• LOUISIANA COUNSELING ASSOCIATION: Reshelle Marino, of Metairie, an assistant professor in Southeastern Louisiana University’s graduate program in counseling, has been honored with the 2015 Distinguished Professional Service Award from the Louisiana Counseling Association. Marino joined the Southeastern faculty in 2012 as an adjunct professor in the counseling program and was appointed an assistant professor in the department of health and human sciences in 2013. She serves as the clinical coordinator of school counseling for the program. Marino has served the LCA as an executive board member since 2010, filling the offices of treasurer for the division representing counselor educators and supervisors, and vice president for post-secondary education for the state’s school counseling division. She currently serves as president-elect of the state’s school counseling association and as editor of the LCA Journal. Her current and previous clinical experience includes service as a licensed professional counselor with All-ways Learning Counseling Center in Metairie, middle school counselor in New Orleans, and as a psychiatric counselor for River Oaks Psychiatric Hospital in Harahan. Marino is a 2002 graduate of Southeastern. She earned her master’s degree and doctorate in counselor education from the University of New Orleans.
  • VETERANS OUTREACH: Delgado Community College is gearing up to provide services to eligible military veterans at its City Park Campus in New Orleans through the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program beginning early in November. DVOP specialists will provide intensive services to veterans and eligible spouses. Maximum emphasis is directed toward serving those who are economically or educationally disadvantaged, including homeless veterans, and veterans with barriers to employment, such a disability, homelessness or a criminal record. Only 2 percent of Louisiana’s veterans receive services in New Orleans, but an estimated 9.5 percent of the state’s veterans reside in the city, making the Delgado partnership critical in expanding much-needed services to that entire population. Services provided include:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color comprehensive assessments, specialized assessments of skill levels and service needs, training/education plan development, group and individual counseling and career planning, and pre-vocational services such as communication skills, interviewing skills, punctuality, personal maintenance skills, and professional conduct in preparation for employment and/or training.
  • UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS: Randy Broussard, who recently earned a master’s degree in earth and environmental sciences from the University of New Orleans, won the Best Presentation Award at the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies Convention in Houston in September. Broussard presented a paper that was part of his master’s thesis. In his presentation, he used seismic data to shed new light on the structure and formation of a massive salt dome in the central Gulf of Mexico. Broussard and his graduate thesis adviser, Mostofa Sarwar, unraveled the history of the formation of the Green Knoll salt dome, which started developing 94 million years ago. In addition to his graduate degree, Broussard earned two bachelor’s degrees from UNO — one in business administration and marketing, and one in earth and environmental sciences with a concentration in geology. He is currently employed as a geologist by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
  • NUNEZ PARALEGAL STUDIES: Nunez Community College is enhancing its paralegal studies program with the addition of a new internship to introduce students to the work of lawyers, paralegals and legal assistants. The course will be introduced for the spring term that begins in January. “With this new internship course, our students will get hands-on experience in the legal field earlier in their studies. This will help them to understand the paralegal profession and the range of jobs available in the field,” said Diana Velez, paralegal studies instructor and program director. In addition to creating the internship course, Velez has brought on new adjunct instructors with vast legal knowledge and experience. She has also made changes to the paralegal course schedule. Beginning in spring 2016, students will have the option of taking courses that meet once a week for a longer period of time, rather than a course that meets multiple times per week. Saturday courses will also be offered. Questions about paralegal studies can be directed to Velez at dvelez@nunez.edu.
  • DANCE THEATER OF HARLEM: The Dance Theater of Harlem will perform Nov. 20 in Cook Auditorium at Dillard University, 2601 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans. For information, call (504) 283-8822.
  • DILLARD UNIVERSITY: Human rights activist Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of “Just Mercy,” will present the Revius O. Oritque Jr. Lecture on Law and Society at 7 p.m. Nov. 23 in Georges Auditorium at Dillard University, 2601 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans. For information, call (504) 283-8822.
  • LEGAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM: Southeast Louisiana Legal Services and SLLS attorney Jay Welch have been honored with the inaugural Legal Service Innovation Award for the Single Stop legal assistance program at Delgado Community College, which offers free legal help to Delgado students, particularly to remove hurdles to their progress in school and in life. The Louisiana State Bar Association’s Access to Justice Committee presented the award Oct. 12. The award recognizes innovation that effectively meets the legal needs of vulnerable populations across the state and serves as a model approach.