February 2012 Alumni EBrief

UNO Alumna Elected President of American Counseling Association

University of New Orleans alumna Dr. Cirecie West-Olatunji (M.Ed '94, ED PhD '97) has been elected incoming president of the American Counseling Association. West-Olatunji is a double-degree holder from UNO’s College of Education and Human Development with a master’s of education and a doctorate in counselor education.

She is an associate professor in the University of Florida’s School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education. Her research is grounded in "multicultural counseling theory that focuses on the relationship among traumatic stress, systemic oppression and educational hegemony in the development of culturally and socially marginalized students."

The American Counseling Association is the national professional association for counselors with more than 60,000 members across the United States and worldwide.


Back to School with President Fos

University of New Orleans President Peter J. Fos spent his first few hours on the job welcoming students back to class on the first day of the spring semester. Last month, Fos was selected president by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors. He is the sixth leader and the first president in the history of The University of New Orleans.

Fos greeted students and helped hand out pastries and fruit in the quad between Milneburg Hall and the Liberal Arts Building. Fos is a New Orleans native and UNO graduate who most recently served as a professor and program director at the LSU Health Sciences Center. Prior to that, he held administrative positions at the University of Texas at Tyler and the University of Southern Mississippi.

New for U: Alumni & Friends Online Community

Before you read on, take a moment to register for the new UNO Alumni & Friends Online Community.  Signing up is free, takes just moments and comes with great offers and benefits.  It's the easiest way to support UNO yet! The community allows members to look up old friends with a searchable Alumni Directory. It provides an AlumNotes feature to share and receive the latest news, an events calendar, monthly eNewsletters and much more. Registered members also have access to affinity programs like the Capital One - UNO Alumni Visa Card and a European cruise.

UNO has been experiencing remarkable changes: we've transfered from the LSU to the University of Louisiana system, announced our first President and opened the fully renovated Cove and Sandbar.  Pride in the University community extends to the many successes and contributions of alumni like you, so take a few moments to check out the site, register, update your profile, try out the Directory and let us know what you think.  Your input will help us better meet your needs.  

AlumNotes: That VooDoo That You Do

UNO alumnus Brandon Rizzuto(COLA 06) was recently named Vice President of Media Relations for the New Orleans VooDoo. Brandon’s elevation to Vice Presidential status came after more than a year spent working with the organization.

After five years in a similar role with Nicholls State University Athletics, Brandon joined the VooDoo staff as Media Relations Director at the age of 21, making him the youngest person in the country to hold that position in an arena football organization. An award-winning writer, he is currently working toward a Master’s degree in English, also at UNO. Overcome NFL withdrawal by checking out some of Brandon’s handiwork on the VooDoo site.  Congratulations, Brandon!

For profiles of other prominent UNO alumni, click here.

What’s in Your Wallet?  It can be UNO!

The UNO International Alumni Association is partnering with Capital One to offer the new UNO Affinity credit card!  Working with Capital One, we are now able to offer three unique credit products to meet your needs—a card that offers generous rewards, an option with a low introductory APR, and a card to help build credit. Each card offers Visa® Platinum Benefits. To learn more and apply for a card, click the Visa card to the left, then click “Apply Now.”  Once there, you can choose from a variety of designs to show off your passion for UNO.

Credit approval required. Terms and conditions apply. Offered by Capital One, N.A.. © 2011 Capital One.

Hike for KaTREEna Greens UNO’s Tennis Center

The addition of 1,000 trees and shrubs transformed UNO’s Tennis Center courtesy of Hike for KaTREEna, a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring the 100,000 trees lost during the 2005 storm. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Serve NOLA initiative, headed by Chief Service Officer Mary-Jo Webster, referred corporate meeting planners to Hike for KaTREEna as a way to engage visiting conventioneers in rebuilding the city. The result is 1,000 new live oaks, oleanders and Little Gem magnolias on the grounds of the Tennis Complex at UNO’s East Campus, as well as a new front garden with knockout roses, azaleas and Indian Hawthorne. All of this was added to the landscape at no cost to the University, and the combined environmental and aesthetic impact of the effort will aid the University in attracting and retaining students.  This was the 2nd Hike for KaTREEna planting on UNO's campus; in May, Hike volunteers, including UNO students alumni and staff planted over 200 trees at the new lakefront entrance to campus.  Thanks Hike for KaTREEna and Mayor Mitch Landrieu!


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