Beginning in early November, Delgado Community College will provide services to eligible military veterans at its City Park Campus in New Orleans through the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program.

DVOP specialists will be housed on campus to provide intensive services to veterans and eligible spouses.

Services offered include: comprehensive assessments; specialized assessments of skill levels and service needs; training/education plan development; group and individual counseling and career planning; and pre-vocational services such as communication skills, interviewing skills, punctuality, personal maintenance skills and professional conduct in preparation for employment and/or training.

Emphasis is directed toward serving those who are economically or educationally disadvantaged, including homeless veterans, and veterans with barriers to employment such as being disabled, homeless, recently discharged and unemployed, having a criminal record, low-income, age 18-24 and lacking a high school education.

Only 2 percent of Louisiana’s veterans now receive services in New Orleans, but about 9.5 percent of the state’s veterans reside in the city, making the Delgado partnership critical in expanding services to that population.

Veterans also may benefit from other services offered at the college, including Veterans Affairs, Veterans Upward Bound, Single Stop and Scale-up Southeast Louisiana. The latter program provides accelerated training and support services for eligible students in advanced manufacturing and energy programs.

UNO event to honor distinguished alumni

The University of New Orleans International Alumni Association will honor distinguished alumni and recognize the university’s contributions to the economic and social fabric of greater New Orleans at its annual Distinguished Alumni Celebration Nov. 5 at the Lakefront Airport Atrium.

The celebration is an annual event held to salute UNO’s many accomplished alumni. The reception will feature music by UNO jazz studies students, a silent auction and an awards presentation.

Roy A. Glapion, a member of the Class of 1987, will receive the Homer L. Hitt Distinguished Alumni Award. Glapion holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He is vice president of the Beta Group, an engineering and construction firm that specializes in materials testing. Previously, he was co-founder and president of Citywide Testing and Inspections Inc., where he employed more than 100 people. In 2013, he was named the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame Laureate.

Outstanding alumni from each of the university’s other academic colleges and one program of study also will be honored. They are:

College of Liberal Arts: Miranda Restovic, president and executive director of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

College of Business Administration: Chris Maurer, CEO of the UNO Federal Credit Union

College of Education and Human Development: Merlyna M. Valentine, executive director of elementary schools for St. Charles Parish public schools

College of Sciences: Margot C. LaPointe, vice president for research at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit

Interdisciplinary studies: Theo Von, actor and comedian.

Tickets for the Alumni Celebration are $75 in advance or $100 at the door. Proceeds support UNO alumni engagement and student scholarships. For details, visit

Delgado signs accord with Northwestern

Northwestern State University and Delgado Community College in New Orleans are partnering in a new nursing program.

The schools signed a memorandum of understanding Friday at a ceremony in Alexandria for a 2 + 2 program that will allow Delgado students who are pursuing an associate degree in nursing to complete the first two years of study there and transfer all credit hours to Northwestern State toward completion of a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Administrators said the partnership is mutually beneficial for each school.