Loyola University New Orleans honors Orleans Parish judge, and more metro college news | Crescent City community news

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY NEW ORLEANS: Judge Robin Pittman ‘91, J.D. ‘96,  is recipient of the 2020 Adjutor Hominum Award from the Alumni Association of Loyola University New Orleans. This award recognizes a Loyola graduate whose life exemplifies the values and philosophy of Jesuit education: moral character, service to humanity and unquestionable integrity. Pittman is a criminal court judge and former assistant district attorney in Orleans Parish. She spends much of her time out of chambers in the community, engaged in service to Loyola and visiting local schools to mentor young students. In lieu of a party to celebrate her accomplishment, Pittman has established a sociology scholarship to benefit high-achieving sociology majors with financial need. To contribute, visit giving.loyno.edu/adjutorhominum.

DELGADO COMMUNITY COLLEGE CYBERSECURITY TRAINING: A 4.5-month cybersecurity career training course begins Dec. 7 at Delgado Community College with support from the Capital One Foundation. Those who complete the program will receive credentials qualifying them for entry-level positions and can also receive up to nine credit hours in Delgado’s associate degree program in computer information technology. The cost is $500; $300 will be due Dec. 4. For an application and payment information, contact Troy L. Baldwin at [email protected]

DELGADO COMMUNITY COLLEGE WINTER REGISTRATION: Registration is open through Dec. 11 for the winter session at Delgado Community College, which begins Dec. 14 and ends four weeks later. Fast-paced courses are available in business, science and technology, arts and humanities, and other interests. Credits are transferrable to other colleges and universities. For details, visit www.dcc.edu/go/wintersession.

UNIVERSITY OF HOLY CROSS: Registration for the spring 2021 semester at University of Holy Cross is open. Housing applications for the university’s new residence hall are also available. To register or apply for housing, visit www.uhcno.edu or call (504) 394-7744.

NUNEZ COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Registration is open for the winter intersession at Nunez Community College, which will run from Dec. 14-Jan. 8. The schedule currently includes 11 fully web-based courses; additional courses will likely be added. To see the schedule of classes, visit www.nunez.edu/future-students. Registration assistance is available by calling (504) 278-6467. Registration for Nunez’s spring 2021 semester opened Oct. 26.

 

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Xavier University of Louisiana appoints manager, and more metro college news | Crescent City community news

XAVIER UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA: Kimberly Reese has been promoted to the position of associate vice president for institutional advancement at her alma mater, Xavier University of Louisiana. Reese was previously Xavier’s associate vice president for institutional advancement. 

DELGADO COMMUNITY COLLEGE CYBERSECURITY TRAINING: A 4.5-month cybersecurity career training course begins Dec. 7 at Delgado Community College with support from the Capital One Foundation. Those who complete the program will receive credentials qualifying them for entry-level positions and can also receive up to nine credit hours in Delgado’s associate degree program in computer information technology. The cost  is $500; $300 will be due Dec. 4. For an application and payment information, contact Troy L. Baldwin at [email protected]

DELGADO COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Registration is open through Dec. 11 for the winter session at Delgado Community College, which begins Dec. 14 and ends four weeks later. Fast-paced courses are available in business, science and technology, arts and humanities, and other interests. Credits are transferrable to other colleges and universities. For details, visit www.dcc.edu/go/wintersession.

UNIVERSITY OF HOLY CROSS: Registration for the spring 2021 semester at University of Holy Cross is open. Housing applications for the university’s new residence hall are also available. To register or apply for housing, visit www.uhcno.edu or call (504) 394-7744.

NUNEZ COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Registration is open for the winter intersession at Nunez Community College, which will run from Dec. 14-Jan. 8. The schedule currently includes 11 fully web-based courses; additional courses will likely be added. To see the schedule of classes, visit www.nunez.edu/future-students. Registration assistance is available by calling (504) 278-6467. Registration for Nunez’s spring 2021 semester opened Oct. 26.

 

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Are you cut out for a new career? Metro Tech is offering a new barbering program

Metro Tech is launching a new barbering program in a new space and accepting enrollment applications.

Students will learn cutting-edge clipper artistry, straight-edge razor shaving and over-all styling taught by a professionally trained instructor. Instruction also is taught on topics ranging from general anatomy, business industry relations, and front-end salon management and merchandising techniques.

The evening full-time training is available for individuals with no experience, and short-term training for those wishing to expand their cosmetology skills. The programs will start January 2021.

At completion of the program, a student will be prepared for employment as a barber, and eligible for the exam to obtain their Oklahoma Barbering License from the Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology and Barbering.

The Barbering and Cosmetology program is at the Springlake Campus and offers state-of-the-art equipment in a new setting.

