Storm debriefing, with yogurt on the side

September 5, 2012 2:54 PM

Mary Ann Travis

Pinkberry makes some people feel like 16-year-old girls from Southern California, where the frozen yogurt treat was invented. Staff members in the Tulane University undergraduate admission office hope that free servings of Pinkberry on Friday (Sept. 7) from 2 to 4 p.m. on the back steps of Gibson Hall instead will encourage first- and second-year students who stayed on campus during Hurricane Isaac to tell their stories of the storm.

Earl Retif, vice president for enrollment management at Tulane, says, “We are interested in seeing people’s reactions to staying on campus during the storm.”

If students have anything to share about their experience last week, their view of the university’s response to the hurricane, how well they think the university communicated with students and their parents, and other storm issues, admission staff members want to hear it.

Getting students to talk should be no problem. By mid-morning on Wednesday, more than 450 students had replied to the invitation to the Friday event and a brief survey about the storm, according to Faye Tydlaska, admission director. “Tulane students are eager to tell you about their storm experiences,” she says.

The response has been overwhelmingly positive. “Overall, the students seem to understand what the university was dealing with during this emergency,” says Tydlaska.

At the Friday event, students can expect to reconnect with admission staff members with whom they may have made friends with during the recruitment process. “We do want to hear their stories,” says Leila Labens, senior associate director.

Also, Labens wants new students to be aware that admission staff members are available to steer them to other resources on campus for assistance, if needed.

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