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Greenie Camp | Hillel | IGNITE | NOLA Experience | Summer Journalism Experience   


Greenie Camp 

60 participants 

Tulane University is an institution with a storied history, tradition, and legacy; Greenie Camp is a new program designed to celebrate all of these things and to teach new students everything there is to know about Tulane.  Greenie Camp is for students who want to learn everything about Tulane and become its new generation of student leaders. By the end of the week, new students will be full-fledged Green Wave fanatics and excited about getting involved on campus! Greenie Camp will be an intensive introduction to all things green!  An overnight spirit camp will teach participants the fight song, the Hullabaloo, and the alma mater along with Green Wave traditions and trivia that will impress even the most spirited Greenie.  Back in New Orleans, we'll explore Tulane's history in the city, meet local alumni, and introduce campus leaders.

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45 participants

Tulane Hillel is one of the most popular destinations on campus with a beautiful environment, delicious food and awesome student leaders.  Take this opportunity to experience our New Orleans.  In this week, we will explore the city and campus through a variety of experiences and perspectives.  You will meet student leaders who are involved with Hillel and Jewish life through the many initiatives we offer; ranging from community gardens to open mic nights, Shabbat dinners and campus-wide social events.  Through these students you will start the semester with a built in social network and opportunities to be a leader.  We will also visit some of New Orleans' newest hot spots and world-famous institutions with a little "lagniappe" in between.  Activities will include a night tour of the French Quarter and a visit to Preservation Hall to hear live music; having lunch with local business leaders; participating in Hillel activities including yoga, krav maga (Israeli martial arts) and Challah for Hunger; and many opportunities to meet and network with current students.

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IGNITE: Community, Creativity, Change

60 participants 

So, you think you wanna change the world? IGNITE: Community, Creativity, Change will help you dive into the city of New Orleans and jump-start your journey as an agent for change during your four years at Tulane. This weeklong experience will encourage you to connect with other passionate IGNITErs, catalyze your leadership potential, learn from the community, discover your capacity to creatively solve problems, and become an effective change maker. We'll explore New Orleans while enjoying amazing food and music, too!

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NOLA Experience  

144 total participants

The NOLA Experience is designed to be a starting point for students to learn more about the unique cultural, social, and historical aspects of New Orleans through small and large group activities. Small topic-based groups called "tracks," spend the days exploring a particular topic. In the evenings all the tracks come together to mix and mingle in fun large group activities. It's a great way to learn more about the amazing city you'll call home with the classmates who will be your new neighbors.

Each track is composed of around 20 new students, led by one or two full-time university staff from many different departments. The track leaders are assisted by two upperclass students specially chosen to facilitate the activities and develop group cohesion. 

Eight Track Topics for 2014:

  • 21st Century Citizenship 
    Explore the meaning of citizenship in our modern society by engaging with a variety of local leaders in the Crescent City. Take part in a behind-the-scenes experience of grassroots and civic institutions while diving into the culture of your new community.

  • Art and Soul 
    From the painters on Jackson Square to the galleries on Julia Street and the creative co-ops on St. Claude Avenue, the visual arts comprise an important part of New Orleans' vibrant culture. Dive into the local art scene by visiting studios, galleries, and museums; exploring the public art and architecture around the city; and meeting artists and collectors as well. By the end of the week, you'll see that NOLA is where the art is!

    Thinking about how you will transition into the Tulane community and New Orleans culture? Looking to learn how to set yourself up for success? Searching for how you can get involved with Tulane's wellness community? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then beWELL NOLA is perfect for you! Learn about the dimensions of "wellness" and how integrating them into your daily life can help you make the most of your college career. You will make new friends, get a "taste" of New Orleans, find a moment of peace while relaxing, and ask all of the questions that you really want answered about college. beWELL NOLA will open the door to everything that Tulane and New Orleans living have to offer, while also providing you with the skills to stay healthy and balance it all. Join us just for the HEALTH of it!

  • Down and Dirty (includes an overnight tent camping and canoeing trip)
    Explore the Gulf Coast region via outdoor activities such as canoeing through the swamp, hiking in a forest and tubing down a river.

  • Home Field Advantage
    From intramurals and Tulane Green Wave athletics to the ample amount of professional sports in the Big Easy, our city offers an outstanding arena for sports fans of all ages. Participants see local sports venues on insider tours, meet with athletics organizations, play a little, and experience all that the New Orleans sports scene has to offer.

  • Muses & Mystique
    Explore the unique roles women have played in New Orleans' history and our city's continued recovery. Get the chance to experience New Orleans as an insider as we tour the Krewe of Muses parade floats at Mardi Gras World, meet with local women business owners, tour the French Quarter, participate in a service project and meet with amazing women in the community leadership and business fields.

  • Street, Stage, and Screen: Performing in New Orleans
    A walk through New Orleans is likely to run into a performance – whether it’s passing through a film set, within earshot of a street band, or along the route of a parade. As the largest hub for film production in the world and the home of the biggest free show on earth – Mardi Gras – Louisiana has options for everything from professional performance to crowd participation. The Street, Stage, and Screen track will shine a spotlight on the music, theatre, comedy, street performance, film, and festival scenes in the city, focusing on ways a Tulane student can get involved from day one. Participants will get a chance to hear (and maybe play alongside) bands in a major New Orleans venue, see where Broadway tours and local acts perform, explore a professional sound stage, meet street artists, and create some souvenirs that will come in handy during their first Mardi Gras.

  • Take a Bite
    Get a real taste for the city as you learn about the myriad regional, international and cultural influences that define New Orleans cuisine. Best of all, you'll get to cook, too!   

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Summer Journalism Experience

18 participants

This experience will be run by Student Programs & the Hullabaloo and staffed differently. Contact Tel Francois Bailliet, Assistant Director of Student Programs, at for more information.

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Orientation and Parent Programs, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5180