Charles Clement Blancq III, a devoted jazz musician, historian and professor who taught at the University of New Orleans for 38 years, died May 7 in New Orleans. He was 77. Blancq joined the ...Read More
Chris W. Surprenant, associate professor of philosophy at the University of New Orleans, has been awarded $47,000 from the Louisiana Board of Regents through its Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars (ATLAS) program. The award will support the completion of a forthcoming book examining the role financial incentives have played in criminal justice and outlining what Surprenant believes are the critical first steps toward meaningful reform.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Twenty-three years ago, Google engineer Sabrina Farmer walked into the UNO Lakefront Arena wearing her commencement cap and gown with one memorable life goal: to make twice her mother's salary. When Farmer received her degree in computer science from the University of New Orleans that day, she became the first woman in her family to graduate from college. Farmer had been raised one of four girls in a single-income household in Marrero, La. Her mother worked paycheck-to-paycheck. Success, she thought, would be making enough to live in an apartment where she would be able to follow her own rules. Within a year of her graduation, Farmer accepted a job in Silicon Valley that paid twice her mother's salary. "Clearly, I met my expectations," Farmer said Friday, delivering the commencement address to more than 900 University of New Orleans graduates and their loved ones. "But, also, clearly, I underestimated myself."
Monday, May 14, 2018
Two prominent professional counseling organizations have recognized and awarded a student and faculty member from the University of New Orleans counselor education master's degree program.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
This year marks 60 years of the University of New Orleans. The spring 2018 issue of Silver & Blue magazine--the University's publication for alumni, students and friends--celebrates this anniversary by looking back at some of the trajectory-shaping numbers that have made New Orleans' only public research university a place where people come together to put their ideas into action.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
The University of New Orleans Department of English and Foreign Languages has been awarded $613,000 to revolutionize the way it delivers digital content for online courses while also expanding instruction in professional writing. Funding for the five-year comprehensive enhancement project comes from the Louisiana Board of Regents.
Monday, May 7, 2018
Seven University of New Orleans students have been awarded $20,000 scholarships through the United Negro College Fund's Koch Scholars program. Dominique Scott, Marvin Kador Jr., Garret McNally, Destiny Porter, Kayla Daigle, James Compton V and Kholbey Reid, all of whom entered the University as freshmen during the 2017-18 academic year, receive $5,000 per year for four years. The highly competitive program supports African-American college students who are interested in entrepreneurship, innovation and economics.
Friday, May 4, 2018
Sudha Krishnaswami's finance classes are so incredible, she has been known to convert non-finance majors to embrace, love and major in the subject. Elizabeth Steeby and Randy Bates propelled their work as professors of literature and writing to launch an ongoing service learning project that brings student teachers into New Orleans' jail every week to teach literacy and creative writing to female inmates. Erik Hansen is known to be a talented screenwriting instructor, but his colleagues say his phenomenal commitment to student development underpins that work. His mentorship gives students confidence to teach, write, fail and improve. University of New Orleans Provost Mahyar Amouzegar on April 24 honored these four outstanding faculty members with the institution's inaugural Faculty Excellence Awards.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Privateers Head Basketball Coach Mark Slessinger has been named the University of New Orleans 2017 Service with Jazz Employee of the Year. The award is given annually to one person who demonstrates strong characteristics in work ethic, customer service, commitment, loyalty and motivation. Slessinger, who joined the University in June of 2011, lead the men's basketball team to a conference championship in the spring of 2017, making UNO the only Louisiana school to participate in March Madness. He is a tireless champion for all things Privateer and has become known as much for his coaching as his commitment to mentorship and volunteerism.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Langston Williams didn't start off with a plan to make a social commentary as his master's thesis film at the University of New Orleans. But the summer after Williams finished writing the screenplay for a horror short, a 37-year-old named Alton Sterling was shot by police officers in Baton Rouge. Williams discovered then that he had an entirely different screenplay in him - one about race, police brutality and the media. "The story almost wrote itself," said Williams (M.F.A.,'17). Now, Williams' 25-minute short film, "Stay Woke," is racking up honors on the film festival circuit and, most impressively, has being invited to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival's Short Film Corner on May 17, a first for a student film made through UNO's Department of Film & Theatre program.
