UNO THEATER: Theatre UNO's production of "The Aliens" received eight national awards at the 49th annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Theatre UNO is the production arm of the University of New Orleans department of film and theater. "The Aliens," written by Annie Baker, earned the highest level of national recognition in five categories, including outstanding production of a play and outstanding ensemble. Graduate student Kristin Shoffner received an outstanding director award, Cooper Bucha received an outstanding performance award and guest artist Asher Griffin received an award for outstanding achievement in sound design. The festival also recognized faculty members Kevin Griffith for distinguished scenic design, Anthony French for distinguished costume design and Diane K. Baas for distinguished achievement in lighting design. Other members of the production ensemble included undergraduate Jowhara Thompson as stage manager and cast members Austin Krieger, an undergraduate, and Ryan Decker, a graduate student.

SLU HONORS: Christine Tarride, of New Orleans, a history major at Southeastern Louisiana University, is one of eight SLU students to earn recognition as a University Scholar after completing honors program coursework. The honors program provides participants with opportunities to learn not just about their chosen majors but the nature of intellectual inquiry in general, while studying important issues of the time. Tarride's senior honors thesis focused on the Basque nationalist group ETA.

NUNEZ COMMUNITY COLLEGE SPORTS: The baseball club organized by a group of students at Nunez Community College in fall 2016 will become an official college program this year, becoming Nunez's first intercollegiate athletic team. Nunez's team will pursue membership in the National Junior College Athletic Association and compete with teams from community and junior colleges across Louisiana and Mississippi in NJCAA Region 23. Glenn Powell will serve as head coach, with Tommy Stone Jr. as assistant coach. For information about the team or tryouts, email or call (504) 278-6467.

UNO ENGLISH: The Greater New Orleans Writing Project, housed in the University of New Orleans department of English, has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the National Writing Project. The grant will pay up to 60 percent of tuition and fees for teachers to attend Greater New Orleans Writing Project's 2017 Summer Institute, a six-hour graduate level course for 12 teachers of all grades and subjects.

DELGADO SCHOLARSHIP: Delgado Community College West Bank Campus student Charboni Fields has received a $4,000 scholarship sponsored by Fifth District Savings Bank in collaboration with the Algiers Economic Development Foundation and the Delgado Community College Foundation. The money enabled Fields to work during the spring semester at the Algiers offices of Fifth District Savings Bank. Fields graduated from Delgado this month with a major in business and management with a concentration in human resources. She is a 1993 graduate of Xavier University Preparatory School.