INNOVATION COMPETITION: The TrachTech team from Tulane University is one of five undergraduate finalists in the 2020 Collegiate Inventors Competition sponsored by the National Inventors Hall of Fame. The finalists were chosen on the basis of originality of the idea, process, level of student initiative, and potential value and usefulness to society. Winning teams will be announced Oct. 29. Members of the TrachTech team are Morgan Bohrer, Stephen Hahn, Michael L’Ecuyer and Alex Verne; the team adviser is Mark Mondrinos. The TrachTech entry, “Restoring Airways,” involves development of a specialized device to clean biofilms and debris from ventilator intubation tubes without the risk of extubation.
TULANE UNIVERSITY: An environmentalist lawyer living in Iowa has donated $3 million to support the river-coastal science and engineering department at Tulane University. The gift from Charlotte Beyer Hubbell (Newcomb College ’71) will establish a department chair and excellence fund. In 2007, Hubbell was appointed by Iowa Gove. Chet Culver to serve on the State Environmental Protection Commission for a four-year term and served as chair for two years. She is currently a member of the Environmental Law and Policy Center’s advisory board in Chicago, Illinois, and serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for Tulane’s School of Liberal Arts.
UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS: A $250,000 gift from alumni Tom and Connie Kitchen will create an undergraduate scholarship at the University of New Orleans. Tom Kitchen, a former executive with Stewart Enterprises and Avondale Industries, earned both a bachelor’s degree in accounting and an MBA from UNO. Connie Kitchen obtained a bachelor’s degree in education from UNO. The donation will establish the Kitchen Family Undergraduate Scholarship.
UNIVERSITY OF HOLY CROSS: The counseling program at the University of Holy Cross has expanded with new online degrees for master of arts and doctorate candidates. The new online options were added in the 2020 fall semester as a way to give students more remote choices due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The online coordinator for counseling is Michaela Hartline, (504) 398-2233.
FIRST-GENERATION STUDENTS: First-generation college students may benefit from a virtual session of the Heart & Mind Community of the University of Holy Cross from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 23. Father Josh Johnson, of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, will discuss “Faith, Hope and Love in Healing Action.” For information or to register, email [email protected] or call (504) 398.2170.
NUNEZ COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Two eight-week courses leading to certifications from the National Center for Construction Education & Research will begin in October at Nunez Community College in Chalmette. Intro to Construction will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 14-28. At the conclusion of that course, students can transition directly into Electrical Level 1 on the same weekly schedule through Dec. 14. These are hybrid courses that combine online and classroom instruction. For information, visit nunez.edu or email Katie Nettles, dean of Career Technical Education, at [email protected]
NUNEZ COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Registration is open for an intensive eight-week Fast Lane minimester that will begin Oct. 14 at Nunez Community College in Chalmette. Financial aid is available. To enroll, visit www.nunez.edu or call (504) 278-6467. Many Fast Lane courses are also offered online.