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College of Liberal Arts (COLA) A Refreshing Place to Learn Fall 2013 SodaPOP News A Note from the Ice Chest… Dear COLA community: In the north country, the leaves have popped and mostly dropped, and the weather turned to cold, rain, and even snow. It is the season of change, and reflective of that pattern, here on campus, is change – to rules and procedures, curricula, the catalog, personnel, and students new and graduating. We urge you to remain aware of the changes, to help your new colleagues, and to share information. We also want to remind you and encourage you to visit us in the college office and in your specific major departments – for advising, for answers and to ask more questions, and to update us on how your time here is moving along. November and more, as we wait for the score, work hard, stay connected, and have fun. Yours, Adam Peltz Academic Counselor 504-280-1230

Register for Spring 2014:

Registration for the Spring semester began on November 4. Graduate students, honors students, and athletes register first, followed by currently enrolled seniors with the highest number of hours earned. Registration for currently enrolled students proceeds in decreasing order according to the number of hours earned. Please note: Priority for registration is based on your classification and the number of hours earned as of the beginning of the Fall 2013 semester. Check Student Center in WebSTAR for your “appointment,” the specific time and date you will be able to access the registration system. The current Course Catalog is available ONLINE. Please consult it as you register. Prerequisites, co-requisites, and/or specific restrictions are listed in the course descriptions in the Catalog. WebSTAR does not block enrollment in most courses based on prerequisites; it is your responsibility to find out whether you qualify to take each course. DO NOT REGISTER FOR A COURSE UNLESS YOU KNOW YOU HAVE MET THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR THAT COURSE. You will very likely be dropped from the class if you do so – probably after it is too late to add another: .

The LAST DAY to WITHDRAW from CLASSES with a “W” or to RESIGN for the Fall 2013 semester is…

Before withdrawing from a course, please talk with your instructor and Financial Aid and Scholarships. After you drop, check your schedule one more time to make sure there are no classes in which you are mistakenly enrolled. Be sure to get a printed copy of your revised schedule after you complete that process. Each withdrawn course will carry a $50 fee.

***Do you aim to graduate in May, August, or December 2014?

You MUST have completed and signed a Graduation Checksheet with the College of Liberal Arts. See page 6 for details.***

WORKING ON A DOUBLE MAJOR, DUAL DEGREE, OR LIBERAL ARTS MINOR WITH RESTRICTED COURSES? If you are doing so, please come to the COLA office to declare your second major and/or minor. We want to make sure you can get into the courses you need, and we also want to make sure you are counted as a major (or minor) everywhere you should be.

ACCESS the STUDENT CALENDAR As the calendar is subject to change, please stay up to date via this link: and view the Student Calendar.

For important college announcements and communications, CHECK YOUR UNO EMAIL AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK!


Please remember that you are limited to 13 hours in the Fall or Spring (and 7 in the Summer), while you remain on probation. You remove yourself from probation when your overall GPA reaches a 2.0...but your GPA’s in your major, UNO, and Overall must be 2.0’s in order to graduate.

Liberal Arts Undecided Students (LAUN) We welcome walk-in and scheduled appointments for advising in the college office -- 273 Milneburg Hall. If you need to make a special trip to campus or require a meeting outside of our regular advising hours (M-TH, 8:30am-Noon and 1:00pm-4:00pm), call 504-280-6367 to schedule a session with Adam Peltz. The OFFICE of CAREER and COUNSELING SERVICES upcoming events:

-- Relaxation Session - 11/7/2013 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM, Nov 7 | 2:00 pm -- Achieving Balance & Managing Stress Workshop - 11/13/2013 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM, Nov 13 | 11:30 am TROUBLE-SHOOTING Financial hold? - Bursar’s Office, AD 1006, 280-6489 “Invalid Access” message or Enrollment Appointment info (found in WebSTAR)? - Registrar’s Office, AD 112, 280-6216 Advising hold? - College Office, MH 273, 280-6267 (AFTER you have met with an advisor in your department) “Restricted Course” message? - Academic Department that offers the course Admissions hold? - Admissions Office, PEC, Library First Floor, 280-6595 Financial Aid hold? - Financial Aid Office, PEC, Library First Floor, 280-6603 Immunization hold? - Student Health Services, UC, 238280-6387 Library hold? - Library, 280-6549 Password need to be re-set? - Help Desk, UCC 101-N, 280-6701 (or use WebSTAR link)

