March 2, 2001
I just got back in town from Puerto Rico and Miami yesterday morning. The Puerto Rico trip was an excellent opportunity to connect with our large contingent of alumni and current students living there. And what a beautiful island! I spent my time in individual meetings with alums and hosted a reception for all our Puerto Rican alums. It turned out to be the largest gathering the university has ever held on the island.
I also had the opportunity to meet with alumni and potential supporters when we flew back to Miami on Wednesday. One of our alumni couples hosted a reception in our honor and it was a huge success. There is a lot of enthusiasm for Tulane in all the cities and countries I have visited.
Speaking of the Tulane community, today is a somewhat sad day as we bid farewell to Pat Mason, who as vice president of advancement at the Health Sciences Center, led the effort to raise funds in support of crucial medical research. Pat's many years of dedication will be sorely missed by all of us. We wish her well in retirement. Hope you enjoyed Mardi Gras and have a great weekend.
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