University of New Orleans
|The University of New Orleans|
UNO University Center
|President||Peter J. Fos|
|Provost||James E. Payne|
|Location||New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
195 acres (0.79 km2; 0.305 sq mi)2
|Former names||Louisiana State University in New Orleans (LSUNO)1|
|Colors||Reflex Blue & Silver2
|Mascot||Lafitte, an alligator
Pierre the Pirate
|All enrollment figures are from the 14th class day of the Spring 2012 semester.|
The University of New Orleans, often referred to locally as UNO, is a medium-sized public urban university located on the New Orleans Lakefront within New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. It is a member of the University of Louisiana System and the Urban 13 association. In the fall of 2011 the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges gave approval for the University of New Orleans to join the University of Louisiana System, concluding the five-month transition from the LSU System since ACT 419 of the 2011 Louisiana Legislative Regular Session was signed into law in July 2011. Soon after the transition was approved, the UNO Presidential Search Committee selected UNO alumnus Peter J. Fos (Class of 1972) as president.
The University of New Orleans was legally established by the Louisiana Legislature in 1956 as a branch campus of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. The university was built on New Orleans' lakefront when the U.S. Navy relocated Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans. The Orleans Levee Board leased the closed base to the LSU Board of Supervisors. In 1963, the LSU System of Higher Education was established and UNO became a separate campus in that system. Nearly fifty years later, in 2011, the University of New Orleans officially became part of the University of Louisiana system.4
On August 29, 2005, the University suffered damage due to Hurricane Katrina. The main campus is on relatively high ground and the damage was caused mostly by winds, rain-driven-water, and human activity during the storm. (The University was used as an evacuation point and staging area by the National Guard.) A levee breach on the London Avenue Canal occurred just a few blocks south of the main campus and caused the flooding of the first floor of the Bienville Hall dormitories, the Lafitte Village couples apartments, and the Engineering Building.
UNO was the first of the large, damaged universities in New Orleans to re-open, albeit virtually, by using web-based courses starting in October 2005.5 The university was able to offer classes in the fall semester immediately following Hurricane Katrina at satellite campuses; the main campus re-opened in December 2005.
Hurricane Katrina reduced enrollments at all colleges in New Orleans, but the University of New Orleans was particularly hard hit. This echoed the damage to New Orleans as a whole, since UNO serves as a leader in educating students from New Orleans. Since the hurricane, the student enrollment is on a steady increase toward pre-Katrina numbers. In 2011, State Senator Conrad Appel of Jefferson Parish, with the support of Governor Bobby Jindal, tried to combine UNO with the historically black Southern University at New Orleans as a way to save higher education dollars. His plan was withdrawn in both houses of the legislature because of a lack of support from his colleagues.
There are more than 120 registered clubs and organizations active at UNO, including 15 fraternities and sororities.6 UNO Student Government, is the official student government association. Registered organizations are separated into categories of either religious, honorary, political, professional, social, service, organizations, or special interests.
The Greek community at The University of New Orleans is composed of 16 organizations, governed by three councils.9
|Panhellenic Association10||National Pan-Hellenic Council11||Interfraternity Council12|
|U.S. News & World Report14||205–270|
UNO has five colleges: College of Business Administration, College of Education and Human Development, College of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts, and College of Sciences. The university also offers a Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.
The university has four campuses in the New Orleans metropolitan area.