New, New-ish, and Needed News **APPLICATION for DEGREE** You must apply for your degree through your Student Center in WebSTAR. This is a new procedure. (Formerly, you would have applied directly through the Registrar’s website.) You can only claim a major/minor that you have officially declared in the computer system, so please see the college office if you require that we make this adjustment. **For safe-keeping, PLEASE EMAIL ADAM PELTZ after you have completed your application for degree.** PEC – PRIVATEER ENROLLMENT CENTER Newly opened on the first floor of the library, the PEC serves as an all-in-one office that includes Admissions, Financial Aid, First Year Experience (FYE), Orientation, and Bursar representatives. The PEC also has First Year Advisors (FYA), under the leadership of Gerard Williams, who work with new Freshmen and Transfer Students with fewer than 30 hours. The FYA’s are Caleigh Keith (COLA Liaison), Jessica D’Laneuville, Emily Horne, and Amy Miller. After visiting the PEC, all students should still visit their respective major departments or, if undecided, the COLA Office in 273 Milneburg Hall. For more information, visit . FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE (FYE) UNO’s FYE team has grown to five and moved its offices to the PEC: Nicole Ralston, Mike Hoffshire, Nick Fuselier, Tonia Salas, and Cat Polivada are the FYE team. Nicole Ralston is COLA’s FYE liaison and can be reached at 504-280-6150 or for UNIV, time-management, study, wellness, and other related and referable issues: . UNO CARES ACADEMIC ALERTS UNO Cares is an academic support system. Some instructors submit academic alerts to our office and to your department chair (if you have a declared major). These alerts are generated when a student misses an excess of classes, is missing work or is failing the course, has reported trouble in his/her life that warrants attention, or seems to be struggling with the material. UNO Cares is now maintained by FYE through WebSTAR. WITHDRAWING from a class / FEEs Students may add and drop classes during the first two weeks of the semester without receiving a W. However, there is a $50 fee per added course and a $50 per dropped course during the second week of classes. Thereafter, the cost of withdrawing (dropping after the 14th day) from a course remains $50. Applicable to the Fall 2013 semester, students will be charged $150 to enroll during late Registration.

Check out the Online PHILOSOPHY DEGREE and SCHOLARSHIPS Contact department chair Rob Stufflebeam – .

For HISTORY Majors New History majors are eligible for a one-time $500 scholarship. Contact department chair Andrew Goss for more information and eligibility requirements. URBN 1000 Beginning in the Spring ’14 semester, the Department of Urban Studies and Planning is offering a 1000-level introduction to the discipline – Introduction to Cities

Thunderhawk, Jim Richard

In the College of Liberal Arts, faculty advisors in the department of your major are available for advising. Faculty advisors are designated teachers who provide regular guidance in regard to course offerings in your major, possibilities for internships, progress toward graduation, career opportunities, and many other areas of concern and interest: Geography Chair, James Lowry, Anthropology Juana Ibanez, Chair, David Beriss, Rachel Breunlin, History D. Ryan Gray, Chair, Andrew Goss, Jeffrey Ehrenreich, Graduate Advisor, James Mokhiber, English Undergraduate Advisor, Nikki Brown, Chair, Peter Schock, Undergraduate Coordinator, Patricia Roger, (For Spring 2014, Andrea Mosterman, Chair of Freshman English, Allison Arnold, International Studies Director, John Hazlett, Graduate Coordinator, Robert Shenk, Music Director, MFA Creative Writing Workshop, Chair, Instrumental, and Vocal: Rick Barton, Charles Taylor, Undergraduate Cooordinators: Fine Arts Robin Williams, Chair, Cheryl Hayes, Jazz Studies: Graduate Coordinator, Dan Rule Ed Petersen, Steve Masakowski, All full-time faculty advise. Please contact the Graduate Coordinator and Choral Ensembles: department at 280-6493. Caroline Carson, Film, Theatre, and Communication Arts Undergraduate Coordinator, Debra Daniel, Philosophy Chair, Robert Stufflebeam, Graduate Coordinator, John McGowanHartmann, Planning and Urban Studies Department Chair, David Hoover, Department Chair, Renia Ehrenfeucht, Film: John Hamp Overton, Undergraduate Coordinator, John Renne, All full-time faculty advise. Go to for details. David Lambour, Foreign Languages Chair, Eliza Ghil,

