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WRKF
5:37 am
Fri September 19, 2014

State Senator Seeks Baseline for Handling of Sexual Assault on Louisiana Campuses

Sen. JP Morrell

Originally published on Sun September 21, 2014 10:33 am

The Louisiana Board of Regents unleashed a 500-plus page report earlier this week about sexual assault. The report shows wide variation in how sexual assault is dealt with on state college and university campuses. 

State Sen. JP Morrell requested the report and is now putting together a working group that may wind up crafting legislation to make campus responses to the problem more uniform.


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Latest News
5:26 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Two New Minors For Loyola University Students

Loyola University has launched two new minors — social media and environmental communication.
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The Loyola University School of Mass Communication has launched two new minors — social media and environmental communication.

Courses in the social media minor include social media strategies, communications writing, digital communications, photography and videography.

The environmental minor is intended for students studying hard sciences, due to an increasing demand for scientists who can clearly communicate complex issues to the public.

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7:38 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Agreement Reached On Splitting College Incentive Fund

An agreement has been reached on splitting a $40 million higher education incentive fund.

It’s designed to steer money to programs that help fill high-demand jobs.

A council of Louisiana college, economic development and labor officials yesterday approved a plan to divvy up the money among the four college systems.

LSU will get the largest share, about $14.5 million from the Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy Fund.

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College Football
9:04 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Tulane Set To Host First Football Game On Campus In Nearly 40 Years

Yulman Stadium is a brand-new 30,000-seat arena on Tulane University's Uptown campus.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

For the first time in nearly 40 years, Tulane University is preparing to host a football game on its Uptown campus.

In a media walkthrough on Thursday Tulane representatives showed off the nearly-complete Yulman Stadium. It's a $73 million, 30,000-seat open-air arena that is already sold out for the first game this Saturday against Georgia Tech.

Richard Yulman, Tulane board member and major donor, welcomed the media and public to his namesake stadium.

“It’s been a long journey, but it’s now official: the boys are back Uptown," Yulman said. "Roll Wave.”

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Latest News
7:16 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Report Finds Economic Potential For Foreign Students In New Orleans

A study released today by the Brookings Institution shows foreign students attending universities throughout the United States provide a key link to economic growth. The findings show New Orleans has an opportunity to expand its international trade.

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Latest News
7:38 am
Tue August 26, 2014

La. College Incentive Fund Still Not Spent

Two months after lawmakers agreed to create a $40 million higher education incentive fund, no decisions have been made about how to divide the money.

A council of Louisiana college, economic development and labor officials had hoped to have recommendations to the Board of Regents this week. But on Monday, the group pushed that expectation to September.

The Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy, or WISE, Fund was designed to steer money to college programs that help fill high-demand jobs and skills.

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WRKF
5:37 am
Fri August 15, 2014

More Money for Student Athletes May Not Mean More for Education

Originally published on Sun August 17, 2014 11:54 am

College football season is upon us. The first regular season game for the LSU Tigers is in two weeks. Playoffs debut this year. And the Tigers will have a new starting quarterback. There are major shifts happening off the field for Division I programs too.

Brad Wolverton is a reporter with the Chronicle of Higher Education in Washington D.C. and has been following the NCAA action.


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Science & Health
1:05 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

UNO's Adam Norris: We're Now A Smoke-Free Campus

The University of New Orleans.

Adam Norris, the Director of Communications at the University of New Orleans, tells us UNO became a tobacco-free campus on Aug. 1.

The state legislature mandated all public colleges and universities become smoke-free on that date, but UNO took it a step further and banned all types of tobacco. Norris says there are smoking-cessation resources in place for faculty, staff and students.

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Education
5:13 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

New Delgado Campus In New Orleans East Opens Its Doors

Delgado Community College-Sidney Collier campus.
Credit Jesse Hardman / WWNO

A new Delgado Community College campus opened today in New Orleans’s Desire neighborhood. The Sidney Collier campus will initially focus on courses in cosmetology, barbering, H-VAC, electrical work and nursing. 

The new building is on the former site of a popular technical college that was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina.  It gives access to courses geared towards industries that are thriving locally to people living in the Eastern part of the city.

Thomas Lovince is the executive dean of the new Delgado campus.

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Red River Radio
9:26 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Southern Arkansas University to offer marine biology degree

Jesse Filbrun (left) is leaving his post at the University of Southern Mississippi to start a marine biology degree at Southern Arkansas University.

Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia will offer a marine biology degree when classes begin later this month.

The new undergraduate major is expected to attract more than a dozen students, according to SAU provost and vice president for academic affairs Trey Berry. The 2010 Gulf Oil Spill heightened awareness about the need for studying oceans and the human toll on the Gulf Coast ecosystem, according to Berry.

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