Delgado pharmacy tech students pass exam

All nine spring graduates of the pharmacy technician program at Delgado Community College have passed the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam, the school announced.

The exam, administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, is the only nationally recognized exam for certification as a pharmacy technician.

The nine Delgado students became certified pharmacy technicians nearly two weeks before their graduation, scheduled for Tuesday.

The Delgado pharmacy technician program has a three-year average exam pass rate of 96 percent on the first attempt and 100 percent on the second attempt.

N.Y. health care exec joins Tulane board

Tulane University graduate and New York health care business leader Elizabeth “Libby” Connolly Alexander has joined the Tulane board.

Alexander is vice chairwoman of the board of Cotiviti Inc., the successor company of her family’s retail and health care payment integrity business, Connolly Inc.

Cotiviti provides payment accuracy solutions to its clients, who include 20 of the 25 largest U.S. health care insurers, eight of the top 10 U.S. retailers and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Tulane President Mike Fitts called Alexander a "proven business leader" who has "improved operations and performance" at some of the nation's largest private businesses, as well as governmental agencies.

“Add to this experience her enthusiasm and love of Tulane, and you can see why she is a perfect addition to the university’s main governing body," Fitts said.

Alexander, who is semi-retired, was Cotiviti’s chief executive officer from 2012 to 2014. She was responsible for building and establishing the company’s health care division and held various positions during her 30-year career with the company.

Alexander followed her sister, Carol, and brother, Larry, to Tulane, where both earned business degrees. Alexander received her bachelor's degree from Newcomb College in 1984.

She is married to Robert Alexander, the former chief information officer of Connolly Inc. The couple has four children.

UNO faculty to help develop teachers

Three University of New Orleans faculty members were awarded nearly a half million dollars from the Louisiana Board of Regents to conduct professional development for lower and middle school teachers in the greater New Orleans area.

Professor emerita Yvelyne Germain-McCarthy, associate professor Ivan Gill and assistant professor Thomas Wright will lead the efforts to enrich teacher preparation in math and science, UNO announced.

The grants were awarded competitively through the Board of Regents’ Louisiana Systemic Initiatives Program, which funds university-based professional development projects for elementary and high school teachers.

The UNO grant recipients are curriculum and instruction experts from the College of Liberal Arts, Education and Human Development.

A proposal from Germain-McCarthy and Wright garnered $223,000 for a partnership with the UNO department of mathematics, resulting in a series of workshops focused on integrating culturally relevant and engaging problems into math instruction for grade levels 3-8. An initial 10-day workshop will take place July 10-21, with additional workshops to follow in 2018.

A review panel ranked this proposal first among 17 received.

A proposal from Germain-McCarthy and Gill received $252,000 for a partnership with the College of Sciences and the College of Engineering focused on teaching environmental literacy in grades K-8.

That project includes an initial workshop July 5-18 and more workshops in 2018. They will encompass science, technology, engineering, art and math and will be based on the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment Program, an international science and education program launched in the U.S. in 1995.

It was ranked first among science proposals.

Both projects aim to maximize their impact by recruiting teachers who work in low-performing schools or with students who have failed to meet performance standards, according to UNO.

Each grant is expected to provide training for about 35 teachers. The grants provide hourly stipends for participating teachers as well as funds for classroom supplies and course materials. Participants may also be able to earn graduate-level college credit for participating, officials said.

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