Ex-UNO fraternity endows scholarship

The housing corporation for a former University of New Orleans fraternity chapter has donated $112,000 — originally raised to buy a fraternity house — for a student scholarship at the university. With the gift, the Phi Kappa Theta New Orleans Building Association will establish the Phi Kappa Theta Legacy Endowed Scholarship.

Phi Kappa Theta, which operated at UNO starting in 1964, had raised money to acquire a fraternity house. When it disbanded, the building association and the alumni of the chapter elected to use the funds to endow a scholarship.

The endowment is likely to provide an annual scholarship of about $4,000, and the amount will increase as the endowment grows.

The scholarship will be available to full-time UNO students pursuing a degree in any academic discipline; it can be renewed for up to four years if the recipient maintains a 2.5 GPA. 

Business school's accreditation renewed

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business has extended the accreditation of the College of Business & Public Administration at Southern University at New Orleans.

Founded in 1916, the AACSB is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools. Its accreditation has been earned by less than 5 percent of the world's business schools.

Today, 799 institutions across 53 countries and territories have earned AACSB accreditation.

Achieving accreditation is a process of rigorous internal focus, engagement with an AACSB-assigned mentor and peer-reviewed evaluation. Schools focus on developing and implementing a plan to align with AACSB standards requiring excellence in areas relating to strategic management and innovation; learning and teaching; and academic and professional engagement.

"Dr. Igwe Udeh, dean of the College of Business, and the faculty, staff and students worked diligently and tirelessly to make this accreditation extension possible," Chancellor Lisa Mims-Devezin said.

Tulane oncologist reviews research

Tulane University medical oncologist Dr. Oliver Sartor is the lead author of a comprehensive clinical review article covering the latest developments in treatment for advanced prostate cancer.

The article appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, said Sartor, medical director of the Tulane Cancer Center and C.E. and Bernadine Laborde professor of cancer research at the Tulane School of Medicine.

Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. There are almost 165,000 new cases of prostate cancer diagnosed annually and 29,400 deaths from the disease each year, according to the American Cancer Society.

For years, androgen-deprivation therapies were the only treatments available for prostate cancer that spread within the body. The drugs block testosterone, which spurs prostate cancer growth. But ADT treatments eventually stop working when tumors develop resistance.

The review covers six of the major drugs that are increasing survival length for prostate cancer patients whose cancer has spread to the bone or other parts of the body.

Most of the treatments were initially used after ADT failed, but doctors are seeing success in using some of the drugs much sooner, Sartor said.

Looking ahead to future advances, Sartor said personalized medicine targeting individual patients holds promise.

Delgado graduates 19 from programs

Eleven students in the Youth Occupational Skills Training Program at Delgado Community College have graduated as clinical medical assistants. Another eight students graduated from Career Pathways in Hospitality and Tourism training.

The graduates are all from Orleans and Jefferson parishes.

The Youth Occupational Skills Training Program is designed to help people ages 18 to 24 acquire the skills to gain sustainable employment. The program is a partnership between Delgado and Jefferson Parish.

The Greater New Orleans Hotel and Lodging Association Hospitality Education Foundation partners with Delgado on the hospitality training program. 

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