Loyola exhibit featured at DNC 'Politicalfest'

Faculty from Loyola University in New Orleans will exhibit rare historical documents and ongoing research at the Democratic National Committee’s bipartisan Politicalfest, which is being held in Philadelphia this week in conjunction with the Democratic National Convention.

Loyola visiting honors professor Stanley Yavneh Klos and Dr. Naomi Yavneh Klos, director of the University Honors Program, will exhibit a collection of letters, invitations, images and other ephemera at the National Liberty Museum, where the “core themes for young people and adults include leadership and good character, diversity and inclusion, peaceful conflict resolution and civic engagement.”

The exhibit, titled “American Hospitality: 1776-1976,” draws from the couple’s collection of founding documents. It also features papers of Mary Edith Wilroy, who was manager of the Blair House from 1961 to 1976.

The Blair House, located across the street from the White House, has served as the president’s guest house since World War II. Visiting heads of state and other world leaders stay there when visiting the nation’s capital.

“The exhibit tells the story of how hospitality has shaped policy, and highlights how this arena allowed women to play an important role in public policy even when it was seemingly unthinkable for a woman to run for higher office,” Dr. Naomi Yavneh Klos said. 

UNO gets $75,000 grant for health science lab

A $75,495 grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents will breathe new life into the University of New Orleans’ human performance and health promotion program.

Marc Bonis, assistant professor of human performance and health promotion, said the award will enable UNO to purchase a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry — commonly called a “DXA” machine — to enhance UNO’s health science learning lab.

The instrument is used to measure bone density and is a source of data for those studying osteoporosis and obesity.

The university had such a tool before Hurricane Katrina, but it was damaged by moisture and disuse following the flood, Bonis said. Students and faculty relied on it for research and practice for future careers in physical therapy and athletic training.

UNO deactivated the human performance and health promotion degree program in the wake of Katrina because of financial constraints. It was reactivated in 2012.

Today, more than 120 students are enrolled in the undergraduate program, Bonis said.

Students entering the program can choose between two tracks: health promotion, for those interested in community or school-based health education; and exercise physiology, which appeals to those interested in working in the area of individual health and fitness, including cardiac and other chronic disease rehabilitation.

Delgado teams with Fiat to train technicians

Delgado Community College has entered into an agreement with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the National Coalition of Certification Centers to offer Fiat Chrysler brand-specific training to Delgado motor vehicle technology students beginning this fall.

The students will earn Chrysler certifications while enrolled in Delgado’s motor vehicle technology associate degree and technical certificate programs.

Delgado is one of 20 colleges nationwide selected to participate in the new program, called Mopar CAP LOCAL. It will train 1,000 students annually.

Fiat Chrysler projects it will need to fill more than 5,000 service technician positions at its dealerships nationwide by 2018.

Mopar CAP LOCAL prepares technicians to work as Level 1 technicians upon graduation from a certified, two-year training institution.

Delgado already has partnerships in place to train automotive technicians for Ford and General Motors dealers. 

Each program requires two years to complete, with eight weeks of full-time training and eight weeks of full-time work each 16-week semester.

Delgado has about 40 students total in both programs, which are highly selective and require employment at a Ford or GM dealership prior to entering.

More than 200 students will be able to participate in Mopar CAP LOCAL at Delgado. Students completing the training can expect to earn $35,000 to $40,000 annually upon employment at a Fiat Chrysler dealership.

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