University of New Orleans

has more than 12,000 students enrolled in classes for the first time since Hurricane Katrina. According to director of admissions Andy Benoit, the numbers are up among both undergraduate and graduate students. In 2008, UNO celebrated its 50th anniversary of bringing public-supported higher education to New Orleans. The university, which includes a 340-acre main campus on the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain, offers 43 undergraduate degree programs, 37 masters and 11 doctoral programs.

Nathan Chapman,

a French Quarter activist and local businessman, has been named the recipient of the Vieux Carre Property Owners, Residents and Associates' Eugenie Schwartz-Grace Gage Award for his efforts before and after the 2005 federal floodwall failures. As president of VCPORA, Chapman preserved the association in the storm's aftermath and increased its membership to record highs. He also was instrumental in advocating for historic preservation in the Quarter, maintaining residential zoning and opposing efforts to break the 35-year moratorium on hotel development in the Quarter.

Louisiana Home Builders Association

donated a newly built home in the 9th Ward on August 29, the four-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The organization used an $85,000 disaster relief grant from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) as well as additional funds and materials from NAHB members to build the panelized home, which was pre-constructed in a factory and then delivered to the job site and put in place. LHBA gave the new house to Gwendolyn and Henry Adams — a former teacher and a cab driver — who lost their home to flooding after Hurricane Katrina.

Dwayne Muhammad,

former head of the Housing Authority of New Orleans' Section 8 voucher program, left the agency after an investigative report by WWL-TV that accused Muhammad and his girlfriend, Rachelle Jones, of using a Section 8 voucher to help pay the rent on the couple's home. At the time of his departure from HANO, Muhammad was paid a salary of $100,000 a year — but he reportedly received $1,400 a month in rental assistance even though the income limit for a two-person household is $23,900.