University of New Orleans administrators, staff members, students and alumni united with representatives from the eight other University of Louisiana System universities on Thursday for ULS Day at the Capitol. The annual event is designed to showcase each institution’s programs and highlight the impact and contributions of Louisiana’s largest university system to the assembled lawmakers.
UNO President Peter J. Fos was among the university presidents and system leaders who were recognized in the chambers of the Louisiana House of Representatives and the Senate. The nine universities set up exhibits in the Capitol Rotunda, featuring student and faculty art, research and service learning projects. Legislators and visitors browsed the displays and conversed with the presenters.
UNO’s student exhibits were organized by Elizabeth Sigler, coordinator of undergraduate research. Chemistry student Edwin Gomez presented his recent computational chemistry research under the direction of assistant professor Dhruva Chakravorty. Recent planning and urban studies graduate Derreck Deason, who will enroll in UNO’s new master of transportation program in the fall, presented his research on a public participation geographical information system project. Student artist Traven Stout’s photographic work, entitled Right Now, was also shown.
The day kicked off with a jazz breakfast in the House of Representatives courtyard, where university representatives, students and alumni mingled with legislators. The music was provided by a UNO jazz trio.
The University of Louisiana System enrolls nearly 89,000 students at the University of New Orleans, Grambling State University, Louisiana Tech University, McNeese State University, Nicholls State University, Northwestern State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
The spring legislative session will conclude on June 11.