T H E M AG A Z I N E O F TULANE UNIVERSITY
The “Katrina Class” stays
strong and loyal, come
hell and high water.
The celebration that almost wasn’t.
ON THE ROAD TO WELLNESS
Mobile medical unit brings health
care to neighborhoods.
AGENTS OF CHANGE
School of Science and Engineering
mixes best of both worlds.
20 The Celebration That Almost Wasn’t by Nick Marinello
Commencement 2009 celebrates the class that didn’t
have to return to Tulane and New Orleans, but did anyway.
22 Crazy Kids in Love by Catherine Freshley
A 2009 graduate reports on the unassailable bond
between her Katrina classmates and the university.
30 On the Road to Health by Fran Simon
A lot of people talk about universal health care, but this
mobile medical unit is where the rubber meets the road.
36 Agents of Change by Mary Ann Travis
The increasingly collaborative ﬁelds of science and engineering are
ﬁnding space to interact on campus.
4 President’s Perspective
We offer an excerpt of Scott Cowen’s commencement address.
5 Inside Track
News notes Teachers who demand more ... • ... And those who make it
perfectly clear• McAlister Drive transformation• An extra year of ﬁnance •
East studies West • Graduates bent on making a difference.
Scholarship Buying and selling in tough times • Katrina takes toll on
hearts • Holy mavericks • Poet gives bebop solo • Adult material.
Green wave Golfers have an amazing year.
Freret jet So how does Stephen Frapart do it?
15 Ask the Expert
Law professor Martin Davies charts a course through the murky
waters of piracy law.
16 Mixed Media
Gutted houses, daube glacée, Fifth Circuit rulings, historical brothels and a
family’s home are some of the ingredients in a decidedly local perusal.
18 Photo Riff
A buggy driver goes for a spin.
42 Giving Back
Wave ’09 is just around the bend—don’t miss your reunion!
43 The Classes
Read about what your classmates and other Tulane alumni are doing.
56 New Orleans
Roll over, John Philip Sousa.
Tania Tetlow, a law school professor, wins the
President’s Award for Excellence in Professional School Teaching.
On the front and inside front covers: Members of the class of 2009 share personal photographs in amazing numbers.
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Tulanian back Talk
Mary Ann Travis
Features Editor FRIEND OF ‘FRIENDS’ a member of our families. She was very bright,
Nick Marinello Thanks so much for the cover story and pictures of naturally funny, tremendously grounded and a
the women who are assisting in rebuilding parts of practical thinker. But most importantly, Vanessa had
“The Classes” Editor
Fran Simon New Orleans. a conscience that kept her at the patient’s bedside
email@example.com I am in awe of their spirit! I not only was a if that was where she needed to be, regardless of
Contributers Newcomb student during the years most of them the many other things going on in her life.
Alicia Duplessis Jasmin
firstname.lastname@example.org were there, but Cheryl Josephs Zacarro was my It was nice to be able to look at Vanessa’s face
Ryan Rivet little sister in our sorority. and to smile and remember her for the sheer joy
email@example.com Ruth Sang, NC ’67 she brought to all of us as her classmates.
Keith Brannon Highland Park, Ill. Dr. James M. Goff Jr., E ’85, M ’89
firstname.lastname@example.org HAWKING DOSTOYEVSKY
Your article on WTUL (just an infant when I was JUST DO IT
email@example.com there) brought back some painful memories I am concerned with the coverage given to some-
Kathryn Hobgood of my wretched attempts to write “continuity” for one like Tim Wise as I interpret much of it to
firstname.lastname@example.org our radio sponsors. One DJ stopped mid-ad be politically biased rather than based upon a
Maureen King (a sale on Dostoyevsky at the bookstore; no, sincere desire to shed light on a problem. I agree
I’m not kidding) and groused, “Who WRITES that we cannot deny the presence of racism in
Melinda Viles this [stuff]??” Otherwise I have many wonderful all cultures [including] the racism against Afri-
email@example.com memories of TU. can Americans. However, this article cites many
University Photographer Ron Pyke, A&S ’62 quotes that do not fairly honor our great country
firstname.lastname@example.org Valparaiso, Ind. and degrade it.
Production Coordinator Our country is generous and provides more
and Graphic Designer TALKIN’ POLITICS humanitarian aid and protection to others than any
email@example.com I enjoyed Nick Marinello’s piece on the Obama other country on the face of this earth. To see this
Graphic Designer campaign message and agree with Professor clearly, just interview a refugee such as the Lost
Tracey O’Donnell Mackin’s assessment of the message that the Boys from Sudan, or a Cuban refugee that came
President put out during his campaign. I have to here in the early ’60s, or Jewish people that fled
wonder, however, if the President’s call for partici- Adolf Hitler, or a Colombian who is seeking a safe
President of the University
Scott S. Cowen pative government is what led to the demonstra- place to raise his or her family. …
Vice President of tions by Americans who are fed up with a Congress The slogan “Just do it” is popular as it promotes
University Communications that increases their tax burden and interferes with action. What is Wise doing to help? If it is aware-
Deborah L. Grant (PHTM ’86)
the nation’s economics. … It has certainly worked ness, then stop there. There are many anti-
Executive Director of Publications
Carol Schlueter (B ’99) for me, as I had never written a note to a politician American undertones in his quotes that go so
firstname.lastname@example.org before this year, but now have six under my belt. much further than helping race relations.
Dr. Brent Klein, A&S ’82, PHTM, ’92 Craig Huseby, TC ’96
Tulanian (USPS 017-145) is a quarterly Bonaire, Ga. Nashville, Tenn.
magazine published by the Tulane
Ofﬁce of University Publications.
Periodical postage at New Orleans, LA FOND REMEMBRANCE THAT ‘RACE THANG’
70113 and additional mailing ofﬁces.
Send editorial correspondence to: I was most struck by a recent picture—a reprint of As an African American, I have an admittedly
Tulanian, 31 McAlister Drive, Drawer the front cover of the spring/summer edition from strong interest in topics that deal with race, and
1, New Orleans, LA 70118-5624, or
e-mail email@example.com. the 1988 edition of Tulane Medicine. this particular angle on race is rarely, if ever,
Opinions expressed in Tulanian
are not necessarily those of Tulane
The cover depicts two members of my medical addressed directly. … I applaud you for taking
representatives and do not necessarily school class, Wes Ely and the late Vanessa Tatum. on Wise and this topic and will tell you quite
reﬂect university policies. Material may
be reprinted only with permission. Vanessa died well before her time and her pic- frankly, if we could ever get over the fear of
Tulane University is an afﬁrmative ture reminded me of all of reasons why she was so being honest and direct with race issues, the
action/equal opportunity institution.
POSTMASTER: Send addr ess deserving to be on the front of a publication from sooner we can grow collectively on race issues.
changes to Tulanian, 31 McAlister the medical school. I think we are stuck in a place that emerged in
Drive, Drawer 1, New Orleans, LA
70118-5624. Vanessa was … the doctor we wish we could all the past 20 years where we are just painfully
Spring 2009/ Vol. 80, No. 4 be and the doctor we wish we had caring for us or silent or dishonest with expressing our discomfort
with racial interplay among us as a nation. HOW BAD IS IT? The women who helped rebuild that house
However, I’m a firm believer in the idea that America the Beautiful, with all its warts and in New Orleans are the real soldiers in that
the truth “shall make you free.” We can’t “get imperfections, recently elected a black presi- campaign, not a professional campus lectur-
over it” until we “admit it. …” I do think the dent who is an intellectual, an author, an ath- er who finds a guilt-ridden audience too
root of this from the majority perspective is lete, a good husband and a doting father. … afraid to get engaged in the real business of
based in so-called “white guilt.” And I think Barack Obama’s presidency should dispel mending fences.
for many minorities, particularly African more black anger and white guilt than will any Maj. Michael E. McBride, A&S ’78
Americans, the unwillingness to raise the feel-good government program. Besides, in Fontana, Calif.
issue by whites is perceived as a lack of gen- what other countries have such maligned and
uine interest among whites. And in all hon- disparaged ethnic groups achieved such levels RECIPE FOR SUCCESS
esty, while race affects every day of our lives of success? How bad is that, Tim? I enjoy getting the Tulanian, but this last
as racial minorities, can I really afford to be John Burke, A&S ’80 issue had me yawning. When I was in college,
the black guy who is “always trying to bring Towson, Md. I was very advocacy-oriented and felt sorry for
up that ‘race thang’?” So, the topic goes the perceived underdog, too. Then I grew up.
unaddressed and under-studied at the every- Please, remember that your audience now is
day level where we all live, recreate, work not all young idealists, but also includes people
and exist together. who have lived a bit, traveled a bit, and appre-
Eric Hartwell, TC ’94 ciate that things are not always as they seem
Tallahassee, Fla. when we are young. Can we stop seeing things
as “us vs. them”? Can we please realize that the
ALL DIFFERENT TYPES rules are there, the recipe for success is there,
I enjoyed your profile on Tim Wise in the for everyone?
Winter 2009 issue. I think it’s fascinating to Kelly Rodriguez, G ’93
read profiles of all different types of alum. It Tampa, Fla.
challenges the stereotype of the “typical
Tulane” student. I remember when Tim was A LOVELY SURPRISE
in New Orleans and beginning to grapple As a 1993 Newcomb graduate who finds her-
with and speak and write about issues INCONGRUITY self with the enormous professional privilege of
regarding race. Reading a follow-up to how The problem I have with Misters Wise’s and telling the Habitat for Humanity story every day
the university and his time in New Orleans Marinello’s conclusions [regarding “white priv- in the pages of the international organization’s
ultimately impacted his life’s course was ilege”] is that their projections onto the entirety flagship publication Habitat World, I was in for
interesting. I think you did an admirable job of the white population ignores the everyday such a lovely surprise when I pulled the June
of presenting a complex discussion in an efforts of Americans who strive to support the issue of the Tulanian from my overflowing
accessible way. founding principles of this country. … mailbox. What a great story and what fun pho-
Cheryl Wagner, NC ’91 In fact, the very edition of the Tulanian also tos of Newcomb alumnae building with Habitat
New Orleans has a lengthy article … that highlights the efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina!
of at least 12 white women volunteering in the Shala Carlson, NC ’93
OPPRESSION APLENTY reconstruction efforts of at least one New Atlanta
From Rwanda to Serbia to Tibet and across Orleans residence, post Katrina, where the ben-
the world we find racism and oppression eficiary happened to be black.
aplenty. Historically the Ottomans repressed It is this incongruity in conclusions … that I drop us
the Arabs, the Zulus evicted the Xhosas, the
Persians did the Greeks and vice versa. That
find most interesting. On one hand I am sup-
posed to conclude that all white people are
Mr. Wise finds racism ‘…hardwired into racist, on the other I can only conclude that Your letters are always welcome.
E-mail is the best way to reach us:
America’s circuitry…’ is not surprising, since because of their status as “privileged” whites,
it is hardwired into humanity. Mr. Wise is in that the women featured in the article “Friends You can also write us by U.S. mail:
error (and rather pompous) to see it as a phe- in Deed” are somehow not entitled to claim the Tulanian, University Publications,
Suite 219, 200 Broadway,
nomenon particular to white America. unselfishness of their deeds because of some
New Orleans, LA 70118.
Capt. Rick Jacobs, A&S ’68, B ’75 underlying cultural condition that they were
Tulanian is your magazine!
New Orleans most likely unaware of.
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What do you say? you again. Thankfully, I heard from you
through your e-mail, and I heard about you
from my colleagues at the hundreds of colleges
The following is excerpted from President and universities you attended in fall 2005.
Scott Cowen’s address during the May 16 Your spirit, passion and unrelenting determi-
commencement ceremony. For more about nation sustained and motivated me during the
commencement, see pages 20–21. most challenging time in my life, and for this
I will be forever grateful.
I have been asked numerous times by col- Finally, I saw you on the Tulane campus,
leagues, friends and members of my own Jan. 16, 2006, when you came back in num-
family what I wanted to say today to the Class bers far exceeding our expectations.
of 2009, you who began your college careers Do you realize, graduates, what you have
facing doubt and devastation as well as those accomplished?
of you who came in the immediate aftermath You helped save a university and a city
of Katrina. while also positively impacting the lives of
What do you say to the fall 2005 entering many through your civic engagement and vol-
undergraduate and medical school students unteerism. You often hear about the “power of
who made the decision to return to a city and one.” What I have seen since Katrina is a mass
university that they had known only for a short demonstration of that power touching and
time before they were so grievously wounded? transforming more lives than you will ever
What do you say to the parents who loved personally know.
and trusted their children enough to honor No other graduating class in America can
that decision? lay claim to that distinction.
What do you say to all those who enrolled at Four years ago, the Superdome was a
Tulane after Katrina who dedicated their hearts symbol of every social, political and human
and minds to working toward their degrees and failure exposed by Hurricane Katrina.
to reenergizing and rebuilding a great American Now, I look across this sea of blue and
city at its time of greatest need? green and I see instead a living symbol of
What do you say to the most dedicated how belief and determination can turn dark-
group of senior administrators a president ness to light. I see the strength and beauty of
could wish for—colleagues who worked 24/7 the human spirit.
for months on end to make today possible? You have developed the habits of the mind
Finally, what do you say to board mem- and heart to be advanced citizens of the
bers, faculty and staff, alumni and your world and extraordinary leaders. And I have
family—all of whom stood by you during the no doubt that under your leadership the
darkest hours in the way only true friends, world will be a much better place.
colleagues and loved ones can? I end by freely and sincerely admitting how
Words like “remarkable,” “extraordinary,” much I love and admire all of you for what
“awesome,” “courageous,” and “selfless,” apply you have accomplished and for your basic
to all of you. Yet, they do not adequately de- goodness. Each of you will always have a spe-
scribe who you are and what you have done for cial place in my heart and in the history of
Tulane and New Orleans. Tulane University.
The first time I spoke to many of today’s grad-
uates was Aug. 27, 2005, two days before Katrina
made landfall. In a memorable gathering, I wel-
comed you to campus and then told you to
leave for what I thought would be five days but
in actuality turned out to be five months.
In the hours and days after the storm I
often wondered whether I would ever see
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Those graduating in the class of 2009, whose arrival at Tulane only barely preceded that of
Hurricane Katrina, will perhaps forever have a special connection to the university as well
as the city of New Orleans. Here, one member of the “Katrina Class” expresses that afﬁnity
with a decorated mortarboard. For more on this year’s commencement, see page 20.
is. Everything has a history.”
Although there are patterns in history “that
doesn’t mean everything fits neatly into
boxes,” he says.
Wolfe is the author of The Everyday
Nation-State: Community and Ethnicity in
Nineteenth-Century Nicaragua (University of
Nebraska Press, 2007). And he’s in the process
of writing another book on people of African
descent in Nicaragua.
He is fascinated with individual people in
the past in different places at different times
People run into walls of class, race, gender,
politics, economics and geography—and always
have. Despite the constraints, people “weave
immensely imaginative and creative ways of
engaging with those walls or trying to ignore
Justin Wolfe and Judith Maxwell share a love of learning and a zest for challenging students to those walls or taking other paths,” says Wolfe.
make their own discoveries. He teaches his students that history is complex
because human beings are complex. “Humans
No easy answers language and express their understanding of are messy. The world is messy,” he says.
what they hear to each other. Students in Wolfe’s classes must read the
Judith Maxwell and Justin Wolfe share a “It’s an interesting kind of interaction,” literature, study the evidence and weigh contra-
teaching philosophy: They don’t look for the Maxwell says, “because you would think dictory arguments about the past.
“right answer” from their students. because it [linguistics] is so rule-governed and “Since we can’t say that there is one true
The recipients of Weiss Presidential Fel- so formal that there past that happened,
lowships—Tulane University’s highest award would be little room even if there is an
for undergraduate teaching—Maxwell and for flexibility but it Nothing just is. actual past that hap-
Wolfe say that they demand much more seems that there are Everything has pened, we capture
than easy, conventional academic work from many different ways what we know. We
Maxwell, a professor of anthropology,
teaches linguistics courses in which she gives
homework every night. “Learn by doing” is her
motto in teaching a subject that is mathemati-
that the human mind
gets its understanding
of how the system
works. Different words
and different ways of
—Justin Wolfe, ”
Weiss Presidential Fellow
have to decide what
we think did happen
and why,” he says.
Even though Wolfe
isn’t looking for one
cal and highly structured yet full of infinite expressing it can be that ‘aha!’ moment.” certain “right” answer from his students, he
variety and nuance. Maxwell is an expert in the Kaqchikel lan- expects students to struggle with the evidence
“We have been accused at times of killing guage, a Mayan language spoken by indige- and work hard to convince him of the validity
the muse of language,” says Maxwell, “but I nous people in Guatemala. She’s written of their arguments.
think the muse wants us to understand the dictionaries and books on the Kaqchikel lan- Maxwell and Wolfe were awarded Weiss
structure so we can see the beauty and the guage, and for more than two decades has Presidential Fellows medals at the Tulane com-
symmetry of language.” taught in Guatemala a summer course on the mencement ceremony in May. They also
Linguistics is a wonderful field, says Maxwell. Kaqchikel language. received cash prizes of $5,000. The fellowship
“You’re constantly hearing people speak.” Lan- Wolfe, associate professor of history, is is a permanent designation. Honorees are nom-
guage—the data of linguistics—is all around us. interested, too, in how human beings create inated by students and then selected by a com-
She wants her students to become “aware their world. mittee led by Tulane President Scott Cowen.
of the way people create themselves every People in all cultures, times and places —Mary Ann Travis
time they speak.” have made choices about their lives, says
She encourages her students to listen to Wolfe. He’s a firm believer that “nothing just Mary Ann Travis is editor of Tulanian.
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With understanding Perdew has been a Tulane faculty member Award for Excellence, Tetlow and Perdew
and clarity since 1977. He is renowned as a leading each received a medal designed by professor
authority in solid-state physics, is among the emeritus Franklin Adams and a stipend
“Amazing,” “inspiring” and “passionate” are 100 most cited physicists in the world, and of $5,000.
words used by students to describe Tania has taught a generation of scientists density- —Fran Simon
Tetlow, while John Perdew is recognized functional theory.
for communicating with simplicity, clarity While this year’s award for graduate Fran Simon is“Classes”editor of Tulanian.
and elegance. For their achievements in teaching is the first “pure teach-
teaching, Tetlow, an associate professor of ing” honor that he has received,
law, and Perdew, professor of physics, re- Perdew has long been committed
ceived the Tulane University President’s to engaging students in his pas-
Award for Excellence in Professional and sion for physics.
Graduate Teaching. “I hope my graduate students
Tetlow, who has directed the Tulane learn to love physics and to think
Domestic Violence Legal Clinic since 2005, about it with intuitive under-
operates from an interdisciplinary perspec- standing and clarity,” he says.
tive, often coordinating student projects and “They remind me that there is no
training with the Tulane Medical School, bad question—only bad answers.
the School of Social Work, the Department Their questions help me keep my
of Sociology, the Payson Center for Interna- lectures fresh and interesting.”
tional Development, and the School of He says that he begins his class-
Public Health and Tropical Medicine. es with simple physics principles,
“Law students need to learn that good explaining the unfamiliar in terms
lawyers don’t just do their work in the court- of the familiar. He focuses on
room; they work to try to change broken the simplest answers and the sim-
legal systems with more than litigation,” plest limits.
Tetlow says. As a teacher, Perdew says his
Although the Domestic Violence Legal greatest thrill is being asked a
Clinic has worked with dozens of clients question “so good that it makes
with complicated cases against batterers, me see the subject in a new light.”
Tetlow says that she has never seen a client’s As recipients of the President’s
abuser spend a day in jail. “That’s a real In their teaching, Tania Tetlow and John Perdew ﬁnd ways to distill the complexities of law and science,
eye-opener for law students who need to respectively, into material that stays with their students beyond the ﬁnal examination.
understand the limitations of the legal
system,” she says.
Through the clinic, law students offer free
legal aid to clients escaping violent relation-
ships and seeking protective orders, divorces
and custody of their children.
