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Office of Alumni Affairs & Office of Marketing & Public Relations UNO Alumni eBrief – Monday, December 27, 2010

IN THIS ISSUE: Special Events – Ogden Winter Camp, RIS Fitness Special Alumni and Association News – UNOIAA welcomes 959 new Proud Privateer Alumni! State of the College of Engineering event Make a Difference – Student recruiting phone-a-thon planned for January 5 from 6-9pm… UNO News – UNO Theatre production invited to compete in Kennedy Center Fest, Two donations enable two new endowed Chairs in College of Business, Millions in grants awarded to UNO for studies in Titanium Shipbuilding and Juvenile Justice Media Spotlight UNO – Recent Faculty, Staff, Students and Alumni Media Coverage Privateers in the News – Basketball, Cheerleading Camp _____________________

Special Events and Specials Happy Holidays to you and yours! The University of New Orleans and the Office of Alumni Affairs will be closed for Winter Break from December 23, 2010 – January 3, 2011. We look forward to reconnecting in 2011! Winter Holiday Camp: Where Do Colors Come From? Happening at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art (925 Camp St.) on Wed., December 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ever make paint from a cabbage? Red clay? Well, now is your chance! Children ( Ages 6 – 12) will make their own paints from materials found in nature and then create original artwork using their own color palettes. Cost: $35; $25 Museum member. Additional children: $10 per child For information, contact Kate Barron at 504.539.9608; Recreation & Fitness Center Two-Month Special Get in gear for the new year! Take advantage of the Rec Center’s holiday special. Get a two month membership for only $60! This special is on sale now through December 31, 2010. Or give the gift of fitness with a gift certificate. For more information, please call 280-6357 or visit where you can also find details on holiday hours. For more events, please check out the UNO Events Calendar at Alumni and Association News Way to GO!! Congratulations to 959 new UNO alumni who proudly received their UNO degrees on Friday, December 17, 2010! UNOIAA Membership Committee Welcome Newest Privateer Alumni!! New graduates were greeted as they entered Commencement ceremonies by members of the UNO International Alumni Membership Committee who braved the cold Friday evening to welcome our newest alumni with cookies and congratulations. The effort to introduce the graduates to the Association and to continued engagement with

UNO was led by Committee Chair Maggie Woodruff and Vice Chair Ryan Garrity, Harold Baur, Toya BarnesTeamer, Roy Carubba and Pierre Champagne. Thanks to their hard work they surpassed their goal, signing up over 200 new members. Great work!!! State of the College of Engineering The Engineering Chapter of the UNOIAA hosted a State of the College of Engineering event Thursday, December 16, 2010 with presentations by Provost Joe King and Interim Dean Norma Jean Mattei aimed at dispelling rumors and answering questions about the current opportunities and challenges facing the College and the University at large. Attendees from all parts of the UNO community, students, faculty, alumni and the business community had the opportunity to ask questions and to network. The event was so well-received that the Association hopes its planners, Chapter President Chris Bruno, Advisory Board President Bruce Hoppe and College Representative Pierre Champagne will help us to expand it to each College. 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 Help UNO Recruit! UNO needs our help! No one knows the benefit of a UNO degree better than a graduate; that’s why the Association is planning a phone-a-thon to encourage newly admitted UNO’s students enroll this spring. Help us th welcome and encourage these potential Privateers! Join us Wednesday, January 5 from 5:45pm-9pm. To volunteer contact us at Come for a half-shift or the whole evening. Pizza, beverages and fun provided. Support your Alma Mater! UNO needs its alumni more than ever. The Association provides a range of activities through which you can give back, network, gain leadership skills, build your resume, have fun and stay connected. Our 2010-2011 UNO International Alumni Association Committees need members and volunteers for a variety of activities. To get involved, email 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 Theatre UNO’s Night of the Iguana Invited to Perform at Kennedy Center Regional Festival The University of New Orleans’ spring 2010 production of Tennessee Williams’ The Night of the Iguana has accepted an invitation to perform at the 2011 Region VI Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). Iguana is one of six productions selected to perform for the six-state region festival. read more… Gloria Kabacoff’s Gift to Fund Endowed Chair A $600,000 gift from Gloria Kabacoff will fund an endowed chair in the University of New Orleans Lester E. Kabacoff School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration. Matching funds in the amount of $400,000 have completed the process for a one million dollar chair, and UNO will begin a national search to select a distinguished scholar to fill the position. read more… UNO Students Visit Children's Hospital Members of the University of New Orleans student chapter of the American Hotel and Lodging Association spread some holiday cheer at Children’s Hospital. read more... National Evacuation Conference Spurs Two Special Issue Journals The National Evacuation Conference, co-hosted by the LSU-UNO Gulf Coast Center for Evacuation &

