Crescent City college briefs for Sept. 2, 2015 _lowres

Photo provided by Metairie Rotary ClubÑFrom left are Victoria King of Tulane Rotaract; Charity Namara, a human rights advocate for girls and women in Uganda; Mashair Shahadin, a United Nations human rights worker; and Metairie Rotary Club President Jen Esler.

  • XAVIER UNIVERSITY LIBRARY: A collection of manuscripts dealing with African-American history and slavery will be stabilized and digitized for online access through a grant awarded to the Xavier University of Louisiana Library. The Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded the library a $141,253 grant to re-house, digitize, catalog and provide online access to the Charles F. Heartman Collection of Manuscripts Relating to the Negro and Slavery. The collection, housed in the University Archives and Special Collections, consists of some 4,000 manuscript items describing the social, economic, civil and legal activities of enslaved and free blacks, primarily in Louisiana and especially in New Orleans. The collection includes documents in French, Spanish and English, and date from 1724 to 1897. Among the documents are deeds, estate appraisals listing both land and slave holdings, runaway slave notices and ship manifests containing names of both free black crew members and slaves listings. The collection also includes tax records and bonds owed by free blacks in antebellum New Orleans, which was home to the wealthiest free black community in the country prior to the Civil War. Records found within the collection also include rosters of black soldiers in the Union Army during the Civil War and Freedmen Society records from the Reconstruction era. Irwin Lachoff, XU associate archivist, said implementation of this grant will result in the physical stabilization of the Heartman Collection. Additionally, digital imaging of these manuscripts will allow off-site search and access to these records, opening up the collection to any researcher with internet access.
  • TULANE ROTARACT: The Metairie Rotary Club recently heard from Victoria King, founder and president of the Rotaract Club at Tulane University. Rotaract clubs, sponsored by Rotary clubs, provide opportunities for people ages 18-30 to take action in their communities, develop their leadership and professional skills and have fun. King discussed the Mama Maji project, which empowers women to help their communities by making clean water available.
  • FELLOWSHIP GRANT: Shearon Roberts, of the Xavier University of Louisiana mass communication department, has been awarded a $14,800 Henry C. McBay Research Fellowship grant from the United Negro College Fund to support her proposal “Making the Haitian Case: The Role of Haiti’s Media in Advocating for Ordinary Haitians in Post-2010 Earthquake Reconstruction.”
  • PHI THETA KAPPA: Shaira Panganiban, of Terrytown, was inducted recently into the Omega Nu Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Delgado Community College. Panganiban, who is majoring in nursing practice, is the daughter of Ledenilla Panganiban, of Terrytown.
  • DELGADO ART SHOW: An exhibit featuring the work of Brian St. Cyr is on view through Sept. 24 at the Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery, 615 City Park Ave., Building 1, third floor, on the Delgado Community College City Park Campus. More about the artist is available at Gallery hours are Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public is welcome and there is no admission charge. For information, contact Brenda Hanegan, gallery director, at (504) 671-6377 or
  • XAVIER UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA: Xavier University of Louisiana has designated 37 upperclassmen as Rousseve Scholars for the 2015-16 school year, on the basis of their academic performance the preceding two semesters. Each recipient receives a full tuition scholarship and a book allowance.
  • Senior recipients are Erin Ancar, accounting, New Orleans; Eric Craig, political science, Los Angeles, California; Jacob Deitz, history, Elderwood, California; Rania El-Desoky, pharmacy, Kenner; Rasaan Hollis, business-finance, Columbus, Ohio; Jasmine Kinnard, pharmacy, Jackson, Mississippi; Kevin Lam, biology/premed, Kenner; Hoang Michael Nguyen, biology/pre-med, New Orleans; Janice Nguyen, pharmacy, New Orleans; Tami Nguyen, biology/pre-med, Marrero; and Thao Pham, pharmacy, New Orleans.
  • Junior recipients are Aizaz Ahmad, biology/pre-med, Metairie; Jacqueline Baidoo, dual degree chemical engineering, Frederick, Maryland; Usman Chaudhry, biology/pre-med, Kenner; Alaa Elsayed, pharmacy, Kenner; Erica Greenwood, business-accounting, LaPlace; Lynn Hoang, pharmacy, New Orleans; Ajene Johnson, computer science, Corona, California; Reneé Miller, biology/pre-med, Luling; Amira Muhsen, dual degree chemical engineering, Gretna; Bianca Shrestha, dual degree chemical engineering, Metairie; Janiece Walker, biology, Jacksonville, Florida; Amanda Ware, business-accounting, Houston, Texas; Ahmed Zaki, pharmacy, Kenner; and Amir Zaki, pharmacy, Kenner.
  • Sophomore recipients are Ezinne Agwaramgbo, chemistry/pre-med, New Orleans; Lindsie Bilello, chemistry/pre-pharmacy, Thibodaux; Marialaina Carter, chemistry/pre-med, LaPlace; Tracy Dinh, chemistry/pre-pharmacy, Marrero; Steven Do, biology/pre-med, Westwego; Taqiyyah Elliott, political science, Memphis, Tennessee; Noor Fatima, biology/pre-med, Metairie; Eden Keller, chemistry/pre-pharmacy, LaPlace; Sydney Labat, biology/pre-med, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi; Bryan Redmond, psychology/pre-med, Memphis, Tennessee; Savannah Samuel, chemistry/pre-pharmacy, Zachary; and Jazmin Stenson, biochemistry, Oakland, California.
  • LEARNING LABORATORY NEW ORLEANS: The board secretary for Learning Laboratory New Orleans has been offered a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to South Korea in public health, the U.S. State Department and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently. Nhu Ngoc Pham, a Tulane University student who also is a Gates Millennium Scholar, is one of more than 1,900 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2015-16 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between U.S. citizens and the people of other countries. The Learning Laboratory is a diverse community of learners who engage in creative and innovative educational experiences.