Roger White, Ph.D.,

associate professor of political science at Loyola University, was named "Professor of the Year" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). White was selected from among nearly 400 top professors nationwide and was honored Nov. 17 at a celebratory event in Washington, D.C. The Professor of the Year program salutes the most outstanding undergraduate instructors in the country.

Corps of Compassion, Sheriff Marlin Gusman, and House of Blues

joined forces to continue the 31-year tradition of Thanksgiving Day lunches for seniors by the sheriff's office. This year the event added a new twist when the Corps, a Las Vegas-based non-profit, helped feed 5,000 police, fire, EMS, military and medical personnel who lost their homes in Hurricane Katrina while assisting others. The annual lunch was preceded by a special concert for the "first responders" at HOB on Nov. 22.

Virginia Tech students

spent Thanksgiving morning assisting in the rehabilitation of a hurricane-damaged historic home in the Holy Cross neighborhood. The home, known as Bennett House, was built in 1890 and is owned by a direct descendant of its original owner. It is now part of a joint project by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans. More than 50 Virginia Tech students participated in the rehab effort, including general clean-up and mold remediation.

The Louisiana House of Representatives

used a parliamentary maneuver to kill a major levee board reform bill — without even giving the Senate-passed measure a committee hearing. The proposal passed the Senate unanimously and would have placed flood-control authority in Orleans, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, St. Tammany and East Jefferson under a single, regional board. The bill also would have sent a signal to Congress that Louisiana sees flood protection as something more than an opportunity for cronyism and patronage.