September 7, 2012

Good Morning:

It was so nice to look out my office window this week and see the campus alive once again with students hurrying to classes, studying, biking, chatting on their phones, laughing and doing what college students are supposed to do. Such scenes were repeated on all our campuses as we welcomed back a record 13,500 students from 50 states and more than 100 countries.

Isaac may have delayed the start of our new semester a bit, but we are definitely back in full swing. In fact, since our academic calendar is arranged to allow for such disruptions, we won't have to schedule makeup classes for the vast majority of students, with the exception of some students in some of our professional schools.

And Isaac continues to be a bonding experience. Today at 2 p.m. students are invited to meet on the back steps of Gibson Hall, facing the quad, for some free Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt and the opportunity to share their Isaac stories.

But while Isaac is a memory for us, we know many in our city and surrounding parishes continue to struggle in the aftermath of the storm. So in keeping with our motto, "Not for oneself, but for one's own," we are organizing debris removal and other cleanup projects as part of our annual Outreach Tulane program. This, too, is what college students are supposed to do -- at least Tulane students.

Have a great weekend,


Office of the President Emeritus, 1555 Poydras St, Suite 700, New Orleans, LA 70112 504-274-3638