In the classroom, Tetlow provides stu-
dents with a variety of experiences, from
witnessing mock depositions and cross-
examinations of batterers, to listening to the
stories of New Orleans police officers, pros-
ecutors in the district attorney’s office and
A student of Tetlow says that the law pro-
fessor “achieves the rare feat of making the
subject matter stay with the students well
beyond the final examination.”
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Car traffic ceased on McAlister Drive
from Freret Street to McAlister Audito-
rium on May 18. The move signals the
start of the creation of the McAlister
Place pedestrian mall.
Motor vehicles will rarely roll—
or park—again on that stretch of
McAlister Drive. Only emergency vehi-
cles, vehicles used for move-in day
and occasional special-events traffic
will be allowed.
In the new green space, the existing
live oak trees will be retained and new
plantings of native plants such as
palmettos, canary palms and Louis-
iana irises will be added. New lighting,
seating areas and water elements
are also part of the campus beautifi-
cation project, which is scheduled to A plaza on Freret Street providing a threshold to McAlister Place is one of two planned gathering
be completed by December. spaces for pedestrians.
Finance for Is their decision a reflection of the current Cristallo and Myers are among 80 students
economic downturn? “Absolutely,” they say entering the master of finance program this
better times in unison. summer.
After graduating in May with bachelor of sci- Cristallo had originally planned to find a In March, the Princeton Review listed the
ence degrees in finance from the A. B. Freeman bank position in private wealth management Freeman School among 15 institutions offering
School of Business, roommates Dennis Cristallo with his bachelor’s degree. And even though superlative preparation in finance.
and Robert Myers decided not to venture into he says he had “a couple of dozen interviews,” Venkat Subramaniam, associate professor
the job market. Instead, they opted to pursue he failed to find employment. After completing and Exxon Professor of Finance at Tulane,
master of finance degrees in the school’s grad- the one-year master’s program he expects he’ll says that having a master of finance degree
uate program, which has experienced a 35 per- be a more attractive candidate, and with luck gives a significant competitive edge to job
cent increase in applications this year. the economy will have turned around. applicants who have acquired advanced
skills and knowledge.
Subramaniam predicts that when the econ-
omy warms up, a variety of finance positions
will begin reappearing in the market, inclu-
ding jobs for equity analysts and portfolio
managers, in-house credit evaluators in lend-
ing institutions, and trading and risk managers
who monitor global currency markets.
Myers likes the odds. “If we can’t get a job
now, hopefully by May 2010 things will have
turned around,” he says. “In the meantime,
we’ll have done something to better our-
selves and to improve our chances of
Roommates Dennis Cristallo, left, and Robert Myers jumped immediately into graduate school after getting good jobs.”
graduating in May with ﬁnance degrees. —Fran Simon
P A G E 8 | T U L A N I A N S P R I N G 2 0 0 9 ARCHITECTURAL RENDERING COURTESY OF THE OFFICE OF THE UNIVERSITY ARCHITECT
The Chinese tradition, including the thought of Confucius, book on your own.”
connection the 5th-century B.C. Chinese philosopher. Reading, of course, is a start, and Burger
What impresses Ronna Burger, professor has learned that a Chinese translation of her
As China’s economy expands by leaps and and chair of the Tulane philosophy department, own book on Aristotle’s Ethics is currently
bounds, there’s a new openness toward philo- about the current Chinese interest in Western under way.
sophical inquiry taking place in the Asian giant. philosophy is that the Chinese seekers show Two books she edited, Encounters and
The Chinese are eager to learn about the Reflections: Conversations with Seth Benardete
classics of Western philosophy. and The Argument of the Action: Essays on
Two members of the Tulane philosophy Greek Poetry and Philosophy by Seth
department—Richard Velkley and Benardete, already are available in
Ronna Burger—are contributing to Chinese translation. These books are
the exchange of ideas by partic- part of a larger project to make
ipating in academic confer- available in China the classical
ences, having their books works of Western philoso-
translated into Chinese phy and studies of them by
and mentoring students modern scholars.
from China. Tulane’s philosophy
It’s a heady time in department has had
China with scholars un- Chinese graduate students
dertaking intense study in recent years studying
of the Western philoso- philosophy of mind and con-
phical tradition, says Velk- temporary political philoso-
ley, Weatherhead Professor of phy. In fall 2009, two individuals
Philosophy at Tulane. will be coming to Tulane as visiting
Velkley has made three trips to China scholars, supported by Chinese govern-
since 2004, attending academic conferences at ment grants. One, a lecturer from Lanzhou
the University of Beijing and the Chinese University, plans to work with Velkley on Kant
University of Hong Kong, where he delivered and Heidegger.
talks on the German philosophers Immanuel something like a Confucian respect for teachers The other, a graduate student from Sun
Kant and Martin Heidegger, as well as on the even while they are searching out Western Yatsen University, will be working, under
Western Enlightenment. ideas of freedom and self. Burger’s supervision, on a translation and inter-
Chinese scholars are quite interested in “They have this idea about how much you pretation of Plato’s Meno, a dialogue in which
Western Enlightenment ideas of rights, law, jus- learn from a teacher,” says Burger. “They the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates leads a
tice, freedom, reason and self, says Velkley. But seem to understand that the transmission of a discussion of the question, what is virtue?
they still revere the Chinese philosophical tradition requires more than just reading a —Mary Ann Travis
For the greater good
Ninety-four members of the class of 2009 applied for Teach for America. That’s nearly 10 percent of the graduat-
ing class, up from last year’s 6 percent. Of those who will be accepted into the program, in which they agree to teach
for two years in underserved public schools, half will teach in Greater New Orleans.
Other recent Tulane graduates have applied to AmeriCorps VISTA at Tulane. In this VISTA program, coordinat-
ed by the Tulane Center for Public Service, VISTA members spend a year assisting New Orleans community
agencies involved in the Hurricane Katrina recovery effort. The VISTA members receive a small living allowance and
develop professional abilities for work in the nonprofit sector of the economy.
While the funds haven’t trickled down yet, AmeriCorps received a major boost this spring when President Barack
Obama signed a $5.7 billion national service bill, which triples the size of AmeriCorps over the next eight years and
expands ways for students to earn money for college.
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Soft sells in a
A tough economy changes the way both
retailers and consumers behave, says Mita
Sujan, professor of marketing.
During the current economic slump, for
instance, advertisers are using a tactic
called “uncertainty reduction,” which
gives customers added guarantees when
they make purchases.
As an example, Sujan points to the
Hyundai automobile company’s offer to
take back cars sold this year if car buyers
lose their jobs after they make their pur-
chase. Hyundai is selling comfort and
peace of mind to consumers during the
recession, says Sujan, who is holder of
the Malcolm S. Woldenberg Chair at the
Tulane A. B. Freeman School of Business. A study led by Dr. Anand Irimpen shows a three-fold increase in heart attacks in post-Katrina
Companies want to convey the mes- New Orleans.
sage: “We understand what you’re
going through.” Post-K stress linked before the storm and two years after the
During an economic recession, con- to heart problems hospital reopened in February 2006. Post-
sumer behavior tends to follow a specific Katrina, there were 246 admissions for heart
pattern in which moderate- to low-income Chronic stress following Hurricane Katrina attacks, out of a total census of 11,282
consumers trade down and pinch their contributed to a three-fold increase in heart patients, compared with 150 admissions for
pennies while high-end spenders actual- attacks in New Orleans more than two years heart attacks out of a total 21,229 patients in
ly spend more extravagantly, says Sujan. after levee breaches flooded most of the city, the two years before the storm. There were
Because middle-income consumers are according to data complied by researchers at no significant differences in the racial, gender
more budget-conscious, stores such as Tulane University School of Medicine. or age distribution of the two groups.
Wal-Mart are doing well during the reces- The analysis is one of the first to look at the Based on the data they collected, research-
sion. “People who shop at Whole Foods long-term impact on public health resulting ers believe reduced access to preventive
may start going to Sam’s Club,” says Sujan. from major disasters such as Hurricane health services and chronic stress due to
Wealthier consumers, on the other Katrina. Previous studies have found short- prolonged loss of employment, insurance
hand, who feel that their money isn’t term increases in heart attacks and other coverage and housing played an important
worth much in the bank, might prefer to cardiac events occurring in the immediate role in the development of heart attacks.
splurge on luxury items such as yachts hours to weeks after major disasters such as “After a major disaster, people generally
and luxury cars. earthquakes or volcano eruptions. tend to neglect their health because they
“Because they are investment savvy, “Our data show that the effects of an acute have other priorities,” says Irimpen.
they realize that a Rolls Royce might hold major disaster are not limited to its immediate Irimpen says that further study is needed
its value better than their stock that could aftermath, but can linger on for a prolonged into the long-term affects of chronic stress
go down every day and cause them to duration,” says lead researcher Dr. Anand and his team will track the rates of heart
lose money,” Sujan says. Irimpen, associate professor of clinical med- attacks for another two years. They also will
—Alicia Duplessis Jasmin icine in the Heart and Vascular Institute at include other area hospitals in the study.
Tulane University School of Medicine. —Keith Brannon
Alicia Duplessis Jasmin is a staff writer The study analyzed the number of heart
in the Office of University Publications. attack patients admitted to Tulane Medical Keith Brannon is assistant director of public
Center in downtown New Orleans two years relations at Tulane.
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The spiritual in an arena formerly used by the Houston the misguided “strict-church thesis” employed
marketplace Rockets; Paula White, who Lee calls the by sociologists in the past. That thesis essen-
“Oprah Winfrey of the evangelical world;” tially explains the success of conservative
Supply and demand, that delicate relation- and Brian McLaren, a leader in the new denominations in the 20th century by sug-
ship between producers and consumers, is emergent church movement who is popular gesting that the constituencies of these faiths,
perhaps the central dynamic of a market with Generation X followers. which have more restrictive practices, tend to
economy. This spring, Tulane sociologist
Shayne Lee published a book that applies the
economic model of supply and demand to a
different kind of commerce.
Holy Mavericks: Evangelical Innovators
and the Spiritual Marketplace examines the
success of five pastors who are among the
most influential contemporary leaders in
“Our goal was not to provide an objective
analysis of these five religious celebrities.
Our goal was to explain their appeal,” says
Lee, assistant professor of sociology, who
co-wrote the book with historian Phillip
In a new book, sociologist Shayne Lee examines the appeal of the country’s leading evangelists.
“We used the theory of religious economy
to show why some religious suppliers are The five preachers exhibit an entrepre- comprise more dedicated, zealous followers
able to attract large followings while others neurial spirit that Lee and Sinitiere argue is at and thus produce more vibrant churches.
are not,” says Lee, who in 2005 published the heart of their success. Each possesses, “It has nothing to do with strictness,” Lee
T.D. Jakes: America’s New Preacher, a criti- says Lee, “the ability to understand American contends. “None of these five ministries pro-
cal examination of the influential African culture, to be on the cutting edge of using mote strict religion. It has more to do with
American preacher. psychotherapy and aspects in the language the evangelical’s ability to address existential
Jakes’ ministry is among those analyzed and taste of contemporary Americans in order needs and the cultural taste of a broad range
in Holy Mavericks, as are the ministries to draw people to their congregations.” of contemporary people.”
of Rick Warren, the best-selling author of Through this approach to understanding —Nick Marinello
The Purpose Driven Life; Joel Osteen, who religion as a competitive spiritual market-
preaches to weekly congregations of 40,000 place, Lee hopes to put to rest what he says is Nick Marinello is features editor of Tulanian.
We are all so foolish,
my long bebop solo begins by saying,
so damn foolish, we have become
beautiful without even knowing it.
Billy Collins, a former poet laureate of the United States, recited the lines above, which are from his poem “Nightclub,”
during a poetry reading presented on March 16 in McAlister Auditorium. Collins’ appearance was part of the Poet
Laureate Series sponsored by the Creative Writing Fund of the Tulane Department of English. A thousand people laughed
and clapped as Collins read dozens of poems from his best-selling books.
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“ There is still disagreement about which are the best cells
to use, stem cells from adults or from embryos.There are
certainly very marked differences between them.
— Dr. Brian Butcher, associate director of the Tulane Center for Gene Therapy
Adult stem cells and certainly we have some concerns about “Embryonic stem cells are a lot harder to
still ﬁll the bill embryonic stem cells that led us to use adult grow than adult stem cells,” says Butcher, “so
stem cells.” while we can make half a million adult stem
With the Obama administration’s lifting of an Butcher says that those concerns include cells in a couple of weeks, for embryonic
eight-year-old ban on federal funding for cell rejection, possible virus transmission from stem cells it is much more time consuming.”
embryonic stem cell research, the moral and the growth medium and the development Preferring not to wade into the politics
ethical debate over the use of fertilized human of tumors. of the issue, Butcher says he believes
eggs in genetic research has grown sharply “Perhaps the most serious concern is that it the National Institutes of Health will re-
louder. It’s a fray that Dr. Brian Butcher, asso- seems embryonic cells are immortal—can sume checks and balances to ensure that
ciate director of the Tulane Center for Gene grow on forever—and there’s a concern that only embryos slated to be destroyed—
Therapy, is not inclined to enter. they can grow into cancer cells,” says Butcher. from fertility clinics and then only with
While Butcher says that he welcomes the “There have been reports that as many as 25 approval of both donors—will be used for
administration’s position scientifically and sup- percent of the cells can go on to form cancer research purposes.
ports the funding of embryonic stem cell cells. In adult stem cells there is no indication Regardless of the politics, Butcher says the
research, Tulane’s gene therapy center will that can happen, perhaps because adult stem lifting of the ban is good news for science and
continue to use adult stem cells as it has done cells have a finite lifetime.” for medicine.
since its inception in 2000. Stem cells hold the potential to lead to new “Obviously, the more research done, the
Tulane researchers, he says, are “quite treatments for disease because they have better understanding we will have. I think this
happy” working with adult stem cells for the ability to differentiate into any kind of cell. is going to speed up our understanding of
reasons that are purely scientific. Embryonic stem cells are controversial be- stem cells in general.”
“There is still disagreement about which are cause they are derived, as their name sug- —Ryan Rivet
the best cells to use, stem cells from adults or gests, from human embryos. Adult stem cells
from embryos,” Butcher says. “There are cer- are derived from tissues and organs in the Ryan Rivet is a staff writer in the Office of
tainly very marked differences between them human body. University Publications.
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insideTrack green wave
team. For Holmqvist, the
choice to come to Tulane
“I fell in love with Tulane.
I really did. Everything just
Holmqvist has been play-
ing golf since she was “2 or
3 years old” and had been
set on playing college golf
for several years. She only
looked at schools in the
United States. Tulane ap-
pealed to her for several rea-
sons: the golf courses, the
coach and the academics.
from Grosse Pointe Shores,
Coach of the year John Horton stands with the young women who all contributed to an amazing season: (from
Mich., also is a rising sopho-
left) Sydnie Horton, Horton, Linn Gustafsson, Ashley McKenney, Daniela Holmqvist, Samantha Troyanovich and
Janine Fellows. more. She signed with Tulane
before her first visit was even
Resurrection for “It was honestly starting from scratch. I over and before visiting all the other schools
women’s golf knew it was going to be a lot of work. We she was considering attending. Troyanovich
didn’t have clothing, practice materials or credits Horton as a big draw. “I instantly
It would have been hard for the Tulane wo- equipment.” knew when I got there that he would be a
men’s golf team to design a better season. It He also didn’t have players. Although great coach for me,” she says.
won the Conference USA championship, Tulane women’s golf teams have had impres- Being part of a first-year team was also a
placed fifth at regionals, and at the national sive records—they won conference titles in decision-making factor for Troyanovich.
tournament in mid May, proved it is among 2004 and 2005—those were different teams, “I was really attracted by the opportunity.
the best 20 teams in the country. a different program. Starting a new program is really a challenge
On top of that success, coach John Horton Daniela Holmqvist, from Stockholm, and I’m always trying to push myself.”
was named Louisiana Women’s Golf Coach Sweden, is one of four freshmen on the Troyanovich isn’t the only one trying
of the Year by the Louisiana Sports Writers to push herself; on the tails of a successful
Association. season, Horton is already looking ahead to
Horton jested that a second-line parade in the fall.
the team’s honor might be an appropriate “It’s been such a good year. Next year we’ll
celebration of its success. be riding on momentum and continuing to
“If we did this any year at Tulane I think improve: continuing to improve our ranking
everyone would be happy, but to do it this and continuing to develop.”
year. …” he says. Horton is right, this is a Additionally, two new players will join all
special year. six players returning from this year.
Women’s golf was one of eight teams sus- Horton calls going to nationals “the chance
pended following Hurricane Katrina. It wasn’t of a lifetime.” And he adds that he hopes his
until this past September that six women players “are able to do this every year they’re
golfers in Tulane colors picked up clubs and at Tulane.”
returned to Audubon Park and other local golf —Catherine Freshley ’09
courses for practice.
Horton, in his first year as a head coach, Catherine Freshley is a contributing writer.
knew the task of building a program Daniela Holmqvist, from Stockholm, Sweden, She wrote the “Crazy Kids in Love” story on
wouldn’t be easy. is one of four freshmen on the golf team. page 22.
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freret jet insideTrack
life-changing impact on Tulane stu-
dents, and that their presence on
campus would help inspire the
rebuilding efforts of post-Katrina
All of Frapart’s distinguished
agreed to waive their normal speak-
ing fees, gestures revealing the gen-
erosity and humility of the inspiring
leaders. “[The speakers] all have a
vision of what they want the world to
be,” says Frapart, “or how they can
Stephen Frapart looks for inspiration from leaders who have a vision of how they want the world to be. He change the world.”
convinced high-proﬁle speakers to waive their usual speaking fees and come to campus. Frapart’s own vision of how to
change the world, it seems, is evolv-
The company As president of the series, Frapart single- ing with every new set of challenges he
he keeps handedly, over three years, produced campus gives himself.
lectures by former U.S. Secretary of State After graduating in December 2008 with a
When students from Tulane’s A. B. Freeman Colin Powell; management expert and bachelor’s degree in finance, Frapart spent the
School of Business traveled to Omaha, Neb., renowned author Steven Covey; Teach for spring volunteering in Ethiopia for a company
in October to meet with billionaire entre- America founder Wendy Kopp; and civil rights that installs solar panels onto the roofs of rural
preneur Warren Buffett, they found that, in pioneer and former United Nations ambas- Ethiopian homes. In addition to totally immers-
addition to being enormously intelligent and sador Andrew Young. ing himself in a foreign environment, he
engaging, Buffett was genuinely warm, good- learned about the businesswise promotion of
humored and extremely humble. Those who renewable energy sources in developing coun-
know him often describe the student who
organized the trip, Texas native Stephen
Frapart, the same way.
Like Buffett, Frapart is capable of quietly
“ For every one
‘Yes’ I got, there
were 10 ‘No’s.’
tries. The solar panels Frapart helped install
were not just environmentally conscious and
financially rational: they immediately changed
the day-to-day lives of their recipients. For the
achieving personal success while simultane-
ously putting those around him at ease. In
fact, when exposed to Frapart’s polite manner-
isms, friendly demeanor and welcoming
Freeman Business School
” first time, these families had indoor electrical
light, allowing them to study, read and work
after the sun went down.
Back from his African venture, Frapart’s
smile, there is a tendency to immediately journey continues this fall at the Bank of
forget his undergraduate achievements and America in New York City where he plans to
simply enjoy his company. Frapart not only retained the speakers, he start work as an investment banker. He’s
Appointed the chair of Tulane’s Lyceum also facilitated the planning, promotion and already proven that he can use his talents in a
Committee as a sophomore, Frapart helped use smooth functioning of each speaking event. He selfless and extraordinary way, and he wants to
the committee’s $20,000 budget to bring to managed to take on these responsibilities on top continue his career with this mindset.
campus Avraham Burg, former speaker of of pursuing a typically rigorous Tulane course Guided by his determination, sharp intellect
Israel’s Knesset, as well as environmental load and maintaining a social life. Perseverance, and big heart, Frapart seems well along the
activist and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. he says, is the main factor in his success. way down a path not unlike those of each
In addition to his Lyceum duties, Frapart felt “For every one ‘Yes’ I got, there were 10 great leader he gathered to the pulpits of
the urge, especially in the wake of Hurricane ‘No’s,’” Frapart says of the process of recruiting his university.
