Delgado to open new center on West Bank

The West Bank Campus of Delgado Community College will hold ribbon-cutting ceremonies for its new Student Life Center at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The campus is at 2600 Gen. Meyer Ave., Algiers.

The 10,800-square-foot Student Life Center includes an area for students to relax, a dining area, a game room with a pool table, and offices for student government and campus police. There also are offices providing resources for women and veterans.

Earlier plans to construct such a facility, for which a groundbreaking took place in 2005, were abandoned after Hurricane Katrina.

The Algiers Development District sold the former Navy Chapel at Algiers’ Federal City to Delgado in June 2014 for close to $1.3 million. A $750,000 renovation budget brought Delgado’s total investment in the new facility to about $2 million.

The West Bank Campus has an enrollment of 2,493.

Musical Excursions schedule announced

The University of New Orleans’ 2015-16 Musical Excursions series will feature Russian piano virtuoso Nikita Mndoyants on Oct. 27; the New York City-based Mivos String Quartet on Dec. 2; the British baroque music quartet Red Priest on March 1; and the Mexico-based string quartet Cuarteto Latinoamericano on April 12.

All the concerts will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the UNO Recital Hall in the Performing Arts Center.

Mndoyants was a finalist in the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Also an active composer, he received first prize at the Myaskovsky International Competition of Young Composers in 2014.

The Mivos Quartet is devoted to performing the works of contemporary composers and presenting new music to diverse audiences. Its performance, part of a residency at UNO, will feature new works by the university’s composition students.

Red Priest is an irreverent baroque ensemble that performs at many of the world’s leading festivals. It claims to be the only early music group in the world to have been compared in the press to the Rolling Stones, Jackson Pollock, the Marx Brothers and Cirque de Soleil.

Cuarteto Latinoamericano has been the leading proponent of Latin American music for string quartet for more than 30 years. Founded in Mexico in 1982, it has toured extensively throughout Europe, North America, South America and Asia. It won a 2012 Latin Grammy award.

Ticket prices are $15 for general admission, $10 for senior citizens and UNO faculty and staff, $5 for non-UNO students and free for UNO students. A full-series discount is available until Oct. 27.

For information, visit or call (504) 280-6381.

Uddo screenwriting scholarship awarded

The University of New Orleans has awarded the Joseph Patrick Uddo Scholarship in Screenwriting for the 2015-16 academic year to Elizabeth Brina. The scholarship, which provides $1,500 in tuition and fees, honors the memory of Uddo, a filmmaker and New Orleans native who died in 2008.

Brina is a native of Fairport, New York, who is pursuing a master of fine arts degree in screenwriting at UNO. She received her bachelor’s degree in philosophy and English from Northeastern University in Boston.

She is working on a screenplay, titled “Izzy and Danny,” about two best friends who would be perfect for each other were it not for their debilitating addictions.

Joseph Patrick Uddo died at age 33. A graduate of Jesuit High School, he attended the New York Film Academy, where he taught after graduation. He was a screenwriter and camera operator who worked on several films including “Monster’s Ball” and “Stranger Than Fiction.”

His family’s $40,000 gift in 2012 established the Uddo Scholarship in Screenwriting, awarded each year to an entering graduate student who is pursuing a master of fine arts degree in screenwriting.