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March 7, 2008

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Head football coach BOB TOLEDO has announced changes to the Green Wave’s coaching defensive staff, promoting O’NEILL GILBERT to defensive coordinator. Gilbert joined Tulane in 2007 as defensive line coach.


Defensive strategies pay off for O’Neill
Gilbert. He has been promoted from
defensive line coach to defensive
coordinator for the Tulane football team.

In addition, Toledo promoted GRANT HIGGISON from his graduate assistant position to coach the defensive line and has hired former McNeese State co-defensive coordinator JASON ROLLINS as a defensive back coach for the Green Wave.

In other news, ROBERT (ROBIN) CHAPPELLIE joined the university as director of internal audit. Chappellie has more than 30 years of auditing and administrative experience in the private and public sectors. A certified public accountant, he has served as director of internal audit for a major private company and has significant experience in information systems auditing as well as operational audits.

DR. KAREN DESALVO, associate professor and chief of general internal medicine and geriatrics in the School of Medicine, will receive a Woman of Excellence Award from the Louisiana Legislative Women’s Caucus for her contributions in the field of health and medicine at a gala on March 8 in Baton Rouge, La. DeSalvo, who holds the C. Thorpe Ray Chair in Internal Medicine at Tulane, is director of the Tulane Community Health Center at Covenant House, a clinic that opened in the days following Hurricane Katrina. DeSalvo also has been named the medical school’s vice dean for community affairs and health care policy.

DR. LEE HAMM, chair of the Department of Medicine, is the medical school’s new executive vice dean.

VINCENT ILUSTRE, executive director of the Center for Public Service at Tulane, has been selected by a committee of readers from across the South to receive the Gulf-South Summit Award for Outstanding Contributions to Service Learning in Higher Education. Awardees will be recognized at a summit meeting on March 13–15 at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. In an invitation to Ilustre, Jan Shoemaker, the organization’s chair, wrote: “The competition in this category was fierce. Even so, your work to advance civic engagement across the South — indeed, across the nation — stands out and deserves public recognition. Your relentless efforts have leveraged service to benefit many New Orleans residents, Louisiana residents, and those beyond Louisiana’s borders.”

Ilustre also received word that the Corporation for National and Community Service named Tulane to the 2007 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for the second year. The Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service learning and civic engagement. The Honor Roll is jointly sponsored by the corporation, through its Learn and Serve America program, and the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S.A. Freedom Corps, and the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.

TERRY MILLER was promoted to assistant controller of the Tulane University Health Sciences Center, working in the Office of Financial Services.


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