Katrina, to bring other accomplished leaders to speakers. With the sincerity of his formal letters —Jane DiIorio ’09
visit campus. Determined to attract speakers and the persistency of his follow-up e-mails
whose journeys and accomplishments had and phone calls, Frapart managed to con- Jane DiIorio graduated from Tulane in May
personally inspired him, Frapart founded vince these heads-of-state and entrepreneurs with a bachelor of arts. Her hometown is
“Perspectives: A Leadership Speaking Series.” that their words would have a permanent and Bethlehem, Pa.
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ask the Exper t
How are laws
against piracy on the
high seas different
than other laws?
high seas is piracy. The hijacking of the Achille
Lauro by the Palestine Liberation Front in 1985
highlighted a gap in international maritime law.
The hijackers were not pirates because their
goal was political (the release of Palestinian pris-
used to convict a Chinese cook who killed the
captain and first mate of a Taiwanese fishing
ship registered in the Seychelles and briefly
seized the ship. The attack took place on the
high seas and there was no connection with the
oners in Israeli jails) not personal gain. As a United States other than the fact that the ship
Piracy takes place on the high seas, beyond the
territorial jurisdiction of any country. Indeed, if
an attack occurs in some country’s territorial
waters it is no longer technically piracy. So what
law governs piracy on those literally lawless
result, it was not clear whether their actions
were subject to universal jurisdiction. The
hijackers were tried and convicted in Italy,
because the Achille Lauro flew the Italian flag
and so Italian law applied aboard the ship.
was intercepted by the U.S. Coast Guard and the
cook was taken into custody and brought to
Hawaii, where he was charged and convicted.
Like the Achille Lauro hijackers, he was not a
pirate as his motivation was not personal gain.
high seas? The answer is, in effect, every coun- In response to the Achille Lauro incident, the Because of the SUA Convention, the United
try’s laws. Piracy is the paradigm example of International Maritime Organization, which is an States clearly had the right under international
what is known in international law as universal agency of the United Nations, made a new law to prosecute and convict him.
jurisdiction. Every country is entitled to take international treaty called the Suppression of The recent attack on the Maersk Alabama
legal action against pirates, whether or not Unlawful Acts Convention. Generally known occurred on the high seas far from the coast of
there is any connection between the pirate as the SUA Convention, the treaty applies to Somalia. Abduwali Muse, the Somali pirate
attack and the country’s interests. In order to all acts of violence against shipping, whatev- who was captured after the attack, has been
take legal action, though, a country must obvi- er their motive and whether or not they occur brought to the United States. He has been
ously have an anti-piracy law. Not all countries on the high seas. Any country that is party to charged under both the Piracy Statute and the
have such laws, but the United States does. the convention can take legal action in re- SUA Convention statute. The United States
The first U.S. piracy legislation was passed in sponse to an attack that falls within the would have been entitled to take legal action
1790. The present Piracy Statute has been virtu- convention’s definitions. against him simply by virtue of his presence in
ally unchanged since 1819. It provides: “Who- The United States is party to the SUA this country even if the Maersk Alabama had
ever, on the high seas, commits the crime of Convention and has enacted legislation that not been a U.S.-flagged ship.
piracy as defined by the law of nations, and is criminalizes violence against maritime naviga- —Martin Davies
afterwards brought into or found in the United tion generally. Like the Piracy Statute, it confers
States, shall be imprisoned for life.” Until 1897, jurisdiction in relation to any person “later Martin Davies is Admiralty Law Institute
the penalty was death. found” in the United States after a prohibited act Professor of Maritime Law and director of the
Not every act of violence committed on the has been committed. In 2008, this legislation was Maritime Law Center at Tulane Law School.
“ Every country
is entitled to
take legal action
whether or not
there is any
the pirate attack
and the country’s
Law professor Martin Davies navigates the tricky waters of the “literally lawless high seas” to
director of the Maritime
Law Center at Tulane Law School
explain when and how a country can take action against pirates.
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NEW ORLEANS CUISINE:
FOURTEEN SIGNATURE DISHES
AND THEIR HISTORIES
Edited by Susan Tucker, curator of books
and records at the Newcomb College Center
for Research on Women
University Press of Mississippi
PLENTY ENOUGH SUCK TO GO AROUND: OVERVIEW: A comprehensive look at the
A MEMOIR OF FLOODS, FIRES, PARADES AND PLYWOOD origins and identity of 14 of the city’s iconic
Cheryl Wagner (NC ’91) dishes, New Orleans Cuisine comprises an
Citadel Press informative mix of food, culture and history.
On the table for discussion are more popular-
OVERVIEW: Along with thousands of New Orleanians, author ly known items such as red beans and rice,
Cheryl Wagner boarded up her house and ﬂed from Hurricane shrimp remoulade and gumbo, but readers
Katrina, watched from far away as television ﬂashed disturbing also will ﬁnd chapters devoted to daube
images of the undoing of her city and then returned to reclaim glacée, mirliton and shrimp, and that most
what was left. Every New Orleanian has a Katrina story, local of cocktails, the Sazerac. The book in-
Wagner’s just happens to be as screamingly funny as it is heart- cludes recipes for each dish, biographies of
breaking. Her journey from ground zero during the days and famous cooks, proﬁles of renowned restau-
weeks after the storm to what now passes for normalcy serves rants and cooking schools of the past and
as a kind of walking tour through the city’s recovery with present—all while contemplating the inﬂu-
Wagner’s local and sometimes quirky perspective ringing true ence of the city’s ethnic diversity on the
with every step. distinctive ﬂavors of the local cuisine.
QUOTABLE QUOTE: “When we left New Orleans everything was QUOTABLE QUOTES: “Overall, New Orleanians
green and bursting; now everything was brown and dead. I persist in cherishing [daube glacée’s] place as
had never been in New Orleans or any other city alone. The one of the premier dishes of private elegance
city looked like make-believe. Like a movie about zombies and and celebration. And some even take a bit of
a nuclear war. … Every street the great sewer had ﬂowed in pleasure in the fact that outsiders ﬁnd it so
and out of was now a dirt road. We were dumb and had unappetizing. This most iconic of the meat
entered the city in a bad way. Now we were taking side roads dishes remains more private than public in
around downed power lines, ﬂoated cars and pancaked houses. its serving and consumption, more at home
Occasionally we cruised past a marooned boat.” on the brunch, luncheon and cocktail table
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CHAMPION OF CIVIL RIGHTS: DESTREHAN: THE MAN, THE HOUSE, BROTHELS, DEPRAVITY, AND ABANDONED
JUDGE JOHN MINOR WISDOM THE LEGACY WOMEN: ILLEGAL SEX IN ANTEBELLUM
by Joel William Friedman, professor of law by Gene Cizek, professor of architecture,
Louisiana State University Press John Lawrence and Richard Sexton by Judith Kelleher Schafer (NC ’63),
River Road Historical Society visiting professor of history
OVERVIEW: In 1956, the U.S. Supreme Court Louisiana State University Press
tasked federal district and appellate courts OVERVIEW: A handsome coffee-table book
with overseeing the implementation of the that takes a historical look at one of the oldest OVERVIEW: Relying on court records and
constitutional mandate of its landmark ruling plantations in the Mississippi River Valley, newspaper articles, author Judith Kelleher
in Brown v. the Board of Education. At that Destrehan: The Man, the House, the Legacy Schafer has put together a fascinating account
moment, New Orleanian Judge John Minor reﬂects the 30 years of involvement that archi- of the bawdy and sometimes brutal world of
Wisdom and his colleagues on the 5th U.S. tecture professor Eugene Cizek has put into prostitution in antebellum New Orleans. In
Circuit Court of Appeals were “thrust onto the the restoration of the stately home located 20 examining how those plying the “oldest pro-
front lines of the civil rights battleﬁeld of the miles upriver from downtown New Orleans. fession” functioned in the early-19th-century
1960s,” writes author Joel William Friedman. The book is structured around two essays. Crescent City, Schafer tours the legal, social
Rulings from the 5th Circuit were key to Cizek contributed a piece the traces the histo- and moral inclinations of the citizenry and its
desegregating state colleges and universi- ry of the house, while John Lawrence, director leaders as she discusses the sexual exploitation
ties and securing voting rights for African of museum programs at the Historic New of children, sex across the color line, violence
Americans—and no member of the court Orleans Collection, writes on the Destrehan among and against public women and the
played a more pivotal role than Wisdom. family as well as others who occupied the city’s feeble attempts to suppress the trade.
While this role is central to Friedman’s book, house during its 220-year history. Photogra- Along the way, she acquaints readers with sev-
the author surveys the judge’s entire profes- pher Richard Sexton contributed images of the eral infamous sex workers whose names each
sional career as well aspects of Wisdom’s per- house and grounds. would seem to tell their own story: Gallows
sonal life—his afﬂuent family, privileged Liz, Bridget Fury, Shell Road Mary.
upbringing and lifelong afﬁliation with the QUOTABLE QUOTES: “Although the house was
city’s elite Carnival organizations—which remodeled [in the mid-19th century] to con- QUOTABLE QUOTES: “Some women dressed as
would seem to make him an unlikely hero of form to the more fashionable Greek Revival men to avoid the law placed on them as
the civil right’s movement. style, the Creole forms and proportions were women. In an article entitled ‘Wolf in Sheep’s
still apparent, causing the entire composition Clothing,’ the Picayune reported that police
QUOTABLE QUOTES: “Throughout his adult to be extremely unusual. It is the coexistence found a woman dressed as a man in a hotel
life, [Wisdom] sought to live up to his mother’s of these very different styles that makes the ‘under suspicious circumstances.’ The woman,
example even when it put him at logger- house of great architectural signiﬁcance.” probably a public woman going to a cus-
heads with many of his friends and colleagues tomer’s room, wore ‘coat and breeches’ to
on one of the most controversial issues of the avoid detection.”
day. Thus, while most other men of his back-
ground and social position were unsympa-
thetic to the civic claims of minority group
members, Wisdom was compelled by virtue
of his unshakeable devotion to fairness to
pursue a different course.”
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Against a backdrop of brightly colored shutters and walls, a driver takes the reins of a horse-drawn carriage in the French Quarter.
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by Nick Marinello
photography by Paula Burch-Celentano
That Almost Wasn’t
With big-name celebrities, highly distin- A video projected onto two large screens
guished recipients of honorary degrees, state- extended to students and their families words of
of-the-art video production, herald trumpets gratitude from a number of voices. In it, third-
and a pyrotechnic finale, the Tulane University graders from Benjamin Banneker Elementary
2009 Commencement held on May 16 was an School, a community-service partner of Tulane,
academic pageant to behold—yet it will likely excitedly cheered, “Thank you, thank you,
be best remembered as the ceremony that thank you.” That appreciation was echoed in
almost wasn’t. statements by a local cab driver, New Orleans
“In the hours and days after the storm, I often Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Louisiana
wondered whether I would ever see you senators Mary Landrieu and David Vitter, NBC
again,” Tulane President Scott Cowen confided anchor Brian Williams, Vice President Joe Biden
to the more than 2,000 members of the “Katrina and former President Bill Clinton.
Class” who were seated before him on the floor In her commencement address, talk show
of the Louisiana Superdome. host Ellen DeGeneres praised the graduating
After Hurricane Katrina closed Tulane for class for being “tenacious and courageous.”
the entirety of the fall 2005 semester, Tulane Then, commenting on their academic gowns,
administrators had no guarantee that the uni- she said, “Usually when you are wearing a robe
versity’s students-in-exile would return to the at 10 in the morning it means you’ve given up.”
still-ailing city. DeGeneres, whose appearance was an
This year’s commenement proceedings were encore to a brief surprise showing she made
largely a celebration that they did return. during Tulane’s 2006 commencement, admitted
“Within 48 hours of the university’s reopening that she never attended college. “I’m not saying
and your return,” said Cowen, “the population you wasted your time and money,” DeGeneres
Top: Confetti flickers above the class of of the parish increased by approximately 20 quipped, “but look at me, I’m a huge celebrity.”
2009 during the festive final moments of
commencement. Above: Student speaker
percent and the future of Tulane and New Turning serious, DeGeneres discussed in a
Helen Jaksch waxes poetic as she talks to Orleans truly began to shine.” frank and personal narrative how she kept her
her classmates about floods, both real The degree candidates let out an audible sexuality a secret from the public during the
and metaphorical. “aw” at the conclusion of Cowen’s speech early part of her career, as well as how her
when the president told them, “I end by freely career came to an abrupt halt when she publi-
and sincerely admitting how much I love you.” cally announced she is gay.
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Clockwise, from top left: Ellen DeGeneres delivers a commencement
address that is funny, personal and inspirational • As a camera crew
records every backstage moment, DeGeneres pauses to study the notes for
her address … • … which she would deliver to an appreciative audience.
• Harry Connick Jr. follows DeGeneres in a second-line at the close of the
ceremony. • In a more serious moment, Connick receives an honorary
doctorate for his work in the New Orleans recovery. • President Scott
Cowen pauses during his emotional address to the “Katrina Class.”
“The phone didn’t ring for three years. I had you drown,” said Jaksch. “We are called the leading figure in sustainable architectural de-
no offers. Yet I was getting letters from kids ‘Katrina Class.’ People questioned why we sign and a partner in the Make it Right Foun-
who had almost committed suicide but didn’t came back. Tulane students are swimmers.” dation that is building safe and healthy homes
because of what I did. I realized I had a pur- Tulane’s unified commencement ceremony, in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward; and Jessie
pose and it wasn’t just about me and celebrity.” which represents all of its schools and colleges, Gruman, president and executive director of
She urged those in the audience to live also featured musical performances by Dr. the Center for the Advancement of Health.
lives of integrity, to follow their passion and Michael White’s Original Liberty Jazz Band, the The Tulane University 2009 Commence-
not tread along anyone else’s path. “Unless Pipes and Drums of New Orleans and a per- ment ceremony opened with sweet and
you are in the woods and you’re lost and you formance of “Do You Know What It Means to serene notes of the traditional gospel standard
see a path—then by all means you should Miss New Orleans” by singer Wanda Rouzan. “Just a Closer Walk With Thee” and closed
follow that.” Honorary degrees were awarded to in a blaze of pyrotechnics and a blizzard of
In the morning’s most poetic moments, Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, a scientist who co- confetti. They were appropriate bookends to
class speaker Helen Jaksch talked to her class- discovered the virus responsible for AIDS; a program marked by a wide range of emo-
mates about floods, both real and metaphori- Harry Connick Jr., a New Orleans native tional moments.
cal. There are only two ways to deal with and internationally known musician and actor
them, she said: by sinking or swimming. who has been actively involved in the city’s Nick Marinello is a senior editor in the
“You choose to find power in the water or post-storm recovery; William McDonough, a Office of University Publications
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The bond between members of
the ‘Katrina Class’ with their school and the
city of New Orleans is no whirlwind affair.
by Catherine Freshley
photography by Paula Burch-Celentano
Immediately after Hurricane Katrina ravaged that there are no fireflies in New Orleans. The
New Orleans and the Gulf Coast in August
Crazy 2005, the American Council on Education
sent out a notice encouraging higher educa-
tion institutions nationwide to temporarily
nights, however, are just as hot and the storms
just as loud as I had hoped.
I guess one could call me—and us—
Kids admit students from Tulane and other dam-
aged colleges and universities that were in
the process of cleaning up, drying out and
irrational, love-struck teenagers, and I might
even be talked into agreeing; but I think our
journeys, from evacuation on Aug. 27, 2005,
in rebuilding their campuses. Nearly 6,000
Tulane students attended 596 schools across
the country during fall 2005.
to commencement on May 16, 2009, tell a
Love W hen I packed up my dorm room at the
University of Oregon in December 2005, it
Trail mix and water
seemed rational to me to come back to Tulane
and New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2005: I had
wiped out my first semester there. However, planned to run cross-country at Tulane, but at
looking back almost four years later, I see that the team meeting the morning of freshman
little was rational about the desire to return to move-in, the coaches said we would have to
a university and a city decimated by the worst evacuate; the school would be closing. My par-
natural disaster in the nation’s history. Like me, ents and I didn’t wait to attend President Scott
few of the some 1,300 freshmen who returned Cowen’s town hall meeting. We immediately
to Tulane after a semester in exile had had booked flights for the next morning, but we
more than a 24-hour acquaintance with either had heard about this thing called “contra-
the school or the city. flow” and the traffic nightmare that evacuations
Maybe it is something like that fantastical created. My mother, who had spent all summer
concept of love at first sight—that weak-in- checking hurricanes on the National Oceanic
the-knees, head-over-heels type of thing— and Atmospheric Administration’s website,
which kept us deliriously in love with and was cursing her decision to let me go to school
faithful to Tulane and drew us back in droves in New Orleans—as if earthquakes, the only
from all reaches of the country and the globe natural disaster we could be victims of at
for the first day of the semester in January home, can be predicted and hurricanes sneak
2006. Maybe that is the best way to explain it: up on you.
We were a bunch of crazy kids in love. We arrived at the ticket counter later that day
Those of us not from New Orleans were per- and the agent told us our flights had been can-
haps the least rational, captivated and com- celled and that she would put us on standby
mitted to the idea of something we knew for a flight later that night. My father dealt with
practically nothing about. the situation by not talking. My mother was
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, I talking a mile a minute. She bought an inordi-
romanticized the South and its fireflies, thun- nate amount of trail mix and water from the
derstorms viewed from front porch swings and vending machines, predicting survival of the
hot, sultry nights. I have learned, of course, fittest in Louis Armstrong International Airport.
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New Orleans native Courtney Coffey’s family home is in New Orleans East, not far from the
ghostly grounds of the Six Flags amusement park, which has not reopened since the storm.
van, parked in the driveway, protruding above a fellow freshman who invited him to stay at
the muddy water. their home in Maryland.
“That was an emotional blow. It still gets me Brummer, who has attended Tulane through
Tuscaloosa, Ala., Aug. 30, 2005: Courtney sometimes,” Coffey says more than three years the Fulbright Campus Scholarship program,
Coffey and her parents evacuated to Tusca- later, pausing for a minute and blinking to clear said he called about 40 schools trying to figure
loosa where they holed up in her brother’s her eyes of tears. She would attend Louisiana out what to do for the semester, but he didn’t
apartment at the University of Alabama, waiting State University for the semester, with her par- consider going back to Holland.
for Katrina to hit. It wasn’t the first time a hur- ents relocating to Mobile, Ala. “I just got here,” he thought. “I’m not going
ricane had forced them to evacuate from their home. I’ll figure something out.” When he
home in New Orleans East. learned that he could attend Cornell University
They had not been particularly concerned in Ithaca, N.Y., he remembered the woman
when Katrina had entered the Gulf four days from the plane and that she was from Syracuse.
earlier as a Category 1 storm. But by early Potomac, Md., early September 2005: Traveling Even though he was still shy about speaking
Sunday morning, they decided they had better by himself from his home in Enschede, English, he decided to call her and ask for
get out. As Katrina strengthened, Coffey kept Holland, Victor Brummer arrived for the first help. She agreed to pick him up at the airport
telling herself it would be fine, that their house time in the United States on the Thursday night in Syracuse and drive him to Ithaca. She also
would be fine. before freshman move-in. On the long flight let him stay at her house for two nights and
Like many New Orleanians, they had from Amsterdam to Philadelphia, he chatted gave him clothes.
dodged a bullet—until the levees broke. with a woman who upon their arrival handed
Footage of Six Flags Theme Park located him her business card with the instruction to
not far from the Coffeys’ house flashed across let her know when he made it safely to New
the TV, and they saw how high the water was Orleans, his final destination. Upon reaching
there. They knew that this time was different. the New Orleans, however, he had just enough Nashville, Tenn., September 2005: The week-
Using Google, they found an aerial view of time to catch his breath before having to end Margaret Walker was supposed to move
their house, showing only the roof of their leave the city, evacuating with the family of into Tulane housing, her parents were moving
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from their home in Nashville to Wichita, Kan., says. He decided to stay at home and start col- “When I think about my time at Target,”
for her dad’s new job. Walker, who wound up lege a semester late so that he could spend Cunningham says, “I can taste Red Bull in
attending Vanderbilt University in her home- four full years at Tulane, the only school he my mouth.”
town for the semester, remembers returning to wanted to attend.
her empty childhood house every evening Late in the fall, the temperature often hovered Missing New Orleans
after a long day at school. around 20 degrees at night, but Cunningham It is impossible to disentangle Tulane from
“I would turn on the stereo system down- would have both windows rolled down, trying New Orleans—picked up and plopped down
stairs just to hear noise,” she says. to stay awake while driving from his hometown in another part of the country, Tulane would
Twice a day for 30 minutes, Walker sat in of St. Peters, Mo., which is outside St. Louis, to not be Tulane. As majestic as Gibson, Tilton,
traffic, commuting to and from her early his graveyard shift in the stockroom at a nearby Newcomb and Richardson halls are, they are
morning calculus and psychology classes at Target. He drank at least two Red Bull energy like the shells that Emerson brings home from
Vanderbilt. Each day as she got off the free- drinks every night to keep himself going while the beach in his poem “Each and All.” When
way on her way to class, Walker saw the same unloading, unpacking and moving boxes. On removed from the sand he finds the shells are
homeless man. “He would just smile and most days, after his shift ended, he worked no longer beautiful. The whole is more than a
not look at anything,” she says. Occasionally, another three to four hours at another Target. sum of its parts.
she would roll down her window and toss
out a loaf of bread to him. “He was alone,
Target in his hometown. He can can still taste the Red Bull that kept him going.