Undergraduate Studies: Undergraduate Coordinator for Spanish, Joke Mondada,

Undergraduate Coordinator for French, Juliana Starr,

Graduate Studies: Graduate Coordinator for French, Denis Augier,

Graduate Coordinator for Spanish,

Maria del Carmen Artigas,

Political Science

Chair, Michael Huelshoff, A-H and Undergraduate Coordinator:

Ed Chervenak, I-P: John Kiefer, Q-Z: Michael Huelshoff, Pre-Law: Salmon Shomade,


Chair, Vern Baxter, Associate Chair, Susan Mann,

Jack Carter,

Undergraduate and Graduate Co-coordinator, D’Lane Compton,

Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies Susan Mann, - PURSUE AN INTERNSHIP: More and more evidence indicates that an internship improves your skill set and your employment possibility and enhances your experience as a student. Contact the department of interest with your idea or for a list of existing opportunities. - DO SOME RESEARCH: Conducting research is not only for graduate students and faculty members. Explore the possibility of your own research proposal or for the chance to assist a colleague or professor. Talk with the department of interest.

DEAR TRANSFER STUDENTS: Residency Requirements

The University residency requirement states that the last 25% of coursework for your degree (for most LA majors, the last 30 hours) must be taken in residence at UNO while enrolled in the College that will grant the degree (in your case, of course, Liberal Arts). In addition, the College residency requirement states that students must take at least 12 hours of coursework in their major at UNO, and that 9 of those 12 hours must be at the 3000 level or higher. BUT BE AWARE, these requirements are most likely changing, effective Fall ‘14.

“Non-Equivalent” Transfer Credit Transfer students are often concerned when they receive the Evaluation of Transfer Credit compiled by the Office of Admissions and see that some of their transfer courses were determined to have no direct UNO equivalent. Such courses are labeled by their subject and level only (for example, “FTCA 3000NE”), giving some students the impression that the credit in question was not accepted here. NOT TRUE!! If the course appears on your evaluation, it has been accepted by the university, and (assuming you passed it and there is a place for it in the curriculum you are following) it can be used toward your degree. “NE” (“non-equivalent”) does not mean “not accepted.” If you have a number of “NE” transfer courses in your major that you believe might be appropriate substitutes for UNO requirements in your discipline, speak to the Chair or Undergraduate Coordinator in your department. If that person agrees with your assessment, he or she will send a memo to the College office so that the substitution can be noted when it is time for your graduation check-out. For “NE” courses outside your major, it is generally not necessary for you to seek out written approval from various departments to use that work in fulfillment of General Degree or College requirements; the College will handle these matters, unless your input is needed or you believe an error was made in evaluating your transfer work. If you want to discuss the initial evaluation of your transfer credits, consult the Admissions specialist assigned to your section of the alphabet (by first letter of last name):

A-D: Jamie Mathews, 280-7018, E-K: Brian Harris, 280-7012, L-Q: Katie Bandy, 280-7015, R-Z: Kandise Woods, 280-7016, International: Marissa King, 280-6578,

Get Ready To Toss Those Caps: COMMENCEMENT IS COMING! The University of New Orleans will hold the graduation ceremony for the Class of December 2013 at the UNO Lakefront Arena on Friday, December, 20, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. For details, please go to the Registrar’s homepage or click on THIS LINK .

