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Phone: 504-862-8060

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2010 News Archive

December 15, 2010 The New Wave
Mike Strecker - Obama Nominates Tulane President to Council - President Barack Obama announced on Tuesday (Dec. 15) his intent to appoint Tulane University President Scott Cowen to the newly formed White House Council for Community Solutions.

December 10, 2010 The New Wave
Ryan Rivet - Students Help Tribe Document Its Culture - About an hour and a half southwest of the Tulane campus the landscape is as much water as it is land. This is the home of the Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe and the backdrop for a course that allowed Tulane students to help the tribe trace its roots and document its culture.

December 9, 2010 The New Wave
Fran Simon - Colonial Papers Show French-Louisiana Heritage - The Old U.S. Mint, a part of the Louisiana State Museum, has a "vault" room that contains about 300 boxes full of documents in French, dating back to the 1720s. A Tulane University service-learning class took on the project of beginning to decipher these historical documents.

December 8, 2010 The New Wave
Fran Simon - Music Soothes Mental Disorders of Aging - Tulane junior Judy Fustok is discovering the power of music to reach seniors suffering from Alzheimer's, dementia, depression and other disorders. Fustok meets one-on-one with residents at St. Margaret's Daughters Home and notes changes in their levels of communication as she plays music on an iPod for them.

November 24, 2010 The New Wave
Fran Simon - Trailblazing Faculty Promote Service-Learning Courses - Service learning is a natural extension from the classroom into the community, and psychology faculty members at Tulane University have led the way. Research has shown that service-learning courses engage students, encourage creative thinking and increase the student retention rate.

November 17, 2010 The New Wave
Michaela Gibboni - Literacy Tutors Form Friendships - Tulane students participating in service learning have the opportunity to reach out to New Orleans' culturally diverse immigrant community as English as a Second Language (ESL) tutors and teaching assistants. In a partnership between the nonprofit Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans–Hispanic Apostolate Community Services and the Tulane Center for Public Service, the students help adult learners speak, read and write English.

November 16, 2010 The New Wave
New Wave Staff - Teams, Tutors, and Tour Inspire Children - A beautiful fall day, tennis and a campus adventure with Tulane University students combined to put big smiles on the faces of almost 50 New Orleans area school children on Saturday (Nov. 13). The "Fall College Experience" was for children who participate regularly in A's & Aces, a community partner that provides tutoring and tennis for more than 350 students. 

November 11, 2010 The New Wave
New Wave Staff - Kids Get 'Behind the Scenes' Glimpse of Science - Engaging in interactive demonstrations varying from regenerative medicine to assistive technology that helps disabled persons, 86 students from 16 New Orleans-area middle schools discovered the world of biomedical engineering with a visit to Tulane University.

October 22, 2010 The New Wave
Michael Celone - Entrepreneurs Talk About Social Ventures - As part of National Make a Difference Week, students gathered on the Tulane uptown campus on Tuesday (Oct. 19) to hear from Robert Fogarty, founder of, and two other young New Orleans professionals who developed nonprofits or social ventures that address community needs.

October 18, 2010 The New Wave
Kelly Wilson - Get Out the Vote for Debate Team - A New Orleans middle school's debate team, launched and coached by Tulane students working with the Tulane Center for Public Service and English department, is competing to win a $50,000 grant from the Clorox "Power a Bright Future" contest. Online voting is now underway for the after-school debate team, and Sophie B. Wright Charter School debaters hope they come out on top.

September 17, 2010 The New Wave
New Wave Staff - Music Studies Benefit from $1 Million Project - Music Rising announced a $1 million program in partnership with Tulane University to develop a college curriculum for the permanent, comprehensive and definitive study of the music heritage of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region. The organization is working closely with Tulane professor Nick Spitzer to develop the innovation program.

September 14, 2010 ABC26 WGNO
Tulane University Ranked Top School for Public Service-Blaire Arvin Reports (News Clip)

September 14, 2010 The Times-Picayune
John Pope - Tulane's Sense of Duty Draws Distinction - Tulane University, where each undergraduate student must perform community service to get a degree, has been named one of the 25 "most service-minded schools" in a national survey released Monday. Tulane ranks 19th in this category, one of 12 groups in the latest Kaplan-Newsweek poll. It is the only Louisiana school to make any of these lists.

