Friday, Nov. 9, 2012

UNO Launches Week of Excellence

The University of New Orleans proudly launched a new presidential lecture series on Thursday with "Post 2012 Presidential Election: A Living Room Chat," featuring guest speakers James Carville and Mary Matalin.

The event, co-sponsored by the UNO Founders Club and the UNO President's Office kicked off the "Week of Excellence," five days of honor, glory, service and fun surrounding the investiture of UNO President Peter J. Fos, who will be formally installed on Monday as the university's first president and sixth leader at a formal ceremony at 2 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. Judging by attendance at Thursday night's lecture, the Week of Excellence is off to a galloping start.

"Just how good was the Carville/Matalin lecture last night at the University of New Orleans? It was high five good; it was fist clicking good; it was Drew Brees good. We hoped for 300, we got standing room with 800; we wanted media attention and we got the New York Times and WGNO-TV prime time. We wanted procedural excellence and got procedural greatness. We hoped for the best from Carville/Matalin, we got superb. Carville's tribute to UNO by stating publically UNO's critically essential role in this fantastic city's future was totally unexpected and delightful," said Bobby Eason, a leader of the Founders Club. "Give yourself a hand UNO, last night you were high flying chest bumping brilliant!"

America's favorite political couple bantered for 40 minutes fielding questions from DuBos before a standing room-only crowd in the University Center ballroom. The political pundits both said that history reveals itself and for the most part it may be too soon to tell what exactly impacted the 2012 national presidential election.

They chatted about response to Hurricane Sandy; "old white men;" past presidential elections and President Barack Obama's technological approach to tapping voters and turning out the national vote.

"The presentation will focus on all aspects of the election, including the efficacy of pre-election strategies by the candidates, election outcomes and implications for the next four years," Gambit weekly newspaper says.

UNO alumnus, Gambit publisher and award-winning political commentator Clancy DuBos will moderate the discussion, fielding a few questions from the audience. This talk is the first of the Homer L. Hitt Distinguished Lecture Series aimed to bring distinguished speakers from around the world to the University of New Orleans in an effort to stimulate, connect and educate the community. A $2 million capital campaign to endow the series has just begun.

To see the full schedule of events planned for the Week of Excellence surrounding the formal investiture of UNO President Peter J. Fos, visit the University's Investiture website. On Friday, head to Fan Fest at 4:30 p.m. outside the Lakefront Arena then join us inside at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. for the Privateers' basketball home opener, a men's and lady's doubleheader. Wear your blue and silver.