Pulitzer-winning poet sets events at Tulane

Tracy K. Smith, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, is this year’s Florie Gale Arons Poet at Tulane University and will present a poetry reading and question-and-answer session at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Freeman Auditorium at the university’s Woldenberg Art Center.

The event is sponsored by the Newcomb College Institute and is free and open to the public.

Smith won the Pulitzer for “Life on Mars,” an eclectic collection of poems that draw on sources including Arthur C. Clarke and David Bowie.

Smith also will speak to a creative writing class, taught by professor Peter Cooley, and conduct a poetry workshop with students.

“Through the Arons endowment, we bring a distinguished female poet to campus every fall, and we are thrilled to have Tracy K. Smith coming this year,” said Laura Wolford, assistant director at the Newcomb College Institute. “She is a young, award-winning poet whose work merits careful reading.”

Voice-acting classes offered at Loyola

Loyola University is offering a new take on arts education and at the same time answering the demand to train students with skills that can help them make careers on and off the stage. The university is offering new multidimensional classes — spanning the disciplines of creative writing, acting and music industry studies — to teach students how to write for the ear, act with the voice and produce high-quality audio performances.

Artist-in-residence Harry Shearer, the voice of 20 characters on “The Simpsons,” shows students the value of having marketable audio and voice skills. Shearer uses voice training as an actor, comedian, writer, musician, author, radio show host and producer.

The new classes will bring together students from several disciplines to write, perform and produce their own recorded plays.

Shearer and voice actor Dave Willis, of the Cartoon Network’s “Adult Swim,” also will give a free master class in voice acting and directing at 2 p.m. Oct. 20 in Loyola’s Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall. It will be open to the public.

Delgado to offer welding scholarships

Delgado Community College and Praxair Inc., the largest industrial gases company in North and South America, will kick off a new workforce development initiative next week.

School and Praxair officials will give potential students an opportunity to learn about educational and career possibilities for welders Oct. 6 during the launch of the Praxair Skills Pipeline program.

Visitors will be able to apply for one of 100 full welding scholarships at Delgado at the event, to be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Life Center at Delgado’s City Park Campus.

The Praxair Skills Pipeline Program provides more than $300,000 to train welders in an accelerated one-year curriculum.

Delgado estimates that 51,000 skilled construction workers will be needed to replace those leaving the workforce by the end of 2016.

UNO receives grant to improve warship design

The University of New Orleans has received a $210,000 grant from the U.S. Department of the Navy’s Office of Naval Research to improve early-stage warship design. The grant will allow students to test information-gathering and analysis techniques, according to the school.

Warship designers aim to create resilient vessels with potentially long lifespans. By including information from various experts about likely future changes to warfare and ship requirements, designers have a better chance of making ships that can be repurposed and last longer.

Cherie Trumbach, an associate professor of management, will lead the project with colleagues from UNO’s School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.