September 12, 2010 Newsweek
Newsweek -The 25 Best Schools for Do-Gooders - Offering 140 courses that have what the school calls "service-learning components," its claim to be the only "highly research-intensive school in the country that includes public service as a graduation requirement," in addition to its strong participation in the Peace Corps and ROTC, make Tulane University the 19th most service-minded school in the country.

September 7, 2010 The New Wave
New Wave Staff - Close Look at Dangerous Relationships - Tulane's innovative service-learning program helped draw Sally J. Kenney to New Orleans. When she became the new executive director of the Newcomb College Institute earlier this year, one of her goals was to encourage more service-learning courses focused on women's issues. This fall, she is team-teaching her first such course: "Law and Politics of Domestic Violence."

August 31, 2010 The New Wave
New Wave Staff - Top-notch Program - Chalk-up more national recognition for the service-learning programs administered by the Tulane Center for Public Service. "For the second year in a row, we have been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as having one of the top service-learning programs in the country," said Vincent Ilustre, executive director of the center.

August 31, 2010 The New Wave
Joe Halm and Carol J. Schlueter - Service with a Smile - Despite rainy skies, 1,500 Tulane volunteers extended helping hands to the New Orleans community on Friday and Saturday (Aug. 27-28) at more than 25 service locations, garnering attention from national leaders on the weekend commemorating the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's landfall.

August 30, 2010 The New Wave
Ryan Rivet - Katrina Memories: Dedicated to the City - In the days and weeks following the flooding of New Orleans in August 2005, Tulane was forced to close for a semester and reassess its entire operation. One change that came out of the reorganization was the idea that students and faculty and staff members should play an integral role in the city's recovery and rebirth.

August 25, 2010 The New Wave
Fran Simon - 'Alligator on a Stick' Captures Students' Imagination - Students looking to get familiar with the local culture - and participate in service learning - have enrolled in a TIDES course with a catchy name, "Alligator on a Stick: Critters and Culture of Louisiana."

August 17, 2010 U.S. News & World Report - 2010 Best Colleges: Service Learning - U.S. News & World Report, the online periodical that publishes annual rankings of universities and colleges from around the world, released their list of schools in the United States with the best service-learning programs. U.S. News publishes an annual list of schools with outstanding examples of academic programs that are believed to lead to student success.

August 13, 2010 The New Wave
New Wave Staff - Tops in Teaching and Service - Global honors, appointments and prestigious awards for service and teaching lead this roundup of news about Tulane faculty and staff members from the uptown and downtown health sciences campuses.

August 9, 2010 The New Wave 
Carol J. Schlueter - Time for Giving Back - The Hurricane Katrina experience "taught me what is most importation in life," say Cynthia Hayes. So when Tulane staff, faculty and alumni head into the community on Aug. 27 for the Wave of Green service day, Hayes will be in that number.

August 5, 2010 The New Wave
Fran Simon - Service Learning Down Under - While many Tulane service-learning course contribute to the recovery and renewal of New Orleans, one course offered this summer has operated decidedly far afield. Eight students joined social psychologist Carrie Wyland in a class on inter-group relations in Sydney, Australia.

July 20, 2010 The New Wave
Tammy C. Barney - Book Drive Benefits Two Public Schools - Amanda Buberger smiles as she leaves her office on the Tulane uptown campus to walk to Benjamin Banneker Elementary School, because she is heading to a date with her "reading buddy," second-grader Hirannae Hall. It's a volunteer assignment Buberger really enjoys, but she also supervises the For The Children in-school literacy program — and she is thrilled that the Newcomb Alumnae Association is sponsoring a book drive to benefit young readers like Hirannae.

July 15, 2010 The New Wave
Joseph Halm - India Trip is Compassion in Action - It's not often a hail storm ranks among the highlights of a trip to India, but for architecture junior Megan Webb, it did. Webb was among eight Tulane undergraduates who traveled to India in June with the Center for Public Service's Compassion in Action program.

July 14, 2010 The New Wave
New Wave Staff - Labor of Love - As New Orleans marks the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, volunteer from the entire Tulane community will be out in force on Aug. 27 and 28 to work on service projects across the city, all wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the words, "For the Love of New Orleans."

June 28, 2010 The New Wave
Alicia Duplessis Jasmin - Students Introduced to 'Brain and Behavior' -  Examining the physiology of a hiccup is one simple way to introduce students to the collaboration between the brain and nervous system. Beth Wee, a neuroscience professor of practice at Tulane, says that by using such accessible examples, she is able to engage a broad range of students in science and research.

