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April 13, 2012 Issue

Loyola University New Orleans celebrates a century!

Throughout 2012 and 2013, Loyola University New Orleans will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its chartering as a university. The centennial will be observed from April 2012 to May 2013, featuring a number of signature and academic events that celebrate and explore Loyola's rich history. Festivities began this week with a host of public activities and lectures on campus, finally leading to a major kick-off event on April 14, 2012, the Founder's Day Celebration.

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Young Alumni Pack unveils '100 Days of Giving'

The Loyola University New Orleans Young Alumni Pack, along with the Office of Annual Giving unveiled "100 Days of Giving," a social media campaign designed to encourage overall giving participation among all alumni. The campaign, which runs from April 15 - July 25, also aims to increase the percentage of alumni giving participation as Loyola kicks off its centennial celebration.

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Environmental law professor named Fulbright Scholar

Robert Verchick J.D., the Gauthier-St. Martin Eminent Scholar of the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant for 2012-13. The award, which is part of the Fulbright-Nehru Environmental Leader Program, will support his research in India during the fall semester of 2012.

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Live webcast of Centennial Mass available tomorrow

The live webcast of the Centennial Mass will begin at 5 p.m. CST on Saturday, April 14, 2012. A re-broadcast of the event will immediately follow the ending of the live Mass.

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John 'Jack' Dardis named Adjutor Hominum award recipient

The Loyola University New Orleans Alumni Association has selected John "Jack" Dardis '63 as the 2011 recipient of the Adjutor Hominum Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Alumni Association.

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Political science professor rated as one of the nation's best

Loyola University New Orleans political science professor Peter Burns, Ph.D., is considered one of the nation's best professors and is featured in the book "The Best 300 Professors," a recently released collaborative effort between The Princeton Review and RateMyProfessors.com. Burns was one of only three professors from Louisiana schools to receive such a distinction.

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Loyola students, business professor recognized at national marketing conference

The Loyola University New Orleans chapter of the American Marketing Association was honored with the 2011 -12 Outstanding Membership award, and student adviser and marketing professor Michael Pearson, Ph.D., was awarded the AMA Lifetime Achievement award, which has only been presented five times over AMA's 75 years.

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Loyola student band competes for spot at Hard Rock international music festival in London

Liquid Peace Revolution, a rock band of three Loyola University New Orleans' freshmen and two former students, recently won the local round of Hard Rock Rising, an international battle of the bands at the Hard Rock Cafe New Orleans in March. The quintet must now compete for a spot on the bill at the 2012 Hard Rock Calling music festival in London's Hyde Park, featuring headlining performances by legendary musicians Soundgarden, Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon.

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Student Peace Conference features noted scholar on revolution and terrorism

Loyola University New Orleans will host its fourth annual Student Peace Conference, an interdisciplinary summit dedicated to global peace, April 16 - 20. This year's conference features keynote speaker Jeff Goodwin, Ph.D., a noted scholar on social movements, revolution and terrorism, in the lecture, "Understanding Occupy Wall Street." All events are free and open to the public.

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Montage series celebrates Loyola's centennial with a weekend of free band, choral concerts

In celebration of Loyola's centennial, the Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series presents three free band and choral concerts on Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15.

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Monroe Library celebrates Loyola centennial

A series of exhibits in the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library are helping to commemorate the centennial of Loyola University New Orleans. Items on display in the exhibits, which are being held in a number of locations in the Monroe Library and in Thomas Hall, feature historical memorabilia, souvenirs, photographs, video and artifacts from the library's Special Collections and Archives, the Archives of the New Orleans Jesuit Province and personal collections of Loyola alumni and friends.

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Chart-topping recording sensations make US debut at Loyola

In celebration of Loyola University New Orleans' centennial, the Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series is proud to present the United States debut of the chart-topping recording sensations, The Priests, along with special guest vocalist Sarah Jane McMahon '02.

