32 Notable alumni of
University of New Orleans

The University of New Orleans is 1205th in the world, 443rd in North America, and 416th in the United States by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 32 notable alumni from the University of New Orleans sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff.

  1. Taryn Terrell

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    Taryn Terrell
    Born in
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    Years
    1985-.. (age 36)
    Occupations
    actormodelprofessional wrestlertelevision actorfilm actor
    Biography

    Taryn Nicole Dryden is an American model, actress, and professional wrestler. Currently she serves as a commentator for NWA.

  2. Kim McGuire

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    Kim McGuire
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1955-2016 (aged 61)
    Occupations
    actortelevision actorfilm actor
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    Kim Diane McGuire was an American lawyer and author. A former actress, she was best known for her role of Mona "Hatchet-Face" Malnorowski in John Waters' 1990 comedy musical Cry-Baby.

  3. James H. Clark

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    James H. Clark
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1944-.. (age 77)
    Occupations
    computer scientistengineerbusinessperson
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    James Henry Clark is an American entrepreneur and computer scientist. He founded several notable Silicon Valley technology companies, including Silicon Graphics, Inc., Netscape Communications Corporation, myCFO, and Healtheon. His research work in computer graphics led to the development of systems for the fast rendering of three-dimensional computer images.

  4. Bo McCalebb

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    Bo McCalebb
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1985-.. (age 36)
    Occupations
    basketball player
    Biography

    Lester "Bo" McCalebb is an American-Macedonian former professional basketball player who last played for Tecnyconta Zaragoza of the Spanish Liga ACB. He represents the senior Macedonian national team internationally. Standing at 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in), he plays at the point guard position. Born and raised in New Orleans, he attended the University of New Orleans. A two-time All-EuroLeague selection, McCalebb was part of the All-Tournament Team at EuroBasket 2011.

  5. Joseph Boyden

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    Joseph Boyden
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    Canada Flag Canada
    Years
    1966-.. (age 55)
    Occupations
    novelist
    Biography

    Joseph Boyden is a Canadian novelist and short story writer of Irish and Scottish descent. He also claims Indigenous descent, but this is widely disputed. Boyden is best known for writing about First Nations culture. Three Day Road, a novel about two Cree soldiers serving in the Canadian military during World War I, was inspired by Ojibwa Francis Pegahmagabow, the legendary First World War sniper. Boyden's second novel, Through Black Spruce follows the story of Will, son of one of the characters in Three Day Road. The third novel in the Bird family trilogy was published in 2013 as The Orenda.

  6. Mark Normand

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    Mark Normand
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    comedianstand-up comediantelevision actoractor
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    Mark Normand is an American stand-up comedian and actor. He began performing stand-up in his hometown New Orleans in 2006. He has performed across the United States and abroad and has appeared on Conan, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

  7. Ervin Johnson

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    Ervin Johnson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1967-.. (age 54)
    Occupations
    basketball player
    Biography

    Ervin Johnson Jr. is an American former professional basketball player who is a community ambassador for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played in the NBA for the Seattle SuperSonics, Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks and Minnesota Timberwolves as a center from 1993 to 2006.

  8. Chloé Valdary

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    Chloé Valdary
    Enrolled in the University of New Orleans
    Studied in 2015
    Occupations
    activistbloggercolumnist
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    Chloé Simone Valdary is an American writer and entrepreneur whose company, Theory of Enchantment, teaches social and emotional learning in schools, as well as diversity and inclusion in companies and government agencies.

  9. Anita Ratnam

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    Anita Ratnam
    Born in
    India Flag India
    Years
    1954-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    dancerchoreographer
    Biography

    Anita Ratnam is an Indian classical and contemporary dancer and choreographer. Classically trained in Bharat Natyam, she has also received formal training in Kathakali, Mohiniattam, and T'ai chi and Kalarippayattu, thus creating a dance style which she has coined "Neo Bharat Natyam".

  10. Jericho Brown

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    Jericho Brown
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1976-.. (age 45)
    Occupations
    poet
    Biography

    Jericho Brown is an American poet and writer. Born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana, Brown has worked as an educator at institutions such as University of Houston, San Diego State University, and Emory University. His poems have been published in The Nation, New England Review, The New Republic, Oxford American, and The New Yorker, among others. He released his first book of prose and poetry, Please, in 2008. His second book, The New Testament, was released in 2014. His 2019 collection of poems, The Tradition, garnered widespread critical acclaim.

