February 16, 2001

Good Morning:

Is it Friday already? Let me start off by asking each of you to take a few minutes to peruse this year's President Report at I hope you enjoy this review of our achievements for the year 2000. The report comes complete with pictures, music and an opportunity for you to respond with your thoughts. It is accompanied by a written letter that was mailed to all the university's friends this week.

I began this week by attending a press conference to announce our 2001 football schedule. With the addition of LSU and Southern, this year's schedule renews an old rivalry and, hopefully, begins a new one. Now, I'm trying to come up with a friendly game day wager with Mark Emmert, chancellor of our worthy upriver opponent. The rest of the week was spent in various meetings with board members, faculty members, the president's council and student leaders.

I also attended that thrilling overtime men's basketball game against Charlotte. I was very proud of the heart our players showed even though we didn't come away with a victory. On Saturday I'll address the Magnolia League Student Government Conference, which includes student leaders from the South's major private universities. Saturday night, why not join me to watch our men's basketball team take on DePaul at the New Orleans Arena? Hope to see you there.

Have a good weekend.


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