June 2012 Alumni EBrief


State's Only University-Run Business Accelerator Program Fosters Student Entrepreneurs at UNO

UNO's Urban Entrepreneurship Program, created in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation – a Kansas City, Mo. nonprofit – will graduate its first cohort of UNO student entrepreneurs this month. The project represents Louisiana’s first and only university-run business accelerator program, providing an unprecedented opportunity to students interested in starting a business. For six months, selected participants receive free one-to-one personalized professional coaching to help them start or grow their businesses.

"Entrepreneurship is a hot item now in New Orleans," said John Williams, interim dean of the College of Business Administration. "What an accelerator program does is take an idea and totally drive it. At the end of this, you give them an entire business plan. [The accelerator program] basically takes an entrepreneur's plan and moves it forward."

Nine students were selected from more than 70 applicants from across the University to grow their businesses with the help of UEP coaches, said Williams. A regional coordinator from the Kauffman Foundation has helped to lead the program. "This isn't a program where we come in and just brainstorm ideas," said Williams. "We're looking for someone who has done a lot of homework.” The second cohort is planned for fall 2012 and will be provided through the AT&T Entrepreneurship Center in UNO's Kirschman Hall.


New Athletic Director Makes Privateer Pride a Priority

Derek Morel has high hopes. "It is important to build a foundation for the future while embracing the traditions and storied history of UNO Athletics,” he says. “Our past successes can serve as a beacon of hope and motivation for our coaches and student-athletes." The May 18th appointment of Morel, a New Orleans native and sports marketing executive, to the position of Director of Intercollegiate Athletics promises to deliver on this aspiration.

Morel brings to UNO more than 17 years of high-level sales, negotiation, marketing and fundraising experience. He most recently served as vice-president and general manager of Wake Forest IMG Sports Marketing of IMG College and has held leadership roles at the University of Georgia and Tulane. Morel is expected to increase the number of corporate sponsorships and involvement of former student-athletes at UNO, building ties between the University and the greater community.  "There is a strong passion for UNO Athletics in and around the city of New Orleans,” said Morel. “It is our collective mission to nurture that passion and unify our supporters behind a common vision.” For the full story, click here.


Onward and Upward: UNO Receives $5M Grant

The University of New Orleans has been awarded grants totaling $5 million over a five-year period by the Upward Bound program through the U. S. Department of Education. Upward Bound assists institutions of higher education and other organizations in operating projects that support eligible high school students in preparing for college entrance. The program serves students from low-income families and those in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree.

The grants will fund three projects at UNO: Project PASS, Jefferson Upward Bound and Classic Upward Bound. Working together, the chapters will help over 200 students in the Greater New Orleans area in the first year alone, more than doubling the program’s current reach. For the full story, click here.

AlumNotes: 50th Reunion Honors UNO Class of 1962

On May 19, one day after Spring 2012 Commencement, 28 members of the Class of 1962 gathered together with friends and loved ones to celebrate their achievements, reflect on their time as students and look ahead to the future of the University they helped to establish. It has been 50 years since the University of New Orleans’ first graduating class congregated in an open-sided tent on a campus that hadn’t yet had time to grow grass. Half a century later, these honored guests were happy to reconnect with old acquaintances and hear of new ways to remain involved at UNO. The reunion reception, which took place at the patio of the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism courtyard on the Lakefront campus, provided these distinguished graduates with the perfect opportunity to see how they – and their alma mater – have changed and grown. For the full story, click here.

UNONews: New App Explores New Orleans of Old

No matter where you stand in New Orleans, there are hundreds of years of vibrant history beneath your feet. The New Orleans Historical mobile phone application, developed as a collaborative project between students and faculty in the history department at the University of New Orleans and in the communication department at Tulane University, reveals the city’s rich social and cultural background through an interactive GPS-enabled map. The app pinpoints locations throughout the city and provides a story and historic images for each, as well as selected oral history audio and documentary videos.