Art With Flowers, Jim Richard

The GRADUATION CHECKOUT PROCESS Are you leaving us in May, August, or December 2014? REMINDER TO ALL: You must earn 120 hours of credit (exclusive of developmental courses and junior/community college credits in excess of 60 credits) in order to graduate. So, even if you have fulfilled general degree requirements, College requirements, and all required courses in your major, you are not “finished” until you earn enough credits to bring you to 120 HOURS! ***1. REQUEST A GRADUATION CHECKSHEET – when you have reached 75+ hours*** If you have discussed remaining requirements with your faculty advisor and it seems possible for you to graduate next spring, summer, or fall, request a graduation checksheet from the College Office (MH 273) as soon as possible. This is different from a departmental checklist or tracking sheet, by which you may have been charting your progress with your advisor; you must have an “official” checksheet completed by College personnel in order to graduate. (If you have already completed this step, please do not sign up to receive a new checksheet. We update our copy each semester; if you’ve lost yours, we will make a copy of the updated version for you.) ***2. FILE AN APPLICATION FOR DEGREE An Application for Degree should be completed during the semester preceding the semester of your intended graduation. THE NEW PROCEDURE IS TO COMPLETE THE PROCESS THROUGH YOUR STUDENT CENTER IN WEBSTAR. You will receive an error message if you input a major for which you are not officially declared in WebSTAR and will need to visit the college office to have that data updated. There is a $50.00 diploma fee. 3. RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS UNO requires that the last 25% of your degree be taken in residence – that is, at UNO, while enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts. Credit by CLEP tests, LSU Independent Study, or any other non-UNO, non-traditional means may NOT be earned and used toward graduation once you are in the last 30 hours of your degree. If you have changed from one college to another, YOU must change your Program/Plan with the College you are entering. Remember that, after you have completed any coursework from an institution other than UNO, you will need to have your transcripts forwarded to UNO’s Admissions Department. 4. SUBMIT WAIVERS, SUBSTITUTIONS, & EXCEPTIONS Bring written verification of any waivers, substitutions, or exceptions promised to you by your department Chair or Undergraduate Coordinator to Mr. Peltz. 5. VERIFY YOUR MINOR If you are minoring in a discipline that is not housed in Liberal Arts, provide Mr. Peltz with written verification of your minor from the appropriate College. (For Liberal Arts interdisciplinary minors, see Dr. John Hazlett for global area studies minors; Dr. Susan Mann for the Women’s and Gender Studies minor; Dr. Vern Baxter for the Environmental Studies minor, and Adam Peltz for the Minor of Disaster Resilience Studies.) 6. MAKE THE COLLEGE AWARE OF CHANGES Notify the College if your graduation plans change and be sure to fill out a new Application for Degree for the semester in which you intend to graduate. The fee for filing an additional Application for Degree after the first is $50.00. 7. MONITOR YOUR GPA Meet with Mr. Peltz if you are concerned about your grade-point averages in the three areas that require a 2.0. The three areas in which you must have a GPA of 2.0 or better in order to graduate are: • Overall • UNO courses • Courses in your major After you graduate, why not join the UNO Alumni Association? Membership is free: .

DEPARTMENTAL ANNOUNCEMENTS and ACHIEVEMENTS This semester, the COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS welcomes new student workers Anna Brown, Eduardo Lopez, and Emilie Nutter, all Film majors, and MFA (poetry) graduate assistant Laurin Jefferson. Arts Administration graduate assistant Sharbreon Plummer continues her tenure. We congratulate both Sharbreon and COLA Executive Coordinator of Operations and Events Jennifer Miguez on passing their comprehensive examinations! Give yourselves a treat and visit Music alumnus (Fall 2006) and Assistant Dean Anthony Cipolone’s Hightail Farms photos. He manages more than the college budget…how about a dozen fresh eggs? For release, from UNO PRESS: proprietors Abram Himelstein (CWW Fall ’05) and G.K. Darby: The Center for the Book at the University of New Orleans will celebrate its slate of upcoming books with a catalog release party on November 18, 2013. Titles we will be celebrating include: Courting Pandemonium by UNO’s Fredrick Barton, Talk that Music Talk by UNO’s Rachel Breunlin and Bruce Sunpie Barnes; How We Do It by UNO’s Jeffrey Ehrenrich and the FiYiYi Mandingo Warriors; a book of Clementine Hunter’s early paintings introduced by Richard Gasperi; The Backstretch edited by the Neighborhood Story Project; Bouki Fait Gombo by Ibrahima Seck; and The Tom Dent Reader edited by Kalamu Ya Salaam. For more about the party and our forthcoming books, please visit The DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH has been busy this semester. The department hosted two Third Wednesday Discussions and is excited about the third, scheduled for November 20, which will highlight alumni who are teaching in the metro area. English had a rousing crowd for its Yeah, You Write reading at the Sandbar in September, at which undergraduates Garrett Piglia, Jasmine Angel, Riley Bingham, Ryan Bonfanti, Shaina Washington, Siera Martinez, and William Webb shared their original work. They've also collaborated with Chapelle High School, including them in the First Year common read program; their students composed essays for UNO Believes, a celebration of student writing, set for November 12 at the Sandbar at 5pm. English’s own Robin Baudier will be the featured reader of the event, sharing the stage with UNO undergraduates, faculty, and staff. All are welcome; food will be served. In the MFA Creative Writing Workshop, the Storyville project, which showcases our students reading their nonfiction pieces about New Orleans and broadcasts them on WWNO, went live on September 26. Finally, we're proud to announce the publication of our new departmental magazine Word, which will soon be available on our department's webpage. Kore Press published Creative Writign Workshop professor Carolyn Hembree's debut poetry collection, Skinny (2012). The book has been nominated for a Norma Farber First Book Award, and a single poem from the collection was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. The collection was also featured on Verse Daily, an online anthology. Skinny will be featured at the 2013 Louisiana Book Festival in Baton Rouge. In December, Carolyn sat on a panel about publishing and editing and read her poetry as part of 2012 Tulane's Poetry Exchange Project Symposium. Carolyn and her students will also participate in the 2013 Symposium. Carolyn's second manuscript was a finalist for the 2012 Tupelo Press First/Second Book Award and the 2012 Switchback Books Gatewood Prize. Her poems and prose appear in forthcoming issues of Drunken Boat, Horseless Review, and Jacket2. Carolyn's poems have also been selected for inclusion in three forthcoming anthologies: The Gulf Stream: Poems of the Gulf Coast, Hick Poetics, and one from Third Man Records. Professor Randy Bates has new nonfiction forthcoming in the Chatahoochee Review, and his RINGS: On the Life and Family of Collis Phillips (FSG) was re-issued as an e-book by Perseus Books on October 21. Peek at this booklist from CWW Alumnus Jarret Lofstead (Spring 2003) and NOLAFugees:

DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (BAIS): BAIS and other UNO students have participated annually in the New York City based Model United Nations competition. These are UNO’s recent nation representations and award: St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Honduras with an outstanding delegation award, Austria with a distinguished delegation award, and most recently Vietnam with an outstanding delegation award and four outstanding position paper awards. For more information on Model U.N, contact Dr. John Hazlett – . At the end of October, with Center Austria and The World Affairs Council of New Orleans, BAIS hosted a guest lecture “Democracy in the Post-Arab Spring World: A Progress Assessment of Syria, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, and Yemen.” Les Campbell (National Democratic Institute) and Tom Garret (International Republican Institute) presented. For interest in Arab travel and internships, contact Dr. Hazlett or BAIS Senior Mary Grace Bernard – . POLITICAL SCIENCE and MASTER of PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION Associate Professor Dr. John Kiefer presented a paper and chaired a panel on “Crowdsourcing for Emergency Management & Homeland Security” at the Southeastern Conference of Public Administration in Charlotte, North Carolina, in September. He was invited to serve on the editorial board of the peer reviewed journal, Risk, Hazards & Crises in Public Policy. Dr. Kiefer was also invited to serve a second term on the editorial board of the Journal of Public Affairs Education. Dr. Keifer was appointed to the NASPAA Committee on Accreditation Standards by the president of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). And, he presented a paper on “Assessing Student Outcomes in MPA Programs: Best Practices” at the annual conference of the Network of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) in Washington, DC in October. Political Science doctoral student Sabrina K. Freeman presented a paper on social media at the Southeastern Conference of Public Administration in Charlotte, N.C., in September. Professor Bethany Stich served as the chair of the Kline Award at the conference. Find out more about PHILOSOPHY’s Tocqueville Project: and the online B.A. In October, WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES and the UNO Women’s Center Coffee Talk Series featured a compelling presentation from HISTORY professor Dr. Nikki Brown on The Art of Black Power: African American Women Artists and Black Nationalism:” From the flyer: “Some of the most strident demands of the Black Arts Movement and of Black Nationalism were made by women like Elizabeth Catlett, Bettye Saar and Faith Ringgold, who see it as their obligation to produce art that reflected the dignity of ordinary African Americans and challenged racism. The art of African American women is best and most clearly understood as working in service to a Black nationalist vision -- self-determination, liberation theology, economic independence for the African diaspora, and freedom of speech for American political prisoners.” The Graduate Program in ARTS ADMINISTRATION (AADM )continues to expand its activity and impact on the local and national cultural field. Early planning of out-of-state capstone student internships in the 2014 spring involves commitments from two characteristically diverse and fantastic hosts: the South-by-Southwest Festival (SXSW Music Festival) in Austin and the Smithsonian Institution Touring Exhibitions Program based in Washington, DC! Numerous New Orleans area organizations will also welcome aspiring arts managers. Student and graduate employment demand is stronger than ever. Most recently, AADM students report being hired as Director of Programming for the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra’s exciting new Jazz Marketplace, Assistant to the Director of Entertainment at the World War II Museum and a promotion to Visitor Services Coordinator at the New Orleans Museum of Art. The Arts Administration program leads UNO’s participation in the new UL System’s undergraduate fully online Organizational Leadership Program with an intensive 8-week course on theater management having just completed its first cycle and a new music management course set to go in the spring – a first for UNO arts admin fully online and available undergrad! On the research front, the Program is continuing its relationship with the Arts Council of New Orleans and the New York research firm of Trudel│Macpherson in updating a statewide survey titled “How Strong is Your Social Net?” on adoption of social media into the operational structures of Louisiana cultural institutions. The results will be contrasted with national data, and shared among Louisiana’s cultural leadership. This allows exploration of trends in this dynamic area following the groundbreaking work explored in a community-wide workshop hosted by the Program in 2012, with data posted at