  11. Peter Halley

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    Peter Halley
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1953-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    artistpainteruniversity teacherillustratorphotographer
    Biography

    Peter Halley is an American artist and a central figure in the Neo-Conceptualist movement of the 1980s. Known for his Day-Glo geometric paintings, Halley is also a writer, the former publisher of index Magazine, and a teacher; he served as Director of Graduate Studies in Painting and Printmaking at the Yale University School of Art from 2002 to 2011. Halley lives and works in New York City.

  12. Jan Aronson

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    Jan Aronson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1949-.. (age 72)
    Occupations
    artist
    Biography

    Jan Aronson is a New Orleans-born artist working and living in New York City.

  13. Luke Winslow-King

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    Luke Winslow-King
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1983-.. (age 38)
    Occupations
    singerguitaristcomposerbandleadersongwriter
    Biography

    Luke Winslow-King Balzuweit is an American guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer, and lyricist based out of Cadillac, Michigan, who plays vintage blues and jazz music and is known for his slide guitar work. He is a music traditionalist, playing a mixture of "people's music" and improvisational jazz based in collective improvisation, with influences from New Orleans, where he was based for 15 years, that includes jazz, Delta blues, ragtime, pre-war American folk, with influences from diverse sources like Béla Bartók and Antonín Dvořák's String Quartet No. 12 (American String Quartet) and Woody Guthrie.

  14. Randy Bush

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    Randy Bush
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1958-.. (age 63)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    Robert Randall Bush is a former professional baseball player. He is currently a front office member of the Chicago Cubs. With the hiring of Theo Epstein, Bush will continue as an assistant General Manager, and will be involved in the hiring process of the field and scouting staff.

  15. Joey Butler

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    Joey Butler
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1986-.. (age 35)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    Joseph Frank Butler is an American former professional baseball designated hitter and left fielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Texas Rangers, Tampa Bay Rays, and St. Louis Cardinals, and in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) for the Orix Buffaloes.

  16. Jamison Ross

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    Jamison Ross
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1987-.. (age 34)
    Occupations
    drummer
    Biography

    Jamison Ross is an American jazz drummer and vocalist. He is the winner of the 2012 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Drums Competition. Ross released his debut album Jamison on Concord Jazz on June 23, 2015. His sophomore album, All For One, was released on January 26, 2018.

  17. Brian Palermo

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    Brian Palermo
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1966-.. (age 55)
    Occupations
    actortelevision actorfilm actorscreenwriterstage actor
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    Brian Palermo is an American character actor, science communicator, and comedian. He has appeared in a number of television shows, commercials and movies. Palermo is also a writer whose credits include Warner Brothers' Histeria!, Disney's Dave The Barbarian and Disney's The Weekenders. He is also a co-author with Randy Olson and Dorie Barton of the 2003 book, Connection: Hollywood Storytelling meets Critical Thinking.

  18. Max Hardberger

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    Max Hardberger
    Born in
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    Years
    1948-.. (age 73)
    Occupations
    lawyernovelist
    Biography

    Florian Max Hardberger is an American adventurer, ship captain, aviator, ship recovery specialist, admiralty lawyer and author of maritime fiction and non-fiction adventures.

  19. Jim Letten

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    Jim Letten
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1953-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    military officerlawyer
    Biography

    James B. Letten is an American attorney. A career prosecutor, Letten served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana for more than eleven years. By the time Letten resigned as U.S. Attorney in December 2012, he was the longest-serving U.S. Attorney in the country.

  20. Kathleen Alcalá

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    Kathleen Alcalá
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1954-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    writernovelistjournalist
    Biography

    Kathleen Alcalá is the author of a short-story collection, three novels set in the American Southwest and nineteenth-century Mexico, and a collection of essays. She teaches creative writing at workshops and programs in Washington state and elsewhere, including Seattle University, the University of New Mexico and Richard Hugo House.

  21. Renée Gill Pratt

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    Renée Gill Pratt
    Years
    1954-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Renée Gill Pratt is an American politician from New Orleans, Louisiana. She was also Director of the Center for Student Retention and Success in Southern University at New Orleans. On July 25, 2011, she was found guilty of racketeering. For this crime, she served a 4-year sentence.

