Xavier sets admissions open house for Friday

Xavier University will host a fall admissions open house from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, school officials announced. 

Open to all high school juniors and seniors, it will provide prospective students and their parents with an opportunity to learn about the admissions process, majors and fields of study, financial aid and scholarships, and college life, officials said.

Campus tours will also be conducted and lunch will be provided.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. in the first-floor lobby of the University Center at 4999 Drexel Drive.

Students can pre-register online at admissions.xula.edu/register/xulaopenhouse.

For more information call (504) 520-7388.

SUNO celebrates newly restored library

The Leonard S. Washington Memorial Library at Southern University at New Orleans held an open house Thursday to celebrate and showcase its post-Katrina restoration. 

The SUNO library was destroyed in 2005 as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Flood waters soaked thousands of books, periodicals and other research materials.

For years after that, students had access to a small library that was housed in a FEMA trailer. Then it moved to a small area of a building that has since been demolished.

Today, the library features new furniture, new artsy wall coverings and $7 million worth of new books. The restored library, designed by Hertz Furniture of Ramsey, New Jersey, also has designated study areas, a cafe, a computer lab and classroom space for graduate students.

"We're so proud to have designed and furnished these gorgeous and collaborative spaces for the students of SUNO," said Dan Goldfine, Hertz Furniture's vice president of sales. 

“We have spent a total of $25 million — $11 million on the building and $14 million on the interior content, walls and lighting — to create a state-of-the-art library for our students,” said Library Director Shatiqua Mosby-Wilson. “I envision this space as one where SUNO students, faculty and staff, and other stakeholders can be proud to study, research and learn to relax.”

“The library is the most important part of any university,’’ SUNO Chancellor Lisa Mims-Devezin said. "That’s why it is so exciting to see our Leonard S. Washington Memorial Library fully restored.”

For information, contact Mosby-Wilson at (504) 286-5225 or swilson@suno.edu.

LSU Health School of Dentistry wins award

For the second time, the LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry will receive a prestigious American Dental Education Association William J. Gies Award, the school announced.

The ADEAGies Foundation will present the 2018 William J. Gies Award for Vision — Academic Dental Institution to Louisiana’s only dental school during the association's annual meeting in March.

The Gies Award honors individuals and organizations that exemplify the highest standards in oral health and dental education, research and leadership.

The LSU School of Dentistry received the Gies Award for Outstanding Innovation in 2008, when it won for rebuilding dental education in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.

The 2018 award recognizes the school’s "commitment to and continued expansion of its programs in Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice,” said Dean Henry A. Gremillion.

“For more than six years," he said, "dental school faculty members have worked tirelessly with their colleagues from the other LSU Health New Orleans professional schools to establish a strong and expanding interprofessional education program.”

The LSU Health New Orleans IPE program began as an elective course for interested students in 2012 and is now integrated within the curriculum of 19 academic programs for 700 first-year students. In the 2018-19 academic year, it will expand to 27 academic programs for all first- and second-year students.

According to the World Health Organization, interprofessional education occurs when students from two or more professions learn about, from and with each other to improve health outcomes.

Once students understand how to work interprofessionally, they are ready to enter the workplace as a member of a collaborative practice team. This is a key step in strengthening fragmented health systems, LSU Health officials said.

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