Transportation Resiliency and the LSU Stephenson Disaster Management Institute, has resulted in the publication of special issues from the Journal of Transportation Safety & Security and the Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy journal. read more… High School Students Visit UNO to Learn About Digital Forensics Two groups of Orleans Parish high school students learned more about careers in digital forensics and got a firsthand look at the cutting edge technology used by University of New Orleans faculty and students during a visit to Greater New Orleans Center for Information Assurance (GNOCIA), located on the UNO campus. read more... AMRI Summer School Students to Present at ACS Conference Two high school students who participated in a University of New Orleans summer research program in materials science will make presentations as a result of that research at a meeting of the American Chemical Society this week in New Orleans. read more... Donation Will Fund Endowed Chair at UNO A $600,000 donation from the family of Annette Weinberg Bernstein will fund an endowed chair in the management department within the University of New Orleans College of Business Administration. UNO Releases Annual Quality of Life Poll New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu enjoys a job-approval rating of 75 percent, according to the annual quality of life poll released this morning by the University of New Orleans Survey Research Center. read more... Journalist, Author Julia Reed to Speak at UNO Commencement Journalist and critically-acclaimed author Julia Reed will deliver the commencement address at the University of New Orleans fall graduation ceremony at the Lakefront Arena on Friday, December 17 at 7:00 p.m. read more… UNO Awarded $3.5 Million Grant to Study Juvenile Justice The University of New Orleans is one of three universities to share a three-year $3.5 million grant to study the long-term behavioral and financial impacts of juvenile justice decision-making. The grant is funded jointly by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. read more… UNO Awarded Grant for Titanium Shipbuilding The University of New Orleans has been awarded a three-year $4.8 million grant from the Office of Naval Research to advance the science and technology of titanium shipbuilding. read more… For a full list of recent press releases and news, 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, December 12: Jim Amdal, director of the UNO Transportation Institute, was included in The TimesPicayune story “The Promise of a Streetcar Has Energized Commercial Projects Along Loyola Avenue.” Sunday, December 12: UNO alumna Jan Singletary was featured in The Times-Picayune “Head of the Class” section. Monday, December 13: John Renne, professor of planning and urban studies, appeared live on the Fox 8 Morning Show to discuss the role of sustainable transportation in overcoming oil dependence. Monday, December 13: The New Orleans City Business article “Endowment Funds $1M Chair at UNO.” Note: content is for subscribers only. Monday, December 13: UNO student Mary Jean Wallace was profiled in The New York Times article “From the Delta To Winter’s Deep Blues.” Tuesday, December 14: Janet Speyrer, professor of economics and finance, appeared live on WWL 870 AM with Bob DelGiorno to discuss federal tax cuts.

Tuesday, December 14: The Associated Press story “UNO Creates New Endowed Chair.” Tuesday, December 14: The Times-Picayune story “University of New Orleans Basketball Team Has a FourGame Winning Streak Against Tulane.” Wednesday, December 15: Ed Chervenak, professor of political science, was included in the WVUE-TV Fox 8 story “Controversy Defined Anthony Jones’ Career at City Hall.” Thursday, December 16: Jim Meza, dean emeritus of the College of Education and Human Development, appeared live on WWL 870 AM with Bob DelGiorno to discuss the United States’ educational standing in the world. Thursday, December 16: Bhaskar Kura, professor of civil and environmental engineering, was quoted in the USA Today story “Pipes, Pumps Trouble Big Easy.” Friday, December 17: Patricia Williams, professor with the Pontchartrain Institute of Environmental Sciences, was interviewed live on the Fox 8 Morning Show to discuss the safety of Gulf seafood. Friday, December 17: Janet Speyrer, professor of economics and finance, appeared live on WWL 870 AM with Don Dubuc to discuss the economic impact of the Hornets on New Orleans. Sunday, December 19: Patricia Williams, professor with the Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences, was included in The Times-Picayune article “Is It Really Safe to Eat Gulf Seafood?” Sunday, December 19: Paul Frick, professor of psychology, appeared live on WWL-TV’s Eyewitness News to discuss the new juvenile justice grant he received. Monday, December 20: Theatre UNO’s “Night of the Iguana” selected for a Kennedy Center regional competition and a gift to fund an endowed chair in the Kabacoff School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration appeared in The Times-Picayune’s Higher Education notes. Please note that “UNO in the News” highlights are chosen at the discretion of the Marketing and Communications Dept. and should not be considered a comprehensive report of all mentions of UNO in the news. For more UNO news, check out the UNO News page at In Memoriam UNO Mourns the Passing of May Wells Jones Former UNO professor of drama and communications May Wells Jones, 71, died Tuesday, November 30, 2010, in Asheville, N.C. May received an M. A. Degree in Radio, Motion Pictures and Television from UNC Chapel Hill in 1965. In 1971 she received a Ph.D. in Speech and Theatre from Tulane University in New Orleans. She served as a member of the faculty of the Department of Drama and Communications at the University of New Orleans from 1974 until her retirement in 2003. In 1998, she was honored by former students as a “favorite professor.” May was very musically and artistically talented. She sang in several choirs and in many theatre productions. She enjoyed writing and directing stage plays at UNO as well as designing sets and costumes. She was a loyal supporter of the New Orleans Symphony. May is survived by a number of cousins including Mary Louise Powell of Asheville and Elizabeth Anne Trively and her husband, Timothy, of Asheville and Wesley Chapel, Fla. Privateer News UNO Hoops Shoots Way Out of 18-Point Deficit in Home Win The University of New Orleans overcame an 18-point first half deficit to defeat Huntingdon 73-68 at the Human Performance Center on Wednesday night. read more… Lady Privateers Dominate ULL in Second Half, Fail to Overcome Deficit

The University of New Orleans women's basketball team put together its best performance against a Division I program this year, falling 80-63 to Louisiana-Lafayette at the CajunDome on Sunday afternoon. read more… UNO Cheerleading Clinic The University of New Orleans cheerleading program will host a 'Cheer Clinic' on Jan. 8th which will provide participants an opportunity to perform at a future Privateer basketball game. The clinic gets underway with checkin at 8:45 a.m. at the Human Performance Center and runs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and costs $25 for participation. Open to boys and girls, ages five and older, all participants will walk away with a t-shirt. For more information, contact Scott Sanchez at For more Privateer News, check out or @ UNOPrivateers on Twitter. Also check out: @UNOSwimming, @CoachChampUNO and @CoachBenoitUNO.Stay Connected

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