Migrating bat swarms causing headaches for some schools
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Swarms of bats have recently taken up residence at several schools in Louisiana.
The Advocate reports the swarms have caused some annoyance at Zachary High, the University of Louisiana at Monroe and Vermilion Parish's Gueydan High in recent weeks.
United Bat Control Owner Kevin Koski says the animals are migrating north from Mexico to reach their breeding grounds by spring.
Xavier, Ochsner partner for new Master’s degree program
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Xavier University of Louisiana has partnered with Ochsner Health System to launch a new degree program.
Xavier, in a news release this week, said it plans a new master's in physician assistant degree program that will include 16 months of clinical training within Ochsner's network.
Bat infestation forces closure of building at university
MONROE, La. (AP) — The University of Louisiana Monroe has closed a building until a colony of bats can be removed.
ULM's Public Relations Director, Hope Young, says Sugar Hall will be closed until the bats are removed and the building's vent system is cleaned. Young says classes and administrative offices have been moved until the vents are cleaned. Young says the bats entered through vents and the ceiling.
Xavier awarded $250K Coca-Cola grant
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coca-Cola Foundation is helping Xavier University of Louisiana's effort to recruit and retain black male students.
The university has been awarded a $250,000 grant by the foundation to help improve black male recruitment, enrollment and retention rates, and to lessen those students' financial burden.
The grant covers the University's XScape Fund, its general scholarships, and a new campus event dubbed the Magnificent Male Weekend.
Correction: Higher Education-Boards story
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — In a story Jan. 1 about appointments to boards overseeing colleges and universities, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Joe Salter, John R. Condos, Virgil Robinson Jr., and Mark E. Romero were new appointments to the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors. They were reappointed. The story also did not include the appointment of Mildred E. "Mimi" Methvin.
Grant to fund Xavier disaster related contracts initiative
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Xavier University of Louisiana says it has received a $465,894 grant to help minority businesses better prepare for disasters and their aftermath.
The historically black, Catholic university in New Orleans says in a news release that the grant was awarded by the Minority Business Development Agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
University of Louisiana probes racist messages on campus
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Police at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette are investigating two racist messages found on campus this week.
U of Louisiana-Lafayette works to retain low-income students
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is adapting a program designed to keep athletes in school to ensure that academically accomplished lower-income students don't drop out.
The university's Louisiana Educate pilot program began this semester with 43 freshmen from New Orleans.
Student fees increasing at University of Louisiana campuses
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — After giving students a pass in the fall, Louisiana's largest university system will boost student charges this spring, to raise at least $9 million across campuses.
The University of Louisiana System's governing board approved the fee hikes Thursday, affecting students on eight of its nine campuses, though not every school will raise charges across the board.
Louisiana university gives Smithsonian crustacean collection
A Louisiana university is giving the Smithsonian Institution a huge collection of crustaceans that has, among other things, been used to identify seafood mislabeled as coming from the Gulf of Mexico.
"This is a very important collection because it's going to rejuvenate our holdings" for the Gulf and nearby waters, said Dr. Rafael Lemaitre, the Smithsonian's curator of decapod crustaceans — that is, crabs, shrimp, lobsters and the like.
University’s champion tree may get more room to get bigger
A state champion tree at a Louisiana university campus may get a bit more room to grow even larger.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is considering moving a greenhouse to make room for the big Montezuma cypress. Workers have already torn out four concrete parking spaces, and university officials are working on plans to create a deck with seating around the big tree.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette hits record enrollment
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A south Louisiana university has enrolled a record number of students for its fifth year in a row.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette registered 19,387 students for the fall semester, up from 19,291 last fall.
Proposed medical school breaks ground at university
MONROE, La. (AP) — The University of Louisiana Monroe has hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for a proposed medical school.
The News-Star of Monroe reports that the university held the ceremony for the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine on Tuesday. VCOM already has campuses in Virginia, South Carolina and Alabama.
Monkey back at research center after weekend on lam
NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) — A monkey that spent the weekend on the lam is back at a south Louisiana primate research center.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette said in a news release Monday that a New Iberia resident saw the rhesus macaque and called a number the school had posted on Facebook.
