Early graduation for Homestead athletes

Several senior students who are members of the Homestead High School tennis and softball teams were scheduled to go through an early graduation ceremony at 4 p.m. Friday at the school’s softball field because their teams’ play in semistate high school tournament competition Saturday will conflict with the school’s regular graduation ceremony that day.

Southwest Allen County Schools administrators and students’ families and friends were expected to attend Friday’s ceremony. <br>

<center> Catholic diocese ordaining two men</center> <br>

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend was scheduled to ordain two Fort Wayne men as priests during a Mass at 11 a.m. today at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 1122 S. Clinton St. The men being ordained are Deacon Eric Burgener of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and Deacon Dennis Di Benedetto of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, a diocesan news release said.

A capacity crowd was expected for the Mass. Catholic radio station Redeemer Radio, 106.3-FM in the Fort Wayne area, planned to provide live coverage of the event. A live webstream also was planned on the diocese’s Facebook and Twitter pages and on its YouTube channel. <br>

<center> Two new babies at zoo </center><br>

A baby monkey and baby lemur now are out on exhibit at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, 3411 Sherman Blvd. in Franke Park.

The female baby de Brazza’s monkey, which was named Baby, was born April 27 at the zoo, a zoo news release said. The de Brazza’s monkey exhibit is in the village portion of the African Journey area.

The male baby ring-tailed lemur, named Hercules, was born May 7 at the zoo, the news release said. The lemur exhibit is on the large hill in the Central Zoo area.

Both babies stay very close to their mothers, the news release said.

The zoo also will hold its Grossology event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the zoo, a news release said. Visitors can learn about slimy hellbender salamanders and zoo efforts to raise this endangered species. People also can discover more about animal poop, the content of owl pellets and more.

The session is free with zoo admission. Zoo summer hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. <br>

<center> Local neurologist takes new leadership role </center><br>

Dr. James C. Stevens, a neurologist and sleep disorders specialist in private practice with Fort Wayne Neurological Center for the last 29 years, was elected in April as the president-elect of the American Academy of Neurology, the world’s largest professional association of neurologists, an association news release said. Stevens is scheduled to become president when current President Dr. Ralph L. Sacco completes his term in April 2019. <br>

<center> USF arts school dean Cartwright is retiring </center><br>

The upcoming retirement of Rick Cartwright, founding dean of the University of Saint Francis School of Creative Arts, will end a more than 40-year career at the university.

Cartwright, who has been creative arts dean since 2004, will retire at the end of the current academic year, which ends June 30, the university said in a news release. He joined the school’s faculty in 1975.

Cartwright played a key role in the development of USF’s downtown campus, which opened in August 2016, the news release said. He also supervised the restoration of Brookside, the former Bass Mansion that now serves as the school’s administrative building, and the rehabilitation of a former industrial building into the Mimi and Ian Rolland Art and Visual Communication Center.

Within the School of Creative Arts, Cartwright added numerous programs, including Media Entrepreneurship Training in the Arts (META), music technology, pre-art therapy, museum studies, dance, theater and marching band. The school also took on the Jesters program, which provides social, art and musical theater opportunities for people with disabilities.

Outside USF, Cartwright’s many activities include painting, helping to found Artlink art gallery and serving as a board of trustee member for the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, the news release said.