The University of New Orleans’ favorite publication for alumni, students and friends is fresh off the presses with a new name and a revived look.
We asked our readers this summer for name suggestions and received more than 100 responses. Some made us chuckle. (Er, Privatootin’? Twill? Gulf and Pulp?) And others were a bit too reminiscent of a high school newspaper name. (We really aren’t a “tribune” or a “herald,” if you ask us.)
But then came an email from former student LaToya Murray, 33, of Lake Charles. Buried in a list of 25 name suggestions was Silver & Blue, a moniker we felt did a good job capturing UNO’s spirit: one of tradition and work ethic, elegance and grit.
This inaugural edition of Silver & Blue is released in time for UNO’s Making History celebration, Oct. 31 to Nov. 4, so that visitors may have the latest information on the University. In it, readers will get an inside look at a wonderful collaboration between the UNO, Nims Center Studios and the popular television network series “NCIS: New Orleans.”
Also read about how one alumnus and staffer devotes his vacation time each year in a pursuit designed to save the lives of people he will never meet. And don’t miss stories on how UNO students and student-athletes responded when south Louisiana was hit by devastating floods before fall classes even started.
Additionally, we are proud to profile an alumnus who this year receives UNO’s Distinguished Alumni honor, Mark Romig (B.S., ’78). Romig has made his mark selling authentic New Orleans experiences to the world while proudly continuing in his father’s footsteps as the official stadium announcer for the New Orleans Saints.
Other exciting reads:
* An update from UNO President John Nicklow and the Division of Business and Economic Research on the University’s measurable impact on metropolitan New Orleans and its future growth.
* In the UNO Traveler section, read about some of the ways our students are taking advantage of the University’s life-changing opportunities to study and intern abroad.
* Faculty Focus shares details on the expert research and writings from many of our finest professors—people who spend their lives in pursuit of work that is bettering our communities, from advancing cybersecurity education to saving endangered sea turtles to improving health research to making Louisiana friendlier to bicyclists and pedestrians.
* “Following Enrique,” gives readers a chance to hear directly from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sonia Nazario, who visited UNO this fall to discuss her book, "Enrique’s Journey," chosen as the University’s Common Read selection for incoming freshmen.
* Our new “Then and Now” feature section gives a snapshot of the campus as many alumni remember it compared with how it looks today.
* Alumnotes, as always, is chock full of news from many of the thousands of graduates who make us proud day after day, year after year.
Silver & Blue is published twice a year. It is distributed across campus and is mailed to subscribers’ homes and businesses. Register to be a part of the UNO Alumni and Friend Community and you will be added to the magazine subscription list for future editions. In addition to being available in hard copy, the magazine is shared online.