Delgado alumni set up new scholarship

The Delgado Community College Alumni Association has donated $30,000 as the private match for an endowed scholarship fund for first-generation students at the college.

The money will be used to apply for a $20,000 public match from the Louisiana Board of Regents Support Fund, which has a matching program for endowed scholarships for first-generation students.

This is the second time the Delgado Alumni Association has made a contribution for this purpose, officials said, bringing the total endowment to $50,000.

The fund will be named the Delgado Alumni Association First-Generation Student Scholarship II.

UNO professor to lead administrators group

University of New Orleans professor John Kiefer was elected president of the Southeastern Conference for Public Administration at its annual membership meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Kiefer is the director of UNO’s master of public administration program. He will serve one year as president-elect and take over duties as president next year at the group's annual conference in Miami.

UNO adjunct faculty member Alessandra Jerolleman was also elected to the group's board of directors. She will serve a two-year term.

Kiefer is a professor in the UNO department of political science and a faculty associate at the Center for Hazards Assessment, Response and Technology, UNO’s applied hazards social science research center.

He was responsible for implementing the hazard policy specialization within UNO’s master of public administration program. He also teaches courses in hazard policy and administration as well as program evaluation.

In his applied research, Kiefer specializes in the development of collaborative networks to create disaster resilience, especially with regard to vulnerable populations.

He is a past chairman and senior adviser to the American Society for Public Administration’s Section on Emergency and Crisis Management and serves on the executive board of the Southeastern Conference for Public Administration.

Before coming to UNO, Kiefer was a research professor at Old Dominion University in Virginia. He is a retired U.S. Marine Corps officer.

The Southeastern Conference for Public Administration, the largest regional professional association for public administrators, enhances the public service field in the Southeast by providing opportunities for scholarly and practice-based exchanges, professional networking and leadership development.

LSU Health grant focuses on disasters

The LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine’s department of psychiatry has been competitively awarded a $3 million, five-year grant by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to build the Terrorism and Disaster Coalition for Child and Family Resilience. It was the only grant awarded that focuses on terrorism and disasters.

“The purpose of the coalition is to create effective partnerships in disaster-prone regions to enhance national capacity to prepare and respond to the unique needs of children, adolescents and families after disasters and terrorism,” said principal investigator Dr. Howard Osofsky, chairman of psychiatry at LSU Health New Orleans.

The proposed project will build on and adapt the National Child Traumatic Stress Network model including Help Kids Cope, a digital application that allows for information sharing following various types of disasters.

It will focus on general post-trauma support to a wide population of children and adolescents through schools, community agencies and religious institutions as well as the identification of high-risk children, adolescents and families who have experienced extreme exposure and losses, high levels of current stress and distress and developmental risk.

Houston lawyer joins Tulane's governing board

Brad Beers, a Houston lawyer and former co-chairman of the Tulane President’s Council, has joined the Board of Tulane, the university’s main governing body.

Beers served as an assistant district attorney in Harris County, Texas, and later opened the Beers Law Firm, where he focuses on commercial disputes and personal injury litigation.

He got his law degree from the University of Texas after earning a bachelor's degree from East Texas State University, now Texas A&M at Commerce. 

His daughter, Meredith, earned her undergraduate, master’s and doctorate degrees from Tulane. She is president of the Newcomb Alumnae Association board. His son, Baker, is attending Tulane Law School.

Beers’ wife Kylene is an award-winning author and educator and member of the Newcomb-Tulane College Dean’s Advisory Council. She is on the Tulane President’s Council, and she and her husband are past Tulane Parents Council members.

The Beers have endowed professorships in social entrepreneurship and a Newcomb Scholars Fund. 

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