March 19, 2015

UNO Student Government Honors "Proud Privateers"

The University of New Orleans Student Government establishes a tradition of honoring "Proud Privateers."The University of New Orleans Student Government establishes a tradition of honoring "Proud Privateers."

The University of New Orleans Student Government hosted its inaugural Proud Privateers Recognition Banquet this spring.

“Our advisor, LeeAnne Sipe, always talks to us about having an ‘attitude of gratitude’ and says that if we look for positivity, we will always find it. It got me thinking about the people here who have really made my life better at UNO and what we could do to let them know we appreciate them,” said Student Government Vice President Jessica Willis, of the event.

“I brought the idea to the SG execs and President Teagle agreed to fund Proud Privateers.”

Student Government executive officers, senators, justices and committee members were invited to nominate one or two individuals at the University who have made positive impacts on their collegiate experience. Twenty-one students nominated 25 faculty and staff as “proud privateers” to be recognized at the banquet.

Nominees enjoyed dinner on March 15 seated next to the students who nominated them and received a certificate in recognition for their positive efforts.

“Having students write nomination letters encouraged them to be more reflective,” said LeeAnne Sipe, assistant director of student involvement at UNO and an advisor to Student Government. “Some of the nominations were really heartwarming, so we were sure to include them on the certificates that the nominees received.”

Nancy Easterlin, a UNO research professor of English and professor of women’s and gender studies, was nominated by IDS Senator Michelle Lepori.

“All of us were very grateful and appreciate the thoughtfulness of the student representatives who felt this was an especially appropriate honor during this trying time for UNO,” Easterlin said.

Given the event's inaugural success, the UNO Student Government hopes to establish and continue hosting the Proud Privateers Recognition Banquet as a longstanding campus tradition, Willis said.

The following faculty and staff were recognized at the banquet:

  • Dr. Ed Chervenak, Instructor of Political Science, was nominated by SG Pro Tempore Hunter Christopher
  • Dr. Stephen Crow, Professor of Management, was nominated by SG Vice President Jessica Willis
  • Dr. Christine Day, Professor of Political Science, was nominated by SG Senators Joy Ballard and Joshua Lambert
  • Brydia Dukes, Accounting Specialist II, was nominated by SG Senator Denise Bauer-Banks
  • David Dupree, Chief Information Officer, was nominated by SG Secretary of State Kristin Trahan
  • Dr. Nancy Easterlin, Research Professor of English and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, was nominated by SG Senator Michelle Lepori
  • Dr. Peter J. Fos, President of the University, was nominated by SG President David Teagle
  • Dan Harper, Associate Director of Interdisciplinary Studies, was nominated by SG Senator Teresa Fleming
  • Christy Heaton, Associate Director of Orientation and First Year Success, was nominated by SG Justice Meara McNitt
  • Lawrence Jones, Custodian II in the University Center, was nominated by SG President David Teagle
  • Dr. Brett Kemker, Vice President of Student Affairs, was nominated by SG Justice Shawn Waltz
  • Dale O’Neill, Director of Student Involvement and Leadership, was nominated by SG Vice President Jessica Willis
  • LaJana Paige, Business Manager for Student Affairs, was nominated by SG Travel Graduate Assistant, Andrea Panzeca
  • Cat Polivoda, Student Success Counselor in First Year Experience, was nominated by SG Senator Chance Aucoin
  • Nicole Ralston, Student Success Counselor in First Year Experience, was nominated by SG Clerk of Court Alyssa Aleman
  • Dr. Charles Seab, Professor of Physics, was nominated by SG Senator William Leshe
  • Dr. Steven Shalit, Professor of Mathematics, was nominated by SG Election Committee member Gilliannce Edwards
  • ChaValier Sharps, Graduate Student Worker for Leadership, was nominated by SG Clerk of the Senate Anissa Chenevert
  • LeeAnne Sipe, Assistant Director of Student Involvement and Leadership, was nominated by Election Commission member Corbin Becnel
  • Dr. Kevin Stokes, Chair of the Physics Department, was nominated by SG Senator Jessica Talbert
  • Dr. Charles Taylor, Chair of the Music Department, was nominated by SG Historian Christina Early
  • Michelle Thompson, Assistant Professor in Planning and Urban Studies, was nominated by SG Treasurer Derreck Blake Deason