DEQ cites Tulanefor program award

New Orleans — The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has selected Tulane University to receive a 2013 Environmental Leadership Program Award.

Tulane is among 15 award recipients to be honored for voluntary pollution reductions and community educational outreach initiatives. Tulane representatives will attend the annual ELP awards ceremony March 13 at the DEQ Conference Center in Baton Rouge.

Tulane’s winning project was administered by the Tulane Office of Environmental Health & Safety, which centralized management and record keeping for the university’s environmental compliance activities. The office carried out a universitywide chemical cleanout to ensure old and unwanted chemicals were disposed of properly.

Tulane begins lecture series

New Orleans — “The Rise of China,’’ an ongoing lecture series at Tulane University that looks at that nation’s rise from different academic points of view begins at 4 p.m. Monday in the Norman Mayer Building, room 106.

Elizabeth Perry, director of the Harvard-Yenching Institute, will speak on “Cultural Foundations of Chinese Communism.”

Activities instruct children on brains

New Orleans — Sonia Gasparini, assistant professor at the LSU Health Sciences Center Neuroscience Center of Excellence, will present “Your Sensational Brain’’ from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Children’s Resource Center, 913 Napoleon Ave.

The public is invited to the program, which is for 5- to 10-year-olds. The event is sponsored by the Greater New Orleans Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience.

Through a series of interactive activities, a group of volunteer faculty and students from the LSUHSC Neuroscience Center and Tulane will teach the children interesting facts about the brain. Activities include show and tell of fixed brains and brain and neuron models, demonstrations of the knee jerk reflex, coloring of brain templates and making brain models.

Literacy fundraiser being held at Tulane

New Orleans — The second annual Taste New Orleans, Savor Literacy fundraiser, will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday in and around the Lavin-Bernick Center on Tulane University’s campus.

Nearly 30 restaurants will provide food, and the Soul Rebels will entertain. Proceeds will benefit STAIR (Start the Adventure in Reading), a nonprofit children’s literacy organization.

Tickets are $15 to $20 and include unlimited food. The $20 ticket includes five raffle tickets. Tickets available at the door or online at For information call 484.802.0044.

Discover Delgado day is Thursday

New Orleans — Delgado Community College announces the second annual Discover Delgado Day from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday at the City Park Campus Student Life Center, 615 City Park Ave.

The free, public event will showcase academic and technical programs at the college for potential students.

The event provides information about the benefits of a Delgado education to high school seniors and juniors, community organizations and the general public. Academic departments will have representatives to talk about employment opportunities for Delgado graduates.

Participants will be able to meet with faculty, students and industry partners. Participants are asked to register for the event at

UNO sets schedule for Jazz at Sandbar

New Orleans — Three University of New Orleans professors, all local favorites of the New Orleans jazz scene, will kick off the spring 2013 Jazz @ the Sandbar series, held Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a performance honoring the masters of Louisiana modern jazz.

Now in its 23rd season, Jazz @ the Sandbar — founded by UNO Professor Emeritus Ellis Marsalis — is a weekly opportunity for UNO jazz studies students to perform with professional jazz musicians in front of a live audience.

The spring series runs through May 1. The weekly concerts are held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Sandbar at The Coveon Founders Road. Admission is $5.

There will be no spring concert on March 27 due to spring break.

At the opening concert, University of New Orleans jazz studies faculty Victor Atkins III, Ed “Sweetbread” Petersen and Steve Masakowski will perform the classic compositions of Harold Battiste, James Black and Ellis Marsalis.

College plays host to open house event

NEW ORLEANS — Our Lady of Holy Cross College will host an open house Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with campus tours and opportunities to meet with financial aid representatives.

Prospective students and their parents may RSVP at or by calling (504) 368-2175.

UNO to host arts administration meet

New Orleans — The University of New Orleans graduate program in arts administration, now in its 30th year, will host an annual conference of arts administration leaders from around the world this Thursday through Saturday at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel.

The conference includes workshop session, lectures and peer exchange.

Founded in 1975, the Association of Arts Administration Educators represents 200 members from nearly 100 academic institutions offering degrees in arts management in the U.S., Canada and throughout the world, according to organization leaders. To see a conference schedule or to register in advance, visit

Compiled by the New Orleans bureau