Insights from @TulaneYvette

Dear Friends,

It used to be that the summer was quiet around campus. It was a time to catch up, to take vacations and to hope that the tropics stayed quiet. Sure, that still happens today, but so does a burst of campus activities.

New student orientation is in full swing. By the end of this month, 1,400 of the approximately 1,700 expected incoming freshmen will have spent a night on campus, registered for classes, received their ID cards and socialized with fellow students. It's a great  icebreaker and prepares the students well for the start of their college career.

A couple of weeks ago, we took another step forward toward construction of The Commons, our proposed new dining hall. The New Orleans City Council approved our permit to deconstruct the Newcomb Dean's house so we can move ahead with the new project that also houses the Newcomb College Institute. This exciting new facility will become a hub of student life and academic programming through the Newcomb College Institute, as well as provide a long-needed upgrade to our dining facilities.

We also are busy making improvements to Yulman Stadium as a result of fan satisfaction surveys. You will notice improvements to the food and drink locations, parking and an improved sound system. The Green Wave opens the season on Thursday, September 3, against Duke. There are still some great seats left to purchase in the Glazer Club and Westfeldt Terrace, in case you missed out last season.

Help us reach our goal

Finally, the Development Office is a hotbed of activity as we approach the end of our fiscal year. We are hoping to surpass our goal of $120 million raised this year, and we are nearing our annual giving goal of $13 million. We want to thank all of you who have given so generously this year, and remind all of you who haven’t given to the annual fund yet this year to please give by June 30. To make it easy for you, you can now make a gift at:

Thanks for supporting Tulane this year. Have a great summer!


Yvette Jones
Executive Vice President for University Relations and Development