June 3, 2005

Good Morning:

Another academic year has come to an end. And what a year it’s been -- with everything from record-breaking student enrollment to having our baseball team ranked No. 1 in the country! The good news just kept coming.

Our incoming undergraduate class, selected from our largest applicant pool ever, was among the top four percent of college-bound students nationwide. Their upper class colleagues proved no less impressive, picking up some of the nation’s highest scholastic honors.

Our faculty and researchers had an extraordinary year as well. Tulane neurosurgeon Donald Richardson’s ground-breaking use of a deep brain stimulator to alleviate a young man’s severe Tourette’s syndrome is just one sterling and inspiring example of this year’s faculty achievements.

It was another record-breaking year for fundraising, too. In March we launched “Promise and Distinction: The Campaign for Tulane,” accompanied by the news that we were nearly two-thirds of the way toward the goal of raising $700 million by 2008. Reaching this goal will establish Tulane as one of the most distinguished universities anywhere, an institution with the best students, a truly unique educational experience, the most important research and the greatest commitment to economic development and community engagement.

There’s lot more to tell regarding this spectacular year, but I will save it for a comprehensive report on the university’s accomplishments I’ll send you in August. However, as we end this year, I wanted you all to know how much I appreciate your hard work. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for all you have done to make this academic year such a success.

Although this is the last weekly Tulane Talk until the fall, I will write periodically throughout the summer to keep you up to date on important news.

Have a great weekend,


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