March 4, 2005

Good morning:

Two newcomers to the Tulane University community have really impressed me recently. In only their second year of competition, the Green Wave swimming and diving team won the 2005 Conference USA Championship last week and head coach Daniella Irle was named Conference USA Coach of the Year. This is an incredible accomplishment for this team.

I had the opportunity to visit another Tulane newcomer this week when I attended a reception celebrating the donation to Tulane of “A Studio in the Woods,” a retreat on the forested banks of the Mississippi River where visual, literary and performance artists go to work uninterrupted.

The studio is a natural fit for Tulane since its mission corresponds to our commitment to the arts, education, human and environmental health and research and community outreach. If this week’s reception, which attracted more than 200 people interested in supporting the studio, is any indication, this new addition to the Tulane family has a bright future. We are indebted to Joe and Lucianne Carmichael for donating their “Studio in the Woods” to Tulane.

An artists' retreat and a swimming and diving team might not seem to have much in common but their excellence proves that the winning tradition of Tulane comes in many forms, old and new.

Have a great weekend,


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