March 18, 2005

Good Morning:

From the front page of the newspaper to the board room to 29 alumni cities across the nation, the launch of "Promise and Distinction: The Campaign for Tulane" is getting rave reviews.

A major part of the excitment was yesterday's announcement of a $6 million gift from Bertie Deming Smith and her late husband, Dr. John W. Deming (M'44), who have brought so many good things to Tulane throughout the years, including their daughter, Board of Tulane Chair Cathy Pierson. This latest gift, $5 million of which will go to the endowment with the rest benefiting the Murphy Institute for Political Economy, brings us to approximately the $478 million mark toward our goal of $700 million.

The launch continues today with "The Big Splash" from 3 to 5 p.m. on the Gibson Quad. This will be a great time for all students, faculty and staff to celebrate.

"The Big Splash" will feature the music of Marcia Ball plus New Orleans favorites like crawfish pies, jambalaya, cotton candy, red beans and rice and more. It is going to be a great day. See you there.


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