The University of New Orleans is cutting $12 million from its budget through a combination of early retirements and the elimination of vacant positions to offset reductions by the state.
UNO said Tuesday that about 25 faculty members and 28 staff members will be offered "incentivized retirements," and the university will eliminate 30 vacant faculty positions, five terminal faculty contracts, 26 graduate assistants and 16 non-classified staff.
UNO President Peter Fos says the moves will save the university $3.3 million.
The University of New Orleans announced a plan to create a new nonprofit, multimedia newsroom today, in partnership with WWNO. The newsroom, to be featured online at NewOrleansReporter.org, is intended to produce in-depth local reporting on issues of vital interest to the New Orleans community.
NewOrleansReporter.org will generate online, mobile and radio content, said University officials, and is intended to create a sustainable model for nonprofit journalism in greater New Orleans for decades to come.
Southland Conference officials have made a visit to the University of New Orleans as they prepare to make a final determination on the school's petition for membership in the conference.
UNO officials said they were optimistic after the Thursday visit.
Southland Conference Commissioner Tom Burnett was joined in New Orleans by Southeastern Louisiana University President John Crain, Stephen F. Austin President Baker Pattillo and McNeese State Athletic Director Tommy McClelland. He the group was extremely impressed with UNO's athletic facilities, especially Lakefront Arena.
It is a weekend for Jazz harp. The New Orleans Chapter of the American Harp Society is hosting its first Jazz and Pop harp weekend at the University of New Orleans, helping students from around the country improve their Jazz harp skills. Professional members of the local harp society and guest artists will perform in two public concerts.
The University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors has unanimously selected Peter Fos as the new president of the University of New Orleans.
Fos graduated from UNO in 1972. He's now the director of health policy and system management at LSU Health Sciences Center. After he was selected at the supervisors' Baton Rouge meeting, Fos said his first priority is improving the UNO brand.
The University of New Orleans has a new president, selected by the University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors from UNO's own community.
Board members meeting in Baton Rouge announced that Peter Fos will be the new president. Fos graduated from UNO in 1972. He's currently program director for health policy and systems management at the LSU Health Sciences Center. Fos says there are two items on his immediate to-do list.
Television host and conservationist Jeff Corwin visits the New Orleans area tonight, as part of the new UNO Horizons speaker series at the UNO Arena.
Emmy Award-winner Corwin is host of TheJeff Corwin Experience on Animal Planet, seen by 13 million people worldwide, and has also recently hosted a series of specials with Anderson Cooper on CNN entitled "Planet in Peril," discussing the problems facing the environment.
Saturday evening UNO's club football team played it's first and only home game of the year against the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Cougars, in front of a crowd of 3700. WWNO's Travis Leger was there.