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Archaeology lecture explores history of ancient Roman highway

The Loyola University New Orleans Department of Languages and Cultures presents Greek scholar Yannis Lolos, Ph.D., in "Via Egnatia: A Journey Across the Lower Balkans Through Time," a lecture about the first Roman highway built east of the Adriatic Sea, on Monday, April 16 at 8 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium in Monroe Hall.

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Distinguished alumni honored at jazz brunch

Loyola University New Orleans Alumni Association will honor prominent alumni from four colleges at its annual jazz brunch on Sunday, April 15 as part of the 2012 Alumni Weekend. Recipients include: Michelle Clarke '06, John Deveney '88, Eric Eckholdt '89, Jean Arnoult Gaul '55, M.Ed. '92 and Georgia McBride '06, MBA '11.

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Loyola to showcase 'My Louisiana Love'

A sneak preview of the documentary film "My Louisiana Love" will be shown on Monday, April 23 in Nunemaker Auditorium at 7:30 pm. The film, produced by Loyola alumna Monique Verdin '11 and Sharon Linezo Hong, traces a young woman's quest to find a place in her Native American community as it reels from decades of environmental degradation.

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Physics students work with NASA

Six students in the Department of Physics at Loyola University New Orleans will spend four days at NASA's world-class Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Palestine, Texas next month to conduct a unique experiment that will measure atmospheric temperature, pressure and humidity.

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Montage Series pays tribute to founder of music preparatory program

The Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series at Loyola University New Orleans presents a "Remembrance and Tribute Concert" in honor of Janet Swanzy, Ph.D., founder and director of the Loyola Preparatory Department of Music and Dance, on Sunday, April 22 at 3 p.m. in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall.

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Jewish Lecture Series continues with noted author and cultural historian

The Department of Religious Studies at Loyola University New Orleans presents American cultural and literary historian, Sander Gilman, Ph.D., in the lecture, "When Did the Jews Become Funny? A New Debate About the Limits of Representation After 9/11," on Monday, April 16 at 7 p.m. at the New Orleans Jewish Community Center, 5342 St. Charles Avenue.

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Loyola creates academic scholarship to honor hall of fame coach

Former Wolfpack basketball and track coach James "Big Jim" McCafferty '42 may have left Loyola University New Orleans in 1957, but his impact will be felt for years to come, especially by the university's student athletes. The creation of the Coach James "Big Jim" McCafferty Athletic Scholarship was two years in the making and targeted first generation student athletes, who are the first in their family to attend college.

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Loyola, League of Women Voters discuss what works in NOLA public schools

The Loyola University New Orleans Institute for Quality and Equity in Education, along with the League of Women Voters, will hold an educational forum designed to identify positive steps and initiatives achieved by certain high-performing New Orleans public schools in efforts to replicate these efforts system-wide. The forum, "High Schools in New Orleans - What Works?," will be held April 19 in Miller Hall, Room 114, from 7 - 9 p.m.

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Dr. Michael Giorlando honored at NABC luncheon

Loyola University New Orleans Head Men's Basketball Coach and Director of Athletics and Wellness Dr. Michael Giorlando was recently honored at the National Association of Basketball Coaches Hillyard Champions Luncheon. NABC member coaches who led their collegiate team to regular season conference championships were recognized.

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Wolfpack athletics holds annual golf tournament April 20

The 15th annual Loyola Wolfpack Golf Tournament, presented by Calco Travel, will be held Friday, April 20 at City Park Golf Course. Lunch begins at noon and players tee off at 1 p.m. An awards ceremony will follow at the conclusion of the round.

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Biever Guest Lecture Series examines euthanasia, the 'right to die'

The Department of English and the Biever Guest Lecture Series at Loyola University New Orleans present Scott Shershow, Ph.D., in the lecture, "The Sacred Part: Dignity and the Right to Die," on Thursday, April 19 at 5 p.m. in the Whitney Presentation Room in Thomas Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

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Loyola faculty quintets, symphony orchestra and jazz band perform

The Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series at Loyola University New Orleans features the Loyola Symphony Orchestra, the Loyola Faculty Woodwind and Brass Quintets and the Loyola Jazz Band in three free performances this month in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall.

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