May 2012 Alumni EBrief

1st Annual Crawfish Mambo Hits Campus
...This Weekend!

After enjoying 65 UNO students, alumni, faculty and staff member musicians shake each and every Jazz Fest stage, you probably needed time to recuperate before getting back into your dancing shoes.  Rest up, because this Saturday, May 12 from 11am to 7pm, the UNO Lakefront Campus Main Quad will be transformed into a wonderland of live music, artisans, food, beverages and, of course, heaps and heaps of all-day, all-you-can-eat crawfish for our inaugural Crawfish Mambo Cook-Off and Music Festival on the Lake! Sample the competition by up to 30 boiling teams.  By day's end everyone will be dancing to music by Bonerama, Rockin' Dopsie, Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters, Mia Borders, Brass-A-Holics "Gogo Brass Funk" Band, Paul Sanchez and the Rolling Road Show, and UNO Hot Club.

Visit to order your tickets ($15 in advance or $20 at the gate), register a boiling team, see the music lineup and more.



Alumni Association Board Applications Due June 1.

The University of New Orleans International Alumni Association wants you! We are seeking leaders to serve on our 2012-2013 Board of Directors. Our Association paves the way for alumni, friends and community members to support UNO with programs designed to recruit and retain students, advocate, cultivate alumni relationships and promote UNO and alumni successes. Our continued success depends on the personal commitment and active involvement of alumni like you who embrace the privilege to serve and the responsibility to lead. Click here to download application, due by June 1.

Nominate Your UNO Hero!  Homer L. Hitt Distinguished Alumni &  Heroes Award Nominations Due June 1!  

For over 25 years, the University of New Orleans International Alumni Association has presented its highest honor, the Homer L. Hitt Distinguished Alumni Award, in recognition of alumni whose work or field of effort reflects honor and credit upon UNO; who have provided service to the community and to UNO; and/or who are recognized for outstanding accomplishments in other areas of endeavor. (Click Here for Past Recipients.)

To its credit, the University has made the selection of a single honoree almost impossible by producing so many talented, deserving candidates. In response, the Alumni Association is proud to announce three (3) new award categories which, combined with the Homer L. Hitt Distinguished Alumni Award, will form our new UNO Heroes program: an annual gala celebration and awareness campaign of the many achievements and contributions of UNO alumni and friends to the community and beyond.

Know a UNO Hero?  Click Here for a downloadable nomination form with qualifications for each of our award categories.  Submissions are requested by June 1. 

  • 2012 Homer L. Hitt UNO Distinguished Alumni
  • *NEW* Outstanding Young Alumni 
  • *NEW* Distinguished University Friend 
  • *NEW* Illustrious Service to the Association

Senior Week: Help Us Welcome UNO's Newest Alumni

As Senior Week kicks off to celebrate the achievements of the UNO Class of 2012, we invite our alumni to show new graduates the value of their diplomas by welcoming them personally into the UNO International Alumni Association community. Mix, mingle and provide networking opportunities while enjoying complimentary beverages and appetizers at the 2012 Alumni & Senior Social on Tuesday, May 15th from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at the Bulldog Mid-City, 5135 Canal Boulevard. This event is open to graduating seniors and Alumni Association members only. If you haven’t registered, be sure to do so now by clicking here. Signing up is quick, easy and free!

Then, help graduates make the transition from students to professionals by participating in our Resume Review Panel.  Give them the tools they need to land that dream job by whipping their resumes into shape as a volunteer on Wednesday, May 16th from 11:00am until 1:00pm or from 1:00pm until 3:00pm in the Homer L. Hitt Alumni & Visitors Center Morris Bart Boardroom. We are looking for professionals to represent each college in order to provide students with personalized assistance relevant to their fields. If you would like to participate, please send an email to or call (504)-280-6059.

AlumNotes: An Advocate and a Gentleman

The Advocacy Center’s new Riverbend offices have been named in honor of UNO alum Charles H. Tubre (BA COLA 79). The Center protects the rights of people with mental and physical disabilities, and Tubre has spent his life working for the benefit of individuals with disabilities. At the age of 14, a spinal cord injury left him paralyzed. At the building’s dedication ceremony he spoke of the love of his parents, who encouraged him to lead the remarkable life he has come to fulfill. He has lived it providing the same kind of support he received from his family - and during his time at the University of New Orleans - to others in the community.



UNO Fitness Center: Don't Fear Bikini Season

The UNO Recreation and Fitness center is offering a special 3-month summer membership for only $125. If you sign up today (or even tomorrow), that works out to less than $1.50 a day! As an alum, you're eligible for exclusive savings to keep your body beach-ready all year. Pay just $300 for a six-month membership (normally $425) or save big with a 12-month membership for $400 instead of $700. The fitness center also offers a summer day camp for children ages 5-11. What better way to introduce the young ones in your life to your alma mater than with some fun in the sun? Camp registration information is available on the center website.

UNONews: $500K Grant For Teen Driver Study

Associate Professor of Psychology Robert Laird has received a three-year, $515,000 grant from the William T. Grant Foundation to examine the ways in which autonomy and independence are negotiated by parents and adolescents. Laird will use the experience of new teen drivers to approach his study of the “negotiations of rules, regulations, and behavioral expectations” within the family unit.

 The professor will recruit 250 racially diverse teen-parent pairs from driver’s education classes. Subjects will complete self-report surveys and a series of tasks designed to elicit conversations between parents and teens. In addition, teens’ driving records will be obtained from county courts.

Car crash injuries are the leading cause of death among adolescents. Through the study, Laird hopes to gain a better understanding of the ways in which “families and friends influence teen driving behavior, especially parental restrictions on youth’s exposure to driving and risky driving behaviors” in order to make driving safer.

UNO Office of Alumni Affairs
UNO International Alumni Association
Homer L. Hitt Alumni & Visitors Center

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Phone: 504.280.2586 (ALUM) | 800.488.2956
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