Announcements: Community, Feb. 26

'-UNO student Jessica Fournier receives Ross Trust Award -Poet Dave Brinks to speak at UNO on February 26

UNO student Jessica Fournier receives Ross Trust Award

University of New Orleans doctoral candidate Jessica Fournier has been awarded the prestigious Ross Trust Scholarship by the American Counseling Association for her dissertation project on kindergarten through 12th grade retention and its impact on later adjustment. Fournier is one of just five doctoral candidates nationwide to receive the award which is presented to students who plan to return to school counseling upon completing their degree.

Fourier, who is taking an educational sabbatical this year, is a counselor at Houma Junior High School in Terrebonne Parish. She has served as a school counselor for eight years and previously taught for seven years.

"Jessica’s research on the problems of grade retention is cutting edge," said Louis V. Paradise, UNO professor of education. "Her dissertation results will be well received in the research community."

Fournier has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a master’s in school counseling from Nicholls State University. She is a licensed professional counselor and marriage and family counselor and a national board-certified counselor.

The University of New Orleans (UNO), the urban research University of the State of Louisiana, provides essential support for the educational, economic, cultural and social well-being of the culturally rich and diverse New Orleans metropolitan area. It opened its doors in 1958 as part of the Louisiana State University System "to bring public-supported higher education to Louisiana’s largest urban community." Today, UNO offers 43 undergraduate degree programs, 37 masters, and 11 doctoral programs. The 340-acre main campus sits on the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain, offering easy access to all parts of the metro area. For more information, visit

Poet Dave Brinks to speak at UNO on February 26

(February 20, 2009, New Orleans, La.) – New Orleans poet Dave Brinks will discuss his writing, the New Orleans literary scene, opportunities for young writers and the creative process on Thursday, February 26 at 12:30 p.m. at the University of New Orleans, Liberal Arts Building, room 197. The event is sponsored by the UNO English Club and Student Government.

Brinks is the editor of YAWP:  A Journal of Poetry & Art, publisher of Trembling Pillow Press, director of the 17 Poets! Series and founder of The New Orleans School for the Imagination. His poems have been published in Exquisite Corpse, Fell Swoop, La Reata, Meena, New Laurel Review, Slavery and Xavier Review. His collections of poems include The Caveat Onus, The Light on Earth Street, The Secret Brain, How Birds Fly, The Snow Poems, Trail and Eros and A Pot of Lips.


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