Meet the Mayeauxs

Meet husband and wife graduates, Melissa and Larry Mayeaux, who embody the spirit of perseverance of so many University of New Orleans students. We are honored to call them members of our UNO family.

Peter J. Fos

Crawfish Mambo

Crawfish Mambo is a signature event of the UNO International Alumni Association. More than 50 boiling teams participate in this annual competition, all in hopes of winning an engraved boiling paddle and a little glory. The Annual Crawfish Mambo and Music Festival on the Lake brings more than a dozen top bands from around the city to campus.
Crawfish Mambo is a signature event of the UNO International Alumni Association. More than 50 boiling teams participate in this annual competition, all in hopes of winning an engraved boiling paddle and a little glory. The Annual Crawfish Mambo and Music Festival on the Lake brings more than a dozen top bands from around the city to campus.
As the end of the semester approaches, I am looking forward to one of my favorite annual events, Crawfish Mambo. I hope that you’ll join Lori and me on Saturday, May 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Cove as the UNO International Alumni Association hosts this fourth annual crawfish cook-off and music festival. Mambo is open to all faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the community-at-large.

Tickets are only $20 in advance and $25 at the gate, with children 7 and under admitted for free. Admission includes all-you-can-eat boiled crawfish prepared by more than 50 teams, free parking, and an all-day live, local music lineup: UNO Jazz All-stars, Tank and the Bangas, Stooges Brass Band, Bucktown All-Stars, Shamarr Allen, and Honey Island Swamp Band. Teams will be competing for $1000 and the ultimate boiling championship. Mambo will also once again host an Artists’ Village and the UNO Panhellenic Council will host a Kid’s Tent.

I am proud to witness the continued growth of this festival that brings more people to our lakefront campus than any other event throughout the year. The 2015 Crawfish Mambo Committee, led by UNO College of Business Administration alumni Dennis deBoisblanc ’04 and Todd Tournillon ’97 and College of Engineering alumnus Glenn Scorsone ‘80, has recruited more teams, has raised more sponsorship dollars and will attract more attendees, all of which will ultimately help to impact more students than ever before.

Proceeds from Mambo allow the Alumni Association to expand programs that support UNO student success, such as Resume & Café au Lait, Dine Like a Professional and networking events to name a few.

For additional information or to purchase tickets online, please visit the event’s official website at www.crawfishmambo.com. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the UNO Federal Credit Union, a great Mambo partner.

Update on State Budget

UNO faculty, staff and students saw a bright spot in the sky this week as a surprise flyover spotlighted the University's role as "the Heartbeat of the Crescent City."
UNO faculty, staff and students saw a bright spot in the sky this week as a surprise flyover spotlighted the University’s role as “the Heartbeat of the Crescent City.”
All spring I have been back and forth to Baton Rouge in an effort to educate our legislative leaders and their staffs on the value and programs of the University of New Orleans, the “Heartbeat of the Crescent City.”

The third week of the legislative session comes to an end today with six weeks to go until it is over. Since the session began, I’ve been very encouraged by the public sentiment in support of stable funding for higher education. Our students have played a central role in bringing the issue to the forefront. At the April 15th rally at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge, UNO students were the largest and most vocal group. News reports conveyed the passion and resolve of our students and why their academic futures are worth preserving. Some of the reports are here and here.

It seemed very clear that lawmakers are paying attention. That same day, The Times-Picayune editorial board published an op-ed stating that the health of UNO and other public colleges and universities in metro New Orleans is vital to the region’s economic vitality and to the future success of thousands of young people.

The following week, The Times-Picayune published a guest editorial that I submitted as an assertion of UNO’s value to the entire region. That same day, the New Orleans Advocate printed a letter to the editor from Dr. Peter Schock, the chair of our English department, on how our state’s public institutions have been cut enough, and encouraging people to take action.

Our message, that UNO is essential and worth supporting, is resonating. The goal is to translate that public support into legislative action. At this point, it remains unclear as to how lawmakers will fill the $1.6 billion dollar budget deficit and spare public higher education a cut of more than $600 million. For the sake of all of our citizens, it must happen.

Time is precious, so if you have not already joined the Privateer Advocacy Network, please do so by visiting the website. It’s a joint effort of the UNO Alumni Association and the UNO Foundation. It helps make our collective voices heard by the people who matter most—state legislators.

I will provide additional updates as I get them. Thank you for all that you do for the University of New Orleans.

UNO: A Gateway to the World

The new International Center at the University of New Orleans is a hub for international students, visiting scholars and international programs.

When I became president of the University of New Orleans in 2012, I learned of a long-standing dream of an International Center on campus. Over time, that dream became my dream — and I am proud to say that this spring we celebrated the grand opening of our new International Center.

International students represent more than 90 countries and account for eight percent of our student body. Our international students, faculty and researchers bring new ideas, new ways of thinking and cultural elements to classrooms and campus life. My goal is to help the University of New Orleans become a truly international institution that attracts the very best students and researchers from around the world.

The new International Center is the hub for international activity at the University. There, you can find international student and scholar services, our Intensive English Language Program, international admissions and recruitment, and our study abroad and exchange programs that span the globe. An academic wing houses our international programs and visiting scholars. In addition, we have a beautiful student lounge for students to gather, do homework, hold events and get access to news from around the world. These students are our future. They inspire us daily. And this is where we will leave a global imprint on future generations of students.

Through this new International Center, we are helping all of our students to be ambassadors of our respective cultures. We are bringing the world to UNO and bringing UNO to the world. As I like to say: Where else can a student from Algiers, La. live and study alongside a student from Algiers, Africa?

Please come visit the new International Center at the University of New Orleans. We’ll be happy to show you around.

Peter Fos