Loyola gets grant for theology institute

Loyola University has received a $600,000 grant for a summer institute designed to immerse high school students in moral exploration, service and social justice.

The Faith Acts Youth Theology Institute will be a one-week residential program to help students develop their Catholic faith.

The four-year grant is part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s High School Youth Theology Institutes initiative, which seeks to encourage young people to explore theological traditions, ask questions about the moral dimensions of contemporary issues and examine how their faith calls them to lives of service.

Participating students will engage in “faith acts” that address faith and the environment, art, digital culture and diversity.

Faculty from across the university will lead field trips, research, spiritual readings, literature and poetry.

“Through this institute, we will reach high school students at a transitional moment in their faith lives and begin to introduce them to the riches of adult Catholic spirituality and lives of service,” said John Sebastian, vice president of Mission and Ministry at Loyola.

The Lilly Endowment is giving $44.5 million in grants to help private, four-year colleges and universities nationwide to create the institutes. Loyola is one of 82 participating schools in 29 states and the District of Columbia. Although some schools are independent, many reflect the religious heritage of their founding traditions.

Delgado honors large graduating class

One of the largest graduating classes in the 94-year history of Delgado Community College was honored Tuesday during fall commencement exercises.

Degrees, diplomas and certificates were given to 961 graduates from Delgado’s City Park, West Bank (Algiers), Charity School of Nursing, Northshore (Slidell), Jefferson (Metairie) and Sidney Collier campuses.

Dr. Larry Hollier, chancellor of the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, was the principal speaker. Hollier, a renowned vascular surgeon and teaching hospital administrator, has been chancellor since 2005.

Delgado provides instruction online and at nine locations in the New Orleans region. All the locations are now accepting applications and registration for spring classes in person and online at www.dcc.edu.

UNO selects students for leadership program

The University of New Orleans has selected 12 students to participate in the university’s Emerging Leaders Program, an extracurricular program designed for first-year and sophomore undergraduates.

The application process included essay questions, references, educational performance data and an interview.

The incoming Emerging Leaders class will participate in activities aimed at strengthening confidence and developing ethical leaders in the university community.

Training focuses on group activities and reflection on current social issues. Participants will be mentored by campus leaders and are encouraged to form relationships with administrators and staff, said Dale O’Neill, director of student involvement and leadership at UNO.

The eight-week certificate program also helps participants to get further involved on campus, he said.

“Students are selected to be Emerging Leaders based on their passion for involvement and leadership development, university spirit and dedication to bettering their community,” O’Neill said.