Tap the pin on the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain and you’re instantly transported to 1940. There, you can read about the Naval Air Station and its transformation into the University of New Orleans. The experience comes to life through photographs of the base, the construction of the University, as well as our own Homer L. Hitt Alumni Center, circa 2005. Other features include guided walking tours of Audubon Park and one focusing on animals in the French Quarter, from mules to mosquitoes.

The app was developed through extensive research and oral histories, providing interpretive stories more meaningful than basic textbook fact. The project was directed by Dr. Michael Mizell-Nelson of UNO and Dr. Vicki Mayer of Tulane.  The graphic design was done by Epstein Design Partner and the software development by DXY Solutions. The app is available for iPhone and Android phones. As the city of New Orleans nears its 300th birthday, now is the perfect time to take advantage of this fascinating tool.


Senior Week Success: Welcome, Class of 2012!

Graduation is not the final chapter of a student’s time at the University of New Orleans; it is merely the first step in a lifelong relationship. Our second annual Senior Week, hosted by the Offices of Alumni Affairs and Student Affairs, provided new graduates the opportunity to toast their achievements while reflecting on their academic experience and looking forward to future personal and professional successes. The Alumni & Senior Social on the evening of May 15 welcomed the Class of 2012 to the alumni community with open arms (and delicious refreshments). The following afternoon’s Resume Review Panel invited graduating seniors to meet with alumni professionals in their intended career fields in order to perfect their resumes for landing that dream job. Brunch & Bubbles on May 17 gave grads a moment to fete their hard work and sip champagne before getting caught up in the excitement of the following day’s Commencement, where alumni volunteers handed out refreshments and congratulations as graduates queued to enter the Arena and receive their diplomas. Our photo booth captured the fun and excitement of the day. Check out photos here!

Senior Week provided UNO Alumni the chance to get personally involved in the professional development of students. Volunteers at the Resume Review Panel advised several during two-hour shifts, yet many wished they could have worked with even more. The University’s reputation is maintained by the success of its graduates. By passing on professional expertise or simply donning UNO Proud pins and coming out to network and mingle, alumni like you not only help cement life-long relationships but also strengthen the value of each UNO diploma, including those of generations of UNO students to come.


UNOVisa: Share Your Pride With Every Purchase!

The exclusive UNO Capital One Visa cards offer our alumni and friends 3 different credit options for your individual needs. Choose a card to help you build your credit, one with a low introductory interest rate, or one that lets you earn great rewards like 1.25 miles for every dollar you spend that can be redeemed for travel, merchandise, gift cards or cash. Plus, you can choose the design for your card that best reflects your passion for UNO and your support of the Alumni Association. Click here to find out more and apply today! *Credit approval required. Terms and conditions apply. Offered by Capital One, N.A.. © 2012 Capital One.

This great way to stand up for UNO is only one of the benefits you’ll experience as part of the UNO & Friends Online Community. By signing up, you can take advantage of a searchable alumni directory, a calendar of events and volunteer opportunities, our monthly newsletters, affinity deals and so much more. Joining is free, secure, and takes just moments. Register now!

Crawfish: We Came, We Saw, We Mamboed

A little rain didn’t dampen the fun of our First Annual Crawfish Mambo Cook-Off & Music Festival on the Lake! On May 12, the Cove became the perfect venue for close to two thousand visitors to the UNO campus who enjoyed  hundreds of pounds of crawfish boiled by 20 competing teams.  Six local bands, including Mia Borders and Bonerama, rocked the Sandbar stage entertaining the crowd in the Cove’s courtyard while the sun shined and   in the swingin’ shelter of the Sandbar when the rain started to fall.  Congratulations to 2012 Mambo Grand Champion Carubba Engineering who walked away with the trophy, a one-of-a-kind, engraved boiling paddle, when the panel of celebrity judges, including UNO’s President and first lady named their boil the best-tasting.    Congratulations also to Deanie’s on Hayne, whose team was voted Crowd Favorite by Mambo attendees  Check out photos of the fun and share your own here. Thank you to everyone who sponsored, volunteered and attended, and we look forward to seeing you again for Crawfish Mambo 2013!

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