UNO computer science professor gets grant to fight hacking, and more metro college news


UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS: The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1.2 million grant to Phani Vadrevu, a computer science professor at the University of New Orleans, to develop methods to protect users from web-based social engineering attacks such as survey scams, scareware and phishing expeditions. The project will use artificial intelligence to track and model online attacks.

NUNEZ COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Standout faculty and staff members were honored during the Nunez Community College convocation Aug. 9 in Chalmette. Awards bestowed on employees by Chancellor Tina Tinney included:

  • Outstanding Professional Staff Member Award: Jason Hosch, director of internet technology
  • Outstanding Professional Support Staff Member Award: Lisa Brown, custodian
  • Excellence In Teaching Award: Steve Baiamonte, electrical program manager
  • GEM (Great Employee Moments) awards: Kathleen Huff, Care and Development of Young Children and Teaching: Grades 1-5 Program Manager; Alaa Khalil, assistant professor in biological services; Brian Gibson, director of workforce development; Treasure Burtchaell, director of financial aid; and Andreas Pashos, aerospace manufacturing technology program manager. 

Service pins went to:

  • 20 years: Kim Doty, financial aid counselor
  • 15 years: Keith Tolleson, PTEC instructor; and Earl Wilson, EMS/paramedic program manager
  • 10 years: Kathleen LeBlanc, Student Success Center coordinator
  • 5 years: Daelyn Osborn-Hartley, EMS instructor; Nadia James, financial aid counselor; and Terence Phillips, accounting specialist.

DELGADO COMMUNITY COLLEGE: An eight-week online Small Business Growth Academy that will provide continuing education and leadership development to suppliers in the Cox Communications Southeast region service area will begin Sept. 25. Orientation will be Sept. 20. Non-suppliers of Cox who are certified minority-owned businesses may apply, but current suppliers have preference for enrollment. To enroll, visit or contact Khalid Gross, Delgado Community College Workforce Development, at (504) 671-5563 or

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