May 26, 2010 The New Wave
Fran Simon - Coaching Kids to Academic Success - A Tulane alumna and former tennis stand-out who has won countless prizes, Anna Monhartova is especially pleased with her latest win, which she says goes to at-risk children of New Orleans. She received this year's 2010 Timothy Sykes Daytrading Award for the Talented.

May 17, 2010 The New Wave
Nick Marinello - Who Dat? They Dat! - During a morning punctuated by comical one-liners, offerings of gratitude and even a Saints highlight reel, perhaps the most succinct summation of the Tulane 2010 Commencement Ceremony found its expression emblazoned atop the mortarboard of one graduate: We Dat!

May 14, 2010 The New Wave
Alicia Duplessis Jasmin - Students Honored for Public Service - The recipients of the 2010 Jim Runsdorf Excellence in Public Service Student Award have something in common — both have spent the past four years working to improve public schools in New Orleans. Since 2008, the award has recognized Tulane seniors with outstanding commitment to civic engagement. This year's winners are Theodore Nathan of Montclair, N.J., and Frances Nguyen of Los Gatos, Calif.

May 14, 2010 The New Wave
New Wave Staff - Class of 2010: Power of One - If the graduating class of 2010 has learned anything (and presumably they've learned a lot in the past four years!) it's that every individual can make a difference in his or her community. That idea is contemplated in this third and final video in a series commemorating a simple — but enduring — leap of faith.  

May 13, 2010 The New Wave
New Wave Staff - Class of 2010: Hands On - Across the spectrum of schools at Tulane, community involvement and service were driving ideas for the class of 2010. The students embraced this ideology, and the impact of their service was felt in public schools and medical clinics, homebuilding sites and paint rallies. Their passion and desire for the renaissance of the community will not soon be forgotten. These sentiments are evident in this second video tribute to the class of 2010.  

May 12, 2010 The New Wave
New Wave Staff - Class of 2010: Leap of Faith - Nearly five years after Hurricane Katrina, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to recall the feelings of trepidation that existed in and about New Orleans during the first year after the storm. It was in this time of great uncertainty that the class of 2010 chose to attend Tulane University, arriving on campus with a sense of adventure and the will to make a positive difference in their newly adopted city. This video, the first of a three-part series, begins their story. 

May 11, 2010 The New Wave
Alicia Duplessis Jasmin - Graduate Excels in Public Service - Kirsten Hill chose to attend Tulane four years ago because she thought it would be a great place to pursue her education and fulfill her commitment to public service at the same time.

May 7, 2010 The New Wave
Keith Brannon - Medical Degree in Six Years Plus One - The Tulane School of Medicine has created an innovative new program that enables top students to get their medical degrees faster and cheaper while giving back to underserved communities in New Orleans.

April 30, 2010 The New Wave
Fran Simon - Public Service and All That Jazz - The Lafayette Academy Charter School band, side-by-side with their mentors, Tulane Marching Band members, played several tunes including "All That Jazz" at the Center for Public Service showcase at the Hollygrove Market and Farm on Tuesday (April 27).

April 28, 2010 The New Wave
Carol J. Schlueter - Students Contribute to Online Encyclopedia - French literature is Faycal Falaky's specialty, so he was unsure how he could add a service-learning component to his next class. But then he heard about KnowLA, a new online encyclopedia about Louisiana, and that's how a group of Tulane students got involved with writing entries to help KnowLA become a reality.

April 28, 2010 The New Wave
Alicia Duplessis Jasmin - T-Shirts for Haiti - Students enrolled in the TIDES business course "More than Business" this year learned about social entrepreneurship by combining business ideas with a public-service mission. Among those students is Alexander Yarost, who managed a team that sold T-shirts to raise money for Haiti's earthquake recovery.

April 23, 2010 The New Wave
New Wave Staff - Young Debaters Take on the Topics - Middle school students from several New Orleans schools converge on the Tulane uptown campus on Saturday (April 24) for a debate tournament, the capstone event of work led by Tulane to bring about a citywide debate league.

