August 26, 2011


Good Morning:

Smiles, sweat, tears and cardboard boxes - lots of cardboard boxes. That is what's in store for us tomorrow as the Class of 2015-16 moves onto campus. What an exciting time for the Tulane and New Orleans communities.

Once again, our incoming class is among the most academically qualified, service-oriented and community-engaged group of students entering college this year. At the Convocation, which takes place tomorrow in McAlister Auditorium following Move-In Day activities, I will share with our newest Tulanians thoughts on what it means to be part of the Tulane community.

It is fitting that the first day of class for our new students, Monday, August 29, falls on the sixth anniversary of Katrina, a storm from which many in our community are still recovering. It is fitting because these students will follow their predecessors in helping to bring about the continued renaissance of post-Katrina New Orleans.

In keeping with this tradition, one of the first collective acts by our new class will be their participation in Outreach Tulane, an annual day of service that puts 1,000 Tulane students, alumni, faculty and staff to work in schools and other non-profit organizations throughout New Orleans. You can join in this effort by visiting

I could not be more excited about our new class, the new academic year and the opportunity to communicate with you again through Tulane Talk.

Have a great weekend,


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