooms, computer laboratories and offices for the Workforce Development and Technical Education Division.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place April 8, followed by an open house.

Loyola bands slates ensemble concerts

The Loyola Concert Band and the Loyola Wind Ensemble, directed by Joseph Hebert, will perform at 3 p.m. Saturday in Roussel Hall in a program that will feature Percy Grainger’s “Irish Tune from County Derry,” Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “English Folk Song Suite” and Alfred Reed’s “A Springtime Celebration.”

The Loyola University Chorus will join the musicians to perform “The Battle on Ice” from Sergei Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky Suite, as arranged by Hebert.

The Loyola Jazz Band will perform a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in Roussel Hall, which will include several new arrangements, including “Before You Go,” which features three graduating seniors: Nick Ellman on clarinet, Wayne Mitchell on tenor sax and Griffin Semple on guitar. The band, directed by John Mahoney, will also play Slide Hampton’s arrangement of J.J. Johnson’s melody “Lament”; several Jim McNeely songs; Horace Silver’s “Cookin’ at the Continental,” as arranged by Michael Abene for the GRP All-Star Big Band; and “Count ‘Em,” a Quincy Jones number originally written for Count Basie.

‘Tiger Run’ to benefit community efforts

The LSUHSC Tiger Run 2013, a 5k Run/Walk organized by students at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Medicine to benefit the LSUHSC Student-Run Homeless Clinics will be at 8 a.m. Sunday at The Fly in Audubon Park.

Race day registration begins at 7 a.m.

Proceeds will benefit student-organized community projects, including the LSUHSC Medical Student Homeless Clinics that LSUHSC medical students have operated under faculty supervision for more than 20 years.

The race, which follows the Mississippi River, is open to the general public. Registration is $20 on race day.

Run awards include gift certificates and other prizes from local hotels, restaurants and businesses. All registrants are also eligible for prizes awarded at random drawings. Winners must be present at the awards ceremony to collect prizes. The entry fee also includes a post-race party with food, fun, and music.

LSUHSC medical students from the Dermatology Interest Group will be on hand to provide sunscreen and skin cancer prevention education.

Delgado West Bank to hold open house

The Delgado Community College West Bank Campus, 2600 General Meyer Ave. in Algiers, will have an open house from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday.

Potential students will have an opportunity to apply for admission, attend a financial aid workshop and speak with program representatives from nursing, allied health, massage therapy, criminal justice and more.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required at http://www.mydel
gadoevent.com.

For information, call 762-3100 or email Dr. Tanisca Wilson at tjones3@dcc.edu. Registration is underway through May 24. Visit www.dcc.edu for additional information or to apply and register online.

Summer session classes begin June 5. Fall semester classes begin Aug. 17.

Compiled by
the New Orleans bureau