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Office of Alumni Affairs & Office of Marketing & Public Relations UNO Alumni eBrief – Tuesday, October 12, 2010 IN THIS ISSUE: · Special Events – More great performances at Jazz @ the Sandbar Series! Visit by Tuskegee Airman; Get to Know UNO! BubbleQ Fundraiser! · Alumni and Association News – Homecoming Tailgate a HUGE Success; Career Services; Facebook! · Make a Difference – Campus Restoration Campaign Heating Up; Johanna Schindler Memorial · UNO News – Dedication of UNO Katrina Memorial; Renovation2010 Money Redirected to Student Services; Top Chef NOLA to Raise Money for UNO Charter Schools · Media Spotlight UNO – Recent Faculty, Staff, Students and Alumni Media Coverage · Privateers in the News – UNO Football Defeats Wisconsin-Parkside

_____ UNO’s International Alumni Association keeps members informed and connected with bimonthly eBriefs sharing UNO success stories, news and opportunities. This week, we thought we’d share some good news with all of our alumni and friends to encourage you to reconnect and support Louisiana’s only public urban research institution. By registering for FREE online at, you become a member and a vital part of UNO’s support team!

Special Events Don’t Miss Another Great Performance from the Jazz @ the Sandbar Series! Join us Wednesday, October 13th as UNO Jazz Studies alumnus and heartthrob Jeremy Davenport entertains with jazz classics and American standards in the Homer L. Hitt Alumni & Visitors Center (AKA “The Hitt Factory”). Every Wednesday this fall, you’ll hear internationally renowned jazz artists performing with UNO jazz students right here on UNO’s campus!! The Association is proud to host the Series’ 20th Anniversary this Fall as we launch our Restore The Cove campaign to return it to its rightful home this spring! Enjoy a spectacular view of the sunset over the lakefront with a beer or glass of wine in the comfort of our own Hitt Factory. Come remember your cove. Learn more about Restore the Cove. $5/General Admission, FREE for students, staff, faculty! Click here for the full Fall Schedule. WWII Tuskegee Airman to Visit UNO Campus UNO welcomes New Orleans native Calvin Moret, a member of the famed World War II Tuskegee Airmen, to campus on Thursday, October 14 at 1:30 p.m. to speak about his experiences as a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first group of African-American military pilots. He trained in Tuskegee, Ala. in 1943 and 1944, and was commissioned as a flight officer in November of 1944. Moret and his fellow airmen received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2007, and he was also in attendance for President Obama's inauguration in 2009. Department of Alumni Affairs Homer L. Hitt Alumni & Visitors Center, Lakefront Campus 2000 Lakeshore Drive New Orleans LA 70148 504-280-ALUM (2586)

For more information about Moret’s visit, contact Michael Mizell-Nelson, UNO professor of history, at 280-6611 or Get to Know UNO! Know a prospective student? Considering furthering your own education? Come meet faculty, staff and student representatives at Get to Know UNO, at the university’s largest open house from 10-2pm on Saturday, October 16th. This is your chance to learn more about the state’s only public urban research institution. Interested in helping promote UNO? Come mingle and share your experiences as a UNO alumnus/a! Volunteers wanted!!! Call the Office of Alumni Affairs to volunteer. Learn more about the event at! BubbleQ Fundraiser for NOJI This Month The New Orleans Jazz Institute (NOJI), along with NOJI Advisory Board Chairman Dr. Corey Hebert and NOJI Artistic Director Irvin Mayfield, will host its Inaugural "BubbleQ" fundraiser with a celebration of haute cuisine barbeque and premium champagne at the newly opened Eiffel Society Restaurant lounge (2040 St. Charles Ave.) on Saturday, October 23, from 3 to 6p.m. Sponsor include Glazer's Distributors of Louisiana, Besh Steakhouse, Eiffel Society and Squeal. The Kid Chocolate Quartet will perform with several special guests, including advanced jazz students from the Institute’s own Saturday Music School. NOJI links UNO's strengths in jazz education with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra's strengths in professional practice and performance. Funds raised support NOJI Programs. The cost is $50 in advance, $60 on the day of the event. Purchase online at For questions or to arrange alternate payment, contact or Attire is "jazzy chic." For more events, please check out the brand new Events Calendar at

