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May 10, 2013 Issue

Loyola experts shed light on Louisiana's emerging deadly tropical diseases in May 15 public forum

Loyola University New Orleans biology professor Patricia Dorn, Ph.D., will join nine local experts to shed light on how Chagas disease, West Nile and other neglected tropical diseases are emerging as health threats in Louisiana during a Research!America forum Wednesday, May 15. The forum is free and open to the public.

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Law alumnus receives The Times-Picayune Loving Cup for his service to others

Mark Surprenant, J.D. ’77, an alumnus and adjunct faculty member of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, was recently recognized for his pro bono legal work and volunteerism by The Times-Picayune, which awarded him the Loving Cup for 2012. Surprenant, who teaches an environmental torts law class as an adjunct professor at Loyola’s College of Law, has been a partner in Adams and Reese law firm since 1982, practicing as an attorney there since 1977.

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Board of Regents funding boosts Loyola's commitment to Catholic studies

Further distinguishing Loyola University New Orleans as an important center for the study of Catholicism, the Louisiana Board of Regents announced this week it is contributing $400,000 to support the university’s scholarly activities and programming in that field. The funding will match a private donation of $1.3 million to endow The Rev. Stephen Duffy Chair in Catholic Studies at Loyola University, the South’s largest Catholic, Jesuit higher education institution.

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Dean Baquet of The New York Times receives honorary degree tomorrow

Students, faculty, staff and parents who will attend this year’s commencement exercises should visit the commencement website for detailed instructions regarding arrival times, parking and maps of the Superdome. The undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremony will be webcast live tomorrow, May 11 at 9:45 a.m., providing access to family and friends who are unable to attend. The webcast for the College of Law commencement ceremony is set for Saturday, May 11 at 5:45 p.m.

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Haiti earthquake hero receives Loyola's top alumni award

Loyola University New Orleans alumna Dr. Vanessa Rouzier-Taluy '98 helped save trauma victims from the rubble after the 2010 earthquake devastated Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

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Loyola presents Ignatian Awards for graduating students at Baccalaureate Mass

Loyola University New Orleans will honor four of its graduating students with its highest honor, the Ignatian Awards for Outstanding Senior and Graduate Students. The awards will be formally presented at the Baccalaureate Mass today at 4 p.m. in the University Sports Complex on Loyola’s main campus. The awards are given annually to those students who represent the university’s commitment to Ignatian values.

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Outstanding alumni honored during reunion weekend

The Loyola University New Orleans Alumni Association will honor Nicholas Poche '03 as its Young Alumnus of the Year along with five other outstanding alumni on Saturday, May 11 at The Cannery, located at 3803 Toulouse Street.

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Bayou Boogaloo features eco-friendly signage by Loyola students

Art and design students at Loyola University New Orleans are going green this spring as they help to create signage made from recycled materials for the annual Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo May 17-19. The signs designate areas for recycling, food vendors, stage areas and more.

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Preparatory Arts Program pianists receive top honors at district competition

Multiple piano students from the Preparatory Arts Program at Loyola University New Orleans received top awards, including several Outstanding Achievement Awards, from the local division of the Louisiana Music Teachers Association during its New Orleans piano rally in late April.

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Student artists selected to display in St. Claude gallery

Five students from Loyola University New Orleans’ Department of Art and Design will join a selective group of New Orleans-area undergraduate and graduate artists to display their works at a juried art exhibition in the St. Claude art district. The opening reception is set for Saturday, May 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the University of New Orleans-St. Claude Gallery, located at 2429 St. Claude Avenue in New Orleans.

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Southern Rep and Loyola join forces to host summer theatre camps

The Department of Theatre Arts at Loyola University New Orleans will team up for the first time with New Orleans’ only year-round professional theatre, Southern Rep, to host three new theatre camps this summer for children ages 9 to 18. Each camp will concentrate on a specific production for a designated age group and conclude with staged performances.

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Jazz camps on tap for summer

The College of Music and Fine Arts at Loyola University New Orleans will host two jazz camps this summer. The annual Loyola Summer Jazz Band Camp runs June 16-20. The program provides opportunities for students to increase their skills, understanding and appreciation of jazz by working closely with the Loyola jazz faculty for masterclasses, private lessons, improvisation and combinations with different instruments.

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Psychology major chosen for nationwide leadership development program

Loyola University New Orleans psychology major Jessiona Bryant is among 150 students selected from more than 500 applications nationwide for a competitive leadership development program led by People For the American Way Foundation. The Young People For fellowship, or YP4, is a yearlong program focused on identifying, engaging and empowering young progressive leaders.

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Centennial Challenge wrapping up: 2 days left and 120+ new donors needed

An anonymous donor has issued a fundraising challenge to Loyola University New Orleans, promising to give $100,000 to the university if 2,500 new donors join him in giving back to Loyola by May 12. Donations of any size and to any program are counted, but gifts must be received by the May 12 deadline in order to be included in the challenge.

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Loyola DNP program awards scholarship recognizing nurse's commitment to military veterans

The Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing continues its commitment to serving the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces by awarding scholarships through the Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program. It announced this week a $5,000 Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholarship awarded to Racquell Garrett, R.N., M.S.N., a nurse known for her dedication to caring for military veterans.

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