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Louisiana Higher Ed: McNeese offers LNG courses while Tulane targets ex-pros, military 

by BIZ Magazine

By Piper Hutchinson, Louisiana Illuminator

McNeese launches LNG certificate program

The emergence of multiple liquified natural gas projects in the region has led McNeese State University to offer an undergraduate certification program, which the school calls the first of its kind in the nation. Its first cohort is in classes this fall.

Three LNG facilities have been built in southwest Louisiana and eight more are in the proposal, development or construction phase, according to McNeese.  

The program is offered through the McNeese College of Business. Dean Shuming Bai said the certificate will help students increase their knowledge about the business side of the LNG industry.  

The 18-credit hour program will include experiential learning with visits to the local Cameron LNG and Cheniere Energy sites. The new Rebecca and Mark Boniol LNG Scholarship supports the first cohort of students seeking the certification.

Bai said a post-graduate certificate is in the works soon for those who have already earned a bachelor’s degree.  .

Report: LSU students call out president over renaming committee

After LSU’s student newspaper, The Reveille, broke the news that LSU’s building renaming commission disbanded quietly in December 2021, the LSU Student Senate passed a resolution “strongly condemning” the president for his role. 

Adam Dohrenwent, Cooper Ferguson and Chloe Berry sponsored the resolution that urges the university to follow through on renaming campus buildings with problematic namesakes, The Reveille reported. 

Ferguson told The Reveille that Tate will not agree to meet with students on the issue. 

“He feels like he’s not responsible to the student-body on this issue,” Ferguson said. 

Tate said in a statement to The Reveille that the university is dedicated to expanding its diversity efforts in other ways, such as diversity hiring efforts and entering into the A&M Agenda with Southern University

Still, Tate said the university is “working to find ways to better acknowledge important pioneers who came before us, and we will be finalizing and rolling out new efforts in the coming months.” 

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Tulane joins effort to help former pros, veterans adjust 

Tulane University has formed a partnership to help professional athletes and military members with their post-career transitions. 

Tulane’s Center for Brain Health and Merging Vets & Players (MVP) will form an MVP Chapter in New Orleans to offer veterans and players health care access, educational opportunities and community events.

MVP was founded in 2015 by Fox Sports NFL insider Jay Glazer and Mate Boyer, a former member of the U.S. Army Green Beret and Seattle Seahawks.

“We are still working hard to get the word out about our programs and how we serve both military veterans and former NFL players,” Dr. Greg Stewart, the center’s medical director, said. “We hope this chapter will bring individuals together to share their stories and experience with others. Word of mouth is the most powerful testimonial.”  

Nicholls to add new engineering degree

Nicholls State will receive a $1.8 million federal grant to establish a bachelor’s degree in engineering technology. 

The money is part of a $50 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to H2theFuture, a partnership of 25 south Louisiana institutions and businesses crafting a clean hydrogen strategy to create and retain jobs in the region. 

Nicholls’ engineering technology curriculum will focus on “serving the needs of new energy generation and delivery in south Louisiana and, in the process, support dislocated, incumbent and new workers emerging from the oilfield downturn, Hurricane Ida and the COVID-19 pandemic” the university said in a press release. 

Republished from The Louisiana Illuminator weekly wrap up of news from universities and colleges around the state.

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