The DEPARTMENT OF FINE ARTS has been a locus of visual arts activity! Professor and Chair Cheryl Hayes curated an exhibition called “Ten for Ten’s Sake” at TEN Gallery, 4432 Magazine St. The show opened for Art for Art’s Sake, New Orleans’ annual arts festival on the first Saturday of October. The exhibit included works by instructors Kathy Rodriguez and Jeff Rinehart, and current undergraduate student Harriet Burbeck. UNO Master of Fine Arts alumni Jonathan Mayers and Peter Barnitz (both 2011) were also featured. by Kathy Rodriguez Several students, including Matthew Bivalaqua, had work on display during Art for Art’s Sake. Local art hero and UNO Master of Fine Arts alumnus Dan Tague (2000) had a solo exhibition open at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery for Art for Art’s Sake as well. Tague, who was recently featured in a BBC interview, exhibited prints of folded dollar bills in his show titled “The Almighty Dollar.” Professor Richard Johnson was featured in Facing South: Portraits of Southern Artists, a photographic survey of Southern contemporary artists by author and photographer Jerry Siegel. This was a co-publication of the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University and the University of Alabama Press, copyright 2010. Johnson was also featured in the book A Unique Slant of Light: The Bicentennial History of Art in Louisiana, which was published by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. Artists included in the book were selected for their contributions to the visual arts in Louisiana. Additionally, Johnson was one of five visual artists honored by the New Orleans Museum of Art at “Love in the Garden,” a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. He received an award for his lifelong contributions to the visual arts in New Orleans and Louisiana on September 27, 2013. Artist in Residence Tony Campbell, one half the artistcollaborative team Generic Art Solutions, will be exhibiting as G.A.S. with UNO Master of Fine Arts alumnus Matt Vis (2007) in Miami at the inaugural exhibition, “Renaissance Men,” for Mindy Solomon Gallery. Generic Art Solutions recently closed a show entitled “In God We Trust” at the Zacheta National Gallery Warsaw in Poland. Additionally, they are exhibiting in Beaumont, TX at the Dishman Museum of Art (“Crescent City Connection”) and will exhibit in “Circa Now” at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans from Nov. 2013- Jan. 2014. Artist in Residence Ariya Martin returned from her second trip to Haiti this past summer, where she and her non-profit One Bird taught children about making photographs. She is curating an exhibit called “Objects in Mirror May Appear Larger” for the UNO-St. Claude Gallery (2429 St. Claude Ave.) in November and December 2013. This show will also be in conjunction with PhotoNOLA, New Orleans’ annual photography conference. Professor Dan Rule is serving as the department’s Courses and Curriculum liaison, and several changes are occurring as a result of the department’s efforts to enrich their curriculum. The Imaging curriculum has been divided back into Printmaking, Photography, and Digital Art. Additionally, new courses have been added such as Visiting Lecturer Alexa Arroyo’s “Images of Disaster” course. Dr. Rebecca Reynolds has been offering choice courses as well, including Public Art Seminar, 20th century Survey, History of Photography, Art Since 1960, and History of Sculpture. Instructor and UNO-St. Claude Gallery Director Kathy Rodriguez curated a show about artist collaborations titled “Making It” this past August at the UNO-St. Claude Gallery. She also held a solo exhibition called “In Heaven, Everything Is Fine” at TEN Gallery this past July. She has continued to write for New Orleans Art Review, and is preparing for a solo exhibition at Staple Goods Gallery in the St. Claude Arts District this November. Over the past summer, Visual Arts League held its first juried exhibition. UNO students dominated juror Miranda Lash’s (Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, New Orleans Museum of Art) choices for the show. Current Master of Fine Arts candidates Peter Hoffman and Jason Childers took the top prizes (Juror’s Prize and Visual Arts League Award, respectively) at the exhibition. VAL continues to hold fine arts film screenings, fundraisers, and various art projects (including plans for a chalk mural this Spring).

