Meetings for Delgado campus scheduled

Delgado Community College is holding a series of community meetings to discuss opportunities at its newly constructed Sidney Collier campus in New Orleans East.

The $21 million facility at 3727 Louisa St. will open in August.

The first meeting will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave. Three more meetings will be in June and one in July.

The new campus will offer a wide range of credit and noncredit courses, including English as a second language.

More information can be found by contacting Thomas Lovince at

Online resources, including construction photos and details about academic programs, are available at locations/sidney/.

LSUHSC program earns accreditation

The new doctor of nursing practice degree program at the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Nursing has been fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education’s board of commissioners.

“LSUHSC Nursing’s DNP program was awarded a five-year accreditation — the maximum a new program can earn,” said Demetrius Porche, dean of the School of Nursing.

The program is a practice-focused doctoral nursing degree designed for nurses seeking careers in advanced clinical nursing practice and nurse executive ranks. The purpose of the program is to prepare advanced practice nurses to translate academic research, promote evidence-based practice and develop systems of care based on research.

Loyola professor wins international award

A Loyola University English professor has received an international award for her outstanding African literary studies.

Laura Murphy received the inaugural African Literature Association First Book Award last month for “Metaphor and the Slave Trade in West African Literature.”

Murphy has recently published another book, “Survivors of Slavery: Modern-Day Slave Narratives,” which was released in the spring. According to that book, slavery continues to entrap 27 million people across the globe.

Murphy offers nearly 40 survivor narratives from Cambodia, Ghana, Lebanon, Macedonia, Mexico, Russia, Thailand, Ukraine and the United States, detailing the horrors of a system that forces people to work without pay and against their will, under the threat of violence, with little or no means of escape.

Laitram and UNO announce partnership

Laitram, a global manufacturing company based in Harahan, is entering into a partnership with the University of New Orleans that will offer a year-round internship program for students in UNO’s College of Engineering.

Eligible students will fill internships at one of Laitram’s four operating divisions: Intralox LLC, Laitram Machinery Inc., Lapeyre Stair Inc. or Laitram Machine Shop LLC.

Under the partnership, UNO students will intern 10 to 20 hours per week and receive a $500 tuition reimbursement per semester. Students who meet eligibility requirements will be selected by instructors at UNO to be considered for the internship program.

“GNO Inc. applauds the Laitram-UNO partnership,” said Michael Hecht, president and CEO of Greater New Orleans Inc. “The expansion of Laitram’s year-round intern program to UNO Engineering is an exciting development that is a triple-win for industry, education and our region’s students.”