Press Releases

    UNO Fossil Hunter Achieves Immortality ...Through Ancient Starfish Named in His Honor

    An ancient species of starfish has been named after University of New Orleans paleontologist Kraig Derstler. Derstler, an associate professor of earth and environmental sciences and an expert in invertebrate fossils, has spent decades digging up the past. Now his name will live long into the future through Swataria derstleri, an early starfish that is approximately 450 million years old--older than dinosaurs, the Gulf of Mexico or even the Atlantic Ocean.

    Thursday, November 20, 2014

    University of New Orleans Announces 2015 Musical Excursion Schedule

    The University of New Orleans announced that the 2015 Musical Excursions series will feature pianist Sean Chen on Feb. 3; the Quink Vocal Ensemble on Feb. 24; and the VIDA Guitar Quartet on March 24. The award-winning concert series has presented first-class classical and world music since 1993. The concerts will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the UNO Recital Hall in the Performing Arts Center.

    Monday, November 3, 2014

    Carville to Serve as UNO's Fall Commencement Speaker

    Political strategist and commentator James Carville will serve as the principal speaker at the University of New Orleans' fall 2014 commencement, which will be held Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. at the Lakefront Arena.

    Monday, November 3, 2014

    UNO Survey Research Center Poll Gauges Statewide Voter Sentiments on Senate Election

    As Louisiana's closely-watched U.S. Senate race enters its final days, a new statewide survey from the University of New Orleans Survey Research Center offers insight into voter attitudes. The telephone poll of 590 registered voters was conducted from October 11-24.

    Thursday, October 30, 2014

    UNO Expected to Get $1.8 Million through WISE Fund

    The University of New Orleans is expected to receive approximately $1.8 million in state money to enhance its programs in engineering, computer science and accounting. The funds are available through the $40 million Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy (WISE) Fund, which was proposed by state higher education leaders, supported by Gov. Bobby Jindal and passed by the state legislature earlier this year.

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014

    UNO to Name University Center Ballroom after State Sen. Ted Hickey

    The University of New Orleans will name its University Center ballroom after State Sen. Theodore "Ted" M. Hickey, a champion of the institution who played an instrumental role in establishing UNO as well as changing its name. The request was approved by the University of Louisiana System Board on Oct. 24.

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

    Society of Human Resource Management Announces Human Resources Internship Program through the University of New Orleans

    The New Orleans branch of the Society of Human Resources Management this month unveils a new Human Resources Internship Program through the University of New Orleans. The internship program will begin with the upcoming Spring 2015 semester and is being offered to all junior and senior level students with concentrations in Human Resources and or students who are interested in pursuing HR as a career.

    Monday, October 27, 2014

    UNO to Award Honorary Doctorate to Robert Merrick at Fall Commencement

    The University of New Orleans will award real estate executive and philanthropist Robert Merrick with an honorary doctorate at its fall commencement on Dec. 18 at the Lakefront Arena. Merrick is the chairman and CEO of Latter & Blum, Inc., a New Orleans-based company that is the largest full-service real estate brokerage in the Gulf South.

    Monday, October 27, 2014

    UNO Launches Online Master's Program in Hospitality and Tourism Management

    The University of New Orleans has launched a new fully online executive master's degree program in hospitality and tourism management. Classes begin in the spring 2015 semester and students can enroll now.

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

    Student Awarded UNO Scholarship for Women in Computer Science

    University of New Orleans undergraduate student Julie Green is the recipient of the 2014-15 UNO Scholarship for Women in Computer Science. Green, a native of Portland, Ore., is a junior majoring in computer science.

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    UNO St. Claude Gallery Gears Up for Prospect.3: Notes for Now

    The University of New Orleans St. Claude Gallery is gearing up to host work by artist Christopher Myers and the Propeller Group Prospect.3: Notes for Now. Known as P.3, Prospect 3.0 is an international contemporary art biennial now in its third iteration. This year's show will feature the work of 58 artists selected by artistic director Franklin Sirmans in 18 venues located throughout New Orleans.

    Saturday, October 11, 2014

    UNO Signs Agreement with University of Malta to Establish Dual Degree Program in Counseling

    The University of New Orleans has signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of Malta to establish a dual degree program in counseling.

    Thursday, October 9, 2014

    Theatre UNO Receives Early Recognition for Performances of "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo"

    Opening performances of a Tony Award-winning play won early recognition last weekend for Theatre UNO, the University of New Orleans' award-winning theater troupe. Cast and crew received the high honors for their performance of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo," written by Rajiv Joseph. The play runs again this weekend and is open to the public.

    Wednesday, October 8, 2014

    Thomas and Constance Kitchen Donate $60,000 to Endow First Generation Scholarship

    University of New Orleans alumni Thomas and Constance Kitchen have donated $60,000 to help endow a first generation scholarship at UNO.

    Monday, October 6, 2014

    Sheriff Newell Normand Named 2014 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year

    Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell D. Normand has been named the University of New Orleans 2014 Homer L. Hitt Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. He will be presented with the award at a reception on November 6 in the Arbor Room at Popp Fountain in New Orleans City Park. Normand received a bachelor's degree in business administration from UNO in 1988.

    Tuesday, September 30, 2014

    UNO Chemist Gets $276,000 Grant to Study Next Generation Polymers

    University of New Orleans chemistry professor Steven Rick has received a $276,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop new smart polymers, which are materials that can respond to changes in the environment.

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    UNO Transportation Institute to Study Alternative Fuels for Capital Area Transit System

    The Capital Area Transit System (CATS) has commissioned a study by the Merritt C. Becker Jr. University of New Orleans Transportation Institute to study alternative fuels. CATS is the regional transit authority of the Baton Rouge metropolitan region.

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

    University of New Orleans Receives $210,000 Navy Grant to Improve Warship Design

    The University of New Orleans has received a $210,000 grant from the U.S. Department of the Navy's Office of Naval Research to test information gathering and analysis techniques that will improve early-stage warship design.

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

    Oil Exploration Company Gives UNO Seismic Data License Worth $640,000

    Multinational oil exploration company Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) has donated a three-dimensional seismic data license worth $640,000 to the University of New Orleans.

    Friday, September 19, 2014

    UNO and Delgado Sign Agreement in American Sign Language Studies

    Leaders from the University of New Orleans and Delgado Community College announced the signing of a 2+2 articulation agreement, paving the way for Delgado graduates who have completed an Associate of Arts degree in American Sign Language Studies to easily transfer their credits to UNO in order to pursue a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.

