UNCF Masked Ball raises record amount

A record $1.85 million, including both money and in-kind support, was raised for scholarships at the UNCF New Orleans Mayor’s Masked Ball this month.

More than 900 business, civic and education leaders, national UNCF President Michael Lomax and presidents of two of the 37 private historically black colleges and universities that UNCF supports, Walter Kimbrough of Dillard University and C. Reynold Verret of Xavier University, attended the third annual ball at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.

UNCF’s local office and Mayor Mitch Landrieu hosted the evening to raise money to help students get into and through college.

“The commitment of Mayor Mitch Landrieu to UNCF’s mission is commendable,” Lomax said. “The success of our young people relies heavily on our local partnerships and pays dividends when they become future leaders in our communities.”

William Goldring, chairman of Sazerac Co. and co-chairman of Crescent Crown Distributing, received the Masked Award for his support of UNCF’s work.

The event was emceed by HBCU graduates Kevin Frazier, co-host of “Entertainment Tonight,” and Camille Whitworth, an anchor and reporter for WDSU-TV. Ten-time Grammy Award-winner Chaka Khan entertained.

Loyola administrator wins national award

A top administrator at Loyola University received a national award this month for her leadership and service to students.

The Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators awarded Vice President of Student Affairs and Associate Provost M.L. “Cissy” Petty the Rev. Victor R. Yanitelli, S.J., Award, its highest honor.

The honor recognizes Petty’s outstanding leadership, character and commitment to Jesuit higher education.

“Cissy is a servant-leader, mentor and advocate for Jesuit student affairs. She dreams big and helps others imagine a better future,” said Jeanne Rosenberger, vice provost for student life and dean of students at Santa Clara University. “A staunch supporter of students, Cissy is an optimistic and positive individual, dedicated to the notion that every person is fundamentally good and that every individual is capable of learning.”

Petty received her award at the association’s annual conference in Indianapolis.

Founded in 1954, JASPA includes student affairs leaders from the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S. In 1979, the association initiated an annual award for outstanding service in the area of student life in Jesuit higher education. The award was named in honor of its first recipient.

Petty has been at Loyola since 2006. She is a past president of JASPA.