July 2012 Alumni EBrief


Alum's Tech Startup Educates Millions

The University of New Orleans has long prided itself on providing affordable, high-quality educational opportunities not only for those who fit the classic college student profile, but also those with less traditional backgrounds. Now, Sal Khan, an alum who took upper-level mathematics courses at UNO as a high school student before attending MIT and Harvard, is making his own mark on the world of (very) public education.

It started in 2004. Khan, who was living in Boston and working as a hedge fund manager, learned that his cousin Nadia, a seventh grader back in his native New Orleans, was having trouble in math class. He tutored her remotely using Yahoo Doodle software and the phone, and she ended up taking to his instruction so well that he began tutoring her brothers, Ali and Arman, as well. Word spread to other relatives and friends, and the demand became overwhelming. "I started to record videos on YouTube for them to watch at their own pace," Khan told CNN. Pretty soon, it became apparent from the rapidly growing view count that it wasn’t only his cousins who were watching. For the full story, click here.

New UNO Hires Take Their Posts

While summer marks a time of rest for many UNO students, President Peter J. Fos has been hard at work rounding out the roster of University leaders. Fresh off their first week in office are Vice Presidents Dr. Brett Kemker, VP for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs; and Kevin McLin, VP for Communications, Marketing, and Public Relations. Carlen McLin started on Monday, July 2, as Executive Assistant to the President, as did Dave Meredith, Director of Admissions; Matt Moore, Registrar; and Derek Morel, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. “We are thrilled to have these qualified individuals fill important leadership positions at the University,” said Fos. “They will play strategic roles in helping the University attract and retain high-caliber students. I am confident that UNO will benefit immediately from their wealth of skills and expertise.” The Association welcomes these new leaders and looks forward to partnering wit them in support of student success.


Homer L. Hitt Distinguished Alumnus: Jay C. Zainey

The University of New Orleans International Alumni Association is proud to announce U.S. District Court Judge Jay C. Zainey as the 2012 Homer L. Hitt Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. Judge Zainey earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from UNO in 1973. Appointed to the federal bench as a judge for the U.S. District Court in 2002 and a past president of the Louisiana Bar Association, he has not limited this time and talents to his career, committing equally to helping others. As president of the Pro Bono Project and founder of service organizations including St. Andrew’s Village, HELP and SOLACE, he has demonstrated leadership and dedication to improving the lives of those in need. Zainey has also remained committed to UNO, returning to speak to students interested in the legal profession. For the full story, click here.

UNONews: Osundare's Olympic Victory

UNO Professor of English Niyi Osundare has been selected to represent his native Nigeria at the London Olympics – in poetry. His poem “Raindrum” was selected as part of Poetry 2012: The Written World, a collaboration between BBC Radio Scotland and the Scottish Poetry Library which aims to “use poems to capture the spirit of every nation at the 2012 Games.” 

On Tuesday, March 20, Nigerian Priest Chucks Iwuagwu of St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow read Osundare’s poem, which celebrates the arrival of rain. As the Olympic nations’ poems are revealed, one each day from the project's launch on March 12th until the Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony on September 9th, their respective countries light up on an interactive map on the BBC website, “creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.” For the full story, click here.

UNO Wins GNO Foundation Urban Planning Grant

The Greater New Orleans Foundation has announced a $175,000 grant to the University of New Orleans Department of Planning and Urban Studies to enhance the graduate program in planning, "the only one of its kind in the state of Louisiana." The foundation has also given grants to two local nonprofit organizations providing housing for the city's most vulnerable residents. For the full story, click here.

We'll Cover You: Health Insurance for Alumni

The class of 2012 now has their degrees and, hopefully, new jobs. But do our new grads have health insurance to cover them in the event of serious injury or illness?

A recent report by The Commonwealth Fund* found that 36 percent of those between 19 and 29 had trouble paying medical bills or were currently paying off medical debt. Among those without insurance, this group rose to 51 percent. The bottom line? Whether it’s Short Term Medical insurance or Permanent Medical insurance, it’s crucial to your health and financial well-being to be covered.

The Alumni Association offers health insurance to fill the needs of new grads, other alumni, and their family members. For those who have been on the school’s plan, your student health insurance ends on August 19. Parental policies may not be suitable due to cost or network coverage restrictions, so don’t risk going without health insurance when affordable options are available! For more information visit http://meyerandassoc.com/uno

*A nonprofit organization that analyzes health care issues 


A delegation of the Southland Conference, led by Commissioner Tom Burnett, will be conducting a two-day site visit of the University of New Orleans campus on Wednesday and Thursday as it continues to evaluate potential member institutions. The visit is the next step in the membership process after UNO President Dr. Peter Fos, athletic director Derek Morel, head men's basketball coach Mark Slessinger, and consultant Richard Giannini made a membership pitch to the Southland's Board of Directors in May. UNO is one of three campuses to be visited by the Conference's governing body. Read More...

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