    Thursday, September 18, 2014

    New University of New Orleans Study Tracks Decline in U.S. Community Banking

    The number of community banks in the United States has decreased by 50 percent in the last 20 years, shrinking at a much greater rate than non-community banks, according to a new study of the community banking industry from the University of New Orleans.

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014

    UNO Professor Receives $1.2 Million Grant to Train Early Intervention Educators

    University of New Orleans special education professor Linda Flynn-Wilson has received a 5-year $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to train educators to work with young children with disabilities. Flynn-Wilson, a professor of special education and habilitative services, will prepare educational personnel to be fully credentialed to work with infants, toddlers and preschoolers with disabilities and their families.

    Tuesday, September 9, 2014

    UNO Makes U.S. News & World Report's 'Least Debt' List for Fourth Year in a Row

    For the fourth straight year, the University of New Orleans ranks among the universities whose students graduate with the lightest debt loads, according to U.S. News & World Report. UNO ranks second among national universities in percentage of graduates with debt.

    Tuesday, September 9, 2014

    Latter & Blum Donates $100,000 to UNO

    New Orleans-based real estate company Latter & Blum, Inc. has donated $100,000 to the University of New Orleans. Half of the gift will be used to support the University's newly created graduate certificate programs in coastal sciences and coastal engineering; the other half will go to scholarships.

    Thursday, September 4, 2014

    UNO to Offer New Bachelor's Degree in Health Care Management

    The University of New Orleans announced that it will offer a Bachelor's of Science in Health Care Management in the College of Business Administration. The new academic program was approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents on Wednesday. UNO already offers a master's degree in health care management.

    Friday, August 29, 2014

    UNO and GNO, Inc. Announce New Coastal Engineering and Science Certificates

    The University of New Orleans (UNO) and Greater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO, Inc.) announced the establishment of a Graduate Certificate in Coastal Engineering and a Graduate Certificate in Coastal Sciences. Both certificates were approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents today.

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

    UNO Receives $300,000 NSF Grant to Train Students in Cybersecurity

    Vassil Roussev, a University of New Orleans computer science professor, has received a 2-year $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to offer students cutting-edge training in the field of cybersecurity.

    Monday, August 18, 2014

    President Fos Outlines UNO 2020, the University's Strategic Plan for 2015-20

    University of New Orleans Peter J. Fos outlined UNO 2020, the University's Strategic Plan for 2015-20 during a presentation at the annual Faculty and Staff Convocation in the University Center. According to Fos, the plan offers a blueprint for the University to reach its aspiration--to be broadly recognized as one of the preeminent urban research institutions in the nation.

    Monday, August 18, 2014

    University of New Orleans Arts Departments Head to Sixth Annual Culture Collision

    Artists, musicians and administrators from the University of New Orleans are headed this month to the city's Sixth Annual Culture Collision, with plans to showcase the arts, theater and music programs and resources the University has to offer.

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

    UNO Gets $400K National Science Foundation Grant to Fight Cybercrime

    The University of New Orleans has received a 3-year $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop tools to fight cybercrime in large computing environments. Researchers at UNO will work in cooperation with researchers at Purdue University on the project. The goal of the research is to understand the strategy and detailed steps of a cyber-attack, collect evidence for possible legal proceedings and reveal hidden impacts of an attack to minimize loss and to prevent against similar attacks.

    Friday, August 8, 2014

    UNO Education Dean Receives National Geographic Society Award

    Darrell Kruger, dean of the University of New Orleans College of Education and Human Development, received the Certificate of Appreciation Award from the National Geographic Society. Kruger is a geographer and anthropologist.

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

    UNO Named One of Nation's Best in Undergraduate Education by Princeton Review

    The University of New Orleans is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to the 2015 edition of the Princeton Review's annual college guide, "The Best 379 Colleges."

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

    UNO Materials Scientist Gets Grant to Help Develop New Solar Device at National Lab

    A University of New Orleans materials scientist has received a $10,000 grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents to help develop a new solar device at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo.

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    UNO Chemist Gets $405,000 NSF Grant to Continue Cultivating Microscopic 'Peas in a Pod'

    A University of New Orleans chemistry professor has been awarded a 3-year $405,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to support his research of fabricating microscopic structures that mimic peas in a pod.

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    UNO's Planning and Urban Studies Department Completes Mapping and Analysis of Tremé

    Ninety-seven percent of the buildings in the historic Tremé neighborhood are rated either good or fair, according to a comprehensive mapping and analysis project completed by the University of New Orleans Department of Planning and Urban Studies. Out of 670 total buildings rated in the survey, 525 were deemed to be in good condition, while 124 were rated fair and 21 (3 percent) were rated poor.

    Monday, July 21, 2014

    UNO Campuses Become Tobacco-Free on Aug. 1

    University of New Orleans President Peter J. Fos announced that UNO's campuses will become tobacco-free effective Aug. 1. UNO is complying with a state law that requires all public colleges and universities to develop and implement smoke-free policies on their campuses by Aug. 1.

    Monday, July 14, 2014

    Honor Society Grant Will Help UNO-CHART Risk Literacy Project

    The honor society Phi Kappa Phi announced that former University of New Orleans graduate research assistant Race Hodges is the recipient of a 2014 Literacy Grant, which will allow UNO's Center for Hazards Assessment, Response and Technology (UNO-CHART) to expand its risk literacy project.

    Friday, July 11, 2014

    Common Read Program at UNO Continues

    Summer reading for incoming freshmen at the University of New Orleans brings a dose of inspiration and a chance to hone personal, career and academic aims while improving writing and presentation skills.

    Monday, June 16, 2014

    UNO Announces Plan for Academic Revitalization and Restructuring

    University of New Orleans President Peter J. Fos announced a plan and process to revitalize and restructure the University's academic programs.

    Friday, June 13, 2014

    First-Generation Mentoring Program at UNO Gains Momentum

    Student Success Counselor Nick Fuselier is recruiting new students to participate in the First-Generation Mentoring Program designed for students who are the first in their families to attend college.

    Thursday, June 12, 2014

    UNO Designated National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations by NSA

    The University of New Orleans has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Operations by the National Security Agency for a period of five years. UNO is the first university in Louisiana to achieve the designation.

    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

    UNO Awarded $200,000 Grant from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

    The University of New Orleans has been awarded an 18-month $200,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to improve a device used aboard shrimp boats intended to protect sea turtles.

    Monday, June 9, 2014

    New Orleans Jazz Institute Announces The Irvin Mayfield School of Music at UNO

    The New Orleans Jazz Institute located at the University of New Orleans celebrates 20 years of Project Prodigy Summer Music Camp by announcing The Irvin Mayfield School of Music that will be held on the campus of UNO.