Friday, April 27, 2018
"Your Story, Our Story" is a digital project by the Tenement Museum in New York that is partnering with The Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies to collect family stories from the public about immigration and migration through objects, photographs and other personal items. The project will be on display throughout the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, April 27-May 6, inside the Cultural Pavillion. Here, visitors will be able to interact with the stories through a large touchscreen monitor. Students from the University of New Orleans Department of History will staff the booth throughout the event and will be able to answer questions from visitors who may be interested in sharing their own stories and artifacts with the site, which anyone is welcome to access online.
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Over the course of two days, about 200 undergraduate students from nine Louisiana universities performed, exhibited, talked and presented the research and scholarly work they've been immersed in through their studies at University of Louisiana System institutions. Hosted for the first time by the University of New Orleans, the 7th Annual Academic Summit also brought together faculty and students who use their studies as a means to give back to their communities through service learning.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Are you a Louisiana teacher seeking a great summer professional development in the areas of math and science?Yvelyne Germain-McCarthy, Ivan Gill and Thomas Wright, faculty members in the University of New Orleans Department of Education and Human Development, invite you to one of two 10-day math and science institutes this June.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
The Greater New Orleans Writing Project, housed in the University of New Orleans English Department, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this summer with its 2018 Invitational Summer Institute. The 40th annual Summer Institute is a two-part, six-hour graduate level course open to teachers of all grades and subjects. The professional development experience will give both new and experienced teachers the opportunity to research and develop best practices in the teaching of writing while developing better strategies for incorporating writing into their classroom instruction.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Eighteen University of New Orleans students headed to New York City in March to serve as delegates at the National Model United Nations conference. Representing the West African country known as the Republic of The Gambia, the students spent five full days immersed in discussion of global issues, including international migration, cybersecurity, sexual exploitation, pollution and marine life, instability on the Horn of Africa and halting the use of chemical weapons. Fueled sometimes by pizza and granola bars, the students kept a schedule that had them going from morning until night. As in past years, their work stood apart. The team won a "Distinguished Delegation" award, given to only 36 delegations out of approximately 200 total participating and considered the second highest honor awarded at the event.
Friday, April 13, 2018
Two new exhibitions from University of New Orleans fine arts graduate students Ruth Owens and Natalie Woodlock will open at the UNO-St. Claude Gallery with a reception on Saturday, April 14 from 6-9 p.m.
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Theatre UNO, the theatre production arm of the University of New Orleans Department of Film and Theatre, closes its 2017-18 season with performances of two Henrik Ibsen plays featuring female lead characters who were both scandalous in their day. "A Doll's House" and "Hedda Gabbler" will be performed April 12-29 in repertory, or by the same group of artists during the same time period, at the Robert E. Nims Theatre inside the Performing Arts Center on the University of New Orleans campus.
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Arnold R. Hirsch, a University of New Orleans history professor for 31 years, passed away on March 18 at age 69.
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Google engineer and University of New Orleans alumna Sabrina Farmer will serve as the principal speaker at the University's spring commencement on May 11, 2018.
Monday, April 2, 2018
The University of New Orleans is gearing up for the fall 2018 semester by hosting a series of freshman, transfer and new student orientations designed to give incoming students the edge they need to start the year off with success. Here's everything students and parents need to know to decide what orientation is right for you.
Thursday, March 29, 2018
The University of New Orleans on Wednesday launched a redesigned website that is as vibrant as the community it serves. Using images and information that authentically convey the experience of being a part of UNO, the new website includes a number of features that will make it easier for future students and other key constituents to explore their potential at New Orleans' only public research university.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
The Creative Writing Workshop at the University of New Orleans on Thursday March 22 takes visitors into the world of Young Adult fiction by welcoming two authors--Daniel José Older and Jimmy Cajoleas--to campus to discuss their work.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
The University of New Orleans is making significant progress toward increasing enrollment, bolstering research and improving community and business partnerships. That's the report University of New Orleans President John Nicklow gave during his his biannual State of the University address before UNO faculty and staff Thursday afternoon.
