November 20, 2009

Good Morning:

Since this will be the last Tulane Talk before Thanksgiving break begins next Thursday, I want to tell you about four things for which I am thankful: our students, faculty, staff and alumni.

I am thankful for alumni like Shea Kathryne Shelton who, along with current business students Jay Zhao and Nic LaGatta, won "Movers & Changers," the nationwide competition for young social entrepreneurs conducted by NYSE Euronext and mtvU. And, also, medical student William Kethman and law student Stephanie Roberts who were runners-up. You can watch the first episode of a new mtvU series starring these young Tulanians at

I am thankful for faculty members such as Delmar Caldwell, professor and chair of the Ophthalmology Department, whose skilled surgeon's hands brought the gift of sight to a four-month-old baby girl. You can view this moving story at

Finally, I am grateful for our amazing staff, especially the 10 extraordinary ones who have been selected for this year's Staff Excellence Awards. I will announce their names soon. They are truly the best of the best.

I hope all of you, for whom I am so grateful, have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends.

Have a great weekend,


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