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January 17, 2014 Issue

Marketing alumnus creates New Orleans' own crowd funding platform

Crescent City native and Loyola University New Orleans College of Business alumnus Alex McConduit '08 not only writes New Orleans-themed children's books, including "The Little WHO DAT, Who Didn't," he's also the entrepreneur behind another hometown venture.

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Loyola theatre professor, alumnus join forces in local playwrighting festival

Laura Hope, Ph.D., Loyola University New Orleans associate theatre professor, and alumnus Josh Smith '12 reunited earlier this month in "No More Sad Things," a staged reading featured in Southern Rep's New Play Bacchanal, a two-day celebration of new theatrical works.

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College of Law celebrates centennial, honors Moon Landrieu and other influential alumni

This month, the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law will celebrate its 100-year anniversary by honoring one of its most important and influential graduates, former New Orleans Mayor Maurice "Moon" Landrieu '52, J.D. '54, H'79, H'05. Landrieu, who was instrumental in the fight to desegregate city government and public facilities in the 1970s, will receive the St. Ives Award-the College of Law's highest honor.

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Pitch it, Loyno! Students compete for cash prizes in inaugural entrepreneur competition

Pitch Loyola, a competition that will put Loyola University New Orleans students' entrepreneurial skills to the test for cash prizes, is set for Thursday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. in Miller Hall, room 114. It is free and open to the public and food will be provided.

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Graphic Design Program celebrates new facilities with open house

The Graphic Design Program at Loyola University New Orleans will showcase Monroe Hall's newly renovated fifth floor design studios today, Friday, Jan. 17 until 5 p.m. during a "Space Invasion," an open house event offering the Loyola community the opportunity to take tours of the new facilities, play games, make buttons and enjoy light refreshments.

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From bees to bacteria: Loyola biology grads conduct top research around the world

Three recent Loyola University New Orleans biology graduates are using the opportunities and undergraduate research experience they garnered as Loyola students to launch promising careers in scientific research across the U.S. and abroad.

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Environmental law expert witnesses climate change firsthand in Israel

In Israel, high temperatures and shrinking rivers may not seem like Earth-shattering news, but Loyola University New Orleans environmental law expert Robert Verchick J.D., knows that climate change is significantly compounding those problems.

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School of Mass Communication students work with Mercy Endeavors

Loyola University New Orleans' School of Mass Communication senior students are putting their strategic communication skills to good use this semester by working with local nonprofit Mercy Endeavors Senior Center.

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Celebrating MLK: New Orleans college students host 'Little Rock Nine' member who helped desegregate America's schools

More than 50 years ago, Minnijean Brown Trickey joined eight other African-American teenagers to desegregate Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., as a part of the now-famous "Little Rock Nine." This weekend, she will join hundreds of New Orleans college students in celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. during a free, public event series.

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Creative writing alumnus wins National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, student follows in his footsteps

Loyola University New Orleans English Writing alumnus and former faculty member Martin Pousson '94 was awarded a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship.

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Criminal justice professor explores hype over emerging drugs in new book

From the widely leaked clip believed to be Miley Cyrus using Salvia divinorum to the 2012 cannibal attack by Rudy Eugene in Florida initially blamed on bath salts, a new book published this month by Loyola University New Orleans criminal justice professor David Khey, Ph.D., explores the phenomenon of new types of drugs and the extraordinary events linked to them.

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Ignacio volunteers teach baseball in Belize and serve elderly in urban Jamaica

Thirty-seven Loyola University New Orleans students and staff went to Kingston, Jamaica to work with elderly and children with disabilities, while others traveled to the Mayan villages of Belize, to serve others for 10 days without electricity or running water. Their efforts over the Christmas break are a part of Loyola's Ignacio Volunteer Program.

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When art goes intergalactic: Bahamian artist discusses his extreme art in public lecture

In a free, public Loyola University New Orleans lecture Tuesday, Jan. 21, Bahamian contemporary artist Tavares Strachan will discuss forms of extreme art through his own artistic quest of radical environments from outer space to the depths of the ocean.

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Virtuosic pianist offers free masterclass next week

Internationally known pianist Misha Dichter will present a free, public masterclass Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 10:30 a.m. in room 240 of the Communications/Music Complex on Loyola's main campus.

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Saxophonist Donald Harrison swings Loyola's Jazz Underground series into the new year

Award-winning saxophonist Donald Harrison will lead an ensemble of Loyola University New Orleans jazz students in a program of classic standards and iconic original compositions Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Old U.S. Mint, located at 400 Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans.

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Registration available for EMPLOY the PACK conference featuring best-selling author, entrepreneur

To help its students and young alumni conquer the job search, the Loyola University New Orleans Career Development Center is hosting its second annual employment boot camp, EMPLOY the PACK.

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Loyola Opera presents Mozart's 'The Magic Flute'

The Loyola Opera Theatre will transport audiences to an enchanted fairy-tale world this month with its new production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's mythical opera, "The Magic Flute," Friday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 26 at 3 p.m.

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Wolf Pack Hall of Fame gains new members

The Department of Athletics and Wellness and the Loyola University New Orleans Alumni Association will induct three new members and the the 1945-1946 men's basketball team to the Wolf Pack Hall of Fame during a ceremony Saturday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Danna Student Center's St. Charles Room. A reception at 5:45 p.m. will precede the event.

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College of Law provides free tax help for low-income taxpayers

The Loyola University New Orleans College of Law is again offering the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program this year to provide free tax preparation assistance for people with low to moderate incomes.

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Loyola Theatre presents award-winning drama "Albertine in Five Times"

The Loyola University New Orleans Department of Theatre Arts and Dance continues the season with Michel Tremblay's powerful play, "Albertine in Five Times," an unflinching tale of one woman at five different times in her life.

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Loyola's 90-year-old newspaper, The Maroon, unveils new multimedia newsroom

The Maroon student newspaper at Loyola University New Orleans is celebrating 90 years and an award-winning past by unveiling a new multimedia newsroom-outfitted with high-tech TV cameras, a news desk, green screen and the ability to link with local and national news outlets-in an open house Feb. 6.

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Service for others has a new name at Loyola

The newly renamed Loyola University New Orleans Office of Community Engaged Learning, Teaching and Scholarship-previously known as the Office of Service Learning-pays tribute to the increasing involvement of faculty, community partners and students in a broader array of community engagement activities.

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Staff counselor recognized for her mentorship

Brooks Zitzmann, staff counselor in the University Counseling Center at Loyola University New Orleans, is the recipient of the "Outstanding Field Mentorship Award" from Tulane University's School of Social Work.

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Public lecture explores trends in music education

Leading music educator, composer and arranger Samuel Hazo will present a free, public lecture on music education pedagogy, rehearsal techniques and music standards in the classroom at Loyola University New Orleans Saturday, Feb. 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Opera, piano masterclasses on tap for February

French opera sensation François Le Roux and world-renowned Russian pianist Lilya Zilberstein will present free masterclasses in February at Loyola University New Orleans.

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Patterns, paper and perception: Matt Shlian opens new exhibit at Loyola

Matt Shlian, a paper engineer rooted in book arts, print media and design, will launch his new exhibit, "Apophenia," at Loyola University New Orleans with a free, public lecture and opening reception Thursday, Feb. 6 in the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library.

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Lecture uncovers new ways of thinking, talking about Christianity

A free, public Loyola University New Orleans lecture Thursday, Feb. 6 aims to probe new and unsettling ways of thinking and talking about God.

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