IDS Distinguished Alumni 

In the fall semester of 2014, IDS hosted The IDS Alumni Panel. The panel discussion was geared towards addressing the oft asked question, "What are graduates from this program doing with their degrees?" Academic Director of IDS, Dr. Elaine Brooks, served as facilitator for the evening. Martha Barnes, Director of Experiential Education and Career Opportunities, was also in attendance to promote the services of her office to students.

IDS Distinguished Alumni

Theo Von

Theo Von (Theodor Capitani Vonkurnatowski)

Theo Von (BGS 2011), one of most sought after touring acts in the country, was named Interdiscipinary Science distinguished alumnus in 2015. Theo taped his own Netflix Special in New Orleans this fall. He was the host of TBS’s hidden camera show DEAL WITH IT from Howie Mandel as well as the longtime host of Yahoo!’s popular daily recap show PRIMETIME IN NO TIME, one of the most-watched shows on the web with nearly one million views per day. As a standup, Theo had the highest rated half hour special on Comedy Central in all of 2012. His website has had over 10 million page views and averages 18 clicks per visit. Theo was voted “Fan Favorite” as a semi-finalist on LAST COMIC STANDING.

Watch Theo on the Arsenio Hall Show in Youtube


The Panel of Distinguished Alumni

Sarah Bergez
Director of Marketing, University of New Orleans
Degree Date: May 18, 2001
Degree: Bachelor of General Studies
Concentration: Communications, Sociology and Urban Studies

Rita Bautista
Executive Assistant to Grammy Award winning Irvin Mayfield
Founder and Artistic Director of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
Degree Date: May 18, 2012
Degree: Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Integrative Learning
Plan: Business & Urban Society
Concentration: Business, Urban Studies and Spanish

Chris Baker
First grade teacher at Ella C. Pittman Elementary in Harvey, LA
Received his Master of Arts in Teaching from Louisiana Tech University and is currently pursuing his Master of Education in administration at Lamar University
Degree Date: December 19, 2003
Degree: Bachelor of General Studies
Concentration: Urban Studies, Psychology and Sociology

Edie Talley
Graduate Assistant in the office of Student Involvement & Leadership
Pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree at The University of New Orleans
Degree Date: May 16, 2014
Degree: Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies University
Honors: Summa Cum Laude
Departmental Distinction: Honors in Interdisciplinary Studies Integrative Learning
Plan: Leadership Styles & Studies
Concentration: Business, Philosophy and English

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Alumni Spotlight

Edie Tally

Edie Talley - Class of 2014

“Young students often focus on existential questions of “Who and what do I want to be?” As an adult student and lifelong learner, I had already answered those questions. My question was: “What do I want to DO?” The answer was EVERYTHING! I thrive on new experiences and my IDS concentration in Leadership Styles & Studies gave me the agility, adaptability, and confidence to blaze fun and challenging career paths.”