Friday, March 16, 2018
It was an isolating experience to be the first black undergraduate enrolled at Louisiana State University. The year was 1953 and Alexander P. Tureaud Jr., who was assigned to an un-airconditioned dormitory under Tiger Stadium, says he frequently found himself commiserating with Mike the Tiger over their shared captivity. Tureaud's father, an attorney for the NAACP, had filed a lawsuit to enable his son to attend the university, which appeared to offer the best education at the time. "It was the worst experience I ever had," he remembered at the University of New Orleans Sunday, March 11, when he shared a roundtable with two other heavy-hitters of the Louisiana civil rights movement. His statements came on the final day of "Making New Orleans Home: A Tricentennial Symposium," a four-day, public event that brought together journalists, historians, authors and musicians to explore the city's evolution as a home to a diverse people. Beside Tureaud were Raphael Cassimere Jr., UNO professor emeritus of history who received his bachelor's and master's degrees from UNO, and Doratha "Dodie" Smith-Simmons, who became active with the NAACP Youth Council and the New Orleans Congress of Racial Equality when she was a teenager.
Thursday, March 15, 2018
The University of New Orleans Center for Hazards Assessment, Response and Technology (UNO-CHART) and a coalition of local partners will receive two grants, totaling $1 million, from the Rockefeller Foundation to create a series of roundtable discussions designed to build a portfolio of best practices that address global climate change.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
A new solo exhibition from University of New Orleans fine arts graduate student Ashley Hope will open at the UNO-St. Claude Gallery Saturday, March 10 and run through April 7, 2018.
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Nearly 400 future University of New Orleans students visited campus Saturday for a chance to learn more about New Orleans' only public research university and, in some cases, to compete for scholarship dollars. Explore UNO, the University's annual spring open house, drew more families than ever before, with an estimated 868 visitors participating, including 67 incoming freshmen who interviewed in person for the prestigious Homer Hitt Scholarship and 24 President's Scholarship winners who competed on-site for additional scholarship dollars. "It's students like you who make a university what it is," University of New Orleans President John Nicklow told the Homer Hitt interviewees, who were among 80 students total vying for the four-year $65,716 scholarship available to students with at least a score of 30 on the ACT, 1400 on the SAT and a 3.5 GPA or higher.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
The University of New Orleans Center for Hazards Assessment, Response and Technology (UNO-CHART) is part of team that was awarded nearly $300,000 for a project aimed at helping Louisiana's coastal communities develop resiliency plans before disaster strikes.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Sixteen-time Grammy Award-winning banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck will teach a master class at the University of New Orleans on Friday, March 16. Fleck's appearance at the University coincides with the March 15-17 premiere of his Banjo Concerto, a piece commissioned by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts in celebration of New Orleans' tricentennial
Friday, February 16, 2018
The University of New Orleans will host the concluding events in what promises to be an historic and engaging four-day symposium celebrating New Orleans' Tricentennial. "Making New Orleans Home: A Tricentennial Symposium," March 8-11, is sponsored by the Historic New Orleans Collection and the City of New Orleans 2018 Tricentennial Commission's Cultural and Historical Committee. The symposium explores the 300-year history of how New Orleans came to be inhabited by diverse, vibrant people and how, in turn, the concept of home has been central to the life and culture of the city. On March 11, the events come to the University of New Orleans' Senator Ted Hickey Ballroom and Gallery Lounge in the University Center, where attendees will hear from local historians and experts about the history of the city's immigrant populations, music and more.
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Panagiotis Markopoulos, a fall 2017 graduate of the Ph.D. counselor education program at the University of New Orleans, received the Graduate Student Research Award from the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors during its world conference, which took place Feb. 1-3 in New Orleans. Markopoulos was recognized for his dissertation work, which explores the use of virtual reality (VR) technology in the treatment of children with autism.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Grammy Award nominee and University of New Orleans alumnus Jamison Ross will kick off the spring 2018 season of the acclaimed Jazz at the Sandbar concert series when he performs Wednesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. at The Cove on UNO's campus.
