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2011 News Archive

December 2011

December 20, 2011 The New Wave
Fran Simon - Let us count the ways you empower
This is the season of giving, yet every day, members of the Tulane community work to make the world a better place. Sophomore Elyse Monat and others in the Tulane chapter of Best Buddies act as mentors to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities at the Magnolia School in New Orleans.

December 18, 2011
Contributing writer, The Times-Picayune - Martin Behrman Charter School wins city debate tournament
Students from Martin Behrman Charter School won the first-place sweepstakes award at a citywide middle-school debate tournament recently, and students from Esperanza, Audubon and Lusher also came away with awards.

December 18, 2011
Jarvis DeBerry - Is there room for black leadership in New Orleans' charter school movement?
I've never said this to Marie Gould, who runs the reading buddy program at Benjamin Banneker Elementary School, but I show up week after week, year after year to read with students partly because I want to topple any misconceptions they may have developed that reading is a white thing. Or -- given the fact that I've mostly read with boys -- that it's a girl thing.

November 2011

November 22, 2011 The New Wave
Julia Gautreaux - Public-service intern pitches in to help girls
With the Tulane Center for Public Service guiding her, senior Carolyn Doane is fulfilling her service-learning requirement in a most inspiring way. Doane helps young girls all across New Orleans increase their self-assurance as an intern for Girls on the Run, a nonprofit, nationwide organization that works to build self-confidence in young girls through physical activity and a curriculum that teaches healthy life skills.

November 16, 2011 The New Wave
Carol J. Schlueter - Professor enjoys pairing science and service
She’s a lifelong teacher and a cheerleader for the sciences who has led service-learning courses for more than a decade. It’s no surprise that Beth Wee, whose enthusiasm inspires her students, is the 2011 recipient of the Barbara E. Moely Service Learning Teaching Award.

November 7, 2011 The New Wave
Alicia Duplessis Jasmin - ‘Teachers make good neighbors’
A roadblock that may have discouraged others was the motivating factor behind Tulane graduate William Stoudt creating the Youth Rebuilding New Orleans organization that has been rebuilding homes for the city’s educators since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

November 3, 2011 The New Wave
Julia Gautreaux - Public service’s ‘one-stop shop’
The Making a Difference Service Fair, part of Make a Difference Week at Tulane, was held on McAlister Way outside the Lavin-Bernick Center last week (Oct. 27). Hosted by the Tulane Center for Public Service, the fair provided an opportunity for students to speak with representatives from nonprofit and local service organizations to learn about how they can get involved with public service.

November 2, 2011 The New Wave
New Wave Staff - French school internship gives as much as it takes
The doors are always open at Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans, a French immersion school in the heart of New Orleans. Tulane junior Ariana Bostick says that her public service internship at the school this fall “has given me so much perspective into the education system and made me realize how lucky I’ve been.”

October 2011

October 31, 2011 The Gambit
Missy Wilkinson - Gambit's 40 Under 40: Vincent Ilustre
Vincent Ilustre wound up in New Orleans by chance 17 years ago. "I happened to stumble upon Tulane for undergraduate study," says Ilustre, who was born in the Philippines and raised in Dallas. "As I got more involved in the city through my volunteer efforts, I wanted to stay and make a difference."

October 7, 2011 The New Wave
Ryan Rivet - Our designs, their homes
Byron Mouton, director of the URBANbuild program at Tulane University, was named the NewDay Professor of Social Entrepreneurship in spring 2011. In this video, Mouton tells how URBANbuild is helping reinvigorate lower-income neighborhoods and educate architecture students by requiring them to take their designs out of the studio and implement them in the field.


September 2011

September 20, 2011 The New Wave
New Wave Staff - Photos: Community-conscious Students
Students volunteer for a day at the start of each school year to perform community service work across the New Orleans area. At the 21st annual Outreach Tulane on Saturday (Sept. 17), nearly 700 Tulane volunteers rode buses to 34 service sites, helping young students with an exercise program, sorting donations of clothes, rehabbing homes, doing park beautification and developing gardens.

September 16, 2011 The Tulane Hullabaloo
Jon Berman - Outreach delay leads to funding dilemma
Outreach Tulane, postponed two weeks ago because of Tropical Storm Lee, will take place Saturday at sites across New Orleans. Undergraduate Student Government unanimously approved legislation Sept. 6 that gave Outreach Tulane an emergency $5,000 from the USG reserve to help pay for buses. Because of the immediate need for the funding, the legislation bypassed the USG finance committee..