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

    UNO President Peter Fos Named to Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council

    University of New Orleans President Peter J. Fos has been appointed to the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council by U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Charles Johnson. Fos' appointment will last two years.

    Friday, May 30, 2014

    UNO Receives $1.5 Million Grant from Howard Hughes Medical Institute

    The University of New Orleans is the recipient of a 5-year $1.5 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The grant is aimed at helping research universities improve persistence of students studying science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and reinvigorating introductory science courses.

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

    UNO Gets $98,000 Grant to Create Materials Science Lab

    The University of New Orleans has received a 1-year $98,832 grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents to create a state-of-the-art materials science laboratory. The lab will give UNO students hands-on experience with energy and electronic materials in a new course that will be unique to New Orleans and one of the few of its kind in the nation.

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

    UNO and Laitram Announce Year-Round Internship Program for Engineering Students

    The University of New Orleans announced today that it has entered into a partnership with Laitram, L.L.C. that will offer a year-round internship program for students in UNO's College of Engineering. Eligible UNO students will fill internships at one of Laitram's four operating divisions: Intralox, L.L.C.; Laitram Machinery, Inc.; Lapeyre Stair, Inc.; and Laitram Machine Shop, L.L.C.

    Friday, May 23, 2014

    New Leadership Joins Driftwood

    New leadership joins Driftwood, the student-run weekly at the University of New Orleans, with plans to transform the look, feel and content of the newspaper.

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

    UNO Gets $100,000 Gift from Louisiana Contractors' Education Trust Fund

    The University of New Orleans is the recipient of a $100,000 donation from the Louisiana Contractors' Education Trust Fund, which will be used to support students in the College of Engineering.

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

    UNO Researcher Finds Tackling Test Anxiety May Help Prevent More Severe Problems

    Showing students how to cope with test anxiety might also help them to handle their built-up fretfulness about other issues, according to a new study by a University of New Orleans researcher.

    Monday, May 12, 2014

    UNO Alumnus Named Finalist in Student Academy Awards

    James Roe, a recent graduate of the University of New Orleans, is one of 41 finalists in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 41st Student Academy Awards. He is the only honoree from a Louisiana university and the first person in UNO's history to be named a finalist.

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

    UNO Doctoral Student Wins Award from International Precious Metals Institute

    A University of New Orleans doctoral student in chemistry has won a $5,000 prize from the International Precious Metals Institute (IPMI) that will help support his research of very small gold particles.

    Friday, May 2, 2014

    UNO Engineering Professor Earns National Excellence in Teaching Award

    A University of New Orleans faculty member has earned the 2014 ExCEEd New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Malay Ghose Hajra, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, will receive the award at the American Society for Engineering Education's annual conference in Indianapolis, Ind. on June 17.

    Friday, May 2, 2014

    Theatre UNO Performs Rx

    Rx, a play by Kate Fodor, debuted on the UNO campus last night at the Robert E. Nims Lab Theatre.

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

    Soledad O'Brien to Speak at UNO Spring Commencement

    Award-winning journalist Soledad O'Brien will serve as the principal speaker at the University of New Orleans' spring commencement.

    Monday, April 28, 2014

    Jerolleman Named 2014 College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Alumna

    Emergency management executive Alessandra Jerolleman is the recipient of the 2014 University of New Orleans College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Alumna Award.

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    UNO Professor to Chair Transportation Committee of National Board

    University of New Orleans faculty member John Renne has been named a committee chair of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies. Renne, associate professor of planning and urban studies and director of the Merritt C. Becker UNO Transportation Institute, will chair the Transportation and Land Development Committee for a 3-year term.

    Monday, April 7, 2014

    UNO and Nunez Sign Articulation Agreement in Business Administration

    An articulation agreement between the University of New Orleans and Nunez Community College will allow Nunez students to transfer into programs in the College of Business Administration at UNO.

    Monday, March 24, 2014

    Former Louisiana Poet Laureate to Read New Poetry at UNO

    Darrell Bourque, the former Louisiana poet laureate, will read from his new collection of poetry on the campus of the University of New Orleans on Wednesday, March 26. The reading will take place at 8 p.m. in the lounge (room 197) of the Liberal Arts Building.

    Monday, March 24, 2014

    UNO and Port of New Orleans Announce Port Sustainability Project

    The University of New Orleans and the Port of New Orleans announced a 5-year agreement aimed at assessing the Port's activities in order to achieve greater sustainability.

    Monday, March 17, 2014

    Jazz at the Sandbar Spring 2014 Series Begins Wednesday with Saxophonist Dave Liebman

    With a career that spans nearly four decades, master reedman Dave Liebman will kick off the University of New Orleans spring series of Jazz at the Sandbar on the Thursday with the power of a jazz legend.

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

    Schlumberger Donates $1.3 Million in Software to UNO

    Schlumberger, the world's largest oilfield services company, has donated $1.3 million in software to the University of New Orleans Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. The donation is a 3-year license for the Petrel E&P software platform, which allows geologists and geophysicists to interpret seismic data to locate oil and gas reservoirs.

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

    UNO Researchers Develop Process to Make Microscopic Gold 'Peas in a Pod'

    University of New Orleans researchers have developed a process for the fabrication of complex microscopic gold structures that mimic peas in a pod. The research, which will appear in a prestigious European chemistry journal, is significant because it could lead to new advances in a variety of areas including cancer treatment.

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

    Two UNO Professors to Be Featured in Science Channel's 'Strip the City 2'

    Two University of New Orleans professors will be featured in an episode of the Science Channel program "Strip the City 2," which will air on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 9 p.m. Creators of the show, now in its second season, say that it peels back the layers of major cities to unveil the hidden technology that protects humans from the onslaught of nature's most terrifying threats.

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

    UNO Announces Partnership with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

    The University of New Orleans and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced a partnership with the goal of encouraging and enhancing study in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines for UNO students and faculty.

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

    Greater New Orleans Writing Project Presents WriteFest 2014: Creativity and the Common Core

    The Greater New Orleans Writing Project, in conjunction with the UNO English Department, hosts teachers, literacy professionals, and administrators this week at WriteFest 2014, an all-day conference focused on writing, creativity, and the Common Core.

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

    UNO Graduate Student Interning with Kennedy Center

    University of New Orleans graduate student Hayley Westphal is participating in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' nationally recognized internship program.

