DILLARD CHAPLAIN: Dillard University has appointed the Rev. Earnest Salsberry as university chaplain and director of VisionQuest. Salsberry has served as interim chaplain and director of VisionQuest for several months and will begin his new role in January.

“We are so excited to have Rev. Salsberry as our chaplain,” said Dr. Toya Barnes-Teamer, vice president for student success. “In the short time he served as interim chaplain/director of VisionQuest, he has been able to mobilize not only the campus community but has invited several religious leaders of other denominations to campus to serve our students,” she added. “He has brought a level of spirituality to the campus that engages all stakeholders, especially our students, in an unprecedented manner. The students love him, which is the most important thing to me.”

A native of Port Arthur, Texas, Salsberry received a master’s degree in divinity, with a concentration in psychology of religion and pastoral care with an emphasis in homiletics, from Morehouse School of Religion in Atlanta. He also has completed postgraduate studies in clinical pastoral education. He received a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance and music from Dillard in 2006. Salsberry is a licensed and ordained minister and works in the music ministry at Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans.

LOYOLA LAW: William P. Quigley, a professor at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, is the 2015 recipient of the Father Robert Drinan Award. The annual award is presented to only one law professor a year by the American Association of Law Schools’ section on pro bono and public service opportunities and recognizes educators working toward increasing access to justice.

Quigley, who also is director of both the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice and the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center at Loyola, received the award for his extraordinary public interest work in the community. The award will be presented at the annual meeting of the AALS in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 4.

Quigley’s history of pro bono service on a vast array of social justice projects, his mentorship and tutelage of law students and his record of advocacy to people marginalized by Hurricane Katrina were all taken into consideration by the awards committee.

Within the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center, Quigley promotes legal research and education about the challenges facing disadvantaged individuals and assists them by providing legal services to those unable to afford representation.

UNO TEACHING AWARDS: The University of New Orleans International Alumni Association awarded its 2013-14 Excellence in Teaching Awards to Harsha Chacko, a professor of hotel, restaurant and tourism administration; and Leslie White, an associate professor of English.

Both Chacko and White have taught at the University of New Orleans for 31 years, and each will receive a cash award of $2,000.

Chacko, a faculty member in the Lester E. Kabacoff School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration, specializes in hospitality and tourism marketing and management. He has been involved in several New Orleans-area tourism research projects, including studies for the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, French Quarter Festival Inc., the Louisiana Office of Tourism and the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation.

White teaches freshmen-, undergraduate- and graduate-level English courses. His area of specialization is Victorian literature. He has published scholarly articles on authors Bobbie Ann Mason, Robert Browning, Oscar Wilde and E.M. Forster. The nomination committee received recommendations for White that noted his exceptional enthusiasm, knowledge and preparation, responsiveness to students and fairness in grading.