September 30, 2011


Good Morning:

I need your help. I am hosting a Tulane Town Hall Meeting for alumni, parents, students, faculty and staff from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Oct. 21 in Dixon Hall. Questions from the audience will play a major role in this meeting. So please email your questions to me on anything you would like me to address at the meeting.

Even if you don't attend the Town Hall Meeting in person, we will be live blogging from the event so you will have a chance to hear your question answered.

The Town Hall Meeting is one of many activities planned for Homecoming Week, Oct. 17-23. Alumni and parents from all over the country will return to campus to enjoy reunions, special speakers, art exhibitions, barbecues, brunches, tailgating and, of course, the big game against Memphis.

Homecoming Week highlights will include the Spirit Competition, Family Weekend, an address by National Organization for Women President and former Tulane law professor Terry O'Neill and a panel discussion by alumni who are now Hollywood heavyweights. For a schedule of Homecoming events, visit

On another topic, last September, I boldly wrote that I was going to lose 15 pounds by this September as part of my commitment to wellness. The good news is that I did lose weight during the year; the bad news is that I only attained 50 percent of my goal. In essence, I failed.

So what do I do now that I have made this public confession? I will increase my efforts this year and lose another 15 pounds, which includes the 7 pounds I did not lose last year. I hope you will consider joining me by committing to achieve your own optimal weight and wellness level. It's one of the greatest gifts we can give to our loved ones and to ourselves.

Have a great weekend,


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