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

    UNO Transportation Institute Partners with Port of New Orleans

    The Merritt C. Becker University of New Orleans Transportation Institute and the Port of New Orleans announced a partnership that will focus on transportation research, community outreach and workforce development. In support of these projects, the Port will provide an in-kind match of organizational resources worth approximately $215,000 to the UNO Transportation Institute.

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

    UNO Named One of Princeton Review's Best Value Colleges for 2014

    The University of New Orleans has been selected one of the Best Value Colleges for 2014 by The Princeton Review. The Princeton Review chose 150 undergraduate schools, 75 public and 75 private, to profile in its annual book "The Best Value Colleges: The 150 Best-Buy Schools and What It Takes to Get In."

    Monday, February 10, 2014

    Geocent CEO Savoie Named 2013 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year

    Robert "Bobby" Savoie, chief executive officer of Geocent, has been named the University of New Orleans 2013 Homer L. Hitt Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

    Governor Jindal Announces Funding Hike for Higher Education

    Today, Governor Bobby Jindal joined higher education leaders, including University of New Orleans President Peter J. Fos, to announce a funding increase of $141.5 million for higher education institutions for the next fiscal year. The funding hike represents a 6.66 percent increase over the budget for the current fiscal year. This funding includes a new higher education workforce incentive initiative of $40 million that will better prepare Louisiana students to compete in the new global economy.

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

    Brown Foundation Grant Will Help Establish UNO Office of Service Learning

    A $300,000 grant over five years from the Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation will help the University of New Orleans establish a new Office of Service Learning. The goal of the office is to engage undergraduate and graduate students in academic work that intersects with the needs of community organizations.

    Friday, January 17, 2014

    UNO to Honor First African-American Students at Fall Commencement

    The University of New Orleans will honor the University's first African-American students during the fall commencement ceremony which will take place at 3 p.m. on Dec. 20 in the Lakefront Arena.

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

    UNO's Ricardo Fredricks Named 'Chef of the Year' by American Culinary Federation New Orleans Chapter

    University of New Orleans instructor and chef Ricardo Fredricks was named 2013 "Chef of the Year" by the American Culinary Federation New Orleans Chapter. Fredricks, who has worked at UNO for 26 years, teaches courses in the Lester E. Kabacoff School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration.

    Friday, December 6, 2013

    UNO Computer Science Faculty Earn National Awards

    Faculty members in the University of New Orleans' computer science department recently earned two national awards. Four members of the computer science department won best paper at the Information Security Conference and two faculty members earned the outstanding research award by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

    Wednesday, November 20, 2013

    2013 UNO Poll: Mayor Landrieu's Approval Dips Slightly, Remains High

    While New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu continues to enjoy a high level of approval--although it declined slightly in the past year--less than a majority of New Orleans residents approve of the New Orleans City Council, according to the 2013 University of New Orleans Quality of Life Survey. The survey, also known as the "UNO Poll," is conducted by the UNO Survey Research Center under the direction of Edward Chervenak, assistant professor of political science.

    Monday, November 18, 2013

    UNO Professor to Lead Pioneering Field Course in Central Africa

    A University of New Orleans biology professor will help lead a pioneering undergraduate field course on tropical ecology and conservation in the Central African country of Gabon during the summer of 2014.

    Thursday, November 14, 2013

    UNO Computer Science Department Awarded $663,000 Navy Contract to Develop Mapping Systems

    The University of New Orleans Department of Computer Science has been awarded a 5-year $663,000 research contract by the Naval Research Laboratory to develop next-generation defense mapping systems.

    Wednesday, November 6, 2013

    UNO Partners with America's Freedom Sailor to Design World's Largest Accessible Tall Ship

    The University of New Orleans announced that its School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering has partnered with the nonprofit organization America's Freedom Sailor to help design the largest accessible tall ship in the world, and the only one in the United States.

    Tuesday, November 5, 2013

    Delgado and UNO Leaders Announce Privateer Bound Program

    Delgado Community College and the University of New Orleans announced the launch of Privateer Bound, which allows Delgado students who enroll in the program to take all of their classes on UNO's campus and enjoy the benefits of the UNO student experience before seamlessly transferring to UNO once they have fulfilled their course requirements.

    Thursday, October 31, 2013

    Lakefront Arena Celebrates 30th Anniversary November 1

    The Lakefront Arena celebrates its 30th Anniversary on November 1, 2013. Since it opened its doors in 1983, the Lakefront Arena has been the destination for live entertainment - bringing in 12 million patrons for world-class concerts, family and comedy shows, commencement ceremonies, athletic events and thousands of other live shows and events. This year not only marks the Lakefront Arena's 30th year but also the most successful financial year-to-date grossing more than $3 million.

    Thursday, October 31, 2013

    UNO to Award Honorary Doctorate to Pres Kabacoff

    The University of New Orleans announced that it will award an honorary doctorate to real estate developer and civic leader Pres Kabacoff at its fall 2013 commencement ceremony, which will take place on Dec. 20 at 3 p.m. at the Lakefront Arena.

    Monday, October 28, 2013

    Xavier President Norman Francis to Serve as UNO Fall Commencement Speaker

    The University of New Orleans announced that Xavier University of Louisiana President Norman C. Francis will serve as the University's fall 2013 commencement speaker. The ceremony will be held at the Lakefront Arena on Dec. 20 at 3 p.m.

    Friday, October 25, 2013

    2013-14 Musical Excursions Schedule Announced

    The University of New Orleans announced that the 2013-14 Musical Excursions series will feature pianist Fei-Fei Dong on Oct. 29; the Ethos Percussion Group on Feb. 11, 2014; and the Italian Saxophone Quartet on April 8, 2014. The award-winning concert series, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, began presenting first-class classical and world music in 1993. The concerts will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the UNO Recital Hall in the Performing Arts Center.

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

    UNO Lands Most Alumni on 2013 New Orleans CityBusiness Money Makers List

    Fifteen University of New Orleans alumni--more than any other university--are among the 2013 New Orleans CityBusiness Money Makers. Money Makers is an annual special publication that honors 50 financial professionals for their career and community achievements in banking, corporate, investment and professional categories.

    Monday, October 7, 2013

    GE Capital Launches Partnership with University of New Orleans to Develop a Stronger Technology Workforce

    GE Capital Technology Center CIO Mike De Boer, University of New Orleans President Peter J. Fos, and representatives from Louisiana Economic Development held a reception Thursday evening at the Westin Canal Place to announce the launch of GE Capital's Software Engineering Apprenticeship Program, or SWEAP, which aims to develop a stronger technology workforce through the UNO and GE partnership. In addition, the Technology Center celebrated GE Capital's growth in New Orleans, which has created 125 jobs since opening at Place St. Charles in 2012.

