DELGADO FINE ARTS GALLERY: The Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery at Delgado Community College will hold an opening reception for "Twilight and the Dance of Trees" by Mia Kaplan from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25. The gallery is on the third floor of Building 1, 615 City Park Ave., New Orleans. In this exhibition, Kaplan presents an installation of freestanding botanical and rurally inspired sculptures, an homage to her childhood home in southeast Louisiana, along with more than 20 original paintings that depict the artist's interpretation of her natural environment. Kaplan holds a BFA in drawing and printmaking from the Memphis College of Art, and exhibits nationally in galleries, museums and public places. The exhibition will remain up through Sept. 22, with gallery hours from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. There is no admission charge.
XAVIER UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA: Keyana Scales has been named vice president for enrollment management at Xavier University of Louisiana, according to Dr. Anne McCall, XULA provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. In the newly created position, Scales will provide leadership, supervision and direction to the offices of admissions, student financial and the university registrar. She comes to Xavier from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where she has served the past two years as director of freshman recruitment and scholarships. She holds a BA in communications and a master of education in counseling, both from North Carolina State University.
UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS: Mark C. Romig has been selected as the 2016 University of New Orleans Homer L. Hitt Distinguished Alumni honoree. The UNO International Alumni Association will present Romig with its highest honor at the Distinguished Alumni Gala from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at the National WWII Museum's United States Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center. The event will also celebrate the investiture of the university's seventh leader, President John W. Nicklow, who will be formally installed during an on-campus ceremony Nov. 2. As president and CEO of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, Romig has distinguished himself as an influential leader in the city's tourism industry. He is also the stadium announcer for the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. For information about tickets and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.gala.uno.edu.
BLACK ARTS MOVEMENT: Music and dance performances celebrating the Black Arts Movement will be presented from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, as part of the Black Arts Movement–Southern Style conference at Dillard University, 2601 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans. Artists associated with the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s created politically engaged work, seeking to transform the portrayal of African-Americans in the arts. The free performances Sept. 9 will include an African ritual invocation with Louisiana spiritual leaders Luisah Teish, Nana Sula, and revered former Black Panther Charlotte "Mama C" O'Neal, and the first female Panther Tarika Lewis on violin with award-winning musician Avotcja on percussion. Dance performances include Tekrema Dance Theater staging "A Glorious Revolution," and members of University of Michigan Black Alumni Network performing "Loss Collaborations: Danced Narratives of Black (or African American) Lives." Zion Trinity will perform reggae, jazz, funk and African ritual music. For information on becoming a vendor or sponsorship opportunities, contact Kim McMillon at firstname.lastname@example.org. To register or for more information about the conference, visit www.blackartsmovement.net.
SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA UNIVERSITY: Southeastern Louisiana University students employed at the Southeastern Channel won six 2015 Mark of Excellence Awards, including second-place overall television newscast for "Northshore News," at the Society of Professional Journalists recent Region 12 conference in New Orleans. Region 12 comprises all universities in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee. Southeastern competed against all schools with 10,000 or greater enrollment.The Southeastern Channel students honored were named second-place finalists in five categories: television general news reporting for "Port Marigny," Dominique Brogle, of Destrehan; television feature reporting for “I-10 Twin Spans Rebuilt,” Brittany Robinson, of Slidell; television news and feature photography for “Pumpkin Spice Latte” and “Abita Mystery House,” Sarah Barbier, of Mandeville; television sports photography, "Lions Cross Country," Tyler Waggenspack, of Baton Rouge; and television in-depth reporting, “Drums Along the River: History of the Natchez Pow-Wow," Drew Sagona, of Pearl River. The Southeastern Channel is broadcast on Charter 199 in Tangipahoa, St. Tammany and Livingston parishes and at www.southeastern.edu/tv.
NUNEZ COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Recent high school graduates Julia Mahler, Chalmette High School, and Ariel Troxclair, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, have been chosen for 2016-17 Chancellor's Scholarships at Nunez Community College. The scholarship award is $1,000 per semester and is renewable for up to four semesters. Troxclair will enroll in one of Nunez’s Louisiana Transfer Degree programs. She will concentrate her studies in fine arts and plans to transfer to a four-year university after completing her associate’s degree to earn a bachelor's degree in studio art. Similarly, Mahler plans to work toward a Louisiana Transfer Degree in biological or physical sciences and later enroll in a physical therapy program. Credits earned in Louisiana Transfer Degree programs are accepted at public four-year universities statewide. Fall classes at Nunez start Monday, Aug. 22. On-campus registration assistance days will be Aug. 17-20. To apply and enroll, visit www.nunez.edu or call (504) 278-6467.
LOYOLA MA IN TEACHING: Loyola University New Orleans is launching a master's degree program in teaching, open to teachers who have not yet attained certification, professionals looking for a new career and recent college graduates who have not yet completed a teacher certification program. The university has designed this degree program so that individuals can obtain teacher certification at the secondary level (grades 6-12) and earn a graduate degree at the same time. The program is designed to accommodate working professionals, and approximately 30 percent of courses will be online. The tuition rate of $409 per credit hour is about half the regular graduate tuition at Loyola. One class for the new degree program will start this fall, and the remainder of classes should be in full swing by spring. The course offered in fall of 2016 will be online. Students should be able to complete the program in a little more than a year. For information, visit cas.loyno.edu/teacher-education/mat.