The University of New Orleans announced that Sodexo, Postlethwaite & Netterville, Geocent, and Martha and Gary Solomon Sr. will serve as presenting sponsors for a weeklong celebration of the University and its widespread impact during the past six decades. “Making History: A Celebration of University of New Orleans Leadership” will be highlighted by the investiture of President John W. Nicklow on Nov. 2 and the Distinguished Alumni Gala at the National WWII Museum on Nov 3. The gala will honor President Nicklow and 2016 UNO Homer Hitt Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, Mark Romig, who is the president and CEO of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation.
Current presenting sponsors have each invested $25,000 to support the Making History week, the proceeds of which will be used for student scholarships and alumni programs designed to support student success and strengthen alumni engagement.
“We are so thankful to our presenting sponsors who have ensured that not only will the Making History week be a tremendous success, but the ultimate beneficiaries will be University of New Orleans students,” Nicklow said. “Their generosity will help give students access to an outstanding education and a credential that can be life-changing.”
Sodexo is a multinational quality of life service company that provides facility services to the University of New Orleans. Postlethwaite & Netterville is the largest accounting and business advisory firm based in Louisiana and employs a large number of UNO graduates. Geocent is a Metairie-based IT and engineering company. Gary Solomon, a former UNO Homer Hitt Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, and his wife, Martha, are active leaders in the New Orleans business, civic and nonprofit communities.
President Nicklow will be formally installed as UNO’s seventh leader in an investiture ceremony on Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. in the Library Quad on the University’s campus. The Distinguished Alumni Gala will be held on Nov. 3 from 7-10 p.m. in the National WWII Museum’s United States Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center. The gala’s venue is a testament to UNO’s lasting impact on the community—the National WWII Museum was conceived in UNO’s history department by professors Stephen Ambrose and Nick Mueller, who currently serves as the museum’s president and CEO.
The Making History week will kick off with the Homer Hitt Distinguished Presidential Lecture, which will be delivered by U.S. District Court Judge Jay Zainey on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in the University Center’s Sen. Ted Hickey Ballroom. The lecture, which is presented by the University of New Orleans Founders Club, is free and open to the public.
For the full list of events, information on sponsorship opportunities or to buy gala tickets, visit: makinghistory.uno.edu.