Dillard gets grant to study Creole culture

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Dillard University a $100,000 grant to fund a project designed to document contemporary black Creole culture.

“Defining, Documenting and Teaching New Orleans Creole Culture” will begin in the spring semester and continue for two years.

The project will create a digital archive of its findings and will explore the multicultural and racial identity of Creoles in New Orleans.

It will include interviews with black Creole families, elders, artists, craftsmen, musicians and others to chronicle the evolution of traditions and contemporary life.

Other goals of the project include assisting students in developing oral communication skills and understanding the significance of digital archives and technology fluency.

Hannah Saltmarsh, an assistant professor of English, is the principal investigator for the grant.

Grant money to go to nuns in U.S., Africa

Loyola University’s Institute for Ministry has received a $900,000 grant that it will use to help Catholic nuns in the United States and Africa enhance their leadership skills and build social media presence in an effort to increase their orders’ membership.

The money from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation also will provide computers, Internet access and solar power to some religious communities in Africa.

“This grant is meant to empower religious women to make effective use of digital media to get the word out about their work and its transformative potential for faith and life today,” said Thomas Ryan, director of the Loyola Institute for Ministry and director of the project.

Four religious communities in the U.S. and three in Africa will benefit from the grant, which will provide members and their associates a graduate-level education through Loyola, using its online programs and integrating leadership, theology and communication.

While earning a certificate in theology and ministry from the Institute for Ministry, participating communities will work with Canada’s Salt + Light TV to develop videos and social media strategies to promote their work.

Chemistry students get new UNO scholarship

Five University of New Orleans students are the first recipients of a new scholarship for chemistry students.

The Siegfried B. Christensen IV Memorial Scholarship was made possible through a $25,000 gift to UNO’s chemistry department from Rowena Christensen.

The students selected to receive the $5,000 scholarships are Amber Carpenter, Hana Kang, Katherine Bricker, Joshua Black and Ryan McKinnie.

Siegfried Christensen, a medicinal chemist who died in 2011 at age 57, earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from UNO in 1978.

Christensen spent 27 years with the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline. He is an inventor listed on 61 issued U.S. patents and has an additional 51 patents pending internationally.

“It was a guiding philosophy of Siegfried’s life that each one of us should leave this world a better place,” Rowena Christensen said. “One of the ways he accomplished this was by serving as a mentor throughout his career. I believe this gift to the University of New Orleans will allow Siegfried’s generosity of spirit to continue to inspire young people.”

Students can sign up for Delgado program

Registration will be held this week for Delgado Community College’s adult education program.

The program, designed for any student who seeks to earn a high school equivalency diploma or prepare for college, offers instruction in reading, writing, math, social studies, science and computer literacy.

Sessions are offered in the morning, afternoon and evening at six Delgado campuses in the metro area.

Registration is free and will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Friday in Building No. 2, Room 108, at Delgado’s City Park campus. Registration will take 30 to 60 minutes to complete.

The program is open to any student 16 or older.