The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded Southern University at New Orleans $82 million in disaster recovery grants. The money will allow SUNO to construct four new buildings — two on its Lake Campus and two on its Park Campus.
The two new Lake Campus buildings will be the Millie M. Charles School of Social Work Building and the Education Building. Groundbreaking will start with the School of Social Work within the next few months.
The new buildings on the Park Campus will be the Natural Sciences Building and the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Building. They will replace the Clark Building, which already has been demolished, and the Multi-Purpose Building, to be demolished later.
Dillard gets $10.5 million NIH grant
Dillard University has received a $10.5 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health. The money goes to Dillard’s Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, which offers training in asbestos, lead, construction and hazardous waste operations and emergency response.
Dillard received one of 10 grants awarded nationwide.
Training programs in Houston; Detroit; Pensacola, Florida; Savannah, Georgia; and New Orleans will involve more than 500 participants.
Dillard staff is expected to help underserved populations, as well as currently employed workers in environmental remediation and related fields.
The programming also includes a research focus, which is spearheaded by the Deep South Center’s project director and principal investigator, Dr. Beverly Wright. Under her leadership, the center has produced a number of publications, as well as regional and national conferences regarding issues related to environmental justice.
Delgado site in Desire area finished
After being under construction since 2013, Delgado Community College’s Sidney Collier site in the Desire-Florida area of New Orleans is finished. Many of the programs offered by Delgado at the new location have never been available to residents in that part of the city.
The new location at 3727 Louisa St. replaces the former Louisiana Technical College Sidney Collier campus that was demolished after being devastated by floodwaters during Hurricane Katrina.
The new Delgado Sidney Collier site cost $21 million, with $12 million from the state and $9 million from FEMA.
The state-funded part of the site includes 36,000 square feet of space for classrooms, laboratories, workshops, offices and support functions such as information technology.
The federally funded part has 25,000 square feet dedicated to student services, including a library and student government offices, as well as an Answer Center, testing and tutoring center, student lounge and game room. The site has about 100,000 square feet of landscaped grounds and parking.
Prospective students may visit www.dcc.edu or call (504) 941-8500 to apply and register.
Fall 2015 classes begin Saturday.
Loyola named in Princeton Review
Loyola University was named by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education and also one of the most culturally inclusive.
The education services company featured Loyola in the 2016 edition of its annual guide, “The Best 380 Colleges.” The publication awarded Loyola six Top 20 rankings, including Top Five rankings for race-class interaction and the student newspaper, as well as a score of 98 for “quality of life.”
The guide is produced annually through extensive surveys and interviews with students. Only 15 percent of the nation’s more than 2,500 four-year universities and colleges made this year’s list.