higher education

Loyola Lecture Series
12:38 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Loyola announces Centennial Guest Series lineup

Loyola University New Orleans is celebrating its centennial throughout the year with a series of events featuring acclaimed guest speakers, authors and artists. The series is intended to provide an array of cultural, artistic, Catholic and intellectual perspectives.

The Centennial Guest Series was developed by Loyola President Kevin Wm. Wildes, and well-known political power couple, and New Orleans residents, Mary Matalin and James Carville.

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The Two-Way
8:55 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Florida A&M President's Resignation To Be Effective Immediately

James Ammons in 2006.
Gerry Broome AP

Instead of staying on until his retirement in October, it was reported this morning that Florida A&M University President James Ammons' resignation will be effective immediately.

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News
4:35 pm
Sun July 15, 2012

Who Killed Jean McConville? A Battle For IRA Secrets

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams, right, carries the coffin of senior IRA commander Brendan Hughes, in West Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Peter Morrison AP

Originally published on Sun July 15, 2012 10:15 pm

A legal showdown is evolving. It affects an American university, the British government, a brutal Irish paramilitary organization and the murdered mother of 10 children.

Journalist Ed Moloney is fighting to keep secret interviews with former paramilitary members of the Irish Republican Army out of the British government's hands. Those interviews are kept under lock and key at Boston College as part of an oral history project that Moloney started in 2001.

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Education
2:08 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

ULL gay studies minor under fire

The head of a prominent conservative Christian group in Louisiana is critical of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette for offering a new minor in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies.

The Advocate reports that the area of study was first offered in the spring.

Louisiana Family Forum President Gene Mills said the coursework does not reflect Louisiana values. And U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry, a New Iberia Republican, said it doesn't provide an academic benefit to students.

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Sports
12:33 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Evans stepping down as trainer at NW State

Ed Evans, Northwestern State's head athletic trainer since 1989, is retiring and will be honored at a reception in Natchitoches at Prather Coliseum on Thursday, July 26.

Evans arrived at Northwestern as a graduate assistant trainer under head trainer Eugene Christmas from 1979-82. He spent the next seven years as athletic trainer at Natchitoches Central High School. He returned to Northwestern as Christmas' successor in 1989.

Business
11:39 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Nicholls business dean named president of LCPA

The business dean at Nicholls State University is now the president of the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants for 2012-2013.

Shawn Mauldin received the group's 2005 lifetime award for achievement in accounting information, and is a past president of its south central chapter. The LCPA has 6,300 members statewide.

Mauldin has bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration with an emphasis in accounting from Nicholls State and a doctorate in accounting from the University of Mississippi.

Nicholls State
12:12 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Nicholls stadium may not be ready opening day

Construction delays on Nicholls State University's football stadium might mean problems for the school's first home game.

Mike Davis, director of facilities, told The Daily Comet that the local contractor, BET Construction, has been doing a "super job" building the Nicholls stadium's elevator shaft and updating the building's facade. But the company that provides the elevator car itself has said it won't be able to get it to the construction site until about Sept. 1.

It could then take six weeks to finish the work.

Nicholls first home game is Sept. 22.

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Loyola Bomb Threat
12:00 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Loyola student's trial delayed in threats case

A trial has been postponed for a Loyola University student charged with sending threatening emails to the campus police department.

The start of the trial for 21-year-old Evelyn A. Hubbard, of New Orleans, has been moved from Monday to Sept. 17. A judge's order says more time for trial preparation was needed.

Hubbard faces one count of threatening interstate communications, a charge punishable by up to five years in prison.

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Education
4:54 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Head of the University of Louisiana System retiring

The president of the University of Louisiana System has announced his retirement.

Randy Moffett, who's been in the job for four years, said Monday that he will leave the position in the fall to spend more time with his family.

Moffett's retirement comes after a tenure marked by repeated budget cuts that have stripped more than $426 million in annual state financing from higher education in Louisiana. The UL System has lost nearly 46 percent of its state funding since 2008.

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Education
12:04 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Southern has new strategy to bring in students

BATON ROUGE — Southern University will compete for a share of Baton Rouge's community college market this fall as part of a strategy to boost sagging enrollment.

The student numbers have dipped during the past several years with the introduction of tougher state admissions standards.

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