Economic Empowerment and Global Learning Project featured in New Orleans

EASTON, Pa.(, April 4, 2008 — WWL-TV, Channel 4 News in New Orleans, spotlights Lafayette’s Economic Empowerment and Global Learning Project (EEGLP) in a story on President Bill Clinton’s Global Initiative University Conference at Tulane University.

Katherine Reeves ’10 (Colorado Springs, Col.), an economics and business major, was featured in the news segment.

The EEGLP, headed up by Gladstone Fluney Hutchinson, associate professor of economics and business, relies on an interdisciplinary team of students who work collaboratively with residents of economically disadvantaged communities to facilitate social entrepreneurism and economic sustainability.

At the conference, Reeves and fellow team leaders Lori Gonzalez ’10 (Bronx, N.Y.), a mechanical engineering major, and Kavinda Udugama ’09 (Kandy, Sri Lanka), who is pursuing a B.S. in electrical and computer engineering and an A.B. in mathematics, discussed the project’s progress and future plans for rural communities in Honduras, and for New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward.

The Clinton Conference challenged college students and universities from across the country to tackle global problems with practical, innovative solutions. Bill Clinton recognized the Lafayette students and described the EEGLP during the ceremonies. Out of nearly 700 college students from more than 250 colleges and universities, representing almost every state and continent, only nine student groups were similarly recognized.