Loyola MBA program to hold open house

The MBA program in the Loyola University College of Business will host an open house and informational session June 3.

Those attending can learn about two new programs introduced this past fall: a full-time, fast-track, one-year MBA and a part-time professional MBA program, allowing students to graduate with a specialization track.

Recent Loyola MBA graduates have obtained advanced professional appointments in large national companies such as General Electric, General Motors, Symetra and Shell.

The open house will begin at 5:45 p.m. June 3 in Room 112 of Miller Hall on Loyola’s main campus, 6363 St. Charles Ave. Light refreshments will be served, followed by an information and question session with faculty and staff.

Registration for the open house is recommended but not required. The $50 MBA application fee will be waived for any open house attendee.

For more information on Loyola’s MBA program, contact Christina Morales at mba@loyno.edu.

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.

UNO chemistry student wins national award

University of New Orleans student Edwin Gomez won the American Chemical Society Undergraduate Poster Award in the Computers in Chemistry Division.

The competition was held at the society’s national meeting in Denver.

Gomez beat out 39 other competitors from across the country to take first prize and earn $100.

His research focuses on the intersection of biology and materials sciences to understand and develop “green” energy sources and devices for human use. Unlike most chemists, Gomez uses high-performance computational methods to address these problems at the atomistic level, according to Dhruva Chakravorty, an assistant professor of chemistry.

The effects of this research are important for the design of biofuel cells and diabetes testing kits. In addition, the research has implications for understanding the causes of aging-related diseases such as ALS, diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

“Edwin hopes that his research will lead to the development of new medical therapies that will benefit millions of people around the world,” Chakravorty said.

Gomez, a New Orleans native, is the first member of his family to graduate from high school. He will present his research at University of Louisiana System Day at the State Capitol on Thursday.