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Fr. Wildes joins board of Friends of New Orleans

Loyola press release - June 27, 2006

Loyola President the Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., has joined the board of Friends of New Orleans. He is part of an esteemed group of members that includes noted author John M. Barry, political consultant James Carville, President and CEO of The Aspen Institute Walter Isaacson, actor John Larroquette, and author and filmmaker Mike Tidwell.

Friends of New Orleans is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, membership organization that has formed to provide a means for people to support and get involved in the regionís recovery efforts. Linking communities in the devastated areas to individuals who want to help, the organization supports resources for New Orleans and surrounding areas and encourages people to take part in the rebuilding effort. In order for the city to come back strong, the organization is dedicated to tackling issues such as the restoration of coastal wetlands, gas and oil revenues of Louisianaís continental shelf, and government assistance to rebuild Louisianaís devastated communities. As the group approaches the issues and challenges that lie ahead, Wildes is vocal about the importance of the social and intellectual capital garnered by institutions of higher education in the recovery process. In an essay posted on the organization's website entitled, ďNew Orleans: An Intellectual City,Ē he shares how colleges and universities help to shape and advance an understanding of the cityís culture of diversity. To read the essay, please visit http://www.friendsofneworleans.org/challenges/.

For more information of Friends of New Orleans and how to join, visit http://www.friendsofneworleans.org/.

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