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By Delinda C Swanson on 2/20/2017 12:17 PM
Congratulations to E. Michelle Butcher, UNO Honors Student Council President, Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies and Planning  2017 who won 5th place for her PLUS honors thesis. " Affordable Housing & Blight Remediation:  Examining the Hoffman Triangle Historic Houses Rehabilitation." Congratulations E. Michelle.
By Delinda C Swanson on 2/2/2017 9:22 AM
In fall 2016, the University of Iowa Assistant Professor Alenka Poplin led the CRP 391:  Field Travel class to New Orleans to learn about planning, culture and history and to contribute to the community data information systems project.  The students visited Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance and were hosted by Executive Director Andreanecia Morris, who provided an overview of housing policy, practice and planning post-Hurricane Katrina. The students also met with Dr. Michelle M. Thompson of the University of New Orleans Department of Planning and Urban Studies, who manages the WhoData Project, which provides geospatial training and pro bono mapping services to residents, academia and government officials locally and nationally.  The students were trained by Ms. Jennie Garcia (MURP' 17) and used the field training protocol to collect property-use data and images for more than 80 properties in the French Quarter. Note:  This summary was provided by Dr. Alenka Poplin with revisions...
By Delinda C Swanson on 12/20/2016 9:33 AM

Congratulations to the Fall 2016 cohort from UNO PLUS who successfully completed the City of New Orleans "Community Leadership Academy"

 Charles Miller

Colin Crumbley

Jackie Woodward

Stephen Harrell, Jr.

Michelle M. Thompson, Ph.D. GISP

By Delinda C Swanson on 10/20/2016 7:51 AM


PLUS BSUSP Honors Student Michelle Butcher was quoted in a Driftwood Article titled, "Honors Student Council Helps to Bring Awareness to Mental Illness."

Read the article here.

By Delinda C Swanson on 10/7/2016 1:46 PM
On Saturday, October 1, Marla Nelson, Associate Professor of Planning and Urban Studies was quoted in the Advocate Story, "Why Residents in Baton Rouge's Poorest Areas Could Face Slower, Tougher Rebuilds after Floods."  See there article here.
By Delinda C Swanson on 9/27/2016 2:00 PM
The University of New Orleans Alumni were found to have the highest average early-career salaries among graduates of all four-year public and private colleges in Louisiana, according to a new report from  In the 2016-2017 College Salary Report, bachelor's degree earners from UNO with 0-5 years of work experience reported median annual earnings of $47,7000.

Overall starting and mid-career salaries for degrees that we provide or are similar to those we provide in PLUS are below.

A Bachelor's Degree in Urban & Regional Planning showed early career pay of $44,000 and mid-career pay of $78,100.

A Master's Degree in Urban & Regional Planning showed early career pay of $50,600 and mid-career pay of $86,700.

A Bachelor's Degree in Transportation & Logistics showed early career pay of $47,800 and mid-career pay of $78,900.  While there is not a Bachelor's degree in Transportation at UNO we do have a Master's Degree in Transportation and the early career pay and mid-career pay are expected to be higher than the Bachelor's degree.

By Delinda C Swanson on 9/21/2016 9:28 AM

The University of New Orleans Department of Planning and Urban Studies has announced the launch of a professional development certificate in community development finance. Established in collaboration with the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the program is designed for working professionals with some previous experience in community development or real estate who are looking to deepen their understanding of the redevelopment process. Classes begin October 5, and the entire course lasts 30 weeks.

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By Delinda C Swanson on 8/10/2016 12:55 PM

Dr. Anna Brand has been awarded an Emerging Scholar Fellowship in Race and Gender in the Built Environment of the American City from the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin.  During this nine-month fellowship, Dr. Brand will continue her research on black meccas in the 21st century, bringing a new focus to her work by incorporating Houston's 3rd and 4th Wards and Washington D.C.'s Shaw neighborhood into her comparative research in the American North and South.  Additionally, she will expand her research on New Orlean's Treme and 7th War neighborhoods through a new focus on gender and the built environment.  Through this lens, Dr. Brand will examine the historically gendered construction of property ownership and the gendered and racialized construction and redevelopment of New Orlean's historic red light district.

By Delinda C Swanson on 7/18/2016 11:21 AM

Congratulations to our PLUS students named as new and continuing scholarship recipients.

Graduate Doctoral Award Recipients:
Harold Baillie
Helen Bouzon
Brittany Waggener

Lagniappe Award Recipients:
Erin Cardwell
Candace Colbert
Maryellen Fazenbaker
Fatemeh Jafarnejad

Marcus B. Christian Graduate Award Recipients:
Charles Miller
Toni Riley

Graduate Student Master's Award Recipients:
Anna Stancioff
Theodore Hilton
Thomas Hocque

Privateer Graduate Award Recipients:
Harold Baillie
Faizeh Hatami
Theodore Hilton
Thomas Hocque
Abir Tarhuni
Florence Fleischer Djoleto

Privateer Graduate Waiver Award
Toni Riley

Completer Award
Dennis Thornton


By Delinda C Swanson on 5/12/2016 2:59 PM
20 attendees came out to participate in the Crescent City Shapers sponsored "Shapers in Cuba and India" event held Tuesday, May 10th  at Treo. 
Students representing the UNO MURP Program Overseas this past semester shared their experiences and lessons learned while studying abroad in Havana, Cuba, and Kerala, India.  Presenters included:  Blake Crow, Courtney Young, Katie Sullivan, and Katie Campbell.