    Friday, September 27, 2013

    University of New Orleans Transportation Institute Awarded $750,000 in Federal Grants

    The Merritt C. Becker Jr. University of New Orleans Transportation Institute has been awarded $750,000 in grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The University of New Orleans is a member of two different university consortiums that were successful in obtaining funding through the National University Transportation Center Program.

    Tuesday, September 24, 2013

    Southern Rep and UNO Announce Partnership

    Southern Rep Theatre will partner with the University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop for the 2013-14 academic year by inviting students to participate in its Lagniappe Series play slam, 6x6, and other new play development activities.

    Monday, September 23, 2013

    UNO's Creative Writing Workshop and WWNO Launch 'Storyville'

    The Creative Writing Workshop at the University of New Orleans and WWNO will launch a new collaboration called "Storyville," which will bring true stories about New Orleans to listeners of public radio.

    Thursday, September 19, 2013

    UNO Gets NSF Grant to Develop Motion Control for Ocean Current Turbines

    The University of New Orleans School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering has received a $121,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop ocean current turbines that will be able to convert the energy of the sea into electricity.

    Tuesday, September 17, 2013

    First Class of Premier Scholars Enrolls at UNO

    Twenty-one freshmen students are now enrolled at the University of New Orleans as part of Students4HIGHER's first class of Premier Scholars. The program supports high-performing local students who seek degrees in specific academic majors that are key to the growth of the New Orleans economy.

    Monday, September 16, 2013

    UNO Professor Gets NSF Grant to Train High School Teachers in Cybersecurity

    University of New Orleans computer science professor Golden Richard III was awarded an $87,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to intensively train high school teachers in information security. UNO received one of only six awards in the nation under this program.

    Thursday, September 12, 2013

    New Orleans Theatre Association Gift to Help Establish UNO Endowed Professorship

    A $60,000 donation from the New Orleans Theatre Association (NOTA) will help establish an endowed professorship in the Department of Film and Theatre at the University of New Orleans. The University will pursue a $40,000 match from the Louisiana Board of Regents. The gift is the largest single grant in NOTA's nearly 30-year history.

    Wednesday, September 11, 2013

    UNO Makes U.S. News & World Report's 'Least Debt' List for Third Year in a Row

    For the third straight year, the University of New Orleans ranks among the universities whose students graduate with the lightest debt loads, according to U.S. News & World Report.

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013

    The Search: University of New Orleans Rolls Out a New Commercial Campaign

    The University of New Orleans today rolls out a new commercial campaign and advertising campaign targeting the parents of children deciding on college.

    Friday, August 30, 2013

    UNO to Hold Financial Economics Seminar

    The University of New Orleans will hold a financial economics seminar on September 20 from 1-5 p.m. in room 131 of Kirschman Hall on the UNO campus. The focus of the seminar is managing volatility in financial markets after the Great Recession. It is free and open to the public, but the topics will be of particular interest to financial professionals and college faculty members in the region.

    Friday, August 30, 2013

    $50,000 Gift from Hornbeck Offshore Leads Upgrades to Ship Design Computer Lab

    Donations from the shipbuilding and maritime industry, led by a $50,000 gift from Hornbeck Offshore Services, will enable the University of New Orleans School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering to upgrade its ship design computer lab.

    Wednesday, August 28, 2013

    UNO to Hold Distinguished Urban Education Series

    The University of New Orleans College of Education and Human Development in September will hold two community events focusing on urban education. The UNO/Capital One Distinguished Urban Education Series, made possible by a grant from Capital One, will feature a presentation from Joyce King on Sept. 5 and one from Mariana Souto-Manning on Sept. 19. The lectures will take place at 7 p.m. at the Homer L. Hitt Alumni and Visitors Center on UNO's campus; they are free and open to the public.

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

    Privateer Enrollment Center Unveiled in Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

    The University of New Orleans unveiled the Privateer Enrollment Center, a one-stop-shop for student services, during a ribbon cutting ceremony on the first floor of the Earl K. Long Library. The ceremony was attended by UNO administrators, faculty, staff and students as well local elected officials.

    Friday, August 16, 2013

    UNO Music Department Receives $20,000 in Grants for Jazz Education Program

    The University of New Orleans Department of Music is the recipient of two grants totaling $20,000 that will support the department's jazz educational outreach program. Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center donated $15,000 while the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation gave $5,000.

    Tuesday, August 13, 2013

    UNO Named One of Nation's Best Institutions for Undergraduate Education by Princeton Review

    The University of New Orleans is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review.

    Tuesday, August 6, 2013

    UNO Rolls Out Guidebook Web Application Welcoming Students to the Privateer Plunge

    Incoming students: The Office of Orientation and First Year Experience at the University of New Orleans is on the move. This morning, student success counselors unveiled a new web application designed to introduce incoming freshmen and other members of the UNO community to the Privateer Plunge, which this year includes more events and opportunities than ever.

    Wednesday, July 24, 2013

    UNO Athletics Unveils New Logo, New Branding

    Over the last nine days, fans of the New Orleans Privateers have been able to 'Piece Together the Privateer' through a social media campaign based on the program's Facebook page. Wednesday's final piece completed the puzzle and brought with it, the formal unveiling of the University's primary athletic mark.

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

    UNO's Master of Public Administration Program Receives Professional Accreditation

    The University of New Orleans' Master of Public Administration program is now professionally accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). The announcement was made by the organization's Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation.

    Monday, July 15, 2013

    UNO Professor Wins International Acclaim for Paper on Red Beans and Rice

    David Beriss, a University of New Orleans anthropology professor, earned acclaim for his paper on red beans and rice from the judges of the Sophie Coe Prize in Food History. The prize is awarded each year at the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery in Oxford, England, and is considered the world's top prize for writing on food history.

    Friday, July 12, 2013

    UNO Psychology Professor Named Chairperson of NIH Peer Review Group

    A University of New Orleans psychology professor has been named chairperson of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) peer review group. Laura Scaramella will chair the Psychosocial Development, Risk and Prevention study section of the Center for Scientific Review, which is the gateway for NIH grant applications and their review for scientific merit.

    Thursday, July 11, 2013

    Maestri Returns to UNO to Rebuild Storied Baseball Program

    The University of New Orleans looked to its past to help shape its future, announcing the hiring of Ron Maestri as head baseball coach at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon at Lakefront Arena.