September 7, 2011 The New Wave
Aidan Smith - Judging her to be outstanding
A Tulane professor of political science and author of the forthcoming book Gender and Judging, Sally Kenney has been named “A Person to Watch in 2011” by New Orleans Magazine. Kenney also is executive director of the Newcomb College Institute and holds the Newcomb College Endowed Chair..

September 2, 2011 The New Wave
Kathryn Hobgood Ray - Students reach out to NOLA neighborhoods
More than 1,000 Tulane students, along with faculty, staff and alumni, will hit the streets of New Orleans to volunteer as part of Outreach Tulane, a day of service projects held throughout neighborhoods of New Orleans. Organized by the Community Action Council of Tulane University Students for more than 20 years, the event has become a hallmark of each new school year..

August 2011

August 15, 2011 The New Wave
Insider - The Insider: Find a Fab Internship
Haldes assisted in setting up the Joint Operations Center run by the embassy during the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. She is one of 91 students utilizing the internship program run by the Tulane Center for Public Service.

August 11, 2011 The New Wave
Cody Wild - Passion for Social Justice Grows at Summer Program
The CHANGE Initiative seeks to metamorphose 50 socially minded college students into trained activists for social justice on the campus level. Oxfam America is an international relief and development organization that creates solutions to poverty, hunger and injustice.

August 1, 2011 ABC News
Sandra Gonzalez - Ready To Help This Hurricane Season
Volunteers from Tulane help put the finishing touches to a plan, should the mayor need to call an evacuation with a category 3 storm or higher. More than 200 volunteers have trained with


July 2011

July 22, 2011 The New Wave
New Wave Staff - Photos: Young Scientists at Work
Tulane sponsored the event for participants in Upward Bound programs at Tulane, Dillard University and Southern University–New Orleans, which help the students in college preparation.

July 21, 2011 The New Wave
Alicia Duplessis Jasmin - High School Scholars Ready for College
The Tulane University Upward Bound program is proving that individualized attention and parental involvement are still key to a student’s success in high school. As proof, program leaders are celebrating a milestone 100 percent college enrollment rate for its 2011 graduates.

July 19, 2011 The New Wave
New Wave Staff - Award Cites Campus Commitment to Service
For the fifth year in a row, Tulane University has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll that celebrates exemplary commitment to service and volunteering in the nation’s colleges and universities.

June 2011

June 27, 2011 The New Wave
Mike Strecker - $50 Million for Scholarships: New Weatherhead Pledge
The Weatherhead Foundation has pledged another $50 million to Tulane to fund scholarships for students with a passion for community service. The new Weatherhead Scholars Program will be the first program of its kind in the country sponsored by a single donor. Its vision is to advance the overall reputation and community engagement impact of the entire Tulane University community.

June 24, 2011 The New Wave
Michaela Gibboni - Lessons in Solidarity from Costa Rica - Profound. Disturbing. Engaging. Beautiful. Enlightening. In 300 words, I can only begin to describe the intensity of the experience we 10 Tulane students underwent during our three-week study abroad in San Jose, Costa Rica, through the service-learning course, “Social Justice in the Americas.”

June 2011 AAC&U News
Feature: AAC&U Member Innovations - Service Learning at Tulane University


May 2011

May 16, 2011 The New Wave
Cody Wild - Community Spirit Leads to Top Award - This year, two outgoing seniors, Matt Peters and Ben Zucker, were selected for the Jim Runsdorf Excellence in Public Service Award, a prestigious honor bestowed on students who exemplify civic mindedness and demonstrate singular dedication to public service during their Tulane years.

May 11, 2011 The New Wave
Mary Ann Travis - Close to Her Heart - There's always a hole in your heart when someone close to you dies. Regen Foley, who graduates on Thursday (May 12) with a BA in Spanish, experienced the loss of her stepdad when she was only 10. That sad occurrence has shaped Foley's life, motivating her to reach out to others in need.

May 11, 2011 The New Wave
New Wave Staff - First Class of Service Scholars Graduates - Joe Paluch completed more than 250 hours of community service as a Tulane undergraduate and a Community Service Scholar. He will graduate on Thursday (May 12), but his dedication to public service continues with Teach for America.

April 2011

April 29, 2011 The New Wave
Fran Simon - High Marks for Public Service - Through a public service internship this spring, graduating Tulane senior Andrea Gallagher has gained valuable experience in her public health major, while contributing to research that may improve the health of premature babies.

