Tulane design center renamed for donor

Tulane City Center, the community design center of the Tulane School of Architecture, will be renamed the Albert Jr. and Tina Small City Center, thanks to a gift from Tulane alumnus Albert “Sonny” Small and his wife, Tina.

“City Center is a perfect example of Tulane providing students the opportunity to engage in real-world issues,” Tulane President Mike Fitts said. “The Smalls’ generous gift is in addition to significant annual support they have provided over the last five years to make the center possible.”

Small, a real estate developer in the Washington, D.C., area, earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Tulane in 1979. He is a member of the Tulane board and the School of Architecture Dean’s Advisory Board. He formerly served as chairman of the President’s Council. The couple’s youngest son, Marshall “Ben” Small, recently graduated from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane.

The City Center works in partnership with community-based organizations across New Orleans, providing high-quality design assistance for groups traditionally underserved by the design profession.

Among its more than 85 projects are the Grow Dat Youth Farm, the launch of the URBANbuild program, the Façade RENEW Program and the Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative’s Palmyra Apartments.

Nonprofit’s leader to address Xavier grads

The chief executive of McKinsey Social Initiative, a nonprofit group that implements programs bringing stakeholders together to address global and social challenges, will deliver the commencement address at Xavier University’s spring graduation.

The university announced that Helene D. Gayle will address some 540 undergraduate, graduate and pre-professional students at 10 a.m. May 7 in the university’s Convocation Center.

Gayle also will be awarded an honorary degree, along with three other recipients: pathologist Bennet Ifeakandu Omalu, educator Gilda A. Barabino and businessman Michael Rue.

Xavier President Reynold Verret said Gayle is a humanitarian as well as an expert on global development and public health issues.

UNO accounting prof wins national award

University of New Orleans accounting professor Philip Harmelink has been named the 2016 Business Professional of the Year in the education category by Beta Alpha Psi, an international honor organization for financial information students and professionals.

He will be presented the award at the group’s national meeting in Baltimore in August.

Harmelink is the Ernst & Young professor of accounting and chairman of the UNO department of accounting. He has been at UNO since 1979.

The UNO chapter of Beta Alpha Psi nominated Harmelink, who was in competition with nominees from chapters in all 50 states. Beta Alpha Psi Executive Director Margaret Fiorentino said the selection committee was impressed by Harmelink’s contributions to academia, his scholarship fundraising for accounting students and his support for the Beta Alpha Psi chapter at UNO.

“This award is wonderful recognition of Dr. Philip Harmelink’s dedication to educating students and his tremendous efforts in achieving numerous scholarships each year for accounting students,” said John Williams, dean of the College of Business Administration. “Dr. Harmelink’s efforts have contributed significantly to UNO’s accounting department being recognized for its outstanding programs and graduates.”

Delgado opens new maritime center

Delgado Community College held an industry open house Friday to celebrate the completion of the new home of the Delgado Maritime and Industrial Training Center at 13200 Old Gentilly Road in New Orleans.

The event featured demonstrations of the center’s high-tech capabilities, including firefighting, navigation and virtual-reality simulation.

The 18,750-square-foot, $7 million building was designed by Sizeler Thompson Brown Architects of New Orleans.

The Maritime and Industrial Training Center has gained a national reputation for providing high-quality maritime and industrial firefighting, radar, safety and U.S. Coast Guard-approved training.

It also helps provide training to licensed mariners and other personnel in the maritime, oil and gas, and safety/homeland security fields, among others. Courses are tailored to meet the needs of industrial clients.