The 12-pound monkey is in good health at the New Iberia Research Center, it said.
Allegations of sex discrimination at a Louisiana university
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Complaints of sex discrimination made against the University of Louisiana at Lafayette by nine female athletes include allegations by some of the women of inappropriate behavior by the university's president and athletic director.
Attorney: 13 allege gender discrimination at UL-Lafayette
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — An attorney says 13 women are pursuing complaints involving gender discrimination against the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Police officer accused of punching softball umpire
MONROE, La. (AP) — A police officer in Louisiana is accused of attacking an umpire at a University of Louisiana at Monroe softball game.
News outlets report 45-year-old Pineville police Sgt. Edric Smith is charged with battery of a school or recreation athletic contest official. An arrest affidavit says Smith was at the university Saturday to coach a softball game in which his daughter was playing.
Xavier University of Louisiana receives $1.5M gift
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Xavier University of Louisiana has received a $1.5 million gift from the Gayle and Tom Benson Charitable Foundation to help provide maintenance for the campus chapel and to set up a scholarship fund.
Louisiana library plans ‘Drag Queen Story Time’ for children
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Residents are defending a Louisiana public library's plan to host fraternity brothers who are going to read to young children while dressed as drag queens.
Louisiana students create podcast about 2016 floods
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Students taking a public history course at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette have created a podcast series about the floods of August 2016, and are holding events this weekend to collect more oral histories.
The floods affected 56 of Louisiana's 64 parishes, killed 13 people and did more than $8.7 million in damage across 20 of the worst-hit parishes.
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — The University of Louisiana-Lafayette plans to open a public policy center in honor of former Gov. Kathleen Blanco, a 1964 graduate of the university.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former Louisiana congressman has a memoir coming out this summer.
NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports Bob Livingston, who spent 21 years representing parts of southeast Louisiana, reflects on his time in Washington, D.C., in "The Windmill Chaser: Triumphs and Less in American Politics." The book is scheduled for release Sept. 11 by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Future doctors could be trained in Monroe by 2021.
The Louisiana Board of Regents has approved an initial license for the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine to open a new branch on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — One used to deal drugs on the streets of New Orleans. Another grew up in Chicago with two drug-addicted parents. A third survived the tough streets of New York and Washington, D.C., where he once stared down the barrel of a gun.
All three young black men became board-certified doctors.
LAFAYETTE, Ala. (AP) — For the past few weeks, Zach Doell has picked up his girlfriend from school each day in a new embarrassing and entertaining way.
He's arrived on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus in everything from a makeshift Batmobile and ice cream truck to a "Jersey Shore" taxi cab to the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile.
Louisiana’s new higher education commissioner chosen
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has a new higher education commissioner to oversee policy governing the state's public colleges and more than 200,000 students.
The Board of Regents on Wednesday chose Kim Hunter Reed, executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education, for the position.
Beyonce gives $100,000 to 4 historically black schools
NEW YORK (AP) — Beyonce paid tribute to historically black colleges during her groundbreaking Coachella performance, and now the singer is donating $100,000 to four black universities.
This year’s Books along the Teche Literary Festival spotlights two writers with strong Louisiana roots and characters: James Lee Burke and Ernest Gaines.
With total athletics revenue of $147 million, Louisiana State University was the highest-grossing college sports programs in Louisiana in 2016, followed by Tulane University of Louisiana ($42.5 million) and University of Louisiana at Lafayette ($26.5 million), according to a Watchdog.org analysis of U.S. Department of Education data.
Geological groups, universities plan ‘Geohazards Atlas’
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An atlas focusing on geologic conditions that can affect land use in coastal Louisiana is being developed under the leadership of the Louisiana Geological Society and the New Orleans Geological Society.
When experts speak, Paul Cook of Loreauville listens. And takes notes.
Blanco to give commencement address at Louisiana-Lafayette
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco will deliver the fall commencement address at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Graduates convene Friday at 11 a.m. for the General Assembly in the Cajundome and Convention Center.
LSU, Louisiana-Lafayette to lead research into teacher prep
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's Department of Education says two universities have been chosen to lead a network that will research teacher preparation efforts in the state.
