Graduate Student Welcome Party

Marla Nelson, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator, is graciously hosting the:

Department of Planning & Urban Studies’

Graduate Student Welcome Party

WHEN:             Saturday, August 29th at 7pm

WHERE:           Marla Nelson’s house

2741 General Pershing St.

New Orleans


Drinks and snacks will be served

Feel free to bring one or the other!


Save the Date… 2009 Smart Growth Summit


Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX) will hold its 4th annual Smart Growth Summit: Creating Complete Communities, August 27 and 28, 2009 at the Shaw Center for the Arts in downtown Baton Rouge.  “Creating Complete Communities” will feature national and local smart growth experts.  Seating is limited and registration is only $25 dollars.  Please register at the link provided below.

Student Spotlight: Darin A.

Darin graduated is Fall 2008 with his bachelor’s degree. We caught up with him recently to find out more….
So Darin, What’s Next?

Right now I’m working for the Pedestrian Bicycle Resource Initiative, making maps and maintaining our website at I’m also working on a zine called Geography of Robots that deals pretty heavily with planning, ecology, alternative suburban geographies, and the post-industrial city. I’m riding my bike all over the place and swimming in as many hotel pools and bayous as I can find.

Advice for current/prospective students?

Don’t be shy around the faculty, or fellow students for that matter. We have some amazing people in the department that can really help you along and hook you up with cool projects. Talk to them, make friends with them; they’re great!


CCS is reaching out to recent graduates (undergrad and grad) to get a better sense of life after UNO. This will be an ongoing feature of our blog so stay tuned! If you are a recent graduate and would like to be feature, email us at Answer two questions. What’s next for you? and What advice do you have for current/prospective students?