New Students Aglow with Fun at UNO Blackout Party

New students at the University of New Orleans were aglow this weekend following Friday night fun at a Blackout Party held for new students on campus.

“Basically it is a big glow-in-the-dark dance party with free food and music,” said Christy Heaton, associate director for orientation and first-year student success at UNO. “Glow sticks are aplenty and it is just a fun way to kick off the weekend before school starts. It also gives new students the chance to reconnect with students they met at orientation, Privateer Camp, or Transfer Retreat for Leadership."

The annual event for new students, co-hosted by UNO's Office of Admissions and the Office of Student Involvement, helped to end the first week of the Privateer Plunge, a six-week welcome for new students that is now in its second year at UNO. New students are expected to attend at least 12 events, within the first six weeks at UNO.

Full of workshops, parties, demonstrations and other events, the Privateer Plunge provides new students a variety of opportunities to understand available resources and to meet UNO students, faculty and administrators.

The six-week orientation challenge for new students is divided into four tracks – blue, silver, red and green – representing academic opportunities and traditions; social and cultural events and opportunities; health, wellness and personal development, and community service and leadership. This year, awards will be given to students who have attended the most events.