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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Musical Opens at Dixon Hall

If you’ve been known to hum “Some Enchanted Evening,” Summer Lyric Theater’s production of South Pacific is for you. It opens tonight (July 30) at Dixon Hall on the uptown campus.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. today through Saturday (Aug. 1) and at 2 p.m. on Sunday (Aug. 2). The musical is the final production of Summer Lyric’s 42nd season at Tulane. Its portrayal of Americans stationed in an alien culture in wartime is as relevant in 2009 as when it first thrilled audiences in 1949.

South Pacific will be directed and choreographed by Diane Lala. For ticket information, call 504-865-5269 or e-mail the box office.

Car Seat Safety Session Today  

A car seat safety inspection will be held from 4–7 p.m. today (July 30) at the downtown health sciences campus of Tulane University.  

Sponsored by Tulane Hospital for Children and New Orleans EMS, the inspections will take place at 1415 Tulane Ave. at valet parking for Tulane Medical Center. To make an appointment, call 504-988-5235.  Inspections will take place for infant, toddler and booster seats.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Preseason Honor for Wave Kicker

Tulane senior punter/kicker Ross Thevenot of the Green Wave football team was named to the All-Conference USA Preseason First Team.

Thevenot was the top punter in C-USA and ranked second nationally with a 45.80-yard average a year ago, when he also received honorable mention All-America honors from and was named to the Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-Louisiana first team. He hails from Lake Charles, La.

The Green Wave’s opening game in the fall schedule is on Sept. 4 against the University of Tulsa in the Louisiana Superdome.

Lecture on Photographer’s Legacy

The curator of photographs from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York will present a lecture today (July 29) in New Orleans on the photography of the late Tulane alumnus Michael P. Smith.

“In the Spirit: The Achievement and Legacy of Michael P. Smith” will be discussed by Jeff L. Rosenheim from the Metropolitan Museum of Art at 6:30 p.m. at the Historical New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal St. This illustrated presentation will discuss the importance of Smith’s work as a documentarian of culture.

The event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition “In the Spirit: The Photography of Michael P. Smith,” which will be available for extended viewing before and after the lecture.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. For reservations, call 504-523-4662.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Books Expand Library Works

Edwin Blair, a New Orleans book collector, made a donation of 2,605 books to the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library in subjects such as art, art history, architecture and photography.

The works were among the first books to be processed by the library’s Recovery Center, a program developed to process restored books, music scores and documents that were salvaged after Hurricane Katrina. The Recovery Center also processes collections acquired through donations and replacement purchases.

The books from Blair’s donation were the first to be catalogued by the Recovery Center and then reintegrated within the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library building. Most of the works contain image plates or photographic reproductions that resemble visual art titles that had been stored within the library’s basement and were subsequently destroyed by Katrina.

Each work has been marked with a commemorative bookplate that acknowledges Blair for his contribution.

A Virtual Village of Residents

The new class of ophthalmology residents at Tulane has lots of company this summer, as residents from five other institutes are tuning into Tulane for “Subspecialty Saturdays.”

The Tulane residents, who are immersed in an intense course of basic science training, are being joined in the Saturday online broadcasts by ophthalmology residents from the Universidad of San Carlos in Guatemala, University of Florida College of Medicine, University of South Florida in Tampa, Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center.

The sessions feature lectures focused on the field’s subspecialties, such as the course on glaucoma that took place on July 25. Ophthalmology residency director Dr. Ramesh Ayyala developed the program that allows lectures to be broadcast in real time to residents in participating institutions while recording the presentations for residents to access them later at “”

The collaboration means residents have access to a much larger pool of experts who contribute as lecturers. The virtual community of residents also benefits from the broader exposure to new ideas and different settings, as well as the connectedness of shared learning experiences, the organizers said.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Early Childhood Forum

Tulane faculty member Geoffrey Nagle was keynote speaker recently at the Forum on Early Childhood in Alexandria, La.

Nagle, associate professor of psychiatry and neurology and director of the Tulane Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, addressed a group of nurses, social workers, educators and others on the importance of early childhood development.

According to news reports, he told the group that early development is the foundation of each person’s health, success and prosperity.

The forum was part of advocacy efforts by the United Way of Central Louisiana to provide information about the need to nurture children early in life.

