UNO JAZZ STUDIES: Jack Vogt, a composer and drummer in the jazz studies program at the University of New Orleans, has been named the 2016-17 American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Louis Armstrong Scholar at the University of New Orleans by the New York-based ASCAP Foundation. The $3,000 award is made to jazz studies student who demonstrates excellence in scholarship and in creating original works of music. On Dec. 14, Vogt will be honored at the ASCAP Foundation’s annual awards ceremony at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.
EUDORA WELTY PRIZE: Patricia Boyett, director of the Women’s Resource Center at Loyola University New Orleans, has won the Eudora Welty Prize for her book “Right to Revolt: The Crusade for Racial Justice in Mississippi’s Central Piney Woods.” The Eudora Welty Prize is awarded by Mississippi University for Women and the University Press of Mississippi to a book published by UPM in the past year in the areas of Southern studies, women’s studies, and/or literature.
TULANE ARCHITECTURE: DesignIntelligence Quarterly has ranked the Tulane School of Architecture as the 14th best among the nation’s accredited undergraduate programs, and Dean Ken Schwartz as one of the 25 most admired educators for 2016-17. Among the school’s award-winning programs is the Albert and Tina Small City Center, which works in partnerships with community-based organizations across New Orleans, providing high-quality design assistance for groups traditionally underserved by the design profession.
TULANE UNIVERSITY: Brad Beers, a Houston lawyer and former co-chairman of the Tulane President’s Council, has joined the board of Tulane, the university’s main governing body. Beers’ daughter, Meredith, earned her undergraduate, master’s and doctorate degrees from Tulane. She is president of the Newcomb Alumnae Association board of directors and has served on the board of the Tulane Alumni Association. Beers’ son, Baker, is attending Tulane Law School.
LOYOLA VINTAGE SCHOLARSHIP FUND: Bob Almeida, a 1972 graduate of Loyola University New Orleans and founder of Lagniappe Peak Vineyards in Napa Valley, California, is raising money for an academic scholarship by selling a vintage wine named for the Loyola Wolf Pack. The 2014 Lagniappe Peak Wolfpack Cuvée is made with Malbec and Syrah grapes. Almeida is planning a Nov. 3 reception on campus, to which he will invite alumni and bring samples. The wine will be released in February 2017, at a cost of $45 per bottle, with $20 of that going to Loyola scholarships. To order, visit www.lagniappepeakwines.com.