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                                      T H E M AG A Z I N E O F   TULANE UNIVERSITY

                                                                      SPRING 2009

Crazy Kids
in Love
The “Katrina Class” stays
strong and loyal, come
hell and high water.
The celebration that almost wasn’t.

Mobile medical unit brings health
care to neighborhoods.

School of Science and Engineering
mixes best of both worlds.
                                                                                                                               what’s Inside


                      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                       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                    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                          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
                                                                                                            Washington, D.C.
            Jane DiIorio                  HAWKING DOSTOYEVSKY
                                             Your article on WTUL (just an infant when I was         JUST DO IT
         Catherine Freshley                  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                    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
           Art Director
           Melinda Viles                     this [stuff]??” Otherwise I have many wonderful         all cultures [including] the racism against Afri-                   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
     Paula Burch-Celentano                            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
        Sharon Freeman                     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                      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                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
                                                                                                                                   back Talk

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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president’s Perspective

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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Special connection
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.
newsNotes insideTrack

                                                                                                                  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
                                                                                                                  over time.
                                                                                                                      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
                                                                                                   a history.
their students.
   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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                                                                                             insideTrack newsNotes

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
domestic-violence survivors.
   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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newsNotes insideTrack

  Green moves
  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

                                                                                             insideTrack newsNotes

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
  tough economy
   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
American Protestantism.
   “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
Luke Sinitiere.
                                                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
         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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                                                                     health Hope

                “          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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                                                                                                                team. For Holmqvist, the
                                                                                                                choice to come to Tulane
                                                                                                                was easy.
                                                                                                                   “I fell in love with Tulane.
                                                                                                                I really did. Everything just
                                                                                                                felt right.”
                                                                                                                   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.
                                                                                                                   Samantha Troyanovich,
                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                               life-changing impact on Tulane stu-
                                                                                                                               dents, and that their presence on
                                                                                                                               campus would help inspire the
                                                                                                                               rebuilding efforts of post-Katrina
                                                                                                                               New Orleans.
                                                                                                                                   All of Frapart’s distinguished
                                                                                                                               recruits—amazingly enough—
                                                                                                                               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
                                                                         —Stephen Frapart,
                                                                      Freeman Business School
                                                                          finance graduate
                                                                                                      ”             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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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
                                                                                                                      against pirates,
                                                                                                                      whether or not
                                                                                                                        there is any
                                                                                                                   connection between
                                                                                                                     the pirate attack
                                                                                                                    and the country’s

Law professor Martin Davies navigates the tricky waters of the “literally lawless high seas” to
                                                                                                                          —Martin Davies,
                                                                                                                      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
                                                                                        than elsewhere.”

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JUDGE JOHN MINOR WISDOM                             THE LEGACY                                           WOMEN: ILLEGAL SEX IN ANTEBELLUM
                                                                                                         NEW ORLEANS
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

The Celebration
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
                                                             different story.

 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.

courtney coffey

                                                              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
                                                  seth cunningham
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

victor brummer

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
                                                                                                                                   New Orleans.”
                                                                                                                                      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
                                                                                                                                   New Orleans.
                                                                                                                                      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
                                                                                                                          Tabasco sauce.
                                                                     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.”

kirsten brill

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.
             navigates the
     expressway through
           downtown New
    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
seeking care.
   “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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                A                            e nt s
                                           g                                       of
                                                              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.

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
                                                                                         SCULPTURE ON THE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING QUAD IS STAIRWAY TO THE STARS BY MARK DI SUVERO.
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designed to meet ABET criteria.                    engineering department.
                                                                                                           School of
                                                                                                           Science and Engineering
   Tulane also has entered into partnerships          But the changes at Tulane after Katrina have

                                                                                                           Academic Departments
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.

                                                                 time between
system. Specifically, he focuses on what hap-                                                                         “The development of marketable products is

                                                                discovery and
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.

                                                                 doing design
   “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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giving Back

                       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                                          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
   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)
classNotes theClasses

                                                                         Alumni awards
                                                                          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
                                                                               Service Award.

                                                                           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
                                                                               the university."


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                                                                                                 Wine tasting
                                                                                                  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
or province.

                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.
                                      Hullabaloo Homecoming
                       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
                                                                          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
                                                                                                        Wachovia Securities.

                                                    book, published by Breathe Press, is available      SCOTT SULLIVAN (E ’87) opened St. Charles
                 YVETTE BRIGHT (E ’82) is           for pre-order at                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
                                                                                                        utility companies.

                                                                                                                        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                                    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

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
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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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.

Gardens, Fla.
                      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-
(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).

                                                 ’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- 
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
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, 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

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deaths theClasses

                                                                                    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
   Law School.

   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
   the future.

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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.

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