April 2010 "Aristotle in New Orleans"
Bringing Debate to Midddle School Students in New Orleans - After a successful fall semester, Professor Ryan McBride and students in English 365 are partnering again with local middle-schools and getting young children interested in the art of debate. "Aristotle in New Orleans," is a partnership between Tulane University, the International Debate Education Association (IDEA) and three New Orleans area middle schools in which Tulane students coach debate programs targeted toward 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Divided between Sophie B. Wright Charter, Lafayette Academy and Banneker Elementary, the program "combines community partnership, service-learning, new media, and ancient dialectical practices for the development of our intellectual and moral virtues." The program was recently featured on WWNO. Click here to listen. The program has expanded its work and will now host two tournaments this semester rather than one. The first was held March 6, 2010 at Sophie B. Wright and featured in the Times Picauyne. The second will take place in April 24, 2010 on Tulane's campus.

Spring 2010 Focus on Global Resources
Elisabeth McMahon receives an Award for Access for her service learning class, "Archiving Africa" from the Center for Research Libraries through the Primary Source Awards.

April 16, 2010  The New Wave
New Wave Staff - Celebration of Latin Culture- Tulane organizations and community groups are joining together to present the sixth annual Celebración Latina on Sunday (April 18) at Laurence Square in uptown New Orleans, featuring music, food and entertainment with a Latin flair.

Winter 2010  The Freeman Magazine
Freeman School of Business  -  Students Become Teacheers in Service Learning Project - Kaitlyn Basso (BSM '11) taught 10-year-olds how to balance a checkbook. Fanny Hernandez (BSM '11) talked to kindergarten students about the value of money, and the importance of saving.  Alexander Fogelson  (BSM '11) helped 12-year-olds understand what goes into starting a restaurant.

April 12, 2010  The New Wave
Fran Simon  - Students Seek Spring Break Alternatives - A group of 12 Tulane students opted to go to Buenos Aires, Argentina, for spring break. It wasn't the lure of a seaside vacation that attracted them. It was a Tulane Hillel trip focusing on public service.


March 12, 2010  The Tulane Hullabaloo
JP Gooderham  -  Students organize film festival - Center for Public Service works with Human Rights class for screening - Tulane University students and Professor Dana Zartner hosted a Human Rights Film Festival from Tuesday to Thursday.(March 9 - 11, 2010)

March 9, 2010  The New Wave
New Wave Staff  - Film Festival Targets Human Rights - Focusing on the global and local aspects of human trafficking, Tulane students in a political science class have organized a Human Rights Film Festival today through Thursday (March 9–11) on the uptown campus.

March 9, 2010  The New Wave 
New Wave Staff  - National Service Award for Tulane - Tulane University is the sole New Orleans-area university, and one of only 115 schools nationwide, to be named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. The honor is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

March 3, 2010  The New Wave
Carol J. Schlueter  - Students' Designs Solve Real-world Challenges - David Rice watched carefully on Saturday (Feb. 27) as teams of his biomedical engineering students proudly debuted the devices they have built to assist New Orleanians with disabilities. "The big deal is working not so much for a class grade, but for real people who need help," he says.

February 24, 2010  The New Wave
Carol J. Schlueter  - Second Line Makes the Grade - A service-learning project that was part of a Tulane communication and American studies class took students into the New Orleans community to record oral histories of the Prince of Wales Social Aid and Pleasure Club. Now their work, accompanied by photographs, has been published on a new website for the award-winning public radio program, "American Routes."

February 21, 2010  The Chronicle of Higher Education
Katherine Mangan  - 'Service Learning' Becomes the New Standard at Tulane U. -Tulane University students have been reveling during Mardi Gras and enjoying jazz in the French Quarter for more than a century.

February 18, 2010  The New Wave
Arthur Nead  - Rescuing the Dogs of the Ninth Ward - The abandoned pit bull puppy was hairless, starved and bleeding. Tulane law student Kelly Gaus found the suffering animal as she was walking her own dogs around her Ninth Ward neighborhood of New Orleans.


January 28, 2010  The New Wave
Mary Ann Travis  - Newcomb Institute Leader Dedicated to Women's Education - The first thing to do is build on the legacy of Newcomb College, says Sally Kenney. Kenney officially became the first permanent executive director of the Newcomb College Institute on Jan. 1.

January 6, 2010  The New York Times
Stephanie Strom  - Does Service Learning Really Help? - Betty Medina Lichtenstein used to dread the beginning of the school year, when students from colleges and universities around Holyoke, Mass., would descend on her tiny community organization, Enlace de Familias.

January 5, 2010  The New Wave
New Wave Staff  - Making a Difference - D. J. Dietze, a junior majoring in political economy at Tulane, will make a motivational speech for 6th and 7th graders at Lafayette Academy on South Carrollton Avenue on Thursday (Jan. 7).



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