When it came time to choose the cover story for the latest edition of Silver & Blue, the New Orleans Privateers men’s basketball team made it easy.
The team’s conference title win and return to the NCAA tournament for the first time in 21 years generated such a wave of excitement across the University of New Orleans campus and region that we couldn’t help but boast of being “Back on Top!” again.
But inside the new Spring 2017 issue of University of New Orleans’ bi-annual magazine for alumni, students and friends, Silver & Blue readers will find many other features and news items that illustrate all the ways this lakefront research institution and its people are pushing the bounds of social, cultural and scientific research while enriching student lives with peerless professors and life-changing opportunities.
Inside the 52-page magazine, readers will read about Mike Mosko, a graduating senior who was so inspired during a class on youth incarceration that he started an effort to help New Orleans-area incarcerated youth find healthy means of expression through writing and drawing.
There are stories about the Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies, which for 25 years has been generating social justice discourse stemming from Louisiana’s rich history, and the Creative Writing Workshop, which likewise has been nurturing writers for a quarter of a century.
Read about the inspiring faculty like Erik Hansen, assistant professor of film and theatre, and Lori Hodges, a math instructor, who both combine passion for their subject areas with an understanding of student needs to create classroom experiences that change lives.
Find out how one healthcare professor’s near-death patient experience inspired him to create an undergraduate research opportunity in partnership with University of Medical Center New Orleans. And learn more about Keeshawn Carter Davenport, the women’s basketball coach who has spent more than half of her life on UNO’s lakefront, as a student, an athlete and a coach.
Also inside are stories on the investiture ceremony for President John Nicklow, the University’s cutting-edge cybersecurity instruction research, its expanding Lester E. Kabacoff School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration program, students’ experiences learning abroad, and, as always, news and notes from our accomplished and beloved alumni.
Whew. And there’s a lot more in this issue that we haven’t mentioned.
Silver & Blue is being mailed to homes starting May 4. It can be found around campus starting this week and is also available online. As always, thanks! It’s the people of UNO who make telling UNO’s story so easy.