Tulane Alumni Association




Alumna Volunteer Award 2010

Jill Henkin Glazer

Jill Henkin Glazer, NC '85

With her ever-present smile, large “cold drink” and a bounce in her step, Jill Henkin Glazer has been an important and energetic part of the Tulane family since 1981. That’s the year she left her hometown of Eastchester, NY, and enrolled in Newcomb College, following in the footsteps of her brother Edward, who enrolled in Tulane two years earlier. While a student at Tulane, Jill majored in sociology and pledged Sigma Delta Tau (SDT) sorority. Before graduating in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree, Jill served the school as an orientation leader and was an officer in SDT. Her sorority sisters remember Jill as the chapter’s unofficial photographer due to her penchant for recording special events with her trusty Nikon.

Immediately after graduation, Jill moved to New York City where she met her future husband Avie Glazer, to whom she has been married for 21 years. They have two children, Kendall, a Tulane freshman, and Libby, who is in high school and may one day be a Tulane student! (Their niece Sydnie is also a Tulane freshman.)

Jill and her family now split time between Rochester, NY, New Orleans and Palm Beach, Fla., where Jill is a civic leader and active in many religious and educational organizations. She is a former executive board member and vice president of the fundraising committee for the Hillel Community Day School in Rochester. The school also honored her with its Volunteer of the Year award.

Currently Jill is a member of the development, auction and corporate sponsor committees for Palm Beach Day Academy, as well as a trustee of the school.

Jill’s service to Tulane includes membership on the Tulane Board of Administrators, to which she was appointed in 2009. She is also a current member of the Tulane Parents Council, past member of the Tulane President’s Council and former chair of the Alumni Admissions Committee.

Jill’s love for Tulane is infectious, as demonstrated by the enthusiastic support and affection her husband Avie, a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, shows for her alma mater. Though Avie is a relative newcomer to the Tulane community, Jill has overseen his transformation to fellow Tulane cheerleader.

The family’s devotion to Tulane can be seen through their work on campus beautification. The uptown campus is more attractive than ever thanks to the post-Katrina donation of trees that grace the Gibson and Monroe quads and Gibson Circle. Also, Jill and Avie established the wonderful Newcomb Pottery Garden, which stretches through the Newcomb campus, in memory of her mother, Judith Henkin.

Soon a new garden and bocce court that bears the Glazer name will be a green and delightful haven across from the Alumni House on Willow Street. When completed, the area will fulfill Jill’s dream of a meeting place for alums returning to campus, as well as be an urban oasis where students can gather and relax.

Jill is the gold standard when it comes to staying in touch with classmates and other Tulane alumni, and then reconnecting them to the university. Her vocabulary doesn’t include the word “stranger.”

All these marvelous characteristics were on display last year when Jill was a co-chair for the 2009 Hullabaloo Homecoming Auction, a benefit for Tulane’s student athletes. Her tireless energy, creativity and auction acumen combined to make the event the most successful one ever. A record number of Tulanians and friends attended the event and when all the bids closed and the proceeds were tabulated, Tulane reaped close to $250,000, an almost-tenfold increase from the previous year.

Those who attended are still talking about the wonderful and unique items, and are looking forward to this year’s Hullabaloo. Jill has graciously consented to steer our auction efforts in 2010, despite all the distractions and events associated with it being her 25th reunion year.

When you see Jill on campus or around town, take a minute and say hello. You’ll get a great smile in return and an opportunity to personally thank one of Tulane’s greatest ambassadors and volunteers.

Alumni Relations, Tulane University, 6319 Willow Street, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5901