October 2012 Alumni EBrief


Celebrate UNO's Year of Excellence

The University of New Orleans has the distinct pleasure of inducting its sixth leader and first President, alumnus Dr. Peter J. Fos (BA Biology '72). Help us celebrate the occasion, which kicks off the university's Year of Excellence, with a series of events, the capstone of which is President Fos' Investiture Ceremony on Monday, November 12, at 2 PM in the University Center Ballroom. Later that evening, don't miss the Gala honoring President Fos and 2012 Homer L. Hitt Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, Judge Jay C. Zainey. The Gala is a ticketed event with proceeds going toward launching the new UNO EDVET campaign to recruit and support military veterans with scholarships and special programs. Click here for more information on all of the Investiture events and to buy Gala tickets.

Sometimes it Really is Rocket Science

Patrick Scheuermann (BS Mechanical Engineering '86), a New Orleans native and former director of the John C. Stennis Space Center, has been promoted to director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The recipient of agency medals for outstanding leadership including the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive, Scheuermann has provided executive leadership, direction and management at Stennis since taking over as director in 2010. He was responsible for implementing NASA's mission in the area of rocket propulsion testing, and developing and maintaining NASA's world-class rocket propulsion test facilities. Read more...

AlumNotes: A Dynamic Duo of Alumni Awards

Two University of New Orleans alumni took home remarkable awards last month. On September 19th, New Orleans-based Geocent, LLC was honored at the 2012 Governor's Technology Awards as "Growth Company/Organization of the Year" for its demonstration of a "significant rate of growth...in revenue, products and services sold, and/or number of employees." Geocent's president is alumnus and UNO Foundation board member Dr. Robert "Bobby" Savoie (PhD Engineering & Applied Science '09). Read more...

Just one week later, alumna Nicole Hammill (MBA '01) received the Bureau of Governmental Research's Merit Award at the annual Excellence in Government Awards presentation. The award for "outstanding performance by public sector employees," honors her work as coordinator of grants and development at the LSU Health Sciences Center. Hammill's moving acceptance speech credited, "UNO's stellar MBA program, with its emphasis on team-driven success." Read more...

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Athletics: Get Privateer Season Tickets Now!

Don't miss out on Privateer Tailgate Village fun! The UNO Privateer and Lady Privateer basketball teams open their seasons with a double-header and blowout tailgate festivities on Friday, November 9, kicking off UNO's Investiture Celebrations. Make sure you have the perfect seat for cheering on our student athletes by purchasing season tickets now! Packages include all 23 home contests for the men (11) and women (12) and discounted prices are available for International Alumni Association members. Click here for more information and to reserve your season ticket packages.

UNONews: Student Takes International Jazz Title

Jazz Studies graduate student Jamison Ross beat out two other semi-finalists with his, "relaxed but commanding sense of swing," according to the New York Times, to nab the top spot in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Drums Competition. He accepted his award on Sunday, September 23rd at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The honor comes with a $25,000 scholarship and guaranteed recording contract with the Concord Music Group. Read more...

GNO Writing Project Awarded $20k Grant

The Greater New Orleans Writing Project (GNOWP) at the University of New Orleans has received a $20,000 federal grant to promote teacher professional development as part of the Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) initiative. GNOWP at UNO received one of only 75 High-Need School grants awarded nationally, which will allow the project to provide one year's worth of professional development services to a critical mass of teachers at Carolyn Park Middle School in Slidell. Read More...

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