Insights from @TulaneYvette

Throw me somethin' Jack!Dear Friends,

For most people, tomorrow is just another Tuesday. If you are getting this newsletter then you know better.

Happy Mardi Gras! Tulane University is closed today and tomorrow, Fat Tuesday. Tulanians will be out in full force, celebrating in too many different ways to mention. Hopefully I’ll catch a picture or two to share. But not before we complete the coursework and programming that makes Tulane such a great university.

On a recent Saturday, 1,000 undergraduates gathered on campus for Career Wave to hear advice from Tulane alums and other notables. Tulane parents Lisa and Cory Rapkin started the program in 2013, which grew out of conversations in the Newcomb-Tulane College Dean’s Advisory Council meetings. NCIS in New OrleansNow, the event is supported as an annual event by the Rapkins, Jeffrey and Susan Zimmer, and other donors through the Career Services Enhancement Fund.

According to Tulane's Department of Economics, Mardi Gras has a $465 million year-long economic impact. Alumnae Virginia Saussy and Staci Rosenberg contribute to that as organizers of the popular all-female Makin' Mardi Gras Krewe of Muses parade.
It would be impossible to mention all the various ways Tulanians find their Mardi Gras groove. Here is a video that gives a quick and fun rundown of a few. And—be sure and tune in to NCIS: New Orleans on CBS tomorrow night at 9 pm ET/8 pm CT—the Tulane Marching Band has a cameo. Find out why Scott Bakula is running through the band's formation. :)

Happy Mardi Gras—wherever you are!

Yvette Jones
Executive Vice President for University Relations and Development