Delgado teacher’s book retells La. homicides

In the new book “Dark Bayou: Infamous Louisiana Homicides,” co-authors Alan G. Gauthreaux and Daryl Hippensteel, a criminal justice faculty member at Delgado Community College, chronicle some of the most mysterious, bizarre and often overlooked homicides in Louisiana history.

Drawing on contemporary records and, where available, the recollections of those involved, the authors recount the rise of the first Mafia “godfather” in the United States, the murder of two New Orleans police chiefs, the brutal slaying of a famous New Orleans madam, the story of a respectable young woman who poisoned her younger sister, ritual killings in southwestern Louisiana and eastern Texas, the mysterious death of a young housewife that still generates debate and the demise of a local celebrity who believed in his own invincibility.

Gauthreaux teaches history and makes historical presentations on a variety of topics in Louisiana and surrounding areas. He lives in Kenner.

Hippensteel served with the Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff’s Office for two years and for the past 10 years has been a reserve deputy with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. He lives in Marrero.

The book is published by McFarland & Co. Inc. in Jefferson, North Carolina.

UNO grad wins prize at geological convention

Recent University of New Orleans graduate student Randy Broussard won the Best Presentation Award at the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies Convention in Houston in September.

Broussard, who earned a master’s degree in earth and environmental sciences from UNO, presented a paper that was part of his master’s thesis. In it, he used seismic data to shed new light on the structure and formation of a massive salt dome in the central Gulf of Mexico.

Broussard and his graduate thesis adviser, geophysicist Mostofa Sarwar, unraveled the history of the formation of the Green Knoll salt dome, which started developing 94 million years ago.

“The interpretation of this seismic data can help guide petroleum exploration around and beneath this salt dome,” Sarwar said.

The seismic data were provided to UNO by the geophysical services company WesternGeco, which is owned by Schlumberger.

Computer hardware and software were provided by the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and Midland Valley, an oil and gas exploration company.

Broussard is now employed as a geologist by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

Covington seminary has record enrollment

St. Joseph Seminary College, located near Covington, welcomed a record 137 students for the fall semester, an 83 percent increase from just five years ago, when 75 seminarians enrolled.

The seminary is rooted in the Benedictine tradition. It fosters the commitment of seminarians to the Roman Catholic priesthood and supports preparation for service in lay ministries.

The Rev. Gregory Boquet, O.S.B., president and rector of the seminary, credits the growth in the student body to the presence of the Benedictine community and also the reputation of the school’s baccalaureate and pre-theology programs.

“Our seminarians not only have the opportunity to live, learn and grow spiritually alongside the Benedictine community, who have made this their home since 1889, but they also benefit from a stellar group of faculty and staff who are dedicated to making sure students achieve their full potential,” Boquet said.

Students this year represent 20 archdioceses and dioceses from across the Gulf South region.