September 5, 2003

Good Morning:

I am pleased to announce that Ronald Filson has accepted the position of interim dean of the school of architecture effective October 1. Ron has taught at Tulane University for more than two decades and served as the dean of the school of architecture from 1980 to 1992. He is a skilled administrator, a dedicated scholar and teacher, and a well-respected practitioner in the field of architecture. Ron will serve as interim dean until a permanent replacement is found for outgoing Dean Don Gatzke, who will become dean of the school of architecture at the University of Texas-Arlington effective January 2004.

Though we did not win, I think everyone who witnessed Monday night's game against TCU can take pride in the effort of our team. The fun continues this Saturday when we take on Northwestern State at 7 p.m. in Tad Gormley Stadium. Tailgating lots around the stadium open at 9 a.m. and from 2:30 to 6:15 p.m. musical acts Theresa Andersson, The Dixie Cups and Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes perform. Fans are also invited to gather outside of Gate D at 4:45 p.m. to welcome the team into the stadium. A fireworks show will follow the game. For more information call (504) 865-5625 or visit

In the past two years the fun and excitement that this time of year usually brings has been tempered by the memory of the tragedy visited upon our country on September 11, 2001. A university-wide service to commemorate the anniversary of that tragedy will be held on September 11 at 12:15 p.m. in Myra Clare Rogers Memorial Chapel. Rev. Jeff Millican, chair of the Religious Life Staff Association, will preside. Cynthia Cherrey, vice president of student affairs, and James White, Associated Student Body president, will present readings. Several student choral groups will also perform.

By joining together as a community we can pay tribute to the lives lost that day and pray for an end to violence throughout the world.

Have a good weekend,


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