LOYOLA UNIVERSITY NEW ORLEANS: The Loyola University New Orleans Alumni Association has awarded its Adjutor Hominum Award to Tony Recasner ’82, CEO of the Agenda for Children in Louisiana. The award honors an outstanding graduate of Loyola whose life exemplifies the values and philosophy of Jesuit education, namely moral character, service to humanity and unquestionable integrity. Recasner is co-founder of FirstLine Schools, a charter school management organization that opened the city’s first charter school and now operates five charter schools.
U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY: Four New Orleans-area students will be inducted into the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on June 30. They are Leocadie A. Higginson, of New Orleans, Benjamin Franklin High School; Madelyn E. Myers, of Violet, John Curtis Christian School; Demetrice D. Thomas, of Harvey, Naval Academy Preparatory School; and Tiffany M. Clark, of Slidell, Slidell High School. In addition, Andrew J. Paige, of Belle Chasse, Belle Chasse High School, accepted a U.S. Naval Academy Foundation Scholarship and can reapply to the Naval Academy next year. This year more than 17,000 students from throughout the nation applied for one of about 1,200 appointments to the Naval Academy’s Class of 2020.
JONES JUNIOR COLLEGE: New Orleans native Jonathan Parker is the starting catcher for the Jones Junior College Bobcats baseball team, which won the won the junior college Division 2 World Series in Enid, Oklahoma, on June 4. Parker played high school baseball for Brother Martin High School. He was named to the All-Tournament team in Oklahoma and won the team MVP award for the 2015-16 baseball season at Jones Junior College, which is in Ellisville, Mississippi. During the week of the national tournament, Parker had a .450-plus percentage batting average. He finished the 2015-2016 baseball season with a batting average of .310.
DELGADO COMMUNITY COLLEGE: The National Science Foundation has awarded Delgado Community college a grant of $184,904 to support its Science Laboratory Technology biotechnology program. The project, “Delgado Community College Biotechnology/Synthetic Biology Initiative and Biotechnology Incubator,” is under the direction of Dr. James F. Guenther, instructor of biology at Delgado. The Science Laboratory Technology program, at the Delgado City Park Campus, provides students with the education and skills necessary to begin a career in laboratory science technology.
UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS: The Louisiana Board of Regents has awarded the University of New Orleans a $94,728 grant to build a digital animation studio to better equip students for jobs in animation and special effects. Jeff Rinehart, an instructor in UNO’s fine arts department, led the effort to secure the grant. The studio, housed at the Earl K. Long Library, will have 11 stations, each equipped with a high-definition tablet and software enabling animation, rendering, video editing and web design. Rinehart said he expects the lab to be available to students in the spring of 2017.
NUNEZ COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Chalmette Refining LLC recently donated $20,000 to Nunez Community College in support of the college’s industrial technology (PTEC) program. In all, Chalmette Refining has provided $60,000 for the program this year.