September 6, 2013

Good Morning: 

It is so good to have our students back and a new semester underway. Of all the returning students I was lucky enough to greet personally, I remember my meeting with Devon Walker most vividly. Devon has been on our minds and in our hearts since last September, when he was paralyzed during a football game against Tulsa. 

After we learned the extent of his injuries, we all joined Devon's family in praying that he would be able to rejoin his classmates and team. In less than a year, he has done just that. Devon is back at school working toward completing his Tulane degree in cell and molecular biology and is once again part of the Green Wave football team. A flag emblazoned with 18, his jersey number, leads the Green Wave onto the field at the beginning of each game. On the sidelines, Devon serves as a motivating and inspiring force for his Green Wave brothers and fans alike. On Saturday, ESPN will feature him as part of its College GameDay coverage.

Students arrive at Tulane from all over the world looking to our faculty, staff and administrators for inspiration. Devon came just up the road, from Destrehan, La., with inspiration for us all.

Have a great weekend,


P.S. Some of you may notice that the color of my hair will be different tomorrow at the South Alabama football game. In honor of Devon, the team and our last full season in the Superdome, I promised our team that each time they won, I would dye my hair the color of their choice at the following home game. I am looking forward to sporting every color of the rainbow this season.

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