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CONTRIBUTED PHOTO—Ana María Muñoz Solis is a senior mechanical engineering student at the University of New Orleans.

FILM INDUSTRY TRAINING: Jamie Landry-Zimmer will coordinate free, professional film industry workforce development beginning in December at Nunez Community College. Nov. 30 is the deadline to apply for the program, which is open to all Louisiana residents 17 and older. It will provide training that meets industry standards in acting, independent film-making and production. The first portion is professional film and television actor training. Applicants should email a résumé and head shot or picture to Landry-Zimmer at by 5 p.m.  Nov. 30. Qualified applicants will be invited to audition  Dec. 3. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 10 and 17 and Jan. 7, 14 and 21. 

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY NEW ORLEANS: Seniors from Loyola University New Orleans placed first and second in an undergraduate research competition held recently by the National Association of Biology Teachers. Both students are member of the University Honors program at Loyola, where undergraduate students work side-by-side with professional researchers on federally funded and state-funded scientific grants. Michael Pashkevich, a biology major, placed first for his work titled "Indirect effects of white-tailed deer on southeast Louisiana spider communities." Melanie Sferrazza, an environmental science major, placed second for "Use of invasive plants by honeybees in an urban setting."

NUNEZ COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Nunez Community College is adding a program in phlebotomy, providing training to draw blood for tests, transfusions, research or blood donations. The program requires 10 credit hours of courses and hands-on skills training and can be completed in one semester. Nunez also offers practical nursing, emergency medical technician/paramedic and nursing assistant programs. A program in electrocardiogram technician was added in August. Online registration for the spring semester is open through Jan. 17 at Contact the Office of Student Affairs at (504) 278-6467 or for more information. The next on-campus registration will be Jan. 11-14.

CHARITY NURSING ALUMNI: The Charity Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association has donated $25,000 as the private match for two endowed scholarship funds for nursing students at the Delgado Community College Charity School of Nursing. The money will be used to apply for a $20,000 public match from the Louisiana Board of Regents Support Fund, resulting in $45,000 in total endowed funds. The two endowed scholarships will be the Leona Kruebbe Hilbert and Dr. Gerard Hilbert Charity Alumni Scholarship and the Hugh and Maria Garcia Roach Charity Alumni Scholarship.

UNO ENGINEERING: Ana María Muñoz Solis, a senior mechanical engineering student at the University of New Orleans, has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship by Tau Beta Pi, a national engineering honor society that represents all fields of the engineering profession. Muñoz Solis hopes to go on to obtain a doctorate in biomedical engineering. She came to the University of New Orleans from San Pedro Sula, Honduras.