Thursday, February 8, 2018
The housing corporation for a former University of New Orleans fraternity chapter has donated $112,000--originally raised to buy a fraternity house--for a student scholarship at the University. With the gift, the Phi Kappa Theta New Orleans Building Association will establish the Phi Kappa Theta Legacy Endowed Scholarship, which will support the educational needs of UNO students.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Beads flew. Capes swished. Horns blared. The 6th Annual Krewe of UNO Mardi Gras parade wound through the University of New Orleans campus on Tuesday, with President John Nicklow and Stacy Nicklow leading the procession aboard a rolling pirate ship fully stocked with Privateer-blue cups and beads. Under the theme, "Six Decades of Celebration," a salute to the University's 60 years, 37 campus organizations and departments participated in the parade and seemed undeterred by the intermittent rain that started to fall mid-way through the route. Sophie B. Wright Charter School marching band joined the krewe, providing tunes to fuel the celebration.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Ray Wang spent hour upon hour in the library when he was in graduate school. As a Chinese-born international student pursuing his master's and doctoral degrees at Northern Illinois University in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Wang came to view the university library as a home base of sorts. When other students packed up and headed home for the holidays, Wang would pack up his book bag and find retreat in the stacks and study spaces of the campus bibliotheca. "I really formed this affinity for libraries," said Wang, newly named University of New Orleans dean of the library and information services. "They helped me to write papers, find information." Wang comes to UNO from California State Polytechnic University, where he led its library for nine years. While he began his academic studies in the United States with an intention of returning to China to teach English, Wang's fondness for academic libraries and their unique ability to serve students at all levels quickly began to drive his career.
Friday, February 2, 2018
The University of New Orleans has awarded nearly $300,000 in research grants and awards to 21 faculty members and 20 undergraduate students. During a Jan. 24 awards presentation hosted by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs that underscored the power of research and the opportunities that exist for UNO scholars at all levels, leaders highlighted the interesting work and accomplishments that are happening on all areas of campus.
Monday, January 29, 2018
Three hundred people and infinite alumni pride packed the elegant Waldorf Astoria Ballroom at The Roosevelt New Orleans Tuesday as the University of New Orleans celebrated its inaugural class of UNO 25. The event, presented by Hancock Whitney, honored 25 high-impact businesses owned or led by graduates of the University of New Orleans. "I am fond of saying that greater New Orleans doesn't really work without the University of New Orleans," said President John Nicklow, who served as the master of ceremonies. "I hope you will leave today with an even greater appreciation for the truth of that statement."
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Thirteen University of New Orleans students were honored Friday for their academic accomplishments, hard work, ambition and campus involvement, among other attributes. The Women's Center of UNO celebrated these female students during its Scholarship & Book Awards Ceremony on Jan. 19.
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
For the last three years, UNO Press Editor-in-Chief Abram Himelstein has led a class of graduate students on a journey to fall in love. Relationship terms like "emotional investment" and "shotgun marriage" pepper his instruction as he works with UNO Press Managing Editor GK Darby and about 14 Creative Writing Workshop and English master's degree students to select a manuscript they believe in and then work to make it a compelling--and hopefully successful--work of published literature. So far, their University of New Orleans Publishing Lab course has been prolific, producing two books with a third in process. As of Jan. 1, the lab also started accepting submissions for a fourth book through its 2018 University of New Orleans Lab Prize contest--a fiction contest with an $18 submission fee that has grown exponentially in popularity, from 75 submissions its first two years to a whopping 577 in 2017. The results to date have been exciting.
Monday, January 8, 2018
The University of New Orleans has been awarded a $201,000 Major Initiatives grant from the National Historic Preservation and Records Commission (NHPRC), a division of the National Archives, to support Freedom on the Move, a collaborative digital database of fugitive slave advertisements currently under development.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Paul Chalmers "Chal" Beisenherz, professor emeritus who taught science education at the University of New Orleans for 28 years, died Oct. 16 in Seattle, Wash. He was 78.
Friday, December 15, 2017
Joan Higginbotham, one of only three African-American women to have traveled to space, delivered a commencement address that urged graduates to surround themselves with good people who give honest and supportive feedback; to be prepared to take an interest in the opportunities that arise, however unexpected they may be; and to avoid devaluing their worth by comparing themselves with others.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Poet Carolyn Hembree, assistant professor of English, has been named the 2016-17 recipient of the University of New Orleans Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award. Since she began teaching at the University of New Orleans 15 years ago, Hembree has earned a reputation among students and colleagues as a high-energy, devoted instructor who helps students at all levels find their voice, connect with literature and immerse themselves in rigorous critical exercises that improve their reading and sharpen their writing. "This teacher changed the way I feel about school," wrote one student in an evaluation of Hembree's instruction.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
As the fall semester draws to a close, University of New Orleans students are sorting through spring 2018 course offerings to find classes that fit their schedules, their degree requirements and their interests. Here are three new class offerings that are already generating buzz.
