higher education

Arts & Culture
9:00 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Loyola to celebrate New Orleans brass brand tradition

Loyola University's main campus at dusk.
Loyola University New Orleans

The Center for the Study of New Orleans at Loyola University will celebrate the Crescent City’s rich musical heritage with the second annual NolaLoyola “Beats of the Streets: The Brass Brand Tradition in New Orleans,” on Friday, Sept. 28. The full day of events is free and open to the public.

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UNO Budget Cuts
6:35 am
Wed August 15, 2012

UNO's $12M budget cut includes 53 faculty, staff

The University of New Orleans is cutting $12 million from its budget through a combination of early retirements and the elimination of vacant positions to offset reductions by the state.

UNO said Tuesday that about 25 faculty members and 28 staff members will be offered "incentivized retirements," and the university will eliminate 30 vacant faculty positions, five terminal faculty contracts, 26 graduate assistants and 16 non-classified staff.

UNO President Peter Fos says the moves will save the university $3.3 million.

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Movie Makeup
1:04 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

SLU offers makeup for movies class

Southeastern Louisiana University's Division of Extended Studies is offering a non-credit course on makeup for filmmaking.

Available for high school students and adults interested in the film industry, the course will be taught by Tara Bennett, a freelance makeup artist with experience in makeup for photography, film, and theatrical stage.

The course is scheduled on the university's main Hammond campus on Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. from Sept. 12- Oct. 10. The cost is $125, which includes all materials needed, and one continuing education credit will be awarded.

Higher Education
1:01 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

Registration set at Nunez College

Registration begins Wednesday at Nunez Community College in St. Bernard Parish. Fall-term classes are scheduled to start on Aug. 20.

More registration information is available by calling 504-278-6467 or online at www.nunez.edu.

Environment
2:28 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

UNO to lead study of shellfish along Gulf Coast

University of New Orleans researchers are getting federal money to study shrimp and crab populations over the 120 miles of coast between Lake Borgne in Louisiana to Mobile Bay in Alabama.

On Thursday, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced funding the $1.2 million five-year study of blue crabs, brown shrimp and white shrimp.

Researchers will track the abundance and distribution of the shellfish with the aim of understanding fluctuations in their populations and to see how they recover from disasters.

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LSU Board Appointment
12:27 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Jindal names cabinet secretary to LSU board

Gov. Bobby Jindal has tapped one of his cabinet secretaries to also be on the governing board for LSU.

Jindal's office announced Tuesday that Natural Resources Secretary Scott Angelle was the governor's newest appointment to the LSU Board of Supervisors.

Angelle, from Breaux Bridge, is a member of Jindal's closest circle of advisers. In addition to his cabinet post, Angelle is the governor's chief legislative lobbyist and the administration's liaison for federal oil and gas permitting issues.

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Southern University
11:19 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Greg LaFleur claims breach of SU contract

An attorney claims Southern University breached the contract of then-Athletic Director Greg LaFleur when it announced, three days after his arrest on a misdemeanor prostitution charge, that LaFleur had been fired.

A Houston jury acquitted LaFleur on the charge earlier this year.

LaFleur was arrested April 3, 2011, and on April 6, 2011, Southern announced that he had been terminated.

LaFleur attorney Scott Wilson argued Monday to state District Judge Todd Hernandez that Southern breached LaFleur's contract because the university had no cause to fire him.

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Higher Education
11:52 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Summer enrollment drops at NE La. colleges

Colleges and universities across northeastern Louisiana have seen decreases in summer enrollment this year. Officials believe it's likely because of the economy and the loss of certain federal grant funding offered during the summer.

Summer Pell Grants, which provided need-based grants to low-income undergraduate and certain post-baccalaureate students, were eliminated from last year's federal budget because of financial constraints.

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ULL Student Union
11:36 am
Mon August 6, 2012

ULL student union project begins soon

The long-awaited renovations to University of Louisiana at Lafayette's student union are scheduled to begin in a few weeks.

By the time the semester starts Aug. 20, William Crist, campus facilities manager, tells The Advocate the only service open in the building will be the bookstore.

Crist says construction will start around Aug. 15 and the completion date as of right now is August of 2014.

Students gave their support to the update and expansion of the building about 10 years ago when they approved a $55 fee per semester dedicated to the renovation project.

Community
2:20 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Nicholls to offer '1st generation' scholarships

Nicholls State University will offer 24 scholarships this fall exclusively to students who are the first in their family to attend college.

The scholarships will range from $500 to $1,250 for qualifying students. The Daily Comet reports that money for Nicholls' First-Generation Endowed Undergraduate Scholarship Program will come from Board of Regents. There will be matching funds from Thibodaux-area contributors.

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