Loyola names new VP of enrollment

Loyola University, which has sometimes had trouble meeting its enrollment goals in recent years, has announced that John D. Head has been named its new vice president of enrollment management.

He will oversee the newly consolidated admissions and enrollment efforts for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education classes.

Head comes to Loyola from the University of West Georgia, where he was associate vice president of enrollment management since 2012, responsible for all undergraduate admissions and retention efforts.

During his nearly five-year tenure, West Georgia experienced overall enrollment growth of 13 percent as well as increased enrollment of first-time, full-time freshmen by nearly 20 percent. Transfer enrollment increased by more than 13 percent.

Head instituted a number of measures designed to address retention and timely degree completion.

Previously, he spent a decade as vice president of enrollment management at Shorter University in Rome, Georgia, enrolling the seven largest entering classes in the school’s history. Between 2003 and 2011, enrollment in the traditional undergraduate program increased 70 percent.

Head implemented predictive modeling and demographic mapping in the recruitment process for undergraduate admissions, Loyola said. 

Head has a master’s degree in broadcast management from the University of Georgia and a doctorate in educational administration and policy studies from the University of Tennessee. 

He will begin work at Loyola on June 19.

UNO to help seek Tuskegee airman

The University of New Orleans will collaborate with the University of Innsbruck in Austria this summer to lead a joint effort to excavate the site of a World War II aircraft crash, in the hopes that the excavation will help the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency to identify and return the remains of an airman missing since the war.

The effort includes archaeologists and forensic specialists from the U.S. and Austria, graduate and undergraduate students, historians and museum professionals, as well as support and expertise from the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

UNO anthropology professor D. Ryan Gray will lead the field team scheduled to begin excavations in July as part of a field school in archaeology. The effort is being coordinated with logistical and administrative support from the UNO Division of International Education and held in cooperation with the 42-year-old UNO-Innsbruck International Summer School.

The site to be investigated is in the Austrian state of Carinthia, which may be the location of the crash of a P-51D Mustang from the 332nd Fighter Group, associated with the famed Tuskegee Airmen.

Attempts to locate the crash site after World War II were unsuccessful, but new information from Austrian informants led to this effort. The field investigations — combining traditional archaeological methods with state-of-the-art investigative techniques — will allow researchers to determine if it is the crash site.

The UNO department of anthropology and sociology has developed an active archaeology program in New Orleans, with an emphasis on urban historical archaeology.

While the focus of the field school is undergraduate experience in archaeology, it also provides opportunity for master's students in the history and urban studies programs.

LSU Nursing School named stellar school

For the second time, the National Student Nurses’ Association recently designated the LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing as a Stellar School. It is one of only four in the country whose designations were renewed and the only one in Louisiana to have twice earned the recognition.

The designation is for five years. 

Since 2009, the Stellar School Chapter Recognition Program has recognized NSNA school chapters that demonstrate ongoing involvement in the association, including a strong commitment to shared governance and professional development of their students and faculty.

The awards are open to NSNA school chapters that meet specific criteria, including community service, mentoring and professional role models, leadership recognition and representation on campus committees, among others.

“This designation was achieved through our ongoing involvement as leaders in student nursing organizations at the state and national level along with our nursing school’s value on nursing students’ participation in all aspects of our school,” Dean Demetrius Porche said.

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