Monday, December 11, 2017
It's not an easy thing to save a language. But New Orleans musician Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes and University of New Orleans anthropologist Rachel Breunlin of The Neighborhood Story Project are giving it their best shot. For the last three years, the pair have been collaborating with Lafayette musician Leroy Etienne, L'Union Creole and the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park on a project called Le Kér Creole (translated "The Creole Heart"), a forthcoming CD and book that together aim to preserve and repatriate Creole language, history and music in a city that has tended to forget it. The project includes new, original compositions by Barnes and Etienne as well as some historic pieces, all of which are transcribed in their original language and translated into English. On Friday, Dec. 8, The Neighborhood Story Project hosts a free live jazz concert and art show at its headquarters, 2202 Lapeyrouse St, in celebration of Le Kér Creole and the stories and legacy that inspired it. The event, which will go from 6 to 9 p.m., will feature Don Vappie, Louis Ford and the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park's Arrowhead Jazz Band, as well as L'Union Creole.
Monday, December 4, 2017
The University of New Orleans' bi-annual magazine for alumni, students and friends, Silver & Blue seeks to share the stories of the University's doers--people who continually push beyond what is expected to pursue what is great, even in the face of long odds. The latest issue of Silver & Blue--just like the University of New Orleans--is brimming with stories of determined doers.
Monday, November 20, 2017
The University of New Orleans has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the French Embassy in the United States as part of the Transatlantic Friendship and Mobility Initiative, which is aimed at increasing the number of students from the U.S. studying abroad in France.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
The University of New Orleans Survey Research Center has released the results of a telephone survey on the 2017 New Orleans mayoral runoff.
Monday, November 13, 2017
A University of New Orleans graduate student has been recognized as an outstanding student of the year by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Ian Butler-Severson, a UNO Transportation Institute (UNOTI) research assistant, will be honored at the next annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board, a unit of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which takes place in Washington, D.C. in January 2018.
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Former NASA astronaut Joan E. Higginbotham will serve as the principal speaker at the University of New Orleans fall commencement ceremony on December 12, 2017 at 3 p.m. in the UNO Lakefront Arena.
Thursday, November 9, 2017
As a partner in the fourth edition of Prospect New Orleans, The UNO-St. Claude Gallery will feature the work of artist Jeff Whetstone from Nov. 18, 2017 - Feb. 25, 2018.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
The fourth floor of Earl K. Long Library was abuzz last week as about 200 people presented their research and creative work during Innovate UNO, the University of New Orleans' two-day showcase of scholarly activity by faculty and students. Ninety undergraduate students were among the participants in the 2017 event Nov. 1-2, sharing information about their study and research through poster displays, oral presentations, art exhibition, performance or film screenings.
Monday, November 6, 2017
Theatre UNO, the production arm of the University of New Orleans Department of Film and Theatre, continues its 2017-18 performance season with "The Royale" by Marco Ramirez. Performances run from Nov. 9-19 at the Performing Arts Center's Robert E. Nims Theatre on the UNO campus.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
For all the beauty around them, there was something else on the minds of these 12 University of New Orleans students as they took this 30-minute drive to a field outside of Hohenthurn, Austria, five days a week for five weeks: the plane crash of Capt. Lawrence Dickson, a Tuskegee Airman who'd been missing for more than seven decades. This was near where Dickson was last sighted Dec. 23, 1944 while flying a reconnaissance mission during World War II.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
University of New Orleans music professor Yotam Haber is one of six composers to be awarded a commission by the Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress. Haber will be writing a work for soprano and chamber ensemble for the New York-based Collide-O-Scope Music. The coveted commissions are granted jointly by the foundation and the performing organizations that will present performances of the newly composed works.
Friday, October 27, 2017
Eighty University of New Orleans students participated in a day-long job shadowing experience earlier this month, connecting them with potential employers and giving them first-hand insight into what it might be like to work at Marriott New Orleans, WS Nelson Engineering, Laitram or Fifth District Savings Bank.
Friday, October 27, 2017
In addition to 2017 Homer L. Hitt Distinguished Alumna of the Year Rep. Julie Stokes, the University of New Orleans will also honor distinguished alumni from its four academic colleges, interdisciplinary studies and athletics at the Distinguished Alumni Gala. The celebration will be held Thursday, Nov. 2 from 7-10 p.m. at the National WWII Museum's United States Freedom Pavilion.