Alumni and Association News New Leadership with a Familiar Face The Association’s Executive Committee accepted the resignation of UNOIAA President Lenny Kopowski last week. Still a strong UNO advocate and close Association friend, Mr. Kopowski will continue to support UNO through other channels, and we wish him success in his new endeavors. Fortunately for the Association, qualified leadership was close at hand. Recognizing the importance of continuity and experience during this period of heavy transition, the Executive Committee expressed gratitude to Immediate Past President Sid Degan for agreeing to extend his service to the University and the Association by remaining Association President throughout the remainder of the 2010-2011 term. We Won! 2nd Annual Homecoming Football Tailgate a Double Success! The UNO Privateer Football team defeated Wright State University 27-24 in the September 25th Homecoming game, and the UNO Community was there to cheer them on! The 2nd Annual Homecoming football tailgate was a huge success with alumni, students, faculty, staff, friends and family coming out to enjoy the food, fun and music at Tad Gormley stadium. Pictures coming soon to our Facebook page! UNO Alumna Julie Cristina profiled in The Times-Picayune Julie Cristina has been a teacher for 31 years at St. Mary’s Dominican High School. She was profiled in The Times-Picayune’s feature “Head of the Class.” Read the full article here. Career Services for Alumni Are you looking for talented employees or qualified interns to fill positions in your company? Considering a job change yourself? Whether you’re looking for employees or employment, UNO’s Counseling and Career Center can help. Their Opportunities Database provides UNO alumni and students with one-stop shopping to post and view job listings, submit resumes; schedule on-campus interviews, view employer profiles and attend workshops or other campus events. Post your job openings or learn more by registering on the Career Services website. Become a Fan on Facebook Want to keep up with UNO Alumni news? Become our fan on Facebook! Just search for UNO Alumni. Our Facebook page is one of the best resources for news about upcoming events and great things happening at UNO. As soon as we hear it, we’ll update you.

Make a Difference The Sandbar Heats up! It’s not just the music that’s heating up the Sandbar! When the music stops, it’s the sound of construction that we’re most excited about. More than five years after Katrina, state and federal funds are finally in place and construction is moving quickly to rebuild the Cove, future home of a new and improved Sandbar. Restore the Cove aims to help UNO reopen The Cove and The Sandbar by spring 2011! But before UNO can move The Jazz @ the Sandbar Series back to its rightful home, additional funds are needed to furnish and landscape the facility. Remember your cove? A gathering spot, the most popular dining facility on campus, a place to study, collaborate, and hang out. As former students, alumni know better than anyone how important campus life is to student success. That’s why the Association is launching Restore the Cove as Phase one of its new Campus Restoration Campaign. Watch for more details, coming soon and learn more at Johanna Schindler Memorial We’ve heard from many of you who miss Johanna Schindler and would like to celebrate her life and memory. The UNO Foundation and your Alumni Association have worked with Johanna’s family, friends and colleagues on several ways you can help mark her many contributions to our community. To make a donation in Johanna’s memory, please make your check payable to the UNO Foundation, and please specify on the memo line, “Schindler—News and Media Relations.” Donations should be mailed to the Homer L. Hitt Alumni and Visitors Center, University of New Orleans, 2000 Lakeshore Dr, NOLA 70148. Please contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at (504) 280-2586 or for more information. Finance Your Car With UNOFCU, and They Will Donate $50 to the UNO Foundation UNO Federal Credit Union, located in the Homer L. Hitt Alumni & Visitors Center, will be donating $50.00 to the Foundation each time an Alumni Member finances a car with the credit union. For more information or to apply for a loan online, visit or call (504) 280-6496.