New Surgical Robot Debuts

Tulane urologist Dr. Benjamin Lee was the first surgeon to use the newest surgical robot system at Tulane Medical Center on Tuesday (July 21).

The state-of-the-art da Vinci Si is the hospital’s second surgical robot. The medical center is the first hospital in the area to have a da Vinci Si system, which is the most advanced generation surgical robot.

In the first procedure, Lee used the system to perform a robotic prostatectomy with bilateral pelvic lymph node dissection, a procedure to remove a cancerous prostate gland and the surrounding tissue while sparing the nerves responsible for male potency.  The procedure was completed in about two hours.

The enhanced 3D HD resolution of the equipment offers superior visual clarity of target tissue and anatomy, allowing Lee to view minute nerves avoid injury to them during surgery.

Dr. Raju Thomas, professor and chair of urology, said, “We are proud of the long tradition of minimally invasive surgery and robotic surgery at Tulane. Now having two robots, we are able to help twice as many patients in a timely and effective manner."


Friday, July 24, 2009

Enjoy the Arts Market

On Saturday (July 25), residents of the uptown campus neighborhood near Tulane will be able to enjoy the Arts Market at Palmer Park, at the intersection of South Carrollton and South Claiborne avenues.

The market, presented free of charge by the Arts Council of New Orleans, is held on the last Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

It features handmade, affordable art from local and regional artists and artisans, including painting, photography, ceramics, glass, jewelry, wood and printmaking, plus handmade clothing, soap, candles and other items. Between 50 and 100 artists display and sell their wares each month.

The Arts Market also features live entertainment, food and beverage booths and a children’s activities area.

Oliver Fund to Support Faculty

Through the gift of an anonymous donor, Tulane has created the Oliver Fund for Faculty Enhancement, a program that will provide merit-based cash awards to several faculty members annually.

Provost Michael Bernstein said the awards will focus on faculty-driven research initiatives in the disciplines of science and engineering, broadly defined. “Research in the sciences and engineering is increasingly collaborative and interdisciplinary as advances are being made at the interfaces of traditional disciplines. The Oliver Fund will represent an enabling resource to stimulate such advances,” he said.

The awards will be distributed through a process managed by Laura Levy, associate senior vice president for research. Recipients will be named Oliver Fund Scholars. Two to three awards will be presented annually of between $20,000 and $50,000.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Figley Makes Presentation

Charles Figley, director of the Tulane Traumatology Institute, will make a presentation today (July 23) to the New Orleans City Council on the university’s new Disaster Management Leadership Academy.

Figley, who also holds the Paul Henry Kurzweg Chair in Disaster Mental Health in the School of Social Work, is appearing at the invitation of city council president Arnie Fielkow.

The Disaster Management Leadership Academy will be the first university program in the nation to offer training through the doctoral level in this field. Additional information is available by e-mailing Vicky Lattone, program assistant, or calling 504-314-7057.

‘Save Our Cemeteries’ Training

The New Orleans organization Save Our Cemeteries will host its 2009 Cemetery Symposium and Guide Training on the Tulane uptown campus on Saturday (July 25).

The session will take place from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. in room 204 of the Richardson Memorial Building. Registration, which costs $25 for members of the organization and $30 for nonmembers, includes mentor tours of Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 and St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, as well as a training manual.

Additional information is available by calling 504-525-3377.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Library Sponsors Exhibit on Nazi Era

The Jefferson Parish Library in Metairie, La., is sponsoring a traveling exhibit entitled “Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings,” on July 26–Aug. 23.

The exhibit, from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., provides a vivid look at the first steps the Nazis took to suppress freedom of expression, and the strong response that occurred in the United States both immediately and in the years thereafter. The exhibition was made possible in part by support from the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.

The library is located at 4747 W. Napoleon Ave. Hours are Monday–Thursday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 until 5 p.m.

Cool Discount at LBC Salon

Paris Parker Salon/Spa in the Lavin-Bernick Center is offering a special July discount for Tulane faculty and staff members.

Through July 31, Tulane employees can receive a 20 percent discount on hair, nail and waxing services. In addition to the discount, each Tulane customer will receive a free gift bag.

