Tulane fundraiser to benefit Ebola research

Tulane University students are organizing a benefit concert at the New Orleans House of Blues to raise money for those affected by Ebola.

Slated for Oct. 24, the “SeLebrating Sierra Leone” concert will benefit research and relief efforts to fight the deadly outbreak in West Africa. The event will feature food, raffles, a silent auction, an open bar and entertainment by the band Imaginary Frenz.

All proceeds will directly support Tulane’s work at the Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone, which is at the center of the epidemic.

So far, more than 3,000 people have died from the disease. Tulane researchers have lost eight of their African colleagues to the disease.

Doctoral student and event co-organizer Donna Edwards said the biggest need is for protective suits. Hospital workers caring for patients need two suits a day at a cost of $10 each.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Student tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

Supporters can also donate online at www.gofundme.com/SeLebratingSierraLeone.

Loyola MBA program to host open houses

Loyola University’s College of Business will hold two open houses and informational sessions about the master of business administration degree.

Slated for Oct. 15 and Nov. 12, the open houses will give information about two new programs introduced this fall: a fast-track one-year MBA and a part-time professional MBA. The part-time program allows students to graduate with a specialization track.

Recent graduates have gone on to work with companies such as General Electric, General Motors, Symetra and Shell.

People who attend an open house will receive a waiver of the MBA $50 application fee.

For information on Loyola’s MBA program, contact Christina Morales at mba@loyno.edu.

Dillard events spotlight domestic violence

Dillard University will host more than a dozen events on and off campus during October to promote domestic violence awareness.

Workshops for students will include “An Intimate Partner Violence Discussion: Loving Each Other” and “Learning to Love Yourself: Self-Esteem and Self-Care Tips.”

Other events will include a showing of the movie “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” a poetry slam and presentations to elementary and middle schoolers.

On Oct. 22-23, author and activist Kevin Powell will lead workshops for male and female students, respectively, on domestic violence.

Louisiana has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the country. It ranks No. 4 for female homicides, and black females are murdered nearly 2½ times more often than white females. “That’s why it is so important for us to have these workshops and conversations with our students,” said Toya Barnes-Teamer, vice president for student success at Dillard.

For information and a full schedule of events, go to www.dillard.edu.

Delgado awarded $2.5 million federal grant

Delgado Community College has been awarded a $2.5 million, three-year workforce grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

It is one of three community colleges in Louisiana sharing $7 million allocated for training veterans, displaced workers and unemployed adults.

The program, called Trade Adjustment Assistance Community for College and Career Training, aims to move students into high-paying and highly skilled jobs within two years.

Larissa Littleton-Steib, vice chancellor for workforce development and technical education at Delgado, said the grant money will let the school prepare students for high-paying jobs with manufacturing and energy companies in southeast Louisiana.

Bossier Parish Community College and Central Louisiana Technical College were the other grant recipients.