Seth Cunningham spent the “Katrina Semester” working the graveyard shift at a
and I guess, deep down inside I knew that
I was alone, too.”
Boulder, Colo., fall 2005: Kirsten Brill, from
Los Angeles, would walk on the crunchy red
and yellow leaves covering the University of
Colorado campus as she went to and from
her psychology and English classes. Like
many Tulane students, Brill arrived at her
host school after classes had already been in
session for two weeks.
“It was an enormous campus flooded with
thousands of people,” she says.
After her morning classes, she had break-
fast nearly every day with friends from high
school who had come to Boulder for college.
Though she had a lot of friends at Colorado,
Brill was “out of her element,” she says. At
times she felt “bitter and upset.” In fact, she
focused so much on her studies that she
didn’t even realize until much later how
upset she was for those few months.
Midnight in St. Louis, fall 2005: Seth Cunning-
ham didn’t seriously consider attending a dif-
ferent school during the “Katrina Semester.”
“Why would I waste a semester at a
school I didn’t want to be at?” Cunningham
Tulane is New Orleans—the old and impos- wanted. And so were many of us. We are all home
ing live oaks, the evening light fading on the Brill always knew she would return. Although it is difficult to articulate the ways
lagoon in Audubon Park when the egrets “I was so excited to come back here, which Katrina affected us, I think most of us were
return to roost in the trees, the sticky syrup of was weird because I didn’t know anyone. I aware soon after returning to Tulane, that
a sno-ball crawling down through the creases had lots of friends at Boulder, and it was my whether or not we liked it, Katrina was part of
of your hand, the notes of a jazz melody float- second-choice school originally. If you have us. The New Orleans we found was without
ing out the door of a music club located in
Behind the colorfully decorated walls of Benjamin Bennaker Elementary School,
Victor Brummer experienced both the rewards and frustrations of teaching.
an ancient building downtown. Tulane is the
professors and administrators who know this something good—,” she says, trailing off, the streetcars, and we soon learned the storm
special relationship with the city and celebrate acknowledging that, yes, it would have made lingo of “Pre-K” and “Post-K.” We waited
it with us. sense not to come back. patiently and then celebrated the reopening
I once heard a man say, “New Orleans is Cunningham couldn’t wait to get out of of neighborhood eateries; we caught the
the only city I ever missed like a woman.” It St. Louis, where he was constantly answering “Katrina Cough” from mold lingering in the
doesn’t take long, it seems, for her to get to you. questions about the condition of New Orleans residence halls. Some of us received federal
So for all of September, October, November and defending his decision to come back. money for possessions lost during the storm.
and December, while we lived in small farming For Coffey, who has lived in New Orleans Most of us would spend at least a few hours
towns and large metropolises, back home with since she was 5, the desire to come back was volunteering in the community and all of us
our parents or in a place we had never imag- much more rational. would be witness to the monumental task of
ined ever visiting, we missed New Orleans, too. “I had this renewed sense of pride in my rebuilding a city.
And we couldn’t wait to see her again. city,” she says. “The city shaped who I am Before we came back, we had existed for
Convincing my parents that I should come as a person. It’s given me so much enrich- almost five months in a long-distance rela-
back was a struggle that lasted until the middle ment that I wanted to do something to bring tionship: hoping for something other than
of December, but I was certain that’s what I it back.” grim news from our beloved and counting
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“That was the beginning of
became active in student government, serving as University Student Government president in her senior year.
The halls of the Lavin-Bernick student center were something of a second home to Margaret Walker, who
seeing New Orleans for me,” Brum-
mer says. “The way he was speak-
ing made you feel way more
involved—like you were close to
A couple of months later, dur-
ing Jazz Fest and at the end of
Brummer’s freshman year, he
stood in a crowd of thousands of
teary fans and listened to Bruce
Springsteen play “We Shall Over-
come.” Several months later he
stood with 80,000 others partici-
pating in the emotional return of
the Saints football team to the
Louisiana Superdome. Moments
like these helped Brummer under-
stand why everyone was so pas-
sionate about New Orleans.
Brill says Katrina inspired in
her the passion to “go out and
do everything there is” to do in
She loves the intimate jazz bars
of the French Quarter, especially
Fritzel’s European Jazz Pub, an “off
the radar” bar on Bourbon Street.
Another favorite for Brill and
her friends is the Camellia Grill.
They go a few times a month, says
Brill, who always orders the Manhattan
Omelet, which she eats with ketchup and
margaret walker “I try to branch out so much,” she says,
“but I always go back to that omelet.”
the days until we could see her again. We Luther King Jr. Day—when we first arrived
knew we were lucky to be able to return and back at Tulane for the spring semester, musi- An inexplicable connection
when we did, we set out to build our relation- cian Wynton Marsalis, who is a native of Although some of us were significantly more
ships with the city. Some of us immersed the city, delivered a speech and played his affected by Katrina than others, by the end of
ourselves in New Orleans, others devoted all trumpet to a full McAlister Auditorium. one semester here, a lot of us, I think, felt like
extra energy to service efforts. “It’s good to be home,” Marsalis told the survivors. If nothing else, we had a lot of pride
Brummer, from Holland, said he wouldn’t hushed audience. “It’s especially good to be in our school. I remember wearing a Tulane
still be in America if it weren’t for Katrina. The home in a time of crisis because tough times shirt when I went back to my high school to
hurricane stole one of the two semesters he force us to return to fundamentals. And there is watch the district track meet just after finishing
had planned to spend at Tulane. And then after nothing more fundamental than home. Many of my first semester at Tulane.
observing the emotions people expressed you are visitors to New Orleans, but it won’t One of my old coaches said, “Hi,” and then,
about the city and their subsequent efforts to take four years for the Crescent City to be for- looking at my shirt said, “I bet you didn’t go
rebuild it, Brummer wanted to stay longer and ever in your blood. So I feel in a way, that we back there.”
get to know the city as it might have been. are all home tonight.” “Actually,” I said, “I did.”
On the night of Jan. 16, 2006—Martin And he was right. For Brill, as for many others, attending
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Upon returning to New Orleans for the spring ’06 semester, Kirsten Brill made it a point to embrace the city’s many amenities,
including the orange freezes at Camellia Grill. She wants the rest of the nation to know that life “is really great here.”
school in New Orleans has been a constant “It was a time of opportunity for Tulane. I As a senior, Coffey was “absolutely surprised”
act of teaching. wanted to improve Tulane,” she says. As a to find out she had been nominated for home-
“People aren’t paying enough attention,” sophomore, Walker became an Undergraduate coming court.
she says. “I want people to know that it’s real- Student Government senator at large. During “I was so proud. It felt so good to have my
ly great here. I try to convey that, at least, I think her second semester in this position, she had work recognized,” she says. “I never really
New Orleans has come a long way.” grown to understand how “smart, passionate thought I would get recognized—you know
I have heard many students complain of and involved” the students in USG were. “I had you do it because you love it.” Coffey was
people in their hometowns asking, months and this realization that I really liked USG,” she says. voted onto the court by the student body.
years after Katrina, if the city is still flooded. The outgoing executive vice president at the Katrina also changed Cunningham’s perspec-
When we came back as sophomores at the time encouraged Walker to run for her position. tive on volunteering. “Giving back to the com-
end of August 2006, we welcomed the small- Pleased by the compliment, Walker ran for the munity should really be part of everyday life, not
est freshman class in recent history and the position and won, eventually becoming presi- just a sometimes thing,” he says. “Katrina funda-
only people on campus, aside from new facul- dent of USG during her senior year. mentally changed who I am and what I am
ty and staff, who hadn’t gone through Katrina. Katrina sent five feet of water into Coffey’s going to do with my life in a lot of ways.”
For everyone who did experience Katrina— house, but it was the suffering of the people at The summer before his junior year, as part of
from the people who lost family members and the Superdome that led her to change the way a Tulane School of Social Work program,
their homes, to the crazy teenagers in love she plans to practice medicine. Instead of Cunningham traveled with 13 other Tulane stu-
who merely had to evacuate (which felt like opening a private health clinic, she now wants dents to McLoed-Ganj, India, to teach English
enough of an ordeal)—an inexplicable con- to have an inner-city holistic health clinic. for six weeks. Every day he arrived at a small
nection had been formed. In addition to being a senior resident shed scarcely large enough to accommodate
In many students, Katrina ignited a strong adviser and president of her sorority, Coffey the bed inside it. For four to five hours a day,
desire to help the community: both the campus worked for two years as a lab technician at Cunningham worked with a 28-year-old
community and communities across the city. the Tulane School of Medicine, where she Tibetan refugee. “His reading comprehension
For Walker, it was the reason she became assisted in researching therapies for children level was so low that we just ended up talking
involved in student government. with polycystic kidneys. most of the time,” Cunningham says.
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As a senior, Cunningham spent countless that we were the only class left on campus who Maybe our infatuation with Tulane and New
hours serving as co-chair for CACTUS, the had done this before. Orleans began as love at first sight, but four
Community Action Coalition of Tulane Univer- The idea of arriving at freshman orientation years later, I think most of us would say our
sity Students, the school’s oldest service group and actually staying is incomprehensible to instincts were pretty good—and that the love
that celebrated 40 years this year. On Monday me. I’ve had dinner at Bruff Commons when wasn’t fleeting.
nights, he heads down to the garden level of there was still barely enough staff to prepare “I lived in my hometown for 18 years,” says
Lavin-Bernick Center to meet with CACTUS more than a couple of dinner options. After Brummer. “But the way I feel about New
adviser Avery Brewton. “It’s a great time,” Cun- asking for someone’s name and where they Orleans is much stronger. To go through some-
ningham says. “We never meet for only an hour. are from, I grew accustomed to asking them thing like that—there is more of a bond.”
We usually end up meeting for four hours.” what they did the “Katrina Semester.” That sounds like the forever kind of love
Community service also was an important Though it is doubtful that every member of to me.
part of Brummer’s and Brill’s time at Tulane. the senior class can articulate how Katrina
At the beginning of his junior year, Brummer changed his or her life, there’s no doubt it Catherine Freshley graduated in May with a
started working as a reading buddy at nearby defined our experience at Tulane. bachelor of arts in economics and English.
Benjamin Banneker Elementary School for
10 hours a week.
“I work with this one kid, he’s 12 and catherine freshley
basically can’t read,” Brummer says. “His
out of Louis Armstrong airport. She admits that making the case to return to Tulane was a tough sell.
Catherine Freshley, along with her very nervous parents, evacuated from New Orleans on a last-minute flight
dad’s in prison, his mom’s not around—he
calls a lot of people mom. He tries so hard,
but it’s frustrating because it moves so slow.
It is rewarding when he makes progress, but
it’s little by little.”
This year, Brill had an internship through
Tulane’s Center for Public Service at the
Chartwell Center where she worked with
autistic children. She assisted with projects
and activities such as horseback riding and
swimming lessons. In April, she led a proj-
ect designed to help the children develop
their fine motor skills by making a decora-
tive sign for their classroom.
When we arrived at Tulane in fall 2008 for
our senior year, Hurricane Gustav was brew-
ing somewhere in the Atlantic. “Bookends,”
I heard someone describe our affair with
hurricanes. At risk of sounding cliché, the
anxiety on campus during that first week
back was palpable, especially amongst the
seniors. The halves of cell phone conversa-
tions that you could hear while walking
around campus were all about Gustav.
Responses to “How’s it going?” ranged from
sighs to cynical remarks. Few people said
they were “good” while we checked the
several updates coming from Gibson Hall
every day, in anticipation of a forced evac-
uation. Stranger to me than the fact that the
years had gone by so quickly, was the fact
A doctor’s office on wheels provides
a “medical home” for those
Shone Webb in need of health care.
Orleans as the mobile
medical unit sets out
for the parking lot of
a Winn Dixie grocery
store in the Gentilly
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When George McClain woke up one morn- That sounded good to McClain, 55, who was
ing in March, he didn’t feel that anything was without employment and healthcare insur-
particularly out of the ordinary. In fact, he felt ance. He liked the convenience of a clinic he
fine. As it happened, he had an appointment could walk to. Besides, he had some concerns
for a routine medical checkup, so he dressed about hypertension. The last time he received
himself and ambled the two blocks to the medical attention—and this was before
parking lot of the Winn Dixie, where a few Hurricane Katrina—he had been diagnosed
weeks earlier he had noticed a large, green with high blood pressure, and it had been
bus. It was a medical clinic on wheels, and years since he’d taken medication to lower it.
when he inquired about it, a staff person told As McClain clambered up the three steps to
him that he could make an appointment to board the mobile medical unit, he was greet-
see the doctor at no charge. ed by clinic staffer Shone Webb, who began
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asking him routine questions about The custom-built mobile medical
how he was feeling. unit and the methodology of dis-
McClain wanted to respond that he was tributing health care at street-level are very
feeling fine but somehow he couldn’t. His much products of The Storm. In the weeks fol-
words were jumbled, and Webb couldn’t lowing Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Karen DeSalvo,
understand what he was saying. When Dr. now vice dean for the Office of Community
Michele Simoneaux walked over to see what Affairs and Health Policy at the Tulane School
was going on, she instantly recognized that of Medicine, worked with a team of trainees
McClain was having a stroke. and faculty from the medical school to provide
An ambulance rushed McClain to Tulane urgent primary care to those who had remained
Medical Center, where he was assessed by the in the city as well as the first responders work-
stroke team and admitted for four days. Upon ing to help them. Operating out of makeshift
discharge from the hospital, McClain made an clinics with no running water, the team pro-
appointment for follow-up care at the mobile vided first aid and vaccinations, as well as
medical unit back in his neighborhood. addressed other basic healthcare needs. Con-
“It was the luck of the draw. Just when he ditions improved when mobile medical units
started addressing his high blood pressure, he arrived from out of state to help in the effort.
had the stroke,” Simoneaux says. DeSalvo, a general internist and chief of gener-
While waiting to see the McClain, who lives alone, is lucky to be al internal medicine and geriatrics at Tulane,
doctor, George McClain, talks alive. But what would have happened to knew that bringing health care to where people
about the tough times he’s had
since Hurricane Katrina. him if routine medical care had not been live made sense not only in disasters but as a
Before discovering the medical made so available? standard working procedure.
unit that rolled into his
neighborood, McClain did not Meanwhile, 8,000 miles away, the Amir of
consider it a priority to take Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani
care of his health. joined a worldwide audience in watching tele-
vised accounts of the storm’s devastating impact
along the Gulf Coast.
A month after the storm made landfall, the
Amir pledged $100 million for housing,
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scholarships and healthcare assistance in the Aptly named Tulane Community Health On
hardest-hit areas. A year later, Tulane’s Com- the Road, the mobile unit travels four days a
munity Health Center received a $5 million gift DeSalvo sees the mobile week to the parking lots of not only grocery
from what became known as the Qatar Katrina medical unit as a stores, but churches and apartment complexes
Fund, a portion of which went toward purchas- stopgap measure as well. Equipped with a nurse’s station and an
ing and operating the mobile medical unit. until there are sufficient permanent neighbor- examination room, the vehicle allows the four-
DeSalvo estimates that monthly more than hood clinics throughout New Orleans. The person onboard team to offer physical exami-
1,200 people in the New Orleans area who two neighborhood clinics currently function- nations and pelvic exams, monitor and treat
would otherwise be without access to health ing in the city include the one that opened chronic illnesses, and provide urgent care. The
care receive services on the mobile medical unit just after the storm at Covenant House in unit also offers social work services such as
as well as two neighborhood clinics. downtown New Orleans and another that counseling and assistance with Medicare or
“Our mission is to ensure that everyone in opened in August 2008 in New Orleans East. Medicaid. The focus is largely on managing
New Orleans has access to a high-quality, Whether they are on wheels or not, these clin- obesity, diabetes and hypertension—chronic
neighborhood-based primary health care med- ics represent what DeSalvo calls a “medical conditions that can lead to serious illness or
ical home,” says DeSalvo. “‘Everyone’ is the sig- home” model of health care that is based on even death if not controlled.
nificant word, meaning especially low-income the ongoing, collaborative relationship The unit serves as a medical home, and for
and other vulnerable populations.” between physician and patient. some it is the only kind of home they have.
(Clockwise from bottom left) Social worker Ashley Wright (SW ’08),
nurse Cronwell Lewis, and driver/outreach specialist Stephen
Robinson are members of the onboard team of the medical unit,
which (below) regularly participates in health fairs around the city.
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I was coming in. It’s my first experience with a
doctor like that.”
Matthews appreciates that the team compli-
ments him when he dresses nicely. He says
he’s trying to get his life back in order and it
feels good when people notice.
At least 80 percent of the patients who arrive
at the mobile medical unit have a mental health
Stanley Matthews says he Stanley Matthews, 54, has not had a perma- component to their illnesses, estimates
likes the care he has received nent residence since Hurricane Katrina. Simoneaux, who is one of three physicians
at the mobile clinic, where he’s
been given encouragement Formerly an aide at the Veterans Administra- rotating on the unit. All three are trained as
and instruction on how to tion Medical Center, he currently is unem- internists and pediatricians.
take charge of his health as
well as help in accessing the ployed and is staying in a house that is being Lewis, the nurse, screens each new patient
social services system. renovated in downtown New Orleans. He for depression and those who seem likely
says he misses his books and tapes that were candidates are given a questionnaire that will
lost in the floodwaters. help the doctors identify mental health issues.
Upon seeing the mobile medical unit Both drivers serve as outreach workers
parked at the Israelite Baptist Church in and have experience working with patients.
Central City, he considered whether he Webb is a former HIV/AIDS case manager
should take advantage of its services. “Sure, with a master’s degree in education and
why not?” he decided. Robinson is a mental health crisis technician
As with many of the people Simoneaux with the New Orleans Police Department. He
sees, Matthews had dangerously high blood is studying homeland security with an empha-
pressure. Simoneaux encouraged Matthews to sis on mental health in the Tulane School of
quit smoking and take better care of himself. It’s Continuing Studies.
a message that is reinforced by the clinic’s “I think it’s an effect of post-Katrina,”
other team members: onboard nurse Cronwell Simoneaux says of the mental health issues her
“Connie” Lewis, social worker Ashley Wright patients contend with, “and I think we’re also
and Steve Robinson, the unit’s other driver. starting to see some increase in issues related
Wright, who earned her master of social work to the economy and job loss. A lot of them
degree from Tulane in 2008, has helped right now are teetering on the edge.”
Matthews navigate the social services system to Many can’t find work. Some are close to
receive food stamps and subsidized medication. losing their housing. One week a patient may
“They’re open-minded, caring and under- drive himself to the clinic and by the next
standing,” Matthews says. “A good doctor week he has lost his vehicle. Issues such as
shows concern. They called me to make sure these can be barriers to wellness.
