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President Cowen returns to campus for the first time after he evacuated in the face of post-Katrina floodingGiant tubes snake into Goldring/Woldenberg Hall, bringing in air conditioning to help remove moisture from the building.A Goldring/Woldenber Hall classroom undergoes repairs in preparation for the re-start of classes in January 2006.


August 31, 2005

The American Council on Education encourages the higher education community to house and enroll students from storm-damaged institutions. Eventually, 13,000 Tulane students enroll in 600-plus colleges and universities across the country.

With students, faculty and staff dispersed throughout the country, the Tulane website becomes the primary means of communication.
See snapshots of the website post-Katrina


September 2005

Tulane University physicians begin to provide free medical care for the people of New Orleans. Clinic locations include Harrah’s Casino, Covenant House in the French Quarter, Ida Hymel Health Center in Algiers and the Uptown Square parking lot.

President Cowen and senior staff are evacuated out of New Orleans; Tulane administration begins to coalesce in Houston.

The New Wave begins publication as a means to spread the word about the heroes of the storm.

Administrators announce the spring semester will open as regularly scheduled on Jan. 17.

October 2005

President Cowen and his senior administrative staff return to their offices in Gibson Hall on a campus still in the midst of recovering from the storm. 

Tulane partners with Lusher Elementary and Middle School to establish a new K-12 charter school.

November 2005

Students and their parents return to campus to retrieve their belongings and to learn about the condition of the university and New Orleans.

December 2005

The Green Wave football team receives Disney's Wide World of Sports Spirit Award, given annually to college football's most inspirational student-athletes. The team played in 11 different stadiums after being displaced by Katrina.

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