Crescent City college briefs for April 22, 2015 _lowres

Photo provided by UNOÑMichael Flot Jr. is part of a UNO team that won recognition for an aeroponic farming system designed to reduce the stress agriculture causes to the environment.

DILLARD NURSING PROGRAM: Dillard University is accepting applications from registered nurses who want to obtain a bachelor of science in nursing through a blended program in which classes are offered both online and face-to-face.

Sharon Hutchinson, chairwoman of Dillard’s School of Nursing, said classes will begin this summer for the next cohort of registered nurses.

“We are changing the way we offer this program to keep up with current trends in education for registered nurses and to make our course offerings more accessible to professionals in the field,” Hutchinson said. “Blended delivery affords the professional RN both the flexibility of online learning and the personal interactions of face-to-face learning.”

The RN-BSN program option at Dillard University is one of several programs that lead to a bachelor of science in nursing. The RN-BSN program consists of 31 credit hours over three consecutive semesters, with entry to the program beginning in the summer. Applications are being accepted for summer 2015 entry.

For information, call (504) 816-4717 or visit

STEM RESEARCH AT UNO: An electrical engineering student from the University of New Orleans took second place in a national science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competition.

Michael Flot Jr. delivered an oral presentation about an automated growing system for plants that does not require soil and uses dramatically less water than normal farming methods. It is the focus of a senior design project for Flot and four classmates.

Flot, a New Orleans native, presented the team’s senior design project at the 2015 Emerging Researchers National Conference in STEM in Washington, D.C., from Feb. 19-21. The conference is hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Science Foundation.

Other electrical engineering students involved in the project are Daniel Braun, Roger Calix, Brandon Allen and Ozgur Aydogan.

FILM INDUSTRY TRAINING PROGRAM: Nunez Community College is launching a professional film and television industry actor training program, initially funded with a grant from the Greater New Orleans Foundation.

The program will involve a number of professional film and television industry workforce development training courses, programs and events offered to both students and the general public. For information, send email to jamielzimmer

Louisiana resident, film and television actor, and veteran acting coach Dean West will instruct this one-of-a-kind training program. Industry photographer Jackson Beals and make-up artist Jami Ross will provide each participant with an industry standard head shot.

Future professional film and television actor training programs and requirements will be announced and will be available to all qualified Louisiana residents.

Ryan Fink, director of film and television for St. Bernard Parish, commented that this program is vital to both local film productions and actors. “A 5 percent tax incentive is given for every local hire, which is beneficial to everyone when a production casts Louisiana actors.”

Will French, president of the Louisiana Film and Entertainment Association, said LFEA is a statewide organization with members and supporters represented in every area of the film and television industry in Louisiana.

“We fully support qualified workforce development efforts like this unique opportunity offered by Nunez Community College,” he said.