Tulane students win national awards

A pair of Tulane University juniors have received prestigious national awards, school officials announced.

School of Liberal Arts student Hannah Hoover earned a Beinecke Scholarship, and School of Science and Engineering student Parker Evans was awarded a Goldwater Scholarship for 2017.

Hoover, an anthropology and classical studies major from Nashville, Tennessee, was one of 20 winners of Beinecke Scholarships, which provide $34,000 for graduate school.

Since 1975, the Beinecke program has selected more than 610 college juniors from 110 different institutions for support during their graduate study. The last Tulane student to receive a Beinecke Scholarship was Grace Harpster in 2010.

Hoover’s graduate school focus will be in anthropology, including archaeology of the southeastern United States and the sites where Spanish explorers encountered Native Americans.

A native of North Carolina, Evans is a mathematics and computer science major and was one of 240 new Goldwater Scholars. Tulane students Briley Bourgeois and Sierra Lear were named Goldwater honorable mentions.

Evans' graduate school plans are to pursue pure math and study combinatorial topology. For his Goldwater Scholarship application, he wrote a research proposal on contracting curves efficiently.

The Goldwater Scholarship, named in honor of the late U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater, is designed to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering.

UNO writing project given $15K grant

The Greater New Orleans Writing Project, based in the University of New Orleans department of English, has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the National Writing Project.

The grant will pay up to 60 percent of tuition and fees for teachers to attend the local writing project’s 2017 summer institute, a six-hour graduate-level course open to teachers of all grades and subjects.

The institute will give 12 teachers the opportunity to research and develop best practices in the teaching of writing while developing better strategies for incorporating writing into their classroom instruction, according to UNO officials.

The Greater New Orleans Writing Project has been a part of UNO since 1978. It seeks to give teachers the skills, resources and support they need to effectively teach writing to all students.

The summer institute will consist of two sections. First, a seven-day seminar beginning June 19 will let teachers research and participate in hands-on teaching demonstrations, developing their own best practices in the teaching and incorporation of writing.

The second component will be a mini-session ending in late September. Then, teachers will share and analyze the effectiveness of the implementation of their strategies in their classroom.

Delgado student gets to work with bank

A Delgado Community College student has become the first recipient of a $4,000 scholarship sponsored by Fifth District Savings Bank in collaboration with the Algiers Economic Development Foundation and the Delgado Foundation, the school announced.

Delgado West Bank Campus student Charboni Fields worked during the spring semester at the Algiers offices of Fifth District Savings Bank, which satisfies the requirements of the internship course for an associate degree in the Division of Business and Technology at Delgado.

She completed 33 credit hours toward the degree program to be eligible to apply.

Fields majored in business and management with a concentration in human resources. She is a 1993 graduate of Xavier University Preparatory School.

The scholarship is designed to provide a Delgado student an introduction to many facets of the banking industry. The student is responsible for providing customer service and representing the bank in a professional manner while learning a variety of banking functions.

Fields, 42, is a Harvey resident and the mother of a 2-year-old son and three daughters. Her oldest daughter is a nursing student, another studied phlebotomy and the third is a cosmetologist.

Fields worked seven hours a day, three days each week, for 13 weeks at Fifth District Savings Bank in Algiers, just a short distance from the Delgado West Bank Campus.

Fields, whose husband works at a local heavy equipment dealership, said her goal is to earn a bachelor’s degree. She is considering the University of New Orleans, Southern University at New Orleans and the University of Holy Cross in Algiers.

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