Professor Jim Richard retired after thirty-eight years of service to the department. His dedication and expertise are cherished among those students who were under his tutelage.

Instructor Guillermo Fernando de Castro III of the DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES is hosting Cafecito, the Spanish conversation group in LA 212, 12:30 – 1:30 on November 5 and 19, and December 3. For more information, please send an email . During Spring break 2014, the COLA and Foreign Languages will co-host the International Conference on Emile Zola and Naturalism (March 6-8, 2014, right after Mardi Gras). Dr. Juliana Starr, Associate Professor of French, is the Chief Organizer, and other sponsors include Center Austria and the Diversity Committee. The sessions will be held on the second floor of the University Center. The opening cocktail will be at the UNO main campus art gallery and will feature “Southern Women at Work”, a photography exhibit in conjunction with the conference and Women's History Month. A film screening of the Louisiana feature “Low and Behold” will be in the Robert E. Nims Theater in the PAC. The banquet will be a river cruise on the Steamboat Natchez, and there will be an optional tour of Laura Plantation. One hundred participants will be coming from 18 different countries including the USA, Norway, Portugal, Brazil, France, Germany, Austria, Canada, Switzerland, India, Lebanon, Tunisia, Finland, China, Senegal, and Japan. Thirteen people associated with UNO will be presenting papers: 3 faculty in Foreign Languages, 3 faculty in Film Studies, 2 faculty in English, 2 faculty in History and Women’s Studies, 2 graduate students in English and 1 former graduate student in Foreign Languages. All UNO faculty and students are invited to attend the sessions for free. Here is the website for the conference: . Dr. Starr sang with the New Orleans Opera chorus in two performances of Marschner’s little-known work Der Vampyr (The Vampire), October 11 and 13, 2013. She also presented a paper titled “Labor of Necessity/Labor of Love: Working Women in Zola’s Germinal and Travail and Sand’s Ville noire” at the South Central Modern Language Association Conference in New Orleans, October 35, 2013. Spanish Professor Dr. Manuel García-Castellón participated in the May 29, 2013 Conference of the Latin American Studies Association, presenting “AEl abolicionismo español del XIX y su raíz krausista,” in Washinton, D.C. He served as a member of the Editorial Board for Transmodernity. Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of Luso-Hispanic World through the University of California at Merced. Dr. García-Castellón also published an article, “A Intertextualidad en las letras filipinas e hispanoamericanas” in Revista Filipina, Winter-Spring 2013. Finally, his manuscript Florilegio del Me´ham Lo´ez. An Anthology of Sephardic Tales is under submission with Ediciones Certeza, Zaragoza, Spain. Dr, Elaine Brooks will be reading the her paper “Atmospheric Translation: Rendering in English the Poetic World of Filth and Dust in Fernando Contreras Castro’s Novel, Única mirando al mar” at the Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literatures on November 22nd at the University of Missouri. In summation, Única Gazing at the Sea is the first translation of Fernando Contreras Castro’s famous Costa Rican novel of injustice and social commentary as revealed by the inhabitants of Río Azul’s trash dump. As the first translator of Contreras Castro’s work in English, the author’s description of muck, clay, sand, dirt and the hovels that stand amazingly on what he calls the shifting shores on a sea of debris, has been rendered in English using poetic and atmospheric descriptions of broken dreams wrought by misfortune and by society’s neglect of the other’s well-being. Many challenges arise as Dr. Brooks translates Única. How does she describe daily life in a trash dump with the same poetic nuances and with the same unusual references to legal work and to other professions juxtaposed within the context of waste? In this paper she will describe the processes of atmospheric translation and will also solicit audience participation as a vehicle for entering Única’s search for communication and for love in a world of decay. For internship and job opportunities, DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY’s Juana Ibanez is coordinating a series of meet and greets between students and private companies that offer jobs in geography-related events. For more information, contact Ms. Ibanez – .

