December 19, 2005
For the first time since Katrina, a class was held on the uptown campus as students enrolled in the Tulane executive master of business administration (EMBA) program returned to their classroom in Goldring/Woldenberg Hall II on Friday, Dec. 16, and Saturday, Dec. 17.
"We were thrilled to return to the uptown campus," said Carol Spansel, program manager of New Orleans executive programs for the A. B. Freeman School of Business. "The students are grateful to be back in their routines and be back in school."
It's ironic that they were the first to return to campus, according to Spansel, since the class was also one of the last to depart campus in the hours before Hurricane Katrina. The group was meeting on Saturday, Aug. 27, when the evacuation of campus began.
"We thought we'd be back on schedule in two weeks," says Spansel, but as soon as she realized that wasn't going to be the case, "we looked at all our options to maintain continuity and start up as soon as possible."
Since the storm, the group had resumed classes in borrowed space at the Tulane Elmwood campus for three alternating weekends starting in early November.
Students in the EMBA program usually meet every other Friday and Saturday. In order for the current group to graduate on time in August 2006, they will attend four extra Sunday classes in the spring.
Thirty-four of the 36 original students are still in the class that started eight months before Katrina arrived. According to Spansel, two students left the program for personal reasons.
Also this past weekend, an orientation was held for 20 students in the EMBA class of 2007, a group recruited by executive education staff while still evacuated. More information on the EMBA program at Tulane is available online.
Goldring/Woldenberg Hall II sustained almost no damage from Hurricane Katrina, said Angelo DeNisi, dean of the business school. The older Freeman building, Goldring/Woldenberg Hall I, did have damage and repairs were needed. In late October, however, DeNisi announced that inspectors "gave the building a complete clean bill of health," including its air quality.
"All in all, we are making great progress in getting our buildings ready for your return," DeNisi said.
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