the student-run newspaper at Loyola University New Orleans, was among 12 nondaily student publications to receive a 2015 Pacemaker Award from the Associated Collegiate Press on Oct. 31. The award — considered the "Pulitzer Prize of student journalism" — is the highest national honor in college publishing. The Maroon also ranked second in the nation for best editorial cartoon and received a national honorable mention for best front page design. The Maroon last was nominated for a Pacemaker in 2007.
Kim Sport and Jane Johnson
received the Citizen Lawyer Award from the Louisiana State Bar Association last month. Sport was recognized for her work with United Way of Southeast Louisiana, helping draft legislation strengthening the state's domestic violence laws and her work with several area nonprofit organizations. Johnson, a Tulane Law School professor, was recognized for her work helping underserved and indigent residents.
The St. Baldrick's Foundation
awarded the Ochsner Clinic Foundation $50,000 to help build an Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer and Survivorship Program as part of St. Baldrick's 2015 infrastructure grants totaling $2 million to 33 health organizations nationwide. The Ochsner award will support hiring a nurse coordinator and clinical research associate to help run a program to improve communication between adult and pediatric health providers.
J. Matthew Keith
was sentenced in U.S. District Court last month for his role in a Louisiana film tax credit scheme. Keith and co-conspirator Daniel Garcia sent inflated spending figures to the state to rake in more than $1.2 million in fraudulent tax credits. Keith was sentenced to six months in prison and ordered to pay back the $1.2 million.