Loyola gets $1 million grant for endowed chair

An anonymous donor has given Loyola University $1 million to establish the Emmett M. Bienvenu, S.J., Endowed Chair in Classical Studies to honor the memory of Bienvenu, a longtime Jesuit scholar of Latin and Greek language and literature at Loyola.

The new endowment is in addition to the Endowed Professorship in Classical Studies, also in memory of Bienvenu, that was bestowed previously upon professor Connie Rodriguez.

These, along with an endowed scholarship in Bienvenu’s name and a research endowment, will preserve the legacy of a professor who taught for more than 40 years, engaging students in philosophical discussions and teaching the finer points of Latin and Greek.

“Father Bienvenu introduced me to ancient Greek, which has been a big part of my life for nearly 40 years,” the donor said. “This donation recognizes my debt to him and to Loyola.”

Loyola’s Department of Classical Studies allows students to learn about the language, art, literature, philosophy and religion of the ancient Greek and Roman world, but it also helps students learn to think critically, write well and appreciate the classical tradition of a life of learning.

“Classical studies has been the core of Jesuit education from the time Ignatius Loyola established his first university,” Rodriguez said. “This endowed chair will ensure the future of that education.”

UNO gets grant for digital media laboratory

A $110,000 grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents will allow the University of New Orleans to create an interdisciplinary digital media laboratory.

The project is a collaboration of the Department of Computer Science, the Department of Film and Theatre, and the Earl K. Long Library, which will house the new lab.

The grant will pay for several high-performance computers, a 3D printer and motion-capture equipment. Each workstation will come equipped with industry-standard software for 3D modeling, photo and video editing, and game development.

These are the tools necessary to create prototypes of digital game elements, according to Stephen G. Ware, assistant professor of computer science and the grant’s principal investigator.

“New Orleans already has a strong film industry and is quickly expanding its digital media portfolio to include gaming, digital design and other positions that require both scientific and artistic expertise,” Ware said.

“This lab will provide some much-needed infrastructure for our students and give them a chance to collaborate on projects in a shared space. In short, this lab is a place where students will make their creative visions into digital and physical realities.”

The lab, on the third floor of the library, is expected to be ready for the fall semester.

Delgado opens new classroom, lab building

Delgado Community College held ribbon-cutting ceremonies earlier this month for H. Giles Martin Hall at the college’s City Park campus.

The new 14,438-square-foot, two-story building houses Delgado’s digital media, small business and entrepreneurship programs.

The $4.7 million project was funded by state bonds authorized by the Legislature in 2007. The bonds were sold in 2011 and construction began in October 2013. Mathes Brierre Architects was the architect and GM&R Construction was the contractor.

“Opening a state-of-the-art classroom and laboratory building like this one is a landmark event in the 94-year history of our college,” Delgado Chancellor Joan Davis said. “We are excited to begin offering an array of educational programs inside this beautiful facility designed to enhance 21st-century careers.”

H. Giles Martin was Delgado’s first director and its longest-tenured leader, serving from 1920 until 1954. The new building named in his honor overlooks the landmark Isaac Delgado Hall, which was erected in 1920-21 and named after the college’s founder.