To receive the discount, employees must mention the “In the Heat of the Moment” promotion when making an appointment.  This offer is only good at the LBC location on the Tulane uptown campus. For an appointment, call 504-866-4224. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Much Ado About Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing opens at Lupin Theatre on Wednesday (July 22) as the Shakespeare Festival at Tulane features young actors.

In its 16th season, the festival will present five performances by the company of the All Things Shakespeare! summer training program.

Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday (July 22–25) at the uptown campus theater, with one matinee at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

For ticket information, contact the Shakespeare Festival Box Office at 504-865-5105, extension 2, or by e-mail.

Young actors age 10 to 18 have been training in sessions this summer on auditioning, voice, diction, movement, scene study, stage combat, understanding the plot and words, and speaking the lines. The sessions culminate in rehearsal and performance of the play.

Four-star Child Care

Kidopolis Child Development Center on the Tulane downtown health sciences campus recently received a four-star rating in the Louisiana Quality Rating system.

Kidopolis joins the Newcomb Children’s Center on the uptown campus as the only four-star centers in New Orleans.

In the state there are 11 four-star centers, says Kidopolis director Laurie Richter. “The voluntary quality rating system evaluates programs in several areas including staff qualifications, program organization and relationships, and focuses on interactions between teachers and children.”

Assessors conduct a review of written documents and complete extensive observations of the classrooms. Kidopolis opened in January 1988 serving 42 children. In 1998 the center expanded at 127 Elk Place on the Tulane downtown health sciences campus, and Kidopolis currently serves about 120 children ages 6 weeks to 4 years.

Kidopolis and the Newcomb Children’s Center, which opened in 1980, are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, representing the highest level of quality in the early childhood field.

For more information, contact Richter about Kidopolis or Elaine Joseph, director, about the Newcomb Children’s Center.

Monday, July 20, 2009

NBA Star’s Camp at Tulane

The Reily Student Recreation Center will be the setting for a basketball camp for boys and girls ages 7 to 18 run by NBA Hornets star Chris Paul.

The camp, to be held July 27–29, is divided into two sessions, with children ages 7 to 11 attending from 9 a.m. until noon and ages 12 to 18 participating from 1 until 4 p.m.

Details are available online for the 2009 Copeland’s Chris Paul Basketball Camp.

Get Ready for Volleyball

Eleven home matches and eight contests against opponents who qualified for the 2008 NCAA Tournament highlight the 2009 Tulane University volleyball schedule.

First-year head coach Sinisa Momic announced the schedule for the Green Wave team, coming off the program’s first-ever Conference USA regular-season title and NCAA postseason trip.

The season begins with seven straight road matches before Tulane opens its home slate on Sept. 11–12 with the Allstate Sugar Bowl Classic at Fogelman Arena, featuring opponents Louisiana State University, Long Beach State University and the University of New Orleans.

The women’s team is playing a difficult preseason schedule. “We want to challenge our players to consistently compete at their highest level, and we feel that a tough schedule will help us improve quicker,” Momic said.

Season tickets for the 2009 Tulane volleyball season are available from the ticket office and by calling 504-861-9283.

Friday, July 17, 2009

News from Ambassadors

The month of July is shaping up to be a busy tourism month for New Orleans. Watch a new video about the city in the latest newsletter from the Fleur de Lis Ambassadors.

The ambassadors program published its July newsletter that includes a video featuring Mary Beth Romig of the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau. The newsletter also has recent news about the city, including a report by CNN that New Orleans is the fastest-growing city in the nation.

A public-private partnership, the Fleur de Lis Ambassadors are a group of New Orleans citizens from various backgrounds who help spread news about the city’s success, post-Katrina.

Insurance Seminar Planned

The School of Continuing Studies will hold a free seminar, “Commercial Insurance for Managerial Decisions,” on July 24.

The seminar, to be held from 8:30 a.m. until noon at the school’s Elmwood campus in Harahan, La., is for senior executives and managers. The intensive seminar is designed to give an insider’s view on commercial insurance/risk management to help executives make better informed, cost-effective decisions.

Topics to be discussed include insurance terminology, property insurance, general and automobile liability, workers compensation, excess and umbrella policies and professional liability. Guest presenter will be Andrew Kovacs, an adjunct professor in the School of Continuing Studies.

