September 17, 2010

Good Morning:

My quest to lose another 15 pounds, announced in last week's Tulane Talk, has begun rather inauspiciously. Not long after making the announcement, I suffered a hamstring tear. My leg now looks like Brett Favre's after a Saints game. And I may have aggravated the injury further by cheering the "so close" moments we had at Saturday night's game against Ole Miss. While the outcome of the game was not what we wanted, I was proud of our team's effort and look forward to an exciting season. By the way, my injury will not deter me from achieving my goal.

Attending Saturday's game as my special guests was a contingent of people associated with our satellite campus in Madison, Miss. I invited these fine folks to the Tulane suite on two conditions: 1) They not wear red and 2) They not cheer when Ole Miss scored. They were excellent guests!

Gibson & friendsI was so pleased to host this new group of friends and supporters, who have so graciously welcomed us to Madison. They have truly epitomized southern hospitality. The mayor of Madison even sent me a life-size, and very lifelike, sculpture of Gibson. This is a great addition to a miniature likeness I already have of her. (Click the photo to enlarge). You should have seen the real Gibson's reaction to her twin. It was a bit of an existential crisis for her.

The addition of the Madison campus is another landmark achievement by our School of Continuing Studies, which carries out Tulane's commitment to lifelong learning - an effort that dates back to 1890. The School of Continuing Studies is also garnering national attention, having recently made Parade Magazine's College A-List survey of outstanding schools that often "fly under the radar." The magazine lauded Tulane's "extensive part-time evening or weekend classes" that make it "ideal for both college-age and mature students."

Congratulations to Richard Marksbury, dean of the School of Continuing Studies, and his faculty and staff. And welcome, again, to our Madison friends.

Have a great weekend,


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