Tulane Alumni Association
Alumna Volunteer Award 2011
Carol Squarcy Showley
Carol Squarcy Showley, originally from suburban Chicago, first visited New Orleans on vacation at age 15. She decided to attend Tulane University attracted by its Junior Year Abroad program. Inspired by a sophomore course in pre-Columbian art by Dr. Donald Robertson, she chose art history as her major and studied at the University of Madrid junior year. There she took courses at the Prado Museum and visited European art museums. She formed friendships with her JYA contingent as well as her Spanish
roommate that have lasted over 35 years.
Graduating from Newcomb College in 1974, Carol then earned her Master of Architecture degree from the Tulane University School of Architecture in 1977. She became a member of the New Orleans American Institute of Architects and lent her expertise to various local architectural firms for nearly a decade. In 1984, during the New Orleans World’s Fair, she met her future husband Roger Showley through a mutual friend and moved to San Diego, where they were married in 1985. She served as project manager and architect for HomeFed Bank and joined the San Diego AIA. After years as an architect, she retired to raise her two children, Charlie and Catherine “Cookie” Showley. She joined the Junior League and is a current member of The Wednesday Club, a local women’s organization.
Carol has proven herself as a dedicated and active leader who has contributed significantly to her alma mater. From 2005 to 2010, Carol served as a director on the Tulane Alumni Association (TAA) Board. She chaired the TAA communications and marketing committee chair for two years, connecting local alumni to national alumni clubs through social networking websites. She spent another two as student outreach committee chair. Among her initiatives were student/alumni lunches in collaboration with
career services to foster networking between students and TAA board members and club
presidents. In addition, she conducted focus groups with students to determine how alumni could better serve them.
As co-president and president of the Tulane Alumni Club of San Diego, Carol hosted club events for visiting deans, garden parties for incoming students and holiday parties for alumni. From admissions evenings to college fairs, she has served with true dedication, from selling beads at a Marcia Ball concert to raise funds for Tulane’s hurricane rebuilding efforts to selling pralines at the San Diego crawfish boil to benefit the Bea Field Alumni House.
James K. Ordeneaux
James K. Ordeneaux was born in Grand Point, Louisiana, the oldest of Floyd “Monk” and Charmaine Ordeneaux’s two sons. Although his uncle, David Richard, played on Tulane University’s 1970 Liberty Bowl team, Jimmy acknowledges that he grew up in a large family of LSU supporters. Rejecting his destiny as a lifelong Tiger fan, Jimmy permanently joined the Tulane family when he decided to attend Tulane following his graduation from St. Charles Catholic High School in Laplace in 1995. Like his uncle before him, Jimmy also joined the Green Wave football team. He played on scholarship from 1995 to 1998, lettering in 1997 and 1998 and participating in each game during the 19-4 winning stretch throughout those two years.
Jimmy graduated from Tulane in 1999 with bachelor of arts degrees in history and political science, and then enrolled at LSU’s Paul Hebert Law Center, where he earned his juris doctor in 2002. He remained in Baton Rouge and worked in the financial industry for a year before relocating to New Orleans to begin his law career as an associate with the distinguished civil litigation firm, PlauchÇ Maselli Parkerson, LLP.
Following Hurricane Katrina, Jimmy temporarily relocated to Clinton, Louisiana. In October 2005, while visiting co-workers who had evacuated to Natchez, Mississippi, Jimmy met Charlotte Robertson. Charlotte moved to New Orleans in fall 2005 despite the post-Katrina circumstances, and they married in October 2007. She gave birth to their son, Henry DeBate Ordeneaux, in June 2009.
Jimmy has served his alma mater in many ways, consistently devoting his time and energy as a T Club president and board member in addition to supporting Tulane football as a sideline reporter since 2009. Most notably, he inspired Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the New Orleans City Council to issue a proclamation of gratitude presented the night before Senior Day in honor of the Tulane football team’s commitment to New Orleans in February 2006 and 2007. He also serves as color commentator for Tulane men’s basketball home games. Along with his law partners, Andy PlauchÇ and Joe Maselli,
Jimmy is a permanent fixture at Tulane sporting events.