August 24, 2012

Good Morning:

Tomorrow we will officially welcome the Class of 2016-17 as they move into their campus rooms for the first time. I cherish the tradition of Move-In Day and the pride, joy and tears with which Tulane parents usher their children into adulthood.

We are expecting great things from this class, which enters Tulane as one of the most academically qualified and service-minded classes ever. These newest Tulanians can't fathom the difference they will make on the city and on all of us as they learn, explore and engage our community. I look forward to working with them and all of our students, faculty and staff as we continue to enhance the reach and impact of Tulane University.

I am also glad to be communicating with you once again via Tulane Talk. This was a momentous summer for Margie and me. Our fourth grandchild was born August 6. His name is Joseph (aka Joey or perhaps J.D.) and he is our third grandson. He weighed in at 6 pounds, 12 ounces. He is as adorable as his grandmother Margie, known as Honey to all our grandchildren. They call me Pops, by the way. We can't wait to see him in a few weeks.

On a sad note, our wonderful and sweet dog, Gibson, died July 18. Of course, we are heartbroken and think about her every day. She was doing what she loved the most - relaxing in the pool - just days before she died. We have wonderful memories of Gibson and want to thank all of you who befriended her. We will particularly miss Gibson tomorrow. She always joined us on the golf cart to welcome new students and parents, which brought a smile to everyone's face. Here is a picture of Gibson that shows her at one of her happiest moments.



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