Tulane Alumni Association




Alumnus Volunteer Award 2012


Julius L. Levy, Jr., A&S `54, M`57

Dr. Julius L. Levy, Jr. has served the New Orleans community and his alma mater with extraordinary
devotion, insight, enthusiasm and integrity for several decades. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistr y from Tulane University in 1954 and his medical degree in 1957. As a student, he was a class officer and member of Phi Beta Kappa and Zeta Beta Tau. After training at Charity Hospital, Levy served
his countr y for two years as a medical officer in the United States Navy Reserve.

Levy has experienced a long and distinguished career in medicine, practicing general surger y in New Orleans and Metairie until his retirement in 1998. Cur rently a clinical professor of surgery and adjunct professor of cell and molecular biology at Tulane, Levy received the medical school’s Distinguished Ser vice Award in 2001 and the Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award in 2002. As a member and chair of numerous medical and surgical societies and associations, Levy also ser ves his alma mater on the governing board and legislative committee for the Tulane University School of Medicine. He was president and now ser ves as secretar y-treasurer of the Tulane Medical Alumni Association, was past chairman of the National Fund Committee and past member of the Cardiovascular Health Advisory Council and Tulane President’s Council.

Levy remains active on the board of the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life, an organization based in Jackson, Mississippi that provides educational and rabbinic services to a 13-state region. Levy also supports the Louisiana SPCA, United Way and serves as the president of several other local and national organizations devoted to worthy causes. He is a graduate of the New Orleans Police Academy and currently holds the ranks of captain in the reser ve division of the department and command physician for the National Disaster Medical System, a section of the federal Department of Health and Human Ser vices responsible for managing the government’s response to
major medical emergencies and disasters.

Dr. Levy’s father, Dr. Julius Levy, Sr., was also a distinguished alumnus of Tulane medical school, and his son recently provided a generous endowment to establish a medical scholarship in his memory. Levy and his wife, Donna, are also Tulane parents. Their son, Richard, earned his undergraduate degree from the university in 1986 and his medical degree in 1990. The family has given generously to support the medical school’s chancellor’s fund, Green Wave Club and Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre.


Helen L. Schneidau, NC `67

Helen Schneidau, a native of New Orleans, has remained true to her roots, distinguishing herself through her leadership, dedication and personal commitments to the advancement of her alma mater and the local community. Schneidau earned her undergraduate degree in history from Newcomb College in 1967 and has demonstrated a special loyalty to Tulane University ever since. For more than 20 years, Schneidau has generously provided financial support for a wide range of priorities at the
university, including the Middle American Research Institute, Newcomb Women’s Center Library, Tulane magazine, student scholarships, the Center for Public Ser vice and Newcomb College Institute.

Newcomb, in particular, has remained Schneidau’s primary passion. She has made several enduring contributions to her alma mater through her efforts on the Newcomb Alumnae Association Board of Directors, where she served as vice president for alumnae and oversaw class agents and reunions. As a Newcomb Town Mom, she also faithfully lent her expertise to 27 incoming freshmen women, many of whom remain in contact with her, and participated in networking events and numerous other alumnae programs.

Among her many achievements, Schneidau established a volunteer program to collect oral histories in tandem with the Newcomb Archives. In recognition of her outstanding contributions, she received the Newcomb Award for Ser vice and Loyalty in 2001. Schneidau, who has maintained a successful career in the insurance industr y, working as a marine insurance broker, risk manager for a large marine business and marine insurance underwriter, also volunteers for the Visiting Pet Program at the Louisiana SPCA and serves on the boards of numerous regional nonprofit organizations.

Young Alumna Volunteer Award


Lisa M. Laws, E `06

Born and raised in Chicago, alumna Lisa Laws decided at a young age that she wanted to make a difference in the community. Maximizing her education, she enrolled as a dual-degree engineering student at Xavier University, earning an undergraduate degree in physics and mathematics in 2003, before attending Tulane University, where she received her bachelor’s in civil engineering with the last graduating class in 2006. While at Tulane, Laws held jobs at the Reily Recreation Center, Lupin Theatre Box Office and the URS Corporation, a global engineering, construction and technical ser vices firm
headquartered in San Francisco with offices in downtown New Orleans.

Following her Tulane graduation, Laws returned to her hometown of Chicago and became a project manager at McHugh Construction Company, where she had the opportunity to work on the only hybrid suspension/cable-stayed bridge in the region. She returned to URS as a structural engineer, where she has designed bridges for the Illinois Department of Transportation, Union Pacific Railroad in Louisiana and O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. In 2012, Laws was elected national chapter representative for Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), a special interest arm of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). As an active member of the society’s Chicago Alumni Chapter, Laws helped coach the High School Tr y Math-a-Lon team in physics, leading the group to the semi-finals. Last November, she conducted her first workshop for 40 young minority women during the NSBE fall regional conference in Milwaukee entitled “Welcome to the Boys Club,” where she shared her experiences as a young minority woman in a male-dominated field.

While earning a graduate certificate in infrastructure engineering and management at the Illinois Institute of Technology and working full-time, Laws dedicated her spare time to the Sisters 4 Science Program, an after-school program that inspires minority middle-school girls across the city of Chicago to pursue careers in science and engineering. She also participates as a career panelist and guest speaker for Project SYNCERE, a nonprofit working to increase the number of underser ved students pursuing science careers. In 2011, Laws won the URS Award of Excellence for her outstanding community service and was selected to participate in an emerging leaders initiative in Dallas for the
engineering corporation. Laws hopes to continue inspiring fellow engineers and Tulane alumni to give back to the community and motivating young women to pursue careers in science and engineering.

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