Donor Stories

Every gift has at least two stories - why a donor chose to give to Tulane and the tale of lives impacted by this generosity.

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NEH Grant Supports K-12 Teachers Summer Workshops

Georgia banker Mark Tipton selected to Board of Tulane

Breaking ground and building up

Letting the good times roll.. again

Program examines food culture

Learning to give

Tulane announces five finalists for $1 million Dead Zone Challenge

New fund provides for undergraduate study

Houston lawyer Brad Beers joins Board of Tulane

Cowen Institute to help create new floating super school

Scholarship provides exceptional opportunity

Listen to the doctor’s advice
As recently graduated Tulane University basketball star Jamie Kaplan enters the Tulane University School of Medicine, she gladly accepted advice from Dr. Robert “Bobby” Brown, a 1950 graduate who attended Tulane medical school while playing third base for the New York Yankees.

A stomping ground for the Mardi Gras Indians
Mardi Gras Indians are one of New Orleans’ most unique and special cultural groups. Tulane City Center worked to ensure their traditions continue by helping the Mardi Gras Indian Council get a $500,000 grant from ArtPlace America to develop the Mardi Gras Indian Cultural Campus. The project was led by Maurice Cox, former director of TCC.

Tulane University breaks fundraising record
Tulane University has had a record-breaking fundraising year, receiving $125.4 million from more donors than ever before in university history.

Summer program introduces students to Tulane
A group of incoming first-year students is getting an invaluable introduction to campus life through the Tulane Summer Experience program, sponsored by Newcomb-Tulane College.

Tulane alum’s scholarship rewards talented undergraduates
Stock trader and Tulane graduate Timothy Sykes established a scholarship for Tulane undergraduates 13 years ago when he was a college junior, and the award has been paying dividends ever since.

New Tulane Scholars Program rewards curiosity
The new Tulane Scholars Program offers a select cohort of undergraduates the opportunity to be a part of an intellectually ambitious community that interacts closely with faculty.

Tulane experience inspires doctors to establish scholarship
Dr. Cheryl Levine Leone and Dr. Philip Leone joke that they met over a dead body. The aspiring doctors were both Tulane University undergraduates — she majoring in biology and he in English — when they were chosen for a special summer gross anatomy class to prepare for entry into the Tulane University School of Medicine.

Rare archaeological casts rediscovered in storage
The unassuming former ammunition shed in Belle Chasse, Louisiana, held a secret. Hidden inside its depths were rare 19th and early 20th century casts of ancient Maya monuments.

Martha McCarty Kimmerling Chair in Women’s Literature
When Martha McCarty Wells graduated from Newcomb College with an English degree in 1963, there was no glass ceiling barring women from reaching the highest rungs of the corporate ladder. "It wasn't a glass ceiling. It was an iron ceiling," Wells says.

Blind date leads to love
At the urging of their friends, Mathilda Prestia, a New Orleans native and St. Mary’s College student, finally agreed to go on a blind date with Tulane University geology major Michael Cochran. It was love at first sight. 

MacLaren classroom: A special spot
The newest classroom on the Tulane University uptown campus isn’t the largest — it seats 18 — but it’s still special.

Family Tradition
For the Sheena family, overachieving is the norm. And Tulane is a family tradition.

Research experience opens doors for students
While most Tulane University students headed home for the summer, Steven Lam and 13 other students spent six weeks on campus, conducting research alongside faculty members.

Global travel inspires Henkin Scholars
Tulane University senior Kate Elder is back on American soil after spending her summer at an archaeological dig in Peru. Out on the Tulane-affiliated dig, she helped excavate chullpas — an ancient style of above-ground stone tombs common in the Andean region — and uncovered pot shards, pieces of weapons, human remains and even tarantulas.

Judge Edmund M. Reggie scholarship honors “larger-than-life” leader
Even in a state known for its colorful political figures, Judge Edmund M. Reggie cut a larger-than-life figure. He held a single elected office — 25 years as city judge in Crowley, Louisiana — but with shrewd skill and uncommon insight he counseled presidents, governors and senators, local and state officials, candidates and hopefuls as well.

Tulane Trailblazers
In addition to the support of the Yulman Family, Gayle and Tom Benson, and Jill and Avie Glazer, gifts from many other groups have helped turn the dream of an on-campus football stadium into reality.

The Glazers: Making Tulane Dreams Come True
From auctions, to beautification projects, to endowed scholarships, Jill Henkin (NC ’85) and her husband Avie Glazer have been among Tulane’s most loyal supporters.