Friday, October 27, 2017
It's Monday night, so Elizabeth Steeby is standing on a moving body scan machine in the lobby of New Orleans' jail. The University of New Orleans associate professor of English stares ahead, her hands resting near her thighs, until an olive-jacketed sheriff's deputy staring at a computer screen waves her off. "Please empty your pockets," the deputy tells Steeby's companion, Phinnie Zahareas, a writer and graduate of UNO's Master of Fine Arts program in fiction writing. The pair are part of a volunteer corps of creative writing teachers who make weekly treks to the Orleans Justice Center, where they offer female inmates a chance to leave their cells for an hour to read and talk about writing and channel their experiences and memories into words on paper.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
University of New Orleans President John Nicklow on Tuesday vowed a two-phase boost in employee salaries in 2018, bringing to an end a decade without pay increases. Delivering his bi-annual State of the University address before faculty and staff Oct. 17, the president described a University in transition, one that is turning the tide on years of enrollment declines through intentional and targeted outreach, strategic investment in research and expanded community partnerships.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
University of New Orleans professor John Kiefer was honored with the Donato J. Pugliese Award on Friday, Oct. 6 during the annual meeting of the Southeastern Conference for Public Administration (SECoPA) in Miami, Fla. The Pugliese Award recognizes a senior member of the conference who has made significant contributions to the organization and to the profession of public service.
Monday, October 9, 2017
An exhibition entitled "Lakeshore Drive" opens at the UNO-St. Claude Gallery with a reception Saturday, Oct. 14 from 6-9 p.m.
Monday, October 9, 2017
Real estate executive Robert Merrick's support of the University of New Orleans spans nearly three decades. His most recent example of philanthropy may be his most visible. The University held a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for the Robert W. Merrick/ Latter & Blum Patio. The refurbished water feature and adjacent grounds represent a major upgrade to the area of campus between the Amphitheatre and the Earl K. Long Library and have become a favorite place for students to study and relax. "This beautiful patio area has transformed this part of campus," said President John Nicklow. "Hands down, it's the most soothing place on campus. And in my opinion, it has enhanced Privateer Pride."
Thursday, October 5, 2017
The 28th annual New Orleans Film Festival will feature the work of several University of New Orleans students, alumni and faculty.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
The University of New Orleans announced that the 2017-18 Musical Excursions series will feature Kenny Broberg, a silver medalist in the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, on Oct. 9; world-acclaimed and Grammy-nominated classical guitarist Paul Galbraith on Oct. 24; the award-winning Prima Trio on November 14; and Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev, 2005 winner of the World Piano Competition, on March 20, 2018.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Theatre UNO, the production arm of the University of New Orleans Department of Film and Theatre, opens its 2017-18 season on Friday, Sept. 29 with the Tony Award-winning musical "Urinetown" by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis. The play is produced in partnership with The NOLA Project, an ensemble-driven theatre company founded in 2005.
Monday, September 25, 2017
The University of New Orleans has awarded the Joseph Patrick Uddo Scholarship in Screenwriting for the 2017-18 academic year to Daniel J. Green. The scholarship, which provides a total of $1,500 in tuition and fees for a full academic year, honors the memory of Uddo, a filmmaker and New Orleans native who died in 2008.
Monday, September 25, 2017
New Orleans' musical patriarch and University of New Orleans jazz studies professor emeritus Ellis Marsalis will kick of the fall 2017 Jazz at the Sandbar series. Now in its 28th year, the acclaimed series opens Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Sandbar at The Cove on UNO's campus.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
The University of New Orleans has been named the Best College for Lowest Student Loan Debt in Louisiana by LendEDU. In its Student Loan Debt by School by State 2017 Report, it found nationwide that 60 percent of graduates had student debt and the average graduate owed $27,975. The rankings are based on average student loan debut per borrower at graduation.
Friday, September 15, 2017
Chris W. Surprenant, associate professor of philosophy at the University of New Orleans, has been awarded a Galsworthy Fellowship from the Center for the Study of Human Flourishing at King's College in New York City.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Fifteen percent increases in enrollment of new freshmen and new graduate students have led to the best year-to-year percentage change in total enrollment at the University of New Orleans in eight years. The fall 2017 semester also represents the largest percentage increase in total undergraduate students at the University in eight years. The University's total 2017 enrollment is 7,976 compared to 8,037 in the fall of 2016, a change of less than three-quarters of one percent.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Two concurrent, solo exhibitions from University of New Orleans fine arts graduate students will open at the UNO-St. Claude Gallery Saturday, Sept. 9 and run through Oct. 8, 2017. The exhibits feature thesis projects of MFA students Harper Hair and Erika Lehrmann.
