New Delgado campus opening Monday, and other news of higher education

New Delgado campus opening Monday

A new campus of Delgado Community College will open Monday in the Desire neighborhood.

Classes will begin Aug. 16, but starting Monday, students will be able to apply at the new location, take placement tests, enroll in classes, take ID pictures, drop off documents and speak to Answer Center staff.

The $21 million Delgado Sidney Collier campus at 3727 Louisa St. replaces a former Louisiana technical college that was heavily damaged during Hurricane Katrina and has been closed since then.

The new campus offers courses leading to an associate degree and transfer to four-year institutions, certificates of technical study, technical diplomas, noncredit courses, instruction in English as a second language and GED preparation.

A ceremonial ribbon-cutting is scheduled for 10 a.m. Aug. 29.

Cowen Institute gets $500,000 grant

The Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives at Tulane University has been awarded a $500,000 grant by the Aspen Institute.

The grant provides for three years of funding for work connecting at-risk teens and young adults with education and employment opportunities.

The university’s Partnership for Youth Development also will receive money from the grant.

The grant specifically targets efforts aimed at “opportunity youth,” a term used to describe the 6.7 million Americans between 16 and 24 years of age who are neither enrolled in school nor in the workforce.

The Cowen Institute has created an initiative that seeks to increase the access of New Orleans youth to quality vocational training, academic and support services and high-growth jobs.

The grant comes from contributions by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation and other donors to the Aspen Institute.

Delgado launching mobile application

Delgado Community College will launch a new mobile application for students in early September.

The application will include links to the admissions office, freshman orientation, campus tours, the catalog and student handbook, the bookstore, course registration, tuition payment and financial aid. It also will feature Blackboard tools, library holdings, emergency contacts, public transportation schedules, maps and more.

The application was designed by the college’s IT and marketing departments.

According to the college, Delgado is the first community college in Louisiana to have a mobile application.

“We are breaking new ground here,” said Thomas Lovince, vice chancellor for information technology.

Students can download the Delgado mobile app from the App Store on iTunes and from Apps on Google Play.

Xavier announces faculty promotions

Xavier University has announced promotions of five faculty members.

Michael Homan was promoted to a full professorship in theology, and four others were promoted to associate professorships. They are Partha Bhattacharjee and Hector Biliran in biology; Kristy Brumfield in education; and Lamartine Meda in chemistry.

Homan, who holds a Ph.D. in ancient Near Eastern history from the University of California, San Diego, teaches courses on the Hebrew Bible and ancient Near Eastern religion and has escorted Xavier students on archaeological excavations to Israel and Jordan.

Bhattacharjee holds a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Liverpool and a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Bangladesh Agricultural University. He teaches human physiology and microbiology and also serves as an adjunct assistant professor of ophthalmology at the LSU School of Medicine.

Biliran, who teaches a variety of biology courses, holds a Ph.D. from Wayne State University. His research focuses on identifying compounds or molecules that can induce cell death in cancer cells.

Brumfield holds a Ph.D. in counselor education from the University of New Orleans. A licensed professional counselor, she teaches classes in the M.A. Counseling Program, including play therapy and skills courses.

Meda, who holds a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Northeastern University, teaches general chemistry, inorganic chemistry and materials chemistry.