One of the rewards of my job is getting to know outstanding Tulane alumni who are dedicated to furthering their alma mater in ways that also benefit the greater good. Tulane Board Member Phyllis Taylor (Law '66) is a wonderful example. Phyllis, who is also chair of the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, announced an extraordinary gift of $15 million to establish a new multi-disciplinary center at Tulane, the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking
. The Center will become the hub of Tulane's social innovation and engagement strategy, and will bring together disciplines from throughout the university to address real world problems in the environment, education, health care and more.
Our alumni were out in full force last weekend for our first on-campus Homecoming in almost 40 years. We estimate over 3,000 alumni returned for reunion events, and more than 12,000 fans gathered on the quad for pregame tailgating. I think it's fair to consider the tradition renewed and then some! The New Wave has some great photos recapping the events, and I have to share a few of my favorite moments.
Dean James MacLaren's Advisory Council dedicated a classroom named in his honor in our newest residential college, the Barbara Greenbaum House, a housing model that recognizes that residence halls are purposeful spaces for student and faculty interaction.
The dedication of the Jill H. and Avram A. Glazer Family Club culminated
years of hard work by Jill and Avie Glazer to make the club one of the
finest luxury football viewing areas of any college stadium. The
construction of Yulman Stadium involved teams of dedicated professionals. The Board of Tulane was kind enough to honor Scott Cowen, Rick Dickson and me with a plaque on the plaza in front of the stadium
. I am honored to have been involved from the start of this great project. Architects Gould Evans
gave me a remarkable keepsake: the cocktail napkin on which the idea for an
on-campus stadium was born. I will cherish this memento forever.
Jill Glazer's hard work never stops. She announced the Glazer Family Brick Drive at Yulman Stadium
. A limited number of commemorative bricks - which will be installed and displayed in the Yulman Stadium plaza prior to the 2015 football season - are available. Each brick will be engraved with a personalized message as a permanent tribute to the support and dedication of the Green Wave. You know me, I love a challenge! I hope you will join me in this fun and worthwhile fundraising effort.