UNO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: Two projects led by researchers from the University of New Orleans are among seven that have been chosen for funding through the first round of Louisiana's RESTORE Act Center of Excellence grant process. Funding comes from fines and penalties in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The funded projects directly relate to Louisiana's Coastal Master Plan.

  • Mark Kulp, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, received a $349,000 grant to map faults in the Mississippi River delta. Participants include Nancye Dawers, of Tulane University, and John Lopez, of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.
  • Marla Nelson, associate professor of planning and urban studies, will get $295,000 to design an effective and equitable relocation policy for people in Terrebonne Parish, designed to retain traditional communities while reducing risk. Participants include Tracie Birch, of the LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio; Anna Brand, with UNO's department of planning and urban studies; and Tara Lambeth, with UNO's Center for Hazards Assessment, Response and Technology.

ADULT LEARNERS AT LOYOLA: Starting this fall, Loyola University New Orleans will offer a bachelor of arts in interdisciplinary studies aimed at adult learners pursuing their higher education part-time. The program offers a mix of online, evening, on-campus and hybrid courses in a flexible curriculum. The tuition is $975 per three-credit course. For information on the part-time program, visit  

SLU JOURNALISM: Maria Goddard, of New Orleans, a student at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, won a second-place finalist award in the Region 12 Mark of Excellence Awards competition of the Society of Professional Journalists. The awards honor the best of collegiate journalism during a calendar year. Goddard won in the television feature reporting category for “Lucky the Horse” produced for “Northshore News.” The story covers the rescue of Lucky, an abandoned and emaciated horse found in a ditch, and his dramatic recovery at a Slidell equine rescue center.

LSU NURSING: The application deadline is July 24 for the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program at the LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing. Students will graduate with a doctor of nursing practice degree. The 94-credit-hour program will prepare graduates to attain certification as psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners, who can assess, diagnose and treat individuals with psychiatric disorders. For information, visit or contact Tracie Gravolet at (504) 568-4114 or

NOTARY PUBLIC TRAINING: People interested in taking the Louisiana Notary Examination in December can prepare through a notary public training course to be offered from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays from Aug. 28 to Nov. 29 at Nunez Community College, 3710 Paris Road, Chalmette. To enroll, visit The $500 fee includes access to the lecture class and a copy of the Secretary of State’s official study guide for the exam, Fundamentals of Louisiana Notarial Law and Practice. On-campus registration assistance will be offered July 17-19. 

WILLIAM CAREY UNIVERSITY: William Carey University, with campuses in Hattiesburg and Biloxi, Mississippi, has named Jessica Monique Colin, of Gretna; Alison Prescott, of Harvey; Emily Elisabeth Scott, of Metairie; and Megan Ashley Zulli, of Meraux, to the President's List for the spring trimester, which requires a 4.0 grade-point average. Hunter Allen Barocco

, of Destrehan, and Shawneice Parker, of New Orleans, have been named to the Dean's List, which requires a 3.5 grade-point average.