‘Week of Excellence’ Events Surround UNO Presidential Investiture

The investiture ceremony of University of New Orleans President Peter J. Fos will be surrounded by five days of events during “the Week of Excellence,” from Thursday, November 8 to Monday, November 12.

The celebratory activities during the week are aimed at connecting students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends and reinvigorating university spirit on campus and in the community. 

President Fos will be formally installed as the University’s first president and sixth leader during the investiture ceremony on the afternoon of November 12. In December 2011, UNO moved from the LSU System to the University of Louisiana System. In the UL System, the chief executive of a university is the president. The investiture gala on evening of November 12 at the Hyatt Regency will raise funds for veteran scholarships at UNO. 

Here is an overview of the events:

  • Carville and Matalin Lecture. Thursday, November 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. The UNO Founders Club presents the Homer L. Hitt Lecture with James Carville and Mary Matlin. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.
  • Privateer Fan Fest. Friday, November 9 from 4:30-7:00 p.m. outside the UNO Lakefront Arena. The fest is a pre-game outdoor pep rally that will get fans ready for the men’s and women’s basketball teams’ home openers. It will feature live entertainment, games, food and drinks. The event is free and open to the public. The women’s basketball team plays Northwestern State at 6:00 p.m., followed by the men’s game against San Jose State.
  • UNO Day of Service. Saturday, November 9. There will be a campus beautification project for a limited number of volunteers from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. All other members of the UNO community are encouraged to wear UNO apparel and participate in a community service activity of their choice. Volunteers can send photos to pr@uno.edu and post updates on Twitter using the hashtag #UNOserves.
  • Investiture Ceremony. Monday, November 12 at 2:00 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. President Fos will be officially installed during this formal ceremony.
  • Investiture Gala. Monday, November 12 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. President Fos and Judge Jay Zainey, the 2012 UNO Alumnus of the Year, will be honored. The gala begins with a cocktail hour and includes a sit-down dinner and entertainment from Paul Varisco and the Milestones, followed by a one-hour performance by Irma Thomas. Gala tickets are $250 each. The proceeds from the event will be used for veteran scholarships at UNO. For more information, visit the Investiture website.