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Tulanians Reach Out

January 18, 2006

Suzanne Johnson
Michael DeMocker

As television beamed horrifying images of New Orleans to audiences worldwide, a number of Tulane faculty, staff, students and alumni saw not just what was being lost but opportunities to help.

tulwin06_TEMSSome Tulanians raised money for relief efforts while others took a hands-on approach to deal with specific issues, such as providing for the health and housing of New Orleans residents. Below is a small sampling of the ways in which Tulanians are reaching out, post-Katrina.

- The Tulane Emergency Medical Services, staffed by Tulane undergraduates certified as emergency medical technicians, mobilized first as a disaster-response team for students evacuated to Jackson and then worked 20-hour days as a triage team in Baton Rouge and as search-and-rescue workers in New Orleans after the storm.

- Four Tulane juniors -- Adam Hawf of Columbia, Mo., Kevin Lander of Boulder, Colo., Stephen Richer of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Aaron Rubens of Kalamazoo, Mich., took the fall semester off to start the NOLA Hurricane Relief Fund ( Working through a website and a network of hundreds of Tulane students across the country, the fund has to date raised more than $74,000 through cash donations and T-shirt and bracelet sales. All proceeds go directly to New Orleans relief and rebuilding efforts. Funded to date: supplies for the Tulane Emergency Medical Services team doing post-Katrina relief work; and housing and school supplies for three New Orleans families temporarily relocated to Huntsville, Ala., and Dallas.

- Mary Lynn Hyde (NC '66), Sandy Sanders (L '76), Carol Showley (NC '74) and other members of the San Diego alumni chapter helped organize and publicize a series of Red Cross benefit concerts featuring New Orleans musicians at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, Calif. They also collected Mardi Gras beads to give out at the door in exchange for donations to the Tulane University Rebuilding Fund.

 tulwin06_eating- Steve and Stephanie Wilcox, both 1972 Tulane graduates living in Philadelphia, worked with fellow alums Johann and Bethany Bultmann, who run the New Orleans Musicians Clinic, to set up an informational website, The site provides a "one-stop source" for people who are looking to help New Orleans' musical community.

- Medical students Seamus Whelton, Michael Lindley and Jonathan Joliet, first-year public health student Megan Whelton and several of their friends organized an effort to collect supplies for hospitals in Katrina-affected areas. Lindley's father took time off as a tractor-trailer driver to drive a truck, and his company supplied the trailer. The group collected a large amount of supplies in the Lindleys' home area near Springfield, Mo., and drove through the night to the Lallie Kemp Hospital in Independence, La., where the supplies were divided among area hospitals.

- The rage over rubber wristbands continues, and Tulane sophomore and Boston native Craig Karger turned their popularity to Katrina relief by selling green "Roll Wave" wristbands through his website, Karger plans on splitting the proceeds between Tulane and the American Red Cross. Another awareness bracelet, a purple one imprinted with the letters "NOLA" and a fleur-de-lis, was created by Tulane sophomore Josh Solowiejczyk and his sister, Arielle, a Tulane senior. With help from their parents, the two put together a website, , with all proceeds going to the Greater New Orleans Foundation.

- Fourth-year medical student Nathan Teague coordinated a 10K Run/5K Walk in Houston to support the students of the Tulane University School of Medicine, who are spending the 2005-06 academic year at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. The race was held on Nov. 20.

- Liz Williams (NC '03) and her roommate, New Orleans native Amy Scalia, set up a website,, to sell T-shirts to benefit Desire Street Ministries and Habitat for Humanity. The T-shirts depict the state of Louisiana and the website's motto in French: Les Bon Temps Rouleront Encore!

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