2 universities, 4 nonprofits getting grants for teacher prep
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two private universities and four nonprofit groups in New Orleans are to share in a $13 million federal grant aimed at recruiting and training teachers.
The U.S. Department of Education grant was announced Monday at Xavier University of Louisiana. Xavier will receive grant money along with Loyola University-New Orleans, Teach for America of Greater New Orleans, the "teachNOLA" group, the Relay Graduate School of Education and New Schools for New Orleans.
Lawsuits: Louisiana frat hazed pledge before deadly crash
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Fraternity members at a Louisiana university hazed a pledge and kept him awake for three days before he fell asleep at the wheel of a car that struck and killed another student, according to a pair of lawsuits.
See inside Louisiana’s Governor’s Mansion with a new website
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Governor's Mansion has made its internet debut.
A new website features facts and photos about the first family's residence, which was built in 1963.
Louisiana’s university systems see modest enrollment growth
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — After years of enrollment declines amid repeated budget cuts, Louisiana's university systems are reporting an uptick in their student counts this year.
Nicholls State University president resigning at end of year
THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — A Louisiana university president is leaving at the end of the year.
The University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors says Bruce Murphy told the board he's resigning from Nicholls State for other work in higher education.
The board announced Murphy's resignation on its website Thursday.
University turfing out turf grass to create urban prairie
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana university is turfing out some turf grass to create wildflower-covered urban prairie. But first, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is letting the 10-acre (4-hectare) tract get long and shaggy.
Officials say that once the grass is at least 18 inches (46 centimeters) high, it will be sprayed with an environmentally safe herbicide and removed.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana university has agreed to pay $100,000 to settle six complaints about its primate lab.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette does not admit any wrongdoing at its New Iberia Research Center under the settlement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
MONROE, La. (AP) — A collection featuring millions of scientific specimens at the University of Louisiana at Monroe will be moved to several universities across the South.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Students will be paying more out of pocket to attend seven of the University of Louisiana System's colleges in the next school year, under $19 million in fee hikes approved Friday.
An increase of $212.36 per semester for students at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is the biggest hike approved for the 2017-18 school year, a 4.5 percent bump over last year that is estimated to raise $7 million annually for the campus.
NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) — An animal rights group wants a federal investigation of a Louisiana university's primate lab, saying six reports of major trauma to monkeys indicate problems at the New Iberia Research Center.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette did not immediately respond Thursday to a request for comment about the statement from Michael Budkie of Stop Animal Exploitation Now.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A familiar face is taking over the helm at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches.
The Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System on Thursday named Chris Maggio president of the school over another finalist, William Wainwright.
Maggio has worked at Northwestern State for close to 30 years, most recently serving as acting president.
Academic year in-state tuition (2015-2016): $49,638Academic year out-of-state tuition (2015-2016): $49,638Total 2015 enrollment: 12,485Type of institution: Private not-for-profit, 4-year or aboveMedian income 10 years after graduation: $52,900Median college graduate income range in Louisiana: $33,100 - $52,900Income rank in Louisiana: 1
Board names Burckel new president at McNeese State
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — McNeese State's new president is someone very familiar with the university.
The Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System on Thursday named Daryl Burckel to replace Phillip Williams, who retires June 30.
Burckel is an accounting professor and former department head at McNeese. He's also a two-time graduate of McNeese and former member of the football team.
Committee names finalists for McNeese president
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Three finalists have been selected to replace McNeese State University President Philip Williams, who announced his retirement in January.
The Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System hopes to have a new leader in place prior to June 30, Williams' last day. Williams has led the university the past seven years.
Fish, plant research collections out at Louisiana-Monroe
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Athletic renovations, budget cuts and limited use have given the death knell to the thousands of fish and plant research specimens housed at the University of Louisiana at Monroe's Museum of Natural History.
UL Lafayette wants new degree for French immersion teachers
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — The University of Louisiana at Lafayette hopes to start a summer program for people who want to teach elementary French immersion classes.
It would grant a master's degree in elementary education with a concentration in elementary French immersion.