UNO alumni honor two with awards

The University of New Orleans International Alumni Association announced that the winners of the 2014-15 Excellence in Teaching Awards are Paul Schilling, professor of mechanical engineering, and Randy Bates, professor of English.

Each year, up to two awards are given to faculty members who exhibit excellence in teaching.

The winners are chosen by a committee composed of past award recipients and a representative of the alumni group.

Schilling and Bates were recognized for their enthusiasm for teaching, devotion to their students and dedication to facilitating student success. They have consistently received exceptional teaching evaluations from students.

Each will receive a cash award of $2,000.

Schilling, a department chairman in the College of Engineering, has taught at UNO for 16 years. He said he strives to explain complex concepts clearly and concisely and to make himself available to students outside of class.

Bates, a 16-year veteran of UNO’s College of Liberal Arts, primarily teaches courses in poetry and nonfiction literature. He also is an editor of Bayou Magazine, UNO’s biannual literary magazine.

Tulane launching online law program

Tulane University Law School is launching an online Master of Jurisprudence in Labor and Employment Law degree program.

The new program, scheduled to start in May, offers high-quality legal education in employment law while giving students the flexibility to study from anywhere around the globe.

Joel Friedman, a 40-year Tulane Law School faculty member and an authority on employment and labor law, will lead the initiative. “This program will equip non-lawyers with the tools to understand and act upon current and future employment law,” he said.

The program offers a 25-credit-hour master’s degree designed to help human resources and human capital professionals further their careers in the employment field.

It can be completed entirely online in less than two years. Tuition will be $32,000, with all coursework developed and taught by Tulane faculty.

Students can complete readings and listen to recorded lectures at a convenient pace, while live virtual online classroom sessions will allow for regular interaction and discussion.

The program is pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which is expected by January.

Loyola alumni join volunteer groups

Loyola University alumni recently embarked on full-time service with two Jesuit volunteer organizations, Jesuit Volunteer Corps and JVC Northwest.

Troy Thayer, from Westside Children’s Center in Los Angeles, will work with JVC, as will Stephanie Roca, from the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph in San Jose, California.

George Carr, from the Paschal Sherman Indian School in Omak, Washington, will volunteer with JVC Northwest.

These volunteers serve people who live on the margins of society. They have committed to living simply and working for social change in a spiritually supportive community.

The Loyola graduates are among the 267 JVC volunteers serving in 37 U.S. cities and six other countries and the 148 JVC Northwest JV/AmeriCorps members serving in 24 Northwest communities.

Jesuit volunteers address issues such as hunger and homelessness, poverty, domestic violence, end-of-life care, mental health and food justice. They serve hundreds of thousands of people each year in communities, schools, health clinics and advocacy organizations.

Jeanne Haster, executive director of JVC Northwest, said the volunteers “are an inspiration and provide hope for our future as they live out our four values of community: simple living, social and ecological justice, and spirituality with other kindred spirits.”