    Tuesday, July 2, 2013

    UNO Officially Becomes Member of Southland Conference

    The Southland Conference has undergone several transformations over its 50 years of existence, making its most recent change official on Monday with the addition of four schools including the University of New Orleans. UNO joins the Frisco, Texas-based conference alongside Abilene Christian University, Houston Baptist University and the University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio. These additions allow the Southland to grow to a 14-team league for the first time in its history.

    Monday, July 1, 2013

    UNO Bookstore Gains New Leadership, Expands Student Choices

    The University of New Orleans Bookstore goes corporate this week - and in the process realizes major savings for students and expands student choices.

    Monday, July 1, 2013

    UL System Board Approves UNO Appointments

    The University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved the appointment of five University of New Orleans administrators during its board meeting in Baton Rouge.

    Wednesday, June 26, 2013

    UNO Named One of Nation's Low-Cost Colleges With High Starting Salaries for Grads

    The University of New Orleans ranks among the nation's leaders in low-cost colleges with high starting salaries for graduates, according to a new list compiled by the website Affordable Colleges Online. The rankings show the average starting salary for a UNO graduate is $41,600.

    Monday, June 10, 2013

    University of New Orleans Names New Vice President for Research and Economic Development

    University of New Orleans President Peter J. Fos announced that Kenneth W. Sewell has been appointed vice president for research and economic development. Sewell is currently vice president for research and economic development at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013

    UNO and SUNO to Collaborate on Engineering Program

    The University of New Orleans and Southern University at New Orleans have agreed to collaborate on a joint curriculum and degree program for SUNO students to earn engineering degrees at UNO. UNO President Peter J. Fos and SUNO Chancellor Victor Ukpolo participated in a signing ceremony on UNO's Lakefront Campus.

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013

    UNO Earns $315,000 National Science Foundation Grant for Summer Research Program

    The University of New Orleans is the recipient of a 3-year, $315,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to help fund the University's annual summer research program for undergraduate students, which is heavily focused on exposing minority students to scientific research. The NSF has funded the program, run by UNO's Department of Chemistry and Advanced Materials Research Institute, since 2003.

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

    UNO Survey: 79 Percent of Katrina-Damaged Homes Have Started or Completed Rebuilding

    A curbside survey conducted by the University of New Orleans Department of Geography found that 79 percent of damaged homes within the Hurricane Katrina flood zone of Orleans and St. Bernard parishes have begun or completed rebuilding or renovating.

    Monday, April 29, 2013

    Larroquette to Receive Honorary Degree, Alumnus Eriksen to Speak at Spring Commencement

    Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor John Larroquette will receive an honorary degree and conservationist and adventurer Marcus Eriksen will serve as commencement speaker at the University of New Orleans 2013 spring graduation ceremony. Commencement will be held at 7 p.m. on May 17 at the UNO Lakefront Arena.

    Tuesday, April 23, 2013

    Chemistry Professor Awarded $450,000 Grant to Study Behavior of Charged Molecules in Water

    University of New Orleans chemistry professor Steven Rick has been awarded a 3-year $450,000 National Science Foundation grant to study the behavior of charged molecules in water and other solutions. The research is important to a wide range of medical and technological areas including drug development for treatment of life-threatening degenerative diseases and the creation of more energy efficient storage materials such as those used in electric vehicles.

    Monday, April 15, 2013

    Recent UNO Grad Receives $10,000 Fellowship from Engineering Honor Society

    University of New Orleans graduate Pawan Maharjan has been awarded a $10,000 graduate fellowship from Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society.

    Friday, April 12, 2013

    UNO Survey Reveals Strong Support for Mayor Landrieu in Orleans Parish

    The results of a new survey from the University of New Orleans Survey Research Center show New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu continues to enjoy strong support from Orleans Parish residents with a robust 70 percent job approval rating. The New Orleans City Council is also viewed positively, with a 53 percent job approval rating, according to the survey.

    Wednesday, April 10, 2013

    Williams Named Dean of College of Business Administration

    University of New Orleans Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs James E. Payne announced that John Williams has been appointed dean of the College of Business Administration. Williams had served as interim dean since August 2010. Williams was one of three finalists, selected from a nationwide search, who participated in open forums during the search process.

    Tuesday, April 9, 2013

    University of New Orleans Hires New Executive Director of University Advancement

    University of New Orleans President Peter J. Fos announced that Anthony Gregorio has been hired as executive director of university advancement. He will also serve as executive director of the UNO Foundation, succeeding Patrick Gibbs, who recently retired.

    Monday, April 1, 2013

    University of New Orleans Education Professor Wins Emerging Scholar Award

    University of New Orleans education professor Brian Beabout has been awarded the 2013 Emerging Scholar Award from the Educational Change Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association.

    Monday, April 1, 2013

    UNO Alumni and Students Dominate Nominations for Big Easy Theater Awards

    The Big Easy Theater Awards are New Orleans' very own brand of Tony award, designed to recognize achievement in live theatre, said David Hoover, chairman of the University of New Orleans' Department of Fine Arts. This year, University of New Orleans alumni and students have been nominated in nearly every category and some have been nominated several times.

    Friday, March 22, 2013

    Kabacoff School Accepts $50,000 Gift from Greater New Orleans Hotel and Lodging Association

    The Lester E. Kabacoff School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration at the University of New Orleans accepted a $50,000 donation from the Greater New Orleans Hotel and Lodging Association Hospitality Education Foundation.

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

    Philosophy and History Department Split $4 Million Gift from UNO Alum

    The University of New Orleans celebrated Friday nearly $4 million in planned gifts to the philosophy and history departments from alumnus Carl Muckley Sr. Muckley, an independent businessman who earned two degrees from UNO, died in 2004.

    Monday, March 18, 2013

    UNO Adds Concentration in Game Development

    The University of New Orleans Department of Computer Science will offer a new concentration in game development. The concentration was approved by the university curriculum committee.

    Thursday, March 14, 2013

    UNO Hires New Director of Institutional Research and Data Management

    The University of New Orleans has hired Kim Oren as director of institutional research and data management, it was announced by James E. Payne, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

    Wednesday, March 6, 2013

    President Fos Named to Committee of 100

    University of New Orleans President Peter J. Fos has been named the newest member of the Committee of 100 for the Economic Development of Louisiana.

    Tuesday, March 5, 2013

    Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair Coming to the University of New Orleans

    The 2013 Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair (GNOSEF) will be held at University of New Orleans Feb. 26-28. More than 350 middle and high school students from metro New Orleans will display the results of their scientific inquiry

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

    Radio Station WWNO-FM Hires First News Director to Strengthen Local News Reporting

    New Orleans' NPR-member radio station, WWNO 89.9 FM, announces today the appointment of Eve Troeh as the station's first news director, effective April 3. In this role, Troeh will oversee the station's expanding coverage of New Orleans and southeast Louisiana news stories and develop WWNO's capability to report news of national significance for NPR.