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Growing up in a small town where health
care was limited predisposed Dr. Michele
Simoneaux (NC ’97, M ’01) to the need for
accessible, locally available health care.
about practicing medicine on the mobile med- can’t do something soon, chances are they’ll
ical unit is how much she enjoys working wind up in the emergency room,” Simoneaux
health fairs. She frequently volunteers her says. “We’ll see them that day for a full patient
For Simoneaux, who time on Saturdays to staff the unit at neighbor- visit on the unit, get them started on medi-
graduated from Newcomb College in 1997 and hood- or church-sponsored events, where cine, and get them set up with everything.
received her medical degree from Tulane in folks can get free blood pressure readings or Then we follow up.”
2001, working in community health care is a screenings for diabetes. Through the use electronic medical records,
passion. A native of the small town of Patients receive immediate results and the the staff is able to make an appointment for the
Franklin, La., she saw members of her own doctor can counsel them on things they can do patient at either the mobile medical unit or at
community lacking access to health care to improve their health. one of Tulane’s community health clinics.
because of insufficient financial resources as The physician also is available to provide “The people we see at health fairs … easily
well as lack of proximity to facilities. The clos- urgent care if needed. 95 percent of them don’t have care,” Simon-
est hospital with full medical services was at “There have been a couple of instances eaux says.
least 40 minutes away by car. where we have somebody come through the
After her first year of medical school, fair whose sugar is really high … and if we Fran Simon is the Classes editor for Tulanian.
Simoneaux joined five friends in borrowing an
18-seat van from Tulane and setting off for a 30-
day road trip to explore healthcare delivery in
various communities. They visited Indian
Health Service units in Colorado, Montana,
New Mexico and Arizona.
In Denver, the group came across a mobile
medical unit that served a population of most-
ly migrant workers and immigrants who were
typically resistant to visiting traditional health
centers. Simoneaux was impressed by how the
unit attracted those who would otherwise avoid
“Maybe they were legal, maybe they weren’t.
The people were scared of recognized clinics,
but they’d come onto a mobile medical unit.”
One thing that has surprised Simoneaux
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By Mary Ann Travis
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an g e
portrait photography by jackson hill
The new School of Science and Engineering brings
together discoverers and builders, thinkers and
doers, to speed up the pace of innovation.
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Arden Bement, director of the National schools were formed, colleges dissolved and “We’re trying to cut down the lag time be-
Science Foundation, gave a talk on the Tulane programs suspended. tween discovery and innovation,” says Altiero.
campus in March. During it, he quoted his boss, Several engineering departments were dis- “The way to drive innovation is to bring cutting-
President Barack Obama, who has said that banded. Nicholas Altiero, who had been dean edge science and the people who are doing
“science holds the key to our survival as a plan- of the old School of Engineering at the time of design closer together.”
et and our security and prosperity as a nation. the storm, was named the dean of the new The new school comprises all nine of
… In labs, classrooms and companies across School of Science and Engineering. He was Tulane’s uptown science and engineering de-
America, our leading minds are hard at work asked by Tulane President Scott Cowen and partments and focuses on six thematic areas—
chasing the next big idea, on the cusp of break- members of the Tulane Board to develop a stra- behavioral, biological, chemical, earth and eco-
throughs that could revolutionize our lives.” tegic vision for the new school consistent with logical, mathematical and physical.
But science operating alone cannot save the the university’s poststorm “Plan for Renewal.” “The programs we’ve decided to focus on
world. Jeffrey Grossman of the University of “We looked at the right balance based on our are not huge but they’re a good fit for us,”
California–Berkeley in an opinion piece in strengths and what we could expect to accom- Altiero says. “We are putting together the
the Chronicle of Higher Education in May, says plish with prudent investments,” says Altiero. right critical mass of people to excel in a
that for it to save the world, “science must save These investments will include new engi- number of targeted areas.”
itself from the status quo.” neering and computer science offerings but Since the science and engineering school’s
That status quo at most universities keeps there are no plans to restore the suspended first year in 2006–07, Altiero has launched an
science and engineering in separate silos of departments. ambitious effort to hire more research-active
discovery and application. “Science and “We just don’t have the resources to build faculty members. By the fall, there will be 33
engineering need to come closer together,” competitive civil, electrical and mechanical new hires out of 119 full-time faculty members.
writes Grossman. “Only the combination of engineering departments,” says Altiero. “It’s And, says Altiero, engineering continues
the two will allow us to accelerate the pace simply not possible.” strong at Tulane in the ABET-accredited bio-
of innovation.” What has been possible at Tulane is to bring medical and chemical engineering programs.
At Tulane, the status quo was upended in a together science and engineering into one (ABET is the Accreditation Board for Engi-
big way after Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. school where collaborations are fostered and neering and Technology.) A new program in
With the university’s survival in jeopardy, new interactions are encouraged. engineering physics is offered and has been
Change agents: (from left) Don Gaver, professor and chair of the biomedical engineering department; Jeff Tasker,
department; Nick Altiero, dean of the School of Science and Engineering; Janet Ruscher, professor and chair of
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designed to meet ABET criteria. engineering department.
Science and Engineering
Tulane also has entered into partnerships But the changes at Tulane after Katrina have
with Johns Hopkins and Vanderbilt universities. resulted in an exhilarating interdisciplinary
and Thematic Areas
Through these partnerships, students can research environment, Gaver says. “I can’t
spend three years at Tulane and then two imagine a better place for trying to develop
years at the partner institutions, earning a integration.” Behavioral
degree in physics from Tulane and a degree in Biomedical engineering sits at the nexus of • Department of Psychology
civil, mechanical, electrical or environmental basic and applied science. In fact, Gaver sees no Biological
engineering from the partner institutions. difference between a scientist and an engineer. • Department of Biomedical
Altiero points out that women in engineering As biomedical engineers, Gaver and his col- Engineering
at Tulane are flourishing. In 2007–08, the Amer- leagues tackle problems that not only require • Department of Cell and
ican Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) fundamental scientific inquiry but typically also Molecular Biology
ranked the university No. 1 in the nation for have applications with clinical significance. Chemical
percentage of bachelor’s degrees in engineering The biomedical engineering faculty • Department of Chemical and
awarded to women. That year, women received includes six new full-time professors on the Biomolecular Engineering
38.3 percent of the bachelor of science in engi- current roster of 10 faculty members. • Department of Chemistry
neering degrees awarded by Tulane. (Of the 60 The new hires have arrived with invigorating Earth and Ecological
such degrees granted by Tulane that year, 23 energy and enthusiasm, says Gaver. “They’re all • Department of Earth and
were awarded to women, and 37 to men.) fresh. They come in at the starting gate, as they Environmental Sciences
Nationally, only 18 percent of bachelor’s de- should, doing everything they need to.” • Department of Ecology and
grees in engineering were awarded to women. Longtime faculty members, on the other Evolutionary Biology
hand, continue to be productive in their proj- Mathematical
Sprinters and marathoners ects. “Our department’s recovery has at times • Department of Mathematics
“Nobody wants to go through a storm,” seemed like a marathon, with new faculty Physical
says Don Gaver, the Alden J. Doc Laborde sprinting to develop their laboratories as they • Department of Physics and
Professor and chair of the biomedical become part of the team,” says Gaver. “But it’s Engineering Physics
professor of cell and molecular biology; Vijay John, professor and chair of the chemical and biomolecular engineering
the psychology department; and Ricardo Cortez, professor of mathematics and director the computational science center.
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OK. We are all working on common goals of students also participate in the research. that should be achievable.”
creating an excellent collaborative research Altiero says the chance to conduct research Currently, the school ranks third in fund-
environment for our students.” as an undergraduate is a big draw for students ed research at Tulane behind the School of
Microvascular research, microfluidic applica- at Tulane. When he meets prospective fresh- Medicine and School of Public Health and
tions, stem cells, optic nerve regeneration, and men, they invariably ask him, “Will I get an Tropical Medicine.
point-of-care diagnostics are some of the opportunity to do research?” And the answer is During his talk at Tulane, Bement noted that
avenues of exploration that the new faculty yes. More than 200 School of Science and scientists like Tasker toil behind the scenes for
members are pursuing. Ongoing research in the Engineering undergraduates work on funded years before their breakthroughs result in inno-
department includes biomedical electronics, research projects annually. vations that can hit the marketplace. But that is all
computer controls, and design of devices for the more reason that they need support. It is im-
people with disabilities. Work on aging issues portant to “listen to the hopes, dreams, plans and
We ,re trying to
and new methodologies for training doctors experiences of individuals,” said Bement, who
also hold medical promise. underscored the importance of creating a seam-
cut down the lag
Gaver’s own research is on the pulmonary less flow between discovery and application.
system. Specifically, he focuses on what hap- “The development of marketable products is
pens in acute respiratory syndrome, in which the direct result of continuous investments
people on ventilators suffer damage in the tis- over many years in transformative, risk-taking
sues of their lungs.
innovation. research,” said Bement. “In turn, these innova-
The way to drive
tions strengthen the economy.”
Basic science payoff
Jeff Tasker is a dyed-in-the-wool basic scientist. innovation is to The language of science
He’s on the cutting edge of research, exploring
bring cutting-edge A thread that sews together science and
science and the
new ideas, searching for discoveries. engineering is mathematics. It is their com-
people who are
And the work takes time. mon language.
“It’s a slow process,” says Tasker. “The lag Gaver, along with mathematics professors
time in science is fairly long for changes to Lisa Fauci and Ricardo Cortez, started the Center
occur in terms of scientific development and
evolution of scientific programs.”
closer together. for Computational Science at Tulane in 2001.
They set out to have a place where experi-
Tasker, professor of cell and molecular biol- mentalists and computational investigators could
ogy in the Tulane School of Science and En- talk to each other and begin collaborations.
gineering, holder of the Catherine and Hunter Nicholas Altiero, Computational modeling of experiments
Pierson Chair in Neuroscience, and director of dean of the School of provides scientists and engineers with analyti-
the neuroscience program at Tulane, has Science and Engineering cal tools to test hypotheses—and can offer
already spent two decades studying the cells of shortcuts to discovery, accelerating the sci-
the brain. And he’s made some grand discover- ence, says Cortez, the center’s director.
ies, including the connection between stress While basic science takes a long time, the pay- Computational investigators benefit from
and the production of endogenous cannabi- off is great for investment in fundamental having interaction with experimentalists
noids, a naturally occurring neurotransmitter in research like Tasker’s. Such investment is essen- because it gives the mathematicians the oppor-
the brain that is similar to the active ingredient tial to future innovations in technology, medi- tunity to test their computations against reality.
of marijuana. cine, energy, environmental cleanup, psycholog- Data from experiments adds to the complex-
His research may one day result in clinical ical understanding and all kinds of endeavors. ity and challenges of computer modeling,
applications relating to eating habits, sexual Support for Tasker’s research as well as for while the computational science provides the
drive and cognitive functions. much of the research conducted in the rest of experimentalists with an extra dimension to
But as sexy as his research sounds, the the School of Science and Engineering large- their work. It may show them features that they
tedious, slow part is doing the legwork, says ly comes from external federal funding agen- hadn’t seen before, Cortez says.
Tasker, figuring out how all these mechanisms cies such as the National Science Foundation “But they don’t have to take my word for it,”
work at the cellular and molecular level. and the National Institutes of Health. Cortez adds. “They can design an experiment
Tasker leads a 12-member lab on the first Last year, the school had $20 million in fund- to determine if those features are really there.
floor of Percival Stern Hall, including graduate ed research. “We intend to more than double It may point to new experiments.”
students, postdoctoral researchers, a faculty re- that,” says Altiero, “and with the investments Cortez has collaborated on neuroscience
search professor and technician. Undergraduate we have made in faculty and infrastructure, experiments, as well as projects to develop
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environmental biosensors and track the West If vaccines can be incorporated into a memory and trauma are among the targeted
Nile virus. nanocarrier, the theory is that they can be areas. Researchers also are studying the impact
While the Center for Computational Science delivered through the skin to the body, with- of stress on children living in post-Katrina New
was displaced for a couple of years after the out the use of needles. Orleans and in high-violence neighborhoods.
storm, it is now located on the fourth floor of Simply by rubbing such a vaccine on skin, The department has 20 faculty members
Stanley Thomas Hall in a sleek, renovated it could penetrate under the first layer of and the largest number of undergraduate
facility that has offices and computers for post- skin and be transported to the lymph nodes, majors at Tulane.
doctoral researchers and graduate students. where it will turn into antibodies. Healthcare Psychology faculty members collaborate
Undergraduates also gather there to participate providers around the world could receive with researchers in cell and molecular biology,
in projects. supplies of vaccines in something like a tube biomedical engineering, the medical and
Since Katrina, the Louisiana Board of of toothpaste. public health schools and the Center for Com-
Regents has provided partial funding for Tulane John also is investigating the use of carbon putational Science.
to hire biological computational scientists in nanoparticles to clean up chlorinated hydrocar- Under Altiero’s forward-thinking leadership,
biomedical engineering and ecology and evo- bon contaminants in groundwater. Chlorinated Ruscher says that the psychology department’s
lutionary biology. hydrocarbons were once used in everything efforts and successes in securing research fund-
Interdisciplinary fields such as mathemati- from dry cleaning solutions to paint strippers ing have increased “exponentially.”
cal biology are the new frontier, says Cortez. and have now been identified as carcinogens. Altiero, she says, has encouraged faculty
“Training students in a collaborative environ- With all the promise of nanotechnology, members to go after funding and pursue
ment is the way to go because chances are John is aware that there might be a downside. their research goals. But they have to pro-
when they go out and get a job, if they’re doing The extremely small scale of nanomaterials duce results.
research of some sort, they are going to be in makes them readily available to enter the “Nick is the kind of person who will give you
an interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary group. human body. As large quantities of nanomate- a piece of rope,” says Ruscher. “And you can
They need to be able to speak the language rials are produced, people may come into con- either lasso the moon or hang yourself. He
of other scientists.” tact with them in unintended and perhaps gives you that choice.”
harmful ways. John is collaborating with pub- Ruscher uses a psychological term to de-
Matter of survival lic health researchers in environmental toxicol- scribe Altiero: He has an “approach focus.”
Finding collaborators has always been easy at ogy to address potential health risks. “In the social psychology area of our field,”
Tulane, says Vijay John, professor and chair of says Ruscher, “we talk about people having
the chemical and biomolecular engineering Lasso the moon approach focus and avoidance focus. Some
department. “If you’re interested in stress and trauma—what people are just trying to protect what they’ve
People have long recognized that a single a great place to be,” says Janet Ruscher, profes- got and not lose anything. They’re worried
investigator cannot solve an entire problem, sor and chair of the psychology department. about being punished. Not a lot gets done.
John says. And she’s not being flippant. She’s quite serious “And then you have other people who are
“The difference I see now after Katrina is as she talks about the success she’s had since approach focused. They do take risks. But they
that because it’s a combined school of science the storm hiring faculty members. try to build and they move forward. They’re
and engineering—and it’s new—there is a For researchers interested in school-based focused on rewards,” says Ruscher.
greater desire to make it work. What we are interventions, prejudice, stereotyping and other The bold—and fast—move to create a new
seeing is a real willingness to find problems of minority issues and challenges, the Tulane school is undoubtedly the act of approach-
mutual interest,” John says. psychology department is an attractive place focused leadership. Still, inertia is hard to over-
He has collaborated with faculty members to work. come and the new school probably would not
in chemistry, physics, and the schools of “People recognize the connection between have come into being so quickly without a
medicine and public health, as well as in his where we’ve been and what we’ve built and destructive hurricane to speed up the process.
own department. what we can study,” says Ruscher. It hasn’t been easy, but Altiero has a hunch
His research projects are based on nan- After Katrina, with the resignations of some he’s lassoed the moon. “I think there are a lot of
otechnology and the development of nanos- faculty members in other research areas, places out there that would like to do some-
tructured materials that are made up of small Ruscher and others made the decision to build thing like this,” he says, adding that he gets tons
clusters of atoms. on the psychology department’s ongoing inves- of interest from colleagues around the country.
In collaboration with the Department of tigations into issues related to ethnic minority “I think a lot of people are looking at us to
Microbiology and Immunology, John is inves- group challenges and stress, as well as prob- see how this goes.”
tigating new ways to deliver vaccines, which lems in biopsychology.
usually are made up of large protein molecules. Stress issues related to aging, learning, Mary Ann Travis is the editor of Tulanian.
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This year marks Tulane’s 175th anniversary.
To celebrate the milestone, reunion classes and all alumni are invited
to the WAVE ’09 All-Alumni Reunion Party on Friday, Oct.9.
Come back, classmates to give back to Tulane. The uni- urban research and outreach program, to
give back versity is “the place that provided the freedom continue its groundbreaking work in rebuild-
and guidance to move us into adulthood,” ing New Orleans. Additionally, any first-time
This year marks Tulane’s 175th anniversary. they say, recalling a “groovy” Tulane experi- gift to the Tulane Fund made by a “Graduate
To celebrate the milestone, reunion classes ence marked by the British invasion, Dave of the Last Decade” (G.O.L.D. alum) is eligi-
and all alumni are invited to the WAVE ’09 Brubeck’s experimental Time Out and snow ble for a matching gift.
All-Alumni Reunion Party on Friday, Oct. 9, on New Year’s Eve. Tulane President Scott Cowen will be on
from 6 to 9 p.m. Dr. Gary C. Morchower, A&S ’59, M ’62, hand to greet reunion celebrants and volun-
In the Qatar Ballroom of the Lavin-Bernick who is gift chair for the 50th reunion class, teers at the Wave ’09 reunion party.
Center for University Life, alumni can enjoy remembers Greenie Beanies, Frogman
great food and live music as they reconnect Henry, Fats Domino, Joe Cohen’s freshman
Bid high, bid often
with friends. Fireworks, a pep rally and a English class, Ducky Riess’s fabled physics
concert on the Quad are part of the celebra- course, and Mr. Crumpler’s impossible CHEM To raise funds for Green Wave sports, the
tion that salutes the classes of 1959, 1964, 205, where the questions stayed the same, Hullabaloo Homecoming athletics auction
1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, only the answers changed. Morchower takes will be held as part of reunion activities on
2004 and, last but not least, the class of particular pride these days in the active role Friday, Oct. 9, in the Lavin-Bernick Center.
2009. For registration and details, visit that the university has taken in bringing Coaches and student-athletes will be in
reunions.tulane.edu. the city back. He encourages others to join attendance along with friends and kindred
It has become a tradition for classes cele- him in contributing generously to the Tulane spirits to share memories of triumph and
brating reunions to make reunion class gifts. Fund, noting “participation is everything heartbreak in games past.
Historically, the bar was set high in 2007 when it comes to keeping our university This year, in addition to the traditional raf-
when members of the Class of 1967 raised in top form.” fle and silent auction, an online auction has
more than $1.3 million in honor of their 40th Albert H. “Sonny” Small Jr., A&S ’79, a been added. Among the exciting items up
reunion. This year, graduates of years ending member of the 30th reunion class, has made for bid are a pair of Super Bowl tickets and
in “4” and “9” are in a heated competition, and a generous offer to match reunion class gifts a deep-sea fishing expedition in Belize. For
class gift chairs are working hard to inspire made from now until the Wave ’09 reunion, tickets and additional auction details, visit
participation from everyone in their classes. up to a total of $500,000. Gifts to the Tulane http://tulane.edu/homecoming/hullabaloo.
David G. Perlis, A&S ’64, L ’67, and James R. Fund can be designated to any school, while —Maureen King
Nieset, A&S ’64, L ’67, are co-chairs for the 45th the matching gift will go to the Tulane City Maureen King is a writer in Tulane’s Office
reunion class gift. They encourage their Center, the School of Architecture’s applied of Development.
