Alumna takes time to give back during reunion visit

October 21, 2013 8:45 AM

Erika Herran

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A trip down memory lane for 25th reunion co-chair Nancy Rebold ascended into a meaningful journey of reflection and giving back. The 1988 psychology grad visited Tulane University to celebrate her reunion, make a leadership class gift and in true Tulane fashion, do volunteer work in the New Orleans community.

Alumna Nancy Rebold

When Nancy Rebold returned to celebrate her 25th Tulane reunion, she took time to help Youth Rebuilding New Orleans with a service project. (Photo from Nancy Rebold)

Before reconnecting with friends during Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, Rebold helped do home repairs with Youth Rebuilding New Orleans, a service project coordinated by the Tulane Center for Public Service.

“I wanted to do something important for my 25th reunion and give back to a city that became such a big part of me,” says Rebold, who lives in Weston, Conn., with her husband Matt and children Liza, 17, and Tess, 14.

“It was also a great opportunity to take part in the Cowen Service Challenge, and pay homage to President Cowen for increasing Tulane’s involvement in rebuilding the city since Hurricane Katrina.”

As a Tulane student, Rebold got her first taste of volunteer work at Orleans Parish Prison, where she tutored female inmates to help them get GEDs. The eye-opening experience led to her work empowering at-risk communities. She worked as a rehab counselor and in women’s crisis centers, and later became co-founder of Child Advocates of Southwest Connecticut, where she is a board member.

Rebold made a generous class gift to Newcomb-Tulane College, the Trombone Shorty Academy and the Center for Public Service.

“It’s important to me to acknowledge Tulane for helping me decide what to do with my life.”

Rebold, who is a member of the Newcomb-Tulane College dean’s advisory board, is determined to get more Tulane alumni involved with public-service projects.

“One thing I like to say is volunteers live longer lives. I always encourage family and friends to get up and do it while they can.”

Erika Herran is a writer in the Office of Development Communications.

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