Five awardees recognized for service and devotion to Tulane
Pictured left to right: Carter Flemming (NC '70), Kathryn Roman (NC '05,
B '07), Martha Murphy, Michael Sacks (A&S '84) and Madison Murphy
(Photo by Guillermo Cabrera-Rojo)
April 23, 2013
“What sets Tulane alumni apart is their unwavering pride for Tulane and love for New Orleans—which they carry wherever they go,” said David Edwards, member of the Board of Tulane at the Alumni Awards Celebration on Sunday (April 21). Five individuals were honored at the Audubon Tea Room.
Now in its 40th year, the awards celebration acknowledges a broad spectrum of alumni and supporters. Each recipient embodies leadership and dedication to making the world we live in a better one, said Sharon Bourgeois, president of the Tulane Alumni Association Board of Directors.
It is important to recognize the unique contributions of the entire Tulane community, said President Scott Cowen. “We would not be the distinguished and distinctive university we are without your support,” Cowen said.
The Young Alumna Volunteer Award was given to Kathryn Roman
(NC ’05, B ’07) who currently chairs the Clubs Committee for the Tulane Alumni Association Board of Directors.
After her studies, Roman was a staff member in the Office of Undergraduate Admission. She worked for the university in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, which she said tested her Tulane love and New Orleans chops.
Carter Flemming (NC ’70) accepted the Volunteer Award on behalf of her board and invited members in the audience to stand and also be acknowledged. Flemming has been a leader in her community of Alexandria, Va. for decades. She actively supports humanitarian causes benefitting at-risk residents.
Flemming served as president of the Newcomb College of Tulane University Alumnae Board just after Hurricane Katrina. “I feel my board and I could be proud that we stood tall, survived and worked every day to preserve Newcomb’s legacy. It feels great to be recognized,” said Flemming.
Michael Sacks (A&S ’84), past member of the Provost’s Council, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award. He was inducted into the Paul Tulane Society in 2008, which is the highest honor Tulane bestows upon its supporters.
Through the Sacks Family Foundation, he has supported social entrepreneurship initiatives including the Michael Sacks Fund for Social Entrepreneurship and the Sacks Endowed Chair in Civic Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship.
“The opportunity to support Tulane and provide educational opportunities to young people is really a privilege,” said Sacks.
President Scott Cowen presented the Dermot McGlinchey Lifetime Achievement Award to siblings Martha and Madison Murphy. Their father, the late Charles H. Murphy Jr., established the Murphy Institute in 1980. Both are active on numerous boards throughout the South and are especially passionate about education. The siblings were inducted into the Paul Tulane Society in 2005.
“Martha and Madison are remarkable philanthropists and dear friends of Tulane. It is an honor to present them with this prestigious award,” said Cowen.
“Tulane deserves the accolades,” said Martha Murphy. “It has pressed everybody in this region to do more, reach further and try harder.”
Erika Herran is a writer in the Office of Development.
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