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‘The Sands of Time’
The late Frank Monachino, center, founder and director of Summer Lyric Theatre and chair of
the music department, anchors the men’s chorus in a 1972 performance of Kismet. Summer
Lyric Theatre celebrates its 42nd season this summer. (Photo by Matt Anderson)
1 Celebrating at the Tulane Alumni Association awards
gala on May 3, 2009, at the Audubon Tea Room in
New Orleans are, left to right, Cathy Pierson (G ’78,
SW ’89), former chair of the Board of Tulane; Olive
Moss Sartor (NC ’57); Ryan Sartor (A&S ’52, L ’55);
Larry Ponoroff, dean of the Tulane Law School; Ellen
McGlinchey; Deirdre McGlinchey Moffett (L ’95); and
Hunter Pierson, who received the Dermot McGlinchey
Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes
an individual who has demonstrated service and
1 volunteer involvement and commitment to Tulane
and the hometown community. Chair of the
President’s Council, Hunter Pierson co-chaired
“Promise and Distinction: The Campaign for Tulane.”
2 St. Paul Bourgeois IV (A&S ’69, L ’72), left, pres-
ident of the Tulane Alumni Association board, con-
gratulates John McGaha Jr. (E ’70), who received
2 the School of Science and Engineering Outstanding
3 Vijay John, center, professor and chair of the Tulane
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engin-
eering, greets Blake Simmons (E ’01, G ’02), left,
who received the School of Science and Engineering
Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, and Joe Boston
(G ’70), who received the School of Science and
Engineering Outstanding Alumnus award.
4 Blake Simmons (E ’01, G ’02), right, recipient of
the School of Science and Engineering Outstanding
Young Alumnus Award, chats with Shivonne Laird
(PHTM ’01), who received the Young Volunteer Award
from the Tulane Alumni Association.
5 Bobby Boudreau (B ’51, L ’53), who received the
Volunteer of the Year Award from the Tulane Alumni
Association, shares the moment with his wife, Mar-
garet Boudreau (NC ’51).
6 Attending the annual awards event are, left to right,
Berdon Lawrence (B ’64, ’65), who received the
Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Tulane Alum-
ni Association; Tulane President Scott Cowen; and
Betty Field (NC ’60, G ’69, ’73). The awards com-
mittee defines the recipient of the Distinguished
Alumnus Award as "one singularly successful indi-
vidual who, through exemplary accomplishments
and recognition, epitomizes the potential of a Tulane
education and thereby brings credit and honor to
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7 At a wine-tasting event held by the Tulane Alumni Club–
Baton Rouge on Feb. 12, 2009, are, left to right, Claire
Cook McVadon (NC ’60), Wayne McVadon (A&S ’60),
Omar Davis (E ’74, B ’75) and Marybeth Davis.
8 Lauren DeFrank (NC ’06), Michael DePaul (B ’84) and
Brooke Barbera (NC ’03) enjoy the wine tasting at the
Grape on Perkins Rowe in Baton Rouge, La.
7 Politics with class
9 Newt Gingrich (G ’68, ’71), former speaker of the U.S.
House of Representatives, speaks to students in a class
of political pundit James Carville, a professor of prac-
tice in the Tulane Department of Political Science,
during the spring 2009 semester.
Under the oaks
8 10 The H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College Institute
honors Jane Pharr Gage (NC ’32, G ’34) as a 75th re-
union alumna at the Under the Oaks Ceremony on the
10 uptown campus May 15, 2009, where she received a
commemorative 75th reunion diploma.
11 Jo-Ann Ciolino Adams (NC ’59), center, celebrates her
50th reunion at the Under the Oaks Ceremony in the
Dixon Hall Auditorium. She received a 50-year diploma
9 to mark the event.
11 12 At the awards event honoring women graduates in
the class of 2009 are, left to right, Shannon Williams
(class of 2012), Dorothy Tsai Soong (NC ’59) and
Barbara Blaine Smith (NC ’59).
13 At an impromptu gathering of former staff members of
the BrouHaHa (an independent newspaper at Tulane
from 1993 until 1997) are, left to right, Robert Lane
Greene (TC ’97), now working at The Economist; Frank
Tanner Colby III (TC ’97), writer of two New York Times
12 best-sellers; Julie Baron (NC ’98), an opera singer and
founder of YAP Tracker, an online opera management
service; Chris Suellentrop (TC ’97), an editor with the
New York Times; Noam Schreiber, (TC ’98) of the New
Republic; Sean Trask (E ’96), a data-base administra-
tor; and Rudy Lehrer (TC ’98, L ’02), an attorney. The
group gathered in New York during the second week-
end of May 2009.
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’39 JOYCE PEREZ EUSTIS
O’CONNOR (NC ’39) lives in
Baton Rouge, La., with her
husband, Hugh B. O’Connor, enjoying family
Women of the Storm, received the Loving
Cup 13 years ago. Anne Milling received a
2009 Hall of Fame Award from the Louisiana
Center for Women and Government on March
the United States. He served as managing part-
ner and president of Liskow and Lewis from
1996 until 2003.
and a large backyard full of satsuma trees. 28, 2009. PIERCE KELLEY (A&S ’69), a lawyer in pri-
Opaque, blue-glazed, low-fired stoneware vate practice in Cedar Key, Fla., announces
pots grace her bookshelves and are a tangible EDWARD GINGOLD (A&S the publication of his sixth novel, entitled
link to her Newcomb Art School days and
Newcomb Pottery, she says. She was 20 years
old when she received a four-year bachelor’s
’66 ’66), a staff attorney for more
than 30 years at the Federal
Energy Regulatory Commission, received the
Asleep at the Wheel.
A book by PAUL CRAVATH
degree in studio art and design with a second-
ary degree in art history. After graduation, she
continued to work in the pottery shop, throw-
Star of the Year award for civilians by the
Combined Federal Campaign of the National
Capital Area. He was recognized for organiz-
’70 (G ’70), Earth in Flower: The
Divine Mystery of the Cam-
bodian Dance Drama, has received two liter-
ing stoneware bowls and vases, which she ing the commission’s participation in the ary awards. In addition, the U.S. Ambassador to
later had wired into lamps. annual federal employee workplace charity Cambodia selected the book, about the Cam-
fund-raising drive. Gingold, campaign manag- bodian royal ballet dancers who died in the
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal er for the past five years, was cited for his Khmer Rouge genocide, as an official gift
’51 appointed JOHN P. “JACK”
McNULTY (M ’51) to the Ad-
visory Committee on Hospice Care. President
work in expanding participation in the cam-
paign and for his community work.
from America to King Sihamoni of Cambodia.
For more information about the book go to
of the Palliative Care Institute of Southeast STEPHEN COONEY (A&S
Louisiana, McNulty teaches palliative care.
JACK KUSHNER (A&S ’60)
’67 ’67) retired after 30 years as
a lobbyist and researcher
in Washington, D.C. Since 2001, he has been
MARGARET MAXWELL ZAGEL (NC ’70)
received a 2009 Aiming High Award from
Legal Momentum, the nation’s oldest legal
’60 plans to lecture on interna-
tional medicine at the World
Forum in Washington, D.C., in July. He is cur-
an industry analyst and specialist for the
Congressional Research Service of the Library
of Congress. He coordinated and co-authored
advocacy organization dedicated to advancing
the rights of women and girls. The award rec-
ognizes women whose personal leadership
rently working on a book, A Neurosurgeon’s a Congressional report, U.S. Motor Vehicle In- has broken new ground for women in busi-
Compass. dustry: Federal Financial Restructuring and ness. Zagel is managing principal for risk,
Assistance, and other reports on the American regulatory and legal affairs and general coun-
RON PYKE (A&S ’62) was steel industry and employment in U.S. motor sel at Grant Thornton, the U.S. member firm of
’62 elected president of Moraine
House in Valparaiso, Ind., a
halfway house for recovering alcohol and
vehicle manufacturing. From 1994 to 2000,
Cooney was a lobbyist on international issues,
energy policy and other business issues for
Grant Thornton International, an accounting
and consulting firm.
drug abusers. Siemens Corp. BRYAN DUCK (A&S ’71)
’71 retired in fall 2007 from his
’65 R. KING MILLING SR.
(L ’65) received the 2008
Loving Cup from The Times-
Picayune. The newspaper presented its covet-
’69 DONALD R. ABAUNZA (L ’69),
a partner with Liskow and
Lewis in New Orleans, re-
ceived the 2008 New Orleans Bar Associa-
urology practice in Rich-
mond, Va., and moved to the Ford Plantation
in Richmond Hills, Ga. Duck is traveling
with his brother, JERRY DUCK (L ’70), to
ed community award to Milling in honor of tion Distinguished Maritime Lawyer Award Anchorage, Alaska, where he will work for
his work in coastal restoration. He is chair of from the New Orleans Bar Association on the Veterans Administration Hospital begin-
three Louisiana environmental organizations— Feb. 5, 2009. The award honors attorneys ning in July.
the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coast- who are highly respected among peers and
al Restoration and Conservation, America’s who contribute significantly to the local KENNETH V. FINNEY (G ’73)
Wetland Foundation and the Committee of
the Future of Coastal Louisiana. Milling also
is a board member of five other coast-related
admiralty bar. Abaunza has 40 years experi-
ence in admiralty, energy and commercial
law. He serves on the planning committee for
’73 retired from North Carolina
Wesleyan College after 35
years teaching Latin American and technology
organizations. His wife, ANNE McDONALD the Tulane Admiralty Law Institute and is a history. He continues compiling his Narrative
MILLING (NC ’62), an activist who founded proctor for the Maritime Law Association of Chronicles of Honduras.
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JOE B. NORMAN (A&S ’73, L ’78), a partner of
Liskow and Lewis law firm, became a fellow
of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a
professional organization of preeminent trial
lawyers in the United States and Canada.
The induction ceremony took place March 2,
2009, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. Fellowship in
the college is limited to the top 1 percent of
the total lawyer population in any state
The A. B. Freeman School of
’74 Business at Tulane honored
RICK S. REES (B ’74, ’75) as
the 2009 Tulane Most Distinguished Entre-
preneur at an awards ceremony on April 17,
2009. Rees was recognized for exemplifying
true entrepreneurial spirit and philanthropic
generosity. He is co-founder of LongueVue
Capital and the former chief financial officer
of Halter Marine Group, a $1 billion revenue MARYVELMA O’NEIL (G ’78)
company at the time of its merger with Friede Culture shock
Goldman. Following the merger, Rees joined
Friede Goldman as chief financial officer. Rees’ She is an American expatriate by design. “I love culture shock,” says MARYVELMA
professional career includes serving as past SMITH O’NEIL (G ’78). The art historian, professor, travel guide and author has crafted
president of Texas Drydock, a rig repair and for herself a life in which she spends much of her time traveling and exploring cultures.
conversion business. He also served as prin- O’Neil currently lives in Geneva, Switzerland, but she is nearly as likely to be
cipal of Maritime Capital, a company formed found in Bangkok, Thailand, or Manhattan, N.Y., as she shuttles between the three
in 1989 to purchase and service a portfolio of offices of Franciscans International, a non-governmental organization for which she
distressed marine loans. and her husband work. A former New Orleanian, Michael D. O’Neil is advising the
organization on strategic planning, while Maryvelma O’Neil is contributing her writ-
PATRICIA SHEARER (G ’75) ing and editing skills.
’75 directs the Cancer Survivor
Program at the University of
Florida Shands Cancer Center. The program
Her work for the Franciscans is a part-time gig, which affords her the opportuni-
ty to teach as an adjunct professor in art history at Webster University in Geneva. A
recognized expert in 17th-century Italian art and culture, O’Neil published her first
offers care, education and research for sur- book, Giovanni Baglione: Artistic Reputation in Baroque Rome, in 2002. This summer,
vivors of all ages, with protocols that focus on she is traveling to Istanbul, Turkey, to teach a course on Islamic art.
health literacy and quality of life. A few years ago, O’Neil moved to Bangkok for an extended period of time to
work on a book, Bangkok: A Cultural and Literary History, which was published in
ROBERT C. HINCKLEY (L ’76) March 2008.
’76 anticipates the publication of
his first book, William Wood-
ward: An American Impressionist, this fall.
Her next book will showcase remarkable Thai women, including Maha Chakri
Sirindhorn, the crown princess who is third in line to the Thai throne.
“Every time I’ve seen Her Royal Highness, she exudes joy, despite many onerous
William Woodward and his brother, Ellsworth, obligations,” says O’Neil, who dedicated the second printing of her Bangkok book to
helped organize the art department at New- the princess and is donating a portion of its royalties to the preservation of temple
comb College in 1887. William Woodward also murals in remote provinces of Thailand.
played a role in founding the Tulane School of Where will her next project lead her? Most likely to a good many places. O’Neil
Architecture in 1907. Hinckley’s book includes is planning a book on women artists and writers from different cultures and religions
images of more than 150 of William Wood- who have imagined heaven in their work.
ward’s paintings. —Fran Simon
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THOMAS KARL HOFER (UC ’76) retired after the Economic Advisory Committee of the MOREY RAISKIN (A&S ’79, L ’82) is listed in
a 30-year career in social service. He now lives City of New Orleans. The Best Lawyers in America 2009 in the area
in Morgan City, La. of labor and employment law. He is an attor-
The Texas Bar Foundation elected FRANKLIN ney with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor
JOE TRAHAN (A&S ’76) chaired the Public J. HARBERG JR. (A&S ’77) a fellow of the and Reed in central Florida.
Relations Society of America Educators foundation. He is an attorney practicing in
Academy from 2007 to 2009. Trahan is facul- real estate matters with Mills, Higbie, Harberg Newsweek featured CHIP
ty adviser for the Georgia State University
chapter of the Public Relations Student
and Huvard in Houston.
’80 KAHN (PHTM ’80) in a story,
“No Harry and Louise: Why
Society of America. An accredited public rela-
tions practitioner and fellow of the Public
Relations Society of America, Trahan is CEO
of Trahan and Associates. A retired U.S. Army
’79 BENSON T. MASSEY (E ’79)
spoke to Tulane students
about “Engineering and
Swallowing” in conjunction with the Dys-
Healthcare Reform Might Be Different Now,”
in the magazine’s March 23, 2009, issue. Kahn
is president of the Federation of American
Hospitals and attended a White House Forum
lieutenant colonel, he resides in Atlanta and phagia Research Society meeting in New on Health Reform.
conducts media training. Orleans in March 2009. Massey, president
of the society, also participated in a media CHRIS HAYDEN FODERICK (NC ’80) is teach-
New Orleans Mayor C. Ray event at the Audubon Insectarium, where he ing elementary education after 18 years as a
’77 Nagin appointed EDWARD
C. BUSH (A&S ’77), vice
president of Dorsey and Co. Investments, to
and other experts tried a selection of insect
appetizers and commented on how flavor
and texture of foods affect swallowing.
district/regional manager in women’s retail
and five years as a Realtor with EWM. She and
her husband, Paul, reside in Coral Gables, Fla.
CASANDRA COOPER GATES (L ’80) is senior
vice president for administration at the
Louisiana Offshore Oil Port, where she has
worked in senior management for 28 years.
CELEBRATE TULANE’S 175th ANNIVERSARY! She manages and directs the financial, accoun-
ting, tax, treasury, risk management, human
Alumni Weekend, Parent & Family Weekend resources, environmental, safety, security,
and Homecoming 2009 emergency response preparedness, manage-
Oct. 8–11, 2009 ment information systems and purchasing
areas. Louisiana Offshore Oil Port, owned by
Wave ’09 All-Alumni Reunion Party Marathon Oil, Shell Oil and Murphy Oil, is
Friday, Oct. 9, 6–9 p.m., Lavin-Bernick Center the nation’s only deepwater oil port capable
Mix, mingle and enjoy great food, music and a roaring good time. of directly receiving supertankers offloading
Enjoy the fireworks and pep rally with a live music concert on the Quad. crude oil cargoes, bringing more than 1.5 mil-
We will recognize alumni celebrating reunions of the lion barrels of imported and domestic crude oil
classes of ’59, ’64, ’69, ’74, ’79, ’84, ’89, ’94, ’99, ’04 and ’09 daily into the United States for Gulf Coast and
Midwest petroleum refineries.
Friday, Oct. 9, Lavin-Bernick Center
STEVE WEIL (A&S ’80) has published a book
Tulane Athletics’ premier fund-raiser benefitting Tulane student-athletes. about his grandfather, Ask Papa Jack: Wisdom
Featuring an auction with many exciting items! of the World’s Oldest CEO. Weil is president
of Rockmount Ranch Wear Manufacturing
Homecoming game (Marshall vs. Tulane) in Denver.
Saturday, Oct. 10, Louisiana Superdome
Kickoff at 2:30 p.m.
Homecoming Village tailgating activities begin at 11 a.m.
For full and updated information visit:
’81 RAMÓN A. ABADIN (A&S
’81), founding partner of Ab-
adin Cook, received the Cu-
ban American Bar Association’s Passing on the
http://tulane.edu/homecoming Leadership mentorship award. The award is
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presented annually to a member of the associ- DONNA-LEE ANDERSON request to nominate peer lawyers that repre-
ation who demonstrates excellent leadership
qualities and serves as a mentor to his or her
peers in the legal community. A litigator who
’83 (PHTM ’83) is a project arch-
itect with RLF, an architec-
ture, engineering and interior design firm
sent the top tier of their profession. His prac-
tice in Birmingham, Ala., focuses on different
areas of tax, estate and business law.
has been named to Florida Trend’s “Florida based in Winter Park, Fla. Anderson has a
Legal Elite” and Florida Super Lawyers for master’s degree in hospital administration R. KEITH JARRETT (L ’85) is managing partner
the past three years, Abadin received the and more than 15 years of experience in of Liskow and Lewis. He joined the law firm in
Haitian Lawyers Association Significant Con- hospital management. 1985 and has built his practice in the areas of
tribution Award in 2006 and the Florida Bar’s energy and maritime litigation.
G. Kirk Hass Award in 2005. Abadin special- DAVID KERN (A&S ’83) was named the Best
izes in complex commercial, corporate, civil Lawyers 2009 Akron Corporate Lawyer of DION RAMOS (L ’86) was
and insurance litigation. His practice areas
also include medical malpractice, premises lia-
bility and automobile negligence. He is a past
the Year. Kern practices in the areas of busi-
ness, taxation, health care, trusts and estates,
employee benefits and nonprofit law at
’86 elected judge of the 55th Civil
District Court of Harris Coun-
ty in Houston on Nov. 4, 2008.
president of both the Cuban American Bar Buckingham, Doolittle and Burroughs in
Association and the Cuban American Bar Akron, Ohio. ELYCE WARZESKI PIC-
Foundation, and a lifetime fellow of the Flo-
’87 CIOTTI (B ’87) returned to
rida Bar Foundation. Abadin serves on the
Florida International School of Law dean’s
advisory council and the Florida Lawyers
Mutual Insurance Co. board of directors.