- Lakefront Campus, the main campus, located at the Lake Pontchartrain end of Elysian Fields Avenue on the former site of NAS New Orleans
- Research and Technology Park adjacent to the main campus on the former site of the Pontchartrain Beach amusement park
- East Campus at the corner of Franklin Avenue and Leon C. Simon Boulevard; includes the Nat G. Kiefer UNO Lakefront Arena and Maestri Field at Privateer Park, UNO's basketball and baseball facilities former site of Camp Leroy Johnson
- Jefferson Center
The University of New Orleans currently has 9 varsity sports teams, and is a Division I member of the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association). UNO originally attempted to reclassify to Division II's Gulf South Conference.16 On February 1, 2011, Provost Joe King submitted the Division II proposal to the LSU Board of Supervisors.17 Previously, UNO competed at the Division II level from 1969-1975.18 On March 9, 2012, New University President Peter J. Fos announced that UNO plans to remain a member of NCAA Division I, with potential homes being the Sun Belt or Southland Conference.19 On August 21, 2012, UNO announced that it would be joining the Southland Conference, effective the 2013-2014 academic year.20
- Men's and Women's Basketball
- Men's Golf
- Men's and Women's Cross Country
- Men's and Women's Tennis
- Men's and Women's Track & Field
The official fight song of The University of New Orleans is "Let's hear it for UNO."21 The song was adopted after a competition in 1981. The winner was Lois Ostrolenk.21 Before this, the melody from William Tell Overture was used. A variation of the overture is still played to honor this tradition.21
The University of New Orleans has many club sports provided by the Department of Recreation and Intramural Sports. Club sports are available to all UNO students who have an interest. Active club sports as of Fall 2013:
The University of New Orleans Research and Technology Park is a research park whose tenants collaborate with the University to conduct research, provide training, and create education opportunities.22 Tenants have many university services provided to them, such as child services, the university library and recreational facilities.23
- Pat Barry - UFC fighter and kickboxer
- Walter Boasso - Former Louisiana state senator from St. Bernard Parish who made national headlines for fighting to combine levee boards in southeast Louisiana; gubernatorial candidate in 2007, Democrat
- Randy Bush - former Major League baseball player; member of 1987 and 1991 World Series champion Minnesota Twins
- Joel Chaisson - President of the Louisiana State Senate, attorney
- James H. Clark - co-founder of Silicon Graphics, Inc., and Netscape Communications
- Carl Crane - former state representative from Baton Rouge, 1984–2008, Republican
- Ellen DeGeneres - Comedian, television host, and actress
- Jim Donelon - former state representative, former president of Jefferson Parish, and current state insurance commissioner
- Clancy DuBos - columnist, editor and owner of Gambit Weekly, New Orleans' alternative weekly newspaper
- Margaret Evangeline - post-minimalist painter, video, performance, and installation artist
- Peter J. Fos - President, University of New Orleans
- Eugene Grace - Geospatial Analyst Norhtrop Grumman
- Anthony Guarisco, Jr. - Democratic state senator from Morgan City from 1976 to 1988, studied political science at UNO while in office24
- Chris Hazel - Republican state representative from Rapides Parish since 2008
- Ervin Johnson - played basketball in the National Basketball Association
- John Bernard Larroquette - film, television, and television and stage actor, 5 time Emmy winner, and Tony winner
- James Letten - Former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern district of Louisiana
- Nicholas Lorusso - Republican state representative from Orleans Parish since 2007
- Paul Mainieri - current Louisiana State University head baseball coach
- Renny Martyn - contestant on Big Brother 10
- Kevin Joseph McLin Sr. - Vice President of Communications, Public Relations, and Marketing since 2012
- Dawn Richard - Singer/Songwriter formally of Danity Kane, member of Dirty Money
- Jeffrey D. Sadow - political scientist, columnist, professor at Louisiana State University in Shreveport
- Joe Slusarski - former Major League baseball player
- Julie Stokes (Class of 1992) - Certified Public Accountant and current state representative from District 79 in Jefferson Parish25
- Roy C. Strickland - late businessman and politician in Louisiana and later The Woodlands, Texas
- Taryn Terrell - former WWE Diva
- Brian Traxler - former Major League baseball player
- James Wayne "Jim" Tucker - first Republican to become Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives since Reconstruction, effective January 14, 2008
- Wally Whitehurst, former right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball, played for the New York Mets26
- Darryl Willis - BP vice president in charge of claims who is featured in commercials about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
- Jeffrey L. Gangwisch - Filmmaker and Fulbright Media Scholar
- Frank Ocean - Grammy Award winning R&B/Hip-Hop artist
- Polly Thomas, Education Professor and perennial candidate for the District 9 seat in the Louisiana State Senate
- Philip James DeVries, Biology Professor, MacArthur Fellow and Guggenheim Fellow, among other honors.
- Stephen E. Ambrose (January 10, 1936 – October 13, 2002) was an American historian and biographer of U.S. Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon. He was a longtime professor of history at the University of New Orleans and the author of many best selling volumes of American popular history.27
- Joseph Logsdon, American historian.
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- Jacob Carpenter (2011-02-05). "Gulf South Conference could add University of New Orleans to fold". Retrieved 2011-02-09.
- "UNO Submits NCAA Division II Proposal to LSU Board". 2011-02-04. Retrieved 2011-02-09.
- "New Orleans plans reclassification to Division II". 2011-02-04. Retrieved 2011-02-09.
- "UNO remains Division I".
- "New Orleans Privateers will join Southland". ESPN.com. August 21, 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
- "University of New Orleans: 1958 - 2008". Retrieved 2011-02-09.
- "Who we are". Retrieved 2011-01-20.
- "Opportunities". Retrieved 2011-01-20.
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- "Stokes & Associates, Inc.". stokes-associates.com. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
- "Wally Whitehurst". Baseball-Reference.Com. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
- Stephen E. Ambrose
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- University of New Orleans Anniversary Collection in the Louisiana Digital Library