UNO News UNO Dedicates Katrina Memorial UNO dedicated an on-campus Hurricane Katrina Memorial today, nearly five years to the day (October 10, 2005) since UNO reopened after the storm. The granite memorial fountain was sponsored by the Student Government Association to acknowledge the impact that Katrina had on the University and its people. Located west of Milneburg Hall, it incorporates a row of trees permanently growing at a 45° angle – a living a reminder of the strength of the Hurricane winds and of the even stronger, indomitable spirit of the UNO community; UNO was the only university in New Orleans to reopen during the fall semester of 2005. Click here to learn more about the integral role played by UNO during and since Hurricane Katrina. UNO Renovation Money Redirected to Student Services LSU System President and Interim University of New Orleans Chancellor John Lombardi, concurring with a recommendation by UNO Provost Joe King, has redirected more than $200,000 of federal hurricane relief money planned for renovations to campus offices toward student-centric facilities and immediate upgrades designed to improve the quality of life for UNO students. Click here for the full press release. UNO Student Takes First Place in International Audit Competition Randy Culpepper, a second year graduate student in accounting, and his team took first place in a team competition at the fourth Annual International IAEP Leadership and Networking Conference last weekend in Orlando, Fla. Ten teams, comprised of students from the top internal auditing programs around the world, competed in this year's challenge. Culpepper's team, made up of students from China, South Africa and the U.S., won by successfully presenting a case on risk analysis for a high technology optical manufacturer. This is the second consecutive year that UNO has been represented on the first place team in this annual competition! UNO, LSU Professors Evaluate Federal Project Recovery Initiative According to Project Recovery, a federally-funded Early Reading First Initiative, high poverty population school children in classrooms using developmentally appropriate, play-based, print and language-rich approaches to learning test equal to or above national benchmarks for preschoolers in language and literacy on standardized assessments. The UNO/ LSU joint effort involving seven Orleans Parish classrooms is in the second year of a three year $3.6 million program funded the U.S. Department of Education which will impact 420 children and families directly and address literacy needs of children of poverty across the state. To learn more, click here.

Media Spotlight UNO Click the links for more on selected UNO faculty, staff, students and alumni have been featured recently in the news to highlight their work or to offer their opinion and expertise. Sunday, October 3: Ed Chervenak, professor of political science, was included in the WVUE-TV, Fox 8 story about the Jefferson Parish school board elections. Monday, October 4: Niyi Osundare, professor of English, was included in the story “Johns Hopkins, Morgan State to Host Acclaimed African Poets” in The JHU Gazette. Monday, October 4: Judith Kieff, professor of curriculum and instruction, was quoted in The Times-Picayune story “Ursuline Academy Redesigns Early Childhood Learning Center.” Tuesday, October 5: Denise Reed, professor of earth and environmental sciences, was quoted in The (Baton Rouge) Advocate story “Oil Leak Science Team Reviews Mixed.” UNO Student Takes First Place in 2010 Internal Auditing Team Competition Randy Culpepper, a UNO student in the Internal Auditing Education Partnership (IAEP) program at UNO, and his team took first place in a team competition at the fourth annual International IAEP Leadership and Networking Conference last weekend in Orlando, Florida. Visiting Scholar Dawdy Receives MacArthur Fellowship Archaeologist and anthropologist Shannon Lee Dawdy is among 23 new MacArthur Fellows for 2010 announced today. The former UNO research associate and director of the Greater New Orleans Archaeology Program will receive a stipend of $500,000, paid out in equal quarterly installments over five years as part of her fellowship. For more UNO news, check out the UNO News page at

Privateer News No. 2 UNO Club Football Scores 60 in First Half, Defeats Wisconsin-Parkside No late game heroics were needed this week for the No. 2 ranked UNO club football team as they defeated Wisconsin-Parkside 60-13 at Horlick Stadium in a Midwestern Collegiate Football Conference contest. UNO Volleyball Set to Dig for the Cure Against McNeese Today The UNO volleyball team will return to the floor tonight at 7 p.m. as they host McNeese State in the annual Dig for the Cure match at the Lakefront Arena Auxiliary Gym. For more Privateer News, check out or @ UNOPrivateers on Twitter. Also check out: @UNOSwimming, @CoachChampUNO and @CoachBenoitUNO.

Stay Connected The strength of our University rests in you…our alumni. More than ever before, your alma mater needs your support and engagement. It’s easy to make a difference and now it’s FREE. Visit to register in our online directory and become a vital part of UNO’s support team. Just contact the staff at Alumni Affairs by email at alumni@uno.ed or phone at 504-280-2586(ALUM) for your one-time security identification number and you’ll receive the benefits of membership and begin receiving bi-monthly eBriefs. Membership matters. Your voice matters. Please join today.

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