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

    UNO Professor to Be Featured on PBS Special 'Mind of a Rampage Killer'

    In "Mind of a Rampage Killer," correspondent Miles O'Brien investigates theories into what drives rampage killers. He explores what science reveals about a brain at risk for violence and whether suicide, or the desire to go out in a media-fueled blaze of glory, is a main motivation. In January, O'Brien and a camera crew spent a day on UNO's campus, interviewing UNO psychology professor Paul Frick about these and other relevant topics.

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

    Local Higher Education Initiative Expands at UNO

    Students4HIGHER is pleased to announce the launch of its Premier Scholars program at the University of New Orleans. The program is for qualified high-performing, local high school graduates who wish to obtain a bachelor's degree in an academic discipline that is of unique importance to the New Orleans community, including local businesses and organizations.

    Monday, February 18, 2013

    UNO to Hold Annual Economic Outlook and Real Estate Forecast Seminars

    An economic outlook and real estate forecast seminar focused on the greater New Orleans metropolitan area will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 1, in the ballroom of UNO's University Center, located on UNO's lakefront campus, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans, LA 70122.

    Monday, February 18, 2013

    Constitutional Law Scholar Speaks at UNO

    Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law, will give his talk: "An Amazing Year at the Supreme Court: Affirmative Action and Marriage Equality" at 5:30 p.m. in Room 236 of the University's Liberal Arts Building on campus, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans, LA 70122. All are invited to attend this free event.

    Monday, February 18, 2013

    UNO Music Student Records With Pop Band OneRepublic

    Super Bowl week brought a prize opportunity to University of New Orleans music student Danielle Wilson, who found herself recording vocals for a soon-to-be-released album by pop band OneRepublic.

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

    UNO to Offer In-State Tuition to Eligible First-Year Out-of-State Students

    Beginning in the fall semester of 2013, the University of New Orleans will offer in-state tuition rates to first-year, out-of-state undergraduate students who meet eligibility requirements. According to UNO President Peter J. Fos, the Privateer First Year Scholarship will help the University cast a wider net in attracting more high ability students from across the country and around the world.

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

    Center Austria Launches Spring Lecture Series

    This week Dr. Gunter Bischof, Marshall Plan professor history and director of Center Austria, launched an ambitious spring lecture series that brings to the University leading thinkers from around the world to discuss issues world issues and their impacts on European and U.S. national affairs. All members of the UNO community and the public are invited to attend these free talks.

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

    UNO Gets in the Game During Super Bowl XLVII

    Super Bowl XLVII took place at the Louisiana Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, Feb. 3. Researchers from the UNO Division of Business and Economic Research helped the city of New Orleans to secure its bid to serve as host.

    Monday, February 4, 2013

    UNO is Host Institution for International Education Administrators Conference

    The University of New Orleans, through its Division of International Education, will serve as an official host institution for the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) annual conference.

    Monday, February 4, 2013

    UNO Researcher Earns Grant to Invent Real-Time Testosterone Testing Device

    A University of New Orleans psychology professor has been awarded a $19,850 grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents to invent a testosterone-testing device that will be able to deliver accurate results in real time. Elizabeth Shirtcliff, early research professor of psychology, is the principal investigator on the project. She is working with researchers from Oasis Diagnostic Corporation in Vancouver, British Columbia.

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

    UNO Researchers Discover Way to Delay Symptoms of Deadly Huntington's Disease

    Researchers at the University of New Orleans have discovered a way to significantly delay the symptoms of Huntington's Disease in mice carrying the human Huntington's Disease gene. Huntington's Disease is an untreatable, incurable and fatal disease that causes certain nerve cells in the brain to waste away. The research is published in the online journal PLOS (Public Library of Science) ONE. "I believe that these findings are important because they may lead to the development of the first treatment for this horrible disease," said Gerald LaHoste, associate professor of psychology.

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

    UNO Alumna and Steinway Artist to Perform on Campus

    University of New Orleans alumna Kadisha Onalbayeva, who was recently named a Steinway Artist, will perform on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in the UNO Recital Hall at the Performing Arts Center. Her performance is part of the UNO Guest Artist and Alumni Series. It is free and open to the public.

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

    Greater New Orleans Writing Project Presents WriteFest 2013

    The Greater New Orleans Writing Project (GNOWP) at the University of New Orleans invites teachers, literacy professionals and school administrators to WriteFest 2013, an all-day conference focused on writing, creativity and the Common Core.

    Friday, January 11, 2013

    UNO Metro Report: New Orleans Area Economy Grows Modestly

    The New Orleans area economy grew modestly over the first three quarters of 2012, with total employment increasing by 0.4 percent year-to-date, according to the latest edition of the University of New Orleans Metropolitan Report.

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

    UNO Investiture Gala Raises $200K for Veterans Scholarships

    University of New Orleans President Peter J. Fos announced that the University's investiture gala, held on Nov. 12, raised $200,000 for veterans scholarships at UNO. The money will help launch the new EdVets scholarship program, which will supplement the Post-9/11 GI Bill with enhancements that include summer study abroad. The $200,000 will fund 20 EdVets scholarship students in the 2013-14 academic year. "I am thrilled by the support that we received from our alumni and the entire New Orleans community for the investiture gala," said UNO President Peter J. Fos. "As both the leader of UNO and an alumnus, I am so proud that this event will enable veterans to enjoy a first-class educational experience at UNO. I am thankful for the many people who made the gala a success."

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

    UNO Releases Results of Landmark Performing Arts Marketing Survey

    The price of admission to a ticketed performing arts event is the greatest barrier to attendance in New Orleans, according to a new citywide survey released by the University of New Orleans Graduate Program in Arts Administration. There is evidence, however, that if other marketing and communication issues are addressed, price could become less of a hindrance, according to the survey.

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

    UNO Gets $1.5 Million NASA Grant for Air Traffic Research

    The University of New Orleans is the recipient of a 3-year $1.5 million NASA grant to make improvements to the nation's air traffic system. Researchers will develop solutions to major challenges that are crucial for improving the efficiency and safety of the next-generation U.S. air traffic system, also known as NextGen. NextGen is the federal government's comprehensive overhaul of the national air traffic system, which will greatly increase air traffic capacity and safety.

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

    Six UNO Alumnae Named New Orleans City Business 2012 Women of the Year

    Six University of New Orleans alumnae were honored as New Orleans CityBusiness 2012 Women of the Year. The awards, now in their 14th year, honor women for their contributions to their fields, community achievements and civic involvement. This year's pool of nominees included more than 500 local women who are leaders in their fields.

