April 15, 2011


Good Morning:

No one has to tell me how wonderful our students are, but it sure is nice to hear. This week I received an email from a Long Island father whose daughter had decided to come to Tulane after visiting many universities throughout the country during the past two years.

According to her father, what made this highly sought after honors student decide to come to Tulane was the special connection, pride and enthusiasm current Tulane students display in embracing their critical role in the rebirth of New Orleans. While the connection students at other universities have to their schools is often based on its athletics program, this father and daughter saw something much deeper and unique at Tulane -- an abiding commitment to improving their school and the community they've adopted.

This dad will learn, as his daughter progresses through her years at Tulane, that our students' community commitment goes beyond New Orleans. Among the Tulane Empowers videos chronicling our students' work in healing New Orleans, we will soon add one featuring the work of our students at an orphanage in Argentina.

Given all this, it is no wonder I enjoy spending time with our students whenever I can, whether it's at Crawfest, which I will attend tomorrow; serving as guest "DJ Scotty C" on WTUL radio (you can listen to my debut on WTUL's website) or cheering on our Green Wave football team, which I will also do tomorrow at the Spring Game at the Westfeldt Practice Facility. If you are a student, I am looking forward to seeing you tomorrow.

If you are a faculty or staff member, I urge you to take advantage of these events or others to spend more time with our special students who are the talk of the nation. You won't regret it.

Have a great weekend,


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