Seating is limited for the event and reservations should be made by e-mailing Paul Forbes. For additional information, call 504-865-5333.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Conference on Philanthropy

Scholars, philanthropists and activists are convening on the Tulane uptown campus today (July 16) to discuss Jewish women and philanthropy.

The Tulane sociology department is sponsoring the conference, being held from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Caroline Richardson Building.

Among the speakers are Sylvia Barack Fishman, professor of contemporary Jewry at Brandeis University and director of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute; Barbara Dobkin, founder of Ma’yan, the Jewish Women’s Project; Shifra Bronznick, founder of Bronznick and Co.; Gail T. Reimer, founding director the Jewish Women’s Archive; and Debra Mesch, director of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute.

Funded by a Tulane University Deep South Humanities Grant, the conference also has additional support from the Newcomb College Center for Research on Women, Jewish Studies Program, School of Liberal Arts, Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana, United Jewish Communities’ National Women’s Philanthropy, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and National Council of Jewish Women.

The proceedings will be featured in a special issue of the academic journal Nashim.

Design Fair Draws Support

Faculty and staff members from the Tulane School of Architecture assisted with a recent design fair for students at New Orleans high schools.

Thaddeus Zarse and Carey Clouse, adjunct assistant professors, served as guest design critics for the K12 Design Fair sponsored by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. The fair focused on working with New Orleans high school students with an interest in design and design education.

Several New Orleans designers and organizations also participated in the fair, including Clouse representing the Tulane School of Architecture and Emilie Taylor, senior program coordinator, representing the Tulane City Center. The day ended with students presenting their art and architecture projects while receiving feedback from Zarse and Clouse.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Faculty, Staff Make News

From new books and awards to the addition of new faculty and staff members, Tulane employees continue to make news as the summer winds toward the fall semester.

The Tulane Cancer Center welcomes Dr. Marnin Merrick, a radiation oncologist and chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology. He comes to Tulane from the University of Kentucky Medical Center and the Markey Cancer Center, where he has been clinical director and head of quality assurance.

On the uptown campus, the Office of Student Affairs has a new director of student conduct, Kristen Kawczynski. She has extensive experience working with student conduct systems at the University of Delaware, Albright College, New York Institute of Technology and most recently the University of Hawaii.

Also new in student affairs are Carllos Lassiter, associate director for residential education, training and recruitment; Patrick Randolph, manager of the Goldman Office of Disability Services; Ryan Henne, associate director of residential education, program development and crisis management; and Desiree Anderson, associate director, Office of Multicultural Affairs.

In athletics, Shondra Johnson has joined the coaching staff in women’s basketball. The New Orleans native was a member of the coaching staff at Samford University.

Campus Compact is honoring Carol Reese, the Harvey-Wadsworth Professor of Urban Affairs in the School of Architecture, as a finalist for the 2009 Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award. She was one of six finalists for the award that honors leaders in campus-community partnerships.

William Brumfield, professor of Slavic studies, is making news with his books about Russian architecture. Volume 11 in the “Discovering Russia” series, entitled Suzdal: Architectural Heritage in Photographs, has been published. He provided text and photographs for the book, on the architectural heritage of the city of Suzdal and the village of Kidesksha.

In addition, Brumfield also has a new book, Kirillov. Ferapontovo, on the history and architecture of the Saint Kirill Belozerskii Dormition Monastery and the Saint Ferapont Nativity of the Virgin Monastery.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Alumna Is Obama's Nominee for Surgeon General

Dr. Regina Benjamin, who graduated in 1991 from the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane with an MBA degree, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be U.S. surgeon general.

Obama announced Benjamin’s appointment at a Rose Garden ceremony on Monday (July 13). The nomination requires confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

She also has an undergraduate degree from Xavier University of New Orleans and a medical degree from the University of Alabama–Birmingham. Benjamin founded a rural health clinic in Bayou LaBatre, Ala., which serves the village's 2,500 residents, many of whom have no health insurance.

The first black woman to head a state medical society, Benjamin received the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights and in 2008 received a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant.”

Open House Today on Healthcare Issue

At 5 p.m. today (July 14), the dean of the Tulane University School of Medicine will hold an open house to discuss the issues surrounding the proposed academic medical center in New Orleans.