Patron Saints
Benson Field, a state of the art synthetic turf field featuring Tulane’s signature green and white checkerboard end zones, will allow Green Wave student-athletes to play on a field that is comparable to the best collegiate and professional teams around the nation.

Tulane Football is Coming Home
For Yulman, being the namesake of Tulane University’s first on-campus football stadium in almost 40 years was never about recognition.

Adult learners can get funds to restart their education
The Tulane University School of Continuing Studies has received a $1 million endowment from the Bernard C. Osher Foundation to fund scholarships for adult students who are interested in restarting their higher educational careers.

Morey's Story
When Morey Raiskin (A&S ’79, L ’82) learned his wife Maribeth had cancer he was blindsided.

Tulane University wins national award for fundraising
The 2014 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Educational Fundraising Award was granted to Tulane in the “Overall Improvement” category.

New Hullabaloo Auction is ready for bidding
The 13th annual Helluva Hullabaloo Auction will officially kick off its 2014 online auction on Thursday (June 5) on Charitybuzz.

Alumni scholarship supports Panamanian law student
Strong ties between Tulane and Panama, including a partnership with the Panamanian Universidad Católica Santa María la Antigua, have prompted an impressive network of Panamanian alumni. 

Students hear from Hollywood insiders
To find success in the entertainment industry, students should be passionate, get experience and take risks, a panel of successful Tulane University alumni and parents told over 400 undergraduates on Thursday (April 24).

Keeping the music alive
Together with U2’s The Edge and other music partners, famed music producer Bob Ezrin founded Music Rising at Tulane University to preserve the musical cultures of the Gulf South.

Donors to give students inside view of Middle East peace issues
Tulane University has recently announced the establishment of the Stacy Mandel Palagye and Keith Palagye Program for Middle East Peace.

Rare Bible is gifted to Special Collections
One of only 50 deluxe copies of the rare and exquisite Pennyroyal Caxton Bible now resides in Special Collections at Tulane University.

Orthopaedics alums connect and celebrate
Tulane University School of Medicine orthopaedics alumni from across the county gathered on March 13 to reminisce, network and celebrate the Department of Orthopaedics at the annual Caldwell Society Reception.

Widow makes gift to MARI in memory of husband
High school sweethearts Yvonne and Lt. Col. Clinton Effinger III were reunited in mid-life and were married almost 40 years. After Clint’s death last year, Yvonne ensured his legacy would live on by making a gift to the Middle American Research Institute (MARI) at Tulane.

Scholarship recognizes student’s commitment to home state
Jane Ball chose to enter Tulane University School of Medicine because she wanted to improve the lives of her friends and neighbors in Louisiana. The Louisiana Medical Mutual Insurance Company (LAMMICO) honored the first-year medical student’s commitment to health care with a scholarship.

Helping Students Prepare for the Future
The first Levy Professor for Integrated Discover and Community Engagement is James Cronin, who will hold an internship seminar class to help neuroscience and cell and molecular biology majors navigate potential careers in the health sciences.

Extraordinary experiences possible because of Tulane donors
Tulane University senior Cara Clatanoff has helped open a rural Peruvian community to the world. Last summer, Clatanoff spent seven weeks helping establish a homestay program in Unión Chahuay, a community located about 38 miles south of Cusco, Peru.

Professor honored with endowed chair in physics
Wayne F. Reed, founder of the Center for Polymer Reaction Monitoring and Characterization at Tulane University, was invested as the second holder of the Murchison-Mallory Chair in Physics at the Tulane School of Science and Engineering on Nov. 22.

Why We Give
Bob Wolfberg made a promise to himself while he was still a Tulane undergraduate—he vowed that after graduation he would give back to the school that had given him so much.

Painting award given in memory of Sandy Chism
Beloved art professor Sandy Chism had an inimitable style of painting and teaching, and the Newcomb Art Department at Tulane University has come together to establish an award to honor her memory.

Schlumberger Funds Conference Attendance
Although the number of women in the field of engineering continues to grow, women still remain a minority in the profession. Every year the Society of Women Engineers hosts a national conference to bring together women engineers from throughout the country.

First-of-its-kind scholarship memorializes social work faculty member
A trailblazer for African Americans in social work, the late Jeannette Jennings created a legacy of breaking barriers and advocating for the disenfranchised. Now, a new scholarship spearheaded by Roger and Carol Nooe will honor Jennings’ legacy and help the Tulane University School of Social Work further achieve its goal of diversity.

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