UNO dean honored for geography education

Darrell Kruger, dean of the University of New Orleans College of Education and Human Development, has received the Certificate of Appreciation Award from the National Geographic Society.

Kruger, a geographer and anthropologist, was recognized for more than 15 years of service in promoting grass-roots geography education in Illinois and Louisiana.

Before joining UNO in July 2013, he served as director of the Illinois Geographic Alliance for more than a decade. While he was there, the organization developed a statewide geography initiative for students, directed summer teaching institutes and devised “Lincoln on the Tri-State Heritage Trail,” an interactive website.

Dillard University to offer free job training

Dillard University will offer free job training in hazardous-waste cleanup, green construction, mold remediation, lead abatement and asbestos abatement.

The training, provided through Dillard’s Deep South Center for Environmental Justice and funded by the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences, will begin Sept. 2 and continue until Nov. 14.

A stipend, bus tokens (if needed) and lunch will be provided to participants.

Participants will be assisted with job placement after receiving certification.

For more information, call (504) 816-4025 or visit www.dscej.org.

Flag from Pearl Harbor to be housed at Tulane

An American flag that flew over the USS New Orleans during the attack on Pearl Harbor is being restored at the Tulane Naval ROTC building, where it will be displayed.

Five Louisiana chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution are working in shifts, using needles and thimbles, to stitch the flag to a canvas backing.

On permanent loan from the National Archives in Washington, D.C., the flag will be framed and placed on display in the direct view of visitors entering the ROTC building.

DAR members began to sew Aug. 4 and are expected to complete the project Monday, in time to welcome current midshipmen and a new group of recruits when the semester begins Aug. 23.

Levees.org founder to teach Tulane course

Sandy Rosenthal, founder of the grass-roots group Levees.org, will teach a free online course for Tulane University.

The course, offered through Tulane’s Traumatology Institute, will focus on how Rosenthal started and built the organization.

The course will be offered as part of a “massive open online course,” which allows virtually unlimited enrollment worldwide.

Levees.org’s mini-course will debut Oct. 6.

For more information, contact Charles Figley, director of the Tulane Traumatology Institute, at figley@tulane.edu or (504) 862-3473.

Princeton Review gives various nods to Loyola

Loyola University New Orleans was named one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review’s 2015 edition of its annual college guide, “The Best 379 Colleges.”

Among The Princeton Review’s accolades, Loyola is ranked in the top 10 in the nation for its race-class interaction and diversity, has the No. 5 best college newspaper and is ranked No. 6 for town-gown relations, which gauges how well students get along with members of the local community.