Student journalists at the Maroon, Loyola University’s campus newspaper, were awarded first place in the nation for editorial writing in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Competition.

The newspaper was recognized for three editorial pieces, written in 2013, that addressed controversial constitutional changes implemented by the Student Government Association.

Alumnus Daniel Quick ’13 and senior Kylee McIntyre were the editorial writers for the 2013 calendar year, while alumnus Sam Winstrom ’13 and senior Aaron Gordon were the editors-in-chief during 2013.

A presentation ceremony will take place at the society’s national conference Sept. 4-6 in Nashville, Tennessee.

UNO gets gift from contractors’ fund

The University of New Orleans has received a $100,000 donation from the Louisiana Contractors’ Education Trust Fund, which will be used to support students in the College of Engineering.

The mission of the fund, set up by the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors, is to promote educational programs for contractors. Fines and penalties levied against violators of the state’s contractor licensing law are sent directly to the fund.

“UNO has continued to thrive in spite of many challenges to higher education throughout the state,” said Pat Gootee, chairman of the Contractors’ Educational Trust Fund. “Our organization is pleased to positively contribute to both UNO and the construction profession.”

According to UNO President Peter Fos, the money will be used to support students in mechanical, electrical, civil and environmental engineering. UNO is the only university in metropolitan New Orleans that offers degrees in those disciplines.

The only restriction on the gift is that it cannot be used for construction projects.

Loyola graduate cited for archival efforts

A Loyola University alumna, who was instrumental in preserving the university’s colorful history with the once Jesuit-run WWL-TV, will receive Loyola’s highest alumni honor.

The Loyola Alumni Association will award longtime Jesuit archivist Joan E. Gaulene ’58 the Adjutor Hominum Award.

The award presentation will occur during the Alumni Association Jazz Brunch on June 22, as part of the university’s annual Alumni Weekend celebration and reunion events.

Gaulene was instrumental in preserving materials associated with WWL-TV, which was owned by Loyola and run by the Jesuits until 1989. As the current assistant to the Jesuit archivist, she helps organize the archives in the New Orleans Province of the Society of Jesus, which are housed in Loyola’s J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library Special Collections and Archives.

Gaulene’s career in public relations began at Loyola as a staff writer, and early appointments included director of public relations for the United Fund (now United Way) and Touro Infirmary. She returned to Loyola in 1980 as director of university relations and in 1989 became director of public relations for Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, until her retirement in 1996. She returned to New Orleans and Loyola as an instructor in communications.