Tulane grad names new hall after wife, and other news of higher education

Jerry Greenbaum, a Tulane University alumnus who provided a major donation for the construction of a new university residence hall, has decided to name the building after his wife, a graduate of Newcomb College.

The Barbara Greenbaum House at Newcomb Lawn, located at Zimpel and Broadway streets, is scheduled to open in the fall. It will house 256 students plus a faculty member and his or her family.

The building’s four-story and six-story sections will be connected by a courtyard and bridges at the upper stories. It will include a demonstration kitchen for cooking classes, a 35-seat classroom, a large living room and social lounges.

Jerry and Barbara Greenbaum met in college in the early 1960s. He credits his wife for helping him transform a six-employee liquor store in Atlanta into CentraArchy and Affiliates, which employs 2,500 people and owns restaurants such as Chophouse New Orleans, retail alcohol outlets and industrial real estate companies throughout the Southeast.

After graduation, Barbara Greenbaum used her Newcomb education degree to teach school before retiring to raise three children.

According to Jerry Greenbaum, his wife isn’t too thrilled with the building’s name.

“She fought it like crazy,” he said. “To this day, Barbara would be very relieved if they named it something else.”

Xavier University names commencement speaker

Blair Underwood, an award-winning actor, director and producer, will deliver the commencement address at Xavier University on May 10.

Underwood first gained fame in the 1980s with his portrayal of lawyer Jonathan Rollins in the NBC series “L.A. Law,” for which he won two Golden Globe nominations.

Some of his other memorable shows include HBO’s “In Treatment,” “Soul of the Game” and “Sex & the City”; NBC’s “Murder in Mississippi”; Steven Bochco’s “City of Angels”; and TNT’s award-winning “Heat Wave.”

In 2000, People magazine named him one of its “50 Most Beautiful People,” and in 2004 it named him one of the “Sexiest Men Alive.”

Underwood will be given an honorary degree. Outgoing Tulane University President Scott Cowen and New Orleans educator and activist Sybil Haydel Morial also will receive honorary degrees.

Loyola Law to offer technology certificate

Loyola University’s law school will offer students a new technology and entrepreneurship certificate starting in the fall. The certificate is intended to meet an increased demand for lawyers who can advise entrepreneurs. It will also help students become entrepreneurs.

An open house for students interested in learning about the certificate will be held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 344 of the law school. Free pizza will be served.

In order to earn the certificate, students must complete 15 hours of coursework, including five hours of business courses, five hours of technology courses and five hours of elective coursework. Within the required electives, students can choose courses from either of two pools — one consisting of classes teaching law students how to advise entrepreneurs and the other for students who seek to become entrepreneurs.

For more information, contact law professor Judson Mitchell at (504) 861-5597 or Trey Drury at (504) 861-5428.

UNO to help make port more sustainable

The University of New Orleans has announced a five-year agreement with the Port of New Orleans to help make the port more sustainable.

UNO researchers will prioritize environmental measures and develop strategies to minimize energy consumption and reduce pollution.

UNO’s Maritime Environmental Resources and Information Center is already engaged in a number of environmental management projects that are designed to promote sustainability and green business practices. These projects focus on the use of cleaner materials, cleaner production processes, multimedia waste reduction, energy optimization and the use of Web-based systems to achieve sustainability goals.

“UNO has years of experience with the maritime industry, particularly in shipbuilding, ship repair and ship recycling,” said Bhaskar Kura, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the center. “We will draw on our past research and collaborations within the global maritime community to help the Port of New Orleans improve productivity while reducing its burden on the environment.”