Professor Irvin Mayfield of the DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC will be at the Chicago Theatre at the end of November, playing with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Professor Mayfield teaches HUMS 2090 “New Orleans as Discourse,” that allows participating students the ability to interview professionals and icons in the New Orleans cultural community (Art, Humanities and Music) about their areas of expertise. Modeled after “Inside the Actors Studio,” he interviews each guest, followed by a question-&-answer session with the students: He will also be teaching MUS 4001 Jazz Composition: A Directed Independent Study, in which each student will be guided through the process of writing new music for various configurations, including big band. In October, among other talents including drummer Johnny Vidacovich, Jazz at the Sandbar featured Ed Peterson, Steve Masakowski, and Victor Atkins. This past summer, Dr. Ryan Gray of the DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY and students from UNO kept busy with two different archaeological projects here in the city. For the second year in a row, UNO held its summer field school in archaeology at the site of the Iberville Housing Project. Iberville was constructed in 1940 and was located almost exactly over the former location of Storyville, New Orleans’ famous red light district. Although only officially in operation from 1898 to 1917, Storyville maintains a unique place in the city’s history as one of the birthplaces of New Orleans jazz. Excavations this summer recovered a wealth of artifacts dating to the second half of the nineteenth century, with research focusing on why this ethnically and economically diverse neighborhood was eventually designated as the ‘Restricted District’. The archaeological project was the subject of a public event at the Old U.S. Mint in September. Developed in conjunction with the Jazz National Historical Park and the Louisiana State Museum, the event featured speakers on the Storyville area’s history and archaeology, along with musicians performing music from that era. In addition, the UNO Department of Anthropology and Dr. Gray, along with both students and volunteers, conducted excavations at Madame John’s Legacy, one of the oldest extant buildings in New Orleans’ French Quarter. Tulane University’s Masters in Preservation Studies program contracted UNO to perform this work as part of a larger technical conservation study prepared for the Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation and the Louisiana State Museum, which owns and maintains Madame John’s. Archaeological investigations uncovered a rich array of materials dating to the French and Spanish Colonial eras, including extensive evidence of the great 1788 fire that destroyed the previous building at the location. Artifacts recovered included Native American pottery, large quantities of wild animal bone, French and Spanish ceramics, and a 1722 coin minted by the French government for circulation in the colonies. Information from the dig will additionally help to inform the long-term conservation plans for this historically-significant building. The UNO Department of Anthropology will continue to offer opportunities for students to gain archaeological experience in both the field and the lab. Anyone interested is encouraged to contact Dr. Gray -- -- for more information. The DEPARTMENT OF FILM and THEATRE’s Graduate Coordinator John McGowanHartmann has an article coming out in the Fall 2013 issue of The Journal of Social History. It is entitled, “Shadow of the Dragon: The Convergence of Myth and Science in 19th Century Paleontological Imagery”. The 2013-14 Theatre season is an active one. Jim Fitzmorris’ A Truckload of Ink ran in September, followed by David Rimmer’s Album. Upcoming, Mark Medoff’s Parcifal Worthy will run from November 19-24 in the Robert E. Nims Theatre. Next year, look for Fredrick Mensch’s Father, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, and Kate Fedor’s Rx. For more information, call 504-280-SHOW.

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The LUNCH-HOUR TABLE -- November 11 -North Patio behind the UC: On the North Patio, between the UC and the Recreation Center, from 11:30am-1:00pm…we will set up to answer questions, hear about your semester, and remind you that November 11 marks the deadline to withdraw from Fall classes. For COLA-related EVENTS, go to: and FACEBOOK: and TWITTER:


MH 273, 504-280-6266 Visit, Call, Email Us with concerns, questions, good news, just to say hello… Anthony Cipolone, Assistant Dean, 280-6268 Dr. Kevin Graves, Interim Dean, 280-6266 Jennifer Miguez, Executive Coordinator of Events and Operations, 280-6266 Adam Peltz, Academic Counselor, 280-1230


This past summer, recent COLA retirees Assistant Dean Beth LeBlanc and Dean Susan Krantz tied the knot in New York City, and we extend to them our exuberant congratulations. Blue light rain, unbroken chain, Looking for familiar faces in an empty window pane.

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