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July 22, 2011 Issue

Loyola athletics icon enters Sugar Bowl Hall of Fame

James “Big Jim” McCafferty came to Loyola University New Orleans in 1938 to play football, but it was his accomplishments on the basketball court as both player and coach which will earn him a posthumous spot in the Allstate Sugar Bowl’s Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame.

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Loyola law professor reaches final step in appointment to federal bench

The nomination process for Loyola University New Orleans College of Law associate professor and Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Higginson to fill a vacancy on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has reached its final step.

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Loyola president tapped to serve on Civil Service Commission

Loyola University New Orleans President the Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., is the newest member of the Civil Service Commission for the City of New Orleans. The New Orleans City Council approved Wildes’ nomination for the seat in a 4-2 vote on Thursday.

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College of Law professor recently featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution

M. Isabel Medina, the Ferris Family Distinguished Professor of Law at Loyola University New Orleans’ College of Law, was recently quoted by the Atlanta Journal Constitution regarding immigration law.

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Loyola reveals plans for Monroe Hall renovation

Loyola University New Orleans opened its doors earlier this week to provide members of the university and surrounding community a first glimpse of the proposed redesign of the Monroe Hall Science Building, originally constructed in 1969.

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Music alumnus releases new jazz album

Jeff Albert ’93, of Mandeville, La., is a trombonist and composer and performer of free jazz improvisation. He released “Similar in the Opposite Way” in 2009, a collection of 10 original experimental explorations performed with Ray Moore on alto saxophone, Tom Sciple on bass, and Dave Cappello on drums.

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Loyola plays host to international classical piano competition

Twelve of the world’s best young classical pianists will converge on the Loyola University New Orleans campus July 24-31 for the 23rd annual New Orleans International Piano Competition.

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Reception to celebrate Mark Grote exhibition

Visual arts professor W. Mark Grote brings his exhibit of giant hats inspired by 15th century paintings of Piero Della Francesca to Loyola this summer. “The Hats of Piero Della Francesca” are displayed in Dixon Court, located at the St. Charles Avenue entrance of the Communications/Music Complex. An artist’s reception will be held Thursday, July 28 from 5 – 7 p.m. in Dixon Court and is open to the public.

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Alumnus co-authors book on Holloway murder

Cole Thompson ’92, of New York, N.Y., co-authored a new book, “Portrait of a Monster: Joran van der Sloot, a Murder in Peru, and the Natalee Holloway Mystery.”

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Law professor addresses constitutional threats to state judicial independence

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law professor Mitch Crusto facilitated a discussion among Louisiana judges and lawyers on the U.S. Constitution’s threats to state judicial independence, at the Louisiana Judicial Council’s 17th Annual “CLE of Louisiana” in San Juan, Puerto Rico on July 11.

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Loyola dominates at the New Orleans Press Club Awards

Members of the Loyola University New Orleans community were kept busy at the New Orleans Press Club 53rd Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards banquet last week at Harrah’s Casino. Loyola students, faculty, staff and alumni took home more than 20 awards.

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Loyola School of Nursing opens virtual doors to prospective students

The Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing will hold three online open houses in August for qualified nurses interested in pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. The open houses will be held online August 2, 9 and 16 from 6 – 7 p.m. CST and will provide information about the Post-Masters to DNP program.

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Loyola remembers actress, singer and alumna Marie Lillo

Loyola University New Orleans College of Music alumna Marie Lillo ’51, an actress and singer, passed away this past February in Los Angeles at the age of 81. Lillo, who also studied at the Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art in London, began her career in New York City at the Metropolitan Opera, but also played an old hunchback psychic nun in the NBC soap opera “Passions.”

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