April 28, 2011 The New Wave
Playground Crew - Thirty-five Tulane students taking service-learning courses in conjunction with the Center for Public Service spent a Saturday recently helping to build a KaBOOM! playground in New Orleans East. They joined a crew of volunteers that included students from the University of New Orleans to assemble the play equipment on Granville Street in a Vietnamese neighborhood, which is the site of a future community center. KaBOOM!, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping communities create play spaces for children, has worked with groups to build a number of playgrounds across New Orleans.

April 26, 2011 The New Wave
Fran Simon - Living Language Lab on the Bayou - Hanging out on porches, at picnics and in cafes and bars, students in Nathalie Dajko's field research class have been interviewing speakers of Louisiana French, the language of Cajuns and Creoles.

April 15, 2011 The Tulane Hullabaloo
Naomi Martin - Tulane-sponsored Debate League Helps Students Overcome Diversity - As director's teaching position ends, debate program's future appears uncertain.
April 15, 2011 The Tulane Hullabaloo
Jessica Appelbaum - John White to oversee Recovery School District - Former deputy chancellor of the New York City Department of Education John White will take over as the new superintendent of the New Orleans Recovery School District May 1. White will replace former superintendent Paul Vallas, who is moving on to oversee educational development in Chile and Haiti.

April 6, 2011 Synergy
Jacqueline N. Jones - A Quick Glance at How Cultures Shape Service Learning Programs

April 6, 2011 The New Wave
Michaela Gibboni - Raising Awareness for Gulf Restoration - It has been nearly a year since the BP oil disaster, and the Gulf of Mexico is still in slow recovery. But thanks to the diligence of the Gulf Restoration Network, working with the help of Tulane service-learning students and interns such as junior Stephanie Stefanski, the Gulf just may have a brighter future ahead.

March 2011

March 18, 2011 The Tulane Hullabaloo
Lindsay Gus - Conversation Continues Regarding Service Learning - The Center for Public Service offers students a variety of service learning, internship and independent study options to fulfill their 40-hour public service requirements. The students who partake in the service activities, the faculty who create the service learning courses, and the community partners that benefit from the service are the three major aspects of the program. Tulane offers 130 service learning courses that are designed to benefit both students and the community.

March 18, 2011 The New Wave
Alicia Duplessis Jasmin - Hidden Languages of Mardi Gras Indian Chants - Mardi Gras Indian chants are believed to be influenced by various languages spoken in Louisiana through its history. In an effort to determine the interplay of languages involved, faculty member Nathalie Dajko is challenging students to immerse themselves in Mardi Gras Indian culture to search for clues.

March 16, 2011 The New Wave
New Wave staff - Spring Break Volunteers Help Houma Tribe - Many members of the United Houma Nation, an Indian tribe in the bayou country of south Louisiana, scattered after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, Hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008, and the Gulf oil spill in 2010. A group of six Tulane students spent spring break helping the tribe locate "lost" members.

February 2011

February 28, 2011 College Life
Kelci Lynn - Campus Highlight: CACTUS at Tulane University

February 28, 2011 The New Wave
Alicia Duplessis Jasmin - Service Requirement Rewarding, Students Say - Tulane students enjoy and are rewarded by the university's public service requirement, according to a study led by Barbara Moely, professor emerita in the Tulane psychology department and research affiliate of the Center for Public Service. Survey responses from more than 800 students over a three-year period show a consistent desire to help rebuild New Orleans.

February 18, 2011 The New Wave
Kathryn Hobgood Ray - Plans Move Ahead for Grow Dat Youth Farm - This semester Tulane architecture students are designing a plan for an urban farm that will expand fresh produce options for New Orleanians and increase jobs and educational opportunities for high school students. Alumna Johanna Gilligan is director of the Grow Dat Youth Farm that will cover 3.5 acres in New Orleans City Park, including offices, outdoor classrooms and market space.

February 11, 2011 The New Wave
Aicia Duplessis Jasmin - Students Air Issues on Latino Community - The stigma around HIV/AIDS is one obstacle preventing health education from reaching the immigrant population of Latinos in New Orleans, according to research by a pair of Tulane students. Searching for reasons behind a spike in HIV cases in that community, the students developed an informational radio program, which was broadcast on WTUL-FM and posted online as a podcast.

January 2011

January 24, 2011 The New Wave
Dee Boling - Travel Dreams Come True - This summer, Caitlin Canfield will combine her love of travel with her commitment to service when she takes a group of Sojourner Truth Academy students on a service-learning trip to Panama.  Canfield is a master's student in international health and development at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

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