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

    President Obama Nominates UNO Professor to Lead Mississippi River Commission

    University of New Orleans professor Norma Jean Mattei has been nominated by President Barack Obama as commissioner of the Mississippi River Commission. In that capacity, Mattei will help oversee a drainage basin that covers 41 percent of the nation.

    Monday, November 26, 2012

    UNO Selects James Payne As New Provost

    UNO Selects James Payne as New Provost

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

    '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.

    Tuesday, November 6, 2012

    UNO Geography Professor Wins Award from International Honor Society

    University of New Orleans professor James Lowry is the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Service Award from Gamma Theta Upsilon, the international honor society in geography

    Tuesday, October 16, 2012

    UNO Awarded Nearly $1 Million for Central African Conservation Project

    The University of New Orleans will receive $966,350 from the National Science Foundation for its role in a project to conserve biodiversity under climate change in Central Africa.

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

    UNO Professors and Co-Authors to Participate in Book Launch

    Two University of New Orleans sociology professors who are co-authors of a new book about survivors of Hurricane Katrina will participate, along with all the authors, in a community conversation and book launch at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., on October 20 from 5-7 p.m.

    Monday, October 8, 2012

    UNO Student Wins $50k Software Challenge Prize

    University of New Orleans student Luis Tandalla won a $50,000 first prize on Thursday in a competition to develop innovative software to help teachers score student written responses to test questions.

    Monday, October 8, 2012

    WhoData Releases First-of-its-Kind Road Home Map

    WhoData, a collaborative community mapping application supported by the University of New Orleans, has released a new map that identifies parcels of land in New Orleans whose owners received Road Home money to rebuild their dwellings.

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

    UNO Alumnus Named Director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

    University of New Orleans alumnus Patrick Scheuermann has been named director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Scheuermann previously served as director of the John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Miss.

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

    UNO Education Professor Recognized with International Award

    University of New Orleans professor Belinda Cambre has been recognized as an Emerging Leader by PDK International, a global association of education professionals.

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

    UNO Grad Student Wins Thelonious Monk Competition

    University of New Orleans graduate jazz studies student Jamison Ross took first prize in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Drums Competition, awarded Sunday night at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

    Monday, September 24, 2012

    UNO, WWNO Revise Plan on Nonprofit News Initiative

    The University of New Orleans and public radio station WWNO have revised the plan for its new nonprofit multimedia news operation which will include an expanded partnership with the nonprofit news website The Lens.

    Thursday, September 13, 2012

    UNO Makes U.S. News & World Report's 'Least Debt'

    For the second straight year, the University of New Orleans ranks among the universities whose students graduate with the lightest debt loads, according to U.S. News & World Report.

    Wednesday, September 12, 2012

    WWNO to Receive Knight Foundation Grant

    The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has awarded public radio station WWNO and three other local nonprofit organizations a grant of $102,000 to increase local news coverage on public radio and on the Internet in the New Orleans area.

    Monday, September 10, 2012

    Board of Regents Approves Name Change

    The State of Louisiana Board of Regents has approved a University of New Orleans plan to change the name and focus of its doctoral program in conservation biology to integrative biology.

    Friday, August 24, 2012

    New Orleans Leisure and Hospitality Industry Posts Job Gains

    The New Orleans leisure and hospitality industry posted a net gain of 4,300 jobs over the past year, according to the August 2012 edition of the University of New Orleans Metropolitan Report.

    Friday, August 24, 2012

    UNO Professor Awarded Grant to Study How Sunlight Transforms Oil

    University of New Orleans professor Matthew Tarr has been awarded a research grant from the BP-sponsored Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) to study how sunlight transforms oil.

    Thursday, August 16, 2012

    UNO Named One of Newsweek's Most Affordable Colleges

    The University of New Orleans is one of the "25 Most Affordable Colleges," according to Newsweek's 2012 college rankings. The rankings are based on student debt and salary statistics. UNO ranks number 17 out of 25 institutions across the country.

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

    Gift from Jazz Enthusiasts Establishes Brass Scholarship at UNO

    A $25,000 gift from jazz enthusiasts Nathan and Priscilla Gordon will establish the Gordon Scholarship in Brass at the University of New Orleans. The scholarship will support new undergraduate students who are majoring in jazz at UNO and demonstrate talent in playing a brass instrument.

    Monday, July 30, 2012

    UNO To Launch NewOrleansReporter.org

    The University of New Orleans announced a plan to create a new nonprofit multimedia newsroom to be operated by the University in partnership with WWNO. This new newsroom will produce in-depth local reporting on issues of vital interest to the community, to be featured online through NewOrleansReporter.org, a news website and mobile platform, and on radio via WWNO. The objective of the University and its partners is to create a strong, sustainable model for nonprofit, multimedia journalism that will serve the greater New Orleans area as an open source of trustworthy news and information for decades to come.

    Friday, July 27, 2012

    UNO Adds New Non-Degree Educational Leadership Program

    In an effort to provide school leaders with more educational choices, the University of New Orleans will begin a new alternate certification program in educational leadership.

    Friday, July 20, 2012

    UNO Reactivates Bachelor's Degree in Human Performance

    The University of New Orleans College of Education and Human Development has reactivated its degree program in human performance and health promotion.

    Monday, July 9, 2012

    Judge Jay Zainey Named 2012 Homer L. Hitt Alumnus of the Year

    United States District Court Judge Jay C. Zainey has been named the University of New Orleans 2012 Homer L. Hitt Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.

    Friday, June 15, 2012

    New Orleans Metro Area Population Now at 87.5% of Pre-Katrina Level

    The New Orleans metropolitan area added 8,000 new residents over the past year, and the total population stands at approximately 1.2 million residents, or 87.5% of the pre-Katrina population, according to the May 2012 edition of the University of New Orleans Metropolitan Report.

    Friday, June 1, 2012

    UNO Awarded $5 Million by Upward Bound

    The University of New Orleans has been awarded grants totaling $5 million over a five-year period by the Upward Bound program through the U. S. Department of Education.

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

    UNO Selected To Receive Grant To Support Robotic 'Eel' Project

    The University of New Orleans has been selected to receive a grant worth approximately $280,000 from the Department of Defense to buy state-of-the-art defense research equipment. The grant will be used to support an Office of Naval Research project in which UNO researchers are designing and building a new type of robotic "eel" that is capable of operating in shallow water environments where Navy personnel could be at risk.

    Wednesday, May 9, 2012