Friday, September 1, 2017
It's one thing to pick a career. It's another to find your calling. The offices of First Year Experience, Career Services and Alumni Affairs are on a mission to help University of New Orleans students do both. In coordination with the current Common Read selection, "Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work" by StoryCorps founder Dave Isay, the University of New Orleans will host two events Sept. 18 and 19 that are designed to help challenge students to consider how they can leverage their personal interests into satisfying careers that align with their personal missions.
Friday, September 1, 2017
Ben Samuel, Tracey Knaus, Matthew Scalco and Christopher Harshaw, David Podgorski and Christopher Belser join the University of New Orleans faculty this fall, bringing with them distinct research interests that blend innovation with academic insight to solve difficult problems and create exciting opportunities for students.
Friday, August 25, 2017
The University of New Orleans Research and Technology Park generated an economic impact of $472.1 million in the eight-parish metro area in 2016, according to a new analysis. During that time, the UNO Research and Technology Foundation and its 34 tenant companies and organizations directly employed 1,678 people and generated nearly half a billion dollars in total direct, indirect and induced economic output.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Hundreds of people converged on the University of New Orleans Monday to turn their eyes skyward and witness the rare passage of the moon between the earth and the sun. Students, teachers, parents, academics, alumni, faculty, staff and visitors from all over the city took a pause from their daily activities as they gathered at Earl K. Long Library with special eclipse glasses and homemade eclipse viewers fashioned from cardboard.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
The University of New Orleans Class of 2021 came together on Monday to launch the 2017-18 school year with a formal convocation, dinner and games at the UNO Lakefront Arena--the same venue where they will eventually receive their degrees.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
A new exhibition opens at the UNO-St. Claude Gallery on Saturday, Aug. 12 featuring works by Sarah Marshall, associate professor of studio art at the University of Alabama.
Friday, August 11, 2017
The University of New Orleans is gearing up for the Week of Welcome, a week of events designed to embrace and celebrate all of our students and especially those who are new to campus.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded nearly $325,000 to Freedom on the Move, a project that aims to digitize 100,000 fugitive slave advertisements that were published in American newspapers through the end of the Civil War in an effort to expand common understanding about these people's lives. Mary Niall Mitchell, the University of New Orleans Ethel & Herman L. Midlo Chair in New Orleans Studies and the Joseph Tregle Professor in Early American History, is one of three historians leading Freedom on the Move, along with Josh Rothman of the University of Alabama and Ed Baptist of Cornell University. The effort seeks to create the single richest source of data possible for understanding the lives of enslaved people--one that the historians want to make accessible to all who seek it, especially educators.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
State Rep. Julie Stokes has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 University of New Orleans Homer L. Hitt Distinguished Alumni Award. The UNO International Alumni Association will present Stokes with its highest honor at the Distinguished Alumni Gala, which will take place on Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. in the National WWII Museum's United States Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
The University of New Orleans Master's in Teaching (MAT) has been ranked among the top 30 programs of its kind in the country.
Monday, August 7, 2017
A $600,000 bequest from University of New Orleans alumna Margaret Boudreaux Soniat will benefit student scholarships at her alma mater. Soniat, who passed away in 2013, earned two degrees from the University. The gift has prompted the University to announce that it has a new goal to raise $5 million by the end of 2017.
Monday, August 7, 2017
The University of New Orleans Transportation Institute conducted its inaugural National Summer Transportation Institute on Thursday, July 20 for a group of 14 boys who spent the day visiting transportation hubs around New Orleans.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
The University of New Orleans is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The Princeton Review features UNO in the new 2018 edition of its college guide, "The Best 382 Colleges." Only about 15 percent of America's 2,500 four-year colleges, plus two colleges outside the U.S., are profiled in the book. Published since 1992, the popular guide has detailed profiles with ratings scores in eight categories.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
NASA's Astro Camp came to the University of New Orleans July 24-28 and got 17 campers in grades five through seven super excited about all things space.
Monday, July 31, 2017
The University of New Orleans has announced that prospective students from metropolitan New Orleans will no longer have to pay a fee to apply to the University for admission. The change in policy affects applicants who reside in the eight parish metro area: Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist and St. Tammany parishes.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
The University of New Orleans Office of Research and Sponsored Programs announced that more than $210,000 will be awarded to faculty researchers in the form of internal grants.