’84 JOHN FENZEL (A&S ’84)
announces the release of an
international suspense thril-
ler, The Lazarus Covenant, in fall 2009. The
New Orleans in April 2008
and is working as a financial adviser with
book, published by Breathe Press, is available SCOTT SULLIVAN (E ’87) opened St. Charles
YVETTE BRIGHT (E ’82) is for pre-order at www.johnfenzel.com. Surgical Hospital with partner Frank Del-
’82 senior vice president of hu-
man resources and adminis-
tration of Independence Blue Cross, a leading
BRIAN F. GEIGER (A&S ’84) received the 2009
Odessa Woolfolk Community Service Award
lacroce in February 2009. Sullivan says the
hospital is the only one in the world dedicat-
ed to breast reconstruction for breast cancer
health insurer in Pennsylvania. Bright re- from the University of Alabama–Birmingham, patients. The $35 million investment in New
ceived the 2007 Candace Award for Women of where he is a professor of health education Orleans is at 1717 St. Charles Ave. Their prac-
Achievement from the South Jersey chapter of in the School of Education’s Department of tice, the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery,
the National Coalition of Black Women. She Human Studies. Geiger has worked with many draws patients from out of state and interna-
lives in Philadelphia with her husband and state and local governments and agencies tionally (from Africa, Israel, Germany, Austria,
two children. to address health issues in Alabama, including Australia and Canada) for state-of-the-art
the State Obesity Task Force. An assistant direc- breast reconstructive techniques, including
ELLYN W. OGDEN (NC ’82, PHTM ’84) receiv- tor of the UAB Center for Educational Ac- nipple-sparing mastectomies, single-stage
ed the 2008 Award for Heroism from the U.S. countability, he is a senior scientist in the implant reconstruction and complex microsur-
Agency for International Development for her UAB Center for the Study of Community gical tissue-transfer techniques. Sullivan is
efforts to secure Days of Tranquility for Polio Health and a scientist at the UAB Center for married to Michele Cooper, a physician spe-
Eradication in January 2009. She has directed Aging and the UAB Clinical Nutrition Re- cializing in aesthetic surgery. They have two
USAID’s polio eradication effort for the past 12 search Center. Geiger is the lead principal daughters, Alexis, 9, and Elle, 5.
years. Ogden has negotiated with armed investigator for a study examining the health-
groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo, care needs of people with developmental T. MICHAEL TWOMEY (A&S ’87) is vice pres-
Angola, Afghanistan and many other regions, disabilities in Alabama. ident of utility strategy for Entergy, developing
convincing them to cease fighting for a few and overseeing short-term and long-term
days so teams could vaccinate millions of DARRELL CARTWRIGHT utility regulatory strategy for Entergy’s six
children. Her husband, NEIL OGDEN (E ’80, G
’85), works at the U.S. Food and Drug Admin-
istration in Washington, D.C., in the premarket
’85 (L ’85) was one of 11 attor-
neys chosen in the field of tax
law, and the only attorney in the group in
WAYNE J. RILEY (PHTM
regulation of medical devices. The couple re-
sides in Silver Spring, Md., with their two sons,
Pierce, 17, and Ross, 14.
a solo practice on Birmingham Magazine’s
“Best Lawyers List” in March 2009. More than
750 attorneys responded to the magazine’s
’88 ’88) is serving a three-year
term on the board of re-
gents of the American College of Physicians,
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the national organization of internists. Riley HEIDI WEISS BARATH (NC ’89) and Jacob HEATHER KRISTL DAVISON (NC ’92) and
is president and CEO of Meharry Medical Barath announce the bar mitzvah of their her husband announce the birth of their first
College in Nashville, Tenn, where he also is son, Ethan, on Jan. 17, 2009, and his induction child, Nathaniel Bing, in August 2008.
a professor of medicine. Meharry Medical into the National Junior Honor Society.
College is the nation’s largest private, inde- STACIE GOEDDEL (NC ’92) is a partner in
pendent, historically black academic health MICHAEL A. DIETRICH (A&S Holland and Knight’s San Francisco office
center dedicated to educating health profes-
sionals. Previously, Riley was vice president
and vice dean for health affairs and govern-
’90 ’90) is assistant dean of pro-
fessional programs for the
Midwestern University College of Pharmacy
where she practices in the areas of hospitali-
ty and real estate development and finance,
representing clients in the development of
mental relations at Baylor College of Medicine in Glendale, Ariz. He has been on the faculty domestic and international mixed-use resort
and assistant chief of medicine at Ben Taub there since 1999. projects and in the acquisition and financing
General Hospital in Houston. of commercial real estate. Goeddel and her
HEIDI YEAGER SINGH (NC ’90) and NITEN husband, MIKE ETHERIDGE (B ’91), live in
STEPHANIE JACOBSON SCHANDLER (NC SINGH (A&S ’92) live in Gig Harbor, Wash., San Mateo, Calif., with their two children,
’88) is president of Lettuce in Love, a wheat- with their two children, Eden, 9, and Jack, 7. Madeline, 5, and Griffin, 2.
and gluten-free salad dressing company, Niten Singh is a vascular surgeon stationed
which is being reformulated to better meet at Fort Lewis, Wash., and Heidi Singh is work- DEREK ROHDE (E ’92) and KIM MITCHELL
the needs of consumers. Schandler is seeking ing toward a career in the nonprofit sector. (B ’92) were married on July 26, 2008, in
a strong manufacturing partner to help grow Irvine, Calif. Attending the wedding were
the company. She lives in Cold Spring Harbor, GLENN E. BORKOWSKI (A&S MARK ARONAUER (B ’92), HEATHER
N.Y., where she consults and strategizes for
product lines of retail and wholesale foods.
She writes a blog at http://www.examiner
’91 ’91) joined the Little Rock,
Ark., office of Kutak Rock as
counsel where he specializes in real estate
THOMPSON BASS (B ’92), JULIE ELMORE
JONES (NC ’92), SANDRA ROHDE McNAMEE
(NC ’88) and MICHAEL JONES (B ’91).
.com/x-6522-Long-Island-Grocery-Examiner. and corporate law matters. He lives in Little
Rock with his wife, Misty Wilson Borkowski, President Barack Obama selected JANET L.
KATHRYN SEMOLIC (NC ’88) is among who is an immigration attorney and abogada WOODKA (L ’92) as federal coordinator of
20 artists chosen for the Arts in the Air Profes- consultora to the Mexican consulate in Little rebuilding in the Gulf Coast region. Secretary
sional Art Exhibit and Sale at the Rockefeller Rock. They have three children. of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano an-
Institute in Petit Jean Mountain, Ark. Semolic nounced the appointment on March 31, 2009.
says she that creates contemporary still-life JIM JOINSON (B ’91) and his wife, Sharon, Woodka previously worked as the recovery
paintings as “meditations on gratitude for announce the birth of Emily Mercedes on office’s director of legislative affairs.
small moments and the abundance of beauty April 15, 2008. Joinson is director of taxation
in everyday objects.” Her current work is at Seacor Holdings in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. CHARLES S. BLATTEIS (L
featured in the 2009 Arkansas Artists Engage-
ment Calendar and the exhibition, “A Cele-
bration of Arkansas Artists,” in the offices of
The family lives in Boca Raton, Fla.
RUSTY PICKERING (E ’91) has been an
’93 ’93), a partner in the law firm
of Burch, Porter and Johnson
in Memphis, Tenn., was appointed chair of
U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor. For more information adjunct professor at Emory Law School, the board of directors of the Memphis branch
go to kathrynsemolic.com. teaching a seminar course called “Doing of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
Deals: Venture Capital” for the past two Blatteis is also a member of the board of
’89 MICHAEL ARATA (A&S ’89,
L ’92) produced four films
slated for release this year:
Autopsy (February 2009), Pool Boy (Septem-
JAY WEINBERG (A&S ’91) is chief of pe-
diatrics at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital in
directors of the Greater Memphis Chamber of
Commerce, for which he serves as chair of the
International Business Council.
ber 2009), Night of the Demons (October New Braunfels, Texas. He assumed the post KRISTIN DEMERS-CROWELL (NC ’93) sup-
2009) and New Orleans Mon Amour (October in 2008. ports the legal practice of Merlin Law Group
2009). A fifth film, The Chameleon, finished in Florida and Texas, providing assistance on
filming this spring. Arata co-owns and oper-
ates Voodoo Production Services in New
Orleans. He and his wife, Emily, announce
the birth of Gabriel Peter on April 24, 2009.
’92 MICHAEL CLARK (A&S ’92)
and Alison Taylor-Clark
welcomed their first child,
Russell, in August 2008.
property-related issues for hurricane survivors
and other clients. Demers-Crowell received a
law degree from Stetson University College of
Law in 1997.
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DARIAN C. JONES (A&S ’93), principal of
Carver School of Health Sciences and Re-
search in Atlanta, took 44 inner-city high
school students on a 10-day excursion to
Egypt this spring.
ELIZABETH J. MEYER (NC ’93) announces
the release of her new book, Gender, Bullying
and Harassment: Strategies to End Sexism and
Homophobia in Schools. For more information
go to http://lizjmeyer.googlepages.com.
NICK PANAYOTOPOULOS (L ’93) and
KATIE BATES (NC ’99) welcomed their child,
Sofia, in October 2008.
LISANNE BROWNE McDEAR-
’94 MAN (B ’94) and her hus-
band, Scott, along with their
daughter Caroline, announce the birth of
Catherine Marie on March 23, 2009.
MIKE SACKS (A&S ’90)
The last laugh
’95 NIMROD “ROD” CHAPEL JR.
(L ’95) is president of the
Jefferson City, Mo., chapter
of the National Association for the Advance-
In 1988, MIKE SACKS (A&S ’90) went to see his undergraduate adviser to tell him that he
had decided to major in English and was interested in becoming a writer. The adviser, an
ment of Colored People. old, jowly Chaucer expert, looked at Sacks’ transcript and then slowly shook his head. “With
these grades, you’ll never make it as an English major,” he said. “Is there a family business
Texas Monthly magazine named WILL ELLER- you could go into? You know, there’s nothing wrong with working for your father.”
MAN (TC ’95), a “rising star.” Ellerman repre- Sacks, whose father is a dentist, appears to be having the last laugh. In July, Wri-
sents clients in civil litigation matters as an ter’s Digest Books is publishing Sacks’ And Here’s the Kicker: Conversations With 21
attorney in the Dallas office of Jackson Walker. Top Humor Writers on Their Craft. The book is a collection of in-depth interviews with
a who’s who of leading contemporary humorists, including David Sedaris, Dave Barry,
EDUARDO S. ESPINOSA (B ’95, L ’95) is a Robert Smigel (“Saturday Night Live”), Stephen Merchant (“The Office”), Mitch
partner in K&L Gates. Espinosa, a member of Hurwitz (“Arrested Development”), George Meyer (“The Simpsons”), Harold Ramis
K&L Gates’ corporate section, is based in the (Groundhog Day) and Todd Hanson (The Onion).
firm’s Dallas office. “There are a lot of books that deal with the writers from ‘Your Show of Shows,’ but
nothing really contemporary,” notes Sacks, a reporter with Vanity Fair magazine and a
REBECCA HELENE HELLER humorist in his own right (his pieces have appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire and Time).
’96 (NC ’96) married Thomas
Benton Gallagher on Aug. 17,
2008, in Baja, Mexico. The couple resides in
“Rather than doing an academic-type treatment of comedy, I thought it would be
interesting just to have them speak in their own words about their style of comedy.”
The result is a book that’s likely to appeal to both aspiring humor writers and more
Los Angeles. casual comedy fans interested in the backstage history of favorite shows and movies. You
don’t have to be a comedy geek to enjoy Buck Henry’s recollections about The Graduate,
PAUL FRIEDMAN (L ’96, B ’96) is senior vice David Sedaris’ thoughts on writing about family members or Dan Mazer’s hilarious
president of music business affairs for Sony revelations about filming of Borat.
Pictures Entertainment. He is responsible for For more information and to read excerpts, visit MikeSacks.com.
global operations and handles the acquisition —Mark Miester
of music rights for content including theatri-
cal, television, home entertainment, online, Mark Miester is a senior editor in the A.B.Freeman School of Business.
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class Notes the Classes
mobile and video game productions as well as agency, and Aaron Allardyce is an associate at of Florida–Gainesville in spring 2009. She is
marketing and merchandise. He joined Sony Sidley Austin, both in New York. The family now a postdoctoral fellow at Cincinnati Child-
Pictures in 2001. resides in Stamford, Conn. ren’s Hospital Medical Center.
ELIT CAMRON KIRSCHENBAUM (NC ’96) and ALISON JORDAN BRULEY (NC ’99) and her RACHEL CULLEN GANZ WALTERS (NC ’00)
her husband, Jeff, welcomed Devin Zoe on husband, Kenn, announce the birth of a son, and GREGORY ALAN WALTERS (E ’00) an-
Jan. 28, 2008. Devin joins her older siblings, Coleman Charles, on Feb. 5, 2009. The family nounce the birth of Eleanor Kate on Jan. 5,
Jared and Eden. The Kirschenbaums reside in resides in Atlanta. 2009. The family lives in south Florida, where
Short Hills, N.J. Greg Walters works as an engineer for Moto-
ETHAN SHAPIRO (UC ’99) and AMY HELLER rola, and Rachel Walters is an attorney.
CAMELLIA JAVADI JACOBS SHAPIRO (NC ’00) announce the birth of Sarah
’97 (NC ’97), STEVEN JACOBS
(B ’98), and their son, Kiyan,
welcomed Ramin on Jan. 12, 2009. The family
on June 23, 2008, in Miami.
RUTH ANN E. CASTRO (L ’00) ’01
The Louisiana Association of
Student Assistance Systems
named DEREK D. BARDELL
lives in Silver Spring, Md.
MARK KLEEHAMMER (B ’97, L ’98) is vice
’00 is special counsel with Farella
Braun + Martel, where she
represents and counsels public and private
(G ’01, ’02) a TRIO Achiever. The federal
TRIO programs are educational opportunity
outreach programs designed to motivate
president of regulatory affairs for Entergy’s clients in environmental, products and litiga- and support students from disadvantaged
Louisiana utility companies. Kleehammer tion matters. backgrounds.
began his career with Entergy in 1998 as a
risk analyst. LIZ KRITZA (B ’00) is volleyball head coach at WENDY WAREN (UC ’01) was promoted to
the University of Colorado. From 2005 to 2008, vice president of communications and research
JAY ENG (L ’98) is a part- she was head coach of the Tulane volleyball at the Louisiana Restaurant Association.
ner at Schwed, McGinley
and Kahle in Palm Beach
program, achieving a 76-39 overall record and
a 42-21 mark in Conference USA. In 2008, she
was named the C-USA Co-coach of the Year
JANA WILCOX (NC ’01) is development direc-
tor of St. Catherine Labouré Medical Clinic, a
and the Louisiana Sports Writers Association healthcare clinic for the uninsured in the
ROSE-ANNE B. FRANO (NC ’98) was elect- Coach of the Year, both for the second straight Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia.
ed a shareholder with Williams Parker in season. She was an assistant coach at Tulane Wilcox manages an outreach and develop-
Sarasota, Fla. for six years before becoming head coach. ment strategy to create sustainability for the
clinic, which provides quality, comprehensive
TIMOTHY J. SMITH (TC ’98) is celebrating JILL McINTYRE (NC ’00) lives in San Diego, medical care. Wilcox earned a master’s degree
the publication of his first book, Mayas in where she is manager of corporate relations for in integrated marketing communications from
Postwar Guatemala, by University of Alabama La Jolla Playhouse, a Tony Award-winning pro- Emerson College. Her background in philan-
Press. It is an edited volume discussing contin- fessional nonprofit theater. thropic efforts includes serving as a fund-
ued violence against indigenous communities raising and special events consultant for the
in the country. BRAD POWELL (UC ’00) and KELLY DONALD Washington Animal Rescue League in Washing-
POWELL (NC ’00) announce the birth of Nathan ton, D.C. She was accepted by the Humane
TOBIAS SMITH (TC ’98) is a partner of Stras- Charles on Jan. 30, 2009. Nathan joins his sister, Society of the United States’ Rural Veterinary
burger and Price. Based in the firm’s Dallas Emily. The family resides in Pittsburgh. Program to travel to Standing Rock, N.D., to
office, his practice focuses on commercial help in the operation of a mobile veterinary
litigation with an emphasis on environmental TERRENCE ROCHE (B ’00) and DOROTHY clinic for companion animals that live on
and real estate matters. LAMBSHEAD ROCHE (NC ’01) are living in the reservation.
Chicago with their son, Liam Daniel, born in
AARON L. ALLARDYCE (TC LATASHA A. ALLEN (PHTM
’99 ’99) and JEANNE WILDHA-
GEN ALLARDYCE (NC ’00)
announce the birth of twins Graham Christian
May 2008. Terrence Roche works as a strategic
manager for the YMCA, while Dot Roche is a
full-time mother. ’02 ’02) is a lieutenant in the U.S.
Public Health Service Com-
missioned Corps. Allen is on duty with the
and Lachlan James on Dec. 7, 2008. Jeanne LISA SONTAG (NC ’00) earned a PhD in U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety
Allardyce works at Ogilvy, an advertising developmental psychology from the University and Inspection Services in Atlanta. She is
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a public health and epidemiology liaison the 2010 elections. Taylor is serving as an strategy and telecom technology consulting
working on food-borne illness and disease- alderman for the City of Cumberland in for progressive companies.
outbreak epidemiology. Barron County and as a state committee
representative. For more information go to DANIELLE THAL (’07) is teach-
JESSICA LIGATOR (A ’02) and TYLER CURL
(A ’05) were married in Costa Rica in August
’07 ing Spanish, prekindergarten
through 8th grade, at Mary D.
2008. In attendance were JENNIFER LIGATOR
(B ’99) and JILL LIGATOR (B ’05).
LAUREN ROBINSON RIVET (NC ’02) and RYAN
’05 J. ROBERT COLEMAN (TC
’05) received a PhD in molec-
ular microbiology from Stony
Brook University. His work on the develop-
Coghill Elementary School in New Orleans
through the TeachNOLA program. TeachNOLA
is an organization that recruits dedicated edu-
cators to teach in New Orleans public schools
W. RIVET (UC ’02) announce the birth of Ella ment of a new method for constructing vac- through its alternative-route teaching fellows
Grace on March 10, 2009, in New Orleans. cines resulted in a publication in Science program and master teacher corps designed for
magazine and a review of his work in the New credentialed teachers.
CHRISTINE TURENIUS-BELL (NC ’02, G ’03) England Journal of Medicine. He married Lisa
and Lucas Bell announce the arrival of their
first child, Nikkolaus Maximillian. The baby
was born on March 25, 2009, at Providence
Regional Medical Center in Everett, Wash.
M. Runco in September 2008.
MIKE FRANCOIS (SW ’05) published a novel,
He Disguised His Double-D, in January 2009.
’08 RICHARD PHILLIP NERE (’08)
enlisted in the Army and his
unit deployed to Afghanistan
in March 2009. The University of Florida’s
Francois says it “has received rave reviews International Review Journal published a
TANIA K. CARDOSO (NC ’03) from friends and peers in my field of work.” paper by Nere, “China’s Rise: Coercion, the
’03 launched her own law firm,
Hollenbeck and Cardoso, on
May 4, 2009. She is practicing landlord/tenant
ERIN LAWLOR (NC ’05) and STEPHEN NELSON
(TC ’05) were married in Naraganset, R.I.,
Liberal Bargain and U.S. Space Primacy.”
JAKOB ROSENZWEIG (A ’08) is creative direc-
law, representing the landlord side in Long on April 18, 2009. The couple resides in East tor at Thalweg Studio in New Orleans. He was
Beach, Calif. The firm practices throughout Greenwich, R.I. Erin Nelson is a claims spe- on the team of designers who designed an
southern California handling residential and cialist with Progressive Insurance and Stephen innovative “Birds-Eye View” map of New
commercial property issues. Nelson plans to attend Roger Williams Law Orleans for the Prospect.1 exhibit. The map is
School in the fall. available for purchase as a poster. For more
ELISABETH GLECKLER (PHTM ’03) earned information go to http://www.prospectnewor-
an executive MBA at the University of New JACK “TRIP” SMALLEY III (TC ’05) is work- leans.org/which.html.
Orleans in December 2008. She continues as a ing with the law firm of Hand Arendall in
regional evaluator for a federally funded HIV Mobile, Ala. JONNY SALUD (’08) is living in New York and
clinical training project. working on a master of public health at
TANYA S. WATKINS (UC ’05) received a bach- Columbia University. He is involved in the
NINA E. MOFFA (NC ’03), market research elor of business studies degree in manage- planning stages to implement a vertical farm
analyst at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, re- ment information systems from Dallas Baptist in a premier aviation community in central
ceived the 2008 Five-Star of the Year Award University on May 15, 2009. Florida. Salud also is working on a full-length
from the hotel. studio album with 10 original songs. He antic-
ALYSSA WEBER WILLIAMS (NC ’05) and ipates a fall release. For more information
ROSE SYMOTIUK (NC ’03) married Paul Goetz GRANT WILLIAMS (TC ’05) announce the birth go to www.myspace.com/jonnysalud.
in Sandomierz, Poland, on April 18, 2009. of Lillian Perah on Feb. 26, 2009. Grant Williams
is starting an internal medicine residency at the SAMANTHA SANACORE (’08) is project assis-
BRANDON KAPLAN (B ’04) University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. tant for the 9th Ward Field of Dreams, raising
’04 launched MADorLOVE.com, a
social media online news site. LEO ROHLINGER (B ’06) and
funds for a state-of-the-art athletics faci-
lity with a football stadium and track at
The Constitution Party of Wisconsin official-
ly announced that ROB TAYLOR (UC ’04)
’06 fellow executives completed a
managed buyout of inCode
Telecom from VeriSign on Nov. 1, 2008. inCode
George Washington Carver High School in
New Orleans. The project was featured on
“CBS Evening News With Katie Couric” on
is endorsed as the candidate for the U.S. is a global professional services organization March 10, 2009. For more information go to
Senate representing the state of Wisconsin in that provides enterprise solutions, business www.9thwardfieldofdreams.com.