Dr. Benjamin Sachs, who also is a senior vice president of Tulane, will address the meeting at 5 p.m. in the first-floor auditorium of the School of Medicine, 1430 Tulane Ave., on the downtown health sciences campus.

The discussion will center on issues surrounding the Medical Center of Louisiana in New Orleans–Charity/University Hospital, including how a new academic medical center will be governed. Tulane President Scott Cowen and the Board of Tulane are in favor of a model that provides independent oversight and appropriate safeguards to protect the public interest.

In a recent message announcing the open house, Sachs said Tulane’s interest in the governance of the new academic medical center is the result of the university’s long commitment to medical care for the public. “Tulane physicians continue to serve the city both at the MCLNO and in a variety of neighborhood health clinics we operate throughout the city, where under- or uninsured patients receive high-quality, affordable medical care,” Sachs said.

He added that about one quarter of Tulane medical students are from Louisiana and about one quarter stay in Louisiana, setting up practice in the state once their medical training is complete.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Lecture on ‘Medical Home’

A lecture on “Trends in Health Care: The Patient-Centered Medical Home” will be presented on Wednesday (July 15) at the Tulane downtown health sciences campus.

The program will take place at noon at the Tulane School of Medicine, 1430 Tulane Ave., in the first-floor auditorium.

Presented by the medical school’s Office of Community Affairs and Health Policy, the session will feature a presentation by Dr. John Rogers, professor of family and community medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. The lecture is sponsored by Merck, the global pharmaceutical company.

Auction Brings Top Pottery Price

When the gavel came down at Neal Auction Co. on June 27, a high-glaze vase from 1904 sold for $169,200, the world-record auction price for a piece of Newcomb Pottery.

The 13-inch vase is marked with the Newcomb cipher, the mark of decorator Marie de Hoa LeBlanc, and Joseph Meyer’s potter’s mark. It has an incised design of jackmanii climbing clematis in blue, green and yellow underglaze.

In a Times Picayune account, Neal Alford, president and co-founder of the New Orleans auction company, said the popularity of the artist, the impressive size of the piece, its distinctive carved design and its remarkable condition combined to create great interest in the object among Arts and Crafts pottery collectors.

LeBlanc, decorator of the vase, is regarded as one of the most colorful and prolific of the early Newcomb designers. She became a Newcomb College student at age 20 and graduated in 1898. She served as a pottery worker from 1901 to 1908 and an art craftsperson from 1908 to 1914.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Info for Storm Season

The Tulane School of Social Work is teaming up with the Broadmoor Improvement Association to host an Emergency Preparedness Expo on Saturday (July 11).

The free expo will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Blessed Trinity Church, 4230 S. Broad St. Participating organizations include the City of New Orleans Office of Emergency Preparedness, American Red Cross, Save the Children, and LASPCA.

Attendees can interact with the organizations, get answers to emergency preparedness questions and learn about the city’s evacuation and reentry procedures. The event will include door prizes, a $100 gas card giveaway, raffles and live music by the Courtyard Kings.

For more information, e-mail LuAnn Gibson or phone 504-309-2561.

New Day for New Calendar

Tulane has launched a new Calendar of Events. Besides a face-lift to the display, the new calendar offers improved access for readers and tools for university offices that host events.

The calendar spotlights featured events with small images and displays the current day’s events. Guest resources and sponsor resources such as planning and promotion guides also are listed in a new sidebar. In the old calendar, the opening page only displayed events happening that day.

“I’ve fielded several calls in our box office, which were a result of people looking at the [new] Tulane calendar and finding out about us for the first time,” said Brad Robbert, operations director for the Shakespeare Festival at Tulane.

Unlike the old calendar, anyone with a Tulane e-mail account can list an event. In the past, staff members who reserved rooms in the Lavin-Bernick Center submitted most of the events in the calendar. Now all event organizers can enter event information, no matter the venue.

More upgrades are planned for the second phase of the calendar rollout, according to Aaron Martin, manager of web communications. New features will include an advanced search, custom calendars for departments and RSS feeds.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Bastille Day

With its rich French heritage, New Orleans is gearing up for France's national holiday, Bastille Day (July 14), with festivals and films.

The Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania St., will be the venue for the French Film Festival (Festival du Cinema Francais) July 10–12. A presentation of the New Orleans Film Society and the Consul Général de France à La Nouvelle-Orléans, the festival will offer five films in French with English subtitles. General admission tickets are $8 for each film and $6 for members of the New Orleans Film Society.

Alliance Française of New Orleans is planning a "Garden Guinguette" potluck party on Saturday (July 11) from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. at 1519 Jackson Ave. The event, featuring French music, games and conversation, is free for Alliance Française members and $5 for non-members. For more information, call 504-568-0770. The organization also is hosting a four-course dinner with wine on Monday (July 13) at Château du Lac Bistro, 2037 Metairie Rd., Metairie, La., with special guest Olivier Brochenin, Consul Général de France à La Nouvelle-Orléans. Cost is $55 for members and $60 for non-members. To make a reservation, send an e-mail to Alliance Française.

Faubourg St. John Merchants' Association's Annual Bastille Day Block Party on Saturday (July 11) will offer food, drink and dancing in the street to the strains of the Pyranha Gypsy Swing Band beginning at 5 p.m. The block party will be in the 3100 block of Ponce de Leon Street between Esplanade Avenue and North Lopez Street until 9 p.m. Merchants will set up kiosks in the street with specialty foods and beverages. A children's activity table will be provided with materials for coloring and drawing as well as educational materials on this historic French event. For more information, call Robert Thompson at the Fair Grinds Coffeehouse at 504-913-9073.

The French-American Chamber of Commerce–Louisiana Chapter is holding a Bastille Day dinner on Tuesday (July 14) at 8 p.m. at the Flaming Torch Restaurant, 737 Octavia St. Cost is $55 per person for the buffet-style dinner and wine with musical accompaniment by Javier. To make a reservation, contact Jennifer Weinhart at 504-561-0070.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Talk on History

Richard Campanella, Tulane University geographer, will give a free lecture on his book, Bienville’s Dilemma, on Thursday (July 9) at the Cabildo on Jackson Square in the French Quarter.

The lecture is at 6 p.m. at the Cabildo, 701 Chartres St. It is part of the “History Ya-Ya” lecture series sponsored by the University of New Orleans’ Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies and the Louisiana State Museum.

Campanella is a research professor of earth and environmental sciences and associate director of the Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research.

Teachers Attend Workshop

Kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers are participating in a summer institute today (July 8) on the Tulane uptown campus about the “Exploration of the African Diaspora in the Americas.”

It is sponsored by the Latin American Resource Center, part of the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

The session, which will coincide with Tulane University’s New Orleans Dance Festival, will explore the African Diaspora in Latin America through performance as a means of cultural understanding and interpretation.

Presenters will help teachers develop the skills necessary to work with their own local musicians and performers as cultural ambassadors in the classroom. The teachers will develop lesson plans to be used in their classrooms as well as learn about resources that are available.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Seats Open for Musical

Good seats are still available for Company by Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre, which opens on Thursday (July 9) and continues through Sunday (July 12).

The landmark musical by Stephen Sondheim will be appearing on the Dixon Hall stage on the uptown campus. Company is a funny, sophisticated exploration of love and commitment as seen through the eyes of a perpetual bachelor.

Broadway veterans Kasey Marino and Leslie Castay head up the stellar production directed by Summer Lyric Theatre’s artistic director B. Michael Howard. Performance times are at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

For ticket information, call 504-865-5269. This year’s third and final production by Summer Lyric will be South Pacific on July 30–August 2.

Session on Teaching Tools

The Office of Medical Education will present “Technology in Action: Clickers” at an interactive workshop Friday (July 10) at 10 a.m. on the downtown health sciences campus.

The session will be held in room 230 of the DeBakey Educational Center, 131 S. Robertson St. Guest speaker will be Bill Joyce from Turning Technologies, who will discuss how TurningPoint interactive software can provide the necessary tools to engage and assess learners.

Clickers — devices used to poll students and collect student data — will be available and used during this hands-on interactive session. Registration is required. For information, contact Jeanne Samuel at 504-988-6600.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Radosevic Is Tops in C-USA

Former Tulane volleyball player Sara Radosevic was named the 2008–09 Conference USA Female Athlete of the Year.