  22. Patrick Scheuermann

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    Patrick Scheuermann
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    Patrick Scheuermann is the former Director of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center located in Huntsville, Alabama. He was named to become the center's twelfth director on September 25, 2012. He succeeds Robin Henderson who had served as acting director for the preceding two months. Scheuermann served as the director of the John C. Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi from March 2010 until his appointment to Marshall. Earlier in his NASA career, he served as legislative fellow to Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott.

  23. Quincy Diggs

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    Quincy Diggs
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1990-.. (age 31)
    Occupations
    basketball player
    Biography

    Quincy Johan Diggs is an American professional basketball player for the Oberwart Gunners of the Austrian Basketball Bundesliga.

  24. Calvin A. Johnson Jr

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    Calvin A. Johnson Jr
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1985-.. (age 36)
    Occupations
    musician
    Biography

    Calvin A. Johnson Jr. is an American saxophonist, bandleader, composer, producer, and actor from New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. A multi-instrumentalist, he is best known as a tenor and soprano saxophone player but also performs and records on alto and baritone saxophones, clarinet, and flute. Johnson has worked with many of the biggest names in New Orleans music, including Aaron Neville, Harry Connick Jr., the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Mystikal, Irvin Mayfield, Mannie Fresh, and others. Johnson is the nephew of New Orleans clarinetist Ralph Johnson, a longtime member of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Johnson began playing saxophone at the age of seven, and since 2008 has been playing with his own band, Calvin Johnson & Native Son. In 2015, he started a new band with Dirty Dozen Brass Band founding member and sousaphone player, Kirk Joseph, called Chapter:SOUL.

  25. William D. Baumgartner

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    William D. Baumgartner
    Occupations
    military officer
    Biography

    William Dale Baumgartner was a United States Coast Guard rear admiral who served as the Commander, Seventh Coast Guard District. He was also the Judge Advocate General and Chief Counsel of the United States Coast Guard. In this capacity, he was the Coast Guard's senior legal advisor and is responsible for all aspects of the service's legal program.

  26. Ruben Armiñana

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    Ruben Armiñana
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    Years
    1947-.. (age 74)
    Biography

    Ruben Armiñana is a political scientist who served as the sixth president of Sonoma State University from 1992 to 2016. He is the first Cuban-American to head a campus in the California State University system.

  27. James D. Kirylo

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    James D. Kirylo
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    Italy Flag Italy
    Years
    1958-.. (age 63)
    Biography

    James David Kirylo is professor of education at the University of South Carolina who teaches courses that examine concepts associated with critical pedagogy, curriculum theorizing, teacher leadership, diversity and literacy. Among other books, he is author of Teaching with Purpose: An Inquiry into the Who, Why, and How We Teach, A Turning Point in Teacher Education: A Time for Resistance, Reflection and Change, and Paulo Freire: The Man from Recife, which is one of the most comprehensive texts in English on the life and thought of Paulo Freire, significantly contributing to Freirean scholarship.

  28. Bin Ramke

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    Bin Ramke
    Years
    1947-.. (age 74)
    Occupations
    poet
    Biography

    Lloyd Binford Ramke is an American poet and editor.

  29. Enamul huq

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    Enamul huq
    Years
    1938-.. (age 83)
    Occupations
    lawyer
    Biography

    Enamul Huq served as the Inspector General of Police of Bangladesh Police, and a member of the Law Commission from 2004 to 2007.

  30. Shelley Puhak

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    Shelley Puhak
    Years
    1975-.. (age 46)
    Occupations
    poetwriter
    Biography

    Shelley Puhak is an American poet. She was Eichner Professor of Creative Writing at Notre Dame of Maryland University. She won the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize for her poetry collection Guinevere in Baltimore.

  31. Anaïs St. John

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    Anaïs St. John
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1973-.. (age 48)
    Occupations
    singer
    Biography

    Anaïs St. John is an American musician, musical educator, and dramatic performer from New Orleans. St. John has a bachelor's degree in Music from the Xavier University, and a master's degree from the University of New Orleans. She was originally a mezzo-soprano at the New Orleans Opera, but as a solo artist she has combined jazz, blues and R&B. Her music draws inspiration from artists like Irma Thomas, Germaine Bazzle, Eartha Kitt, and Lola Falana.

  32. Brenda Hatfield

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    Brenda Hatfield
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1943-.. (age 78)
    Occupations
    official
    Biography

    Dr. Brenda Ann Garibaldi Hatfield is the former Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the City of New Orleans, having served under the administration of former Mayor C. Ray Nagin.