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P. Alfred Becnel Jr. (E ’38) of New LaPlace, La., on April 12, 2009.
Orleans on Feb. 8, 2009. Albert L. Diano Jr. (B ’44) of Fort
Doris Dillon Rose (NC ’38) of Worth, Texas, on March 23, 2009.
Sarasota, Fla., on May 29, 2008. Joseph J. Kyame (A&S ’44, G ’45)
Rosario J. Augeri (NC ’39) of of New Orleans on Feb. 27, 2009.
McLean, Va., on July 26, 2008. Joy Mayer Sangree (NC ’44) of
Earl B. Claiborne Sr. (A&S ’39, Gulfport, Miss., on July 15, 2008.
G ’41) of Baton Rouge, La., on Jan. Dorothy Hyatt Scott (NC ’44) of
30, 2009. Dallas on Jan. 8, 2009.
Buford J. Autin (A&S ’40, M ’43) of Ruth Bannister Tracy (NC ’44) of
Houma, La., on Jan. 1, 2009. Houston on March 9, 2009.
Archie R. Boggs (A&S ’40, L ’42) Selma Schonbrun Zander (NC
of New Orleans on Jan. 31, 2009. ’44) of New Orleans on March
GENE USDIN (A&S ’43, M ’46) George R. Foerster (B ’40) of 8, 2009.
of New Orleans on May 9, 2009 Lacombe, La., on Feb. 26, 2009. Marcel Livaudais Jr. (A&S ’45, L
Walter C. Friday Jr. (A&S ’40, ’49) of New Orleans on Feb. 9, 2009.
A nationally known psychiatrist and pioneer in forensic M ’43) of Burlington, Iowa, on Nov. Nanine Byrne Simmons (NC ’45)
psychiatry, Usdin served as a president of the American 19, 2008. of Jeanerette, La., on April 3, 2009.
College of Psychiatrists. He was on the faculty of the Anne Kilpatrick Harvard (NC ’40) Louis C. Blanda Sr. (A&S ’46) of
Tulane Department of Psychiatry and Neurology from of Hanover, N.H., on Sept. 22, 2008. Lafayette, La., on March 4, 2009.
Robert H. Lister (E ’40) of Baton Martha S. Stokes (B ’46) of
1951 to 1967. Usdin evaluated hundreds of criminal
Rouge, La., on March 22, 2009. Melbourne, Fla., on Jan. 11, 2009.
defendants, including Jack Ruby, murderer of Lee
Henryetta Eldridge Simmons Joe A. Knight (B ’47) of Dayton,
Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. (NC ’40) of Memphis, Tenn., on Texas, on Feb. 17, 2009.
Kennedy. Active in the civil rights movement, he started March 7, 2009. I. Jay Krieger (L ’47) of Covington,
the first community mental health center in New Orleans. H. Guy Riche Jr. (M ’41) of Mem- La., on Feb. 16, 2009.
He also was a psychiatrist at Ochsner Clinic in New phis, Tenn., on Feb. 19, 2009. Robert C. Smith (B ’47, L ’48) of
Elizabeth Meyers Robinson New Orleans on March 26, 2009.
Orleans and on the faculty at Louisiana State University.
(A&S ’41) of Peachtree City, Ga., on James H. Bass (B ’48) of Hoover,
Among his philanthropic endeavors, he established pro- March 27, 2009. Ala., on March 16, 2009.
fessorships in women’s health and community health at Henrietta Colley Yoder (NC ’41, Anne Anderson Bounds (NC ’48)
Tulane and the Usdin-Weil Lecture Fund. Usdin received G ’45) of Baton Rouge, La., on April of Tucson, Ariz., on April 8, 2009.
the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tulane Medical 14, 2009. George T. Plunkett (B ’48, B ’49)
Alumni Association in 1996. Kathryn E. Blish (NC ’42) of of Columbus, Ga., on May 7, 2008.
Shreveport, La., on Feb. 2, 2009. Frederick W. Weissborn Jr. (E
Hilda Voss Boudreaux (NC ’42) of ’48) of Cincinnati on Nov. 10, 2008.
John Walter Rock , professor Monterey, Calif., on May 28, 2008. New Orleans on April 5, 2009. William R. Kennedy (SW ’49) of
emeritus of architecture, of New Ruth Walter Benedict (NC ’36) of Gwendolyn Buhler Talbot (NC Cotati, Calif., on Sept. 1, 2008.
Orleans on Feb. 6, 2009. Belmont, Calif., on June 10, 2008. ’42) of Shreveport, La., on Oct. David J. Songe Jr. (E ’49) of
Sarah Arny Holmes (G ’30) of Marian Kohlman Warsowe 25, 2008. Slidell, La., on April 26, 2009.
Asheville, N.C., on Jan. 20, 2009. (NC ’36) of New Orleans on March Eva Douglas Bready (NC ’43) of Lucille M. Thomson (G ’49)
Victor L. Roy Jr. (B ’30) of Baton 29, 2009. San Antonio on Feb. 8, 2009. of Sierra Madre, Calif., on March
Rouge, La., on Feb. 14, 2009. Robert C. Carter (A&S ’37) of Henry T. Cook (A&S ’43, M ’45) of 23, 2008.
Alice Mae Ellington de Montluzin Austin, Texas, on March 10, 2009. Covington, La., on Jan. 31, 2009. Letitia Carter Barrow (NC ’50) of
(NC ’31) of New Orleans on April Marie Cherbonnier Pascal (NC Dorothy Schreiber Corales Pittsburgh on Jan. 21, 2009.
22, 2009. ’37) of Baton Rouge, La., on Jan. (B ’43) of Covington, La., on April B. Holly Grimm (M ’50) of New
Katherine Woods White (NC ’33, 1, 2009. 1, 2009. Orleans on April 25, 2009.
SW ’41) of St. Thomas, Virgin Lucerne McCullough Robert Frank M. Pennebaker Sr. (E ’43) Irving E. Martin (E ’50) of Bridge-
Islands, on May 23, 2008. (NC ’37) of Hilton Head, S.C., on of New Orleans on Feb. 27, 2009. water, N.J., on March 23, 2009.
Marjorie Frantz Bauer (NC ’36) of May 10, 2008. Louis L. Robein Jr. (E ’43) of William E. McWhirter Jr. (E ’50) of
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Dickinson, Texas, on April 11, 2009. Pete T. Hinojosa (SW ’55) of Fort Orleans on Feb. 20, 2009. Fairfield, Calif., on Feb. 5, 2009.
Wilfred F. Roux Jr. (A&S ’50) of Worth, Texas, on Feb. 2, 2009. John Cole Wilson (G ’64) of Keith W. Hooks (A ’73) of San
Evergreen, Colo., on July 18, 2008. Stephen Priskie (B ’55) of Boca Gainesville, Fla., on Feb. 21, 2009. Francisco on Feb. 11, 2009.
Edgar M. Ashworth (A&S ’51) of Raton, Fla., on Feb. 4, 2009. E. Wayne Harper (A&S ’65, B ’67) Thomas J. Cooper (L ’74) of
Fredericksburg, Texas, on Sept. Raymond C. Bergeron Sr. (UC of Bunkie, La., on April 7, 2009. Cambridge, Mass., on Feb. 27, 2009.
12, 2008. ’56) of New Orleans on Feb. Thomas H. Johnson Jr. (E ’65, David McTate (SW ’74) of Omaha,
Lawrence Golodner (A&S ’51, 14, 2009. ’66) of Gonzales, La., on March Neb., on Jan. 2, 2009.
M ’54) of York, Maine, on Feb. Donald H. Caldwell Jr. (A ’57) of 27, 2009. Mary M. Traxler (NC ’74) of
9, 2009. New Orleans on Feb. 22, 2009. Veronica A. Miller (G ’65, G ’70) Charlotte, N.C., on March 25, 2009.
Francis D. Haggerty (A&S ’51) of Eugene J. Devine (B ’57, B ’58) of of Seattle on March 6, 2009. Gene M. Bates (A ’75) of New
Southport, Conn., on Feb. 28, 2009. Arlington, Va., on Jan. 29, 2009. Kenneth C. Anderson (A&S ’66, Orleans on March 2, 2009.
Gaylord S. Knox (M ’51) of Silver Sarah Colquitt Stang (NC ’57) of M ’70) of Humble, Texas, on March William V. Moore (G ’75) of
Spring, Md., on Jan. 10, 2009. Washington, D.C., on April 4, 2009. 14, 2009. Charleston, S.C., on March 26, 2009.
Ben K. Lohman Sr. (A ’51) of Glorain Curry Browne (NC ’58) of Salvador Contreras-Balderas Philip J. Lewis Sr. (UC ’76) of
Carlsbad, N.M., on March 3, 2009. Lyndhurst, Ohio, on April 3, 2009. (G ’66, G ’76) of Monterrey, Mexico, Metairie, La., on Feb. 24, 2009.
Marilyn Woodward Wilkins James J. Gleason III (A&S ’58, on Jan. 1, 2009. Beverly Robinson Downs (NC
(NC ’51, G ’56) of Metairie, La., on L ’59) of New Orleans on Feb. Johnsie Jo Posey (G ’66) of Mexia, ’77) of Baton Rouge, La., on March
Feb. 3, 2009. 12, 2009. Texas, on April 10, 2009. 9, 2009.
Albert Baril Jr. (G ’52) of New Anita MacKay Wilder (NC ’58, Kenny P. Schwartzberg (A&S ’66) Diane Pafford Bell (PHTM ’78,
Orleans on April 10, 2009. SW ’60) of Mendocino, Calif., on of Houston on April 4, 2009. ’83) of Boston on March 3, 2009.
C. Kenneth Deshotel (L ’52) of April 6, 2009. Irma Ruth Acosta-Gomez (UC Patricia Gail Cox (NC ’78, A ’83)
Washington, La., on March 21, 2009. Roy G. Batson Jr. (B ’59) of ’67) of Metairie, La., on Feb. of New Orleans on Feb. 9, 2009.
Donald E. Killelea (M ’52) of Jackson, Miss., on Feb. 11, 2009. 16, 2009. Alton C. Schultz III (A&S ’78) of
Natchez, Miss., on March 13, 2009. Lonnie L. Bewley (L ’59) of Charles I. Kenney Jr. (UC ’68) Katy, Texas, on March 29, 2009.
Al Joseph Moore (A&S ’52, L ’53) Lafayette, La., on Feb. 25, 2009. of Slidell, La., on March 3, 2009. David J. Carmichael (A&S ’81) of
of Kingwood, Texas, on April Carol Prats Hemstreet (UC ’59) Henry R. Breitkreutz (G ’70) of Minneapolis on Sept. 24, 2008.
11, 2009. of Metairie, La., on Feb. 25, 2009. Theodore, Ala., on April 9, 2009. Margaret Liebenow Weber (B
Plez Z. Reid Jr. (E ’52) of Shelton, Karen Veillon McGlasson (NC David P. Harper (L ’70) of Fort ’83) of Lakewood, Ill., on April 12,
Conn., on Feb. 4, 2009. ’59) of Lafayette, La., on April Pierce, Fla., on March 17, 2009. 2009.
F. Lawrence Rowley (A&S ’52, 26, 2009. Sandra F. Starr (NC ’70) of Wash- Angela Collins Hardage (NC ’84)
M ’55) of Carrollton, Ga., on Feb. James R. Bienvenu (G ’61) of ington, D.C., on Feb. 15, 2009. of Atlanta on April 14, 2009.
28, 2009. Opelousas, La., on Feb. 24, 2009. J. Scott Swaim (L ’70) of Bour- Julie Brackenridge Hayes (E ’84)
Sterling C. Scott (G ’52) of North Howard F. Hampton Jr. (UC ’61) bonnais, Ill., on Feb. 22, 2009. of Highlands Ranch, Colo., on Nov.
Little Rock, Ark., on Feb. 8, 2009. of Harvey, La., on March 6, 2009. Ronald S. Wirth (UC ’70) of 17, 2008.
Herbert T. Thurber (E ’52) of Bertram J. Newman (M ’61) of Metairie, La., on Feb. 21, 2009. Sinclair H. Crenshaw (B ’88) of
New Orleans on April 3, 2009. New York on Feb. 13, 2009. Robert S. Howard (A&S ’71) of Larose, La., on April 2, 2009.
Howard H. Galloway (B ’53) of Thomas F. Gilchrist (M ’62) Knoxville, Tenn., on March 29, 2009. Amy S. Forward (B ’91) of Mont-
Mobile, Ala., on April 13, 2009. of Chapel Hill, N.C., on March Luther C. Lusk Jr. (SW ’71) of Saint gomery, Ala., on March 9, 2009.
Roy J. Guderian (A ’53) of Jack- 22, 2009. Benedict, La., on Feb. 13, 2009. Angela Carville Fluker (PHTM
son, Miss., on Feb. 27, 2009. Ronald J. Hart (UC ’62) of Mobile, Sylvia F. Minor (SW ’71) of New ’92) of Port Allen, La., on Feb.
Abner K. Northrop Jr. (B ’53) of Ala., on March 9, 2009. Orleans on April 13, 2009. 13, 2009.
New Orleans on March 10, 2009. Joseph M. Kochansky (A&S ’62) John J. Murphy Jr. (A&S ’71) of Karen Rothman Fried (NC ’93) of
Martha G. Worthington (G ’53) of Baton Rouge, La., on April 1, 2009. Harvey, La., on March 18, 2009. Brooklyn, N.Y., on Nov. 16, 2008.
of Pittsburgh on March 14, 2009. Bryan Bell (G ’63) of New Orleans Charles W. Weston (G ’71) of Kevin D. Gonzalez (B ’94) of
S. Dale Coker (A&S ’54, M ’57) of on March 4, 2009. Baton Rouge, La., on Feb. 2, 2009. Watkinsville, Ga., on Feb. 5, 2009.
Little Rock, Ark., on Nov. 26, 2008. Peter E. Hagan III (UC ’64, G ’94) Fredrick C. Boese (L ’72) of Eric D. Moore (TC ’98, M ’02,
Roger P. Sharp Jr. (A&S ’54) of of Metairie, La., on April 15, 2009. Byram, Miss., on Nov. 17, 2008. PHTM ’02) of Allen, Texas, on Feb.
New Orleans on Feb. 28, 2009. David S. Phelps (G ’64) of Fort Gerald A. Wilson (UC ’72) of 24, 2009.
Winfield G. Flathers (UC ’55) of Pierce, Fla., on Feb. 21, 2009. Metairie, La., on Feb. 10, 2009. Jon D. Dubois (M ’04) of Stillwater,
Belle Chasse, La., on Feb. 20, 2009. Dianne H. Potin (NC ’64) of New Mary Adams Bartlett (SW ’73) of Okla., on April 3, 2008.
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hand in the instrument’s design playing an introductory bar of the bass line. In
or merely popularized its use. New Orleans, you don’t choose to play the
What’s more, to the aggravated sousaphone; it chooses you.
consternation of aficionados, And maybe you have what it takes and
the instrument, which is pri- maybe you don’t.
marily used in marching bands The absence of a sound is far trickier to
and other walking groups, discern than its presence, so there’s no telling
insists on passing itself off as a how long it’s been since he stopped playing—
tuba, which is a term reserved for maybe two days, maybe a week. You’re sit-
its more noble orchestral cousins. ting in the living room with a laptop, cursing
If this wasn’t enough, the sousa- the fickleness of the wireless connection, when
phone—this loud, blue collar, misfitted suddenly upon you descends the uneasy
troublemaker—has the cheek to demand tranquility that plagues neighborhoods that
that you carry it on your back. become too quiet.
All of which, if you think about it, It takes a little while before you figure it out.
makes the sousaphone a fitting Hey, where did the tuba go? You run outside to
ambassador for the music of New make sure of what you’re not hearing, and
Orleans, and none of which probably standing out there, you begin to wonder who
matters to the kid down the street else is not hearing it. Are the folks next door
who some months ago took up riveted by the quiet? How about those across
playing the instrument. the street and down the block?
Learning to play the sousa- The fact that a note blown out of a sousa-
phone is an avocation that one phone can be heard at a great distance is a
cannot help but share with matter of physics. Low-frequency sounds are
others, and it wasn’t long not easily reflected or absorbed by obstacles.
before neighbors from blocks With its lowest notes leisurely vibrating at fre-
away were noticing the boy’s quencies of around 50 cycles per second, the
progress from initially blurt- sousaphone produces intonations that wrap
ing out short staccato notes around corners and ooze through houses,
to, over time, playing cohe- fences and automobiles.
sive musical phrases. So have the notes been heard in Black Pearl,
You go outside to retrieve the mail Hollygrove, Broadmoor, Gert Town, Lakeview,
and a familiar riff comes bounding around the Bywater, New Orleans East? Who knows how
Low-frequency blues corner, echoing off a neighbor’s house, and far they have traveled, bouncing off the hodge-
By Nick Marinello before you know it you are engaging in a little podge of empty slabs, gutted ruins and newly
front-yard name-that-tune: Hey that’s, uh, don’t built McMansions of the patchwork recovery?
It’s not nice, but someone needs to say it: In the tell me, uh, “Feel Like Funkin’ It Up?” And just What if there were thousands and thousands of
social hierarchy of musical instruments, those like that you’re off to the bonus round. people united in this single moment of not
producing notes of lower pitch are second-class But really, there are no losers in the sousa- hearing the same thing?
citizens. Don’t believe it? Ask yourself this, phone sound-off. If you’re feeling sorry for the Someone once calculated that the vibra-
would your rather that your child play violin or families living next door, don’t. The kid march- tions produced by 10 million people speaking
cello, trumpet or trombone? What if she chose es through the neighborhood as he practices, at the same time would generate enough ener-
the sousaphone, an instrument that not only bringing one house after another into the gy to power a single flashlight. Wow. It’s not
operates out of the most humble of registers but instrument’s immediate blast zone. nice to say, but as a form of energy, sound is
whose sketchy past is mired in controversy? In most towns, young musicians who are pretty much third-rate.
To begin with, there are disagreements lugging around sousaphones are often doing so But thousands of people listening for the
about the very origin of the sousaphone: Up because no one else wanted to. This is not the next note? That would be awesome.
for debate is the company that first manufac- case in New Orleans, where sousaphones are
tured it, the year in which it was manufactured cool. At a second-line parade, it is the sousa- Nick Marinello is a senior editor in the Office
and whether or not John Philip Sousa had a phone player who signals the next song by of University Publications
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Never Too Far
FONTAINE MARTIN never let distance or work disrupt
his support of Tulane University. He served as president
of the Tulane Alumni Club of New York, president of
the Tulane Alumni Association, and later as a member
of Tulane’s Planned Gifts Advisory Committee.
“He had a special feel for Tulane,” recalls his son Ted.
“My mother and he both did.”
After Fontaine’s wife, Lillian (NC ’38, G ’40), passed
Fontaine Martin (A&S ’34, L ’36) away in 1993, he honored his family’s relationship to
the university through the establishment of several gift
annuities, which created the Lillian Galt Martin and Fontaine Martin Endowed Fund
in support of Newcomb-Tulane College and Tulane
When Fontaine died in 2007, part of his estate passed to
a charitable remainder trust that will provide unrestricted
support to Tulane after making lifetime payments to one
of his children. The Martins’ gifts will support the faculty
and students of the university they loved well into
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Be true to your school.
Tulane gear takes on
special meaning for the
class of 2009. Wearing
a Tulane T-shirt at home
proclaims, “No, the city’s
not still under water.”
While in school, students
cheer on Green Wave
teams and cavort with
Riptide. Ask any member
of the class, they’ll likely
tell you that green is his
or her favorite color.