UNO surpasses $1M scholarship goal

With a $300,000 donation from real estate executive and philanthropist Robert Merrick, the University of New Orleans has surpassed its goal of raising $1 million for student scholarships.

The school has challenged other donors to raise another $500,000 for the same purpose. UNO President John Nicklow first announced the initiative last fall.

Merrick, chairman and CEO of Latter & Blum Inc., and his company are responsible for more than $2 million in donations to UNO over the years. Latter & Blum is the Gulf South’s largest full-service real estate brokerage firm.

Merrick’s support for UNO goes back many years, although he is not a graduate. He has chaired the UNO business school's advisory board and the UNO Foundation's board of directors. He endowed the Merrick chair in real estate and helped create the Max Derbes II professorship in real estate.

He frequently donates to support student scholarships and graduate programs in coastal sciences and engineering.

In addition, Latter & Blum has been the title sponsor for the annual Dr. Ivan Miestchovich Economic Outlook and Real Estate Forecast Seminar.

In 2014, UNO recognized Merrick’s contributions by awarding him an honorary doctorate. 

Bill Chauvin, a UNO alumnus who co-chaired the $1 million scholarship effort along with Merrick, said, "The rising cost of higher education impacts those who can least afford it. This effort ... will ensure that we can continue ... to bring students to this university who will advance, graduate and become really successful citizens of our city."

Loyola law prof gets youth seminar award

Loyola University law professor Monica Hof Wallace received the “No Man Is an Island” Outstanding Delegate Alumni Award last week, the school said.

The award came from the Louisiana Youth Seminar, a weeklong leadership seminar for high school students held each year at LSU.

The award is named after the Louisiana Youth Seminar's theme.

Wallace, a 1988 seminar delegate, is the Dean Marcel Garsaud Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law at Loyola. She is a frequent speaker and author in the areas of family law, successions, donations and trusts, and community property, all of which she teaches.

She has served on the Executive Committee for the Family and Juvenile Law Section of the American Association of Law Schools. She is also an active member of the Louisiana Law Institute, most recently serving as the reporter for the tutorship procedure revisions in the Louisiana Civil Code.

The “No Man Is an Island” Outstanding Delegate Alumni Award goes to someone who makes exceptional contributions, school officials said. 

Wallace has received numerous awards for her teaching, scholarship, and public service.

Tulane to hold health fair in 9th Ward

Tulane Prevention Research Center’s Movin’ for LIFE program will host a 5K run-and-walk and a family-focused health fair with community partners in the Upper 9th Ward to help residents achieve healthy lifestyle habits.

The Movin' for LIFE (Lasting Improvement for Fitness and Energy) Family Health Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 12 at the St. Mary of the Angels Church Gym, 3501 N. Miro St.

The free event is designed for families to have fun, learn about healthful eating, sample healthy foods, dance, engage in activity courses and play games for prizes.

The Movin' for LIFE 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 9. The free event will start and finish at Oliver Bush Playground, 2500 Caffin Ave.

The Treme Brass Band will kick off the race day festivities. Music, food and drinks will be available after the race. Participants registering with two to three generations from their family will get special awards, and all registered participants will get T-shirts.

The events all are part of the Tulane Prevention Research Center’s five-year Movin’ for LIFE program, a health promotion program in the Upper and Lower 9th Ward that uses a variety of strategies to encourage active and healthy lifestyles.

Activities include cooking classes, community walks, dance classes, coalition meetings and promotion of existing resources in the neighborhoods through social media, flyers at local establishments and advertising.

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