If you listen closely in the late afternoon, you can hear the sound of marching bands practicing for Mardi Gras in New Orleans. It is Carnival time, and the sights and sounds of New Orleans are starting to emerge. The Tulane marching band will appear in four parades this year, just one of the many ways that Tulanians are gearing up for Mardi Gras. Watch.
Carnival provides a wonderful break from the hard work that our students, faculty and staff perform all year. It is impressive when you count up the more than $75 million in research grants awarded to Tulane faculty so far this fiscal year. Our researchers are studying ways to wipe out HIV, the effect of oil spills on the Gulf of Mexico, disaster resilience, Katrina's legacy and how to reduce poverty in developing countries and more.
I hope you are planning to attend Wavemaker Weekend in March, a first-of-its-kind event to bring all of our volunteer leaders together to talk about Tulane’s vision for the future. It will be a celebration of what we have accomplished and what we can achieve together. If you are joining us, I look forward to seeing you.
The first Tulane baseball game is Feb. 19 at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. Of the seven American Athletic Conference games televised by CBS Sports Network this year, three will feature the Green Wave, who are ranked #19 in one of many preseason polls.
Executive Vice President for University Relations and Development