The Office of External Affairs plays an important role in the execution of many events on and off campus. Here are a few examples of events coordinated by the Office of External Affairs.

UNO Day at the Louisiana Legislature – annual event

  • Each year, UNO takes over the rotunda in the Louisiana State Capitol for a day as faculty, researchers and staff erect displays and demonstrations of outstanding academic programs and research endeavors.
  • In advance of each UNO visit, the Louisiana Legislature passes resolutions officially declaring the designated date as UNO Day at the Louisiana Legislature.

The Cove Grand Opening – December 2, 2011

  • Ribbon cutting to recognize those who helped generate the necessary funding to complete post-Katrina renovation.
  • Governor Bobby Jindal steered Community Development Block Grant funds to the campus.
  • Student Government President John Mineo procured financial support from UNO Student Government.
  • UNO alumna Norma Jane Sabiston, as member of the UNO International Alumni Association Board of Directors, led a fundraising campaign to secure the rest.

UNO Transfer Bill Signing Ceremony – July 12, 2011

  • The bill set in motion the transfer of UNO from the Louisiana State University System to the University of Louisiana System.
  • Governor Jindal signed the bill on the UNO campus at the desk of UNO founding Chancellor, Dr. Homer L. Hitt.

Students First – March 25, 2011

  • The purpose of this event was to thank the Louisiana Congressional delegation for their hard work in securing $175 million in hurricane recovery funds for higher education institutions in the state, more than $32 million of which came to UNO.
  • A significant portion, $2.2 million, was applied to improving the student experience at UNO with campus-wide wireless Internet access (Wi-Fi), technology improvements to labs in the music, fine arts, engineering and math departments, and new equipment and furnishings in the University Center, career counseling center, health services center and the UNO Lakefront Arena.

Visit by President Barack Obama – October 15, 2009

  • President Barack Obama made his first visit to Louisiana as President and chose the University of New Orleans as his venue.
  • The Office of External Affairs was responsible for coordinating all aspects of the President's visit according to the strict security requirements of the White House and Secret Service.

U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu's Hope and Recovery Summit – August 27, 2007

  • Hosted by Senator Landrieu and broadcast live on C-SPAN and CNN, this event brought more than 50 dignitaries to the University of New Orleans to bring focus to challenges in hurricane recovery.
  • Guests included then-U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, former Small Business Administrator and HUD Secretary Steven Preston, and CNN Special Anchor Soledad O'Brien.