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CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: Pat Gootee, left, chairman of the Louisiana Contractors' Educational Trust Fund, and UNO President John Nicklow.

UNO ENGINEERING: The Louisiana Contractors' Educational Trust Fund has donated $100,000 to the University of New Orleans College of Engineering for teaching lab equipment and student scholarships. Fines and penalties levied against violators of the state's contractor licensing law are sent directly to the fund. The University of New Orleans is the only university in metro New Orleans that offers degree programs in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and civil and environmental engineering. It also has the only naval architecture and marine engineering program in the region, and one of the few in the nation.

'ENRIQUE'S JOURNEY': The author of "Enrique's Journey" will give a free talk at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in the Sen. Ted Hickey Ballroom at the University Center at the University of New Orleans. "Enrique's Journey" by Sonia Nazario is the UNO Common Read selection for 2016-17 and is required reading in all first-year writing classes. Nazario's account of a five-year-old Honduran boy's perilous trip across the U.S. border to find his mother was first chronicled in a six-part series published in the Los Angeles Times in 2002. In 2003, "Enrique's Journey" won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing while photographs by her colleague Don Bartletti won the Pulitzer for feature photography. "Enrique's Journey" was chosen as this year's Common Read in part because of the election-year conversation around immigration, said Sarah DeBacher, chair of UNO's first-year writing program, and Mike Hoffshire, assistant director of First Year Student Success.

DELGADO CULINARY PROGRAM RANKED: Best Choice Schools, an online resource for information about making a college choice, has ranked the culinary arts program at Delgado Community College 15th among the top 50 in the country. The rankings are available at Criteria used in ranking the programs included hands-on experience, internship/externship opportunities, student-operated restaurants, modern facilities and a solid reputation in the industry. The top three schools in the ranking were the International Culinary Center in New York and Campbell, California; the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York; Napa and St. Helena, California; and San Antonio, Texas; and the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Boulder, Colorado, and Austin, Texas.

PRAYERS FOR THE NEW ACADEMIC YEAR: Students, faculty and staff at Loyola University New Orleans were to celebrate the beginning of a new school year Sept. 8 with a Mass of the Holy Spirit in Holy Name of Jesus Church. The Mass is part of a tradition that dates to 1548, when St. Ignatius Loyola founded the first Jesuit school in Messina, Sicily, eight years after he founded the Society of Jesus religious order. 

Mass of the Holy Spirit from Loyola University on Vimeo.

DELGADO HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT: Delgado Community College and the University of New Orleans have renewed a 2+2 articulation agreement that paves the way for Delgado hospitality management graduates to easily transfer their credits to UNO in order to pursue a bachelor's degree. The articulation agreement allows Delgado students to graduate with a four-year management degree after two additional years of study at the Lester E. Kabacoff School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration of the UNO College of Business Administration.

DELGADO SECOND START: Registration is open through Oct. 5 for a second start of the fall semester at Delgado Community College. Second Start courses are full-credit courses taught over eight weeks instead of 16. They are compressed and move at a quicker pace, similar to a summer term. Classes are typically core courses which appeal to a variety of student majors. Current, former and new Delgado students may all enroll through Second Start. Many Second Start courses are offered online, including accounting, algebra, business, English, history, music and psychology. To register, visit or call (504) 671-5012.

LOYOLA MUSIC: Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg returns to the Loyola University New Orleans School of Music for the 2016-17 academic year with a plan to expand her presence on campus and in the community. In her year as a resident artist, Salerno-Sonnenberg has taught students in the Loyola Chamber Orchestra to perform as a conductor-less ensemble, a technique she refined as music director of San Francisco's acclaimed New Century Chamber Orchestra, one of a handful of conductor-less ensembles in the world. Working together with Loyola music professors Jean Montes and Amy Thiaville, Salerno-Sonnenberg has effectively introduced the technique to the School of Music, ensuring that orchestra players are as comfortable working with and without a conductor. During the 2016-2017 season, Salerno-Sonnenberg will perform in four concerts at Loyola University New Orleans, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans:

  • 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, in a Loyola faculty concert in Nunemaker Auditorium on the third floor of Monroe Hall
  • 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, with the Loyola Chamber Orchestra in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall on the third floor of the Communications/Music Complex
  • 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, with the Loyola Chamber Orchestra in the Roussel Performance Hall
  • 3 p.m. Sunday, April 30, with the Loyola Symphony Orchestra in the Roussel Performance Hall.

Tickets are available at (504) 865-2074 or

VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY: The veterinary technology program at Delgado Community College will hold an open house for potential students, and their dogs, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in Classroom A-3 of Delgado's Jefferson Campus, 5200 Blair Drive, Metairie. The event will feature a bake sale, photo booth, craft station and demonstrations.