2022 Gala information
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 | 7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
The National WWII Museum: Boeing Freedom Pavilion | 1043 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
The UNO Alumni Association cordially invites you to our 2022 Homer L. Hitt Distinguished Alumni Gala. Help us celebrate our 2022 Homer L. Hitt Distinguished Alumna/us and Norma Jane Sabiston Young Alumna/us of the year plus honorees from each college. You won't want to miss it!
Homer L. Hitt Distinguished Alumna of the Year
Michelle M. Miller, '97
Master of Science in Urban Studies
Journalist and Co-Host of "CBS Saturday Morning"
Michelle Miller is a co-host of "CBS Saturday Morning." Her work regularly appears on "CBS Mornings," "CBS Sunday Morning" and the CBS Evening News. She also files reports for "48 Hours" and anchors Discovery's "48 Hours on ID" and "Hard Evidence."
Since joining CBS News in 2004, Miller has reported on stories of national and international importance. From presidential elections to the climate crisis, her area of coverage is wide-ranging, but her reporting around social justice has been particularly groundbreaking.
Miller has earned several prestigious journalism awards including an Emmy for her series of reports on the National Guard's Youth Challenge Academy and an Edward R. Murrow Award for her coverage of a day care center stand-off in New Orleans. She was part of the Alfred I. duPont Columbia Award-winning team for coverage of the Newtown, Conn. school shooting, and in 2019, Miller won a Gracie award for her reporting on the hidden world of sex trafficking in "'48 Hours': Live to Tell: Trafficked."
Miller previously worked at WWL-TV, the CBS affiliate in New Orleans. She earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Howard University and a master's degree in urban studies from the University of New Orleans.
Norma Jane Sabiston Young Alumna of the Year
Lauren R. Gibbs, '14
Master of Business Administration
Chief Executive Officer
Lauren Gibbs is the second-generation owner of Gibbs Construction, a leading commercial, industrial and institutional general contractor founded by her father in 1976. Based in New Orleans, it serves Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. Lauren took the helm in 2019 after serving in a variety of roles in the company including estimator, project coordinator, project engineers, project manager, executive in charge and vice president.
Gibbs holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and a master's degree in engineering/construction management, both from Vanderbilt University, and an MBA from the University of New Orleans.
Stuart Weidie, '87
President & CEO
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