David Hoover, chair of the University of New Orleans Department of Film and Theatre, was awarded the Prize for Teaching Innovation from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. Hoover also has directed productions throughout New Orleans and the South and is a recipient of the Artist Fellowship Award from the Louisiana Division of the Arts.[iamge-1]
Deacon John Moore received a lifetime achievement award from Mercy Endeavors Senior Center at the organization's fourth annual "Jazzin' on Jackson" fundraiser April 14. The center serves disadvantaged seniors in the Irish Channel and Lower Garden District by providing meals, health care and transportation. Moore was honored for his longstanding community service.[iamge-2]
Louisiana's work release programs need better oversight from the state's Department of Corrections (DOC), according to the Louisiana Legislative Auditor. A recent audit reveals half of those programs are not filled (costing the state up to $7 million a year), escapes are frequent, and because programs keep the bulk of inmate earnings and DOC doesn't ensure caps on inmate spending, more than half of inmates leave prison and rejoin society with less than $1,000.