For an enrollment application, go to www.metrotech.edu/barbering or call 405-595-4678 for more information.

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Tulane University researcher gets grant to study weed invasions, and more metro college news | Crescent City community news

TULANE ECOLOGY: The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a $455,000 grant to Tulane University researcher Emily Farrer to study weed invasions, which pose a major threat to the productivity of rangelands. Farrer is an assistant professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She will look at how noxious weeds may use microbes and pathogens to facilitate invasions and harm native forage grasses.  

TULANE DIGITAL DESIGN: Students in the School of Professional Advancement at Tulane University won a total of 29 awards on the local, district and national levels across three American Advertising Federation competitions during spring and summer 2020. Katherine Stern won two national ADDY awards: gold for Dove Kids packaging and advertising, and silver for a Housemates app. In district competition, Stern won three additional gold ADDYs, including one for sports playing cards; and Lauren Andress won a silver ADDY for Peristyle Café packaging. Regional winners are:

  • Best of show: Krystle Weber
  • Gold ADDYs: Grady Bell, Lauren deBautte, Claude Richard, Stern, Anna Toujas and Weber.
  • Silver ADDYs: Andress, Corey Guerra, Nicole Macon, Richard and Stern
  • Bronze ADDYs: Megan Calvin, deBautte, Hannah Gregory, Kathryn Hume, Stacie Pomes, Stern and Toujas.

NUNEZ COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Registration is open for the winter intersession at Nunez Community College, which will run from Dec. 14 through Jan. 8. The schedule currently includes 11 fully web-based courses; additional courses will likely be added. To see the schedule of classes, visit www.nunez.edu/future-students. Registration assistance is available by calling (504) 278-6467. Registration for Nunez’s spring 2021 semester opened Oct. 26.

UNIVERSITY OF HOLY CROSS: Free telecounseling is available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday from the University of Holy Cross. To schedule a session, call (504) 398-2168.

 

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New evidence for geologically recent earthquakes near Portland, Oregon metro area

New evidence for geologically recent earthquakes near Portland, Oregon metro area
Trenching begins on the Gales Creek Fault in Oregon. Credit: Alison Horst

A paleoseismic trench dug across the Gales Creek fault, located about 35 kilometers (roughly 22 miles) west of Portland, Oregon, documents evidence for three surface-rupturing earthquakes that took place about 8,800, 4,200 and 1,000 years ago.


The findings, published in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, suggest that earthquakes occur about every 4,000 years on the fault. If the full 73-kilometer (45 miles) fault were to rupture, the result could be a magnitude 7.1 to 7.4 earthquake that would pose significant seismic hazard to the Portland metro area, according to Alison Horst and her colleagues.

By comparison, the 1993 Scotts Mills earthquake about 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of Portland was a magnitude 5.7 earthquake, and caused damages totaling about $30 million, the researchers noted.

The region is part of the seismically active Cascadia subduction zone, where the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate bends beneath the North American plate. The Gales Creek fault lays within the Cascadia forearc, the land wedged between the oceanic trench where the Juan de Fuca begins its bend and the line of Cascadia volcanoes in Washington State and Oregon that are fueled by the subducting plate.

“In general, little paleoseismic work has been done on forearc faults in Oregon, but many faults in the region are of interest based on their proximity to population centers,” said Horst, a paleoseismologist formerly at Portland State University and now at the Washington State Department of Resources.

Mapping and analyzing faults in the Pacific Northwest can be difficult, since fault surface traces are often covered by urban development and thick forests, or are difficult to reach in mountainous areas. To learn more about possible recent seismic activity along these forearc faults, Horst and her colleagues dug a trench across the Gales Creek fault, which had been mapped previously and is being investigated by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Geological Survey along part of the fault that projected through Scoggins Dam in Oregon’s Washington County

The Reclamation project had turned up evidence of surface deformation along the fault in sediments from the most recent geological time period, called the Holocene. After digging a trench across the fault—first by hand and later by backhoe—the researchers looked for evidence of past earthquakes in the rock layers, assigning an estimated date for each earthquake using radiocarbon analysis of charcoal contained in the layers.

The trenching turned up strong evidence for at least three Holocene-age surface-rupturing earthquakes along the fault, with some weaker signs of one potential earthquake occurring after 1,000 years ago, and one earthquake occurring before 8,800 years ago.

The researchers also estimated the magnitude of an earthquake that would rupture the entire mapped length of the Gales Creek fault, assuming that the full length ruptured at once and that the rupture event did not extend across multiple faults.

“The linkage between rupture on the Gales Creek fault and neighboring faults is still unknown,

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