Today, June 30, is New Year's Eve for us here in development. That's the end of our fiscal year, and the staff is working around the clock to wrap up this fundraising year. This will be a banner year for us - we will far exceed our $100 million goal. It is the first time Tulane has ever reached this historic level of giving. I'll let you know how we do once we finish counting all of our year-end gifts.
Our success has been noted by our peers. For the first time in its history, Tulane University has been recognized with a prestigious national award for excellence in fundraising. The 2014 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Educational Fundraising Award was granted to Tulane in the “Overall Improvement” category. I am so proud of our team. The credit for this honor is shared between our development, alumni relations and communications teams, as well as our deans, the Tulane Board and all of you.
The Board of Tulane's farewell to Scott and Margie Cowen came full circle with the permanent naming of "Cowen Circle" in front of Gibson Hall. Meantime, we're readying the president's office for the arrival of President Mike Fitts. We are all very excited to welcome Mike to campus and
New Orleans. I hope to send some photos of Mike's first days on campus.
Summers are usually quiet around here but this one is abuzz as we finish up Yulman stadium. Weather permitting, the first turf should be going in before the middle of the month.
Lots to look forward to! Happy Independence Day to all!