SUNO OPEN HOUSE: Southern University at New Orleans will hold an open house from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, in the SUNO Conference Center at Press Drive and Emmett W. Bashful Boulevard. Potential students will have an opportunity to talk with representatives from the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Public Administration, College of Education and Human Development, and the School of Social Work. The admissions process will be expedited if students come with official documents, such as high school transcripts, ACT scores and official college transcripts. For details, go to or call (504) 286-5235.

UNO ADMISSIONS: The University of New Orleans has announced that prospective students from metropolitan New Orleans will no longer have to pay a fee to apply for admission. The change in policy affects applicants who reside in Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist and St. Tammany parishes. For application information, visit

INSPIRING LEADERS IN STEM: Two Tulane scientists and a graduate student are among 40 national winners of the 2017 Inspiring Leaders in STEM Award, which honors professionals from underrepresented groups who have made a difference in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The winners — psychology professor Michael Cunningham, biomedical engineering associate professor Michael Moore and doctoral student Katherine Elfer — will be featured with the other recipients in the September 2017 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

NUNEZ SCHOLARSHIPS: Raquel Morales, of Kenner, and Kamryn Villavaso, of Chalmette, are winners of Chancellor's Scholarships from Nunez Community College. Morales is a 2017 graduate of Bonnabel High School, and Villavaso is a 2017 graduate of Chalmette High School. The scholarship award is $1,000 per semester and is renewable for up to four semesters. Morales will enroll in the medical coding and billing certificate program while also preparing to transfer into a four-year health care management program after completing her studies at Nunez. Villavaso will pursue an associate of general studies degree and take prerequisite courses needed for pharmacy school.

SLU STUDENT NEWSPAPER: Elizabeth Brown of Harvey, a senior art major at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, placed first and second in the photography category in the Better Student Newspaper Competition sponsored by the Louisiana Press Association. Third place in the feature story category went to Morgan Ledet of Marrero, a family and consumer sciences senior and former editor-in-chief of The Lion’s Roar. Other awards for the staff of The Lion's Roar, SLU's student newspaper, were:

  • Sports photo, first place
  • General excellence, third place
  • Feature story, second place, Regina Pergola, of Slidell, a sophomore business administration major. The award cited her piece on last year’s young alumni of the year, Cari and Zac Caramonta, of Gnarly Barley Brewing in Hammond.