C-USA commissioner Britton Banowsky announced the award to Radosevic, a four-time All-America Honorable Mention selection by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, who was the C-USA Player of the Year for volleyball this past season. She graduated from Tulane in May.

She led the Green Wave in points (528.0), kills (456), kills per set (3.62) and service aces (42), while ranking second in digs (327) and digs per set (2.60), as Tulane won the C-USA tournament championship this spring. A native of Zagreb, Croatia, Radosevic was named C-USA tournament most valuable player.

The Green Wave (28-6 overall) were the No. 16 national seed in the NCAA tournament and advanced to the second round.

Center Has New Director

Diego Rose, associate professor in the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, is the new director of the Prevention Research Center at Tulane.  

Rose currently is head of the Nutrition Section in the Department of Community Health Sciences. He has more than 20 years of experience in the area of applied food and nutrition research and directs three major nationally funded projects examining how the availability of food impacts diet and is driven by consumer economics.  

"I am very enthusiastic about the opportunity to lead the Tulane University PRC," Rose said. "My future colleagues at the center are really top-notch, and I look forward to working with them on interesting research and applied projects so that every Louisiana family has the chance to make healthy food choices."  

The center is one of 33 centers nationally funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its focus is on the impact of the physical and social environment on rates of overweight and obesity among adults and children.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Presenting Pecos Bill

Patchwork Players, in its 25th season of presenting summer theater for children, will present Pecos Bill starting on Monday (July 6), with performances through July 18.

The productions take place at Rogers Memorial Chapel on the uptown campus, with performances at 10 and 11:30 a.m. on July 6–10 and 14–17. One Saturday performance, on July 18, is at 11 a.m.

Buzz Podewell, associate professor in the Tulane Department of Theatre and Dance, heads the improvisational children’s theater company. He and his troupe dance, sing, tell jokes and interact with audience members, engaging several children in the cast at each performance.

Tickets are $7.50 each for children and adults. For reservations, which are highly recommended, call 504-284-6427.

Choosing Sustainability

Thanks to research by a group of students, the Tulane uptown campus will be switching its toilet tissue and paper towel products to a new supplier whose operations are “greener” and more sustainable.

Students in the Tulane Environmental Action League conducted a Greenpeace KleerCut campaign in the spring semester, attempting to get people, businesses and institutions to switch from Kimberly Clark, the makers of Kleenex, to more sustainable bath paper and tissue producers.

After meetings with Tulane administrators in facilities services and other departments, the students were successful in encouraging the campus switch from Kimberly Clark products to SCA Tork. The student group says that SCA Tork uses much higher post-consumer recycled content in its products and has a much better holistic sustainable process.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Linder Earns C-USA Scholarship

Jen Linder, who graduated from Tulane in May and was a Green Wave volleyball standout, is one of 12 recipients of the Jim Castaneda Postgraduate Scholarship from Conference USA.

A native of Austin, Texas, Linder earned a $4,000 postgraduate scholarship to a school of her choice. The award comes following a four-year career where she set the Tulane record for attack percentage with a mark of .376 (739 kills, 176 errors, 1,498 swings). Linder completed her bachelor of science in management at Tulane in May 2009.

She earned second-team All C-USA honors and C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll recognition in each of her final three seasons with the Green Wave and was named both first-team All-Midwest Region and honorable mention All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association as a senior in 2008.

The scholarship recipients were selected by the league’s faculty athletics representatives and approved by the C-USA board of directors.

Summer Special at LBC

Tulane faculty and staff members can take advantage of a cool discount being offered at Paris Parker Salon/Spa during July.  

Starting today (July 1) and continuing through July 31, Tulane employees can receive a 20 percent discount on hair, nail and waxing services. In addition to the discount, each Tulane customer will receive a free gift bag.  

To receive the discount, employees must mention the "In the Heat of the Moment" promotion when making an appointment.  This offer is only good at the Lavin Bernick Center location, at the Tulane uptown campus. For an appointment, call 504-866-4224.  

The Paris Parker Salon/Spas are operated by Debra Neill Baker and Edwin Neill III, a 1999 graduate of the A. B. Freeman School of Business, of the Neill Corp. The company has been an active part of the Tulane community for more than 15 years through its involvement with the Tulane Family Business Center.

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