January 18, 2002

Good Morning:

This week had a little bit of everything in it. All day Monday we hosted what turned out to be a very successful Presidential Symposium focused on the Neurosciences. We had three distinguished scholars on campus who gave research presentations in the morning, met with faculty and students in the afternoon and gave a public lecture in the evening. Monday night Margie and I hosted a dinner at our house for our guests and several Tulane friends and faculty. Tuesday evening Margie and I hosted a dinner for the winners of the Tulane Excellence Awards Program, which recognizes outstanding employees. Today I will host the annual Staff Advisory Luncheon.

I also had a chance this week to drop by a going away party for Price Dodson, the director of University Printing who is retiring after 42 years. Price reportedly wanted to depart from the university without any fanfare but that was one order his staff would not follow. Any of you who worked with Price throughout the years know what an asset he was to Tulane and how greatly he'll be missed. So long, Price. And thank you.

Representatives of the Schlieder Foundation were our guests at a reception this week.This foundation has supported Tulane in numerous and diverse ways throughout the years, assisting in projects ranging from the establishment of the Edward G. Schlieder Educational Chair in Medical Oncology to the construction of an new practice field for our athletes.

Speaking of health care and athletics, I wanted to let you know about the upcoming NFL Gridiron Glamour 2002 celebrity fashion show that will take place Super Bowl Saturday, Feb. 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel. Proceeds from the show, which will feature some of the country's most popular athletes, models and entertainers, will benefit the Tulane Cancer Center. To learn how you can support this important event call Michelle DeRussy Dodenhoff at 584-1618.

Finally, next week brings the 16th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Week for Peace, a combination of religious services, speeches, marches and other events meant to further unify us as a community and as a nation. As in years past, I will attend several events to commemorate the life and dreams of Dr. King, including an Interfaith Service at Loyola, a Convocation at Dillard University and a Candlelight March from our University Center to Xavier University. For a list of all the events of this special week call 865-5181.

Have a good weekend,


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