Monday, April 14, 2014

UNO Heads to the Capitol for UL System Day at the Louisiana Legislature


The University of New Orleans participated Wednesday in the University of Louisiana System Day at the Louisiana Legislature State Capitol Rotunda.

"The annual event is a unique opportunity for the University of Louisiana System member institutions to demonstrate the tremendous value each of the nine schools brings to the State of Louisiana," said Vice President of External Affairs Rachel Kincaid in correspondence to the UNO community.

At the event, each University of Louisiana System member institution highlighted their area of expertise, holding court at presentation booths festooned with university information. UNO highlighted the ways in which UNO supports its students who are pursuing degrees within Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The University's rotunda display communicated UNO's assets in Mathematics, demonstrating both how the Math Lab has tremendously helped improve UNO student's performance in mathematics and how it plays a role in students continuing to move forward in the STEM degree programs offered at UNO, for example.

The University of Louisiana System is the largest university system in the state. The nine University of Louisiana System member institutions invited their entire network of students, faculty and alumni to visit the rotunda during the University of Louisiana System Day at the Louisiana Legislature, Kincaid said. The fun-filled event enticed visitors with information, world-class brass and jambalaya. A jazz brunch held first thing in the morning allowed university officials to welcome and meet with lawmakers.

At ULS Day at the Louisiana Legislature, the University of Louisiana System member institutions conveyed to the legislators their support of the Workforce and Innovation For A Stronger Economy (WISE) Plan, which promises to strategically align $40 million of new investment in higher education with emerging economic growth sectors, the vice president said.

"There couldn't be a better time to inform legislators about the value the University of Louisiana System and its strong assets," said Kincaid.