State legislature celebrates Tulane University service to Louisiana

May 24, 2013 9:00 AM

Fran Simon

Tulane President Scott Cowen and Yvette Jones, executive vice president for university relations and development, led an entourage of Tulane representatives to Baton Rouge, La., on May 21 for the annual Tulane Day at the Legislature. 

Tulane administrators, faculty and alumni advocated for education and healthcare legislation while showcasing the university’s value to the state as the largest private employer in New Orleans.

Louisiana Capitol Building

The Louisiana Senate and House of Representatives passed resolutions commending Tulane University for its tradition of academic excellence at the annual Tulane Day at the Legislature.

“It’s important for state officials to see what an asset Tulane University is,” says Sharon Courtney, vice president in the Tulane Office of Government and Community Relations, which organizes the event each year.

“Tulane Day is our chance to tell our story. It was a broad-topic conversation, to let legislators know what we’re doing.”

While Cowen, Jones and Courtney met with state officials, including Gov. Bobby Jindal, various Tulane units staged a showcase in the Capitol rotunda.

Armed with an assortment of giveaways, such as green water bottles and sunglasses bearing the Tulane University logo, university envoys enticed state senators and representatives to their display tables to chat about Tulane programs, services and contributions.

“The trinkets say it’s Tulane Day, and, since they carry around these items or put them on their desks, they remind the legislators that it’s always Tulane Day,” Courtney says.

Dr. Floyd Roberts and fourth-year medical students represented the Tulane School of Medicine’s LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Discovery) Academy in Baton Rouge.

“This was an ideal opportunity to expose the Baton Rouge campus to the legislators and other folks in the Baton Rouge community,” says Roberta Cartaginese, senior program coordinator of the School of Medicine Baton Rouge campus.

“The ‘Red Stick’ may be LSU country, but Tulane has made a mark in the Baton Rouge community, and it has been so endearing.”

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