Monday, July 24, 2017
Historian William "Bill" Savage, a longtime professor of history at the University of New Orleans, died July 12. His colleagues remembered him as a stalwart member of the first generation of scholars to come to the University following its founding in 1958.
Thursday, July 20, 2017
About 400 students, educators and dignitaries gathered in Innsbruck, Austria, earlier this month to celebrate the opening of the 42nd UNO-Innsbruck International Summer School. The summer program marked the enrollment of the program's 10,000th student, a milestone for this student-focused international education program that draws participants from several U.S. universities as well as the University of Innsbruck.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
When real estate executive, philanthropist and New Orleans native Bob Merrick thinks about the city he loves, the city where he has built the Gulf South's largest full-service real estate brokerage firm, he sees one university at its center: the University of New Orleans. That's why Merrick, chairman and CEO of Latter & Blum, Inc., and his company are responsible for more than $2 million in charitable donations to the city's only publicly funded research institution over the years. This week, Merrick announced his latest gift of $300,000 for student scholarships. Merrick's donation enables the University to exceed its $1 million fundraising goal in an initiative that University of New Orleans President John Nicklow first announced last November. It also challenges other donors to raise another $500,000 for student scholarships.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
The UNO-St. Claude Gallery, in collaboration with Good Company Theatre, will host a reading of the play "Diamond Dust" by Claire Bernstein. The special event takes place Saturday, July 22 from 6-9 p.m. with a small reception to follow.
Friday, July 14, 2017
Merge history, public radio and a 300-year-old city with a million hidden stories and here's what you get: "TriPod: New Orleans at 300," an award-winning radio show and podcast that brings local history to listeners every week. Created with major support from the University of New Orleans Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies and the Historic New Orleans Collection, each episode lifts the veil on a part of New Orleans history for the modern-day listener through an unusual collaboration between historians, archivists and journalists.
Friday, July 14, 2017
The University of New Orleans is a national leader when it comes to providing equal access to higher education for students from all income levels, according to a new report by the Brookings Institution. UNO ranked third in the nation among all selective, four-year, public research universities for educating the highest share of students from the lowest income households, according to the report titled "Ladder, labs or laggards? Which public universities contribute the most." At UNO, 16.6 percent of students come from families with income levels in the lowest 20 percent. That's more than double the national average, according to the research Brookings provided based on data from 342 public universities.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Two representatives from the University of New Orleans Transportation Institute (UNOTI) won awards from the greater New Orleans chapter of the Women in Transportation Seminar (WTS). Associate director Carol Short was named member of the year, and research associate Tara Tolford won an award for transportation innovation.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Two University of New Orleans-led research projects received a total of nearly $650,000 through the first round of Louisiana's RESTORE Act Center of Excellence grant process. Funding for the research program comes from fines and penalties in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
The University of New Orleans on Thursday unveiled a newly dedicated space where students who are military veterans can find administrative assistance and peer camaraderie. Located on the first floor of the Earl K. Long Library, the Veterans Service Center is designed to be a convenient resource and gathering spot for veterans and current military personnel who have chosen to pursue their academic goals at the University of New Orleans. It is nestled in the same corridor as First-Year Experience, Financial Aid and Enrollment Services and will house the Veterans Affairs Office.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Students at one university in China are becoming very familiar with a New Orleans neighborhood thanks to a recent collaboration with University of New Orleans Department of Planning and Urban Studies associate professor Michelle Thompson. Thompson, who is the project manager for WhoData.org, a web-based community mapping information service supported by the Department of Planning and Urban Studies (PLUS), traveled to Xi'An China in April to present a four-day workshop on the theory and practice of geographic information systems. In the process, the students learned about developing affordable housing to remediate blight in one section of New Orleans' Central City.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Theatre UNO's production of "The Aliens," a drama centered around a high school dropout and a college dropout loitering behind a Vermont coffee shop, received eight national awards at the 49th annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
The University of New Orleans honored its graduates' accomplishments Saturday during a commencement ceremony that challenged them to move ahead with a mindset of service, integrity and excellence. Commencement speaker U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Chad Franks, a 1990 graduate of the University of New Orleans, drew on his 27-year military career as he sought to encourage graduates to approach their lives and careers with zeal, commitment and hard work.
Monday, May 15, 2017