The University of New Orleans is calling all Privateers, past and present, to sport their silver and blue and head to out the UNO Lakefront Arena, Saturday, Feb. 4, to support UNO’s men’s and women’s basketball with a lively tailgate and great athletics.
The homecoming 2017 tailgate starts at 12:30 p.m. outside Lakefront Arena and leads up to the 4 p.m. match-up between the New Orleans Privateers women and Nicholls State, and the 6:15 p.m. contest between the men’s teams.
Students, alumni, employees, supporters and their families are all invited to enjoy a day of fun that includes carnival booths, inflatables, a 70-foot obstacle course, a gladiator joust, a bungee run, a bounce house, cotton candy and more.
The UNO International Alumni Association will be cooking up chili and hot dogs during the tailgate outside of the arena. In addition, Pontchartrain Halls will be hosting a 2 p.m. cookout on campus, with a shuttle bus available to transport students to the arena in time for the tailgate and basketball games. The shuttle will be available starting at 2:30 p.m. and will run every 20 minutes until 6 p.m. It will be also run every 20 minutes after the game from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The 2017 homecoming court will be presented at halftime during the men’s game and the names of the king and queen announced. The court includes senior Andrew Amaya-Shaw, junior Nora Bloemer, senior Mahammad Farooq, junior Hayley Herbert, senior Leroy Johnson III, sophomore Ariana Longoria, senior Paige Miller, senior Ana Maria Munoz, junior Dalton Sanford and senior Nicholas St. Amant.
The UNO International Alumni Association is also hosting a special reunion party for any alumni who graduates in the 1970s. The gathering will be held in the Privateer Room at the UNO Lakefront Arena beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tickets to the reunion event are $25 and include food, drinks and entrance to the game. They may be purchased online here.
Representatives from the University’s colleges and at least a dozen student organizations will be on hand at the arena, manning tables and sharing information with alumni, students and prospective students.
LeeAnne Sipe, director of student involvement and leadership at UNO, said she looks forward each year to bringing together the students and alumni who have spent years of their lives on the Lakefront campus and have come to see the campus as their “home.”
“It’s the pinnacle of school spirit for the year,” she said.
Student Nora Bloemer, a junior majoring in biological sciences, said that each year homecoming week amplifies the pride she already feels as a student at the Lakefront campus. “UNO is my home away from home and I've loved everything I've done here,” she said.
Homecoming 2017 is made possible with planning and support from the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership, the UNO International Alumni Association and the University of New Orleans Athletics.