On February 17, 2006 the Austrian ministerial council approved a 1 Million Dollar grant to The University of New Orleans.
From left: Director Günter Bischof, Vice- Chancellor Rrobert Dupont, Chancellor Tim Ryan, Wolfgang Stoiber (ERP Fonds, Vienna), Eugen Stark (ERP Fonds, Vienna), and Austrian Ambassador to the US, Dr. Eva Nowotny
Univ. of Innsbruck’s Katrina Benefit: Friends in Need are Friends Indeed
From left: Director Günter Bischof, Vice-Chancellor Robert Dupont, Chancellor Tim Ryan, Mrs. Ellen Palli, Dean Anton Pelinka, Ambassador Dr. Eva Nowotny
From left: Marton Erdei, Student from Hungary, Dr. Stephen Gergatz, Hungarian Hon. Consul, Dr. Bobby Eason, Chancellor’s Office, Irene Ziegler, Coordinator Prague Summer Program, Ambassador András Simonyi and his wife, Dr. Eliza Ghil, Chair, Department of Foreign Languages, Director Günter Bischof
After a tour of the storm ravaged city,the Hungarian Ambassador to the US, Dr. András Simonyi, and his wife visited Center Austria to brainstorm about possible ways and projects how to applyHungary’s lessons of history to UNO and New Orleans today.
Roman Deininger, a Ph.D. student of Political Science at the University of Vienna, was Resident Junior Research Fellow at Center Austria from April to June 2006. He is a University of Munich graduate and working on a dissertation on religion and politics in the United States. While in New Orleans he had the chance to meet Jimmy Carter after the former President taught Sunday School in Plains, Georgia. He also received research grants from the Johnson and Bush Presidential Libraries in Texas. Besides his research endeavors he covered the New Orleans mayoral election for German newspapers, among them the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.Center Austria was delighted to have Roman Deininger as part of the team and we wish him well and hope to see him back in New Orleans!
From left: Agnes Zauner, M.A. English, Christian Zimmer, MBA, Inge Korber. M.A. English
The following universities have accepted displaced students from the University of Innsbruck after Katrina. We owe them our deepest gratitude for their cooperation, flexibility, and patience.
The University of Miami
The University of Arkansas (Fayetteville)
San Diego State University
The University of Arkansas (Little Rock)
Memphis State University
The University of British Columbia
The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss)
Georgia State University
The University of Florida (Gainesville)
King’s College, PA
University of Texas, Austin
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Ferrara’s Supermarket on Elysian Fields. All that is left of the Lakefront landmark that served generations of international students and faculty
Drag lines at theLondon Ave. Canal
Empty FEMA trailers on UNO’s East campus
A group of 30 University of Vienna geography students visited UNO and NewOrleans with their faculty leader, ProfessorHeinz Fassmann, on April 1, 2006. Center Austria organized a two hour seminar for the students with presentations on the state of higher education and UNO, the landscape of New Orleans, New Orleans architecture, and the Louisiana land loss problem -- all pre andpost-Katrina.
Guenter Bischof, Director of Center Austria, was made an "honorary citizen" of the University of Innsbruck in a ceremony in the University's Aula on June 24 by Rektor (Chancellor) Manfried Gantner (left). Dr. Bischof was honored for both his years of work for the partnership treaty between UNO and the University of Innsbruck and hishelping Innsbruck students at UNO find new institutions for the academic year 2005/6 after Hurricane Katrina.
Mathias Bertsch, junior visiting fellow at Center Austria, doing research on his MA thesis on recent natural catastrophes and their aftermath; he is a student of economics at the University of Innsbruck and will graduate next semester.